Eagle Edition

January 20, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

Holly Brookins, PhD, Principal ~ Jill Tolsma, Instructional Coach Karen Hearn, School Manager

Hello Glennwood Families!

We have had a wonderful week of learning at Glennwood! I am sharing the information with you again about COVID-19 testing resuming at Glennwood next week just in case you missed the eBlast we sent yesterday to families.

We will resume weekly COVID-19 testing at our school next week (January 25th) with our new provider, Mako Medical. Please indicate your intent to participate using this form even if you consented previously for school-based weekly testing. Embedded in the form is a link to register with Mako Medical. The link is specific to our school. You will need to register via the school-specific Mako link even if you registered for testing at the Wilson Center.

Testing will be conducted weekly on Tuesdays at 1:15 pm. Students will be administered a rapid antigen test. If they test positive, they will return to the testing location for a PCR test. You will receive results via text/email. If your child tests positive, you will also be contacted by the school. All students testing positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate following the CSD isolation procedures. If you have any questions contact Nurse Beth Barrington.

The GL PTA Read-a-Thon is halfway to its goal! Thank you to all who are participating and to our amazing PTA for sponsoring it. This is our biggest fundraiser for the school each year. Let's finish strong on January 24th and keep reading!

Warmest Regards,

Holly M. Brookins, PhD


Glennwood Elementary School


Important Updates from Nurse Beth


Keep your child at home if they are experiencing ANY symptoms. This includes fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, etc. Keeping everyone safe is our highest priority, and we will not be able to allow symptomatic students to remain in school, even with a recent negative COVID-19 test. If you are contacted by Nurse Beth, please have arrangements in place to have your child picked up from school within one hour.

Covid testing is optional for students beginning again weekly at Glennwood on Tuesday, January 25th. (See registration information in Dr. Brookins' greeting above.) CSD will also still offer Covid testing to students and staff Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 AM at the Wilson Center. If your student is testing to return to school from quarantine or illness, please provide a copy of the test (email or paper copy is acceptable) before they return.

If your student has been exposed or has tested positive for Covid 19, please complete THIS FORM, and I will contact you to discuss dates of isolation and quarantine. Here is a link to the CSD current isolation and quarantine protocol.

COVID-19 Vaccination

If your child has completed their COVID-19 vaccination series (both shots), you can now upload it into the parent portal in Infinite Campus. If you are unable to upload it, you can email me (ebarrington@csdecatur.net) with a copy of the vaccination card. Once I receive the email, I will be able to update the information in Infinite Campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out through email or by calling the school at (404)370-4435.

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Lost Money Found in School Parking Lot

A plastic bag of with a small amount of cash was found in the school parking lot near the basketball court on Wednesday this week. It looks like it may have been sent in by a parent to a child's teacher however there is no identifying information or an order form attached with the bag. If you think your child has lost this, please contact our school manager, Karen Hearn at khearn@csdecatur.net.
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2022 GL Read-a-Thon Continues!

The Glennwood Read-a-Thon, “Slide Into A Good Book,” is well underway! Thanks to everyone who came out to the Romp + Read kickoff event. We are already more than halfway to our minutes and fundraising goals! Let's keep it up, Eagles!

Read-a-Thon is the main PTA fundraiser this year, so we hope you will participate! Funds raised by Read-a-Thon will help support Glennwood, including supplies needed for teachers, staff, and students, teacher innovation grants, school improvements, teacher appreciation events and gifts, school supply kits and Kindergarten t-shirts, and much more!

Don't forget to log your daily minutes here: https://glennwoodpta.org/. If you need help logging in or creating a campaign, please contact Jen Lewin at jsimmenlewin@gmail.com. Students can share their campaign site via email and/or on social media with friends and family who wish to sponsor and donate.

Prizes will be awarded to top readers and the class that reads the most minutes in each grade! Winners will be announced at Community Circle on January 28! Fun goodies will also be awarded for participation. Thank you so much for your participation in this worthwhile event and your support for our school!

Parents Can Be Library Patrons Too!

How can you find more books for your child to read for the Read-a-Thon? Become a library patron in the GL Media Center! Parents may sign up to be patrons too and check out up to 10 books at a time. We will work out details to get the books to you. If you are interested in becoming a patron, please email Dee Anna Rittenhouse at drittenhouse@csdecatur.net.
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Run With the Dogs 5K to Benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs 2022!

The race is Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a new course in MAK and Oakhurst that starts and finishes at Renfroe Middle School. This year's 5K race will be chip timed for the first time and everyone who registers by January 15 is guaranteed to receive the coveted long-sleeved T-shirt with original artwork by Adam Pinsley.

Run with the Dogs is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports student-athletes on 45 sports teams at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

For more information and to register for Run With the Dogs, click here!

MTSS Department Presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

Please complete the form to register your K-5 CSD student(s) for a Super Saturday session.CSD teachers and highly recommended staff will conduct engaging hands-on enrichment activities with small groups (1:10) of students on one (1) Saturday per month. The instructional focus will change from month to month (Math, STEM, ELA/Reading, etc.). All sessions will run from 9:00 am- noon. This is FREE to all CSD K-5 students, but space is limited based on teacher availability. Registration will close at noon on the Friday before the session OR when all spaces have been filled. You will receive a confirmation email from Google upon successful registration. REGISTER HERE

GA DOE Survey for Parents

The Georgia Department of Education is requesting that parents who have a student with IEPs participate in the Special Education Parent Survey for SY2021-SY2022.

Food Allergen Information from CSD School Nutrition

We are excited to welcome back all of our students in 2022! There is a new document on the "Special Diets" tab of the CSD Nutrition webpage called, "Allergens by Recipe," where we have created a chart for parents and students to quickly check for possible food allergens. Note: The allergens identified are the "big 8 allergens," which include wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and fish/shellfish. There are more allergens, but these are the critical ones identified in school nutrition.

If your student has a food allergy, we encourage you to check out the list and speak with them about the importance of advocating for themself in any situation where food is being served to them.

Don't forget that meals are still at no cost to our students until the end of this school year!

Wilson Center Department Advisory Committees

We are still looking for members of the CSD community to serve on advisory committees for the various departments at the Wilson School Support Center. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please fill out this form. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve!

CSD Virtual Roundtable Opportunity - Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Want to learn more about the programs available in CSD to support students??

  • ESOL & Federal Programs
  • MTSS
  • Special Education
  • Equity & Student Support

Submit questions here (* Question submission is still open)

Zoom Link

Save the Dates! There are two great family-friendly events coming soon that both benefit DEF:

  • Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 26th and the 20th Tour deCatur 5K on Saturday, March 12th! To register a community Krewe for the parade, please visit www.meadrdmardigras.org. Registration for the Tour deCatur 5K and one-mile Fun Run will begin on February 1st at www.tourdecatur.com.

  • DEF is teaming up with the counselors at Talley Street and Renfroe Middle School to keep the snacks stocked. We are also accepting donations to our weekend backpack program which provides supplemental food for students who need it. If you'd like to help with a donation, click HERE for links to each school's Amazon Wish List. Your orders will go straight to the schools.

DEF Volunteer Opportunities

  • As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply.
  • As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.
  • As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.
  • As a REACH Mentor – we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply.