Eagle Edition

August 3, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

Holly Brookins, PhD, Principal ~ Summer Clayton, Assistant Principal ~ Jill Tolsma, Instructional Coach

Hello Glennwood Families,

It has been a great first week back! Overall, things have run very smoothly. Everything always takes a little bit longer at first but we will work the kinks out. Next week, we will all settle into our routines and it will likely feel easier!

Georgia has new math standards this year. The Department of Education created a parent letter to families with more information on the standards for each grade level. If you would like to review these, please check HERE.

Wow! Glennwood is in 1st place for completing the annual update! Thank you to everyone who has completed this. We just need a few more completed, and we will be at 100%. Please see the directions below from CSD:

The Annual Data Update for returning CSD families is open! The ADU is how families verify or update critical communication and health information, and do sign-offs for the handbook and code of conduct. Please visit https://www.csdecatur.net/adufor more information, or log in directly to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Help make OUR school the first to reach 100% completion! If you need assistance accessing the Parent Portal, click Login Helpat https://www.csdecatur.net/aduor contact our school manager Michelle Reynolds at mreynolds@csdecatur.net.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Hello from Mr. Blase, Our School Counselor

Happy New School Year Glennwood Families! I'm excited to once again be your school counselor. This is my 8th year at Glennwood and with CSD. I have some wonderful lessons, activities, and events planned for this year. I am here to support you as families and your students at school. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me via email (jblase@csdecatur.net) should I be able to assist with counseling support in any way. We really appreciate your support as parents with your students and I look forward to working collaboratively with you. Please check out my counseling website for a parent referral form, blog, and additional information regarding services provided.
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Welcome from the Glennwood PTA!

Glennwood Families, please sign up to our new PTA Website and never miss an event or any important news! Visit: GlennwoodPTA.PTBoard.com Please use code FV4WPY to join!

Questions?! Please email Nydia Almond at: president@glennwoodespta.com

Thank you!

Room Parent Volunteers Needed

We have some Room Parent volunteer spots available! If you'd like to help as a Room Parent Volunteer this school year 2023-2024, please sign up HERE.

No experience needed, just the desire to help our teachers, students and school community.

If you have any questions, please email our Room Parent coordinator at: RPCoordinator@glennwoodespta.com

Thank you for your support!

Corporate Sponsorship

If you are a Glennwood Elementary parent, friend or relative and your place of business would like to become a corporate sponsor for our school, we would love to have your support! Funds raised through corporate sponsorships benefits students, teachers and the entire school. This is also great exposure and advertising for your business.

Please consider donating a silent auction item for our Casino Night Silent Auction in March. Small promotional items welcome with your silent auction item. (Flyers, Cards, balloons, etc.)

Questions? Please email our VP Laura Scott at: VP@Glennwoodespta.com

Back to School Spirit Night

Please join us for our first Spirit Night of the year at Butter and Cream! Meet us on August 15 anytime from 12pm to 9:30pm. Please mention Glennwood Elementary at the register. A percentage of the sales will be donated to our school!

PTA Memberships

Why should I join the PTA? Your PTA membership provides valuable benefits to your child, your school, and your community. When you become a member of PTA, you increase our collective strength. By adding your name as a member, you will increase the impact we have representing our school and PTA. Today's parents are busier than ever. We know everyone can't volunteer during school hours or at school events. By becoming a PTA member you are expressing your concern for our children. By joining the PTA, you are getting involved by showing your support and you let your child know you care about education and about Glennwood.

Join us today by visiting our website here!

Questions?! Please email Kara Dupuis at: Secretary@glennwoodespta.com

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The Glennwood Elementary School Leadership Team (SLT) is an elected committee consisting of Glennwood parents/guardians, staff members, a community member, and a district representative. The purpose of the SLT is to make decisions that support the continuous improvement of the school in accordance with the provisions of the District Charter. This year we will have THREE parent vacancies on the SLT and will have the SLT election in late August. If you are interested in filling one of the vacancies, please complete this form. If you have any questions regarding the SLT, feel free to contact Dr. Brookins.

  • Current representatives:

    • Dr. Holly Brookins (GL Principal)

    • Amelia Copp (Staff)

    • Marnie Kaplan (Staff)

    • Courtney Simon (District Rep)

    • Heather Harris (Parent)

    • Lisa Loveall (Parent)

    • Lauren Wattenmaker (Parent)

    • Sarah Jones (Parent)

CSD Board of Education Revises Monthy Meeting Times

The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education is revising the schedule for monthly board meetings. The change aligns with the board's strategic goals of ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency and making board meetings more student-focused.

Effective Tuesday, August 8, 2023, the new board meeting times are as follows:

Executive Session: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pre-work Session: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Work Session: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Public Comment: 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

Except for the executive session, all meetings will continue to be live-streamed and open to the public.

Dr. Whitaker’s Listening Sessions

Students, staff, family, and community members are welcome to attend any session across the district.

Please click the following link for the virtual meeting on August 16: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/92894167992?pwd=TkczWHUvQXFtMHkrOTBRcXJ6aU9VZz09

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Decatur Education Foundation

Welcome back to a new school year! We are so excited to be back, it’s going to be a great year! Decatur Education Foundation works in partnership with City Schools of Decatur and other community organizations to ensure that every student has what they need to learn and thrive. We have several programs that do just that: we have a Tutoring Program for students in 2nd – 8th grade, a College Counseling Program to help 11th and 12th graders with college admissions, and Teacher Innovation Grants to enhance pre-K through 12th grade classroom learning. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and our website www.decatureducationfoundation.org for more information on how you can help support Decatur’s kids.

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