Eagle Edition

September 2, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

City Schools of Decatur has provided early release days in the school calendar this year for parent-teacher conferences. The fall dates are September 16th and 17th. Glennwood will dismiss early at 12:50 pm. Students will still eat lunch at school on these days. The afternoons will be used for virtual parent-teacher conferences. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to parents to offer a sign-up soon.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful Labor Day Weekend. ​​As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns!

Dr. Brookins


CoGAT Testing Sept. 8-10

On September 8th, 9th, and 10th, first and second-grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test. The purpose of the letter below is to offer you some information about this test. The Cognitive Abilities Test or CogAT is an assessment that measures a range of reasoning skills most linked to academic success in school. Please click on the pdf link below for more information for 1st and 2nd-grade parents.
This week and last week, I was able to get into all the homerooms to teach a beginning-of-the-year, school success lesson. I will continue with more foundational skills lessons in the following weeks. In Kindergarten and 1st grade, I taught a lesson on Interrupting vs. Respectful student behavior. We begin all my lessons with a mindful moment. We read the book Interrupting Chicken. The students had a lot of fun predicting when the little chicken would interrupt the story. We ended the lesson with a fun game determining if different behaviors are respectful or interrupting. Students received a handout to go home with a coloring activity related to the lesson. In 2nd grade, I taught a similar lesson about Tattling vs. Reporting and respectful speech. The lesson was based on Julia Cook's A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. We played the game "pin the tattle tongue on the student" where kids determined if it would be tattling or reporting in various situations. Students were able to learn the 4 Rules of Tattling: 1) Is it a dangerous situation? 2) Can you solve the problem on your own? 3) Is it a now or later problem? 4) Should I "mind my own business" (M.Y.O.B.)? Students also received a handout with an activity to reinforce the concepts.
How to Deal With Separation Anxiety & Meltdowns

Next Wednesday, September 8th from 11:30-12:15

Separation anxiety, tantrums, and meltdowns are a normal part of childhood. However, if they occur more regularly or include aggression, these may be a sign of something else. Instead of blaming ourselves, parents may need some extra help. The good news is that there is a right and a wrong way to handle separation anxiety. Please join our school counselor, Mr. Blase, for a virtual Lunch N’ Learn on this topic. Even if you’re only able to stay for part of the time, we will cover the basics, when to get more help, how to tackle tough drop-offs, and some good strategies for dealing with these episodes. Come with questions and experiences that you may want to share. The Lunch N’ Learn will be recorded and shared if you are unable to make it. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Blase if you need any support with your student.

Lunch N' Learn: How to Deal With Separation Anxiety & Meltdowns
Wednesday, September 8 · 11:30am – 12:15pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ube-zcfp-dbj
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 662-762-0437‬ PIN: ‪741 491 910‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/ube-zcfp-dbj?pin=2684482973054

Walk & Roll is BACK!!! After a year-long hiatus, we can finally get back into celebrating our walkable and bike-friendly community school! Our first Walk & Roll of the school year will take place next Friday, September 10! You can check out the Walk & Roll website here: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/585 for all of the details including our Walk & Roll schedule for the year, other important dates, details on keeping our kids safe as we walk and roll, and links to our safe routes to school partners.

We will continue to use grade-level-specific entrances for our students on Walk & Roll days, and the door monitor teachers will be helping out students with their marbles and will be handing out incentives directly to students. Everyone will continue to be masked on campus for arrival. For the time being, we will not be operating our walking school buses, but hopefully, as things improve with covid, we will be able to bring those back later in the year. Don’t forget that every marble counts towards students earning school-wide extra recess, and announcements will be made at Community Circle! Let’s have a strong first Walk & Roll back, and show everyone how Eagles SOAR!! Please reach out with any questions to Glennwood Walk & Roll Chair, Amanda McMillan (almcmil@gmail.com).

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PTA Events: Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 PM -- we will have our General PTA Meeting on Zoom. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. You'll get to meet our PTA officers, learn about the many ways our PTA supports Glennwood, and see the proposed calendar of events. The Zoom link will be sent out in next week's e-blast.

Saturday, October 23, 12:00 PM -- Glennwood PTA First Annual Chili Cook-Off! Join us in building community, raising some funds, and creating bragging rights about the best chili this side of the tracks.

What can you do?

1. Create a team - Got a solid chili recipe? Wanna challenge your neighbors?

Contact James Herndon (jamesherndon3@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining or creating a team - the more the merrier. We will have veggie and traditional categories.

2. Get ready to sell some tickets. All are optional - but we will be sending them home with your kiddo starting in a few weeks. Each ticket gets the holder a number of samples and the right to vote for the best.

3. Volunteer in other ways - Set up, clean up, take down. We will reach out later.

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The CSD ESOL Team will be hosting their annual ESOL Parent Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This will be a VIRTUAL meeting. This meeting will cover:

  • ESOL Entrance and Exit Criteria
  • ESOL Instruction and Service Models
  • ESOL State Assessments

City Schools of Decatur

CSD Special Education Department Parent Meeting

The first meeting of the year is to connect, support, and guide parents with young students. This will be an opportunity to connect with other PreK/Kindergarten families who are navigating special education. I will share resources and gain initial feedback as to how the first month of school is progressing for your student. This top of the year check-in will be the first of three totally targeted meetings.

I look forward to your feedback! Thank you!

-Cheryl (Parent Mentor)

Audience: Parents of Pre-k & Kindergarten Students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)

Date: September 9, 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Click the link to RSVP or email cgrant@csdecatur.net

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Takeout for DEF! Our friends from NaanStop and Greg Kodesh Realty are partnering with DEF for a dine-out/take-out on Thursday, September 9th, for which they'll be donating 20% of sales to DEF! They offer family meals including 2 entrees, fresh-baked naan, handmade samosas, basmati rice and chutneys (feeds 4). Just place your order before 5 pm Wednesday, September 8th and your order will be available for pick up between 5 - 545pm on Thursday, September 9th - link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur - Pickup/drive-thru at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park neighborhood - Pickup instructions will be sent with confirmation - Pickup will be available between 5-5:45 - masks/distancing required at pick up - order in advance before 5 pm on Wednesday, September 8th ... first-come, first-served so get your orders in before they sell out!

The Race is ON! One of Oakhurst's most anticipated events -- the Madison Ave Derby --is happening on October 16th and registration has begun at www.madisonavesoapboxderby.org! Participation in this community event is practically a rite of passage for Decatur kids, and it raises important funds for issues affecting our students. This year's Derby beneficiary is the Decatur Student Center, located in CSD Decatur High School and equipped to attend to our students' behavioral health and non-academic needs. To learn more about the Student Center, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation/behavioral-health. See you at the Derby!

Homework Help: We are continuing our Virtual Pals tutoring program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here. If you would like to help as a volunteer tutor, you can apply here. (High school students can earn volunteer hours!)

Kindergarten Eagle Art

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