Eagle Edition

November 11, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Greetings Glennwood Families!

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the PTA Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committees would like to invite all K-2 families to a virtual visit of Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, the latest exhibition from the Michael C Carlos Museum at Emory University.

Date: Thursday, November 11

Time: 5:00-6:15pm

Link: https://emory.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Nn4Zv5oeTOeHVtmVQMPzog

Carlos Museum educators will lead students on a virtual tour of the artwork and installations, exploring questions such as: how can you use art to raise awareness and bring people to a cause? What does it mean to be part of something bigger than what one can accomplish on their own? How can art cultivate self-awareness, while appreciating interdependence, compassion for others, and an understanding of a common humanity?

Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger is the first exhibition to feature together the work of Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking and social justice.

Marie Watt, who resides in Portland, Oregon, is a citizen of the Seneca Nation and has German-Scots ancestry. Cannupa Hanska Luger, who is based in New Mexico, is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) of Fort Berthold and has Lakota and European ancestry. He is also the creator of the Mirror Shield Project, which supported the Water Protectors of Standing Rock.

We encourage students to submit questions as part of the event. If your family would like to view the exhibit in person, it will be on view until December 12, 2021.

Thank you!


Jeanie Dizon, Co-Chair DEI Committee Winnona Park

Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Co-Chair DEI Committee Winnona Park

Image credit: Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, European) and Marie Watt (Seneca and German-Scots), Each/Other, 2020-2021. Metal, wool, bandanas, and embroidery thread, Courtesy of the artists.

Walk and Roll to School, Friday Nov. 12th

Please bundle up and join us on your feet, your bike or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!) and let’s show CSD how Eagles SOAR! You guys are doing an amazing job this year! Students who participate will continue to enter at their grade specific doors, where they will be counted, using our traditional marbles, by their staff door monitors. Don’t forget your masks on campus. And, each marble will still count towards students earning extra school wide recess, with announcements made at virtual Community Circle! For additional details and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Domain/530

*Walking School Buses are on hold (due to Covid) until further notice*

Contact Amanda McMillan (almcmil@gmail.com) with any questions!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Week November 15-19

We have the best crossing guards in all of Decatur helping to keep our kids safe at Glennwood everyday! Ms. Joyce (E. Ponce & Sycamore Pl) has been with us for many years, and Ms. Etta (Commerce & Sycamore Pl), who is new to our school this year, are both such wonderful and important members of our community. Let’s make sure to let them know how much we appreciate them! Please also be sure to thank any other crossing guards that help you and your family cross on the way to school! It would be wonderful if kiddos could make cards, notes, drawings, cookies/baked goods/treats, and/or gift cards to bring to our crossing guards during the week of November 15-19! As Glennwood’s Safe Routes to School representative, I’m coordinating a collection of funds for gifts to each of these special ladies from the school. If you’d like to contribute you can Venmo (@almcmil) or PayPal (almcmil@gmail.com), and I’ll include you/your child’s name on the card. I’d like to get all donations by Monday, November 15. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or ideas at almcmil@gmail.com. Thanks for your help!

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New Picnic Tables!

Glennwood PTA would like to thank everyone who came out to help build additional picnic tables for the school, the Cofer Brothers for their generous donation of wood, and the Decatur Makers for their time, talent, and space! These new tables will offer more seating options, especially as the ground gets colder. Hooray! (See more pics below.)

Glennwood Staff Snack Cart/Table

This year, to show our appreciation for our amazing staff, Glennwood PTA will be rolling out a regular staff snack cart/table. We are asking each grade level to "stock the cart" for a given month; each grade will be asked to do so twice this year. We kindly ask that each family participate in one of the two opportunities for your grade level (the intention is that a family only need to participate once).

For November, we're asking kindergarten families to host a "Gratitude Table" for our staff. If you're a K family, please visit the Sign Up Genius here to sign up to bring in something for our staff. Due to COVID protocols, all items must be individually wrapped and store-bought (not homemade). Please drop off your items with Ms. Hearn at the front office November 15-17th anytime during school hours and the PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy on November 18. If you have any questions, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com). Thank you!

The first event of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Book Club is this Saturday! Join us!

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Looking for a great way to kick off the Holiday Break?

Join our District at the State Farm Arena for City Schools of Decatur Night as the Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 PM.

Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit.

A portion from each ticket purchased through this offer will benefit the Decatur Education Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased through the provided link: hawkspromos.com/CSD

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Run With the Dogs 5K to benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) registration is open and the event will be LIVE this year!

If you think you have the perfect dog to be featured on this year’s t-shirt as the Face of the Race, please enter the contest. Just post a photo of your dog, plus a blurb about why your dog should be selected as the Face of the Race, to www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or on Instagram with the hashtag #RWTD5K. All contest entrants must register for the race for their dogs to be considered. Photos can be submitted until November 21. Voting on the four finalists will begin November 29 and the "Top Dog" will be announced December 6.

The race is on Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a brand new course starting and ending at Renfroe Middle School. This year the race will feature chip timing for the first time ever!

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School. All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, which will once again be designed by local artist Adam Pinsley.

Register here for Run With the Dogs!

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Happy National Parent Engagement Month

The month of November is National Parent Engagement Month, and our ESOL & Federal Programs Department would like to honor and highlight the parents and family members who provide support at home to help increase their student’s school success. You play such an important and invaluable role in your student’s education. Look for tokens of our appreciation throughout the month of November! We appreciate ALL that you do!

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Come Enjoy Live Music for a Great Cause! DEF and the DHS Songwriter’s Club are hosting the first No Ordinary Joe, a coffeehouse music series on Thursday, November 18th from 7-10pm at the Decatur Student Center at Decatur High School. The evening’s emcee is internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Caroline Herring, who will play in addition to five of our DHS student musicians. Tickets are $50 apiece and proceeds benefit DEF’s behavioral health fund, Joe’s Fund. Join us for an evening of great music, coffee and desserts.

Pop-Up Takeout for DEF! Our friends from NaanStop and Greg Kodesh Realty are partnering with DEF for a dine-out/take-out on Thursday, November 18th, 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 5pm Wednesday, November 17th and your order will be available for pick up between 5 – 5:45pm on Thursday, November 18th - Link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur - Pickup at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park neighborhood - masks/distancing required at pick up. It’s first-come, first-served, so get your orders in before they sell out!

Could you be a mentor? We have two mentoring programs for which we’re seeking 15 women and 15 men volunteers to serve as mentors. Our AIM Scholars mentoring program pairs third grade students with an adult mentor who help them by supporting their Academics and explore their Interests; Mentors also help their students connect to educational and enrichment opportunities. Our REACH Georgia program pairs five 8th graders with mentors to help navigate high school and preparation for college. Right now we just need one more male REACH mentor. In just 2-4 hours per month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student. For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Are you a middle school math or Spanish language whiz? We are in need of 7 tutors with expertise in those subjects. Can you help out a Decatur student virtually one hour per week? If so, we’d love your help! Please click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

Food Insecurity Needs

DEF is addressing weekend food insecurity in our school district and we need your help. Through counselors and social workers, we have identified around 30 students who need assistance on the weekends. Our weekend food Backpack Program is designed to provide each student with a breakfast, lunch, and snack for two days. The cost of each bag is approximately only $5.59! If you would like to support this program, we have two ways you can do so:

1. Donated on our website and add “lighten the load” in the memo section https://decatureducationfoundation.org/donate/

2. You can purchase the food we need from our Amazon Wishlist at https://a.co/6Etc74W

We Have New Picnic Tables!

Our new picnic tables have arrived under our beautiful, new tent PTA purchased. A HUGE thanks to Decatur Makers, the Mayheu family and all the parent and staff volunteers, and Cofer Bros. Hardware for the donated and discounted lumber needed to build these tables! Here are some photos (courtesy of Mr. C) taken during the morning shift of volunteers last Saturday.