Eagle Edition

December 1, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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Items Are Due Today!

I care for others, and others care for me

In honor of the design principle, Empathy and Caring, the Glennwood PTA DEI committee invites you to participate in the Decatur Season of Giving event. We will be supplying two families in need with gifts, clothing and necessities. Many of these families are unhoused or in transitional housing, so the winter and holidays can be especially bleak. We have taken the responsibility of providing items for a family with a pre-k student and a senior. We encourage you to intimately include your children in this process of choosing how to support these families.

We ask that all items be delivered to the front porch of the Gillespie-LaFond home- 323 Glendale Ave – by Thursday, Dec 1.

Items requested/wished for are listed on the signup genius HERE.

If you choose to donate money so that we may purchase the gifts, please Venmo the donation to @Amanda-Gillespie-1 and indicate “Glennwood Season of Giving” in the comment.

Finally, Ms. Rittenhouse has curated a selection of books that help elementary school-age children understand issues such as poverty, consumerism, and the difference between want and need. These are listed below, with links to read-alouds if you prefer:

Those Shoes - Maribeth Boelts

Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Peña (Newberry winner for this title)

Beatrice's Goat - Page McBrier

The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

Walk and Roll is TOMORROW - December 2!

Come on out for our final Walk & Roll of 2022!! Bundle up to join us on your feet, your bike or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!) and let’s show CSD how Eagles SOAR! Students who walk, bike or scoot will continue to enter at their grade specific doors, where they will be counted, using our traditional marbles, by their staff door monitors. We will have special incentives for students this month! Don’t forget, each marble counts towards students earning extra school wide recess, with announcements made at Community Circle! For additional details (including our three Walking School Bus Routes) and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Domain/530

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

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PE Schedule for Parent Visits

  • Dec 13: Marion: 8:50-9:20, Bennett: 9:25-9:55, Turnipseed: 12:25-12:55, Jones: 1:00-1:30, Ronco: 1:30-2:00
  • Dec 14: Marquez: 8:50-9:20, VanDuzer: 12:25-12:55, Rose: 1:35-2:05, Kaplan: 2:05-2:35

Winter Musical Celebration - December 16

Mark your calendars! On Friday, December 16 at 8:30, in place of our regular Community Circle, Glennwood is hosting a Winter Musical Celebration! All grade levels will be performing. Parents are invited to check in at the carpool doors beginning at 8:20. There will be more seating available for visitors, though we will still utilize standing room as well. The performance should conclude by 9:00 and will be immediately followed by the 2nd grade Celebration of Learning.

Eagle Bookstore Donations Needed

The Eagle Bookstore is in need of gently used K-2 appropriate books for restocking the store. We've had LOTS of Eagles earning book bucks for SOARing!

We would GREATLY appreciate any donations. Thank you to families who have already donated books this week! Please contact our media clerk, Anne Dishman at adishman@csdecatur.net with any questions. Thanks so much!

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Glennwood Staff Appreciation December Event: Hot Cocoa and Treat Bar, hosted by Kindergarten

This year, to show our appreciation for our amazing staff, the Glennwood PTA will be sponsoring a staff snack table in addition to hosting other staff appreciation events later in the year. We are asking each grade level to "stock the table" for a given month; each grade will be asked to sponsor a staff appreciation event 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 needs to participate once).

For December, we're asking Kindergarten families to host a "Hot Cocoa and Treat Bar" for our staff on Thursday, December 15th . If you're a kindergarten family, please visit the Sign Up Genius here to sign up to bring in one or more items for our staff. Please drop off your items with Ms. Reynolds at the front office December 12-14 anytime during school hours and the PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy on December 15th. Items can be store-bought or homemade, in bulk or individually packaged. The PTA is also requesting clean up volunteers, so please sign up via the Sign Up Genius if you can volunteer your time to help clean up. If you are unable to purchase items for the table but would like to donate funds towards the event, the PTA is also collecting monetary donations. Please Paypal your donation to the PTA at Treasurer@Glennwoodpta.org with a note that it is for the December Snack Table and we'll take care of it for you.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Samantha Bryan (samantha.chopp@gmail.com).

Yearbook Photos Needed

As you and your family participate at events and school activities, we'd love for you to capture those memories and submit those photos so we can feature as many as possible in the yearbook!

Details can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/glennwoodyearbook.

If you have any questions or issues, please email yearbook@glennwoodpta.org.

Artwork Help For Glennwood’s Art Teacher:

Each grading period, our Glennwood Art Teacher, Ms. Nadine Howarth, would like help sorting, rolling, and taping "Art Portfolio Bundles" for the students and changing out the artwork on a few of the school Bulletin boards.

Please consider signing up to help. The job should take about an hour of your time. In the comments section, please include the date of your choice from the list of dates, and the time you plan to arrive.

Romp and Read

Please join us on our next Romp + Read on December 10 from 10-11am at the Glennwood Playground.

Questions?! Please email Aichuan Kwong at: aichuan@gmail.com

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Please join us to learn about DeKalb history and nature with Ranger Jonah at Mason Mill Park on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 12pm. Please sign up for this awesome event using this link. (Event open for 30 people.)
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Has your child lost an item at school?

Hello Families! Please don’t forget to visit the LOST & FOUND on your way in and/or out of Community Circle tomorrow. It is currently overflowing. There are a lot of water bottles and jackets.

If your child is missing an item, please fill out this sheet form with your child’s name, class and description of the item. I will make sure to deliver it. I will also visit the classrooms every two weeks for a couple of minutes and bring a rolling cart with all items in the lost and found.

All items will be donated by the end of January if they aren’t claimed.

Questions?! Please email me (Nydia Almond) at nialmond05@gmail.com

Birthdays Celebrations in Community Circle

We will announce all birthdays for the month on the first Community Circle of each month. In Community Circle on December 2, we will announce all December birthdays. This will hopefully make it easier for staff announcing the birthdays and also for parents so that they will know when their child's birthday will be announced.

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023 Registration is Now Open!

Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023, for Run With the Dogs, a Decatur tradition now in its 19th year.

We’re back at Beacon Hill Middle School for the 5K and Pup Trot, and we are pleased to announce that this year’s race is an official qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race!

We are also pleased to announce that our Face of the Race winner is Tuck the Pug! Thank you to everyone who submitted your dogs for the contest, and thanks for voting. Register TODAY to make sure you get a long-sleeved T-shirt with this adorable little guy.

Run With the Dogs is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Beacon Hill Middle School. For more information and to register for the race, click here.

News from City Schools of Decatur

Nutrition Department

CSD Nutrition is asking parents to check their online meal accounts in infinite campus (Parent Portal). We have several families that have negative balances that need to be cleared.

For the last two years, the USDA offered school districts waivers to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Unfortunately, those waivers have now expired which means City Schools of Decatur no longer offer all students a free meal.

The traditional free & reduced lunch program does still exist for those who qualify. If you think your family qualifies for federal free or reduced lunch please reapply for the federal free & reduced lunch program today. Please visit, https://campus.csdecatur.org/campus/portal/parents/decatur.jsp to complete the online application. Paper applications may be picked up at the schools. You only need to re-apply one time each school year. Only one application per family needs to be completed.

* Menus are subject to substitutions based on availability. We are facing unprecedented issues with the supply chain that will cause us to alter our posted menus with little to no notice. Currently, we may be replacing our deli turkey with chicken ham when deli turkey meat is listed on the menu. Please bare with us as we manage these changes.

Bus Transportation Department

About a month ago, students that ride the bus to school were given a white ID card that we attached to each students’ bookbag. Beginning January 5, students will be required to have this card to ride the bus. So please check to see if your child’s card is still attached. If not, please email Contact Person csperson@csdecatur.net so we can make a new one.

DHS Cheer Parent’s Night Out Fundraiser

The DHS Cheerleaders are hosting a Parent's Night Out to raise funds to support the DHS cheer program.

If your child is in grades Pre-K - 5 and you would like a few hours to have dinner, shop, and/or meet with friends, let us help! Sign up today for the parent’s night out!

Night Out date: December 16, 2022, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: DHS Media Center, Commerce Drive entrance/Bus Loop

Drop-off begins at 4:50 pm

Pick-Up is from 7:45 - 8:00 pm

Cost: $40

Payment Information (we apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to accept credit cards):

  • Option 1: Please bring cash, check, or money order to the Wilson Center (125 Electric Avenue) Thursday, December 1st - Monday, December 12th, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.

  • Option 2: Drive up option. Please bring cash, check, or money order to DHS (driveway under the spaceship on McDonough St.) on December 8 from 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm.

Click here to sign up. Please contact Ashaki Stinson (astinson@csdecatur.net) or Saadia Foy (sfoy@csdecatur.net) if you have any questions.

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Community Partner Announcements and Updates

F.Ave PTO Summer Camp Exposition

F.Ave PTO is excited to announce our first ever Summer Camp Exposition!

Join us Saturday, December 10th from 10a-2p in the Multipurpose room at F.Ave to learn about the summer camps offered from several vendors in the Decatur area. Featured camps include options for kids from Pre-K through 12th Grade!

This event is free for the public. There will be a raffle for some fun camp prizes and a digital Summer Camp Planning Guide will also be available for families.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Are you great at math, science or languages? Your skills could help a Decatur student in just one hour per week as a Virtual Pal Tutor! We pair 2nd-8th grade students with upper high school or adult tutors to help with homework, organization and motivation. It’s an easy way to give back to your community in a meaningful way (and for high school students to earn volunteer hours).

Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/VJuyncb7qce6R7Jq5

Can’t volunteer but want to help out? You can donate to our Lighten the Load program which keeps the snack pantry stocked at Beacon Hill Middle School. For those families in our community experiencing food insecurity, we also have a weekend backpack program. Both have unique Amazon wish lists that are updated monthly.

You can donate directly to them using these links:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W
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