Eagle Edition

August 4, 2022

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. I have two young children adjusting to a new school this year, and I know that as great as the first week has been, everything is new and everyone is tired. Next week, we will all settle into our routines and it will likely feel easier! We’ve got this!

Arrival/Dismissal Updates

Thank you so much for your patience as we work through our arrival and dismissal procedures.

Arrival time for K - 2 students is 8:00 - 8:20 AM. Staff arrive at their morning duty posts exactly at 8:00, so we are not able to start carpool any earlier. Also, we ask that you wait at the top of the driveway until the car duty monitor signals that you may head down to the get-out-of-the-car area. This allows for our staff to be able to get into their parking spaces safely. Please be mindful that we have families crossing in the crosswalk. We have two carpool lanes at the top and staff will release one lane at a time.

If your child will be eating breakfast at school, please arrive at 8:00am so that your child can eat and go to class to start their day. We do not want anyone to miss out on the morning crew meeting as that is a very important part of how we build community. It begins at 8:20am every day.

We begin afternoon dismissal at 2:50 PM. Carpool wraps up by 3:10pm each day.

If you have a change in dismissal, please email Ms. Reynolds and your teacher before 2pm each day. If you do not get a reply, please call the front desk (be sure you speak with someone) at 404-370-4435 to ensure that we received your request for a change in dismissal.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Hello from Mr. Blase, Our School Counselor

I'm so excited to begin another year as Glennwood's School Counselor. This will be my 7th year as a school counselor at Glennwood. I have a lot of fun and important lessons and activities planned for this year. I will begin classroom lessons in all classrooms starting next week. I will be on a set schedule where I get to teach a fun lesson to every class every other week. Additionally, I work with small groups of students and individual students throughout the year. I try to work very closely with staff and parents as we are all allies in your children's healthy development and success. As parents, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via email (jblase@csdecatur.net) or phone (404.370.4435 then press 2) if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your children. I'm hoping to also do a number of parent workshops throughout the year on important mental health topics, skills, and strategies that you can utilize in your parenting. You can also find additional information on my website.

Nutrition Updates

The new terms for lunch choices are listed as classic, special, and grab and go. The classic will be what was before, the hot lunch, special is not necessarily vegetarian, but an alternative choice, and the grab and go will either be a yogurt box or PBJ. Also, there are no more lunchbox buddies. The snack listed on the menu is for Animal Crackers only. For more information and menu updates, check CSD Nutrition's website.
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Welcome from the Glennwood PTA!

On behalf of the Glennwood PTA Executive Board, welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are so excited for this year and have been working hard, planning out a great school year for the entire Glennwood community. We anticipate this year will be full of new possibilities as well as the continuation of some of our favorite Glennwood traditions.

The Glennwood PTA mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering students, families, and communities in education. We work year-round to build a strong community and raise funds to support our school, educators, and students. Funds raised by the PTA directly support our school for field studies, supplies and resources for the classroom, teacher training, garden, tent, and playground maintenance, teacher grants, and much more. The PTA is a great way for families to interact and be a pivotal part of the Glenwood Community. Our goal this year is to have 100 percent of Glennwood families join the PTA.

We are looking to fill these fun positions:

  • Events coordinator
  • 2nd grade picnic
  • Fundraising Chair

Volunteers are essential to the success of the PTA. The goal of the Executive Board is for each family to volunteer at least five hours with the PTA this year. We encourage all families to visit our website for volunteer opportunities (www.GlennwoodPTA.org). Click on “your profile page” or “My Info” and indicate your volunteer preferences at the ‘How I Volunteer’ box. This web page will be updated with new opportunities all the time. Please also follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/GlennwoodPTA. We appreciate your support!

Join the PTA

The Glennwood PTA operates a website that makes it easy for you to gather information, volunteer, and engage. Our website offers our families a calendar of PTO/School events, a choice of Personal and/or Family memberships, Spirit Wear Store and a password-protected directory of students and parents (If you wish to be included).

1. Please visit: www.GlennwoodPTA.org

2. Click My Info/Sign In

3. New User? Click here to register

4.The password is: soareagles

5. Follow the prompts to set up a user account and add students/teacher assignments/etc. You can also volunteer for the many opportunities listed on the website, get a membership and check out our Corporate Sponsorship options.

-Why Join the Glennwood PTA? Membership dues and donations will be used to support the PTA’s mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering students, families, and communities in education. Dues will support our community and the initiatives, events, and services we offer throughout the year.

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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 ONE parent vacancy 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)

    • Summer Clayton (Assistant Principal)

    • Jill Tolsma (Staff)

    • Marnie Kaplan (Staff)

    • Courtney Simon (District Rep)

    • Natasha Vorspel-Reuter (Parent rolling off)

    • Lisa Loveall (Parent)

    • Lauren Wattenmaker (Parent)

    • Sarah Jones (Parent)

Welcome back to a new school year! We are so excited to be back, it’s going to be a great year! DEF works in partnership with City Schools of Decatur to ensure that every student has what they need to learn and thrive. We have several programs in place to do just that: Virtual Pals Tutoring Program, AIM Scholars Mentoring Program, and a BRAND NEW program for high schoolers, FOCUS Prep Program. We need volunteers for each program to be a success, so please read below to learn how you can help.

Tutoring: 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: https://forms.gle/SjYinSLJkZ363pi57 If you would like to help as a volunteer tutor, you can apply here: https://forms.gle/YTbDUk8H4iS4qfD57 (High school students can earn volunteer hours!)

Mentoring: Covid has made it VERY difficult for our mentor pairs to meet these last two years. We’re renewing the program with fervor this school year, and need male and female adult mentors to volunteer 2-4 hours per month with our new third-grade cohort. For a mentor application, click here: https://forms.gle/DNFkXJyTCKTaFd1S9

FOCUS Prep: Finding Opportunities to Create yoUr Success Prep is just for high school students who want a little extra “coaching” to reach their post-secondary goals. High schoolers will be paired with volunteer coaches who will encourage, motivate, and hold them accountable. Coaches will receive training from College Ave Consulting to know how best to help with career research, college applications, financial aid, and time lines! Time commitment is only 2-3 hours per month for the school year. If you’d like to become a coach, click here: https://forms.gle/F73gdN5fxzXqET5o7. If your high schooler is interested in the program, please click here: https://forms.gle/zYMUsPJQ1Wv7uiNs8

You can also find all forms and information at our website, www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring. Together we make a difference for our kids!
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