Eagle Edition

August 5, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Greetings from Dr. Brookins

Hello 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 then we will settle into a routine, and soon we will be running like a well-oiled machine. It is so nice to see all of the children and staff members in the building this year- everyone doing their part to remain safe and healthy. Please accept my apologies for the surplus furniture in front of the school on the first day. We had it scheduled for pick-up but there was a bit of a snafu with the movers. Sometimes that kind of thing happens but in elementary school, we know how to be flexible! :)

Arrival/Dismissal Updates

Thank you so much for your patience as we work through our arrival and dismissal procedures. Due to the change in schedule and the influx of cars, we are tweaking each day to help make the carpool experience run more smoothly.

CSD's new 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.

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.

As for afternoon dismissal, we begin at 2:50 PM. We understand that these later times make getting to work and/or activities challenging at times, so we are working hard to be as efficient as possible. Again, thank you for your patience.

If you have a change in dismissal, please email Ms. Hearn and your teacher before 2pm each day. If you do not get a reply, please call Ms. Hearn at the front desk (404-370-4435) to ensure that we received your request for change in dismissal. (You may remember that we had sent out a change in dismissal Google form for you to use, but after trying it, we decided the old-fashioned way is more efficient for us.)

School Leadership Team Nominations Open

We do have 3 parent openings on our School leadership Team (SLT). The Glennwood Elementary School Leadership Team (SLT) is an elected committee consisting of Glennwood parents/guardians, staff members and other personnel. The SLT is focused on school governance, student achievement, and family engagement. More information will be coming soon regarding nominations and elections, but in the meantime, review our website and please consider running!

Whew, that was a lot! Hope everyone is having a great week. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns! I am always open to feedback and I love innovative ideas, so please share your thoughts with me.

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 6th 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.

Urgent Request from Our School Nurse - Beth Barrington

If you have not filled out the annual update in Infinite Campus, please do so as soon as possible. Also, please check your child's communication folder. We sent home health cards to be filled out and returned. These help identify students who have any urgent health issues that may present while at school. Please return them as soon as you can. Additionally, if your child has any health concerns, such as food or other allergies, seizures, etc, please reach out to me as soon as possible. For the health and safety of your child, it is important that we know so we can treat the student promptly. You can reach me at ebarrington@csdecatur.net or 404-370-4435.

Thank you,

Nurse Beth

Student ID Card Communication

City Schools of Decatur will be implementing new student ID cards for the 2021-2022 school year. All CSD students will be issued cards this week at their schools. The cards will be used in the school cafeteria as a way for students to pay for school meals and, eventually, as a way to track your student on our new bus tracking system, “Here Comes the Bus.”

The first phase of the card implementation will be the school nutrition department. Although school meals are at “no-cost” for this school year, in order for your students to purchase extra items in the cafeteria, you will need to put funds in your student’s account within Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Please visit our website at https://www.csdecatur.net/parentportal for guidance on how to access the parent portal.

We hope that the practice of contactless payment will assist in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID 19. The process for students to pay for meals will be as follows:

  • Students will scan their ID cards in the school cafeteria at mealtime.

  • The nutrition cashier will charge the student based on their personal information in the cashier register system.

  • We will be using student ID cards in all schools.

  • Students will need to bring their cards to school daily.

The second phase of implementing the student ID cards is the app called “Here Comes the Bus.” Students will scan the cards as they enter and exit the school bus. This will allow parents to track their students on our new app. Please expect additional communication related to phase 2 of the student ID card implementation in the near future. Please contact the Nutrition Department at meals@csdecaturnet or (470) 237-0368 ext. 7607 or the Transportation Department for additional questions.

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