Eagle Edition

September 29, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We have had a wonderful week at Glennwood. Our Eagles returned from fall break recharged and ready to SOAR.

Fall is a beautiful time of year with lots of fun activities and cooler weather. Please be sure to check our calendar of events. There are lots of upcoming dates for Glennwood and PTA-sponsored events in October.

I previously announced before the break that we will host our first parent Coffee Chat on October 7 at 9:00 am. The topic will cover CSD's new grading practices. We would love to have a great parent turnout. If you plan to attend, would you please kindly RSVP HERE?

Friday, October 21st will be our last outdoor Community Circle. Beginning November 4, we will be returning to hosting Community Circle indoors in the auditorium. We will share more details and procedures for parents soon. We are looking forward to gathering again indoors for this special community time together.

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, Ph.D.



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It's time for Hispanic Heritage Month - a celebration to honor all Hispanic people who live in the United States. This celebration goes from September 15 to October 15. We celebrate their heritage, the significant presence and influence of Hispanics in our society, and their broad spectrum of traditions and culture.

We encourage you to explore and join us in celebrating in some way. How? There are many ways to celebrate! Here are just a few of them:

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources for K-2 Students

Listen to Music

A great way to teach children about Hispanic culture is by exposing them to music in Spanish. Choose age-appropriate music or music by key figures in Spanish music or just sing along with the 21 Speaking countries song in Rockalingua (username: Glennwood and password: glennwood)

Get into the Kitchen

Food is always something that reminds people of home. Hispanic culture has a plethora of cuisine to enjoy from every Hispanic culture. Parents can get into the kitchen with their children and prepare recipes from diverse Hispanic cultures. Another option is to eat from a Hispanic restaurant and try something new. Nowadays, it is easy to find Argentinian empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, El Salvadorian pupusas, and Mexican tacos in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

Read Spanish or Bilingual Books

Books and stories often tell a story that reflects the background of a certain culture. You can read Spanish language or bilingual books to your children to learn more about various Hispanic cultures. We have a small section of Spanish books in the Glennwood library that students and families may check out. Many of the books are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Join the special event at Winnona Park on October 11 hosted by the WP DEI Committee. See more details below.

Have a Great Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! ¡Celebremos Juntos!

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Author and Illustrator Visit with Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen on October 19 for K-2 Students

We are so excited to welcome best-selling authors Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (also a Caldecott Medalist) together again at Glennwood for our first in-person visit for the school year. They have collaborated together for another great book, the retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

This visit is brought to us by Little Shop of Stories. Glennwood will be the second stop on their book tour! We are offering this book for purchase (along with a few of their other titles) which will be personalized to your child and signed by both authors. The order forms were sent home this week to you. If you did not receive it or if you need another copy, there is a pdf attached below.

All orders and payments are due next Tuesday, October 4. Checks may be made payable to Glennwood Elementary. The Glennwood Media Center earns 20% of all sales which is used to buy new library books. Thank you in advance for your support.

Important Information About Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and determine if further evaluation for gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and turn it in to the Gifted & Talented Specialist at your child’s school before October 5th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted & Talented Specialist for Glennwood is Susanna Shewan. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted & Talented Specialist for your school at sshewan@csdecatur.net or visit the CSD Gifted Website.

Flu Shot Clinic at Glennwood - October 5

The East DeKalb County Board of Health is hosting a flu shot clinic at Glennwood next Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Glennwood Media Center. They take all insurance EXCEPT Kaiser and TriCare. You can get a shot if you have no insurance or those two, but you will need to bring payment. There are no appointments, so come whenever works for you (they did run out last year so plan to come before dismissal if you are able).

Pricing is below along with pdf copies of the required consent form and a list of accepted insurance plans:

  • Standard Flu Vaccine $40.00
  • High Dose / Flublok 65 + $77.00
  • PNU $266.00 (To be received only once )
  • Shingles $176.00

  • Hep B $107.00

Many vaccines and flu vaccines upon eligibility could be covered through Insurance.

International Walk and Roll to School Next Friday

You guys did an amazing job last month, and I know we can do it again on October 7!! Please 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 new incentives for participating this month! And, each marble will still count 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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Romp and Read

Please join us this Saturday! We will have books celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month (Oct) and Hispanic Heritage Monday (Sept 15 - Oct 15), as well as a Pride craft for anyone interested. And of course, the playground for romping and snacks for munching.

*Let's hope the weather cooperates! (*For updates, please visit our website at: www.GlennwoodPTA.org or our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GlennwoodPTA)

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Time: 10am-11am

Place: Glennwood's Playground

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

Glennwood Annual Chili & Stew Cook-Off - Save the date!! Sunday, October 23rd - 12:00-4:00 pm

Some of our favorites (Cake Walk and Dunk Tank) from our Fall Carnival days are making a comeback and we can't wait for all the fun!

We are looking for chefs in our community to share their favorite Chili or Stew with our families. We will need volunteers to coordinate the cake walk, oversee the dunk tank, help with overall set up/cleanup and also set up tables and tents.

If you are interested in cooking, organizing or volunteering, please email James Herndon at: Jamesherndon3@gmail.com

Glennwood Staff Appreciation

October Snack Table Hosted by Second Grade

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 October, we're asking second-grade families to host a "Spooky Treat and Snack Table" for our staff on Thursday, October 27th. If you're a second-grade family, please visit the Sign Up Genius here to sign up to bring in something for our staff. Please drop off your items with Ms. Reynolds at the front office October 24-26th anytime during school hours and the PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy on October 27th.

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 October 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). Thank you!

The next DEI Committee meeting is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 8:00 pm

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Special Education Department

Community Spotlight Meeting- Threshold Community Program

Mr. Dave Nelson, Executive Administrative Director of Threshold Community Program, will share an overview of supports provided by this program.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Individual and group counseling

  • College and career support

  • Social skills building

  • Academic tutoring and support for middle, high school, and college students

Target Audience: Parents of students ages 14-18 with an IEP.

Date: September 29

Time: 6-7pm

Location: Virtual (Register Here)

For questions, email Cheryl Grant cgrant@csdecatur.net

ESOL Parent Meeting and Title I Annual Parent Meeting

Attention all ESOL & Federal Programs Parents and Families!!!

Please Save the Date for our ESOL Parent Meeting and Title I Annual Parent Meeting hosted on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. at the Wilson Center Central Office,125 Electric Avenue Decatur, GA 30030.

Come learn about our ESOL & Title I Programs in CSD and the support your student will receive this year. We will have treats, music, games, and Vegan S'mores for the whole family to enjoy.

Additional Information about the meeting can be found on the flyer linked here. This meeting will be recorded.

If you have questions about the ESOL Parent Meeting and Title I Annual Parent Meeting, please contact Paris Hardnett at phardnett@csdecatur.net or Willie Washington at wwashington@csdecatur.net.

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Superintendent Search Update

Thank you to everyone that attended the Superintendent Search input sessions facilitated by GSBA. You can still provide input by participating in the survey linked here. The survey will close on October 8, 2022.

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Decatur Parents Network

The first live Decatur Parents Network event in over two years is happening on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn, whether your kids are in grade school, middle school or high school (or older).

Check out the picture below for more information. Registration and more details can be found here.
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Attention!! All teachers and instructors who are Artists, Actors, Chefs, Scientists, Engineers, and Designers! If you are looking for a Summer opportunity that engages kids and aids in the exploration of kids' interests, look no further. E Camps Summer program will offer a variety of interest each week. Camps are presented in four categories: Cooking, Theatre, STEAM, and Explorations.

If you would like to share your expertise and talents with our participants by facilitating an enrichment camp please use the link below to apply.

Here is the link for the 2022-2023 E-Camp Summer Application: https://decaturga.seamlessdocs.com/f/ECamp2023.

A Season of Giving/Christmas Decatur is back to its traditional method of neighbors purchasing gifts directly for local children and seniors!

To apply for assistance, please complete an online application at https://aseasonofgiving.org/application/ by October 28th.

If you have any trouble with the form, questions or concerns, please email us at aseasonofgiving@decaturga.com or leave a message on our voicemail (404.378.8068).

If you do not need assistance, we would love your help!

Donors will purchase gifts from an individual wish list specific to a child (through 8th grade) or senior citizen. If you would like to be a donor, please complete our online form.

If you would like us to do the shopping for you, please donate directly at https://legacydecatur.org/give/ and select A Season of Giving!

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Our friends at Gathered & Grounded still have some spots available for a group session just for teens called Unwind Sundays during the month of October. Sessions are from 8-9pm on October 2, 9, 30 and November 6th and are designed to provide a safe place for teens to prepare for their week. To sign up go to www.GatheredAndGrounded.com. DEF is providing scholarships for families for which the attendance cost is prohibitive.

Calling all School PTAs: It may seem a long time away, but it’s really not: Mark your calendars (and start planning) for Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade and Party on February 4, 2023. This homegrown event raises important funds for music grants for City Schools of Decatur, and we want every school represented at this year’s parade! Business sponsorships are now available and complete details are here: www.meadrdmardigras.org


Don't miss your chance to be a part of one of Decatur's most iconic neighborhood events! Driver registration is now open for the 11th Annual Madison Avenue Derby, the non-motorized racing event where amateur racers of all ages design and build human-powered soapbox cars to compete against the clock in a downhill race!

Join the excitement as a racer or spectator on October 15, 2022, for a day of family-friendly fun - proceeds from the event this year go to support the Friends of Refugees! REGISTER TO RACE NOW

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