Eagle Edition

January 6, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone enjoyed the break and had lots of time with family! My kids and I really enjoyed our time with my parents and family in Massachusetts, where I grew up.

I am so proud of our staff, students and families who are persevering, working hard, and following our increased mitigation procedures. Over the last couple of days, we have had about 18% of students absent. Not all absences have been COVID-related. Staff absences have been extremely low, thus far.

We have a wonderful sub here each day, Ms. Milena Milkova, who helps us to manage absences. You may hear your students talk about her because she is amazing! We are so grateful to CSD for providing each school with a “Stellar Sub” who is with us every day. We are doing our best to keep our students and staff healthy, safe and engaged in instruction!

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to our community for the way that they have responded to our staff in such a difficult time. I know it is easy to get frustrated right now and it can be hard to see the positives. I am so incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support, understanding and love that we have received from our families. Each positive email, note and phone call truly means so much. One of my personal traditions for the New Year is that I choose a word for the upcoming year that means something to me. I think our Glennwood word of the year should be GRACE. Please remember to extend it to yourselves and to others! #strongertogether

Just a few reminders:

  • Parents- please wear your mask at all times when on-campus right now, particularly at arrival and dismissal!

  • Virtual or concurrent learning is reserved for students who are absent due to Covid or Covid exposure. If your student is out for other reasons, please work with your teacher regarding how to make up missed work as we would typically do.

  • Virtual/concurrent learning is a heavy lift for our teachers, and they are trying to do their best. I want to ensure that we provide students with effective instruction while safeguarding our teachers’ mental, emotional and physical health so that they are able to be effective and strong for our students and their own families. The last few years have required a Herculean effort from our teachers and staff. Again, I know this time is difficult for everyone.

  • Each teacher checks the temperature before lunch to determine whether or not the class will eat inside or outside. Remember, 45 degrees and below and/or precipitation will constitute indoor lunch. If we are inside, we spread out one class at a time in either the auditorium or both sides of the cafeteria. Masks are removed only when actively eating or drinking.
  • If your child will be out, please email to let us know why. It is helpful to include your teachers, Nurse Beth, and Ms. Hearn.

  • We have a new form if your child is absent due to anything COVID-related. Please review Nurse Beth’s important message below.

  • Please also review the results of the voluntary and anonymous vaccination rate survey sent out by the Glennwood SLT. The results are posted below.

Finally, please take the time to view this video of an inspiring new poem, New Day’s Lyric by Amanda Gorman. The staff and I watched it together on Monday. I think it is beautiful and uplifting.

Happy New Year! Every day, I feel so fortunate to be here with you at Glennwood. Please, always reach out with anything that you need or are wondering about. I am always here to chat or answer questions.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Important Message from Nurse Beth

COVID-19 Vaccination

If your child has completed their COVID-19 vaccination series (both shots), you can now upload it into the parent portal in Infinite Campus. If you are unable to upload it, you can email me (ebarrington@csdecatur.net) with a copy of the vaccination card. Once I receive the email, I will be able to update the information in Infinite Campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out through email or by calling the school at (404)370-4435.


Keep your child at home if they are experiencing ANY symptoms. This includes fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, etc. Keeping everyone safe is our highest priority, and we will not be able to allow symptomatic students to remain in school, even with a recent negative COVID-19 test. If you are contacted by Nurse Beth, please have arrangements in place to have your child picked up from school within one hour.

Covid testing is currently open to students and staff Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 AM at the Wilson Center. If your student is testing to return to school from quarantine or illness, please provide a copy of the test (email or paper copy is acceptable) before they return.

Please review proper mask-wearing with your child and the importance of wearing it. It is imperative that students come to school with a properly fitting mask. Please make sure to pack extra masks for your child. Sometimes mask changes are necessary, and we have a very limited amount of masks available.

If your student has been exposed or has tested positive for Covid 19, please complete this form and I will contact you to discuss dates of isolation and quarantine. Here is a link to the CSD's current isolation and quarantine protocol.

Voluntary Vaccination Rates Survey Results from GL SLT

Thank you to the families who participated in the voluntary COVID-19 vaccination survey in early December. We are very happy to share that of the 167 students at Glennwood, we received 103 responses. Of those 103 responses, 79 students or 76.7% of respondents indicated that their student had received both doses with the final vaccine administered 2 weeks ago or more. An additional 16 students or 15.5% of respondents had received one dose at the time of the survey, and all 16 indicated that they intended to get the second dose within the next month. Assuming those sixteen students received their second dose, we now have at least 95 students (57% of the student body) fully vaccinated. We are encouraged by these responses because we know vaccinations are the best way to prevent serious illness and the spread of COVID-19.

Please note, this information was a snapshot in time based on voluntary responses; not all parents participated in this survey, and some parents responded and preferred not to disclose their student’s vaccination status.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, we again encourage all students to be vaccinated and for parents to please upload vaccination cards in the parent portal for their children.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your children this week at Glennwood. Please see the charts below.

Thank you,

Glennwood SLT

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MAP Assessment Results

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students took the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Math and Reading assessments before the December break. The MAP assessment is an adaptive assessment used to track student growth and progress over time. This assessment is for students to “show what they know” and helps inform instruction. Your child's assessment results will be shared with you in a "Family Report" that will be sent home on Thursday, Jan. 13th in their communication folder. Please reach out to your child's teacher or to Jill Tolsma, our Instructional Coach at jtolsma@csdecatur.net, if you have any questions!
This week, I'm teaching a lesson in Kindergarten on Friends and the positive qualities of friendship. We will watch a short BrainPOP Jr. episode on Friends followed by a reading of Julia Cook's book Making Friends Is an Art! This is a cute, fun way to introduce kids to the basic concept that in order to have friends, one needs to be a friend. We will end the lesson with a short art/writing activity.

Beginning next week in 2nd grade, I will start a 4-lesson unit on Equity and Diversity. This developmentally appropriate unit will begin with a lesson on Empathy to set the groundwork for the later lessons. The 2nd lesson will discuss Identity and Culture. The 3rd lesson will be on Anti-Racism and Discrimination. The 4th and culminating lesson will be on Immigrants and Refugees. I will include more information on all these lessons in the future. Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

Eagle Bookstore Donations Needed

Our inventory at the Eagle Bookstore is running low. If you are cleaning out your child's collection of books at home and plan to purge some, we would love to have any gently used books that you no longer need. We need picture books and early chapter books that are appropriate for K-2 students.

Glennwood teachers give out Eagle Book Bucks to students who are working so hard to S.O.A.R. Students then have the opportunity to shop at the Eagle Bookstore and purchase a book to keep. Once a month we have a drawing from the Eagle Book Bucks bank and one student wins a gift card to Little Shop of Stories. Thank you for your help in advance! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Rittenhouse at drittenhouse@csdecatur.net.

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Read-a-Thon begins on Friday, January 14!

The Glennwood Read-a-Thon, “Slide Into A Good Book,” is about to officially kick off! Read-a-Thon will start at 3:00 pm on January 14 and end on January 24. Read-a-Thon is the main PTA fundraiser this year, so we hope you will participate! Funds raised by Read-a-Thon will help support Glennwood, including supplies needed for teachers, staff, and students, teacher innovation grants, school improvements, teacher appreciation events and gifts, school supply kits and Kindergarten t-shirts, and much more! Our fundraising goal this year is $5,000 and we can meet that goal with everybody working together.

Raising funds and logging minutes is easy and can all be done virtually. Log into your account at https://glennwoodpta.org/. Don’t have an account? No problem. Easy, step-by-step instructions may be found HERE. If you need help logging in or creating a campaign, please contact Jen Lewin at jsimmenlewin@gmail.com. Students can share their campaign site via email and/or on social media with friends and family who wish to sponsor and donate.

Prizes will be awarded to top readers and the class that reads the most minutes in each grade! Fun goodies will also be awarded for participation. Thank you so much for your participation in this worthwhile event and your support for our school!

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Run With the Dogs 5K to Benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs 2022!

The race is Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a new course in MAK and Oakhurst that starts and finishes at Renfroe Middle School. This year's race will be chip timed for the first time and all 5K participants will receive the coveted long-sleeved T-shirt with original artwork by Adam Pinsley.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the 2022 Face of the Race. We are pleased to announce that Trout is our winner, and his adorable face will be featured on the race T-shirts, posters, and water bottle stickers.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports student-athletes on 45 sports teams at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

For more information and to register for Run With the Dogs, click here!

MTSS Department Presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

Please complete the form to register your K-5 CSD student(s) for a Super Saturday session.CSD teachers and highly recommended staff will conduct engaging hands-on enrichment activities with small groups (1:10) of students on one (1) Saturday per month. The instructional focus will change from month to month (Math, STEM, ELA/Reading, etc.). All sessions will run from 9:00 am- noon. This is FREE to all CSD K-5 students, but space is limited based on teacher availability. Registration will close at noon on the Friday before the session OR when all spaces have been filled. You will receive a confirmation email from Google upon successful registration. REGISTER HERE

Pre-K & Kindergarten Check-In

Mr. Frank DeFilippo, Special Education Coordinator, and Cheryl Grant, Parent Mentor, will host the second meeting of the three-part check-in with parents/guardians of Pre-K and Kindergarten children. Families will be able to submit questions on the RSVP form.

Our staff members look forward to connecting with CSD families in this meeting. Click the button below to RSVP and submit any questions you may have.

Target Audience: Parents of Pre-K & Kindergarten students who have an IEP

Date: January 20, 2022

Time: 6-7pm

Location: Virtual

RSVP Link or Email Cheryl Grant cgrant@csdecatur.net

Decatur Farm to School is currently recruiting new members to its committee.

Joining the Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Committee is a great way to get involved with the work of getting our students outside in their school garden and making the connection to what they are learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria/at home.

Click on this link to find out which volunteer positions are available and show your interest.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Happy New Year from Decatur Education Foundation! We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing break and is ready for learning! Here are some things happening in the next week:

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, January 13th, 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 5 pm on Wednesday, January 12th, and your order will be available for pick up between 5 – 5:45 pm on Thursday, January 13th - 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!

As the Snickers commercial says, "We're not ourselves when we're hungry." It's also hard to learn and concentrate! That's why DEF is teaming up with the counselors at Talley Street, Renfroe Middle, and Decatur High School to keep the snacks stocked at those schools. We are also accepting donations to our weekend backpack program, which provides supplemental food for students who need it. If you'd like to help with a donation to your students' school, click HERE for links to each school's Amazon Wish List. Your orders will go straight to the schools. Together, we make a difference for our kids!

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