Eagle Edition

September 9, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We are really getting into the swing of things here at Glennwood and having so much fun learning! I am so proud of how well students and staff are handling mitigation strategies and trying their best to be respectful and keep others safe. (Please note- Keep reading past my greeting for important information on Surveillance Testing which will begin after Fall Break.)

In the event that your child or class has to quarantine due to exposure or a positive COVID19 case, I know that is unwelcome news and can feel really stressful. I want to ensure that you know what to expect if you should find yourself in this scenario and hopefully alleviate some of the stress this may cause.

Once close contacts are identified and depending on the details of the specific situation, students who are quarantined between 7-10 days are offered one of two options below. We contact trace as quickly as we can, but we ask that you please be patient as it does take time.

Quarantine Learning Plan Options

  1. Concurrent instruction throughout the day (e.g. crew, reading, math, writing)

  2. 1.5 hours of live direct instruction: This may be done in a group if more than one student is quarantining. This may be during the teacher’s planning or after school if the teacher has students in person, as well.

Below is a sample email that you might receive if your child has to quarantine. Please notice the links to request a Chromebook and ensure you know how to access apps on Launchpad and the Parent Portal. Depending on the scenario, your email may be different. This is just an example and of course, if a child is not well enough to participate, that is taken into account.

Hello Parents and Families,

While quarantining we will be meeting virtually at these times and will have a check-ins at _____am. There is also a work packet that your child may work on while they are at home.

At 8:20am, your child may click on the Google Meet link located in the banner of their teacher’s Google Classroom for their Crew Meeting. Then, they can work throughout the day on the work packet. We will meet again on the Google Meet link at these times _______ to check in and answer any questions.

Accessing CSD’s Launch Pad for Google Classroom & Google Meet

Log into your Google Student Account - Directions for signing in

*Note: You will need your child’s student number from the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus for their login (this is the same number as your child’s student lunch number).

Chromebook Check Out

If you need a Chromebook please fill out this form as soon as possible. You will be notified once your Chromebook is ready for pick up. Please keep in mind that we will work on these requests during school hours as we receive them; however we do share our Tech Specialist with another school.

Parent Portal

Please make yourself familiar with the CSD Parent Portal as you will need to access it for a variety of reasons: student information, report cards, health reports, and etc…


If you have any questions for Nurse Beth her email is: ebarrington@csdecatur.net.

If you have any instructional technology questions for Mrs. Rittenhouse at drittenhouse@csdecatur.net. If you have technical issues with the Chromebook, please email our tech support specialist, Mike Reynolds at mikereynolds@csdecatur.net.

So far, we have not had many families opt-in for surveillance testing at Glennwood. Please consider opting in if you are so inclined. I met with the representative from the company today and testing will be conducted in the cafeteria. Logistics will be very controlled and socially distanced in a very large space- masks will be down for a very short amount of time to swab. Feel free to reach out to me or Nurse Beth with any questions! You will find the consent form with the information in the section below from CSD.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you,

Dr. Brookins

First Walk & Roll Friday of the School Year is TOMORROW!!!

Our monthly tradition returns after a year-long hiatus! Please join us on your feet, your bike or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!) and show the neighborhood how Eagles SOAR! We have modified procedures slightly to keep everyone safe this year. Students who walk, bike or scoot will still enter at their grade specific doors, where they will be counted, using our traditional marbles, by their staff door monitors. They will also be offered an incentive for participating! Don’t forget your masks on campus! Each marble will count towards students earning extra school wide recess, and announcements will be made at virtual Community Circle!

*Walking School Buses are on hold (due to Covid) until further notice*

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

Important Information about Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and to determine if further evaluation for possible 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 submit it to the Gifted Specialist at your child’s school by October 6th. No additional information is needed.

The Gifted Specialist for Glennwood Elementary 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 Specialist for your school at sshewan@csdecatur.net or visit the following website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/581.

This week, I taught a lesson entitled the Greedy Me Me Me's to Kindergarten and 1st grade. We discussed the difference between selfish and kind behavior in and outside the classroom. We read either Leo Lionni's It's Mine! or Oliver Jeffers' The Fate of Fausto. We followed up by playing a game, Greedy Granny, by using examples of selfish vs. kind behavior. The students had a blast! Next week, I will teach a lesson to our 2nd graders on peer pressure and doing the right thing even when it's hard.

I had a wonderful time on Wednesday getting to lead our first Lunch N' Learn of the year. It was on separation anxiety, meltdowns, and tantrums. We had a good turnout and participation. If you missed it or would like to go back and watch it again, here is the recording. Additionally, the recording and presentation as well as other resources are housed in a resource folder. I look forward to more Lunch N' Learns in the future. As always, don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything to my email: jblase@csdecatur.net
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PTA Events: Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 PM -- we will have our General PTA Meeting on Zoom. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. You'll get to meet our PTA officers, learn about the many ways our PTA supports Glennwood, and see the proposed calendar of events.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 5448 1601
Passcode: 138668

Saturday, October 23, 12:00 PM -- Glennwood PTA First Annual Chili Cook-Off! Join us in building community, raising some funds, and creating bragging rights about the best chili this side of the tracks.

What can you do?

1. Create a team - Got a solid chili recipe? Wanna challenge your neighbors?

Contact James Herndon (jamesherndon3@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining or creating a team - the more the merrier. We will have veggie and traditional categories.

2. Get ready to sell some tickets. All are optional - but we will be sending them home with your kiddo starting in a few weeks. Each ticket gets the holder a number of samples and the right to vote for the best.

3. Volunteer in other ways - Set up, clean up, take down. We will reach out later.

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Surveillance Testing Information

In case you missed the consent form in Dr. Fehrman's September 3 Friday Follow-Up, the information she shared is below.

Parents - it is time to fill out the consent form for surveillance testing! The more participation we have, the better the program will be at identifying positive cases in our schools and slowing the spread in our community.

If you consent, your child will receive a free weekly diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus. Our goal is to conduct testing at least once a week at each school (K-12). The types of tests that may be used include rapid antigen tests such as BinaxNow and PCR tests (for students with a positive rapid test). Collecting a specimen for the rapid antigen testing involves inserting a small swab, similar to a Q-tip, into the front of the nose. The PCR test is obtained through a nasopharyngeal swab inserted into the nasal cavity until it reaches the nasopharynx. The rapid antigen test is considered non-invasive, and the PCR test is considered minimally invasive. Notification of positive results will follow the same communication procedures we currently use.

Click here to fill out the consent form. Each student will need a consent form to participate in testing.

Go to https://www.csdecatur.net/covid19 to learn more about surveillance testing.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

The Race is ON! One of Oakhurst's most anticipated events -- the Madison Ave Derby --is happening on October 16th and registration has begun at www.madisonavesoapboxderby.org! Participation in this community event is practically a rite of passage for Decatur kids, and it raises important funds for issues affecting our students. This year's Derby beneficiary is the Decatur Student Center, located in CSD Decatur High School and equipped to attend to our students' behavioral health and non-academic needs. To learn more about the Student Center, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation/behavioral-health. See you at the Derby!

Homework Help: 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. If you would like to help as a volunteer tutor, you can apply here. (High school students can earn volunteer hours!)

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