Eagle Edition

February 23, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Dear Parent Partners in Learning,

Alas, dear Glennwood Families, my Presidential term is coming to a close. I hope you will remember me fondly. I’m off now to write my memoirs. Thank you for not storming the front office. Dr. Brookins will return to Glennwood on Monday, Feb. 27. Please join me in welcoming her back.

We’ve had a fantastic week here at Glennwood and are looking forward to seeing everyone at Community Circle tomorrow. Be forewarned, you’ll be quizzed on the contents of this newsletter in order to gain access to Community Circle. Study up! You’re not going to want to miss it since Second grade classes will be hosting and sharing special highlights of our Black History Month Celebration.

Also a reminder that parents may access their child's report card via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Please see the directions below if you need help.



Assistant Principal


Accessing Report Card Instructions

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Contest Ending Soon!

Don't forget! Only one week left to send a photo of your child completing items from the BHM choice board for a chance to win a Brave & Kind Bookstore gift card! Email submissions to glennwooddei@gmail.com.
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Black History Art Design Contest

To honor the rich legacy of Black artists and uplift students' artistic talents, Reconstruction is pleased to present the Black & Brilliant Art Design Contest. The contest will allow students to creatively showcase a logo design that celebrates Black History all year. Three students (one high, middle, and elementary) with the most unique and creative Reconstruction design will be awarded a $500 Visa Gift Card. Educators, we have you covered with pre-made 30-minute lesson plans to introduce your students to Black artists they may have never heard of and then equip them to design and submit their own logo. Submissions are due by April 15th.

Student-Led Conference Surveys Still Needed Please

Thank you again for taking the time to attend your child's student-led conference before the February break. Your partnership and support in your child's learning is essential to their progress and success. We appreciate you tremendously! On that note, if you did NOT have a chance to provide feedback on your child's student-led conference, please use the QR code below to take a short survey on your experience. Your feedback is CRUCIAL to refining this process and making it the best that it can be! Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to take the survey if you have not already!

Kindergarten Registration for 2023-24 School Year

Kindergarten Enrollment Enrollment for new students for the 2023-24 school year starts on March 6. All current students (including students attending College Heights Pre-K) do not need to re-enroll to move to the next grade band. However, if you have a child attending private Pre-K, please enroll your child for Kindergarten on March 6th. Early registration really helps our planning for next year. Help us spread the word among your neighbors as well. Please go to https://www.csdecatur.net/enrollment to review the enrollment process and required documentation.
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February is LOVE MY BUS Month!!! Deadline Extended to Donate!

All you bus riders out there – we need your help!! Whether you ride the bus every day, a few times a week, or as a treat when you go on a field trip with your class, our CSD bus drivers are always there to get you safely to your destination. Let’s show our love for the three wonderful bus drivers who take such good care of our Glennwood community: Sherry Crenshaw, Bryan Groves and Teresa Moore!!

For the rest of February let’s shower these stellar drivers with love. You can draw a picture, write a note of appreciation or make a card and share it with your bus driver! Please also snap a pic and share it with me, your Glennwood Safe Routes to School Rep (Amanda McMillan – almcmil@gmail.com).

At the end of the month, we will be giving the bus drivers a gift from the school community. If you’d like to contribute, you can simply Venmo (@almcmil) or PayPal (almcmil@gmail.com) and include your child’s name. Reach out with any questions! And, thanks in advance for your help!

It's Time to Order Yearbooks!

The 22-23 Glennwood Yearbook is now on sale for $20. Please place orders HERE by March 25, 2023. It is an important Glennwood PTA tradition that every student and staff member receive a yearbook. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please consider donating a yearbook for $20 using the same link.

Create Yearbook DEDICATIONS for your child(ren) or teachers – the DEADLINE to purchase a dedication is March 25, 2023. **Please note that dedications can only be placed online at www.YearbookOrderCenter.com.

To purchase a dedication:

1. Go to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com.

2. Type in the Glennwood ES school code, which is 24818.

3. You’ll see the option to “Buy a Yearbook Ad.”

News from City Schools of Decatur

CSD Black History Spirit Week

It’s not too late… to celebrate! ALL CSD students, staff, families, and community members are invited to participate in CSD Black History Month Spirit Week, February 20-24!

Friday 2/24:

Demonstrate how you contribute to the CSD village by having group discussions in your building or department based on the following quote:

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

- Booker T. Washington

  • What does the quote mean?

  • How can you put the quote into action?

Send any photos, videos, or stories from the week to adowner@csdecatur.net of you (or your group) demonstrating you lifting yourself up by lifting up someone else.

Please continue to check your local school newsletters and websites for upcoming Black History celebrations throughout the month. Please send your photos and/or videos to andowner@csdecatur.net.

We want to hear from you! Please share feedback on the CSD Vision & Mission by March 5

We want to hear from you! As part of the CSD strategic planning process, we are reviewing and updating our vision and mission statements. The survey is now open and we want to hear what you like and what you think we should change or add to these foundational parts of our strategic plan.

Why are we doing this? Vision and mission statements help ground the work school districts do and represent the shared values and goals that everyone in the school community is committed to working toward. They form the foundation for developing and implementing policies and practices to support staff members, families, and students.

Call to Action: Please take 5-7 minutes to complete the CSD Vision & Mission Survey, review the current vision and mission statements (both are included in the survey for your reference), and share your thoughts with us. Don’t delay and complete by March 5th!

Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Call for Silent Auction Donations

Decatur Bulldog Boosters (DBB) will host our annual Bulldog Bash on March 18 at Legacy Park to support athletics at DHS and BHMS. The adult-only event features food trucks, bands and an online, silent auction – all to raise money for the Decatur Athletics. Please save the date and look for more information to come. In the meantime, we are looking for donations for the silent auction, including anything from gift cards and gift baskets to products, services, trips and experiences. This is a great way to market your business while supporting DBB. Please email Diana Yassanye with questions or complete our online form here.

Kings Award

ALL CSD students, PK-12, are invited to apply for their school's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King Awards. This joint award recognizes student teams who best demonstrate the beliefs and visions of two great Civil Rights leaders. Complete this application (one per team) by Monday, February 27, at 4 PM EST. Contact Anthony Downer at adowner@csdecatur.net for more information.

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Launchpad for Learning

It’s time to register for Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp hosted by CSD! Registration ends July 3rd at midnight. Spaces will fill up quickly so register soon.

Launchpad for Learning is an exciting, 1-week summer camp hosted by the City Schools of Decatur for students in grades K-8 in the 2023-24 school year. The Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp will be held July 10-13. Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp is a great opportunity for students to be introduced to upcoming grade-level standards with hands-on activities and fun experiences. This year our activities will have a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music) focus for $225 per student.

Attached is a Registration Help Form that will guide you through the registration process, and there is a video showing how to register posted here. We are excited about Launchpad and the possibility of helping our students transition into the new school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Eddie Johnson, District Launchpad for Learning Coordinator at ejohnson@csdecatur.net.

Fitnessgram Assessments

The Georgia Department of Health and Safety requires all Georgia physical education teachers to conduct an annual fitness assessment of all children. Fitnessgram evaluates five components of health-related fitness: aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition using objective criteria. The Fitnessgram platform generates confidential individual reports that are provided to parents, and then aggregate school-level reports that are provided to the school and health department.

For our k-2 students, only the body composition data is collected. We understand that body composition (weight and height) can be a sensitive topic. We assure parents that students will not be able to see their own weight/height results nor the results of their peers. Coach Meg will be conducting the Fitnessgram assessment in the upcoming weeks during P.E. Thank you for your understanding.

Atlanta Hawks - City Schools of Decatur Night

Join the Atlanta Hawks on March 3, for City Schools of Decatur Night at State Farm Arena. Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit that can be used at our restaurants inside the arena the night of the game. Special pregame performance by the BHMS Chorus!

To purchase tickets, click here. See flyer for details.

Decatur Student Center Offering - Family Meetings

Would You Like to Learn How to Conduct Family Meetings?

Are you tired of constant family arguments?

Are you tired of feeling as if your family is disconnected?

Are you tired of your family not knowing the schedule for the week?

Then perhaps Family Meetings are for you! Participants will learn how to conduct effective family meetings that will benefit all family members and encourage cohesiveness. Family Meetings have been shown to increase family members’ self-esteem, communication & conflict-resolution skills and instill a sense of belonging & resilience.

When: Wednesdays, beginning March 1

What: 5 weekly, 45-minute Google Meet sessions from 12:00 - 12:45

How: Attend weekly interactive meetings with camera on & ready to participate!

Cost: FREE and limited to 6 families

Click here to register and learn more!

City of Decatur - Decatur Launches 200 Stories Initiative

In celebration of City of Decatur’s bicentennial, the City has launched the 200 Stories Project- a community story vault- to preserve and document the history of those who are and have been part of the Decatur community. Through the power of storytelling, participants will help shape a shared vision for the future of Decatur.

Whether you are new to Decatur or have been around for a while, the City invites you to contribute to this historical moment by sharing your experiences. There is no script – simply volunteer to sit down and talk with an interviewer.

Interested in connecting with other community members? There is also an opportunity to volunteer as an interviewer. To participate, email 200stories@decaturga.com, or call Aileen de la Torre at 678-553-6596 or Renae Jackson at 678-553-6561.
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Community Resource Fair

CSD, in partnership with The Dekalb County Coalition and The Decatur Education Foundation, is excited to host our first annual Spring Resource Fair! The Community Resource Fair will take place on March 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 105 Electric Avenue (in the green space across the Wilson Center and Ebster Gym). We have 20+ vendors and organizations planning to come out to connect with families. The vendors and organizations will be offering mental health resources, physical health resources, food resources, and housing resources. We will also have fun activities on-site for families. For any questions, please contact Madison Bobbitt at mbobbit@csdecatur.net or 470-421-2279.

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News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Donations are needed to help food-insecure students and their families. Our BHMS snack pantry and weekend backpack programs are in need of replenishing. You can help by donating directly to them using these links:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: /a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W

Early Bird Registration EXTENDED ONE WEEK for the 21st Annual Tour deCatur at www.tourdecatur.com. Decatur’s favorite 5K and one-mile fun run is scheduled for Saturday March 11th. All adult participants who register on or before February 23rd will receive a race t-shirt. Youth participants for both the Fun Run and the 5K will receive a participation medal. As DEF’s biggest fundraiser, your participation helps fund everything we do to help our students learn and thrive. Presenting Sponsor Mathnasium of Decatur and Platinum Sponsor Realtor Amy Widener will be there at the race with giveaways!

Amplify Decatur is hosting their Spring Concert in the Square on Saturday, April 29th and DEF is so pleased to be one of the beneficiaries. The line-up is chock full of some amazing musicians – check them out and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amplify-decatur-music-festival-tickets-527859721637. Your evening of live music will support DEF, Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Giving Kitchen.

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