Eagle Edition

December 9, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello, Glennwood Families!

We have had an awesome week at Glennwood! Students have been working very hard at persevering on their MAP testing. I am very proud of them.


Our School Leadership Team would like to get an idea of student vaccination rates here at Glennwood. If you feel compelled, please complete this voluntary and anonymous survey to help us gather this data. We can share the percentages with the community once we have an idea of where we are with our student vaccination rates. Thank you to all the families who have already completed this.


As a reminder, once your child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with both shots of the vaccination series, please email Nurse Beth at ebarrington@csdecatur.net. Once we receive the email, we can update the information in Infinite Campus for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out through email or by calling the school at (404) 370-4435. Thank you for your help in this important matter.


As the weather continues to move toward colder temperatures, if your transportation plans include having your child switch to riding a school bus you must register. All CSD riders must register to ride the bus through The Transportation Portal Bus Planner https://csd.mybusplanner.com/. This will let us know who is riding and also how we communicate with parents. If you are interested in tracking the bus, please sign up for Here ComesThe Bus.


Warmest regards,


Dr. Holly Brookins

It is so hard to believe that it is already December! Since the weather is getting colder, please make sure that your child has an extra set of cold weather clothes to keep in their locker. The playground can be muddy, kids spill things and all kids have accidents sometimes (even second graders) and we have a limited supply of extra clothing. Having extra clothing available while at school will alleviate interrupting your day and get your child back to class sooner.


If you have any older clothes that you were planning on donating, for both boys and girls, we will gladly take them.


Covid Vaccine event tomorrow for children ages 5 to 11!!

The City Schools of Decatur will be partnering with the Dekalb Board Of Health to provide the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11-year-olds this Friday 12/10.

This is free to anyone in the community - 5 to 11-year-olds only. An appointment is necessary.

When- Vaccines will be available from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm, December 10, 2021

Where-125 Electric Ave, Decatur GA 30030 (Board Room Entrance)

How- Follow the link to schedule your appointment COVID-19 Vaccination Registration (powerappsportals.us)


COVID-19 Testing Opportunity at CSD:

CSD is partnering with Mako Medical to offer both rapid antigen and PCR COVID-19 testing. (This began on Wednesday, December 8th.) Testing will take place Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 8:30 am at the Wilson Center (Board Room entrance), 125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA.


If a student has a positive rapid test, they will be required to take a PCR test and not report to school. Registration, consent, and result notification will be managed by the lab. You can register your student(s) here. No appointment is necessary, but please register online for faster service. Limited onsite registration will be available. (Note: Patient ID# is not a required field on the registration form)


Who should test:

  1. Students identified as close contacts

  2. Students referred by the School Health Clinic

  3. Symptomatic students


As always if you have any questions, you can reach me at 404-370-4435 or ebarrington@csdecatur.net

Nurse Beth

This week and next, I am collaborating on a lesson with Ms. Marchetti to teach the topic of disabilities and celebrating neurodiversity. This is a positive and affirmative lesson to help introduce the topic of disabilities to students to increase acceptance and understanding amongst students. We learn that we are all different, which makes us the same. We begin the lesson with a short video discussing a particular disability and how that impacts a person's life. This helps create awareness. Next, we generally covered the topic of disabilities in a variety of areas and discussed particular disabilities that are more common. Some of the different areas we discussed are physical, developmental, and mental in nature. The lesson ends with the kids getting to share connections with the class and ask any questions that they may have. The students have been very excited about this and it has really helped increase acceptance and understanding in the class!
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Calling all First Grade Families: December Glennwood Staff Snack Table

For December, the PTA is asking First Grade families to host a "Holiday Sweets and Treats" Display for our staff. If you're a First Grade family, please visit the Sign Up Genius here to sign up to bring in something for our staff (each grade will have two opportunities this year, so the intention is that families participate only once per year).


We request that all items be store-bought (not homemade), but they do not need to be individually wrapped. Please drop off your items with Ms. Hearn at the front office December 13-15th anytime during school hours and the PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy on Thursday, December 16th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) Thank you!


You're invited to our next PTA DEI Virtual Meeting

Monday, December 13, 2021 at 8 PM

Zoom: npraol@emory.edu is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Glennwood PTA DEI Committee Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Read-a-thon is Coming!

It's almost time for Read-a-thon, yay! If you would like to help volunteer with Read-a-thon events, please reach out to Jen Lewin at jsimmenlewin@gmail.com.


Special Tour of Nellie May Rowe Exhibit at the High

Catch the LAST DAY of the critically acclaimed and family-friendly exhibition, Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe at the High Museum of Art with a special tour led by the show’s curator and Glennwood parent, Dr. Katherine Jentleson.


Nellie Mae Rowe was born on July 4, 1900, on a farm in Fayetteville, Georgia, and showed early promise as an artist, but was not able to exercise her calling until much later in her life. In 1968, she reclaimed her love of art, transforming her home and yard into her “Playhouse” and making hundreds of lively drawings, about 50 of which are featured in this exhibition. Don’t miss the chance to experience Rowe’s wonderful world—including miniature reconstructions of her Playhouse !--and to share the powerful story of an African American artist who stayed true to herself and never let go of her passion.


The event is Sunday, Jan 9 at 11:30 am. To reserve a spot, please sign up on the sign-up genius!

Capacity is limited due to space limitations within the galleries, so please limit sign-up to one child and one parent if at all possible. If many families wish to join, we can add additional tour times.


If you cannot make it to the museum, or if you are interested in exploring Rowe’s art and story at home in advance of it, check out the High’s brand new LINK site, a suite of digital resources that includes interactive, video, and other content to deepen engagement with the museum’s collection and exhibitions.

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Lost and Found is Full!

Our lost and found is quite full. Please look at the photo below and check with your child about any possible lost clothing or personal items. The items in lost and found are not labeled with student names, so we have been unable to return the lost items to their owners. We will be donating all of the unclaimed lost and found items to a local charity after Holiday Break. Thank you.
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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

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

In this season of giving, DEF has several ways in which you can donate your time:


  • As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6
  • As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis - easy peasy! Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.
  • As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.
  • As a REACH Mentor -- we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.


If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply. Together we make a difference for #ourkids!

Decatur Fire Department Visits Kindergarten

Kindergarten classes are learning about Community Helpers as a part of their fall expedition. Thank you to the City of Decatur Fire Department for visiting our kindergarten classes and helping students learn about this important job. Decatur firefighters are pictured with Ms. Kaplan's classes. (Photo creds - Mr. C)
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