Eagle Edition

October 13, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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Dyslexia Georgia Department of Education Statewide Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom's Virtual CSD Parent Dyslexia Q&A

Thursday Oct 20, 2022 ⋅ 6:30pm – 7:30pm (Eastern Time - New York)

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: GA Department of Education CSD Virtual Dyslexia Q and A Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Question form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSNZepM332oti_ETHYYk2z8v-QtD1fllEmFNi1R1Mz7QPLSQ/viewform

Deadline for Ordering Class Pictures is Tomorrow!

What fun we had photographing your children this Fall! We captured some fun moments … there are several image proofs for each child, along with a GROUP class photo available. These images will be used in the school yearbook and are also available for purchase.

(Please refer the links for each classroom that were emailed to your from your classroom teacher in order to view your child's photo.)

Images are available for purchase in packages, single prints or JPG (digital files). If you order prints, they will be shipped to the photographer (DEANA KINGSBURY) and then delivered to the school. This saves families shipping fees. If you order JPG files, they will be emailed to the address provided on your order. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Deana (contact info below).

We will happily retouch images if you see something on the JPG file.

Thank you so much for having me. Deadline for orders is FRIDAY, OCT 14th.

Deana Kingsbury



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Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

We need parents to sign up to help with the book fair. This is the MOST FUN volunteer job to be surrounded by a room full of brand-new books, and your support is so important to this fundraiser!:) Thank you for supporting the Glennwood Media Center!

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Follow Up from Parent Coffee Chat

If you were unable to attend the parent coffee chat, last Friday, we posted the presentation to our website. Please access it HERE. Also, you can access CSD's Reporting Plan 2022-23 HERE. If you have any questions, please contact our Instructional Coach, Jill Tolsma at jtolsma@csdecatur.net.

Birthdays Celebrations in Community Circle

Going forward, we will announce all birthdays for the month on the first Community Circle of each month. In Community Circle on November 4, we will announce all November birthdays. This will hopefully make it easier for staff announcing the birthdays and also for parents so that they will know when their child's birthday will be announced.


As you and your family participate at events and school activities, we'd love for you to capture those memories and submit those photos so we can feature as many as possible in the yearbook! Details can be found at www.tinyurl.com/glennwoodyearbook. If you have any questions or issues, please email yearbook@glennwoodpta.org.

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Sunday October 23rd. 12-4pm. Glennwood Elementary Playground.

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! Get your tickets HERE!

We are looking for chefs in our community to share their favorite Chili or Stew with our families. For general volunteer opportunities, please sign up here!

We will need volunteers to coordinate the cake walk, please sign up HERE and to donate cakes, please sign up HERE! (Please, be aware that there are three different sign-ups!)

If you have any questions, please email James Herndon at: Jamesherndon3@gmail.com

Glennwood Staff Appreciation

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).

Artwork Help For Glennwood’s Art Teacher

Each grading period, our Glennwood Art Teacher, Ms. Nadine Howarth, would like help sorting, rolling, and taping "Art Portfolio Bundles" for the students and changing out the artwork on a few of the school Bulletin boards.

Please consider signing up to help. The job should take about an hour of your time. In the comments section, please include the date of your choice from the list of dates, and the time you plan to arrive.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meeting

Please join us at our next DEI meeting on October 24th at 8pm. Meet us at 213 Mount Vernon Dr. Decatur GA 30030 or virtually (https://zoom.us/j/93000271473).

Questions?! Please email Nikhila Raol and Amanda Gillespie at: GlennwoodDEI@gmail.com

Come Celebrate Diwali!

Sat 10/22 from 5-7pm, with us and help at the same time! RSVP! http://evite.me/5Z7ytX4TmX



•Donate! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/8RbYHlu...

•Pre-order food!

Don't forget to pre-order from Naan Stop’s special Diwali menu (https://naanstop-oakhurst.square.site/). Available for pick up at the event!

Questions: contact oakhurstptadei@gmail.com or priti.bandi@gmail.com. *Hosted by your school's DEI committees.

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Ms. Nicole Brickhouse, Family Support Manager for InCommunity, will share information about Family Support Funding and an overview about InCommunity Organization. The City Schools of Decatur's Special Education Department is excited to welcome this wonderful well-established organization to our district.

Who is eligible to access funding?
Individuals ages four and up with a diagnosed developmental disability living in Georgia at home with their families, and are not currently receiving a NOW/COMP Waiver, are eligible for Family Support Services. *Funding is disability-based, not financial needs based.

Target Audience: Parents of students with an IEP Pre-K through 12th Grades

Date: Oct 20, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Virtual Meeting RSVP here or email Cheryl Grant at cgrant@csdecatur.net

Superintendent Search Virtual Input Meeting

Thank you to all of the community stakeholders who participated in the community engagement session that was held on September 28 for the superintendent search. GSBA will conduct a virtual community input meeting via Zoom on October 24 from 6-7:30. The information for the meeting is below:

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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

You only turn 20 once! Come celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us at Soiree in the City on Saturday, November 12th from 6-10 pm. Here’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up and go out on the town at one of the hottest new event venues in Atlanta, 42West. We’ll enjoy a seated harvest dinner by Little Farmhouse Cafe, live music from Maxwell Street and a full array of cocktails and mocktails. Tickets are now on sale at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/soiree. Business sponsorships are still available! Contact leah@decatureducationfoundation.org for more information. Let’s cut a rug and enjoy an evening on the town for a great cause: our kids!

Meaningful volunteer opportunities available! DEF is seeking volunteers to be tutors and mentors! Tutors are needed to help students from 2nd – 8th grades for one hour per week. We are also gearing up to re-launch our AIM Scholars mentoring program in January, for which we need 20-30 adult volunteers. If you would like to learn more about these programs and sign up, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby


Join us as a spectator on Saturday, October 15th, for a day of family-friendly fun to watch the race! Check out the full schedule here. Food and beverages available for purchase - all proceeds from this year’s event go to support the Friends of Refugees family literacy program!

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