Eagle Edition

December 16, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

Can you believe we are coming to the end of the year and the end of the first semester? It seems to have gone by so quickly! I know that over the last year and a half together we have endured difficult times but we have also had some wonderful, beautiful times. I feel so fortunate every day to be in this community with such incredible students, teachers and families.

I’d like to send out a huge thank you to our PTA and families for putting together a beautiful holiday treat table to show our staff how special they are. We truly feel the love every day from our families. Take a look at the pictures below- the table is so beautiful!

I hope everyone has a wonderful break and is able to make special memories with families and friends. I am looking forward to going “home” to Massachusetts to see my family and friends. We may even get some snow! As a kid, my grandmother always took my brother and me sledding- I hope we have enough snow to continue the tradition with my kids, Cameron and Gracie, this year!

Stay safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing everyone back in January of 2022!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Student COVID19 Vaccination Survey for Families

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 who have already completed the survey.

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.

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 during the holiday break 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.

Asian American Pacific Islanders Sidekicks Program

Is your child part of the AAPI community? Consider becoming part of the AAPI Sidekick program!

To foster a sense of support and connection within the CSD AAPI community, AAPI high school student mentors will be grouped into pairs and matched up with AAPI elementary students.

There will be 5 in-person sessions occurring monthly on Fridays between 11:30 and 12:30 starting in January and going through May. Meetings will be held at the Glenwood ES campus and will follow Glennwood's Covid protocols.

This program is free and open to all identifying AAPI students at Glennwood ES.

The program is an initiative supported by CSD's Department of Equity and Student Services and Decatur HS's Asian Culture Club. Please complete the interest form by clicking HERE.

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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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Glennwood Staff Snack Table

We'd like to thank the First Grade Families for an awesome Winter Holiday Sweets and Treats Table this week! The staff really enjoyed the treats.

Information about the January staff appreciation event hosted by second-grade families will be forthcoming after the Winter Holiday.

Read-a-thon is Coming!

It's almost time for Read-a-thon! If you would like to help volunteer with Read-a-thon events, beginning January 8th, please reach out to Jen Lewin at jsimmenlewin@gmail.com.

Happy Holidays from the PTA! We hope everyone has a restful break and we'll see you in 2022!

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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CSD Transportation Department

Transportation would like to thank all parents/guardians that have signed up for Bus Planner and downloaded our Here Comes the Bus App. Parents who have not registered and need bus service can register at https://csd.mybusplanner.com. When we return from the Christmas Break ALL bus riders will be required to register for bus service and use an RFID card to enter the bus. RFID cards are issued by the students attending school. If you need help or have any concerns, please contact the transportation department at hctb@csdecatur.net.
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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!

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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!

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