Eagle Edition

August 25, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

GL SLT Election Votes Due by TODAY!

Thank you to parents who volunteered to fill the vacant position for the School Leadership Team for the 2022-23 school year! Each Glennwood family will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the SLT election. There is ONE vote per STUDENT at GL. If there are multiple adults in a household, please coordinate your vote so that there is only one per GL student. The candidate with the highest number of votes will be the new parent representative on the SLT.

Please cast your vote using this Google Form TODAY. Bios for each candidate may be found HERE. Please cast your vote by 5pm on Thursday, August 25th. The new parent representative will be announced via eblast on Friday, August 26th.

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Schedule for Curriculum Night

  • 5:30pm-6:00- PTA presentation in the auditorium (all families start here before going to classroom sessions)
  • 6:05-6:35- 1st classroom session
  • 6:45-7:15- 2nd classroom session

Other details:

  • Grade level teams will present together (Locations will be announced)
  • Classroom sessions 1 and 2 will be the same presentation (for parents with more than one child at GL)

Birthday Book Fundraiser for Glennwood Media Center - Deadline is tomorrow!

The Glennwood Birthday Book program gives you the opportunity to both honor your child on their birthday and help our library collection continue to grow. To honor your child with a birthday book donation, simply send $20 cash or check (made payable to Glennwood Elementary School) by Friday, August 26. We welcome friends or other family members to participate in this program, as well. Families are not limited to one book.

After receiving your donation, your child will choose a new library book during his/her birthday month during library time. We will affix a book dedication label to the inside of the book your child chooses indicating that the book is donated in their honor to our library. We would like for you to write a special message that will be printed on the label. For example:

Happy 7th Birthday to our Great Reader! We love you Andrew! Mom and Dad August 2022

In honor of Lydia’s 9th Birthday! Lots of love, Nana and Papa July 2022

Your child may keep the new book for two weeks before he/she must return it to the library. This book checkout will be in addition to their regular library book(s). Each participant will have their picture taken with their new book, and we will send the picture to you as a token of our appreciation.

The form was sent home in communication folders this week. The form must be submitted, along with payment, by Friday, August 26. If you did not receive a copy, you may download and print a copy HERE.

July and August birthdays will be celebrated in September and June birthdays will be celebrated in May during library lessons. Additionally, Glennwood student and staff birthdays are announced over the intercom with morning announcements and also in Community Circle.

Thank you so much to all the families who have supported our fundraiser so far!

Walk and Roll to School is BACK on Sept. 2!

It’s Walk & Roll time again, and we are bringing back our Walking School Buses this year!!! After a LONG break, we can finally get back into celebrating as we walk with our community! Our first Walk & Roll of the school year will take place next Friday, September 2! So, let’s hit the sidewalks with our feet, bikes, and scooters (don’t forget those helmets) and have some FUN! We will continue to use grade level specific entrances for our students on Walk & Roll days, and the door monitor teachers will be helping out students with their marbles and will be handing out incentives. Don’t forget that every marble counts towards students earning school-wide extra recess, and announcements will be made at our first parent-invited Community Circle of the school year! Let’s have a strong first Walk & Roll back, and show everyone how Eagles SOAR!!

You can check out the Walk & Roll website here: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/585 for all of the details including our Walk & Roll schedule for the year, other important dates, details and routes for our three Walking School Buses, how to keep our kids safe as we walk and roll, and links to our safe routes to school partners.

*Still looking for parent volunteers to help lead the Walking School Buses along our three main walking routes!*

Please reach out with any questions to Glennwood Walk & Roll Chair, Amanda McMillan (almcmil@gmail.com).

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Save the Date for Fall Picture Day!

Deana Kingsbury Photography (www.deanakingsbury.com) will be on campus the week of September 12th to photograph Glennwood students! Photos will be taken outside on the playground. Images are candid, playful and offered in black/white. Individual photos will also be taken in color for yearbook photo and for purchase. Proofs will be available via an online gallery within a few weeks of the shoot and all prints ordered will be delivered to school. Purchased JPG files will be available for download via email provided. Questions? Email Deana at deana@deanakingsbury.com.

The schedule will be as follows:

Monday, 9/12


9:00am - Kaplan

9:40am - Ronco

10:10am - Rose

Tuesday, 9/13

First Grade

9:00am - Jones

9:40am - Turnipseed

10:10am - VanDuzer

Wednesday, 9/14

Second Grade

10:00am - Bennett

10:40am - Marion

11:10am - Marquez

Thursday, 9/15

Make up for absent kids

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Existing families AND new families, we would like to hear from you!

Do you have a Glennwood in-person event that you miss and would like to see back?! Do you have any new school/community event ideas that you would like to share?!

Please email Communications Chair, Nydia Almond at: nialmond05@gmail.com

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Staff Appreciation Committee

PTA volunteers, please save the date! (Wednesday, September 14th)

We would appreciate your support on our efforts to stock, clean and organize the staff lounge for the start of the school year. Our goal is to make the lounge welcoming for Glennwood’s awesome staff! More details coming up soon. Stay tuned!

Glennwood Annual Chili & Stew Cook Off

Mark your calendars! Sunday October 23rd, afternoon. If you are interested in cooking or organizing, please email James Herndon at: Jamesherndon3@gmail.com

Glennwood Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Romp and Read is back this year thanks to our amazing PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee!

The first one will be this Saturday August 27th at 10:00 am. Please meet us at the school’s playground. For more information, please visit the PTO’s DEI Website HERE. See you there!

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CSD Strategic Plan Input Session and Survey


Parent Literacy Event

The Teaching and Learning Department is excited to host several parent-focused literacy events this school year. The September session is listed below. Stay tuned for information about additional programs scheduled for the remainder of the school year.

September 15 at 4:00 pm: American Reading Company (ARC) Virtual Parent Education: Comprehensive Literacy for Turbulent Times - The Power Behind a Knowledge Building Curricula

If you have any questions about these events, please contact the Teaching and Learning Department at csimon@csdecatur.net.

Connection Sessions

Connection Sessions are conversations between CSD's Equity Director, various invited guests, and the CSD POGM* community. During each session, community members are introduced to a person who is integral to supporting the school system while we discuss thoughts, interests, and concerns regarding City Schools of Decatur. Each session uses a racial equity lens - always asking the question - "What does race have to do with this?"

These sessions may not always have the answers, but they provide an opportunity for members of Decatur's POGM community (as well as all others) to explore perspectives, pose questions, and share thoughts.

Each meeting starts at 6 pm. Access it by using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/2yuj2tbs.

  • September TBD, 2022 - Adena Walker, Chief of Human Resources, CSD

  • October 17th, 2022 - Billy Heaton, Principal, Talley Street

  • November 14th, 2022 - Courtney Burnett, Chief of Staff, CSD

  • December 19th, 2022 - Karen Newton-Scott, Principal, FAVE

* People of color, despite being minoritized in the US, are a global majority. Thus, previously entitled BIPOC Connection Sessions, the name of this event is now Connection Sessions for POGM (People of the Global Majority). There is conflict regarding the use of the term BIPOC and this article details many relevant concerns. In short, the term BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color, elevates some cultures over others in a way that does not reflect the respect each culture deserves.

Special Education Parent Engagement

September Meeting: disAbility Link - Empowering Youth

Mr. William Thomas, Youth & Diversity Supervisor for disAbility Link, will give an overview of the services and supports offered through the Empowering Youth program for youths ages 14-29. disAbility link provides but is not limited to employment support, self-advocacy, social activities, and peer support.

Target Audience: Parents of students with disabilities ages 14-22 years old

Date: September 15

Time: 6-7pm

Location: Virtual

To RSVP, click this Link or email Cheryl Grant at cgrant@csdecatur.net.

For more information, please see the August Welcome Back Flyer.
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If you have questions about interventions, please contact Erica Godfrey, District Intervention Specialist & MTSS Coordinator, at egodfrey@csdecatur.net.
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Do you have plans for a new garden or class project? You're full of fantastic ideas on how to incorporate farm-to-school principles into a teaching unit? Need funds for a "green" field trip?

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Committee invites you to apply for a grant for 2022/23. Teachers, administrators, PTA members, and parent volunteers can apply on behalf of their CSD school. Please get your applications in before August 31, 2022. (Link here and on the Wylde Center website > Education > Farm to School)

2022-2023 DF2S School Grant Application

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Live music at an afternoon picnic in a beautiful park – what a lovely way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us! Saturday, September 10th from 4-8pm at Legacy Park with live music from The Sundogs and JohnBoy & Surround Sound, and opening acts from two DHS senior musicians, Payton Kashdan and Nate Helfrich! This free community concert is presented by our sponsor, Bark Technologies. Who is Bark? Bark Technologies provides a monitoring service across many digital platforms to detect risk signs of bullying, suicidal ideation, threats of violence and sexual predation. They have partnered with City Schools of Decatur to pilot their monitoring system at Talley Street Upper Elementary in the spring with effective results, and it will be fully implemented for the 3rd-12th grade schools beginning September 6th. Bark also offers an app specifically for parents that not only monitors for safety issues, but also allows parents to manage screen time and filter websites to help set healthy boundaries.

Can you volunteer to tutor, mentor, or coach a Decatur student? We’ve got spots available for all those types of rewarding positions! Make a big impact in as little as 1-4 hours per month, depending on the role you choose. Go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and sign up.

Madison Soap Box Derby

Driver Registration Now Open: Madison Avenue Derby on Oct. 15th

Don't miss your chance to be a part of one of Decatur's most iconic neighborhood events! Driver registration is now open for the 11th Annual Madison Avenue Derby, the non-motorized racing event where amateur racers of all ages design and build human-powered soapbox cars to compete against the clock in a downhill race!

Join the excitement as a racer or spectator on October 15, 2022, for a day of family-friendly fun - proceeds from the event this year go to support the Friends of Refugees! REGISTER TO RACE NOW

Help us decide on what this year’s t-shirt design should look like by voting on your favorite! VOTE NOW THRU 8/31


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