Eagle Edition

April 27, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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The Talent Show is ready to go, and we are looking forward to the Viewing in the Auditorium at 6pm. Anyone is welcome - whether or not your child has a video in the Talent Show. The video will also be emailed tomorrow afternoon for those wishing to watch at home. Following are a few notes so that you'll know exactly what to expect for the viewing tomorrow evening and can plan accordingly:

  • Doors and concessions will open at 5:45.
  • Concessions will be available free of charge. Each person attending will receive a ticket for one drink (water or juice) and one snack item (goldfish, fruit snacks, granola bars, popcorn, etc.). Donations will be accepted.
  • Concessions will be closed once we begin the show around 6:05. We will watch 23 minutes of the show, then have a 10 minute intermission (concessions reopened), then watch the last 23 minutes. The evening should conclude by 7:05/7:10.

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• We’re partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on May 16, 2023 and we need your help to make it a success. Would you give blood and be a part of saving a life?

If no: Can I count on you to volunteer at the blood drive or post to your social networks to help recruit other donors?

• We chose the Red Cross as a community outreach partner because we want to be a part of the good that they do.

• We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way since each donation we collect can help save more than one life and will touch the lives of so many more.

• Let’s show our community and hospital patients in need of blood just how much we can do. It’s not every day that we do something that has such a lifesaving impact.

• A typical blood donation takes less than one hour, and we are proud to make that available to you at Glennwood Elementary after school hours.

• We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community.

• Very few people get to take an active role in helping to save a life. In fact, your donation could help save more than one life.

• Our goal is to collect 20 pints of blood and you can help us get there. Meeting our blood drive goal is important because it helps ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Patients are counting on us.

• The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 units of blood each day.

• Your donation could help patients receiving treatment for cancer or blood disorders, those undergoing transplant surgery, mothers suffering from complications from childbirth and premature babies.

• Giving blood is simple and all it takes is about an hour of your time. If you have other questions about your eligibility, you can go to RedCrossBlood.org or talk to the Red Cross staff at the blood drive.

• Please make an appointment to help ensure a smooth donor flow at the blood drive. Sign up at RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code GLENNWOODES . You can also download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App to make your appointment and track your blood donations.

Glennwood Field Day is May 19 - Volunteers Needed!

Hi everyone!

It's Glenwood Eagle's Field Day time!

There are volunteering opportunities for station set up, staffing each station during Field Day and event break down/clean up

8:30AM-9AM Event set up

9AM-12PM Herd cats

12PM-1PM Event break down and clean up

Please SIGN UP HERE. Questions? Feel free to text/call Timothy Cox at 404-931-7611

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PTA Board Nominating Form 2023-2024

Do you want to get involved with Glennwood? Join the PTA board or help the PTA by being a chair! The current PTA is accepting nominations for the board and has some vacant spots for the 2023-2024 school year. Please complete the Nominating Form if you would like to join the PTA Board or chair or join a PTA Committee, by Friday April 28.

Interested in learning more? Please email Co-Presidents, Leslie Sessley and Kelly Stinson at: President@glennwoodpta.org

Glennwood’s Staff Appreciation Week is Next Week, May 1-5!

The PTA has been busy planning and will be hosting several fun events for our staff throughout the week. The PTA will take care of most of the events, but we encourage all students to send in a thoughtful card/letter for their teachers as part of the week's activities. We hope you will join us to thank our amazing staff for all their hard work this year!

-Here's the lineup:

•Monday: Grab N' Go Fruit Smoothies for Staff (Provided by PTA)

•Tuesday: Spa Day: Mini Chair Massages for Staff and a chance to win a raffled one-hour full body massage with Glennwood parent and professional masseuse Jamie Heart (Massages sponsored by PTA)

•Wednesday: Students send in a thoughtful card/letter for your teachers (can be purchased or homemade); Grab N' Go ChickfilA biscuits (Provided by PTA)

•Thursday: Staff Car Washes; free car washes provided on-site by professional car washer and Glennwood parent volunteers. We need you, parents, to help with the car wash! Please sign up here to help. No experience necessary-we'll show you what to do. Please come help us pamper our staff!

•Friday: Catered Lunch for all Staff (Provided by PTA)

If you have any questions, please reach out to Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Samantha Bryan (samantha.chopp@gmail.com)

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ATTENTION First Grade Families: Volunteers are needed to set up/decorate the Glenlake Park Pavilion for the 2nd Grade Picnic the morning of May 23rd. Having participated in this annual Glennwood tradition last year, we can attest that it is a fun and easy way to pay it forward! Check out the sign up to see how you can help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA82CA5F49-2ndgrade

Attention second grade families! Save the date for Glennwood's annual Second Grade Moving Forth Ceremony and Picnic. On the morning of Tuesday, May 23, we'll gather at the school to celebrate our second graders' accomplishments and wish them well as they move on from Glennwood. The ceremony will be followed by a family picnic at Glenlake Park, and we hope you will join in on the fun!

Please click on the following link to see how you can help make this day a success. Contact Anya Robinson (bream5@hotmail.com) or Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) with questions or to get ivolved in planning this special day.


Hello future Talley Tiger parents and students! We are so excited to have you as a part of our crew for the 23-24 school year. We have a couple of events that we hope will get you excited and help with the transition to upper elementary school. To begin, we look forward to hosting our rising third graders on Tuesday, May 16th (Winnona Park) and Wednesday, May 17th (Clairemont/Glenwood). The students will be given a tour of the school by our student House leaders and will see inside a 3rd grade classroom.

In addition, all rising 3rd grade parents are invited to an information night on Wednesday, 5/17 from 6-7. It will include meeting 3rd grade teachers, learning more about the school, and taking a tour.

We look forward to meeting you and your children next month. Should you have any questions or concerns about next year, please reach out to me at bheaton@csdecatur.net.

Billy Heaton


Talley Street Upper Elementary

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News from City Schools of Decatur

CSD Comprehensive Local Education Agency Implementation Plan (CLIP) Review and Input Meetings

Attention ALL CSD Staff, Parents, and Community Members! Please join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30 pm and Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 pm to share your feedback on the CSD 2023-2024 CLIP. Your feedback is extremely important! You may view the current CLIP documents by clicking here or by visiting https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/1351. Please contact Willie Washington at wwashington@cscecatuir.net if you have any questions.

Extra Mile Awards

Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.

Click here to submit a nomination. The deadline is May 31.

These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.

Questions? Contact cburnett@csdecatur.net or 404-371-3601

CSD Special Education Department

This month we are hosting a Parent Engagement Meeting for families of students with IEPs on the topic of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Please share the following with families:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, April 27th, 6-7pm

WHERE: This is an online event.

WHO: Parents of students that are served through an IEP (ECLC- 12th).


Ms. Alicia Lipscomb, Public Affairs Specialist, for the Social Security Administration will share an overview of how to access SSI for individuals with a disability.

  • What is SSI?

  • How do parents apply for their student?

  • What does it mean to qualify for SSI?

  • What comes with the SSI benefits

  • What recourse do families have if denied the benefit?

Click here to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant, cgrant@csdecatur.net

DHS SGA Earth Day 5K

The DHS Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting their inaugural SGA Earth Day 5K at Legacy Park on April 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support SGA’s future sustainability efforts and the Decatur Track and Field. Bring the family and enjoy sprint races and activities, music, prizes, and food vendors.

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City of Decatur Downtown Master Plan Final Community Meeting

Join the City of Decatur for the third and final Community Meeting for the Decatur Town Center Plan 2.0, Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. This meeting will be an opportunity for the planning team to share what they have learned from the community and to introduce the plan’s concepts, ideas, and action items.

The Decatur Town Center Plan 2.0 is the first comprehensive look at downtown since the 1982 Town Center Plan. Whether you live, learn, work, or visit Downtown Decatur, your input helped shape the vision.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

It's time to Step Up for Teachers! The yard signs are being ordered and will be available for pickup soon! www.stepupforteachers.com is live and ready for your tributes to CSD teachers, paraprofessionals and staff. For a small donation,

you leave a message of appreciation, we'll notify the honored

person and post it on our website. For a gift of $50 or more, you

can select between a "We Step Up" or a "Class of 2023" yard sign. If you would like a sign but cannot contribute, please email drew@decatureducationfoundation.org with your tribute and your

sign preference. Together we make a difference for our teachers,

our schools and our kids.

Do you know a CSD teacher, paraprofessional or employee who has shown extreme care and compassion for a student at a time of great need or crisis? We are currently accepting nominations for the Clarence Strickland Make A Difference Award HERE. Nominations are due by April 20th and the recipient will be recognized at our scholarship event on May 15th.

If you’d like to enjoy live music for FREE, consider volunteering at Amplify Decatur’s Spring Concert in the Square THIS Saturday, April 29th. There are spots at every time of day available. Click here to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084caba628abff2-amplify1#/ Your evening of live music will support DEF, Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Giving Kitchen.

Come see some of our talented Decatur High musicians perform at No Ordinary Joe! Benefitting DEF’s behavioral health initiative, Joe’s Fund, No Ordinary Joe will feature Decatur High School’s Exploring Music Club members for an evening of live music at Waller’s Coffee Shop on Thursday, May 4th starting at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/noordinaryjoe: $25 for adults/$10 for students. Big thanks to Waller’s for donating their space!

Thank you to Daisy Troop 23162!

Thank you so much to Daisy Troop 23162! These Glennwood students worked very hard to plant new flowers and spread wood chips to Glennwood's garden areas making it more beautiful and taking care of our Natural World.

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