Eagle Edition

September 7, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We have been working hard this week SOARing! Please make sure to read over all of the Eagle Edition for important news and updates.

We have a new opportunity in CSD this year for students to share their voices. Please see below:

Applications for the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council are now open. One student from our school will be selected to join other elementary students from City Schools of Decatur to share their perspectives and experiences with the superintendent on a variety of issues. Students interested in applying to serve on this council should access the application via the purple icon on Launchpad. For the application, students will be asked to create a response that explains why they want to be on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and have the option of submitting a written response, picture, presentation, or other artifact. Families may support students with submitting their applications, but the ideas and work submitted should be those of the student. Additional details are available on the application. The deadline to submit the application is Monday, September 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Glennwood will bid farewell to the hive of honeybees living in a few of our school spaces. A professional beekeeper is going to remove the bees over Fall Break and they will be relocated. I hope they'll BEE happy!

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, Ph.D.



I hope that everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, and that you're looking forward to our upcoming Fall Break. Last week, we had our Curriculum Night where parents got to listen to classroom grade-level presentations from teachers. I wanted to create a school counseling program presentation to share with parents as well. Please see the presentation here, which explains a little about who I am, what I do as a school counselor, and how you and students can reach out to me. Let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate your support and all that you do for your students and the school. Mr. B.

Important Information about Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and determine if further evaluation for gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and give it to the Gifted & Talented Specialist at your child’s school before October 4th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted & Talented Specialist for Glennwood is Susanna Shewan. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact Ms. Shewan at sshewan@csdecatur.net or visit the following website.

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Please Join Us on Our Spirit Night

This time with NaanStop on Wednesday September 13!

NaanStop is an Indian Restaurant with a few locations in Atlanta. Vegetarian options are also available.

Select your meal, then add drinks, sides, and desserts. Complete your order by 7:00 am on Wednesday, September 13th and pick up at Glenwood Elementary between 5:00 pm and 5:45 pm

20% of sales will be donated to Glenwood Elementary thanks to Greg Kodesh Realty!

Please visit the link and choose the option most convenient for your family.

Thank you for your support!

Help Us Restock and Clean out the Glennwood Staff Breakroom

As part of our PTA's monthly Staff Appreciation efforts, we are sponsoring a restock and clean out of the Glennwood Staff Break Room on Wednesday, September 13th. This breakroom is a place for staff members to eat lunch, take a break, grab a snack, etc. We want to help get this space ready for the new school year for staff to enjoy.

Please visit the sign up genius link to bring in supplies or volunteer an hour to help us clean and restock the room. We ask that you purchase and drop off items to Ms. Reynolds at the front office by September 11th.. Thank you for your Glennwood support!

Save the Date for Fall Chili Cook Off and Carnival!

Join us on October 21st from 11am to 2pm to revive a community favorite, the Fall Carnival! We are combining it with our most recent favorite, the Chili Cook Off!

We are bringing back the carnival games, prizes, cake walk, inflatables, pie in the face, music, costume competition and more! You also will get to visit the Fall Book Fair happening at the school media center this day!

If you’d like to volunteer, please email Nydia Almond at president@glennwoodespta.com.

More details coming soon!

Back to School Play date (Hosted by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee)

The Back to School Playdate hosted by our DEI committee is Saturday September 9th! We hope you can join us for some fun, popsicles and socializing.

Thank you for your support!

Questions?! Email our DEI Co Chairs Nichole Rodriguez and Ashley Page at: DEI@GlennwoodESPTA.com

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Sidekick Program at Glennwood for 2023-24 School Year

Is your child part of the AANHPI and/or APIDA community? Consider becoming part of the Sidekick program at Glennwood ES.

To foster a sense of support and connection within the CSD AANHPI/APIDA community, Decatur HS student mentors will be grouped into pairs and matched up with Glennwood elementary students.

There will be ~7 in-person sessions occurring monthly on Fridays between 11:30 and 12:30 starting this fall (Sept or Oct) and going through April. Meetings will be held at the Glenwood ES campus.

Each session typically includes get to know you games, team work activities, art work, and high five friendship cheers.

This program is free and open to all identifying AANHPI/APIDA students at Glenwood ES.

The program is an initiative supported by CSD's Department of Equity and Student Services and Decatur HS's Asian Student Union. This will be our 3rd year of Sidekicks since beginning in the '21 - '22 school year.

The program is coordinated by Ms Beth Lewis, a 15 year teacher veteran of CSD and Decatur HS, and mom of 3 CSD children including a current Glenwood kindergartner. Ms Lewis is of Japanese descent (mother is from Tokyo) and also sponsors Decatur HS's Asian Student Union.

Please complete the Google form HERE by Sept 15th. Questions - please reach out to Ms Lewis at elewis@csdecatur.net.

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12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby

Register to race as a driver or save the date to cheer on your favorite cars during a day of family-friendly fun at the 12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby on Saturday, October 21, 2023. This year’s event benefits Urban Recipe, an organization that addresses food insecurity in metro Atlanta. Driver registration open through Thursday, October 5. or until spots sell out.

For more information about the Madison Avenue Derby, visit: www.madavederby.org.

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News from City Schools of Decatur

Is your child interested in STEAM? Sign them up for Super Saturday today! CSD teachers & staff will guide K-5 students through STEAM inspired lessons at no charge to families. The time is from 9a - 12p at Beacon Hill Middle School.

As COVID-19 remains a global concern, the City Schools of Decatur (CSD) wants to remind all students, staff, and families to please take precautions and remember to follow these critical measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

· Stay home when sick

· Cover coughs and sneezes with elbow/tissue and immediately throw it away

· Do not cover your mouth with bare hands

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

· Clean touched surfaces and objects frequently

CSD no longer has the funding, authority, or monitoring systems to track and trace cases beyond self-reporting. Therefore, we will not send exposure notifications as we risk violating HIPAA and FERPA confidentiality guidelines. We will continue to emphasize and monitor cleanliness and hygiene in all facilities. Masks are permitted but not required. Together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and families.

Here’s a link to the CSD mitigation strategy: https://www.csdecatur.net/covidstrategy

You are invited to attend City Schools Of Decatur's Programs Overview

Virtual Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Come and learn more about support programs available to CSD students. Local, state, and federal programs support the success of our students. Programs are designed to ensure that all students have a fair, equal and meaningful opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.

The programs featured will be:

  • MTSS

  • ESOL & Federal Programs

  • Special Education

  • Gifted

  • Equity and Student Services

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here

Meeting ID: 984 4400 9352
Passcode: 425842

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions you would like answered, please use the link below to submit your questions before the meeting.

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education Announces September 12 Board Meeting Schedule

Meeting schedules will be adjusted and publicized monthly

DECATUR -- The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education has announced the board meeting schedule for Tuesday, September 12. Meeting times will adjust each month according to the length of the agenda and published monthly in compliance with the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

In August, the board announced the decision to hold earlier meeting times, aligning with the board's strategic goals of ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Except for the executive session, all meetings will continue to be live-streamed and open to the public.

The September 12, 2023, board meeting schedule is as follows:

Executive Session: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Prework Session: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Work Session: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Board Meeting: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Public Comment: 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Mini-Grants Now Available

Do you have plans for a new garden or class project? Fantastic ideas on how to incorporate farm-to-school principles into a teaching unit? Or maybe you need funds for a "green" field trip?

The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Committee invites you to apply for a grant for 2023-24. Teachers, administrators, PTA members, and parent volunteers can apply on behalf of their CSD school. Please get your applications in before September 22, 2023. LINK HERE.

Contacts: Caitlin Hochuli at caithochuli@gmail.com or Vera Giordano at vera.giordano@yahoo.com

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Innovation is Thriving at CSD and the Decatur Education Foundation!

Our teachers and students are AMAZING! The Decatur Education Foundation is crazy excited about their ideas for Teacher Innovation Grants and — for the first time ever — Student Innovation Grants! So far, we've received 16 TIGs and 10 SIGs. Wowza!

These grants support teachers and students in CSD by providing funds for innovative educational experiences, and awards range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31 @ 5:00 PM. The grant awards will be announced on September 14. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Brooks, Director of Programs & Partnerships (meg@decatureducationfoundation.org)

Last year, we awarded over $35,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants, and this year we want to double it! To support DEF’s Innovation Grants, visit DecaturEducationFoundation.org.

CSD teachers & students can apply at:



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