Eagle Edition

May 11, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We are full swing into Maycember. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying! Just know, we’re all in it together. Please be sure to check out our end of the year activities calendar so that you know what events are upcoming. There are lots of special events these next two weeks.

Please complete this survey to help us best plan for and implement communication structures that will keep our Glennwood families informed of the important happenings in our school community. All schools will be conducting a similar survey.

The results of these surveys will be shared with other school and district leaders to help inform areas of strength and growth throughout the district.

This survey should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete and will provide us with valuable information about our communication platforms, frequency, and content. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this.

It is hard to believe that we are winding down the year. It has been my pleasure and honor to be the assistant principal (or second president) at Glennwood this year.



LAST Walk & Roll Day is Tomorrow!

Can you believe we’ve almost made it to the last - Walk & Roll to School Day?! Please join us on your feet, your bike or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!) and let’s get together to show CSD how Eagles SOAR, one last time! Students who walk, bike or scoot will continue to enter at their grade specific doors, where they will be counted, using our traditional marbles, by their staff door monitors, and can pick up their incentives. Don’t forget, each marble counts towards students earning extra school wide recess, with announcements made at Community Circle! For additional details (including our three Walking School Bus Routes) and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website. Contact Amanda McMillan (almcmil@gmail.com) with any questions!

Glennwood Field Day is May 19 - Volunteers Needed!

Back by popular demand, SOAR Field Day!

This year we will be outside AND there will be teacher component (imagine a softer version of Hunger Games)

Volunteering opportunities in the sign up genius link below. Not open to the public so volunteering is the only way to view the cuteness!

May the odds be forever in your favor.

Questions? Feel free to text/call Timothy Cox at 404-931-7611

We Need Your Help!!

May is Trauma Awareness Month. The blood already on hospital shelves is what helps in an emergency. The Red Cross depends on the generosity of volunteers to ensure blood products are available at a moment’s notice.

Type O donors are especially needed right now. Type O positive is the most common blood type, and type O negative can be received by patients of all blood types. It’s important to ensure a steady supply of these critical blood types.

In thanks for joining Team Red Cross, all who come to give May 1-19 will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice. Plus, those who come to give May 1-31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2023 MLB® All-Star Game® in Seattle. Details are available at rcblood.org/team.

Eligibility questions? Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Please share with friends and neighbors. We need approximately 10 more donors to make this a success.

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All Library Books Due on May 19!

This is the last week students will check out books as classes. All books are due back by next Friday, May 19. Please encourage your child to return their library books on time. The library is closed the last week of school for inventory, weeding, and book repair.

We will send home overdue notices on Monday, May 22. Please check your child's communication folder. Replacement costs for lost or damaged books will need to be submitted by Friday, May 26 in order to clear your child's patron record. Checks may be made payable to Glennwood Elementary. Thank you.

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Please check the Lost & Found area after the Community Circle this Friday. It's overflowing. All will be donated after.

PTA Board Nominating Form 2023-2024

We still have some PTA roles available! Mostly volunteering/chair roles that you can make work at your own time and convenience. You can also vote on our PTA Board Ballot Link before May 19th!

Roles Available:

-Communications Chair (Board)

-Volunteer Coordinator

-School Supplies Chair

-Room Parent Coordinator (works hand in hand with Communications Chair)

-Diversity Equity and Inclusion (Co) Chair

-Garden Co-Chair

-Readathon Co-Chair

-Field Day

-Second Grade Picnic/Graduation

Please complete the Nominating Form if you would like to join the PTA Board or chair or join a PTA Committee.

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

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On Tuesday, May 23, we will gather in Glennwood's auditorium at 8:30am to celebrate our second graders at the annual Moving Forth Ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a picnic at Glenlake Park, from 10am-1pm, and you are welcome to join in on the fun!

Please help us plan ahead for food/beverage needs at the picnic by letting us know if any adults or siblings in your family will attend. RSVP HERE only if members of your family plan to come to the picnic. This is just to give us a rough idea of how many to expect at the picnic, so don't worry if something changes or you aren't certain at this point. There is no need to RSVP on behalf of your 2nd grader, as we are already counting on them. We'll collect responses through Friday, May 12.


We have two Community Circles remaining in the school year - May 12 and May 26. We will celebrate all May birthdays on May 12 and all June birthdays on May 26. (We celebrated July birthdays in August.) If you have a child with a May or June birthday, please make note of these two dates when your child's birthday will be recognized at Community Circle.

First grade is hosting Community Circle on May 12 and second grade is hosting on May 26.

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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

News from City Schools of Decatur

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

Math Chats

If you missed Part 1: What are the new math standards? OR Part 2: What is mathematical modeling? of the three-part Math Chats series, please watch the video recordings linked below.

Part 1: What are the new math standards?

Part 2: What is mathematical modeling?

The next session, Part 3: How to help my child with the new standards? will be held on May 18 at 9:30 or 5:30. Both sessions will present the same information. All sessions will be virtual. To learn more about math in CSD, please visit our webpage.

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Bus Registration is Now Open!

Here is the link to for bus transportation https://csd.mybusplanner.com/
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Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp

It’s time to register for Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp hosted by CSD! Registration ends July 3 at midnight. Spaces will fill up quickly, so register soon.

Launchpad for Learning is an exciting, 1-week summer camp hosted by the City Schools of Decatur for students in grades K-8 in the 2023-24 school year. The Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp will be held July 10-13. Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp is a great opportunity for students to be introduced to upcoming grade-level standards with hands-on activities and fun experiences. This year our activities will have a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music) focus for $225 per student.

Linked is a Registration Help Form that will guide you through the registration process, and there is a video showing how to register posted here. We are excited about Launchpad and the possibility of helping our students transition into the new school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Maury Gusta, District Launchpad for Learning Coordinator, at mgusta@csdecatur.net.
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News from the Decatur Education Foundation

It's time to Step Up for Teachers! www.stepupforteachers.com is live and ready for your tributes to CSD teachers, paraprofessionals and staff. For a $25 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 “Congratulations Class of 2023" yard sign. Please note that we cannot deliver signs this year. If you would like a sign but cannot contribute, please email drew@decatureducationfoundation.org with your tribute and your sign preference. Proceeds from the Step Up campaign help fund Teacher Innovation Grants that are awarded every fall. Together we make a difference for our teachers, our schools and our kids.

A Big THANK YOU to ColorWheel Art Studio for choosing DEF as their recipient of their Empty Bowl fundraiser to address food insecurity! They raised $3,000 that will go towards our Lighten the Load program that assists Decatur families with meeting basic needs. Together, we make a difference for our kids!

Don’t Cook, Take a Break, It's May-hem! Dine out with NaanStop for DEF next Thursday, May 18th! To place your order in advance, click here: https://naanstop-decatur.square.site/. Order by 7:00am that morning and pick up between 5:00 pm and 5:45 pm on Thursday at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park. 20% of proceeds will be donated to DEF, thanks to Naan Stop and Greg Kodesh Realty.

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