Eagle Edition

March 10, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

We have had a wonderful week of learning! We are excited to share with families that beginning on Friday, April 1, we will be transitioning to an outdoor Community Circle on Fridays. You are invited to join us. It has been over two years since we have gathered together as a community, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to families this spring. We are especially thrilled to welcome first-time families to Community Circle. Our awesome parent band, Flock of Eagles will also be joining us.

We will meet from 8:30-8:55 am every other Friday, weather permitting. If it is raining on a scheduled Community Circle date, it will be postponed to the following Friday. We will send a text message to families should we need to cancel due to any inclement weather. We will share more details with everyone about the new procedures for Community Circle a little closer to the date. I just wanted to let you know now to save this important date on your calendar.

Also, I’ve had several questions about whether we will move to indoor lunch. We will continue outdoor lunch (weather permitting) for the foreseeable future. It has been a big hit with students and staff to be able to eat lunch outside in the sunshine and fresh air! I’d like to continue this practice for the foreseeable future.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


TODAY! Lunch N' Learn: How to Talk with Kids About Race

I plan on facilitating a Lunch N’ Learn on the topic of How to Talk with Kids About Race on Thursday, March 10th from 11:30am - 12:15pm. Our purpose in this work is to draw upon the collective strength and wisdom of the group. During this Lunch N’ Learn, our goal will be to listen to each other, seek to understand, and pool our collective funds of knowledge. I humbly ask for you to share your experiences on this topic by answering a couple short questions. There will also be an opportunity for people to share their experiences during the Lunch N’ Learn. Additionally, if you have separate resources that you would like to share, please email me at jblase@csdecatur.net.
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Virtual Author Visit with Mac Barnett on March 22

It’s John’s big day at school today—a performance for Sharing Gifts time. His bag is carefully packed and prepared, his classmates are ready, and the curtain is waiting to open. John is nervous, looking out at all the other children staring back at him. But he takes a big breath and begins.

Mac Barnett’s compassionate text and Kate Berube’s understated and expressive art tell the story of a kid who finds the courage to show others his talent for dancing.

We are excited to host the amazing Mac Barnett virtually on March 22 at 1:00 pm. This is for all K-2 students. We will be offering a book sale in sponsorship with Little Shop of Stories. All students who purchase a book will receive a signed bookplate by the author. A hard copy of the order form will be sent home in communication folders today. You will also find a pdf copy below. All orders are due by March 24. 20% of the book sale proceeds will benefit the Glennwood Media Center. Thank you for your support!

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The 2021-2022 Glennwood Yearbook is now on sale for $20. Orders must be completed by March 25, 2022 via the Glennwood PTA website:https://glennwoodpta.org/store/. It is an important Glennwood PTA tradition that every student and staff receive a yearbook. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please consider donating a yearbook to a student or staff. You can donate a yearbook for $20 at the same link.

Create Yearbook DEDICATIONS for your child or teachers – the DEADLINE to purchase a dedication is March 25, 2022. **Please note that dedications can only be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/.**

To purchase a dedication:

1. Go to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com.

2. Type in the Glennwood ES school code, which is 24818.

3. You’ll see the option to “Buy a Yearbook Ad.”

4. The website will walk you through the steps of choosing the ad/dedication and creating it.

5. You can come back to work on the dedication as much as you’d like prior to submitting it. However, you must finish creating it and pay for it before March 25th. The dedication will not be submitted until you pay for it, which is after you finish creating it.

Dedication pricing is as follows:

$15.00 for 1/8 page
$20.00 for 1/4 page
$35.00 for 1/2 page

Technical support for dedications: 877.362.7750.

Calling all Kindergarten families! Let's make sure our teachers know how LUCKY we are to have them!

This year, PTA is asking each grade to sponsor two teacher appreciation activities to show our staff how grateful we are for all they do. In February, 2nd-grade families and the PTA cleaned, refreshed, and stocked the teacher/staff lounge to make sure our teachers have everything they need (please see pictures below). Thank you so much to all our families and volunteers who participated! We look forward to helping keep that space in great shape for our teachers to use and enjoy.

In March, we are asking Kindergarten families to help the PTA put together a "LUCKY" themed table of snacks, treats, beverages, and other goodies. Please visit the Sign-Up Genius link below to volunteer to bring in items and drop donations with Ms. Hearn at the front office Monday-Wednesday, March 14-16, during school hours. The PTA will set up this festive table for our teachers on Thursday, March 17.

Sign up here: "Lucky to Have Teachers Like You!" Kindergarten Sign Up

This is the second of two teacher appreciation activities Kindergarten will sponsor this school year, and we are asking all families to participate in at least one. If you haven't yet contributed, please visit the link above!

Email PTA Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) or Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you!

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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

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Decatur Bulldog Booster's Bulldog Bash on March 12

Tickets are now on sale for Decatur Bulldog Booster’s Bulldog Bash! Join your friends and neighbors on March 12 at Legacy Park for this fun evening that raises money for Decatur Athletics. The adult-only event features live music, a 50/50 raffle, the Coach of the Year Award, and the Sweet Auburn BBQ food truck!

To buy your tickets, simply scan the QR code below, visit www.decaturbulldogboosters.org or text “BulldogBash2022” to 243725 to receive a link.

Once registered, you can contribute to your favorite sport(s) and bid on some amazing silent auction items, including tickets to Atlanta sporting events, trips, culinary experiences and more! New items will be added leading up to the event so check back often!

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News from City Schools of Decatur

2022-2023 New Student Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year opens on March 7. Students that are currently enrolled in CSD do not need to register to move to the next grade level or building. Registration information can be found at https://www.csdecatur.net/enrollment.

CSD Special Education March Meeting

Georgia Tech Excel Program provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.

Target audience: Parents/students with disabilities in the 8th-12th grades.

Date: March 24, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Click this link to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant

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This Saturday’s Tour deCatur 5K or one-mile Fun Run is offering SAME DAY registrations starting at 7:30 am at the DHS cafeteria. Registrations are still lower than average this year – your participation is KEY to helping DEF continue all its good work in helping Decatur students learn and thrive. We hope to see you out there!

Did you know that DEF is celebrating its 20th year as an organization? To celebrate, we’re hosting a TREASURE HUNT during the month of March! The first 20 families who complete the hunt will be entered into a raffle to win some great prizes including a week of Little Shop of Stories Summer Camp for the 2022 OR the 2023 season. Go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org/DEF-treasurehunt for instructions to sign up, (It’s FREE!)

There are other ways that you can help DEF help Decatur’s kids, through snack donations and volunteering.

Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Tally Snacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Weekend Food Backpacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Volunteering opportunities abound for both adults and upper high school students in need of hours:

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. 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.