Eagle Edition

April 28, 2022

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Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Come Join the Fun at Our 1st Annual Glennwood Epic Kickball Game! Tonight!

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Ultimate Showdown: Kids vs. Parents/Staff Kickball Game

TONIGHT! PTA and Coach Meg will host a kickball game (or games) for kids vs. parent/staff from 5:30-7:00 pm. Please SIGN UP HERE if you and your family plan to participate in the kickball game. You may bring your own picnic dinner if you'd like. PTA will provide popsicles.

Spring Book Fair with Little Shop of Stories - April 25-29


Teachers have selected book fair books which they would love to add to their classroom library. If you would like to purchase a gift for your child's classroom, please check out the wish list stacks of books for teachers in the media center. These would make a GREAT Teacher Appreciation Week gift for next week. We will put a dedication label in the book you purchase to gift to the teacher. Please come in and shop and take a look at these books. Let's show our love and support for our hardworking staff!

Our spring book fair will continue through Friday. It is presented by Little Shop of Stories sponsored by PTA as a fundraiser for our media center. Our media center will receive 20% of all sales. Thank you so much to everyone who has already purchased.

Options to Purchase

1. Send cash or check (payable to GL PTA) with students to school. Students will have the opportunity to shop at the book fair with their homeroom class.

2. NEW THIS YEAR! Little Shop is offering Book Fair Bucks.

We are now able to accept Book Fair Bucks at all Little Shop of Stories book fairs.

Book Fair Bucks are available for purchase online in any amount from $1- $1000.

Book Fair Bucks are perfect for:

  • Parents who do not want to send cash to school with their children
  • Grandparents who want to spoil grandchildren and support the school
  • Gifts for teachers and librarians to purchase whatever they like from the book fair

3. Shop online at Little Shop of Stories book fair website. Books will be delivered to the school for students to take home.

4. We will offer afterschool shopping today until 3:30 pm and again this evening from 5-7 pm. Families can shop in the morning before Community Circle and after Community Circle until 10:15 am. The book fair will end Friday, 4/29 at 12:00 pm.

Please email our book fair coordinator Ginger Schmeltzer with any questions at gschmeltzwer@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for supporting the Glennwood Media Center!

Last Call for Talent Show Video Submissions!

Let's celebrate the special talents of our Glennwood Eagles! The deadline to submit videos for the Virtual Talent Show has been extended to Wednesday, May 4. To ensure your child's video is included in the Talent Show, please follow these steps:

1. Review the info letter and guidelines and help your child plan their talent act.

2. Complete the sign-up/permission no later than April 29 (extended deadline).

3. Submit your video using this form or emailing the video to kpierce@csdecatur.net by May 4 (extended deadline).

4. Tune in on May 13 (or any date afterwards) to watch the Talent Show from the comfort of your home. :) Video will be released in the afternoon for you to enjoy at your leisure.

COVID Testing Updates

CSD has partnered with Mako Medical to offer Covid testing at the Wilson Center every morning from 6:45 to 8 AM. No appointment is necessary. For faster service, you can preregister HERE.

We do have point-of-care COVID tests available in the nurse's office for students who develop symptoms at school. Parents will need to provide consent for all point-of-care tests.

As a reminder, if Glennwood is made aware of a COVID positive student or staff member (who was present at school during their contagious period), a class and school-wide email will be sent to notify families. Identification and notification of close contacts will no longer occur.

Just a reminder, school policy states that a student who has a fever can not return to school until the student remains fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Thank you all for your support in keeping your child home when they are sick.

If you are cleaning out old clothes, we will gladly take some (5T to M/L). We need mostly bottoms and are really low on underwear.

As always, if you have any questions, please call 404-370-4435 or email ebarrington@csdecatur.net.

The students' response to The Great Kindness Challenge has been overwhelming! We have received so many shoebox floats and they ALL look amazing! The raffle for the kindness checklists will be during Community Circle on Friday. One lucky winner will get to have lunch with 3 of a Kind and 3 of their friends from class!

In counseling, this week I began a unit of 3 lessons in 2nd grade specifically targeted to improving math test scores. The first lesson is on goal-setting. We discussed the importance of setting goals, what is an attainable goal, specificity, breaking down long-term goals into smaller steps, roadblocks, and asking for help. Students practiced with partners setting goals for themselves and identifying the steps in the goal-setting process. Next week, I will follow-up with a lesson on positive thinking and the week after that with a lesson on perseverance.

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Glennwood Staff Appreciation Week, May 2-6th

Glennwood's Staff Appreciation Week will take place May 2-6. Please join us in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for our amazing teachers and staff during this most unusual school year! The schedule of events is below. Stay tuned for more detailed information from your room parents with regards to specifics of this week-long event.

Monday, May 2: Gifts of Appreciation (Purchasing a teacher's wish list book from GL Book Fair is a great idea!)

Tuesday, May 3: Mini Massages

Wednesday, May 4: Donuts and Handcrafted Cards/Crafts

Thursday, May 5: Smoothies

Friday, May 6: Principal Appreciation Day and Catered Luncheon

If you have any questions or would like to help out, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Cristina Stevenson at cristina.stevenson@gmail.com or Haley Stevens at haleycstevens@gmail.com.

Second Grade Moving Forth Ceremony and Picnic

Second grade families, please save the date for the Glennwood Moving Forth Ceremony on Tuesday 5/24, at 8:30-9:15 AM. We will ask for parent volunteers to help set up the Glenlake Park pavilion and walk with students to the pavilion arriving at 10 AM. We will have pizza at 11 AM, and King of Pops will distribute pops from 11:30-12:30! Kids will depart the park at 1 PM to head back to school for dismissal. More details to come!

Candid Pictures for 2nd Grade Students

Deana Kingsbury Photography (www.deanakingsbury.com) will be on campus at Glennwood on Tuesday, May 10th (10-11:45am) to photograph all 2nd grade students.

Photos are taken outside on the playground. Images are candid, playful and offered in black/white. Proofs will be available via an online gallery within a week of the shoot and all prints/JPG files ordered will be delivered before the last day of school.

We will also have a special group classroom photo available for all 2nd classes.


Deana Kingsbury



Field Day Volunteers Needed - May 20

Hi everyone! It's Glennwood Eagle's Field Day time! The event is scheduled for Friday, May 20.

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

8:30AM-9AM - Event set up

9AM-12PM - Herd cats

12PM-1PM - Event break down and clean up

Questions? Feel free to text/call Timothy Cox at 404.931.7611.

Middle Eastern and South Asian Spring Festival Celebration - May 7

The Oakhurst DEI is planning a Spring Festival celebrating Middle Eastern and South Asian (MESA) cultures on May 7 at Ebster Recreational Center. They have MESA food vendors, and performances. We hope it to be a fun family event celebrating various spring holidays in this region, such as Ramadan/Eid, Hidrellez, Navruz, etc. If there are any Glennwood families interested in contributing craft ideas, performances or being a food vendor, please reach out to Lorraine Irier at Oakhurst lorraine.irier@gmail.com

Clairmont DEI hosted a discussion on bridging the opportunity gap between white and black students. The recording is posted below:


Coming Soon! keep an eye out for an announcement on an in-person event- cocktails and conversation- to be hosted by the DEI committee.

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News from City Schools of Decatur

CSD Night at Atlanta United Game

City Schools of Decatur has secured discounted ATL UTD tickets for their match on Saturday, May 28 vs. Columbus Crew. All students, family, and friends that purchase through this link will save up to 50% off tickets plus reduced fees while supplies last.

$5 from every ticket will go back to support City Schools of Decatur. The top 20 students who sell the most tickets will also get to participate in the player high-five tunnel experience before the match! Be sure to enter the name of the student from who you received this offer and select your school at the drop-down during checkout.

The offer expires May 14 or until tickets are sold out. Click this link https://fevo.me/csd to learn more.

Extra Mile Award

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 their 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. Students can also find the form any time via LaunchPad (it’s the purple icon labeled “Extra Mile Award nomination”). The deadline is May 25.

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

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

2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Academic Calendar Stakeholder Feedback Surveys

It is time to gather stakeholder input on the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic calendars. Please review the linked calendars. Each calendar has three options for stakeholders to review. The “standard” option for both years follow the current calendar setup, with two early release days before fall and winter break. “Option 1” calendars have an early release day once a month. “Option 2” calendars have a mix of early release days and digital learning days. The incorporation of additional early release days will play an essential role in providing our teachers time for much-needed professional learning (PL). While PL can occur during the school day, it requires the use of substitutes or combining classes.

After reviewing the calendars, please provide feedback via this survey link. The survey for feedback will remain open through May 13. Stakeholder feedback will be reviewed and taken into consideration before a recommendation is made to the Board for approval of the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic calendars in August or September.

City Schools of Decatur Summer Programs-Save the Date

CSD is delighted to share that we will offer an in-person summer program for students who qualify in grades K through 12. The program will run June 6-23 from 8:30 to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Students will be invited to participate in the summer program based on the eligibility criteria described in the linked document. Participation in the summer program is not required or mandated for any student. However, we highly encourage students who qualify to engage in this opportunity as it will set them up for success in the next grade level. For the summer program, which will be held at Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary and Decatur High School, the availability of student transportation is limited. Click here for more information.

School Nutrition Department

Free and Reduced Priced Meal Applications

If you have not completed a free and reduced lunch application this year, please be sure to get it completed prior to the last day of school. Please remember a new application must be submitted each school year since the previous year's application will not work. Applications can be completed online.

It is quick, convenient, confidential, and free. Paper applications may be picked up at your school or requested through the school nutrition office. If you complete a paper application, please send it back to your child’s school as soon as possible. This will be helpful because this year’s eligibility status will last for 30 days when school begins on August 2, 2022. *You will complete a new application for SY22/23 while your child maintains the temporary 30 days status.

Changes Coming to School Nutrition

During the April board meeting, the Board tentatively approved that school nutrition breakfast and lunch costs will increase by $0.50 for each grade level.

City Schools of Decatur meal prices for SY22/23 are listed below:

Meal Prices after a child has received 1 meal at the regular grade-level rate will be the Adult Price. However, if your child wants to buy only milk or purchase additional meals or extra sale items like chips, they will need to have money placed on their online meal payment account.

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DEF Treasure Hunt

DEF’s treasure hunt continues for the next two weeks. Everyone who completes the hunt will be entered to win a raffle to win some cool prizes. Just click HERE for instructions, it’s easy and fun for the whole family! It’s free, takes 1-2 hours to complete and there’s a sweet treat at the end!

Participating is simple: 1. Download the free app “ActionBound.” 2. Click on this QR code:

3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

DEF has created a fun treasure hunt to help families celebrate our 20 years in the community! Participating is simple: 1. Download the free phone app “ActionBound.” 2. Click on this QR code.

3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

Help with Food Insecurity

At Decatur Education Foundation, our mission is to eliminate the problems our kids face so they can learn and thrive. You can help us do that through your donations of time and funds. To address food insecurity, we have several Amazon wish lists that are renewed monthly. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks

Tally Snacks

Weekend Food Backpacks

It’s time to Step Up for Teachers!

Express your appreciation for a teacher or CSD staff member with a Step Up tribute: Go to www.stepupforteachers.com, make a $25 contribution and you can leave a tribute message for your favorite CSD employee. DEF will notify the honored person. For $50 you can honor two CSD staff members AND have a yard sign delivered to your Decatur address! To celebrate our DHS seniors, we also have yard signs for the Class of 2022. Your contributions support Teacher Innovation Grants and provide an encouraging boost that our teachers need to finish the school year!