Eagle Edition

February 3, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

To kick off Black History Month, Glennwood Elementary is hosting our Third Annual African American Read-In this Friday, February 4, where we will celebrate Black authors and literature. In an effort to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English created African American Read-Ins more than 30 years ago!

We are honored to host very special guest authors and leaders from our community this year. There will be one special event in the auditorium tomorrow morning for students which will be repeated in three 20-minute sessions for each grade level. We have ample space to fit three classes in the auditorium at a time, masked and very well spread out by class and student for social distancing purposes. If you're not comfortable with your child being in the auditorium, that is ok. Please let your teacher and me know and we will organize something different for your child to do at that time.

Lastly, we had 80+ students and staff tested this week with our weekly COVID19 surveillance testing. We had ZERO positive cases.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


Kick Off to Celebrating Black History, Our History Month at Glennwood

As part of Black History, Our History month, we wanted to share some of the ways that we are celebrating at Glennwood and in our community and also invite you to join us. While we know that the month of February is a time to reflect upon and celebrate Black History- both the achievements of Black people and their central role in our history. We want to emphasize that learning about Black History is learning about our history. This month-long celebration doesn’t start and end in February. The contributions and achievements of Black people and their central role in history is part of the rich fabric of our American history. It is not separate but interwoven, and embedded throughout all aspects of our lives and should be studied and celebrated all year long.

Glennwood’s 3rd Annual African American Read-In

In an effort to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English created African American Read-Ins more than 30 years ago! To kick off Black History Month here at Glennwood, we will host our 3rd Annual African American Read-In on Friday, February 4th, Each Glennwood classroom will virtually host a special guest who will read aloud a selected book written by an African American author. The goal is that all staff, students, and guest readers are reading, listening to, discussing, and celebrating the work of African American authors during that time.

Black History, Our History Choice Board

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) subcommittee of Glennwood’s PTA has put together a choice board filled with activities centered on Black History, Our History, for families to engage with throughout the month of February. These activities are meant for you to explore on your own time with your family. Please use this link to access the choice board. A big thank you to our DEI committee, including Natasha Vorspel-Reuter, Leslie Sessley, Aichuan Kwong, and GL staff member Dee Anna Rittenhouse for taking the time to put together this wonderful resource!

Are you a mystery enthusiast? Does the mere thought of a riddle to be solved spark excitement and wonder? Well, step right up to our Mystery Person Challenge! As part of our Black History Month festivities, starting next Monday, Feb. 7th, we will share clues about a Black leader, artist, inventor, etc. that made a difference in our world, each day with our students. Students will have an opportunity to guess the mystery person by writing down their guess and submitting it to a box in the front office. We will draw winners in the middle and/or end of each week throughout February and into early March. We’d love your support in helping your child identify our mystery people! Click here for the daily clues.

PE News - Fitnessgram

Encouraging our youth to be physically active is more important than ever before.

Increasing a child’s level of physical activity is not only important for improving their health, but recent studies also indicate that physical fitness levels are associated with academic performance, school attendance, and discipline. As a part of your child’s Physical Education program, their class will be participating in the FitnessGram assessment which measures only those areas of fitness related to the health of students. This includes: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.

Official Code of Georgia 20-2-777 requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness assessment program for all students in grades 1st - 12th. What does that mean for your child in City Schools of Decatur? 1st -12th grade students will have their height and weight privately measured (teachers do not share height and weight numbers with students during testing) the week of 2/7-2/11. Parents/guardians have the option to report height and weight via a confidential google form provided by Coach Meg at minscoe@csdecatur.net

Information about FitnessGram and the requirements can be found at: www.fitnessgram.net, Georgia Department of Education FitnessGram Information, FitnessGram Safe Environment.

Parents, if you happen to have a portable basketball goal (of any size) at your house that you’re no longer using, Coach Meg would love to have it at Glennwood! Please contact her at minscoe@csdecatur.net

Thank you!

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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.

Happy Black History Month!

The Glennwood Elementary School DEI committee is happy to bring City Schools of Decatur a Black History, Our History Activity Board and Scavenger Hunt!

Attached are two activities in the pdf document below.

Page 1 provides a list of important sites in Black History (American History) around the City of Atlanta.

Page 2 is a Black History tour of Decatur. We encourage families to participate in the self-guided tour and answer the questions.

Please submit answers to GlennwoodDEI@gmail.com for a chance to win a gift certificate to Brave & Kind bookstore!
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Congrats to our 2022 Read-a-Thon Winners!

Congrats to Ms. Jolley's class for reading the most minutes in the whole school! And a special thank you to A Spunky Little Arts Company for donating the prizes for our two top readers, Lucas Stinson and Geneva Anthony, and to Cremalosa for donating gelato to our 16 Super Readers! Thanks again to all who participated to make Read-A-Thon a hugely successful event!
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Calling all 2nd grade families! Help the PTA restock and refresh the teacher lounge!

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 will refresh and stock the teacher/staff lounge to make sure this important space has everything our teachers need. Please visit the Sign Up Genius link below to volunteer to bring in items or donate some of your time. Please drop your items with Ms. Hearn at the front office Tuesday-Thursday, February 22-24, during school hours. The PTA (with help from two volunteers) will clean, organize, and stock the staff lounge for our teachers on Friday, February 25. Thank you!

Sign up here: 2nd Grade Teacher Lounge Refresh Sign Ups

This is one of two teacher appreciation activities 2nd grade will sponsor this school year, and we are asking all families to participate in at least one. Please email PTA Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) or Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) with any questions.

Thank you!

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

GA DOE Survey for Parents

The Special Education Parent Survey is a survey that helps the state to determine parents’ perception of the success of parent engagement relating to 10 specific areas of special education and the IEP process and is used as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. Georgia’s parent survey is available to all families of students with IEPs.

* Families that have more than one student with an IEP, please complete an individual survey for each student.

For more information about the survey click here!

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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Decatur Farm to School is currently recruiting new members to its committee!

Joining the Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Committee is a great way to get involved with the work of getting our students outside in their school garden and making the connection to what they are learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria/at home.

Click here to find out which volunteer positions are available and show your interest.

Save the Dates! There are two great family-friendly events coming soon that both benefit DEF:

  • Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 26th and the 20th Tour deCatur 5K on Saturday, March 12th! To register a community Krewe for the parade, please visit www.meadrdmardigras.org. Registration for the Tour deCatur 5K and one-mile Fun Run will begin on February 1st at www.tourdecatur.com.

  • DEF is teaming up with the counselors at Talley Street and Renfroe Middle School to keep the snacks stocked. We are also accepting donations to our weekend backpack program which provides supplemental food for students who need it. If you'd like to help with a donation, click HERE for links to each school's Amazon Wish List. Your orders will go straight to the schools.

DEF Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply.