Eagle Edition

August 10, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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MAP Testing Begins August 14

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Math and Reading assessments beginning Monday, August 14th. You can read more about the MAP assessments here. The MAP assessment is an adaptive assessment used to track student achievement and growth over time. This assessment allows students to “show what they know” and helps inform instruction. Students' assessment results will be shared with families at the first parent/teacher conferences in September. The schedule will be as follows:

Kindergarten students- 8:40-9:10
August 14, 15 (Reading),16 & 17 (Math)

1st grade students- 8:40-9:10
August 21, 22 (Reading), 23 & 24 (Mth)

2nd grade students 10:15-11:15
August 16 (Reading), 17 (Reading Fluency), and 18 (Math)

August 21st through September 1st - Makeups for all grade levels as needed

Welcome to the Glennwood Media Center

SOAR-ing eagles are READING eagles! Our mission is to build a learning community of effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished by:

  • Promoting reading and encouraging a lifelong appreciation of books
  • Providing access to a variety of materials and technology leading the community to information literacy
  • Creating authentic and diverse learning experiences through collaboration and planning that will increase student achievement goals and support the school improvement plan

Students participated in media center orientation this week, and we discussed what makes a great library patron. Please read the patron agreements below and review them with your child.

Kindergarten students will practice checking out books next week and will check out to the classroom first. After a few weeks, once they learn this responsibility well, they will begin taking library books home.

Parents may also sign up to be library patrons and check out up to five books at a time. If you are interested in becoming a patron, please email: Anne Dishman, our media clerk at adishman@csdecatur.net to sign up, and she will give you more information.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are once again able to open the library for after-school hours. Students are welcome to visit and check out books after school when accompanied by a parent/caregiver on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 pm.

In your child's folder last week, you received information about participating in the Birthday Book Program fundraiser for the media center. This is a special way to honor your child on their birthday and also help the library grow its collection of books. Forms and payment are by Friday, August 25. Thank you for supporting the Glennwood Media Center!

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News from Mr. Blase

Happy 2nd week of school! This week, I began getting into the Kindergarten classes to do my introductory school counseling lesson. We began (as always) with a mindful moment, then kids explored my mystery school counseling box, pulling out items and needing to identify what they have to do with school counseling. We read one of my favorite beginning of the year books, One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, to identify when Mr. Blase as their school counselor may need to be called upon to help. We concluded with a school counseling trivia game to familiarize students with my role. I also let them know how they can reach out to me if they ever need to talk (e.g., send me a note, ask a parent or teacher, talk to me in the hall). Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to make a student referral.

Important Updates from Nurse Beth

We have almost completed our second week of school! There is already some illness circulating, so please review good hygiene habits and handwashing with your children at home. We encourage healthy habits at school, but it helps to have it reinforced at home as well.

When will I receive a call from the school nurse?

I know getting a call from me during the day is not ideal, but rest assured, I want to keep the kids at school as much as you do. Not all calls mean you have to pick up your child. I will not call on minor bumps and skin abrasions, bug bites or short visits to the clinic for stomach aches or cold symptoms. I will always call you when your child has a major head bump or facial abrasions, however many times they do not need to go home. In addition, sometimes for our little ones, just hearing mom or dad’s voice is the TLC that is needed to make it through the day.

When will I need to pick up my child from school due to illness?

  • Fever at or greater than 100.0

  • Vomiting x 2

  • Diarrhea x 2

  • Eye that appears bacterial, yellow crusting, oozing

  • Coughing, sneezing, runny nose that affects the child’s ability to focus in class/disruptful cough

  • Stomach ache that is not resolved with rest or bathroom and effects child’s ability to remain in class.

  • Sprain or strain and child will not bear weight.

  • Head bump accompanied with loss of consciousness, nausea/vomiting &/or headache.

  • Laceration that needs to be assessed for sutures

If a child is sent home in the middle of the day with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, they cannot return to school the next day. Remember, 24 hours fever and symptom free!!!

** A parent reminder: If you tell your child that you will pick them up if they don’t feel well, 9 times out of 10, you will receive a call within the first 2 hours of the school day!!

When is my child too sick for school?

Is it just a cold or is your child too sick for school? Here are a few parameters on when you should keep your child home. If a child is sent home in the middle of the day with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, they cannot return to school the next day. Remember, 24 hours fever and symptom-free without fever-reducing medication!!!

  1. Temp at or greater than 100: Fevers are a common symptom of viral or bacterial infection. Children are likely to be contagious to others when they have a fever. Keep child home until they are fever free (without meds) for 24 hours.

  2. Stomach Pain: Vomiting or diarrhea, keep at home until symptom-free for 24 hours. No other visible symptoms: a child may be hungry, ate too fast, nervous about school or just wanting to stay home. A bathroom trip might be in order also. Consult a medical provider and do not send a child to school with a stomach ache that is persistent or severe enough to limit activity.

  3. Cold/coughing: A child with mild symptoms, no fever and otherwise feeling well may be fine at school. A child with heavy cold symptoms such as deep or uncontrollable coughing or a significant lack of energy belongs at home even without a fever.

  4. FLU: A child with flu-like illness (fever and cough) must stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications. Children are one of the biggest sources for spreading the flu.

  5. Sore Throat: a child with a mild sore throat, no fever and otherwise feeling well may be fine to attend school. Keep a child home and contact a medical provider for a severe sore throat and if white spots are seen in the back of the throat, with or without a fever.

  6. Pink Eye: Conjunctivitis is a common infectious disease of one of both eyes caused by several types of bacteria and viruses. If a child’s eye is red, irritated and has copious drainage the child should be kept at home until seen by a medical provider & return to school with or without treatment depending on the diagnosis. Bacterial conjunctivitis requires prescription medication and the child must be treated for 24 hours before returning to school.

  7. Strep Throat: If your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, they must be kept home until antibiotic treatment has started.

When do I have to notify the school due to illness?

Please notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, chickenpox, scarlet fever, Covid19, lice or any other contagious illness. It is very helpful if you notify the school nurse (ebarrington@csdecatur.net) in addition to the teacher and school manager (mreynolds@csdecatur.net).

What about medications?

All medications must come to the clinic in their original container. Over the counter medications need to be new and unopened when you bring them in. Prescription medications need the pharmacy label attached. A medication form needs to be filled out for any medication, even over-the-counter (OTC) meds, to be given at school. Prescription medications require the prescriber's signature while OTC medications can be signed by the guardian. Prescribed or over-the-counter medications brought in baggies, in unmarked containers or that are expired can not be given.

We do not provide OTC meds. We do not provide COUGH DROPS!

What if my student needs a special action plan?

If your child has any medical action plan, ie: food allergy, seizure, diabetes, asthma, etc., a new action plan, signed by the physician, is required each school year. Please send in updated action plans asap.

Immunizations: If your child is currently up-to-date on their childhood vaccines, you do not have to send in any forms to me. If your child is not currently up to date on vaccines, is on a delayed schedule or has an out-of-state immunization record, please reach out to me and I can assist you. Students are required to have current immunization records or notarized immunization exemptions (GA form 2208) to be enrolled in GA public schools. Of note, COVID vaccines are not considered required childhood vaccines for school enrollment.

Vision, Hearing and Dental Forms (3300): Any student that is new to the school district in the state of Georgia must have a 3300 form on record. This form assesses vision, hearing, dental and nutrition. This can be done at the pediatrician’s office or the health department. If you need any assistance with this, please let me know.

For any health-related questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Beth at 404-370-4435 or ebarrington@csdecatur.net.

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Back to School Spirit Night

Please join us for our first Spirit Night of the year at Butter and Cream! Meet us on August 15 anytime from 12pm to 9:30pm. Please mention Glennwood Elementary at the register. A percentage of the sales will be donated to our school!

(*Save the date for next Spirit Night: August 29th at Kafenio Avondale Estates)

Room Parent Volunteers Needed

*Ms. Taft (1st Grade) and Ms. Marquez's (2nd Grade) classes are still in need of Room Parents.*

If you'd like to help as a Room Parent Volunteer this school year 2023-2024, please sign up HERE.

Our Room Parent Coordinator, Sara Loya, is hosting an instructional meeting on August 16th. (More details will be emailed soon).

No experience is needed, just the desire to help our teachers, students and school community.

If you have any questions, please email our Room Parent coordinator at: RPCoordinator@glennwoodespta.com

Thank you for your support!

Volunteer Opportunities

Please consider volunteering at events organized by the PTA. This helps our events be successful and get more funds to support our school. Get free tickets for you and one guest at our events when you volunteer.

Please fill out this FORM and let us know how you’d like to help!

We also have committee volunteer opportunities. To join the gardening committee please fill out this form.

To join our DEI committee please fill out this form.

Thank you for your support!

Corporate Sponsorship

If you are a Glennwood Elementary parent, friend or relative and your place of business would like to become a corporate sponsor for our school, we would love to have your support! Funds raised through corporate sponsorships benefit students, teachers and the entire school. This is also great exposure and advertising for your business.

Please consider donating a silent auction item for our Casino Night Silent Auction in March. Small promotional items are welcome with your silent auction item. (Flyers, Cards, balloons, etc.)

If you refer a business to the PTA before August 31st, you get a Glennwood Elementary mug and a car magnet.

Questions? Please email our VP Laura Scott at: VP@Glennwoodespta.com

PTA Memberships

Why should I join the PTA? Your PTA membership provides valuable benefits to your child, your school, and your community. When you become a member of PTA, you increase our collective strength. By adding your name as a member, you will increase the impact we have representing our school and PTA.

Get your PTA membership before August 31st and get a chance to win one of two Glennwood Elementary Totes.

Join us today by visiting our website here!

Questions?! Please email Kara Dupuis at: Secretary@glennwoodespta.com

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

Let’s celebrate back to school with all our Glennwood friends and families! Please join us for popsicles, chips and refreshments on August 26 from 2pm to 3pm.

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

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The Glennwood Elementary School Leadership Team (SLT) is an elected committee consisting of Glennwood parents/guardians, staff members, a community member, and a district representative. The purpose of the SLT is to make decisions that support the continuous improvement of the school in accordance with the provisions of the District Charter. This year we will have THREE parent vacancies on the SLT and will have the SLT election in late August. If you are interested in filling one of the vacancies, please complete this form. Nominations are due by August 25. If you have any questions regarding the SLT, feel free to contact Dr. Brookins.

  • Current representatives:

    • Dr. Holly Brookins (GL Principal)

    • Amelia Copp (Staff)

    • Marnie Kaplan (Staff)

    • Courtney Simon (District Rep)

    • Heather Harris (Parent)

    • Lisa Loveall (Parent)

    • Lauren Wattenmaker (Parent)

    • Sarah Jones (Parent)

Please complete the form if you are interested in running for one of our open parent positions! Nominations will close August 25th and bios will go out August 28th. Elections will take place August 31st in conjunction with Curriculum Night. The voting link will also be sent via eBlast.

Dr. Whitaker’s Listening Sessions

Students, staff, family, and community members are welcome to attend any session across the district.

Please click the following link for the virtual meeting on August 16: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/92894167992?pwd=TkczWHUvQXFtMHkrOTBRcXJ6aU9VZz09

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Decatur Education Foundation Grant Process Opens


Decatur Education Foundation Announces Teacher Innovation Grants and Student Innovation Grants

The Decatur Education Foundation is excited to invite you to apply for a Teacher Innovation Grant for the 2023-2024 school year! DEF's Teacher Innovation Grants are designed to support teachers in the City Schools of Decatur by providing funds for innovative educational experiences. And for the first time ever, we’re offering students the opportunity to apply too! Student Innovation Grants give students a voice in their education and encourage them to explore creative solutions to problems and challenges.

Awards for our Innovation Grants range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31, 2023, and the grant awards will be announced on September 14, 2023. For more information and to apply, visit:




Decatur Education Foundation Announces Teacher Innovation Grants and Student Innovation Grants

The Decatur Education Foundation is excited to announce that applications are open for our Teacher Innovation Grants and — for the first time ever — Student Innovation Grants! These grants are designed to support teachers and students in the City Schools of Decatur by providing funds for innovative educational experiences. Awards for our Innovation Grants range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31, 2023, and the grant awards will be announced on September 14, 2023.

Last year, we awarded over $35,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants, and this year we want to double it! For more information and to support DEF’s Innovation Grants, visit DecaturEducationFoundation.org. To apply for a Student Innovation Grant, visit: https://bit.ly/DEFStudentInnovationGrants.

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.

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