Eagle Edition

September 8, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

We will be scheduling parent-teacher conferences in-person this year on 9/15 and 9/16 and during the week leading up to those dates. We look forward to a rich discussion about the academic and work habits-related progress your child demonstrated throughout the first six weeks of school. You should receive an email/notification from your child's teacher with information regarding how to sign up for a parent-teacher conference. Be sure to record the time and date of your child’s conference in your personal calendar. Missed conferences may not be able to be rescheduled promptly.

At this conference, your child’s teacher will share overall impressions regarding how your child is adapting to the routines of the classroom, the behaviors your child exhibits that promote learning, as well as results from formative and universal screener assessments that we have administered.

This conference will be the official method for communicating your child’s progress for the first term of school.

There will be two early release days on Thursday the 15th, and Friday the 16th to accommodate parent conferences. Dismissal will begin at 12:50 on these days. If your child’s dismissal routine will change for these days, please email your child's teacher and the front office (Ms. Reynolds - mreynolds@csdecatur.net) with the change. If your child attends an off-site after-school caregiver, please confirm they have plans for these days with their teacher.

Thank you so much for collaborating with us! We look forward to partnering with you so that we can support your child's continued growth and success.

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, Ph.D.



Fall Picture Day Coming Soon!

Deana Kingsbury Photography (www.deanakingsbury.com) will be on campus the week of September 12th to photograph Glennwood students! Photos will be taken outside on the playground. Images are candid, playful and offered in black/white. Individual photos will also be taken in color for yearbook photo and for purchase. Proofs will be available via an online gallery within a few weeks of the shoot and all prints ordered will be delivered to school. Purchased JPG files will be available for download via email provided. Questions? Email Deana at deana@deanakingsbury.com.

The schedule will be as follows:

Monday, 9/12


9:00am - Kaplan

9:40am - Ronco

10:10am - Rose

Tuesday, 9/13

First Grade

9:00am - Jones

9:40am - Turnipseed

10:10am - VanDuzer

Wednesday, 9/14

Second Grade

10:00am - Bennett

10:40am - Marion

11:10am - Marquez

Thursday, 9/15

Make up for absent kids

Calling All Music Lovers!

One of our special Glennwood traditions is The Community Circle band, known as "The Flock of Eagles." This group is composed of Glennwood staff and family members who love making music, and we would love for any new family members to join us! Any instrument is welcome; most songs are singable and playable for the casual hobby musician. Here is our evolving songbook to give you an idea.

As an EL school, one of our goals is "to foster crew so that all students feel a sense of deep belonging," and making music as a school community is a powerful way to do this. It's also just fun.

If you're ready to join or would like more information, please email Ms. Pierce at kpierce@csdecatur.net. See you at Community Circle!

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.

COVID-19 Information: Please notify us if your child tests positive for COVID-19. An email to ebarrington@csdecatur.net is the quickest way to reach me and I will respond with isolation dates and what is needed to return. In general, students will isolate for five full days after the first day of symptoms, and can return to school on day 6, provided their symptoms are improving and they wear a mask at school for a full ten days after symptoms began. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for return to school, but students must be fever-free with symptoms improving. At this time, we are NOT offering concurrent learning for student absences due to COVID-19. For information on CSD’s current COVID-19 mitigations, please click here.

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

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It's almost time for Hispanic Heritage Month - a celebration to honor all Hispanic people who live in the United States. This celebration goes from September 15 to October 15. We celebrate their heritage, the significant presence and influence of Hispanics in our society, and their broad spectrum of traditions and culture. In next week's newsletter, we will share some fun ideas you may choose to do to celebrate with your child.

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The theme for 2022 is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation."

View related records on the National Archives’ Hispanic/Latino Heritage resource page and in the Archives Catalog.

Important Information About Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and determine if further evaluation for gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and turn it in to the Gifted & Talented Specialist at your child’s school before October 5th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted & Talented Specialist for Glennwood is Susanna Shewan. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted & Talented Specialist for your school at sshewan@csdecatur.net or visit the CSD Gifted Website.
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PTA Community Members

It was great seeing you all at Curriculum Night! We are incredibly thankful for your constant support of the PTA. Our next meeting is September 12 at 12:00 pm.

All of the PTA efforts and accomplishments for the benefit of Glennwood Elementary and our community are because of our members and volunteers. We couldn’t do this without your support!

We would like to introduce our 2022-2023 PTA Community Memberships Options:

  • The Eagle Membership: $10

The Eagle entitles you to attend PTA General Meetings throughout the year.

  • The Eagles Nest Membership: $99

The Eagles Nest entitles to two Eagle Memberships, access to PTA General Meetings throughout the year, two (2) Glennwood Elementary coffee mugs, two (2) Chili Cook Off tickets.

  • The Soaring Membership: $199

The Soaring entitles you to all Eagles Nest benefits. All the proceeds of this donation will help the purchase of a big item needed at school. Your family will get recognition on PTA website and social media. (*opt-out option available)

Staff Appreciation Committee

Thank you to all who have signed up to help us restock and clean out the Glennwood Staff Breakroom on September 14th. Please be sure to purchase and drop off all items to Ms. Reynolds at the front office by September 12-13. We still need one more volunteer to help us clean and restock on the 14th. Please sign up here to help. Thank you for your support Glennwood!

Starting in October, we will begin our grade level-sponsored monthly staff appreciation activities. Each month, one grade will sponsor an activity or food table for our staff. More details will be available soon.

Questions? Please email Staff Appreciation Committee Chairs, Haley Stevens at: haleycstevens@gmail.com and Samantha Bryan at: samantha.chopp@gmail.com!

Glennwood Annual Chili & Stew Cook OfF - Save the date!! Sunday, October 23rd

Some of our favorites (Cake Walk and Dunk Tank) from our Fall Carnival days are making a comeback and we can't wait for all the fun!

We are looking for chefs in our community to share their favorite Chili or Stew with our families. We will need volunteers to coordinate the cake walk, oversee the dunk tank, help with overall set up/clean up, and also set up tables and tents.

If you are interested in cooking, organizing, or volunteering, please email James Herndon at: Jamesherndon3@gmail.com

The next DEI Committee meeting is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 8:00 pm

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DHS Cheerleading Minicamp Fundraiser

The DHS Cheerleaders are hosting a minicamp to help promote Bulldog Spirit while raising funds to support the DHS cheer program.

If your child is between the ages of 4-12 and wants to experience cheering in the Homecoming parade and before the Homecoming Football game, sign up today for the minicamp!

Camp dates: September 12 - 14 Minicamp 4:30 - 6:00 pm

September 29 Practice and Mini Camp Swag Pick-Up 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Parade and Game date: September 30

Cost: $50

Click here to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Ashaki Stinson (astinson@csdecatur.net) or Saadia Foy (sfoy@csdecatur.net).

DHS Colorguard Experience

The DHS Colorguard is hosting a youth night on Friday, September 9, for kindergarten through 8th-grade students who would like to participate with the Marching Band Color Guard for a gameday experience.

Click here to learn more. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Stevenson (lstevenson@csdecatur.net) or Jessi Lang (jbowen@csdecatur.net).
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CSD Strategic Plan Input Survey

Thank you to everyone that attended the input session on Tuesday! If you were unable to attend, you still have time to participate in the survey, which will remain open until September 13. Click here to participate in the survey.

Parent Literacy Event

The Teaching and Learning Department is excited to host several parent-focused literacy events this school year. The September session is listed below. Stay tuned for information about additional programs scheduled for the remainder of the school year.

September 15 at 4:00 pm: American Reading Company (ARC) Virtual Parent Education: Comprehensive Literacy for Turbulent Times - The Power Behind a Knowledge Building Curricula

If you have any questions about these events, please contact the Teaching and Learning Department at csimon@csdecatur.net.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits

To continue free or reduced-price meal benefits for students, each household must complete a new application every year. Free and Reduced Meal Benefits will end on September 13, 2022, if the household has not reapplied for SY 2022-2023. If there is an interruption in benefits or the household does not reapply, the household is responsible for payment of meals until the Free and Reduced Application is processed. To help assure the continuation of benefits, the household must have an online or paper application turned in to the school cafeteria manager before September 13, 2022, or complete an online application by September 13, 2022, on the City Schools of Decatur’s webpage. Parents should be sure to list all the students in the household on the application. Only one application is necessary per family. Keep in mind that the application may take up to 10-days to process. If your child receives SNAP or TANF, you do not need to complete an application.

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Lawrence, City Schools of Decatur Nutrition Program, at tlawrence@csdecatur.net or (470) 237-0368 ext 7607.

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Superintendent Search Community Conversation

The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education values input and feedback. The community is invited to engage in a facilitated conversation to share feedback for consideration as the Board prepares to develop the leadership profile for the Superintendent position. The Board is excited to offer two in-person opportunities for the community to engage and share their thoughts. You may attend either September 14, 2022, or September 28, 2022. A survey will be available for those unable to participate in one of the in-person events.

Although it is not required to attend, we are asking for anyone wishing to attend one of the in-person sessions to please register via this form.

Registering ahead of time will help us better plan the events and breakout sessions.

Event Details

Session One: Wednesday, September 14, from 6-7:30 pm in the Decatur High School cafeteria.

Session Two: Wednesday, September 28, from 6-7:30 pm in the Decatur High School cafeteria.

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If you have questions about interventions, please contact Erica Godfrey, District Intervention Specialist & MTSS Coordinator, at egodfrey@csdecatur.net.
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News from the Decatur Education Foundation

B.Y.O.P (Bring your own picnic) THIS SATURDAY to Legacy Park from 4-8pm for some incredible live music from JohnBoy & SurroundSound and The Sundogs. Opening artists are talented DHS students songwriters and musicians Payton Kashdan and Nate Helfrich. There will be kids’ activities led by Decatur Prevention Initiative and student groups selling drinks and treats. Bring the family and come celebrate DEF’s 20th anniversary of supporting Decatur’s kids with the community! It’s going to be a great afternoon. This event could not happen without our presenting sponsor, Bark Technologies and partner Amplify. Thank you, Bark and Amplify!

Can you volunteer to tutor, mentor, or coach a Decatur student? We’ve got spots available for all those types of rewarding positions! Make a big impact in as little as 1-4 hours per month, depending on the role you choose. Go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and sign up.


Don't miss your chance to be a part of one of Decatur's most iconic neighborhood events! Driver registration is now open for the 11th Annual Madison Avenue Derby, the non-motorized racing event where amateur racers of all ages design and build human-powered soapbox cars to compete against the clock in a downhill race!

Join the excitement as a racer or spectator on October 15, 2022, for a day of family-friendly fun - proceeds from the event this year go to support the Friends of Refugees! REGISTER TO RACE NOW

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