Back to School Welcome Information

Are you ready for the first day of school?

Dear Glennwood Families,

Welcome to Glennwood Elementary, home of the Eagles! We are excited that you are joining us for the 2022-2023 school year. As we prepare for your child’s arrival, we would like to share this important information in the hopes that it will give answers to many of the topics you may be pondering. We look forward to an amazing school year! As always, we are available by phone and email to address any school-related needs you may have.


With a focus on intentional teaching/learning practices, racial equity, shared school governance as well as personal and collective accountability, our CREW is sure to achieve success in our academic and social-emotional pursuits.


Please reach out to us with any questions! Summer Clayton is our (new to us!) Assistant Principal and is so excited to be a Glennwood Eagle. You may know her from Beacon Hill Middle School (formerly Renfroe) as she was previously the Assistant Principal there. Feel free to send her an email and give her a warm GL welcome! Jill Tolsma is our Instructional Coach and can help with any academic questions you may have. Michelle Reynolds (formerly a paraprofessional with Ms. Rose) will be our new front office clerk and can help with information you might need regarding arrival, dismissal, transportation, etc!


Sincerely,


Dr. Holly M. Brookins

Principal

Class Assignments

Parents will be able to log into the Parent Portal on July 26th to see who their child’s teacher will be. Class placement is a high priority for our staff and we are very intentional about this process each year. Class changes after this date will only be made under extreme circumstances.

Meet and Greet

All K-2 schools have their Meet & Greet scheduled for Friday, July 29th from 1:00-3:00. This is a brief opportunity for parents, students and teachers to meet one another and for students to familiarize themselves with the school and the classroom.


In order to be efficient and keep things running smoothly, Kindergarten families may arrive between 1:00 and 2:00, while 1st and 2nd graders may arrive between 2:00 and 3:00. The amazing GL PTA will be stationed in the media center - please pay them a visit!


Kindergarten Meet Up

On Sunday, July 31st, the GL PTA will host all kindergarten parents and students to meet and connect on the playground from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM.

First Day of School

We will welcome students for our first day of school on Tuesday, August 2nd. Our school hours are 8:20-2:50. Students may be dropped off in the mornings at 8:00 am. Breakfast will be offered between 8-8:20 each morning. Dismissal begins at 2:50. The GL PTA will host parents for coffee in the front of the school (weather permitting) immediately after drop-off.


School Supply Orders

If you ordered school supplies through PTA, they will be delivered directly to the school and the GL PTA will sort and deliver the goods to classrooms. You don’t need to do anything to ensure their delivery (except volunteer with the PTA)! If you need to purchase school supplies, please find the requested lists here. If purchasing the supplies on your own they can be brought to school during the Meet and Greet or any day the first week of school. We never want any of our families to feel burdened by school supplies, so if this places an undue burden on your family, please do not feel the need to purchase. We will always ensure that all of our students have adequate supplies.


School Supply Swap

If you have new or gently used school supplies you would like to donate or swap, GL PTA is hosting their first ever School Supply Swap in front of the school on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30am-11:00am. You can pick up or swap school supplies then or to donate in advance prior to Saturday, there are two drop off locations:


  • 213 Mt. Vernon Drive

  • 209 Lockwood Terrace


Questions? Email Communications Chair Nydia Almond nialmond05@gmail.com

Helpful Glennwood Contacts


  • If you need help with general school or registration questions, Michelle Reynolds is our Office Clerk - mreynolds@csdecatur.net or call 404-370-4435 ext. 0.
  • For medical-related questions, Beth Barrington is our School Nurse at ebarrington@csdecatur.net or call 404-370-4435 ext. 1.
  • If you need help with curriculum or academic questions, contact our Instructional Coach, Ms. Jill Tolsma at jtolsma@csdecatur.net.
  • If you need help with administrative requests, contact our Assistant Principal, Summer Clayton at sclayton@csdecatur.net.
  • For instructional technology or library questions and help with the Glennwood website, contact our Library Media Specialist, Dee Anna Rittenhouse at drittenhouse@csdecatur.net.

Weekly Communication to Families

A school wide weekly newsletter/eblast will be emailed to families each Thursday afternoon. This eBlast is sent to the email addresses in the parent portal. Please ensure all data in your portal account is updated and correct. The GL website is also a great place to get information about our wonderful school.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students that walk to school should enter through our front entrance. Parents can give them a huge hug and your well-wishes right outside the door, and we will escort them into the school to their teachers. Kindergarten students arriving by car will enter the building through our side doors near the auditorium at the carpool circle. There they will be united with a staff member who will escort them to the auditorium to meet their teacher before being walked to class.


For more information on a day in the life of a Glennwood kindergartener, please watch this video.


Arrival and Dismissal

Providing safe arrival and dismissal routines are a high priority for our staff. Please carefully read over the following procedures.


GL 22-23 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Accessing the Parent Portal

Infinite Campus

For parents new to CSD, you will need to set up an account in the Parent Portal which is in our information system, Infinite Campus. Please click here to learn more about how to set up an account. Please reach out to Patrice Moore, District Registrar Enrollment Specialist, with any questions.


Annual Data Update in Infinite Campus

All families must complete the annual data update before the first day of school. Directions on how to complete the annual update will be sent from CSD in the next week. If you run into any issues completing the annual data update, please contact Michelle Reynolds at mreynolds@csdecatur.net or call the office at 404-370-4435.
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Join Our Fabulous PTA!

The GL PTA Rocks! As you can see from the events above, they are super-involved in all back to school activities and much, much more. The PTA works to enhance the educational experience of all Glennwood students by supporting teachers and staff, organizing fundraisers for items not covered by the school budget, and planning and hosting community-building events. Through fundraising efforts, the PTA supports many offerings and initiatives including classroom libraries, teacher and parent grants, field trips and guest speakers for all students, facility enhancements, and various community-building events. Click here to learn more and to join the PTA!


Cheers and Tears

Cheers and Tears is a long-standing Glennwood tradition on the first day of school. The event takes place after morning drop-off on Tuesday, August 2nd at 8:00am – 9:00am. Please join us to toast (or cry) with other Glennwood parents, as we commemorate the first day of this unusual school year. We will have coffee, so come and join us!!

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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 ONE parent vacancy 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. If you have any questions regarding the SLT, feel free to contact Dr. Brookins.


  • Current representatives:

    • Dr. Holly Brookins (GL Principal)

    • Summer Clayton (Assistant Principal)

    • Jill Tolsma (Staff)

    • Marnie Kaplan (Staff)

    • Courtney Simon (District Rep)

    • Natasha Vorspel-Reuter (Parent rolling off)

    • Lisa Loveall (Parent)

    • Lauren Wattenmaker (Parent)

    • Sarah Jones (Parent)

Covid Mitigation

Covid-related information will be shared today in Dr. Fehrman's Friday Follow-up eBlast. Please reach out with any questions!

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