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 2023-2024 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.
Glennwood Elementary is proud to be an EL Education school. For over 25 years, EL Education has been bringing to life a three-dimensional vision of student achievement that includes Mastery of Knowledge and Skills (MKS), High Quality Work and Character. Our school vision is that our classrooms are student-centered communities with evidence of perseverance, collaboration and craftsmanship. We believe that students should be leaders of their own learning and that we are Crew, not passengers. You will see and hear many references to Crew as we move through our school year. We will provide opportunities throughout the year for families to learn more about what it means to be part of an EL school community!
Intentional teaching/learning practices, racial equity, shared school governance as well as personal and collective accountability will be our continued focus this school year. Our Crew is sure to achieve success in our academic and social-emotional pursuits!
We have a phenomenal administration team here at Glennwood. Summer Clayton is our Assistant Principal; Jill Tolsma is our Instructional Coach; Jonathan Blase is our School Counselor and Michelle Reynolds is our School Manager. All can help with any questions or concerns you might have.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students and families to Glennwood. It is going to be the best school year yet!
Dr. Holly M. Brookins
Parents will be able to log into the Parent Portal on July 27th at 8am 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 28th 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 grade families may arrive between 2:00 and 3:00. The amazing GL PTA will be stationed in the media center - please pay them a visit!
First Day of School
We will welcome students for our first day of school on Tuesday, August 1st. 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 its annual Cheers and Tears (coffee and donuts) for parents in the front of the school immediately after drop-off from 8:20am-9:20am. (In case of rain, it will be scheduled in the media center.)
School Supply Info
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 may 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 financial burden on your family, please do not feel the need to purchase them. We will always ensure that all of our students have adequate supplies.
Helpful Glennwood Contacts
If you need help with administrative requests, contact our Assistant Principal, Summer Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help with general school or registration questions, Michelle Reynolds is our School Manager - email@example.com or call 404-370-4435 ext. 0.
If you need help with curriculum or academic questions, contact our Instructional Coach, Ms. Jill Tolsma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help with a counseling request, contact our School Counselor, Mr. Jonathan Blase at email@example.com.
- For instructional technology or library questions and help with the Glennwood website, contact our Library Media Specialist, Dee Anna Rittenhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Communication to Families
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
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.
Accessing the Parent Portal
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 CampusAll 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 email@example.com or call the office at 404-370-4435.
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. The PTA is still looking for volunteers for the following roles:
Second Grade Picnic/Graduation Chair
Events Volunteer Coordinator
Lost & Found Coordinator
School Supplies Coordinator
Please visit our website to learn more and join the PTA! Sign up to the PTA’s website and never miss an event or any important news! (Our protected password code is: FV4WPY) Questions? If you’d like to volunteer on any of our committees, at events, or have any questions, please contact PTA President, Nydia Almond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Corporate Sponsorships
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 visit our PTA website at: GlennwoodPTA.PTBoard.com and click on “Forms & Payments." Questions? Please email our VP Laura Scott at: VP@GlennwoodPTAES.com
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. If you have any questions regarding the SLT, feel free to contact Dr. Brookins.
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)