Eagle Edition

February 24, 2022

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! We have had a great week of learning here at Glennwood this week.

Your child’s winter report card will be available to view in the Parent Portal on Thursday, March 3rd. Please log into the parent portal to access your student’s report card. You may access the directions here or watch this video. If you need assistance with your login information for the Parent Portal, please contact our School Manager, Karen Hearn (khearn@csdecatur.net).

City Schools of Decatur uses standards-based reporting to report K-2 student progress. In standards-based grading, reporting is based upon the progress toward mastery of the standards in each academic domain.

The report card is issued three times per year. The winter report card reports progress for terms 3 and 4. The report card includes meaningful comments from teachers, assessment on the domains, and feedback on EL Education's Habits of Scholarship and work habits. Please see the district schedule for reporting progress below.

If you have any questions regarding report cards or the reporting process, please reach out to your child's teacher or our instructional coach, Ms. Tolsma (jtolsma@csdecatur.net).

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


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Lunch N' Learn: How to Talk with Kids About Race on March 10

I plan on facilitating a Lunch N’ Learn on the topic of How to Talk with Kids About Race on Thursday, March 10th from 11:30am - 12:15pm. Our purpose in this work is to draw upon the collective strength and wisdom of the group. During this Lunch N’ Learn, our goal will be to listen to each other, seek to understand, and pool our collective funds of knowledge. I humbly ask for you to share your experiences on this topic by answering a couple short questions. There will also be an opportunity for people to share their experiences during the Lunch N’ Learn. Additionally, if you have separate resources that you would like to share, please email me at jblase@csdecatur.net.

Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day – NEXT Friday, March 4

After a long winter hiatus, Walk and Roll is BACK, and it’s brought the warmer weather with it! Please join us on your feet, your bike, or your scooter (don’t forget those helmets!), and let’s show CSD how Eagles SOAR! Students who walk, bike or scoot will continue to enter at their grade-specific doors, where they will be counted, using our traditional marbles, by their staff door monitors. We will have incentives for participating this month! Don’t forget your masks on campus! And, each marble will still count towards students earning extra school-wide recess, with announcements made at virtual Community Circle! For additional details and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website.

*Walking School Buses are on hold (due to Covid) until further notice*

Contact Amanda McMillan (almcmil@gmail.com) with any questions!

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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.

Last Chance to Participate!

There are only a few more days to participate in the DEI committee's 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!

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

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Decatur Bulldog Booster's Bulldog Bash on March 12

Tickets are now on sale for Decatur Bulldog Booster’s Bulldog Bash! Join your friends and neighbors on March 12 at Legacy Park for this fun evening that raises money for Decatur Athletics. The adult-only event features live music, a 50/50 raffle, the Coach of the Year Award, and the Sweet Auburn BBQ food truck!

To buy your tickets, simply scan the QR code below, visit www.decaturbulldogboosters.org or text “BulldogBash2022” to 243725 to receive a link.

Once registered, you can contribute to your favorite sport(s) and bid on some amazing silent auction items, including tickets to Atlanta sporting events, trips, culinary experiences and more! New items will be added leading up to the event so check back often!

News from City Schools of Decatur

Decatur Student Center Parent Education Program

The Decatur Student Center will be offering a 6-week parent education program on Family Meetings. For more information on the program and registration information, please see this flyer.

ESOL & Federal Programs Department and the Parent Advisory Council Town Hall

Attention Parents!! The ESOL & Federal Programs Department and its Parent Advisory Council (PAC) invite you to attend our first department PAC Town Hall on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

At this town hall, you will learn more about how the PAC can help you stay informed and enhance parent home-school connections!

Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Parent Town Hall

Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Link: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/93731088035?pwd=Wmk0K3IvVmhWcStUU1BuSEJRcHg1dz09
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Save the Dates! There are two great family-friendly events coming soon that both benefit DEF:

  • Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade is THIS Saturday! This fun community event benefits music and theatre grants for City Schools of Decatur. If you’re not marching with your school, we hope you’ll come to Oakhurst and watch the parade march from F.AVE through the village down Mead Road to the Imperial. Sponsors The Imperial, Spectre Brewery and Ford’s BBQ will be offering Mardi Gras specials all day.

  • The 20th Tour deCatur is Saturday, March 12th and is now a certified course for Peachtree Road Race seeding! Register soon at www.tourdecatur.com. After 2-28, race shirts are no longer guaranteed.

DEF Volunteer Opportunities - DEF also has several ways in which you can donate your time:

  • 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.