Eagle Edition

May 25, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

It is so hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. Together as a school community, we have faced many challenges with compassion, love and grace. We have also had so many joyful times together. Our students have shown resilience, empathy and a growth mindset. Our teachers and staff continue to amaze me every day!

Congratulations to our second graders who are now rising third graders and making their way to Talley or their next school! We can’t wait to see our rising 1st and 2nd grade Eagles back with us next year.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our last Community Circle tomorrow morning. We also have our 2nd-grade musical led by Ms. Pierce following Community Circle for 2nd-grade families. Immediately following this, all parent volunteers are invited to the media center for donuts and coffee as a thank you from GL Staff for all the support you've given us this year. We are a community working together and doing GREAT things!

I hope we can all take this summer to refresh and recharge our batteries. See you next school year!

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, Ph.D.



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End of Year Assessment Data

Dear Families,

You will find your child’s end-of-year screener assessment data in their Communication folder today, including the following three reports:

  • Spring MAP® Growth™ Family Report (Math and Reading)

  • Acadience Parent Report (Reading)

  • IRLA Home Report (Reading)

Each report includes details about the assessment and the resulting data. These assessments contribute to determining your child’s instructional level and measure their academic growth throughout the school year in areas of Math and Reading.

Glennwood uses these assessments to measure student progress three times per year. We also use a variety of ongoing classroom assessments to plan differentiated instruction to help all students grow academically.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or our Instructional Coach, Ms. Tolsma (jtolsma@csdecatur.net).

Important End of the Year Update from Nurse Beth

This school year has gone by so quickly. I find it hard to believe we are in our last days. It has been such an honor to meet all of the students in the Glennwood community and a joy getting to know many of them.

For students with medications at school, tomorrow is the last day for pick-up. You can find me between 8 and 8:20 AM at the East door on Joyce Parris Lane. I will also be available after school until 4 PM. Anytime during the school day is also an option. I am NOT able to send medications home with your child. If any of these times or days are not optional, please contact me to make other arrangements. If you are unable to pick up, please let me know by email or phone. Any medications left at school on the last day will be discarded.

For next school year, if your child will need medication at school, see below for the link to medication administration forms and health care plans. Health care plans and medication forms must be renewed each school year. Please note that any prescription medications needed at school require the form to be completed by the prescriber.

Forms and Handbooks / Health Forms

Have a great summer!

Nurse Beth



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Classroom Help for Ms. Thaker, Glennwood's Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms. Thaker would love some help during the teachers' post-planning period (May 30/31) to assemble adapted books and TEACCH task boxes for students in our adapted curriculum. Ms. Thaker received a grant this year to create a library of adapted books and materials for students in special education, and needs help laminating, binding, and assembling books, and sorting learning materials into kits. If any crafty parents have an hour or two to help with that process, please email Ms. Thaker at hthaker@csdecatur.net.

Building Bridges: Celebrating our Common Connections and Pride in our Individuality

Building Bridges: a Glennwood Elementary Community Art Experience is a community art experience, facilitated by Glennwood PTA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and art teacher, Ms. Nadine Howarth. Each student created a "charm of individuality", small ornaments that express pride in themselves and their families. The first phase of the art experience was a temporary outdoor installment, where the Glennwood community assisted the children in attaching the charms of individuality to a fence, forming the shape of a bridge. The bridge symbolized the many different ways in which we are all connected and offered a way to build community and inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time of social disconnection.

The second phase of this collaborative art experience is now on display at the entrance to Glennwood, indicating to those who walk through the front doors that all are welcome here.

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School Supply Orders!

School Supplies kits for the school year 2023-2024 are here! Please purchase your child’s supplies HERE before *June 30th.*

If you’d like to donate a kit of school supplies you can also find the option HERE!

We will share a sign up link, soon, to request volunteers to help us sort out the supplies.

Thank you! Questions?! Please email Nydia Almond at: nialmond05@gmail.com)

Lost and Found

Please collect any items left at the Lost and Found area before Friday May 26. The last pile was removed last Friday after Community Circle, since it was overflowing and not claimed.

Thank you for understanding. Questions? Email Nydia Almond at: nialmond05@gmail.com


The PTA would like to thank our Glennwood Community for all of your support this school year 2022-2023.

These are some of the things we were able to do thanks to your support:

•Stew and Chili Cookoff was a success!

•Fall book fair provided much-needed new books for media center

•Co-sponsored a classroom set of ukuleles for the music department

•Co-sponsored teacher training

•Monthly themed teacher and staff appreciation activities

•Refreshed the front planters and back gardens

•Holiday cash gifts for staff and crossing guards

•Supported multiple field trips for expeditionary learning

•Provided cleaning of exterior tent

•Financially supported author visits to the school

•Read-a-Thon raised approx. $9,000!

•Teacher Appreciation Week (grab and go smoothies, chair massages, chick fil a biscuits, car washes, catered lunch)

•2nd Grade Moving Forth Ceremony

Our DEI Committee has had robust activities, including:

•Supported two children & 1 senior through Decatur Season of Giving

•Monthly Romp and Reads, during which books and activities are provided to support specific DEI subjects

• Arranged a nature walk with Dekalb County Ranger to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

•Celebrated our many cultures with a Culture Night, during which food, traditions, and dances were shared with the Glennwood community

•Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

•Cocktails and Conversations, focusing on sustainable fashion

If you’d like to join the PTA for next school year please email president@glennwoodpta.org.

Thank you to our 2022-2023 PTA Board:

Co-President: Kelly Stinson

Co-President: Leslie Sessley

Communications Chair: Nydia Almond

Secretary of Membership and Record Keeping: Jay Raol

Treasurer: Ginger Schmeltzer

Thank you to our Committees Chairs & Coordinators:

Book Fair Chair: Ginger Schmeltzer

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Chair: Nikhila Raol

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Chair: Amanda Gillespie

Field Day Chair: Timothy Cox

Fundraising Chair: Alisha Mayheu

Garden Chair: Daryl Brown

Grill Off Chair: James Herndon

Read-a-Thon Chair: Jen Lewin

Room Parent Coordinator: Nydia Almond

Second Grade Picnic/Graduation Chair: Anya Robinson

Second Grade Picnic/Graduation Chair: Cristina Stevenson

Spiritwear: Micah Lewin

Staff Appreciation Chair: Samantha Bryan

Staff Appreciation Chair: Haley Stevens

Walk-n-Roll: Amanda McMillan

Welcome Committee: Haley Stevens

Yearbook Chair: Regina Shih

Yearbook Chair: Aichuan Kwong

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FAVE and Talley Elementary Orchestra

Calling all rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders interested in playing the violin, viola, cello, or bass!! Click here to complete the FAVE and Talley Elementary Orchestra interest form.

News from City Schools of Decatur

Extra Mile Awards

Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.

Click here to submit a nomination. The deadline is May 31.

These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.

Questions? Contact cburnett@csdecatur.net or 404-371-3601

Glennwood Families!

Please complete this survey to help us best plan for and implement communication structures that will keep our Glennwood families informed of the important happenings in our school community. All schools will be conducting a similar survey.

The results of these surveys will be shared with other school and district leaders to help inform areas of strength and growth throughout the district.

This survey should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete and will provide us with valuable information about our communication platforms, frequency, and content. Thank you for your support.

Bus Registration is Now Open!

Here is the link to for bus transportation https://csd.mybusplanner.com/.


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ESOL & Federal Programs Summer Immediate Needs Survey

The City Schools of Decatur's ESOL & Federal Programs team in participation with their Community Collaborative partners, invites you to complete our Summer Immediate Needs Survey. This survey is to support families and improve services by providing some of the essential needs of CSD families over the summer. Help us enhance the experiences of students and their families. Please access the survey by scanning the QR code located on the flyer or by clicking here.

CSD ESOL End-of-Year (EOY) Celebration of Learning

The CSD ESOL Department held a Celebration of Learning on Thursday, May 18, 2023 to honor the hard work of their students and parents during this school year with food, drink, music and fun! The DHS PTO honored the seniors with a special token of appreciation. Well done all!

Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp

Are you wondering what you could have your child participate in during the summer? City Schools of Decatur offers a summer camp program that is super fun. A lot of fun activities will be planned for your child this summer. Your child will engage in a few stem activities, they will play games, they will use technology, they will learn information about their school, they will gain a sense of school pride and they will get a chance to go over a few grade level specific state standards. School pride and leadership skills are evident and they are shown by our students throughout the summer camp program.

Launchpad for learning is a summer program for all rising kindergarten through eighth grade students. The program runs from July 10th-13th. Students will be at the Launchpad for learning site from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost of the program is $225 per student and all payments can be made through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Registration ends on June 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Transportation will not be provided, however, if transportation is going to prevent your child from attending, please inform the program director. If your family will need a scholarship for your child to attend the program, please reach out to the program director. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 6th. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Maury Gusta the program director by email. mgusta@csdecatur.net

Launchpad Registration Directions

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The Health and Wellness Experience

CSD has joined with our local community partners to offer The Health and Wellness Experience for rising 9th through 12th graders on July 10-13. It will be jam-packed with fun and awesome opportunities and experiences.

Opportunities include CPR certification, hands-on simulations, visits to multiple colleges and universities (Emory, Kennesaw, Spelman, Morehouse), and much more! You can register your student now!

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Decatur Prevention Initiative

The Decatur Prevention Initiative needs your help in learning more about community perceptions and concerns regarding underage drinking and substance misuse among Decatur youth. The results of this brief survey are anonymous and will help us better plan and target programming.

This voluntary survey is anonymous, and responses cannot be traced to you. Please answer the questions based on what you think and do. You may skip any question you choose not to answer. When answering the questions, please think about your child(ren)/grandchildren.


Thank you so much for volunteering to provide this valuable information to help DPI and our partners better address youth alcohol and substance misuse in Decatur.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Step Up for Teachers! There’s still time to show your teachers you appreciate them with a teacher tribute! Go to www.stepupforteachers.com to support teachers in 2 ways: you leave them a personal message of appreciation and your $25 (or more) contribution helps fund teacher grants for the next school year! For $50, you can leave two tributes and choose between a We Step Up for Teachers or Congrats Class of 2023 yard sign. We’ll notify the honored teacher or CSD staff and post the tributes HERE. Thank you for stepping up and have a GREAT summer!

Congratulations Seniors! Last week, Decatur Education Foundation awarded almost $130K in college scholarships to 18 hard-working DHS seniors. To view this year’s recipients, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/2023scholarships or visit our Facebook page. Congratulations to the Class of 2023, today is graduation day!

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