Eagle Edition

March 9, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

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Spring Book Fair is Almost Here - Parent Volunteers Needed!

Our Spring Book Fair is the week of March 13-17. Brought to us by Little Shop of Stories, 20% of all proceeds will benefit the Glennwood Media Center. Students will be allowed to go to the media center during the school day and parents may come into shop before and/or immediately after school. We need your help during many of these shopping times Monday afternoon through Friday and also setting up and taking down the book fair!

Please consider volunteering for the book fair. Sign up HERE. We thank you in advance! Any questions? Contact Ginger Schmeltzer, Book Fair Coordinator at gschmeltzer@gmail.com.

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Ryan Higgins Author/Illustrator Book Orders Due on March 13th!

We are thrilled to have Ryan Higgins returning to Glennwood on his book tour the day BEFORE his newest book in the Penelope series hits bookstore shelves - We Don't Lose Our Class Goldfish. Order forms were sent home in folders last week, but additional copies may be found below. All orders are due by March 13.

Parent Volunteers for Read Live Needed

We are looking for a few parent volunteers to work with our students in reading. Every morning our intervention teachers host Read Live for eligible students in the library. Read Live is a computer based reading intervention. The students working through the program are assisted and monitored by adults. The more adults we have, the more students we can support.

What days and times can I volunteer?

We need volunteers daily from 7:55- 8:30.

What is the commitment?

We do need consistency. We are asking that volunteers commit to at least 1 morning (the same day) each week.

Is there training involved?

There is a short training video. The first 2 sessions you sign up for will also be part of your training. During these first 2 sessions, you will observe the teachers as they work with students.

Do I need experience?

No. If you can read, you can sign up to be a Read Live volunteer. Our intervention teachers will always be with you to support or answer questions.

What exactly will I be doing?

You will help support students as they move through the steps of the program and assist in monitoring their reading progress.

Click here to sign up. We are asking that all volunteers commit to at least 1 morning (the same day) each week. Thank you!

Kindergarten and New Student Registration for 2023-24 School Year

Kindergarten Enrollment for new students for the 2023-24 school year is now open. All current students (including students attending College Heights Pre-K) do not need to re-enroll to move to the next grade band. However, if you have a child attending private Pre-K, please enroll your child for Kindergarten on March 6th. Early registration really helps our planning for next year. Help us spread the word among your neighbors as well.

However, current students entering K, 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades should be prepared to provide (at their school) updated residency information when school starts.

Please go to https://www.csdecatur.net/enrollment to review the enrollment process and required documentation.

Virtual Lunch and Learn with Mr. Blase - Wednesday, March 29

Virtual Lunch and Learn with Mr. Blase - Wednesday, March 29 - 11:30-12:15 pm

In today’s world, families are finding less time to connect. From the demands of dual-income households, to extracurricular activities, and even the use of electronic devices, many external factors claim the family’s focus. Weekly Family Meetings can assist not only in time management, but more importantly in providing opportunities for parents and children to discuss important issues, strengthen communication, reinforce values, and nurture positive relationships. Please come for a virtual Lunch N’ Learn with our school counselor Jonathan Blase to get all the resources necessary to begin family meetings on your own. Virtual link to the meeting.

Musical Beat Buddies Needed

Our music program is seeking any beanie babies that are ready to find a new home and become part of a class set of musical “beat buddies.” Our young musicians love to use beat buddies as we develop our sense of steady beat and move creatively to various styles of music. Any contributions can be dropped off in the front office in a basket marked “Musical Beat Buddies” or given to Ms. Pierce. Rest assured, your beloved beanie babies will be well loved and taken care of in our music room.

Kathryn Pierce

Music Teacher

Updates from Nurse Beth

Allergy season has started early and many allergy symptoms are the same as other illnesses including Covid. Significant nasal congestion and runny nose as well as sore throat, headache, watery and/or itchy eyes and fatigue can all indicate allergies. If your child is having symptoms please keep in mind that it may be more than just allergies. Thank you for helping keep Glennwood healthy

Please provide a change of clothes that can be kept in your child's locker. The playground is muddy, kids spill things, and all kids, even the 2nd graders, have bathroom accidents. The school has a very limited supply of extra clothes and underwear. If your child needs a change of clothes, and we do not have something to fit, we will call you to bring in a change. Having an extra set in their locker will alleviate interrupting your day and will help the child return to class asap.

If you have any older clothes that you were planning on donating, pants and shorts for both boys and girls, we will gladly take them!

As always, if you have questions, please reach out by email at ebarrington@csdecatur.net or 404-370-4435

Nurse Beth

Change of Bus Stop Procedures - Bus Pass Required

The City Schools of Decatur transportation department requires parents to notify the bus driver of any afternoon bus stop changes. The parent must complete the required bus pass below, and the student must present the bus pass to the driver if there is a bus stop change for day. This would be used, for example, if your child has permission to go to a play date at someone's else home. Without a bus pass, the bus driver is required to drop the student at his/her designated stop. (You may print a copy of the bus pass by opening the pdf file below.) Thank you.
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Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day - March 24 - NEW DATE DUE TO EXPECTED RAIN IN THE MORNING

After a long winter break, we are back for Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day!! 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, and can pick up their incentives. Don’t forget, each marble counts towards students earning extra school wide recess, with announcements made at Community Circle! For additional details (including our three Walking School Bus Routes) and a full Walk & Roll schedule for the year, please visit the Glennwood website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Domain/530

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

Glennwood Staff Appreciation

This year, to show our appreciation for our amazing staff, the Glennwood PTA will be sponsoring a staff snack table each month. We are asking each grade level to "stock the table" for a given month; each grade will be asked to sponsor a staff appreciation event twice this year. We kindly ask that each family participate in one of the two opportunities for your grade level (the intention is that a family only needs to participate once).

For March, we're asking first-grade families to host a “Lucky to Have You” snack table for our staff on Thursday, March 16th. If you're a first-grade family and you didn't participate in November, please visit the Sign Up Genius to sign up to bring in something for our staff. The PTA is also requesting clean-up volunteers, so kindly please sign up via the Sign Up Genius if you can volunteer your time to help clean up anytime the afternoon of March 16th. We very much appreciate our cleanup volunteers!

Please drop off your items with Ms. Reynolds at the front office March 13-15 any time during school hours. The PTA will assemble the snack table for our staff to enjoy the morning of March 16th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Haley Stevens (haleycstevens@gmail.com) or Samantha Bryan (samantha.chopp@gmail.com).

It's Time to Order Yearbooks!

The 22-23 Glennwood Yearbook is now on sale for $20. Please place orders HERE by March 25, 2023. It is an important Glennwood PTA tradition that every student and staff member receive a yearbook. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please consider donating a yearbook for $20 using the same link.

Create Yearbook DEDICATIONS for your child(ren) or teachers – the DEADLINE to purchase a dedication is March 25, 2023. **Please note that dedications can only be placed online at 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.”

Save the Date! Glennwood Culture Night is back!

•What: A celebration of Glennwood's many cultures with free food samples, performances, and educational information from around the world, within our families, and at our school.

•When: Sunday, March 26th (3:00 - 5:00pm). Cultural performances by Glennwood community members will occur 4:00--5:00pm.

•Who: Glennwood students/families and Glennwood staff! If you're interested in hosting a table to display some of your family's favorite parts of your culture, please sign-up here! ****We still need help with clean up and take down (plus, you'll get bonus PTA points!).****

•Where: Glennwood gym/auditorium and backyard

NEW! Two, 6-month memberships to TONCHU Martial Arts Academy will be raffled off for any Glennwood family member who visits every cultural table and completes an electronic "passport" (google form).

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Romp and Read - March 18

Please join us for our next Romp & Read on Saturday, March 18th from 10-11am. Meet us at the school’s playground. Questions? Please email Aichuan Kwong at: aichuan@gmail.com

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News from City Schools of Decatur

ESOL & Federal Programs Title III Parent Meeting

The ESOL & Federal Programs Department is hosting a Title III Parent Meeting March 9 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wilson Center, 125 Electric Avenue. You don’t want to miss this event!

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Launchpad for Learning

It’s time to register for Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp hosted by CSD! Registration ends July 3rd at midnight. Spaces will fill up quickly so register soon.

Launchpad for Learning is an exciting, 1-week summer camp hosted by the City Schools of Decatur for students in grades K-8 in the 2023-24 school year. The Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp will be held July 10-13. Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp is a great opportunity for students to be introduced to upcoming grade-level standards with hands-on activities and fun experiences. This year our activities will have a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music) focus for $225 per student.

Attached is a Registration Help Form that will guide you through the registration process, and there is a video showing how to register posted here. We are excited about Launchpad and the possibility of helping our students transition into the new school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Eddie Johnson, District Launchpad for Learning Coordinator at ejohnson@csdecatur.net.
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Decatur Bulldog Boosters - Bulldog Bash Is Just Around the Corner

On March 18, Boosters is hosting our annual Bulldog Bash at Legacy Park from 7-11 p.m. to support Decatur Athletics. The adult-only event features a food truck, bar, live music (by The Dammages and The Thrillbillies), an online silent auction (featuring art, sport tickets, braces, experiences, restaurant gift cards, etc.), 50/50 raffle, Coaches’ Wish List Funds, Coach of the Year Award and more. All proceeds go to support our coaches and athletes at DHS and BHMS. Come out and support your Bulldogs! (You can still contribute and bid on items even if you can’t make it to the event.)

Decatur Parent Network Event on March 9

The Decatur Parents Network is so excited to host our next event at Beacon Hill Middle School on March 9 at 6:45 p.m. We also want to thank Mr. Thomas for being willing to host this upcoming event for the Decatur Parents Network and Decatur Prevention Initiative. The topic for this event is "Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People.

The link to register is https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkVaping

Terrie Moore, Executive Director

Decatur Prevention Initiative


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Community Resource Fair

CSD, in partnership with The Dekalb County Coalition and The Decatur Education Foundation, is excited to host our first annual Spring Resource Fair! The Community Resource Fair will take place on March 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 105 Electric Avenue (in the green space across the Wilson Center and Ebster Gym). We have 20+ vendors and organizations planning to come out to connect with families. The vendors and organizations will be offering mental health resources, physical health resources, food resources, and housing resources. We will also have fun activities on-site for families. For any questions, please contact Madison Bobbitt at mbobbit@csdecatur.net or 470-421-2279.

READY FOR A DELICIOUS MEAL AND A GOOD CAUSE? Wednesday, March 15, will be Decatur Farm to School’s Dine Out event! Order from or eat at participating restaurants and a portion of your order total will go to DF2S! Proceeds from the Dine out will support our DF2S programs. Give yourself a break, eat a delicious meal, and support a wonderful cause! Click here for more information and a list of participating restaurants.
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News from the Decatur Education Foundation

The Tour deCatur is THIS Saturday! You can still register at www.tourdecatur.com to run the 5K (a Peachtree Road Race qualifier), the one-mile Fun Run and the Tot Trot. As DEF’s biggest fundraiser, you can support Decatur’s kids with your participation! Presenting Sponsor Mathnasium of Decatur and Platinum Sponsors Realtor Amy Widener and Truth & Lending will be there at the race with giveaways!

Our friends at NaanStop are hosting a Holi celebration this Saturday from 12-3pm Holi is a festival celebrated each year in spring by throwing colorful powders at your friends and family. Check out their Facebook page to reserve your spot. NaanStop is also hosting a dine-out for DEF next Thursday, March 16th! Just click here to place your order in advance: https://naanstop-decatur.square.site/. Order by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15th and pick up between 5:00 pm and 5:45 pm on Thursday at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park. 20% of proceeds will be donated to DEF, thanks to Naan Stop and Greg Kodesh Realty.

You can help eliminate food insecurity in Decatur by donating to our Lighten the Load BHMS snack pantry and weekend backpack programs to help food-insecure families in Decatur. Click on the following links to help:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: /a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W

Amplify Decatur is hosting their Spring Concert in the Square on Saturday, April 29th and DEF is so pleased to be one of the beneficiaries. The line-up is chock full of some amazing musicians – check them out and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amplify-decatur-music-festival-tickets-527859721637. Your evening of live music will support DEF, Decatur Cooperative Ministry and Giving Kitchen.

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March - The Natural World

Spring is around the corner! This month's design principle is The Natural World, so we will be featuring Ms. Reynold's beautiful, professional photography art of the natural world this month in the Eagle Edition. Check out her amazing work on her Instagram site - @songsparrowstudios

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