Eagle Edition

September 30, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families!

Nurse Beth and I have been working with Dr. Huddleston to begin preparing for surveillance testing, which is projected to begin Tuesday, October 12. Below I will give you as much information as possible so you are informed. If you have not signed consent for your child to participate, please consider doing so. To date, we have 63 students signed up and I would like to increase that number. Here is the consent form- it is quick!

What: Weekly testing for all students and staff who have opted in

When: Weekly on Tuesdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm, beginning October 12

Who: All students and staff that opt-in (currently 63 students)

How: Students and staff that opt-in will participate in weekly rapid testing; if the rapid test is positive, they will then be given a PCR test and sent home to isolate until PCR results are received

Where: Main testing will be in the cafeteria; Get Well Soon room will be used for PCR and isolation room

*spaces will be fogged after testing if there is a positive test result*


Teachers will take their whole class to the testing location, and the students getting tested will be swabbed on one side of the cafeteria, socially distanced. Masks will be worn unless actively being swabbed. Students not being tested will wait in line with their class away from the testing area and socially distanced. After a class is finished they move back to their classroom. This will be a fast process. If the teacher has a para or additional teacher in the room, they may not have to take all students with them.

If a student’s rapid test comes back positive, we will retrieve them and their things from their class and send them home. We will also contact trace and send any students deemed “close contacts” home to quarantine.

Please take a look at the document below for a list of questions and answers that parents have asked me that you may find helpful.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Brookins


Memorial Planned for Amy Sanders

As many of you know, our beloved Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Amy Sanders sadly passed away last year at the start of the school year. We are in the process of planting Amy’s Memorial Garden and will be hosting a tribute to her in our garden area in the back of the school. Please join us for a short program and cookies and lemonade. Amy’s family will also be present at the tribute. Masks and social distancing are required. If you or your child would like to say a few words or read a poem of your choosing, please email Dr. Brookins.

When: October 19th (Amy’s birthday) from 3:45-4:30

Where: Amy’s Memorial Garden (in back of the school)

(If you are a parent who sews and has the time and expertise to help sew cushions for benches that will be installed in the garden in remembrance of Ms. Sanders, please email Susanna Shewan at sshewan@csdecatur.net. Thank you.)

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It's time for Hispanic Heritage Month - a celebration to honor all Hispanic people who live in the United States. This celebration goes from September 15 to October 15. We celebrate their heritage, the significant presence and influence of Hispanics in our society, and their broad spectrum of traditions and culture.

Next Friday Ms. Marquez's class will be hosting a virtual Community Circle and sharing a special presentation honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Please join us virtually. A link will be emailed to families and students will view Community Circle with their homeroom teacher during crew meeting.

We encourage you to explore and join us in celebrating in some way. How? There are many ways to celebrate! Here are just a few of them:

Hispanic Heritage Month Choice Board

Placita Latina Celebration in Decatur and Avondale Estates

Hispanic Heritage Mini Curriculum - Created by CSD Parent DEI Committee

Listen to Music

A great way to teach children about Hispanic culture is by exposing them to music in Spanish. Choose age-appropriate music or music by key figures in Spanish music or just sing along with the 21 Speaking countries song in Rockalingua (username: Glennwood and password: glennwood)

Get into the Kitchen

Food is always something that reminds people of home. Hispanic culture has a plethora of cuisine to enjoy from every Hispanic culture. Parents can get into the kitchen with their children and prepare recipes from diverse Hispanic cultures. Another option is to eat from a Hispanic restaurant and try something new. Nowadays, it is easy to find Argentinian empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, El Salvadorian pupusas, and Mexican tacos in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

Read Spanish or Bilingual Books

Books and stories often tell a story that reflects the background of a certain culture. You can read Spanish language or bilingual books to your children to learn more about various Hispanic cultures. We are developing a virtual Spanish library here.

Have a Great Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! ¡Celebremos Juntos!

Important Information about Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and to determine if further evaluation for possible gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and submit it to the Gifted Specialist at your child’s school by October 6th. No additional information is needed.

The Gifted Specialist for Glennwood Elementary is Susanna Shewan. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted Specialist for your school at sshewan@csdecatur.net or visit the following website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/581.

Angela DiTerlizzi Author Book Orders Due Tomorrow!

Thank you to everyone who has sent in book orders. Students will receive an author-signed bookplate. You may download another copy of the order form below if you would still like to order. All orders are due TOMORROW. This author and illustrator visit was brought to us courtesy of Little Shop of Stories. The Glennwood Media Center receives 20% of all book sales.

This week, I began teaching a lesson in Kindergarten and 1st grade on self-regulation. Specifically, we are using the Zones of Regulation. Your student should receive a hardcopy on the Zones to share with you at home. Students use 4 different color zones (Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red) to identify feeling and emotional states that they may be in. Students are taught not to be ashamed or fearful of any of the Zones, but to understand themselves better so that they are able to regulate and shift out of any unwanted or unhelpful emotional states. Once students identify the Zone they are in, they can choose different strategies/tools to shift out of those emotional states. We watched a movie clip from Pixar's Inside Out, then played a game to identify the different Zones and strategies to utilize. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the Zones of Regulation and how to implement them at home. Next week, I will teach a lesson on Anxiety to 2nd grade. I will provide more details next week.

International Walk and Roll to School Day is Next Friday!

You guys did an amazing job last month, and I know we can bring home the Golden Shoe award for a third straight year!! 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 new 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!

Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, October 19

I hope everyone enjoyed the week off last week. It was great to recharge and relax with family!

It is the time of year to prepare for flu season. It is recommended that most people older than 6 months of age have a yearly influenza vaccine. Glennwood Elementary and the Dekalb Board of Health will be hosting an outdoor flu clinic on October 19th from 3 PM to 5 PM. The clinic will be located by the blue picnic tables in front of the school. It is open to staff, students, and families with no appointment required. If you would like to participate, please bring your ID, insurance card, and payment (cash, check or credit/debit card are accepted). Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Most insurance plans cover flu shots. Prices are $40 for a standard flu vaccine and $77 for a high dose (65 and older).

As we move into fall and cooler weather, this is a friendly reminder to keep students home if they have any symptoms of illness. While a negative Covid test is reassuring, there are many other viruses that are circulating currently. Students who are coughing, sneezing, or congested (especially if a child would require frequent mask changes from these symptoms) should stay home until symptoms subside. As always, if a student has a fever, they can not return until they are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at ebarrington@csdecatur.net or 404-370-4435

Looking for Parent Crew Volunteers

Morning Carpool

Parents! Are you looking for a great way to start your morning? We would love to have parent volunteers outside at carpool with us opening car doors and greeting students from 8:00am-8:20am. Please email Dr. Brookins if you are interested. Masks will be required, of course!

Marquee Maintenance

Do you have a few extra minutes every so often and would like to help by being in charge of posting positive and informational messages on our marquee in front of the school? Please reach out to Dr. Brookins!

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Saturday, October 23, 12:00 PM -- Glennwood PTA First Annual Stew and Chili Cook-Off at the Wilson Center / Ebster Park.

Join us in building community, raising some funds, and creating bragging rights about the best recipe at Glennwood Elementary!

What can you do?

1. Create a team - Got a solid chili or stew recipe? Wanna challenge your neighbors?

Contact James Herndon (jamesherndon3@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining or creating a team - the more the merrier. We will have veggie and meat categories.

2. Get ready to sell some tickets. All are optional - but we will be sending info home with your kiddo starting soon! Each ticket gets the holder a number of samples and the right to vote for the best.

3. Volunteer in other ways - Set up, clean up, takedown. Be on the lookout for a Sign-up sheet

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Special Education Department

Families Of Children Under Stress (FOCUS)

CSD Special Education Department welcomes Ms. Jaide Camacho, Program Director of FOCUS. Ms. Camacho will share the variety of ways her organization assists families with children who have special needs. FOCUS provides multi-levels of support for the whole family. Come and learn what this wonderful organization has to offer you and your family!

Audience: Families of Special Needs Students, K-12th grades & all Levels of impact.

Date: October 7, 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Virtual

Click here to RSVP or email cgrant@csdecatur.net

The Power of the NOW & COMP Waivers

Jackie McNair, Parent Mentor of Gwinnett County, will present a detailed explanation of the New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) for CSD families. These waivers can provide a financial bridge to assisting your student in having a positive outcome once they transition out of school. In this meeting, Ms. McNair will share how her family manages and utilizes the waiver to assist with sustainable supports for post-secondary transition.

*It is important for families to apply for these waivers while their child is in school.

Audience: Renfroe & DHS Parents of High to Mid. impact special needs students

Date: October 14, 2021

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Virtual

Click here to RSVP or email cgrant@csdecatur.net

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Registration for the Derby ends on October 2nd! The Madison Ave Derby is happening on October 16th and you have until 10-2 to register at www.madisonavesoapboxderby.org! This year's Derby beneficiary is the Decatur Student Center, located in CSD Decatur High School and equipped to attend to our students' behavioral health and non-academic needs. To learn more about the Student Center, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation/behavioral-health. See you at the Derby!

Homework Help: We are continuing our Virtual Pals tutoring program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here. If you would like to help as a volunteer tutor, you can apply here. (High school students can earn volunteer hours!)

Could you be a mentor? We’re also seeking 15 women and 15 men volunteers to serve as mentors for our AIM Scholars mentoring program. Third grade students are paired with an adult mentor who help them by supporting their Academics and explore their Interests; Mentors also help their students connect to educational and enrichment opportunities. For just 2-4 hours per month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student. For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

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Beacon Hill Educational Advocacy for Empowerment Webinar Series

The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights will host the First Session of its Educational Empowerment Series THIS SUNDAY, October 3 from 3:00-4:00.

Session 1: Advocacy 101 is an interactive webinar that will allow participants to share challenges and experiences in the school setting, discuss the characteristics of an effective advocate, learn who to contact at the schools and when and how to engage with CSD leadership, and what to say.

This virtual event is FREE and open to the entire community. Scan the QR code or visit tinyurl.com/3v8w7cbk to register. Registration is required.