Eagle Edition

March 30, 2023

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Hello Glennwood Families,

This past Sunday afternoon, Ms. Clayton and I had the pleasure of attending Glennwood’s Culture Night. It was amazing to see this again in person. I am so glad we were able to bring this important event back! Thank you to Kate Reddy for the awesome photos. Please see this note below from our PTA DEI committee:

The PTA DEI committee is so grateful to all of the Glennwood community members who came out on Sunday (March 26th) for Culture Night, to share delicious, fun, and interesting parts of our cultures. We had representation from Nigeria, Poland, Taiwan, Norway, Mexico, Ashkenazi Jewish culture/Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, India, Turkey, Haiti, Germany, Jordan, and Korea. The children and community members very much enjoyed performances by: Natyam Arts (south Indian dance), Josie Threlkheld (Irish music and dance), Tonchu Martial Arts, and a hip hop dance by Project Slide.

The DEI committee is looking for new co-chairs for the next school year, as our wonderful co-leads of 2 years will be graduating. If you enjoyed Culture Night and/or are curious about more DEI activities, like the April 21st "Cocktails and Conversations" on sustainable clothing and fashion (see your room parent email, child care provided), please do reach out to Nikhila Raol or Amanda Gillespie, at GlennwoodDEI@gmail.com.

Warmest regards,

Holly Brookins, PhD



March - The Natural World

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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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. Early registration really helps our planning for next year. Help us spread the word among your neighbors as well. Also, save the date for K-Day! on April 20. More info to come.

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.

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I am excited that Glennwood Elementary will be hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross on May 16th. Please sign up to donate blood if you are able. More details to follow after the break.

As a reminder, 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 404-371-4435

Nurse Beth

PTA Board Nominating Form 2023-2024:

Do you want to get more involved with Glennwood? Join the PTA board or help the PTA by being a chair! The current PTA is accepting nominations for the board and has some vacant spots for the 2023-2024 school year. Please complete the Nominating Form if you would like to join the PTA Board or chair or join a PTA Committee, by Friday April 28.

Interested in learning more? Please email Co-Presidents, Leslie Sessley and Kelly Stinson at: President@glennwoodpta.org

-Staff Appreciation Monthly Snack Table: Kindergarten hosting "Spring"-themed brunch table for April:

Calling all kindergarten families! Kindergarten is hosting a "spring"-themed brunch table for our staff in April. We are collecting funds for a fresh brunch of bagels, coffee, juice, fruit, and mini-donuts. You can sign up below to donate funds to the PTA's paypal (treasurer@glennwoodpta.org) (please mark your donation as for the "Staff Appreciation April Snack Table") or sign up to bring something here. The PTA will use the funds collected to order fresh bagels and coffee on the day of the brunch.

We are also requesting volunteers to help with cleaning up, so please consider volunteering an hour of your time. Please drop off all donations to Ms. Reynolds at the front desk Monday, April 17-Wednesday, April 19th during school hours. We will host the snack table on Thursday, April 20th.

If you have any questions, please contact Staff Appreciation Chairs, Haley Stevens at haleycstevens@gmail.com or Samantha Bryan at samantha.chopp@gmail.com Thank you!

-Walk & Roll - Needs YOU!

Glennwood’s PTA is seeking parents to serve as co-chairs for Walk & Roll and Safe Routes to School next year! I’m moving on to Talley, but want to leave our program in good hands! I’ve got everything organized for you and it’s the most FUN position at Glennwood! Encourage families to use alternative transportation, make walking and biking to school the norm and celebrate our walkable school community every month AND be the giver of EXTRA RECESS!

If anyone is interested, please reach out to Amanda McMillan at almcmil@gmail.com for more information!

***Next Walk & Roll- Friday, April 14***

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Attention second-grade families! Save the date for Glennwood's annual Second Grade Moving Forth Ceremony and Picnic. On the morning of Tuesday, May 23, we'll gather at the school to celebrate our second graders' accomplishments and wish them well as they move on from Glennwood. The ceremony will be followed by a family picnic at Glenlake Park, and we hope you will join in on the fun!

Please stay tuned for more details as well as opportunities to volunteer. Contact Anya Robinson (bream5@hotmail.com) or Cristina Stevenson (cristina.stevenson@gmail.com) with questions or to get involved in planning this special day.

News from City Schools of Decatur

Interested in Decatur Virtual Academy?

The window to sign up for Decatur Virtual Academy (DVA) by choice for next year is open now. The window will close at noon on June 16, 2023. If you want your student to attend DVA for the 2023 -24 school year, please complete this form before noon on June 16, 2023. Space is limited. Once DVA is full, families will be on a wait list. This form may only be completed by a parent or guardian who has educational rights for a CSD student. PLEASE COMPLETE ONE FORM PER STUDENT.

Ms. Whatley will contact you once the form is complete and residency requirements are met to set up an appointment for course selection. Please scan the QR code to see a list of frequently asked questions about DVA.
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Decatur Student Center

The Decatur Student Center is looking to connect with parents and provide information about mental health topics that impact our students and community. To see what parents are most interested in, the DSC has created this form that parents can fill out so we have information to inform our topic choices. We would love to hear from you!

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Two Ways to Help!

As we enter a new month, our food pantries’ stocks are low. And with spring break next week, our students who rely on school meals will need the supplemental food from the weekend backpack program. Can you help by donating to our Amazon wish lists? Here are the wish lists for both the middle school’s snack pantry and our Lighten the Load Weekend Backpack program:

Volunteers needed: Your skills could help a Decatur student in just one hour per week as a Virtual Pal Tutor! We pair 2nd-8th grade students with upper high school or adult tutors to help with homework, organization and motivation. It’s an easy way to give back to your community in a meaningful way (and for high school students to earn volunteer hours!) Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/SnUp5TNx3JZRTNja7

Two Live Music Events!

Tickets now on sale! 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.

Come see some of our talented Decatur High musicians perform at No Ordinary Joe! Benefitting DEF’s behavioral health initiative, Joe’s Fund, No Ordinary Joe will feature Decatur High School’s Songwriter’s Club members for an evening of live music at Waller’s Coffee Shop on Thursday, May 4th starting at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/noordinaryjoe: $25 for adults/$10 for students. Big thanks to Waller’s for donating their space!

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