Eagle Edition

August 12, 2021

Glennwood Elementary ~ Where Learning Takes Flight

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

Greetings from Dr. Brookins

Hello Families!

Hello, families! It's hard to believe that we are already almost at the end of the second week of school! I have been so pleased with how well things are going. Every day, I feel very fortunate that I am the principal of this amazing school. I am so lucky to work with our phenomenal teachers, staff and students and families in this wonderful community.

I know that guidelines, etc around COVID-19 have shifted and changed over the last year and a half. I want to ensure that everyone has seen the resources on our CSD website regarding COVID. Here is a link so you can review all of the important information there and of course, Nurse Beth and I are here if you have questions. We also received this link for Covid-19 testing sites in DeKalb County should anyone have a need so I wanted to pass it along.

Thank you so much for all you are doing to keep our students and staff safe and healthy!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Holly Brookins


MAP Testing Begins the Week of August 16

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Math and Reading assessments during the week of August 16th. You can read more about the MAP assessments here. The MAP assessment is an adaptive assessment used to track student growth and progress over time. This assessment is for students to “show what they know” and helps inform instruction. Students' assessment results will be shared with families at the first parent/teacher conferences in September. The schedule will be as follows:

August 17th/18th (Reading), 19th/20th (Math)

Kindergarten students- 8:30-9:00

1st grade students- 9:15-9:45

2nd grade students 10:15-11:15 (T, W only)

August 27th through September 3rd

Makeups- 2nd grade (8/19, 8/20)

Makeups for all grade levels as needed

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Students participated in media center orientation this week, and we discussed what makes a great library patron. Kindergarten students will practice checking out books next week and will check out to the classroom first. After a few weeks once they learn this responsibility well, they will begin taking library books home.

Parents may sign up to be library patrons too and check out up to five books at a time. If you are interested in becoming a patron, please email Anne Dishman, our media clerk at adishman@csdecatur.net to sign up, and she will give you more information.

In your child's folder today, you will receive information about participating in the Birthday Book Program as a fundraiser for the media center. This is a special way to honor your child on their birthday and also help the library grow the collection of books. Forms and payment are by Friday, August 27. Thank you for supporting the Glennwood Media Center.

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Congratulations to all our students, parents, and Glennwood Crew for a successful 1st week of school! If you still need to purchase your student's school supplies, we have the store open on our website click HERE.

Glennwood PTA has two upcoming events, so please mark your calendars!

1. PTA Popsicle Party: Aug. 22nd, 4-6pm - Bring the kids to Glennwood and meet your friendly PTA, as well as other school families! We will be cleaning out our Spirit Wear Closet, so look for excellent deals on shirts, mugs, magnets and more!

2. PTA General Meeting: Aug. 23rd, time to be determined - This meeting is open to all parents and Glennwood staff, and will be held virtually, in conjunction with Curriculum Night. We will provide PTA updates and approve the annual budget.

The PTA also has some immediate open positions. Please join us!

Communications Coordinator: oversees PTA communications via e-blasts and social media, and manages PTA website.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator: helps promote and enhance spaces where everyone is appreciated and celebrated by planning events and fostering conversations on topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Email Leslie Sessley and Kelly Stinson for more info: president@glenwoodpta.org.

CSD School Nutrition Department

Starting Monday, August 16th, we will be offering a choice of milk + graham crackers + fruit to our students who traditionally choose "milk only" when they bring their lunch. This "buddy" meal is supposed to add onto a child's lunch from home, NOT replace a regular lunch meal for a student. Any student who wishes to purchase milk only will be charged, however, if a student takes this "lunch box buddy" meal then there is no cost! We encourage everyone to try out our lunch box buddies in the next few weeks!
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From all of us at Wylde Center, happy new school year to our CSD friends! Our education team is so excited to get back in the garden with our young learners and growers. If your class, grade level, or school is seeking opportunities for environmental education or Farm to School lessons, please visit our website here for more information.

If you are ready to schedule lessons, email Nichole Lupo at nichole@wyldecenter.org. For parents interested in learning more about the award-winning Decatur Farm to School program, visit here and consider joining the Decatur Farm to School Committee to support school garden-based lessons in science, math, and nutrition; district-wide taste tests; paid summer internships for students from Decatur High School; and training and equipment for the CSD Nutrition Department.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

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 helps 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

News from City of Decatur

Afterschool Counselor (Part-Time) – City of Decatur, GA

Afterschool counselors lead enriching activities for children in school buildings across the City of Decatur with an emphasis on leadership, social-emotional learning, STEAM, and cultural competence. The role begins August 24-27, 2021 with orientation and then starts at schools on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Schedules are 1:45-6:15 pm or 2:15-6:15 pm M-F on school days from August through May with some additional hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year for meetings and professional development. The pay rate is $14 or $15/hour DOQ.

How to Apply

Applying is easy! Please visit our website to apply online.

You can also check out our Instagram ad here.

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