2016-2017 Welcome!

posted Aug 16, 2016, 4:48 AM by Glenwood PTA   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 12:51 PM ]

The Glenwood PTA would like to welcome you all to the 2016-2017 school year! We are so excited to meet the new families and help you get involved in your child's education. The PTA is made up of a group of hardworking parents, staff and community members who all have the same goal: to help our children learn and succeed.

As the new school year begins, we hope that you will support the PTA so that we can continue making resources and learning opportunities available to our students and Glenwood staff. Your membership allows the PTA to raise funds to provide a wide range of educational resources and opportunity for the students. Money raised through PTA membership and our Gator Giving campaign helps to fund classroom supplies for teachers, classroom books, enrichment programs for students, campus improvement and much, much more. Over the years, the PTA has provided both learning opportunities and social activities that may have otherwise been unavailable to our students.

For the PTA to be effective and truly representative of the school, everyone’s participation is essential. Many parents feel that they cannot participate in the PTA because they cannot come to meetings or be on campus during the day.  We want everyone to feel that they are part of the Glenwood Community.  Whether you have 1 hour a week or 1 hour a year, your time, your talents and simply your ideas are truly needed. We can match your time constraints and interests to needed tasks. There are endless possibilities in ways you can help.

We look forward to an exciting new school year and thank you in advance for your participation!

Gator Giving Update

posted Sep 22, 2015, 6:33 AM by Glenwood PTA   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 6:36 AM ]

40 percent of Glenwood families have given to our annual fundraising campaign! We have raised more than $10,000 towards our goal of $15,000!  If we can reach our goal there will be NO more school-wide fundraising efforts this year.

Please join us- and help the PTA give students and teachers more ipads, more supplies and more support‎. Any amount will help make a difference- and get us closer to our goal. 

The donation form can be found below.  We hope to have donations by this Friday so we can plan and budget for the year.

Thank you!

Gator Giving is back!

posted Sep 13, 2015, 5:34 AM by Glenwood PTA   [ updated Sep 20, 2015, 6:44 PM ]

Gator Giving is the PTA's main fundraising drive to support Glenwood students and staff. If we can meet this year's goal of $15,000, you will help us eliminate additional fundraisers later in the year, and allow the PTA more time to advocate for our students, teachers and school. 

Where does the money go? The PTA uses the funds received to support such items as basic classroom materials, library books, field trips, visiting performers, software licenses, Sound to Sea scholarships, hula hoops, rubber hockey pucks, paint, construction paper, playground equipment, umbrellas for rainy day pickup, attendance fees for teacher conferences, iPads, and much, much more.

Donations are due by September 25, 2015. You may download and print the form below. We hope you'll consider a donation of $75 or more for each child you have at Glenwood to help us reach our goal. 

Thank you!

Volunteer Positions Available

posted Aug 29, 2015, 12:35 PM by Glenwood PTA   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 12:38 PM ]

There are several positions open in the PTA and we would love to have your help!  Here are a few below.  If any of them interest you, please email Susan Swafford at  If none of these fit your interests, don’t give up!  There are other ways to help.  Please contact Susan to see how you can help.  

Walk For Education Coordinator

Work with Glenwood Staff to distribute envelopes and coordinate booth for Walk For Ed event on October 10th.

Book Fair Coordinator

Coordinate volunteers to cover shifts for Book Fair event in November.  This is an event that would require a good deal of time for a couple of weeks in the year.  November 5-12th

Teacher Appreciation Week

Coordinate with administration events surrounding Teacher Appreciation Week in February


Identify grants and work with administration/staff in the application process. 

Gatorific Assemblies

Once a month, attend Gatorific Assemblies at school to hand out prizes to students.  A fun and very easy job.

Movie Night Coordinator

Coordinate Movie choice to be shown with PTA.  Organize selling of Pizza and snacks (usually purchased from Costco or Sam’s Club) on the evening of the event.  One held in Fall, November 6th and one in Spring, TBD.

Game Night Coordinator

Organize the selling of Pizza and fruit and/or snacks (usually purchased from Costco or Sam’s Club) .  Round up some board games and invite families to bring their own.  Date of the event:  January 14th, 2016.  Estimated time 2-3 hours

Glenwood Family Night at Brenz Pizza Co. – September 1st

posted Aug 29, 2015, 12:32 PM by Glenwood PTA   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 12:40 PM ]

Each month we’ll have a Glenwood Night Out at a local restaurant, providing a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Glenwood families while also supporting the PTA and our school. The first Glenwood Night is Sept. 1 at Brenz Pizza, a new restaurant located at 3120 Environ Way, very close to our school. Brenz will donate a percentage of all Glenwood families’ dine-in, carry-out or pick-up orders back to the PTA. To see the menu go to

Be on the lookout for one Glenwood Night Out per month. If you have a suggestion for a future Glenwood Night, please email

Help out at the Spring Fair on May 2!

posted Apr 28, 2015, 12:03 PM by Glenwood PTA

Glenwood's Annual Spring Fair is nearly with us, and we need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks during the day. Whether you have only 30 minutes or can give us a couple of hours of your time, please let us know as we have jobs to suit all time frames and interests. 

Shifts are available in one hour slots from 11am-3pm.  You can do a shift while your kids are playing with the games.  

Please sign up online at: or email Dana Gelin or Susan Swafford.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Parent nominations needed for the Glenwood SIT

posted Apr 19, 2015, 12:05 PM by Glenwood PTA

We are seeking nominations for two parents to serve on Glenwood’s School Improvement Team (SIT).  If more than two nominations are received, an election will be held from Friday April 24 – May 4
The SIT is made up of five parents, five Glenwood staff members, and the Principal.  The five parent members are each elected for terms lasting two years. The two open SIT positions will run from May 2015 – May 2017. Nominees will need to have children in the school for that time period. 
If you are interested in taking on this role, or in nominating someone else for this role, please fill out and return this nomination form to the school office by end of the school day, Tuesday April 21.  Voting forms will be sent home from school on Friday of that week.

For more information on the SIT’s role, and current parent members, see below.

SIT meetings:
Glenwood SIT meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m and usually take place in the Media Center. All meetings are open to the public.

Role of the SIT:
The SIT is responsible for:
  • Setting policies, goals and standards at the school level,
  • Developing Glenwood’s School Improvement Plan which identifies the goals and needs of the school for the subsequent one to three years,
  • Adopting the school budget, and
  • Issuing the annual school report.
Examples of recent activity by the Glenwood SIT members includes:
  • Drawing up a request to the CHCCS district administration for funds to renovate Glenwood’s bathroom facilities and for an outdoors canopy to mitigate rainy day dismissal
  • Speaking at a recent Board of Education meeting to advocate for this request
  • Attending a State-wide conference on how NC’s Read to Achieve legislation will affect reading literacy teaching at elementary school level
  • Reviewing Glenwood’s progress against last year’s academic proficiency goals
Current parent members:
*Renee Bosman (Parent co-chair)
*Michael Lee
*Terms expire on May 5, 2015.
Pam Caswell Schwentner –
I am a mother of a third grader in the dual language program.  You may know me as a coach for YMCA soccer and basketball. Professionally, I work for Duke University as a research Nurse. My goal is to listen and assist to continue to improve Glenwood.
Phil Holmes -
I am a parent of a first-grader in the dual-language program.  I also work for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as the Principal of Smith Middle School.  My wife is a teacher of English Language Learners at Glenwood.  We are very happy to be part of the Glenwood family as parents and professionals.  I joined the SIT in the hope that my experience as a principal at both the middle and elementary school levels could help support Dr. Ryan and the staff at Glenwood as they work to provide excellent instruction and a supportive school environment to all of the students who attend Glenwood.
Katie Jamieson –
I am originally from England and have lived in the US on and off for 12 years. The first two thirds of my professional career were spent in international non profit management; for the last seven years I have run an internal communications function for a big European bank.  Since moving to Chapel Hill nearly six years ago, I have done that job from my home, which is within walking distance of Glenwood.  My daughter, Rose Harrill, is in third grade, and also attends the wonderful Glenwood After School program. I am also on the Glenwood PTA board.
Please feel free to contact any of the three continuing parent members on the email addresses listed for more information about the role of the SIT and the level of commitment required as a parent member.


Spring Fair is coming!

posted Apr 19, 2015, 11:52 AM by Glenwood PTA

Bring your family and friends for fun games, a bounce house, fun science experiments and more!  Win FABULOUS PRIZES!  

Food and Beverages will be available for purchase. The Fair is open to all Glenwood families, their friends and neighbors.

FOOD DRIVE: kindly bring donations good for growing kids: peanut butter, canned meats, mac n’cheese and canned veggies, please!  Our collection will go to Wendy Johnson, Glenwood’s Family Specialist, for distribution.

We need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks during the day.  If you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, please let us know. We have jobs to suit all timeframes and interests. Shifts are available in hour slots from 11am-3pm. Please sign up online at: or email Dana Gelin or Susan Swafford.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Come and learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments.

posted Apr 19, 2015, 11:50 AM by Glenwood PTA   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 11:51 AM ]

On Thursday, April 30 from 7-9pm, The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is hosting a meeting on Functional Behavioral Assessments & Behavior Intervention Plans at Smith Middle School in the Media Center. 

Is your child having behavior problems at school? Are punishments not working or even making the situation worse? If we learn about the behaviors and know when and where they are likely to happen, we can teach new positive behaviors to replace them.  Come and learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments.

Pizza will be served.  Please RSVP to for child care. All are welcome! 

This meeting is sponsored by the CHCCS EC Department and the Special Needs Advisory Council. We will also be holding elections for Special Needs Advisory Council leadership positions and work group topics.  

All of Glenwood is #Booking it forward !

posted Apr 12, 2015, 7:46 PM by Glenwood PTA

In the first four days of our week-long #Bookitforward event, Glenwood students have written and shared more than ONE THOUSAND book reviews! 

#Bookitforward is based around the Kid President concept in this video: 

Rather than passing books on, children at every grade level - including Kindergarten - are writing reviews each day to share their love of a great book with a friend, classmate or adult in writing. The Kindergarten classes are doing an especially incredible job of practicing those all-important reading and writing skills: they have written 475 reviews between them over the last four days! The older grades are also busy sharing their love of Percy Jackson and the Warrior cats, Esperanza Rising, and some fantastic non-fiction recommendations. 

Classes in grades K-2 and 3-5 are competing each day to win the "Golden Book" - have a look at the Glenwood Facebook page for the winners each day, and for some examples of the work being produced (There are also reviews posted in the hallway at Glenwood).  The school has been holding read-ins and hosting some VIP guest readers  - check out the school Facebook page for more!

#Bookitforward continues until April 15 - who will win the Golden Book next?

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