Talley Street Update
August 25, 2022
October 18, 2023
Remote Learning Day
Talley Families. Please take a brief moment to fill out the following form so that we can assess how many Chromebooks we will need to disburse for the remote learning day. This needs to be completed by October 23rd.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Homecoming Spirit Week: October 16-20
- 3rd Grade Family Movie Night: Friday, October 20 at 5:30
- Talley Trivia Night: Thursday, October 26 at 5
- Coffee Chat with Counselors: Tuesday, October 31 at 8:30, Talley Media Center
- School-Wide Pink-Out Day: Monday, October 30
- Little Shop Spirit Day: Friday, November 10
- Family STEM Night: Thursday, November 16 from 5-7:30
Early Release Dates: Dismissal at 12:15 on these Wednesdays: October 25, November 29, December 20, January 31, February 2, March 27, April 24
Talley Rally: All Talley Rally dates as they stand currently can be found on the school calendar
Little Shop In-Store Book Fair
The Talley Library has opted not to host a traditional book fair this year, and instead has a reimagined book fair coming in May. More information to come later!
Mark your calendars! On Friday, November 10, we will be hosting an in-store spirit day at Little Shop of Stories! The event will be going on all day. Share that you're with Talley at checkout and a portion of the proceeds will come back to support the library's events and programs! Knock out some holiday shopping while your kids are at school, and come back after school hours to participate in some fun activities for the family. Who doesn't need a new book to kick off the cozy season?
Questions? Contact Mrs. Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Coffee Chat with Talley's Counselors
To cap off National Bullying Prevention Month, our school counselors Ms. Weaver and Mr. Alan will host a coffee chat to offer an overview of our bullying prevention and conflict resolution lessons on October 31, from 8:00-8:30 in the Media Center. We hope to equip families with effective language and strategies to further conversations around safety in and out of school. If you would like to join us, please register here so we make sure to get enough coffee! We look forward to seeing you then!
3rd Grade Family Movie Night
See below for more information about our 3rd grade family movie night on October 20!
Talley Trivia Night
Check your student's folder for a chance to attend our fun family Trivia Night! Everyone can participate-questions will be for both adults and kids! Come help support activities like the first day of school bash! We can't wait to see you! If you need another flyer to register, you can find one here!
Family STEM Night
We are thrilled to announce Talley's First Annual Family STEM Night! With a generous donation by the Decatur Education Fund, we are looking forward to having an AMAZING group of STEM experts join us as well as interactive family sessions where you can learn and build with your child. You will also take home activities that can be done as a family. We need volunteers, so sign up by clicking on the image below!
- READING RALLY is in full gear (Oct 13-19)! We’ve loved seeing the students’ excitement about reading as they cross off their Bingo activities. Don’t forget to turn your bingo cards in to homeroom teachers on Friday. And continue submitting donations through Monday at talleypto.org.
- GARDEN COMMITTEE: needs volunteers for a special work session this Saturday the 21st from 9a-12p. They will be assembling a greenhouse and redoing the ground cover and pollinator beds. Please bring shovels and wheelbarrows if you have them. 3 House points for students who come to help. The garden also needs your leaves. If you have bags of leaves only, please reach out to email@example.com and she will come pick them up.
- CSD DIWALI: Come celebrate Diwali on Saturday 10/28, 5-7pm at Oakhurst Elementary brought to you by the CSD PTA/O DEI committees. Food, drinks, holiday crafts, books, music, performances, FIREWORKS, and more! RSVP Here! Volunteer Here! NaanStop will have a special Diwali meal to preorder soon. Questions: contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- YEARBOOK PRESALES are open! Secure yours at the early bird rate of $20 until Dec 31. On Jan 1, the price rises to $25. Don't miss out! Order at yearbookordercenter.com with code 25231
- INSTAGRAM: Did you know, you don’t have to have an instagram account to see all of our posts about activities and events? Just bookmark www.instagram.com/talleypto in your browser to stay up-to-date.
Stay up to date with all PTO events and news by following us on Instagram and Facebook and becoming a member on our PTO website.
Grading Feedback Surveys
On Tuesday, October 10th, the initial draft of the grading policy was introduced during the CSD board meeting. We kindly request teachers, students, and parents to offer their feedback on this draft by participating in the following surveys. These surveys will remain accessible from October 11, 2023, through midnight on October 19, 2023.
Early Release Day
Reminder!! City Schools of Decatur's upcoming Early Release Day is Wednesday, October 25.
Pre-K - 12:15 PM
Lower Elementary - 12:50 PM
Upper Elementary - 12:15 PM
Middle School - 1:45 PM
High School - 1:35 PM
College Heights' infant through preschool program will remain on its normal schedule.
The remaining schedule of Early Release Days includes the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25
Wednesday, November 29
Wednesday, December 20
Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 28
Wednesday, March 27
Wednesday, April 24
Schools will communicate more specific details related to the schedule for the day, dismissal, and extracurricular activities.
Remote Learning Day
In September 2022, the Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar, which includes a remote Digital Learning Day on November 7, 2023. The purpose of this day is two-fold. The remote Digital LearningDay will enable all staff to participate in civic engagement on Election Day and provide an opportunity to further grow the remote Digital Learning skills of students. Additionally, staff will have dedicated time to participate in training and professional development.
To assist in planning, CSD has linked an FAQ with answers to some frequently asked questions related to the remote Digital Learning Day. Families will receive communications directly from schools about specific digital day learning plans for individual sites.
America Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund Feedback Surveys
The City Schools of Decatur is reviewing its ARP ESSER LEA Plan and ARP ESSER Budget. We are soliciting stakeholder feedback through October 19, 2023.
Please share your input using the forms linked on the following webpage: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/4415
Wear It Pink
CSD schools and staff will observe Wear It Pink Day in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wear It Pink is typically observed on the last Friday of October. In 2023, this colorful event will take place on October 27th, allowing individuals and organizations to wear pink and participate in related activities to support the cause.
Is your child interested in STEAM? Sign them up for Super Saturday today! CSD teachers & staff will guide K-5 students through STEAM inspired lessons at no charge to families. The time is from 9a - 12p at Beacon Hill Middle School.
Decatur Virtual Academy
The window to sign up for Decatur Virtual Academy (DVA) by choice for Spring 2024 is open and closes on December 8. If you would like your student to attend DVA for Spring 2024, the form is available. Space is limited. Once DVA is full, families will be placed on a waitlist. This form can only be completed by a parent or guardian who has educational rights for a CSD student.
Flu Vaccine Event
The CSD School Health Team is partnering with the DeKalb County Board of Health to offer flu vaccines to the City Schools of Decatur school community. Students, staff, and families are invited to participate. Parents/Guardians interested in their student receiving the flu vaccine must be present at the time of service. Please bring your ID and insurance card for billing. Private and Medicaid Insurance is accepted, with the exception of Kaiser and TriCare Insurance plans.
Community Conversation - "Ways to Make Sunshine" by Renée Watson
Little Shop is hosting a community conversation around Ways to Make Sunshine!
Wednesday, October 25th at 4pm.
We'll meet to discuss the book, moderating it between the families that attend. Parents and kids are welcome and encouraged to come with questions, comments, and anything they want to say about the book or about Renée Watson's upcoming visit!
Ebster Rec Center 3-5 Grade Halloween Jam
Ebster Rec Center is hosting a halloween spectacular for students in grades 3-5! See the flyer below for more information.
DHS Girls' Basketball Camp
The Lady Bulldogs Basketball Program will be hosting a one day camp as a fundraiser October 28th, from 9am-noon at DHS Gym for the upcoming season. Come out and learn some skills, drills, and have some fun! If you all could share this information with your students and parents, this would be greatly appreciated.
DHS Soccer Camp
The DHS boys' soccer team is hosting a camp for elementary students during Thanksgiving Break. See the flyer below for more information!
Elementary Girls' Lacrosse
See below for a flyer with information on the elementary girls' lacrosse program that practices at Legacy Park!
Girl Scouts Ice Cream Social
Join us to learn how to embark on your own Girl Scouts adventure!
Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Cremalosa American Gelato
2657 East College Avenue
Suite B3 - Plaza Level
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Bring your grown-up(s) along.
We are actively recruiting adult volunteers at this event!
Support Positive Behavioral Health with the Decatur Education Foundation
At the Decatur Education Foundation, we're passionately committed to transforming the lives of our students and creating an environment where they can truly thrive. We understand that there are significant challenges that our students face every day — Last year, we provided over $28,000 in behavioral health grants through Joe’s Fund and empowered 60 CSD employees and community members with vital suicide intervention skills through the ASIST training.
But here's the truth: We can't do it alone. We need your help. By supporting the Decatur Education Foundation, you're investing in the future of our community. You're ensuring that our students have the support they need to overcome challenges and thrive. Join our Step Up Circle, a circle of dedicated families and local businesses who make an annual commitment to #ourkids. Discover how you can be a catalyst for change by visiting www.decatureducationfoundation.org. Together, we can make a difference.
Season of Giving
A Season of Giving is a neighbor led organization which helps purchase gifts directly for local children and seniors!
To apply for assistance, please complete an online application at https://aseasonofgiving.org/child-application/ by November 4th.
**NEW** Applications may be submitted for any child ages infant through 12th grade!
If you are not in need of assistance, please consider supporting our efforts. To become a donor for A Season of Giving, complete the form at https://aseasonofgiving.org/sponsor/. To volunteer, complete the form at https://aseasonofgiving.org/volunteer/.
Social Media and Contact Information
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For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/.