Talley Street Update
August 25, 2022
September 7, 2023
SAFETY ALERT: Drop Off
Do you have any of the following items lying around your house? We would love them for the STEM lab!
- 2 liter bottles
- interesting trash that you can't recycle
- toilet paper or paper towel rolls
- old wallpaper
Thanks so much for your support!
Important Information about Gifted Review
Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and determine if further evaluation for 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 turn it into the Gifted & Talented Specialists at your child’s school before October 4th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted & Talented Specialists for Talley Street Upper Elementary are Lindsey Combs, Nicole Fiber, and Ashley Forman. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted & Talented Specialist for your school at one of the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the following website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/581.
4th and 5th Recorder Players
It's that time, dust off your recorder or let Ms. Jessup know you'll need to purchase one. In music class, we will resume our recorder fun after September break. We will learn how to play a recorder duet and in a recorder ensemble.
After School Club at Talley - Witzzle Pro
When: Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 (parent pickup at 3:30)
Start Date: 9/26/23
End Date: 11/7/23
Deadline to sign up: Friday, September 8, 2023
How do I sign up: Fill out the form Witzzle Pro sign-up sheet
Who can sign up: Any student who currently attends Talley (max 50 students). No charge.
What is Witzzle Pro: Witzzle Pro is a super fun game that can be played as a single, small group, or large group. It helps to enhance problem solving skills, order of operations, and has up to 7 different levels of difficulty - so it is a game for any age 6 and up. If you love to play games and like math - this Club is for you! We will have a fun tournament on our last meeting day.
Feel free to also email one of us if you have any questions:
PE News - Fitnessgram is coming soon!
Encouraging our youth to be physically active is more important than ever before. Increasing a child’s level of physical activity is not only important for improving their health, but recent studies also indicate that physical fitness levels are associated with academic performance, school attendance, and discipline. As a part of your child’s Physical Education program, their class will be participating in the FitnessGram assessment which measures only those areas of fitness related to the health of students. This includes: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.
Official Code of Georgia 20-2-777 requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness assessment program for all students in grades 1st - 12th. What does that mean for your child in City Schools of Decatur? 1st -12th grade students will have their height and weight privately measured. Parents/guardians have the option to report height and weight via a confidential google form provided by their child’s PE teacher. 1st –3rd grade students will be introduced to the following skills: PACER, push-ups, curl-ups, and back saver sit and reach. These skills will be formally assessed in grades 4th - 12th. Starting in 4th grade a confidential FitnessGram report will be provided to parents/guardians of each student via email at the end of the school year. This report will include your child’s scores and information about whether or not they achieved the FitnessGram Healthy Fitness Zone. The Healthy Fitness Zone represents the level of fitness needed for good health. The information on this private report will not be displayed or made public.
Information about FitnessGram and the requirements can be found at: www.fitnessgram.net, Georgia Department of Education FitnessGram Information, FitnessGram Safe Environment.
Talley Street Upper Elementary Reporting Form for Height and Weight Due by: September 21, 2023
If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Nicole Johns at email@example.com
Author Visit: October 5
Talley is hosting author Lisa McMann for ALL GRADES on Thursday, October 5! Forms to purchase signed books went home in today's communication folders. This is our only author visit for the fall! 20% of proceeds support our library's programs! We really appreciate your generosity!
- September 12th: Would you like to celebrate Pride at Porchfest? Join a Diverse Book Club for you and your kids? Be part of important conversations about race and equity in our district? Sign up for the Talley PTO DEI committee! We'll be having our first meeting at Calle Latina to kick off the upcoming Hispanic / Latinx Heritage Month. Join us 6:30-7:30 pm! Please email Jeanie at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
- September 14th: Spirit Night at Jersey Mike’s Decatur
- Also on September 14th: the September PTO Meeting
- Now through September 30th: Continue donating to the Talley Teacher Fund. This supports all teachers with gifts throughout the year. *This is a gift to teachers, not a PTO donation.* Donate at PayPal.me/TalleyTeacherFund
You are invited to attend City Schools Of Decatur's Programs Overview Virtual Meeting (Thursday, September 7, 2023)
Come and learn more about support programs available to CSD students. Local, state, and federal programs support the success of our students. Programs are designed to ensure that all students have a fair, equal and meaningful opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.
The programs featured will be:
ESOL & Federal Programs
Equity and Student Services
To join the Zoom Meeting, click here
Meeting ID: 984 4400 9352
We look forward to seeing you there!
Reminder: Seeking Applications for Superintendent's Student Advisory Council Now Open, Deadline Extended to September 12
As a reminder, applications for the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council are now open. Students interested in applying to serve on this council should access the Google Form via Launchpad. These meetings provide an exceptional opportunity for students to voice ideas, concerns, and perspectives directly to the district administration. The deadline to submit the application has been extended to Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications for the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council are now open. Two students from our school will be selected to join other elementary students from City Schools of Decatur to share their perspectives and experiences with the Superintendent on a variety of issues. Students interested in applying to serve on this council should access the application via the purple icon on Launchpad. For the application, students will be asked to create a response that explains why they want to be on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and have the option of submitting a written response, picture, presentation, or other artifact. Families may support students with submitting their application, but the ideas and work submitted should be that of the student. Additional details are available on the application. The deadline to submit the application is Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
City Schools of Decatur Board of Education Announces September 12 Board Meeting Schedule
Meeting schedules will be adjusted and publicized monthly
DECATUR -- The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education has announced the board meeting schedule for Tuesday, September 12. Meeting times will adjust each month according to the length of the agenda and published monthly in compliance with the Georgia Open Meetings Act.
In August, the board announced the decision to hold earlier meeting times, aligning with the board's strategic goals of ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Except for the executive session, all meetings will continue to be live-streamed and open to the public.
The September 12, 2023, board meeting schedule is as follows:
Executive Session: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Prework Session: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Work Session: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Board Meeting: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Public Comment: 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
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.
Fall Break Soccer Camp
The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Mini Grants Now Available
Do you have plans for a new garden or class project? Fantastic ideas on how to incorporate farm to school principles into a teaching unit? Or maybe you need funds for a "green" field trip?
The Wylde Center Decatur Farm to School Committee invites you to apply for a grant for 2023-24. Teachers, administrators, PTA members, and parent volunteers can apply on behalf of their CSD school. Please get your applications in before September 22, 2023. (Link here and on the Wylde Center website > Education > Farm to School)
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For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/.