Talley Street Update

May 11, 2020

School News

Dear Parents of Rising 6th Graders

I hope you and your families are well. While 5th graders are wrapping up distance learning at FAVE and Talley, we are planning for their arrival at Renfroe Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year. I can’t wait, and I hope parents and students alike are looking forward to school next year. The jump from 5th grade to 6th grade is more of a hop really, and our 6th grade team is amazing at making the transition seamless. Our current reality will make this transition different, but it will be fine. I think we have all learned to be more flexible and resilient during this time. 2020-21 will be a great school year!!

Please see the information below concerning your child’s 6th grade experience next year at Renfroe Middle School. We need your input so we can complete schedules for next year.

Thank you.

Greg Wiseman

Principal, Renfroe Middle School

Rising 6th Grade Parent and Student Information

As you know, we have been unable to offer both our rising 6th grade parent night program and 5th grade student tours at Renfroe Middle School due to the school shutdown. Please be advised that we are currently working to redesign both events in an effort to answer your questions, ease any worries about your child's transition to middle school, and welcome our 5th graders with open Bulldog arms to RMS as soon as we are able! Please be on the lookout for information for rising middle schoolers prior to the end of the school year. We look forward to sharing more with you soon. -Ragan Hudson, 6th Grade Counselor, RMS

Choosing your Child’s World Language Class for 6th Grade

Please complete this form to choose which World Language class your child will have; Spanish, or French. At Renfroe Middle School, World Language is a core subject (along with Math, Science, ELA, and Individuals & Societies). Students have homeroom, the five core subjects, lunch, and two connections classes every day.

Connections Classes at RMS

RMS master-scheduler, Assistant Principal, Sarah Talton-Buck is working hard building the schedule for the 2020-21 school year. For her to complete her job, we need rising 6th grader input (parents are invited to help too) concerning Connections. Students choosing to participate in Chorus, Band and the newly developed Orchestra will need to indicate their intent (by registering on the websites for each program below).

If your child does not wish to participate in Band, Chorus, or Orchestra, there is nothing more for you to do. Students not wishing to participate in these classes will have their connections classes assigned to them.

If your child is interested in participating in one of these programs, check out the links below and request either Band, Chorus, or Orchestra directly from these websites.

Click here to learn about the RMS Chorus program and to request enrollment for next year

Click here to learn about the RMS Band program and to request enrollment for next year

Click here to learn about the RMS Orchestra program and to request enrollment for next year

If your child is interested in taking two musical connections, please email me at gwiseman@csdecatur.net.
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Talley Street Virtual Book Fair: May 11-15

The media center will be hosting a virtual book fair with Little Shop of Stories the week of May 11-15. How does it work? Shop online beginning May 11--orders will be delivered to you or you can pick them up at the store. Find all the details here, plus a mini catalog of ideas! Remember, you can order any book--for kids or grownups. Proceeds from all sales benefit the school! Don't forget to put "Talley Street" in the comments section of your order when you checkout.

Many classrooms have provided wish lists for the book fair. Beginning Monday, May 11, find your class by visiting the store's online orders page at https://littleshopofstories.indielite.org/. Look for "Find a Wishlist" at the top of the page and search by teacher name. If your class is not listed, gift cards are a great option (20% benefit to school does not apply to purchases of gift cards). If you have questions about the book fair, please contact Ms. Hanson at jhanson@csdecatur.net.

Returning Talley Street Library Books

A library book return box will be placed outside the main entrance (parking lot side) of Talley for library book returns each weekday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Notices about books that are still out have been emailed to families. Please return books as soon as possible. Books that were left in classrooms will be turned in by teachers. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Hanson at jhanson@csdecatur.net.

Celebrate your Graduate in the Decatur Focus

Acknowledge and celebrate your graduate (elementary, middle, high school, or college) in the Decatur Focus. Send a photo and a message (up to 50 words) to decaturfocus@decaturga.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 to be included in the June Focus.
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Class Composite Photos Available

Hey Parents! This is Charlie at Roger Cannon Photography! I know the last month has been difficult to navigate. We know that so many parents look forward to having class photos made in the spring but because of Covid-19 that was not possible this year. We wanted to offer you another option this year with our custom class composites. Here is a link so you can order these for your children. They will be mailed directly to you at your home. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, Thank you!

Dekalb County Public Library Summer Reading Program

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Talley Street PTO

Vote for 2020-2021 PTO Board

We are so pleased to share that we have 8 amazing candidates on the slate for the 2020-21 PTO Board. We are so grateful to those who have volunteered their time and talents to the inaugural Board and various PTO committees that have enriched the student experience at Talley!

As we continue to navigate the social distancing requirements and recommendations, please take a few minutes to vote for the slate electronically.

The ballot linked below includes a list of members serving the second year of their term and a brief bio of each candidate.


Order Your Talley Street School Supplies for the 2020-21 School Year!

We know it’s hard to plan a few days in advance these days, much less think about the next school year, but we are hoping to take one thing off of your to-do list this summer with online school supply kits!

The PTO has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to make it easy for families to order supplies for the upcoming school year at Talley Street. You can order supplies NOW through June 15. Go to http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1178528, and remember to choose your child's grade for the 2020-21 school year. Kits will be shipped directly to school at the end of July.

This service is optional for parents, and you do not have to order through the site - but the prices are very competitive and your school supply purchase will be done! Please note that there is an option to purchase additional kits to donate to the school if you would like to do so. Each child will have access to all necessary supplies in the classroom.

If you prefer to purchase school supplies on your own, supply lists are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ASnrPtlvKy5X6D9E3j_ZmmOnTEYK_sa4iXqwzeH3L0M/edit?usp=sharing.

Please reach out to Lauren Brown at laurenbrown216@gmail.com with any questions.

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

While this is not the end of the school year anyone was expecting, we wish everyone a safe, healthy, and relaxing summer. You can still contribute to our Step Up for Teachers campaign to give a shout out to your favorite teacher; to Honor the Helpers to thank the essential workers in our community; or to Lighten the Load to help those Decatur families dealing with food insecurity. Check out our midyear Impact Report to look back on what we accomplished before the school closings. This summer, we will be working closely with CSD, DHS and DHA to focus on equity and behavioral health issues for the coming school year. Follow DEF on Facebook (@DecaturEducationFoundation), Instagram (DecaturEducationFoundation) and Twitter (DEF_DecaturGA) for ongoing updates on how you can plug in and help our community. Together (while apart), we make a difference for our students, our schools and our community.

Important Dates

Talley Virtual Book Fair: May 11-15

Last Day of School: May 22

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