DHS Weekly Update

Thursday, December 1, 2022


DHS Families,

I hope that you all had a great week last week. As we look ahead to December, just a reminder that we have school thru Dec. 20th and students come back to school on Jan. 5th. The schedule is below:

  • Dec. 19th - odd day
  • Dec. 20th - even day
  • Jan. 5th - even day
  • Jan. 6th - odd day

PTSA has an immediate need for a Treasurer. You do NOT need any accounting experience to help out, just a desire to volunteer and work with some great folks! Email the PTSA President if you are interested - christa.gogstad@gmail.com.

Rochelle L. Lofstrand, Principal

Decatur High School

Decatur High School Presents: The Sound of Music

Come out and enjoy the show!

December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:00pm

December 4, 11 at 2:00pm

Adults $15

Students $12

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Transfers to Decatur Virtual Academy

The window is now open for students grades 3-12 to transfer to Decatur Virtual Academy (DVA) for the Spring 2023 semester.

To allow adequate time to complete online courses, the registration deadline for Spring semester enrollment is December 20, 2022. From October 7th until December 20th, families may request a transfer to online learning for the Spring Semester by completing this form.

Space is limited. Once we are full, families will be on a wait list. This form only can be completed by a parent or guardian who has educational rights for a CSD student. Once the form is completed, Ms. Whatley will schedule a time to discuss courses, attendance policy, and let you know if there is space for your student.

Please review the Decatur Virtual Academy Handbook prior to speaking with Ms. Whatley (hwhatley@csdecatur.net).

Parent's Night Out - Sponsored by DHS Cheerleaders

The DHS Cheerleaders are hosting a Parent's Night Out to raise funds to support the DHS cheer program.

If your child is in grades Pre-K - 5 and you would like a few hours to have dinner, shop, and/or meet with friends, let us help! Sign up today for the parent’s night out!

Night Out date: December 16, 2022, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: DHS Media Center, Commerce Drive entrance/Bus Loop

Drop-off begins at 4:50 pm

Pick-Up is from 7:45 - 8:00 pm

Cost: $40

Payment Information (we apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to accept credit cards):

  • Option 1: Please bring cash, check, or money order to the Wilson Center (125 Electric Avenue) Thursday, December 1st - Monday, December 12th, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.

  • Option 2: Drive up option. Please bring cash, check, or money order to DHS (driveway under the spaceship on McDonough St.) on December 8 from 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm.

Click here to sign up. Please contact Ashaki Stinson (astinson@csdecatur.net) or Saadia Foy (sfoy@csdecatur.net) if you have any questions.

SGA 2nd Annual Holiday Drive

The DHS Student Government Association is hosting our second annual holiday drive from November 28 through December 6! We are asking for donations of NEW toys for the Friends of Refugees Christmas store.

Friends of Refugees is a local nonprofit organization in Clarkston, GA that empowers refugees through opportunities for well-being, education, and employment. Their annual Christmas store allows parents the opportunity to buy presents for their kids while retaining the dignity of providing gifts and creating a meaningful holiday season for their families. You can find more information at friendsofrefugees.com/christmas/.

Last year we collected over 180 toys. Please help us in reaching our goal of 200 toys this season. Below is the list of items the store is asking for. All toys MUST BE NEW and preferably from this list!

NEW Donation items for Friends of Refugees

  • Sports equipment

    • Soccer balls

    • Basketballs

    • Kick Balls

  • Art Supplies

    • Sidewalk chalk

    • Art Kits (jewelry kits, art sets, etc.)

  • Toys

    • Trucks and cars

    • Dolls (non-white)

    • Toddler figurines (dinosaurs, farm animals, etc.)

    • Legos (Regular pieces, NO THEMED SETS)

  • Educational items

    • Floor puzzles

    • Table puzzles (10-100 pieces)

    • Flashcards (sight words, numbers, letters, money, etc.)

    • Memory and Matching games

  • Games

    • Young children's games (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, etc.)

    • Board games (Jenga, Headbandz, Checkers, etc.)

    • Card games (Uno, Go Fish, etc.)

Donation bins will be in the Library Learning Commons Lobby (area between the cafeteria and bus loop). We will also have one bin outside in case you can’t bring the donations to the school during school hours or want to drop them off during the weekend. Please bring your donations between Monday, November 28, and Tuesday, December 6. We encourage everyone to donate and give back this holiday season.

Thank you!

DHS Student Government Association

DHS Spirit Night - NaanStop pop-up!

Place your order before 8 pm on December 7th, and your order will be available for pickup on Wednesday December 8th from 5pm - 5:45pm. 20% of sales will be donated to the Decatur High School PBIS by NaanStop and GregKodeshRealty.com. PBIS gives rewards to students who are purposeful, accountable, connected and kind. Thank you for your support and for being a part of the PACK!

-link to menu: http://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur
-pick up time is 5pm - 5:45pm on Thursday December 8th
-Pickup location is at 620 Avery St in Decatur
-order in advance with an 8pm cut off on Wednesday December 7th

DHS Close-Up Club - Rake and Run

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CSD Athletics News and Updates

DHS Football Season Comes to an End

Congratulations to our football team whose season came to an end on Friday night, 11.18. The Bulldogs battled valiantly in the first half against Coffee County; however, the Trojans took a commanding lead in the third quarter and the Bulldogs could not recover. The Bulldogs finish in Round 2 of the State Playoffs continues an impressive trend of success for our program. We are extremely proud of our seniors who have been instrumental in shifting our football team culture. Thank you Coach Felton and his staff for their tireless efforts guiding our student-athletes this season!

DHS Thanksgiving Soccer Camp

Our Decatur High School Boys Soccer Program organized a Thanksgiving Soccer Camp and hosted 67 campers with attendees ranging from 1st-8th grade. The camp was directed by our Varsity Staff and current varsity players coached and demonstrated skills for attendees to replicate. We cannot think of a better way to start the Thanksgiving holiday week than connecting with the community. We are looking forward to more camps for our young soccer players in the future.

Check the video below for a glimpse of the fun and hard work that happened at the first annual DHS Thanksgiving Soccer Camp.

DHS Thanksgiving Soccer Camp 2022

Track & Field Parent Meeting (Dec. 14)

A Parent Meeting for all students interested in participating in Track & Field this Spring will be held on Wednesday, December 14. The meeting will be in the DHS Cafeteria beginning at 6 pm. Please contact Coach Souther (msouther@csdecatur.net) with any questions.

Shop Decatur Swag for the Holidays Give the gift of Bulldog spirit this holiday season. We've got something for everyone on your list -- from hoodies and hats, to PJs, flags, t-shirts and polos. Shop HERE and order by December 7 to receive in time for Christmas.

Need Service Hours? Help with Concessions

Students, get your service hours and help DBB raise money for Decatur Athletics by selling food and drinks at games. Opportunities will be available in the spring too.


Next PTSA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30pm. Check the school calendar for meeting details.


Next SLT Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on December 13th at 4:30pm. Check the school calendar for meeting details.


Help CSD School Nutrition

CSD Nutrition is asking parents to check their online meal accounts in infinite campus (Parent Portal). We have several families that have negative balances that need to be cleared.

For the last two years, the USDA offered school districts waivers to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Unfortunately, those waivers have now expired which means City Schools of Decatur no longer offer all students a free meal.

The traditional free & reduced lunch program does still exist for those who qualify. If you think your family qualifies for federal free or reduced lunch please reapply for the federal free & reduced lunch program today. Please visit, https://campus.csdecatur.org/campus/portal/parents/decatur.jsp to complete the online application. Paper applications may be picked up at the schools. You only need to re-apply one time each school year. Only one application per family needs to be completed.

Supply Chain Update

* Menus are subject to substitutions based on availability. We are facing unprecedented issues with the supply chain that will cause us to alter our posted menus with little to no notice. Currently, we may be replacing our deli turkey with chicken ham when deli turkey meat is listed on the menu. Please bare with us as we manage these changes.

F.Ave PTO Summer Camp Exposition

Join us Saturday, December 10th from 10a-2p in the Multipurpose room at F.Ave to learn about the summer camps offered from several vendors in the Decatur area. Featured camps include options for kids from Pre-K through 12th Grade!

This event is free for the public. There will be a raffle for some fun camp prizes and a digital Summer Camp Planning Guide will also be available for families

Community Partner Announcements and Updates

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Are you great at math, science or languages? Your skills could help a Decatur student in just one hour per week as a Virtual Pal Tutor! We pair 2nd-8th grade students with upper high school or adult tutors to help with homework, organization and motivation. It’s an easy way to give back to your community in a meaningful way (and for high school students to earn volunteer hours).
Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/VJuyncb7qce6R7Jq5

Can’t volunteer but want to help out? You can donate to our Lighten the Load program which

keeps the snack pantry stocked at Beacon Hill Middle School. For those families in our community experiencing food insecurity, we also have a weekend backpack program. Both have unique Amazon wish lists that are updated monthly. You can donate directly to them using these links:

Beacon Hill Middle Snack Program: /a.co/d0HJHTr

Weekend Backpack Program: https://a.co/6Etc74W

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023 registration is now open!

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs (RWTD) 2023!

Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023, for Run With the Dogs, a Decatur tradition now in its 19th year.

We’re back at Beacon Hill Middle School for the 5K and Pup Trot, and we are pleased to announce that this year’s race is an official qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race!

We are also pleased to announce that our Face of the Race winner is Tuck the Pug! Thank you to everyone who submitted your dogs for the contest, and thanks for voting. Register TODAY to make sure you get a long-sleeved T-shirt with this adorable little guy.

Run With the Dogs is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Beacon Hill Middle School. For more information and to register for the race, click here.