Talley Street Update
February 1, 2021
An Update from the Instructional Coach
Hello Talley Families!
My name is Jennie Muhlhausen and I am the IB Coordinator and Instructional Coach at Talley. I wanted to let you know a little bit about Talley’s journey to becoming an IB (International Baccalaureate) school. Right now, we are in our candidacy phase. This means we are learning what it means to be an IB school, writing our Units of Inquiry, incorporating inquiry into our classrooms, and reflecting on our growth and next steps. It means that we anticipate becoming an IB authorized school in the next few years. For your children, it means that Science and Social Studies standards are woven into our teaching throughout the day. It means that we approach learning through inquiry.
I hope by now that your children (and you!) are familiar with the IB Learner Profiles. It is the goal of all IB schools to develop learners who are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, and balanced. All three grade levels are currently working in their Units of Inquiry called “How We Express Ourselves.” The central ideas are:
3rd - Thoughts and choices influence the environment.
4th - Exploring history and culture creates opportunities to understand different perspectives.
5th - Values and ideas are expressed in a variety of ways.
Please reach out if you have any questions about IB by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the CSD Special Education Department: Parent Survey
The Georgia Department of Education is requesting that parents who have a student with an IEP complete the Special Education Parent Satisfaction Survey. If you have more than one student who has an IEP, please fill out a separate survey for each student. This survey helps to guide our district and state toward a more meaningful collaboration, which helps to bring about good outcomes for our students' education. For questions concerning the survey please email Cheryl Grant email@example.com. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.
Decatur Education Foundation News
DEF Equity Survey
As part of DEF's commitment to become an anti-racist organization in both action and in words, we are looking at our relationships with Black parents/guardians and parents/guardians of children who identify as Black to learn how DEF can better engage and support your family. If you identify as a Black parent or guardian or a parent or guardian of a child who identifies as Black and you are part of the City Schools of Decatur community, please take a moment to fill out this survey which will help us understand what matters to you and how we might work together to support kids. https://forms.gle/z2yezERPGu4ombSJ8
DEF Virtual Pals Tutoring
As CSD rolls out its plans for spring semester, DEF will be working to continue to support families to ensure our students have what they need to learn and thrive. DEF established Virtual Pals Tutoring Program to provide extra help for CSD students in the 2nd through 8th grades during virtual learning. Participants are paired with a community volunteer tutor who provides basic homework help, tutoring and virtual learning support. If your student would like to enroll in the program, please fill out this application. To see all of our
Covid initiatives, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/Covid-19.
NaanStop to benefit DEF
They’re doing it again! Our friends at NaanStop are hosting another pop-up right here in Decatur on Thursday, February 4th and donating 20% back to DEF!!! Dine out on authentic Indian food and raise funds for DEF at the same time! Here are the details: Link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur - Pickup/drive-thru at Avery St/Bucher Dr. in Winnona Park neighborhood - Pickup instructions will be sent with confirmation - Pickup will be available between 5 - 5:45pm on Thursday, February 4th - Masks/distancing required at pick up - order in advance before 5 pm on Wednesday, February 3.
Girls on the Run - Register for the Talley team now!
Join our virtual teams at Talley Street! Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Interested in participating? Registration is OPEN NOW
WE NEED COACHES! Please contact Natalie Bundschu firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in coaching.
Girls on the Run Site Information
Talley Street Upper Elementary School
Two days a week after school until 3:00-4:00 (Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays)
Register Online: girlsontherunatlanta.org
Paper application available upon request
Space is limited
GOTR uses an income-based sliding scale so that every girl who wants to participate can. Registration fee is available on a sliding scale from $10 to $185.
Includes GOTR lessons, water bottle, 2 t-shirts and 5k registration.
Spring 2020 Registration
Until Feb. 9: Registration Open
Week of March 1: Programs begin
May 8: Girls on the Run 5K
Week of May 10: Last week of programs
*You can register anytime during the registration period. Team participants selected by the computer will receive an automated e-mail stating they are on the team. Girls who are not placed on the initial team will be placed on a waiting list and will receive an email from GOTR.
The Myths of Racism and Beyond: Personal and Community Reflections
Please join us in January for the next The Myths of Racism and Beyond: Personal and Community Reflections, sponsored by the DEI Committee.
Whether you are a social justice champion or wrestling with these topics for the first time, this workshop will help all of us deepen our understanding of racism and strengthen our commitment to action.
Through independent individual reflections in a personal journal and group sessions reflecting as a community once a month, our Talley Street Upper Elementary community will examine the power of race and discuss its impact across racial lines. Everyone is invited to provide their voice, perspective, and experiences with the power of race.
The series will cover the article “The 10 Myths White People Believe About Racism,” with a paired bite-sized reading and short racial equity video assigned each month. It will include time for independent individual reflections through a personal journal and time for community reflections during group discussions once a month.
The remaining Community Reflections will be Thursdays from 8-9 PM on Zoom on the following dates:
If you are unable to attend all sessions, you can work through the personal reflections asynchronously and join the community reflections as you can.
Updates from the City of Decatur
Decatur Strategic Plan for 202s...
The roundtables process included 800 registrants who contributed thousands of comments. Many of these comments about Decatur’s future were in agreement, but some topics revealed conflicting perspectives about how Decatur should chart its course for the next 10 years.
The 202s will allow for a deep dive on these topics. After hearing from subject matter experts, we will join together in virtual discussion groups to help understand tradeoffs and find balance among differing perspectives. Input will be used to form recommendations on how the Strategic Plan should address these issues. The 202s will seek to answer the question: “What does success look like in a community of 25K people within a metropolitan region of nearly 6 million people?”
Thursday, February 11, 6-8 p.m.
Speakers will be announced closer to the event. All events will occur on Zoom and will be recorded and available after the meeting. Visit decatur2030.com for details.
Talley Street Passive Fundraising
We're now on Amazon Smile! Log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon
account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, then save and the PTO will start getting quarterly deposits!
One important tip - you MUST be logged in via smile.amazon.com while shopping for us to
receive any funds.
Kroger Community Rewards
We are set up to receive funds from Kroger. From your account screens, select Community
Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO." Select it and then you
should be all set. Every time you use your Kroger card, the PTO will benefit!
Box Tops have gone digital! Download the app, Box Tops for Education. Enter your
information, select Talley St., scan receipts and done! We will no longer be collecting paper box
tops. If you have any issues using the app, you can submit (via the app) the item not being
recognized on your receipt for credit.
Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO?
Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don' need the key chain card anymore.
Follow the easy instructions on the link:
We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA
www.csdecatur.net/opening - a repository for all documents, announcements, and communications about how CSD is handling the 2020-2021 school year.
www.csdecatur.net/nutrition - How to order meals
www.csdecatur.net/bustracker - How to sign up for the new Predictable Ryde Bus tracking app used for meal delivery, soon for the Fly-brary, mobile book delivery and when in-person learning resumes to track students on their buses
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/tech-help (how parents and staff can put in a tech support request)
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/students - classroom login information
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/parents - Virtual Learning Handbooks
Social Media and Contact Information
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For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/