Talley Street Update
This week's news from Talley Street Upper Elementary
February 1, 2024
Rising 6th Grade Family Information
BHMS and the Teaching and Learning Department at Wilson are excited to host a virtual info session about the course requests your rising 5th grader will be making after winter break via Infinite Campus. 5th-grade teachers are helping, and we hope that this virtual session will help you support your child in making informed requests. For more information about Course Requests for rising 6th graders click here. This session will cover information about course requests for ELA, Math, World Language and Connections only. More Information about the BHMS school community and the 6th grade experience will be shared in the Spring!
Important Upcoming Dates
- February Break: February 12-16
- Early Release: February 28 @ 12:15
- Brave+Kind Library Spirit Night: March 15
Early Release Dates: Dismissal at 12:15 on these Wednesdays: February 28, March 27, April 24
Talley Rally: The schedule as it currently stands can be found on our school calendar!
We are so excited to be hosting the Ron Clark Academy. at our Talley Rally on February 2 at 1:15! Members from RCA (including Mr. Clark himself) will be coming out to see how Talley makes the House system magical! Amistad will be leading the rally that day so if you are an Amistad parent and you plan on attending, make sure to dress in your RED!
We are asking that all students wear their House gear that day. Go all out! RCA has heard about Talley and we want to show out! We will be giving out House points to the best dressed kiddos as well as the best dressed House. Let's Go Talley Tigers!
Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade
Ever want to be in a parade? Now is your chance! Join Talley in the Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade on February 3 starting at 1:00 pm! Meet our Krewe at F.Ave. to line up and ready. Wear your House gear-go all out! We will have a boom box so that we can do House cheers. Come help us defend our "Best School Krewe" title from last year! We can't wait to see you there!
Talley iRUN News
All Talley students will participate in iRUN during their physical education class. The purpose of iRUN is:
to teach students, faculty, and parents the fundamentals of a lifetime skill that makes running/jogging/walking enjoyable and safe.
to train students, staff and families to successfully participate in a one mile fun run or 5K.
The Talley community is encouraged to support the Decatur Education Foundation’s Tour Decatur 1 mile fun run or 5k (Saturday, March 16th). Registration fees from this event are used to support City Schools of Decatur through the Decatur Education Foundation. For more information about Decatur Education Foundation and to register for Tour Decatur check them out here: www.decatureducationfoundation.org or www.tourdecatur.com.
If you need financial assistance to cover registration fees, please let us know.
Show your school spirit during iRUN practice on PE days and at Tour Decatur!
iRUN Talley Street t-shirts are available for students, parents and teachers.
Last day to order is February 9, 2024.
Amistad Friendship Dance
See below for information about Amistad's Friendship Dance!
Upper Elementary - Strong Password Contest
Does your child love to create? CSD is holding a Strong Password Contest from grades 3-12! At the upper elementary level, students can create a poster, banner, or infographic (on paper or digital) to encourage viewers to create strong passwords. Winners at each level will receive a prize and their artwork will be used by CSD during an upcoming strong passwords campaign. For specifics, see below!
Questions? Contact Ashley Long (firstname.lastname@example.org). Submissions are due to Mrs. Long by February 29!
- Family Book Club: Deadline is Friday 2-2. The DEI committee with Jambo Books is presenting a family book club for all CSD 3rd-5th graders on February 24th. Register by Feb 2nd (bit.ly/csdnewkid). More info at the link.
Attn: Bus Riders! February is “Love My Bus Month.” The Safe Routes to School Committee wants to shower our bus drivers and monitors with love. They are asking for both handmade arts (deliver to box in Talley lobby) and donations (via Venmo) to be donated by Feb 9. Funds will be used to give gift cards to each of the 22 bus drivers and monitors in CSD. Venmo: @Mallory-Donaldson (SRTS chair); email@example.com
- Save the Date: Tigerfest 2024!
City Schools of Decatur is offering summer school for students who could benefit from additional instructional support. In February, families will receive an invitation if their student qualifies. Three different summer program opportunities will be offered. Students who qualify in grades 3-8 (from a defined list of qualifiers) will be able to receive support in math and/or ELA. Students who are going into 8th grade Enhanced Algebra or High School Algebra 1 may use summer school to preview Algebra 1 content. High school students will have the opportunity for credit recovery in core courses via Georgia Virtual School as long as they have missed fewer than 20 instruction days.
Summer school for students in grades 3 - 8 will be May 29 - June 18, 2024 at Beacon Hill Middle School. For credit recovery, students will engage in summer school June 3 - July 12, 2024 and will have the option to be on-site at Beacon Hill Middle School should they need technical assistance.
Dr. Whitaker will host her winter series of listening sessions around the City Schools of Decatur to listen and learn from students, staff, families, and community leaders. Initial sessions were held in the fall as part of the first phase of Dr. Whitaker’s three-phased entry plan into the district entitled GEM - which focused on gathering information, reviewing the findings to envision a plan forward, and maximizing the results.
The meetings will be held virtually and in person. Here is a list of the sessions:
Winter Listening Sessions:
Wednesday, February 21 - Oakhurst in Gym at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 - Beacon Hill in Media Center at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 - Virtual at 11:30 a.m. https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/91210511997
Georgia Health Survey
The window for the 2023-24 Georgia Student Health Survey and Parent Survey closes Friday, March 1. Student and parent survey participation is critical because the data will be used to calculate School Climate Star Ratings for the 2024-25 school year. Parents can access the survey here, and students in grade 3-12 can access it via the Georgia Health Survey icon in LaunchPad (or directly here for 3-5, here for 6-8, and here for 9-12).
Call for BASH Donations
On March 9, 2024, Decatur Bulldog Boosters will host our annual Bulldog Bash at Legacy Park to support athletics at DHS and BHMS. The adult-only fundraising event features food trucks, bands and a silent auction – all to raise money for Decatur Athletics.
Please save the date and look for more information to come. In the meantime, we are looking for donations for the silent auction. Donated items are tax-deductible and can include anything from gift cards and art to products, services, trips and experiences. This is a great way to market your business while supporting Decatur Boosters.
Click HERE to make a donation and follow us on Instagram (@DecaturBulldogBash) for all the latest party and auction updates.
Tour Decatur 2024
Join the Fun at Decatur’s Premier 5K Event: Register Now for the 22nd Annual Tour deCatur!
The Decatur Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the 22nd Annual Tour deCatur 5K and One-Mile Fun Run. Join us on Saturday, March 16, 2024, for a day of family-friendly fun surrounded by your Decatur community. Registration for the 5K, the one-mile Fun Run, and the Tot Trot is now open! Secure your spot today:
As DEF's largest fundraiser, the Tour deCatur plays a crucial role in supporting programs that address issues such as racial and economic inequity, food insecurity, behavioral health, and learning differences. Please email Kamela@decatureducationfoundation.org if you’re interested in volunteering and supporting the event. See you at the starting line!
Decatur Lunar New Year
Join the CSD DEI committees in celebrating Decatur’s Lunar New Year Festival February 3rd from 1-5 pm at the Ebster Courtyard.
Social Media and Contact Information
You can find more information on the following Facebook pages:
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For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/.