Talley Street Update
August 25, 2022
August 17, 2023
Dear Talley Street Community,
I hope everyone is having a great week! It has been reported that many parents are letting their children out of their cars along the sidewalks instead of going through the full car rider line. This needs to stop. Several students have been put in harm's way. Keeping our students safe is my number one priority. I would appreciate your assistance with this situation.
Below is the link to the SLT ballot. Voting will be open until the end of the day tomorrow, August 25th. I want to thank all of these parents who are willing to serve in this role. The two candidates will be announced next week. SLT Ballot
I hope to see everyone at tonight’s Curriculum Night.
Lost and Found
We will donate lost items every Friday. Please ask your students to look for their lost items daily as they pass our Lost and Found located right outside of the cafeteria. If you need to check items yourself make sure to sign in at the front desk. Be sure to label your child's items with first and last names. We will do our best to return items that are labeled.
Current and Former Title I and ESOL Families:
You are invited to attend our Annual Parent Input meeting on August 29th. At this meeting we will be reviewing Title I documents and gathering input from our families for the 23-24 school year. Please see information below:
Talley Street Chorus
Is your 4th or 5th grader interested in joining the Talley chorus? Click below to see the flyer and sign-up!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Altruismo! We are so excited that you are a part of our house, the Black House! As you know, students were sorted into houses on the first day of school. The celebration was amazing! Students had the opportunity to get to know each other and the adults in our house, our house history and our house chants.
Our first Talley Rally is September first at 1:35 - 2:05. Listen out for ways you can support our house by decorating the stage and/or coming out to support during the gathering. Just be sure to wear black!
During our house meetings, Talley Rallies and special events, we will take a lot of pictures. Our NO PHOTO list is pretty long. If you think you may have misunderstood the wording of the permission, and you are fine with your child's picture being included on our social media page(s) and school communication, please let your child's homeroom teacher know.
Again, we are super excited that we get to spend time with your child(ren) this year. Please look out for more information regarding house news. It's going to be a great year.
Hello Talley Tigers! Amistad has some great news to share this week. Starting with holding the number one spot on the house leaderboard with just over 615 points! In our house meeting this week we did shout outs, mantras, tongue twisters, and got to know our families with two truths and a lie. Our Wheel Spinners are Chloe Bell, Cleo Salliers, Eleanor Moye, Lucy Wamstad, and Jamie Dau-McMillian. Our highest point earner this week was Jamie Dau-McMillian from 5th Grade, they represent our house of friendship everyday through kindness, service, and going above and beyond daily!
High Point Earners are:
1. Jamie Dau-Mcmillan 5th grade
2. William Santivasci 3rd grade
3. Eli Jones 3rd grade
4. Katherine Stoner 5th grade
5. Matthias Ratcliff 5th grade
House of Onraka is off to a GREAT start this year under the fabulous leadership of our 5th grade house leaders, Uma & Malachi! Our house has consistently been at the top of the leader board and has been recognized and earned points at our Talley Rallies for achievements such as showing support to other houses, showing team spirit by wearing our house color, and also for extraordinary team spirit and cheer performance. And shout out to our new Onraka House teacher member, Ms. Arnold, for being honored with the tiger at our very first Talley Rally!
Interested in being one of our House Parents? As the House of Unity, we would like to include you (our family members) in planning events, gathering supplies, & supporting the students in our house! We also want to bring our families together and can’t do it without you! Contact Ms. Williams (email@example.com) if you're interested!
Nukumori House has been hard at work on memorizing our cheers for Talley Rally! During our House meetings, we have also been working on mindfulness techniques and skills. We were thrilled to be awarded the Tiger Pride banner at Talley Rally last week! Additionally, Katrina Turner and Roman Boudreaux earned Nukumori several House points when they spun the wheel. The students of Nukumori House are doing an incredible job of spreading kindness throughout the school!
We would like to welcome all the new Isibindi members to the best house at Talley! We are looking forward to getting to know you better throughout the year. This week we started our Pride Family meetings, where students get to meet in a smaller group with their house “family”. Our top point earners for the week are Bashir Wardak and Clever Baguma. Keep up the great work! Our wheel spinners from last week were Eleanor Vander Els and Liam Fell. Our house leader Suria Pillay and our lieutenant Taylor Hall kicked off wheel spins for the year at the first Talley Rally.
The House of Rêveur is off to an amazing start! We were so excited to welcome our new members to the Wolf Pack on the first day of school. We are so proud of how our House Council has stepped up and started leading our House meeting every week. Connie, Lily, Ashley, Kai and Lucien are great role models and we are so excited to see what their plans are for the rest of the year.
In House meetings, we have started meeting in our “families”, a smaller group led by a student leader known as an “Alpha”. The students are starting to get to know each other on a deeper level and watching these relationships develop is what the House system is all about.
Congrats to our point leaders this month: Rachel Gill, Andrew Hilson, Judah Scott, and Maizelle Arnett! Keep those points coming!
Thanks to all who attended our 1st Walk N Roll last Friday! And congratulations to Amistad for having the highest house participation!
Class Fund Pool
Dr. Whitaker's Listening Sessions
Students, staff, family, and community members are welcome to attend any session across the district.
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!
Fall Break Soccer Camp
Decatur Education Foundation Grant Process Opens
FOR CSD STAFF, PRINCIPALS & TEACHERS —
Decatur Education Foundation Announces Teacher Innovation Grants and Student Innovation Grants
The Decatur Education Foundation is excited to invite you to apply for a Teacher Innovation Grant for the 2023-2024 school year! DEF's Teacher Innovation Grants are designed to support teachers in the City Schools of Decatur by providing funds for innovative educational experiences. And for the first time ever, we’re offering students the opportunity to apply too! Student Innovation Grants give students a voice in their education and encourage them to explore creative solutions to problems and challenges.
Awards for our Innovation Grants range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31, 2023, and the grant awards will be announced on September 14, 2023. For more information and to apply, visit:
FOR CSD STUDENTS & FAMILIES —
Decatur Education Foundation Announces Teacher Innovation Grants and Student Innovation Grants
The Decatur Education Foundation is excited to announce that applications are open for our Teacher Innovation Grants and — for the first time ever — Student Innovation Grants! These grants are designed to support teachers and students in the City Schools of Decatur by providing funds for innovative educational experiences. Awards for our Innovation Grants range from $200 to $3,000. The application deadline is August 31, 2023, and the grant awards will be announced on September 14, 2023.
Last year, we awarded over $35,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants, and this year we want to double it! For more information and to support DEF’s Innovation Grants, visit DecaturEducationFoundation.org. To apply for a Student Innovation Grant, visit: https://bit.ly/DEFStudentInnovationGrants.
Madison Ave. Derby - Registration Open
Register to race as a driver or save the date to cheer on your favorite cars during a day of family-friendly fun at the 12th Annual Madison Avenue Derby on Saturday, October 21, 2023. This year’s event benefits Urban Recipe, an organization that addresses food insecurity in metro Atlanta. Driver registration open through Thursday, October 5. or until spots sell out.
For more information about the Madison Avenue Derby, visit: www.madavederby.org.
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)
Social Media and Contact Information
You can find more information on the following Facebook pages:
Talley Street PE
And these Instagrams:
For news from our counselors, check out their website:
For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/.