Talley Street Update

August 26, 2019

School News

iReady Information

The iReady diagnostic assessment will be administered in classrooms at Talley this week. Teachers will decide the time and format for administration in accordance to the needs of her/his students. Some teachers will administer the diagnostic in small 20 min. chunks of time. Other teachers may decide that having students engage with the assessment tool for longer periods of time if this is better for their students. The iReady program is something that we are piloting at both CSD Upper Elementary schools. As part of the pilot, our teachers are receiving Professional Development after each iReady diagnostic administration. Our teachers will use the data provided by the diagnostic to make standards-based instructional decisions. What makes iReady different from MAP is that the diagnostic is aligned with Common Core standards as well as the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessments that our 3rd-5th grade students are required to take. Both Upper Elementary schools are piloting the iReady program this year to hopefully use more targeted data to provide student-specific enrichment and interventions aligned to common core standards. Because this is a pilot year for iReady, we will not use the iReady test data to determine placement in any special programs: Special Education, Title 1 services, Early Intervention Program, or Gifted. The tool will be used by teachers to make instructional decisions in the classroom. The data will be shared with parents at the Parent/Teacher conferences at the end of Term 1. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or any member of the administrative team if you have further questions.

Title I Parent & Family Input Meeting

Please join us to help improve and revise our 2019-2020 Title I Documents!

When: August 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Where: Wilson School Support Center (Central Office)

125 Electric Ave

Decatur, GA 30030

Childcare and translation services can be provided as requested

Questions or concerns, please contact Tiffany Lundy, tlundy@csdecatur.net

Residency Verification

All 3rd graders are required to show proof of residency. Please present these documents before September 6th, 2019 to the front office of Talley Upper Elementary Street (ATTN: Yvett Battles). Read here for more information.

Save the Date--School Photos

School photographs are scheduled for October 1. More details will be provided by Cannon Photography in September.

CSD Code of Conduct and Talley Street Student/Family Handbook


Please check your child's communication folder this week for a sheet to sign indicating that you have read both the CSD Code of Conduct and the Talley Street Student/Family Handbook.

Talley Street PTO

District-Wide News

News from City Schools of Decatur

CSD Community Members are invited to submit feedback on draft Administrative Regulations. Go to https://www.csdecatur.net/adminregs to learn about Administrative Regulations, read the draft regulations, and to provide input.

News from The Decatur Education Foundation

News from the Decatur Education Foundation
We Need Your Help for Our Reader to Reader Book Sale!

We still have some volunteer slots open to help with book sorting on the Friday before the Book Sale, as well as volunteers to help sell books at DEF’s booth at the Decatur Book Festival (August 31st – Sept 1st), Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aacab22a1f94-defreadertoreade

Other Upcoming DEF Events:

Extracurricular Activities

Chorus Update

4th and 5th Grade Parents, I had a wonderful turn out for students joining chorus. Our roster is full but feel free to email me to add your child's name on an interest list, as sometimes students may not be able to keep their commitment and I may place students from my interest list.

Tanya Jessup

Reading Bowl

Parents of 4th and 5th grade students interested in joining the Talley Street reading bowl team, please contact team coordinator Jennifer Frediani. Our first meeting will be after school on September 11 in the media center.

Decatur Strings Orchestra Program

Intermediate Orchestra starts next week!

Intermediate Orchestra will begin the first week of September and is open to any student (grades 3-5) who has taken the Beginning class or has had private lessons for several months. The class meets AFTER school on Mondays & Tuesdays each week from 2:50 - 3:30 beginning on September 3rd. Sign-up here.

Beginning Orchestra will start the first week in October and is open to all students who would like to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. (At this point, we have many violins sign-up and we ask students and their parents to consider the merits of learning the viola, cello, or bass so that we will have a balance of sound.) The class will meet BEFORE school, two days per week (schedule is still TBD) from 7:00 to 7:35am beginning the first week of October.

The participation fee for either orchestra ensemble is $160 for the full year. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information on instrument rentals or to sign-up, go to DecaturStrings.com or contact Program Coordinator, Nia Schooler at nia.schooler@DecaturStrings.com.

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

Fall Social:

September 6

Fall Break:
September 23-27