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The holiday season is here so remember to cut out your waste and recycling schedule from the November Focus for this year. You’ll find the November 2020 to September 2021 schedule of changes due to city holidays on page 3 of the Focus or online here.

Please note collection services are not impacted for Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Holiday collection schedules and schedule changes are posted to the City website, the Decatur Focus, and social media.

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• The city will concentrate on providing a usable travel lane in each direction on major streets and clearing sidewalks near MARTA stations.
• The city will work with City Schools of Decatur to make sure entrances, exits, and driveways at the schools are clear.
• Residents should expect to clear their driveways and sidewalks. It is unlikely that the city will be able to clear interior neighborhood residential streets.
• If you, or a neighbor, are a senior, someone with a medical need or someone with special needs, consider creating a safety profile at smart911.com. You can also contact Lifelong Community Coordinator Lee Ann Harvey, 770-652-8593, to be placed on the home checklist maintained by the Police Department.

Stay tuned to thedecaturminute.com blog, Downtown Decatur on Facebook, and the city’s website for information about facilities closures. For more winter weather tips and tools, check out page 10 of the January-February 2016 edition of the Decatur Focus.

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The January/February Focus has lots of information about upcoming open houses for schools in Decatur. Here’s information about one more:

Decatur First Methodist Preschool and Kindergarten Registration for School Year 2015-2016

 Decatur First Methodist’s Weekday Children’s Ministries includes a Preschool and Kindergarten program located at 312 Sycamore Street. Children ages 2 ½ (3 by December 31) to age 6 may attend our half day program which runs 9 am until 12 noon, Monday through Friday, mid August through May. Optional 12-1 enrichment classes are also available.

Classes offer many opportunities to play and learn while developing readiness for learning academic skills. Special features of the program include:

  • Small child-teacher ratio
  • Large classrooms
  • An outdoor playground
  • A rainy day indoor playroom
  • Music every day for every class
  • A weekly chapel service for the 4’s and 5’s led by the ministers of the church
  • Teachers who attend at least four preschool workshop classes each year, are CPR/ First Aid trained and all have completed a nationwide background check
  • Special programs: storytellers, musicians, puppet shows, Science To Go, Atlanta Gymnastics
  • Field trips to the Decatur Fire Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia Aquarium, Oakhurst Community Garden and more
  • Handwriting Without Tears curriculum
  • Option of extended day from 12 noon until 1 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
    • Spanish classes with Theresa Taube
    • Art classes with Myrna Hardjono
    • Storytelling Theatre classes with Christy Foelsch
    • Global Kids classes with Kara Campbell
    • Letter Bugs classes with Jessica Dykes
    • Junior Scientist classes with Myrna Hardjono and Kate Pawlicki
    • Yoga classes with Kara Campbell
  • Vegetable garden planted and maintained by the Kindergarten class
  • An active Parent Group with volunteer activities
  • Summer Smiles weekly summer camps

Please join us for an Open House on either Thursday, January 15th or Monday, January 26th from 9:15-10:30 am. Visitors, by appointment, are always welcome to visit our classes prior to the Open House dates. Call Joanne Hauserman at 404-377-5784, e-mail dfumpreschool@gmail.com or visit the website at www.decaturfirst.org.

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The Georgia Municipal Association is encouraging cities across the state to celebrate Georgia Cities Week April 13 – 19. Decatur honors this week’s theme of “People, Place and Purpose” in the new 2014 Kids Activity Book, available as an insert in the April Focus. Additional copies of the April Focus, as well as individual copies of the Kids Activity Book, are available at City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

Kids Activity Book 2014 blog

Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services cities provide to residents and how cities positively impact their quality of life. The week is also an opportunity to celebrate community achievements and recognize volunteers and city employees.

For more information about Georgia Cities Week, contact Amy Henderson at 678-686-6226 or email ahenderson@gmanet.com.

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