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Jillian Talbot » Welcome to Mrs. Talbot's Team!

Welcome to Mrs. Talbot's Team!

Welcome to the team parents and students!
I am so excited to be at Tara Oaks and to be teaching 5th grade Language Arts! This is my ninth year teaching but my first year at Tara Oaks! I have previously taught Elementary school in North Carolina and high school English in Missouri. I have two children- Hudson, a first grader at Tara O, and Harper, a preschool student at Collierville Elementary. 
Be sure to follow our class on Twitter: @jtalbot516
LAMPS schedule:
Monday- Technology enrichment
Tuesday- Library (A week), Guidance (B week)
Wednesday- Art
Thursday- P.E.
Friday- Music

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Hard Tack Extra Credit Recipe

  • 4 cups of flour
    2 cups of cold water
    2 tablespoons of cold butter or shortening/margarine
    4 teaspoons of salt
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix flour and water together in a bowl. Crumble in butter and add salt. Place the water in the bowl, and slowly add in flour while stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes too thick to stir, at which point enough flour has been added.
Knead dough and roll out until it is 1/2" (1cm.) thick.
Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 3"x3" (7cm. x 7cm.) squares.
Poke four rows of four holes in the cracker using a skewer stick.
Lay the crackers out on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, flip crackers over, and bake for another 30 minutes.
Take crackers out when they are a light golden brown. Let the crackers cool for 30 minutes before eating.
Grizzlies- due Sept. 28
Titans- due Oct. 5

Sep. 22 updates

Happy 1st day of fall!


Next week is spirit week! To prepare for our TIGER WALK on Friday we will be keeping with our pirate theme on spirit days: Tuesday – eyepatch day, Wednesday - pirate beard or mustache, Thursday – pirate hat/bandana, and Friday – class t-shirt with gym shoes. We are the ALL STARS so on Friday students may wear any additional sports-themed accessories for the Tiger Walk such as baseball caps, eye black (appropriately applied), sport socks, pennants, pom–poms, etc.


For Tiger Walk, our room parent sent an email with additional information and a request for popsicles and bottled water. We are still in need of these items. Please reply all if you can donate either of these items.


You may send Tiger Walk donations to school or you can donate online with the Get Movin’ Crew. Our class is currently in 17th place with only 36% of our students registered on the Get Movin site. Your participation is greatly appreciated as we try to reach the goal of $750 so we can soak our administrators! Attached is the original Tiger Walk letter if you need additional information.


Please be sure you are checking Power School regularly. It is your child’s report card on a daily basis. Paper reports are not being sent home. The 9 weeks ends on Friday, October 6. All missing work must be completed prior to that day.


Our field trip to the Collierville square is quickly approaching. Please make sure to send in the permission slip! Although chaperones are not needed, you are invited to eat lunch with your student on the square at 12:15 on October 19th.  


Thank you to those that have volunteered to attend BizTown! We currently have 11 signed up to help. If you have turned in a form to volunteer, you are able to attend! We needed a minimum of 11 volunteers, but we can have up to 22 so there is still room for others if you are still interested. 


Jerry Pollatto, an author, will be visiting Tara Oaks on November 1. Order forms went home with students if you are interested in pre-ordering a signed book.  


Kindness Week!

Time to Rock &

KINDNESS week at Tara O!

January 23-27



Monday: Hats off to a bright & fun adventure celebrating Kindness Week a “troll” lot! WEAR YOUR CRAZY HAT.


Tuesday: Show your True Colors! WEAR BRIGHT COLORS/NEON.


Weds. : On Weds., we ‘mustache’ DJ Suki if we are rockin’ Kindness Week so far. WEAR A MUSTACHE.


Thursday: Let’s brighten up the hallways with kindness. WEAR YOUR CLASS COLOR TSHIRT.


Friday: HAIR we go! DRESS UP AS YOUR FAVORITE TROLL. Color your hair, wear a wig, get creative and let’s end this week showing how kindness lives inside all of us, just as happiness lives inside the trolls.




Week of Jan. 17

Good afternoon families!

This is an exciting week at TaraO as the iPad rollout has finally arrived! This is a HUGE undertaking for our district and we are excited to see how it is going to enhance our learning! Attached is a video that shows some of what technology does in our classrooms and how appreciative we are to the district for their support of technology.

Along with this, we have lots going on:

1. The iPad rollout will effect our schedules tomorrow because the afternoon will be spent setting up the iPads. Because of this, fifth grade will eat lunch at 11:05!
2. Thank you to those of you who came to one of the 4 meetings planned last week about the iPad rollout. We as teachers, we are looking forward to the challenge of using them across all subjects to enhance the learning experience. If you did not attend one of the meetings, Ms. McCallie will give out blank slips to the students who have not turned one in to take home. They cannot use an iPad until this form has been signed and returned.
3. Each student received a class t short reorder form. If you need to reorder a class t-shirt, please have the form turned back in with $10 by Friday.
4. New Wild Rumpus Reading Logs were given to students last week. The reward this nine weeks is a dance party! Encourage your students to read, read, read! Students who turned in a completed log for the second nine weeks will have their reward on January 27th.
5. Next week is Kindness Week at Tara O! Attached is the flyer about the week. Students also brought home a copy of this today. Please encourage your kids to participate!
6. Donuts with Dad is Jan 31 (A-M) and Feb 1 (N-Z) from 7:45-8:20.
7. Parent Conferences will be Feb. 9 from 4-7pm.
8. No school on Feb. 10!
9. Mark your calendars for Tara O Night at the Museum! This will be an exciting evening as the students showcase things they are learning! Make plans to attend!

Whew, I think that’s it for now! Have a fabulous week!

Mrs. Talbot

Week of Jan. 9

Hello families! I hope all of you enjoyed the unexpected long weekend and the beautiful snow! It’s always fun to enjoy the beauty of winter :) We are quickly getting back into the swing of things here and highly anticipating the iPads coming on January 18th. The students are excited for the new technology and we teachers are busy coming up with ways that they can be implemented into our learning. There will be one more technology meeting this evening at 5:45. All 4th and 5th grade parents are asked to attend to hear about the iPad rollout and sign off on a technology form. Here are some other things to be aware of this week:

Scholastic book orders are due this Friday, January 13th.
Next Monday, January 16th, is MLK day- No school!
A neon paper went home last week with this semesters Moby Max schedule. This is a great way for your child to get extra math help.
Keep sending in those box tops! Each little bit helps provide necessary resources for our school.
Conduct sheets went home today since we were not in school Friday. These need to be signed and sent back to school tomorrow. Students will receive a conduct card if it is not turned in by the time the bell rings on Wed.
Due to not being in school Friday, tomorrow’s lunch will not include bbq- it will be replaced with mac n cheese.
Donuts with Dad will be January 31 (last name A-M) and February 1 (last name N-Z) from 7:45-8:20.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Talbot

Technology Meeting

On January 18th, all students in grades 4-5 will receive an iPad Pro to use while at school. We strongly encourage all 4th and 5th grade parents to attend one of the informational parent meetings we have scheduled. These will be held on January 9th at 9:00 a.m. and then again at 5:45 p.m. We will talk more specifically about how the devices will be used and what supports are in place. Also at the meeting you will sign a student equipment agreement form that will allow your child to receive a device. We cannot allow your child to use a device until this form is completed. We hope you can make it!

Week of 11/14

I hope you all enjoyed the three-day weekend! Also, I hope your students came home and told you all about the great things they got to see and experience on our field trip. Thank you so much to all the parents that were able to come and help! It was a fabulous day! Below are some reminders for this week:

**The Book Fair- Here is a reminder from Mrs. Valentine about this event:
Please remind parents about the Book Fair next Tuesday, November 15 5:30 – 7:30 Barnes & Noble Carriage Crossing Mall
*Great books to purchase
*Book mark decoration
*Face painting
*Book/gift wrapping
*Cookie decorating
*1st grade singing
*Art display
*Stripes will be there
Look forward to seeing many students, parents & teachers for a fun night at Barnes & Noble!
**Class pictures will be taken this Friday, November 18th
**If your student took make-up pictures, those orders are due by November 18th.
**CONDUCT SHEETS- these will go home with your students tomorrow (Tues, Nov. 15). They are to be turned back in by Thursday. They will then go home again on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break (Tues, Nov 22).
**Thanksgiving break is Wed, Nov 23- Fri, Nov 25.
Have a great week!

Mrs. Talbot

Week of 10/24 Updates

Good morning! This week our school is celebrating Red Ribbon Week! On Wednesday, we will all wear red to show our unity!

Here are some other important things happening at Tara O:

1. Report cards will be sent home tomorrow.
2. Wear red on Wednesday for Red Ribbon Week.
3. This Friday is Wild Rumpus Day- kids can dress like a zoo animal for $1.00.
4. November 4th is Career Day. If you have a career that you could share with the students please let Mrs. Blanchard or Mrs. King know asap.
5. November 9 is the Veterans Day assembly at 2:30.
6. November 10 is our See Memphis field trip. If you have not sent in your permission slip and money, please do so.
7. November 11 there will be no school in observance of Veterans Day.
8. Our MemPop fundraiser during open house raised over $850! Thanks for all your support!

I hope you all have a great week!

Mrs. Talbot

Week of 10/17 Updates

I hope all of you had a wonderful fall break! We are ready to begin a busy second quarter on the all-star team! Here’s some important things you need to know:

-This is our week to help in the front office from 11-1. We only have one person signed up to help today so if you can help Wed, Thur, or Fri please sign up using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094daaaf2ba1f94-front
-Open House is this Thursday . The students are working hard on some neat projects for you to see on Thursday night. Please make plans to come out! 5th grade will be selling MemPops during Open House so come enjoy a yummy treat while supporting our field trip and viewing your students hard work. Classrooms will be open from 5-6. A PTA meeting will take place from 6-6:30.
-Since teachers will need to be in our rooms Thursday night, we are needing 4 parents to help sell MemPops from 5-6pm. If you volunteer you would work a 30 minute shift (5-5:30 or 5:30-6) at one of our stations- by the main office or at the entrance of the 4th/5th grade hallway. Please let me know ASAP if you can help. This would be a great thing to do with your student!
-During recess on Thursday, we will be selling MemPops to 5th graders. A note was sent home about this yesterday. Please send in $3 and the form with the flavor choice marked by Thursday.
-Daddy Daughter Dance will take place here at Tara Oaks on November 4 from 6-8 pm. The cost is $15 per couple.
-Field Trip permission slips and information was sent home yesterday! Our trip will be on November 10. The form included all needed information but if you have any additional questions, please let me know.

I hope you all have a great week!

Week of 10/3 Updates

Thank you to all of you for your support of our Tiger Walk on Friday! The kids had a blast! Thank you to those that came out to cheer on your student and the parents that provided water and popsicles! Donations are still being accepted until this Friday, October 7th. Our class is still at the very bottom of the leader board. Please consider donating to our PTA who does great work around the school and helps provide the best things for learning.

Here are some additional reminders for this week:

Scholastic book orders are due this Friday, October 7th. Each student received a coupon for a free $5 book when you order $10 of books. I have extra coupons if you need a replacement. This is a great deal to take advantage of! If you order online, please let me know so I can follow up with the order and make sure it gets submitted with our class orders.
Wild Rumpus Reading Logs are due this Wednesday, October 5th. Book log and summaries have to be complete to be eligible for the kickball game that will take place after Fall Break.
Fall break is next week- October 10-14. Enjoy the break!
Make up pictures will be this Thursday.
Seesaw- if you have not signed up to access your students seesaw learning portfolio, please do so! The kids are excited to share their assignments with you and show you what we are learning in class.
Mark your calendars- PTA Open House will be Thursday night, October 20th. Come out to see what we have been up to in school. 5th grade will be selling MemPops again to continue raising money for BizTown. Also, kids will have a chance to buy a pop for $3 to enjoy during recess on the 20th. A flyer will go home about this on Monday, October 17th.
Wednesday, October 5th is walk to school day. Please consider participating!

Week of 9/19 Updates

Exciting news! We are planning a spring field trip to JA Biztown! This is a first for Tara Oaks and we are really excited about it! In order to offset the cost, we will be doing a few things to fundraise. The first event will be this Thursday at the Tailgate at Tara. We will be selling MemPops for $4 for 1 or $7 for 2. If your child is available to help us advertise and sell the pops, that would be great. Our team will be working from 5-6pm. We will need students to walk around with signs, and help pass out the pops (teachers will handle the money). We will split the hour into three shifts (5:00-5:20, 5:20-5:40, and 5:40-6:00). If your child is available to “work” one of those time slots, please reply and let me know which time.

MemPops will also be offered for 5th graders to purchase as a treat on Friday. The price for those will be $3 a pop.

Also, just a heads up, our fall “See Memphis” field trip is scheduled for November 10th. More information to come. Thanks!

Some other weekly reminders:
1. Don’t forget to RSVP to Moments with Mom. The invitation went home last week.
2. Tiger Walk is September 30th! All information went home last week!
3. Fall picture orders are due September 28th.
4. Scholastic orders are due this Friday, September 23. You can send your order in with your student or order online.
5. Wild Rumpus Reading Logs are due on Wednesday, October 5th! If your students are wanting to participate in the kickball game, they were to read 5 fiction and 5 non-fiction books and write a well-written summary of each book. This is not required nor will it be for a grade. Please encourage your student to be reading!
6. Make sure you are checking Powerschool for interim grades. We were informed on Friday that the school WILL be sending home report cards.