Talley Street Update
September 28, 2020
An Update from the Principal
Dear Talley Street Community,
Dear Talley Street Community,
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! The next meeting for Talley Street’s School Leadership Team (SLT) is October 6th from 6:00-7:30. If you would like to speak during the public comment section, please email me by October 5th at 3:00. Making a public comment at a school’s SLT meeting is the same process as at BOE’ meetings. Speakers will have 3 minutes. The members of the SLT will listen and take notes but will not reply publicly. The SLT will provide a written response to the comment. The agenda for the SLT meeting will be posted on CSD website at the link below. Have a great week!
CSD Meal Service Transitions from Meal Delivery to Curbside Pick-Up of Meals
Beginning on October 5, 2020, CSD's Nutrition Department is changing from meal delivery via CSD buses to curbside pick-up (only) for free meals all five days a week.
PLEASE NOTE: After Friday, October 2, meals will no longer be delivered via CSD buses.
After October 2, meals need to be picked up at a CSD K-12 school for digital learners and any child under the age of 18, Monday through Friday, between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The pick-up each day includes both breakfast and lunch. CSD students may pick-up meals from any school site (excluding College Heights). On October 2nd, families should check with their local school for specific curbside pick-up locations. Please see the graphic or visit www.csdecatur.net/nutrition for ordering instructions.
For safety reasons, individuals are not allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. Also, we are asking that you wear a mask to pick-up meals.
Remember City Schools of Decatur is offering meals at no charge at school sites to all students—both digital learners and those attending in-person—through December or until funds for this program are depleted. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the Federal Seamless Summer Nutrition Program. The school district encourages families who are eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal Program to fill out the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue after that time. The application is available within the CSD Parent Portal.
Title I Annual Meeting
Please come and join us for our upcoming Title I Annual Virtual Zoom Meeting!
Title I Annual Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Morning Session: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Evening Session: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Link to be shared)
Flybrary after October 2
Due to the changes in meal delivery outlined in the CSD update above, the Flybrary will transition to curbside pickup ONLY after this week. In October, pickup will be at the normal day and time (Wednesdays from 10 AM-1 PM). Any changes in that schedule after in-person learning begins will be communicated as we get closer to that time.
If your family opted to use the Flybrary at all, please fill out the survey below about your preference for pickup after this week. Thank you!
Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is from September 27-October 3, 2020
During this week, we celebrate and affirm our freedom to read! There aren't any special programs happening in the Media Center this week, but intellectual freedom is a topic that is extremely important to me and is central to the mission of our library. In the Talley Media Center, we promote students' rights to intellectual freedom. As stated by the American Library Association, "Libraries and their governing bodies have a legal and professional obligation to ensure that all members of the communities they serve have free and equitable access to a diverse range of library resources and services that is inclusive, regardless of content, approach, or format. This principle of library service applies equally to all users, minors as well as adults."
In the "Library Programs" section of the Media Center Google Classroom, I have uploaded some information for students about Banned Books Week and intellectual freedom. Links to those resources are included for your reference below, also. Additionally, there is a link to the most frequently challenged books of the last decade, which was not shared with students but is included for your information.
- Banned Books Week Video
- Banned Books Week Media Center Collection
- "Kids, Know Your Rights! A Young Person's Guide to Intellectual Freedom" (Document from the American Library Service to Children, 2007)
- Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books, 2010-2019 (from the ALA)
After School Activities
Beginning and Intermediate Orchestra
Beginning Orchestra starts the week of Oct 5th!
Beginning Orchestra is open to all students (3rd, 4th, and 5th) who wish to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Classes will meet twice per week BEFORE the school day from 7:15-7:45 AM. Which two days your child will attend depends on the instrument he or she chooses.
The fee for the full year of orchestra classes is $200. Need-based scholarships for the class fee and/or instrument rentals are available. For more information about classes, instrument rentals, or to register your child for orchestra, please visit www.DecaturStrings.com.
If you have further questions, please contact the Program Coordinator (Nia.Schooler@DecaturStrings.com).
PTO City Barbecue Fundraiser Spirit Night
Order Your Talley Street Spirit Wear by September 30!
Talley Street Passive Fundraising
We're now on Amazon Smile! Log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon
account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, then save and the PTO will start getting quarterly deposits!
One important tip - you MUST be logged in via smile.amazon.com while shopping for us to
receive any funds.
Kroger Community Rewards
We are set up to receive funds from Kroger. From your account screens, select Community
Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO." Select it and then you
should be all set. Every time you use your Kroger card, the PTO will benefit!
Box Tops have gone digital! Download the app, Box Tops for Education. Enter your
information, select Talley St., scan receipts and done! We will no longer be collecting paper box
tops. If you have any issues using the app, you can submit (via the app) the item not being
recognized on your receipt for credit.
Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO?
Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don' need the key chain card anymore.
Follow the easy instructions on the link:
We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA
www.csdecatur.net/opening - a repository for all documents, announcements, and communications about how CSD is handling the 2020-2021 school year.
www.csdecatur.net/nutrition - How to order meals
www.csdecatur.net/bustracker - How to sign up for the new Predictable Ryde Bus tracking app used for meal delivery, soon for the Fly-brary, mobile book delivery and when in-person learning resumes to track students on their buses
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/tech-help (how parents and staff can put in a tech support request)
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/students - classroom login information
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/parents - Virtual Learning Handbooks
Social Media and Contact Information
For news in the Media Center and from our school counselors, check out their websites:
For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/