Talley Street Update

January 13, 2020

School News

Mid-year Narrative Reports Go Home Today!

Parents, please check those courier folders today...Mid-year reports come home today. You'll find narrative reports from your child's teachers that include comments about classroom performance, IB Learner Profile Attributes along with possible comments from other specials/support teachers. These reports are meant to give you a glimpse into what your child knows and how can continue to grow this year. If you have questions about the report, please feel free to reach out to your homeroom teacher.

What are the ways in which we report student progress?

Term 1: Parent/Teacher Conferences- Sept/Oct.

Term 2: Progress Reports- 11/11/19

Term 3: Mid Year Narrative Reports- 1/13/2020

Term 4: Progress Reports- 3/2/2020

Term 5: Student Led Conferences: 3rd Grade: March 31, 4th Grade: April 1, 5th Grade: April 2 (Teachers will send out sign-up prior to conference date)

Term 6: Progress Reports: Mailed week of June 1

Title I Presents

Math Family Night

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Talley Street Upper Elementary School

2617 Talley Street

Room # 208

Decatur, GA 30030

Calling all Talley Street Upper Elementary Writers!

Does your student enjoy writing? Are they constantly journaling, creating short stories, sharing poems, etc? The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition is a yearly state-wide writing competition open to any student enrolled in a Georgia public school, grades K-12. Participation is completely voluntary for students, but we hope to get many quality entries! Please encourage your young writer to enter the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition.

Here's how it will work:

  • any genre is allowed (short story, poetry, essay/literary criticism/analysis, journalism, academic/research reports, personal narratives, any other original student writing)

  • writing piece must be created by the student without the help of others (including the teacher)

  • entries should not be work completed for a class assignment- unless they received no support/feedback

  • 1900-word maximum length

  • individuals only, no group entries

  • can be typed or legibly hand-written

  • One submission per student turned into their homeroom teacher in by January 17 - be sure student's name and Homeroom teacher are clearly written or typed on writing piece (this is a hard deadline)

  • one winner will be chosen per grade level by a team of scorers to represent CSD at the regional competition

Please reach out to Julie McFaddin (jmcfaddin@csdecatur.net) with questions.

Registration is now open for an afterschool book club!

This 6-week long club will focus on reading a new graphic novel and exploring more about the history and development of comics and graphic novels. The club is for 3rd graders and is limited to 10 students; if more than 10 students register, a lottery drawing will be held to fill spots. A fee of $10 per student is due at the first meeting and will cover the cost of a graphic novel that students will be able to keep (if you need financial assistance, please email Ms. Hanson at jhanson@csdecatur.net). Please complete this form to register your child by Monday, January 13. Students must be able to attend all 6 sessions. Meetings will be held on Thursdays (January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, and 27) in the media center, beginning just after dismissal and ending at 3:45. If you have any questions, please contact me at jhanson@csdecatur.net.

Girls on the Run Spring Program Registration is open NOW

Girls on the Run Spring Program Registration is open NOW until January 15th. We are so excited to announce that Talley girls will now be able to choose between TWO locations! Ms. Radford and Ms. Jemison are heading up a Talley Team at Ebster Gym! Transportation will be provided from Talley. We will have teams on Mondays/Wednesdays at both locations and Tuesdays/Thursdays at Talley! Select your locations and practice days when you register. Scholarships and discounted program fees available for qualifying households! Check out the flyer for details. For more information about GOTR and to register go to https://www.girlsontherunatlanta.org/Program-Registration. We hope you join us at our Ebster or Talley locations this season! Questions? Contact our site liaisons at nbundschu@csdecatur.net, aradford@csdecatur.net, vjemison@csdecatur.net

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Call for Media Center Volunteers


We are in need of volunteers to help during the school day in our media center. Help is needed shelving books on a daily basis, as well as with other book processing, repair, or media center maintenance tasks. If you are interested, please fill out this form and your information will be added to our email list and you will be contacted about scheduling a time.

Thank you!

Jill Hanson

Media Specialist

School-Related Photos for Yearbook

Please send photos of any school related events to: talleyyearbookphotos@gmail.com. Contact the yearbook chair for more information:

Kellei Johnstone


Talley Street PTO

Walk & Roll is THIS Friday, January 17, 2019!

Walk or ride with your student to Talley! Enjoy hot coffee from Banjo and spend a few minutes out front for community building, before heading inside for Talley Rally music and fun with the kids! We’re excited to see everyone participating!

**Walking School Buses!**

Our Walking and Biking School buses have been very successful. Please join one for a safe and fun walk to school with friends!

Please click on Volunteer Signup below to sign up to lead one or find a location you can join!


Thanks and see you all on Friday!

Box Tops, Publix, and More

Amazon Smile:

A little late after the flurry of holiday shopping but we're now on Amazon Smile!!! There will be more information in the Newsletter but you can log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, 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 screen, select Community Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO”, select and then you should be all set, every time you use your Kroger card, the PTO will benefit!

Box Tops:

Box Tops have gone digital!! Download the App, Box Tops for Education. Enter your information, select Talley St., scan receipts and done! If you still have hard copy box tops, we will be collecting them behind the front desk. There is a box labeled Box Tops for Education. Have your kiddo bring in box tops and look for the Large Envelope/box near the front desk. They’ll be collected twice a year.

Publix Partners:

Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO??

Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don't need the key chain card anymore. Follow the easy instructions on the link: http://corporate.publix.com/community/corporate-campaigns/publix-partners

We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA

Save Money on Disney Tickets!

Are you thinking about going to Disney World during the Winter Break, February 15-23?

Do you want to save money? Would you like to expose your children to a unique educational experience?

Disney Youth Education Series offers guided, in-park educational field studies with courses in Applied Sciences, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Leadership Development. Classes are available to elementary, middle, and high school students. Families will save more than 25% on park tickets for their entire vacation.

Registration deadline: January 16, 2020. (Families who register early, and choose the 4-day or 5-day base tickets will get them as soon as payment is received.) This also serves as a fundraiser for DHS PTSA. Everyone wins!

Send questions to info@decaturdisney.com

Third Annual Decatur Soccer 3v3 Tournament and Fundraiser

Help the Decatur High School Soccer Program raise money for their teams this season AND have a great time watching your future soccer star!! Registration is now open for the Third Annual DHS 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Players born between 2008 and 2012 are encouraged to sign up! Teams will be coached by your DHS high school players. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this great community event. Register here today!
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From the District

Georgia Parent Survey


Please take time to complete the Georgia Parent Survey. The survey may be completed using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. For parents who do not have access to the Internet, a paper copy of the survey is available at the school. The data from the survey will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


News from City Schools of Decatur

Facilities Planning Public Input Meeting: January 15, 2020

As we wrap up the previous long-range facilities plan, we begin to look forward to the future of City Schools of Decatur and how we can best meet the needs of our students and staff. We will be tapping the skills of Cooperative Strategies, who previously helped CSD with our grade configuration and redistricting work, to help lead our community input process.

Our first community meeting regarding the future of CSD facilities planning will be Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 7 p.m at Talley Street Upper Elementary. We hope you can join us and voice your views on how we can best move forward.

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

January 20--no school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 17-21--winter break

March 16--no school, teacher workday

April 6-10--spring break