Talley Street Update

December 16, 2021

Dear Talley Street Community,

I hope everyone is having a great week! It is hard to believe that we have made it through the first semester of school! That would not have been possible without your support. Thank you from the entire Talley Street faculty and staff! After tomorrow, any item left in the lost and found will be donated. There are multiple jackets. So, please double check with your child. Dismissal changes and early pickups must happen by 1:45. This policy will be strictly enforced. Ms. Parks is extremely busy during dismissal and cannot stop for these changes. Thank you for your help with this. I hope everyone has a nice and restful break. We will see you in 2022!


CSD Updates

CSD Special Education

CSD Transportation

Transportation would like to thank all parents/guardians that have signed up for Bus Planner and downloaded our Here Comes the Bus App. Parents who have not registered and need bus service can register at https://csd.mybusplanner.com. When we return from the Christmas Break ALL bus riders will be required to register for bus service and use an RFID card to enter the bus. RFID cards are issued by the students attending school. If you need help or have any concerns, please contact the transportation department at hctb@csdecatur.net
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MTSS Department presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

Please complete the form to register your K-5 CSD student(s) for a Super Saturday session. CSD teachers and highly recommended staff will conduct engaging hands-on enrichment activities with small groups (1:10) of students on one (1) Saturday per month. The instructional focus will change from month to month (Math, STEM, ELA/Reading, etc.). All sessions will run from 9:00am- noon. This is FREE to all CSD K-5 students, but space is limited based on teacher availability. Registration will close at noon on the Friday before the session OR when all spaces have been filled. You will receive a confirmation email from Google upon successful registration.

REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYbU9CnNyx9e-u_qgoCTzjpS2cizbb2IkpppQJaWcitw8n0g/viewform

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Talley Updates

Join the Talley Street Girls on the Run team!

Girls on the Run Spring 2022 Lottery Registration: Now Open



Attention Whiz Kids Families!

Would you like to contribute towards a financial holiday gift for the 4 Whiz Kids Staff here at Talley?

Dajane Martin, Kiara Weems, Duncan Rolinson, Chayse Busby

I will be collecting money through Wednesday, December 15. Please put your child’s name in the note on the donation. You can donate via


CashApp: $BonnieMinter

Paypal: Bonnie.Minter@choa.org

If you prefer to give cash or a check, please email me or text so we can connect. BLMINTER3130@bellsouth.net • 404-202-4590


Bonnie Minter

Talley Pajama Jam

The Talley Pajama Jam is tomorrow! See below for more information.
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Talley Lunar New Year Parade

See below for information about Talley's upcoming Lunar New Year parade (the form is also linked here).
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PTO Corner

Passive Fundraising

Still shopping for the holidays? Please keep these passive fundraising options as you shop this fall.

Register the *Talley Street Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization* as your charity on Amazon Smile. When you shop from the Amazon Smile URL, a percentage of eligible sales will be donated to the PTO.

We have also partnered with Minted again this holiday season for discounts on holiday cards and gifts. Use code FUNDRAISETALLEY at checkout to save 20% and the PTO will receive 15% of sales.

Please visit:https://talleypto.org/passive-fundraising/ for more information!

Questions? Please email Kim Mohl at: fundraising@talleypto.org

Cremalosa Spirit Night

Come join us for the last Talley PTO Spirit Night of 2021 will be held TODAY from 2pm-8pm at Cremalosa. Be sure to stop by for some holiday inspired gelato and unfrozen treats. Cremalosa has generously offered to donate 10% of sales to the PTO.

The Talley Garden Committee will also be in the plaza outside of Cremalosa selling fresh produce planted and harvested by our school students and volunteers. Cremalosa is located at 2667 E. College Avenue Unit B3.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Amazon Wishlist

Looking for ways to show appreciation to the Talley Staff during the holidays?! Please consider helping the PTO stock the Teacher’s Lounge and Nurse’s Office. This Amazon Wish List contains a range of items Talley staff can use.

Save the dates!

  • January 12, 2022 - Spirit Night at Kafenio (Join us on our first Spirit Night of 2022 At Kafenio from 4p.m. to 9p.m.

  • January 18, 2022 - The 6 Myths: Ways White Folks Avoid Race (These great series will continue on from 8p.m. to 9p.m. You don't want to miss this!)

  • January 31, 2022- Lunar Year Celebration (Details coming up soon.)

  • March 2022 - Walk n Roll will resume March 4! (Visit our Safe Routes to School page for all upcoming 2022 updates.)

Extracurricular Opportunities

Join the Coaching Team at Talley Street as a MENTOR for girls in 3-5th grade!

We are in need of volunteer IN PERSON coaches for next season! Coaches are MENTORS who help inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum (provided by Girls on the Run), which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Runners/Athletes/Female identifying individuals are NOT required to be a coach! We cannot have any teams at Talley if we do not have enough volunteers to coach. Please consider joining our coaching team next season! Here is what you can expect:

  • Fill out a coaches application and complete a background check

  • Attend a virtual training session and an in person training session with GOTR Atlanta

  • Attenda a virtual pre-season Talley Coaches Meeting

  • Commit to 1-2 days a week of coaching (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs from 2:30-4:00) during the season

  • Support your fellow co-coaches, take turns leading lessons based on the GOTR Curriculum

  • This program has proven to have a positive impact on the girls who participate. Be prepared for it to have a positive impact on you, too!

Spring 2022 Dates

Now until Jan. 25 - Registration Open

Week of Feb. 7 - Programs begin

April 30 - Girls on the Run 5K

Week of May 2 - Last week of programs

Please reach out to Natalie Bundschu at nbundschu@csdecatur.net if you or anyone you know is interested in coaching this season. We would love to have as many coaches as possible and are happy to work with your availability. If possible, we would especially love coaches who could commit to coming back to coach once or twice a year for future seasons.

Join the Girls on the Run Team at Talley Street!

Join our IN-PERSON teams at Talley Street! Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Interested in participating? Registration is OPEN NOW


Questions? Email nbundschu@csdecatur.net or contact info@girlsontherunatlanta.org

Girls on the Run Site Information

  • Talley Street Upper Elementary School

  • Two days a week after school until 2:30-4:00 (Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays)

  • Register Online: Girlsontherunatlanta.org

    • Paper application available upon request

  • Space is limited

  • GOTR uses an income-based sliding scale so that every girl who wants to participate can. Registration fee is available on a sliding scale from $10 to $185.

  • Includes GOTR lessons, water bottle, 2 t-shirts and 5k registration.

Spring 2022 Registration

Now until Jan. 25 - Registration Open

Week of Feb. 7 - Programs begin

April 30 - Girls on the Run 5K

Week of May 2 - Last week of programs

*You can register anytime during the registration period. Team participants selected by the computer will receive an automated e-mail stating they are on the team. Girls who are not placed on the initial team will be placed on a waiting list and will receive an email from GOTR.

4th and 5th grade boys, Decatur Lacrosse needs you!

Is your son athletic but hasn’t yet found his/their spring sport yet? Decatur needs lacrosse players and beginners are welcome!

Registration for the spring lacrosse season is open. You can access the Decatur Active Living site’s Community Pass through the Decatur Youth Lacrosse website: DecaturLAX – Decatur Youth Lacrosse Information
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Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

In this season of giving, DEF has several ways in which you can donate your time:

As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.

As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

As a REACH Mentor -- we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply.

Run With the Dogs 5K to benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs 2022!

The race is Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a new course in MAK and Oakhurst that starts and finishes at Renfroe Middle School. This year's race will be chip timed for the first time and all 5K participants will receive the coveted long-sleeved T-shirt with original artwork by Adam Pinsley.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the 2022 Face of the Race. We are pleased to announce that Trout is our winner, and his adorable face will be featured on the race T-shirts, posters, and water bottle stickers.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports student-athletes on 45 sports teams at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

For more information and to register for Run With the Dogs, click here!

Social Media and Contact Information

Social Media and Contact Information

You can find more information on the following Facebook pages:

Talley Street Principal

Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO

Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parents

Talley Street Artists

Follow the media center on Twitter:

Talley Media Center

For news from our counselors, check out their website:

Counseling Website

For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/