Talley Street Update

November 11, 2021

CSD Updates

CSD Hawks Night

Looking for a great way to kick off the Holiday Break? Join our District at the State Farm Arena for City Schools of Decatur Night as the Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 PM.

Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit.A portion from each ticket purchased through this offer will benefit the Decatur Education Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased through the provided link: hawkspromos.com/CSD

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CSD ESOL & Federal Programs Coat Drive

The City Schools of Decatur ESOL & Federal Programs Department is sponsoring a Coat Drive. Have a coat and want to help us keep families warm this winter? Donate in the front lobby at any CSD school or at the Wilson Center from November 15th to December 10th. The goods you will donate will benefit children and youth in need. We appreciate your donation.

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Happy National Parent Engagement Month!

The month of November is National Parent Engagement Month, and our ESOL & Federal Programs Department would like to honor and highlight the parents and family members who provide support at home to help increase their student’s school success. You play such an important and invaluable role in your student’s education. Look for tokens of our appreciation throughout the month of November! We appreciate ALL that you do!

Run With the Dogs 5K to benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Run With the Dogs (RWTD) registration is open and the event will be LIVE this year!

If you think you have the perfect dog to be featured on this year’s t-shirt as the Face of the Race, please enter the contest. Just post a photo of your dog, plus a blurb about why your dog should be selected as the Face of the Race, to www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or on Instagram with the hashtag #RWTD5K. All contest entrants must register for the race for their dogs to be considered. Photos can be submitted until November 21. Voting on the four finalists will begin November 29 and the "Top Dog" will be announced December 6.

The race is on Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a brand new course starting and ending at Renfroe Middle School. This year the race will feature chip timing for the first time ever!

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School. All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, which will once again be designed by local artist Adam Pinsley.

Register here for Run With the Dogs!

Talley Updates


We can't wait to see you show some Talley pride during the week leading up to our next break!
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Hispanic Heritage Month Art Gallery

For Hispanic Heritage Month, students have been very engaged in learning about Latino Leaders who devoted their lives to social justice and to making positive change in our communities.

As part of the IB unit "How the World Works," students learned about these leaders' lives and causes, and about how each one worked to amplify their voice via grassroots movements. Students chose one of these leaders to research and then created a poster depicting what they learned.

We then spent some time learning about Día de los Muertos, and students drew sugar skulls, cut out papel picado, and made flowers for an ofrenda for the school.

The students' posters are now on display in a gallery that we created in the staircase off of the 4th and 5th grade wing, with the student-created ofrenda at the center of the space. Some students have chosen to honor loved ones and dear pets who have passed away by drawing their portraits for the ofrenda.

Every class has been taken to visit the art gallery on or after el Día de los Muertos - (which was November 2nd).

Ask your child to tell you what they learned and to describe their poster designs!

Book Fair: December 6-10

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"Okay Witch" Books

If your 4th grade ordered an Okay Witch book, those will be going home early next week!

PTO Corner

November Snack Cart

Thank you to our fourth grade families who made the October Snack Cart a success! Our teachers and staff appreciated the goodies and the kind cards!

This month, our fifth grade families are asked to donate snacks, beverages or thank you notes throughout the month that will be distributed on November 5th and November 19th. Please sign up HERE. Items can be dropped off at the front desk or you may want to check Amazon or Walmart for delivery to the school.

The 6 Myths: Ways White Folks Avoid Race

Tuesday November 16 from 8:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Please sign up HERE. (Use your Infinite Campus email address. ALL participants will be verified.)

Facilitators: Charlie Copp, MS & Elliott Robinson, JD, MDiv

Peace and Picnic

Talley’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee invites you to “Peace and Picnic”. An evening of conversation, connection and community on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:30p.m. Please sign up HERE.

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Passive Fundraising

Have You Started Your Holiday Shopping? 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!

Safe Routes to School

Save the date! Next Walk and Roll is November 19th and it's also Crossing Guard Week (November 15-19)! Bring your Crossing Guard a card, flowers, a hug, etc. to show your appreciation!

For more information, please visit our Safe Routes to School page at: https://talleypto.org/safe-routes-to-school/

Amazon Wishlist

Please help the PTO stock the Teacher Lounges. This Amazon Wishlist contains a range of items Talley staff can use.

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Come Enjoy Live Music for a Great Cause! DEF and the DHS Songwriter’s Club are hosting the first No Ordinary Joe, a coffeehouse music series on Thursday, November 18th from 7-10pm at the Decatur Student Center at Decatur High School. The evening’s emcee is internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Caroline Herring, who will play in addition to five of our DHS student musicians. Tickets are $50 apiece and proceeds benefit DEF’s behavioral health fund, Joe’s Fund. Join us for an evening of great music, coffee and desserts.

Pop-Up Takeout for DEF! Our friends from NaanStop and Greg Kodesh Realty are partnering with DEF for a dine-out/take-out on Thursday, November 18th, for which they'll be donating 20% of sales to DEF! They offer family meals including 2 entrees, fresh baked naan, handmade samosas, basmati rice and chutneys (feeds 4). Just place your order before 5pm Wednesday, November 17th and your order will be available for pick up between 5 – 5:45pm on Thursday, November 18th - Link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur - Pickup at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park neighborhood - masks/distancing required at pick up. It’s first-come, first-served, so get your orders in before they sell out!

Could you be a mentor? We have two mentoring programs for which we’re seeking 15 women and 15 men volunteers to serve as mentors. Our AIM Scholars mentoring program pairs third grade students with an adult mentor who help them by supporting their Academics and explore their Interests; Mentors also help their students connect to educational and enrichment opportunities. Our REACH Georgia program pairs five 8th graders with mentors to help navigate high school and preparation for college. Right now we just need one more male REACH mentor. In just 2-4 hours per month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student. For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Are you a middle school math or Spanish language whiz? We are in need of 7 tutors with expertise in those subjects. Can you help out a Decatur student virtually one hour per week? If so, we’d love your help! Please click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

DEF is addressing weekend food insecurity in our school district and we need your help. Through counselors and social workers, we have identified around 30 students who need assistance on the weekends. Our weekend food Backpack Program is designed to provide each student with breakfast, lunch, and snack for two days. The cost of each bag is approximately only $5.59! If you would like to support this program, You can purchase the food we need from our Amazon Wishlist at https://a.co/6Etc74W

Winnona Park Tree and Candle Sale

The annual Winnona Park Elementary School Christmas Tree and Hanukkah Candle Sale has begun! We source our beautiful and fresh Fraiser Firs from the Cool Springs Nursery in NC. Our Premium Hanukkah candles are hand-dipped from the Rite Lite brand and can be picked up locally prior to Nov 29. Trees can be delivered within 3 miles of the school for a small fee or can be picked up at the school Friday December 3 late afternoon, or December 4.


There is an expected tree shortage this year, so do not delay!

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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/