Talley Street Update

October 21, 2021

Dear Talley Street Community,

I hope everyone is having a great week! This past Tuesday, during surveillance testing, two hundred and ninety-three students were given a rapid Covid-19 test. Zero students tested positive! If you haven’t signed up to have your child tested and would like to, please use this link. There are several road projects coming up soon that will impact the Talley Street area. The information is below. Have a great Friday and weekend!


South Columbia Drive Lane Closure Begins on Oct. 25

Construction to repair 345 linear feet of aging sewer pipe

DECATUR, Ga. – On Oct. 25, a portion of the northbound lane along South Columbia Drive, between Derrydown Way and Shadow Moor Drive, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while crews work to rehabilitate 345 linear feet of ductile-iron sewer pipe. This section of Columbia Drive will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Columbia Drive Lane Closure Begins on Oct. 25

Construction to repair 386 linear feet of aging sewer pipe

DECATUR, Ga. – On Oct. 25, a portion of the northbound lane along Columbia Drive, between Snapfinger Road and Homera Place, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while crews work to rehabilitate 386 linear feet of ductile-iron sewer pipe. This section of Columbia Drive will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 6.

South Columbia Drive Lane Closure Begins on Oct. 25

Construction to repair 557 linear feet of aging sewer pipe

DECATUR, Ga. – On Oct. 25, a portion of the northbound lane along South Columbia Drive, between Missionary Drive and Derrydown Way, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while crews work to rehabilitate 386 linear feet of ductile-iron sewer pipe. This section of South Columbia Drive will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 6.

CSD Updates

From the Teaching and Learning Department

The Teaching and Learning Department of the City Schools of Decatur is providing your students' families a description of the implementation of the new comprehensive literacy curriculum: American Reading Company (ARC) for Grades K-5, as a result of family requests.

American Reading Company (ARC) Guide for CSD Grades K-5 Families

Dyslexia Upcoming Event

CSD has received $15,000 in grants from IDA (International Dyslexia Association) to help fund Orton-Gillingham training for staff. Part of the terms of the grant are to host some community outreach events about dyslexia. To that end, IDA and CSD will be partnering to host a virtual event to spotlight CSD's work and training around dyslexia as well as an informational session by IDA. Please join us virtually on Thu, Oct 28, 2021, at 7:00 PM EDT. Use this link to register!
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School Nutrition Department

National School Lunch Week was just last week, and we wanted to give a BIG thank you to all our students for eating with us! At the K-5 level, we had a ton of students draw beautiful coloring sheets and return them to our cafeteria spaces. We also passed out stickers, bookmarks, and temporary tattoos. The majority of our staff (and many of our students!) dressed up in animal print on Friday 10/15 to celebrate the end of an awesome week of lunches. We enjoyed delicious and nutritious meals at no cost and celebrated school lunch with an awesome attitude!
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Talley Updates

Careers in STEM - Bilingual (English/Spanish) Online Program with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech presents “Carreras de Tecnología,” a free event for K-12 students to learn about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)! Use the link below to join us for this bilingual, virtual learning experience.

Title I Annual Parent Meeting

Please come and join us next week for our upcoming Title I Annual Parent Zoom Meeting. During this meeting we will discuss:

  • What is a Title I school?
  • How does our school spend Title money?
  • How does our school participate in the Title I Program?
  • Title I Schoolwide Plans and Goals

Title I Annual Parent Meeting

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/91315772006?pwd=Y1BsQmo2MzV5cE9lZXF0ZFprRHRKdz09

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Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, official Code of Georgia 20-2-777 requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness assessment program for all students in grades K-12. What does that mean for your child in City Schools of Decatur? K–3rd grade students will be introduced to the following skills: PACER, push-ups, curl-ups, and back saver sit and reach. K-12 students will also have their height and weight measured. The skills will be formally assessed in grades 4-12. FitnessGram was selected because it measures only those areas of fitness related to the health of students. This includes: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.

Information about FitnessGram and thenew requirements can be found at:
Georgia Department of Education-Physical Education

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Attention 4th Grade Parents!

Next Friday, 4th graders will be having a virtual author visit with Emma Steinkellner, the author/illustrator behind the Okay Witch graphic novel series. Use the form below to place an order for a signed book! 20% of sales benefit the Talley Media Center. Thank you in advance for your support! Students can submit questions for the author here.

Non-4th graders are also welcome to order a book even though they won't be participating in the author visit!

Follow the Talley Media Center!

The Talley Media Center is now on Twitter! This platform is great for engaging with authors, connecting with libraries around the world, and advocating for our amazing library. Follow along to see our projects, reading, adventures, and updates! @MediaTalley

PTO Corner

Class Fund Pool

Class Fund Pool

**We will close the Pool on Friday October 29th.**

Thank you parents who have already contributed! This is a collection for 54 Teachers (Homeroom, co-teachers & Specials) in this Pool. Typically, class funds cover gifts for birthday, holiday, teacher appreciation week and end of year as well as any extra class supply needs.

Thank you for helping us support our Talley teachers!

Questions? Please contact one of our Room Parent Coordinators (Dori Coblentz, India Epps, or Lynda Kim) at RPCoordinator@talleypto.org.

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Reading Rally

We did it Tigers! We have read close to 100,000 minutes and have exceeded our reading goal! We have also raised close to $10,000! Shout out to our students, teachers, parents, donors, and sponsors for making the Talley Reading Rally such a success! BUT, we aren’t done yet, so let’s keep those reading minutes and sponsors coming!

Students can continue to log minutes on the PTO Website and respond to Global Poetry Padlet Prompts for a chance to win daily prizes. They can also check in with sponsors regarding any outstanding donations. The Reading Rally will end at 5:00 PM Friday, October 22nd. It’s not too late to join in the fun! If you need help setting up a Reading Rally campaign, please click here or contact: fundraising@talleypto.org.


Don’t forget to share your Reading Rally pictures! Please email us your pictures to: yearbook@talleypto.org.

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Spirit Night: City BBQ

Come join us on October 28th at City Barbeque Decatur and we’ll get 20% of the proceeds from every order we bring in!

  • Ordering online or in the app? Use code FundA at checkout at https://www.citybbq.com/order for pickup on October 28th. Once you enter the code, you must click the RED + button to apply the fundraiser code to your order.

  • Ordering over the phone? Ask to apply code FundA when you provide your payment information.

Thanks for your support! Questions?! Please email Kimberly Mohl at: fundraising@talleypto.org.

DEI Equity Series

Series starting on Tuesday October 26th from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Participants can sign up here!
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Safe Routes to School

IT'S BUS SAFETY WEEK! Encourage your kids to learn these BUS SAFETY TIPS! If they can recite 1 bus safety tip THIS FRIDAY MORNING (OCTOBER 22) when they arrive at school off the bus, they'll get a prize!

SAVE THE DATE! Next "Halloween-Safety Awareness" Walk n' Roll is OCTOBER 29!

Go to our Talley PTO SRTS page for HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS!

October Snack Cart

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

This month, our fourth grade families are asked to donate snacks, beverages or thank you notes throughout the month that will be distributed on October 15 and October 29. 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.

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

Thank you, Madison Ave Derby – and everyone who came out to watch the Soap Box Derby last Saturday. This incredible event raised a whopping $35K that will all go to support student behavioral health at the Decatur Student Center. We are so thrilled to live in a community that puts on such fun events that benefit #ourkids. Thank you!

Homework Help: Does your elementary school or middle school student need a little extra help? We have the Virtual Pal Tutoring Program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here: https://forms.gle/nLrKbwkXyvYjEAJB8

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 exploring 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. 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

Decatur Active Living - Basketball and Cheer

Have a child interested in participating in basketball or cheerleading with Decatur Active Living this winter season? Click on the link below for more information!

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/