Talley Street Update

October 21, 2019

School News

National School Bus Safety Week

Hello Families,

This week (October 21-25, 2019) is National School Bus Safety Week! The theme for the week is #MySchoolBusIsSuperSafe

Talley students will participate in a school bus safety demonstration as part of a school day assembly program put on by CSD Transportation Services.

We would like to encourage all your bus riders to show appreciation to your bus drivers this week. Here are some ideas: Thank you notes (drawings and school bus poetry are a bonus), breakfast treats, cookies, flowers, gift cards, a “we love our driver” poster, get creative!

Bus Drivers

Route 31, Driver: Everton Moncrieffe

Route 32, Driver: Danyelle Knox

Route 34, Driver: Osmond Wallace

Route 35, Driver: Heather Castle

Route 80, Driver: Sandra Simon

Route 91, Driver: Bruce Briggs

Route 93, Driver: Helen Wideman

Route 21, Kathy Bowen / Kimberely Ware

Backup Sharmel Caine

Ground Monitor Mark Johnson (Pre-K transfer)

Homecoming Week at Talley Street

Attention families! Decatur High School's Homecoming Week is October 21st-25th. We will celebrate at Talley Street with a week of dress-up for our staff and students.

Tuesday, 10/22 -- Hat Day

Wednesday, 10/23 -- Wacky-Tacky Day

Thursday, 10/24 -- Pajama Day

Friday, 10/25 -- Talley PRIDE Day

Please do NOT send toys or props of any kind to school.


School Photos Make-up Day, October 24

Make-up day for school photographs is scheduled for October 24.

EIP News

EIP is short for Early Intervention Program.

WHAT IS TIER 1? All students are Tier 1. This means that they receive grade level content and instruction with support from the classroom teacher.

WHAT IS TIER 2? Students who receive Tier 2 services are supported in small groups of 1-7. The support targets grade level content.

WHAT IS TIER 3? Students who receive Tier 3 services are supported in small groups of 1-3. The support targets specific content that is below the current grade level.

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


Lost and Found

Please ensure that students check the lost and found located at Ms. Parks' desk each day. All items remaining in lost and found at the end of each month will be donated to the local GoodWill store.

Talley Street PTO

Talley Street PTO Fundraiser at City Barbeque

We raised $260 for Talley Street PTO events. Thanks so much to those of you who were able to participate!

We want YOUR input on how to spend PTO funds

Complete this short survey by Wednesday October 23rd and let us know what you think is important. Thanks in advance for your time and input. The survey is on the TalleyPTO.org website or go HERE.

TalleyPTO.org is the place to go:

Did you know that we have a PTO website? a PTO Facebook page? Go to TalleyPTO.org to register if you have not already done so. You'll be able to use the School directory, find school volunteer sign up sheets and news. Click Sign In at the top right of the screen and Register as a new User. Any questions or issues? Email us at Talley.St.PTO@gmail.com. On Facebook, Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO, 'Like' it and stay updated.

Talley Fall Movie Night

Friday November 1st, the PTO will host Talley Street’s first movie night featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in the Talley Gym. Grab your blanket or sleeping bag and come watch the show. Doors open at 6:30pm. Showtime at 7pm! Be in position to pick up by 8:50pm.

Popcorn is complimentary. Concession tickets for candy and water are available for $1 each, with a maximum of $3 per child. Tickets will be available for CASH purchase at the 10/25 and 11/1 Talley Rallies and at the event on 11/1.

This event is for Talley students only. Siblings are allowed to attend with parents who are volunteering at the event.

Please take a moment to sign up your child and/or to volunteer.

Stay tuned to TalleyPTO.org and Talley PTO FB page for more information

Box Tops, Publix, and More

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

Amazon Smile and Kroger are still in process of being set up.

From City Schools of Decatur Special Education PTA

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Hello Families,

October is Down Syndrome awareness month. Read 10 Things You Might Not Know about Down Syndrome.


Tamaris Diaz & Cecilia Spellman

SEPTA board

From the District

News from Decatur Farm to School

Decatur Farm to School has several opportunities for you and your family to get involved this fall!

1. Volunteer for the October 24 & 25 Taste Test

The taste test is coming to the City Schools of Decatur on October 24 and 25. Sign up today to help us fill the 74 spots for volunteers we are going to need to make this taste test a success! Volunteers hand out samples of the taste test vegetable (green beans) and then collect feedback from the students via a survey. It's fun!! And a great hands-on way to get involved with Farm to School in Decatur. Get ready, get set, sign up!

2. Save the date for the fall Dine Out - November 20, 2019, 5-9 p.m.

Twice a year, families eat out at one of 20 participating restaurants, and a portion of the proceeds are donated back to Decatur Farm to School to support our many programs. The dine out is our primary fundraiser that supports scholarships, grants, internships, and so much more. For more information, visit our Facebook page. If you are a local business owner who would like to contribute a raffle prize, please contact stephanie@wyldecenter.org.

3. Join us on the Decatur Farm to School Committee

Joining the Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Committee is a great way to get involved with the work of getting our students outside in their school garden and making the connection to what they are learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria and at home.
We currently have the following spots on the DF2S committee available:

  • DF2S Social Media Coordinator
  • DF2S School Representatives
  • DF2S Grants and Scholarship Manager
More info about the volunteer positions here, or contact stephanie@wyldecenter.org

4. Walk with us in the Haints & Saints Parade - October 27, 5 p.m.

Every year Decatur Farm to School walks in the Haints & Saints parade. One year we handed out apples! Now we hand out really fun temporary tattoos. Get dressed up and join us! Contact Lucia lcpawloski@gmail.com to let her know you want to join the group. Kids are of course welcome!

About Decatur Farm to School

Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) is a Wylde Center program that works to improve nutrition, knowledge of where food comes from, hands-on outdoor education, environmental awareness, and appetite for fresh fruits and veggies by leading efforts in the classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and gardens of the City Schools of Decatur. The DF2S committee is led by parents, teachers, community members, Wylde staff members and has been active since 2010.

Decatur Education Foundation News

Supper & Sips FUNdraiser

Tickets for DEF’s big fall FUNdraiser are now on sale! Supper & Sips is happening on Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-10 pm at the downtown Marriott and offers an adult evening of delicious food, drinks, and the possibility to win some great prizes. Purchase your tickets before Oct 31st, and you’ll get free event shirts! Join us for Decatur’s best fall party with a purpose – your fun night out helps fund many of DEF’s initiatives in the classroom and beyond.

DEF LGBTQ Pride Event

Oct 26th, 3:00-11:00 pm LGBTQ Pride Event at Gathered & Grounded

For more information about this event, click here.

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

November 5--no school, teacher work day