Talley Street Update

April 14, 2022

Dear Talley Street Community,

I would like to give a shout out to our media specialist, Ashley Long! Ashley is the recipient of the 2022 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award! This award acknowledges school librarians with five years or less experience who demonstrate leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators. Ashley received $1250.00 that will be used attend the national conference in Tampa in October 2023. We are so proud of Ashley and so glad she is a Talley Street Tigers! Go Ashley!

We are looking forward to meeting our rising 3rd grade families next week on April 20th and April 21st. The programs are from 6:00-7:00 pm. We are encouraging our families to follow the schedule below. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

  • April 20th-Clairemont and Glennwood families

  • April 21st- Winnona Park families

Rising 3rd grade students will tour Talley Street on May 17th and May 18th. Winnona Park students will visit on 17th. Clairemont and Glennwood students will tour on the 17th. Talley Street’s student ambassadors will be the tour guides. We are excited to meet our new Talley Tigers!

We are happy to welcome back parents to our weekly Talley Rallies. For social distancing purposes, we have divided the school into thirds. Below you will find the Friday that your child’s class will come to the rally. Parents may not sit with their children and must stand on the green area surrounding the gym. We look forward to having parents join us!

Here are the classes that have Talley Rally this week (4/15):

Rooks, Swank, Ellspermann

Pacini, Foy, White, Primack

Girard, Friedrich, Kramer, Thompson

NEXT week (4/22):

Bundschu, Irons, Adams, Beuford

Reno, Barrenger, Speyer, Duernberger

Camarind, Benzin, Brown, Farley

And April 29:

Childs, Wren, Welp

Gilley, Polding, Tahtinen, Treibel

Sanders, Fredette, Block, Young

Decatur’s Public Works’ Department emailed the school to ask that parents stop using their parking lot to drop off and pick up their children. The department’s staff is having trouble finding parking space. Please do not use their parking lot. I appreciate your cooperation.

Have a great afternoon!


GMAS Update

Greetings Talley Parents and Guardians,

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The GMAS will be administered to our students during the weeks of April 25 and May 2. Testing will take place during the school day from 8:00 - 10:45 a.m. The schedule for each tested subject area is below.

Please note that we are returning to the pre-pandemic requirements for the GMAS administration. As such, all students will be required to take the exam and will not be allowed to opt out.

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Students took part in a GMAS practice exam yesterday to familiarize themselves with the test format. They were attentive and responsive during the practice session. We are confident that they will be prepared to do their best on the actual exam.

Thank you in advance for your support by helping your child get a good night’s sleep and a good meal before testing each day. For any questions concerning testing, please contact Ms. Arlethea Williams at awilliams@csdecatur.net.

Last Call: Lost and Found

The lost and found will be purged at the end of the day TOMORROW! Ms. Parks will roll it out to the Talley street side of the school tomorrow for any parents who want to take a look. Please remind your child to check for any lost items!

CSD Updates

Extra Mile Award

Students: Do you know a teacher or CSD employee who has gone “the extra mile” this year? Nominate them for the CSD Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show their appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the employee goes above and beyond.

Click here to submit a nomination. Students can also find the form any time via LaunchPad (it’s the purple icon labeled “Extra Mile Award nomination”). The deadline is May 25.

These awards will be presented at the CSD Opening Day Celebration in July.

Questions? Contact cburnett@csdecatur.net or 404-371-3601

CSD Night at Atlanta United Game

City Schools of Decatur has secured discounted ATL UTD tickets for their match on Saturday, May 28 vs. Columbus Crew. All students, family, and friends that purchase through this link will save up to 50% off tickets plus reduced fees while supplies last.

$5 from every ticket will go back to support City Schools of Decatur. The top 20 students who sell the most tickets will also get to participate in the player high-five tunnel experience before the match! Be sure to enter the name of the student who you received this offer from and select your school at the drop-down during checkout.

Offer expires May 14 or until tickets are sold out. Click this link https://fevo.me/csd to learn more.

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Save the Date - Launchpad for Learning Camp

The Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp will be held July 11-22. Launchpad for Learning Summer Camp is an exciting opportunity for students to be introduced to upcoming grade-level standards with hands-on activities, field trips, and much more! Be on the lookout for more information.

CSD Summer Programs - Save the Date!

CSD is delighted to share that we will offer an in-person summer program for students who qualify in grades K through 12. The program will run June 6-23 from 8:30 to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Students will be invited to participate in the summer program based on the eligibility criteria described in the linked document. Participation in the summer program is not required or mandated for any student. However, we highly encourage students who qualify to engage in this opportunity as it will set them up for success in the next grade level. For the summer program, which will be held at Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary and Decatur High School, the availability of student transportation is limited. Click here for more information.

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Super Saturday for K-5

The next K-5 Super Saturday is coming up on March 19. Click here to learn more about this program.
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2022-2023 Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP)

The City Schools of Decatur is now in the process of soliciting feedback and input from all stakeholders as we revise our CLIP for the 2022-2023 school year.

We ask that you take an opportunity to review the CLIP documents found on the CSD Website linked HERE and then use the Feedback form linked HERE to provide your input and feedback by Friday, May 20, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Willie Washington, CSD ESOL and Federal Programs Director.

CSD Art Show

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the CSD Art Show on April 20-22. Click below to learn more!

Talley Updates

Career Day

Hello Talley Community! Your school counselors Mrs. Weaver and Mr. Alan are looking for volunteers to participate in a virtual career event to create awareness of different professional opportunities in the minds of our students. The "career day" would take place through Google Meets, which we will organize. Volunteers should be ready to share some details about their jobs, what type of training/education is required, what they value about their jobs, etc. Career Day will take place on Thursday, May 19, between 8:00-11:00 AM. If you or someone you know would like to participate, please use the form below to let us know. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Weaver at kiweaver@csdecatur.net or Mr. Alan at jpendrick@csdecatur.net.


Last Call to Order Class Photos

This is your last opportunity to order class photos using the link below! The password will be the teacher's last name (ex. Long).

Title I Virtual Family Math Night

Title I Parents,

Please join us for our upcoming Title I Parent Workshop! This parent workshop will include 5 Math Stations:

  1. Estimation Jar
  2. Origami
  3. Scavenger Hunt
  4. Games Galore
  5. What do you notice?

Title I Presents:

Virtual Family Math Night

Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Title I parents, please register using this link here.

CSD Art Show

The first system-wide Art Show for all CSD schools opens next week! Celebrate a sampling of our incredible student artwork from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The show is open to all Wednesday, April 20th, Thursday April 21st, or Friday April 22nd from 4pm-7pm at the Solarium in Oakhurst. Make it a family outing and grab a snack or dinner before or after at one of the local eateries in Oakhurst!

School Library Volunteers

We are welcoming parent volunteers into the school library! Volunteers will support with shelving books and more. The link to sign up is below. We look forward to seeing you in the library!

Happy School Library Month!

We are so excited to be celebrating School Library Month in the media center!

Talley's AAPI Heritage Month Activities

Talley Street’s Diversity Activities Committee (DAC) has many events planned for May including Arts n Crafts, paper cranes, author visit, performances, book challenge, etc.

DAC needs your help! We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing and able to share with us some of your cultural activities related to AAPI Heritage.

What do we need:

  • Pictures or videos of your family participating in activities that represent your culture (e.g. traditional meals, dance, festivals, etc). Submit them here
  • Recorded greeting saying “hello” in your native language. Upload them here
  • Volunteers to be mystery readers to read books written by AAPI authors or illustrators (both virtually and in person).

Please contact Shannon Brewton sbrewton@csdecatur.net, Vivian Carter-Cain vcartercain@csdecatur.net or Dana Wright dwright@csdecatur.net with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

PTO Corner

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Talley, are you ready for some fun?

TigerFest is almost here! Here are some things you don’t want to miss:

Check out all the exciting TigerFest updates about Artists’ Market, Musicians, Food, Silent Auction items that includes & MORE on our TigerFest page.

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT TIGERFEST! (If looking at the sign up on your mobile, please click MORE at the bottom of the page for all the carnival sign up options! There are 3 pages!) Volunteers who sign up will be automatically entered into a drawing for 2 Amplify Decatur Tickets and a TigerFest t-shirt. Drawing is scheduled for Wednesday April 20th.


Get your wristband on pre-sale TODAY! Order early to save $$$. There is a price point perfect for every attendee! Children 4 & older and teens will need to have a wristband to access TigerFest. There will be no charge for children 3 & under. Parent/Guardian entry is complimentary with the purchase of a child wristband. Community members without children may gain entry with a $5 donation. Order online @ The TigerFest Square Site.

** All Inclusive Child Wristband = $20 Pre-Sale, $25 At Door

All inclusive wristband includes access to bounce houses, glitter tattoo station, carnival games, garden art, family tailgate zone, artist market, and sponsor stations.

*Limited Access Child Wristband = $10 Pre-Sale, $15 At Door

Limited access includes all of the above except the bounce houses and glitter tattoo station.

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

April Snack Cart

Please help us show appreciation to Talley’s wonderful and hard working staff! Our 4th Grade families are kindly asked to sponsor the Snack Cart for the month of April. The Snack Cart will roll twice during the month of April on the 15th and 29th. (*Please, drop off all Snack Cart items, labeled and at school no later than April 13.*)

**Everything must be INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED.** Please sign up here!

To sign up please visit our website at: www.TalleyPTO.org. Thank you very much for your support!

Questions? Please reach out to PTO Communications Director Nydia Almond at: communications@talleypto.org

Safe Routes to School


Get up a little earlier and walk with us tomorrow! We only have 2 more this year!!

Go to our SRTS website for videos and safety tips for walking, biking or bus riding to school safely!

Questions? Please email Emily Beard and Elizabeth Ingram at: SRTS@talleypto.org

Talley's Staff Lounge Amazon Wishlist

Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner (details coming up soon!). If you are looking for ways to show Talley Teachers and Staff appreciation for all their hard work, please consider this Amazon Wish List. Thank you for all your support!

After-School Activities

DAL Rec Lacrosse

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Community Updates

City of Decatur Children and Youth Services

The City of Decatur’s afterschool lottery remains open through 6 pm on Friday, April 22.

Families with children entering K-5th grades in August 2022 may enter eligible children in the lottery for their school’s location of Animal Crackers (K-2) or Whiz Kids (3rd-5th). For more information on how to enter the 2022-23 Afterschool Lottery, please visit the Forms & Documents page on www.decaturga.com/cys.

Please contact cys@decaturga.com or call 404-378-1082 with any questions.

Decatur Farm to School

The Wylde Center's Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Spring Dine Out is coming soon! Just eat at/take out on Wednesday, April 20th, from a participating restaurant and a portion of total sales will go to DF2S! Participating restaurants include Wahoo! Grill, Farm Burger, Oakhurst Market, The Marlay House, My Parents’ Basement, Brick Store Pub, Butter & Cream Decatur, Raging Burrito, Arepa Mia, Folk Art Decatur, Sapori di Napoli, BBQ Cafe, Leon's Full Service, and more! Details can be found at https://www.wyldecenter.org/decatur-farm-to-school-2/. All proceeds support our farm-to-school activities, including Decatur High School summer internships, school grants, conference scholarships, and taste tests. Thank you for your support!

Decatur Education Foundation

Want a fun, free, easy way to spend some family time? Try our TREASURE HUNT! There’s even a sweet treat at the end. We’d like to see some friendly competition between the schools — which school will have the most participants? We’ve seen participants from every school except Glennwood Elementary — we hope to see some Glennwood Eagles in the next week!

Participating is simple: 1. Download the free app “ActionBound.”

2. Scan this QR code:

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3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

At Decatur Education Foundation, our mission is to eliminate the problems our kids face so they can learn and thrive. You can help us do that through your donations of time and funds. To address food insecurity, we have several Amazon wish lists that continue monthly. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Tally Snacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Weekend Food Backpacks: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1IVCVGY0GCF9S?ref_=wl_fv_le

Volunteering opportunities abound at DEF for both adults and upper high school students in need of hours:

  • 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.

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/