Talley Street Update

March 24, 2022

Dear Talley Street Community,

We will administer the Tripod Survey next week before spring break. The Tripod student surveys gather data from students about themselves, their classrooms, and their schools. Classroom-level measures offer insight into teaching effectiveness, peer dynamics, student engagement, and the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) culture. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can review the Tripod Survey questions and the Tripod DEI questions at the links provided. All student survey data is anonymous and self-reported. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives you the right to opt your child out of participating in the survey. The survey will be given to all students. Some parents have already opted out. If there are others that do NOT wish for your child to participate in the Tripod Survey, please email me by 7:15 on Monday morning. Classes will begin taking the survey next week.

Tomorrow night is our Black History Month Program. We are so excited for everyone to see our students' amazing performances. We anticipate a large crowd. If you live nearby and can walk, we encourage you to do that. Parking is limited. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!


Field Day T-Shirts


Coach Nichols and Coach Johns are busy planning for the first ever Talley Field Day! To help make this milestone even more special, the PTO is sponsoring t-shirts for each student. Please complete this brief Field Day T-shirt Order Form by FRIDAY, 4/2 to help us make sure each child gets a shirt in their correct size.

CSD Updates

UniverSoul Circus

Our CSD School Health team is excited to welcome our elementary school students to the Decatur High gymnasium for a performance by the UniverSoul Circus. Our students and teachers have nearly completed this school year and the UniverSoul Circus will be here to help us celebrate! CSD Transportation will assist in providing transportation where needed.

The show will take place on April 20 during the school day. Please contact your school principal with specific questions. Fun & Laughter = Wellness

Students will be required to wear a mask for this indoor event.

"The Coolest Show on Earth"

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.

Special Education March Meeting

Georgia Tech Excel Program provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.

Target audience: Parents/students with disabilities in the 8th-12th grades.

Date: March 24, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Click this link to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant

CSD Art Show

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

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Calling All 5th Grade Parents

You are invited to an informational evening at Renfroe Middle School. Join us to discover what middle school is all about!

What: The nuts & bolts of the middle school program presented by the Renfroe administrators, school counselor, veteran 6th grade parents, and student Ambassadors. A Q&A will follow our presentation.

When: Thursday, March 24th, 2022

  • 6:30-7:00 -- Student-led Tours
  • 7:00-8:00 -- Parent Orientation Session

Where: Renfroe Middle School Cafeteria

For Whom: 5th Grade Parents/Guardians ONLY (*Students will tour RMS in May)

Questions? Contact Ragan Hudson, 6th Grade Counselor 404-370-4440, ext. 5019 or rhudson@csdecatur.net

Talley Updates

Black History Month Program

Please join us tomorrow for Talley's Black History Month program. The show will run from 5-7. Students and staff have been hard at work putting this very special program together. We look forward to seeing you there!

Book Fair Parent Shopping

Thank you everyone for supporting our spring book fair!

This is a reminder that the book fair will be open tomorrow from 4-5 PM for parent browsing. Afterward, please join us for Talley's amazing Black History Month program!

Recorders for Music

Hello Students and Parents!

I am so excited to announce we will begin learning about and playing recorders very soon! I know many students already have recorders, but if you do not have a recorder or you would like to have an extra one for home and keep one at school or just simply want a new one, please fill out the order form below. Recorders will be used as a fun way to learn a beginner instrument, learning notes on the treble staff, reading rhythms and notes, ensemble playing, ear training and eye coordination. The list goes on and on! The student book for home practice is optional and comes with all the songs and music. I encourage those students who show interest and desire to learn and master to have this at home.

To order, please fill out the form with secured payment attached and return to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday March 18. Checks should be made to Talley Street Elementary School and in the memo section student name and the word recorder please.

Email me with any questions. tjessup@csdecatur.net

Tanya Jessup

Talley Music

Group Counseling Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity to partner with Hope Wellness Atlanta to offer additional small group counseling resources for our Talley Tigers! Small groups will meet for 6 weeks and will be offered at a discounted rate of $225 per student. If you are interested in this resource for your student but have questions about financing, please contact Alan Pendrick (jpendrick@csdecatur.net) or Kimberly Weaver (kiweaver@csdecatur.net). Groups will begin after Spring Break, so please respond soon if you are interested!


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 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Title I parents, please register using this link here.

Sign up now for Talley's FIRST TALENT SHOW!

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April 1 Author Visit

Michael Buckley will be virtually visiting Talley's students on Friday, April 1. Use the form below to order signed copies of books!
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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!

PTO Corner

PTO Nomination Committee for New PTO Board Members

It's time to create the 2022-2023 Talley PTO board. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please email nomination@talleypto.org.

For those interested in serving on the 2022-2023 PTA, please fill out this form by April 1, 2022. Thank you!


Yearbook Ads

LAST CHANCE to order ads for your1 5th Graders (ONLY 5th graders) until TOMORROW Friday March 25th! Place an ad: $0! Tributes are free to honor outgoing 5th graders - ⅛ ad.


LAST CHANCE to order yearbooks online (presale) for $12. After Friday it’ll be available on our PTO website for $15.

Please order your Talley Yearbook online by following the steps below :

  1. https://memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/
  2. Enter our school code (203291) and click on "Go to your school account log in"
  3. Click on the link below your school name
  4. Register as a "New User"
  5. Buy your yearbook for $12 by March 25 or $15 after March 25 at the PTO store.
If you would like to donate a yearbook please choose this option on the website!

Questions? Please email yearbook@talleypto.org.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Talley Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is March 21-25. We will be celebrating each day with something special for our amazing Teachers and Staff! Below is a framework for that week, but your room parent may tweak it for your class so please stay tuned.

  • MONDAY MARCH 21: Students bring in a flower or candy to create a floral arrangement or candy bowl from the class. (RPs bring a vase/bowl)
  • TUESDAY MARCH 22: Students bring a handmade “Thank You” card.
  • WEDNESDAY MARCH 23: Students bring a piece of fruit to create a fruit bowl from the class. (RPs bring a bowl)
  • THURSDAY MARCH 24: Room Parents will bring a class appreciation gift to their teacher.
  • FRIDAY MARCH 25: Teacher/Staff catered Lunch. If you would like to help please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548ABAF28AAFB6-teacherstaff

As always, thank you so much for your support. It’s greatly appreciated!

School Supply Surplus Drive

Please join us on our School Supply Surplus Drive from March 21st through April 2nd.

The objective of the drive is to collect unused school supplies to help Talley Families in need, with reducing the number of supplies needed to purchase for the 2022-2023 School year.

Around April, teachers generate a general school supply list for the following year. To reduce the number of supplies needed for purchase, we are asking interested parents to return unused supplies from the 2021- 2022 school year. Participation is optional.

Carpoolers: We need your help during morning and afternoon carpool hours!

Tuesday March 22nd & Thursday March 24th

Tuesday March 29th & Thursday March 31st


Morning Carpool: 7:15am - 7:45am

Afternoon Carpool: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Bus Riders: You can drop the supplies off on the porch of one of our neighborhood SOSS volunteers (see list below)


  • Nydia Almond, 614 Sycamore Ridge Dr. Decatur GA 30030
  • Nena Patel, 114 Glenn St (we’re by Avondale MARTA)

  • Chesney D’Avis - 317 Lockwood Terrace

Winnona Park

  • Mijha Godfrey - 217 Winnona Dr.
  • India Epps - 149 Candler Dr.
  • Courtney Sollie - 124 Winnona Drive (There will be a covered plastic tote outside my garage for drop off (behind a large blue pot)


  • Jennifer Murdoch - 224 Geneva Street. (Leave box on porch)
  • Lindy Miller - 231 Fairview Ave (We live in Claremont District behind Dancing Goats)


  • Yinka Kerr - 109 Johnson Court (Swanton Hill Complex)

Thank you for your support. As always it’s greatly appreciated!!

Questions? Please email Jennifer Williams our Third Grade Member at Large at: AtLarge3rd@talleypto.org

For more information please visit our PTO website at: www.TalleyPTO.org

Safe Routes to School

On Walk N' Roll day and EVERYDAY, BE SAFE. BE SEEN!

Go to our Safe Routes to School page for videos and safety tips for walking, biking or bus riding to school safely!

SAVE THE DATE! Our next Walk N' Roll is FRIDAY, MARCH 25! Get a neighborhood walking group together and join us!

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


Save the date Talley Tigers and families! Please join us on April 23rd from 11am-3pm at Talley Street Upper Elementary for our first annual TigerFest!

So what is TigerFest? This fundraiser is an exciting community event that includes live local musicians, food trucks, local artists selling their creative wares, an incredible silent auction, fun bounce houses and obstacle courses, and exciting carnival games. This event has something for the entire family!

More information regarding ticket sales will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing all of our Talley community at TigerFest!

Questions?! Please email Kimberly Mohl fundraising@talley.org.

Snack Cart

Please help us show appreciation to Talley’s wonderful and hard working staff! Our 3RD Grade families are kindly asked to sponsor the Snack Cart for the month of March.

If you would like to participate, you still have time! The Snack Cart will roll again this month on Friday March 25th.

**Everything must be INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED**.

Please sign up HERE! Thank you very much for your support!

Questions? Please reach out to Jennifer Williams the PTO 3RD Grade Member at Large at: AtLarge3rd@talleypto.org.

Spirit Wear

New Youth & Adult T-shirt Options including a Tigerfest Shirt & Talley Tie Dye! Aluminum Water Bottles, Talley Magnets & Reusable Shopping Totes Available.

Order online before March 20th and receive your items the week of TigerFest via Backpack Mail.

Go to our PTO Store today to place your order. All proceeds go directly to the PTO’s efforts to support Talley’s teachers and staff, and to build community among our Talley Tigers and their families.

Questions? Want to sign up to help sell Spirit Wear at Events? Email Ellen & Gina at: Spiritwear@talleypto.org

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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

Decatur Parents' Network

Two great Decatur Parents Network events are coming up!

1) Virtual Parents' Chat April 11th @ 7:30 pm.

We can't protect our children from everything, but we can educate ourselves and support each other. Many of our parents have requested more time for interaction and NETWORKING. Join us for our NEW monthly, informal parent chats. The next one is April 11th at @7:30 p.m. Please Register Here ahead of time; space is limited.

Link https://bit.ly/DecaturParentsNetworkParentChat

2) The Speakers Series for April 12 @ 7:00 pm.

According to local surveys, some Decatur youth put themselves at risk by operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs or riding with someone driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.

Parents, you don't have to wait until they get their license to talk with your teens about this. Join us virtually for "If You Feel Different, You Drive Different" on April 12th @ 7:00. Register here Parents AND Teens are encouraged to attend.


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Decatur Farm to School

Save the date! The Wylde Center's Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) Spring Dine Out is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20. Just eat at/take out 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

DEF has created a fun treasure hunt to help families celebrate our 20 years in the community. Participating is simple:

  1. Download the free phone app “ActionBound.”
  2. Scan the QR code below
  3. Complete the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of summer camp at Little Shop or ColorWheel!

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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 are renewed 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 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/