Talley Street Update

September 21, 2020

Talley Updates

Google Meet

Please Uninstall Meet-Related Extensions

There are a lot of exciting new features coming to Google Meets that will allow us to make our class sessions even better. Please assist as by uninstalling all Chrome extensions related to Google Meet EXCEPT Nod. Directions for how to do that are here. When uninstalling, you may notice that some extensions are not able to be removed, or that you don't have any extensions relating to Meet. That is okay! We do not want you to get rid of all extensions, we just want to ensure that if anyone has added extensions for Google Meet on their own, that those are taken off in order to ensure that the new features work.

Tile View

A video link is below that shows students how to turn on tile view, which will enable them to see all of their classmates at the same time. This does NOT work when a teacher is sharing their screen, but will be great for class discussions, CREW meetings, etc. This is also posted in their Media Center Google Classroom under "Technology Support."

How to Change Meet to Tile View

Counseling Flyer

See below for a flyer shared by the counseling department. Click on the image to see a larger view of the flyer!

Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Challenge

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Talley Media Center is hosting a reading challenge!

  • We have curated a collection of books in our media center written by Hispanic/Latinx authors and illustrators, and/or nonfiction texts about important Hispanic/Latinx figures.
  • If students read one of these books and write a review on Destiny, they will be entered to win a pass that will allow them to skip the hold line for a media center book.
  • More details can be found on students' Media Center Google Classrooms under "Library Programs."

The collection includes picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. We hope that you and your child take this time to fall in love with some new-to-you books that honor some amazing authors, illustrators, and historic figures. Happy reading!

After School Activities

Beginning and Intermediate Orchestra

Beginning Orchestra starts the week of Oct 5th!

Beginning Orchestra is open to all students (3rd, 4th, and 5th) who wish to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Classes will meet twice per week BEFORE the school day from 7:15-7:45 AM. Which two days your child will attend depends on the instrument he or she chooses.

The fee for the full year of orchestra classes is $200. Need-based scholarships for the class fee and/or instrument rentals are available. For more information about classes, instrument rentals, or to register your child for orchestra, please visit www.DecaturStrings.com.

If you have further questions, please contact the Program Coordinator (Nia.Schooler@DecaturStrings.com).

PTO Updates

Order Your Talley Street Spirit Wear by September 30!

Our Talley Street spirit wear store is open for business! Please check it out at https://talleypto.org/view/store/ and get into the Talley Tiger spirit. Orders are due by September 30.

Room Parents Still Needed, Virtual Orientation This Week

We are still in need of volunteers for the following classes and specials/support teachers:

Childs (3rd grade), Farley (5th grade), Pasquale-Camirand (5th grade), our Spanish teachers, our Music teachers, the ESOL teacher, Special Ed teachers Primack and Cancado, the Intervention Paraprofessionals, and our Early Intervention teachers Soons and Jemison.

If you are able to volunteer as a room parent for any of these wonderful teachers who are working so hard this year, please sign up via the sign up link below. We are keeping things pretty simple and tailored to each specific teacher's needs this year and your support will go a long way in making this school year successful for all!


We will be hosting a virtual room parent orientation this Wednesday the 23rd at 7:00p. A zoom link will be emailed to all who have volunteered. If you have any questions, please email Jenny Madsen and Shannon Connolly at RPCoordinator@talleypto.org.

Talley Street Passive Fundraising

Amazon Smile

We're now on Amazon Smile! Log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon

account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, then save and the PTO will start getting quarterly deposits!

One important tip - you MUST be logged in via smile.amazon.com while shopping for us to

receive any funds.

Kroger Community Rewards

We are set up to receive funds from Kroger. From your account screens, select Community

Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO." Select it and then you

should be all set. Every time you use your Kroger card, the PTO will benefit!

Box Tops

Box Tops have gone digital! Download the app, Box Tops for Education. Enter your

information, select Talley St., scan receipts and done! We will no longer be collecting paper box

tops. If you have any issues using the app, you can submit (via the app) the item not being

recognized on your receipt for credit.

Publix Partners

Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO?

Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don' need the key chain card anymore.

Follow the easy instructions on the link:


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

Helpful Links

www.csdecatur.net/opening - a repository for all documents, announcements, and communications about how CSD is handling the 2020-2021 school year.

www.csdecatur.net/nutrition - How to order meals

www.csdecatur.net/bustracker - How to sign up for the new Predictable Ryde Bus tracking app used for meal delivery, soon for the Fly-brary, mobile book delivery and when in-person learning resumes to track students on their buses
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/tech-help (how parents and staff can put in a tech support request)

https://virtual.csdecatur.net/students - classroom login information

https://virtual.csdecatur.net/parents - Virtual Learning Handbooks

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

For news in the Media Center and from our school counselors, check out their websites:

Media Center Website

Counseling Website

For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/