Talley Street Update

January 27, 2022

Dear Talley Street Community,

I hope everyone is having a great week! Talley Street was contacted this week by Dekalb County’s Department of Facilities and Maintenance. Their building has been undergoing renovation and is vacant. The renovations are complete and the building will be once again occupied. We have multiple parents who have been using their parking lot in the mornings and afternoons to walk their child to school. Dekalb County Facilities will begin towing vehicles. We want to be good neighbors so please stop using their lot.

Last week’s surveillance testing went very well. We were able to test over 150 students. If you haven’t signed up your child and wish to do so, please use the link below. You will need to complete the form for the school and also register with the testing company.

Surveillance Testing Form

Talley’s lost and found is full again. All items need to be picked up by next Monday afternoon. Any items that are left will be donated.

Have a great afternoon!


CSD Updates

Does your child need a coat?

The winter months are here and we want to make sure our CSD students stay warm!! We have winter coats for students who need them!!

If your student needs a coat this winter, please use the link to fill out the Coat Request Form. It's simple and quick. Once the form has been processed, you will receive additional information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at phardnett@csdecatur.net or Willie Washington at wwashington@csdecatur.net.

CSD Virtual Roundtable

Want to learn more about the programs available in CSD to support students?

ESOL & Federal Programs


Special Education

Equity & Student Services

Thursday, January 27, 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Submit questions here

(Question submission is still open)

Zoom Link

Talley Updates

Young Georgia Authors Contest 2021-2022

Calling all K-12 storytellers, writers, and authors!!

Do you have a story to tell? Here’s your chance to share your story with the world!

We’re looking for poems, short stories, narratives, informational writing pieces, or any other original student writing that highlights your amazing skills as a writer.

Here are a few guidelines to help you through the process:

  • Due to the short timeline, only entries that meet these guidelines will be considered.

  • The writing piece can be no longer than 1,900 words.

  • The writing needs to be original student work, created without the help or support of others, including adults.

  • The writing piece can be handwritten on 8 ½ x 11 paper or typed. Handwritten and typed pieces must be on only one side of the paper.

  • Submit only the writing - no staples, binding, cover, or lamination is allowed. Use a paperclip for multiple sheets, do NOT staple your writing.

To submit: ALL ENTRIES DUE BY MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2022 AT 9:30 A.M.

  • Drop off at your school with the front office OR

  • Give to your face-to-face teacher OR

  • Email Dr. Muhlhausen: jmuhlhausen@csdecatur.net

One writing entry from each grade level will be selected to move on to the district-level competition. All participating students will be recognized, and parents will be contacted the week of January 31, 2022 if their student’s entry is selected to move forward.

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Black History Program

Black History Program • February 24, 2022

Call On Your Past

to Enrich Your Future!

If you would like to participate in the Black History Program, please use the link/QR code below to complete the Google Form.


PE News

For the next several weeks, all Talley Street students will participate in our iRUN program during their Physical Education class. We will be using warm-up time to practice pacing, breathing, and endurance training. The purpose of iRUN is:

  • to teach students the fundamentals of a lifetime skill that makes running/jogging/walking enjoyable and safe.

  • to train students to successfully participate in a one mile fun run.

At the end of iRUN, the Talley Street community is encouraged to support the Decatur Education Foundation’s Tour Decatur 1 mile fun run or 5k (Saturday, March 12th). Registration fees from this event are used to support City Schools of Decatur through the Decatur Education Foundation. For more information about Decatur Education Foundation and to register for Tour Decatur check them out here: www.decatureducationfoundation.org or www.tourdecatur.com

Feel free to contact Kelly Nichols or Nicole Johns with questions

regarding iRUN or Tour Decatur scholarships at knichols@csdecatur.net & njohns@csdecatur.net.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

Would you like to tell someone “Happy Valentine’s Day” but don’t know how? Well , surprise them with a unique Valentine’s gift by sending them a Singing Gram, Candy Gram or a Flower Gram to show them how special they are to you. You can send one to your friend, teacher, student, coworker, or anyone in the building! You can have that special Gram delivered to their classroom on Thursday and Friday February 10-11, 2022.


  • Choose someone special (a friend, staff member, coworker, etc)
  • Choose a Candy Gram, Singing Gram, or a FlowerGram
  • Write a personalized message to that person(s).
  • Purchase a Gram for a $1.00 (see your teacher for a form)
  • Singing Grams are only for staff and students here at Talley

Grams are on Sale Tuesday January 25th through February 4th.

Hosted by the Diversity Activities Committee

PTO Corner

Snack Cart

We have an opportunity to share our appreciation for our Talley Teachers and Staff and spread some joy around the school. We are asking our 4th Grade Families to sponsor the cart for this month. The Snack Cart will roll again this month, Tomorrow (January 28).

Please help us by signing up and dropping off items at the school's front desk. Everything must be individually packaged and **NUT FREE** (Staff number: 125)

To sign up please visit our website at: www.TalleyPTO.org.

Questions? Please reach out to Erika Wilson Wells the PTO 4th Grade Member at Large: AtLarge4th@talleypto.org


We are currently in search of artists who would like to sell their original, family friendly arts and crafts at TigerFest.

The artist application deadline is 3/1/22.

If you are interested in having a booth at TigerFest, please complete our online Artist Application Form and submit the application fee via the TigerFest Square Store. For more information about artist booths refer to the artist application form or contact the TigerFest Artist Committee: atlarge5th@talleypto.org.

The PTO is in need of volunteers to serve on TigerFest Committees to make sure our event is a roaring success. If you are interested in helping, please complete and submit this TigerFest Volunteer Form. As always, thanks so much for your support!

Questions? You can also reach out to Kimberly Mohl at: Fundraising@talleypto.org

Talley's Staff Lounge Amazon Wishlist

The Lounge is running low on items. Talley’s Teachers and Staff have been working so hard this year and deserve all the appreciation possible. Please consider helping the PTO stock the Teacher’s Lounge and Nurse’s Office. This Amazon Wish List contains a range of items Talley staff can use.

Save the date!

  • Snack Cart: 5th Grade Families are hosting for the month of February.
  • The 6 Myths: Ways White Folks Avoid Race: The series continues on February 22.
  • Spirit Night: NaanStop February 24th (More details coming up soon!)

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Save the Dates: There are two great family-friendly events coming soon that both benefit DEF:

The Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 26th the 20th Tour deCatur 5K on Saturday, March 12th! To register a community Krewe for the parade, please visit www.meadrdmardigras.org. Registration for the Tour deCatur 5K and one-mile Fun Run will begin on February 1st at www.tourdecatur.com. Start training!

DEF is teaming up with the counselors at Talley Street and Renfroe Middle School to keep the snacks stocked. We are also accepting donations to our weekend backpack program which provides supplemental food for students who need it. If you’d like to help with a donation, click HERE for links to each school’s Amazon Wish List. Your orders will go straight to the schools.

DEF has several ways in which you can donate your time:

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.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply.

Decatur Parents' Network

Please join the Decatur Parents Network for our February 2nd Virtual Speaker Series at 7:00 p.m. This month's topic is Where is Your Family Going...Developing a Mission for Your Family and a Vision for Your Children.

For more information and to register for this event, visit https://www.decaturparents.net/events/speaker-series/where-is-your-family-going.

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Run with the Dogs is almost here!

Run With the Dogs is this Saturday! Online registration has closed, but you can still register in person at any of the packet pickup times. Here are the options for registering in person and for picking up your race number and T-shirt if you are already registered.

Thursday, January 27 at Fleet Feet Decatur, 431 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue

10 am - 6 pm

*Packet pickup will be available inside the store. Take advantage of a 15% in-store discount that day, and all day Saturday and Sunday with race bib.

Friday, January 28 (DRIVE-THROUGH) at Renfroe Middle School

5 pm - 7 pm

*Enter driveway from Kings Highway for drive-through packet pickup.

Saturday, January 29 (RACE DAY) at Renfroe Middle School

7:30 am - 8:30 am

*Look for signs for onsite packet pickup.

Thank you for supporting Run With the Dogs, the largest annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters. The Booster Club supports 1,000 student athletes on 45 teams representing 14 different sports at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School through annual team grants.

For more information on Run With the Dogs, click here.

Lunar New Year Parade

Please join the CSD Lower Elementary PTA DEI Committees for their Lunar New Year Celebration! Click to register!
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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/