Talley Street Update

September 9, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Talley Street Community,

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend Friday's Talley Rally and Fall Social! They both were huge successes. Special thanks goes out to the PTO and the Fall Social Committee for their hard work in making the event happen. It was so great seeing our kids running around with big smiles on their faces! I look forward to many more fun events in the future. Have a great week!

School News

ESOL Informational Meeting

Parents of English Learners

You’re Invited!

ESOL Informational Meeting

September 12th, 2019

Decatur High School Media Center

6:00 pm-7:00pm

Childcare may be provided upon request

Gifted Review

Important Information about Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and to determine if further evaluation for possible gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and submit it to the Gifted Specialist at your child’s school by October 9th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted Specialist for Talley is Nicole Fiber and Stephanie Trauner. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted Specialist for your school at Talley or visit the following website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/581.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications


Your last year's free and reduced application expires 9/12/2019. If you have not applied and want to participate please complete a 19-20 application. Return it to your child's school or the school nutrition office at 540 Kentucky Street, Scottdale, Ga 30079.

Book Fair

The inaugural Talley book fair is just around the corner, from Monday, September 16-Friday, September 20. Our book fair is provided by Little Shop of Stories.

Our media center will receive 20% of all non-discounted sales, which we can't wait to use to fill our shelves with more wonderful books for your children! We will have a wish list of books for the Media Center and teachers will create wish lists for their classrooms - please consider purchasing a Media Center or class book as a gift from your family.

Shopping hours are:

  • Monday 7:20 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday 7:20 am - 6:00 pm (open till the end of Whiz Kids pickup - come shop with your kids!)
  • Wednesday 7:20 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday 7:20 am - 3:30 pm
  • Friday 7:20 am - 9:00 am (come before or after the Talley Rally!)

For questions regarding the book fair, please contact the media specialist, Jill Hanson, at jhanson@csdecatur.net or the Book Fair coordinators, Mara Silver at mara.silver@gmail.com and Ginger Schmeltzer at gschmeltzer@gmail.com.

We need your help to make this book fair a success! Would you please consider volunteering to work a shift for our book fair? Please follow this link to volunteer.

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.

Save the Date--School Photos

School photographs are scheduled for October 1. More details will be provided by Cannon Photography in September.

Talley Street PTO

Fall Social

Many thanks to the PTO Board members, the Fall Social, Diversity & Inclusion, Garden, and Spirit Wear Committees, Principal Heaton, Event Volunteers, Talley Staff and all the families who could join us last Friday for the First Annual Fall Social. It was a great turnout!

We enjoyed a diverse line-up of live music thanks to Flock of Eagles, STREAM, and Ms. Emma Salahuddin. We savored tasty food thanks to Marlee Street Eatz and Nectar. Plus many thanks go to our neighborhood Intown Ace Hardware and Sara Mosser at Brockway Real Estate for popcorn and popsicles.

If you couldn't make it to the social, you were missed and we hope to see you at the next Talley PTO event!

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Walk & Roll

Talley Street Walk & Roll events will be held on Fridays. These are the dates for the 2019/2020 school year. Please mark your calendars!

September 13

October 4 (International Walk & Roll!)

November 15

December 13

January 17

February 14

March 13

April 17

May 15

Talley Street’s 1st EVER Walk & Roll is THIS Friday, September 13th!

Walk or ride with your student to Talley so you can enjoy some Banjo coffee (hot or cold brew!) and community building, then head on inside for Talley Rally music and fun with the kids!

**Walking School Buses!**

We would love to have walking school buses for families or students to join on Walk & Roll Days. If you are able to lead one for the September Walk & Roll, please sign up on our Google Doc.

Walking School Bus locations:

MARTA Station


Winnona Park Elementary

Glennwood Elementary

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 the link: http://corporate.publix.com/community/corporate-campaigns/publix-partners We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA

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

District-Wide News

From the CSD Department of Special Education

The Department of Special Education district staff are hosting a meet and greet. Mrs. Frances Holt, Special Education Director, will be sharing information about the department and introducing new members of the Special Education Department Wilson Center support team. Please come out to connect with staff and other families in the district. We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Thursday September 19, 2019

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: The Wilson Center (Formally Known as Beacon Hill Central Office)

125 Electric Avenue, Decatur 30030

News from The Decatur Education Foundation

Decatur Education Foundation News

DEF serves as a community conduit that brings resources where they’re needed to ensure our students can learn and thrive. There are multiple ways to support DEF:

· As a financial supporter at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/donate

· As a volunteer at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/volunteer

· And as a mentor – See below for details on next week’s Mentor Night, or visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Upcoming DEF Events:

Sept 11, 5:30–7 pm Mentor Night at the Marlay. Come learn more about being an Opportunity Partnership Mentor and meet some of the program’s current mentors. Please RSVP by 9/9 at http://evite.me/J59Uv9tW8F

Sept 12, 7-9pm – Celebrating Diverse Voices – Our first author and speaker, Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad talks about her book, “The Proudest Blue: A Story about Hijab and FamilyThis event is FULL, but stay tuned for our next Celebrating Diverse Voices author, Jason Reynolds on October 10th at the Decatur Library.

Extracurricular Activities

Basketball Skills Academy

The Decatur High Basketball Skills Academy is an opportunity for your student athlete to get a head start for this year’s basketball season.

- The sessions will be held on 4 Sundays: September 29th and October 6th, 13th, and 20th
- Sessions will take place in the DHS Gym from 2pm-4pm for Grades 4-8
- The cost is a non-refundable $100 paid upon arrival at the first session via check, money order, or cash made out to Decatur High School Athletics
- If there is a financial need, please contact Coach Dawson at edawson@csdecatur.net
- A sports waiver must be signed for your student to participate and we ask that appropriate clothing/attire is worn.

The link to fill out the signup form is: https://forms.gle/ojuRZVTvXV5ykm219

Talley Street 4-H Club

4th and 5th grade Talley Tigers can now participate in 4-H after school! Talley Street 4-H club meetings will be held after school two Fridays a month. Our first meeting will be September 13th from 3:00pm-4:00pm in Ms. Farley’s Classroom, room 259. Parents must be able to arrange transportation home for their child at 4:00pm on 4-H club meeting days. A sign-up sheet with more information will be coming home in your child’s communication folder. If you would like to participate in 4-H Club, please return the bottom portion of the form to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 9th. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Farley at jfarley@csdecatur.net. For more information about 4-H, please visit https://4-h.org.

Talley Street Band--Beginning Band Information

For complete details, read more here.

Decatur Strings Orchestra Program

It's not too late to Sign-up for Orchestra!

Intermediate Orchestra is off to a good start and... it's not too late to Sign-up! Any student (grades 3-5) who has taken the Beginning class or has had several months (or years) of private lessons is eligible. The class meets AFTER school on Mondays & Tuesdays each week from 2:50 - 3:30 beginning September 3rd. Sign-up here.

Beginning Orchestra will start the first week in October. At this point, we have a bounty of aspiring violin players signed-up. We are now only accepting students who wish to play viola, cello, or bass. The class will meet BEFORE school, two days per week (schedule is still TBD) from 7:00 to 7:35am beginning the first week of October.

The participation fee for either orchestra ensemble is $160 for the full year. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information on instrument rentals or to sign-up, go to DecaturStrings.com or contact Program Coordinator, Nia Schooler at nia.schooler@DecaturStrings.com.

Chorus Update

Chorus parents, friendly reminder...participation fee--please return in envelope to classroom teacher, behavior contracts--teacher will collect and return to me or student may personally deliver. We had a fantastic first rehearsal, what a wonderful group of children, excited, well-behaved and the sound! Wow! Thank you for your prompt carpool pick up.

I can't wait til next Wednesday! Thank you for my parents who have volunteered!

Tanya Jessup

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

Fall Break:

September 23-27