Talley Street Update

April 27, 2020

School News

From Equity and Student Support

The Equity & Student Support (E&SS) staff, which includes school counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses, is here to support students with academic, health and mental health needs. We are available to talk with students via Google Meet, phone or email.

The E&SS team members follow the same procedures as classroom teachers by recording any video discussions with individuals or groups of students. If you do not wish for your student to be recorded in an individual or group session, please email the appropriate staff member and they will provide support via phone only.

Kimberly Weaver kweaver@csdecatur.net

Vickey Wingard vwingard@csdecatur.net

Nicole Jefferson njefferson@csdecatur.net

Beth Barrington bbarrington@csdecatur.net

Enrichment Resources

City Schools of Decatur has compiled K-12 enrichment resources that students can access from home. These websites and activities are designed to deepen understanding of various subject areas, expand learning and promote critical and creative thinking. The site is organized by grade level and subject area. Families may access these challenging resources at:


Talley Street Virtual Book Fair: May 11-15

The media center will be hosting a virtual book fair with Little Shop of Stories the week of May 11-15. How does it work? Find all the details here, plus a mini catalog of ideas! Remember, you can order any book--for kids or grownups. Proceeds from all sales benefit the school! Just remember to put "Talley Street" in the comments section of your order when you checkout.

Stay tuned next week for information about classroom wish lists! If you have questions about the book fair, please contact Ms. Hanson at jhanson@csdecatur.net.

Attention 5th Grade Families & Students!

As you know, we have been unable to offer both our rising 6th grade parent night program and 5th grade student tours at Renfroe Middle School due to the school shutdown. Please be advised that we are currently working to redesign both events in an effort to answer your questions, ease any worries about your child's transition to middle school, and welcome our 5th graders with open Bulldog arms to RMS as soon as we are able! Please be on the lookout for information for rising middle schoolers prior to the end of the school year. We look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Ragan Hudson, 6th Grade Counselor, RMS

Class Composite Photos Available

Hey Parents! This is Charlie at Roger Cannon Photography! I know the last month has been difficult to navigate. We know that so many parents look forward to having class photos made in the spring but because of Covid-19 that was not possible this year. We wanted to offer you another option this year with our custom class composites. Here is a link so you can order these for your children. They will be mailed directly to you at your home. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, Thank you!

2020-2021 Talley Street Reading Bowl Team

Mrs. Irons and Mrs. Friedrich are looking for avid readers who would like to participate in our Reading Bowl for the 2020-2021 school year. Although we are doing online learning, we wanted to get information out to those 3rd and 4th grade students who are interested. For all the details, read more here!

Talley Street PTO

Spirit Wear and Yearbook Pickup

Dear Talley PTO Members -

We wanted to reach out to the Talley PTO membership and let you know that we have your online Spirit Wear orders and would like to try to find a way to get them to you. As you are all likely aware, the original plan was to distribute the orders to your children at school, who would then bring them home. This is no longer an option in light of the coronavirus pandemic and related school year cancellation. However, we are still working on trying to get these items to you. Additionally, the Talley Street yearbooks are scheduled to arrive toward the end of May. We're interested in getting feedback from the community about arranging a pickup process for both the yearbooks and the spirit wear orders. Ideally, we'd use procedures similar to what many local restaurants are doing with pickup food orders (cashless transactions, maintain six feet of distance at all times, heavy use of sanitizer/disinfectant spray, PPE, etc.). We are interested in your feedback about the best way to accomplish this. Please email us at Talley.St.PTO@gmail.com with your thoughts. Thank you again for supporting the Talley St. PTO.

Open PTO Board and Committee Positions

Thank you so much to the volunteers who have put in their nomination interest forms so far. But we need and would welcome additional people. We are looking for volunteers to round out our PTO Board and committees for next year. Please review the open positions and see where your talents would best fit then complete the nomination form. Thanks in advance for your time and interest!

Nominations due this week by Thursday, April 30th.

Email TalleyPTONominations@gmail.com with questions.

Board Positions:

  • Co-President, Co-Vice President , Co-Treasurer (2 year commitment)
  • Secretary, Communications, 3 Members-at-Large (1 year commitment)
  • Committee Chair Positions (1 year): Fundraising, Yearbook, Spirit Wear, Diversity and Inclusion

To view a complete description of the open Board and Committee positions, please follow this link.

This link will take you to an online Nominating Form where you can express your interest and let us know how you would like to help (and Thank You! in advance).

Order Your Talley Street School Supplies for the 2020-21 School Year!

We know it’s hard to plan a few days in advance these days, much less think about the next school year, but we are hoping to take one thing off of your to-do list this summer with online school supply kits!

The PTO has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to make it easy for families to order supplies for the upcoming school year at Talley Street. You can order supplies NOW through June 15. Go to http://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/kits.php?sid=1178528, and remember to choose your child's grade for the 2020-21 school year. Kits will be shipped directly to school at the end of July.

This service is optional for parents, and you do not have to order through the site - but the prices are very competitive and your school supply purchase will be done! Please note that there is an option to purchase additional kits to donate to the school if you would like to do so. Each child will have access to all necessary supplies in the classroom.

If you prefer to purchase school supplies on your own, supply lists are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ASnrPtlvKy5X6D9E3j_ZmmOnTEYK_sa4iXqwzeH3L0M/edit?usp=sharing.

Please reach out to Lauren Brown at laurenbrown216@gmail.com with any questions.

Virtual Air Quality Awareness Week

This week, join your friends at Talley in celebrating Virtual Air Quality Awareness Week! (April 27 to May 1, 2020)

Our partner, Georgia Commute Schools, has put together a fun filled schedule of daily activities for our kids. We will learn all about air quality, different types of air pollutants, the importance of doing our part to keep our air clean, and actions that can be taken to reduce air pollution in our community and around our schools.

Please check out the daily activities below, and join in for any or all of the days! The link below has everything the students and parents need for AQAW:


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Box Tops, Publix, and More

Amazon Smile:

A little late after the flurry of holiday shopping but we're now on Amazon Smile!!! There will be more information in the Newsletter but you can log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, 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 screen, select Community Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO”, select 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! 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

News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Since we didn’t get a chance to run the Tour deCatur in March, we’re taking it VIRTUAL! If you already registered, you will receive an email with instructions. If you hadn’t registered for the 5K or one-mile Fun Run but want to participate, just go to www.tourdecatur.com anytime during the month of April. We’ll post the race results in early May, and the winners in each age group will receive their prizes in the mail. Your participation in the Tour helps support all of DEF’s initiatives, so you are doing so much more than running a race. Make it a family event: lace up those running shoes, make your own race bibs (fun art project, please send us photos), and get outside (while practicing safe social distancing, of course!)

Our Step Up for Teachers campaign has begun! Do you want to honor a special teacher or CSD staff person with a written or video tribute? Just go to www.stepupforteachers.com. Your tribute contribution also includes a choice of a “We Step Up for Teachers” yard sign OR a “Congratulations Class of 2020” yard sign that will be delivered to your Decatur address. This campaign is more important than ever – not only are our teachers working under extraordinary circumstances, but many of our PTA’s fundraising events were cancelled, so raising funds for our schools and our teachers is more important than ever. Proceeds from the Step Up Campaign go right back into the classroom.

Important Dates

Talley Virtual Book Fair: May 11-15

Last Day of School: May 22

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