Talley Street Update

August 4, 2022

Dear Talley Street Community,

It has been a great start to the new school year! It has been wonderful seeing all the students back in the building. Thank you for your cooperation with the transportation issues around Talley Street. It has gone fairly smoothly with your help. Please remember that parking is not allowed at the Dekalb County building on Sams Street and the Public Works Building next to Talley. We have been told that cars will be towed. I hope to see everyone on Saturday at our PTO’s Popsicle Social. Have a great afternoon!


Talley Street School Leadership Team (SLT) Elections

The Talley Street Upper Elementary School Leadership Team (SLT) is an elected committee consisting of Talley Street's parents/guardians, staff members and other personnel. The SLT is focused on school governance, student achievement, and family engagement. Some of the responsibilities of this team are to:

  • Serve on interview teams
  • Develop, approve, and monitor the continuous school improvement planning process
  • Review assessment data and use it for decision-making purposes
  • Review and approve changes to its bylaws
  • Recommend school needs to the CSD Board of Education during the annual budget process.

SLT members are elected to their positions except for appointed positions. Parents may attend to present an idea/concern at SLT work sessions. SLT meetings are open and stakeholders are welcome to attend (look for dates in the Talley Street Update).

To vote in the SLT election, you must be a parent/guardian of a Talley Street Student. If you are interested in joining the SLT, please submit a candidate statement with biographical information and a paragraph explaining why you want to be a SLT member to Mr. Heaton (bheaton@csdecatur.net) by Friday, August 12, 2022. Each family will receive one vote per enrolled student. Keep in mind that the most important requirement of an SLT member is to have an honest desire to contribute to the educational experience and learning of all children at Talley Street Upper Elementary School.


  • All candidate statements are due August 12th to Mr. Heaton

  • All candidate statements will be published in a school eBlast, Talley Street webpage, and the principal’s Facebook page.

  • Elections will take place on August 24th and August 25th. A Google form will be eBlasted out on the morning of the 24th. More information on the Curriculum Night will be coming out soon.

We hope you will consider being a part of this very important work.

Talley Updates

News from Talley PE

Hi families! We're off to a great start in P.E. and wanted to give you a couple of reminders.

Kids have PE 2 times out of every 6 days. Here is a copy of our schedule:

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Please make sure your child wears tennis/running shoes on PE days.

Please follow us on Facebook at Talley Street P.E.

Thanks! We are looking forward to a great year!!

Coach Nichols & Coach Johns

Absences Reminder

If your child is going to be absent from school, please make sure to CC Ms. Parks (eparks@csdecatur.net) on any communication regarding the excuse so that it can be marked appropriately in Infinite Campus.

Talley Media Center

We are so excited to kick off the year! We are already welcoming kids back into the media center, and it is so great to have everyone excited about an awesome year of reading!

For information about media center policies, as well as reading recommendations and student/family resources, please visit our website!

STEM Needs 2 Liter Bottles!

We have had a great first week of STEM class here at Talley! Thank you so much to those of you who have already sent in materials or grabbed something from our wish list. You help make our lab successful!

Starting next week, we will need 2 liter bottles for a 3rd grade project. If you have any laying around your house, please send them in! I am also still looking for round tops from bottles of milk, drinks, sodas, medicine, anything! These make great wheels. We will ALWAYS take paper towel and toilet paper rolls and any other cool recyclables that you have around the house. Finally, we will be opening our "Tinker Table" soon, so if you have any old electronics that you want to get rid of, we would love to be able to take them apart!

Pets of the Week

Talley's lobby TV has a rotating set of pictures an announcements for students to see during the day. A fan favorite is our (extremely adorable) pet of the week feature! Does your family have a pet you love? Email it to Mrs. Long (along@csdecatur.net) with your child's name and homeroom for a chance to be featured!

Extracurricular Activities

Elementary Orchestra

Orchestra is open to all students at Talley! See the flyer below for more information.

Girls on the Run - Coaches Needed!

Join the Coaching Team at Talley Street as a MENTOR for girls in 3-5th grade!

We need coaches!

We are in need of volunteer IN PERSON coaches for next season! Coaches are MENTORS who help inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum (provided by Girls on the Run), which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. It is NOT required to be a runner, athlete, or identify as female to be a coach! We cannot have any teams at Talley if we do not have enough volunteers to coach, so please consider joining our coaching team next season!

Here is what you can expect:

  • Fill out a coaches application and complete a background check

  • Attend a virtual training session AND an in person training session with GOTR Atlanta

  • Attend a virtual pre-season Talley Coaches Meeting

  • Commit to 1-2 days a week of coaching (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs from 2:30-4:00) during the season

  • Support your fellow co-coaches, take turns leading lessons based on the detailed GOTR Curriculum you will be provided

  • This program has proven to have a positive impact on the girls who participate. Be prepared for it to have a positive impact on you, too!

Fall 2022 Dates

Lottery Closes Aug. 30th

Practice Begins Week of Sep. 12th

End-of-Season 5K Dec. 3rd

Last Week of Programs Dec. 5th

**We do not practice when there is no school.

Please reach out to Natalie Bundschu at nbundschu@csdecatur.net if you or anyone you know is interested in coaching this season. We would love to have as many coaches as possible and are happy to work with your availability. If possible, we would especially love coaches who could commit to coming back to coach once or twice a year for future seasons.

Girls on the Run - Join the Team!

Join our IN-PERSON teams at Talley Street! Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Interested in participating? Registration is OPEN NOW

Questions? Email nbundschu@csdecatur.net or contact info@girlsontherunatlanta.org

Girls on the Run Site Information

  • Talley Street Upper Elementary School

  • Two days a week after school until 2:30-4:00 (Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays)

  • Register Online: Girlsontherunatlanta.org

    • Paper application available upon request

  • Space is limited

  • GOTR uses an income-based sliding scale so that every girl who wants to participate can. Registration fee is available on a sliding scale from $10 to $185.

  • Includes GOTR lessons, journal, water bottle, 2 t-shirts and 5k registration.

Fall 2022 Registration

Lottery Closes Aug. 30th

Practice Begins Week of Sep. 12th

End-of-Season 5K Dec. 3rd

Last Week of Programs Dec. 5th

We do not practice when there is no school.

*You can register anytime during the registration period. Team participants selected by the computer will receive an automated e-mail stating they are on the team. Girls who are not placed on the initial team will be placed on a waiting list and will receive an email from GOTR.

Decatur Avondale Children's Choir

Is your child interested in joining the Decatur Avondale Children's Choir? Contact Mark Green (info@decaturavondalecc.com, 404-405-5593) for more information! This is open to ages 6-18.

DAL Rec Lacrosse

See the information below about registering for the Decatur Active Living fall lacrosse team!
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PTO Corner

Join Us!

Donate to the PTO Now

Please visit our website at: www.TalleyPTO.org Our website is password protected: TalleyTigers. Go check out our calendar and homepage for Events/Activities, our Parent/Student Directory, shop for SpiritWear (coming soon), get Safe Routes to School tips and Fundraising details throughout the year, including our very own TigerFest!

Also, we always need volunteers. Please check out our many volunteer opportunities and pick one that best fits you!

Popsicle Social

We hope to see everyone next Saturday, August 6! Don't forget your water bottles - it’s going to be hot!

Spirit Wear will be available for sale (only at the Popsicle social)! We have a new shirt design (please see picture on the right)! Wear Talley proud throughout the school year!!

Special thanks to The Mosser Group for sponsoring the popsicles!

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PTO Meeting

Talley’s staff will be there to talk to us more about the House System and answer questions. The PTO is providing a free House t-shirt for all of our students and staff! If you have not completed this FORM yet, please let us know what size shirt your child will need. Volunteers will match them with their House shirt and their size when the shirts are distributed in a couple of weeks.

Date: August 11th, 2022

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Talley’s Cafeteria

Spirit Night

Come join us for a sweet and delicious Spirit Night at Cremalosa! See you there!

Date: August 17, 2022

Time: 2:30pm-8pm

Location: Cremalosa 2657 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Room Parents

Hello Families! Please consider signing up to be a Room Parent for home room and specials teachers. We still have a few classes with no Room Parents, we need you!

Below are the main objectives as a Room Parent:

  • Support your teacher(s).

  • Facilitate Family involvement.

  • Be the liaison between PTO/Teachers and Families in your class.

  • Responsible for managing class funds, purchasing gifts and extra supplies with class funds.

Sign up HERE!

Questions? Please email Room Parent Coordinators Lynda Kim and India Epps at: rpcoordinator@talleypto.org

Amazon Wishlist

We currently are working with the staff to update the list of items to meet incidental schoolwide needs and to show our appreciation of our teachers and staff. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support!

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Welcome back to a new school year! We are so excited to be back, it’s going to be a great year! DEF works in partnership with City Schools of Decatur to ensure that every student has what they need to learn and thrive. We have several programs in place to do just that: Virtual Pals Tutoring Program, AIM Scholars Mentoring Program, and a BRAND NEW program for high schoolers, FOCUS Prep Program. We need volunteers for each program to be a success, so please read below to learn how you can help.

Tutoring: We are continuing our Virtual Pals tutoring program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here: https://forms.gle/SjYinSLJkZ363pi57 If you would like to help as a volunteer tutor, you can apply here: https://forms.gle/YTbDUk8H4iS4qfD57 (High school students can earn volunteer hours!)

Mentoring: Covid has made it VERY difficult for our mentor pairs to meet these last two years. We’re renewing the program with fervor this school year, and need male and female adult mentors to volunteer 2-4 hours per month with our new third-grade cohort. For a mentor application, click here: https://forms.gle/DNFkXJyTCKTaFd1S9

FOCUS Prep: Finding Opportunities to Create yoUr Success Prep is just for high school students who want a little extra “coaching” to reach their post-secondary goals. High schoolers will be paired with volunteer coaches who will encourage, motivate, and hold them accountable. Coaches will receive training from College Ave Consulting to know how best to help with career research, college applications, financial aid, and time lines! Time commitment is only 2-3 hours per month for the school year. If you’d like to become a coach, click here: https://forms.gle/F73gdN5fxzXqET5o7. If your high schooler is interested in the program, please click here: https://forms.gle/zYMUsPJQ1Wv7uiNs8

You can also find all forms and information at our website, www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring. Together we make a difference for our kids!

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

Talley Street PE

And these Instagrams:



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/