Talley Street Update

April 19, 2021

Talley Updates

Student-Led Conferences

Just before Spring Break, we ended our Term 5 grading period. At Talley, we encourage student agency by having student-led conferences for Term 5. Student led conferences will be done at home. Students will complete this school-created Google Form alongside the parent that focuses on self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses as a learner in Term 5 as well as the IB Learner Profile. Students and parents will work together to write a goal for Term 6, which is the last portion of the Google Form. We have extended the deadline for conferences to this Sunday, April 25th to allow more students to finish.

Reading Bowl Interest 21-22

Hi Talley Tigers! Do you enjoy reading? Would you consider yourself a competitive person? Then Reading Bowl is for you!

What is Reading Bowl? I’m glad you asked. Reading Bowl is a yearly competition for students in grades 4 and up. If you are interested, we will have an information session on Wednesday, April 28th at 3:00pm on Google Meet. Please fill out this form letting us know that you are interested and we will see you on the 28th at 3:00pm!

Title I Program Informational Session

Save the Date Parents and Families!

Title Programs Informational Session

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Zoom Meeting

(Link will be shared)

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Virtual Book Fair

Our virtual book fair is here! See information below with a purchase code to use with orders from Little Shop of Stories. Proceeds go to purchasing books for the Talley media center. Thank you for your support!
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PTO Updates

Talley School Supplies 2021-22

The Talley PTO is partnering with 1st Day School Supplies to offer an online shopping option for purchasing your school supplies. You can buy everything on the lists with just a few clicks and the supplies will be delivered to your home over the summer. Visit 1st Day and order through June 15. You will also have the option to donate a kit to make sure each student has access to individual supplies.

The 2021-22 Talley School Supply Lists can be found here for your reference.

Spirit Wear Sale

The Talley Spirit Wear store is open now through April 30th! Pick up some new items for spring, or shop for your rising Talley Tiger for the fall, and help support our teachers and school with your purchase.

Place your orders through the Store tab on the PTO website at www.talleypto.org. Items will be sent home with in-person students on 4/23 and 5/7. Items will be available for porch pick up (location TBD) on 4/24 and 5/1.

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Talley Street PTO & Committee Chair Positions

The Talley Street PTO Board needs your help for the 2021-22 school year to support our students and staff! Please consider joining the PTO Board or chairing one of our committees.

To view a description of the open Board and Committee positions and to submit your interest, please follow this link:

Talley Street PTO & Committee Chair Nominations

Nominations are due by Friday, April 23

The Nominating Committee needs 1-2 more volunteers to help recruit, vet, and slate nominees. Please e-mail India Epps at nomination@talleypto.org if you would like to help the committee or have any questions.

The Myths of Racism and Beyond: Personal and Community Reflections

Please join us in January for the next The Myths of Racism and Beyond: Personal and Community Reflections, sponsored by the DEI Committee.

Whether you are a social justice champion or wrestling with these topics for the first time, this workshop will help all of us deepen our understanding of racism and strengthen our commitment to action.

Through independent individual reflections in a personal journal and group sessions reflecting as a community once a month, our Talley Street Upper Elementary community will examine the power of race and discuss its impact across racial lines. Everyone is invited to provide their voice, perspective, and experiences with the power of race.

The series will cover the article “The 10 Myths White People Believe About Racism,” with a paired bite-sized reading and short racial equity video assigned each month. It will include time for independent individual reflections through a personal journal and time for community reflections during group discussions once a month.

The remaining Community Reflections will be Thursdays from8-9 PM on Zoom on the following dates:

Apr 22

May 13

If you are unable to attend all sessions, you can work through the personal reflections asynchronously and join the community reflections as you can.

To participate, please fill out this google form. Email Charlie Copp with any questions. Charlie is a CSD parent and will help facilitate the series along with fellow Talley parent Elliott Robinson.

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Step Up for Teachers!

It's that time of year again -- time to Step Up for Teachers! And what a year it's been. Show your favorite teacher just how much you appreciate their hard work during this unprecedented school year with a loving tribute. Just go to www.stepupforteachers.com make a $25 donation and leave your tribute. We'll notify the honored teacher or CSD staff member and deliver a "We Step Up for Teachers" yard sign to your door in the coming weeks. The Step Up campaign supports our teachers in the classroom through Teacher Innovation Grants. Let's show them some love! Together, we make a difference for #ourschools, #ourteachers, and #ourkids. As a special gift from DEF to our DHS seniors, we are giving every member of the senior class of 2021 a “Congratulations Class of 2021” yard sign. It’s a little something to brighten a lackluster final year of high school. Details about sign pick-up are coming soon.

Decatur Farm to School


Wednesday, April 21st, will be Decatur Farm to School’s Spring Take Out! Order from participating restaurants during their open hours and a portion of your order total will go to DF2S! Get a wonderful meal(and dessert!) from Arepa Mia, Brick Store Pub, Butter & Cream, Farm Burger, Folk Art, Kimball House, Leon’s Full Service, Marlay House, My Parents’ Basement, Oakhurst Market, Raging Burrito, Sapori Di Napoli, Steinbeck’s, The Imperial, or Universal Joint! Proceeds from the Spring Take Out support our DF2S programs. Give yourself a break, eat a delicious meal, and support a wonderful cause!

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/