Talley Street Update
August 25, 2022
January 12, 2023
Dear Talley Community,
I hope everyone is having a great week. On Tuesday, during the BOE meeting, the student house leaders presented to the board information about our new Talley House System. They did a fantastic job! Here is a link to the video that they shared with the board. We are so fortunate to have such great students at Talley Street. House Presentation
In November, I sent a link to the Georgia Parent Survey from the Georgia Department of Education. This is a yearly survey. As of now, our parent participation is not high enough. This could negatively impact Talley Street’s CCRPI score. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete the survey. The school truly uses the feedback from the survey to improve our practices. Thank you so much! Georgia Parent Survey
Enjoy the long weekend and the MLK holiday!
MAP growth reports went home in students' communication folders today!
Car Riders - PLEASE READ!
This is an important reminder. If you are picking up for car riders you must go through the carpool lane! Do not park out front. This is a safety concern. Thank you!
Community Celebration of Black Joy
On Friday, February 3, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM, the GPB and Decatur High School Library program partnership, ASALH, and AAHGS will host a “Community Celebration of Black Joy” at DHS. Events will include a panel discussion centered around clips from the series “Making Black America: Through the Grapevine'', spoken word performances, a student-curated gallery walk, a genealogy exhibit, and more facilitated by the DHS Black Student Union.
Click here to register for this event.
DHS Band Mattress Fundraiser
Come out to support the DHS Band at the DHS Band Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 10:00-5:00 p.m.. There will be 25+ different styles of beds on display for customers to try. The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores. In addition to beds, there will also be premium pillows, luxury sheets and even adjustable power bases!! See flyer for more details.
K-12 Winter Break Intersession
Winter Break Intersession will be February 13-15, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Students will be invited from their school by January 6, 2023. See flyer below for more information.
SHOUT OUT to Ms. Carter-Cain!
Our very own Ms. Carter-Cain was chosen as a CSD Good Equity Troublemaker of the month! Read more about her amazing contributions to our school community below!
STEM Needs Boxes and Wallpaper!
Do you have small boxes or shoe boxes laying around the house after the holidays? We would love to have them in STEM! Your box could be turned into a cool Laser Maze or Electric House! If you have any, we are also in need of wallpaper scraps. As always, thanks for your support!
Georgia Young Authors Contest
Is your child a budding author? See the flyer below for more information about this year's GA Young Authors Contest!
Talley 4th Grade Family Movie Night
There is a movie night coming up for 4th grade students and families! See the flyer below for more information.
Volunteer at the Library
Do you have any extra time to spare to help shelve books at the library? Sign up below! Thanks in advance for being generous with your time!
Amistad Friendship Dance
ALL TALLEY STUDENTS ARE INVITED to the Amistad Friendship Dance!
February 2, 2023
105 Electric Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
*Only Talley students will be admitted.
Parent volunteers are needed - please email email@example.com to volunteer.
UPDATED DATES - Houses Leading Talley Rally
Hi Tigers! We’ve made some scheduling changes for upcoming Talley Rallies. You are invited to YOUR CHILD’S Talley Rally (for instance, if your child is in Amistad, you may attend on 1/27). If you have children in more than 1 House, you’re welcome to attend each of their rallies. If you have questions, please email Jillian Farley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alicia Reno (email@example.com). Talley Rally begins at 7:45. Thank you!
1/13 Isibindi Leads Talley Rally
1/27 Amistad Leads Tally Rally
2/24 Altruismo Leads Talley Rally
3/17 Onraka Leads Talley Rally
3/24 Rêveur Leads Talley Rally
4/14 Nukumori Leads Talley Rally
FitnessGram is Approaching (end of January)
Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, official Code of Georgia 20-2-777 requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness assessment program for all students in grades K-12. What does that mean for your child in City Schools of Decatur? K–3rd grade students will be introduced to the following skills: PACER, push-ups, curl-ups, and back saver sit and reach. K-12 students will also have their height and weight measured. The skills will be formally assessed in grades 4-12. FitnessGram was selected because it measures only those areas of fitness related to the health of students. This includes: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.
If you would like to submit your child’s height and weight confidentially, please use this google form. Deadline to submit is February 10, 2023. If you have any questions contact Nicole Johns (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Quonisha Jackson (email@example.com)
Information about FitnessGram and the new requirements can be found at:
Georgia Department of Education-Physical Education
Girls on the Run
Each season, Girls on the Run creates a safe and fun place for girls of all abilities to make new friends, new healthy habits and new memories. Registration for the spring Girls on the Run season is now open! If you or someone you know has a girl interested in participating in the fall season, lottery registration is open through 11:59 pm on Tuesday, January 24. Participant Placement Day is Wednesday, January 25 and practice begins the week of February 6.
Just select Talley Street Monday/Wednesday or Talley Street Tuesday/Thursday during registration to register for the lottery for our site. Learn more and register for the spring season lottery today!
Girls on the Run Coaches Needed
Do you have a passion for volunteerism, healthy habits, goal setting and female empowerment? You just might be the perfect fit to be a #GOTR coach at Talley Street! Girls on the Run coaches unlock confidence through thought-provoking conversations, an intentional curriculum and movement-based games. Ready to join us? Step right up – we’re looking for you!
Get started here: https://www.girlsontherunatlanta.org/coach.
Decatur Rec Lacrosse League
See the flyer below for more information!
January Snack Cart (3rd Grade Families)
Please help show your appreciation for our wonderful Talley Teachers and Staff!
Our 3rd Grade families are kindly being asked to sponsor our Snack Cart for the month of January. The Snack Cart rolls out every other Friday. Please drop off donations (labeled Snack Cart) to the school by Thursday, January 5. Thank you!
Everything must be individually wrapped.
If the sign up is full, consider donating anyway!! All Items are appreciated and enjoyed
Any questions, please contact Courtney Sollie at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to order online for delivery:
Talley Snack Cart
2617 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030
!!! THANK YOU !!!
CALL FOR ARTISTS!
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: FEBRUARY 22, 2023.
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.
As always, thanks so much for your support! Questions? Please email Kimberly Mohl and Tiffany Edney at: Fundraising@talleypto.org
Talley PTO DEI Committee
The Talley Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee invites you to Essential Conversations About Affordable Housing.
Moderated by Talley Parent, Richelle Patton, President of Collaborative Housing Solutions.
Virtual mini session on City of Decatur’s Missing Middle Housing Proposal: Mon., Jan. 16, 8pm (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday)
A short notice but timely conversation online on Google Meet since the City Commission votes on the proposal the next day.
https://meet.google.com/wqa-yudj-uuv Or dial: +1 484-552-3180 PIN: 305751992
Talley Community Meeting: Weds., Feb. 1, 7:30pm in the Talley Media Center Light Refreshments to be provided.
Talley's 2022-2023 Yearbook
Talley Families, we need your help! We need pictures from events from the first semester. That would include walk and roll, nights out, sorting ceremony, etc. anything and everything! Please email these pictures to email@example.com with the name of the event in the subject line.
Talley School Diversity Activity Committee
The Talley School Diversity Activities Committee has been hard at work this year expanding programs for students to celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, the Lunar New Year Parade and Black History Month. The Talley PTO is working with the teachers to raise money for more student activities through the end of the school year. All donations made to the PTO between January 5-19 will be earmarked for this amazing committee.
Thank you for your support!
We need parents, grandparents, and guardians to volunteer for Tigers Relieving Educators At Talley (TREAT). TREAT is a wonderful opportunity to extend extra time during the school day to teachers so that they can plan, enjoy duty-free lunch, and schedule meetings. TREAT volunteers will sign up for one-hour slots to supervise a class during recess and lunch or Tiger Time and lunch. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please complete this brief form. The next volunteer orientation will be held at a date to be determined.
Decatur Education Foundation
Don’t cook, dine out for DEF next Thursday, January 19th! Just click here to place your order in advance: https://naanstop-decatur.square.site/. Order by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18th and pick up between 5:00 pm and 5:45 pm on Thursday, January 19th. Pick-up at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park. 20% of proceeds will be donated to DEF, thanks to Naan Stop and Greg Kodesh Realty.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Lighten the Load snack and weekend backpack program for January! There are just a few items left for the weekend backpack program for those families in need of supplemental food. Here’s the link: https://a.co/6Etc74W Check back at the beginning of each month when the lists are updated.
You can also help DEF by volunteering your time as a Virtual Pal Tutor for a 2nd-8th grade CSD student. Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/SnUp5TNx3JZRTNja7
Two more dates to put on your calendar: Saturday, February 4th is the Mead Rd Mardi Gras Parade. Info for participating as a community krewe is available at www.meadrdmardigras.org. And Saturday, March 11th is the Tour deCatur 5K and one-mile Fun Run. Registration will begin in the coming weeks, stay tuned.
Decatur Farm to School
Are you interested in growing your school garden program or improving student access to fresh fruits and vegetables? The Decatur Farm to School Committee is accepting new members for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to general volunteers, the committee is specifically looking for "School Garden Liaisons" from each CSD school. If this sounds like you or someone you know, learn more and sign-up here.
Run with the Dogs
Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2023, for Run With the Dogs, a Decatur tradition now in its 19th year.
The race is back at Beacon Hill Middle School for the 5K and Pup Trot, and the 5K race is an official qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race! Register by January 15, 2023 to make sure you receive the coveted long-sleeved race T-shirt featuring Tuck the Pug.
Run With the Dogs is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to support the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Beacon Hill Middle School. For more information and to register for the race, click here.
Social Media and Contact Information
You can find more information on the following Facebook pages:
Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO
Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parents
Talley Street PE
And these Instagrams:
Follow the media center on Twitter:
For news from our counselors, check out their website:
For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/