Talley Street Update

March 10, 2022

How We Express Ourselves at Talley

As an IB candidate school, our students work through six Units of Inquiry throughout the school year. In Term 4, all grade levels worked on their How We Express Ourselves unit. Our wonderful Specials teachers used this unit of inquiry as an opportunity to showcase the students' hard work. Next week this work will be showcased through a special website that will include images, videos and explanations of How We Express Ourselves in Spanish, Music, P.E, and Art. Be on the lookout for the link in next Thursday's newsletter. We hope you enjoy!

Thank you, Talley families!

The Talley staff wants to express our thanks for all of the love that you show to us through the snack cart. Click below for a short thank you video from the staff!

CSD Updates

CSD Special Education March Meeting

Georgia Tech Excel Program provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.

Target audience: Parents/students with disabilities in the 8th-12th grades.

Date: March 24, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Click this link to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant

ESOL Virtual Parent Meeting

The ESOL Team would like to invite you to City Schools of Decatur's upcoming ESOL Virtual Parent Meeting: Interpreting Your Child's ACCESS Test Scores. The meeting will take place via ZOOM on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

This meeting will cover:

  • Types of Scores

  • Understanding ACCESS for ELs Scores

  • Using ACCESS for ELs Scores

Additional information about the meeting can be found on the flyer linked here. Please plan to attend to learn important information about ACCESS test scores.

Meeting Link: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/96105711050?pwd=bVJyV251ckFyNjhhQXZTU1BTNHFLZz09

If you have any questions, please contact Paris Hardnett at phardnett@csdecatur.net.

We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you!

CSD Art Show

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the CSD Art Show on April 20-22. Click below to learn more!

Talley Updates

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Calling All 5th Grade Parents

You are invited to an informational evening at Renfroe Middle School. Join us to discover what middle school is all about!

What: The nuts & bolts of the middle school program presented by the Renfroe administrators, school counselor, veteran 6th grade parents, and student Ambassadors. A Q&A will follow our presentation.

When: Thursday, March 24th, 2022

  • 6:30-7:00 -- Student-led Tours
  • 7:00-8:00 -- Parent Orientation Session

Where: Renfroe Middle School Cafeteria

For Whom: 5th Grade Parents/Guardians ONLY (*Students will tour RMS in May)

Questions? Contact Ragan Hudson, 6th Grade Counselor 404-370-4440, ext. 5019 or rhudson@csdecatur.net

Recorders for Music

Hello Students and Parents!

I am so excited to announce we will begin learning about and playing recorders very soon! I know many students already have recorders, but if you do not have a recorder or you would like to have an extra one for home and keep one at school or just simply want a new one, please fill out the order form below. Recorders will be used as a fun way to learn a beginner instrument, learning notes on the treble staff, reading rhythms and notes, ensemble playing, ear training and eye coordination. The list goes on and on! The student book for home practice is optional and comes with all the songs and music. I encourage those students who show interest and desire to learn and master to have this at home.

To order, please fill out the form with secured payment attached and return to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday March 18. Checks should be made to Talley Street Elementary School and in the memo section student name and the word recorder please.

Email me with any questions. tjessup@csdecatur.net

Tanya Jessup

Talley Music

Spring Book Fair

Save the date for Talley's Spring Book Fair! Get excited to shop for new books from March 21-25. See the flyer below for more details!

Class Photos

Below is the link you can use to pre-pay for class group photos online.

Attached is a flyer for picture day with the QR code.


PTO Corner

Spirit Wear

New Youth & Adult T-shirt Options including a Tigerfest Shirt & Talley Tie Dye! Aluminum Water Bottles, Talley Magnets & Reusable Shopping Totes Available.

Order online before March 20th and receive your items the week of TigerFest via Backpack Mail.

Go to our PTO Store today to place your order. All proceeds go directly to the PTO’s efforts to support Talley’s teachers and staff, and to build community among our Talley Tigers and their families.

Questions? Want to sign up to help sell Spirit Wear at Events? Email Ellen & Gina at: Spiritwear@talleypto.org

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Save the Date Talley Tigers and Families!

Please join us on April 23rd from 11:00am-3:00pm at Talley Street Upper Elementary for our first annual TigerFest!

So what is TigerFest? This fundraiser is an exciting community event that includes live local musicians, food trucks, local artists selling their creative wares, an incredible silent auction, fun bounce houses and obstacle courses, and exciting carnival games. This event has something for the entire family!

More information and ticket sales coming soon. We look forward to seeing our Talley community at TigerFest!

Questions?! Please email Kimberly Mohl fundraising@talley.org.


By now you must have seen the flyers in your child's folder, our 2021-2022 Yearbook is available for sale!

You can easily purchase your Talley Yearbook online by following the steps below :

  1. https://memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/
  2. Enter our school code 203291 and click on "Go to your school account log in."
  3. Click on the link below your school name.
  4. Register as a "New User."
  5. Buy your yearbook for $12 by March 25, $15 after March 25 at the PTO store.

Ads for 5th grade families only. Place an ad: $0! Tributes for free to honor outgoing 5th graders - 1/8 ad. Order ads online through March 25!

If you would like to donate a yearbook please choose this option on the website!

We need YOU! Please email the yearbook committee pictures of any Talley event that you or your family have been a part of.

Questions?! Please email yearbook@talleypto.org. Thank you for your support!

School Supply Surplus Drive

Please join us on our School Supply Surplus Drive from March 21st through April 2nd.

The objective of the drive is to collect unused school supplies to help Talley Families in need, with reducing the number of supplies needed to purchase for the 2022-2023 School year.

Around April, teachers generate a general school supply list for the following year. To reduce the number of supplies needed for purchase, we are asking interested parents to return unused supplies from the 2021- 2022 school year. Participation is optional.

Carpoolers: We need your help during morning and afternoon carpool hours!

Tuesday March 22nd & Thursday March 24th

Tuesday March 29th & Thursday March 31st


Morning Carpool: 7:15am - 7:45am

Afternoon Carpool: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Bus Riders: Porch drop-offs (more details coming up soon!)

We need your help with Porch Volunteers in the following neighborhoods:

  • Glenwood
  • Winona Park
  • Clairemont
  • Ebster

Sorting: We will have a sorting party the week of April 11th. We need about 3 volunteers from each grade.

To volunteer, please sign up HERE!

Thank you so much for your support.

Questions?! Please contact Jennifer Williams our 3rd grade member at large at: AtLarge3rd@talleypto.org.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Talley Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is March 21-25. We will be celebrating each day with something special for our amazing Teachers and Staff! Below is a framework for that week, but your room parent may tweak it for your class so please stay tuned.

  • MONDAY MARCH 21: Students bring in a flower or candy to create a floral arrangement or candy bowl from the class. (RPs bring a vase/bowl)
  • TUESDAY MARCH 22: Students bring a handmade “Thank You” card.
  • WEDNESDAY MARCH 23: Students bring a piece of fruit to create a fruit bowl from the class. (RPs bring a bowl)
  • THURSDAY MARCH 24: Room Parents will bring a class appreciation gift to their teacher.
  • FRIDAY MARCH 25: Teacher/Staff catered Lunch - RP Coordinators will take care of this.

As always, thank you so much for your support. It’s greatly appreciated!

Talley's Staff Lounge Amazon Wishlist

Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner (details coming up soon!). If you are looking for ways to show Talley Teachers and Staff appreciation for all their hard work, please consider this Amazon Wish List. Thank you for all your support!

The 6 Myths: Ways White Folks Avoid Race

Come join us for a reflective journey for parents and faculty to discover the impact of race and racism in our lives. This the last day of the series. You don’t want to miss this!

Please sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7qO-UIVzkEqqi1enNozSodtKn1HzF0Ni16NsUZu-PgB4NeA/viewform! (Use your Infinite Campus email address. ALL participants will be verified.)


Charlie Copp, MS

Elliott Robinson, JD, MDiv

Sponsored by Talley’s PTO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

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After-School Activities

DAL Rec Lacrosse

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Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

This Saturday’s Tour deCatur 5K or one-mile Fun Run is offering SAME DAY registrations starting at 7:30 am at the DHS cafeteria. Registrations are still lower than average this year – your participation is KEY to helping DEF continue all its good work in helping Decatur students learn and thrive. We hope to see you out there!

Did you know that DEF is celebrating its 20th year as an organization? To celebrate, we’re hosting a TREASURE HUNT during the month of March! The first 20 families who complete the hunt will be entered into a raffle to win some great prizes including a week of Little Shop of Stories Summer Camp for the 2022 OR the 2023 season. Go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org/DEF-treasurehunt for instructions to sign up, (It’s FREE!)

There are other ways that you can help DEF help Decatur’s kids, through snack donations and volunteering.

Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Tally Snacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Weekend Food Backpacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Volunteering opportunities abound for both adults and upper high school students in need of hours:

  • As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6
  • As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.
  • As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.
  • As a REACH Mentor – we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

Social Media and Contact Information

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

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/