Talley Street Update
August 25, 2022
August 3, 2023
Dear Talley Street Community,
I hope everyone is having a great week! School is off to an amazing start! It’s only the third day of school and the students are already doing a fantastic job of meeting Talley Street’s PRIDE expectations. I want to thank the PTO for all of their help this summer in getting ready for school to start back. It is going to be a great year!
Thank you for all of your support of Talley Street! Go Tigers!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, August 11, 2023. 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 11th 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.
CSD Board of Education Revises Monthly Meeting Times
The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education is revising the schedule for monthly board meetings. The change aligns with the board's strategic goals of ensuring organizational effectiveness and efficiency and making board meetings more student-focused.
Effective Tuesday, August 8, 2023, the new board meeting times are as follows:
Executive Session: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pre-work Session: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Work Session: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Public Comment: 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Except for the executive session, all meetings will continue to be live-streamed and open to the public.
Dr. Whitaker's Listening Sessions
Students, staff, family, and community members are welcome to attend any session across the district.
Please click the following link for the virtual meeting on August 16: https://csdecatur.zoom.us/j/92894167992?pwd=TkczWHUvQXFtMHkrOTBRcXJ6aU9VZz09
THANK YOU from the Talley Staff! 🎊
A HUGE shout out goes out to those who worked so hard to make our first day of school come together! To the families who volunteered - we could not have done it without you! A special thank you to our PTO co-presidents, Kelly Brown and Lindsay Hodgson, who both went above and beyond to make Tuesday a success.
Health forms went home in communication folders TODAY! Please return to school as soon as possible!
Talley Street Band - Beginning Band Information
Hello Talley Street Parents/Guardians,
The long-awaited time is FINALLY here!! Time to get beginning band back at Talley. Below, you will find some important information as we begin the interest/sign-up process.
- Interest sign-ups for band will begin August 2nd and will end Friday, August 18th. You can access the link here:
- Beginning Band at Talley will be open to 5th-grade students only.
- Beginning Band rehearsals will be Monday/Wednesday. Schedule is TBD.
- As part of the "sign-up" process, students will have the opportunity to list their top 3 choices of instruments to play. The final decision will be made based on instrumentation needs, the matching tool, and the instrument placement fair. Not sure about an instrument?? Check out the instrument videos here:
- There will be a "fee" associated with band but it has yet to be determined. We will not let this “fee” deter any students from participating in the beginning band program.
As we begin band at Talley, if you have questions regarding band at Talley please feel free to reach out via email@example.com. Looking forward to a GREAT year!!! - Mr. T
Girls on The Run
It's time for Girls on the Run to start at Talley Street! Teams are M/W and Tu/Th from 2:30-4:00 at Talley starting the week of 9/11 to the week of 12/4. We need coaches to volunteer in order to host teams! Please contact Ms. Bundschu (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
We loved seeing and meeting so many of you at Meet & Greet! The PTO volunteers followed that up by teaming with Talley teachers and staff for the Opening Day celebration. We smoke-bombed, face-painted, cheered, and popsicled all day long! Check out some of our photos and videos (and more to come) on Facebook and Instagram (@TalleyPTO).
And thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who volunteered with us Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Room Parent Volunteers
Ongoing: Join the PTO!
This Saturday, Aug 5: Popsicle Social
Coming up! Our 1st Spirit Night of the Year: Cremolosa on Aug. 23rd
PTO Meeting: August 16
Our first Walk ‘n’ Roll is coming up soon!
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! Decatur Education Foundation works in partnership with City Schools of Decatur and other community organizations to ensure that every student has what they need to learn and thrive. We have several programs that do just that: we have a Tutoring Program for students in 2nd – 8th grade, a College Counseling Program to help 11th and 12th graders with college admissions, and Teacher Innovation Grants to enhance pre-K through 12th grade classroom learning. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and our website www.decatureducationfoundation.org for more information on how you can help support Decatur’s kids.
Social Media and Contact Information
You can find more information on the following Facebook pages:
Talley Street PE
And these Instagrams:
For news from our counselors, check out their website:
For more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here: https://talleypto.org/.