Talley Street Update

Information for the week before school starts

Talley Street Upper Elementary Information


Hours: Breakfast- 7:20 am, School hours- 7:45 am - 2:45 pm

Address: 2617 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Principal: Billy Heaton

Assistant Principals: Ron Johnson and Arlethea Williams

Instructional Coach: Julie McFadden

Administrative Assistant: Eva Parks

Table of Contents:

-Letter from the Principal
-Talley Street Staff Directory
-Important Dates

-SLT and PTO elections

-Parent Portal instructions

-Detailed Talley Street Transportation Information

  • Talley Street School Map with Traffic Flow
  • Car Rider's Drop Off and Pick up Information
  • Information for Walker and the Walker's Entrance into the Building
  • Bus Rider's Information
  • Updated Safe Routes to Talley Map


-2019-2020 Talley Street School Supply Lists
-3rd Grade Residency Verification Information
-Pardon Our Dust
-Talley Street Information

Letter From the Principal

July 24, 2019


Dear Talley Street Community,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It is hard to believe that the start of school is right around the corner! I am so excited for everyone to see the amazing school building. The first opportunity is the Meet and Greet on July 31st. You will find the logistics in this eBlast.


In this eBlast are several important documents. Please take some time to review and fill them out and return to your child’s teacher. If at all possible, bring the after school form to the Meet and Greet.


Class lists should be available on Infinite Campus Parent Portal on July 30th after 2:00 PM. You can access the portal by click here. If you have trouble accessing the portal, please reach out to the school.


It has been a privilege to help open the newest school in the City Schools of Decatur. This effort could not have happened without the hard work of so many people. My sincere thanks goes out to each and everyone of them. The Talley Street Community is truly special and we are going to have a great school year! Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you soon!


Billy Heaton

Principal, Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important documents to return to your child's teacher

Talley Street Staff Directory

The full Talley Street Upper Elementary staff directory can be found on our website. Go Talley Tigers!

Important Dates:


Parent Portal opens to view your child's teachers: (Click here for Parent Portal Information)
July 30, 2:00 pm

Talley Street Meet and Greet:
July 31, 2019, 3:30 - 5:30 pm


First Day of School:
August 1, 7:45 am - 2:45 pm

Curriculum Night:
3rd grade: 6:00 - 7:30 pm on August 20

4th and 5th grades: 6:00 - 7:30 pm on August 21


Fall Social:
September 6


Fall Break:
September 23-27

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Additional Meet and Greet Information: July 31, 2019, 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
Please note the updated Meet and Greet information below.


Session 1:
(For crowd control, we encourage parents without children in the K-2 schools to attend this session if possible.)


3:30-3:50 pm: Meet in the Gym/Auditorium for a brief presentation and Q & A from Principal Billy Heaton

3:50-4:20 pm: Classroom visits*

*These visits are to see your child's classroom and meet their teacher, more curriculum information will be discussed at Curriculum night which will be held later in August.)

4:20 pm: Session 1 is over, parents and students are dismissed.

Session 2:
(We recognize that for parents with children in the K-2 schools this will be the easier session to attend.)

4:30-4:50 pm: Meet in the Gym/Auditorium for a brief presentation and Q & A from Principal Billy Heaton

4:50-5:20 pm: Classroom visits*

*These visits are to see your child's classroom and meet their teacher, more curriculum information will be discussed at Curriculum night which will be held later in August.)

5:20 pm: Session 2 is over, parents and students are dismissed.

SLT and PTO Elections and Information:

Talley Street's SLT:

For more information about the Talley Street SLT and their elections, please click here.


Talley Street's PTO:

For more information about the Talley Street PTO and their elections, please click here.

Detailed Talley Street Transportation Information

Talley Street School Entrance Map

Car Rider's Drop Off and Pick up Information

  • If you plan to drop your child off as a car rider, please build in extra time, leave a little early and have extra patience and humility. Thank you for your understanding.
  • When you drop your child off at Talley Street as a car rider, use caution when approaching the school because of increased pedestrian traffic.
  • You will enter Talley street from Columbia drive and turn right into the parking lot.Talley Street will be a one-way street from Columbia with only a right-hand turn into the school allowed. Please do not enter from Sams street and expect to be able to take a left into the school parking lot.

  • Please follow the traffic pattern laid out in the purple arrows below. Children will exit your vehicle in the yellow highlighted area on the map.
  • When exiting the school parking lot, only a right-hand turn towards Sams street will be permitted. Parents will not be able to take a left out of the parking lot towards Columbia.
  • This same traffic pattern and process will be in place during pick up.

Information for Walkers and the Walker's Entrance into the Building

  • A four-way stop has been installed at Columbia, Talley and Shadowmoor and two crosswalks will be installed at that intersection crossing Columbia. This four-way stop will be replaced with a traffic light this fall.

  • The City of Decatur will provide us with multiple crossing guards. Please see the Safe Routes to School map below for where they will be stationed.

  • We encourage children to walk on the sidewalk to the front of the school on Talley street and not to use the service road off of Columbia. There will not be staff members there to accept students in this back area of the school.


Walkers- please use the Talley street entrance in the middle of the school building next to the flag pole. This is labeled as Entrance A and highlighted in green on the map above. The picture above shows this entrance.

Bus Riders Information

  • We encourage you to consider sending your child to school on the bus to reduce the amount of cars on the road during school pick up and drop off.
  • The bus routes for Talley Street can be found on this webpage.
  • For more information about your bus route, please contact Lowanda Bowman Brown at 470-237-0368 ext. 7602.

Updated Safe Routes to Talley Map

This map shows the safest and most efficient ways to get to and from Talley Street Upper Elementary. The Safe Routes to School are in red, the permitted drop off traffic pattern is in green and the permitted exit from the school is shown in blue.
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2019-2020 Talley Street School Supply List

Did you miss the window to order your supplies online?
No problem, just print out this pdf of the supplies and take it with you to the store .

3rd Grade Residency Verification Information - Required

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Residency Verification


All 3rd graders are required to show proof of residency. Please present these documents before September 6th, 2019 to the front office of Talley Upper Elementary Street (ATTN: Yvett Battles). For more information, please click here.

Pardon our Dust:


Thank you for bearing with us as we put the final touches on our new school.


Some items like bike racks, landscaping, tree plantings, some IT/AV systems and a school sign, may not be complete on day one. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to give our kids a brand new, beautiful school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Billy Heaton at bheaton@csdecatur.net.

Full Facebook Album of Photos...

Click here to visit the full facebook album with all 64 photos of the school construction progress. (Photos taken on June 20, 2019.)

About Talley Street Upper Elementary

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 more about the Talley Street PTO, visit their website here... https://talleypto.org/


To view the first Talley Street Update, sent out on July 10, 2019, click here.