Talley Street Update

October 7, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Talley Street Community,

We truly appreciate your cooperation in helping to make arrival and dismissal as safe as possible. Please remember that only right turns are allowed into the school's parking lot during morning and afternoon dismissal. We are seeing a growing number of cars trying to make left turns. Also, cars should not stop at the school entrance on Talley Street to drop students off. All car riders should be dropped off through the regular carpool line.

Lastly, I'm pleased to share that the first Principal's Coffee Chat of the school year will be held on Friday, October 25 immediately following the Talley Rally. I will share information on the school's Title I Program.

Thank you and have a great week!

School News

School Photos Make-up Day, October 24

Make-up day for school photographs is scheduled for October 24.

Book Fair Fundraiser Thank You

The PTO-sponsored book fair fundraiser for the media center was a big success! Thank you to all of the parent volunteers, shoppers, PTO, and especially our parent book fair coordinators: Mara Silver and Ginger Schmeltzer! We appreciate your support of our media center--be on the lookout for the new books and other resources you helped make possible as we continue to grow our collection!

Gifted Review

Important Information about Gifted Review

Each fall semester the gifted review team looks at existing student data to discuss students’ needs and to determine if further evaluation for possible gifted identification is needed. If you are interested in having the team discuss your child’s needs, you may complete a Recommendation for Review Form (found at the website below) and submit it to the Gifted Specialist at your child’s school by October 9th. No additional information is needed. The Gifted Specialists for Talley are Nicole Fiber and Stephanie Trauner. For more detailed information about the review process and to obtain a copy of the Recommendation for Review Form, please contact the Gifted Specialist for your school at Talley or visit the following website: https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/581.

School-Related Photos for Yearbook

Please send photos of any school related events to: talleyyearbookphotos@gmail.com. Contact the yearbook chair for more information:

Kellei Johnstone


Lost and Found

Please ensure that students check the lost and found located at Ms. Parks' desk each day. All items remaining in lost and found at the end of each month will be donated to the local GoodWill store.

Talley Street PTO

Talley Street PTO All Members Meeting

Dear Talley Parents,

Please join us for our first, open to all, Talley PTO All Members meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, Oct 7th @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Talley Cafeteria.

Whiz Kids will provide childcare for kids Kindergarten ages and up. We will have pizza for the kids. Sign up HERE for child care or go to the Volunteer page on the Talley PTO website TalleyPTO.org

In case you didn’t already know, every parent of a Talley Elementary student is automatically enrolled as a member of the Talley PTO. There is no need to register, pay a fee or present a membership card. You’re already enrolled!

We know your time is valuable, so we’ll do our best to stick to a streamlined and efficient agenda at the meeting. Our meeting topics include the following items, which may change based on PTO member feedback:

  • Safety Presentation by Sergeant J. Bender
  • A recap of our Talley Supersaver card fundraiser
  • Upcoming 2019 and 2020 Talley PTO and School events

Help us spread the word about this fun, informative & important meeting.
We look forward to seeing you there! If you have questions, please contact us at Talley.St.PTO@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Talley Street Elementary PTO Board

PTO Fundraiser at City Barbeque

Talley Street Upper Elementary PTO is having a Fundraiser at City Barbeque! Be sure to scan the barcode on this flyer on Wednesday, October 16 and our school will receive 25% back!

Walk & Roll

Talley Street Walk & Roll events will be held on Fridays. These are the dates for the 2019/2020 school year. Please mark your calendars!

November 15

December 13

January 17

February 14

March 13

April 17

May 15

Box Tops, Publix, and More

Box Tops:

Box Tops have gone digital!! Download the App, Box Tops for Education. Enter your information, select Talley St., scan receipts and done! If you still have hard copy box tops, we will be collecting them behind the front desk. There is a box labeled Box Tops for Education. Have your kiddo bring in box tops and look for the Large Envelope/box near the front desk. They’ll be collected twice a year.

Publix Partners:

Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO?? Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don't need the key chain card anymore. Follow the easy instructions on the link: http://corporate.publix.com/community/corporate-campaigns/publix-partners We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA

Amazon Smile and Kroger are still in process of being set up.

Extracurricular Activities

Basketball Clinic for Girls

The Hawks Lady Ballers/Jr. NBA program are doing some big things for girls basketball players. This is an excellent opportunity to work on your skills, get ready for this year's basketball season AND meet a WNBA player! The Atlanta Hawks Lady Ballers Program and Northside Youth Organization will be teaming up to host a Her Time to Play Basketball Clinic on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14th at the NYO Gym.

The clinic is open to girls, ages 7-14 and will take place from 9:00am – 12:00pm. A special guest appearance from a member of the Atlanta Dream will provide girls the unique opportunity to receive on-court instruction and a Q&A session with a WNBA player! Participants will develop their basketball skills through fundamental stations, group drills and competitions in this 3-hour clinic. For just $30, participants will receive the following:

  • on court instruction in a girls-only setting
  • Q&A session and coaching from an Atlanta Dream WNBA player
  • clinic t-shirt and headband
  • prize giveaways
  • discounted tickets to select Hawks games

Head to www.hawks.com/ladyballers to register! Limited spots are available.

District-Wide News

News from the City Schools of Decatur

You may have noticed that over fall break, the City Schools of Decatur installed new signs to replace the existing signs on our school properties. The goal of these new signs is to reinforce the existing rules and guidelines for the use of our property. The use request statement on the signs is intended for groups using our properties for organized events and activities and all visitors during school hours. Organized use of school property, such as a soccer club or planned group events, must be authorized through a facility use agreement with City Schools of Decatur prior to the meeting or event. School grounds, such as playgrounds and fields, are still available for drop-in use by individual community members and families outside school hours and scheduled events. Organizations that have been given authorization through our facility use agreement will have priority on the space.

No changes have been made to the district's long-standing facilities use policies and practices. We continue to support the use of school greenspace by our neighbors and have simply posted these reminders about the responsible use of district facilities.

If you have questions about the facility use process and procedures, please contact Noel Maloof at nmaloof@csdecatur.net.

News from The Decatur Education Foundation

Look for our Impact Report in this month’s Focus where you’ll learn what your support helped us accomplish in the 2018-19 school year. You may even find a photo of your student! Link to DEF Impact Report HERE.

Upcoming Events:

Oct 26th, 3:00-11:00pm LGBTQ Pride Event at Gathered & Grounded

Nov 14th, 6:30-10:30pm DEF’s fall fundraiser, Supper & Sips. Tickets available at defsupper.com

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

October 14--no school, teacher work day

November 5--no school, teacher work day