Talley Street Update

From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear Talley Street Community,

We look forward to seeing everyone at curriculum night this week--see below for logistical changes for the meetings as well as other important information.

Have a great week!


SLT Candidates

Read Talley Street Upper Elementary SLT candidate bios/statements here.

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). Read here for more information.

CSD Code of Conduct and Talley Street Student/Family Handbook


Please check your child's communication folder this week for a sheet to sign indicating that you have read both the CSD Code of Conduct and the Talley Street Student/Family Handbook.

Morning and Afternoon Arrival and Dismissal

Beginning Monday, we will be implementing new procedures during car rider arrival and dismissal. Please read carefully and familiarize yourself with the following:


  • Drop off begins at 7:20.
  • Do NOT drop your child off. A staff member will open the car door for you.
  • Pull forward as far as you can to the open cone. Do NOT stop in the middle of the road.


  • Talley Street will supply you with a sign with your child's name on it to hold up for staff to see. You must use the one we give you and may not make one of your own. If you do not have the correct sign, you will need to park and enter the building to provide identification.
  • Pull forward as far as you can to the open cone. Do NOT stop in the middle of the road.
  • Display your sign so staff can see. We will call for your student and assist getting them in the car.

Please follow these directions to ensure the safest possible arrival and dismissal for your child. Thank you!

Other arrival and dismissal reminders:

  • Please turn on your car’s right turn signal as you pass the front of the school and prior to turning into the parking lot. It has been difficult determining if someone is turning or going straight down Talley Street. This is causing an additional safety hazard. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
  • We are having an increasing number of cars trying to make a left hand turn into the school parking lot. Remember, only Right hand turns are allowed during arrival and dismissal times.

News from City Schools of Decatur

CSD Community Members are invited to submit feedback on draft Administrative Regulations. Go to https://www.csdecatur.net/adminregs to learn about Administrative Regulations, read the draft regulations, and to provide input.

News from The Decatur Education Foundation

Decatur Education Foundation is looking forward to another great year of providing support to teachers and students across the CSD community. For more information about our mission and our impact on #OurKids, please visit our website www.DecaturEducationFoundation.org, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

DEF Needs Your Gently Used Books (and Your Time)!

Donate your gently used children’s AND adult books at one of these locations:

• DEF office -- bins are conveniently located outside the main doors at 500 S. Columbia Drive

• Book bins at each school (College Heights, all K-2 schools, F.AVE, Talley, and Renfroe)

• Little Shop of Stories

Volunteer to help sell books at DEF’s booth at the Decatur Book Festival (August 31st – Sept 1st), or help sort books during August. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aacab22a1f94-defreadertoreade

Upcoming DEF Events:

August 31-Sept 1 -- DEF Reader-to-Reader Children’s Book Sale at the Decatur Book Festival

School News

EIP Information Meeting

Please join the Early Intervention (EIP) teachers for an information session before Curriculum Night this week. The information session will take place at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, 8/20 for 3rd grade and 5:15 p.m. Wednesday 8/21 for 4th and 5th grade in room 208. During this session, you will learn about the Early Intervention Program here at Talley Street Upper Elementary.

Gail Hardwick, Ed.D.

EIP teacher, RTI Coordinator

Curriculum Nights--Logistics Change!

Curriculum Night for 3rd grade will be held August 20th, and on August 21st for 4th and 5th grades. See revised times and schedule for both nights below:

6:00-6:45: Classroom visits

6:45-7:15: Visit other classes in the school including Music, Art, PE, Media Center, and more!

7:15: Evening wraps up

Title 1 Parent & Family Input Meeting

Please join us to help improve and revise our 2019-2020 Title 1 Documents!

When: August 27, 2019, 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Where: Wilson School Support Center (Central Office)

125 Electric Ave

Decatur, GA 30030

Childcare and translation services can be provided as requested

Questions or concerns, please contact Tiffany Lundy, tlundy@csdecatur.net

Decatur Holiday Marketplace


Clairemont Elementary's 28th annual Decatur Holiday Marketplace & Cafe event will take place December 13-14. They are now taking artist submissions to be part of this event.

Go to DecaturHolidayMarketplace.com to apply. Application deadline is FRIDAY AUGUST 24!

Extracurricular Activities

4th and 5th Grade Chorus

Find all the details about chorus for 4th and 5th graders here. Sign up using this form.

Decatur Strings Orchestra Program - Sign-up Information

Intermediate Orchestra will begin the first week of September is open to all students (grades 3-5) who have had at least one year of playing experience. The class meets AFTER school on Mondays & Tuesdays each week from 2:50 - 3:30 beginning on September 3rd.

Beginning Orchestra will start the first week in October and is open to all students at Talley who would like to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. (At this point, we would like to ask students and parents to consider the merits of learning the viola, cello, and bass so that we will have a balance of sound.) The class will meet BEFORE school, two days per week (schedule is still TBD) from 7:00 to 7:35am beginning the first week of October.

The participation fee for either orchestra ensemble is $160 for the full year. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information on instrument rentals or to sign-up, go to DecaturStrings.com or contact Program Coordinator, Nia Schooler at nia.schooler@DecaturStrings.com.

Girls on the Run

Join the team at Talley Street! If you have any questions about Girls on the Run at Talley Street or are curious about the program, please feel free to email Natalie Bundschu at nbundschu@csdecatur.net or stop by room 11 after Curriculum Night on either August 20th or 21st from 7:00-7:30.

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

Curriculum Night:
3rd grade: Tuesday, August 20

4th and 5th grades: Wednesday, August 21

Fall Social:
September 6

Fall Break:
September 23-27