Talley Street Update

October 5, 2020

An Update from the Principal

Dear Talley Street Community,

Dear Talley Street Community,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Please complete the Learning Choice and Annual Update as soon as possible. Schools are in the process of developing plans for the reopening of school. This information is crucial for our ability to do this. Have a great week!


CSD Updates

Complete Your Learning Choice Selection as Soon as Possible

Please be sure to complete your Learning Choice Selection as soon as possible. Just log into the Parent Portal to make your selection. Your selection will assist in the planning of the next phase of our dual in-person and virtual learning structure. The sooner you respond, the sooner we can finalize our plans; please make it a priority to respond as soon as possible. For more information, refer to the email that was sent on October 1 which you can find here: https://www.smore.com/vy037.

Important Message from Our CSD Nutrition Department

CSD Meal Service will continue with its current meal distribution delivery process until October 30. Meal Service distribution will transition to pick-up only on November 2.

The school district will continue delivering meals until October 30th for digital learners and any child under the age of 18 (or under the age of 21 for youth with special needs) on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until October 30. If you have any additional questions, you can email meals@csdecatur.net.

From the Decatur Education Foundation

DEF needs mentors, could one of them be you? DEF is seeking 15 adult volunteer mentors for their AIM Scholars Mentoring Program. AIM mentors are paired with 3rd grade students and “meet” regularly throughout the year. In just 2-4 hours per month, mentors help connect their mentees with educational and enrichment activities so they can find their passions and develop life skills. For more information, please visit decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring.

Walk Anywhere Week is October 5-9!

Safe Routes to School invites families to “walk anywhere” this week, as part of our “Walk and Roll to School." Share your photos on social media!

Annual Update

The deadline to complete the annual update has been extended. For your convenience, directions to access the annual update and complete are shown below.

To access the Annual Data Update, log in to the Parent Portal. It is important for you to complete this Annual Data Update as soon as possible. Please review the 2020-2021 PreK-12 District Handbook and Code of Conduct and Restorative Practices Handbook prior to completing the update.

For more detailed information, please watch this video.

Talley Updates

Pictures for Talley Rally

Hey everyone! If you are so inclined, please drop a picture (JUST ONE!!) of your kid(s) doing their thing during virtual learning. They can be working at the computer, playing outside, cooking, or doing whatever it is they want to share with me/us! I will include the photos I receive in an upcoming Talley Rally.

Thanks so much!
Coach Nichols

Title I Annual Meeting

Please come and join us for our upcoming Title I Annual Parent Meeting on Zoom!

Title I Annual Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Morning Session: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Evening Session: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Virtual (Link to be shared)

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Flybrary Reminders

As a reminder, the Flybrary bus delivery system ended on September 29. However, the Talley Flybrary is still open for pickup! Book pickup is on Wednesdays from 10 AM-1 PM. Any changes in that schedule after in-person learning begins will be communicated as we get closer to that time.

If your family opted to use the Flybrary at all, please fill out the survey below about your preference for pickup after this week. Thank you!

PTO Updates

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Save the Date: Talley Reading Rally begins Friday, October 9!

Please join the Talley PTO for the first ever Reading Rally fundraiser on Friday, October 9 - Friday October 16! Our goal is to read 75,000 minutes in 7 days! This fundraiser will work much the same as read-a-thons you may have participated in at other schools. The big difference is that this one is going to be online. The PTO website is where you will track minutes read and collect donations. You will need a user account to set up a campaign.

Starting Monday, 10/12, each day of the Reading Rally will have a theme.

Monday, 10/12 - Find your favorite reading spot

Tuesday, 10/13 - Read in your pJs

Wednesday, 10/14 - Read a spooky story (or an animal story if you don’t like spooky)

Thursday, 10/15 - Read outside

Friday, 10/16 - Dress up like your favorite book character

Stay tuned for more details!

Please contact Kim Mohl or Sara Weathersby with any questions at fundraising@talleypto.org.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Update

Hello, Talley community!

We are moving forward with some exciting plans for our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee and need your help. We are looking for folks to help plan and implement the following:

  • Communications
  • Events (all virtual at this time)
  • Staff and faculty liaisons (to help with the occasional Wellness Wednesday events, Talley Rallies, and other integration opportunities)
  • Fundraising to support DEI initiatives

Please contact talleyDEIcommitee@gmail.com to sign on or with any questions.

Okera Hanshaw, Ayanna Robinson, and Becky Slemons

Talley Street Passive Fundraising

Amazon Smile

We're now on Amazon Smile! Log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon

account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, then save and the PTO will start getting quarterly deposits!

One important tip - you MUST be logged in via smile.amazon.com while shopping for us to

receive any funds.

Kroger Community Rewards

We are set up to receive funds from Kroger. From your account screens, select Community

Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO." Select it and then you

should be all set. Every time you use your Kroger card, the PTO will benefit!

Box Tops

Box Tops have gone digital! Download the app, Box Tops for Education. Enter your

information, select Talley St., scan receipts and done! We will no longer be collecting paper box

tops. If you have any issues using the app, you can submit (via the app) the item not being

recognized on your receipt for credit.

Publix Partners

Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO?

Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don' need the key chain card anymore.

Follow the easy instructions on the link:


We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA

Helpful Links

www.csdecatur.net/opening - a repository for all documents, announcements, and communications about how CSD is handling the 2020-2021 school year.

www.csdecatur.net/nutrition - How to order meals

www.csdecatur.net/bustracker - How to sign up for the new Predictable Ryde Bus tracking app used for meal delivery, soon for the Fly-brary, mobile book delivery and when in-person learning resumes to track students on their buses
https://virtual.csdecatur.net/tech-help (how parents and staff can put in a tech support request)

https://virtual.csdecatur.net/students - classroom login information

https://virtual.csdecatur.net/parents - Virtual Learning Handbooks

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

For news in the Media Center and from our school counselors, check out their websites:

Media Center Website

Counseling Website

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