Talley Street Update

October 28, 2021

CSD Updates

Dyslexia Upcoming Event

CSD has received $15,000 in grants from IDA (International Dyslexia Association) to help fund Orton-Gillingham training for staff. Part of the terms of the grant are to host some community outreach events about dyslexia. To that end, IDA and CSD will be partnering to host a virtual event to spotlight CSD's work and training around dyslexia as well as an informational session by IDA. Please join us virtually on Thu, Oct 28, 2021, at 7:00 PM EDT. Use this link to register!
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CSD Federal & Title Programs Coat Drive!

From the ESOL and Federal Programs Department

As the colder months are approaching, and as we are moving into the holiday season, the CSD Federal & Title Programs Department is kicking off a Coat Drive during November and December to help our families in need stay warm this winter!

We will have a drop-off bin at each CSD school and at the Elizabeth Wilson School Support Center to collect coats and will collect coats beginning Monday, November 15 - Monday, December 13, 2021. We ask that all donations be NEW items to help us maintain the integrity of our families.

ATTENTION! Upcoming Changes to Bus Routes!

The Transportation Department is making changes to our routes beginning on 11/8/21. We are combating a driver shortage that is affecting transportation departments nationwide. All families need to download the Bus Planner app to receive updates. Be on the lookout for alerts regarding any route changes next week!

Talley Updates

Thank You, Talley ESS Staff!

Recently, the Talley ESS staff received the Talley Tiger! They received it from Mr. Johnson for being hard working, collaborative, and compassionate teachers. We are so lucky to have them!
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Attention 4th Grade Parents!

Next Friday, 4th graders will be having a virtual author visit with Emma Steinkellner, the author/illustrator behind the Okay Witch graphic novel series. Use the form below to place an order for a signed book! 20% of sales benefit the Talley Media Center. Thank you in advance for your support! Students can submit questions for the author here.

Non-4th graders are also welcome to order a book even though they won't be participating in the author visit!

Follow the Talley Media Center!

The Talley Media Center is now on Twitter! This platform is great for engaging with authors, connecting with libraries around the world, and advocating for our amazing library. Follow along to see our projects, reading, adventures, and updates! @MediaTalley

PTO Corner

Class Fund Pool

Class Fund Pool

**We will close the Pool TOMORROW!**

Thank you parents who have already contributed!

This is a collection for 54 Teachers (Homeroom, co-teachers & Specials) in this Pool. Typically, class funds cover gifts for birthday, holiday, Teacher Appreciation Week, and end of year, as well as any extra class supply needs.

Thank you for helping us support our Talley teachers!

Questions? Please contact one of our Room Parent Coordinators (Dori Coblentz, India Epps, or Lynda Kim) at RPCoordinator@talleypto.org.

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Reading Rally

Congratulations Tigers! We read over 160,000 minutes as a school and raised over $15,750! Shout out to all the Talley students, teachers, parents, donors, and sponsors for making the Reading Rally such a success!

Congratulations to our class Reading Rally winners: Swank (3rd grade), Polding (4th grade), and Girard (5th grade). These classes logged some serious reading minutes! We would also like to congratulate our student winners for their effort and determination! Individual student and class awards will be presented within the next few weeks.

Special thanks to Mijha and Runako Godfrey from Jambo Books for participating in and sponsoring the Talley Reading Rally. We also would like to send a shout out to Ms. Ashley Long, Talley’s media specialist, and Nydia Almond, Talley’s PTO Communications Chair, for their participation and hard work that enabled the Reading Rally to run so smoothly. Finally, thanks to our generous donors who contributed to the success of the Reading Rally: Toll Brothers New Talley Station, Kavarna, Oakhurst Market, and Butter & Cream. We will continue to collect Reading Rally donations for the next few weeks. Be sure to follow up with any potential sponsors if you have not done so already!

Spirit Night: City BBQ

Come join us on October 28th at City Barbeque Decatur and we’ll get 20% of the proceeds from every order we bring in!

  • Ordering online or in the app? Use code FundA at checkout at https://www.citybbq.com/order for pickup on October 28th. Once you enter the code, you must click the RED + button to apply the fundraiser code to your order.

  • Ordering over the phone? Ask to apply code FundA when you provide your payment information.

Thanks for your support! Questions?! Please email Kimberly Mohl at: fundraising@talleypto.org.

November Snack Cart

Thank you to our fourth grade families who made the October Snack Cart a success! Our teachers and staff appreciated the goodies and the kind cards!

This month, our fifth grade families are asked to donate snacks, beverages or thank you notes throughout the month that will be distributed on November 5th and November 19th. Please sign up HERE. Items can be dropped off at the front desk or you may want to check Amazon or Walmart for delivery to the school.

Peace and Picnic

Talley’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee invites you to “Peace and Picnic”. An evening of conversation, connection and community on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:30p.m. Please sign up HERE.

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Safe Routes to School

Walk n' Roll is TOMORROW! Get your walking groups together and bundle up!

Go to our Talley PTO SRTS page for some helpful HALLOWEEN WALKING SAFETY TIPS!


Don’t forget to share your pictures! Please email them to us at: yearbook@talleypto.org.

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Amazon Wishlist

Please help the PTO stock the Teacher Lounges. This Amazon Wishlist contains a range of items Talley staff can use.

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Tutors Needed! We now have more students who need tutors, could you help? Our Virtual Pals Tutoring Program pairs a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you have an hour per week that you could help a student (high schoolers can earn volunteer hours!), you can sign up here: https://forms.gle/rKsKSbG4GaNYhzws5

Come Enjoy Live Music for a Great Cause! DEF and the DHS Songwriter’s Club are hosting the first No Ordinary Joe, a coffeehouse music series on Thursday, November 18th from 7-10 pm at the Decatur Student Center at Decatur High School. The evening’s emcee is internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Caroline Herring, who will play in addition to five of our DHS student musicians. Tickets are $50 apiece and proceed benefit DEF’s behavioral health fund, Joe’s Fund. Join us for an evening of great music, coffee and desserts.

Could you be a mentor? We have two mentoring programs for which we're seeking 15 women and 15 men volunteers to serve as mentors. Our AIM Scholars mentoring program pairs third-grade students with an adult mentor who help them by supporting their Academics and exploring their Interests; Mentors also help their students connect to educational and enrichment opportunities. Our REACH Georgia program pairs five 8th graders with mentors to help navigate high school and preparation for college. In just 2-4 hours per month, you can have a meaningful impact in the life of a student.

For more information, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring

Careers in STEM - Bilingual (English/Spanish) Online Program with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech presents “Carreras de Tecnología,” a free event for K-12 students to learn about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)! Use the link below to join us for this bilingual, virtual learning experience.

Social Media and Contact Information

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

Follow the media center on Twitter:

Talley Media Center

For news from our counselors, check out their website:

Counseling Website

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