Talley Street Update

May 24, 2021

An Update from the Principal

Dear Talley Community,

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Wow, it is hard to believe that we have made it to the last week of school! This year has been so challenging! But I could not be more proud of our students, staff, and parents for the perseverance they have shown. We truly have a special community. Below you will find some important information. Also, please check your email this summer for additional information from Talley Street. I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer! Please remember to have your child read, read, and read some more. Have a great last week of school!


Chromebook returns for virtual students- Talley Street will be collecting Chromebooks from our virtual students on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 11:00-2:00. Talley staff will be outside to receive them. While returning the Chromebooks, students will be able to pick up their school yearbook and end of the year IB Learner Profile certificates. Students attending summer school may keep their Chromebook until summer school is over.

Library Book Return- We need your help! The school still has several books that have not been returned. As a new school, we can’t afford to have so many unreturned books. Please help us get the books back to the school library.

Lost and Found- For in-person students, please check the lost and found before going home for the summer. Any items left at the school after Friday will be donated.

Water bottles- This week is going to be very hot. Please make sure to send your child to school with a water bottle everyday. The school has multiple filling stations for students to use to refill their water bottles. The school has a limited supply of bottles to give to the students.

CSD Updates

CSD and DEF Extra Mile Award

Hey students! Do you know a teacher or other employee who has gone the extra mile this year? Nominate them for the Extra Mile Award! The Extra Mile Award is an annual award that allows students to show their appreciation for the teachers or staff they feel go above and beyond what is expected of them. Students (not parents) at any grade level can write an essay describing how their teacher (or staff member) goes the extra mile (parents can help younger children write the essay). The essays should be detailed and describe how the teacher or staff member goes above and beyond.

Submit your nominations using this link: https://forms.gle/SehMw6njfL9we3MZ9. The deadline for submissions is May 26.

Thank you to Decatur Education Foundation for sponsoring this award!

Talley Updates

Last Day for Library Book Return Was May 14

As we some to the end of the school year, it is time to make sure ALL library books are turned back in! In the coming weeks, you'll receive notices about late and overdue books. The dealine for book return was May 14! If your child has outstanding checkouts, please return books to Talley ASAP. If the book is lost, please email Mrs. Long (along@csdecatur.net) and Mrs. Wooten (uwooten@csdecatur.net) to let us know!

Talley's Summer Reading Website is LIVE!

Do you want your child to get some reading in this summer, but you're not sure where to start? Are you looking for summer reading programs in the community? Do you want to know more about eBooks and other online resources so that your child can read AND you don't have to leave home to go get books? Look no further than Talley's summer reading website! Use the link below to find reading incentive programs, recommended summer reading lists, Talley ebook checkout instructions, free online ebook resources, and more!

Questions? Contact Ashley Long (along@csdecatur.net).

Join the Girls on the Run Team at Talley!

We are in need of volunteer IN PERSON coaches for next season! Coaches are MENTORS who help inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum (provided by Girls on the Run), which creatively integrates running. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Runners/Athletes/Female identifying individuals are NOT required to be a coach! We cannot have any teams at Talley if we do not have enough volunteers to coach. Please consider joining our coaching team next season! Here is what you can expect:

  • Fill out a coaches application and complete a background check

  • Attend a virtual training session

  • Commit to 1-2 days a week of coaching (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs from 3:00-4:30)

  • Support your fellow co-coaches, take turns leading lessons

  • This program has proven to have a positive impact on the girls who participate. Be prepared for it to have a positive impact on you, too!

Please reach out to Natalie Bundschu at nbundschu@csdecatur.net if you or anyone you know is interested in coaching this season.

Interested in Girls on the Run summer camp?

Click on the image below for more information!

5th Grade Parent Information

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Math for Rising 6th Graders

What can rising 6th graders review over the summer to prepare for the first unit of sixth grade math?

Use the link below for more information!

Renfroe Gifted Program Parent Information Session

Dear CSD families:

Renfroe's Gifted Specialists are hosting an information session to share details about the gifted services we provide through our Bridges program. If you have a rising 6th grade gifted child, this session is for you!

Session date: Tuesday, May 25th, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.


Submit a question: Submit a Question for the RMS Gifted Information Session

The session will be in webinar form, and we will field questions through this Google Form. We will not have a live Q&A time, but you may submit questions before and during the session. Please submit any questions you would like to ask about the Renfroe Bridges program. We will attempt to answer all questions in the webinar session. The session will be recorded and posted on the Renfroe Bridges Program website.

Is your rising 6th grader interested in running Cross Country at RMS in the Fall, 2021?

  • Parent informational meeting will take place Thursday, August 5 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Zoom details to follow.
  • All students interested in participating in extracurricular athletics must have a completed DragonFly profile with updated medical information.

    This includes the following forms:

    * Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Form

    * Insurance, Transportation and Consent Form

    * Concussion Awareness and Impact Test Form

    * GHSA Heat Policy Form

  • Please visit the link provided HERE for directions. https://decaturbulldogsathletics.com/sports-forms/ If you have any questions about Dragonfly, contact David Harbin, Assistant Director of Activities and Athletics at dharbin@csdecatur.net OR Kelli Aaron, Administrative Assistant for the Athletics Department at kaaron@csdecatur.net

  • ALL forms must be uploaded in DragonFly on or before Friday, August 13, 2021 in order to try out for cross country. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Cross country tryouts will be held Thursday, August 19th from 4 pm - 5:30 pm

  • 1st day of practice - Monday, August 23

  • Practices will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4 - 5 pm at Winnona Park Elementary (back field)

  • All of our meets are held on Saturdays (Meet schedule TBD... we will have 4-5 meets)

  • Interested in preparing for RMS tryouts in the Fall? Please see the Summer Training Link

  • Please contact the RMS cross country coaches with any questions: Larika Frazier (lfrazier@csdecatur.net) OR Nicole Rabold (nrabold@csdecatur.net)

PTO Updates

PTO Board Election Results and New Committee Leads

We would like to thank the outgoing PTO Board members and Committee leads. It was an unusual year and we appreciate all the hard work everyone put in to make it the best year possible!

Co-President - Tom DeSimone

Co-Treasurer - Aiman Muneer

Secretary - Gwin Hall

Communications - Lauren Brown

3rd Grade Member at Large - India Epps

4th Grade Member at Large - Kellei Johnstone

5th Grade Member at Large - Patricia Liscio

DEI Committee - Becky Slemons, Ayanna Robinson and Okera Hanshaw

Garden Committee - Kristy Bible

Passive Fundraising - Meredith Parks

Room Parent Coordinators - Jenny Madsen and Shannon Connolly

School Supplies - Lauren Brown

Yearbook - Cathi Harris

SRTS - Patricia Liscio and Heather Gonzalez-Rouse

Fundraising - Kimberly Mohl and Sara Weathersby

Spirit Wear: Ellen Narain & Gina Townsend

Please welcome your new PTO Board members and Committee Leads. Thank you for your commitment and we look forward to a great 2021-22 school year!

Co-President - Sara Weathersby, Patti Fornwalt

Co-Vice President - Michael Shahriari, Samantha McMahan

Secretary - Gwin Hall

Co-Treasurer - Reggie LaFond

Communications - Nydia Almond

3rd Grade Member at Large - Jennifer Williams

4th Grade Member at Large - Erika Wilson Wells

5th Grade Member at Large - Tiffani Edney

Fundraising - Kim Mohl

Spirit Wear - Ellen Narain & Gina Townsend

DEI - Robert Stinson & Gera Cohen

Staff Appreciation - Taniqua Miller

Safe Routes to School(SRTS) - Emily Beard & Elizabeth Ingram

Book Fair - Mara Silver & Ginger Schmeltzer

Garden Committee - Kristy Bible

Talley School Supplies 2021-22

The Talley PTO is partnering with 1st Day School Supplies to offer an online shopping option for purchasing your school supplies. You can buy everything on the lists with just a few clicks and the supplies will be delivered to your home over the summer. Visit 1st Day and order through June 15. You will also have the option to donate a kit to make sure each student has access to individual supplies.

The 2021-22 Talley School Supply Lists can be found here for your reference.

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Now’s the Time to Step Up for Teachers!

Take a break from the mayhem of May and show your teachers how much you appreciate their hard work with a Step Up for Teachers tribute. Just go to www.stepupforteachers.com, make a $25 donation and leave your tribute. We'll notify the honored teacher or CSD staff member and deliver a "We Step Up for Teachers" yard sign to your door in the coming weeks. The Step Up campaign supports our teachers in the classroom through Teacher Innovation Grants. Let's show them some love! If you’d like to leave a tribute but can’t give a gift at this time, you can send your tributes to info@decatureducationfoundation.org.

It’s a DEF Dine-Out!

NaanStop is partnering with DEF for another dine-out/take-out. NaanStop will be donating 10% of sales to the DEF! NaanStop is a family-owned Indian restaurant serving our mother's recipes. We're offering family meals including 2 entrees, fresh-baked naan, handmade samosas, basmati rice, and chutneys (feeds 4).

Just place your order before 5 pm on Wednesday, June 2nd, and your order will be available for pick up between 5- 5:45 pm on Thursday, June 3rd. Pick-up location provided when order is confirmed.

- link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur
- Pickup/drive-thru at Avery/Bucher in Decatur
- Pickup instructions will be sent with confirmation
- Pickup will be available between 5-5:45
- masks/distancing required at pick up
- order in advance before 5p on Wednesday, June 2nd ... first-come, first-served, so get your orders in before they sell out!

Clarence Strickland Make a Difference Award

Our schools have been closed for most of the school year, but our CSD teachers and staff have continued to work tirelessly to support our students. Have you witnessed a teacher or staff person who has shown compassion for a student during a time of great need or crisis? Every year, DEF recognizes a CSD employee who has shown extraordinary compassion to help a student in crisis through The Clarence Strickland Make a Difference Award. Nominations for this award are accepted from community members or CSD staff and can be completed by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/YiF1pANPKnMfm26b6. Nominations must be received by May 26, 2021, and award(s) will be presented at the teacher’s Opening Day event in July.

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


Go to www.minted.com to purchase cards, gifts, and more! Use code FUNDRAISETALLEY at checkout to get 20% off (some exclusions apply) and 15% of sales will be donated to the Talley Street PTO. Happy shopping!

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/