Talley Street Update

September 2, 2021

Virtual Author Visit: Katherine Applegate

We are thrilled to announce that Talley's first virtual author visit of the year is coming up! On September 8, we will be hosting Katherine Applegate, author of many acclaimed children's novels, including The One and Only Ivan, Animorphs, Wishtree, and many more. Katherine will be talking to us about her new book, Willodeen.


You can read more about the book and access the order form below. All books ordered as part of the visit will be autographed. Additionally, 20% of sales go toward purchasing new books for the Talley media center.


Finally, if you are interested in sponsoring a book for another student, please send an additional $17 with your child and email Mrs. Long (along@csdecatur.net).


All orders are due by Friday, September 10. Thank you in advance for your support! We are SO excited about this!

Title I Parent Input Meeting

Please come and join us this evening at the Title I Parent Input Zoom Meeting and help us revise the 2021-2022 Title I documents.

During this meeting we will review:


  • Title I Targeted Assistance Plan
  • Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan
  • Title I School-Parent Compact


Title Programs Parent Input Meeting

Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/94965598261?pwd=b01UV0x2Q1Q2T3J5R2kxSEJLSnZCdz09

After School Activities

Starting soon! Championship Chess Classes for Talley Street Kids

Championship Chess is excited to offer chess classes again to Talley Street Upper Elementary students this year. As CSD is not allowing any visitors or outside instructors into the school currently, we will start the year virtually. If things change for the better, we will immediately seque to in-person teaching at the school.


Our virtual classes are interactive, 30 minutes long, with time for questions and answers. The children play each other after each class using the excellent online platform, www.Lichess.org . They also have access to our online curriculum The World of Chess, with videos, and fun lessons 24/7, whenever they want to use it. Open the Online Flyer for Fall 2021 for more details.


Questions? Contact Coach Dennis at jones4chess@gmail.com We would love to teach your child chess this year!

CSD Updates

ESOL Parent Informational Meeting

The CSD ESOL Team will be hosting their annual ESOL Parent Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This will be a VIRTUAL meeting. This meeting will cover:

  • ESOL Entrance and Exit Criteria
  • ESOL Instruction and Service Models
  • ESOL State Assessments

PTO Corner

Class Fund Pool

Class Fund Pool


A big Talley Shout Out to all of our Room Parent volunteers! Many of you may have heard from your Room Parent already while some are still gathering contact information for their homeroom classes. As we kick off this school year, we want to let all parents know about a big change in how class funds will be handled. With so many homerooms, there is usually a very wide range in how much money Room Parents collect to give birthday, holiday, teacher appreciation and end of year gifts to their teachers in addition to covering any immediate supply needs in the class. Some classes may have a hundred dollars to work with and others may have over a thousand dollars.


In order to eliminate this disparity, we will collect contributions in one PayPal Pool and distribute the collection equitably across all homeroom teachers, team teachers and specials teachers. We hope to cover the needs and provide gifts to a total of 54 teachers through the Class Fund Pool. These contributions are NOT a donation to the PTO. We are simply offering a mechanism to spread the generosity of our Talley families across the school more evenly.


If you would like to contribute, please follow the link to the Class Fund Pool on the PTO website.


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

Spirit Wear

Wondering where your Spirit Wear orders are? All items will go home with your students before Fall Break. Still want to place an order? We have a few items left, please visit: https://talley-street-elementary-pto.square.site and place your order today!


Questions? Send an email to Gina Townsend and Ellen Narain at: SpiritWear@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.

Talley Snack Cart

The PTO is continuing to work with our wonderful teachers and staff on initiatives to show our appreciation for all the work that goes into making Talley St. School a wonderful place for our children to learn and grow.


The school building is still restricted to visitors due to the pandemic and this has presented a bit of a hurdle. However, we are partnering with staff to bring back the Talley Snack Cart for the 2021-22 school year. The cart goes around twice a month to teachers and staff during planning periods so they can grab a snack, quick beverage, snack, or pick up a thank you note from Talley students.


We are asking our 3rd grade families to sponsor the cart for the month of September. The Snack Cart will start making rounds on September 13. Please sign up to drop off items for the cart or write a note of thanks or encouragement to brighten the day of a Talley teacher.

Everything must be individually packaged and **Nut Free**.


September Snack Cart Sign Up

Questions? Please reach out to Jennifer Williams, the PTO 3rd Grade Member at Large: AtLarge3rd@talleypto.org

Spirit Day and Passive Fundraising

The PTO would like to thank everyone who participated in our Spirit Day event at Cremalosa. It was a huge success! The PTO earned $180 based upon ice cream sales for the day, and Cremalosa's amazing owner, Meridith Ford, donated another $120 for a grand total of $300. Be sure to thank Ms. Ford for her generosity next time you visit her gelato shop. The Talley PTO loves our business partners!


Please visit the PTO website to find out how to sign up for other passive fundraisers through Minted, Publix, Kroger, Amazon Smile and Box Tops for Education.

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Takeout for DEF! Our friends from NaanStop and Greg Kodesh Realty are partnering with DEF for a take-out on Thursday, September 9th, for which they'll be donating 20% of sales to DEF! They offer family meals including 2 entrees, fresh-baked naan, handmade samosas, basmati rice, and chutneys (feeds 4). Just place your order before 5 pm Wednesday, September 8th and your order will be available for pick up between 5 – 5:45 pm on Thursday, September 9th - link to menu: https://bit.ly/NSorderDecatur - Pickup/drive-thru at Avery/Bucher in Winnona Park neighborhood - masks/distancing required at pick up. First-come, first-served, so get your orders in before they sell out!


The Race is ON! One of Oakhurst's most anticipated events -- the Madison Ave Derby --is happening on October 16th and registration has begun at www.madisonavesoapboxderby.org! Participation in this community event is practically a rite of passage for Decatur kids, and it raises important funds for issues affecting our students. This year's Derby beneficiary is the Decatur Student Center, located in CSD Decatur High School and equipped to attend to our students' behavioral health and non-academic needs. To learn more about the Student Center, please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.com/behavioral-health. See you at the Derby!


Homework Help: We are continuing our Virtual Pals tutoring program in which we pair a 2nd-8th grade student with an upper high school student or adult volunteer to help with homework, time management, and motivation. If you would like to sign your student up for the program, you can go here: https://forms.gle/nLrKbwkXyvYjEAJB8

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


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/