Talley Street Update

December 9, 2021

CSD Updates


CSD is reviewing its current CSD ARP ESSER LEA Plan. We are extending a period of stakeholder feedback and input on our current plan through December 10, 2021. You may view the current plan on the CSD Website at the URL listed below. You will also find a Stakeholder Feedback Form there to provide any feedback or input that you may have on our current Plan. If you have any questions, please contact Willie Washington at wwashington@csdecatur.net. Thank you.


CSD ESOL & Federal Programs Coat Drive

CSD Community Members, We Need You! 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 to 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 8 - Monday, December 13. We ask that all donations be NEW items to help us maintain the integrity of our families.

MTSS Department presents CSD Super Saturdays for K-5

Please complete the form to register your K-5 CSD student(s) for a Super Saturday session. CSD teachers and highly recommended staff will conduct engaging hands-on enrichment activities with small groups (1:10) of students on one (1) Saturday per month. The instructional focus will change from month to month (Math, STEM, ELA/Reading, etc.). All sessions will run from 9:00am- noon. This is FREE to all CSD K-5 students, but space is limited based on teacher availability. Registration will close at noon on the Friday before the session OR when all spaces have been filled. You will receive a confirmation email from Google upon successful registration.

REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYbU9CnNyx9e-u_qgoCTzjpS2cizbb2IkpppQJaWcitw8n0g/viewform

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Talley Updates

Last book fair day is TOMORROW!

We have had SUCH a good time at the book fair this week! This is a reminder that the last day for students to shop at the book fair is tomorrow! We will be open from the beginning of the day all the way to dismissal.

If you would like to place an online book fair order, please do so before the end of the school day tomorrow. More information can be found on the Little Shop book fair website!

Join the Talley Street Girls on the Run team!

Girls on the Run Spring 2022 Lottery Registration: Now Open



Attention Whiz Kids Families!

Would you like to contribute towards a financial holiday gift for the 4 Whiz Kids Staff here at Talley?

Dajane Martin, Kiara Weems, Duncan Rolinson, Chayse Busby

I will be collecting money through Wednesday, December 15. Please put your child’s name in the note on the donation. You can donate via


CashApp: $BonnieMinter

Paypal: Bonnie.Minter@choa.org

If you prefer to give cash or a check, please email me or text so we can connect. BLMINTER3130@bellsouth.net • 404-202-4590


Bonnie Minter

Support the Girls on the Run Blue Team!

The Girls on the Run “Blue” team is collecting donations for local animal shelters. Acceptable used items include dog collars, towels, blankets, bedding, and dog beds. Acceptable new items include paper towels, zip loc bags (all sizes) and puppy pads (for a full list of new items see: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3KXTCNNRNXUKI?ref_=wl_fv_le )

Donation boxes are in the lobby at Talley. Please donate if you can, no later than December 17th. Thank you!

Talley Pajama Jam

The diversity activities portion of the Talley Cultural Committee is hosting a fundraiser that will support upcoming events. See below for more information!
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PTO Corner

Passive Fundraising

Please keep these passive fundraising options as you shop for the holidays.

Easily register the *Talley Street Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization* as your charity on Amazon Smile. When you shop from the Amazon Smile URL, a percentage of eligible sales will be donated to the PTO.

We have also partnered with Minted again this holiday season for discounts on holiday cards and gifts. Use code FUNDRAISETALLEY at checkout to save 20% and the PTO will receive 15% of sales.

Please visit:https://talleypto.org/passive-fundraising/ for more information!

Questions? Please email Kim Mohl at fundraising@talleypto.org.

December Snack Cart

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

This month, our THIRD grade families are asked to donate individually wrapped pastries, grab and go fruit, some non-perishable items or thank you notes. These items need to be dropped off no later than TOMORROW Friday, December 10. (The Snack Cart is rolling on Monday morning before students arrive.) 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. Questions? Please reach out to Jennifer Williams the PTO 3rd Grade Member at Large (AtLarge3rd@talleypto.org)

Safe Routes to School

Unfortunately the Walk N’ Roll scheduled for TOMORROW is canceled due to the possibility of inclement weather.

For more information and safety tips and updates, please visit our Safe Routes to School page at: https://talleypto.org/safe-routes-to-school/.

Questions? Please email Emily Beard and Elizabeth Ingram at: SRTS@talleypto.org.

Cremalosa Spirit Night

Save the date!! The last Talley PTO Spirit Night of 2021 will be held next week on Thursday December 16 from 2pm-8pm at Cremalosa. Be sure to stop by for some holiday inspired gelato and unfrozen treats. Cremalosa has generously offered to donate 10% of sales to the PTO.

The Talley Garden Committee will also be in the plaza outside of Cremalosa selling fresh produce planted and harvested by our school students and volunteers. Cremalosa is located at 2667 E. College Avenue Unit B3.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Amazon Wishlist

Looking for ways to show appreciation to the Talley Staff during the holidays?! Please consider helping the PTO stock the Teacher’s Lounge and Nurse’s Office. This Amazon Wish List contains a range of items Talley staff can use.

Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

In this season of giving, DEF has several ways in which you can donate your time:

As a Virtual Pals tutor -- we need tutors to be paired with a 2nd- 8th grade Decatur student for a one-hour weekly session. Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/LoiZxoi6WvSe6WEr6

As a Virtual Pals Coordinator -- we need one person who checks in with the tutor pairs on a weekly basis - easy peasy! Time commitment is 1 hour per week. Email muslimo@decatureducationfoundation.org to apply.

As an AIM Mentor -- we need adult male and female mentors to be paired with a third-grader to have new experiences and find their passions. The time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

As a REACH Mentor -- we need just one more adult male to mentor an 8th-grade student who has been nominated by his teachers for the REACH GA program. REACH mentors help their mentees through the rigors of high school and college applications. Time commitment is just 2-4 hours per month.

If you've got a little extra time to share your life wisdom with a Decatur student, we've got opportunities! Please visit www.decatureducationfoundation.org/mentoring to learn more and apply. Together we make a difference for #ourkids!

Run With the Dogs 5K to benefit Decatur Bulldog Boosters

Register TODAY for Run With the Dogs 2022!

The race is Saturday, January 29, 2022, with a new course in MAK and Oakhurst that starts and finishes at Renfroe Middle School. This year's race will be chip timed for the first time and all 5K participants will receive the coveted long-sleeved T-shirt with original artwork by Adam Pinsley.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the 2022 Face of the Race. We are pleased to announce that Trout is our winner, and his adorable face will be featured on the race T-shirts, posters, and water bottle stickers.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters and supports student-athletes on 45 sports teams at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

For more information and to register for Run With the Dogs, click here!

Decatur Holiday Marketplace at Clairemont Elementary

You're invited to the 30th anniversary Decatur Holiday Marketplace at Clairemont Elementary. This is a fantastic gift shopping event with nearly 70 local and regional artists and makers selling their wonderful handmade goods. We've downsized a bit this year to allow for more social distancing and masks are required inside the school. We won't have the traditional dessert and soup cafe but we do have yummy food trucks on Friday and Saturday to keep you fueled for shopping. The weather is looking to be unseasonably warm, so bring a blanket, eat outside and shop inside! P.S. to all Clairemont alumni, volunteer spots are still available so come join the fun. DecaturHolidayMarketplace.com/marketplace
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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/