Talley Street Update

March 17, 2022

Dear Talley Street Community,

For parents who still want their children to wear a mask at school, please make sure they wear one to school and have extra masks in their book bags. We are having many students coming to school without a mask but requesting one from the office. We have a very limited supply of masks to give out. Have a great afternoon!


How We Express Ourselves at Talley

As an IB candidate school, our students work through six Units of Inquiry throughout the school year. In Term 4, all grade levels worked on their How We Express Ourselves unit. Our wonderful Specials teachers used this unit of inquiry as an opportunity to showcase the students' hard work. The work showcased includes images, videos and explanations of How We Express Ourselves in Spanish, Music, P.E, and Art. The link is now LIVE! Click on the button below to view our students' amazing work!

CSD Updates

CSD Summer Programs - Save the Date!

CSD is delighted to share that we will offer an in-person summer program for students who qualify in grades K through 12. The program will run June 6-23 from 8:30 to 11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Students will be invited to participate in the summer program based on the eligibility criteria described in the linked document. Participation in the summer program is not required or mandated for any student. However, we highly encourage students who qualify to engage in this opportunity as it will set them up for success in the next grade level. For the summer program, which will be held at Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary and Decatur High School, the availability of student transportation is limited. Click here for more information.

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Super Saturday for K-5

The next K-5 Super Saturday is coming up on March 19. Click here to learn more about this program.
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2022-2023 Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP)

The City Schools of Decatur is now in the process of soliciting feedback and input from all stakeholders as we revise our CLIP for the 2022-2023 school year.

We ask that you take an opportunity to review the CLIP documents found on the CSD Website linked HERE and then use the Feedback form linked HERE to provide your input and feedback by Friday, May 20, 2022.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Willie Washington, CSD ESOL and Federal Programs Director.

Special Education March Meeting

Georgia Tech Excel Program provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.

Target audience: Parents/students with disabilities in the 8th-12th grades.

Date: March 24, 2022

Time: 6-7 pm

Location: Virtual Meeting

Click this link to RSVP or email Cheryl Grant

CSD Art Show

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the CSD Art Show on April 20-22. Click below to learn more!

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Calling All 5th Grade Parents

You are invited to an informational evening at Renfroe Middle School. Join us to discover what middle school is all about!

What: The nuts & bolts of the middle school program presented by the Renfroe administrators, school counselor, veteran 6th grade parents, and student Ambassadors. A Q&A will follow our presentation.

When: Thursday, March 24th, 2022

  • 6:30-7:00 -- Student-led Tours
  • 7:00-8:00 -- Parent Orientation Session

Where: Renfroe Middle School Cafeteria

For Whom: 5th Grade Parents/Guardians ONLY (*Students will tour RMS in May)

Questions? Contact Ragan Hudson, 6th Grade Counselor 404-370-4440, ext. 5019 or rhudson@csdecatur.net

Talley Updates

Spring Book Fair

Talley's Spring Book Fair is next week! Proceeds from the book fair support Talley library initiatives, including book purchases, collection diversification, library programs, and more. Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your support!

The book fair will be open on Friday, 3/25 from 4-5 PM for parents to shop. This is right before Talley's Black History Month program. We look forward to seeing you then!

Talley Staff Book Fair Wishlists

Looking for a way to support teachers during teacher appreciation week? Use the link below to get them a book from their book fair wishlist!

Recorders for Music

Hello Students and Parents!

I am so excited to announce we will begin learning about and playing recorders very soon! I know many students already have recorders, but if you do not have a recorder or you would like to have an extra one for home and keep one at school or just simply want a new one, please fill out the order form below. Recorders will be used as a fun way to learn a beginner instrument, learning notes on the treble staff, reading rhythms and notes, ensemble playing, ear training and eye coordination. The list goes on and on! The student book for home practice is optional and comes with all the songs and music. I encourage those students who show interest and desire to learn and master to have this at home.

To order, please fill out the form with secured payment attached and return to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday March 18. Checks should be made to Talley Street Elementary School and in the memo section student name and the word recorder please.

Email me with any questions. tjessup@csdecatur.net

Tanya Jessup

Talley Music

Black History Month Program

Please join us next Friday (March 25) for Talley's Black History Month program. The show will run from 5-7. Students and staff have been hard at work putting this very special program together. We look forward to seeing you there!

Group Counseling Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity to partner with Hope Wellness Atlanta to offer additional small group counseling resources for our Talley Tigers! Small groups will meet for 6 weeks and will be offered at a discounted rate of $225 per student. If you are interested in this resource for your student but have questions about financing, please contact Alan Pendrick (jpendrick@csdecatur.net) or Kimberly Weaver (kiweaver@csdecatur.net). Groups will begin after Spring Break, so please respond soon if you are interested!


Title I Virtual Family Math Night

Title I Parents,

Please join us for our upcoming Title I Parent Workshop! This parent workshop will include 5 Math Stations:

  1. Estimation Jar
  2. Origami
  3. Scavenger Hunt
  4. Games Galore
  5. What do you notice?

Title I Presents:

Virtual Math Family Night

Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Title I parents, please register using this link here.

PTO Corner

Snack Cart

Please help us show appreciation to Talley’s wonderful and hard working staff! Our 3RD Grade families are kindly asked to sponsor the Snack Cart for the month of March.

If you would like to participate, you still have time! The Snack Cart will roll again this month on Friday March 25th. Please, drop off all Snack Cart items at school no later than Wednesday March 23rd.

**Everything must be INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED**

Please sign up HERE! Thank you very much for your support!

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


Save the date Talley Tigers and families! Please join us on April 23rd from 11am-4pm at Talley Street Upper Elementary for our first annual TigerFest!

So what is TigerFest? This fundraiser is an exciting community event that includes live local musicians, food trucks, local artists selling their creative wares, an incredible silent auction, fun bounce houses and obstacle courses, and exciting carnival games. This event has something for the entire family!

More information regarding ticket sales will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing all of our Talley community at TigerFest!

Questions?! Please email Kimberly Mohl fundraising@talley.org.

Spirit Wear

New Youth & Adult T-shirt Options including a Tigerfest Shirt & Talley Tie Dye! Aluminum Water Bottles, Talley Magnets & Reusable Shopping Totes Available.

Order online before March 20th and receive your items the week of TigerFest via Backpack Mail.

Go to our PTO Store today to place your order. All proceeds go directly to the PTO’s efforts to support Talley’s teachers and staff, and to build community among our Talley Tigers and their families.

Questions? Want to sign up to help sell Spirit Wear at Events? Email Ellen & Gina at: Spiritwear@talleypto.org

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The Talley yearbook committee needs your photos!

We're looking for pictures of the 2021-22 school year, from photos of the school building and spirit nights to the Mardi Gras parade and everything in between.

Please send photos to: kristen.pastras@gmail.com by EOD Saturday 3/19. We can't guarantee every picture will be used, but we promise they will be appreciated!

Please order your Talley Yearbook online by following the steps below :


If you would like to donate a yearbook please choose this option on the website!


School Supply Surplus Drive

Please join us on our School Supply Surplus Drive from March 21st through April 2nd.

The objective of the drive is to collect unused school supplies to help Talley Families in need, with reducing the number of supplies needed to purchase for the 2022-2023 School year.

Around April, teachers generate a general school supply list for the following year. To reduce the number of supplies needed for purchase, we are asking interested parents to return unused supplies from the 2021- 2022 school year. Participation is optional.

Carpoolers: We need your help during morning and afternoon carpool hours!

Tuesday March 22nd & Thursday March 24th

Tuesday March 29th & Thursday March 31st


Morning Carpool: 7:15am - 7:45am

Afternoon Carpool: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Bus Riders: Porch drop-offs (more details coming up soon!)

We need your help with Porch Volunteers in the following neighborhoods:

  • Glenwood
  • Winona Park
  • Clairemont
  • Ebster

Sorting: We will have a sorting party the week of April 11th. We need about 3 volunteers from each grade.

To volunteer, please sign up HERE!

Thank you so much for your support.

Questions?! Please contact Jennifer Williams our 3rd grade member at large at: AtLarge3rd@talleypto.org.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Talley Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is March 21-25. We will be celebrating each day with something special for our amazing Teachers and Staff! Below is a framework for that week, but your room parent may tweak it for your class so please stay tuned.

  • MONDAY MARCH 21: Students bring in a flower or candy to create a floral arrangement or candy bowl from the class. (RPs bring a vase/bowl)
  • TUESDAY MARCH 22: Students bring a handmade “Thank You” card.
  • WEDNESDAY MARCH 23: Students bring a piece of fruit to create a fruit bowl from the class. (RPs bring a bowl)
  • THURSDAY MARCH 24: Room Parents will bring a class appreciation gift to their teacher.
  • FRIDAY MARCH 25: Teacher/Staff catered Lunch - RP Coordinators will take care of this.

As always, thank you so much for your support. It’s greatly appreciated!

Safe Routes to School

On Walk N' Roll day and EVERYDAY, BE SAFE. BE SEEN!

Go to our Safe Routes to School page for videos and safety tips for walking, biking or bus riding to school safely!

SAVE THE DATE! Our next Walk N' Roll is FRIDAY, MARCH 25! Get a neighborhood walking group together and join us!

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

Talley's Staff Lounge Amazon Wishlist

Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner (details coming up soon!). If you are looking for ways to show Talley Teachers and Staff appreciation for all their hard work, please consider this Amazon Wish List. Thank you for all your support!

After-School Activities

DAL Rec Lacrosse

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Community Updates

Decatur Education Foundation

Thank you to EVERYONE who braved the cold, windy weather last Saturday to participate in the Tour deCatur! You did it for the kids, and we are so grateful! If you’re seeking another fun family activity, we hope you’ll try out our DEF Treasure Hunt! It’s a fun way to get outside and maybe learn some things you didn’t know about your community. And there’s a chance to win some cool prizes like a week of Little Shop of Stories Summer Camp!!! Just go to www.decatureducationfoundation.org and click on the pop-up to get started.

There are other ways that you can help DEF help Decatur’s kids, through snack donations and volunteering. Renfroe and Talley are accepting donations at these links:

RMS Snacks: https://a.co/d0HJHTr

Tally Snacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Weekend Food Backpacks: https://a.co/8BxrMEz

Volunteering opportunities abound for both adults and upper high school students in need of hours:

  • 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. 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.

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/