Talley Street Update

January 21, 2020

School News

From the Principal

Greetings Talley Street Community!

You are invited to the Talley Open House! On January 30, 6-7pm, CSD will host an open house of Talley Street Upper Elementary.

January 30, 2020, 6-7pm

Talley Street Upper Elementary School
2617 Talley Street, Decatur

*Please note parking is limited so consider walking, biking, or other alternative forms of transportation.

Have a great week!


Billy Heaton

Principal, Talley Street Upper Elementary School

City Schools of Decatur

Upcoming STAMP Assessment

Dear Parents,

During the 2019-20 School year, we will administer the Avant STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) assessment at grades 2,4,7,and 10. The test will be administered during the weeks of January 20th - February 7th during regularly scheduled world language classes. In second grade, students will be assessed in speaking and listening. In fourth, seventh and tenth grade students will be assessed in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

CSD will use the STAMP results to assess proficiency of students in the World Language they are learning. The assessment data will be used for program evaluation and individual student planning.

The test is not timed. The test can be stopped and resumed so students can proceed at their own pace. For grades 2 and 4 each section is estimated to take 30 minutes or less. For grades 7 and 10 each section is estimated to take less than 45 minutes. Students will take the test during their regularly scheduled language class. World language teachers will proctor the tests. Class time will be utilized.

For students who require classroom testing accommodations in World Language classes, the accommodations documented on their Individual Education Plans or section 504 plan for use during World Language Classes and will be utilized.

If you have any questions about the STAMP assessment, please contact me.


Heidi Whatley

Director of Research and Analytics

City Schools of Decatur


(404) 371-3601 ext. 1064

STAMP Information from Talley Spanish Teachers

Our students have been reviewing contents and they should feel comfortable to try their best.

They can also practice for the test at home on https://avantassessment.com/sample-tests , scrolling down to:

Avant STAMP 4Se Sample Tests


Other resources are:

Our online TextBook - https://www.vhlcentral.com/home

Username: Last 2 digits of lunch number + First 4 letters of the first name + First 4 letters of the last name

Password: student+ lunch number

Game-based vocabulary practice at: https://quizlet.com/TalleyTigers

no need to log in for Quizlet.

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Sra. Souki - jsouki@csdecatur.net

Sr. Pasek - lpasek@csdecatur.net

Dra. Roark - eroark@csdecatur.net

Impact of Tech on Our Youth

Wednesday, January 29th 6-8pm

Talley Street Upper Elementary School

2617 Talley St, Decatur, GA 30030

Our kids and their devices - the more we know...

Parents and caregivers of all age youth - you are invited to a conversation on the topic of technology and how it affects our youth. A panel of diverse experts will present their perspectives on the issues surrounding social media, screen time, mental health, anxiety, and positive strategies for balancing all the aspects of our children's lives.

Speaker Panel:

Cheryl Nahmias, PhD

Instructional Coach, IB Coordinator, Decatur High School

Eston Melton

Executive Director of Information Services, City Schools of Decatur

Suzanne Kosmerl
Social Media Specialist, Hashtag Parenting

Lisa Miller, LAPC, NCC
Individual & Family Counselor
Pathways Transition Programs, Inc.

Maria Halpin, LMFT
Individual & Family Counselor @Decatur High School
DeKalb Community Service Board

Title I Math Family Night February 27, 2020

Our Math Family Night has been postponed from: 1/30/2020 to 2/27/2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Title I Presents: Math Family Night

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Talley Street Upper Elementary School

2617 Talley Street

Room # 208

Decatur, GA 30030

From Nurse Barrington

Georgia was one of the first states seeing widespread flu activity. Influenza continues to be widespread in the state. Children under age 5, people who are 65 or older, and those with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions are most at risk for flu complications. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine, but please keep in mind that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza. As a friendly reminder, please keep students home from school until they have been fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours.--

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Call for Media Center Volunteers


We are in need of volunteers to help during the school day in our media center. Help is needed shelving books on a daily basis, as well as with other book processing, repair, or media center maintenance tasks. If you are interested, please fill out this form and your information will be added to our email list and you will be contacted about scheduling a time.

Thank you!

Jill Hanson

Media Specialist

School-Related Photos for Yearbook

Please send photos of any school related events to: talleyyearbookphotos@gmail.com. Contact the yearbook chair for more information:

Kellei Johnstone


Talley Street PTO

Talley Spirit Wear is Back!

Tell your friends and neighbors...Spirit Wear is back for a limited time. Store will be open until 2/23. Orders fulfilled mid-March. Please note all non-Apparel items are available in limited QTY's. Once they are sold out - they are gone. Don't miss out!!

Head over to shop.initialcontact.com to order today.

Box Tops, Publix, and More

Amazon Smile:

A little late after the flurry of holiday shopping but we're now on Amazon Smile!!! There will be more information in the Newsletter but you can log into www.smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon account, then select Talley Street Upper Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, 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 screen, select Community Rewards and search for “Talley Street Upper Elementary School PTO”, select 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! If you still have hard copy box tops, we will be collecting them behind the front desk. There is a box labeled Box Tops for Education. Have your kiddo bring in box tops and look for the Large Envelope/box near the front desk. They’ll be collected twice a year.

Publix Partners:

Looking for an easy way to support Talley Street PTO??

Who knew Passive Fundraising could be SO easy!! You don't need the key chain card anymore. Follow the easy instructions on the link: http://corporate.publix.com/community/corporate-campaigns/publix-partners

We’re set up as: Talley Street Upper Elementary School – Decatur, GA

Third Annual Decatur Soccer 3v3 Tournament and Fundraiser

Help the Decatur High School Soccer Program raise money for their teams this season AND have a great time watching your future soccer star!! Registration is now open for the Third Annual DHS 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Players born between 2008 and 2012 are encouraged to sign up! Teams will be coached by your DHS high school players. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this great community event. Register here today!
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From the District

Georgia Parent Survey


Please take time to complete the Georgia Parent Survey. The survey may be completed using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. For parents who do not have access to the Internet, a paper copy of the survey is available at the school. The data from the survey will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.


News from the Decatur Education Foundation

Friday, January 31st from 7-10 pm - Mix Mingle & Mocktail

Come out in support of Joe’s Fund for Mental Health by enjoying an adult, alcohol-free evening out with live music from The Benders. There will be delicious mocktails from Universal Joint, delectable food from Oakhurst Market, desserts from Butter and Cream, and coffee beverages from Waller’s Coffee Shop. Tickets available at www.decatureducationfoundation.org/joesbenefit

Thursday, February 6th and Friday, February 7th from 8:30a-3:30pm - Beyond Diversity Community Training

There are still spaces left for this FREE training. Beyond Diversity™ is a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar designed to help leaders, educators, students, parents, administrators and community participants understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities. Participants will engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism during the seminar which will allow our community to move forward to dismantle the racism that exists in our schools. The seminar is limited to 80 participants – Click here to register for this two-day training.

Saturday, February 8th from 1pm to 5pm - Mead Road Mardi Gras Parade and Party

This festive, community-run event benefits DEF and the music departments at all City of Decatur Schools! The parade marches through Oakhurst from F.AVE down Mead Road to The Imperial where live music from student performers will continue until sundown. There are many ways you can participate in this family-friendly event: you can march with your school krewe, you can create your own community krewe, or you can bring the family to watch the parade and post-parade performances where there will be food and beverages for purchase. For more information, please visit: www.meadrdmardigras.org Laissez les bons temps rouler!

About Talley Street Upper Elementary School

Important Dates

February 17-21--winter break

March 16--no school, teacher workday

April 6-10--spring break