Tiger Time News

News from the O.C. Taylor Principal, Lisa Pedevilla

Learning@Home, May 18-22

Dear OCT Families,

With the end of school drawing near, we are making arrangements for you and your child to come up to the school to retrieve their belongings and to bring back school or teacher belongings. Please read the procedures below.


Principal Pedevilla

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Important LInks

Learning@Home Hub

Click here to find what you might need while Learning@Home.
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Grade Level Weekly Learning Plans

Please click below to access and download the weekly learning plan. Teachers will also send daily pushouts to the students to guide them through Google Classroom or Seesaw.

We are finding it difficult to send things, especially videos, in advance. So, we are extending the time students have to complete their work by one week. The beauty of online learning is the flexibility and asynchronous nature. We understand everyone's at-home schedule is different and unique. We hope that this provides some flexibility for your child to complete some of their assignments over the weekend and into the next week as needed.

Assistant Principal Points from Mrs. Bailey


We are in the home stretch with learning for the 2019-2020 school year! Let's finish strong these last two weeks. We want you to make us proud and keep up the hard work. Your teachers have worked tirelessly to design exciting and engaging lessons for you to work through while at home. Show your Tiger pride and spirit by putting in 110% of effort and grit into all of your work. I will be collaborating with teachers these last few weeks to discuss progress updates for all students. Remember, that we need to see all students participating and engaged in assignments in all content areas. Please reach out to us if you need any help or support.

Although this time can be challenging and exhausting, just know that WE BELIEVE IN YOU. Don't forget to thank your awesome parents for all of their help and support. Together, we can do this!

Sending hi-fives and hugs to all our Tigers,

Assistant Principal Bailey

@OCTBailey @OCTaylorTigers


End-of-the-Year Pick-Up Belongings Procedures

Please CLICK HERE to read the details. We want to make this as efficient and pleasant as possible for you! :)


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During the dates and times below (specific grade level’s assigned date/time), students will be able to pick up the following items:

  • Student supplies

  • Student belongings

  • Spring class pictures (if previously ordered)

  • Yearbooks (if previously ordered)

  • Medications

During the dates and times below, students will be able to drop off items:

  • Library books

  • Teacher’s classroom books

  • Teacher’s items

We will have boxes/carts labeled in order to collect them for the summer. No one will be permitted inside the building. No parking and no exiting the cars will be permitted. Teachers will have collected student supplies from the classrooms already. We will have a drive-thru system similar to what we implemented for device pick-up in March. All individuals come through the car loop with the Tiger and remain in their cars until a staff member helps you.

If you are not able to make it at the time/date provided, please email your teacher and explain what accommodations may be needed. These are the only three days that we will be distributing and collecting, so if you are not able to make it during the three days provided, your student may pick up/drop off these items when the building is reopened in the fall.

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Extra Yearbooks for Sale!

1st Come, 1st Served

We have 23 extra 2019-2020 yearbooks. If you are wanting to purchase one, please email Mrs. Morgan at cristie.morgan@gcisd.net. It is first-come, first-served.

You will purchase and pick up your yearbook at the Art Station on your child’s designated pick up time and day (see above).

Please have a check written out to O. C. Taylor Elementary for $28.15.


Updates from our librarian, Mrs. Bonacci

Hi O. C. Taylor Families!

The 2020-2021 GCISD Reads Challenge will begin soon. Watch our Twitter and Facebook pages for daily updates about this exciting challenge starting Monday. If you can’t wait until Monday you can visit our 2020-2021 GCISD Reads Challenge Smore!

I will be at school on May 26th-28th to collect library books as you come to school to collect your child’s belongings. If you are not planning to pick items up on one of those days you can return the books when we return in the fall.


Mrs. Bonacci

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Counselor Updates from Mrs. Whisman

May is Virtual Career MONTH

We were not able to be together on May 1 for our scheduled Career Day... but that doesn't have to stop us from having a VIRTUAL CAREER DAY! (Even better, let's make it a focus for the whole MONTH of MAY!) I put together a google slide show Career Lesson that includes interviews from some of our parents and others from the GCISD community about their careers, and also games, activities, stories, coloring pages, etc., for all of our students to be able to access during May. There are a lot of links to other websites that have many more interviews about careers from all different career clusters. Hopefully, your Tigers will have fun with this lesson and learn about things that interest them. LINK FOR VIRTUAL CAREER LESSON

If your child would like to add an interview with you to share with others, click here for more information! (I will continue adding Career Day Interviews throughout May... I can't wait to see them all!)

It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for college admissions and financial aid. Even elementary students can do some things to begin on the right path. Here are some helpful tools for parents as you start these conversations in your family.

Parents of 5th Graders

Parents of 5th Graders: Please click on Whisman's Newsletter to keep updated on all things


  • DATES (added as I get them from middle schools)
  • AVID
  • HOW TO video about combination locks
  • ETC.

Parent Resources During Closure

Parents, even in the best of times, parenting can be hard. During stressful times, it can be really hard. Know that there is support out there. These agencies, hotlines and websites are available to support you as parents, always and especially in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty of COVID-19:

Another resource that can be distributed to those in need. Here is a list of community resources in Tarrant County.

If you are having difficulty with issues or concerns, other than those listed above, please click on the link below and complete the form, so we might be able to direct you to the appropriate resource. Parent Needs Questionnaire



  • Medication Pick Up: If you have not yet picked up your student's medication, please come to the school on your grade-level designated day and do so. Medication cannot remain at school throughout the Summer, and I do not want to have to throw away perfectly good meds! I will see you on May 26th, 27th, and 28th!
  • Immunization Records: If your child has had any vaccinations during this past school year, or if they receive some over the Summer, I need a copy for their permanent file. Feel free to email the updated shot record to me, as I want all students to be up to date on their immunizations and able to start school as soon as we can be back together again. :)
  • Fifth Grade Parents: Please download and read below for Tips for a Successful Transition to Middle School .


Update from Specials

Hi, Tigers! We miss our O.C. Taylor families so much and hope you are doing well. Please view this video and know we love and miss you!

There are several ways you can connect with your Specials teachers:

  • MUSIC Google Classroom (Grades 1-5) - Please contact Mrs. Vencill if you need the class code.
  • Music/Art/PE Seesaw class (Grades K-4) - If you don't see your Specials classes when you open Seesaw, log out of Seesaw and log in again using your Google username and password.
  • Music/Art/PE link at the bottom of your classroom teacher's weekly learning plan.

The Specials lessons/activities you see in Google Classroom, Seesaw or in the weekly learning plan are NOT mandatory assignments. We want our Tigers to have the opportunity to connect to their Specials classes when they need a break from their classroom learning to move, perform or create! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Stay home and stay safe, Tigers.

OCT Specials Video
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#GCISDAtHome with Fine Arts

GCISD Fine Arts wants to hear from all our talented musicians, dancers, thespians, and artists! During this closure, students can use this Flipgrid to upload videos of themselves playing their favorite instrument, singing their favorite choral song, showcasing a piece of art, performing a scene from their favorite play, doing a dance routine, etc.

Approved videos will be seen on the GCISD Fine Arts Flipgrid, and the very best may even be featured on GCISD's other social media platforms.

Submitted by: David Zahrndt

Fun Activity Videos!

Click here to download fun activity videos from Coach Mester and GCISD P.E. Teachers! Let's get moving in a fun way!


GT and ASPIRE Updates

Assessment updates for parents and schools due to COVID-19

The Math Telescoping Acceleration Assessments will not be given on April 18th, 2020 as originally planned. The new date is tentatively set for May 16th, 2020. Families will not need to re-register for the replacement date. That registration deadline for this first administration has already passed; however, a second date is still planned for June. Please visit the website for updates.

Click here to read the newsletter from Mrs. Griffin for GT LEAD!

2020-21 School Year

We now have 316 responses so far. That means we need about 100 more! PreK - 4th grade families, if you have not already, PLEASE click here to let us know if you will be coming back to O.C. Taylor next year. Thank you! (Please read the PTA section below to order school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.)


GCISD Pre-K Enrollment Now Open

Enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year is currently ongoing. All families that have not already gone through the lottery process must fill out the Interest to Enroll form and will then be notified of next steps via email. Children must be 4 years old by September 1 of a school year to qualify for kindergarten that year.

GCISD offers high-quality, full-day Pre-Kindergarten programs at nine elementary campuses. The District offers a state-funded Pre-K option that is available for children that qualify. In addition, GCISD offers a tuition-based Pre-K program for students who do not qualify for state-funded Pre-K.


Do you know of a child who will be in kindergarten next year? Please have them register online! We can't wait to meet our new tiny Tigers! CLICK HERE to read all about the details on the district website.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1 of a school year to qualify for kindergarten that year. If children are 4 years old by September 1 of a school year, they are eligible for Pre-Kindergarten. To see which campus you are zoned to attend, visit our attendance area map.

Enrolling a student in GCISD for the first time?
Click here to start your kindergarten registration process.

Already have a student enrolled in GCISD?
If you need to register a sibling for the first time, you may do so from your current Skyward account. Simply log in to Skyward Family Access and add a new student by selecting “New Student Online Enrollment” tab.

Do current GCISD Pre-K students register for Kindergarten?
No, current GCISD Pre-K students are considered existing students and will register with all other returning students. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year for returning students opens in the summer (date TBD). Please see the Returning Student Registration Page.

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Acceleration Exam Revised Calendar

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Acceleration Exam Calendar for Math Telescoping, Grade Level Acceleration, and Credit by Exams has been revised to include online proctoring at home, as well as, allow time for face to face proctoring (K-2) if it is allowed in the coming months.

The GCISD Assessment department is communicating with our vendors and families to ensure students have access to the necessary technology to participate in our telescoping, acceleration, and credit by exam opportunities online and at home. One concern that we are still working to resolve is providing oral test administration for our K-2 students if we are not able to test in person this summer. To help resolve this issue, we are researching solutions with GCISD Health Services, our assessment vendors, and neighboring districts.

Math Telescoping originally scheduled for April 18, 2020, is now scheduled for a two-week window in June with a second two-week window in July. Registration has already closed for the first administration and will open in mid-June for the July opportunities.

Grade Level Acceleration and Credit by Exam administrations originally scheduled for May 16, 19, and 21 - registration has closed - will occur over a May 18-21 window. In July, those exams will occur over a two-week window and registration will close on May 26th, 2020.

The revisions to the calendar are marked as tentative due to the potential changes in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.


Stay Connected On Social Media

: If you’re a Facebook member be sure to join the O.C. Taylor Elementary Facebook Group to get updates in your feed. This group is meant to provide another way to get news and updates.

Twitter: We regularly post events and upcoming news on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter: @OCTYoung and follow our hashtag #OCT4U.


O.C. Taylor PTA

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Order School Supply Packs for 2020-2021

Order School Supply Packs Now!

O.C. Taylor PTA is providing online ordering for school supply packs for 2020-2021. Packs will be delivered directly to your child's classroom at Meet the Teacher night in August, and will allow you and your child/children to focus on meeting their teacher. Here's how to order:

  • Order school supply packs online between April 1st and June 14th through the Educational Products at https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/, and enter our school code TAY009.
  • Make sure to choose your child's grade for next year, not their current grade level.
  • Your child's school supply pack will be waiting in your child's classroom on Meet the Teacher night.

Questions? Contact Melissa Adkins, School Supplies Chair at octschoolsupplies@gmail.com

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