Tiger Time News

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

March 3, 2019

Dear O.C. Taylor Parents,

How did the reading go this past week? Did you read with your child each day? If you did, WooHoo!! We are cheering for you. If you did not, WooHoo! We are cheering for you to start. Don't beat yourself up, just do it. Grab a book and snuggle up with your child. You will miss the opportunity one day.

We have a very exciting week! We hope you can make these events:

  • Tomorrow, Monday, March 4, 7:30 a.m. is our Newcomers' Coffee Chat! If you are new to O.C. Taylor, read the PTA section at the bottom of this newsletter about our Newcomers' Coffee Chat.
  • Tues., March 5 is our Chili's Gives Back Day. Eat at Chili's and mention O.C. Taylor, so we will receive 20% (see below).
  • Thurs., March 7 is our Third Annual Portrait of A Graduate Showcase and Open House from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Be in your child's classroom at 6:00 p.m. sharp to see a live broadcast of our Tiger Time News then go visit areas of our school! Let your child be the tour guide for you.
  • Fri., March 8 is Fun Day for our students. BE SURE AND RETURN THE BLUE CAMP GLADIATOR WAIVER AND RELEASE FORM that was sent home two weeks ago, so they can participate in the obstacle course. Have your child wear their class t-shirt! (Read more details below.)

We love your children and want them to have the BEST elementary school experience.

To the BEST of days,

Principal Young Pedevilla

Stay Connected at O. C. Taylor Elementary School

We have a number of ways to keep in touch with our school. Be sure to read, subscribe to and join these resources to get all the latest news.

Facebook: 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.

Website: The school’s website has the latest news, updates, and calendars, as well as general information about the school, resources for parents, volunteer opportunity information, event information and ways to donate.

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

OCT Vision: To empower our children today to create a better tomorrow.

OCT Mission: To create life-long learners and develop servant leaders through authentic, real-world experiences.


Book Suggestion by Mrs. Kue, OCT Learning Liason


By Mo Willems

I loved reading this book with my two girls. It is an interactive book where I would read a part then my girls would read a part! It is fun and great to practice reading with expression!

Mrs. Kue, OCT Learning Liaison (Teacher Coach)

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O.C. Taylor Elementary Events

March 4

7:30 a.m. OCT Newcomer's Coffee Chat (See details below in PTA section!)

8:15 a.m. - PTA Executive Board Meeting

March 5

10:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Chili's Give Back Event (Please mention you are with O. C. Taylor.)

March 6

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. - Yearbook

March 7

2:55 - 4:00 p.m. - Choir

5:00 p.m. - 4th Grade Sky Ranch Meeting (Learning Commons)

5:15 - 6:00 pm - PPCD Open House

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Portrait of a Graduate Showcase! (Open House!)

March 8

O.C. Taylor Fun Day! Click here for schedule. (Remember to return blue waiver form!)

March 11-15

SPRING BREAK! No school!

March 18

March 19

March 20

2:55 - 4:00 TTT (Learning Commons)

March 21

6:30 PM PTA Bingo Night & Choir (Gym)

March 22

World Water Day

2:00 - 2:50 - Future Explorations

3:00 - 4:00 Running Club

Grade Level Newsletters

Parents, please click on the link below to read your child's grade level newsletter.










OCT and GCISD Updates


Emergency Contacts Reminder

Emergency contact information can be updated at any time through your Family Access portal in Skyward. Please take a moment to double check that your child’s information is correct. I would also recommend you contact the front office and let Ms. Betty know if you have emergency information that has changed.

It is VERY important for the campus to have correct emergency contact information in case there is ever an emergency when we need to contact someone you trust.


Portrait of A Graduate Showcase

You and your children are invited to our yearly Portrait of A Graduate Showcase (Open House) on Thursday, March 7 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at O.C. Taylor. Click here to see the invitation. Be sure to be in your child's classroom starting at 6:00 p.m. sharp to see a live broadcast of our Tiger Time News!


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1st Annual OCT Fun Day, March 8

It’s our first OCT FUN DAY on Friday, March 8th! Our OCT Tigers will participate in a Camp Gladiator style obstacle course, including a 70 foot inflatable obstacle, and enjoy an extended outdoor lunch and recess! Students can bring their own picnic style lunch or purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria (no “hot” lunch options will be available).

Grades PreK through 4th, remember to wear your class t-shirt! 5th graders, wear a white shirt you don’t mind getting dirty during the finale of FUN DAY - a COLOR RUN obstacle course! All students must complete the Camp Gladiator waiver that is sent home in order to participate. Please complete the waiver and send it back to school with your child! Camp Gladiator is not only sponsoring our Fun Day, but also offering all parents a discounted four week trial for $65! Be sure to check it out!

Below is the schedule of events for Fun Day:

8:00-8:25: PPCD (morning classes) Obstacle Course

8:30-9:20: PreK & Kinder Obstacle Course

9:30-10:20: 1st grade Obstacle Course

10:30-11:20: 2nd Grade Obstacle Course (PreK, Kinder, & 1st grade lunch/recess outdoors)

11:30-12:20: 3rd Grade Obstacle Course (2nd & 4th grade lunch/recess outdoors)

12:30-1:20: 4th Grade Obstacle Course (3rd grade lunch/recess outdoors)

1:00-1:55: 5th Grade lunch/recess outdoors

1:30-1:55: PPCD (afternoon classes) Obstacle Course

2:00-2:55: 5th Grade Color Obstacle Course (dismissed from outside since "colorful"

If you would like to join in the fun, please sign up for a spot to help out! Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on their child as they race through the obstacle course!


O.C. Taylor Yearbooks On Sale!

Yearbooks are a great way for students to remember their elementary school experience! Yearbooks will be on sale from March 1st – 31st. March 31st will be the last day to purchase your yearbook for $26. After that date, the link will close and only a very limited number of yearbooks will be sold for $30 when the order comes in. All orders must be placed online at: https://yearbookordercenter.com/

Our yearbook order number is 17833. You can also search up our school on the order site.


Spring Break is Around the Corner

We have NO SCHOOL on March 11-15, 2019. We will see you bright and early on Monday, March 18! Help us to have your children here to school on time and in their seats before the tardy bell rings at 7:40 a.m.


CMS STARS AUDTIONS 2019-2020 - Calling all O.C. Taylor 5th Graders

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Chili's Give Back Event - March 5

March 5th will be O.C. Taylor's Give Back Event from 10:45 am - 9:00 pm at 2810 State Highway 121, Euless, Texas 76039-4074. Please make sure you mention or show the Give Back Event Flyer with your check in order for O.C. Taylor to receive credit for the sale.
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Kindergarten Round Up!

YEEEEEHAWWWW! It is time for Kindergarten Round Up! If you have a child that will begin in Kindergarten in the Fall or know of a neighbor that will, Kindergarten registration is April 23rd-26th.

We will have a Parent Meeting on April 30th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.. and your future Kindergartener will have the opportunity to visit a classroom and meet the kindergarten teachers. We can't wait to meet you!"


Updates from Music, Mrs. Vencill

A Note from Mrs. Vencill...

The days are flying by as we continue learning and making beautiful music in the OCT music room. Parents - please mark your calendars for our upcoming music events and programs..

The Taylor Tiger Choir will perform several toe-tapping, singalong songs at the beginning of the PTA Bingo Night in the OCT gym,Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. Look for more information about Bingo Night in Mrs. Pedevilla's weekly Tiger Time News. The Taylor Tiger Choir will perform the same songs for our OCT students and staff Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m.

Our 1st grade students will perform in our Music In Our Schools Month program, Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. These students will sing, dance and play instruments to highlight and celebrate the importance of music in our public schools. *ALL 1st grade students are expected to participate in BOTH performances!

**Save the date for our 2nd Grade Festival of Friends program Thursday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and Fifth Grade Rocks,Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.!! Students are expected to attend BOTH performances!!

Congratulations to our Kinder cowboys and cowgirls on a job well done at their Kindergarten Rodeo last week! They are ready to leave our rodeo songs and dances in the dust and move on to writing and playing simple rhythm patterns using quarter notes, quarter rests and barred eighth notes.

4th grade students continue working hard to earn their Recorder Karate belts. They are becoming more and more confident reading music from the staff and feel so proud of themselves when they earn a new belt. Ask your 4th grade student to play for you!!!

Students can practice music for upcoming programs in their Music Google Classroom. Enter the following code in Google Classroom from any device.

Kinder: hsn6zz

1st: op7dp5

2nd: 8cu5siu

3rd: qoqudk

4th: mehh5mq

5th: rq64hzv

Choir: e1noxt

Theater/Drama Future Explorations: emx3av

Enjoy a FUN and restful Spring Break! See you in the Music Room!

Mrs. Vencill

Music Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary School



@OCTVencill #OCT4U


Updates from Art, Mrs. Morgan

A Note from Mrs. Morgan…

We are continuing to be creative and imaginative in the art room! Now, we get to explore weaving, fiber arts and sculpting!

Kindergarten just finished up their Picasso inspired self-portraits. They are absolutely amazing! Students will be learning how to weave using painted paper strips and construction paper. Students will also learn what a weaving loom is, a weft, a warp and the pattern over-under.

First grade is finishing up their Matisse inspired goldfish painting, as well as using paper cut outs on the frame. Students will then be learning warm and cool colors. Students will also be learning how to weave using painted paper using a variety of thick and thin paper strips.

Second grade started learning about radial symmetry. Students will then create a paper plate radial weaving using yarn. Students will review the terms loom, weft, warp and the pattern over/under.

Third grade is finishing up their Frida Kahlo inspired self-portraits. They learned about the proportions of a face in order to create their image. Students then chose their background by drawing some of their favorite items or places. Once they are done, students will be learning about printmaking.

Fourth grade started learning about the art term value. Students will be using paint to create tints and shades. Students will create a value scale for the background of their artpiece and choose their image/ item to create a focal point.

Fifth grade started learning about one-point perspective after exploring different types of shading techniques. Students will be creating their ideal bedroom using one-point perspective and a vanishing point.

Please be on the look out for student artwork displayed around the school during Portrait of a Graduate!!

Cristie Morgan

Art Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary School




Updates from P.E., Coach Mester and Coach Mac

Physical Education News

Wow! Can't believe it is March already! Our focus this month is going to be overall fitness. We will be performing exercise workouts and participating in activities that improve our muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardio-respiratory endurance. Our awesome PTA is providing us with a 1st annual Fun Day Obstacle Course. This fun day will align perfectly with what we are doing in PE this month. With nicer weather on the way, get outside and be active, Tigers!

Coach Mester

Physical Education Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary



@OCTMester #OCT4U


Updates from the Learning Commons, Mrs. Bonacci


If you are interested in helping out in the Learning Commons (Formerly known as the Library) please email me at dawn.bonacci@gcisd.net


Updates from Counseling and Guidance, Mrs. Whisman

Please click here to see the Counselor Corner Newsletter.
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Updates from Gifted and Talented, Mrs. Griffin

Please click here to see her newsletter.
  • Grades 1-4 Testing Window: February 19-March 8th


  • Online Registration Procedures and Form For Math Telescoping Testing: The Online Registration Process will open February 21, 2019 for the Spring test date. It will close March 6, 2019.
  • Link to GCISD site for Math Telescoping


Updates from Literacy Specialists/Dyslexia, Mrs. Griffith & Mrs. Honeycutt

Read Alouds provide a ton of benefits for children. They are a great way to strengthen vocabulary while helping children understand more sophisticated language patterns and concepts. Read Alouds can spark wonderful conversations and discussions. They can improve tests scores and instill a lifelong love of reading. Best of all reading aloud to your child is a fun way to spend time with them each day.

Read Aloud Suggestions:

· Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle

· Lightening in a Jar – Patricia Polacco

· The Relatives Came- Cynthia Rylant

· Zoom Broom – Margie Palatini

· Because of Winn Dixie – Kate Di Camillo

Top 100 Read Aloud List by Scholastic

“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald

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Updates from the Clinic, Nurse Katy

  • Handwashing Incentive: With cold/flu season upon us, we have started the High Five hand washing incentive again. I will be handing out "High Fives" to students who I see performing proper hand washing while at the bathrooms or in the clinic. - Use warm, soapy water whenever possible. - Sing ABCs or the Happy Birthday song twice. - Scrub in between fingers and underneath the fingernails.
  • Flu-like illnesses: If your child is home sick with fever/cough/sore throat, or if they were diagnosed with the flu, please let us know when calling the front office. I have to report all flu-like illnesses to Tarrant County weekly.
  • 4th grade videos: On Friday March 8th, I will be presenting a puberty video to all 4th grade girls in the afternoon. If you DO NOT want your child to participate, you will need to sign the form that was sent home last week. The boys will be watching a hygiene video separately.
  • Vision and hearing referrals: If you received a referral letter regarding a failed hearing or vision screening, and have not yet had your child evaluated, please take the time to schedule an appointment over Spring Break. Your child may need glasses or or hearing aids!


Bus Rider Information

Your child needs to be a registered bus rider in order to ride a GCISD bus. If you are wanting to register your child to ride the bus, please do so in Skyward. If you are needing to temporarily change your child's bus transportation (i.e. riding home with a friend for a day, etc.), please complete this form. This form must be completed 48 hours in advance. To ensure the safety of our bus riders, we do not accept notes from parents or administrators in place of the form.


Spring Parent Technology Academy Sessions

GCISD Technology is excited to announce our Spring Session line up with several new sessions. Stay tuned as more will be added to our list as we keep receiving the request from the community.

February 26th - Understanding Minecraft ( Presented by Microsoft) -SIGN UP HERE

Come and learn about the power of Minecraft in education, get tips directly for Microsoft on parental settings for use at home.

March 21st - Internet Addiction " Gaming"--SIGN UP HERE

More than 5 million kids may be addicted to video games. 31% of males and 12 % of females report that have felt addicted to gaming. Come to hear from Dr Kay Trotter, PhD, LPC-s, RPT-S from local Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health as she discusses the signs and symptoms of this growing addiction. Learn some tips and be a part of the discussion around online gaming and internet addiction.

April 16th - Apps Parents Need to Know -SIGN UP HERE

Take part in this interactive discussion around the growing world of apps that students are using. Go being the scenes to hear the truth behind the apps and what dangers there are to those who use them

Virtual Session Coming Soon - Fortnite (a Parent's Guide ) - SIGN UP HERE

Many have asked some come and experience Fortnite for parents. Hear about details of the game and dive into parental settings for the various gaming systems students use to play online.


Cafeteria and Menu Updates

Attached is a copy of the calendar menu, it may also be viewed on the district's website. Nutrition information may be viewed through the nutrition services website or by downloading the new Meal Viewer app through the apple or android store.

If you have questions about the Nutrition Services program, please call ext. 5615 or email julie.telesca@gcisd.net.



Do you love working with students and have a desire to impact the GCISD family?

GCISD is looking for dedicated community members to work in our schools as substitute teachers.

For more information and to apply, visit www.gcisd.net.


Join the GCISD TEAM!

Great opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • KidzU Site Aides – PT w/benefits – great schedule for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply now to work with the BEST! www.gcisd.net


School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is the perfect place for parents to make contributions and recommendations on health initiatives that influence your child. Find out how you can join SHAC.

GCISD - Building Excellent Schools Together


The mission of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is to be THE BEST and through the district’s strategic plan, called LEAD 2021, we continue building on the foundation started in 2011-2012. LEAD stands for Leading Excellence – Action Driven. For more information about LEAD 2021, please visit the district website. We are excited about the new LEAD 2.0 and hearing from all parents! There are some exciting educational experiences going on in GCISD!


Redefining Education because your future matters today!

GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate

Skilled Problem Solvers


Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners


We think your kids are..... G-G-G-G-reat!

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Are you NEW to OCT?!?

Are you NEW to OCT?!? Or do you still just FEEL NEW?!?

Do you wish you just knew a few people to help you get connected? Let’s get together for coffee! I’d love to get to know you, hear your story, and answer any questions you may have about OCT (or just life!!), and help you get connected. Sometimes it’s nice to just know a friendly face in the crowd!

OCT Newcomer’s Coffee Chat!

Monday, March 4th at 7:30 a.m.

O.C. Taylor Learning Commons/Library

OCT FUN DAY March 8th

It’s our first OCT FUN DAY on Friday, March 8th! Our OCT Tigers will participate in a Camp Gladiator style obstacle course, including a 70 foot inflatable obstacle, and enjoy an extended outdoor lunch and recess! Students can bring their own picnic style lunch or purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria (no “hot” lunch options will be available). Grades PreK through 4th, remember to wear your class t-shirt! 5th graders, wear a white shirt you don’t mind getting dirty during the finale of FUN DAY - a COLOR RUN obstacle course! All students must complete the attached Camp Gladiator waiver in order to participate. Please complete the waiver and send it back to school with your child! Camp Gladiator is not only sponsoring our Fun Day, but also offering all parents a discounted four week trial for $65! Be sure to check it out!

Below is the schedule of events for Fun Day:

8:00-8:25 AM: PPCD (morning classes) Obstacle Course

8:30-9:20 AM: PreK & Kinder Obstacle Course

9:30-10:20 AM: 1st grade Obstacle Course

10:30-11:20 AM: 2nd Grade Obstacle Course (PreK, Kinder, & 1st grade lunch/recess outdoors)

11:30 AM-12:20 PM: 3rd Grade Obstacle Course (2nd & 4th grade lunch/recess outdoors)

12:30-1:20 PM: 4th Grade Obstacle Course (3rd grade lunch/recess outdoors)

1:00-1:55 PM: 5th Grade lunch/recess outdoors

1:30-1:55 PM: PPCD (afternoon classes) Obstacle Course

2:00-2:55 PM: 5th Grade Color Obstacle Course (dismissed from outside since "colorful"

If you would like to join in the fun, please sign up for a spot to help out! Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on their child as they race through the obstacle course!

This year we said bye-bye to Boosterthon and hello to Fuss-Free Fundraising. We raised over $20,000 in three short weeks and 100% of that money stayed at OCT! Thanks for helping us purchase new robotics for our new Makers’ Space! Milo and Robin have arrived and are being introduced to all our tigers! We cannot thank you enough for supporting our school!

Parent's Night Out April 29th

SAVE THE DATE for our 2nd Annual Parents’ Night Out event on Monday, April 29th from 5-9pm at Sloan and Williams Winery in Grapevine. We’ll have a great Gift Card Grab, fun games of Heads or Tails, and fun Silent Auction packages. While you take a break, drop off your kids at Altitude in Grapevine. For $20, your tiger can jump from 5-9pm and enjoy pizza and cookies with Mrs. Putman and some of our fabulous OC Taylor teachers! Stay tuned for more details!

Colleyville Receipt Race

The Colleyville Receipt Race is BACK! The City of Colleyville and GCISD have partnered to help businesses affected by SH26 construction. Shop anywhere in Colleyville March 1st through April 30th and turn in your receipts! Send them in to your child's teacher in an envelope marked "Colleyville Receipt Race" or drop them in the box in the front office! Help us support local Colleyville businesses and earn money for our PTA all at the same time!

Rachel's Challenge 2019 - Supply Drive

Please help us gather school supplies for our GCISD students. We will have a friendly competition between campuses. The campus with the most donation items received will receive a banner to display. Donations will be accepted on all campuses and at the GCISD. O.C. Taylor is collecting Ziploc gallon size bags and earbuds. The collection box is in the school front lobby. Contact Rebecca George

Senior Scholarships

The Common Scholarship Application for district PTA scholarships is now live and may be accessed at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/oLCoax5iifVn9xLg1 . This lets you apply for your elementary, middle and high school PTA scholarships as well as Council with just one application. There is over $40,000 in potential scholarships to be awarded this year within our district. The deadline to apply is March 20. This is a major benefit of membership and we encourage all of our Class of 2019 members to apply!

O.C. Taylor’s GRACE Food Drive

Calling ALL FIRST GRADERS to support the O.C Taylor’s GRACE Food Drive


Items in Need: Canned Fruit

From canned peaches, diced pears, mandarin oranges, to chopped pineapple, let’s give them a fruit cocktail they can’t resist.

Collection Baskets are right outside the First Grade Classrooms and will be there until March 8th. So remember, the next time you are at the grocery store think fruit, fruit, and more fruit. Please bring in canned fruit only, as we are not able to accept perishables items. If you have already donated, thank you for your support.

Questions? Concerns? Please contact: Dawn Hall

Amazon Smile

Be sure to shop smileamazon.com. 0.5% of all your purchases will go to the OC Taylor PTA. Log on to smileamazon.com and select PTA Texas Congress 1610 O C Taylor Elementary as your preferred charity. It's an amazoningly easy way to earn money for our school!! Remember, you must log on to smileamazon.com every time you shop to ensure your purchases earn money for our school! We just received another check for $68.37! That’s $112.88 in just one semester. Keep up the good work!

Box Tops Fundraiser

It's a new semester and time for a new Box Top Racing to Recess Challenge! The winning grade level will earn an extra 30 minute recess! Clip out Box Tops for Education and place them on the Box Top Collection Sheet or in the Ziploc Bag that was sent home last semester. If you've already sent in that bag, just write your child's grade level on a new ziploc bag. Send your Box Tops in to your child's teacher or place them in the blue bin in the front lobby.

After 8 weeks, it’s a tight race! 3rd & 4th grade are tied for the lead with 171 box tops and 2nd grade is in 3rd place with 168.

PTA Administrivia

In keeping with the procedures outlined in the OC Taylor PTA Bylaws, the elected nominating committee is submitting the following slate of officers for consideration and election during the March 21st OC Taylor PTA General Meeting.

This notice is being posted at least seven days prior to the meeting as required by the bylaws.

OC Taylor PTA Executive Board Officer Nominations for 2019-20 School Year:

President - Berri O’Neal

President Elect - Lissa Critz

1st VP of Programs - Tamaron Hunt

2nd VP of Ways and Means - Stephanie Williams

3rd VP of Membership - Liz Payne

4th VP of Volunteers - Jill Tate

Secretary - Stephanie Wilkerson

Treasurer - Carrie Moyle

Respectfully submitted, 2019 OCT PTA Nominating Committee

Stephanie Williams, Chair

Betsy Dodson

Tamaron Hunt

Carrie Moyle

Liz Payne


Join the PTA!

Thank you to all our parents and staff that joined the PTA already! We truly appreciate your support!

If you did not join the PTA at Meet the Teacher, we encourage you to do so. The annual dues are only $7.50 per membership. That's the lowest price in town for PTA memberships, and it's the BEST, in my opinion! Membership in the PTA allows you to improve the education and opportunities for our students. When you join the PTA, you become a member of the Texas PTA, and you will receive a copy of our 2018-2019 Paw Prints student directory! This valuable directory contains classroom lists, phone numbers, addresses and other vital information you will use all year! To join the PTA, it's so simple, visit http://www.joinPTA.org.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Liz Payne- VP Memberships

Thank you!

Kristin McElroy

PTA President



Berri O'Neal Gormley

PTA President Elect



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