Tiger Time News
News from the O.C. Taylor Principal, Lisa Pedevilla
September 14-18, 2020
Dear O.C. Taylor Families,
WE LOVE OUR PTA! So far, we only have approximately a little over half of our families who have joined our O.C. Taylor PTA. If you have not joined yet, please do so by clicking here. Our PTA does so much for our school. Your child would not have the education they have without our OCT PTA. It takes all of us working together. Together we can do so much more than ever thought possible.
I have had several parent requests to remind all of the families to please take turns when entering the car loops in the morning and in the afternoon. Also, parents have requested for everyone to remember to leave a car-length space where all cars may need to exit OCT. Thank you for helping your car loop to be as safe and efficient as possible.
To the BEST of days,
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.
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.
Please be sure to visit the O.C. Taylor PTA website where you'll be able to fill out some important forms as well as pay your Homeroom Fund Fee (just $10), which helps pay for things during the year like Winter and Valentine's parties and an end of the year gift for the teachers. Our partnership with the PTA is critical for maintaining the exceptional culture we have here at O.C. Taylor!
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.
Back To School Events
Monday, September 14
Tuesday, September 15
International Dot Day - Wear dots!
Wednesday, September 16
Thursday, September 17
Friday, September 18
Monday, September 21
Student Holiday, No School for Students
Tuesday, September 22
Wednesday, September 23
Thursday, September 24
Friday, September 25
Monday, September 28
Tuesday, September 29
Wise Guys Fundraiser - see below
Wednesday, September 30
Thursday, October 1
Friday, October 2
Updates from Assistant Principal, Mrs. Bailey
Students and staff did a great job following the safety protocols during our Lockout, Hold, and Shelter drills last week. How did our remote learners do with these drills? Please email me (email@example.com) to share how your family practiced these drills at home! This week's drill schedule is below. Safety Response Protocols will be reviewed and modeled for all students and staff. As we work to prioritize safety during emergency situations and social distancing, I want to assure you that we will maintain safety for all students and staff as we practice emergency responses on campus. Whether your child is in-person or remotely learning, we want all of our students to understand the importance of knowing how to respond during any emergency situation.
September 14 - Clear the Classroom
September 15 - Lockdown Drill
September 18 - Evacuation (Fire) & Reverse Evacuation Drills
Changing Your Child's Instructional Arrangement (Remote or In-Person)
As a reminder, parents are able to switch from in-person to remote learning at any point during the school year. In order to make this change, please contact our OCT counselor, Mrs. Whisman. Click here to see the In-Person Plan.
For families that are wishing to change from remote to in-person learning, that may only be done at the end of a grading period. The process for changing to in-person learning requires parents to complete a Google form that will be shared by your child’s campus prior to the end of the nine-week grading period. Below is a schedule of when the form will become available, when the form must be received by the campus, and when the change will go into effect:
To change after the first nine weeks, parents must complete the form between September 20 and October 5. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on October 19.
To change after the second nine weeks, parents must complete the form between November 15 and December 7. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on January 6.
To change after the third nine weeks, parents must complete the form between February 14 and March 1. Your student would begin receiving in-person instruction on March 22.
If you have any questions regarding the timing of when parents may change the instructional model selected, or the associated process, please contact our OCT counselor, Mrs. Whisman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Screening for Students
All of our in-person learners' parents must pre-screen their student for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 before bringing your student to school. The signs and symptoms are to screen for are:
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
Loss of taste or smell
Shortness of breath
Congestion or runny nose
Shaking or exaggerated shivering
Significant muscle pain or ache
Nausea or vomiting
If your child demonstrates any of the above signs or symptoms, they must stay home, and you need to report to the campus nurse the signs or symptoms your child is exhibiting. In the event that your child has a fever, they must be kept home from school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Please do not give fever-reducing medication and send your child to school. Additionally, please do not send your child to school if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are test-confirmed with COVID-19.
Face Masks/Face Shields
Thank you to all of you for following our mask protocols. Masks are a required face covering: proper covering of nose and mouth. A gaiter (2-ply) fits this description
Shields are only allowed with approval as an alternative if the student has a mask exemption.
Thank you very much for your patience during this time.
Daily Ride Changes
Wise Guys Pizzeria Fundraiser
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Hello OCT Families!
If your child still has books from last year please return them as soon as possible. Your tiger can drop them off at one of the book carts in the hallway outside of the Learning Commons, and I can clear their account.
In-Person and Remote learners have access to a wide variety of print books and digital resources through the library located in our Learning Commons. Starting this week, we are going to begin checking books out to students using the HOLD feature in Destiny Discover (found in the Learning Commons folder in ClassLink).
For in-person students I will deliver the books to classrooms at a designated time, and for remote learners I will be available from 8:00-8:30 to pass books out in the vestibule.
After books are returned, they will be quarantined for 7 days.
It's Always a Good Time to Read!
The 2020-2021 GCISD Reads Challenge officially started on June 1st. Information about the challenge can be found HERE.
This year Mrs. Pedevilla, Mrs. Bailey, and your teachers are going to participate in the challenge too!
This week we will look at Epic Books for Kids and Overdrive/Sora.
Epic is an e-book app that your child can download from the district “app store” (Meraki). Most students already have the app installed.
Overdrive/Sora is an e-book collection that can be accessed by logging into ClassLink, and opening the Learning Commons folder. In that folder you will find a link to Overdrive. Overdrive and Sora provide different views of the same collection.
Updates from the Clinic, Nurse Katy
- Expectations for In-Person Learners: Every student needs to keep a clean change of clothes and a clean back-up mask/gaiter in their backpack. These items can be placed in a large Ziploc bag, clearly labeled with their name. If your student does not have needed items, you will be called to come and drop them off at the school. Face shields can only be worn as an alternative to a mask/gaiter if the student has an approved mask exemption.
- Healthy habits during COVID-19: Please continue to review healthy habits with your Tigers. Talk to them about wearing a mask (how to put it on and take it off, only touching it by the ear loops, making sure it covers the nose AND mouth, etc.) Talk to them about frequent hand washing (singing Happy Birthday song or ABCs twice, using soap and water and making big circles and scissoring motions with the lather, etc.) Watch this Circles and Scissors Handwashing video together! Remind them not to touch their face or other people.
- 3 Ws: WASH YOUR HANDS. ( frequently and for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water is best if available). WATCH YOUR DISTANCE. ( 6 feet is farther than you think. Think jump rope or standing on opposite sides of a car). WEAR A MASK. Make sure your nose and mouth are both covered. DO NOT pull mask down to talk. Only touch mask by the outer edges/ear loops. Change your mask like you change your underwear- wash after wearing and put on a clean one every morning.)
- GCISD Health Services Reopening Guidelines: Please take the time to review these important slides. There are frequently asked questions/answers and other detailed information that you and your child need to know.
Updates from the Counselor, Mrs. Whisman
Counseling Corner, Mrs. Whisman
Hi TIGER families! My name is Stacy Whisman and I am the counselor here at OC Taylor Elementary. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if there is something I can help you or your family with.
Please click here for my newsletter that has all the ways you and your children can get into contact with me.
Updates from Art, Music and P.E., Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Vencill and Coach Mester
Dear O.C. Taylor Tigers and families,
It was GRRRRREAT seeing some of our Tigers face to face last! We are settling into our new normal and enjoying every moment of our Specials time together. Please read the following information about the Specials schedule and how our remote learners can connect with the Specials teachers.
Music and Art lessons will go out to ALL students through Seesaw Monday morning, but students will have TWO weeks to complete these lessons. Students on campus follow a 2 week Specials rotation (Music for 2 weeks, Art for 2 weeks), and we hope to teach the same lessons for face to face and remote learners.
PE lessons/activities will go out daily through Seesaw.
Remote learners may connect with Specials teachers one day a week through LIVE Webex meetings for the first 15 minutes of their Specials time.
Tuesdays - Mrs. Morgan (Art) https://gcisd.webex.com/meet/cristie.morgan
Wednesdays-Coach Mester(PE) https://gcisd.webex.com/meet/jason.mester
Thursdays-Mrs. Vencill(Music) https://gcisd.webex.com/meet/bethany.vencill
Feel free email your Specials teachers anytime with questions or concerns.
Have a GRRRRREAT week, Tigers!
Nutrition Services Program
What type of meal service will be available for virtual students?
Students taking their courses in the virtual setting will have the opportunity to receive a weekly meal bundle. GCISD will offer a curbside (drive-thru) at Grapevine Middle, Cross Timbers Middle and Grapevine Elementary starting August 17. Parents may pick up 2 days worth of meals this day, and then on August 19, parents may pick up the meal bundles for 5 days worth of meals.
During 100% Virtual meal pick up will be from 9 am – 11 am & 4 pm – 5:30 pm every Wednesday
During In-Person and Virtual Learning meal pick up will be from 4 pm – 6 pm every Wednesday
Any family may access whichever site is most convenient for them. Students do not have to be enrolled at the specific site where they are picking up the curbside meal bundle. Due to the rules and requirements of the National School Lunch Program, staff will need to record student ID numbers and will enter the student meals on a tablet. Students DO NOT have to be in the vehicle, but the parent/guardian must be prepared to provide an ID card, a school schedule, or a report card. Students are eligible for one student breakfast and one student lunch per day.
In accordance with program guidelines, the Free and Reduced application will be available online as part of skyward registration. The free and reduced application should be filled out electronically at www.schoollunchapp.com for those parents that still would like to complete a paper application, they may download an application on the website or stop by the Nutrition Services office at 5800 Colleyville Blvd. or stop by any campus for assistance.
To view the menu and more information regarding meals, visit our website.
More information on the Nutrition Services program may be viewed through the nutrition services website or by downloading the Meal Viewer app through the Apple or Android store.
Parent Preview for Aim for Success
GCISD has partnered with Aim for Success to provide sexuality instruction to your children. According to the Texas Education Code, all parents are required to be notified of the upcoming instruction and given the opportunity to preview all of the content the students will be receiving. We invite you to join us at the Parent Preview Presentations held on the following dates via Webex. Webex links will be provided closer to the dates:
MORNING Parent Programs on Thursday - 10/08/2020
6th Grade - 10:00 - 11:00 AM
8th Grade - 11:15 - 12:15 PM
EVENING Parent Programs on Thursday - 10/08/2020
6th Grade - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
8th Grade - 7:15 - 8:15 PM