West Taylor Elementary School

2020 Newsletter

School Pictures for In-Person Students are Scheduled for October

Lifetouch will be at West Taylor to take In-Person students' pictures on October 19th and October 22nd. They will start taking pictures at 8:30 AM. Lifetouch will be following our protocols as well the ones their company has in place.

School Pictures for Virtual Students are Scheduled for November

Lifetouch will be at West Taylor to take Virtual students' pictures on November 18th. Lifetouch will be following our protocols as well the ones their company has in place. More information will be forthcoming regarding the time and the processes we will be following to keep everyone safe!


Your child's teacher will be using REMIND to send reminders home or to communicate with your about your child or class work. Please make sure you sign up for their REMIND.

Other forms of communication will be through School Messenger, this Newsletter, West Taylor Elementary School FB page, and WTES website (see links below).

Parent Pick Up

We are using the iDismiss program for Parent Pick-up. If you are planning on picking up your child from school on a regular basis, please notify the office. We will prepare a sign for your car dash and give it to you. Please display the numbers provided to you from the program (on bright yellow cardstock) on your dash so they are easily seen by the teachers in the parking lot.

Please have your child enter your car on the passenger side. Pull up along side the school after your child is in the car, to buckle them in their seats, if needed.

Halloween Information for In-Person Students

Monday/Tuesday Date: Oct. 27th &

Thursday/Friday Date: Oct. 30th


  • Students should be able to sit and walk easily while wearing the costume.
  • Students should be able to dress themselves or have minimal assistance from teacher.

From CDC Guidelines:

  • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.


  • Students will be lined up outside (weather permitting).
  • Grade levels will be identified at the start of each grade level.
  • Parents will drive through the ‘parade’ loop beginning at 12:30P.M.
  • Pictures may be taken from the car. Cars should not stop at any time.
  • Students return to school building at 1:00 PM.
  • No students will be dismissed early.

Classroom Parties:

  • Food items for treat bags should be individually wrapped and ingredients should be on the wrapper.
  • Teachers will be in charge of the parties.
  • Parents may be involved in creating a successful party by donating items and games for classroom parties.
  • Food may be donated for the party. Donations must be in a sealed container with ingredients listed by manufacturer.

CDC Guidelines for Halloween

Virtual Students Halloween Information

Virtual students will have an opportunity to experience a West Taylor Halloween parade! It will be held on October 28th from 1:00 to 1:30 PM. This is a completely optional event! If you would like to participate, come to WTES between the time of 1:00 to 1:30. All participants will stay in their cars. Parents will drive through the back parking lot and then, the front parking lot to see familiar West Taylor faces and to share their Halloween costumes. If you are feeling extra spirited, you can decorate your car for Halloween, too! At the end of the parade route, your child will get a little Halloween treat from their teachers. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teachers. We cannot wait to see you!


REMINDER: Please check your child(s) Outlook Email.

Important Information on DocuSign

To lessen the passing back and forth of papers, and make things easier for blended and virtual students, we are distributing important back to school paperwork via DocuSign to each student’s email. There are documents that require electronic signatures and others that are just for your information. The email will be from “Taylor County Schools”.

DocuSign is an application that provides electronic signature technology. It will eliminate the need for paper documentation.

If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your junk folder. You need to complete the documents in one sitting, it does save not partial entries. It should take no longer than 10-15 minutes, and you will get a copy after completion.

Office 365 Tutorials

Would you like some help with Office 365 components? Click on the following link, and you will learn about TEAMS, Outlook, Sway, and more. Check back for updates!

How to get to iReady

On an iPad: ClassLink App

On a computer: https://launchpad.classlink.com/tcswv

Virtual Students: Resource Pick Up October 21st

Parents & students may drive through the West Taylor front parking lot to pick up their library books and resources to support their learning on Wednesday, October 21st, from 12:30-1:30

Accurate Parent Information

Please make sure that your teacher has your correct e-mail address and phone number. If either changes, please inform the teacher.

Box Tops for Education

  • PTO is still accepting cut from products. Put them in a baggie with the class name on it and send it to school.
  • Click on the image and join Box Tops for Education. Sign up for West Taylor. Use the app to scan receipts. Yes, we still will take the Box Tops that you have cut and saved for us!

New McSavings Cards for 2020-2021 School Year

McSavings cards can be purchased for $5 throughout the year. Contact the WTES office if you have any questions. 304.842.0490


Grades 2, 3, & 4 use LiveGrades. Parents can monitor grades using this website. If you do not have a Username/Password, please give Ms. Fisher a call at 304.842.0540. Provide your child's name and grade, then the information will be sent home to you.