Tiger Time News

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

July 26, 2020

Dear O.C. Taylor Families,

Happy Summer! I typically do not send Tiger Time News until the week before school starts; therefore, I apologize for encroaching upon your summer break. I feel our OCT families might like a little more information this school year. If you are new to O.C. Taylor, Tiger Time News is my weekly principal newsletter.

Our theme this school year is, "Go Get 'Em, Tiger!" We all know Tigers are fierce. The term fierce means robust, intense, strong, powerful, passionate, eager. That defines us. We are all of those words and especially during these unique times. I am excited to see you Go Get 'Em this year!

We are preparing for your little Tiger to start school online! We miss them SO much! From Governor's orders to Mayoral proclamations to county-wide requirements, school district administrators across the country are having to digest this ever-changing information and work within the parameters established by these numerous authorities. The teachers and staff have been working diligently all summer attending training sessions and learning about how to best engage our students in a remote environment. I have never seen teachers and administrators work so diligently over the summer with little to no time off. They are excited to put their new learning to use! I think you will be happy with our changes.

I know these times can be unsettling. Please know, above all else, the staff and teachers LOVE your child. We are more resolved than ever to show you and them. While we do not have all of the answers (and if we do, the answers seem to change), we are committed to doing our best for each child.

On Thursday, August 13 starting around 1:00 p.m., your child's homeroom teacher will be making a personal call to your child to welcome him/her to the class. We are talking about what we can do for Meet the Teacher! More to come soon. We want our Tigers to be able to see their teacher in person if possible and if you choose.

As I told my staff in the spring, the Covid-19 situation is complex and dynamic. In order to achieve the results we all want to achieve, it is more important now than ever to be unified. Let's hold hands and support one another during these times. We promise to realize you are trying your best if you will grant that perspective with us.

To the BEST of days,

Principal 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.


Back To School Events

Thursday, August 13

1:00 Teachers will call the phone number in Skyward to personally speak to the students

Some variant of Meet the Teacher possible

Friday, August 14

Some variant of Meet the Teacher possible

Monday, August 17

7:40 a.m. First Day of School online

7:40 a.m. Possible OCT PTA BooHoo/ Yahoo Breakfast WebEx

Tuesday, August 18

5:00-5:45 p.m. PreK Curriculum Night WebEx

5:45-6:30 p.m. Kinder Curriculum Night WebEx

6:30-7:15 p.m. 1st Grade Curriculum Night WebEx

Wednesday, August 26

5:00-5:45 p.m. 2nd Grade, Curriculum Night WebEx

5:45-6:30 p.m. 3rd Grade, Curriculum Night WebEx

Thursday, August 27

5:00-5:45 p.m. 4th Grade, Curriculum Night WebEx

5:45-6:30 p.m. 5th Grade, Curriculum Night WebEx

Monday, September 7



OCT Summer and Back-to-School Updates


New Repository of Information Site - PLEASE BOOKMARK

VERY IMPORTANT! I built this online site to assist you and our families in having one location to find any information, resources, or assistance you might need. PLEASE bookmark this site as it will hold all pertinent information for this school year, especially due to the constant changes. If you find something that needs to be added, please email me and let me know. I want to try and make things as easy as possible for you during these fluctuating times.


Online Registration REQUIRED for Everyone

Families can continue to complete registration for the 2020-2021 school year. All registration will need to be completed online. So far, we only have 232 out of 531.

Even with Tuesday's order from TCPH, families will still choose either in-person or remote learning for their student(s) during registration. All students will begin the year virtually, but when in-person instruction is available, those that choose that option will receive instruction on campus.

Choosing your student(s) instructional option is critical to GCISD in preparing for when instruction begins. The District must have this information when planning for master schedules, classroom space, staffing, and how to best meet the needs of students when they return. While the District is asking parents to indicate a preference now, families will have an opportunity to update their selection at a later date.

For technical support regarding online registration, please contact onlinereg@gcisd.net.


Sample Virtual and In-Person Student Schedules

GCISD has posted sample virtual and in-person schedules. I believe that this will help all families have a better understanding of what school will look like virtually and in-person. Click here to access sample remote and in-person schedules.


Meet the Teacher

While the beginning of the year activities will be limited, we are looking at opportunities for parents to connect with the school and staff, and for students to experience the excitement of the beginning of the year. More information to come shortly.

Be sure and have your phones on during the day on Thursday, August 13 as your teacher will be making a personal phone call introducing themselves.

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Parents, we need your input!

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, OCT will be hosting at least three scheduled parent input sessions on Webex. These sessions will be 25-30 minutes long and we will be capping each session at 10 people. These sessions are first come first served. If you are interested in sharing your experience with the OCT administration, we will have time for you to sign up next week.

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