Tiger Time News

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

February 10, 2019

Dear O.C. Taylor Parents,

We are in the month of February! The time is flying by quickly. Teachers and students are preparing for Student-Led Conferences. Be sure and ask your child about it!

I watched the documentary last night, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," about the life of Fred Rogers. So many of his statements resonated with me as I thought about O.C. Taylor. This one had the greatest impact on me: If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

Your interactions make a difference (good or bad) to each and every person. Each and every colleague at work. Each grocery store clerk. Uber driver. Airline attendant. Neighbor. Friend. And especially, each and every child. Let's leave a little "goodness" with the people we come in contact with each day and train our children to do the same.

As we celebrate Valentine's Day this week, please know we LOVE your children. They are precious! They are future leaders, and we strive to empower them today so they may create a better tomorrow. Thank you for allowing me to serve you! I LOVE being your principal!

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.


OC Taylor Elementary Events

February 11

6:00pm - 8:00pm Decades Night @ Skatetown

February 12

February 13

2:55 - 4:00 TTT

3:00 - 3:45 Yearbook

February 14

2:00 - 2:45 Class Valentine's Day Parties

2:55 - 4:00 Choir

February 15

2:00 - 2:50 Future Explorations

February 18

Professional Learning Day/Student Holiday

February 19

February 20

3:00 - 3:45 Yearbook

3:00 - 4:00 Student Led Conferences (3rd, 4th and 5th)

February 21

2:55 - 4:00 Choir

3:00 - 4:00 Student Led Conferences (K, 1st and 2nd)

February 22

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


Reminder: Afternoon Car Line Pick Up

Yellow Car Signs

In an effort to efficiently dismiss 450 students in a safe and timely manner, please make sure your yellow car sign is clearly visible in your front windshield when picking your child up at the end of the day. The teachers and staff on duty are noticing that some cars are in need of a yellow car sign for the spring semester. If you need one, please email your teacher or speak with Gene Guinane in the office and we will make sure we get one for you as soon as possible. Thank you for your help!

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TTT is collecting HATS, UNDERWEAR, GLOVES, and SOCKS (new in packages) to donate to GRACE. There will be collection boxes in each hall. This is not a competition between grade levels... just another way to give back to families in our community that need some extra help. The collection is from January 24th until February 15.

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Webville Outlaws

We are studying the Webville Outlaws. For the next two weeks, we will be talking about Potty-Mouth Pete. Please reinforce at home to immediately report to a TRUSTED ADULT.

Potty-Mouth Pete uses mean or rude language. Potty-Mouth Pete also uses peer pressure to get you to talk bad about other people or to say mean words.

Tell a trusted adult if anyone - or anything - makes you feel sad, confused, or scared.


Updates from Music, Mrs. Vencill

Beautiful music fills the air in the O.C. Taylor Music room!!! Our talented Tigers continue to impress me every day with all they can learn, create and perform when they work together and use a growth mindset. Our minds are definitely growing in lots of exciting ways.

Kindergarten: Our Kinder Tigers are working together to practice their folk dances and cowboy/cowgirl songs for the Kindergarten Rodeo. We hope to see all Kindergarten parents, family and friends in the OCT cafeteria Friday, March 1 at 2 p.m. for a rootin', tootin' good time.

1st Grade: Our first graders have the important job of performing in the Music In Our Schools Celebration Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Parents - please mark your calendars. All first graders are expected to attend BOTH performances!! This program celebrates MUSIC education and all of the important things music adds to our lives. 1st graders are not only learning lots of fun songs and dances, they are also learning what it means to be a good performer. Talk to your first grader about proper performance etiquette!

2nd Grade: Our 2nd graders continue remembering what they know about note value and learning how to add pitch to their rhythms. We will connect what we're learning about rhythm and pitch to songs from around the world as we begin preparing for the 2nd Grade Festival of Friends program on Thursday, May 2 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ALL 2nd graders are expected to attend so please mark your calendars now!

3rd Grade: Third graders are working hard to become more comfortable reading notes from the treble clef staff. Reading music is an important skill that they will carry through 4th and 5th grade. We will use Orff instruments to play simple melodic patterns.

4th Grade: If you haven't listened to your 4th grader play the recorder ask them for a mini performance! They sound GREAT! We will continue working towards earning a new Recorder Karate belt each week by learning and playing new songs on our recorders.

5th Grade: It's hard to believe our 5th graders will begin talking to middle school counselors this month. We will remember/review instrument families and how sound is produced in each family so they will be prepared to make smart decisions if they choose band as a middle school elective. 5th graders will also dive into the beginning stages of creating their final show, Fifth Grade ROCKS! Parents, please mark your calendars for this exciting program - Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ALL 5th graders are expected to attend BOTH performances!!

See you in the Music room!

Mrs. Vencill

Music Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary School


@OCTVencill #OCT4U


Update from Art, Mrs. Morgan

Students have been working hard learning about Art History. Each grade has started learning about their famous artist, as well as looking at and discussing some of their work!

-Kindergarten is learning about the artist Pablo Picasso. They will be learning how to draw a self-portrait based on Picasso’s Cubism. They will also be reviewing shape names, as well as secondary and primary colors.

-First grade is learning about the artist Henri Matisse. They will be learning about his two types of art, paintings and paper cut outs. Students will be creating a goldfish still life with organic and geometric shapes, as well as how to create paper cutouts.

-Second grade is learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh. They will learn about the foreground and background of a painting. Students will create their own modern version of Starry Night.

-Third grade is learning about the artist Frida Kahlo. They will be learning how to draw a self-portrait, using the correct proportions of the face. They will then create a background of their choice by adding some of their favorite things.

-Fourth grade is learning about the abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. They will be learning how to create an abstract piece using a variety of lines, shapes and balance. They will then learn how blend watercolors for their background.

-Fifth grade is learning about the art movement Pop Art. They will be learning about the different artist that helped create Pop Art. They will choose one of the artists to be inspired by and select the medium of their choice. They will use color theory in order to create their Pop Art piece.

Cristie Morgan

Art Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary School




You Art What You Eat Contest

You Art What You Eat Contest The Texas Department of Agriculture's (TDA) annual You Art What You Eat statewide student art contest is here! The student art contest offers Texas students a chance to earn statewide recognition for themselves and their school. Student winners receive a custom prize package and their artwork will inspire the design for TDA's National School Lunch Week and School Breakfast Week campaigns!

To enter the art contest, students will create artwork highlighting good nutrition and TDA's theme for National School Lunch Week 2019 / School Breakfast Week 2020. The new theme is "Save the Day with a Healthy School Lunch/ Breakfast" This year TDA provides teachers with a new, easy way to upload and submit student entries.

The Submission Packet and Guidelines can be found online at www.SquareMeals.org/artcontest. The submissions deadline is April 12, 2019. Please join TDA in encouraging students to focus their artistic talents on healthy school meals by entering the You Art What You Eat statewide student art contest.


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

I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with our level of pickleball play this year! We had a blast learning serves, forehands, backhands, and volleys. We are putting the pickleball nets away and getting out a different net. That’s right, it is Newcomb time! We will be playing Newcomb and working on some volleyball skills. Finally, we will continue to improve our fitness levels by performing challenging warmups and jogging everyday. See you in the gym!

Coach Mester

Physical Education Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elem.


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

Students love to learn fun facts about many things that are great information, so in this link there are fun facts about dyslexia. Share with your child and see how much fun you both have!



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.
  • Eyeglasses: Please consider donating any old or broken eyeglasses for a good cause, as these can be reused and recycled for the less fortunate who may need glasses. You can drop them off in the front office or clinic. At the end of the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers will collect the eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Eyeglass Recycling Centers. Thank you in advance! :)
  • If your child is absent during the school day due to illness: They should not be at school for any extra-curricular activities (choir practice, yearbook, talent show rehearsals, etc.) They should not be at school to eat lunch with a sibling or friend. They should not be at school for parent-teacher conferences, ARDs, or 504s. Thank you for helping our Tiger staff and students stay healthy!!!


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 12th - Hour of Code - Parent Edition -SIGN UP HERE

Come dive in and experience what students across GCISD do each day with hands-on activities around coding

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.


2017–18 School Report Cards (SRC)

The 2017–18 School Report Cards (SRC) are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s website athttp://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/index.html. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about a campus’s individual characteristics and academic performance. The School Report Cards are also available on our district website under Accountability. A printed copy is available in the main office for viewing.


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.


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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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

Skate Town Decades Night

Decades Night is Monday February 11th at Skate Town from 6p-8p. Dress as your favorite decade era (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) Cake and water provided. Sponsored by the O.C. Taylor PTA. Free for O.C. Taylor students; $6 entry fee for others, which includes skate rental.

We LOVE Our OCT Staff!!

Please help us show our teachers and staff some LOVE with some delicious treats at our Staff Appreciation Event on February 13th! This is one of the staff's favorite events, as we treat them to a buffet of yummy chocolates and other sweets to enjoy throughout the day. This year we will have a Hot Chocolate Bar full of awesome toppings! Please sign up to bring an item for our wonderful staff (list what your item will be so we can be sure to have a variety). Please drop off your treats on February 13, 2019 from 7:15 - 8:15am. SIGN UP HERE

O.C. Taylor’s GRACE Food Drive

February is First Grade’s turn to support the GRACE Food Drive

ITEMS IN NEED: Canned Fruit

Let’s bring in some healthy fruit for GRACE this month. 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 1st. 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.

Questions? Concerns? Please contact: Dawn Hall

OCT PTA Nominating Committee

It's hard to believe but it's already ready to start thinking about the 2019-2020 school year at OCT! We would love to have all our current PTA Executive Board return and would love to welcome some new faces to the board as well. Please be sure to complete the 2019-2020 PTA Interest Form either via the google form or by completing the blue form that was sent home in your child's folder this week. Please return this form no later than Friday, February 15, 2019. Thank you for your willingness to serve on the board!

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! In just 3 short months, we made $44.51. Our next check should arrive soon!

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 5 weeks, 3rd grade is in the lead with 156 box tops; 2nd grade is in 2nd place with 136; and Kinder is in 3rd place with 122. Be sure to send in all your box tops that expire on 3/1/2019 no later than Thursday, February 28th


The O.C. Taylor Apple Tree has grown new branches! Teachers need items from the Apple Tree. Apple Tree is an easy way to donate items teachers and staff need at the school.

Simply click this link to see different "needs" around the school. If you choose to help, please make sure to mark as taken! Once taken, please send your item(s) to school with your child, attaching the name of the staff member for whom it is intended.

Jill Tate - VP of Volunteers jhbu99@aol.com


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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