Bobcat Bulletin 2022-2023

Every bobcat matters. Every moment counts.

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December 4, 2022

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More information on the Bobcat Christmas Party in the PTA Corner.

Lost and Found

There are a lot of jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles and lunch boxes in our lost and found. These items have been spread out in our multipurpose room so they are visible. Classes will be stopping by so students have an opportunity to look for lost items but parents are welcome to look through lost and found after school if there are items you are still looking for. Anything not claimed by Christmas break will be donated.

December character focus is RESPONSIBILITY

What is Responsibility?

Responsibility is the willingness and ability to take ownership of our thoughts, words, and actions. We have a responsibility to our school, family, and community to be accountable for our choices and how they impact ourselves and others.

Why focus on Responsibility?

  • Responsibility teaches resilience. It is not possible to persevere and achieve our dreams without taking personal responsibility seriously.
  • Responsibility empowers us to own our actions. There is great power in being able to make conscious, calculated choices to reach goals and manage those things in our control.
  • Responsibility teaches us to manage our time and resources. Responsibly organizing and prioritizing needs is an executive function of the brain that improves with practice.

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December 8th - Bobcat Holiday Party 5-7PM

December 12th-16th - PTA - Holiday Shop (For students to shop)

December 15th - 9:30 AM Bobcat Holiday Singalong at PHS on their field

December 19th-21st - Holiday Spirit Week

December 21st - Dismissal at 11:20

December 22-January 4th - Winter Break

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PTA Corner

Hi Taylor Hicks Families!

The numbers are in from Culver's Night!!!

We are so excited to announce that we raised $625.00!!! They brought in over $4000 in our 3 hours! Thank you!

We will keep you updated on the next dining for donation dates and restaurants!


THIS Thursday from 5-7pm at the school cafeteria is the Bobcat Christmas Party!!

JOIN US! We do need you to register at the link below so we know numbers.


- The Bobcat Holiday Shop is back starting December 12th! More details to come!

-------We need volunteers for both events! Please let us know when you can spare some time.

SAVE those DIMES! We are postponing the Dime Challenge until January so stay tuned!

Bobcat Christmas Party info...

Kindness Tree

As staff members see students doing kind things around campus, they place students names and what they saw on the leaf. Then, in their library class, the leaf is read and that student gets to put their leaf on the tree. We are so impressed by our students and the kindness they are showing!
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Reminder of Taylor Hicks Tardy Policy

As the weather is changing we are seeing an increase in students being tardy. Please work on getting your students to school before 8:05. If your are running behind please be sure to walk them into the office and sign them in.

At Taylor Hicks we want to ensure success for all of our students. Because a student’s arrival at school and transition into the classroom environment can have a huge impact on a student’s learning and attitude for the day, it is essential for all students to be at school by 8:05 a.m., when the bell rings to enter into the classroom each day. Students are considered tardy at 8:05 a.m.

Our Taylor Hicks tardy policy is listed below:

All students arriving on campus after the 8:05 a.m. bell are considered to be tardy. Any student who is tardy must be accompanied by their parent or adult to be checked into school at the front office. Students will not be permitted to enter their classrooms without being checked in by a parent or an adult at the office. Tardies cause disruption to the classroom learning as well as the child’s transition into the school day.

Upon receiving 6 unexcused tardies, a parent conference with the principal will be scheduled to determine consequences and possible improvement plan.

(Note: Excused tardies include family emergencies or appointments with professionals, such as doctors or dentists, note must be provided.)

Thank you so much for your partnership with us here at Taylor Hicks. Together we can ensure every student is ready to learn every day.

Student ART at Peter Piper Pizza!

SORA…the free reading app for kids!

Welcome to the Sora reading app! With Sora, you can get free ebooks and audiobooks from your school. Your students should have already logged onto their accounts. If you need Sora account information, email Mrs. Allen in the library and she will get it to you.

Click here to learn how to use Sora with step-by-step short informative videos and other helpful resources. You can also find that and more on the Sora guide for students and parents.

You can download the app or access it online at, your students can read books or magazines in Sora 24/7!

  1. Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to
  2. In Sora, your school will always be: YAVAPAI SCHOOL LIBRARY COLLECTION
  3. Sign in with your account and pin provided by Mrs. Allen from the library.
  4. Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.
  5. Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books or return your books.
  6. To find out more about using sora, look at the step-by-step instructions here.

Please email me if you have any further questions.


Suzie Roth

Yavapai County School Librarian

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7:30 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast is served in the cafeteria

7:45 AM - Students not eating breakfast may be dropped off and go directly to their classrooms. Please do not drop students off prior to 7:45 unless they are eating breakfast. If you arrive prior to 7:45 we will ask students to wait with parents until 7:45.

8:00 AM - Get ready bell

8:05 AM - Class begins (tardy bell)

2:20 PM - Dismissal time Monday - Thursday

1:20 PM - Dismissal on Fridays ONLY

Taylor Hicks office is open from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day. We would be happy to assist you, please call us at 717-3276.

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Previous Newsletter Information

School Traffic

There has become an increase in traffic during drop off and pick up. Below are a few tips to make drop off and pick up quick and safe:

  • Use extreme caution and watch out for children.

  • Drive slow.

  • Do not use your cell phone during drop off or pick up.

  • Please do not block driveways or crosswalks. Be courteous of our neighbors.

  • Do not block traffic or park in the drop off or pick up lane. Please circle around instead of blocking traffic.

  • Stop at all stop signs, for crossing guards and school buses with flashing lights.

  • Load and unload children in designated locations only.

  • Remain in your vehicle while in the drop off and pick up lines. Students need to exit the vehicle quickly and safely.

  • Be patient and allow yourself a few extra minutes during these busy times.

1st grade pick up line will now be 2 lanes please be aware and move forward when needed. We need to get as many cars off the street as we can. Thank you for your help in keeping this a smooth process.

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All PUSD students will have the opportunity to achieve academically and be positive contributing members of society.


PUSD will provide students with the skills needed for academic success by teaching self awareness, self regulation, and interpersonal skills to increase positive relationships on a personal, school, family and community level.

View our Student Wellbeing Weekly Check in by clicking here.

Cell Phones/Smart Watches/Electronic Devices/Toys

Cell phones and smart watches should not be visible or heard at any time on school grounds. If parents allow their children to carry a cell phone or wear a smart watch for emergency purposes while walking home or at the bus stop, it should remain off and in the student’s backpack while at school. If it is heard or seen, it will be confiscated and held at the office until the end of the day. On the second violation, parents/guardians will have to pick up the cell phone.

Electronic devices such as iPods, iPads, MP3 players, gaming systems, etc. are not allowed at school or on field trips.

Personal items such as toys, trading cards, or personal items not related to the classroom should be kept at home.

Students should not bring anything of value to school or on the bus. Taylor Hicks will not be responsible for stolen or misplaced items.

Making the Right Call When Your Child is Sick

Parents and guardians, you are the first line of defense when trying to keep communicable illnesses out of our school, we encourage you to monitor children for signs of infectious illness every day. It is important to follow through with physician care when your child is ill. Please notify your school nurse if your child is diagnosed with any contagious illness (flu, COVID, strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, norovirus, etc…). Reporting is confidential and promotes the nurses ability to provide accurate information to the entire school community. By continuing to work together with our local health department, we can play an important role in slowing the spread of illness on our campuses.

Our district policy (based on CDC and YCCHS recommendations) requires your child to stay home from school if he/she has:

  • Severe cough that may be uncontrollable and/or shortness of breath

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher. Keep your child at home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (e.g., ibuprofen, acetaminophen).

  • Combination of 2 or more of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 degrees or higher; chills; muscle pain/body aches; sore throat; fatigue; congestion; loss of taste/smell; GI symptoms (nausea/vomiting diarrhea)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea, keep your child home for 24 hours after the last time he/she vomited or had diarrhea.

  • Sore throat with suspected strep infection, even if there is no fever. Keep your child home for 24 hours after their first dose of antibiotic has been administered after being diagnosed with strep, ear infection pneumonia, etc...

  • Drainage, swelling or redness from any ear or eye (may indicate infection)

General Disease Control and Prevention

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

  • Covering nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or a sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Also refrain from sharing food, drinks, utensils, etc.

  • Seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older.

For further information, please contact your School Registered Nurse:

Name JeanMarie Mead RN BSN and Michele Kolb RN

Phone # 928-717-3276


Student Supply List

Below are the supply lists for each grade level.

Breakfast and Lunch CHANGE

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Emergency federal funding for free breakfasts and lunches has expired. This is a friendly reminder to families to please fill out an application to become eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The application can be found online at The threshold for eligibility of free or reduced-price meals is higher than many people think, so please don't hesitate to see if your family qualifies. Spending 5 minutes filling out this application will help to make sure your students will get nutritious breakfasts and lunches starting August 4th! See you soon!

Drop Off/ Pick Up

Morning Drop Off

  • Students can be dropped off starting at 7:45. Students will report directly to their classroom for morning recess when they arrive on campus.

  • Only bus riders or students eating breakfast can arrive prior to 7:45. If a student is eating breakfast they may arrive at school starting at 7:30 and report to the cafeteria. Please do not drop students off prior to 7:30.

Rise N' Shine Before School Club

In the morning, students who eat breakfast may arrive at school starting at 7:30 am and report directly to the cafeteria. Students who do not eat breakfast may arrive at school no earlier than 7:45 am. With that said, Taylor Hicks will be offering a before-school club to Taylor Hicks’ parents.

Rise ‘N Shine will run Monday through Friday and a Taylor Hicks’ staff member will supervise students beginning at 7:00 am. The club will be held in the library (room 7) and students will be able to work on homework, play board games, read quietly, draw, etc. during this time. This club will cost $1.00 a day to attend. Each day your child attends you will bring a dollar with you and give it to the club sponsor.

In order to participate in this club, a parent needs to fill out the bright pink registration form (coming home the first day of school), and turn it into the office or give it to the club supervisor the first day you use the club.

When you drop your child off at the Rise ‘N Shine Club, please park your car on the street or in a parking spot, walk your child to the library, sign your child into the club if your child is in Kindergarten, first or second grade. Those students who are in third or fourth grade may walk themselves in. Students will move to the cafeteria at 7:30 to eat breakfast, students who are not eating breakfast will sit quietly in the cafetiera. At 7:45 students not eating breakfast will be released to go to their teachers classroom.

Rise ‘N Shine will start on Monday, August 8th. Please note a child’s positive behavior is a requisite for continued participation.

Afternoon Pick Up

Parents must remain in their vehicle while in the pick up line. If you would like to walk up to get your child please find a parking spot and make sure to check your child out with their teacher. Parent pick up - each grade level will wait for parents outside in specific zones.

Kindergarten/BEST - outside the front doors along the main building

1st Grade - Blacktop near the playground

2nd Grade - Front grass

3rd and 4th Grade - Taylor Hicks Drive gate. This is a small area for cars so PLEASE be courteous with one another and neighbors as you wait for your children. Also, please make sure to follow the traffic pattern highlighted below.

3rd/4th graders with younger siblings can wait with K-2 classes so parents only have to make one stop.

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PUSD Transportation

PUSD Transportation Department is happy to announce our online registration form. Please CLICK HERE to register for the bus. If you have any questions about bus routes please check our website at or call our office at 928-717-3229.