The Taylor Road Messenger

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events

9/19: PTA Meeting 9:00AM

9/20: No Homework Night

9/21: Strive for 25 Due

9/25-28: IOWA Testing for 8th Graders

The Wonder of Reading

Taylor Road MS is excited to announce a year-long focus on character through literacy education using the novel Wonder as the common thread.

Our overall goal includes the increase of student literacy skills. Wonder is a novel that is accessible to our entire school community – all levels of readers – from an English-language learner to a talented and gifted student examining deeper connections to the human condition.

The novel is especially relevant for middle school students as they struggle with who they are and who they will become. Focusing on character attributes explored in the novel could assist our young adults as they confront adversity and micro-aggressions of word and deed.

Our themes we will explore during the year include:

  • Courage
  • Kindness-Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Integrity
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Perseverance
  • Reflection

Community members and parents will be asked to share their favorite excerpts from the book with students during the year through video-taped interviews and in-person discussions.

Check out the novel through our local libraries, or you can order your copy on your own through your favorite bookseller, or buy a copy at TRMS.

Volunteers Needed!

The TRMS media center is looking for parent volunteers to help with shelving books on a weekly basis for 30 minutes to an hour. Please contact Ms. Alarcon at if you are interested in helping the TRMS media center.

1-2-1 Reach

We are off to a great start. We are excited to have so many students from the middle school show up.

Here are just a few reminders.

  • Please make sure you pick up your child between 5:00 and 5;15 PM. Your promptness allows the teacher volunteers to go home to their family.
  • We are asking students if they do not have written homework on the day of tutoring, to please go home. This will help reduce the number of middle schoolers that a tutor may have on a given day.
  • If a student checks out for the day or afternoon of a tutoring , they should not come back for the tutoring session.

See below for rules and important dates.

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To continue free or reduced price meal benefits for students each household must complete a new application every year. Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits will end on September 18, 2017, if the household has not reapplied for SY 2017-2018. If there is an interruption in benefits or the household does not reapply, the household is responsible for payment of meals until the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application is approved. To help assure continuation of benefits, the household will need to complete an online application by September 15th, 2017 at Be sure to list all the students in the household on the application. Keep in mind, the application may take up to 10-days to process. If you have any questions, please call the Fulton County School Nutrition Program – Meal Eligibility Desk at (470)254-2220.

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From the Counseling Department:

The deadline for applying to Camp MAGIK, a healing camp for bereaved children and adolescents, is approaching. Our fall session will be held at the Swamp in Union Point October 13-15, 2017. Applications need to be postmarked, emailed, or faxed to us no later than October 4th, 2017. We will provide FREE transportation to camp and back depending on need.

Our camp is well suited to all youth who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close loved one, especially youth who have experienced trauma linked to the death. Professional bereavement counselors, trained in grief and trauma, lead all counseling sessions.

There is also a retreat available for adults who want to process their own grief with other adults who are grieving. The adult retreat is held on the same campus as the children’s camp session, also led by professional bereavement counselors.

Our camp sessions are FREE OF CHARGE to all participating children and adolescents. Please share this information/announcement with families you feel may benefit from this FREE service for bereaved children and with other professionals as you see fit. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Applications can be found on our website: (under the “join us” tab) and need to be postmarked and sent to Camp MAGIK, 3377 Ridgewood Road, GA 30327 or faxed to the office at 404.355.6631 by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

TRMS Device Behavior Matrix

TRMS Device Behavior Matrix

At the following link, you will find the TRMS Device Behavior Matrix. The behavior matrix explains classroom expectations in reference to the use of students’ Dell Latitude 3150 laptops. It also lists the consequences for students who do not adhere to these expectations. Please review the document and discuss these expectations with your child. TRMS Device Behavior Matrix


PTA Membership


Find out more about TRMS PTA on our website,

Click on the link to purchase your membership:


Email Nikki Webber, PTA President, at