Tiger Time News

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

Young@Heart, August 26, 2018

Dear O.C. Taylor Parents,

What a smooth start! All went well the first week of 2018-19. We have many new faces and are excited to get to know them all. If you are new, welcome to O.C. Taylor Elementary! We are looking forward to empowering your child today to create a better tomorrow.

  1. CURRICULUM NIGHTS: Thank you to those parents who attended PreK, K and 1st Curriculum Night. Please make arrangements to attend our other grade level Curriculum Nights from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the following designated days: 8/29 = 2nd and 3rd grades, and 8/30 = 4th and 5th grades. This is a very important time for you to get an overview of our curriculum, classroom management plans, learning philosophies, and student/parent expectations. If you are unable to get a babysitter, you may bring your child if you let your teacher know in advance.
  2. PTA: Please read the PTA news at the bottom portion of this newsletter. It has some very pertinent information! If you plan to volunteer at all, you must read. join and get involved with our PTA! Our OCT Parent-Teacher Association provides many extras for our school and for your child. It takes all of us getting involved to have the BEST school like we do! You can donate your time, talents, and/or treasure to OCT. THANK YOU, parents, for all you do! Be sure to read the last portion of the Tiger Time News for OCT PTA Updates.
  3. SOCIAL MEDIA: Please look below for all of our social media accounts. Signing up for our Principal "Remind" text notifications may help to remind you of important school events and tasks. We know how busy you are and want to assist in any way possible.

To the BEST of days,

Principal Young

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

Monday, August 27

Tuesday, August 28

2:30 p.m. Evacuation Drill

Wednesday, August 29

5:00-6:30 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Grades, Curriculum Night

7:00 p.m. OCT Dads' Club Social at The Londoner Colleyville

Thursday, August 30

8:30 Lockdown Drill

2:55 - 4:00 p.m. First Choir Rehearsal

5:00-6:30 p.m. 4th and 5th Grades, Curriculum Night

Friday, August, 31

Monday, September 3


Tuesday, September 4

Wednesday, September 5

Thursday, September 6

Friday, September 7

Walk To School Day


Grade Level Newsletters

Parents, please click on the link below to read your child's grade level newsletter.









OCT and GCISD Updates

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Dismissal Procedures

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep all of our Tigers safe. While getting parents in and out of the parking lot in a timely manner is important, please note our first priority is keeping all of our 400 plus students safe. Please follow these procedures listed below:

  1. YELLOW SIGN: Please review the procedures on the back of the yellow car sign. If you do not have a yellow car sign, then please talk with your child's teacher. When driving through the pick-up line, please display your yellow car sign and pull all the way forward. Teachers and volunteers will be on hand to direct you. When in the car dismissal line/loop, do not get out of your car at any time.
  2. WALKING: If you choose to walk to the pick-up area, please park in the parking lot and use the crosswalk. Your child will be waiting behind the first letter of their last name. You may walk over to pick your child up from this area. Your child will not be allowed to cross the traffic area even if you are parked and waiting for them, so please use the crosswalk. Once you leave the parking lot, please yield to cars in the pick-up lane to help the line move quickly. Please DO NOT park at the Colleyville Fire Department to meet and/or pick up students. If you are driving and want to get out of the car to go meet your child, you must use the crosswalks and consider parking in the front visitor parking lot.
  3. CAR LOOPS: Please review with your child which side of the building you will be picking them up. If you live off Glade Rd., please pick up on the front of the building by the tiger. If you live off of Hall-Johnson, please use the bus loop side of the building to pick up your child. Daily reviewing this with your child will save time in the afternoon as we locate your child. If you pick your child up on the Hall Johnson/Bus Loop, please be sure you yield to the GCISD buses at all times.
  4. EFFICIENCY: In order to make drop off and pick up as efficient as possible, please do not stop and leave a large gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Pull all of the way forward. Alllllll of the way.


Charge iPads/Chromebooks Nightly

Please train your child to charge his/her iPad or Chromebook each night at home. While each classroom is given a couple of extra chargers for an emergency, we do not have a class set of chargers. We need everyone to come each day with his/her iPad charged and ready to learn. We start learning immediately and do not have time to charge a device. You as the parent have the discretion to allow or not allow iPad usage after school. Thank you in advance for helping us to help your child.
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GCISD Bond Website and Construction Updates

If you are interested in GCISD construction milestones and project updates, please visit the GCISD Bond 2016 website: http://www.gcisdbond2016.com/construction-updates.html


Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade Parents

Please help us quickly and efficiently get all our Tiny Tigers through the lunchline, so they have adequate time to eat. Each student has a unique four or five digit number they are assigned for lunch. Your child's teacher will be sending this number home with your child. If your child ate lunch in the cafeteria last year, it is the same number. Please help your child memorize and practice their lunch number each day. This will help tremendously when they are going through the lunchline to quickly enter their number and sit down to eat. Thank you so much for your help!
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Updates from the Learning Commons, Mrs. Bonacci

Welcome O. C. Taylor Elementary families! I am Dawn Bonacci and I am your child’s librarian. Each year we invite students to participate in the district wide “GCISD Reads Challenge”. Students in Kindergarten are challenged to read 100 Picture books, 1st and 2nd Graders are challenged to read at least 1,500 pages, and 3rd – 5th read 2,500 pages.

I will be sending home a form that you can use to document the books your child reads this year. I set up the form as a grid to show students how setting small goals helps you attain a greater challenge. If you prefer to simply list the books and number of pages on notebook paper that’s fine too!

I look forward to working with your child this year! Please contact me with any questions you have.

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Bonacci


Updates from Art, Mrs. Morgan

Click here to read the letter regarding Mrs. Morgan's acceptance into the GCISD Valor Program.

A Note from Mrs. Morgan...

Welcome Back! I’m looking forward to teaching your child how to be creative and think outside the box.

During the month of September, students will be creating their own art portfolio. The district hosts an art show towards the end of the year, so all the portfolios will be kept in my art room in order to select pieces. I will post updates from the art room about student projects on my twitter account weekly.

Our students will also be celebrating International Dot Day, which is on September 14th! The students will create a collaborative Dot Day art piece, which will hang in the hallway near the art room.

After our International Dot Day collaborative piece, we will get a chance to explore the artwork of street artist Kelsey Montague. She is known for her beautiful wings and uplifting balloons. All students will create a piece to make our own Kelsey Montague inspired mural.

Please follow my twitter page @OCTMorgan for weekly updates!

Cristie Morgan

Art Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary School



Trinity River Authority of Texas

It’s that time of year again! The Trinity River Authority of Texas’ 4th Annual Art Contest is in full swing.

We are calling all 1st through 8th graders from the counties listed below to get creative and send in their artwork.

This year’s theme is “Protect the Source.” We will be accepting entries until Friday, Sept. 28 at 5p.m.

Winners will receive prizes and be invited to attend a public meeting at TRA. Attached are details regarding theme, prizes and the rules.

Please feel free to share this among your peers or any other relevant parties.

If you have any questions, please email brownr@trinityra.org or call (817) 467-4343.

Check our Facebook page for all the up-to-date information! CLICK HERE

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Wear Your Dots!!!

On Fri., Sept. 14th, O.C. Taylor will be celebrating International Dot Day! The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is about celebrating creativity, making a mark and seeing where it takes you. So, get creative and wear your dots to school on Fri., Sept. 14!

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Updates from Music, Mrs. Vencill

A NOTE from Mrs. Vencill...

Welcome back, Tigers!! I am so happy to be back in the OCT Music room with my talented musicians. I know it's going to be a GREAT school year.

September is an important month of getting to know each other, understanding expectations, remembering what we already know and setting goals for what we hope to learn. All studentswill work to understand the difference between steady beat and rhythm using classroom percussion instruments. 4th and 5th grade students will also review rhythmic notationusing quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes and rests. We will also make sure we can sing our national anthem, state song and school song, and we will understand the history behind each one of those songs that connect all of us at O.C. Taylor.

All 4th and 5th grade students are invited to sing with the Taylor Tiger Choir. We meet every Thursday from 2:55-4:00 p.m. in the OCT Music room. Our first rehearsal of the school year is Thursday, September 6.

I hope to see you all at Rock Out at O.C. Taylor Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. on the OCT playground. Our Tigers are learning a fun song to sing together to kick off another awesome school year!

Please check my OCT web page often for updates on important dates and events. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or send an email anytime. Thank you for sharing your sweet children with me. I love every minute of our time together in the Music room!

Beth Vencill

Music Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary





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

News from the Gym-

Welcome back, Great Tigers! I am so excited to see you back in the gym. We are going to be focusing on our daily fitness routines, having fun, and being kind classmates and teammates. Remember, you should be striving for 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Also, make sure you are giving your body plenty of rest by getting a good nights sleep. I can’t wait to help you reach your goals!

See you in the gym,
Coach Mester

Jason Mester

Physical Education Teacher

O.C. Taylor Elementary





Updates from Counseling and Guidance, Mrs. Whisman

Please click here to see the August/September Counselor Corner Newsletter.


Updates from Gifted and Talented, Mrs. Griffin

Please click here to see her newsletter.


Updates from Literacy Specialists/Dyslexia Teachers, Mrs. Griffith & Mrs. Honeycutt

“Ahoy! there Matey!” We are looking forward to have you come on this journey to navigate reading adventures this school year. Joining our O.C. Taylor crew is Pamela Honeycutt and she is located in Room A-3. She is entering her 27th year in education as a graduate of the University of North Texas. She loves her fur baby, Snicker Doodle, who is a 13 years Shih Tzu along with turquoise and the beach!

You have the returning Reading Interventionist, Ms. Kari Griffith and she is in Room A-8. She is very ecstatic for the opportunity to help guide your journey.

So get ready for a victorious voyage into READING!


Updates from the Clinic, Nurse Katy

Welcome to O.C. Taylor Elementary School!


School Health Information

When to stay home: Students should remain home when running fever (100 or greater), suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, among other illnesses. GCISD has a 24-hour policy. Students may not return to school until free of fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of any medication. If your student is sent home from school with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, you must abide by the 24-hour policy, and remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after symptoms have subsided without the aide of medications. Other reasons your student should remain home/may be sent home are listed on my webpage.

Classroom celebrations: We are an “allergy aware” campus. Any food or treats brought in for classroom celebrations or parties should be peanut/tree nut-free. Any food items MUST BE STORE BOUGHT to avoid cross contamination. All food must be brought to school in the original container with ingredient labels intact and legible.

Medications at school: Please see me if your student needs to be given any medications during the school day, including emergency medications.

Health history: Please see me if your student has any food allergies or health conditions which will require assistance at school.

Change of clothing for tiny Tigers: Please place an extra set of seasonally appropriate clothing, including underwear, in your student’s backpack in case of an accident. The clinic has a limited supply of underwear and clothes. If clothing is unavailable, you will be called to bring clothes for your student.

Teaching healthy habits: Now is a great time to teach your children about healthy habits for home and school. This will help diminish our level of illnesses during the school year.

* Avoidance of touching their face (T-zone)

* Using tissues or the bend of their arm for coughing/sneezing

* Proper handwashing (singing their ABCs twice or the Happy Birthday song twice)

Screenings at school: Campus-wide screenings for vision and hearing will be completed in the Fall. 5th grade girls ONLY will also be screened for scoliosis. You will be notified once these dates are established.

It is going to be a Grrrrrrreat year!!! :)

Katy Faught, RN / 817-305-4881 / elissa.faught@gcisd.net


Sign Up for Text Updates from Principal

Would you like to receive text updates and reminders from me on key school events, like school closings and big events? Follow these directions:
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Parents, we need your input!

Beginning September 4, GCISD will be hosting three scheduled parent input sessions right here on our campus. These sessions will be 45-50 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 GCISD, please sign up using this google form. Please make sure you are selecting a time slot for your respective campus.

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GCISD is Now Hiring! Join the GCISD TEAM!

Many opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • Kidzu Site Aide – PT w/benefits – this schedule works well for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers & Monitors
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply online at: www.gcisd-k12.org


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


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.

In accordance with program guidelines, the Free and Reduced application will be available online as part of skyward registration. The free and reduced application should be filled out electronically atwww.schoollunchapp.com. For those parents that still would like to complete a paper application, they may download an application on the website www.gcisd.net or stop by the Nutrition Services office at 5800 Colleyville Blvd. Paper copies will not be distributed to the campuses this year, please allow families to apply online on a computer on campus or have them come to the Nutrition Services department for assistance.

If you have questions about the Nutrition Services program, please call ext. 5615 or email julie.telesca@gcisd.net.

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

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Students! Parents! Teachers! Reflections is a PTA-sponsored program encouraging creativity, ingenuity, and artistic expression!

Deadline for your submissions: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 3 pm.

For now, think about how to incorporate this theme, Heroes Around Me, into your artistic submission. Your art must be done 100% by the student, and one family member of each student must be a member of our PTA---GREAT INCENTIVE TO JOIN PTA, Folks!


General Rules English | Spanish

Dance Choreography English | Spanish

Film Production English | Spanish

Literature English | Spanish

Music Composition English | Spanish

Photography English | Spanish

Visual Arts English | Spanish

Special Artist Rules English | Spanish

Link to TEXAS PTA REFLECTION'S PAGE: https://www.txpta.org/reflections-participation

I am also looking for a parent-volunteer or two to help collect art in late October.


WE HOPE YOUR PARTICIPATE! Last year, O.C. Taylor had (9) submissions, and 3 received Awards of Merit and were recognized by the Texas PTA in Austin! This year, let's DOUBLE THAT! PARTICIPATE! CREATE! AND REPRESENT YOUR SCHOOL.

You could have the chance of going to State or Nationals!

Questions? Concerns? Contact Laurie H. Ackermann, PTA Volunteer and OC Taylor Parent:Laurietamar@gmail.com

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OCT Dads' Club

Dads, come join us for another exciting year!

Important Dates for Dads Club:

Wednesday, August 29 7:00 p.m., - Dads Club Meeting and Social at The Londoner in Colleyville

Saturday, September 29th - Dads Club Golf Tournament.

Sign up for the Dads Club email list here. Like Our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @OCTDadsClub


Homeroom Parents Needed

Be on the lookout for the homeroom parent form going home on Monday. This is a wonderful way to support our students, teachers and school. Homeroom parents help run our holiday parties, assist with Fall Festival, communicate with class parents about PTA-related events, and assist teachers with special projects as needed. Applications for Homeroom Parent must be turned in by Wednesday, September 5th.

Got Questions? Contact me! Allison Wendler, Homeroom Parent Coordinator, allisonwendler@hotmail.com


Box Tops and Amazon Smile

This year, we will be increasing donations to the OC Taylor PTA thru Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smile! It's a simple way to donate to our school! Here's how you can help:

#1 - Clip out Box Tops for Education and place them on the Box Top collection sheet or in a Ziploc bag. Be sure to place your child's grade level on the bag or collection sheet! We will be counting box tops for our Racing to Recess Challenge. The grade level with the highest level of Box Tops each semester will earn an extra recess and Popsicle party! Now thru September 10th, you can earn bonus Box Tops valued at $5 for our school by purchasing 5 Box Top items at Walmart and scanning your receipt with the Box Tops App! Currently 3rd and 4th grade are in the lead!

#2 - Be sure to shop smileamazon.com. .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!

Become a Volunteer!

Thank you to everyone who has completed the volunteer interest form. We are excited to meet you and work with you this year! If your form got lost between school and home, please just email me that you are interested and I will e-mail you a form. PLEASE REMEMBER: In order to volunteer at the school, YOU MUST complete the steps below:

1) Complete the District's Volunteer Background Check Application for the 2018-2019 school year. Also, please read and sign the Volunteer Handbook included in the link as well. As a reminder, all volunteers are required to reapply each year.

2) Complete the PTA Committee Interest form so we can contact you when volunteer opportunities arise that you may be interested in.

3) If you are new to O.C. Taylor, or have not had the opportunity to volunteer in the past, you will need to attend one of our Volunteer Orientation sessions. These sessions will review the policies and procedures to follow when volunteering, and more information about the PTA at our school.


Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2018 – 9:00 AM (in Cafeteria)

Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2018 – 6:30 PM (in Library)

I look forward to meeting you at one of these Volunteer Orientations. If you are unable to attend at these times, please contact me at JHBU99@aol.com


Jill Tate

4th VP – Volunteer Coordinator

Jill Tate



Thank you!

Kristin McElroy

PTA President



Berri O'Neal

PTA President Elect