OCT Tiger Time News

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

for week of December 1, 2019


Dear OCT Families,

I hope everyone has had a relaxing break and a Happy Thanksgiving. We have only three weeks this year until our winter break. We are spending time in December celebrating different holidays. We invite your children to participate (see Holiday Hullabaloo list below). This is, of course, optional. Our intent is to be inclusive and teach our children about the holidays our Tigers celebrate. We realize this list does not include all holidays. If we have left off a holiday that is important to your family, please email me and let me know.

We also desire to create a fun and exciting learning environment where kids desire to be as this increases the likelihood of academic achievement. Please continue your nightly reading at home! If you have any questions, please email your teacher. Bring on the fun!

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.


Upcoming Events

Monday, December 2

Chinese New Year Day (Wear red.)

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PTA Executive Board Holiday Luncheon

Tuesday, December 3

Candy Cane Day (Wear red and white.)

9:00 a.m. CMS Band/Choir

Wednesday, December 4

Diwali Day (Wear bright-colored clothing.)

2:55 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Yearbook

2:55 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. TTT

Thursday, December 5

Kwanza Kraft Day (Wear black, red, and green.)

2:55 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Choir

Grapevine Parade of Lights

Friday, December 6

O Christmas Tree Day (Wear green.)

2:55 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Running Club

6:30 p.m. Colleyville Tree Lighting

Monday, December 9

Reindeer Day (Wear reindeer ears, any ears, or a hat.)

Book Fair

5th Grade Field Trip Camp Thurman

Tuesday, December 10

Happy Hanukkah (Wear blue and white.)

Book Fair

Wednesday, December 11

Snowman Day (Wear a scarf, something white, or snowman attire.)

Book Fair

No Yearbook Meeting

2:55 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 12

Feliz Navidad (Wear red, white, yellow, and/or green.)

Book Fair

8:30 a.m. Holiday Choir Concert

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

6:30 p.m. PTA Meeting and Holiday Choir Concert

Friday, December 13

7:00 a.m. Grand Slam with Grand Friends (Grandparents or any Senior Friends) (Wear any holiday shirt.)

9:00 a.m. Spelling Bee

1:30 p.m. CTMS Band/Choir

Spirit Shop during lunches and after school

Monday, December 16

Santa Hat Day (PTA gives out free Santa hats to all!)

8:00 a.m. -9:00 a.m. PK-2nd ONCOR Safety Program

9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. 3rd-5th ONCOR Safety Program

1:30 p.m. Santa Visits OCT

Tuesday, December 17

Elfie Selfie Day by the Fire (Wear cozy socks and/or dress like an elf.)

Wednesday, December 18

Ugly Sweater Day (Wear a sweater or holiday shirt.)

Thursday, December 19

Polar Express Day (Wear your pajamas and watch The Polar Express.)

Friday, December 20

Fancy Festivities Party Day (Wear your festive party gear.)

10:45 a.m. Class Winter Parties

11:45 a.m. Early dismissal

Monday, Dec. 23 - Tuesday, Jan. 7


Wednesday, January 8

First day back for students after the break


Grade Level Newsletters

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










Important Links

OCT and GCISD Updates


Assistant Principal Points from Mrs. Bailey

Social and Emotional Well-Being: LEAD 2.0 Goal 2

Our goal is to support the social and emotional well-being of all students at OC Taylor. Showing and modeling respectful interactions and discourse are some of the key ways to cultivate positive relationships and connect with students. This promotes confidence and motivation in the learning environment. Research shows that students thrive on the following positive supports: listen and restate what students say, accept and reflect upon feelings, and spend quality one-on-one time with children.

During the holiday season, please enjoy quality time with your loved ones and children. Play outside, jump in leaf piles, snuggle up and read a story, or just talk.

We are so thankful for each and every Tiger and their families!

Allison Bailey

(817) 305-4870




GCISD Leap Into Wellness

Students, do you have a favorite hobby or health/wellness activity to share? Please complete this form so that GCISD can plan and support you in our first annual conference. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at PDEC from 9:00 - 12:00. If you are presenting, you may be assigned a session at any time during this event.

THIS FORM WILL STOP ACCEPTING RESPONSES AT THE END OF THE DAY ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2109. Proposal acceptance notification will occur by January 17, 2020.
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Lost and Found

Come check out OCT Lost and Found! There are over 100 items in our lost and found: North face, Columbia, Under Armour, and other nice items. Please come in and check to see if your child is missing anything. All items will be donated to a local charity our last school day in December if not picked up.

Also, please write your child's name inside all jackets, sweaters, coats, cups, and other items.

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Pre-K Information Night

GCISD is hosting a Pre-K information night from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on December 10. Please join us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about GCISD Pre-K for the 2020-2021 school year!

Tuesday, December 10 in the Mustang Room at the PDEC (Professional Development & Education Center) | 5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX

Presentations at 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.

Pre-K Flyer


District-wide Test Message

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GCISD uses a variety of methods for communicating in an emergency situation. In order to ensure that parents receive all relative information, GCISD is going to conduct a test message on Tuesday, December 3. For more information, and to make sure you are signed up to receive District communication, click here.


Holiday Hullabaloo

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Updates from Counseling and Guidance, Mrs. Whisman

Please click here to see the Counselor Corner Newsletter.

Classroom Guidance: November's guidance lessons will focus on gratitude and having a positive attitude.


Updates from Learning Commons, Mrs. Bonacci

We have two exciting events taking place in the Learning Commons in December! Volunteers are always welcome.

  1. The Traveling Coding Playground will visit on December 4th. Our students will have an opportunity to try out all kinds of cool technology toy/tools. (You might even want to stop by to get gift ideas).
  2. Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held December 9-13. The Scholastic Book Fair e-Wallet is a CASH-FREE option for students.

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Updates from Art, Mrs. Morgan

2019 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest. Please click here for the entry form.


Menu Advisory Committee Meeting

Parents - Want to learn more about the federally funded school lunch program? Ever wonder how the menus are planned? The Parent Menu Advisory meeting includes parents and staff who review the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to provide greater knowledge of the regulations. During the meeting, parents will learn how the menus are planned and student promotions are developed. In addition, we will sample recipes and discuss the techniques used to encourage students to take a complete meal.

The meeting will be held on December 4th, 2019 from 5-6 pm.

Meeting location: GCISD Professional Developement Education Center: Panther Den | 5800 Colleyville Blvd #A108 Colleyville, Texas 76034


O.C. Taylor Staff Shout-Outs

If you would like to send a positive shout-out to a staff member, please complete this brief form. Staff members will be recognized each month during our faculty meetings.


Updates from our Nurse Katy

  • 5th grade girls Scoliosis Screening: We will be screening all 5th grade girls at OCT on Wednesday December 4th during Specials. Notification letters were sent home with your student. These only need to be signed/returned if you DO NOT want your student to be screened. Please make sure your student wears a bra, sports bra, tube top, or bathing suit top underneath their shirts on Screening day! If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.
  • Flu Season: If you have not yet received your flu shot, BE WISE- IMMUNIZE! If your student tests positive for the flu, please let us know when calling in their absence. I have to report all flu-like illness/flu diagnosis to Tarrant County Health Department weekly.
  • If your child is sick: Please keep students at home until they are fever and/or symptom-free for at least 24 hours without any medication. In GCISD, a temperature of 100 degrees is considered to be a fever. Encourage healthy habits at home to help prevent the spread of illnesses. Washing hands with soap and water (sing Happy Birthday song or ABCs twice!) Coughing and sneezing into elbows or a Kleenex instead of hands. Not touching the face- especially the T-zone. Getting plenty of rest. Staying hydrated.


Updates from GT LEAD, Mrs. Griffin

Please click here to see the newsletter.



OCT PPCD and Pre-K team

Our Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) works closely with our Pre-K program. From left to right back row:

Heather Potter, Pre-K teacher

Bri Conte, Pre-K paraprofesional

Sara Stricherz, PPCD teacher

Rhonda Schafer, PPCD teacher

Gabriela Haynes, Pre-K teacher

Front row:

Amy Richardson, PPCD paraprofessional

Allora Khan, Pre-K paraprofessional

Lorrine Evans, PPCD paraprofessional

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Miss Bri Conte, Pre-K Paraprofessional

Miss Conte graduated from our very own Grapevine High School. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University. She is a certified teacher in EC-6. When she attended GHS, she received MVP of Defense for High School Soccer! Woohoo!

Her strength is being able to build strong relationships with the kids and creating a positive atmosphere.

She has a cute little Yorkie-Maltese dog named Roxy. Her favorite food is pizza. If she were a superhero, she would like the superpower of being invisible.

Welcome to OCT, Miss Conte!

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Technology Tip: Parents' Ultimate Guide to YouTube


Follow OCT on Twitter

If you are not on Twitter, we invite you to join and follow your teacher and O.C. Taylor Elementary! This will give you a glimpse inside your child's classroom and school. We want you to see the many educational experiences our teachers provide our students. @OCTaylorTigers #OCT4U


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.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.

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

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Silent Auction December 1st - 9th

The Silent Auction is NOW LIVE!

Log on to https://www.32auctions.com/OCTSilentAuction20192020 and start bidding on amazing Rule the School, Party with the Principal, Game On, and teacher packages! We also have parking and front row seating and a fabulous WFAA package from our very own Cynthia Izaguirre for a behind the scenes tour! You don’t want to miss out on these awesome packages. Remember, you can set a proxy bid for your max bid or purchase with buy it now pricing to ensure you don’t miss out on your favorites!

The auction will close on Monday, December 9th at 11:45 p.m.

Grand Slam with Grand Friends - Friday, December 13th!

We have a NEW exciting event, Friday, December 13th - Grand Slam with Grand Friends! This event begins at 7:00 a.m. It's a special time for our Tigers to eat breakfast with grandparents or any "grand" (senior) friend. We know this will be a very special event, so we are requesting for parents to please help the traffic flow and to prevent overcrowding, by considering dropping kids and "grands" off for the event at the specified times.

You can determine a specific time that you will be back to pick up your "grand" friends. Kids with the last names beginning A-L will eat in the cafeteria between 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Kids with the last names beginning M-Z, will eat between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. This will help the cafeteria to accommodate everyone. Grandparents and friends will also be invited to go back to the classrooms at 8:00 a.m. for quick visits so they can see where their child learns daily.

The Spirit Shop will be set up in the lobby, and the Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Learning Commons if any of the grandparents would like to shop with the kids - great gift opportunities available in both places!

Please "like" the event on our FB page if you plan on attending, as it will help us to finalize our plans and volunteer needs!

If you do want to be on campus that morning, please volunteer on the Sign Up Genius here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0b4daaaa2daaf85-volunteers

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Dads' Club

Our Dads' Club is comprised of the hardest-working dads and step-dads and uncles and male role models we could ever find in the world! We are so blessed by each one of these men who work on numerous projects that benefit our Tigers!

For the past month (and more!), our dads have spent hundreds of hours building the most impressive parade float for the Grapevine Parade of Lights this past Thursday! It was an incredible feat of architecture and engineering, with an actual train that ran the entire parade! The kids are so proud of the float, as are all of the OCT staff and parents! Thank you, Dads for ALL you do! If you didn't have an opportunity to see it at the parade, please visit the OCT PTA or Dads' Club Facebook pages or Twitter to see pictures and videos!! THANK YOU, DADS' CLUB!

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World Wear Donation Bin

There is a new donation bin on campus so that you can donate your clothing, toys, shoes, stuffed animals and other items. O.C. Taylor will receive a portion of the profits, so that money will go straight back into our school. Thank you so much to our PTA Environmental Science Vice President, Marisa Livingston, for organizing this project!
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A HUGE Thank You to all the parents that helped out with Fun Day Part 2! We couldn't have done it without you. The kids LOVED the inflatables, especially human whack-a-mole. It was such a hit that it will definitely be back for our Spring Fling. Thanks for all you do to help support our amazing school!

Box Tops

Wow! We counted, bundled, and mailed off $564.30 of Box Tops! Combined with our earnings via the Box Top App, we have raised $630.60 in Box Tops this year. Currently, 4th grade is in the lead in our Racing to Recess Challenge. The winning class will receive an extra recess. Continue to send in those Box Tops still found on participating products. If you haven't already, be sure to download the Box Tops App so that you can scan your receipts and earn money for our school instantly!


Be sure to shop smileamazon.com so that .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 amazingly easy way to earn money for our school!! Remember, you must log on to smileamazon.com every time you shop Amazon to ensure that your purchases earn money for our school.

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program

You can now earn money for our school, simply by shopping for groceries at Tom Thumb! Designate O.C. Taylor PTA as your organization by completing a Reward Application at any courtesy booth. Fill in the top portion and the "Good Neighbor Program" section, indicating account number 8332 to link your grocery purchases to O.C. Taylor. If you already have a Rewards Card, simply stop by a courtesy desk to link our school to your existing account. Pharmacy, fuel, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products do not count toward the purchase amount credited to the Good Neighbor Program accounts. 1% of all eligible purchases made at Tom Thumb will be given back to our school!


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.

Thank you!

Berri O'Neal Gormley

PTA President



Lissa Critz

PTA President-Elect