Second Grade News

October 17-21, 2016

Dates to Note

Oct. 17-21 - CogAT testing

Oct. 18 - Fall Picture Day

District "Pink Out" for breast cancer awareness - wear pink

(see * below)

Oct. 19 - Unity Day - Wear orange to signify standing together in unity against bullying.

See more info at:

"Mix it Up at Lunch" Day

Report Cards available on Skyward

Oct. 20 - O.C.T. wears pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct. 22 - Fall Festival, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 24 - 28 - Red Ribbon Week

District Pink Out in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

*District Pink Out Day is Tuesday, October 18. This is also Fall Picture Day. Students can change into pink and jeans as GCISD shows its support of Breast Cancer Awareness. We will also be making our own campus day of Breast Cancer Awareness on Thursday, October 20. Wear pink in support!

Picture Day is Tomorrow, October 18!

Tuesday, October 18, is Fall Picture Day.

This picture goes into the yearbook.

Below is the link to order pictures from Glamourcraft:

Parents please use code: OCTE16

Fall Festival is this Saturday, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.!


Each year we are surprised that so many students' headphones have such a brief lifespan. Several pairs have already stopped working!

It's very important that your child has a durable pair of headphones that provide good sound quality. Ones with partial hearing or none at all greatly affect your child's ability to perform as well as possible on I Station or other important online assessments.

Please check with your child to see if it's time to get a replacement pair of headphones. Also please note that to fit the deep headphone jack opening on our iPad cases, the headphones must have a straight connector. See the examples below.

As always, we are very grateful for your support!

Veteran's Day Activities

O.C. Taylor Tigers Salute our Veterans!

In honor of Veterans Day, we will collect Wal-Mart gift cards to donate to the Ft. Worth Veterans Hospital. Local veterans can use these gift cards to buy groceries, medications, household needs and even gas. Please turn in gift cards to your teacher or the OCT front office by Wed, Nov. 9.

Tip Your Hat to our Veterans day is Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Nov. 4. If you make a $1 donation to help our local veterans you can wear a hat to school! Please turn your dollar in to your teacher the morning of the event. We will add this money to our Ft. Worth Veterans Hospital donation. Thank you for your generosity, Tigers!

If you have a picture of a veteran you wish to hang on the Wall of Honor, please label your picture with your name, the veteran’s name and the branch of the military they served in. Turn in your pictures to your teacher or Mrs. Vencill by Fri., Nov. 4. Your pictures will be returned to you after Veterans Day.

Our 3rd and 4th grade students are preparing music to perform at our annual Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the OCT cafeteria. 3rd and 4th grade students should wear red, white and blue for our performance. There is a reception in the library immediately following the program for Veterans, honored guests and their families.

Please contact Mrs. Vencill at with any questions.

Red Ribbon Week is October 24-28

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What We're Learning

This week CogAT will be the primary focus during Reading and Language Arts. Understanding different types story problems and decomposing two-digit numbers to help add and subtract numbers is our Math focus. In Social Studies we are continuing to research about American and Texas symbols. In Science we will begin our study of types of energy.