Tiger Time News

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

May 26, 2019

Dear Tiger families,


Warm wishes to you and your family on Memorial Day. My deepest gratitude goes to the fallen men and women who gave us a chance to make this world a better place.


“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge


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.

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O.C. Taylor Elementary Events

May 27

NO SCHOOL... Memorial Day


May 28


May 29


May 30

9:00 5th Grade Graduation

11:45 Early Dismissal

3:00 Dad's Club Camp Out


July 31

8:00 - 12:00/1:00 - 4:00 New Student Registration (at Heritage Elementary)


August 15

5:00 - 6:00 Meet the Teacher


August 19

First Day of School

7:40 - 8:40 BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast

Grade Level Newsletters

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


PPCD

PreK

Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

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OCT and GCISD Updates

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NO SCHOOL on Memorial Day

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Our New Assistant Principal, Mrs. Bailey

I am excited to announce Allison Bailey as the new assistant principal for O.C. Taylor Elementary! At the regular Board meeting on Monday, May 20, Trustees approved Mrs. Bailey for this role starting in the 2019-20 school year.


Mrs. Bailey has served as a first, fourth and fifth-grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary since 2006 and previously served as a kindergarten teacher in Mansfield ISD.


She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and a master’s degree in education from Texas Christian University.


Mrs. Bailey and her husband have two children who will be attending O.C. Taylor in the fall. Their family dog, a rescue dog named Bailey, is loyal and so much like a third child. She has a soft spot in her heart for all animals. Green is Mrs. Bailey's favorite color because she loves nature and being outdoors. She loves glitter as it adds sparkle to everything! She grew up in Temple, Texas. Mrs. Bailey shared, "I feel so blessed to join the O.C. Taylor family! I look forward to serving the community and building relationships with the students, staff, and families."


She will not only bring valuable skills and experience to our campus but also her expertise in building relationships with our students and community. We are so excited for Ms. Bailey to join the OCT family!

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Our TTN Morning Show

Would you like to see our Tiger Time News (TTN) Morning Show? Click here to read how to access. Thank you, Mrs. Bonacci, for preparing this for us!

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OCT School Supply Pack Pre-Sale

OC Taylor PTA is working hard to make back-to-school time as easy as possible for our families! We are moving to online-only ordering for school supply packs for 2019-2020. This will help us eliminate the lines at Meet the Teacher night in August, and allow you and your child to focus on meeting their teacher. Here is how to order:


1. Order your child's school supply pack online between April 30th and June 16th on the Educational Products website at https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/


2. Enter our school code TAY009


3. Select your child's grade level school supply pack. Make sure to choose your child's grade for NEXT year, not their current grade level. You can order supply packs for all of your children in the same order.


4. After receiving your order confirmation, your child's school supply pack will be waiting in your child's classroom in August!


Questions? Contact Melissa Adkins, School Supplies Chair at melissa.adkins@gmail.com

Bus Rider Information

Your child needs to be a registered bus rider in order to ride a GCISD bus. If you are wanting to register your child to ride the bus, please do so in Skyward. If you are needing to temporarily change your child's bus transportation (i.e. riding home with a friend for a day, etc.), please complete this form. This form must be completed 48 hours in advance. To ensure the safety of our bus riders, we do not accept notes from parents or administrators in place of the form.

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5th Graders Going To CTMS

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5th Graders Going To CMS

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New Student Registration

New Student Registration will be held on July 31 from 8:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00-4:00 at Heritage Elementary School since O.C. Taylor will be closed for renovations.
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GCISD - Building Excellent Schools Together

GCISD LEAD 2021- 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!


GCISD’s WHY?

Redefining Education because your future matters today!


GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate

Skilled Problem Solvers

Communicators

Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners

Collaborators

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

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Last Day of School Campout/Cookout May 30th

The OC Taylor Dads Club is hosting an amazing campout-cookout and fun evening on the last day of school. Pitch a tent on the playground, cool off on the water bounce house slides. Cookout, outdoor movie, fun activities and breakfast will be provided. Open to the entire family. If you are not planning on camping, just come out for the fun and food.


THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT PLEASE REGISTER (Blue Flyer)


Event Schedule:

3-8pm Water Slide Bounce Houses
6pm Cookout
8pm Outdoor Movie
8am Breakfast
9am Cleanup

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ART ROCKS! LITERALLY!

Dear Tiger Family:

Take a look at the O.C. TAYLOR ROCK GARDEN! Students ROCKED it! Beautiful, bright colors, creative, carefully crafted painted rocks are sure to put a smile on your face as you pass by.

We have a few more to do next year, so the project is not completely finished, but, we got a great bunch done and COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT THE AMAZING MRS. MORGAN, and PTA Volunteers Tamaron Hunt, Amy Haga, Misty Albright, and, Betsy Dodson.

THANK YOU all for your help.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER, EVERYBODY! ART ROCKS!

Laurie H. Ackermann

O.C. Taylor PTA

Rock Garden Project

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2018-19 OCT Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to our 2018-19 OCT Scholarship recipients Mackenzie Byrd, and Olivia Bradshaw! (Kendal McKinley- Alison Horn Scholarship, not pictured)

Order Your School Supply Packs Online!


OC Taylor PTA is working hard to make back-to-school time as easy as possible for our families! We are moving to online-only ordering for school supply packs for 2019-2020. This will help us eliminate the lines at Meet the Teacher night in August, and allow you and your child to focus on meeting their teacher.


School supply packs will not be for sale at meet the teacher night. Order online.


Here is how to order:

1. Order your child's school supply pack online between April 30th and June 16th on the Educational Products website at https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/

2. Enter our school code TAY009

3. Select your child's grade level school supply pack. Make sure to choose your child's grade for NEXT year, not their current grade level. You can order supply packs for all of your children in the same order.

4. After receiving your order confirmation, your child's school supply pack will be waiting in your child's classroom in August!

Questions? Contact Melissa Adkins, School Supplies Chair at melissa.adkins@gmail.com

Amazon Smile

Be sure to shop smileamazon.com. 0.5% 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! We just received another check for $68.37! That’s $112.88 in just one semester. Keep up the good work!

Box Tops Fundraiser

The final lap of the Box Top Racing to Recess Challenge has been completed! 3rd grade maintained their early lead and won the race with 698 box tops. Kinder picked up speed to finish second with 527 box tops and bump 5th grade into 3rd place with 511 box tops. A huge thank you to everyone who turned in box tops this year. You helped OC Taylor earn over $500. 3rd grade will get an extra recess next week to celebrate their victory. Don't forget to continue collecting box tops over the summer so you can join in the fun next year!

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Join the PTA!

Thank you to all our parents and staff that joined the PTA already! We truly appreciate your support!

If you did not join the PTA at Meet the Teacher, we encourage you to do so. The annual dues are only $7.50 per membership. That's the lowest price in town for PTA memberships, and it's the BEST, in my opinion! Membership in the PTA allows you to improve the education and opportunities for our students. When you join the PTA, you become a member of the Texas PTA, and you will receive a copy of our 2018-2019 Paw Prints student directory! This valuable directory contains classroom lists, phone numbers, addresses and other vital information you will use all year! To join the PTA, it's so simple, visit JOINPTA.ORG

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Liz Payne- VP Memberships

Thank you!

Kristin McElroy

PTA President

octaylorptapresident@gmail.com

kristinbmcelroy@gmail.com


Berri O'Neal Gormley

PTA President Elect

berrionealgormley@gmail.com

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