Taylor Tales

from Principal Gilbert

October and Fall have Arrived!

This is my favorite time of year! Football, sweatshirts and of course, pumkpin spice everything!

We are almost to the end of 1st quarter. Students (& teachers) have been working very hard! Thank you to those of you who are supporting us at home by making sure students are completing homework, reading to your children or having them keep up on their reading logs and such if that is part of their assignments. keep up the great job getting your child/ren to school on time. It really makes a difference for the start of their day to be with their class and greeted by their teacher, hear the schedule and know what's happening for the day. Oh, and besides calling PAWS awards and hearing their name on the announcements, on Fridays now, we have a mini-dance party so they miss that if they are late!

We are a Taylor Team and we couldn't do this without you! We appreciate you!

Video Games: What are the Repercussions on the Brain?

Do you find your child does not listen to you or has a hard time settling down at home? If you receive calls from the school office and the teacher on a regualr basis, have you ever wondered why your child is having difficulty paying attention and focusing on school work while at school? Or why he/she has outbursts or problems following directions in class?

I have attached an article from Psychology Today that might help you understand what's really happening in the brain when children play video games and why it makes school harder for some children to manage. If your child regularly plays video games, this link may be worth a few minutes of your time to read.


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mental-wealth/201609/is-your-childs-brain-video-games

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Coming Up!

Parent Teacher Conferences- Oct 22nd & Oct 23rd evenings, Oct 24th All day

If you have not scheduled your conference with your child's teacher, please contact her soon.

Scholastic Book Fair!

Scholastic will be here Oct 21st – Oct 24th

Times: 7:30- 8:00 in mornings

After school on Mon

After school Tuesday and Wed. until 6:30 and Thursday until noon.

Get your books and you can even donate a book to your favorite teacher!!!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 2 Count Day and Picture Day

Oct 7-11 District Benchmark Assessments 2nd- 5th grades

Oct 8- PTA meeting 5:30 library

Oct 14- NO SCHOOL- Teacher Work Day

Oct 15- NO SCHOOL- Data Collaboration Day

Oct 17- (SAC) School Accountability Committee meeting -2:45pm

Oct 18- Crazy Hat Day

Oct 22nd & 23rd- Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 24- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher Conferences all day

Oct 28- Health Screenings

Oct 30- 2nd & 3rd grade field trip to Philharmonic

Oct 31- Halloween -wear Black & Orange

Nov 1- Annual Fall Festival- This is a HUGE event where the children can come dressed up in their costumes and we even have a Trunk-or-Treat in the Parking Lot! So much fun and many games to play!!

What is SAC?

SAC stands for School Accountability Committee. SAC represents the school communities’ points of view and makes recommendations to the building principal for school improvement. With input from school principals, teachers, and SAC members, information is compiled which can be used to develop the School Improvement Plan.

GOALS of SAC:

· Facilitate communication between the school and the community.

· Discuss issues of Curriculum, Budget, Growth, Safety, Wellness, and Communication.

· Discuss all major school issues.

· Report to the DAC and the Board of Education.

Thank you to PTA for Putting on our Annual Sock Hop!!

About Our School

Our Mission

We dare to empower the whole student to

profoundly impact our world.



Our Vision

To be a school where we build positive relationships and empower students to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers who take ownership of their education through a growth mindset.


Taylor is a school committed to excellence and putting kids first. Academic achievement, commitment to safety, and a sense of belonging and community are high priorities. We have a dedicated PTA who highly support staff and students! Taylor is an Arts Integrated school providing students opportunities to learn through interdisciplinary content and demonstrate their learning through project-based activities. Our teachers utilize problem-based learning approaches, and rigorous college and career readiness standards. Our students demonstrate a high depth of knowledge, practice social and relational skills, and develop strong personal values. Students are provided opportunities to solve problems through the application of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. Taylor is committed to preparing students to become productive 21st century citizens through quality instruction and high expectations for student ownership of learning. This year, we have started our journey as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts school.

Questions and Comments

As always, we'd love to hear your feedback on how we can improve what we do. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Gilbert at any time. You can also join us at our PTA meetings each 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30p.m. in our library. We'd love to see you!