Taylor Tales

from Principal Gilbert

February News

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Kindergarten Kickoff for next year is Wednesday, Feb. 15th 4:00-5:00pm. If you have an incoming Kinder, we would love to see you there or if you know someone who does, please let them know to join us! We will be sharing about our school, talking about a day in the life of a kindergartener at Taylor, meet the teacher and staff, take a school tour, questions and answer time and enjoy a little treat! Kinder enrollment starts March 1st. Thank you for spreading the word about our wonderful school!!!

How Can you help your child?

  • READ, READ READ to and with your child! We are totaling up those minutes for our Roaring reading challenge. Mrs. Vlad's class won the challenge for the month of January with 4,344 minutes. Log those minutes on the QRcode. If you need help, please ask your child's teacher.
  • Come to PTA! This helps you to know what's going on at Taylor. Also, it's a place for you to share your voice and be involved in your child's educational journey.
  • Communicate! Please make sure you are talking with your child's teacher on a regular basis about progress. Also, reading information that is sent home or emailed home will keep you informed. We want to partner with you in order to best support your child!

Upcoming Events

Feb. 7- Basketball game vs Madison HOME 3:30pm

Feb. 9- Basketball game AWAY at West 3:30pm

Feb. 10- 80s Glow Dance 5:30-6:45pm

Feb. 13-17 Kindness Week

Feb. 3- 2nd gr field trip Air Force Academy Planetarium

Feb. 14- Basketball game vs McAuliffe HOMe 3:30pm

Feb. 15- Kindergarten Kick-off 4:00-5:00pm (event for incoming Kinders, Fall23)

Feb. 16- Basketball game vs Henry HOME 3:30pm

Feb. 20- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

Feb. 21- 1st & 2nd gr field trip to Millibo Arts Theatre

3rd & 5th gr field trip to Air Force Academy Planetarium

PTA meeting 3:00pm

Mar. 2- 2nd gr. music program 1:30 and 6:00pm

& Class Picture Day

Parent Involvement: Helping Your Child Succeed

This is a snippet from the following document from the US Dept. of Education on Helping your Child Succeed in Education.

Monitor TV Viewing and Video Game Playing (And time on Social Media)

American children on average spend far more time watching TV or playing video games than they do completing homework or other school-related activities. Here are some suggestions for helping your child to use TV and video games wisely:

  • Limit the time that you let your child watch TV. Too much television cuts into important activities in a child's life, such as reading, playing with friends and talking with family members. (If your child has a TV in their room, consider removing it)

  • Model good TV viewing habits. Remember that children often imitate their parents' behavior. Children who live in homes in which parents and other family members watch a lot of TV are likely to spend their time in the same way. Children who live in homes in which parents and other family members have "quiet" time away from the TV when they read (either alone to each other), talk to each other, play games or engage in other activities tend to do the same.

  • Go to the library and find books that explore the themes of the TV shows that your child watches.

  • Limit the amount of time your child spends playing video games. As with TV programs, be aware of the games he likes to play and discuss his choices with him.

This also goes for screen time on a phone. The less they are on a phone, the better.

Be mindful of the Apps they have on their phone and how much time they spend on Social media. Let's teach our students to enjoy the outside, walk barefoot on the grass, talk to each other in person and play; good old fashion playing!

For more information on how to help your child succeed, click on the link below.




If you or anyone you know is looking for a part-time job,

we need a lunchroom monitor from 11:00- 12:30pm , M-F.

Please inquire in the front office.

School Hours

Breakfast starts 7:15

First bell 7:45

Late bell 7:50

Staff are on duty starting at 7:35am.

Please do not drop off students prior to 7:35am unless they are here for breakfast.

Choice Enrollments- Tell Yours Friends about Taylor!

We are now accepting choice enrollments. If you have friends that are looking for a new school, please share that we would love to have more families join our fabulous Taylor Community! They would need to go to the D11 webpage, go to enrollment and the "Choice" tab to fill out a request. Thank you for spreading the news of our sweet school!
Kelso's Choice

We teach our students about making good choices and strategies for problem-solving "small" problems. Check out the link if you would like more information about Kelso's Choice.

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Free & Reduced Lunch

There is NO Free Lunch across the board this year. The district is providing breakfast free of charge to anyone who qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch. To fill out the form for Free and Reduced Lunch, the Information can be found at


Box Tops are back!!! CLICK HERE

Student Council will be working on Box Tops this year. Please click on the link to support our school. When you download the App, you would choose Taylor as your school to donate to. OUr account is "Taylor eEementary School", then choose teacher.

About Our School

Our Mission

Our Mission is to collaboratively ignite excitement for learning through arts integrated instruction with high expectations for student growth and success.

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 3:00 p.m. in our library. We'd love to see you!

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.


· 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.

Our SAC is combined with PTA meetings. Please join us if you'd like to be involved.