Taylor Tales

from Principal Gilbert

Winter Break is Almost Here!


December is a time to give and I want to say thank you to all of our wonderful families who give their support to our teachers and staff every day. We value your partnersip in this educational journey for our kids! Our teachers and staff deserve an affirmation for their continued dedication to making sure our students are safe, cared-for and learning! It's a wonderful feeling to be part of a great school community like Taylor!!!

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!!!

Masks and Quarantine Update

D11 has removed the mask mandate for our staff and students starting Monday, Dec. 13th. If students or staff choose, they can still wear a mask. The QR Code Health Screen on the front doors is no longer required. Students will only need to quarantine if they have received a positive Covid test or someone in their own household has tested positive. As always, if your child is exhibiting symptoms of any illness, please keep them home.
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Upcoming Events

Dec. 16- Band & Orchestra Concert 6:00pm

Dec. 17- Annual Holiday Dress-up and Holiday Sing-a-long 1:30pm.

Dec 20-Jan. 4- Winter Break

Jan 5- School Starts for 2nd semester

Cold Weather

As the weather is getting colder, please make sure your child is wearing a coat. We go outside for recess if the temperature is 25 degress or more.

Snow Days and Remote-Learning days

Click on the link to the Board policy and read so you know what is expected of you when the district calls a Remote-learning day.


Also, https://www.d11.org/weather provides all info needed for you and parents.

Q. What are the expectations of a Remote Learning Day?

Answer: During remote learning days, all D11 students and staff are expected to login on their device and work/learn remotely. At least 20 percent of the day will consist of synchronous instruction (live remote instruction when students and teachers are online at the same time in order for learning to take place). Students must have access to a live teacher during specified remote learning “office hours.”

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.

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

The district is providing breakfast and lunch free of charge again this school year. However, if you want to fill out the form for Free and Reduced Lunch, there are other benefits for you. Information can be found at


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!

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.