Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year. We are excited about the promise of every student at Taylor Elementary. Our Board of Education has kicked off a campaign that focuses on the promise of every student who enters our schools, and on the promise we make to provide them with the highest-quality education possible. Every month the district will highlight a new theme with promising people, practices, and programs that make our school district exceptional.
Here at Taylor Elementary we will seek to fulfill the promise of every child through an instructional framework that teaching AKS learning targets and ensure that students are learning through data analysis from local, district and state assessments. We are in a constant cycle of continuous improvement at Taylor to ensure we are giving our students our best.
School culture is at the heart of how we will fulfill the promise of our students. We want to remain in great partnerships and relationships with our community, parents and students. We have great partnerships with local businesses that serve the Collins Hill Community. Our PTA is recognized at the state level for family partnerships and support of teaching and learning. Finally, we want our students to enjoy their time at school. We think it is critical to recognize our students as often as we can for their strengths and the things that they are doing well. A team of teacher leaders worked over the summer to plan for the implementation of a school-wide approach to teach our students expected behaviors and to reward them when we see the behaviors in practice.
PBIS is a School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Program that we are implementing at Taylor Elementary. Through this program, students will be praised for showing desired behaviors within the classroom, hallway, restroom, cafeteria, bus, and playground setting. Students will receive Eagle Cash for displaying positive and expected behaviors and will be entered into weekly drawings to win prizes. Each month, students will also be entered to win a larger prize. It is important to note that this program will not take the place of any classroom management system. Your child’s teacher will continue to use their preferred method of Eagle Cards, Class Dojo, and any other behavioral management system. This will be an addition to classroom management systems already in place. With PBIS also comes school-wide “Eagles of the Month.” Each month, one grade level is selected to provide “Eagles of the Month” from each classroom. These students will receive a certificate of recognition and have their pictures placed in the hallway. We are very excited about this new positive initiative at Taylor and we are expecting great results from our students!
We invite you to join in the “Promise of Gwinnett” by doing large and small things. Make sure you attend your child’s Curriculum Night on Aug. 23 (K-2) and Aug. 25 (3-5) from 6:00-7:30. Early Release Conferences will be September 28-29. Please make sure you sign up online for a conference with your child’s teacher. Finally, make sure you are checking your child’s Friday Folder, check their homework, read with your child each night or have them read to you and let us know how we can support you this year.
“We are many, but in our pursuit of the promise, we are one.” Gwinnett County Board of Education
Principal, K.E. Taylor Elementary School
Please join us for curriculum night. Curriculum Night is an important time for parents to meet the teachers and find out more about the year ahead. Parents are encouraged to attend in order to find out how best to assist their child for a successful learning year.
We look forward to seeing our K-2 Parents on Tuesday, August 23rd and 3-5 Parents on Thursday, August 25th. Programs begin both nights at 6:00pm.
Local School Council 2016-2017
As our school year begins, Local School Council meetings are a way to involve parents and inform them of the great things that are happening at Taylor Elementary.
Members of the Local School Council must maintain a school-wide perspective on issues, regularly participate in council meetings, participate in information and training programs, as a link between the Local School Council and the community, encourage the participation of parents and others within the school community and work to improve student achievement and performance.
Anyone interested in serving on our school council should contact Mrs. Paula Cobb at email@example.com school office by September 16, 2016. No elections will be held this year, all interested parents are invited to participate. Our first meeting will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 8:30am.
Monday, September 5th is student and staff holiday. The school will be closed that day.
Enjoy your long weekend!
The Taylor School Counseling Department has decided to offer a Family Changes Group this semester. The group is for students whose family has gone through a divorce or separation. The group will last 6-8 weeks and will meet during, lunch, recess, specials, or during morning work time. If you would like for your child to participate, please email Teshia Dula at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at(770) 338-4694.
Parent/Guardian Contact Information
We must keep updated information on all of our students in case of an emergency. Parents, please have send a written note if there is any change in address or phone number for your home, work, and/or cell phones or email address.
Our school has a registered nurse that works in the clinic every day. The nurse will help with minor injuries and administer any doctor or parent authorized (in writing) medication that students need to take while at school. If your child becomes sick while they are at school, the school nurse will contact you to come check them out of school. Students with a fever of 101 degrees must go home.
Afternoon Transportation Changes
If you must make a change to your child’s afternoon transportation, we must receive the change in writing on the morning that the change will take place. In order to get your child to the right location, we will not accept phones calls, emails, or faxes requesting transportation changes. Please plan ahead for afternoon transportation changes. Remember, a note has to be sent every time you make a change to your child’s normal routine. If your student will have his/her afternoon transportation changed for several consecutive days, you must write a note each of those days.
If your child’s lunch account runs out or they forget lunch money, they will be allowed to charge lunch two times. After that, our cafeteria will provide a sandwich and milk for lunch. Parents please remember to give your child lunch money and/or keep lunch accounts up to date.
A Few Reminders for Car Rider Dismissal…
- Car rider numbers are required for all afternoon pickups. If a car rider number is not displayed, you will be asked to park your car and go to the front office with your ID.
- We will be ending car rider pickup at 3:40 PM. After 3:40, all remaining children will be taken to the main office for checkout. You will need to park your car and go to the front office to check your child out. ID must be shown for your child to be released.
- Please do not exit your car during car rider dismissal. Also, all students must enter automobiles from the passenger side of the car.
- August 23rd – Curriculum Night 6:00 – 7:30
- August 25th – Curriculum Night 6:00 – 7:30
- August 30th – Girl Scout Round Up 6:30 – 8:30
- September 1st – Chick-Filet-A Spirit Night
- September 5th – No School
- September 9th – PTA Relay For Life Dance
- September 14th – All Pro Dads
- September 20th – 22nd – CogAT Testing (Grades 1, 2 & 5)
- September 28th & 29th – Early Release
- September 28th – Fall Pictures