Taylor Tracks Monthly Newsletter
K.E. Taylor Elementary School
May is here and I think I hear both a big sigh of relief and a big sigh of exhaustion. We are looking forward to this final month of school as we continue our focus on teaching and learning. It is our firm belief that our students have been academically challenged and have participated in a year of quality learning. Therefore, I want you to know we are confident that the students have performed their best on our grade level assessments.
In the past week, our students in kindergarten through fifth grades have thoroughly enjoyed exciting and successful field days. As usual, our fifth grade students participated in their field day activities at Collins Hill High School. The day was enjoyed by all.
This year, Taylor PTA received a Membership Award for the 6% increase
in membership, the District Award of Achievement and an Award of Distinction
from the Area 2 Council of Parent Teacher Associations. I would like
to thank our great PTA Executive Committee and committee chairs for their
hard work and dedication. Together, we look forward to increasing membership
100% next year. I hope that all of you help us to reach this goal.
As you may be aware, school districts across the state are experiencing budget challenges due to state cuts and reduced local revenue. As part of the recommended budget for FY 2012, Gwinnett County Public Schools continues its efforts to lower costs in many areas. One of the areas affected will be the district’s academic summer school program. As a result, the school system will operate a much smaller summer school session, as local schools will only offer summer school to students who need to attend for promotion purposes. This means that Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer only district-funded summer school for those students in third through eighth grade who need to meet a promotion requirement or pass a required test for promotion. The elementary schools in the Collins Hill cluster are consolidating the elementary school programs this summer and holding the summer session at McKendree Elementary School. You will be notified if your child qualified for summer school after the CRCT results are received in late May or early June.
As I complete my fifth year as principal at Taylor Elementary and begin my retirement, I want to thank everyone for your continued support. I will take with me many memories of the wonderful students, parents, and staff members who have become a very important part of my life. You will live in my heart forever.
From the Office of the School Registrar - 2011-2012 School Year
If you are currently attending Taylor with a Residency Affidavit, a new form will be sent home so it can be completed and returned in the fall.
Thank you for your cooperation.
On Line Registration
School Dress Code
Dress Code for Students: All students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Any appearance that distracts from a proper learning environment is inappropriate. Students are not permitted to wear halter-tops, tops that show midriff, torn jeans, or short shorts. Hats in the school building are not permitted, with the exception of special “hat days” that serve as fundraising events. No student should arrive at school with dyed or colored hair. For safety reasons, roller shoes are not permitted. Shirts, pants/jeans should fit properly so that inappropriate exposure does not occur. Please note, sandals are not recommended at school due to frequent accidents and injuries on the playground and in physical education class. Flip flops are prohibited. When inappropriate clothing is worn, parents will be called to provide appropriate dress. We believe a consistent dress code will result in higher achievement and ensure a safe and positive learning climate. This school year we have designated every Monday as Student Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to wear their school spirit wear on Mondays.
Gwinnett County Tapestry
Fifth Grade Second Grade
Conferences and School Visits: To ensure the safety and security of our school community, we ask that all parents sign in at the office or Welcome Desk between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Any parent who is walking in the halls without a visitor badge will be asked to obtain a visitor badge by going to the office and signing the visitor’s log. All students will be released only to parents through the office. Our staff has been instructed not to release any student from the classroom directly to any adult, including parents. This is a safeguard for all children and is an integral part of our security plan. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Visiting the School: To insure a smooth-running and safe school, anyone entering the building for any reason must report to the front office and sign the visitor log. They must obtain a visitor’s badge if they are going to visit in a classroom. Parents should not disturb the teachers and students by going directly to the classrooms unless a visit has been prearranged with the teacher. We also ask that you drop off and pick up your children at the assigned exit doors and not at the classroom doors. Parents should not return to the classrooms with students after visiting for lunch. If your child forgot his/her lunch, please drop it off at the office with the child’s name and teacher’s name written on it and we will be sure it is properly delivered or picked up.
Gwinnett County Public Schools limits classroom visitors to the following:
· The parents/guardians (or court appointed guardians) of current
Bus Riding Safety
Parents, please remind your students to be on their best behavior on the bus. This includes:
· Staying seated properly (bottom-to-bottom, back-to-back)
In addition, we know it is warm and the windows will be open, so please remind your students to keep their heads, hands, and “stuff” inside the bus. We do not throw anything out of the windows!
Upcoming Fifth Grade Events
Extended Day Field Trip
Fifth Grade Awards Ceremonies at Taylor Elementary
Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m. The students in the following classes: Ms. Fenwick, Ms. Ingram, Ms. Wendy Johnson, Ms. Kincade, and Ms. Lewis.
Fifth Grade Congratulatory Walk and Events Day
End of the Year Party Schedules
No Book Bags on the Last Day of School
Taylor Lost and Found
Taylor Timberwolf Yearbooks
Summer Reading Lists
Children participating in this unique summer day program will develop their creativity, teamwork, and decision-making skills. They will learn some of the basic principles of science, engineering, and creative problem solving as they build things, take things apart, and do hands-on explorations. This nationally acclaimed day camp, created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation with support from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, makes learning fun!
This summer’s classes include Curious Cypher Club; Wild; I can Invent: Edison’s Workshop; Bounce: An Atomic Journey; and Game On: Power Play. From solving mathematical codes and investigating biomimicry to exploring the animal kingdom and investigating the science of atoms and molecules through experiments, our Camp Invention week will be exciting, challenging, and fun!
There is a “bring a friend” discount available now. To find
out more about the Camp Invention program or the payment options, call
800-968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.
Taylor Elementary School
600 Taylor School Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Office: 770-338-4680 Fax: 770-338-4685