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K.E. Taylor Elementary School
Timberwolf Tracks
Friday, May 6, 2011

PRINCIPALLY SPEAKING…

Dear Parents:

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.

I look forward to sharing with our fifth grade families our Awards Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25. Details will be coming home with your students. These evenings are set aside to honor all of our students who are leaving us, noting their accomplishments, their efforts, and their friendships. Each student is special to us, and it is our hope that these ceremonies will be something that they will look back on with fond memories.

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.


Sincerely,


Sandee Williams
Principal


Local School Council
The next meeting of the Local School Council will be Friday, May 13 at 8:00 a.m. All interested individuals are welcome to attend.

From the Office of the School Registrar - 2011-2012 School Year
If you are planning to move to a new location, please be sure to notify the school. If you move and remain in our Taylor attendance zone, you are still required to provide a utility bill and a contract on the house or a lease agreement on the new location. The address on a utility bill (gas, water, or electric) must reflect your new address (telephone bills are not accepted). If you move outside of the Taylor attendance zone, please let us know as well, so we can assist you with the withdrawal process.

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.
Maria Seeler
Registrar
770-277-4523

On Line Registration
We are excited to announce that registration for next school year will be online! You may go online to the Taylor Website (http://www.gwinnettlk12.ga.us/TaylorES/home/htm) anytime between May 5th and July 29th to register your child(ren) for the 2011-2012 school year. If you have any questions about online registration, please contact Christy Neal at Christy_Neal@gwinnett.k12.ga.us for technical support or Maria Seeler (Maria_Seeler@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) for registration information.

Kindergarten Roundup
The Taylor Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Thursday, May 12, 9:15-10:30 a.m. This is an exciting opportunity for your upcoming kindergarten students to visit school and a kindergarten classroom.
Plan to attend with your child!

Lunch Charges
No lunch charges will be allowed during the month of May. Students with negative balances will be served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and milk.

School Dress Code
Parents and students are asked to review the Taylor Elementary Dress Code stated below:

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
Congratulations to the following Tapestry participants for this year:

Fifth Grade Second Grade
Samantha Fernandez Arib Ahmed
Damarius Fiallo Opurbo Bhuiyah
Clara Hammel Benny Romero
Nicole Melnik
Alicia Rutter
Alex Varga First Grade
Kacey Vo Jeramiah Chastan
Mina Muirhead
Fourth Grade Jennifer Yu
Fhyan Brown
Ninknee Kohgmainichanh
Gagadeep Japra
Rebecca Leili Kindergarten
Kierra McCoullough Ulani Armogan
Angela Miller Meg Bridge
Brenna Moon
Jackson Powell
Emily Perez
Maddie Simmons
Isabelle Warren

Third Grade
Cassidy Bolster
Jasmin Carey
Jada Clark
Victoria Kang

School Visits
The school policy published in our Parent/Student Handbook is printed below, as a reminder for parents and visitors. The purpose of this policy is to insure the safety and security of all the students that attend Taylor Elementary.

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 students;
· Other family members of current students who are approved by the student’s parent/guardian; and
· Those persons invited by the Gwinnett County Public Schools for official business.

Bus Riding Safety
Spring is here and the end of the year is near! This means that the weather is beautiful (most of the time), flowers are in bloom, and everything looks prettier and different. However, this also leads to distractions.

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)
· Keeping their hands to themselves
· Using “inside” voices
· Watching the driver when crossing the street

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
Mark your calendars for the following important events for our fifth graders. Detailed information will be sent home in Friday Folders for each of these events.

Extended Day Field Trip
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fifth Grade Awards Ceremonies at Taylor Elementary
Monday, May 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m. The students in the following classes: Ms. Butler, Ms. Coakley, Mr. Coutourier, and Mr. Miller.

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
Friday, May 27, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

End of the Year Party Schedules
Kindergarten, first and second grades will have their parties on Wednesday, May 25. Third and fourth grades will have their parties on Thursday, May 26. There will be no parties held on the final day of school. Thanks to all the room moms for making this final celebration a special time to remember.

No Book Bags on the Last Day of School
Please remember that students are not to bring book bags or lunch boxes on the final day of school. Should your child wish to pack a lunch for the final day of school, please use the “brown bag” method. All book bags and lunch boxes will be sent home on Thursday, May 26 and students will simply hand carry their report cards and award certificates home on Friday, May 27.

Taylor Lost and Found
Jackets, coats, clothes and lunchboxes – has your child misplaced any of these items? If so, please check out the Lost and Found. The Lost and Found is located on the right as you enter the cafeteria. At the end of the school year, any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Taylor Timberwolf Yearbooks
The yearbooks have arrived and there are still some available for purchase. Order forms are available on Taylor’s website or at the Media Center. Supplies are limited – get your child’s today!

Clinic News
Thank you to the many families who have participated in our "Clinic Shower". I appreciate your assistance in stocking up the clinic so we are prepared for the end of this year and ready to roll in the 2011-2012 School Year!
I am grateful for your support!
Deb Conroy, R.N.

Summer Reading Lists
Books that are suggested for summer reading can be found on the Taylor website. Follow the path on the website to Students/Summer Reading/Suggested Reading Lists.

Camp Invention
Be part of a select group of parents who recognize the importance of hands-on science enrichment for their children! Camp Invention is coming to Taylor Elementary School in Lawrenceville, June 13-16, with a new curriculum called the Spark Program. The program runs Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is presented by local teachers. Girls and boys who are currently in grades K-5 are invited to attend.

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.


 

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600 Taylor School Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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