News & Notes
Safety for Our Students
School Safety doesn’t just happen; it is a conscious effort on the part of many! Parents we need your help with the arrival and dismissal. Below are some ways parents and guardians can help keep students, staff, and parents safe.
1. The school parking lot is for parking only at arrival and dismissal, not student drop off.
2. Please load and unload students on the passenger side.
3. Do not pass in the car line.
4. Please allow your students out at the spot where the teachers or patrols are opening doors at the walkway in order for the line to move quickly, students to arrive to class on time, and for student safety.
5. Parents must sign-in students arriving after 8:00 am.
6. Parents must come to the front office to sign-out students after dismissal has ended at 2:45.
Friday, December 21st - Half Day for Students
Please note that we do not have extended day programs on half-days. Lunch will be served and buses will pick up students as per the adjusted half-day schedule.
Half-Day School Hours - Taylors Elementary : 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Change in Phone Number Form
In an effort to better communicate with parents during times of emergency the GCS Communications Department has developed a form for parents who currently have a landline listed as their “Primary Contact Phone” and wish to receive texts about school cancellations or other emergency schedule changes. Parents who already list a cellular phone as their primary contact will not need to take action to receive this service. You may access this form below. Once you have completed the form, you will need to turn it in to our front office.
MAP Testing for 2nd and 5th Grade
Second and fifth grade students will be participating in Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing during the first two weeks of December. The testing will be completed in the areas of Reading and Math and the results will be shared with you. The results of these assessments will also be included in your child’s records. We appreciate your help to ensure that your student performs to the best of their ability.
Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest on the nights before the tests.
See that your child eats a nourishing breakfast on the mornings of the tests.
Make every effort to have your child in school and on time on testing days. (If your child has a doctor’s appointment on a testing day, please try to reschedule.)
Second and Fifth Grade MAP Testing Schedule:
December 3 - 14 MAP Math & Reading
*Please see your child’s class newsletter for their exact test dates of testing.
My Energy Kit Challenge
Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s like taking 40 cars off the road for a whole year! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit from Duke Energy and use it to make their homes energy efficient. These FREE kits contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. When we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Let’s get a head-start! You can take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit now at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548. (Even if you signed up last year, it will still count towards our challenge when you sign up again.)
Online (with credit/debit card): https://taylorses.memberhub.com
Printable (Google Doc) Membership forms:
Volunteer Approval Form
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST RECEIVE DISTRICT APPROVAL PRIOR TO VOLUNTEERING AT ANY SCHOOL/CENTER OR CHAPERONING ANY SCHOOL FIELD TRIP. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 2-WEEKS FOR THE APPROVAL PROCESS.
Volunteer interest form:
Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/7TM4dydSFuBAJnV22