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December 2016

All American Christmas at Taylor

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 10:49

Today third graders performed their annual Christmas performance of an 'All American Christmas' for both parents and student body. This is always a special treat for the school to watch because these students have worked so hard on learning songs, dances, and musical instruments. This tradition has been a part of Taylor's Christmas celebrations for more than 12 years! Thank you third grade teachers for making this a favorite time of year!

Taylor's 5th Grade History Fair

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:46

Students in 5th grade have been studying the history of the United States, as well as informational writing.  Each student completed a research project on an infuential person in American History.  Students presented their information during the annual "Fifth Grade History Fair".  Each fifth-grader completed a research paper, an informational poster, an artifact and presented their finding in a well developed speech for the parents and students of Taylor.  The highlight of the event was seeing the students portraying their historical figure in costume!  

Taylor Traditions at Christmas

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 12/16/2016 - 17:13

Taylor school's parents are pretty special. During the month of December several classes have invited parents to visit and share special family traditions that are done during the holiday season. This is always a fun time for students to share some of the special things they do in their own homes with each other. Parents have talked about how to make homemade candies, read favorite Christmas stories to students, made gingerbread houses and even shared favorite Christmas drinks! Thank you parents for being so supportive of our school and sharing your family's traditions with us!

Mt. Nebo Jr. High Choir Performs at Taylor!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 12/15/2016 - 10:45

Taylor students were delighted to hear a Christmas Choir Concert performed by legendary choir teacher, Mr. Russ Sumens from Mt. Nebo Jr. High.  Students from 4 different choirs entertained Taylor tigers by singing Christmas songs such as "Feliz Navidad", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and "Little Drummer Boy".   They also sang some silly songs such as "Grandma's Killer Fruit Cake"  and and a confusing "12 Days of Christmas".  The choir ended their concert by singing a special dedicated song to Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Sumes.  Taylor School loves when the choir visits our school because many members are former Taylor tigers.   As Mrs. Burningham stated...."Once a tiger, always a tiger!".  Thank you Mr. Sumens for sharing your talented choirs with us this holiday season! 

Taylor 6th Grade Orchestra Christmas Concert

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 18:29

Taylor's sixth-grade orchestra students delighted the school with their first parent program. Under the direction of Mrs. Drager, this is Taylor Elementary's largest student orchestra group that is open to sixth-grade students. Students that are involved meet before school starts and are expected to practice each night at home. The school was amazed to hear the talented musicians play traditional favorites as well as a few Christmas songs. Several students were even given the chance to debut as soloists. What a fun musical treat for Taylor School!

Principal's December Newsletter

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 13:33

Hello Taylor Parents,
     Oh how I love this time of year in the elementary school.  I love the excitement in the eyes of the children each and every day.  I love hearing the laughter, the singing and the wonderful stories.   It truly is the most wonderful time of year.  However with this wonderful time of year comes the c-c-c-cold outside.  I have lived in Utah for 16 years and I STILL am not use to this weather!  Thank you for remembering to send your students with coats, gloves, hats, snow boots, etc. ; whatever it takes to keep them warm each day as we go outside.  We will be outside most days.
    With the winter months and more severe weather conditions of winter I wanted to review our inclement weather to both reassure and help parents and patrons prepare and plan.
•  We recommend that students arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 for supervision purposes. If arriving earlier, the building will be open for students to wait in the front foyer area until the 8:30 bell.
•  Children should arrive at school dressed for the weather of the day so they can safely and comfortably enjoy recesses. In winter months, children should remember to bring shoes to change into from their snow boots. All healthy children will be expected to go out for recess except in extreme weather conditions (wind chill, rain, snow, etc.).
•  If your child cannot participate in recess for health reasons, please send a note to this effect. If it is to be a prolonged indoor stay (longer than 3 days) please send a note from the doctor.
•  Students will remain inside in extreme weather conditions such as: very cold temperatures (below 20 degrees) and wind chill, heavy rain and snowfall, unhealthy air/inversions (we check air quality daily).
•  Please be considerate and safety conscious as you drop off and pick up students at school. The winter months see an increase in the number of cars. Remember to: not block the flow of traffic, not block cross walk area, use parking stalls not pull through lanes if you need to enter the building.
•  In the event of a major weather event (severe storm, power outage...) The District’s ParentLink system will be used to notify parents.   This can be in the form of an automated phone call, text, or email. For this information to reach you, it is important that you keep your contact information current within the online SIS system. Information will also be posted and updated on the district web page If we need to evacuate the school, we would go to the Payson City Office Building (on 439 W. Utah Ave).   Unless otherwise notified, we would release students only to responsible adults or family members.

On December 7th, our 3rd through 6th graders have the opportunity to go to BYU to see the BYU girls basketball team play Weber State.  The buses will leave at 9:30 SHARP.  Please makes sure your student has turned in his or her permission slip.  If a permission slip has not been signed, the student will not be able to go.  Also we would encourage students to wear a white shirt.  Each kid will bring a bag lunch from home or a bag lunch from school.  The school lunch should have already been ordered.  If your child did not order a school lunch, he or she will need to bring one from home.   Students are expected to return back to school around 2:00.
     On this day, 1st and 2nd graders will also be receiving a Sack Lunches from the lunch room.  This is different from the lunch menu of Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Bites.  The ONLY option will be the Deli Sandwich.

 We are continuing to look for Substitute teachers.  If you are interested in Substitute Teaching, please contact Kelly Educational Staffing Services: (801) 373-1616 or online at
 We love having our own parents substitute in our school!

Upcoming Events:
Dec. 6      PTA Meeting 1:30 in Teacher Faculty Room All are invited!
Dec 7       3rd - 6th to BYU Women's Basketball Game
Dec. 14   6th Grade Christmas Orchestra Concert 6:00
Dec. 20   5th Grade History Fair
Dec. 21   3rd Grade Program 2:00
Dec. 22    Sing around Christmas Tree 9:30
Dec. 23 -Jan. 2  Christmas Break
Jan. 3     School Starts Back

May you have a wonderful holiday season!
Mrs. Robbins

Dictionaries Donated to Taylor Students!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:55

Canyon View Pediatrics and the Rotary Club donated personal dictionaries to all third graders today. They played word games with their new dictionaries that taught them how to use them! Thank you for supporting Taylor School!

Former Taylor Tiger, Brandon Flowers, Included his Favorite Taylor Teacher on Christmas CD

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:17

Lead Singer, Brandon Flowers, & Ned Hansen The Killers band released their 11th annual Christmas single this month — a rendition of Bing Crosby’s, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. This is a duet between lead singer, Brandon Flowers, from Payson, Utah, and his fourth grade teacher in Nebo School District, Ned Humphrey Hansen. Brandon said, “That year, one teacher stood out from the rest. He didn’t just stand out from the rest, he sung out… On a frosty December morning, he explained to us the story of the old standard, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’…” This is just another testament on how educators and staff can truly make a difference in a big way. You can buy the single for $1.99 from the album, “Don’t Waste Your Wishes”—The Killers.

Taylor Basketball Game

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:45

Parents of 3-6th grades. Please return this note giving permission to attend the field trip to the BYU women's basketball game on Dec. 7th. 5th grade parents signed permission slips for this at the beginning of the year (unless your child recently moved in) #beenheresince1866 #manytigersoneroar #taylormeansfamily #BYUbasketball

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