Bayard Taylor Elementary K-5

David Laver

3698 N. Randolph Street
Philadelphia PA 19140
Phone: 215-227-4435

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

Bayard Taylor School

Message from the Principal

Hello Bayard Taylor Elementary School Community.


It is with great enthusiam that I prepare for my second year as principal of Taylor Elementary School.  My name is David Laver and I have been working as an educator in and around Philadelphia for more than 20 years.  Most recently, I served as a special education teacher and Assistant Principal at Frankford High School, and prior to that as an elementary principal in the William Penn School District.   I have also had the good fortune of living and working in other countries, including serving as an elementary principal in Salvador, Brazil.  While I have worked at some great schools, Bayard Taylor has easily become my favorite!


In all of the positions that I have held in education, my goal has always been to ensure that each individual child is supported and guided in ways that help them reach their potential.   I have no doubt that each Taylor student can meet with great success.   My belief is that when students feel part of a warm and nurturing community, have talented teachers and staff working with them, and are held accountable for reaching and maintaining the highest standards, that they will do just that.   


I hope that you and your child are excited to be part of the Taylor community, and I invite you to become an active member.   It is only with a strong home and school partnership that we can help all of our children to meet with success.


I look forward to working with each of you this year and to seeing all of are students grow and acheive at high levels.




David Laver

Points of Pride

  • IMS School (Instructional Management School)
    • All classrooms equipped with Interactive Promethian Boards or SMART Boards, classroomo computers
  • EC Clubs
    • TCDME (Taylor Community Dance and Music Ensamble)
    • Scrabble
    • Homework
    • Tutoring
  • Staff nominees/recipients of prestgious honors
  • Stable dedicated staff
  • Children's Literacy Initiative
  • Model Bilingual Spanish classroom Grades k-3
  • Extra-Curricular Activities for students in all grades
  • 100 Book Challenge, RAZ Kids, Literacy and Math intervention programs
  • Girl Scouts
  • Active Home and School Association

Taylor School building

Bayard Taylor School



Important Dates

  • September 2-5 - Staff only
  • September 7th - First day of school for grades 1-5 
  • September 8th-9th&12th-13th - Kindergarten parent/teacher conferences
  • September 14th - First day for Kindergarten
  • September 29th- Back to School Night 5:30 to 7:30
  • September 30th - No School for Students. Staff only
  • October 3rd & 4th - Schools closed for observance of Rosh Hashanah
  • October 12th - Schools closed for observance of Yom Kippur
  • November 8th - No School for students. Election Day
  • November 11th - No School. Veteran's Day
  • November 21st,22nd and 23rd- Report Card Conferences
  • November 24th and 25th - Schools closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 26th-30th and Jan 2nd - Schools Closed for Christmas Holiday
  • January 3rd - No school for students. Staff only.
  • January 16th - Schools closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • February 15th-17th - Report card conferences
  • February 20th - Schools Closed. President's Day
  • March 6th - 3 hour Early Dismissal for Students. Staff PM PD
  • March 31st - 3 hour Early Dismissal for students. Staff PM PD
  • April 10th-14th - Schools CLosed for Spring Recess and Good Friday
  • April 19th-21st - Report card conferences
  • May 16th - Schools Closed Primary Election Day
  • May 26th - 3 Hour Early Dismissal for Students. STaff PM PD.
  • May 29th - Schools Closed. Memorial Day
  • June 20th - Last Day of School for students
  • June 21st - Last Day for Staff

For complete listing of district events, please visit the District Calendar.




Come meet your teacher!  

Enjoy water ice and soft pretzels and say hello to your next teacher.  Friday, Sept 4th, 2:00-3:00 on the playground.


See you then!