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 pride that I serve as the 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, and classroom computers
  • School-wide Positve Behavior Supports and Interventions to promote a culute of learninig
  • EC Clubs
    • TCDME (Taylor Community Dance and Music Ensamble)
    • Congresso After School Program
    • After School Math Tutoring
  • Stable, caring and dedicated staff
  • Children's Literacy Initiative to ensure best practices in literacxy in all classrooms.
  • Model Bilingual Spanish classrooms Grades k-5
  • 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 6th - Three Kings Day
  • January 13th - Dress Down Day for SAC
  • January 16th - Schools closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • January 19th - Compliment Day!
  • January 27th - Talent Show
  • January 31st - Backwards Day!
  • February 2nd - Groundhog Day
  • February 14th - Friendship Day - wear Red/Pink/White
  • February 15th-17th - Report card conferences
  • February 17th - Random Act of Kindness Day
  • February 20th - Schools Closed. President's Day
  • February 27th - Dress as your Favorite Fairy Tale Character
  • March 6th - 3 hour Early Dismissal for Students. Staff PM PD
  • March 8th - NAEP Testing. Grade 4
  • March 14th - Pi Day
  • March 17th - St. Patricls Day - wear green
  • March 28th - Crazy Sock Day
  • 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.