TIGER TALES

SEPTEMBER 2020

WELCOME BACK TAFT TIGERS!

Hello Taft Familes!


Taft welcomed back students on campus for the 1st time in 6 months. It was great to see staff and students back to in-person learning. Group A students attend Taft on Monday and Thursday with remote learning on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Group B students attend Taft on Tuesday and Friday with remote learning on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. And our full remote learners are remote Monday through Friday. Taft is glad to offer a variety of choices.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this change into this new phase of learning. Taft staff was reassigned to match the wants and needs of the community. This shifted some students teacher assignments. I am so proud of our families, students, and staff patience and understanding of this strange, historical school year. This is new to all of us and I know it can be frustrating at times. Together, we will navigate through this unprecedented year. Together will be be stronger.


Our theme this year is Tiger Strong!



Kim Corbett

Principal

COVID-19 Parent Acknowledgement

This form is required for every in-person student. If you haven't done so already, please complete as soon as possible.

Office Hours

Office hours are from 7:30-3:30 pm Monday-Friday. For attendance,registration, or update contact information please reach out to Lynette at 480-472-9080 or email at lhmadsen@mpsaz.org. For other inquires, you may reach out to Adrian at 480-472-9085 or email at allopez2@mpsaz.org.

Start of the Day

Gates open at 7:55 am. Students go straight to their classroom and eat breakfast in their classrooms. School starts at 8:15 am. Any student arriving after 8:15 will need to check in the office for a tardy slip.

October Break

We are on October Break from October 5-9th. The school office will be closed during break. School will resume on October 12th.

Parent Pick-Up

Students will wait at parent pick up behind their grade level cone behind the fence. Siblings may wait together. We encourage safe physical distancing and masks during parent pick up.

Parent Teacher Conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held October 12-16th Dismissal will be at 1:45 all week. You will have a choice of a in-person or virtual conference. Be looking for more information from your child's teacher later this week.

Immunizations

Parents, your child must still get their needed immunizations. Most parents have been contacted. If you have any questions about your child's immunizations, please call the Health Office.


480.472.9087

Health of Students and Staff

Students and staff with; at least one of the following symptoms; a fever or chills, shortness of breath/difficulty in breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea should not go to school. Any students or staff exhibiting these symptoms that are not a known medical condition with be sent home for 10 days or will need to by symptom free and have a negative Covid test.
Please still apply even with our current free meal service. Taft receives extra Title I federal funds for each student who qualifies for free and reduced meals.These funds are used for supplemental programs such as IXL, Achieve 3000, our Title I instructional assistants, and so much more.

Device Protection Plan

Please click here to read about our Device Protection Plan (DPP).
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Taft Programs

In addition to a great K-6 school, Taft is proud to have many programs to support our community.


  • KinderU
  • Headstart
  • Gifted and Talented
  • GUS
  • ED-P


Kindergarten through 6th grade receive physical education (twice a week for 30 minutes) and music class (once a week for 30 minutes). 4th-6th grade students also have an Art class (once a week for 30 minutes). Orchestra(4-6th) and Band (5th-6th) classes are offered for as a choice but are not required twice a week for 30 minutes.

Taft Facts

PreK-6th student enrollment: 530

Staff: 90

% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch: 74%

What is Title I?

WHAT IS TITLE I?

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE

Dear Parents,

Taft receives additional supplemental funds through a Title I grant from the federal government to provide extra supplementary services for all of our students. Your children will benefit directly or indirectly from this extra help. At Taft these funds along with other federal resources will be consolidated to support school wide positive changes. Funds can be used to:

● Hire highly qualified instructional personnel to assist teachers within the classrooms

● Provide training for staff and teachers

● Provide supplemental instructional materials and technology

● Ensure high-quality Schoolwide Programs

● Increase parent involvement participation

We are pleased to have these funds to provide high quality instruction for all children.

Estimados Padres:

La escuela Taft recibe fondos suplementarios adicionales a través de una subvención de Título I del gobierno federal para proveer servicios suplementarios extras a todos nuestros estudiantes. Sus hijos se beneficiarán directa o indirectamente de esta ayuda. En la escuela Taft estos fondos junto con otros recursos federales serán consolidados para apoyar cambios escolares positivos. Los fondos pueden ser utilizados para:

● Contratar a personal docente altamente calificado para ayudar a los maestros en la clase

● Proveer capacitación para los empleados y maestros

● Proveer material de instrucción suplemental y tecnología

● Asegurar programas escolares de la mayor calidad

● Aumentar la participación de los padres en la escuela

Nos complace tener estos fondos para proporcionar instrucción de alta calidad a todos los estudiantes


Parents Right to Know- Title I

Parents Right to Know

Title I Schoolwide and/or Target Assistance Programs


We are pleased to notify you that in accordance with the Every Students Succeeds Act, 2015, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher. Specifically, you may request the following:

● Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

● Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria has been waived.

● The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

● Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive this information, please contact your school’s principal Kim Corbett at 480-472-9085, and she will be happy to assist you.


Derecho de los padres en conocer ~ Programa Título I en toda la escuela y Programa Título I para cumplir objetivos

Nos complace informarle en conformidad con la ley Cada Estudiante Tiene Exito, 2015, usted tiene el derecho de solicitar información sobre los títulos profesionales del maestro de su hijo. Específicamente, puede solicitar lo siguiente:

● Si el maestro ha cumplido los requisitos estatales y criterios de licenciatura para los niveles de estudios y áreas de asignaturas en las que el maestro proporciona instrucción.

● Si el maestro está enseñando bajo un certificado de enseñanza alternativa u otro estado provisional a través de que el requisito estatal o criterio de licenciatura han sido renunciados.

● El título de licenciatura del maestro y cualquier otro certificado de graduación o título que tiene el maestro, y el campo de la disciplina de la certificación o título.

● Si el niño reciba servicios de un paraprofesional (un ayudante capacitado para ayudar a una persona profesional) y, si es así, sus títulos/certificaciones.

Si desea recibir esta información, por favor comuníquese con el director de la escuela Kim Corbett al 480-472-9085, y él/ella estará encantado de ayudarle.