Taft Updates

January 29, 2023

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JANUARY / February Important Dates

30th Reclassification Ceremony at Hoover @ 6:30pm


3rd ELAC Meeting @ 8:30am

  • 1:15 TK-2 Student of the Month Assembly
  • 1:45 3rd-5th Student of the Month Assembly

8th. Second Harvest Food Distribution @ 2:30

10th Principal Coffee

11th Fifth Grade Pancake Breakfast

14th Valentine's Day

15th Taft Board Presentation @ 7:00pm

20th President's Day NO SCHOOL
21st-24th Winter Vacation NO SCHOOL

28th SSC @ 3:30

28th Super Minimum Day school ends at 11:45

Dear Families

The month of January has quickly come to an end and we are looking forward to starting February. The start of the year as you know was not smooth as we had so much rain, power out for 2 days at school and students who continue to be sick. This month has been a very quiet month with just getting back into routines for our students. Our students continue to receive social emotional learning lessons with their teachers and we have seen a decrease in behaviors at recess and lunchtime. We continue to work with our students on the importance of learning to control our emotions, problem solve in appropriate ways, and to make sure that they let the adults on campus know when they have an issue.

We continue to work on improving attendance as we have not achieved as a school 92%. I realize that our student continue to get sick especially with the cough which last a long time. We started the school year with very good attendance and we have gone down. Please make sure to call the school office or fill out the absence form so that the school is notified. Second letters will be gong out for students who have unexcused or excessive absences. It is important that your child attend school so that they can continue to learn and make progress. We are asking for doctors notification when your child has been out after 3 days.


Please remember that we start school at:

  • 8:15 am for 3rd, 4th, and 5th
  • 8:20 for TK, K,1st, and 2nd.

Everyday we have over 50 or more students who are late. It is important that your child arrive on time so that they can start their morning with their class and that they are not missing out on important information.

If your child has an appointment during the morning or day, please remember to bring in the doctor notification so they can be excused.

This month TK through third grade started music with Music for MInors and we are happy to have them participate once again in music.

Attendance by Month at Taft

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Character Trait for February

Fairness is our new character trait for this month of February. Ways parents can teach fairness at home:

  • Play by the rules.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Be open-minded.
  • Listen to others.
  • Don’t take advantage of others.
  • Don’t blame others carelessly

When you hear, “It’s not fair!” ask your child to define what is unfair about the situation. Usually when you hear this, it means your child didn’t receive something he/she thinks was deserved or an expectation hasn’t been met-whether real or imagined.

Discuss the question “Does fair mean equal?” with your child.

Talk about situations in school, home or the community where the answers may sometimes be “yes” and sometimes “no”.

Set family goals. Have each member of the family complete the following sentence and post it where it will serve as a reminder: I will show fairness by: ______________________.



The fifth grade students will be fundraising to support students who need financial assistance to attend Outdoor Education in May. Their first fundraiser will be a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 11th from 8:30-11:30. You can preorder by filling out the form that was were sent home with your students or ask for a form in the school office. You may send in preorder until the 7th of February. This will allow us to make sure we have enough pancakes to serve for breakfast. You can also purchase at the door.

IHOP is sponsoring this event for our students so please make sure to thank them for supporting TAFT students.

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Student of the Month Assembly

January student of the month assembly will take place on Friday, February 3rd.

Tk-2 @ 1:15pm in school cafeteria

3rd-5th @ 1:45 in school cafeteria

Valentines' Day and Student Council fundraiser

Students can wear their purple and pink to show their Valentines day spirit.

Student council will be selling candy grams for Valentines' Day. They will be selling them at recess times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Before School they will sell on Wednesday and Friday. As well as on the Feb. 6th, 8th and 10th

Candy grams will be distributed on the 17th of February.


Families please remember to drop off on the right side of 10th Ave. We have had several neighbors complaining that people are parking and blocking driveways. Remember driveways are not for parking. Please be mindful of the homes that are around our school. I also want to remind you that there are no U-TURNS on 10th either as this blocks traffic. Please follow all traffic laws.

The picture on the right is one of the driveways that continues to have parents park in this area. Please be respectful of our neighbors.


Please remember that the parking lot is for staff only. We continue to have parents drive into the parking lot to drop off students.

STEAM Challenge

4th Grade Field trip to Año Nuevo State Park


We had the privilege to have Olive Chin author of several books on Chinese New Year visit our school library and host an assembly for our second and third graders. Mr. Chin shared about why he became an author and how he enjoys writing. He shared his book Year of the Rabbit with our students and had a drawing competition with two of our students.

Thank you to Hicklebee's Book store for sponsoring Mr. Chin.

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Kinder registration is now open. Please schedule an appointment to come and register you incoming student. You can register in our school office, as well as online. ALL TK students must register for kindergarten.

You can schedule a time with our school office if you have not done so between 9:00am- 2:00pm

* Student’s birth certificate

* Student’s immunization record

* Parent or guardian picture ID

* Proof of address (two different documents are needed)

You can also register at the district office on the following dates and times.

Tuesdays: 12:00-5:00 PM
Wednesdays: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Thursdays: 12:00-5:00 PM

Reporting an absence

It is important to make sure that the office is notified as to the reason your child is absent. Please do so by either calling or filing out the school google form.

By phone: 650-482-2416

Google form link https://forms.gle/5cy3enb6TYaeXief8

Video on how to become a school volunteer

Video for you to watch


You can also use the QR code to see the video.

Taft Family Center

Link For Family Center page

Coordinator: Elsa Aispuro

email: eaispuro@rcsdk8.net

Taft Parent Handbook

Please visit this link to view our Student Parent Handbook. All information in regards to school is in it.

Some information in the handbook:

  • School vision and mission
  • Bell Schedule
  • Minimum Days Schedule
  • School Policies
  • Family Center resources

Parent Student Handbook link

Thank you!

Principal Herrera

Taft Community School

Taft Community School offers a preschool through 5th grade English and Spanish biliteracy program.