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Taft Elementary School - March Newsletter

A Note from the Principal

We are already several days into a busy month. This Thursday (March 8th) is our kindergarten registration. Please see the article below for more information. On Friday, March 9th, we'll be hosting our second Dress-Up Luncheon. Please encourage your child to dress their best. We'll be serving lunches to students (rather than having them go through the line), we'll have a live vocal trio performing, and teachers will sit with their students. Our goal is to have some fun in a classy environment while teaching manners and etiquette. On March 14th, we're celebrating Pi Day (3.14)! Parents and guardians are welcome to join us for mini pies, games, and fun from 2:30-3:15 PM. Look for more information from your child.

On another note, if you missed the message I sent about our last lock down drill, I wanted to let everyone know that we're going to be practicing those kinds of drills more frequently. Unfortunately, violence in schools has continued to increase over the years, and it's important for us to be prepared. We are trying to juggle this critical practice while trying not to scare our younger children. I expect that we will have at least one drill per quarter. We have NO reason to expect an emergency of this nature, but we want to be prepared.

Finally, I'd like to invite students and families to participate in the upcoming YMCA St. Patrick's Day 5K fun run. We have discount rates available through our SoleKIDs program - $12 for adults and $8 for kids. For those of you that participated in the Christmas run, you know that these are terrific family-friendly activities. Ckick HERE and use the discount code: SOLEKIDs.

Go Further with Food

“Go Further with Food” is the message for this year’s National Nutrition Month celebrated during the month of March. Making healthy food choices throughout the day can help students concentrate better on school work, have more energy for after-school activities, and generally make them feel better! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Three basic guidelines according the the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics are #1 Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products, #2 Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts, and #3 Minimize saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars. By just keeping these 3 guidelines in mind, Americans will be well on their way to optimal health.

Locally, the Boise School District Food & Nutrition Department is celebrating National Nutrition Month with special events. On March 2nd, we served Green Egg Pops at all elementary sites in honor of Dr. Seuss Day. We will also offered a new flavor station to allow students the option to season their eggs with a variety of flavors! During National School Breakfast Week (March 5th-9th), all grade levels will be participating in the School Nutrition Association’s Campaign, “I Heart School Breakfast.” We welcome students to try new breakfast items offered during this week; participants will be eligible for some fantastic prizes!

Kindergarten Registration is THIS Month!

Do you have a child that will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2018? If so, please plan to join us for kindergarten registration on Thursday, March 8 from 3:30-5:30 PM in the Taft gym/cafeteria. Students will be assessed on their readiness for kindergarten. (Assessments will include their ability to count, recognize letters of the alphabet, and name basic colors and shapes.) You can start playing with those at home now! All students will receive free kindergarten readiness activities to begin using immediately.

In order to register a child, you must bring a certified birth certificate, a copy of their immunization record, and a proof of residency (power or utility bill, lease agreement, or mortgage bill) so we can determine your attendance area. Please see the Boise School District's web site for more information: 2018 Kindergarten Registration & Open House

SoleKIDs Spring Season

Are you looking for a cost-conscious after school activity for your child? Would you like to see them involved in a healthy outdoor program that doesn't involve screens or electronics? Well, we're getting ready to start our third season of SoleKIDs running program. The program is designed to teach teamwork, perseverance, healthy habits, and fitness. Our goal is for every child to run a 5K at the end of the program. All participants receive a t-shirt, H2O bottle, swag bag, and registration in the 5K fun run on May 19th. Our program is growing, and we want your child to be a part of it!

We are especially hoping to add upper-grade students. This program is open to all students in first through sixth grades. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Scholarships are available. If you have questions, you can contact either of the two coaches (Miss Jaden Skinner or Miss Kamille Skinner) or Mr. Lowe at 854-6180. Online registration is available at their website or paper copies are available in the main office.

5th Grade Student Finishes Her First Cross Country Ski Race!

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Construction Update

Ongoing work includes:

  • There is ongoing utility work including but not limited to Idaho Power/Track Utilities, Century Link, Suez, Zayo, Cable One, and Level 3.
  • Irrigation work continues and is expected to be complete on March 15th.
  • The irrigation work at Arthur St has been completed and the road has re-opened.

Upcoming Work:

  • Glendale St. near Stilson St., will be closed to local traffic only from March 5th to March 9th for irrigation work.

  • Night Work at Veterans Memorial Parkway will begin as early as the evening of Tuesday, March 6th and will be completed by the morning of Friday, March 9th. There will be lane closures while work is being done on the irrigation crossings.

  • Left Turns from State will be removed at the end of March. Changeable message boards will be placed two (2) weeks prior to this traffic change. The message boards may be placed as early as March 12th.

  • Work on removals, excavation and placing temporary paving on the south side of State St. is expected to begin by mid-March

Want to see the final project? The following video illustrates how the new intersection at 36th Street and State Street will function.

36th Street & State Street