Viking Newsletter

Jim Calabrese, Superintendent, Taft SD 90

July 31, 2022

Message from Mr. Davini

I can't believe it is the end of July and the summer is dwindling down. I look forward to seeing everyone come back rested and ready for another great school year!


You might have noticed a lot of work going on at Taft this summer. We are wrapping up our major projects as the new windows are in place and the roof project is just about finished. Our new ELA curriculum resources have been delivered and we are eager to put them to use. Be on the lookout for key dates as we get closer to the first day of school, August 16th. I look forward to hosting more in-person events this year to discuss this new ELA curriculum, our strategic plan, and other fun and exciting topics.


The school supply list has been out for a few weeks, if you have any questions please let me know. Registration continues and we will be in school from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM this next week if you need any support with finishing the registration process.


I can't wait to see everyone in a few weeks!

Lunch

This year the State of Illinois through the federal government will not be offering free lunch to all students like they have over the past two years. Instead, they are requiring schools to return to the free and reduced lunch model based on household income. Please make sure you are completing the income verification form as part of registration to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunches for this year.


For all other students please be on the lookout for the monthly lunch menu which should be out this week. The new lunch menu will include a hot and cold lunch option and the return of a salad bar for students to choose from. Along with that we are hoping to develop a student taste testing committee to work with our lunch provider to test new menu options in an effort to improve lunches for all of our students.

Baseball Tryouts - August 1st

We hope everyone is having an amazing summer. Baseball season is right around the corner. Baseball is offered to all 5th-8th grade students. We will be welcoming two new coaches to our Taft family this year. Here is some information about tryouts below:


  • Baseball tryouts will take place on August 1st at Dellwood Park (parking lot at the end of Parkview Ln.) 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.


A sports physical must be on file in the office in order to try out. The fee for participating in each activity is $50. There will also be a uniform fee for each sport for the apparel that is being kept by the players. Please email Coach Howard if your child is planning on trying out. We are trying to get an idea of numbers. If you have any questions please email Coach Howard at p.howard@taftsd90.org.


The IESA has teamed up with Dicks Sporting Goods and is offering a discount for participating schools. Here is the link to access this discount: https://www.iesa.org/news/2022-2023/Dicks.pdf

Registration

Over the past few weeks, our staff has continued to make phone calls to all of our parents who have not yet registered for the 2022-2023 school year. While we know everyone is extremely busy it is extremely important for everyone to promptly register their students. We have multiple grade levels that could be projected to have around 28 students in them. If that sounds ambiguous, it is because it is. We have no way to know how many students will be returning or how many new students we will register for school. The unknowing will create a difficult start to our school year for our students. If numbers creep up we may need to hire a new teacher and split a grade level. The longer we wait the more difficult it will become to find a suitable teacher.


Please help us avoid this by registering your students as quickly as possible.

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Supply List Information

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and exciting summer!


Attached you will find the school supply list for each grade for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please let me know and I can assist you. There are a total of four pages of supplies. On page 1 and 2 you will find supply lists for Kindergarten - 4th grade. On page 3 and 4 are the lists for 5th-8th graders and PE class.


Based on class sizes and projected enrollment numbers, the fifth grade will join the junior high and rotate classes. The content will not change, we are still following 5th grade standards for our 5th grade class. Traditionally, our junior high classes have been split into two sections by grade for a total of 6 sections. For example, 8th grade will have 36 students (split 18 and 18), and 7th grade will have 30 students (split 15 and 15). We are currently projecting 18 for the incoming 6th grade which would make it difficult to justify splitting that class 9 and 9. Our next task was looking at our incoming 5th grade numbers which currently sit at 22. These are all feasible class sizes that also provide stability if we were to enroll further transfer students at Taft.


More information will follow as registration continues through August and classes are determined. As stated earlier, if you have any questions or concerns I encourage you to reach out to me via phone or email.

2022-2023 School Calendar

Please use the button below to access the 2022-2023 School Calendar.

StopIT

Taft is proud to have the “Stop It” program up and running for the 2021-2022 school year. Stop it is an online program that students can use to report bullying or any unsafe behavior while remaining anonymous. These reports come through to the Superintendent, Principal, and Social Worker via text so we can address the situation right away. This provides the student with an opportunity to share their concerns if they feel they cannot speak immediately to an adult.


We continue to teach our students to advocate for themselves in situations where they feel they can speak to a situation on their own. The students are reminded there are different approaches to stop bullying or unsafe situations outside of reporting things anonymously. Students are encouraged to share concerns with friends, staff, and family to learn to advocate for themselves. However, we understand that there are some situations where students may feel safer reporting discreetly.


If you have any questions regarding the Stop It program, please contact Mr. Davini or Mr. Calabrese.


STOPit Student Launch Video

School Calendar

8/11/22 - Board of Education Meeting - Closed Session 6:15 PM - Open Session 6:45 PM

8/15/22 - Teacher Meet and Greet - 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Playground

8/16/22 - First Day of School - 1st - 8th Grade

8/17/22 - First Day of School - Kindergarten