TASPA Weekly Updates

February 21-24, 2023

Dear TASPA Community,

We hope you had an enjoyable three day weekend. Remember parents, Tuesday, February 21, 2023 will be an E-Learning Day and students will complete assignments from home.

Please read on for all important information that includes the TASPA community and Tuscaloosa City Schools district.

Thank you,

TASPA Family

TASPA Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Our Mission: To utilize arts integration to develop creative and critical thinkers equipped with the ability to reach full potential in a positive, safe and nurturing learning environment.

Our Vision: To enhance the quality of life for all students and develop creative learners by providing a deeper understanding of all subjects through arts integration.

TASPA Core Values:

  • Respect
  • Creativity
  • Effective Communication
  • Perseverance
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking


Interested in Pre-K? Registration deadline is March 1!

Early registration for Pre-K will open January 15th and close March 1st , 2023 at 10:00am. The lottery will take place on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 8:30am at the central office.

Children must be four before September 1 and live in the Tuscaloosa City School zone to qualify. Children in our Pre-k program must be:

  • Fully toilet-trained. Pullups are not acceptable.
  • Parents must provide proof of residence, an up-to-date immunization card, and birth certificate when accepted into the program.
  • Bus transportation is not provided for our Pre-k students. Parents are responsible for drop-off and pick-up each day.

Apply here: https://prek.alaceed.alabama.gov/

For more information, read the Pre-K handbook.

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Kindergarten registration time!

Do you have a child who will be in kindergarten during the 2023-24 school year? If so, it's time to register for kindergarten!

To enroll a student for kindergarten in the Tuscaloosa City Schools, the following is needed:

  • Proof of birth/birth certificate
  • Students must be 5 years on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten.
  • Proofs of residence: Copy of lease or mortgage in parent's name; Copy of 2 current utility bills in the parent's name
  • State of Alabama Current Immunization Form (Blue Card)

All documents must show the address of the physical residence and name of the parent or custodian. P.O. boxes are not acceptable.

For more info or to start the registration process, go to: https://www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/enrollment

Extended Day Handbook Updates


If you have not already done so, please review the handbook with your child, sign and return the last contract page.

All extended day students will held to the standards of the guidelines listed in the handbook.

If you have any questions please reach out to our extended day director, Ms. Makarov at 205-759-3564.

Exciting Learning Opportunities for Our TASPA STARS

Our middle school students had the opportunity to visit the Birmingham Museum of Art and enjoyed a performance of "Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly" at the Birmingham Children's Theatre. At the same time, many of our 4th grade TASPA Stars were able to enrich their learning from the CKLA curriculum by creating models of the Earth's many layers.

The Alberta School of Performing Arts, Where Amazing HAPPENS EVERYDAY!

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Upcoming Events

Read Across America Week: February 27- March 3

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PTA Black History Month Presentation with Performances by our 3rd-5th Grade Students: Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00pm

Please note the date change of our Black History Program!

Spring Pictures: Monday, February 27

Updates and Reminders

Order Your Yearbook Today!

TASPA Yearbooks will be available for preorder sales now through Friday, March 3. The yearbook preorder price is $25 per yearbook. If there are extra yearbooks at the end of the year, they will be sold for $30. There is also an opportunity to purchase yearbook ads. A preorder form will be sent home this week.

TASPA Will Not Tolerate BULLYING!

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Parents please be sure that your child/children are aware of what bullying sounds and looks like. At TASPA, BULLYING plays NO part in our success.

Please let your child/children know that if they experience bullying or their peers being bullied please report it immediately.

Students are expected to come to school each and everyday to learn and feel safe and secure.

If you feel that your child is being bullied please do not hesitate to reach out to the administration, Mrs. Taylor-Maye or Mr. Albritton.

Parents please note that if students are found to be bullying others they will receive the highest consequence based on the TCS code of conduct.

Attendance Matters

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It is critical that students attend school every day. If your child is going to be absent, please send a note. Please note that you have 5 parent excuses per year. Once those are used, a doctor's note will be required. If that is not provided, they will count as unexcused absences.

If you have any questions about attendance, check-ins, and/or tardies, please contact our front office at 205-759-3564.

Just a reminder our school day begins at 7:55 and concludes at 2:40. If your child arrives to school after 7:55 a.m., a parent, guardian, or whoever brought the child to school MUST sign them in at the front office.

The Tuscaloosa City Schools district goal is 95% or above for the average daily attendance rate.

For the week of of Feb. 13-17, The Alberta School of Performing Arts had an 86% average daily attendance rate.

Let's increase our numbers by ensuring that students are in school each and everyday!

TASPA Arrival and Dismissal Procedures- Updates

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Parents will no longer be allowed to drop off in the parking lot during morning arrival or park to pick students in the afternoon

Let's work together ensure our dismissal process remains SAFE and QUICK. If your child is a car rider, you must pick him/her up through the carpool line. We will not allow parents to walk up and pick up students assigned as car riders. To help us get you in and out of the carpool lane quickly, please remember your carpool tag. Complete the car tag with the name (first and last) and grade level of each child riding with you and place the tag on your dash near the windshield (on the passenger side) upon arriving on campus. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our TASPA Stars safe! BOTH LANES ARE OPEN FOR MORNING DROP OFF AND AFTERNOON PICK UP.



Office Hours

Our front office hours are from 8:00am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please ring the bell at the front door for assistance.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact your child's teacher or our school leaders: Chenale Taylor-Maye Principal-cmtaylor@tusc.k12.al.us and , Assistant Principal-Pressly Albritton- palbritton@tusc.k12.al.us


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Even from a distance, the relationships must be established before highly effective learning can take place. We need to have a strong rapport with each student we serve. Our student's parents must be connected to the classrooms with regular and ongoing communication. Parents, please feel free to reach out to our administration, faculty, and/or staff with any questions you may have. Our number one priority here at TASPA is to be sure your child's needs are being met when it pertains to a safe & nurturing learning environment.


Mrs. Taylor-Maye

2023-2024 School Calendar

The Tuscaloosa City School Board approved the calendar for the 2023-24 year, after receiving input from parents and employees.

The first day of school for students will begin on Aug. 9, 2023.

To see a copy of the 2023-24 calendar, go to https://www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/calendar#calendar7130/20230125/month

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