The Timberwolf Times

May 8th Edition

"B" Week

PLCs - Tuesday

LST - Friday

Tuesday - we may have to move the goal team meeting, will send an email on Monday.

Retirement Celebration on Friday!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mom Quotes

A worried mother does better research then the FBI.

Sometimes I open my mouth and my Mother comes out.

My nickname is Mom, my full name is

Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom

A mother understands what a child does not say.

No matter what your age, you always need your Mom.

If you decided to opt out of the EP process for 2015/2016 as outlined by Dr. Pfeiffer, you received an email from me Sunday evening. If not, please let me know ASAP.

Board Presentation Last Tuesday

Tuesday the 3rd a team of Taft Staff presented to the School Board. Our focus was showcasing the collaborative culture we have in Timberwolf Territory. Michelle Perry told of the history and our quality staff with a shared vision. Michelle Robb discussed our celebrations in PBIS and our dedication to our students through our summer book study, The Leader in Me and next steps for 2016/2017. Cary Bonikowske shared our use of PLCs and acknowledged our volunteer base. Highlighting our students/ parents after school involvement was Courtney Wagner. Explaining the plan and vision for brining collaboration to the student level through the Wolfpack Idea was Justin Schultz.

Everyone did a wonderful job speaking and representing Taft in a very professional and genuine manner. We received kudos from central office staff as well as school board members. It is an honor to present along side such high quality professionals (no one looked or appeared the least bit nervous!)

Way to go!

City Spelling Bee

Taft was honored to come in 3rd place in the City Spelling Bee. Mandy M. came behind two private schools, if the Bee was NJSD students she would have had 1st place. We are so proud of Mandy and her accomplishment.

Summer Academy Training

Friday, May 20th from 3:45-4:45 will be the Summer Academy training date for current NJSD teachers. Central Office Building in the auditorium.

Saturday, May 21st from 8:00-12:00 will be for everyone else. Same location.

Library Media Specialists will have a separate meeting, and Jen McMahon has already contacted this individual.

Personal Leave Reminder

Staff needs to provide a 10 day notice (unless there is an emergency) when requesting personal leave.

Effectiveness Project - EP

SLOs are due May 27th

Google Text

Next year we will be using Google Text. Please familiarize yourself with it now by texting others in the building. It is a great way to communicate quickly. Very similar to texting on your phone only easier.....because you can actually see the letters without readers.

Special Event Lunch, Party, or Snack

Just a reminder that parents my bring in a meal or a snack for various celebrations but it must be after the students scheduled lunch time. These events cannot be a substitute for the school lunch. If you have questions stop by and we can talk. This includes PTO and we will make adjustments for next year. Re-cap....our focus is next year :-)

Calendar of Events - new items in bold

5/10 - Goal Team Mtg

PTO mtg in the cafeteria, 6:30

5/11 - Employee of the Year 3:45

5/12 - Principal mtg in the AM, Hrib out

NFL Play 60 10:00-12:00 for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

5/13 - Lit Coach out in the AM


Retirement Celebration 3:45

5/17 - 5th grade Horace Mann Tour 8:00

5/18 - 2nd grade field trip 9:00-11:40

5/19 - PBIS mtg

5/20 - Kindergarten Orientation

Summer Academy Training for NJSD teachers 3:45-4:45

5/21 - Summer Academy Training for others 8:00-12:00

5/23 - 4th and 5th grade field trip 11:45-2:00

5/24 - Hrib out 1:00-5:00 EP

5/25 - Friday Schedule

5/26 - AVMR Training

Dental Bus

5/27 - PLD

5/30 - Memorial Day - No school

5/31 - Field day

6/1 - 5th grade End of year Ceremony 9:00-10:00

6/2 - Last of School

Report Cards go home

6/3 - Teacher Prep day

6/6 - SIT meeting 9:00-2:00

6/7 - PBIS training U300 - 12:30-4:00

This Week on Duty - Thank you for keeping our Timberwolves safe

AM Duties

  • AM playground - Kohls, Payne, Bushman, King
  • AM 4K - Ferkel

PM Duties

  • PM 4k- Ferkel
  • Bus riders/lot - Kohls
  • Bike rack, Claire side - Bushman
  • Bike rack, Western side - Pritzl/Flemming
  • Crosswalk Clair - Bissing
  • Crosswalk Western - Bonikowske
  • Crosswalk Western/Geiger -
  • Hallways - King (back hall), Payne (front hall)
  • Sidewalk (Western side) - Brookins -M/T/W; Mast -W/F
  • Sidewalk (Claire side) - Paiser-Wilson -M; Mielke -T/R; Marzahl -W

Taft Mission

Our mission is to support Taft families in their journey toward academic, social, and emotional success within a safe environment. As a team, we will guide, support, and provide direction to empower one another to become lifelong learners and respectful members of a community.