Taft Updates

October 30, 2022

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October Important Days

31st Halloween Parade

  • 1:10 Prek/ Tk/ K
  • 1:45 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

November Dates

1st Super Minimum Day @ 11:45am

4th Principal Coffee @ 8:30

9th Second Harvest Food Distribution @ 2:30

  • 7:00pm Board Meeting

10th McKinley Fair for 5th grade At Taft

  • Color Day for studenst

11th. Veterans Day ( NO SCHOOL)

17th 3rd Grade participates with MSI visit

18th Lock Down Drill

  • Minimum Day

21st and 22nd. Parent Conferences


28th SSC @ 3:30

Dear Families,

Time is flying bye and we are almost to the end of Trimester 1. Our students have been working on being responsible at school and we hope that you were able to have them focus on this at home. As we begin the month of November our students and teachers will be focusing on teaching Kindness.

Kindness is the quality of being generous, compassionate and considerate. We have many students who daily show kindness to others and it is an important skill to have. In the article the Benefits of teaching kindness and gratitude to our children by Tami Silverman, President & CEO of Indiana Youth Institute states the following:

Research shows that teaching and modeling the social competencies of kindness and compassion produces significant benefits for children and youth, including:

  • Increased levels of happiness, caring and emotional well-being. Acts of kindness help children form connections that are positively associated with increased happiness.
  • A greater sense of belonging and improved self-esteem. The rush of endorphins related to helping others creates a sense of lasting pride, optimism, and self-worth.
  • Improved health and less stress. Service among teens is linked to lower rates of drug use and pregnancy. Altruism often releases oxytocin, a hormone that reduces stress levels.
  • Increased feelings of gratitude. Helping others provides perspective, prompting young people to appreciate the bright spots of their own circumstances.
  • Better concentration. Kindness is connected with increased positivity and serotonin levels. This combination often results in better sleep, memory, learning, attention spans, and willingness to learn.

I look forward to hearing and seeing how our students are showing kindness at school, after school programs, and at home. Here is a video of a book about kindness.

Be kind video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAo4-2UzgPo

Halloween Parade

The Halloween Parade will take place on the 31st of October

TK and Kinder classes parade will be at 1:10 pm on the big playground.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th parade will be at 1:45pm on the big playground.

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Responsible Assembly

On November 1st we will recognize our student of the month for bring a Responsible Citizen.

We hope parents of students being recognized can join us for the morning assembly.

  • 8:30. TK-2nd grade
  • 9:00 3rd-5th grade

Super Minimum Day

Remember that Tuesday, November 1st is a SUPER MINIMUM DAY and all students who do not attend the after school programs will need to be picked up at 11:45am

Students who attend BGCP and PAL and our TK students who go to CDC will be served lunch only at school.

All others students will be given a meal at recess.


TK will dismissal from the same area they get dismissed daily.

Kinder will be dismissed by the kinder gate where TK gets dismissed.

All others students from 1st-5th will be dismissed from the main gate.

Parent Survey for workshops

Please fill out the survey to help us plan workshops for parents.

Link https://forms.gle/ywZ3KTVzW68DHdQo9

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RCEF ( Redwood City Education Foundation)

Join our team! The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is excited to announce openings to serve on our Board of Directors. Our team is dedicated to improving the academic performance of underserved students.

Members of the RCEF Board of Directors use their personal and professional resources and expertise to:
  • Support fundraising campaigns
  • Build community relationships
  • Connect families and students with community resources
  • Guide the organization’s strategic direction
As an organization committed to equity, we are looking for prospective board members who critically examine the public school system and ways to improve it. Being an RCSD parent is not required.

Interested in joining our team? Check us out at https://www.rcef.org/about and email us at info@rcef.org.

5th Grade Families: Information for middle school below.

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5th grade Families

Link for Kennedy school information for 5th grade families. Flyer is below. Please go to the link for more information and for live links.


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Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week celebrates our diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The Special Education Parent Teacher Association of Redwood City (SEPTAR) is taking the lead on creating a wonderful Inclusive Schools Week celebration at each of our school sites this year.. Show your support by joining our upcoming planning meeting. All are welcome!

Inclusive Schools Week Planning Meeting

Reunión de Planificación de la Semana de las Escuelas Inclusivas

Time/Hora: Oct 25, 2022 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM Pacific Time


Meeting ID: 884 3979 5251

Passcode: 083453

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.