Taft Community School Newsletter, Week of Dec 4, 2023
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Taft Families,
We hope you all had a great weekend. The rain was sporadic all weekend but we managed to attend my second son's first soccer game on Saturday morning. This is the first sport he plays and he enjoyed it. He received a medal for sportsmanship! One of his classmates is on his team so that makes it even more fun. We're looking forward to this winter's soccer season. We have another busy week at Taft so please take a moment to read this week's newsletter. Please note that this Thursday, December 7, is December's Principal's Coffee from 8:45 - 9:30 am and Super Minimum Day with dismissal at 11:45 am. Let me know if you have any questions.
Vision to Learn (VTL)
The Vision to Learn (VTL) Screening will take place this Tuesday, December 5th. See pictures for additional information. Attached is the opt-out letter which is in Spanish and English. If you do not want your child to participate in VTL, you can complete the opt-out letter and return it to the main office.
Attendance and Arriving on Time
It is very important that all students attend school every day. Letters regarding chronic absenteeism and courtesy calls will continue to be sent out. We understand that students have to miss school sometimes but it's important for them to attend every day. We also want to remind parents to bring students on time. We know traffic can be a concern but please make an attempt to get your student to school on time. If you have any questions, please call the office or contact Ms. Arellano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
5th Grade Corner
Taft students will be attending Outdoor Education at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, near La Honda, on the week of March 11th, 2024. Outdoor Education is one of the most memorable experiences of a child’s school years. The students experience the life science standards taught by attending classes, taking field trips, hiking and experiencing the natural environment, and they bond with classmates. The outdoor education naturalists provide a fun, educational, and interactive week of activities. You can also go to the Outdoor Education website at http://www.smcoe.org/learning-and-leadership/outdoor-education/, where you can read about the naturalists and program provided. Please complete application by Tuesday, February 20th, 2024:
Information about Kennedy Middle School
Taft’s counseling team would like to inform you that Lunch Bunches are occurring on campus. Lunch Bunch creates a welcoming space for students to engage with their peers through games and activities during lunch time. Lunch Bunch is hosted by our counselors and meant as a Tier 1 intervention that’s available to all students. Students are able to participate by nominating themselves or receiving a nomination from a teacher. All participation is entirely voluntary by the student. Lunch Bunch happens during lunchtime and lasts approximately forty minutes. Typically it consists of playing a board game in a counseling office with peers. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Abrahams at 650-482-2416 ext. 3745 or email@example.com. Thank you!
Field Trips Reminder
- Students who are attending a field trip must turn in a permission slip that is issued by the school. Hand-written notes or verbal consent will not suffice. We need the proper documentation.
- Students must be in full uniform and cell phones are not allowed.
- Students can lose field trip privileges due to various reasons so please remind your student to be on their best behavior at school and on any field trip.
Kids Free at Stanford Men's Basketball!
Stanford men's basketball is taking on Idaho and Bay Area families can claim four free youth tickets with the purchase of a paid adult ticket in the Stanford student section. You can claim tickets here: Free Kids Tickets
The Parent Venture
What Should You Know? Fentanyl Education and Harm Reduction Strategies, Kelsey Moon, ASAT Program Director, Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)
- Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PT, Virtual Event (Live)
- Register: https://kelseymoon2023suhsd.eventbrite.com
What should parents/caregivers, educators, and community members know about fentanyl and harm reduction strategies in youth? Join Kelsey Moon, ASAT(Adolescent Substance Addiction Treatment) Program Director, Adolescent Counseling Services, to learn more about fentanyl and harm reduction strategies.
- Parents/caregivers, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available. Free admission.
- This presentation is sponsored by the Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.
- Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Forum #28 (English) – How to Become Your Child’s Favorite Conversation Partner
Eran Magen, PhD, Founder, Parenting for Humans
- Friday, December 15, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, Virtual Event (Live)
- Register: https://parentforum28english2023.eventbrite.com
How can you better connect and communicate with your child or teen? This holiday season, join us for a new Parent Forum (English) with Eran Magen, PhD, population health psychologist and founder of Parenting for Humans.
- Parents and caregivers welcome! Free admission. The Parent Forum is an initiative of Sequoia Healthcare District, in partnership with Sequoia Union High School District, Redwood City School District, and The Parent Venture.
- Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture, at email@example.com.
Enrollment for the new school year has begun. With that being said, we welcome prospective families to come tour Taft. Taft is a great and amazing place. The staff and students care about each other and we strive to provide the best education possible. Please let your friends and family know that school tours are now being offered on Thursday mornings from 8:30-9:30 am unless a school event is taking place.. Please call the main office at (650) 482-2416 to schedule a tour.
Taft Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy 2023-24
On Tuesday, September 26, our School Site Council (SSC) approved the Taft Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy for 2023-24. Both are linked below and are also found on our website in the Parent Hub under Parent Involvement. We ask that all parents complete the Taft Parent Compact by Dec 31, 2023.
Taft Parent Compact 2023-24 (complete byDec 31, 2023)
Picture Day Information
Pictures taken on October 3rd and November 7th are available for parents to view and order online.
Option 1: All parents who had a valid email listed in PowerSchool were sent an email from JostensPIX with a link to the JostensPIX website. Please check your email for instructions.
Option 2: View and order at https://shop.jostenspix.com/login
Event Code: FE293223
Also Needed: Powerschool Unique Student ID. Please call the school for this 6 digit number or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Toy Sign-Up
As the holidays approach, The Taft Family Resource Center would like to share Holiday Toy distribution resources. If you are interested, the links below have more information and how you can register. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Toys for Tots or the Redwood City Holiday Toy and Book program directly.
Donations of Bottled Water and Granola Bars
We are asking for donations of bottled water and granola bars so that each classroom has some in case of an emergency. We accept bottled water packs (24-40) of 8 oz or more. Please drop off your donation at the front office or family center. Thank you very much!
- Dec 4- 8: Inclusive Schools Week
- Tuesday, Dec 5: Vision to Learn Screening
- Dec 5 & 7: Native Americans On-Campus Field Trip, 4th grade
- Thursday, Dec 7: Principal's Coffee, 8:45-9:30 am
- Thursday, Dec 7: Super Minimum Day, Dismissal at 11:45 am
- Dec 11-15 Spirit Week
- Wednesday, Dec 13: Second Harvest Food Distribution 2:30-4 pm
- Friday, Dec 15: Marine Science Institute, Kindergarten
- Tuesday, Dec 19: Physics Field Trip 4-5 Grades
- Dec 21 - Jan 8: Winter Break
- Tuesday, Jan 9: Students Return
Student Pick-Up At Dismissal Time
Please pick up your student at the appropriate dismissal time listed in our Bell Schedules. As mentioned above, our office closes at 3 pm and our office staff end their shift at that time as well. We have no staff available after 3 pm. Students who are picked up after 3 pm will have to wait inside the gated area without supervision.
- Please do not park in the staff parking lot in the morning and afternoon. The lot is reserved for staff.
- Please do not block our neighbors’ driveways at any time.
- Please drop off your students in the front drop-off zone. No parking is allowed along the curb. If you are going to park and walk your child to the gate, please park on Bay Rd and walk to the main gate. The RCPD will periodically patrol mornings and afternoons. Administration will be there to receive your students. Once students are dropped off at the main gate, students will be directed to go to their designated area which will be supervised by a staff member. Starting Tuesday, Sept 5, 2023, parents will not be allowed on campus moving forward unless it's a school-related event or have an appointment with a teacher or administrator. All visitors must check into the front office.
- All students need to be in full uniform and wear appropriate shoes every day unless it's a Free Day dress (last Friday of the month). Sandals and Crocs are not allowed on any day. Please refer to the Parent & Student Handbook for complete guidelines. If you need help with uniforms, please contact our Family Center.
- Please review Taft's Cell Phone Policy for Students. Students bringing a cell phone to school must check it in at the front office.
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