Jim Calabrese, Superintendent, Taft SD 90
September 18, 2022
Early Dismissal September 21, 2022
Viking of the Week
Our student of the week was nominated by our new 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Kelly! Congratulations to Anastasia Reimer! Anastasia is such a polite and enthusiastic student, I am so proud of her! Here is what Mrs. Kelly shared with me about Anastasia.
Anastasia is always ready to learn. She tries her best on all her work. She is helpful and a great example to all the students in the classroom. I know whenever I need something in class she will always be one of the first to volunteer. Anastasia is always willing to help a friend in need and is a great role model for her classmates. I am so happy to have her in my class and can’t wait to see all the great things she accomplishes this year!
Well done Anastasia! I am very proud of you!
Subject Level Focus
Our classroom spotlight finds us in junior high Science with Ms. Valentine! There is always a ton of fun things going on in science. Take a look at what Ms. Valentine shared with me.
Things are off to a great start in Science. Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing how scientists engage and interact with investigations and data. The past two weeks students learned how to use scientific tools for measuring in the metric system, and 6th- 8th graders designed and ran their own investigation to determine which household liquid cleans pennies most effectively. It has been so great to see them getting hands-on and active in the classroom. I'm looking forward to a great year!
Thanks for sharing, Ms. Valentine! Sounds like we are off to a great start.
The Viking’s baseball team had their regional semi-final game yesterday against South Wilmington. They ended a great season with a loss of 13 to 2. We are very proud of all of you. It was fun to see the growth throughout the year.
Girls Basketball Tryouts are here! They are on Monday 9/19 from 3:15-5:00. These tryouts are for 5th through 8th-grade girls for our 7th and 8th-grade teams. Contact Coach Howard with any questions.
Are you looking to get involved, plan events, and raise money for Taft? If so, come to the student council general interest meeting on Monday, 9/16 after school in room 207. At the meeting, you will learn about the responsibilities of being on the student council and the events we are planning for this year. This meeting is for anyone in grades 5-8. See you there!
Basketball Registration - September 22nd
Message from Mr. Davini
October Lunch Orders Due
Snack Guidelines from Nurse McGraw
Each family should have received this letter regarding snacks in the classroom. We need to work together as a team to make sure all our students are safe! There is no obligation for any family to bring in treats or snacks for birthdays or holidays; bringing in any kind of snack is strictly on a volunteer basis.
Food allergies are common today for many school-aged children in the United States. With this in mind, we want to ensure a safe and healthy environment in our classrooms for all of our students. The following are basic guidelines that must be followed when sending edible food items to the school for distribution to the classroom. Be aware that there are multiple allergies in our school other than nut allergies that could impact your snack choice. It would be best if you called the school prior to bringing in any snacks and reviewing with the school nurse so we can work as a team to ensure the class will be safe with the snack you choose.
All food must be made and /or manufactured in the United States or Canada.
All food must be peanut nut/tree nut free and manufactured on a dedicated peanut/tree nut-free line.
Homemade food items are NOT allowed.
No treat bags unless you choose to fill bags with NON-FOOD items.
You may refer to the website https://snacksafely.com/guide/peanut-treenut-free/ to find appropriate snacks that may be acceptable for your child’s classroom.
All food /snacks and treats going to the classroom for any celebration ( i.e. birthdays and holidays) must be checked by the School Nurse before going to the classroom AND be individually wrapped AND in their original packaging.
Physical and Immunization Information
The State of Illinois requires that all students MUST have an Illinois physical exam with up-to-date immunizations on file. Please see below and work with the office to complete these requirements as soon as possible.
Physical exam on an Illinois form within one year prior to the first day of school with updated immunizations. Must be turned in by October 15, 2022, to avoid EXCLUSION from school.
Vision Exam by an Eye Dr. on an Illinois Eye exam form completed and turned in by October 15, 2022.
Dental Exam on an Illinois Dental Exam form turned in by May 15, 2023.
Dental Exam on an Illinois Dental Exam form turned in by May 15, 2023.
Physical Exam (Sports Physical form not acceptable) must be on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam form and done within one year prior to the first day of school with up-to-date immunizations.
Must be turned in by October 15, 2022, to avoid EXCLUSION from school.
Dental exam on an Illinois Dental Exam Form Must be turned in by May 15, 2023.
New students enrolling in an Illinois School for the first time-Required regardless of grade level:
Physical Exam with up-to-date immunizations on an Illinois form (due within 30 days of enrollment to district).
Vision Exam by an Eye Dr. on an Illinois Eye exam form (due within 30 days of enrollment to district).
New Messaging System
This is a reminder if you haven't done so already, to please opt into our new text messaging system by messaging "Start" to (855) 654-2632. The old system will be ending soon and if you have not opted-in then you will no longer receive important text messages.
TeacherEase Automatic Notifications
Attached you will see our proposed e-Learning Plan that has been sent to the Regional Office of Education for their approval. We will be sending out more information within the next month or so to ensure we are prepared if an emergency day is needed. Over the past few years, we have decided to cancel school when necessary as early as possible to make sure everyone is as prepared as possible. We plan to continue this practice moving forward.
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.
9/18/22 - Girls Basketball Tryouts - 3:15 PM
9/20/22 - Girls Basketball Tryouts - 3:15 PM
9/21/22 - School Improvement Day - 11:30 AM Dismissal
9/22/22 - Bilingual Advisory Committee Meeting - 3:15 PM
9/22/22 - 3th - 6th Grade Basketball Registration - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - School Lobby
9/22/22 - Board of Education Meeting - 6:10 PM Budget Hearing - 6:15 PM Closed Session - 6:45 PM Regular Meeting
9/27/22 - Principal Coffee - 8:45 PM - School Library
9/27/22 - Principal Coffee - 2:30 PM - School Library
10/5/22 - Girls Basketball Game vs. Mongee - 4:15 PM
10/7/22 - Fall Picture Day
10/10/22 - No School