Jim Calabrese, Superintendent, Taft SD 90
November 28, 2021
3rd Grade Students
The Taft Foundation is looking to get back into becoming more active and re-engaging our community. Please use the bottom below as a link to their Facebook page and like their group. The Facebook page will provide more information about what's happening with the Taft Foundation.
Important Reminders - Drop off/Pick up
Drop off and pick up for all students is on 16th and 17th streets. Washington Street should be used by parents who plan to park and walk their kids to their respective doors. We have seen some parents stopping in the middle of Washington Street and having their students hop out of the car in the middle of the street. Please take a common-sense approach and stop doing that immediately. On 17th street, especially during pick-up times, please pull all the way up as far as you can go. At times we have some parents who begin to line up really early, especially on 16th street and start the line by the playground entrance which causes cars to back up around the corner on Hamilton Street.
One of my biggest worries is that one of our kids will be seriously injured because of a traffic accident. While I know we cannot avoid every possible issue, if we all commit to each other that we are going to slow down to take our time while at school we can all help keep everyone's kids as safe as possible.
Important Reminder - Masks
Please make sure that you are sending your students to school with masks. Packing an extra mask into a backpack is also a good idea as well. This will help ensure that everyone is safe while allowing us to focus all of our funding and efforts on education.
Assistance for Families
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.
Market Day is Back!
11/30/21 - Boys Basketball Game @ Laraway - 4:15 PM
12/2/21 - Boys Basketball Game @ Fairmont - 4:15 PM
12/3/21 - Boys Basketball Game vs. Rockdale - 4:15 PM
12/7/21 - Boys Basketball Game @ KG- 4:00 PM
12/8/21 - Boys Basketball Game vs. Richland - 4:15 PM
12/9/21 - Boys Basketball Game vs. Hufford - 4:15 PM
12/14/21 - Boys Basketball Game vs. Laraway- 4:15 PM
12/16/21 - Board of Education Special Meeting - 6:10 PM
12/16/21 - Board of Education Meeting - 6:15 PM