Note from Taft

Note from Taft


Taft Message 

January 23, 2017 

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2017 Great Kindness Challenge- The week(January 23-27) is a global event designed to promote acts of kindness during the school year. The organization provides a checklist of kind acts students can perform throughout the week. Schools all over the world will be participating in this event. The official checklist is attached, but there are many other ways to be kind. Please encourage your child to be creative and come up with additional ways to show kindness to their families, friends, and community. Our hope is that by participating in this challenge, students will focus on how to make our community a kinder place. Thank you for supporting your student and our school as we search for ways to be kind this week. -Liz Dent, Elementary School Counselor

FLEX: Blown Away through Wind Energy- 4th-6th graders have the opportunity to learn about and experience wind energy and windmills using STEM, design thinking, and 21st Century skills. This will take place at the Humboldt County ISU Extension & Outreach Office on Saturday, February 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a registration form go to 

Youth Indoor Soccer- Boys and Girls in 1st-6th grade are encouraged to sign up. Deadline is February 2nd. All registration is online at 

Boxtop Update- We received our 1st check of the year for 1607.70! Keep collecting those boxtops and turning them in. Remember if you want to use the collection sheets you can always get more in the elementary offices. Thanks for collecting keep it up! 

Music Booster Calendar Correction- This calendar shows no school on February 17 and 24. This is in error. There IS school on February 17 and 24. You may view the school calendar online at by clicking on the calendar tab then click on school year on the home page.  

Community Days Coupon Booklets - the After School Program is selling Younkers coupon booklets.  They are available in both elementary school offices.  For a $5.00 donation you will get a booklet full of coupon savings of up to $500.  The coupons will be valid from Thursday, February 23 to Saturday, February 25.   They are valid in store or online. Thank you for supporting our After School Program.

HHS After Prom Committee is hosting fundraisers in the month of January to help raise funds for After Prom activities. On January 31st there will be a pie social in the HHS Cafeteria from 5:00-7:30 during the HS Basketball game vs. Hampton-Dumont. The event is a free will offering; thank you for your support. 

Vision Screening for 3rd Grade  - This is a new requirement for all 3rd Graders in Iowa. If your child has had a screening in the last year ask your provider to complete the screening form and return it to school. If your child has not had a vision screening over the past year he or she will need one by February 2017. The provider will need to complete the form and it will need tobe returned to the school nurse. If you need a form or have any questions please contact Mrs. Hardgrove at


Dates to Remember:   

January 28- Drill Team Clinic & Drill Team Night

February 17- PATHS Meeting @ 5:30 p.m., Mease Board Room

March 3- No School

March 7- Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7:30 p.m.

March 9- Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7:30 p.m. 

March 10- No School

April 27- Elementary Literacy Night @ Taft

May 25- Make Up Day for January 10th

May 26- Make Up Day for January 17th


SCHOOL DELAYS, EARLY OUTS, CANCELLATIONS - you should be getting a phone call, text or email depending on how your have your parent account set up in Parent Portal.  We also use the following means to communicate to the public.  Radio stations FM 97.7, FM 94.5 and FM 96.9 and TV WHO Channel 13.  We also have the school hotline that you can call at any time 332-9700.  
"It is the policy of the Humboldt Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed,color, age (for employment), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status (for programs), socioeconomic status (for programs), national origin, disability, or religion in its educational programs and employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy please contact the Humboldt Community School District, Lisa Thul, Assistant Finance Manager, 23 3rd St N  PO Box 130 Dakota City, IA 50529;, or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: or Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204,312-730-1560-Fax

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