Dear Thomas Families,
Summer salutations! We trust you all had busy schedules over vacation, and hope it included quality time with family and friends. Mrs. Davis was able to spend time with her family hanging out at home, visiting her niece in Florida, enjoying the Madison County Fair, and sightseeing in NYC. Ms. K-L and her family enjoyed great sports activities over the summer, visited Florida, and zipped up to Cedar Point for some fun. Summer is the perfect time to reconnect and catch-up with the special people in our lives. It rejuvenates our spirit and readies us with a smile and positive outlook for the new school year. Welcome backJ
Our 2017-2018 school year will be filled with many TErrific opportunities! This will be Thomas Elementary’s 30th year of existence! Wow! Look forward to celebrating during the year.
We start off our wonderful year with a Walkthrough the day before school starts. Visit us on Tuesday, August 15th, 3:00-5:00 for a quick trip to the classroom and social time sponsored by the Thomas Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Teachers will be present 3:00-4:00 in the classrooms. The purpose of this visit is to help your child know where to walk on that first day of school. Please know that curriculum night will take place in the following few weeks. The Walkthrough is a time to make a quick connection, see the teacher’s smiling face, and meet a new classmate, followed by social time in the commons. We need to be able to allow all families a chance to pop in the classroom. If there are topics of length to discuss with teachers, please email the teacher.
Additional faces and new names don our hallways. Student enrollment has reached 823. We welcome all new families! Yay! So happy to have youJ Mrs. Davis will be in the Thomas Library 4:00-5:00 p.m. during Walkthrough to answer any questions of new families. Feel free to call the office, 614-764-5970, or email Mrs. Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ms. Klosterman-Lando email@example.com any time as questions arise.
Thomas is thrilled to welcome new staff members! We are grateful for Mrs. Lynsey Burkins in second grade, Ms. Amy Gearheart teaching third grade, Mrs. Janelle Storm joining fifth grade, and Miss Katelyn Sucharski working as our Title Teacher. You may notice Miss Kent is smiling ear to ear as she married and is now Mrs. Kelly. More exciting news came yesterday with the birth of Mrs. Spencer’s new baby boy, Maverick. What a sensational start to the year!
Upon visiting, you will see several structural changes. A staff restroom has been added to the downstairs west hallway. The library has gained a few square feet as we have taken out the middle stair case. Mrs. Dimmerling, Library/Media Specialist, has been busy designing this area of interest. Feel free to check it out! Upstairs, the small work room above the library has expanded to include the literacy resource room and an instructional space. The painters have been busy touching up our walls for a fresh look. Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Loy, Mr. Goettke, and Ms. Medina, our custodial staff, have worked tirelessly cleaning the building and making repairs. How fortunate to have such an amazing team!
As we prepare for this best year ever, please read the following bulleted pieces of crucial information.
o Returning Thomas Families, during the week of July 10th, you should have received a letter in the mail with instructions on how to fill out your “back to school” forms and update your information using our new online portal. Please note: Forms must be completed online prior to the first day of school on August 16. If you have not already done so, please fill out the required forms and update your information. Please visit this link: http://www.dublinschools.net/backtoschool.aspx
o Teacher assignment emails should have been sent during the week of Aug. 7th.
o Have a plan for school supplies. If you ordered your supplies through PTO, they will be delivered directly to the classrooms. See the link to ensure you are prepared http://www.dublinschools.net/SupplyLists201718.aspx
o Breakfast/Lunch- If your child is buying his/her lunch, payments may be made on line. See the Dublin City Schools web site
http://www.dublinschools.net/parentresources.aspx or in person at the school. If paying at school, please send money or check in an envelope or baggie labeled with your student’s full name. Sorry we cannot take credit cards at the school.
Breakfast is $1.50 Lunch is $2.55 Milk is $0.50 (for packers/as extra milk)
If your family is applying for Free/Reduced meals, please sign up as soon as possible! www.lunchapplication.com. This must be done every school year. Your family will be held responsible for any meals until your application is approved.
o See attached calendar dates for the year. Note the most current date for accuracy.
o Safety notes:
· Side parent drop off 8:55-9:10 a.m. Students exit the vehicle through doors closest to building. See new Right Turn Only out of parking lot
· Parent pick up 3:35 p.m.
· Parents/Guardians will say “Good byes” in the commons. Students and staff only permitted in hallways
· Students arrive at 9:00 a.m. to be seated in class by 9:10 a.m. bell
· Students arriving after 9:10 need to be signed in by an adult in the office
Thomas Tigers, we are looking forward to seeing those smiling faces of yours once again and hearing your tremendous summer tales.
Mrs. Jenny Davis Ms. Melissa Klosterman-Lando
Thomas Elementary Principal Thomas Assistant Principal