September Greetings, Thomas Families!
We are off to a terrific start! The children returned to school with smiles on their faces eager to learn! The school year began with three assemblies focused on demonstrating our promise to each other as a caring community. We reviewed safety and behavior expectations in the building and on the playground. Thomas students practice “Win-Win Walking,” winning by quietly, slowly, and safely moving through the hall in order for students in the classroom to win by being focused and not distracted by hallway noise. Students are encouraged to keep restrooms and the cafeteria clean by throwing away their trash into trashcans and cleaning up their spilled foods if needed. Thomas Tigers can earn “Golden Awards” for making these super choices. If you are “caught” making good choices and earn a Golden Award, your name will go into a weekly drawing for extra prizes. We are proud of our students working toward and earning these awards!
Thomas Tigers are ready to think and lead! This is one phrase we practiced while together. We utilize the six critical thinking practices daily, along with demonstrating our seven healthy habits based on the Leader in Me philosophy. Students are encouraged to question, collaborate, create and innovate, persevere, think flexibly, and communicate with confidence. Staff imbed these critical thinking practices into the daily routine. Ask your child how they employed the critical thinking practices today! We are striving to make these practices more visible to our families. You should see weekly newsletters and communication reaching you from your child’s teacher sharing the learning taking placeJ
Leadership skills are encouraged daily as well! Each classroom is in the process of learning and/or reviewing the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Classrooms talk about being proactive and responsible for their own behavior. Students begin with the end in mind, learning to have a plan. We put first things first, knowing when it is time to work and play. Students learn to practice the attitude of thinking win-win, so all involved can take a positive approach. They utilize the skill of seeking first to understand and then to be understood, especially in difficult situations. Together, we practice synergizing, not compromising. We learn to seek a third alternative together. Finally, it is fun to sharpen the saw, knowing we need to take care of ourselves and find balance in life. It’s important to have fun, incorporate movement in our day, and celebrate accomplishments! Embracing the 7 Habits helps us maintain a healthy lifestyle and strengthen our leadership skill.
Thomas Tigers are ready to think and lead this school year! Families, thank you for your support to get off to a terrific start!
Mrs. Davis, Principal
Many thanks to all of you for attending Curriculum Night(s)!
Thank you to all volunteers visiting Thomas daily and supporting our school community!
Thanks to our PTO Executive Board, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Fournet, Mrs. Hamm, and Mrs. Alley, for planning our Walk Through Social Event before school. We appreciate your time meeting and planning all of the activities for the year!
Thank you to all families for getting folders ready for school and distributing school supply kits. Thanks, Mrs. Severing!
Thanks to Mrs. Lundgren for coordinating kindergarten play dates and volunteers.
Thank you kindergarten volunteers:-)