TKMS Parent News

March 5, 2021

Congratulations to our February Students of the Month!

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March is Reading Month - Friday Theme: Hats off to Reading!

Parent and Student Reminders:

Please remind your student of the following each day:

Charge their Chromebooks each day.

Bring their Chromebooks and chargers to school daily.

Visitors to the building

  • Please remember, we are required to limit traffic within our offices. If you need to drop off your student, pick up your student, or drop off items to your student please contact the office at 269-795-3349.
  • Pick up students - A member of the office staff will bring the student out to your vehicle.
  • Drop off students- Students may enter the building on their own. If students visited a doctor, please have your student bring in a doctor's note with the students name on it.
  • Drop off items- Items can be dropped off in the designated grade level bins in the foyer. Please put the student's name on the items. You may contact the front office to let us know the items are there.

Morning Drop Off

  • Please remember when dropping off your Middle School student to pull completely around the circle. This will allow all students to exit cars quickly and keep the flow moving.
  • Additionally, we are allowing student drop off to take place in the bus loop after 7:25 am in the morning. (Please see the photo with for visual directions.)

***Important Schools of Choice Information ***

Thornapple Kellogg's School of Choice window will be April 12 - May 14, 2021. In order to help with our planning for the number of application openings to post, we are asking for your assistance. If your family is currently a School of Choice family and has an upcoming Young 5 or Kindergarten student (or other unenrolled grade level sibling) who needs to apply for School of Choice, please contact the administration office with your child's information, 269-795-5522. The student will still need to apply during the window, but sharing your information will be helpful in the planning. Thank you.

Staff Member of the Week

We are very excited to announce our next Staff Member of the Week nomination! Remember, these are always submitted by our students! Congratulations to Officer Nieuwenhuis...aka “Chewy”!

He is described as a nice guy that is always there to help! Chewy is so funny and likes to joke around with the students. He is definitely someone you can go to if needed!

Thank you Officer Nieuwenhuis for being an amazing part of our TKMS family!

March is Reading Month Activities

Click HERE for a video overview of our March is Reading Month Activities.

We are excited to encourage and celebrate reading throughout the month of March with a variety of activities, rewards, and goals.

  1. There will be a Weekly Reading Log posted in the Library’s Google Classroom.

  • Students will log their minutes for the week using a simple form. Due Sunday evening at midnight. There will be a new log posted every Monday.

  • For all Reading Logs submitted, students will be entered into a weekly drawing for a gift card and a treat.

  • WEEK 2 Reading Log

  • WEEK 3 Reading Log
  • WEEK 4 Reading Log

2. Monthly Goal- Students are encouraged to reach 1000 minutes by the end of March. There will be awesome prizes awarded to every student who reads a minimum of 1000 minutes. Plus a few other surprises just to keep it interesting.

3. Every Friday- TKMS will have READING focused ‘Spirit Days’

Friday, March 12- Team up for Reading (wear your sports’ jersey)

Friday, March 19- Surf’s up for Reading (wear Hawaiian theme)

Friday, March 26- We “read” all month (wear red)

4. March Book Madness

  • Students will vote for their favorite books each week. Books were chosen by the most popular titles/frequently checked out. See Display in hallway.

  • Students can check out the bracket and request titles (if available) on this diagram (also posted on the Library's Google Classroom). March Madness Bracket

  • Voting will happen on a Google Form posted in the Library's Google Classroom due Friday. Each week there will be a new form.

Week 2- Elite 8-choose 4 books TBD

Week 3 -Final 4-choose 2 books TBD

Week 4- The Champion- choose 1 book- Book of the Year TBD

5. The last full week of March- we will have a Power Class Competition- Let’s see which Power Classes can collectively log the most minutes that week. Three Power Classes will earn a special treat just for their classes.

Check out our March Book Madness Week #1 Results

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Spanish Club Trip

Dear Parents and Students (Students, please share this with your families!),

I’m excited to announce that I will lead a group of students on a once‐in‐a‐lifetime educational adventure to Europe in 2022. Students will explore important historic sites, discover the diversity and heritage of different cultures, and return home with a newfound global perspective. This trip will be an unforgettable educational experience. I’ve chosen to travel with WorldStrides again because of their exceptional service and their strong safety record. Their programs offer the perfect mixture of fun and learning and provide everything we need for the trip of a lifetime!

Please visit for more details about WorldStrides and this trip. There is also a video presentation with more details here. If you have any questions, you can contact me at

WorldStrides is currently offering risk-free enrollment for participants enrolling by March 1st on an automated payment plan.

I would love for your student to join us on this unforgettable trip! Enroll by March 4th for an extra $350 early enrollment savings off the trip!

And please feel free to share with any other students or families who you know who may be interested in joining!

Mr. Gabrielse

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Girls Basketball

8th grade Orange Team Click HERE

8th grade Black Team Click HERE

7th grade Orange Team Click HERE

7th grade Black Team Click HERE


Co-Ed Wrestling Schedule Click HERE

Track Conditioning

Week of March 8:

Girls: Tues./Fri. 2:30 - 3:30

Boys: Mon./Thurs. 2:30 - 3:30

Week of March 15:

Girls: Tues./Fri. 2:30 - 3:30

Boys: Mon./Thurs. 2:30 - 3:30

Monday March 22:

First day of track practice!

Please sign up on Final Forms.

Practice will be every day from 2:30 - 4:10

Must have a physical on file before March 22.

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Hammerhead Swim Club *Ages 8-18*

Please click the links below for more information regarding the Hammerhead Swim Club.

Hammerhead Swim Club Information

Hammerhead Swim Club Registration Form

Upcoming Events


  • March is Reading Month and National Women's Month