Thompson Crossing News

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Office: 317-860-4600

Fax: 317-860-4610

Attendance Line: 317-860-4678

Transportation: 317-862-2314



Important Dates

January 22nd - Math Bowl Practice 8am

January 23rd - 4th Grade Southern IN Parent Meeting 6-7pm

January 25th - Math Bowl & Art Club 8am

January 26th - All Pro Dads Meeting 7:40am

January 29th - Math Bowl Practice 8am

From Your Proud Principal Mr. Murphy

To keep our wonderful TC families informed, there are two FTCSC announcements made this week in regards to district leadership and the new grading scale for FTCSC. I am so proud to continue to lead Thompson Crossing through all of these transitions and look forward to many years to come as your principal at this outstanding school!

FTCSC Announcement-

In an effort to build a cohesive leadership team, the Franklin Township Community School Corporation is excited to announce the following assignments:

Chief People Officer – Dr. Kent Pettet

Chief Innovation Officer – Lynlie Schoene

Chief Academic Officer, Elementary – Dr. Toni Stevenson

Chief Academic Officer, Secondary – Kevin Koers

Chief Special Education Officer – Dr. Sharon Kight

Franklin Central High School Principal – Chase Huotari

Middle School East Principal – Matt Vandermark

Middle School West Principal – Catherine Whitson

FTCSC Announcement-

In an effort to give our students the opportunity to compete with their peers from other high schools across the State, the Franklin Township Community School Corporation is excited to announce our new grading scale effective beginning the 2017-2018 school year:

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Counselor's Corner

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Join Us For All Pro Dad's Day On Friday January 26th! *Follow Link Below To RSVP*

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Jump Rope For Heart Is Coming! It Takes HEART To Be A Hero!!

From Your P.E. Teacher Ms. Foreman

Dear Parents,

Thompson Crossing is participating in JUMP ROPE FOR HEART to benefit the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart is a nationwide event that helps students learn about the benefits of physical activity and heart health, while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke.

Students will receive information and a donation envelope during PE class the week of Jan. 24-30th. Students are asked to collect donations (listing these on the form) that will be given to the American Heart Association. These donations will help save lives—maybe yours or someone in your family. Prizes (“thank you” gifts) can be earned for collecting donations. Prizes are listed on the back of the donation envelope.

To make OUR hearts healthy, we will be jumping rope Feb. 9th in the gym. Students will take turns jumping rope for 45 minutes during their specials class.

Collecting money for the American Heart Association is STRICTLY VOLUNTARY. If you do not want your child to ask for donations, perhaps he/she could do a chore at home to earn money that could be donated. This reinforces the value of “serving others” which we try to promote at school.


Jumping rope is an excellent cardio-vascular conditioning exercise, and fun activity students can do alone or with friends as regular daily exercise. Participation in JUMP ROPE FOR HEART benefits both the students (great exercise, service, prizes, fun) AND the American Heart Association.

If you have any questions, please call me at school, 317 860-4624 or email


Ms. Foreman,

Physical Education Teacher

From Your FTCSC Transportation Department

Transportation News

  • We will be presenting to elementary parent groups during January, February, or March. I’m sure your principal will be giving you the date our department will be there to present soon. There will be a short presentation and then we will entertain questions.
  • Also, we will be posting on Facebook whenever a bus is running 10 minutes or more behind schedule. Sometimes we run behind due to traffic or mechanical problems. Like us!
  • As the weather gets colder, students will be tempted to remain in the house or car longer. Please make sure they are standing at the stop when the bus pulls up. It is scary for bus drivers to watch a student run to their stop to catch the bus. This is especially dangerous with ice or snow on the roads. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • We have put five new general education and two new special education buses on the road. These buses have seatbelts in them. Please encourage your children to wear these.

  • Thank you for expecting your children to remain seated, stay out of the aisles, and not eat on the buses. These are all things that put your child in danger.

We are hiring bus drivers. We will train you! And pay you for the training! Apply on line through our school website.

Star Express News

Star Express, Fruit of the month: Pears!

Here at Star Express we proudly offer pears as a fruit option during the school year. Take an opportunity to add pears as one of your daily fruit choices.

If you haven’t tried this yummy fruit yet – try it this month!

We look forward to serving you.

See you at lunch!

Have a question? We’d love to hear from you!

Contact the Star Express Registered Dietitians

with any comments, concerns or questions at 862-2411.

Betsey Willard, RD – Child Nutrition Supervisor

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor

*View Our Menu Below*

From Our Media Center

The Franklin Township School District is partnering with The Indianapolis Public Library to make sure that every student in the township has a library card. Having a library card ensures that students are connected to the wealth of print and digital resources that are available through The Indianapolis Public Library.

This partnership provides an opportunity to create seamless learning opportunities for all students who might need to use their library card to access electronic resources to support their class curriculum. Students will receive their library cards sometime after winter break.

Upon receiving a library card, here are the details for using it:

· There are 23 public library locations you can visit in person.

· You may borrow, renew or return books, CDs or DVDs at any library.

· You may renew items online, by phone, or in person.

· You can get started exploring at the public library website at

· You can earn prizes through the library’s summer reading program!

The Public Library is open online 24/7!

· Students can also borrow audiobooks and ebooks and stream videos through OverDrive™

· Enjoy magazines online through Zinio™

· Use the public library’s online reference tools to do reports and research!

· Listen and read along online with books on TumbleBooks™

· Download music and music videos – five songs a week – on Freegal™!

If you need help after school, feel free to call the Franklin Road Library (317) 275-4380 or text (317-333-6877) a librarian for help!

Happy Reading!

Kimberly Thurston, Library Media Specialist


Student Drop-off/Pick-up

For the safety of our students, it is important that all persons picking up or dropping off students use the proper procedures. Students may not be dropped off before 8:40 a.m. With security procedures, the front door will not be unlocked until 8:40 a.m. and students should not be allowed out of an automobile until that time. We also understand that the drop off line gets long in the morning, but please be patient and take the time necessary to make it safe for all our students, parents, and staff. When dropping off students before and after school, please use the main entrance area only. Make sure that you follow the drive through and drop off lanes. Also, make sure that students get out on the curb or left-side of the car. There is no passing in the drop off lane. Your patience is always appreciated!

Appointments/Early Dismissals * New Procedures

On the day of your student's appointment, it is very important that you have your student bring a note to their teacher or the office before school begins for the day. **Prior notification completely eliminates a classroom disruption and helps to assure that your student will be waiting in the office and ready to go when you come to sign them out. We understand that last minute things come up, but we do ask that you keep walk-up requests or last minute phone calls to a minimum. If you are picking up your child for an early dismissal THEY MUST BE PICKED UP BY 3:15 PM ON A NORMAL DISMISSAL DAY AND 2:50PM ON A PLC/WEDNESDAY. Request for early pickups by parents for appointments, etc. will be made through the front office and MUST be in writing also. These new policies will help ensure a safe dismissal for all students. The note should include the students name, teacher name, your name and date. When picking up your child for appointments, please go directly to the Main Office to sign them out. When a student returns from a mid-day appointment, the student should sign back in at the Main Office and turn in his/her doctor's note if they have one.

Absences During the School Year

Students should be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol) for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has an illness associated with vomiting and/or diarrhea, they should not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode. This helps prevent further spread of viruses and bacteria, and to promote a healthier environment for all. Our goal at Thompson Crossing is to keep kids healthy and in school. It is important for all students to adhere to our illness guidelines in order to reach this goal.

Attendance is extremely important. If your child is not in our classrooms, they cannot learn and be exposed to the same content as their teacher presents. However, everyone becomes ill at various times and we understand! If your child is going to be absent, please call our attendance line at 860-4678 by 9:15 AM. Our data clerk will check the line daily to record absences. Follow the steps below:

  1. Date of phone call
  2. Name of parents/ guardians
  3. Name of student
  4. Reason for absence
  5. Number of days for the absence

If you need to leave a personal message for your child’s teacher and/or request homework, please call the teacher’s voice mail number.

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