School News

November 1, 2019

Our Amazing Brain

Each Monday, we are showing a short video clip to help students understand their amazing brains! Check out our latest video and continue the conversation at home.
Amygdala - week 7

Mindful Minute

For our Mindful Minute, we have recently learned about how our feelings can be the same and different and how to show compassion toward others. Students learned that we can all get along even if we have different feelings about something. We can work through our difference by talking AND listening. We can consider someone else's perspective and try to understand what shapes their feelings. Even if we disagree, we can all work together to make a positive contribution in our school and our community.

Important Notes

Healthy Minds & Bodies Week: We had an amazing Healthy Minds & Bodies Day before fall break! Our students were so active throughout the day learning about their brains, their breathing, and their bodies. We also participated in our annual anti-bully presentation. More info about our school's anti-bully policy can be found on our school website in our Documents Library. With pledges still coming in, I cannot give you a total count on what has been raised, but I will update you in our next newsletter. Thank you for all the $$$ raised for PTO. Your support makes it possible to plan activities for our students and families!

Body Safety Presentations - November 6 & 8: All students in grades K-6 will participate in a body safety program next week. Presentations are scheduled throughout the day on Wednesday and Friday. An email with home yesteday with additional info and an opt out letter for any who does not wish for their child to participate.

Winter Sports: Any 5th or 6th grader wishing to participate in winter sports should be registered in Final Forms and have a current physical on file. Boys basketball call outs were held this week. If your son expressed interest, you will receive an email with additional info about the upcoming season.

Veterans' Day Program: Our Veterans' Day program, presented by our 5th grade class, will be held around 9:30am and again at 7pm on Monday, November 11, 2019. We are so honored to be able to organize this special day of recognizing our veterans.

In addition, we would love to have any pictures you might be able to share of family members who served in our military. You may send in an actual picture that we will scan or email a photo of your veteran, in uniform, along with their full name, relationship to the student and their branch of service. These can be emailed to

Cookie Concession Stand - November 15: On November 15, in honor of 'C' day, our preschool students will operate a cookie concession stand during lunch. Cookies will be sold for 25 cents and all proceeds will support families in need this holiday season!

Fall Family Night: On Monday, November 25, 2019 at 6pm, we will host a Fall Family Night. Our 4th grades classes will showcase their Hoosier Hero projects throughout the building from 6:00-6:30. After a brief intermission, families will be invited to joins us for a special program in the gym, beginning at 6:45. We are so excited to invite Reed Steele, Indiana Mime, who will use mime, sign language, music, and audience participation to show how Indiana has played a role in shaping American history, culture, and events. We will learn about famous astronauts, comedians, jazz and sports stars and more! No meal will be served at this event, so eat before you come! We look forward to a fun family night with all of you!

eLearning Day: Just a reminder that our next pre-schedule eLearning Day will occur on Wednesday, November 27. Plan for the kids to be home from school that day and know that we are here to support any tech issues that might come up. Every time we do this, it gets easier. We appreciate your sense of adventure as we create these opportunities for online learning and professional development.

Thorntown Public Library Events: Check out the activities for kids at the library. Here are a few upcoming events for school-aged students: 11/5 Kids' Board Games; 11/12 Lego Club; 11/14 Kids' Bingo; 11/19 Krafty Kids; 11/26 Shrinky Dinks; Each of these activities begin at 3:30PM.

Jewelry Design Contest: Ellis Jewelers is holding their annual Jewelry Design Contest again. A truly beautiful piece of jewelry combines nature's most splendid handiwork with vision and artistic creativity. You are invited to become the designer. There are 3 age groups: Grade 3-5, Grade 6-8, and Grade 9-12. Cash prizes will be awarded and 1st place winners will have their design made into a piece of jewelry the design gets to keep! Entry deadline is 1/31/20. Forms for the contest are available in our school office.

Upcoming Events


6 & 8 Body Safety Presentations - Grades K-6

7 Youth Wrestling Call Out 6PM @ Thorntown Elementary

11 Veterans' Day Program 7PM @ Thorntown Elementary

15 Christmas Families Cookie Concession Stand during lunch; Buy a cookie for $0.25.

21 PTO Mtg 6:30PM in Thorntown Media Center

25 Fall Family Night 6PM (Hoosier Heros & Reed Steele)

26 Papa Johns Food Truck Fund Raiser - evening hours; front drive of the school

27 eLearning Day - Students will not attend school; Lab Hours available 12-3PM

28-29 Thanksgiving Break

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