Thomson Tidbits

March 15, 2021

Important News for You!

March 15, 2021


Hello Thomson Families,


I hope all of you have enjoyed the spring weather we have had lately. This is a good time of year to take a walk with your children or go to Davison Playscape for something to do together as a family. Children will remember these times of doing things together as they get older. My kids and I played catch or went for a bike ride in the area. Keep sending your kids in their warm coats and gloves, even on what seems like a "warm" day. It can turn quite chilly - it is Michigan weather after all!


Also, since this is reading month, find a book that interests your child and take a few minutes at night to read with them. It sometimes helps children to settle down and get to sleep faster. We just had a change of the time to daylight savings time which allows us more light in the evening - take advantage of it! I hope you get to join the reading activities this month as well as the Commit to Fit fitness program. I know I need to get out and do some walking and exercise before golf season.


Most Sincerely,

Ron Adam

Guest Principal

PTO Meeting Tonight!

Please join us at our virtual PTO Meeting tonight from 6-7 p.m. All are welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://mcc-edu.zoom.us/j/98439243946?pwd=TUtNZ2FTRkUzMDRCMUtOa01GSXpaZz09

Meeting ID: 984 3924 3946
Passcode: ThomsonPTO

CAP Information

The district’s Challenging Academic Potential (CAP) program offers a cluster program for grade one, and classroom programs for students in grades two through twelve. CAP blends into honors and AP classes during a student’s middle and high school years. The CAP program for first through fourth graders is housed at Central Elementary. A teacher or parent can nominate a student for the CAP program.


District-wide testing is also used to recognize potential CAP students. Once a student is nominated, he or she is given an achievement test in reading and math and a cognitive ability, or I.Q., test. The window for this years CAP nominations and parent meetings is now.


Please see the schedule for the 2021 season. • Virtual CAP Presentation for Parents Sent out Monday, March 15, 2021 • Live Zoom CAP Q & A for Parents with Principal and CAP Teachers on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • CAP Nominations Due Friday, March 26, 2021.


If you wish to nominate your child, please visit the CAP link on the Davison Schools home page (www.davisonschools.org) to complete the form and turn it in. Thank you.

Photo ID is required at Parent Pick Up

Please remember to bring your Photo ID every time you pick up your child. Although we have staff members who regularly do check out, there are often times they are not here or are in a meeting, and other staff will cover the door. We will not release your child if we don't know you and you do not have your photo ID. As Mrs. Miller has said in the past, and Mrs. Hynes before her, "safety over convenience". Parents, please be sure to tell anyone else picking your child up that their ID is required. Thank you for your cooperation.

Safety in the Parking Lot...


The parking lot can get extremely busy, especially when the students arrive in the morning and during parent pick up in the afternoon. Please keep in mind that if you are entering the parking lot, the bus loop is a one way and should only be used to enter the parking lot. While the driveway nearest the baseball fields in an entrance and exit, this should be used to EXIT the parking lot. This will ensure traffic flows more smoothly. As I'm sure you are aware, please be watchful of our little ones and other parents. Thank you for helping keep everyone safe!


Safety in the Bus Line...


If you are walking to or from Parent Pick Up, you may encounter the buses in the front loop. Please DO NOT cut between the busses when walking to your destination. We continue to teach the students to walk on the sidewalk and encourage the parents to do the same.

Transportation Changes...

Parents,


If you have a transportation change during the day, please do not message the teacher - please call the office. The office will verify the changes and make the necessary pass for the day!

Attendance, Tardiness & Leaving Early Matters

While students should be kept home when they are ill, being at school on-time and staying until dismissal matters. When students are absent, they miss valuable learning time which can have a negative impact on learning. Likewise, arriving late or leaving early, even 5 to 15 minutes, can throw off a child's day. When children walk in late, they can become stressed or experience anxiety, trying to catch up with the start of the day. Additionally, when children leave early, they often miss the end of lessons and the day's closure.


Please be mindful that every minute matters and we work to make the most of every minute!

March is Reading Month!


March is Reading Month is in full swing! We hope you are enjoying reading with your children. Keep tracking your child's reading minutes! We have set a reading goal of 125,000 minutes of reading for the entire school. This translates to each Thomson student reading or being read to for about 20 minutes, 5 days/week. Please return the calendar to school by Monday, April 5th and we will add up the minutes. For each student that returns his/her calendar, he/she will get their name entered into a drawing to pie a staff member in the face.

There are two special Reading Month Friday's left:

Friday, March 19th - Reading Exercises the Mind – Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite jogging/running suit.

Friday, March 26th - Snuggle Up With Your Favorite Book - Students and staff are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite book to school. Students can snuggle up with their favorite book during independent reading time.

Commit to Fit


Don't forget! The Commit to Fit School Challenge is on! The Challenge runs March 1st - March 31st. The schools that win the challenge by being the most active will be awarded a monetary donation that can be used towards health and wellness programs for our school. Students that reach the goal of an average of 30 minutes of physical activity per day are also eligible for prizes such as gift cards, bowling passes, movie tickets, and more!


Please encourage your child to track their personal activity both in and out of the classroom in their tracking survey each week during March. All results will be anonymous and names of students are only utilized to distribute prizes through our school. We appreciate your support for this challenge!


Beginning March 1 - use this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASC2021


If you have any questions, please contact our office at 591-0911.

Thank you!

Counseling Corner with Mrs.Ganabathi

How to help your child with anger...


It’s normal for kids (and adults) to feel angry, but it’s what we do with those feelings that matters most.

  • Teach your children to calm their body when they are mad. You are the best model for your children.

  • Kids can practice taking deep breaths when they are upset. They can imagine they are “smelling the flowers and blowing out birthday candles.”

  • Some children need physical activity to help release their anger. They may need to pound play doh, punch a pillow, or do wall push ups.

  • Other children may need a quiet place to calm down and may benefit from listening to music or drawing.

  • Wait until you and your child are calm before talking about the situation.


PTO Pals

PTO Pals is scheduled for March 26. Your child will receive a free book from our PTO! Thank you PTO for putting books in the hands of our children!

Kindergarten Round Up

We are currently taking appointments for children who will be entering Kindergarten and Developmental Kindergarten for the 2021/2022 school year. If you know someone who lives in Davison that will be 5 by September 1, please have the parent call Thomson to make an appointment after March 1.


Don't forget - students currently enrolled in E-5 (Developmental Kindergarten at Thomson DO NOT have to go through the enrollment process again.


Current GSRP students MUST go through the Round Up enrollment process. Be sure to set up an appointment.

Important Dates to Mark on Your Calendar

  • March 1 - March 31 March is Reading Month
  • March 1 - March 31 - Commit to Fit Challenge
  • March 15 - PTO Meeting - Zoom 6:00 p.m.
  • March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break/No School

We are Here to Help-Important Contact Information!

While it is always best to reach out to your child's teacher first, below is a list of other Thomson Staff that you may want or need to contact. Please remember that we are here to help!


Mrs. Miller, Principal-Email: nmiller@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0910


Mr. Ron Adam, Substitute Principal (January 18-Mid-March): radam@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0911


Mrs. Ganabathi, School Counselor-Email: aganabathi@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0907; Google Phone Number: 810-346-3166


Mrs. Campbell, Literacy Coach-Email: mcampbell@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0911


Mrs. Amy Chorley, MTSS Behavior Coach-Email: achorley@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0907


Mrs. Anna Wojciechowski, Secretary to the Principal-Email: awojciechowksi@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0911


Mrs. Sue Dorman, Secretary-sdorman@davisonschools.org; Thomson Phone Number: 810-591-0911


ATTENDANCE LINE (24/7) 810-591-0916