Thurmont Primary School News

April 2021, Volume 2

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Last week our Board of Education voted to rescind its April 14th decision to return elementary school students for four days of in person instruction weekly if families desired that option. Despite this change, the Board and FCPS Leadership, along with our TPS staff, remain committed to returning as many students to the building as possible while adhering to health and safety protocols.

As we await further direction, please know TPS staff continue to be available to support your child, and your family, in the fully virtual or hybrid learning formats. Classroom teachers will continue to provide small group support to meet specific learning needs in both reading and math. The TPS specialists and special education staff will continue to provide targeted intervention support in response to individual student needs. Our school counselor, Mrs. McQuay, continues to be available to support your child's social-emotional needs.

Additionally, Our Cougar Care Center continues to be available during afternoon student work time and throughout the day on Wednesdays. Students can log in with the code “tps-cougarcenter” to receive individualized assistance to review lessons, practice skills and/or complete Schoology assignments. Please consider if this would be helpful for your child and assist with managing asynchronous work.

We know many of our TPS families, and students, were looking forward to coming to school more days weekly. We also know the challenges of the past year have not been easy on you or your child(ren). We are grateful for your continued patience, understanding and support. We believe that as we continue to embrace our inner “Courage of a Cougar” we will be able to have a strong finish to our school year with students growing their brain, heart and body power every day!

Yours in education,

Michele Baisey


Teacher Appreciation Week

Our TPS Staff are superheroes making our school, community and world a better place every single day. This year they have shown their "Courage of a Cougar" in extraordinary ways! They have embraced opportunities to learn new technology and teaching formats during an unprecedented time. They have worked to build relationships, create a sense of belonging, engage students in meaningful learning and ensure this year brings success to us all.

While we are thankful every single day for all our teachers do, May 3rd - 7th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and the perfect time to celebrate them in extra special ways. Please join me in showing just how much we appreciate our TPS staff, who they are and what they do for our students and school community.

Growing Our Body Power

National PE & Sports Week is May 3rd - 7th. TPS students & staff will be showing our commitment to growing our body power, being physically fit and making healthy choices with special spirit days.

Click the link below to view the flyer from Mr. Barnhart and see how you can participate!

National PE & Sports Week Flyer

Check out Live Well Frederick for other ways your child & family can focus on health & wellness.

May School Spirit

We continue to show our sense of belonging by celebrating school spirit on special days throughout each month. Click the link below for the April School Spirit Calendar.

May Spirit Month Calendar

Remember we have weekly blue/white cougar pride opportunities. TPS Tuesdays and Thurmont Thursdays are the perfect time to show your school spirit!

PTA for 2021-22 School Year

Are you interested in becoming more involved in your school community? Do you want to help enhance your child’s learning experiences? If so, we need YOU!

We are looking for committed, caring and collaborative individuals to help serve on a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Board. We believe a PTA plays an important role in the lives of the students, families and staff in our schools. We know that building a strong PTA will benefit our entire school community.

Please contact Heather Putnam ( if you are interested in supporting our Thurmont Elementary & Primary Schools (TEPS) PTA.

Growing Our Brain & Heart Power

Catoctin High School's Mental Health Awareness Club (MHAC) is hosting a Virtual Wellness Challenge this Spring! Challenge dates are May 1 - May 31. Our feeder schools will be participating as we partner to prioritize mental health within our communities.

It's free to sign up and participate! Go to to register yourself, your child and/or your family.

You can also order an event t-shirt or MHAC mask when you register. If you are ordering a t-shirt, please order as soon as possible. T-shirt orders received by 5pm on March 31, 2021 will be guaranteed to arrive prior to the start of the challenge.

We hope to see our TPS students, staff and families participating as a sign of our shared commitment to mental health within our school community!

Roar Like a Lion Day

The Thurmont Lions Club is sponsoring a day of service for our community on June 6th from 1-4pm at the Thurmont Community Park. Activities for the whole family to get involved and support the community will be available. Click the link below for details.

Roar Like a Lion Day Flyer

Important Dates

April 22nd - Report Cards Distributed to Cohort B Students

April 26th - Report Cards Distributed to Cohort A Students

Report Cards Mailed Home for Fully Virtual Students

May 3rd - 7th - Teacher Appreciation Week and National PE & Sports Week

May 14th - Mid-Term for Quarter 4

May 24th - Interims Issued

May 31st - Schools and Offices Closed