Panda Press

November 18, 2022

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Dear Thacher Families:

I want to send a huge thank you out to Peter Tarsi and the high school's theater department who performed their children's play, Planet of the Perfectly Awful People, for all of our students this afternoon. The play follows a girl named Annie whose spaceship heading to Venus is thrown off course to the planet Mean-us. There, she meets three of the planet’s awful people, who are grouchy and grumpy all the time. Over the course of her time there, she and another traveler named Zebulon, teach the people of Mean-us that it’s much better to be nice to each other than to be mean. The script is full of silly jokes and zany antics.

As a reminder, we only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week and are then off for a mini-break for Thanksgiving, Wednesday - Friday. With a short week next week, I will not be doing a newsletter and will pick it up again the following week. Families who requested at-home covid tests will receive them Monday. Students will bring them home in their backpacks.

Lastly, we have found that it helps to transition back from a break by easing back into school with what we refer to as "Cozy Days." Please see the flyer below for more information.

I hope you all enjoy the time away with your family.


Frank W. Rich


Upcoming Spirit Days

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APS App Update

We're aware that some families are not receiving the push notifications that we send out through the new app, including Rooms. If you aren't, and you've double checked that you've changed your settings to accept push notifcations from Thacher/ELC, it turns out the old fashioned, uninstall and reinstall fix has helped remedy this problem for a few people. This is especially true of people who downloaded the app early on and has something to do with updates to the app that took place after it was downloaded.

This Week in Health Class

Students have been learning about confidence and self-affirmation statements. We are creating an environment where we all think, and act in a positive manner to help ourselves and our classmates succeed. We all went around the room saying positive “I AM” statements as well as “I like” and “You are” statements about our classmates. It’s amazing how something so little can crack the biggest smile on some students' faces when something nice is said about them. We read a story called “I am Me” to also make a connection.

Our Insight and Project Success classrooms have continued to show growth in some of our dances, our movement matching games, our class stretching and have begun going on a walking health scavenger hunt!

Ryan Henry

Health Teacher

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A few people reported that the link didn't work for them. If you tried and it worked, you don't need to fill it out again. If you clicked and were told you "need to ask for permission," please try it again. Thanks to those of you who have volunteered!

As we continue to shift into a world without the Covid restricts we lived with over the past few years, we're excited to be able to welcome volunteers back into the school. We'd love to get a list of people who would like to come in and help out during different parts of our day. If you'd like your name to be added to our list, please complete the following TES/ELC Volunteer Form.

All volunteers must fill out a CORI which you can do by coming into the office. CORIs are good for two years. If you've completed one previously and are unsure whether it's expired, please call and we can check on it for you: (508) 226-4162.

All APS Community Flyers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s flyers, including information from the ARC of Bristol County, Triboro Youth Theater Auditions, Tauton/Attleboro Family Resource Center and Attleboro Recreation Center - After School Programs, please visit the Welcome Center webpage, or click here.

Upcoming Important Information & Dates

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November 21: Spirit Day: Mismatch Day (see flyer)

November 22: Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day (see flyer)

November 21: Thacher Spotlight School Presentation at School Committee

November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

November 28: Spirit Day: Cozy Day (see flyer)

December 9: Term I Report Cards Published to Aspen