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Thomas Elementary January 23, 2022

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Frigid Greetings, Thomas Families!

Building News

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On Monday, January 17, 2022, our country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As this is a day off of work and school for many, we get to choose our type of observance. Many families attend gatherings, listen to speakers, and watch parades in Dr. King's honor. The week prior and this past week in school, students learned about Martin Luther King Jr. through picture books, videos, and articles. He is best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech given in August of 1963, and instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing discrimination.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King, Jr.



Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

Wednesday was the perfect day to have outside recess and play with the snow! The photos Mrs. Ollanketo, our Building Educational Attendant, took reminded me of one song in particular from the movie, Frozen. Temperatures hovered around 40 degrees as snow lined the playground. Students were creative in making snowmen:-) We even allowed snowball throwing at the big toy.


Most of our students made great choices with this snowball throwing opportunity. Kiddos stood on the blacktop and reached into the snow to make a snowball and aimed for part of the big toy, like the slide or a climbing bar. This worked out well for students wearing gloves and boots. You can see we have many students wearing boots on these these cold days in the photo above. Hands were warm and dry for those with waterproof mittens especially. Students with boots kept their toes toasty warm all afternoon. Thank you for sending your child dressed for the weather:-)


During the winter months, we will play outside at recess as often as possible. It is important for students to come with the appropriate hats, coats, and gloves. The following guidelines help us determine if recess will be indoors or outdoors (all temperatures include the wind chill effect): • 20 degrees or below – all recess will be indoors. • 21-25 degrees – students may be allowed one short (15 minutes) recess outdoors, with lunch recess indoors. • 26 degrees and warmer – all recess will be outdoors. For additional district winter weather procedures see the DCS website at this link.


Thank you for partnering with us to keep our children safe!


Mrs. Davis, Principal

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Character Strong

To address social-emotional learning, the Dublin School District has secured a curriculum called Character Strong: Purposefull-People. Each month, our school will study a character trait. January focuses on KINDNESS. We hear announcements about kindness in the morning. At lunch once each week, students take time to share examples of how they use the trait in school and at home. In classrooms across the building, students take part in activities. We have quotes to discuss, pictures to notice, video clips to view, and books to enjoy related to the trait.


Families are welcome to visit the website https://characterstrong.com/ to check out this resource. There are free resources including podcasts and weekly strategies to positively impact your daily work:-) Here are a few questions you could use to begin a conversation about KINDNESS at home.

  • What does Kindness look like in our home? What does it look like in our neighborhood?
  • What acts of Kindness have others shown you lately and how did you respond? How did it make you feel?

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DISTRICT NEWS

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District Information

COVID-19 Data

The latest COVID-19 data for Dublin City Schools is posted at this link.


Board passes new COVID-19 protocol resolution

At a special meeting on Jan. 18, the Dublin City Schools Board of Education passed a resolution changing COVID-19 protocols. You can view the resolution at this link.


2022 Community Champion Award Nominations

This spring, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Schools are partnering to honor the best in volunteerism, giving back, and selflessness with the 2022 Community Champion Awards. Please take a moment to nominate deserving students and staff at this link.


DYA spring sports registration now open

DYA is now accepting registrations for spring sports. Visit our youth activities page for information and links to DYA and other local youth organizations.


The Dublin City Schools Zone Podcast

Join Supt. Dr. Marschhausen and his guests by downloading the DCS School Zone podcasts throughout the school year. K-12 Career Education Coordinator Kristy Venne joined Dr. Marschhausen to talk about the what the District does to help students find a career match while still in high school.

Need more information? Visit our sites below.

Attendance

If your child will be absent from school, please email our attendance line at gtes_attendance@dublinschools.net. You can also call our attendance line at 614.718.8875

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