Team Thomson News & Notes

Week of: December 15, 2019 #ThomsonRocks

Important Information for You!

Christmas Vacation was Down to One Week and Counting

We can do this! Even with all the events that interrupted normal daily schedules last week our students had a great week because of all you did to stick to your daily schedule when events weren't going on. Our students will be successful this final week as well. The key for all of us finishing 2019 strong is our ability to be mindful. We need to be mindful of what we try to pack into our days. We need to be mindful that our students' need to keep a steady routine, even if the activities are a bit different. Yes, bring holiday cheer, but at a level that doesn't cause our students to lose their minds! Consider planning holiday fun for the end of the day, not all day long. We do not want to unintentionally get kids over excited and then become frustrated when they can not sustain their behavior all day.

Also, be on the look out for those kiddos that may need a little extra love. As we have discussed before, not all of our students are looking forward to two weeks off. No school means loss of meals, schedule, a positive adult role model, and a morning hug. While our kiddos are too little to verbally express this, the behavior they exhibit may. Give them a little grace and a lot of extra love!

Winter Break Cleaning & Energy Shut Down

Just a reminder that while the building will be open over Winter Break, this is also the time for Jim and Justina to complete a deep clean and complete a few big projects and a few small ones. One big project that will be completed is the stripping and waxing of the gym and the waxing of the halls. It would probably be a good idea to call Jim prior to coming in to ensure that you can get to your classroom. Also, don't forget that since the building will be in 'shut down' the heat will be turned way dress warmly or just stay home and relax!

Also, please don't forget to complete an energy shut down and pick-up in your classroom before you leave Friday. This includes:

  • Unplugging all vampire cords (lamps, CD players, coffee machines, etc.). Computers should be left plugged in.
  • Ensure that shades are pulled close.
  • Take a minute to straighten up your classroom and make sure all tables are cleaned off...we can't except a deep clean if there is stuff all over.
  • PLEASE make sure students take all boots, shoes, and personal items home.
  • Ensure that all food is taken home from the lounge fridge, this will be cleaned out at 4:00 pm. on Friday and anything left, including containers will be thrown away.

Thanks for all your help with these items!

Early Release PD Follow-up

I have loved seeing all the continued greetings in the morning. Loved hearing the music playing in the classrooms and as kids enter the building, and seeing in the classrooms I've visited the starting of the days with a positive! I am thinking about adding a 'Positive Point' to the morning announcements beginning in January...what do you think?

Staff Update

You may have noticed a new face last Friday. I would like to welcome back Peggy Lapeen as one of our lunch monitors. Peggy is a Davison bus driver and was previously a lunch monitor for us and I am so excited to have her back. Peggy will be working with rooms 16 and 14. Please take a moment to welcome Peggy back to the Thomson team.

Also, we are quickly approaching the retirement date for Cheryl Nitschke. I will be posting her position when we return in January to allow time for a new person in that position to work with Cheryl in the classroom. We will also be celebrating all of Cheryl's contributions to our Thomson building and team with a retirement party in January. Please watch for additional information on the party from our Social Committee.

Quotes Worth Reading

Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.”

–Wanda Hope Carter

Take time over the two week Christmas Holiday to spend time with the special people in your life...these people really are treasures!

Do ONE Thing and Make a Big Difference!

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect. This week and throughout the break, try sending a text, email, or make a phone call to someone that has had a positive impact on your career or life. I promise it will make you smile or maybe even tear up a bit. However, I also promise you it will make the day of the person you contact.

Celebrations & Announcements

Birthdays This Week: Christine Henderson, December 20th; Rhonda Seidell, December 22nd; Leandra Lints, December 23rd, and Denise Delay, December 27th...Happy, Happy Birthday to All of You!

The TEN DAYS of CHRISTMAS are here!

We are down to the five days of Christmas and this week has some fun events! I have to tell you I am most looking forward to Tuesday's 'Gas Station Christmas'. I can't wait to see what people purchase. Please note, these items should not be wrapped...because if you are buying a gift from the gas station, you surely don't have time to wrap it!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, December 16th-PTO 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, December 18th-DK Curriculum Day

  • Thursday, December 19th-Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie); CMC 4-7 p.m.

  • Friday, December 20th-Trading Post; School Sing-a-long, 2:30 p.m. in the gym

Coming Up In January:

Mid-Year Meetings

  • Tuesday, January 7th-District Book Study #1, 4:15-6:15 p.m. @ Thomson
  • Wednesday, January 8th-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: Learning Targets and Success Criteria)
  • Thursday, January 9th-General Admin (Natalie)
  • Week of January 13th-PLC WEEK
  • Tuesday, January 14th-District Improvement Meeting, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15th-MTSS-SAT (Child Study), please send names to Jason and I
  • Thursday, January 16th-Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie)
  • Friday, January 17th-End of 2nd Marking Period; GISD Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie); Trading Post; PTO Pals
  • Monday, January 20th-No School-MLK Day and Records Day-Records/Report Cards Can be completed at home.
  • Tuesday, January 21st-Grade Due at 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22nd-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: TBA); Report Cards will be Printed
  • Thursday, January 23rd-Send Report Cards Home; ALICE Drill; DK/K Curriculum Meeting, 4:15-6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 24th-Leadership Meeting, 7:15 a.m.
  • Week of January 27th-PLC Week
  • Monday, January 27th-PTO Meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 28th-Data Day for 4 Person Teams
  • Wednesday, January 29th-Data Day for 3 Person Teams
  • Thursday, January 30th-Elementary Principals Mtg. (Natalie)
  • Friday, January 31st-Trading Post

Wishing You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas and Wonderful New Year!

Can you believe this is the last newsletter of 2019! As we head into a well deserved two week break, I want to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas and blessing for a Wonderful New Year! Sometimes our days are long and stressful, but the work we do is so meaningful and is making a positive difference in the lives of children.

May the holidays bring you time to rest, relax, recharge, and have fun with family and friends. I will be hosting Christmas for both my family and Matthew's this year which I enjoy tremendously, but is a lot of work and I am grateful for a couple extra days to prepare. I also look forward to spending some quality time with my best friend Stephanie. If you remember me sharing, Stephanie was diagnosed with breast Cancer in the late spring. She had surgery earlier this month and has gotten very positive news from her pathology reports, so there is much to celebrate. Additionally, I will spend time reflecting on 2019 in preparation for an exciting 2020!

Wishing you all the very best the holidays have to offer!

Most Sincerely,


Thomson Elementary


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