Thompson Crossing News
Igniting the future 2/10/2017
From the Principal...
Dear TC Families,
I hope all is well and you are settling into February. I wanted to share with you that I have been spending a lot of time in our TC classrooms the last few weeks and our kiddos are doing some phenomenal work, our teachers are crafting exceptional lessons, and I could never be more proud of both! Please do take the time to read the remainder of this newsletter to gain important insight into events and important reminders at Thompson Crossing. Also, if you haven’t ‘Liked’ the Thompson Crossing Facebook page, please do so. We put several reminders and updates throughout the week on there.
Have a wonderful weekend,
SPARC Canned Food Drive Next Week February 13th-17th...
From Our Transportation Department...
Thank you for encouraging our students to behave on the bus. The driver’s main focus is to drive safely. When the children are seated and facing forward, the driver is able to give full attention to driving. Here are just a few reminders from transportation:
1. Students should stay seated at all times.
2. Students should get on and off at their assigned stops.
3. Students should not eat or drink on the bus.
4. Please have children at their stops 5-10 minutes before their assigned time.
Transportation is working hard to be consistent with their pick up and drop off times. But realize that weather and traffic can sometimes affect our pick up and drop off times. Thank you for your patience.
Also, you might be interested in driving a school bus. We provide the training and pay you for 50 hours of that training. Once you have finished training and passed the test for your CDL license, we will have another driver, drive with you for at least 8 hours. We offer bus drivers health, vision, and dental insurance and retirement benefits. You would drive approximately 5.75 hours a day and have from around 9:00-1:45 to run errands in the middle of the day. Bus drivers start at $16.00 an hour. Call Jamie Caylor at 862-2314 if you are interested in becoming a driver.
Counselor's Corner...ISTEP and IREAD
Your children are going to start ISTEP and IREAD testing soon. The first round of ISTEP testing for grades 3-5 will be the week of February 27-March 3! I know you are probably anxious for your child to do well, but please do remember that among our students there are artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and athletes, etc.
If your child does get a top score, that is great! If he or she doesn’t do as well as you had hoped, please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it’s OK, it is just an exam!
While this test is important, there are going to be much bigger things in life. Tell them that no matter what they score, you love them and will not judge them.
Please do this, and when you do, watch your children conquer the world! One exam will not take away their dreams and talent or decide their fate.
**Test Taking Tips**
1. Tell yourself you CAN do well!! TEST stands for “Think Each Situation Through.” You get to show how much you have learned when you take a test … lucky you!! And your teacher gets to see how much they have taught you … lucky them!!
2. Don’t cram … it’s hard on your brain! Instead, spread out your studying time over a few days or weeks. Practice doing sample problems and look over your class material every day until you take a test.
3. When you study, draw a picture of what you’re learning in your head. (Picture it!)
4. Exercise every day! It will make you feel great and it’s good for your brain!
5. Get a good night’s sleep the night before a test so your body and brain are not tired and worn out.
6. Stay relaxed. If you start to stress before taking a test, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and picture a place that makes you calm. Think about your happiest place and let your mind go there for a few minutes … just don’t forget to come back!
7. Read the directions slowly and carefully, and if you don’t understand what they say, ask your teacher to explain them to you.
8. Skim through the test so you know how long it is; this should only take you about 10 seconds. When you know how long the test is, you can make sure to not spend too much time on any one question.
9. Write down the important things you have memorized (formulas, definitions, etc.) so they don’t clog up your brain and you don’t forget to use them!
10. Do the easier questions first to build up your confidence. Then, you will have more time to spend on harder questions.
11. On multiple choice tests, cross out the answers that do not make sense so you can narrow down your choices.
12. Check a random 5: Pick any 5 questions and re-check your answers. If you have time, re-check more.
Good Luck on your tests!
In Honor of National School Counselor Week...
Kindergarten Registration @ Central Office April 12th-14th
REMINDER: SWEETHEART DANCE TONIGHT FROM 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cookies and lemonade will be provided! We're looking forward to a great night sponsored by our PTC!!!
Marion County Library *Franklin Road Branch* Month of March Activity Calendar
Dear Elementary Parents—
The IN State Dept. of Health has released the new immunization requirements for school in a 2 year plan to help you plan what is needed for school.
What this means for students: Current 5th grade students still need to obtain shots for middle school. Tdap and MCV4 are the required shots, and Hepatitis A should be started, if not already complete, in preparation for the following year.
This list of updates means that it is imperative to call your student’s doctor today to schedule an appointment before school starts the end of July. Please do not delay—appointments for well child visits will be necessary and many children in Indianapolis need to have shots. Students are expected to have the necessary shots when school begins.
Home and School Connection...
Yearbook Orders are Due February 17th
Kroger Community Rewards Program...
- Register your card with your Thompson Crossing after you sign up.
- If you don't have a card, visit the customer service desk at any Kroger.
- Click on Sign IN/Register
- You will get an email to confirm your information
- Enter the NPO number for TC...45454 and select the organization from the list to confirm
- Remember purchases will not count for TC until your card is registered for the community rewards.
- Thank you in advance for earning rewards for our school
New families to TC, did you know you can use your already existing Kroger rewards card to earn community reward points for Thompson Crossing? If you are coming to us from another school, please consider switching your community rewards toward Thompson Crossing. It is simple to sign up for this wonderful programs see below.