Thurmont Primary School News

November 2021, Volume 2

Principals' Message

Dear Families,


Thanks to all the students and family members who helped us celebrate American Education Week. We enjoyed our school spirit week and having so many guest readers visiting classrooms last week!


We were also excited to recognize our Quarter 1 ROAR Award Recipients. Students were recognized in the areas of...

  • Responsibility - Showing learner agency by being prepared for learning, completing tasks & fixing mistakes to keep learning and growing.
  • Ownership - Showing self-advocacy by being honest and trustworthy, asking questions when help is needed & accepting new challenges.
  • Academic Effort - Showing perseverance by working even when it’s hard, trying to solve problems myself before I ask for help & asking questions and sharing ideas
  • Respect - Showing social responsibility by exhibiting kindness with words and actions, working well with others to solve problems & being an active listener.


As Thanksgiving break approaches, students are still very busy growing their brain, heart and body power each day. Below are a few examples of learning during lessons in Music, Media, Social-Emotional Learning, Reading & Writing.


The TPS Staff wishes our students & families a safe, healthy & happy Thanksgiving holiday! We hope your time together is filled with gratitude and joy.


Yours in education,

Michele Baisey

#BetterTogether

#CourageofaCougar

Attendance Notes

Please help us accurately reflect student attendance by sending a note any time your child is absent.


Notes should include...

  • full student name
  • date(s) of absence
  • reason for absence
  • parent name


Notes can be sent...


Thank you for helping us keep up with attendance reporting!

Dismissal Changes

We understand there are times your child's typical dismissal routine may need to change.


In order to be sure both your child and school staff are prepared for dismissal changes please...

  • send a note in your child's blue Cougar folder
  • include your child's full name, dismissal change and parent name on the note


If you need to make an unexpected change to your child's dismissal routine please call the front office at 240-236-2800 by 2:45pm. Dismissal changes are announced at 3pm daily.

Holiday Assistance

Please reach out to Mrs. McQuay, school counselor, at lisa.mcquay@fcps.org if you are in need of holiday assistance for your children.


Holiday Assistance Resources:

  • Frederick County Holiday Assistance Resources (Apply Early!)
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree
  • Toys for Tots
  • Seton Center

Important Dates

  • Monday, December 6th - 2 Hour Early Dismissal at 1:10pm


  • Thursday, December 23rd - Friday, December 31st - Schools Closed for Winter Break


  • Monday, January 3rd - Schools Reopen


  • Friday, January 14th - Schools Closed for Students - Teacher Work Day


  • Monday, January 17th - Schools Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day