School News

Thorntown Elementary School 9/19/22

Important Information

Car Rider Line (Note the change for our mornings): Beginning Monday, we will release car riders to two entrances at arrival. As usual, vehicles will pull along the sidewalk in the east parking lot. Those who make the turn along the east side of the building will release students to walk south along the sidewalk and enter at door 11, just as we have been doing. Vehicles who enter the lot and stop before making the turn will release students to walk west toward the building and enter at door 12 (our current main entrance). To expedite the process, please have your children ready to exit the car wherever it stops in the line. For the safety of our students, children need to load and unload from the passenger side. It is very helpful if you can remain in your car at arrival and dismissal. If they need help with a door, school staff is happy to assist. To avoid fender-benders, please remain in line as you exit the drop zone. The front half of the line will circle the parking area as they always have. Those who drop off in the back part of the line can make the turn at the first row of parking to proceed to the exit. Beginning September 26, we will stop grab-and-go breakfast and return to our dine-in format. Breakfast will be served 7:30-7:50. Students will eat in the cafe before going to class. This drop off procedure will help get everyone who opts for school breakfast to be in the building sooner. Please take note and adjust your morning routine as needed.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Oct 11 &13; Please contact your child's teacher to schedule your conference. Appointments will fill up fast!

Community Building: Be an Active Listener

A skill we need to teach our children, and most of us need to work really hard to maintain, is that of being an active listener. Active listeners use their eyes, ears, hearts, heads, and whole-selves to attend to the speaker or message. We teach our students to look at or turn to the speaker, to track the speaker with their eyes. We need to tune our ears in to what we are hearing. We show we care (hearts) by nodding, using facial expressions, asking questions or commenting on what is being said. We use our heads (brains) to think about the message and engage with the speaker. It takes our whole-self to be an active listener. We cannot do that when we are distracted by other things such as a book, technology, a toy, or our neighbor. We encourage you use this language to talk with your children about being active listeners. Practice as a family and amazing things will happen. Everyone wants to feel heard, and we learn so much more when we give our full attention to listening and engagement.

Grandparents' Day - OCTOBER 14

We are excited to host Grandparents' Day on Friday, October 14. Due to limited parking and construction restrictions, we will do 2 sessions to split the crowd. We recognize this can make for a long day for grandparents who want to attend both sessions. Thorntown has some wonderful eateries where you can catch up with friends and grab a bite before returning for our afternoon session. Hopefully you can make a great day of celebrating your role as grandparents!

Grades 3-6:

  • 8:45 Sign-in stations open up at doors 11 & 12. Grandparents may visit classrooms briefly as time allows, until the program begins in the gym.
  • 9:30 Grandparents take their seats in the gym
  • 9:45 Program
  • 10:15 or when program ends - Release students back to classrooms
  • 10:20 Release grandparents to leave

Grades PreK-2:

  • 12:30 Sign-in stations open up at doors 11 & 12. Grandparents may visit classrooms briefly as time allows, until the program begins in the gym.
  • 1:15 Grandparents take their seats in the gym
  • 1:30 Program
  • 2:00 or when program ends - Release students back to classrooms
  • 2:05 Release grandparents to leave building (Must clear any parking from Mill Street for busses to arrive by 2:15)

Secure Sign-In: We are asking grandparents to pre-register to help expedite the sign-in process. They can still attend if they do not pre-register, but they will need a background check run upon arrival to be permitted in the building. This can slow their check-in time. Pre-registration can open 7 days prior to an event, so we will share the registration link on Oct 7.

Parking: School staff will park off-site that day to open up the parking lot for our visitors. Parking will still be limited, so plan your arrival accordingly in the event you need to park off-site.

Dismissal: We are asking to be notified in writing on or before the morning of Oct 14 of any students who will be going home with their grandparents. Following the program, these students will return to their classrooms to gather their belongings, before being released to the office at the main entrance where they will connect with their grandparents. No one should leave with students without signing them out in the office.

It is very important for parents to pass the info on to grandparents so they have the details and pre-registration info.

Visitors & Volunteers

We are excited to welcome parent volunteers and visitors for special events. We ask that visitors arrive after 8:15 to allow us to get through arrival and secure the building, before opening up the sign-in stations. We will not have visitors join students for lunch, as no visitors will be permitted in the cafeteria during meal times. Please note that all volunteers and visitors to the school must check in with a driver's license or government-issued identification each time they visit. Volunteers will need to complete a criminal background check prior to helping with classrooms or attending field trips. Regular volunteers will still need their identification prior to entry each time they visit. Don't leave home without it!

Thanks to PTO for some amazing staff goodies!

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Upcoming Events


23-25 Festival of the Turning Leaves - Catch Student Council in the parade!

26 Breakfast format changes to cafe dining; service line closes at 7:50; tardy bell 7:55

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