Panda Press

November 10, 2022

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Dear Thacher Families:

Today's Thacher/ELC Veterans' Day Parade was amazing! It's easy to forget that we are able to live the lives we do with little worry about foreign invasion or anything like what families in places like Ukraine are facing thanks to willingness of the servicemen and servicewomen to protect our freedoms. It was wonderful to have our students see a small sample of those individuals who have answered that call and put their lives on the line.

Thank you to the Attleboro Police Department's Honor Guard, VFW Post 115 and all our active service members and Veterans' who are part of the TES/ELC community!

We also owe a huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Desautel for putting today's event together.


Frank W. Rich


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As we continue to shift into a world without the Covid restricts we lived with over the past few years, we're excited to be able to welcome volunteers back into the school. We'd love to get a list of people who would like to come in and help out during different parts of our day. If you'd like your name to be added to our list, please complete the following TES/ELC Volunteer Form.

All volunteers must fill out a CORI which you can do by coming into the office. CORIs are good for two years. If you've completed one previously and are unsure whether it's expired, please call and we can check on it for you: (508) 226-4162.

Optional At-Home Covid-19 Test Kits

The following was sent as a stand-alone email earlier this evening:

Dear Thacher/ELC families,

In anticipation of increased travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has provided additional at-home COVID tests for families who want them. There is no testing requirement in our schools; this is an entirely voluntary program. Families with students in any of our K-8 schools that want at-home tests need to fill out the At-Home Covid-19 Test Kit Survey (only once per household is necessary) before Wednesday, November 16. Tests will be sent home with requesting students by Tuesday, November 22. Students at AHS can pick them up in their house offices any time before the break, beginning November 17.


Frank W. Rich, Principal

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Mrs. Lucie's Class had a busy October!

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We discussed how we felt about spiders, researched them and some emotions changed from disgusted/ scared to interesting and cool! We made a giant class web with yarn.
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The class used "Make a Monster" Play-Doh kits and used their creativity to make all kinds of monsters.

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We read "Pumpkin Jack" and are going to watch the process of a carved pumpkin decompose and hopefully grow a new pumpkin sprout in the spring.
And we did a Stem project in which the students worked together to build a "home" for a ghost using blocks first and then candy corn, candy pumpkins and toothpicks.
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Kindergarten Pumpkin Projects

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This Week in Music

This week in music, students are continuing to build their tonal and rhythmic skills. Younger grades are beginning to tell the difference between same and different patterns, and are learning new ways to move to music, as well as how to visually see high and low sounds. Upper grades have been working hard to learn new partner motions, write rhythm patterns, play on instruments like Lummi sticks or xylophones, and sing more challenging music. In our Insights classes, students are learning skills like body awareness, following directions, keeping a steady beat, and more! All students are continuing to show Panda Pride and, as always, have made me an incredibly proud teacher! Go TES music!!!

Jacob Chippo

Music Teacher

STEM in Library/Media

We worked on a fun STEM challenge this week. Students built Spider Web bridges and the challenge was to see how many blocks their bridge could hold. Miss Frank’s class had 2 students with over 50 blocks stacked in their bridge. Future engineers for sure!

Jen Reilly


All APS Community Flyers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s flyers, including information from the ARC of Bristol County, Triboro Youth Theater Auditions, Tauton/Attleboro Family Resource Center and Attleboro Recreation Center - After School Programs, please visit the Welcome Center webpage, or click here.
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Upcoming Important Information & Dates

November 11: No School (Veterans' Day)

November 15: Free Clothing Giveaway at Willett Elementary School

November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

December 9: Report Cards Published to Aspen