Thornton Middle School
December 2023 Newsletter
I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. As we enter the month of December, there are a lot of exciting activities on the horizon! The end of first semester is just around the corner. The end of the semester correlates with the start of winter break (Dec. 22nd). Students should be working with their teachers to make certain all work is completed and up to date prior to leaving for winter break. We also have some special events planned during the month of December. More details can be found below under upcoming events.
During the winter months we typically see an increase of illness and students staying home sick. Please remember to keep students home if they have had a fever or have vomited within the prior 24 hours. We have been reminding students to stay out of the rain during passing periods, breaks, and lunch to avoid sitting all day in wet clothing. Please reinforce this message at home as well as encouraging students to dress appropriately for the cooler weather. Hopefully, if we all do our part we can keep students in school and healthy!
As always, I appreciate your support of Thornton Middle School and of our staff members. From the Thornton Staff to you and your loved ones, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
Ms. Strausbaugh, Principal
Second Semester Schedules
Girls Basketball Tryouts
We are very pleased to announce that we have found a coach! Much appreciation and gratitude goes out to Ms. Holmes who has agreed to coach this year's teams. Tryouts will be held afterschool from 2:45pm - 4:30pm the week of December 11th. Cuts will be held after each day to help narrow down our final teams by the end of the week. 6th/7th graders will tryout on Monday (Dec. 11), Wednesday (Dec. 13) and Friday (Dec. 15). 8th graders will tryout on Tuesday (Dec. 12) and Thursday (Dec. 14). Teams will be posted by Monday, December 18th. All girls selected for the team will be required to submit a medical clearance prior to the first game on January 25, 2024. More information will be announced in the daily bulletin.
Birthday Marquee Message
Exciting news! You can now elevate your students' birthday celebrations with our new Birthday Marquee Messages. Make your students’ day extra special with a happy birthday message displayed on our marquee for 24 hours. To order, pick up the form at the Thornton office or download and print using this link. Complete and submit the form with $5 payment at least 48 hours before the display date. Choose from a variety of colors to customize your message. Don't miss out on this fun way to celebrate your student’s birthday at school!
We are thankful for you! As we prepare to take time off from school (December 26 - January 7) for the winter break, we are grateful for everyone who has helped to restore a routine for showing up to school while supporting students and families.
Daily routines are essential for reducing stress and creating a sense of security, especially after the chaotic transitions experienced over the last two years.
As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers.
The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance on when a student should stay home from school, it is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and additional languages here. Please refer to this guidance when a student has symptoms of illness, including: cough, stuffy/runny nose, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, ear/eye irritation, and/or rash.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING @ THORNTON
Generosity is a character trait much like kindness or honesty. To be generous means to give with your whole heart. It is more than just about giving money. It is giving your time, your love, food, resources, or simple kindness. Generosity of spirit means giving non-material gifts to others such as forgiveness, credit for something accomplished, encouragement, or even a simple hug. Learning to be generous encompasses your whole being.
Scientists have found that generosity actually benefits our physical and mental health. It can reduce stress, enhance your sense of purpose, fight depression and even increase your lifespan. Each day presents hundreds of opportunities to be generous to others. By making generosity part of your daily life you will do both yourself and others a world of good.
Showing Generosity to Others
To show our generosity this holiday season, Thornton Middle School is going to participate in collecting money to be donated to the Alameda County Food Bank.
Beginning December 1st, teachers will inform their homeroom students that for this month’s activity on generosity, we are kindly asking that students provide monetary donations to the Alameda County food bank. No amount is too small. Students who are wishing to participate will turn in their money on December 8 to their homeroom teacher.
The office will count the money raised from each homeroom class and let announce the homeroom that raised the most money on December 15. The winning homeroom class will get a small prize!
Change for Change
This months Social Emotional Learning theme is generosity. Students will be participating in a coin/money drive to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank. Money will be collected during homeroom on December 8th. The homeroom that collects the most money will win a prize. Winners will be announced during homeroom on December 15th. Please donate if you are able!
Come listen to our awesome students from Ms. Denning's band and choir classes. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Admission is a $5 donation per person at the door. All proceeds go toward supporting the band.
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2023, 06:30 PM
Thornton Middle School, Thornton Avenue, Fremont, CA, USA
On December 14th students will have the opportunity to participate in our first ever Wellness Fair during lunch. There will be opportunities to learn about local agencies, participate in games/activities, win prizes, ride a mini bicycle, and pet an animal in the petting zoo! We are planning on providing an extended lunch on the 14th so that students can have additional time to participate in the various activities. Please read the article below regarding the bicycle safety course and the requirements needed for students to be able to participate.
Fremont Traffic Safety Services Bicycle Course
Physical activities and outdoor recreation are great ways to exercise and to support mental health and wellness. On December 14, 2023, the City of Fremont Traffic Safety Services will be conducting a bicycle safety skills course for students with a signed permission form, as part of our Thornton Wellness Day during lunch. Students will learn where to ride, driver behaviors and causes of bike crashes. The goal of this activity is to increase the awareness of students so they can safely enjoy bicycling as a form of recreation and transportation.
Although many middle school students may know the basics of bike safety, and hopefully they’ve earned the freedom to explore their community with their friends and family on a bike, it’s still important to reinforce a few tips to keep them safe. Many crashes can be avoided if bicyclists follow the rules of the road and learn to recognize and avoid certain traffic situations that can lead to crashes.
If your child would like to participate in the bicycle course, please complete the permission form and have your student bring it to school on the day of the event to the bicycle course booth. We hope to see more cyclists outside riding safely and enjoying the benefits this activity has to offer!
This is our only evening social. It begins at 7pm and ends promptly at 9pm. This event is only for students who have pre-purchased a ticket and submitted a permission slip by the deadline. No tickets are sold on the day of the dance. Permission slips can be picked up and dropped off in room A106 during lunch. The social will be held outdoors so please dress accordingly. More information can be obtained by reviewing the permission slip or asking a Leadership student. The last day to turn in your permission slip is Friday, December 8th at lunch. No exceptions!