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Thomas Elementary February 26, 2022

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Hello, Thomas Families!

Building News

PAX The Good Behavior Game Winners

PAX: The Good Behavior Game is part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan for the building. Every classroom, along with common settings such as the lunch room, has been able to create a PAX Vision of expectations. This is a promise to each other of what we want to see more, do more, hear more, and feel more. We also discuss what we want to see less, do less, hear less, and feel less. These common understandings are created by the classroom/school community and reviewed routinely. When students create their own expectations, there is greater ownership. Children make better choices because they designed the plan for themselves.


In order to support the positive vision, we introduce a game. When students play the game (exhibit the vision) for a set number of minutes, they can earn what we call "wacky prizes," which children love. This is a practice we are building. Some teachers have been able to implement this strategy to a greater extent. We are in a learning phase, building our school-wide practices incrementally.


More and more classrooms across the building are playing PAX: The Good Behavior Game. During our weekly lunchroom "Tiger Talk," grade levels focused on staying seated at lunch, rather than walking around to visit friends or throwing trash away periodically. Grade levels won wacky prizes such as "Quack like a duck for a minute," "Exercise in your space (after eating) for a minute," "Take a snooze and snore for a minute," and "Listen to music." Pictures above show (to the left) first graders enjoying one minute of dancing to a Kidsbop song. The picture on the right displays fifth graders in the library winning a snowball fight, of-sorts, with paper balls for one minute. Mrs. Russell was a good sport, allowing students to throw them at her:-) This is a terrific and positive approach to everyone celebrating good choices by enjoying a minute of silliness.

Sharing Gratitude

Our Thomas Community finished the second round of GTE Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday. Thank you, Thomas Families, for attending conferences! You show your child they are important by establishing time to learn about their progress at school. Celebrate and build on strengths. Identify areas on which to work. Perhaps you could support your kiddo by helping them set a goal or an incentive to support the focus on a new skill.


P.T.O., the Thomas Staff is grateful for the conference night snacks you provided! We truly appreciate your generosity:-)

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Character Strong

Utilizing our social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum resource, Character Strong: Purposefull-People, Thomas students will study the character trait COOPERATION during the month of March. Cooperation means working together and helping others. Cooperation is about being on a team or in a group and striving to set and reach common goals.


Families are welcome to visit https://characterstrong.com/ to check out this site. There are free resources including podcasts and weekly strategies to positively impact your daily work:-)


Here are Conversation Starters:

  • What are some activities where it’s easy for you to practice Cooperation? Which activities make it difficult? Why do you think that is?
  • Do you like working together with other people? Can you name some things you do at home that require Cooperation or teamwork?

Cooperation in Action

First and second graders gathered in the commons Friday to culminate their study of economics and enjoy a STEM challenge. Students learned how resources can be used in various ways, how people work in an array of jobs around the world producing goods and services, and how people use money to buy and sell goods and services.

Kids Heart Challenge

Thank you for taking the Kids Heart Challenge and donating to a worthy cause. Monday, February 28, 2022, is the last day to accept donations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
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The Flower Sale Begins!

Please check your child's backpack for a Foertmeyer & Sons Spring Flower Catalog. We appreciate your participation!
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DISTRICT NEWS

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District Information

Dodgeball returns on May 13, will benefit Honor Flight

The Dublin City Schools dodgeball tournament returns on May 13 at Dublin Coffman stadium and will benefit Honor Flight. Details are available here.


Important high school testing information

On March 2, all juniors will be taking the SAT test. Freshman and sophomores will operate on a normal schedule but seniors will be working on asynchronous opportunities outside of the school day. There will NOT be Working Wednesday late arrival on this day. More information from your school on asynchronous opportunities will be available as we get closer to March 2.

Additionally, there will NOT be Working Wednesday late arrival on April 13 due to the Algebra end of course exam. All students will attend on this day.

2022 Community Champion Award Nominations deadline extended!

This spring, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Dublin City Schools are partnering to honor the best in volunteerism, giving back, and selflessness with the 2022 Community Champion Awards. Please take a moment to nominate deserving students and staff at this link.


Save the Dates!

District job fair/trade fair-April 12

Community Champions-April 23

Be Well-April 30

District dodgeball-May 13

Need more information? Visit our sites below.

Attendance

If your child will be absent from school, please email our attendance line at gtes_attendance@dublinschools.net. You can also call our attendance line at 614.718.8875

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