Thurmont Primary School News

April 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

As we embark on the last quarter of an unforgettable school year we are filled with opportunities to grow our brain, heart and body power. Over the next 47 school days the TPS staff are committed to making every moment count! We are proud to provide fully virtual, concurrent and in person learning experiences that promote our school's sense of belonging, engagement with content, ability to give and receive feedback and student's self-efficacy.

These School Improvement Process (SIP) strategies are at the forefront of all planning and instruction. Below you will see two ways we aim to help these strategies come alive for students, families and our school community.

  • The first is a poster students will see in their classrooms with a motto we will use to remind ourselves of our commitment to ongoing growth.
  • The second is a visual which highlights two of the areas of our SIP Plan: Culture & Climate and Student Achievement with associated aspects of how these areas contribute to our collective growth.

As education continues to evolve, and we enhance our approaches to meet individualized student needs, TPS will remain focused on strategies and supports to ensure every child experiences success!

Yours in education,
Michele Baisey



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FCPS Parent Preference Survey 2021-2022

English: FCPS is planning for all students to return to school in-person five days per week in the next school year, 2021-2022. An all-virtual option will be offered as well. All planning will be in accordance with recommended health and safety guidelines per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local health departments. We need to hear from you about your preference for your child's learning model in the next school year. By filling out the survey, you are not committing your child to a particular learning model at this time. This information is critical for planning purposes only.

Please complete the survey for each child you have enrolled in an FCPS school: The survey closes on April 16.

Spanish: FCPS tiene previsto que todos los estudiantes regresen a la escuela en persona cinco días a la semana durante el próximo año escolar, 2021-2022. También se ofrecerá una opción totalmente virtual. Toda la planificación se realizará de acuerdo con las pautas de salud y seguridad recomendadas por los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), así como por los departamentos de salud estatales y locales. Necesitamos saber su preferencia por el modelo de aprendizaje de su hijo en el próximo año escolar. Al completar la encuesta, no compromete a su hijo con un modelo de aprendizaje en particular en este momento. Esta información es fundamental solo para fines de planificación.

Complete la encuesta para cada niño que tenga inscrito en una escuela de FCPS: La encuesta se cierra el 16 de abril.

Catoctin Feeder Wellness Challenge

Catoctin High School's Mental Health Awareness Club (MHAC) is hosting a Virtual Wellness Challenge this Spring! Challenge dates are May 1 - May 31. Our feeder schools will be participating as we partner to prioritize mental health within our communities.

It's free to sign up and participate! Go to to register yourself, your child and/or your family.

You can also order an event t-shirt or MHAC mask when you register. If you are ordering a t-shirt, please order as soon as possible. T-shirt orders received by 5pm on March 31, 2021 will be guaranteed to arrive prior to the start of the challenge.

We hope to see our TPS students, staff and families participating as a sign of our shared commitment to mental health within our school community!

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.

The blue pinwheels at the front of our building are a symbol of our commitment to help strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect!

Children's Festival

The 2021 Children’s Festival: Out of the Park! will be coming to TPS! On Saturday, April 24th drive thru the TPS parking lot between 10:00am-11:30am to pick up free materials for fun learning activities at home.

The festival is sponsored by Child Care Choices, a program of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, the Interagency Early Childhood Committee, and the City of Frederick. Activity booths and entertainment are provided by programs, agencies, and businesses serving young children.

2021 Children's Festival Flyer

2021 Children's Festival Activity Calendar

April School Spirit

We continue to show our sense of belonging by celebrating school spirit on special days throughout each month. Click the link below for the April School Spirit Calendar.

April Spirit Month Calendar

Remember we have weekly blue/white cougar pride opportunities. TPS Tuesdays and Thurmont Thursdays are the perfect time to show your school spirit!

Manipulate with Math - Problem Solving

We all want our children to be successful at solving problems in the real world. This begins with learning how to solve problems in math. All of the elementary grade levels use an organizer called a “Problem Solving Mat” that we have sent home with our students to help set them up for success as they work through story problems.

Click the link below to review the steps for using the "Problem Solving Mat" and learn how you can support your child in solving mathematics problems together.

Problem Solving

Read-a-Thon Celebrations

The TEPS Virtual Read-a-Thon was a huge success! Below are pictures of our top readers for the school and at each grade level.

Thanks to Karen Yoder and Jenny Reynolds for organizing this at both TPS and TES!

Thanks to the Thurmont Lions Club for sponsoring prizes for our student readers!

Important Dates

Monday, April 12th - Teacher Work Day (No Virtual or Hybrid In Person Learning)

Tuesday, April 13th - Start of Quarter 4

Thursday, April 22nd - Report Cards Issued