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Thomas Elementary August 19, 2022

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What a Terrific Start, Thomas Tigers!

Building News

Greetings, Thomas Families!

Wow! What a terrific beginning to the 2022-2023 school year! The children have arrived eager to learn, meet new friends, and have fun together!

Buses are working on arriving each morning in a timely manner in our front loop by 9:00 a.m. Thanks for your patience while waiting at the bus stop. Also, please remember that only buses can be in the front bus loop between 8:55 a.m and 9:10 a.m. We want everyone to stay safe with those 10 large buses entering and exiting. Bus riders are now walking in the front doors and on to their classrooms independently. They have this process down pat already:-)

The side drop off and walker area is running smoothly, as staff members greet car riders and supervise students entering the building through door 13. Teachers are on duty officially at 9:00 a.m. Students should not be released from cars until staff are present. Please remember, car riders exit from the door closest to the school for safety. Routines and procedures keep us safe!

Today, classroom teachers sent out School Information Videos to share classroom routines, processes, and curriculum with you. These School Information Videos will take the place of Curriculum Nights this year. The videos will help families develop a clear understanding of the grade level and classroom. It will remain accessible to families as a resource throughout the year.

Working together we make a TErrific TEam!

Best regards,

Mrs. Jenny Davis

Thomas Elementary Principal

Mrs. Kellie Axelband

Thomas Assistant Principal

First Week Features

Safety First

Education is a priority and a main purpose of attending school. Safety, however, is first and at the forefront of our minds as we begin the year. At Dublin City Schools, we have multiple layers of safety strategy. You may want to begin by locating the Dublin City School website to find The Board of Education and Bylaws, Policies, and Guidelines. From there, you will find policy on a wide array of topics from school safety to emergency situations, environmental health and safety and facility security. You will additionally see a range of safety topics from our Acceptable Use Policy regarding safety with technology to Hygienic Management regarding cleanliness. At Thomas Elementary, we take safety seriously.

During the first day of school, Mrs. Davis held an assembly about safety for grades first through fifth. (Kindergarten discusses safety within their classroom.) The students were reminded that all doors are locked with the exception of the one front door to which you enter and have to buzz into the office to talk with one of our secretaries before entering. People entering have a badge and/or a purpose. Identification may be requested prior to entering the door. Students were reminded to never open the door for anyone and to keep all doors closed.

Thomas had sensors on all outside doors installed over the summer. If a door is open for more than a few seconds, an alarm sounds and administration is alerted. Badge readers are installed on the outside doors as well for staff to enter safely without propping doors open.

Students reviewed safety expectations for recess and lunch. They were reminded that teachers would be making them aware of where to go and what to do during safety, fire, and tornado drills too.

Dublin City Schools believes in safety first. We address physical safety continually with our district safety officer, Chuck Collier. Our elementary schools are visited by School Resource Officers (SROs) weekly. Officer Scott Nichelson stopped by Thomas on Tuesday to say hello at lunchtime. Our building also keeps safety as a standing topic at monthly staff meetings and custodial meetings. We have a safety team and threat assessment team which meet routinely to review our procedures and discuss potential scenarios.

Our district also believes in being healthy as a part of safety. Wellness of students and staff is important. We have staff available to support our well being such as nurses, clinic aides, counselors, and mental health specialists.

As you have questions, thoughts, or suggestions regarding safety at Thomas, please feel free to reach out to Kellie Axelband, GTE Assistant Principal (, and/or Jenny Davis (, GTE Principal.


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Breakfast & Lunch Opportunities

Breakfast is available 8:45-9:10 a.m. daily in the commons/cafeteria.

It is $1.50 for paying students, $0.40 for reduced, and free for those qualifying for the federal free & reduced program.

Lunch is available midday for $2.55 for paying students, $0.40 for reduced and free for those qualifying for the federal free & reduced program.

See website for menus and more.

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Link for School Lunch accounts:

To obtain a paper Free/Reduced meal application, contact: or

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Thomas Tigers!

Our Fall Flower Sale starts today, August 19th and will run through September 2nd.

Get those Fall flowers ordered now, and they will arrive just in time to decorate your porches.

Arrival is scheduled to be between 9/14-9/26.

Additional information will be sent home in your student(s) backpacks.

Thank you as always for your support of our school!

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District Information

Celebrating #DCSDay1

We had a fantastic first day of school. Check out some of the highlights on social media by searching #DCSDay1 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Reminder: Required Forms in Back-to-School Portal

The back-to-school portal with required forms is now open to parents. You can visit the portal at this link. School specific back-to-school dates can be found at this link. School supply lists can be found on your elementary and middle school websites. High school students will learn of necessary supplies from their teachers.

Free Meal Program Ends

Breakfast and lunch will no longer be free to our students. The District will be returning to charging for meals, due to the federally-funded free meal program ending. Click here to learn more and to apply for free and reduced lunch.

New Phonics Program in Dublin City Schools

Dublin City Schools K-3 classrooms are implementing a new resource called, 95% Core Phonics Program. The 95% Core Phonics Program is grounded in the science of reading and the principles of structured literacy and will be utilized during the District's literacy blocks. This program serves as a phonics and word study strand that enriches the other important strands of literacy being taught in Dublin City Schools. For more information, please check out 95% Core Phonics Program.

Need more information? Visit our sites below.


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