Big T Weekly

September 25, 2020

A Message from Mrs. Walgast

Dear Big T Families,

The much anticipated day for us to return to learning in person has almost arrived! We are so excited to have students back in our classrooms at Big T on Monday! We will be welcoming our kindergartners and first graders on 9/28, our second graders on 10/5, our third graders on 10/12 and 4th and 5th graders on 10/19.

Prior to your student returning to learning in person at Big T, there are a few things to be aware of. Please know that before your children return to school an “acknowledgement” form needs to be signed. Read more about this and where to find it under “In-Person Acknowledgement Instructions” in this weekly bulletin.

Here some “need-to knows” regarding this year’s procedures and expectations before your child starts:

  • Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. in the back parking lot. Staff will be directing students to their entrance. Students may be walked to their entrance. Both students and adults must be wearing a mask. Only students may enter the building.

  • Students will enter the building and go directly to their classrooms upon arrival

  • Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students until December. Please do fill out the application for meals@

  • Students will need a water bottle as all drinking fountains are shut off

  • Students must wear a mask

  • Each grade level will be considered a cohort that will not intermix with other cohorts throughout the day.

  • Pick up/dismissal will be staggered. Please utilize the pick up lane and do not get out of your car. K-1 students and bus riders will be dismissed @3:10 p.m., 2nd grade students will be dismissed at 3:12 p.m. and 3rd-5th grade students will be dismissed as their ride arrives.

    • Please note that if the buses are still in the bus lane when you arrive, wait on the shoulder at the entrance of the driveway.

    • Please do not block the driveways of the fire station

    • Please follow these staggered dismissal times as they are in place so that grade level cohorts do not intermix.

  • Chromebooks (computers): Please bring the Chromebook back to school when your child returns. Students will need these devices during in-person learning. If your child is absent due to illness or is quarantined, the Chromebook will go home with your child at that time.

  • School supplies: Also bring in school supplies when your child returns to in-person learning at school

Learn more about these procedures and expectations by joining me for an “In Person Learning Forum.” On Wednesday, 9/30, I will be hosting second grade’s “In-Person Learning” Forum from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Join using this link: 2nd gr In-Person Return to Learn Forum

Third grade’s forum will be held on 10/7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and fourth and fifth grade’s forum will be held on 10/7 from 6:40-7:40 p.m.. Watch for the links to join these forums in upcoming communication.

Stay safe and be well and have a delightful weekend. See all of you kindergartners and first graders and families on Monday!

Most sincerely,

Sarah Walgast


Ellie, Big T’s Therapy Dog:

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know Ellie passed away this past June. She loved every minute of her time with all of you at school. Each day when she arrived, she could hardly wait for me to open the door to our school. She knew she was coming to “work” with all of you who loved her and she loved you. Please keep these memories close and cherish the time that Ellie was with us as Big T’s therapy dog.

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Before students return for in-person learning, parents will be required to complete an In-Person Learning Acknowledgement Form, which confirms the student will adhere to all safety guidelines included in this document. This also includes the acknowledgement that guardians will symptom and temperature check their students at home prior to coming to school.

The form is in Parent Portal and instructions for families are in PDF form below or you can use this link

Reminder this is for families that have students currently In Person Remote Learning, this will not need to be completed for TCO students learning remotely.

Thank you!


Please help the office get your child to where they need to go after school. Are they going on the bus, to the YMCA, the pick up line, or a daily changing schedule? Let us know by emailing me at or calling us at 613-5600.

If you are picking your child up through the bus lane, please make a sign with your child's name(s) and place it on your dashboard.

Thank you!

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Application to Ride the Bus

ALL families this year will be required to apply for transportation services. The application process will be open to all eligible elementary, middle school and high school families. Please click HERE to view Thompson School District’s applicable policy, which contains detailed eligibility information.

In order to uphold safety guidelines, transportation services for all eligible high school students will be approved using a space-available application process. Services will be assigned by available space per route and availability may vary. Priority for high school transportation will be assigned to freshman and sophomore students. Please submit an application for each eligible student in your household to request transportation services. Transportation applications can be found HERE.

Transportation will be provided for qualified students with disabilities who have special transportation designated on their IEP or 504 plan, as well as students who qualify for applicable services under the McKinney-Vento Act or our English Language Development program. All transportation service options are subject to change in order to uphold safety guidelines.

Transportation has begun notifying families when their student has been approved for transportation services. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at

Should I Apply for Meal Benefits?

If you aren't sure if you qualify for free or reduced meals, please apply. If you do qualify, your student instructional fees will be waived and you will be set for meals all this school year!

To apply, click on the link below.


Our first PTA meeting of the 2020-2021 school year is this Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30 PM!!

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Please be sure to join our PTA chapter via on-line. Your registration has to be completed every school year. Simply login to:, click your membership category (most will be “faculty/staff” or “parent/guardian”) and follow the check-out instructions.

Spirit Wear order forms are attached! Send all order inquiries to Lori Fischer at or call/text 970 227-3507. Email the order form or simply send your order via email or text. Payment will be due upon drop off.


Big T PTA – Stephanie, Lori, and Nicole


New Guidelines for Big T Volunteers

In response to current social distancing and contact tracing requirements for COVID-19, volunteers are not allowed inside Thompson School District buildings or schools. This includes parent/guardian volunteers, community members, Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off volunteers, and PTA/PTO members. Volunteers will be allowed to assist teachers/staff members at Big T by assisting with material work that can be completed at home or assist with Google Meets calls when a teacher is present. TSD has developed a list of requirements for all volunteers to follow:

-Volunteers are not allowed inside any TSD schools or buildings at any time. Volunteers may ring the buzzer by the front door for assistance, but must remain outdoors.

-Volunteers shall pick-up/drop-off classroom materials outside the building on school grounds.

-Volunteers picking up/dropping off materials, must be wearing a mask and gloves.

-A mask and gloves must be worn at all times when handling materials, including when working on them at home.

-All materials must be returned to school and quarantined for three days before being used or distributed (please talk to your teacher about when materials must be returned to assure they can quarantine for the required time).

-Any materials with personal student information must have written approval from the principal before leaving school grounds.

-Volunteers may assist in an online classroom when only a teacher is present.

-A volunteer must not have any COVID-19 symptoms present including a temperature of 100.4 or above and coughing or shortness of breath at any time in which they pickup, drop off, or handle materials.

-All volunteers must be registered through TSD's VITAL Online volunteer registration system and have signed the TSD Covid-19 Procedures Form (more information to come)

These restrictions will be lifted in the future as allowed by Larimer County Health Department. If you have any questions about volunteering at Big Thompson Elementary School or the current TSD COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines, please contact Erin Lambert, Big T Volunteer Coordinator, at

District Traverse Wall Permission Form

Please fill out & send back the attached permission form for your child to climb on our traverse wall. The form should work for you now.

Thank you!

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Optional Accident & Loss Protection for TSD Chromebooks

Thompson School District has partnered with One2One Risk Solutions to provide optional accident and loss protection for our district chromebooks.

Registering with One2One and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the full cost of repair or replacement for your district-issued device and limits your responsibility to a per-occurrence deductible (see below). The protection plan cost is $15 per device and covers the device through the end of the school year against accidental damage, cracked screens, fire, liquid damage, electrical surge and loss/theft (a loss/theft claim requires a police report for coverage).

The first incident has a zero deductible. The second claim on the same device will be a $25 deductible and the third claim will be a $50 deductible. A loss/theft claim without a police report will require the replacement cost of the device (this varies depending on the make/model of the device).

If you want to take advantage of this optional insurance, please visit and select “Enroll My Device” to get started. Open enrollment ends on September 30th. So don't delay. Again, this is optional. You are not required to get this insurance. Please note that this program is only for chromebooks. There is a 3-year warranty on iPad damage if it happens in its case, but no loss protection for iPads.

Parent/Student Resources

See below regarding access to Google Classroom and certain curricular materials.
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Food Resources:

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Support Big T While You Shop!

Big T PTA has partnered with several organizations to help raise funds for our school. All you have to do is shop! Be sure to check out the flyer on how you can help through Box Tops, King Soopers and Amazon Smile!

Office Depot/Max

If you do any purchasing through Office Depot/Max, please use our ID#70018268. We get 5% back through their Gives Back to School Program. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

9/28 - Kindergarten & 1st grade begin in building learning

10/5 - 2nd grade joins in building learning

10/9 - No School for Students

10/12 - 3rd grade joins in building learning

10/15-16 - No School for Students

10/19 - 4th & 5th grades join in building learning

10/26 Picture Day (schedules will be sent out to our online families)

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