School Community Newsletter 10/2/2020
Dear Thomas Middle School Community,
As we enter the STEP 3/Hybrid model, we now know that about 80% of the Thomas Middle School students will be returning to the building and 20% will remain remote learners. With this, everyone’s cooperation, patience, and understanding are more important than ever. Our priorities remain focused on protecting everyone’s health and safety, caring for the well-being of one another, and providing meaningful learning opportunities for our students. We view this as entering into a partnership with the students, each of your families, and all of our staff. We are all in this together! We must work collaboratively to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being in order to provide consistent learning opportunities for our students remotely and in-person.
We encourage each family to review the District 25 STEP 3 document linked here which contains 23 pages of details on how things will work in the days ahead.
We also recommend that all students and parents read the Thomas Hybrid Procedures. In this document, you will find school procedures for students and families particular to Thomas Middle School. Please note that TMS procedures are also based on the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, and our school district. We realize this is a lot of information to process, and there will be several adjustments that we all need to make. However, we must do these things in the name of safety. We are confident that, with your support, together we can strengthen our students’ resilience and help them successfully adapt to this different way of being in school.
Please take some time to familiarize your child(ren) with these procedures. We will share this information in the daily announcements for students to help them get a feel for what it will look and feel like during our hybrid model. Since this is a new way of school for all of us, these procedures may be adjusted as we learn from experience and progress through the hybrid school year. We will keep this document updated and reach out to you with any updates. At TMS, we are lifelong learners, so your questions and feedback continue to be welcomed and appreciated. Please feel free to reach out anytime.
We invite all students and families to attend a virtual question and answer webinar with the TMS administrators on Monday, October 5th from 6-6:45 PM. No worries if you are unable to attend, this event will be recorded and shared as well. In addition, please use the link below to share any questions you would like us to address.
Here are some highlights in this newsletter:
- Thomas Hybrid Procedures.
- Thomas Admin Hybrid Virtual Q & A Session - Monday, 10/5/20 @ 6PM
- Author Visit - Dan Gemeinhart
- D214 College and Career Exploration 2020: A Virtual Event
We are grateful for your partnership. Thank you for EMBRACING THIS JOURNEY with us this year!
The TMS Admin Team
~ Lori, Greg, & Nick
LAST CALL! 6th Grade Physical Forms are due!
6th Grade PARENTS...
Physical Forms are due! PLEASE TURN THEM IN ASAP! These are NEEDED for all 6th graders!
Dental forms are due by May 1st)
** Sixth-grade students WILL BE excluded from remote and in-person learning if this is not addressed! PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO!
Please fax, email, scan, drop-off this paperwork to the office as soon as possible.
All TMS student-athletes are required to have a physical on file as well.
2020-2021 PTA Officers:
*President: Lucy Block
*President-Elect: Amy Hoffman
*Vice President: Melissa Teuscher
*Treasurer: Suzanne Krause * Secretary: Lisa Ulyrich
Future Meeting Dates:
* October 14. * November 17 * January 13
* February 17 * March 18 * April 20 * May 19
Link to the TMS PTA Website.
Directory Spot: Shannon Hull is the TMS Directory Spot Chairperson. Please email ThomasPTADirectory@gmail.com for changes or access issues.