School News

August 17, 2020

It was a great first week!

Need to Know Info...

Help Needed: Thorntown Elementary School is looking for some folks to join our amazing team. If you know someone who might be interested, have them apply on the Western Boone County Community Schools website under the Employment tab. They can also reach out to me directly for more information. Vacancies include: Cafeteria Monitors, Special Education Instructional Assistant, and 2nd or 3rd Shift Custodian


Arrival: Thank you for your understanding last week as we asked you to say your goodbyes at the entrance. Our kids did great getting in the building and helping one another out. As we settle in to arrival routines, please be cognizant of traffic in front of the building. If you need to get out of your car to walk a student up to the door, we ask that you pull forward to the east end of the building to park. Traffic directly in front of the building needs to be for drop off only so we are not backing up traffic on to 75.


Dismissal: We will start dismissal at 2:40 each day. Car riders and bus riders are dismissed first and walkers are held until most of the traffic has cleared the area. If your child is a car rider, please line up along Market Street. This line gets rather long, sometimes extending across 47 downtown. I promise you the line moves fast once we begin at 2:40. We are typically done loading car riders by 2:55 each day. If you come closer to that time, you won't be waiting in line. We ask that you start at the end of the line each day and not cut in from side roads. Please communicate this to anyone who might be picking up your student from school. To help this line move more quickly and to ensure we are pairing students up in the correct vehicles, please keep window tag in your car with the names of the students you pick up. We will see the sign and call them to the sidewalk as you approach. Thanks for your help to make this a smooth and safe process.


Lunch: Parents who need to put money on lunch accounts can send a check with the student, drop off a check in the office, or put money into the account via My School Bucks. If your child carries a lunchbox, please practice opening containers and packages at home. While we help anyone in need, the more independent they are the quicker they can get to eating and the fewer people who will be handling their lunch items. This week, we learned cheese sticks are nearly impossible to open with gloves on!


Kindness Convocation: We ended our first week together in a virtual assembly. Even though we could not all gather together for this back-to-school tradition, each class joined a zoom session with our presenter, Brian Williams, from Think Kindness. It was interactive, our kids took some leadership roles, and we all gave some thought to how to spread kindness all around us. More to come as we plan our Kindness Challenge Week. In the meantime, be on the lookout for Kindness Ninjas. They may be hard to spot, but their impact is clearly felt. It's the little things we do each day and without the need for recognition that make our world a better place!

Upcoming

  • Open House Meetings: We will hold virtual open house meetings this year. Teachers will send home details of the event and instructions for how to connect in the coming weeks. We will help you get familiar with classroom procedures and expectations for the upcoming year. You will also have in an opportunity to ask questions of your child's teacher. We hope you'll plan to join us!
  • Picture Day: August 28. It will be treat to see their smiles that day!
  • Volleyball Call Outs: 5th grade girls are invited to participate in volleyball this fall. Call outs are this week. Participants must be registered in Final Forms prior to starting practice.
  • No School: Labor Day, Sept 7; eLearning Day, Sept 30; Fall Break, Oct 19-23


For specific details about the WBCCS Re-entry Plan, please click here.

We have been overjoyed at having your kiddos back in school, whether in person or remote. Looking forward to a great year together!

Thorntown Elementary School

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