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This Week In Thundercat Country !
RTMS Staff Member of the Month
It is that time of year again! When we acknowledge and celebrate our wonderful RTMS Staff! Please complete the form below and nominate an RTMS Staff for the month of August! Winner will be announced the week of 9/7/2020!
RTMS PTO News
The Thornton PTO Thunderchat Newsletter goes out each Tuesday and keeps RTMS Parents informed of all PTO involved events at school, fundraising opportunities and volunteer opportunities. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we were not able to collect email addresses from Parents like we normally would. We are still missing a large portion of the 6th grade parents.
Check out the link in the newsletter below to receive a recurring Newsletter moving forward
Due to COVID shutting down campuses in the Spring, we are missing almost 900 books from our library. We realize that books not being returned is no fault of our students- if you aren't coming into the building it is tough to get materials returned. We are going to start calling home soon just to let you know what your student had checked out last Spring, and if you can, please drop these books at campus at your earliest convenience. Thank you.
CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK
Hello Thundercat Country,
1) Post an organization chart or utilize a planner to help meet due dates.
2) Check off as you complete each task.
3) Celebrate your accomplishments.
Our goal is that you grow a little each day and yesterday is better than the day before.
Go Thundercats !!!!
The FBISD Technology Department has composed a video that will help students who have been issued with an FBISD device. Click on the link and view the video that will cover these topics: how to turn on and log into the laptop; how to connect to Wi-Fi & launch VPN (Global Protect); how to connect to 1Link (Teams, Schoology & other educational applications); and, how to do a hard reboot of your laptop.
Tech Tips: TEAMS & Online Instructional Norms
1) Students must RSVP teacher invites for the links to appear on their TEAMS calendar.
2) As we engage in developing best practices for synchronous learning, we ask that when using MS TEAMS thundercat students:
- should have their camera on the entire time,
- microphone muted,
- students may turn off their camera if they need to excuse themselves briefly.
These norms will help to provide a quality learning experience for all students.
Have a thunderific week !
RTMS PTO: The Thundercash Campaign
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some of the questions commonly asked during a Write-A-Check Fundraiser. If you have additional questions, please email Robin Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How much should I donate?
A: Every dollar counts and no contribution is too big or too small. We ask that everyone give as generously as they can while understanding that people's ability to contribute varies.
Q: Does Thundercash campaign replace all other fundraising activities at Thornton?
A: No, but a successful campaign will eliminate all commercial product-based fundraising at our school. RTMS also participates in a number of passive fundraising programs that earn either credits or cash for the school. Box Tops, Spirit Wear, Kona Ice, Marquee Messages, and Recycling Drives are other fundraising activities sponsored by the PTO. They are designed to provide a service to our families and a small amount of revenue is made to support our expenses. Other activities not sponsored by the PTO will also be held during the year. The Book Fair, Band, Choir, PE, and other school organizations all hold a variety of fundraisers with those proceeds going directly to the identified programs.
Q: Will I be contacted for other donations this year?
A: Yes, our school participates in a number of activities which rely on the generosity of our parents. You will be asked to support our staff by donating baked goods, lunch items and gift cards for staff appreciation events throughout the year as well as during Staff Appreciation Week. This is a great way to show our staff how much they mean to us.
Q: The Thundercash suggested donation seems like a lot of money. How was the goal calculated?
A: The PTO board creates a budget that reflects the needs of the teachers, students, parents, and the school. This budget is voted on by the general membership and it drives the activities of the PTO during that school year.
Q: Is my Thundercash contribution tax deductible? If so, will I get a donation receipt for tax reporting purposes?
A: Yes. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible. RTMS non-profit ID#: 83-0533551
Q: Can I earmark my contribution for a specific RTMSPTO program?
A: No, all contributions to the Thundercash campaign go into the general PTO account and are distributed across all of the programs that the PTO funds.
Q: Does my Thundercash contribution include my PTO membership dues?
A: Yes! As long as you contribute we will consider you a member of the RTMS PTO. As a PTO member, you are entitled to participate in PTO meetings, votes, etc.
Q: How do I find out if my place of work will match my Thundercash contribution?
A: You need to contact your company's HR department (or look on your company's HR website) to understand their policy regarding matching grants. Many companies do have a matching grants program and match your contribution dollar for dollar! Please check with your employer. It is a really easy way to maximize your contribution to the PTO and your child's education!
Meal Benefits Online
Child Nutrition is encouraging families to apply for Meal Benefits online at schoolcafe.com/fbisd or on their smartphone/device by downloading the SchoolCafé app from their Google Play or App Store.
SchoolCafé is user friendly; allowing parents to set account restrictions, make online payments, apply for Free/Reduced Benefits with instant approval or denial, and much more!
Families will need to create an account online to apply for Meal Benefits and to make payments to their student’s account.
Meal Applications will all be done through schoolcafe.com/fbisd. Due to the pandemic, our office will not be open for paper applicants.
Families can email MealApps@fortbendisd.com for further assistance with applications if they’re unable to fill one out online.
Plan Now for Return to Face to Face
With the implementation of new health and safety protocols on all FBISD campuses, parents should start now to prepare their students for the return to in-school instruction.
We have included useful guides that may be helpful to families, the “10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for School” one-pager, and an educational video PSA targeted to elementary students to help start the conversation about COVID-19 precautions being taken at your school.
The health and safety of our FBISD students and families remain to be our highest priority. For more information on how the district is fulfilling our mission during the COVID-19 Pandemic go to www.fortbendisd.com/reimagined.