Thomson Tidbits

Monthly Newsletter

AUGUST

Thank you!

Dear Thomson Families,

We had a fantastic first week at Thomson. I cannot tell you how proud I am of our staff and students. While day one might have looked a bit like organized chaos, by day two, many kids had learned the "lay of the land" and mainly were finding their way to their classrooms on their own. Even after the long weekend, kids remembered how to get to their classrooms. However, we will continue to have staff members ready to help all year long throughout the building.


I also want to thank all parents and guardians for trusting us with your child and respecting our "kiss and go" policy. As a parent, I know how hard it can be to watch your little one enter the building or get on a bus on their own, but your support with this has also contributed immensely to our smooth start and growing your child's independence at school.


As the school year progresses, please expect Thomson Tidbits at least monthly, if not bi-weekly. Also, watch your child's red folder for flyers and other information. Remember, the red folder should be checked and emptied each night. Do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or office if you have any questions.


Kind regards,

Melissa Williams

Proud Thomson Principal

Tardies

Our school day begins at 8:35. Beginning Monday, August 29th, parents dropping students off after 8:35 will need to sign their child in at the door. Students that are signed in will be marked tardy.

Homecoming and Teddywear

Homecoming this year is September 16th. Each year Thomson staff and students walk in the parade. More information will be sent out regarding the parade and homecoming. Students typically wear Thomson shirts, although they are not required. Thomson wear orders are due by September 1st, so we can have them in time for the parade. The link for online ordering is:

http://www.hiltonscreenersinc.com/thomson_teddy

We need YOUR help!

For your safety and the safety of our students, please DO NOT walk in the bus loop during arrival and dismissal times. We need your help teaching the students to walk safely on the sidewalk. Thank you!

Parent Pick-Up

Our staff truly appreciates your patience during parent pick-up procedures. More than half of our student population is parent pick-up. We are dismissing about 170 students under six to the appropriate people in about fifteen minutes while dismissing students to buses. I want you to know that we are brainstorming and discussing other possibilities for dismissal. I will keep you updated if we make any changes.


If you have a student that was here last year, you may notice that procedures have changed. The dismissal procedures used in the previous year were due to COVID protocols, and we had extra staff members to assist.

Transportation Tags

Just a reminder that your child needs to have their "transportation tag" on their backpack daily. This is how we know if a child is parent pick-up or will be riding the bus. Please call the office before 3:00 if you have to change how your child is going home. Do not leave transportation changes on the teacher's voicemail. This is often not checked until after school is out.

Visitors at Thomson

Parents, guardians, and other family members will be allowed into Thomson for the following:

  • Dropoff/Pickup student medications
  • Attend IEP or 504 meetings
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences
  • As an approved volunteer

For other reasons such as dropping off a student late, picking up a student early, and dropping off sites such as a forgotten lunch or library book, parents/guardians should come to the front door and ring the doorbell. At that time, an office member will greet you through the doorbell system and ask you to go to the office.

Handle with care!

If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, we would like to provide additional support at school. We understand that you cannot always share details, and that's ok. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, don't hesitate to get in touch with your child's teacher or the office with a note stating "Handle with Care." Nothing else will be said or asked that you do not want to share. This will let our staff know that your child may need extra time, patience, or help during the day.

Medicine

Please remember that you should not send medication with your child to school; this includes over-the-counter and doctor-prescribed. If a student has a medication that they need to take at school, don't hesitate to get in touch with the office so that we can ensure that the proper forms are issued to be signed by your child's doctor. This is the same procedure for over-the-counter medications. This is just a reminder you must complete a new "Authorization to Administer Medication" form each school year. Please get in touch with our office if you have any questions about medicine administration or medical concerns for your child that you have not discussed with us.

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ganabathi

Welcome back to school, Thomson families! This is my seventh year as an elementary counselor and my second year at Thomson. As the school counselor, I work with students individually, in small groups, and within their classrooms to provide social-emotional support. I also help families by connecting them with community resources. Don't hesitate to contact me at aganabathi@davisonschools.org or (810) 591-0911 -Mrs. Ganabathi

Attendance Line Available 24/7

If your child will be absent for any reason, please get in touch with our Attendance Line at

(810) 591-0916. You may leave a voicemail on this line at any time.

Please be sure to include:

  • Your child's name
  • Your child's teacher or room number
  • The reason for your child's absence

Attendance calls should not be placed on the main office line.

Mark your calendar!

  • Friday, August 26- No School; Office will be open 8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00.
  • Monday, August 29- First PTO Meeting, 6 pm in the Thomson Library...Please join us!
  • Friday, September 2- No School; Office closed
  • Monday, September 5- No School, Labor Day; Office closed
  • Friday, September 16- Homecoming
  • Monday, September 19- PTO Meeting, 6 pm
  • Wednesday, September 21- Early Release

We are here to help-Important Contact Information

While it is always best to reach out to your child's teacher first, below is a list of other Thomson Staff that you may want or need to contact. Please remember that we are here to help!