Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome Back!

What a great start to a new school year!  As we eased our way into the 14-15 school year with two 4 day weeks we welcomed our students and staff back with smiles and warm weather.  It's been smooth sailing so far with lots of back to school activities taking place.  Many teachers held meet and greets in their classrooms or outdoors on the playground prior to the start of school and planning for Open Houses this fall have already begun.   We officially welcomed our preschoolers back on 9/2 which is always exciting as they are our youngest students who bring the joy and wonderment of learning to life as only 3 and 4 year olds can! Our first All School Share officially kicked off the school year on Friday 9/5 with a message from Kid President to, "Be More Awesome".  The Annual Ice Cream Social brought out the masses on that same hot, sticky evening.  Our third and fourth graders will be headed to Dac Rowe field on Friday 9/26 for a morning of team building activities with teachers and staff.  Don't forget to check the school events calendar on our website for upcoming events. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer News and Updates

Dear TBPS Families,

We hope that you have been enjoying the summer and the beautiful weather we’ve been having!  With the start of a new school year fast approaching, we wanted to reach out and update you on some new information related to the 2014-15 school year.

Our usual summer activities have been underway and the building is abuzz with the sounds of our custodians cleaning, waxing and mowing.  Students have been in and out throughout the summer enjoying our many summer programs and camps.  Teachers and staff have been attending professional development opportunities while also spending time with family and friends.  

Two of the major changes that will be implemented this year are related to our building access and the road construction projects that will be occurring in Waterbury.  As many of you already know, the town is undertaking some major road, sidewalk and bridge construction that will most definitely impact the overall traffic flow in Waterbury as well as our arrival and dismissal times.  In an effort to remain consistent with our procedures and maintain safety for our students, we are asking that all parents who drop off or pick up in the circle abide by the following rules:
  • Please have your child exit and enter your vehicle on the curb side when picking up and dropping off.
  • Please do not park in the drop off circle or leave your vehicle running in the circle.
  • If you are escorting your child into the building, we ask that you park in the back parking lot (accessible via High Street) and enter from this side of the building, so as not to disrupt the flow in the circle.

One of the many building projects we have undertaken this summer has been installing a security system at both main entrances of the building.  The primary purpose in implementing this system is the safety of our students and staff.  This security system will allow us to secure the school during school hours while also utilizing a camera and buzzer system to continue to allow access to parents and others as needed.  Both main entrances will remain unlocked during arrival and dismissal times as they have been in the past.  The new system will allow our office staff to see, via camera, who is at the door and an intercom system will allow for communication.  The office will be able to unlock the door from their location to allow visitors into the building.  

We look forward to seeing each of you as we embark on another year together here at TBPS!  Our first day of school is Tuesday, August 26th and some additional dates of note are listed below:

  • School Board meeting-8/12 at 6:00p.m.
  • PTO meeting-8/14 at 6:00p.m.
  • Ice cream social-9/5 at 6:30p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1st 100 Days+

We survived!! The first 100 days of school has come and gone and we're still standing & smiling. Thatcher Brook Primary School is a busy place even in the middle of the winter. We experienced a few bumps at the beginning but now Sports 4 Life is well underway and students are thoroughly enjoying their skiing, riding, skating, swimming, and tumbling experiences. Our Thursday cross country program is thriving with over 50 students participating in this program run by Tom Thurston. Many of our classes take advantage of all the cross country equipment we have and go out during the day to ski. The TBPS version of the luge is evident at recess time with students of all ages taking advantage of the short hills on our playground.
While the students are enjoying winter activities our staff is "plowing" through the seven weeks of instructional time between breaks with an eye on the end of the second trimester in March. In addition to their instructional/classroom responsibilities the teaching staff has been engaged in professional conversations around grade level & classroom data, discipline & PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support), SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) which will take the place of NECAPs, and finally MTSS (Multitiered Systems of Support) for all students. Too many acronyms to keep track of sometimes!!
We all head off on Friday for a well deserved break and will be right back at it on Wednesday, March 5th.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and Welcome to Winter!  We had an eventful December filled with many school wide and community events.  Our annual cultural study this year focused on Russia.  Our students learned about Russian culture, created beautiful works of art, learned some Russian words and even enjoyed a Russian themed lunch from our cafeteria.  As new principals, this was an amazing learning opportunity that not only involved our school community but the community at large.  We also watched as our students created lanterns for the annual Lantern Parade, which had an underwater theme this year.  Seeing these wonderful events begin in the school and culminate in the community is a testament to the level of involvement from parents and speaks to the support that exists from the community at large.  As the winter temperatures continue to change we have had to get creative about recesses.  The students have been troopers around the many adjustments we have had to make regarding recesses recently due to cold temperatures as well as icy conditions on our playground.  We hope more snow will fall soon to provide a safer turf for our students to get out and enjoy the winter air.