Friday, September 25, 2015

FYIs 9-25-2015

Next Week:

  • Tuesday, September 29 @ 5:30 Kindergarten Open House
  • Friday, October 2 @ 1:45 All School Share
Baitz’s Blast:
  • Hiking in PE
  • We will be hiking in PE for the next 2 weeks. Single classes are going to the woods behind the school and learning about following marked trails.
  • Double classes are doing a longer hike walk along the Community Path. Hiking and walking are great lifetime physical activities.
Parent Volunteers Needed:
  • Would you like to explore a nature topic with your child's class?  This year, TBPS PTO is working with the Four Winds Nature Institute to offer parent workshops on interesting nature lessons, that in turn parents offer that same lesson outside to our students.  We are hoping for 6 lessons per class, and are hoping for 2-4 parents per class to share in this load (maybe you could lead from 2 lessons or all 6, depends on your availability).  
  • If you want to learn more or want to sign up to be your child's Four Winds parent volunteer, please email Dana Hudson at hudsondana@comcast.net or call at (802) 233-1274.  
  • We hope to get the lessons started in November.  Also, this is a great way for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends to help out too.  So please think of who you know that might like to volunteer in our classrooms. Thanks!
Save the Stamps:

  • Shaws Supermarket is running their Cuisinart Stamp Saver program again, and this time you can earn points for cutting boards, flatware, and kitchen utensils.  
  • If you do not use their stamps, please consider dropping them off at the school office.  The school is trying to stock a schoolwide cooking cart for in-class cooking lessons.  We could use all the stamps we can get!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Shout Out!


TBPS Staff supporting one another by giving a collegial 
Shout Out!!

Monday, September 21, 2015


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Reminder - Grades 3 & 4 Open House tonight from 6:00-7:00. The main entrance doors front and back will be unlocked. There will be displays outside the office in the foyer and a survey that we are asking parents to take. The survey is on the easels next to the bench at the top of the main stairs on the right hand side. Please take a minute to stop and give your input.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Parent FYIs 9-18-15

Family Reading Program:
It is time to sign up for this year's Family Reading Program.  
Our theme this year is Oceans.  Come join us while we explore this underwater world through books and activities.  
We will be meeting on the following dates:  
Wed Nov 11th, Wed Dec 9th, Wed Jan 13th, and Wed Feb 10th from 6:00-7:30PM in the cafeteria.  
You will be reading 4 different books as a family at no cost to you.  
Please sign up by Oct 9th, either from the web page or by sending an email or a note to bververis@wwsu.org.  
You can also sign up during Open House at the table in the main foyer where you see the Family Reading Display.Here is the link to the web page which gets you to the sign up for Family Reading Family Reading Program

School Pictures:
School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th.
Classes will sign up for one session on one day.
Picture packets will go next week.

Reading Eggs:
Thatcher Brook Primary School has registered with Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, the online program designed to motivate and excite your child about reading. This means your child can now use Reading Eggs and Reading Eggpress at home.  Reading Eggs is designed for students ages 4-7, while Reading Eggspress is designed for students 7-13.  
Students can access the program by going to the Thatcher Brook Primary School website..  
Look under the tab for students and select http://readingeggs.com. Your child would then log in by using their lunch number followed by .wd.  The password is “tbps”.
For example:
Login Name:    11189.wd   (lunch number followed by .wd)
Password:  tbps  (all students have the same password)
There is also a free app that can be downloaded to the Ipad, entitled Reading Eggs.   We hope you enjoy using this program with your child.

TBPS PTO:
The TBPS PTO invites you to take this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P7W2R36
Reminder:  
The Meadow Farms fundraiser is coming to an end.  Please send in your orders and money by Tuesday September 22nd.
All checks payable to PTO@TBPS.  Thank You!

Box Tops for Education:
Here’s how simple it is:
Find box tops on hundreds of products.
Clip each box top from each package.
Send the box tops into school with your child.

Substitutes:
Our current substitute list is dwindling rapidly. We are in need of substitutes for all positions.
Please call Sue Premore @ 244-7195 to find out how to get an application or stop by and talk to her in person.

Raising HOPE at Davey & Dac:
Calling all Good Cookies! Please help us “Bake a Difference” to raise $ and awareness for Childhood Cancer during September, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Join fellow Good Cookies in supporting Vermont’s 3rd Annual Bake Sale by baking and buying Cookies
Bake Sale on Saturday Sept. 26 at Hope Davey (9am) and Dac Rowe (10 am) Parks.
What we need: Dozens of generous sized Cookies (Bake Sale favorites are chocolate and double chocolate chip, oatmeal, M&M and sugar (no frosting, but dried icing and sprinkles ok). No need to wrap individual cookies, as we will package them.
When: Please drop cookies off on Friday, Sept. 25
Where: Cookies Drop off Stations are TBPS & CBMS school offices, or by arrangement.
Why: Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the US. There is a lack of effective therapies for ONE reason-the lack of funding!
How: One Good Cookie at Time! Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (CFKC), a nonprofit, funds childhood cancer research grants resulting in promising new treatments!
Not a baker? That's okay. We hope all Cookie Monsters will come out and buy some cookies at our bake sales on Saturday 9/26 during Waterbury Youth Soccer games. Help us raise important funds by dropping extra “dough” in our donation jar. Please spread the word. Check out cookiesforkidscancer.org to learn more.
Who: Madeline Sullivan-Drake and Laurie Flaherty (drakesvt@gmail.com)
Thanks for your support!

2nd Annual Boot Swap at CC Outdoor Store:
Sept. 26: 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your gently used and clean boots and shoes the week of Sept. 20th to sell on consignment.  You set the price and receive 80% of sale price in cash, or 100% in store credit if there's a buyer.  
CC Outdoor Store, Twin Silos Building, 438 US RT 2
Information: Owen Hall, 802-244-4000; info@ccoutdoorstore.com

Instrument Lessons:
Looking for violin or guitar lessons?  
Allen Church offers them at the school on Tuesdays and has some open slots. Call him at 802 888 5984 for more info.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Letter from Superintendent to TBPS Staff

Dear Thatcher Brook Staff:

I am writing to express to you a very big CONGRATULATIONS! As the superintendent of schools for such a large supervisory union, I never get the opportunity to visit classrooms and experience directly the skilled instruction our students receive. I do hear all about instruction though, through your building administrators, our work at the admin team, and Sheila. I know how very hard you have been working as a faculty to bring consistency, coherence, and strong, targeted intervention to your already solid teaching practices. Well, it certainly shows and speaks volumes in your SBAC results. Normally, I would not have a really strong opinion about a single year of data. As you probably have heard me say before, assessment data needs to be longitudinal to be stable. That being said, a school of your size with the results that you were able to achieve in BOTH language arts and math on the SBAC, with a scaled score spread as large as yours, is no fluke.

You should be extremely proud of results that show both 3rd and 4th graders at TBPS scoring higher than the state average and all other schools in the WWSU by more than a few scaled points in BOTH language arts and math. Hats off to you. And..."take that NCLB and corrective action!" 

Keep up the great work! I am extremely proud of the hard, ongoing work you do towards continuous improvement. I am also thanking you on behalf of your students:)

Best regards,
Brigid

Friday, September 11, 2015

Parent FYIs 9-11-15

9-11-2015

Next Week:

  • Wednesday, September 16 - 7:00 Walk/Bike to School meet at Rusty Parker Park  
School Pictures:
  • School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th.
  • Classes will sign up for one session on one day.
  • Picture packets will go home soon.
Arrival/Drop off Reminder:
  • Children may begin arriving as early as 7:30 a.m. There is no adult supervision prior to 7:30 a.m.
  • Formal instruction starts at 7:50 a.m. Children are tardy if they arrive after 7:50 a.m and must report to the office for a pass to class.
Baitz’s Blasts:
  • Biking in PE for grades 3 & 4 next week (9/14-9/18). Please see Parent Letter for information. Parent’s Guide to Safe Biking can be found here or on the PE tab on the TBPS website.
TBPS PTO:
Box Tops for Education:
  • Here’s how simple it is:
    • Find box tops on hundreds of products.
    • Clip each box top from each package.
    • Send the box tops into school with your child.
Activities for Students:
Substitutes:
  • Our current substitute list is dwindling rapidly. We are in need of substitutes for all positions.
  • Please call Sue Premore @ 244-7195 to find out how to get an application or stop by and talk to her in person.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Blue Flame Gas School Days Program

School Days in partnership with Blue Flame Gas will give our school up to $2,000 per school year for books & computers, sporting equipment, musical instruments, art materials...all the way to travel funds for that important educational trip.
Save your Blue Flame Gas Propane receipts and bring/send them to school to deposit in the School Days Receipt Box. It's just that easy!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Week 2

REMINDER - NO SCHOOL TOMORROW FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 INSERVICE DAY
Next Week:
  • Monday, September 7 - No School Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 8  - Act 46 Informational Meeting @ HUHS @ 6:00
  • Thursday, September 10 - WDSD School Board Meeting @ CBMS @ 6:00
  • Friday, September 11 - All School Share @ 1:45
Arrival/Drop off Reminder:
  • Children may begin arriving as early as 7:30 a.m. There is no adult supervision prior to 7:30 a.m.
  • Formal instruction starts at 7:50 a.m. Children are tardy if they arrive after 7:50 a.m and must report to the office for a pass to class.
Library:
  • This is what "responsibility" looks like in the library:
  • Taking out books is a privilege and we are poised to teach responsibility this year!
  • Marieta and I are limiting the number of books students have out at one time to 5. If a student needs support in getting the ones at home back to school, we can help there too! I am encouraging students to bring them back sooner than a week if need be, as we have many voracious readers.
  • As always, please email me with any question or concerns ndaigle@wwsu.org (Submitted by Nancy Daigle)
Baitz's Blasts:

  • Biking in PE for grades 3 & 4 for the next two weeks (9/8-9/18). Please see Parent Letter for more information. Parent's Guide to Safe Biking can be found on the PE tab on the TBPS website. 
  • We are still working on getting the directions out for the new PowerSchool access. Look for an email early next week.
Tech:

  • Attached you will find a Tip Sheet from Common Sense Media discussing digital footprint and online security for students.
WDSD School Board:
  • September 10 - WDSD School Board Meeting @ 6:00 in the CBMS Library click here to access relevant documents.
PowerSchool Access:
  • The way in which parents access their child’s PowerSchool accounts has changed.