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September 2019

                                                         New Staff at Thornton Elementary

Please help us welcome our new staff members to Thornton Elementary. They are Ms. Lavelle, Kindergarten; Mrs. Woods, 2nd grade; Mrs. Herrera, 5th grade; Mrs. Bourke, Math Interventionist, Mrs. Young, ELD teacher, Mrs. Martinez, ELD teacher, Ms. Geddee, Student Teacher; Ms. Martinez, Boettcher Teacher Resident,  Reading Corp-Ms. Hungerford, Ms. Jackson, SBT.


Students at Thornton Elementary no longer receive Universal Free lunch (free for all students). In order to qualify for Free or Reduced lunch, families must apply online at


  • The information obtained on the application is confidential and is only used for qualification purposes for determination of Free and Reduced lunch status. It cannot, BY LAW, be shared with any person or any other agency.
  • If you receive SNAP or Tanif you automatically qualify by adding your number to the application
  • Please be sure to include all individuals living in your home, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, etc.

Thornton Elementary is in danger of losing over $200,000 in funding due to declining Free lunch qualified families. How does that impact students at Thornton Elementary? A partial list of what we will lose is:

  • Full day Kindergarten
  • Interventions
  • Additional staffing
  • Enrichment opportunities for students
  • Family Liaison
  • Daily snack for students

If families qualify for Free or Reduced lunch, they will benefit in the following way:

  • Free lunch for all their students listed on their application attending District 12 schools
  • Exempt from all District Fees for all their students listed on their application including technology fees, text book fees, athletic fees

We are HIGHLY ENCOURAGING ALL Thornton Elementary families to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch this year. Remember, students will have to pay for lunch if not approved for Free or Reduced Lunch. Many families are surprised that they qualify; it only takes a moment to try.

Remember, you don’t know if you qualify unless you apply! The more families that apply, the more it helps Thornton Elementary!

                                                               Coffee and Conversation

Come meet other parents, network, and get your questions answered.  Every first Friday of the month (schedules permitting or unless there is no school and then it is the following Friday), from 8:30- 9:30 AM in the cafeteria or library. Please be sure to check in to the office before attending the meeting.

                                                                       School Hours

Students are welcome on school grounds at 8:15am. There is no adult supervision before this time so it is imperative, for their safety,  students do not arrive before this time. If your work schedule interfers with this time, please consider registering your student with our BASE program. They open at 6:30am on school days and currently have openings. Please contact Gina Freyta at 720-972-5676 if you need any further information regarding BASE.

Thornton Elementary’s Bell Schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten through 5th grade:

8:20am-3:50pm M, T, TH and F

8:20am-2:30pm Wednesdays only

Tardy Bell: 8:25am

Classroom doors will close at 8:25am. Any student arriving at 8:25am or later will need to come to the office to sign in and receive a pass. Students will be marked as follows:

Students are Tardy if arriving between 8:25am-8:30am

Students will be marked a Partial Absence if arriving between 8:30am-9:30am

Students will be marked One Half Day Absence if arriving after 9:30am

Please make sure your child is here on time, all day, every day at 8:20am

The School’s Office hours are 8:00am-4:15pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, our office hours are 8:00 am-3:15pm. Although school personnel are in the building before and after these hours, they are using this before and after school time to get ready for the day. Please refrain from ringing the bell or knocking on the doors.

If your child will be absent or late to school, please remember to call the attendance line.

It is available 24 hours a day


                                                            Uniforms Worn Daily

All students need to wear their uniforms daily.  The uniform shirts need to be solid colored polo shirts/dress shirts (with collars) in navy blue or white. As for uniform bottoms, students can wear plain navy or black shorts, skirts, slacks, or dark color jeans.  Plain tights or leggings may be worn under skirts only.  Bottoms should not have designs or holes. We have about 99% of students wearing the correct clothes.  Thank you for your support of the policy.

                                                                    Parents Right to Know

As a parent of a student at Thornton Elementary, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher who instructs your child. This is a requirement for all districts that receive Title I funds. Federal law allows you to request certain information about your student’s classroom teacher. The law also requires the district to give you this information in a timely manner upon request. Listed below is the information about which you have the right to ask for regarding each of your student’s classroom teachers. 

• Whether the Colorado Department of Education has licensed or endorsed your student’s teacher for the grades and subjects taught. 

• Whether CDE has decided that your student’s teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances. 

• The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and, if so, the subject of the degrees. 

• Whether any teachers’ aides or similar para-educators provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

Please contact Robyn Werpy in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Human Resources Office at 720-972-4058 or if you would like to receive any of this information.

                                                                         PTO News

The Thornton PTO is excited for the new school year. We will be having monthly meetings as well as several simple fundraisers that help support Thornton Elementary School. Our goal is to support the school, families and students of Thornton Elementary. Please look for details on upcoming meetings and activities. Our first meeting will be Thursday, September 19th, 5:30-6:30 p.m.