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October 2017

Fall Harvest/Halloween

October 31, 2017 will be a “uniform option day”. Students will wear their regular clothes when their class is not having their party. Halloween Parties will be from 3:00pm-3:45pm on October 31st. Students can wear costumes during the party but the entire day will be uniform optional. The costume must follow the following guidelines: No weapon facsimile, and no masks. Costumes should not be “blood and guts” or anything that could frighten a Kindergartener. Remember, all costumes must be in good taste, child friendly or students will change into a uniform. Students must be able to change into their costumes independently. If you feel your child will need assistance to change, please wait until 3:00pm to assist them.

In order to accommodate all the visitors who want to participate, we are encouraging visitors to come in PRIOR to Oct. 31 to get their photo ID’s scanned. Remember, NO visitors will be allowed to go to any classrooms without first getting their photo ID scanned. When coming in early to get your photo ID scanned, please let the office personnel know you are having it scanned for the Halloween parties. This will ensure your visitor badge will be held for that day. Then, on the day of the party, those that came in prior will just need to sign in and pick up their badge and proceed to the classrooms at 3:00pm. Hopefully this will allow a more efficient way to accommodate all our visitors that day.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences will be held on October 11th and October 12th. Please make every effort to attend these important meetings to learn how your child is doing in class. Questions to ask your child’s teacher:
• What are my child’s academic strengths?
• What are my child’s academic needs?
• How can I support my child at home in their areas of need?
• How does my child behave at school?
• Who are their friends?
Translation services will be provided.

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.

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 paraeducators provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

Please contact Amy Spruce in the Adams 12 Human Resources Office at 720-972-4058 or if you would like to receive any of this information.

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 Sydney Delohery 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 8:30am. Any student arriving at 8:30am 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. Wednesday, the Office hours are 8:00am-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.

Picture Day (retakes)
Retakes will be on Tuesday, November 14th.

Absent or Late Arrivals

If your child will be absent or late to school, please remember to call the attendance line.
It is available 24 hours a day

Thornton Elementary has been awarded funds from the USDA to provide a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to all students two days per week!  A variety of items will be served along with nutrition education information about the featured fruit or vegetable.  Be sure to ask your child about their snack!

Cold Weather

As a general rule, if the outside temperature is 20 degrees or colder (including wind chill) and/or there is inclement weather, we will have the children enter the building and wait in front of their classroom until 8:15am and school begins. This same rule will apply to outside recess. If the temperature is 20 degrees or colder and/or there is inclement weather, we will have “inside” recess.
If your child needs to stay inside for recess on cold days (but above 20 degrees), please make sure you have a note from your physician indicating a health reason for staying inside during recess.

District Assessment Calendar
You can access the district's comprehensive assessment calendar accessing the following website and then clicking on the link under the section titled, "Assessments Administered."

Uniforms Worn Daily

All students must 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; no sweat pants are to be worn.  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.

Lock Down, Lock Out, Fire and Tornado Drills

Several times throughout the school year, Thornton students will practice several drills. Those drills are: Lock Out, meaning all exterior doors will remain locked and closed during the drill; Lock Down, meaning all interior doors will be locked. Fire Drills, students walk to a designated area outside of the building. Tornado Drill, students walk to designated area within the building. Please remind your child of the importance of these drills.

PTO News

Thanks to the parents and staff that joined us for our first PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting in September. This is a great group to get involved with to support your students and the school. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, October 19th from 5:30-6:30 to discuss plans for the school year.  Be a part of considering teacher grants, and hear the results of our school wide fundraising. PTO will meet the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30. Come get involved with PTO.

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