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December Newsletter

                                                                                  Winter Parties
That time of year is fast approaching and classrooms will be having Winter Parties to celebrate. Winter Parties will be held on Thursday, December 15th. Check with your student’s grade level for specific times. In order to accommodate all the visitors who want to participate, we are encouraging visitors to come in prior to December 15th to get their photo id scanned. Remember, no visitors will be allowed to go to any classroom without first getting their photo id scanned. When coming in to have your photo id scanned, please be sure to let the office personnel know you are having it scanned for the Winter Parties and this will ensure your Visitor Badge will be held for that day. Then, on the day of the Winter Parties, those that came in prior can just sign in and pick up their badge and proceed to the classrooms. Hopefully this will allow a more efficient way to accommodate all of our visitors that day.

                                                                                School Attendance

Our goal this year at Thornton Elementary is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:   

• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. 
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
• Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!
• Students that miss school have more issues with poor behavior and bullying.
Please make sure your child is here on time, all day, every day at 8:20am

                                                                          Family Literacy Night

Please join us for our annual Family Literacy Night on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Their will be brief presentations by classroom teachers, time to read a book with your child, warm up with some delicious hot cocoa, and pictures with Santa. Be sure to visit all of the fun activities and get a signature at each location-all completed tickets can be turned in to win a raffle prize! See you there!

                                                                               Arriving at School
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.

                      Bell Schedule
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.

Please make sure your child is here on time, all day, and every day at

                                                                                  School Office Hours
The School’s Office hours are 8:00am-4:15pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, the School’s 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.

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

                                                                              Perfect Attendance Recognition
This year, improving student’s attendance is a priority goal at Thornton Elementary. To help motivate students to be here, on time, all day, every day, each month we will be recognizing the class with the best Perfect Attendance. Perfect attendance means no tardies, no absences and no getting pulled out early. That class will get to keep the Perfect Attendance trophy in their classroom for the month, their class picture in the hallway, and a special treat. The class that had the BEST PERFECT ATTENDANCE for November was: Mr. George’s 5th grade class. Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

                                                                     The Thornton  Facility and Community Usage

Our first concern at Adams Five Star School District centers on the safety and security of our students, their families, and staff members. Therefore, our school facilities are operated within standards of safety and security and in accordance with Board of Education policies, and they are available on an equal basis for all.  Utilization of the facilities by community members or groups can be arranged through the Department of Community Usage.                                                                                  Vistor/Volunteer Check in
When you come to school for lunch or to volunteer, please check in at the office. You will need a government issued photo id that will be scanned before you can visit the classrooms or go to the cafeteria. Thank you for your cooperation.

                                                                                      Uniform Reminder
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.

                                                                              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."