Happy Valentine's Day! We have exciting events coming up in February, including the Father/Daughter dance, Candy Gram sales and Valentine's week classroom events, the SouperBowl, and a Black History program. As always, we welcome your involvement and encourage your participation. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.
We would like to welcome Heather Smallwood as our new VP of Fundraising! She has been very involved on PTO committees, including the Welcome Committee, and will be a wonderful addition to our PTO's executive team!
Hot Lunch Ordering is the 15th - 22nd of every month.
FUNDRAISING REMINDER - Keep collecting box tops in anticipation of our next box top contest.
Our next PTO Executive Committee meeting is on February 2nd at 6:30pm. We hope to see you soon!
Julia White, President
Heather Smallwood, VP of Fundraising
Jackie Burka, VP of Events
Rhonda Little, Treasurer
Leah Varnell, Secretary
February 2016 2/1 – 2/5, SouperBowl 2/1 – 2/11, MAPS Testing 2/1, School-Wide Prediction Day 2/2, PTO Meeting, 6:30pm 2/3 – 2/9, CandyGram Sales 2/9, 100th Day of School 2/9, Lottery Tour, 6:30pm 2/9, Intent to Return Link Open 2/12, Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30pm 2/15, President’s Day, No School 2/15 – 2/22, Online Ordering for Hot Lunch 2/17, Student-Led Lottery Tour, 12:30pm 2/19, Mandatory Teacher Workday, No School 2/25, Lottery Tour, 10am 2/25, Board Meeting, 7pm 2/26, Black History Program: K-2 Families - 9:30am, 3 - 5 Families 1:00pm 2/26, Intent to Return Deadline
Candy Gram sales start on Wed 2/3! Students will receive information and an order form in their Tuesday folder. Any questions, please email Thunderbirdpreppto@gmail.com
TPA's Orchestra and Ensemble Spring Registrations are Open!
TPA ORCHESTRA The Thunderbird Orchestra is a unique program that inspires students to study their musical talents individually and to work as a team to perform music as a group. Music can greatly enhance brain development, and studies have shown academic improvement with the study of a musical instrument.
The Thunderbird Orchestra performs in front of their peers and in the community. Under the direction of Adrienne Babbitt (cellist) and Bekah Sanders (violin/violist), the group rehearses after school on Mondays from 1:30-2:30 pm and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:10. Instruction for violin, viola, cello, and string bass is offered. There is a $90 per semester registration fee payable by check to Thunderbird Prep. Students bring their own instrument (a correct-sized instrument can be purchased or rented through local music shops, online, etc.), music (Essential Elements Book 1 and Concert Tunes by Dale Brubaker), and a music stand. Visit the Web Page under "Our School" on TPA's website for details.
TPA ENSEMBLE Ensemble Production Classes, Rehearsals and Performances Ensemble productions focus on the development of the actor through the production process. Each project features a healthy dose of instruction at the onset before moving into rehearsals for the workshop production. Ensemble productions are scaled back to keep the emphasis on the process, with actors taking an active role in the development of the production’s set, costumes, lighting and/or props. They are performed free of charge as a community service, and are opened to the public. Director: Dr. Laura Royster Stage Manager: TBA Grades: 1-5 Location: Thunderbird Preparatory Academy Rehearsal Dates Tuesday & Thursdays 3:30-5:30 February: 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 March: 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24 April: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 May: 3, 5 Production Week We will be working with lights, sound, costumes and props at Armour Street Theatre May 9, 11 (4:00-6:30pm) Performances: Saturday May 14th @ 4pm & 7pm Participation Fee: $270 per ensemble. Financial Aid available. Questions/Scholarship Info: Contact Katie Mullis at
To View the Flyer for TPA's Spring Ensemble, Click Here!
The "Souper Bowl" is here! 2/1 - 2/5, we will be collecting items in the car line for Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen:
Cream of Chicken
Cream of Mushroom
Tubs of Frosting
Grocery Store Coupons Thank You!
Candy Gram sales for Valentine's Day! 2/3 - 2/9, check the Tuesday folders for details!
Thanks to generous donations on DonorsChoose, Ms. Curley was able to provide calculators for all of the 3rd grade classes!
Box Top Madness is happening! It's time to collect box tops and send them in! One class will win the championship! Details online under the PTO Fundraising Tab!
Order a corsage and boutonniere for the upcoming Father/Daughter Dance! Details are on the Flight Plan online!
Meet Mrs. McKinney, our wonderful Interim Managing Director at TPA.
1 – What is your greatest inspiration? I would say that my greatest inspiration is my faith and my family.
2 – With the morning announcements, you have a wonderful singing voice. Did you take singing lessons or were you in a choir? Why thank you! When I was in high school I was in the school choir and I did take a few voice lesson during my high school days. I was actually a choir director during my college years and post college years. I worked with my sister . . . she is the “real” musician.
3 – How do you like to spend your time on the weekends? I love spending time with my husband. Now that we are empty nesters, it is great to be a couple!!! I also enjoy LONG naps!!!
4 – Do you have words of encouragement for our graduating 5th graders this year? Absolutely . . . stay true to yourself and DO YOU!!! Middle school can be an emotional rollercoaster so you need to have someone you can talk to about day to day challenges.
5 – How do you stay organized on a daily basis, and do you have organization tips to share with us? It definitely can be tough being organized but I am very fortunate to have an amazing office team that provides great support.
Organizational Tip of the month: Put First Things First . . . by Stephen Covey
Meet Tracey Bacon, on the Book Fair Committee!
1 – What was your favorite book to read when you were in elementary school?
It’s hard to choose my favorite; there are soo many that I enjoyed as a child. If I have to pick I would say “The Phantom Tollbooth.” The story is about a bored little boy Milo who receives a magical tollbooth that takes him to a fantastical land called Lands Beyond. The little boy goes on some wonderful adventures through Island of Conclusion, Valley of Sounds and Point of View with a dog he picks up along the way named Tock. At the time I was reading it, I liked the books because the characters were interesting and fun in the Lands Beyond, but after reading as an adult, I realize that the book is about education, common sense, using time wisely, etc. If you have not read the book before, I encourage everyone to and to read it to or with your kids.
2 – What were some of the most popular books that were sold in the Book Fair?
There were definitely some big sellers this year. Here are the highlights:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
3 – Please give advice on how to run a successful book fair.
This was my first year running the book fair, or even volunteering at one, so I learned a lot about what to do and definitely what not to do. I don’t think that I would have been able to run the book fair if I didn’t have such a passion for reading. I think the best advice I could give is to be organized / have a plan, but be flexible because something will always come up that you didn’t plan for. I would also say that being present to help your volunteers and kids find books, recommend books, write out their wish list, etc.
Oh….and wear comfortable shoes. You are on your feet a lot!
4 – What upcoming events are you excited about? (family trips, school events, etc…)
Lacrosse season is on its way! Both of my kids play lacrosse and there is nothing I enjoy more than watching them play. I am also excited for my daughter’s first big field trip to Jamestown.