I hope you enjoy TPA's first newsletter created and maintained by our PTO to help you stay informed on all the exciting things going on. Along with this newsletter, you will also receive a monthly school calendar so that you can print it off and place it on your refrigerator so you don't miss out. Click here for your calendar.
We are almost at that crossroad where we will all be under one roof. It has been an arduous process with expected growing pains. We did not promise things would be perfect but I did promise you top quality teachers and curriculum instruction. Our teachers are the heartbeat of our school and I'm so proud of how they have endured so many transitions while ensuring that the students receive a top quality education. I'm so grateful for our amazing faculty. Meanwhile we are plugging away to get them all the tools that they need. I also must say a huge thank you to our parents for truly partnering with our school.
Please enjoy this beautiful season in December. I wish you a safe holiday season with your loved ones!
Patty Moreira, Managing Director/Principal
Family Dining Nights Our first family dining night at Chipotle was successful, raising over $1000 for Thunderbird Preparatory Academy. Mark Your Calenders: The next family dining night is scheduled for Dec.16th at Tender’s from 5-9. More info to come. Plan to attend these family dining nights every other month throughout the school year.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon Dec.15th Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble Dec.18th Book Fair in January - dates TBD Souper Bowl for staff in January
Davidson Community Players and Thunderbird Drama Ensemble present:
Golly Gee Whiz
January 24 at 1pm and 4pm
January 25 at 2pm
Armour Street Theater Free
Sadie Hawkins Dance Feb - dates TBD Mother-son Outing March - dates TBD Fun Run in April - dates TBD
3rd Grade Teacher wins Mecklenburg County Teacher of the Week!
Kyle Slattery was awarded Teacher of the Week in Mecklenburg County during October. His class won classroom supplies for the year, and Mr. Slattery won two Panthers tickets for a game in December! This reflects the high caliber of work of our teachers at Thunderbird.
"This is not just a reward for me but for the students and parents of our 3rd grade class," said Slattery. He noted that he has had amazing parent involvement so far this year. "I couldn't have asked for a better group of parents and more importantly, a better group of kids."
The nomination was made by the LaBelle family, whose son Ethan is in Mr. Slattery's class. Anne Marie LaBelle said at first she was discouraged because Thunderbird was not on the list of eligible schools, but she input the school manually and he got the award!
Welcome to the Thunderbird PTO Newsletter, highlighting events, PTO news and school-wide information. We're having a "Name The PTO Newsletter" contest, so please send in your ideas by December 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll announce the winner in the January edition, along with a Barnes & Noble giftcard. Looking for inspiration? Wikipedia's definition of a "Thunderbird" is:
The PTO board was officially elected into office on October 2, with the following executive officers:
Susanna Parker - President
Beth Butler - Co-Vice President
Tanya Feehan - Co-Vice President
Julia K. White - Secretary
Rhonda Little - Treasurer
Our PTO has been very busy during the past 6 weeks! The PTO by-laws were written and approved, Articles of Incorporation were approved by the state of NC, and the following were established: mailing address, bank account, Pay Pal set-up, and Tax EIN applied for and received. We are in the process of filing for 501(c)(3).
Our Used Book Drive was very successful! We collected over 3000 books. Each grade has a winner and will have a pizza party! Winners will be announced next week. Thank you so much for your contributions for our classrooms. The response was tremendous. Now, we need help leveling the books, which can be done at home, at your convenience. Please scroll down to see how you can help with the leveling of the books.
The Lead By Example Annual Giving Campaign runs through Dec. 12, covering costs of leveled reading books, calculators and technology needs for the school. Please visit this link to learn more about the campaign.
We are in need of many volunteers to take a bag/box of books home and level them over the next several weeks. There are about 2,000 books in the teacher's lounge in the back building of the TPA site that need to be leveled. If you are willing to stop in and grab a box full of books here is how the process will work: 1. Stop by the main site and tell the office staff that you are a book drive volunteer coming to pick up/drop off books. Head back to the teacher's lounge in the back building and grab as many books as you have time to level. Please bring your own box or bag to fill up. 2. All of the books in the room that are not in labeled zip lock bags with letters on them need to be leveled. They are on the floor and on the counter top. 3. You will need a black sharpie, gallon sized Ziploc bags, labels, and access to the internet. 4. Please go to Scholastic.com/bookwizard and look up the titles and then mark them on the inside front page with the letter of the book using the labels. You will be looking for the guided reading level A-Z, not the other types of leveling options. 5. You will then use the Ziploc bags to put each group of books together by letter. 6. There will be books that cannot be found on the website, if it does not come up, mark the inside of the books with NL for no level. Then return your finished books to the teacher's lounge and place them in the correct labeled boxes A-Z! It is very simple and if all of us do a couple of bags it should move very quickly. I will check in regularly so that I can let everyone know when all of the books have been taken. We would like to get everything finished by mid December if possible. Leveling of books will be an ongoing need throughout the year and we will be asking for help to assist as other donations come in.
TPA Students are Saying....
When students were asked what they loved about TPA, here were some of the replies:
4th grader: They talk about friendship and they teach us how to be leaders.
2nd grader: I love the specials classes because they do a lot of nice and good activities for kids.
To add your child's comments to the "Students are Saying" portion of the newsletter, please email their responses to email@example.com.