Thompson Brook Elementary

 

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January 27, 2017: Town Meeting

Recognition of Black History Month

Student council and other student volunteers presented an informational town meeting to kick off the support and recognition of Black History Month for February. Music was played as classes arrived to the gym for the town meeting. An introduction was followed up by the live wax museum of significant African-American men and women, played by a variety of students. After a student shared his/her information about the famous American, audience members had the opportunity to guess the person’s name.     

Jaiden H., Mylie G., Sarah G., Sophia H., and Gracen L. introduced their community service project to raise money for a foundation that helps endangered animals. The girls presented information on six different endangered animals that they want to assist: Javan rhinos, South China tigers, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles, Sumatran elephants, and Sumatran tigers. Through a raffle process each team was paired with an animal. The two week collection period will run from February 6 – 17.

The following students earned a “Thompson Brook School C.A.R.E.S. Leadership Award” for displaying leadership within the school community: Breanne A., Nandini A., Ryan B., Annie B., Sydney C., Claire C., Luke C., Jack C., Katherine D., Breanna F., Gabe G., Nate G., Griffin J., Vinny L., Ashton M., Kathryn M., Colin M., Alexandra N., Caden P., Ava P., Adarsh R., Susanna S., Timothy S., Sophia V., Brooke W., and Adam Z.After receiving a certificate with a description of why he/she was recognized, each student signed his/her name to the “I Can Be A Leader” banner.

Spirit Week January 23-27 Bring the Change

Rather than the usual Friday spirit days, in January, Student Council is having a spirit week to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will be collection boxes in each homeroom to collect the change each day. All monies collected will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Monday: Wear purple and bring in pennies.

Tuesday: Wear neon and bring in nickels.

Wednesday: Wear dark colors and bring in dimes.

Thursday: Wear multiple colors and bring in quarters.

Friday: Wear denim and bring in dollars.

Show your school spirit by dressing up in the colors and Bring The Change!

January 19, 2017: National Geographic Bee

TBS held its first Geo Bee in several years. 18 students participated in the preliminary round after school on Thursday, January 12 to arrive at the nine finalists.  During a whole school assembly the nine finalists competed for the title of School Champion. Christopher J. earned the title School Champion with Vikramaditya C. as the second place finisher, followed by Alexandra G. as the third place finalist. Other finalists were Pranit B., Arun C., Sreya N., Adarsh R., Alexa S, and Aarnav S.

The next step for Christopher is to take a 70 question on-line state qualifying test. The top 100 scorers on the state test will compete for the state title on March 31. Best of luck to Christopher.

December 16: Crazy Socks Day

The TBS student council collected 103 pairs of socks and $23 (for the purchase of additional socks) on Crazy Sock Day. The socks and cash will be donated to Gifts of Love for them to distribute as needed.

December 14: Holiday Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to the PTO Board and all parents who gave so generously to the TBS Staff luncheon this past Wednesday. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated by everyone.  

November 30: A huge thank you to the AEF

This has been an exciting week!

Fifth graders are creating visual code for our new small robots to follow; they learned about optic eyes and the uses of similar robotics in real world applications and sites. Next week, they will be writing block code on computers to transfer to the same robots (Ozobots provided by as recent AEF Grant the the TBS Library) in celebration of the National Hour of Code Week. Students are very excited to use the Ozobots and have been coming to the library at TI time to test their additional visual code work.  The Ozocodes are available from home using the following link to a .pdf. If students want to create visual code at home and bring it to school to test, they are welcome to do so! http://files.ozobot.com/stem-education/ozobot-ozocodes-reference.pdf

November 22: Town Meeting

The following students earned a “Thompson Brook School C.A.R.E.S. Leadership Award” for displaying leadership within the school community: Aizah A., Tanvi A., Tyler A., Harmony B., Raveend C., Vikram C., Abigail C., Grace C., Kyle D., Alex G., Parker J., Brady L., Matthew L., Nash L., Declan M., Olivia M., Isabella M., Connor M., Lucia N., Hollis R., Miya S., Carly S., Adeline S., Shreya S., Claire V., and Amanda W. After receiving a certificate with a description of why he/she was recognized, each student signed his/her name to the “I Can Be A Leader” banner.

November 18: Food Drive

Starting on November 1st a group of students went to every homeroom to make announcements about our fall food drive which started November 2nd.  Students created color coded boxes 1 per team as well as a bar graph in the main hallway.  Each day these students counted the food items and completed the bar graph for the school to see when they passed by the bulletin board.  Our food drive came to an end on Friday, November 18 with a grand total of 988 items that were donated to the Avon Food Pantry!  

 
November 11: Veterans Day

Today, TBS students honored the veterans of VFW Post 3272, family veterans, and military members currently serving our country.  The 8:45 AM ceremony included a greeting from Commander James Hutton of VFW Post 3272, a tribute to three World War II veterans by Bill Newman, the grade 6 orchestra, the grade 6 band, students from Mrs. Pooler’s class reading The Wall by Eve Bunting as the pictures were displayed, and the reading of Patriot’s Pen Essay entries from Alexandra G., Julia Z., and Ariella R.  The students at TBS truly honored the veterans and active service members by their outstanding behavior during the presentations.  They were a wonderful audience throughout and the veterans were very impressed with all the students.  It was heartwarming to witness.

November 10: TBS Cafeteria Staff Puts On a Thanksgiving Feast

Students and staff had the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner today of fresh turkey, stuffing, gravy, squash, mashed potatoes, carrots, and apple crisp for dessert. As Kim, Jodi, and Jenn do each day they used fresh vegetables and fruit to create a healthy lunch. The turkeys were cooked the evening before and sliced and warmed just before serving. Special guest food servers included Mr. Redman, Dr. Vojtek, Mr. Renkawitz, and our beloved Mr. Phil.

October 26: Town Meeting

TBS Student Council honored our wonderful custodial staff for the job they do each day. The custodial team of John Puffer (Lead Custodian), Brian Bates, Phil Colgan, and Paul Mockler each received a certificate and thank you card from the students.

Ariella R., Michael (MJ) C., Danielle C., and Benjamin P. presented the community service project that they have created, the LOL Project. All four were in Mr. Lynch’s class last year. The whole class collaborated to write a book titled, Just Don’t Do It: 1,665 Things You Should Never Do.

These four students have set a goal to raise enough money to purchase 1,665 books to be donated to various children’s hospitals. The purpose is to provide entertainment reading for children during their hospital stay. You may participate in two ways.

If you wish to donate money you may go to their go fund me page or send money to the Thompson Brook School (checks made out to TBS and write LOL Project in the memo section) or purchase a new book (Available on line) and drop it off at TBS or have it shipped to TBS.

The following students earned a “Thompson Brook School C.A.R.E.S. Leadership Award” for displaying leadership within the school community: Lindsey A., Chase B., Maris C., Katelyn C., Jack D., Dakota D., Allie D., Chris F., Gabe G., Samantha H., Adam H., Talin J., Toby K., Benjamin K., Marcus L., Kendall N., Aniyah O., Ian Pinkosky., Atticus P., Sahithi R., Areilla R., Isabella S., Aadarsh S., Samantha T., Griffin T., Sean V., Lena W., and Chelsea Z.  Each student received a certificate with a description of why he/she was recognized and signed his/her name to the “I Can Be A Leader” banner.

October 6: Eagle Scout Project

Jack Carroll, former TBSer fulfilled his Eagle Scout final requirement by making a "sensory table" for the Avon special education department.  He met with Mrs. Claflin towards the end of May to discuss the specifications; size, height, compartments, containers etc.  Jack worked with a group of scouts from his troop to create a safe and sturdy table.  Jack delivered it to Mrs. Claflin's room last Friday, September 30.  The students in Room #101 have been exploring and enjoying the different containers.

September 29: Town Meeting

At today’s TBS Town Meeting Student Council representatives from sixth grade informed the students about its organizational meeting this past Tuesday. The council is divided into four committees, Recycling, School Store, School Spirit, and Town Meetings. Sixth graders Harmony B. and Jeannel D. spoke about the recycling efforts, Alexandra G. shared several ideas for school spirit days that are in the planning stages, Kaitlyn G-S. and Brady L. detailed what the school store will be offering this year, and Jack H. and Elizabeth B. informed the students about future town meetings.  The student council is open to all interested students, there are no elections or limits on how many can get involved. Students should see Mrs. Chaves, the advisor, with any questions.

The following students earned a “Thompson Brook School C.A.R.E.S. Leadership Award” for displaying leadership within the school community: Brady A., Mia A., Liam A., Matthew A., Varda B., toby B., Hope C., Alexa D., Sophia D., Kathryn D., Jaiden H., Sophia H., Jasel J., Tessa J., Ryan L., Cole M., Lucas M., Ann N., Mahima P., Aidan P., Angelina S., Sarah T., Katie T., Thomas V., Shania W., Ameir W., and Andrew Z. Each student received a certificate with a description of why he/she was recognized and signed his/her name to the “I Can Be A Leader” banner.

Five students from the Purple Team, 6-3, each read an original piece to the school. Alec C. “Fishing,” Brady L. “Center Stage,” Grace L. “I’m Alive,” Bridgettte S. “Alive,” and Noelle W. “New Year’s Eve Countdown.”

August 2016

Meet and Greet: August 30 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

All fifth and sixth grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to stop in at TBS for a quick visit the day before school officially begins for students. The purpose of this one hour “meet and greet” is to say hello and get reacquainted from Step Up Day last June.  Please keep in mind that the teachers are only available for this one hour period, as they prepare for the coming school year.

We are looking forward to a great year!