Thurston's Turkey Trot is Nov 21
Dear Thurston Families,
Our Fundraiser is off to a great start! So far we have raised $1,445 of our $20,000 goal! Have you registered your student yet? Please click here to re-login to the FundHub site or create your account. It is easy and free! The classrooms with the most money raised will earn rewards such as a "Cookies with Cucu" event, a fidget toy, or a popcorn or pizza party! Get your child registered today! All students get to partcipate in the Turkey Trot on Nov 21 during the school day, more details and time schedule coming soon!
This is the PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year and our chance to fundraise some of the money we will need this year! The PTO treasurers are projecting our total expenses for this school year to be $46,530. Most of this expense is field trip transportation and teacher grants. Our goal is to have 100% of Thurston students registered on our fundraising site. We also encourage you to share your child's personal fundraising site by email or on social media to reach goal fast!
Thanks for your support!
Room Parents Needed!
Hello Thurston Families,
Some of our teachers at Thurston have expressed a need for room parents. If you are interested in volunteering to help your child's teacher with activity planning (think: Halloween & holiday parties!), along with possible room donations and Sign Up Genius lists, please reply to this email with your name, the teacher you'd like to assist, and ways you would like to volunteer. Mrs. Miller in kindergarten was especially excited to have some parents help in her room!
Updates to Recess Times and Sign Up!
Hello Thurston Families,
We would like to share some updates about recess times and offer another opportunity to sign up to help out at the school during recess! Thank you so much to those who have already signed up, I transfered your info to the new sign up sheet. If you would like to sign up, please use the top of the sheet to sign up for a recurring day through 11/24, or scroll down to sign up for a single date.
There was a last minute time change for recess at Thurston, with recess starting earlier than last year. Young 5s starts recess at 11:12 and the last recess (3rd grade) goes until 12:48. We are hoping to sign volunteers up with 3 shift options:
Shift 0: The whole recess period from approx. 11:00-1:00
Shift 1: 11:00-12:30
Shift 2: 11:20-1:00
We will be going back to the sign up sheet that we utilized last year. Please click here to see our volunteer sign up GoogleSheet and please indicate in the same grid box as your name if you are available for Shift 0, Shift 1, or Shift 2. If you would still like to sign up but need more flexibilty with the time commitment, please indicate next to your name the time you are available!
When you arrive for your scheduled volunteer shift, please check in at the school office with your ID. Thank you so much for helping out at the school and have a great day!
Thurston Adopt-a-Teacher Program!
Dear Thurston Parents,
Last call! As a follow up to our email from last week, our PTO is implementing a new program this year that will allow us to shower our Thurston teachers & staff with a little encouragement each month. It's called our Adopt-a-Teacher Program! Interested Thurston families will volunteer to adopt a randomly assigned (or specifically requested!) teacher/staff at our school. Teachers & staff will fill out a small "my favorite things" form that will be given to their assigned Thurston family that they can use as a reference if they wish when planning a gift each month. Gifts can be left with the front office staff to be placed in staff mailboxes. This could be as simple as leaving a Diet Coke or pack of gum, writing an encouraging note, or larger ideas like providing lunch, etc. It is totally up to each family as to what they would like to do to appreciate each staff member. No teacher will have more than one family adopt them, but we hope to have every teacher/staff member adopted!
Working in the schools can be difficult, and our hope is to help encourage our AMAZING Thurston teachers & staff each month with small reminders of how much we appreciate them and their efforts in educating our children. If you would like to participate in this program, please fill out the link below.
As we prepare for holiday season, consider signing up for Kroger 'Community Rewards' and Busch's 'Cash for Education' for your holiday meal planning and "Smile Amazon" for gift purchases. Donations from these businesses help fund the many activities organized by the Thurston PTO. You can sign up using the following links:
Kroger Go to www.kroger.com and click on the Community tab, then Community Rewards
Busch's Log in to your MyWay account through buschs.com/MyWay and click the Cash for Education icon.
Or, donate directly to the PTO:
Find out if your employer will match your donations:
Thank you for your support!
Our first PTO meeting of the year is next Tuesday September 12th from 6-7pm in the school library, and we're very excited to be conducting a meeting in person for the first time since the pandemic started! You can check out the agenda here. Come and hear about our plans for the school year. Share your ideas, concerns, expertise and enthusiasm! If you haven't already, please consider joining one of our event committees this year. The PTO funds, organizes and enriches many of Thurston's programs and activities, and PTO depends on parents sharing a little of their time and support.
Save the dates for all of our meetings this school year:
September 12 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file) (Agenda)
October 17 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
November 21 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
December 19 - Zoom meeting (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
January 16 - Zoom meeting (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
February 20 - Zoom meeting (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
March 19 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
April 16 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
May 21 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
June 4 (Add to Google Calendar) (iCal file)
Welcome to the Thurston PTO
Thurston’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of parents, teachers, and staff with the common goal of providing a bridge between the school and community, as well as the initiation of school improvement efforts. The PTO is also responsible for planning school fundraisers and school-wide events. Each year, PTO provides funding for field trips, classroom supplies, extra-curricular programs and clubs, literacy resources, curriculum enhancements, building beautification, and much more. This would not be possible without the contributions and support of our Thurston Community.The PTO meets the third Tuesday of every month on Zoom to discuss relevant topics, goals, and the appropriation of funds. Everyone is welcome to attend.