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Spring Sports Registration

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Community Events

Spring Soccer and Lacrosse Poster 2017

Kidsports spring registrations are starting for soccer and lacrosse – follow the attached link for details.

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Student Transfers

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Library

The window for transfers within Springfield for the 2017-18 school year is currently open; however, TES is currently closed to transfers.  The district will re-visit the transfer situation this spring.

To be considered for a transfer, you will need to file paperwork with the district office.  You can find that form here.  Priority is given to those who return paperwork by January 31st.

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Fall Registration

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Community Events

We have our new student registration (and registration for those whose spring packets were not received in the office) scheduled for August 24th.  We will be open 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. that day.  Families of new students will want to be prepared with proof of address (I.D., plus Rental/Mortgage/Property tax statement and current utility bill), as well as immunization and emergency contact info.  If you will not be available that day, please plan to come in to the office as soon as possible after August 24th.  Have a great summer!

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Mrs. Mendelssohn’s Crane Project

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Community Events, Fundraising

Mrs. Mendelssohn’s class is going strong with their annual Crane Project, based on the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Cranes the students have created are on sale before and after school for $1 each. Proceeds will go to Flint Community Schools, to help provide clean water to students in the Flint community. Thank you for helping to teach all our students the value of community service, whether they are in Mrs. Mendelssohn’s class or supporting the sale by purchasing a crane.

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Springfield Library Spring Break Activities

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Community Events, Library, Reading

Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break?  The Springfield Public Library has special events and activities each day over the break.  View the activities here!

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Student Transfers

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Community Events

The window for student transfer applications will open January 4th.  Please click here for details from the district office.

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Field trips

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Field Trips

We have several field trips between now and the end of the month.  October 20th Mr. Bonar‘s class is heading to the wastewater treatment plant, and Mrs. Mendelssohn and Mrs. Orme‘s classes will visit it October 22nd. They will return before lunch time.

3rd Grade is headed to Northern Lights pumpkin patch on October 27th; students will need to bring a lunch or order one from the cafeteria to eat out there that day!

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Curriculum Night Sept. 24th

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Library

Parents – a reminder that we have our Curriculum Night Thursday, Sept. 24th, from 6-7 pm.  This is a chance for you to hear what your child’s teacher will be focusing on this year, and the best ways for you to support your child’s education.  Because this is an informational night, children are discouraged from coming (it won’t be very fun for them!)

We hope to see you there!

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Jog-a-Thon date change

Posted by Thurston Elementary Office under Fundraising, Parent Group

Please note – the Jog-a-Thon has been changed from Tuesday to Wednesday June 3rd, due to the “promise” of rain on Tuesday; we’re hoping for better weather on Wednesday for our runners!!!

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Active kids have healthier bodies and smarter brains

Did you know that research shows that physical activity at school improves the learning ability of children? Have you heard that the State of Oregon is requiring that Physical Education (PE) classes in elementary schools be expanded to provide at least 150 minutes per week of instruction by the 2017 school year?

 

To meet these needs, Healthy Moves, a new local nonprofit organization, is working with schools and teachers to introduce new approaches to PE instruction time. Trainers from Healthy Moves provide a seven-week training program to teachers and students as a way to model PE sessions. The 30-40 minutes of PE doesn’t just boost physical health and provide some healthy playtime: it also increases academic performance by invigorating the brain’s ability to focus, comprehend and organize new information.

 

Healthy Moves, in collaboration with Springfield Public Schools District, applied for an Oregon Department of Education PEEK-8 grant to fund this teacher development program. Outcomes for the grant include learning goals for teachers, creating supportive learning environments in PE classrooms, and improvements in student fitness. The program starts with pre-assessments of students that measure height and weight, strength, flexibility, speed and agility. At the end of the seven weeks, post-fitness assessments are completed, and students are given a report of their scores to continue in setting personal fitness goals. Surveys of school principals, teachers, and 4th/5th grade students are completed before the program begins and two months after the program. These surveys are designed to examine the program’s effectiveness in helping to boost activity levels in the classroom, attitudes towards PE, and increased enjoyment and involvement in physical activity by students.

 

Each class in the Trainer-in-Residence program begins with a five-minute warm-up developed by Healthy Moves. Then the trainers complete a prepared lesson plan with students and their teachers that include such activities as circuits, skills for organized sports, tumbling, martial arts, dance, yoga and games. The class ends with a cool-down using stretching and quiet activities that provide a calming influence on students before returning to their classroom.

 

For more information about the Trainer-in-Residence program and Healthy Moves, as well as research on the benefits of physical activity for kids, visit www.hm4kids.org.

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