PTO Blast – Week of Jan 22nd

TWO Half Days!

Please note, there are half days on both Thursday AND Friday of THIS WEEK (Jan 25th and 26th). School will be dismissed at 11:55am.


Airtime Fundraiser!

Thursday, January 25th, 3-9pm!

airtime

Do your kids have some extra energy?  Grab your Thornapple friends and join us 1/25/18 anytime between 3:00-9:00pm for a jumping good time. Jump in the mosh pits, dodge a ball or 10, test your Ninja Warrior skills or climb the rock wall. There’s something for everyone!  $16 for 2 hours of jumping (includes socks). Plus, Thornapple receives 25% of the profit!  Can’t wait to see you there.


Keeping our Kids Safe – Internet Safety Talk

Please join us as our fellow Thornapple parent, Jeremy Pierczynski speaks to us about the internet and how to keep our children safe.

January 31st, 2018 – 7pm

Thornapple Elementary Media Center


Conference Dinner Reminder!

Just a reminder that we will be sending out a Sign Up Genius to provide dinner for our teachers on the upcoming Feb. conference nights (Feb 8, 12 and 13). Keep an eye out for this sign up in the next week!


PTO Board Position for 2018-2019

We will be looking for our next Vice President in the next few months! If you think you may be interested in this role or just have some basic questions on the PTO Board in general – please contact Melissa Shripka at mshripka@gmail.com


Upcoming Events!

  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal)January 25, 2018
  • Airtime Fundraiser!January 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm – 9:00 pmA
    • AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, 3681 28th St SE
    • $16 for 2 hours of jumping (includes socks).
    • Thornapple receives 25% of the profit!
  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal) J- anuary 26, 2018
  • PTO Parents Evening – “Internet Safety – Keeping Children Safe”January 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • ConferencesFebruary 8, 12-13th, 2018
  • Spirit Day – Mustache Day – February 9, 2018
    • Draw it, paint it, tape it on or bring a prop…but come with a silly mustache for our very silly Spirit Day!

 

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PTO Blast – Week of Jan 15th

TWO Half Days!

Please note, there are half days on both Thursday AND Friday of next week (Jan 25th and 26th).


Airtime Fundraiser!

Thursday, January 25th, 3-9pm!

airtime

Do your kids have some extra energy?  Grab your Thornapple friends and join us 1/25/18 anytime between 3:00-9:00pm for a jumping good time. Jump in the mosh pits, dodge a ball or 10, test your Ninja Warrior skills or climb the rock wall. There’s something for everyone!  $16 for 2 hours of jumping (includes socks). Plus, Thornapple receives 25% of the profit!  Can’t wait to see you there.


Upcoming Events!

  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal)January 25, 2018
  • Airtime Fundraiser – January 25th, 2018, 3-9pm
  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal) J- anuary 26, 2018
  • Conferences February 8, 2018
  • Spirit Day – Mustache DayFebruary 9, 2018
  • ConferencesFebruary 12 and 13th, 2018

 

 

 

 

PTO Blast – Week of Jan 8th

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a wonderful and restful holiday break!


Spirit Day – Ranger Pride

Friday, January 12th!

Wear your Ranger Pride (green and white) and bring in a donation of kleenex and or disinfectant wipes for the classrooms! As always, a $1 donation is always welcome!


Upcoming Events

  • Spirit Day – Ranger Pride Day – January 12, 2018
    • Donation Wipes / Kleenex for classrooms (or $1 donation)
    • Wear your Ranger Pride (green and white)!
  • FHPS – NO SchoolJanuary 15, 2018
  • FHPS Half Day (11:55am Dismissal) – January 26th, 2018

PTO Blast – Week of Dec 18th

Winter Parties – December 22nd!

Party times!

Kindergarten and 1st grade –  9:00am

2nd through 4th grade – 2:15pm


Winter Party Childcare

Childcare will be offered for both of the holiday party times. We encourage all younger siblings to participate. $5 per family

Morning party: 8:45am – 10am

Afternoon party: 1:45pm – 3:15


Upcoming Events

  • Winter Parties (Kindergarten and First)December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Winter Parties (2nd-4th)December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • FHPS – No SchoolDecember 25, 2017 – January 5, 2018
  • Spirit Day – Ranger Pride Day – January 12, 2018
    • Donation Wipes / Kleenex for classrooms (or $1 donation)
    • Wear your Ranger Pride (green and white)!
  • FHPS – NO SchoolJanuary 15, 2018

PTO Blast – Week of Dec 11th

Winter Parties – December 22nd!

Party times!

Kindergarten and 1st grade –  9:00am

2nd through 4th grade – 2:15pm


Winter Party Childcare

Childcare will be offered for both of the holiday party times. We encourage all younger siblings to participate. $5 per family

Morning party: 8:45am – 10am

Afternoon party: 1:45pm – 3:15


Discover Michigan Skiing

The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association would like to share information on free and special rate skiing events for Michigan residents!

  • 4th and 5th graders ski free!
  • Learn to ski and snowboard programs in January with special rates
  • School Ski Days program
  • Special packages, discounts and events!

Please visit http://www.goskimichigan.org


Upcoming Events

  • Winter Parties (Kindergarten and First)December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Winter Parties (2nd-4th)December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • FHPS – No SchoolDecember 25, 2017 – January 5, 2018
  • Spirit Day – Ranger Pride Day – January 12, 2018
    • Donation Wipes / Kleenex for classrooms (or $1 donation)
    • Wear your Ranger Pride (green and white)!
  • FHPS – NO SchoolJanuary 15, 2018

 

PTO Blast – Week of Dec. 4th

Party Planners Needed!

We are still in need of parents to head up the Winter Parties for VerBerkmoes and Visser’s classes! Please consider helping out!  Contact Ann Offer at offerann@gmail.com if you can help out!


Spirit Day!

Help us provide winter gear for kids at our sister school, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy! Wear your jammies and bring in new or gently used winter gear (or $1 donation!) on Friday, December 8th!


November PAC Meeting Minutes

Read the Thornapple PAC meeting minutes HERE


Upcoming Events

  • Spirit Day – Pajama Day December 8, 2017
    • Wear your pajamas all day long for Spirit Day!
    • (New or Gently Used Winter Gear or $1 donation)
  • Winter Parties (Kindergarten and First) December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Winter Parties (2nd-4th) December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • FHPS – No School December 25, 2017 –  January 5, 2018

 

PTO Blast – Week of Nov 27th

Giving Tree 2017

Thank you to everyone who took a star to help a child or a family member
of a child at Martin Luther King School have a joyous Christmas. PLEASE
remember if you have not already done so, that gifts are due back ASAP as
we will be delivering them to the organization that oversees the project
this week.

Thank you again for your generosity and support!

Deb Kalinka Manning
616-550-1177


Winter Party Update

Please notice that there has been a change in the times for some of the holiday parties.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade will have their parties at 9:00am

2nd thru 4th will have their parties at 2:15pm


Amazon Smile

Where are my Amazon shoppers?  Thornapple has an AmazonSmile account set-up to raise money for our school.  For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our school.  Click HERE to get started!

Upcoming Events

  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal)December 1, 2017
  • Spirit Day – Pajama DayDecember 8, 2017
    • Wear your pajamas all day long for Spirit Day!
    • Bring in New or Gently Used Winter Gear (or $1 donation)
  • Winter Parties (Kindergarten and First)December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Winter Parties (2nd-4th)December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • FHPS – No SchoolDecember 25, 2017 – January 5, 2018

 

PTO Blast – Week of Nov 20th

Square One Reminder!

Paper orders will be mailed out Tuesday morning – you can still drop your paper orders off at the school today!  Missed sending in the paper order? Digital orders can be made until 10/21.


No School!

Just a reminder, there is no school Wednesday – Friday this week! Enjoy the holiday weekend!


Upcoming Events

  • Giving Tree Project 2017November 1, 2017 – November 21, 2017
  • FHPS – No SchoolNovember 22, 2017 – November 24, 2017
  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal)December 1, 2017
  • Spirit Day – Pajama DayDecember 8, 2017
    • Wear your pajamas all day long for Spirit Day! (New or Gently Used Winter Gear or $1 donation)
  • Winter Parties (Kindergarten)December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Winter Parties (1st-4th)December 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

PTO Blast – Week of Nov 13th

Giving Tree Update

Just a few tags left for the giving tree.  The unwrapped gifts our due Nov. 21st.  Please include the star with the gift.  Thank you for brighten the holiday season!


Square One Art Fundraiser!

The order forms for Square One should be coming home early this week! Please return your orders by November 21st!


Spirit Day – Thank you!

Thank you Thornapple families for all the supplies and donations to send to MLK school in Grand Rapids!

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Paper Gator

Don’t forget about the Paper Gator! We get paid for paper! It’s an easy pit-stop to make while visiting for one of the many holiday events!

Be a Recycling Hero…..Please recycle your old newspapers, magazines, shredded paper and flyers in our Paper Gator bin located in the parking lot. This is a great way to recycle at no cost to you while helping to raise money for Thornapple’s PTO.


Upcoming Events

  • Giving Tree Project 2017 –  Return gifts by November 21, 2017
  • FHPS – Forest Hills Foundation GalaNovember 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • FHPS – No SchoolNovember 22, 2017 – November 24, 2017
  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal)December 1, 2017
  • Spirit Day – Pajama DayDecember 8, 2017
    • Wear your pajamas all day long for Spirit Day!
    • Bring in New or Gently Used Winter Gear or $1 donation
  • Winter Parties (Kindergarten)December 22, 2017

 

 

PTO Blast – Week of Nov.6th

Note from Mr. Shubel

Thornapple Parents,

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming this week and next.  Kindergarten-Third Grade families please look for a copy of the Forest Hills Read-at-Home plan at your child’s conference.  Also included will be an introductory letter to the 3rd Grade Reading Law and a copy of the Thornapple Reading Contract.  Please sign the Reading Contract after reading it and leave it with your child’s teacher.  Shortly after conferences, we will be inviting our families to participate in a short Reading Survey to gather more information to support our efforts to improve student reading.

Thank you for all you do,

Greg Shubel


Conference Dinners Sign Up

Parent/Teacher conferences at Thornapple are scheduled for November 8, 13, and 16. Please help the PTO provide some good home-cooked meals for our teachers during these extended work days. There are still a few spots left!

Spirit Day – FRIDAY – Michigan Vs. Michigan State

  • Go Blue or Go Green? Wear your favorite team color or jersey to show your school spirit!
  • Help us share our school spirit with our sister school, MLK, by donating new (or barely used) crayons, markers, and pencils.  ( or $1 donation)

King’s Feast – Thank You!

Thanks, Thornapple families, for making the King’s Feast a great success!  Over 260 folks were served a great meal and about $2100 was raised for MLK.  Many thanks to Beth Garrelts and Emily Holtgrieve, who organized this terrific event, and to all the volunteers who helped out, including Thornapple’s own 3rd grade Brownies!


Calling 4th Grade Parents!  

Every spring the PTO sponsors a fun event for our 4th graders to celebrate their completion of elementary school – the 4th Grade Send-Off.  We are looking for 3-5 parents to form a planning team.
Please contact Jessica Maddox at jremaddox@gmail.com by Friday, November 17 if you are interested or have questions.  Thank you!

The Giving Tree

Help light up the night this holiday season for a child at Martin Luther King Jr.
Leadership Academy – Pick up a star at the King’s Feast!

  • Choosing a star tag off the bulletin board in our school lobby.
  •  Sign it out on the gold star below
  • Purchase the designated gifts listed on the tag.
  • Please return the gift, unwrapped with the star tag and store receipt attached, by
    Tuesday, November 21st.

October PAC Meeting Minutes

Click HERE to read the minutes from the October PAC meeting!


Upcoming Events

  • Giving Tree Project 2017November 1 – 21, 2017
  • Spirit Day – Michigan Vs. Michigan State November 10, 2017
    • Go Blue or Go Green? Wear your favorite team color or jersey to show your school spirit!
    • (New or Gently Used Crayons/Markers/Pencils or $1 donation)
  • FHPS – Forest Hills Foundation GalaNovember 15, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • FHPS – No SchoolNovember 22 – 24, 2017
  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal)December 1, 2017