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
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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

PTO Blast – Week of Oct 30th

Halloween Party Childcare

🎃
$5 Per family

2:15pm-3:15pm
Families are encouraged to use childcare for all non-Thornapple siblings.


The King’s Feast

Our annual King’s Feast spaghetti dinner is Friday, November 3rd

Reservation slip for 5:30pm and 6:30pm have come home, but you can also pay at the door.

This royal supper benefits the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy. Our generosity provides much needed clothing, school supplies, groceries and personal items for the school and students. Feast on delicious homemade spaghetti (gluten free pasta available), meatballs, salad, bread and a delightful variety of desserts while enjoying live music from FUSION.

To bring dessert or volunteer sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0C4AA4A82BAA8-kings1


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.

Conference Dinner 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Halloween Parties October 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    • Parade starts at 2:15pm, parties to follow.
  • Giving Tree Project 2017 November 1, 2017 – November 21, 2017
  • MLK Kings Feast November 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Spirit Day – Michigan Vs. Michigan State November 10, 2017
  • FHPS – Forest Hills Foundation Gala November 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • FHPS – No School November 22, 2017 – November 24, 2017

PTO Blast – Week of Oct. 23th

Save the Date! The King’s Feast!

Save the date for our annual King’s Feast!

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Reservation slips will be coming home soon! Please sign up to volunteer and/or donate a dessert. Busy on Friday, November 3rd? Don’t worry! You can still help with this great cause by putting a jewel in the King’s crown!

Book Fair!

Wanted: Readers!!
The Wild West Book Fair opens on Monday, October 30th !

Over the following week, your young readers will have several opportunities to walk through the library and choose books. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their normally scheduled library time, and you are welcome to come to fair during this time and shop with your child. Please check with your teacher to confirm date and time for their class.

We will be open 8:15 – 4:00 on the busiest days. Arrive early or stay late to shop with your child. We will also be open before and after the Halloween Parade on October 31 st and during the King’s Feast on Friday night, November 3 rd . Come out and support these great events!


Book Fair Volunteers!

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Thornapple Fall Book Fair 2017!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/1270028836867740125
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Box Top Deadline!

Got Box Tops?  Send them to school. Our first submission is right around the corner.  Please send them in by Friday 10/27.


Half Day Friday!

Don’t forget! This Friday is a half day! School will be dismissed at 11:55am


Halloween Parties

Parade starts at 2:15pm, parties to follow. Information on childcare for younger siblings to follow later this week.



Upcoming Events

  • FHPS Half Day – AM Only (11:55am Dismissal) October 27, 2017
  • Halloween Parties October 31, 2017 at 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Giving Tree Project 2017 November 1, 2017 – November 21, 2017
  • MLK Kings Feast November 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Spirit Day – Michigan Vs. Michigan State November 10, 2017Go Blue or Go Green?
  • FHPS – Forest Hills Foundation Gala November 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm