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Thetford Elementary School

Thetford, Vermont

  August 2013


Dear Thetford Elementary Families,

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! I know there are a few precious days of summer remaining before school begins but the academic anticipation that August brings is amazing. Our maintenance and custodial staff have been busy waxing floors, moving furniture, and completing many other projects to get our building in tip-top shape for opening day. These quiet and bare hallways eagerly wait to be filled with bustling students and lined with their vibrant artwork.

If you had a chance to visit our school gardens this summer then you were in for a treat. The Garden Committee, along with volunteers, met most Wednesday mornings to weed, water, and harvest fruits and vegetables. Have you ever tried a Rat Tail radish? Quarts of blueberries, that didn't end up as my afternoon snack, were brought to our kitchen and frozen. Soon, they'll be featured in muffins and other tasty treats in our school lunch program.

There are many exciting changes taking place among our staff. We have some new faces joining us and a couple people stepping into new roles. Please welcome the following educators to our classrooms: Sue Rogers – Kindergarten; Jacquelyn Porter – First Grade; Nicole Kendall – Second Grade; Laura Sharpless – Fifth Grade; Beth McGee – Art

The following information should help make the transition back to school a little smoother:

  • First Day of School - Wednesday, August 28 – Teachers will meet their students on the playground and escort them to their classrooms.

  • School Hours - 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

  • Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:30 AM. Please do not leave children at school, unattended, before this time.

  • After school, students should be picked up on the playground. Park your car and make yourself visible to our dismissal staff.

  • It is helpful if you send in end-of-day plans for your child. (i.e. parent pick up or bus #)

  • The front circle is closed to traffic from 8:00–8:30 AM and 2:30-3:30 PM. Please pick up and drop off your child in the parking area. The traffic pattern follows a counterclockwise rotation. Drive safely and keep an eye out for little ones!

  • Breakfast/Lunch Costs – $2.00 breakfast/$2.50 lunch/$0.45 snack milk – Cash or checks (made out to TES lunch program) should be placed in an envelope, along with the student's name ,and delivered to their homeroom teacher.

    First Days Menu

    August 28

    Breakfast – breakfast sandwich

    Lunch – ham & cheese sandwich, school garden veggies, milk

    August 29

    Breakfast – homemade muffins, fresh fruit

    Lunch – pesto pasta salad, fresh fruit, corn on the cob

    August 30

    Breakfast – granola, smoothies

    Lunch – Bagels w/SunButter, cream cheese, yogurt, fresh strawberries

On the first day of school, we welcome parents/guardians to a coffee hour from 8:00-9:00 AM. Afterwards, families are welcome to stay for a brief assembly to kick off the 2013-2014 school year.

You can expect some paperwork coming home with your student on the first day. Please take the time to read through the information and return any forms that need to be completed. We are in the process of uploading information and school policies to our web site for your convenience.

At Thetford Elementary School we stand behind our motto: Together Everyone Succeeds. We look forward to working with you and your child to make this a safe, happy, and productive year.




Kevin Petrone

Interim Principal