Panther Parent Week 8

Panther Parent Week 8
Posted on 09/29/2019
2nd Grade Fall Performance

Panther Parent

Week 8 – September 29th, 2019

Hello Thrasher Parents!

LOTS of items in this newsletter: Car Rider Policy Update (Car Tags Required after fall break), SACC info for fall break, walk to school info, Halloween costume info, Reflections art contest news, Grandparent Gathering, Yearbook discounts, etc.

Remember the Date

  • Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 – Benchmark testing (Grades 1-5)
  • Oct. 1 – 9:30am - Grandparents’ Gathering – Coffee and Muffins @ Pruett’s
  • Oct. 1 – PTA Board Meeting (5PM) and 2nd Grade Program (6PM)
  • Oct. 2 – Walk to School Day (See below)
  • Oct. 3 – Fire Drill
  • Oct. 4 – 8:40am - Panther Pride Assembly

    Planning Ahead


  • Oct. 7-14 – No School, Fall Break Students return to school Tuesday, October 15.
  • Oct. 24 – 6PM – Monster Mash
  • Oct. 25 – MEF’s Celebration for Education! (Tickets here: )
  • Oct. 31 – Costume Parade and Fall Classroom Celebrations (See below)


If you purchase a yearbook before September 30th, you can get 15% off! Go to and use code: 101489169935961.

Car Tags

Starting October 15th, a car tag will be required to pick up children in the car line. Drivers without tags will be asked to park and sign for children at the front office.  

Bike Riders and Walkers

According to some phone calls (plural!) we’ve received, there have been some close calls in the past week. Please talk to your children about safety if they are riding bikes or walking on their own (Grades 3-5 only).

  • Riding bikes on sidewalks is safer than riding on the street.
  • When crossing a street, STOP and LOOK both ways.
  • Helmets are required by state law.

Walk to School

8:00am - Wednesday, October 2nd – Each year, Thrasher participates in the national Walk-to-School day. We will start meeting at the Signal Library at 7:45 and start walking at 8:00am. You can walk with us if you like. Be sure to download and sign the waiver or sign one when you arrive at the library. This is a walker-only event (no bikes/scooters). Download the waiver here.

Benchmark Testing

Please make sure your children get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, and arrive on time to “show what they know!”

Reflections Art Contest

PTA’s Reflections Art Contest is beginning!

  • Categories: Visual Arts, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Dance
  • Choreography Theme: “Look Within”
  • Who: all Thrasher Elementary School students
  • Due: Tuesday, November 12, 2019(parents will be at the bus and carline drop offs that morning to collect entries)
  • Please see official rules at (Deadlines at this website are not relevant to local level of contestor county level).
  • Entry forms are also available in the lobby and with Mrs. Underwood.
  • Reflections Chair for PTA: Catherine Fore (
  • Promotional video link:

Grandparents’ Gathering

The Mountain Education Foundation invites all Grandparents (and really, anyone who wants to come) to Pruett’s Patio October 1st at 9:30 for muffins and coffee. The mountain principals will be speaking briefly about the community’s opportunities to provide the best education for its children. 

Costume Parade and Fall Celebrations

The costume parade is an old Thrasher tradition. The kids work hard at Thrasher, and it’s important to celebrate traditions and have fun.

On October 31, kids and teachers can wear costumes to school. We will have our annual costume parade at 1:45 and classroom celebrations at 2:00.

Here are the rules for costumes:

  • Masks can be put on for the parade, but they will not be worn during the school day.
  • Remember that the child will be participating in a regular school day for the first five hours – including schoolwork, using the restroom, and going to lunch. (Teachers cannot help children out of complex costumes to use the restroom.)
  • Any part of the costume that might be taken off or put on during the school day should be easily managed by the child.
  • Face paint is OK.
  • No guns (in this day and age)
  • Costumes at a Kindergarten-through-fifth grade school should be on the side of child-like and appropriate. If you have questions about a certain costume, please check before sending your child to school in it.

SACC & Fall Break

  1. SACC is currently full and is not taking new registrations. They do have a waiting list.
  2. SACC will be hosted at Nolan during fall break. The Thrasher campus will be closed during fall break.

PowerSchool (Grades 3-5)

If you have a child in Grades 3-5 and you do not have access to PowerSchool, please let me know right away. Since we do not send home paper report cards in these grades, you will need an account to check grades throughout the quarter and at report card time.

All the best,

Jeff Paulson | 423.886.0882 |


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