Thoreau Matters 5/6/2022

Thoreau Matters

May 6, 2022


Dear Thoreau Families,

Teacher appreciation week occurred this week and we could not be more grateful to our PTA for partnering with the administration to show our gratitude for our amazing staff! From gift cards, raffles and new spirit wear to tacos and ice cream, everyone enjoyed the celebratory events and opportunity to come together! The teachers and staff at Thoreau are such dedicated professionals and thank you so much to the many volunteers who helped us celebrate and recognize them.

Today, our music programs completed assessments and then enjoyed the afternoon in Hershey Park. While it’s a rainy day, I assure you that middle schoolers are still having fun on the rides! 

Back in March I requested a meeting with the Vienna Chief of Police and Vienna Parks and Recreation in order to discuss situations occurring on Friday afternoons at Waters Field, adjacent to the Vienna Community Center. Students were reporting dangerous situations involving Thoreau students outside of school hours and I felt it was important to bring these concerns to the appropriate community members for awareness. In case you have not seen the recent article addressing the issues, please see page 7 of the May issue of the Vienna Voice. I am confident that when parents and community members work together, it supports our students in making good choices and being responsible citizens of our community.

Thank you again for all of your ongoing support this year. It continues to be my pleasure to serve the Vienna community and I am looking forward to the next five weeks of fun-filled events.

Sincerely,

Teresa Khuluki

Principal


Thoreau After-School Program

LAST DAY OF AFTER-SCHOOL AND LATE BUSES IS THURSDAY, MAY 19TH!

THOREAU WEEKLY AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS SCHEDULE:

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QUESTIONS/CONCERNS?

Email Ms. Colleen Taylor at cmtaylor1@fcps.edu or call 703.846.8089.


Spring SOL Testing

Next week students will take their reading and math SOLs. Please see the changes to the bell schedule below.

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Parent/Guardian SOL Checklist:

  • Ensure your student is present and on time.
  • Ensure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast in the morning.
  • Remind your student to have their cell phone off and away in their backpack.
  • Verify your student’s laptop is in working order:
    • fully charge their laptop every night (failing to have a fully charged laptop the day of testing may impact their ability to test).
    • pack their charger in their backpack (if your student lost their charger, please purchase a replacement via MySchoolBucks).  Computer issues should be reported immediately to Student IT Support.
  • Complete the Expedited Retake Permission form by clicking here.

If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Thoreau’s school test coordinator, Erin Lynch (703.846.8058 or emlynch@fcps.edu).


IMAGINE Summer Program

Thoreau Middle School is now registering students for the IMAGINE summer program!

This FREE AND FUN summer experience provides opportunities for students to enhance their math and literacy skills through developing the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attributes as an effective communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed, resilient and global & ethical citizen.

IMAGINE provides grade 7-8 students the opportunity to strengthen core Mathematics and English Language Arts skills by focusing on essential standards that will prepare students for success at the start of next school year.

Dates: July 11th - July 29th Hours: 7:20 am - 11:20 am
Bus transportation will be provided.
Space is limited. Register early to reserve a spot!

To register for the program, please complete and return the Commitment Form and Student Information Form to your student's current school office no later than June 1st, 2022. You will be notified if your student has been registered or placed on a waitlist.

Questions? Contact:
Site Director: Greg Luongo
Email Address: gluongo@fcps.edu
School Office Phone: 703-846-8000


Service Hours for Bingo Event

There will be an annual bingo event that takes place on Friday, May 13th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Vienna Elementary School. If a student would like to earn two service hours, volunteers are needed and can email Tom McKee at tmckee@gmail.com to coordinate further. 


Laptop Returns

Student laptop collection will begin Monday, June 8. In preparation, please make sure your FCPSON laptops and chargers are clean. Remove any personal stickers and the residue they leave behind. Please turn in the FCPSON issued charger with your laptop (it has TMS FCPSON written on it; see pictures below). Wrap your power adapters neatly and plug them into your laptops. If you are missing your FCPSON issued power adapter, replacements may be purchased via MySchoolBucks. If students are attending a summer program, they will keep their laptop and turn in the device to TMS when it is over. Students keep the laptop sleeves as these will be used next year. 

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Intentions for Next Year

If your child will NOT be attending Thoreau or his/her base high school next year, please complete the Intention Form linked below and return it to kmmacoto@fcps.edu to let us know where your child will be enrolled. If your child is going to Thoreau or his/her base high school, you don’t need to complete this form. If you find out later you will be moving, please contact us so we can update our database.    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf


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Application & Registration Form: https://forms.gle/TNLuBW7SCcEr2iwQ9


ViVa! Vienna! Essay Contest - $750 in prizes to be awarded

1st prize - $450

2nd prize - $200

3rd prize - $100

This contest is open to 7th and 8th grade students in Vienna area middle schools

Deadline for submissions is May 15.

Essay topic:

ViVa! Vienna! is a fun event that you enjoy with your friends every year. But did you know that the money raised by the Vienna Rotary Club during ViVa! Vienna! is donated to many non-profit organizations in our community and around the world, to support the important work that they do? Write an essay on the topic of “service to others”.

Format: 500 words minimum, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced

Please submit a typed copy of your essay as an attachment to an email sent to: ViennaRotaryClubContests@gmail.com no later than May 15, 2022. Include the subject line “ViVa! Vienna! Essay Competition”. Be sure to include your name, email and phone number with your entry. The entries will be judged by a committee of members of the Rotary Club of Vienna.

The contest winners will be notified no later than May 22.

The first-prize winner of this contest will read the essay and receive the $450 prize at the ViVa! Vienna! Memorial Day Festival on the Vienna Town Green on Monday, May 30.

Scott Butler

Chair, ViVa Vienna Youth Contests

Rotary Club of Vienna

ViennaRotaryClubContests@gmail.com


Don't forget to order your Yearbook!

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Olvido ordenar el Anuario (yearbook)?  No es muy tarde! Ordénelo hoy en myschoolbucks.com. $45.


PTA Update

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8th Grade Eaglepalooza Tickets

Limited Lunch Time Ticket Sale

Eighth-grade students may purchase tickets to the 8th-grade Eaglepalooza during lunch in the Thoreau cafeteria on Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10. Please bring exact change. Tickets are $5.00 (which includes a choice of a chick-fil-a sandwich or pizza, chips, and a dessert) and are required. If you want more than 1 chick-fil-a sandwich or more than 2 slices of pizza, then you may buy more than one ticket. 

The 8th-grade celebration will take place Friday, May 13 in the Thoreau cafeteria from 7 pm - 10 pm, with dinner, an interactive DJ, and surprises throughout the night. Students must pre-order dinner of either a Chick-Fil-A sandwich or pizza. Visit MemberHub (https://thoreau.memberhub.com/store) to purchase online. No tickets will be sold at the door. For questions, please contact Dana Stewart (danacs2227@gmail.com).  


Staff Recognition

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story below, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.