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Friday Letter: 10.31.14

Friday Letter: 10.31.14

October 31, 2014

Dear Parents,

At approximately 4:00 p.m. yesterday, a young male in a black car on Austin Ave approached one of our students and offered her money to come into his car. The student immediately ran back to school, and the car sped off. The office contacted the police and a report was made. (We currently do not have any more information.) As a precaution we will have extra staff around the building at dismissal. Parents please take this opportunity to review safety and travel arrangements with your child- whether that be who they walk home with; or what to do if you are not at the bus stop to meet them; or who to contact in an emergency if they cannot reach you. We do not want to cause undue alarm, but we do want our community to be vigilant. Your child’s safety is our top priority.

The new drop-off procedures in the morning have greatly eased our traffic concerns; but some parents are now double-parking on Warwick Ave. and walking their children into the building. This is creating unnecessary delays. We are aware of the construction in the area, but parking is not allowed on the streets adjacent to the building during school hours. Please note that cars illegally parked are subject to ticketing and towing.

Mark your calendars for the Vision and Hearing screening for November 5th, 6th and the 10th. Students in grades Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fifth, and Eighth grade, as well as students in RtI, MTSS, teacher referrals, or students new to CPS will receive the tests.

Saturday school for 7th and 8th graders starts this Saturday from 7:15 to 8:45. Our next LSC Meeting will be on Monday, November 3rd, at 6:15 p.m. Please make plans to come out and join us. There will be no school for students on Friday, November 7th (School Planning Day); Tuesday, November 11th (Veteran’s Day); and Wednesday, November 12th (Report Card pick-up).

Friends of Thorp News and Information:
The Friends of Thorp would like to invite you to their Fall Parent Coffee on Thursday, November 6th from 7:45 am – 9:30 am at Perkolator Coffee Shop (6032 W Irving Park Rd). Buy a cup of java and a treat and catch-up with friends or meet some new Thorp parents! We hope to see you there! The next Friends of Thorp meeting will be on November 13 at 6:30 pm. For more information on the the Friends of Thorp, please visit their website at http://www.friendsofthorp.org/.

PTA News and Information:
Do you have a special recipe you’d like to make and share? The PTA is looking for volunteers to make or bring a dish, drinks, dessert, or cutlery for the teachers luncheon on Report Card Pick Up day. Show your child’s teacher you care by providing them with a great lunch on this long and busy day! Please go to the Volunteer Spot link, http://vols.pt/5sQaqc and sign up today!

The PTA has great news! The Labels For Education that many parents have been sending in were redeemed and we were able to get our art teacher 1,000 markers, 2 gallons of Elmer’s Glue and 1 dozen glue sticks! Also, our gym teachers received 6 new volley balls,4 mesh ball bags, and 12 soft foam balls! So, please continue turning in your UPC codes, and Box Tops too!

Want to win a Pizza Party for your child’s class? The PTA will give the 1st class with 100% PTA Membership, a pizza party in the Spring. Membership forms are available in the office, $5.00 Individual, $10.00 Family. The November PTA Meeting will be on Wednesday November 5th, at 8:00 a.m. in the large lunchroom. Please join us. Also, save the date: Monday November 10th is the tentative date for Thorp Night at Chuck E. Cheese in Village Crossing (Touhy and Central Ave.) This event will be sponsored by PTA and proceeds will benefit the Class of 2015.

Have a safe Halloween and please remember to set back your clocks on Sunday, November 2nd.

Efren Toledo – Principal

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