Friday Letter: 12.20.2013

December 20, 2013


Dear Parents,


This Saturday, December 21st, there will be NO Saturday School in session for 7th and 8th grade students. Winter Break for the Chicago Public Schools will be from Monday, December 23rd 2013 through Friday, January 3rd, 2014. School will resume on Monday, January 6th, 2014.


On behalf of the family of Emma Gomez’s, they would like to take this opportunity to thank Thorp Families and Staff who purchased Baker Square Gift Cards. Thank you for your generous support. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards supporting research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Thorp Science Fair Expo was a huge success and all of the students enjoyed looking at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade projects. This expo allowed all students to showcase their science fair projects to other students and to the parents. A big thank you goes out to our Science teachers, Mr. Robles, Mr. Alvarez, Mr. Cha and our custodial staff for supporting the students’ First Annual Science Fair Expo.


Please save the date for the Friends of Thorp’s Annual Fundraiser “Taste of Thorp” This event includes Dinner and Auctions (silent & live). When: Friday, February 28, 2014, 7 p.m. Where: Biagio! 4242 North Central Ave. Friends of Thorp is raising funds to improve Thorp’s campus with a much needed playground. Proceeds from Taste of Thorp will support this exciting endeavor! Friends of Thorp is also continuing their Bricks for Play fundraiser please click to support our playground efforts.


With the colder weather, please know that your child can choose to come in for recess and warm up. As a general rule, we have outdoor recess for all students, unless there is severe winter weather. Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately. If you know of anyone in need of winter clothing please e-mail me or call the office. We often donate items during the holidays and often times these items could help benefit some of our own students.


Parents please talk to your children about not throwing snowballs once they are dismissed from class.  We encourage all the children to go home once they are dismissed.  Students are also told that if their parents are not outside during dismissal, they are to report to the office.  With the inclement weather, we do not like to have the children waiting outside in the cold.


At this time, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – See you next year!


P.S. On our return from winter break – I will have exciting news about our after school programs. Please check the website for a sneak preview.



Thank you.





Efren Toledo – Principal