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Friday Letter: 3.6.15

Friday Letter: 3.6.15

March 6, 2015

Dear Parents,

PARCC Assessments: Parents, Thorp School, along with the rest of CPS, will be administering the PARCC Assessment next week. The test will occur in two rounds. The first round of PARCC Assessments will be March 10, 11, and 12 and will test both Reading and Math. Students in grades 3 to 5 will be given a paper-based assessment, while grades 6 to 8 will be given a computer-based assessment. Grades K to 2 will not be tested. The second round of PARCC testing will occur in May. To learn more about PARCC, please visit For a detailed schedule as well as testing procedures please see our website.

Saturday School for selected 6th and 8th grade students will begin tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. This program is mandatory for all potential summer school attendees. After School All Stars (ASAS) will have all academic classes, coding, and media sessions run until April 3rd.

Friends of Thorp:
Our next FOT meeting is Thursday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Lisa Weisenberger’s house, 5341 W Belle Plaine. We will be discussing the details for Taste of Thorp and continued needs and auction items. Please RSVP to if you’ll be joining us. With Taste of Thorp around the corner, we are looking for volunteers and donations! If you have even a little bit of time to help us set up on April 24 or during the event – we need your help to make this event the best yet! Please sign up at We are also still looking for donations, including big ticket items such as sports tickets, hotel stays, vacation house rentals etc. Your attendance and help by volunteering or donating items will make a huge impact at Thorp with the auditorium improvements we are working on! Thanks for your support! Deadline for donation items is March 27, 2015. Questions, contact Bindu Alexander at

PTA News and Information
Our Spring “Under the Sea” themed book fair is March 16th – 20th. We will have a special family night on Wednesday March 18 from 6pm – 8pm. Parents, the PTA is looking for volunteers to help students choose the perfect book. You can volunteer for part of a day, an entire day, or whatever your schedule allows. If you are available to help, we would love to see you there! Please visit the link below and let us know your availability in the comments box section for the day(s) you pick so we are sure to have coverage. Thank you for your support. Our Spring book fair is March 16 – 20. We will have a special family night on Wednesday, March 18th from 6 8 p.m. Be on the look out for upcoming Book Fair information next week. Please keep collecting and sending in your Labels for Education, Coke Rewards, and Box Tops for Education. We will have a quick PTA meeting on Friday, March 13 at 8:00 a.m.

Local School Council – Our next Local School Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 13th, at 6:15 p.m. If you have a question or a concern you would like our LSC to address, please feel free to visit: or you can email the Thorp LSC at

Enjoy the warmer weather, and remember to set your clocks one hour forward on Sunday,

Efren Toledo – Principal

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