Friday’s Letter: 9/28/2012

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Friday Letter: September 28, 2012

Dear Parents and Students:

Thank you for attending our Thorp Open House; it was wonderful to see all of you. This note will highlight some of the events happening at Thorp in the next week.

Picture Day- Monday October 1st. All students will need their picture taken for the ID system that we will be implementing for lunch and library. Student ID’s should be delivered by the end of the week.

MAP Testing will conclude on Tuesday. Results will be sent home with your child on Friday, October 5th. Parents please make sure to read over the parent toolkit located at:

Park Kids Program will begin on Monday, October 8th. You will receive a busing form next week on Monday.

Parents I would like you to sign up for our contact form on-line. I would like to see if we can distribute our parental correspondence electronically. The contact form is available on the Thorp website: or at

After-school programs will begin on the first week of November. Paid after-school programs will begin the second week of October. Parents will be notified if they signed their child up.

During our open house I mentioned our focus on teaching 21st century skills. A great web resource for parents and students is the P21 Foundation at Our teachers are correlating their curriculum with the real-world skills necessary to help our students succeed.


Thank you for your unwavering support of Thorp Academy,


Efren D. Toledo
O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy

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  1. Mr. Toledo:

    Are you aware that 6th graders are not allowed to go to their lockers at the end of the day? This means all afternoon our children are carrying around heavy backpacks full of books they will need for homework from morning classes and they are bringing home books and supplies from their afternoon classes that they do not need for homework. Parents brought this up to the sixth grade team during open house, but to my knowledge this policy has not changed. I weighed my daughter’s backpack one day and it was almost 20 pounds (and she only weighs 70 pounds)! Google the research on heavy backpacks and children and you will see that this policy of no end-of-the-day locker visits could have detrimental consequences on the health of many students. Thank you!

    1. I’ve asked the 6th grade teachers to give students a few minutes at the end of the day to visit their lockers. Please let me know if this helps.

      -Mr. Toledo

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