Panther Parent #02

Panther Parents

August 25

Thank you for trusting us with your children! We’ve had a smooth start to school this year, and we are working to keep it that way!

Important Dates  

·       Aug. 27        Due date for Soccer Registrations (see attached)

·       Sept. 4         No School, Labor Day

·       Sept. 6         Lockdown/Intruder Drill

·       Sept. 7         1st Cross Country Meet

·       Sept. 8         Coupon Book Sales begins

·       Sept. 9         Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire

·       Sept. 12       Open House (6PM)

·       Sept. 14       Cross Country

·       Sept. 21       Cross Country

·       Sept. 23       Celebration for Education – MEF Event @ McCoy Farm

·       Sept. 26       Fire Drill

·       Sept. 27       Fall Pictures (Picture Day)

·       Sept. 28       Cross Country


We’ve been evaluating our dismissal procedures. I believe we have some opportunities to better ensure the safety of our children, so we will be revising our procedures for how children go home. In particular, we will be making some changes to:

·       How walkers go home

·       The Car Rider Line

During the next week, we will determine exactly what changes need to be made and how we will implement them. We are seeking input from parents, police, and other experts, and we are completely open to any ideas or comments you have regarding the car rider line and the safety of walkers and bike-riders.

Some of our concerns are:

·       Children dismissed as “walkers” crossing in front of buses to get into parked cars

·       Children crossing James Blvd. through the car-rider line near cars that are backing out of parking spaces onto James Blvd.

·       Children walking and riding bikes in areas where cars are also on the move.

You can help us keep all our children safe immediately through these means:

·       Use the car rider line instead of parking to pick up children.

·       If you park a car to pick up a child, please walk to the front doors to meet him/her.

·       If your children are walkers/bike-riders, remind them of basic safety rules.

Coupon Book Sales

Coupon book sales will start September 8th, and run for two weeks. Why do we sell coupon books when the Mountain Education Foundation supports us? For two reasons: 1) This is a Hamilton County Schools fundraiser, and 2) we keep $7 of each booklet sold, which is a really good ratio. We usually raise over $20,000 through coupon books, and we intend to use the money to replace aging technology and supply the primary grades with a sufficient amount of technology.

Celebration for Education – the MEF Event of the Fall!

The old Coffee and Dessert Night is out, and the Celebration for Education is in! Please join us on Saturday, September 23rd for a beautiful evening at McCoy Farm with speaker Phillip Fulmer, drinks, hors d’oeuvers, and a gorgeous evening. Tables are almost sold out, so get yours as soon as you can! As of noon today, there are only two tables left.

Related Arts

I’m not joking when I say that we have the best related arts teachers I have ever seen. Check out what’s happening:

Music Class

·       K: We are getting acquainted in music and learning the classroom routine. Focus is on steady beat as well as larger things producing lower sounds and smaller things producing higher sounds. Listening exercises, games, and songs are centered around the subject of cats.

·       Multi-Age &1: The focus is Tennessee. We are learning a song that names all fifty states in alphabetical order, doing “The Tennessee Waltz,” and square dancing to “Rocky Top.”

·       2 & 3: The children are preparing for their respective fall programs.

·       4: We are presently focusing on musical terms, Latin American instruments, songs, and games.

·       5: The children are reviewing notes on the treble clef staff in preparation for recorders. Civil War songs and artifacts take up the rest of our focus.


Thank you so much to all the students that are Birthday Book donors this year. We have had a great number of participants. The Birthday Books for June-September students will be selected on Wed., Sept. 6th. Parents should look for that new book brought home in honor of their child’s birthday in their backpacks. The book should be returned to the library about two weeks later to share with the rest of the student body.

Thrasher will begin participating in the Read 20 contest this year on September 1st. Every student should read 20 minutes a night. We are competing against other Hamilton County Schools and this documentation is very important if we want to win the contest at the end of the year. Please look for additional information to come home on Tuesday, September 5th.

Reminder for the Kindergarten parents: Kindergarten students will start checking out library books after Fall Break in October. 

First and Second grade students are practicing check-out and return until after Labor Day. 

Third – Fifth graders have started check-out already. After Labor Day these students may check-out up to 3 books.  Teachers will start to assign literary genres to grade levels.

Breakfast Book Club Information:

·       Please look for the Breakfast Book Club permission slip to come home with your 4th and 5th grade students Monday, August 28th.

·       Club limit will be 25 students, so turn in your forms early.

·       We will meet on Wednesday Mornings from 7:30 – 8:00 for book discussions about a monthly selection. 

·       The first book will be From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

·       The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 6th.

Physical Education

·       K-2 Will be focusing on Spatial Awareness, Movement Concepts, Locomotor Skills

·       3-5 Will be learning the 5 components of fitness. They will also be working on throwing skills with a variety of objects and offensive and defensive strategies.

·       1-5 Will be working to improve cardiovascular endurance. The goal this month will be to run 4 minutes without walking.

CC News

·       Our first meet will be September 7th!!!


·       Please come visit the art room at Open House, on September 12.

·       Remember to look at your student’s art, not take portfolio home.

·       Their art is a work in progress until the end of the 9 weeks.

·       K – Kindergarteners are working on a self-portrait for Open House that parents may take with them.


Our after-school clubs will begin in September! Be looking for more detailed information to come very soon.


There are attachments to this newsletter. One is about soccer registrations, which are due Aug. 27. Another is for the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire, which promises to be a really cool event!

Thank You!

Thank you for coming out to the orientation nights! I really enjoyed seeing you all and meeting folks that are new to Thrasher.


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