Welcome to Thorndyke Elementary School! My name is Kathy Page and I am thrilled to share with you that I will be serving as your school principal. We are looking forward to another successful and exciting school year at Thorndyke Elementary. Working with you as partners in education we will do our very best to meet the needs of our students by helping them reach their greatest potential.
Thorndyke Elementary has a wonderful richness in the diversity of our student body. There are more than 29 different languages spoken in the different homes of our students. Half of our students are “ELL” English Language Learners. Thorndyke teachers have embraced GLAD Strategies (Guided Language Acquisition Design). These strategies help the teachers make the information in lessons more accessible to all students, especially those who are acquiring English. Our “SMART” Wednesday early release days provide our teachers with valuable time for professional development, and for planning and evaluating the effectiveness of their lessons. Data driven decision making is used to meet the needs of our students. We are thrilled to have the guidance and support of full time Math and Reading Coaches and Interventionists.
Tukwila School District’s Instructional Focus for 2014-2017 states, “We are committed to collaborating with parents and community members to create and sustain great schools where all students – without exception – learn at high levels.” As a school we take these words to heart and hope you won’t hesitate to become involved in your child’s education. In order for your child to be successful, it is important for the school and home to work cooperatively and to communicate effectively. When we work together, your child benefits the most.
Thorndyke has what we call the “Thunderbird Three.” They represent our three rules for the school and serve as the basis for all of the expectations within the school building. You will hear your children talk about the “Thunderbird Three” as we address them on a daily basis.
Be Safe Be Respectful Be Responsible
The “Thunderbird Three” play a huge role in our approach that is based on Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS). Simply put, PBIS is a pro-active approach to increasing positive student behavior through direct instruction. Staff members will be teaching the expectations to students throughout the school year and students will receive positive recognition for not only following the expectations, but for being a good role model for their peers. You can look forward to monthly assemblies this year that are for the purpose of recognizing those students who have gone above and beyond to exhibit the behaviors associated with specific monthly traits. Our 5th graders will be coming together as a grade level to identify the theme for monthly school spirit days to promote a sense of unity and teamwork at Thorndyke Elementary.
Thank you for entrusting your children to us. We take this responsibility very seriously and welcome your participation in their education. GO THUNDERBIRDS!