Thornton Creek School Bulletin May 11, 2023

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Calendar (New events and changes to events are bolded)

  • May is Bike Everywhere Month
  • Sat. May 13 | Flower Pick up at TC | 10:30 – 12:30 pm
  • Tues. May 16 – Thurs. May 18 | SBA Testing for 3rd grade
  • Fri. May 19 | Move-A-Thon on the field
  • Wed. May 24 | Dress up as your favorite Book Character Day
  • Mon. May 29 | Memorial Day – No School
  • Fri. June 2 | Special Education Parent Coffee | Lunchroom | 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • Fri. June 2 | All School Dance Party | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Mon. June 12 | 5th Grade Instrumental Music Concert | 8:30 – 9:10 am
  • Thurs. June 22 @ TBD after school | Expedition Celebration
  • Tues, June 27 | Field Day!
  • Fri. June 30 @ 9:00 am | Fifth Grade Graduation! | School’s out at 1:25 pm

SPS School Calendar

From the Assistant Principal

Spring is in the air at Thornton Creek! The weather is amazing, and we have so many things to celebrate! First, I want to thank all of the students and families who have shown their appreciation to all our staff this week. Walking in Monday to the beautiful chalk art was a great way to start the week, the flowers and the notes warmed our hearts, the nacho snacks were fantastic- who knew you could have a cheese fountain, and everyone is looking forward to the brunch tomorrow! On behalf of all the staff to you, thank you for sharing your children with us, it is an honor to work at Thornton Creek.

We are all looking forward to our Move-A-Thon on Friday May 19th! Please check your child’s backpack on Friday to find their goal sheet. Some students might have filled it in already with help from their buddy, while other students might want to fill it out at home. The idea is that students set a movement goal. This year’s Move-A-Thon is all about inclusion- and having fun while moving. We’ve added movement stations so goals won’t be about how many times students can walk around the track, but rather it will be based on their choice of movement- kicking a ball, hula hoop goals, adaptive biking, frisbee and so many more movement options. It will be a great day of fun for all our students, and staff.

Hard to believe we are entering the last 7 weeks of school, there are so many fun events planned for each grade level. Please read your teachers newsletters so you can plan for all the amazing activities we have coming up- Grade level potlucks, field trips, expedition night and so much more. The last weeks are always packed with great hands-on learning and fun!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend; I know it will be filled with sun!


From the Office and the Classroom

From Josh in P.E.

We are beginning our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety unit this week in PE. 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders get to ride the bikes, while the younger kids will be doing a parallel unit on the Razor scooters. If any kids want to bring in their own bike helmets, that would be great and save us some time. We also have helmets we can provide for those that need them. Unfortunately, kids are not allowed to bring in their own bikes and scooters as that would take up way too much space.

We have your Winter Coats through Friday, May 26

Come visit our overflowing lost and found. We will plan to wash and donate unclaimed items on Friday, May 26th.

Hall of Fame Team Camp After School Programs: Session 5 Registration ends tomorrow!

Hall of Fame Team Camp provides on-site after-school childcare and enrichment to Thornton Creek families. Session 4 ends on Friday, May 5th and Session 5 kicks off on Monday, May 8th. Space is still available in Kids Choir, Choraliers, Hip Hop Kids, Coding Kidz, Book Club, Origami-Crochet, Chess Club, Scene Study, World Dance, Ukulele 101, Lego Mania, Flag Football, Kinder1stGaga, Young Engineers, and more!

Check out our website to register: Hall of Fame Team Camp at Thornton Creek Elementary

Session 5 registration closes on Friday, May 12th.

Please reach out to for general questions and for information on scholarships.

Kids Time Registration Starts Tuesday, May 16th at 12pm.

Registration for Thornton Creek Kids Time for the general public will happen on Tuesday, May 16th at 12pm. To register, please take the time to create an account with their online portal; Home | Seattle Parks and Recreation (

On the day of registration, login into the registration site and you may narrow down your search by typing in the following barcode for TC; 59240. You will promoted to select which days you would like to register for; M/W/F, Tu/Th or you may sign up for all 5 days if there is room left. If it turns out there are no more available spots due to meeting our capacity, we highly recommend putting your child on the wait-list. As spots open up, Kids Time will refer to our WL to fill empty spots. At the time of registration once you have enrolled your child, at checkout you will be charged a $25 non-refundable fee to hold your registration spot.

Families will have the option to register September-December. Again, if Kid’sTime is at full capacity, please add your name to the waiting list for those months.

School Events and Opportunities

It is Bike/Wheel Everywhere Month!

May is Bike/Wheel Everywhere month and we will begin preparations by welcoming the Bike Fairy back to Thornton Creek! Now through May 26th (Fridays only) the Bike Fairy will install safety light sets on any bicycle/wheeled vehicle parked at Thornton Creek (generally 30 minutes after class starts). While supplies last, and again Fridays only. Get your bike/scooter/wheel-y transport unit out of storage, inflate your tires, clean and lube your chain, and get ready to roll! Sincerely, The Bike Fairy

Staff Appreciation Week – Final Event, Brunch on Friday, May 12th.

We appreciate our TC staff every day of every week, but this is the time of year when we get to shower them with a little extra love. Here we have the details and a sign-up sheet for our last activity, a brunch tomorrow morning.

Also, please enjoy the playlist parents made for staff.

And, a special thank you e-card for Principal Kischner who is out sick this week. Please share your appreciation (parents and students, too!) here by Friday.

Friendly Hmong Farms – Bouquet Pick-up: Sat, May 13, at Thornton Creek 10:30 -12:30 PM.

If you pre-ordered flowers, they’ll be ready for pick-up on Saturday in front of main entrance to the school. Thank you for your support!

TC Community Meeting – Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Join us to hear about Expedition Night and other year end events!

TCPG Fundraiser – Move-a-thon – Friday, May 19

Join our spring Move-a-Thon Fundraiser for both TCPG and the Southeast Seattle Schools Fundraising Alliance. Get to know other parents while creating a fun, successful, inclusive event by signing up to help! Flyers are on their way via kid mail.

Thornton Creek Yearbook – Purchase information – order by Friday, May 19

The Link to Purchase yearbooks is here! All students will receive a yearbook regardless of ability to purchase – TCPG funds will support

TC All-School Dance Party – Friday, June 2nd 6:00-8:00 PM

Let’s end the year with an all-out celebration: Music! Dancing! Cake! Bring the whole family and show our students how proud we are of them. Please add this to your calendars now so we can end the school year with joy and community! If you’d like to help, we’d love to have you!

Nominate yourself for TC Parent Group Board leadership positions for 2023-2024!

You can read brief descriptions about the Thornton Creek Parent Group positions.

We look forward to you joining us! Indicate your interest by May 31, 2023 by completing this form.

Interested in volunteering at Thornton Creek?

The spring is very full of fun school activities, we welcome your involvement, please consider volunteering! Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Survey! to get started. For other volunteering opportunities, reach out to Kelsey,

Photos of the Week

Mark’s second graders presenting an interactive game to classmates. Tammi takes the birders back on the road with retired bird expert Dorothy. Thank you to our parents and caregivers for supporting Thornton Creek through such affirming action!

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About Us

About Us

Principal : Gerrit Kischner

Assistant Principal : Laurie Miller

Administrative Secretary: Shannon Westerman