Last chance: 2017 bell times survey

In 2017-18 the District will add 20 more minutes per school day, except for one day per week, which will be 1 hour shorter than the others in order to provide teachers with collaboration time. Deadline for taking this survey is Oct. 21.

The District is asking families to offer their preferences on how these changes should be made. Six specific alternatives have been proposed, including three in which Thurgood Marshall’s start time could be 10:15 a.m. or later on the weekday when teachers will have meeting time. The full array of the bell time ideas, and option to take a survey, is at In addition, printed surveys are available in the front office, translated into the top six home languages of families with students in Seattle Public Schools.


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Coffee with Principal: social studies & your questions

Principal Katie May will be hosting the year’s second “Coffee with the Principal” 9:15-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, to focus on the new “blended classroom” Social Studies format and to take questions on that or any other topic.

Bring your coffee cup to the Library! The java is FREE. If you are unable to join us, email Ms. May  your questions at

The third Coffee (Nov. 17) will be at an earlier time, 8:30 a.m., in response to parent requests. The topic has not yet been announced.

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Equity Action Teams meet Oct. 24

Learn what TM Equity Action Teams are doing (and join the effort if you’d like) at their first meeting of the year: Monday, Oct. 24, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Library. You’ll hear:

  • what the Equity Action Teams are all about
  • updates from the teams (Field Trips, Enrichment, Title I, HCC Diversity, School Events, Academic Integration)
  • plans for this year, including new ideas and revision of the current set of initiatives.

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Wear PJs to Family Dance on Nov. 4

DJ Eric is back to spin the tunes at the PTA Fall Family Pajama Dance and Food Drive, Friday, Nov. 4, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Gym & Cafeteria. This year, come in your PJs! We’re planning on building a huge blanket fort, too, and donations (or loans) of sheets are welcome. (Details to be announced.) Art activities, too!

The Dance is sponsored by the PTA and FREE to all TM families, but please bring food for:

  • Tutu’s Pantry: non-perishables such as canned veggies, peanut butter, pasta, beans
  • The Potluck: pizza and slumber party snacks suggested!

The fun is for all members of the family, but parents MUST stay at the Dance. (NO “drop and go” is permitted. This event is after the school day has ended.)

Volunteers needed! Sign up online.2016-fall-dance-slider


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Hear, share ideas for resolving conflict


Meghan Kaloper

On Tuesday, the PTA will present School Counselor Meghan Kaloper for a discussion of Positive Discipline, RULER (the social/emotional learning program at Thurgood Marshall) and how you can use these tools at home with your children.

Find out more at the first PTA general meeting of 2016-17, 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Library! You do not need to be a PTA member to attend.

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