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Pup Press Newsletter

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Pup Press is the weekly newsletter for families of Thurgood Marshall Elementary students and contains important school news and updates from Principal May, staff members, and the FTME.

Look for an email every Thursday of the school year from Principal May with a link  to the current issue of the Pup Press.


2020-21 School Year

Click here for past issues.

2018-19 School Year

2017-18 School Year

  • June 21 [Staffing for 2018-19; Farewell, Ms. Kaloper; Library open on Tues all summer; Advanced Learning Task Force]
  • June 14 [Read ‘The Yes Brain’; Spirit Week ahead; Reading Kick-off; Learning Garden events]
  • June 7 [Fight ‘Summer Slide’; Goodbye, Ms. Hudson & Ms. von Beck; PTA OKs budget, elects officers]
  • May 31 [Celebrating groundbreaking women; Move-a-Thon raises $13K; PTA $3k from its funds goal]
  • May 24 [Evaluating teachers; PTA nears fundraising goal; Bus service to improve]
  • May 17 [Remarkable impact of tutors; Will Pup Press survive next year?; Work with school on attendance]
  • May 10 [Move-a-thon supports field trips; Staff Appreciation Week; Help PTA close budget gap]
  • May 3 [Preserve PTA programs by donating; Advanced Learning Task Force being formed ]
  • April  26 [Magic of 5th-grade camp; Chess team triumphs at state tourney]
  • April 19 [Volunteers recognized and sought; take your Family Survey]
  • April 5 [Thank you, Ms. Hudson; Superintendent chosen; March Match-ness needs donors]
  • March 29 [Leaders are lifelong learners; 3 finalists for Superintendent]
  • March 22 [Added staff planned for 2018-19; Bus driver shortage; “Wishtree” activities to highlight Community Night]
  • March 15 [How we teach about gender diversity; 2 students honored in statewide Reflections arts contest]
  • March 8 [Tech in the classroom; March Match-ness offers $25,000 challenge; Another chance to see “Angst”]
  • March 1 [Reading Celebration; Wish Tree; Tips for safety &sStress; First “Angst” showing tonight!]
  • Feb. 15 [Thurgood Marshall Day guest speakers; Showings of “Sing” and “Angst”]
  • Feb. 8 [Self regulation; Driving safely at dropoff & pickup; Thurgood Marshall Day; Meet Kelsey French
  • Feb. 1 [Black Lives Matter Week; School Board action on HCC & high schools; DeWolf & Mack visit]
  • Jan. 25 [Help your child deal with peer pressure; Advocate for education; Join PTA Board!]
  • Jan. 18 [The budget process; Annual Fund meets wintertime goal; Meet the new PE teacher]
  • Jan. 11 [Civics lessons of many types; Meet Laura Strand, our art teacher; new RULER words]
  • Jan. 4 [Improving respect among students; 6 win in citywide arts contest] 
  • Dec. 14 [Help TM with budget, mission; PTA funds xylophones]
  • Dec. 7  [All about report cards; donate to the PTA Annual Giving Fund]
  • Nov 30 [Student Council’s tasks; HCC students now called “Accelerated Curriculum Scholars”]
  • Nov 16  [Hate speech; Winners in PTA Reflections contest]
  • Nov. 9 [Get ready for parent-teacher conferences; Global Reading Challenge books revealed; ‘Hall-marks’ of respect]
  • Nov. 2 [Why sleep is so important; HCC high school pathways; Meal-in-a-Bag for Thanksgiving]
  • Oct. 26 [Earthquake drill; Buy t-shirts online!; Trick or Treat for UNICEF]
  • Oct.19 [All about Bullpup Dads; PTA dives into ELA curriculum; 5th-graders take a knee]
  • Oct. 12 [New reading/writing curriculum; K classroom added; Input sought on change to HCC name at TM]
  • Oct. 5 [Resolving disputes without violence; Games Night next week; Author Robert Hoge to appear]
  • Sept 28 [Caring & safety; Equity & Black Family group meetings; Reflections entry form]
  • Sept 21 [All about assessments; Bullpup Parents; Get those forms filled out!]
  • Sept 14 [Social Studies blending & more; Apply for free weekday lunch & free weekend food]
  • Sept 7 [Get ready for Potlucks, Curriculum Night, more events; Smiles & hellos; Registration for Enrichment]

2016-17 School Year

  • June 22 [2017-18 teacher grade levels; Thanks to volunteers;  See you next year!]
  • June 15  [Take action before next year; Funds OK’d for 2-tier bus system]
  • June 8 [Endings lead to beginnings; Move-a-thon needs your dollars; $2K grant for Library; Field Day volunteers sought]
  • June 1 [Positives on Student-Climate Survey; Thanks to counseling intern]
  • May 25 [Keep the reading going all summer!; Principal’s presentation is online; Move-a-thon coming up]
  • May 18 [New program name: Scholars; Annual Fund reaches goal; PTA sets 2017-18 leaders, budget]
  • May 11 [Salute to Math Olympians; Black Families Group to hold workshop; Student Council starts Box Tops drive] 
  • May 4 [Staff departures & more 2017-18 updates; Cyber-safety; Staff Appreciation; Gallery in Room 208] 
  • April 27 [Advanced Learning improvements and recruitment; Bell times set at 8 and 2:30 for 2017-18]
  • April 20 [Value of learning outside the classroom; TM wins WA Achievement Award; Bingo Night coming up soon!]
  • April 6 [Budget relief; Enjoy Community Night; March reading goals met]
  • March 30 [Social Studies focus, grade-by-grade; New March Match-ness opportunity; RULER refresh, anyone?]
  • March 23 [Social Studies ‘blend’ & new relationships; Blanford concerned that cuts will hurt equity efforts]
  • March 16 [Effect of budget cuts; Annual Fund needs YOU; Statewide winners in arts contest]
  • March 9 [SBA & other assessments; Global Reading Challenge team in finals; March Match-news starting]
  • March 2 [A great day of heritage and parent involvement; Book Exchange and reading goals; Equity meetings]
  • Feb. 16 [Ideas from ‘Summit’ on equity in advanced learning; Snow makeup day is June 26; Black Family Group sets meeting]
  • Feb. 9 [Teen tutors help students read; Great events on Mon. at TM as we celebrate African American parent involvement;  Perfect score for team in Global Reading Challenge.
  • Feb. 2 [Welcoming *all* students & families; Open Enrollment period nears]
  • Jan 26 [Improving the use of discipline; Budget crisis explained; Top SPS official looks at equity & HCC] 
  • Jan. 19 [Survey on Social Studies; PTA meeting on District budget’s impact; Kindness Club] 
  • Jan. 12 [A ‘rodeo’ helps students; Fundraising ‘Challenge’ met; PTA Focus Day coming up]
  • Jan. 5 [Equity actions and events; PTA advocacy in Olympia; 3 advance in ‘Reflections’ contest]
  • Dec 15 [Bringing together engineering & math; Annual Fund beats, raises its goal; Reflections contest winners] 
  • Dec 8 [Technology at TM; Annual Fund short of goal; Black Family Group to start; Book Fair benefits TM]
  • Dec. 1 [Sleep is critical; Donations doubled; Enrichment registration begins; new PE newsletter] 
  • Nov 17 [Make the most of parent-teacher conferences; PTA Annual Fund needs you!]
  • Nov 10 [Elections and school; Anti-bullying curriculum; Book Fair preview]
  • Nov. 3 [Addressing gender stereotypes; Fall Dance!; Student Council elected; Global Reading Challenge books]
  • Oct. 27 [Principals follow standards; Equity Action Teams look back & ahead; T-shirt order form]
  • Oct. 20 [Safety drills; PTA meeting looks at RULER; What’s happening in the Art Room]
  • Oct. 13 [Focus on the achievement gap; Board looks at Advanced Learning]
  • Oct. 6 [Sharing our Stories initiative; bell times survey; PTA meeting features School Counselor]
  • Sept. 29 [Don’t miss school!; White House honors for Halperin; Kovacs-Storlie coffee focuses on homework]
  • Sept. 22 [Social Studies initiative moves forward; New policy on early pickups]
  • Sept. 15 [Split-grade classrooms, Enrichment options, Conflict Mediators sought; Volunteers needed!]
  • Sept. 8 [Who to see about what; Dropoff/pickup safety; About our Counselor]

2015-16 School Year

  • June 23 [Grade reports, other final updates; 5th-grade festivities; Counselor’s wrap-up]
  • June 16 [District delays action on social studies plan; $412 in Box Tops!]
  • June 9 [Racial disparities in discipline; Crafts Fair; Little Free Library needs books]
  • June 2 [Things to do or know in final weeks; Move-a-thon]
  • May 26 [Prevent summer reading loss; PTA approves $170k budget]
  • May 19 [Many events close out the year; ‘Birds + Bees’ at Tues PTA meeting]
  • May 12 [Staffing plan for 2016-17; Student Council gets active; 24 go to Math Olympiad]
  • May 5 [Helping children understand autism; PTA donations top goal; RULER’s ‘Blueprint’ ]
  • April 28 [Progress by Equity Action Teams; Literacy tutors make a big difference]
  • April 21 [TM wins Achievement Award; Learning blossoms in spring; Turn in those forms!]
  • April 7 [Steps against bullying; March Match-ness thank-you; Diversity in HCC?]
  • March 31 [Multicultural Night next week; March Match-ness near goal]
  • March 24 [Program integration builds learning; YMCA care seeking space; Last chance to have donations doubled]
  • March 17 [Help kids make tough decisions; Internet safety topic of 3/22 PTA meeting]
  • March 10 [Math facts; PTA Survey results; Read-a-thon launches]
  • March 3 [Plan for more, new technology; March Match-ness campaign; RULER curriculum]
  • Feb. 25 [SBAC tests; Survey deadline extended; Game Night!] 
  • Feb. 18 [Equity action committees formed; Take the PTA Survey!; Games Night] 
  • Feb. 11 [Achieving goals; recycling victory; new Morning Movement class]
  • Feb. 4 [Events galore; Equity follow-up scheduled; Library website has lots of info]
  • Jan. 28 [Formative assessments; African American male education]
  • Jan. 21 [Equity issues examined; Parent support groups]
  • Jan. 14 [MLK Day opportunities; Thank you to donors]
  • Jan. 7 [‘Equity’ in education at PTA meeting; TM wins School of Distinction Award]
  • Dec. 17 [About grades; New names for programs?; Enrichment goes online]
  • Dec. 10 [Lunchtime strategies; Book Exchange; Windermere grant]
  • Dec. 3 [Student voices; Annual Fund’s Double-your-Donation challenge]
  • Nov. 19 [Parent-teacher conferences; PTA support=Counselor; Book fair]
  • Nov. 12 [The Mood Meter; District policy proposals; Counseling groups available]
  • Nov. 5 [Student Assignment Plan; Twist on bell times; Friendship lunches]
  • Oct. 29 [Earthquake, fire drills; Bell times survey #2; Tutu’s Pantry namesake; Fall Dance flier]
  • Oct. 22 [Teachers at NYC reading workshops; anti-bullying efforts]
  • Oct. 15 [Mix-It-Up Lunch, Reflections Art Contest flier]
  • Oct. 8 [Standardized tests; PTA meeting will focus on ‘hidden biases’]
  • Oct. 1 [RULER social/emotional learning; Health Night flier]
  • Sept. 24 [Label your clothing, drop-off procedures, ‘Blindspot’ discussions]
  • Sept. 18 [Welcome to new staff, Enrichment catalog updates, more]

2014-15 School Year


2013-14 School Year


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