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    The Buzzword of the Day for 08/03/2015 is:

    reel (noun)


    What does it mean?

    : a lively dance originally of the Scottish Highlands; also : the music for this dance

    How do you use it?

    "A minute later she was whirled away in his arms to the dancing-floor, where, along with the other three women and their partners, a rollicking Virginia reel was soon in progress." (Jack London, _Burning Daylight_)

    Are you a word wiz?

    Our Buzzword "reel" is a noun, but there is another "reel" that is a different part of speech. Which of the sentences below uses "reel" correctly as that other part of speech?

    A. The dancers reeled around the room, forcing the people watching to push back.
    B. When Li told us she'd won tickets to the concert, Ty replied, "Get reel!"
    C. All my friends have raved that the movie's special effects are reel cool.
    D. Smiling, the jeweler assured us the necklace was reel gold.
    Check your answer on Word Central.

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    School Supply List -  Attached is the school supply list for the school year 2015-16.  Also, remember that students are strongly encouraged to wear uniforms.  For further information, please call 803-735-3430.
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    Summer Reading - 

    We are asking that our students read and participate in the many summer reading opportunities.  Here are some of the opportunities:
    Richland County Library - Summer Learning Challenge
    Book It (Pizza Hut) Book IT Summer Reading
    Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
    TD Bank $10 for Reading
    All students were given at least ten books and logs to fill out to keep track of their reading this summer. Also students received information about the programs listed above.   
      Please make sure your student reads over the summer. 


    Free School Supplies for Students
    On Saturday August 8th, The Cooperative Ministry,The Columbia Housing Authority and The City of Columbia will host a School Supply Drive at Finlay Park. School aged children from Richland School Districts one and two that attend the event will receive FREE school supplies, backpacks and more!
    Entertainment, snacks and other give away items will also be provided. Businesses and organizations will be present to offer information on local services. For more information please contact The Cooperative Ministry 803.799.3853 ext. 115 or 312

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    Upcoming Events

    Mon, Aug 3 - Fri, Aug 7
    Office Hours
    8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    The office will resume normal operating hours.  You may register your child during this time. Please call 803-735-3430 for further information.
    Monday, August 10
    Teacher Workday
    All teachers will report for a work day from 8 AM until 3:30 PM.
    Thursday, August 13
    Meet and Greet
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Come and meet and greet the Thomas Tiger Family!  This will be a great chance to become acquainted with our Thomas staff. 
    Monday, August 17
    First Day of School
    School will start today for the 2015-16 school year.  Breakfast will be served from  7- 7:20 AM for all students.  Classes start at 7:30 AM.  Please be on time!
    Thursday, September 3
    Open House
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Families will get to meet with the teachers and see what they have planned for the new school year. The teachers love meeting all the families! Please plan on attending this event with your child.

    From the Principal

    Dear Parents,
     Welcome to an exciting year at John P. Thomas Elementary School. The staff and I are very excited that you have entrusted your child's education to us. We will make every effort to help your child achieve academically and socially this year. It is our goal to create an enriching learning environment that engages the student.

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    School Uniforms - School uniforms include navy blue or khaki slacks, jumpers, or shorts (knee high).  Tops must have collars and include white or navy colors. School t-shirts may be worn as uniform shirts.  These are available for purchase from the PTA. For further information please contact the parent liaison, Freddie Harrell ( 803-735-3430).

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    While here at John P. Thomas, I promise to act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too. I come to school to learn and I will learn. I will have a good day.