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New for the 2015-16 school year – parent drop-off!

August 7th, 2015

Over the summer, a new parent drop-off was created at Thomas Paine Elementary.  The video below shows the flow of traffic to and from the front door.  Parents and families will be able to drop their students off and then proceed out through the new driveway, back to Florida Ave.

Staff will be on hand to help parents and families navigate the new driveway.  We look forward to another exciting year at Thomas Paine!

New Thomas Paine Parent Drop-off


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Thomas Paine students loves authors!

October 22nd, 2014

During the University of Illinois sponsored Youth Festival, Thomas Paine students and staff welcomed two marvelous writers to our school, Barb Rosenstock and Keiko Kasza.

Ms. Rosenstock and Ms. Kasza spoke to the students about the ins and out of being an author and explained what inspires them.  Students also created and participated in special classroom projects to honor the authors’ work and even had the opportunity to ask the authors questions about their lives!   Read the rest of this entry »


Thomas Paine celebrate PBIS with UI Women’s gymnastics team

May 19th, 2014

On April 25th, 2014 we had our April PBIS celebration! During this celebration, the students met members of the University of Illinois Women’s gymnastics team! The team shared their experiences from the National competitions, what it means to be apart of a team, and how hard they have to work to balance school and a sport they love. Two students from each class also participated in a head or hand stand competition where the college athletes were the judges!


Capoeira assembly for Thomas Paine students

May 19th, 2014

On April 10th, 2014 the students had an opportunity to watch a special kind of assembly. The assembly involved individuals native to Brazil, who performed Capoeira. Capoeira is a Brazillian matrial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. The show was very interactive, high energy, and the students loved it! The group also performed at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Did you miss Kindergarten Connection

May 6th, 2014

Kindergarten Connection at the Urbana Civic Center on April 8th was a success!  We had 184 families attend this first step into kindergarten!

If you missed the Kindergarten Connection and your child will be entering Kindergarten at Thomas Paine Elementary school this fall, you are encouraged to go to the school to begin the sign-up process.

At the school, you, the parent or legal guardian, will complete the registration forms, sign-up your student for an August kindergarten screening, and receive a handbook with information about Urbana’s kindergarten classes and how to ensure success for your child.

Each neighborhood elementary school has set aside time between now and the end of the school year (June 4th) for parents who missed Kindergarten Connection but still need to start the registration process.  Dates and times for Thomas Paine Elementary is listed below.  Starting the process now will help you to avoid the long “New Student” lines at Centralized Registration on July 29th – July 31st.

Kindergarten Connection/registration times for Thomas Paine Elementary school is:

Thomas Paine Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3602


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