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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


First graders studying citizenship with help from special guests

October 9th, 2013

Mrs. Thurston’s first grade class had a few special guests to help them with their citizenship studies.  Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing and the Chiefs of Police and Fire came to the class to help the students understand citizenship, what it means to be a good citizen and what we can do for the community to implement such qualities.  Both the Fire and Police chiefs brought along some of their big equipment to help with the lesson.  The class will discussed Urbana’s 180th and Thomas Paine Elementary’ s 50th birthday as part of this topic.

Community Involvement coordinator Angie Armstrong was particular happy with the students that day.  “I was especially proud of how our students welcomed our Mayor and Chiefs!  They were so respectful!” she said.  Mayor Prussing also had great things to say about Mrs. Thurston’s students to the WCIA news crew.  The students gave the Mayor a number of cards they made celebrating the birthdays of the City of Urbana and Thomas Paine Elementary.

Kids learn lesson of citizenship by WCIA news

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