Friday Folder

September 29, 2023

Welcome to the Friday Folder, a weekly feature designed to highlight activities & events in the district.

Titan Strong Certificate Winners

Congratulations to this week's Titan Strong Certificate winners!

The CASEL’S SEL framework was used as the inspiration for the Titan Strong Certificates. The focus is on Self- Awareness, Self- Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Students and staff who exhibit behaviors from this framework receive a Titan Strong Certificate.

There are new winners every week!

ES Titan Strong Winners

THES Grades 4-6 News

September 25-29, 2023

Powered by Mrs. Rowe's 6th Grade ELA class!

Grades 4, 5, and 6
- This week, the fourth graders were working on whole number place value and forms of numbers in math. They are also working on comparing whole numbers.
- This week, the fifth graders were working on learning fiction signposts and writing personal narratives in ELA. In math, they are ordering decimals. The fifth graders are learning to read and complete timelines during Social Studies classes.
- In sixth grade, students will have their first Social Studies test on Mesopotamia on Tuesday, October 3. They are also going to have an opportunity to join FFA Club, through agriculture class if they are interested.

Library Events
- Author & Illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka, is coming to our school on Thursday, November 2. We are looking forward to having him!

After School Activities
- Homework Club: Monday-Thursday
- Harvest Club
- Drama Club
- Art Club

Upcoming Events
- October 9: Columbus/Indigenous People Day (No School)
- October 20: Superintendent's Conference Day (No School) & Homecoming
- October 21: Pumpkin Run
- October 27: Pow Wow/Touch a Truck/Trunk or Treat
- November 3; Elementary Picture Day
- November 4: Ancram Opera House - Story teller presentations

From the Nurse's Office
- Physicals are required for Grades 1, 3, and 5. If a physical has not been sent in, please send in a copy or have the Doctor's office fax it to 518-325-2856. Thank you from the Health Office.

News from the Office
- Please make sure your child is in attendance daily for the entire day to help them achieve success!

Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka

Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka will be visiting our District on Thursday, November 2! He will spend the school day with THCSD staff & students.

At 3PM, he will be holding a presentation in our Performing Arts Center for any and all adult public & community members at no charge. Sign up here to attend:

Jarrett will also be available to autograph his books, which are available for sale by Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Buy his books here, or use the QR code on the flyer below: Book orders are due by October 13.

Please note that the presentation at 3PM is for adults only, and sign up is required.

We hope to see you there!

Book Order Form

Thanksgiving Baskets

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to offer support to ensure everyone in our community enjoys a festive meal.

If you could use assistance, please complete the below Thanksgiving Food Assistance Request Form by 10/16. (We'll keep your information confidential and strive to meet your needs). Baskets will be provided by the Roe Jan Food Pantry.

Contact Vernetta Moore at 413-446-9431 with questions (6:00 - 8:00 M - F).

Click here to complete the Thanksgiving Basket Form

Pow Wow, Touch a Truck, and Trunk or Treat!

The annual Pow Wow / Trunk or Treat / Touch a Truck event will be on Friday, October 27 from 4PM-6PM

There will be a bake sale, raffles, games, candy, a bounce house, and more!

Entry fee is $5.

Pow Wow, Touch a Truck, and Trunk or Treat Flyer

2023 Pumpkin Run!

Join us for the 2023 Pumpkin Run on Saturday, October 21 from 10AM-12PM

This is a FREE event for Grades Pre-K through 6 and their families!

There will be races, face painting, apple cider, temporary tattoos, and more!

Each child who runs a race will receive a ticket to enter the pumpkin patch & pick a pumpkin to take home.

Please complete the below form and return to your child's teacher by Tuesday, October 10.

Click here to complete the form.

Attention Juniors: Register for PSAT

The PSAT is an excellent opportunity to get ready for the SAT exam.  The district has set up for 60 students to take this exam.  

If your Student (Grade 11) is interested, please use this google form to sign up:

The form needs to be complete by October 13th, and the testing date will be October 18.

Food Service Worker Opening

We are seeking a food service worker!

3 hours per day, Monday-Friday.

Rate of pay is $20.15/hr.

Summers off!

Click here to complete the application, and send to Eileen Olson at

Flu Shot Clinic

Columbia County Department of Health is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 5 from 2:30PM - 3:30PM in the Board of Education Room.

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

Click here to pre-register.

October Flu Shot Clinic

Questar III Open House

Questar III is hosting an Open House on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30PM - 6PM.

This Open House is for prospective students and their parents to learn about Questar's CTE programs and how to attend next fall!

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

We are Hiring Substitutes!

We are seeking the following:
- Substitute Food Service Worker ($15.80/hr)
- Substitute Bus Drivers ($22/hr)
- Substitute Bus Attendants ($15.80/hr)
- Substitute Teachers ($135-$145/day)

Click here to complete the application, and send to Eileen Olson at

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Alumni Soccer Game poster

Annual Alumni Soccer Game & Chicken BBQ

The 2023 Burger-Laverack TH Alumni Soccer Game & Chicken BBQ will be Sunday, October 1 !

The soccer game begins at 1PM, and the BBQ is at 4PM.

BBQ Tickets are $12, and T Shirts are $15.

Checks should be made out to Community Scholarship Fund of CSF.

Contact Ryan Proper at with questions or for more information.

Join a Board of Education Committee!

The Board of Education is looking for staff, students, parents, and community members to join board committees!

We want to hear from YOU!

Join our:
- Policy Committee
- Legislative Committee
- Audit Committee
- Facilities Committee

Please contact if you are interested.

BOE Committees

Youth Swim Stroke Clinic

Youth Swim Stroke Clinic

We will be hosting Youth Swim Stroke Clinics in our Aquatic Center for swimmers ages 8-18. The fee is $80.

The Pre-Stroke Clinic is for swimmers who can independently swim at least two lengths in the shallow end. The class is geared towards those swimmers with a desire to learn the basics of competitive swimming (stroke development, breath control, flip turns, diving and some water safety skills). Maximum of 12 swimmers.

The Stroke Clinic is for swimmers who can comfortably swim at least 100 yards (4 laps) and have a basic knowledge of each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). This class is geared towards those swimmers looking to prepare for their upcoming swim season, or those with a desire to obtain a great low impact, strength training workout through swimming. Maximum of 12 swimmers.

Please see dates below. Contact Robin Semp at for more information & registration forms.

Join Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts Troop 1038 is looking for 7th-10th Graders to join their troop!

Learn more at

Girl Scout Princess Party

Girl Scouts is hosting a FREE Princess Party on Tuesday, October 24th from 5:30PM - 6:30PM in the THCSD Elementary Cafeteria.

Come dressed up and do Girl Scout badge related activities! Bring your grown-ups too!

RSVP to Kate Foley at

More Information

Community & Parent Resources

Visit our Community & Parent Resources page for information regarding mental health, local food pantries, Columbia Opportunities' Headstart Program, and more.

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Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT)

Emergency Mental Health Service
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 7 days a week
- On-site face-to face mental health assessments
- Referrals to available services
- Follow-up from psychiatric hospitalizations
- Wellness calls when someone is concerned
- Phone assessments
- Consultations


Taconic Hills Elementary PTO
The Taconic Hills Elementary PTO is back up and running, plus we have a new Facebook page. Please follow this new page to see all of the ideas and fun activities we have planned for your children. We would also love for you to join us. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm and would love to see you there and hear any ideas that you might have. Zoom links will be posted closer to meeting times. Contact us at


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Athletic Calendar

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