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IMPORTANT DATES
  • 10/7 Donate to SchoolPower on Monday from noon till midnight and you'll be entered to win 4 Disneyland tickets! http://give.lbschoolpower.org/
  • 10/10 Super Hike Volunteers needed! SignUp HERE
  • 10/11 Super Hike Volunteers needed! SignUp HERE
  • 10/16 SchoolPower Dodgeball
  • 10/16 - 10/18 Minimum Block Days (school out at 1PM)
  • 10/25 Reflections Art Contest Submissions Due
  • 10/25 El Morro School Boo Blast 2:30PM - 7PM
  • 10/26 (Saturday) Thurston PTA Thalia Beach Cleanup 9AM -12PM
  • 10/31 Halloween is on a Thursday
  • 11/2 Sports Swap
Thurston PTA Beach Cleanup
Saturday, October 26 from 9AM -12PM
Location: Thalia Beach

Join us for our 2nd annual Thurston PTA Beach Cleanup. This year we are starting at Thalia and families can make their way south to Brooks Street or head north to Main Beach.

  • If 75 students and adults signup in the link below, Thurston PTA will receive 20 Disneyland tickets that will be used as student prizes for the Kindness Challenge in January (10 lucky kids will win 2 Disneyland tickets in an opportunity drawing).
  • PTA will provide environmentally friendly trash bags and latex free gloves.
  • PTA will also provide water in compostable cups, coffee and snacks.
  • Bring your beach gear if you plan on making it a family beach day. Some of the kids might want to surf, skimboard, boogie board or just have fun tossing the football.
  • Great way for families to spend quality time together and for new families to meet new people!
  • El morro, TOW, High School families and the community are all welcome to join us.
TMS Teacher/Staff Hospitality Breakfast
Let's honor our wonderful teachers and staff by providing a warm breakfast for their meeting on  Friday, October 11, 2019  (this is the 1st out of 5 total breakfasts for the school year).

Drop off  hot entrees  at the front office by
7:20 am on  Friday, October 11.

Please sign up to bring something in the Sign Up link below.
There are still spots open for hot entrees and fruit salad.
Thank you for your support!
Meet the Thurston Team

This week we are pleased to highlight: 

Megan Bhaskaran

Social Studies Teacher
Birthday- August 3

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and lived there until the end of kindergarten. After that, I spent the rest of my childhood and teen years in Sacramento. When my mom told me that if I went to UC Davis for college I would have to live at home, I decided to instead attend UC Irvine, where I studied Sociology, Education, and History. After college I joined the US Peace Corps which gave me a chance to give back to the world in a positive way while also getting to live abroad -- both of which are things that I have always wanted to do. I had the luck of being placed in Saint Lucia where I lived for a very sunny and beautiful two years. Once I was back in the United States, I chose to go into teaching, and once I got my credential from UC Irvine, I have been a middle school teacher ever since. 

Tell us the best advice you have for students and/or the best advice you have for parents.
Explore your world! Go on adventures, ask questions, eat the weird food, and speak to (kind) strangers. 

What’s your favorite drink?
Hot or iced coffee or latte with coconut milk!

Are you usually early or late?
If you're not ten minutes early, you are already late!

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Cleaning, (un)packing, and organizing. I have a tradition to rearranging and organizing one of my best friend's walk in pantry every time I visit their house and have helped an endless list of people unpack their houses when they move in. I love it! 

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga! 

What’s worth spending more on to get the best?
Comfortable shoes!! As I get older I always regret buying cheap shoes without support. As teachers we are on our feet all day and my feet get so sore! It's worth it to pay a little bit more to have happy feet. 

Thank you Megan Bhaskaran for participating in our interview!
Thank you to Heather Miller and Jenny Sabol for volunteering for
Ball Room Last Week!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for WEB Ping Pong last Wednesday!

Charity Morsey, Hang Tran Arrasin, Lee Otterholt, Lourdes de Quillien, MaryBeth Pugh, Michelle Foley, Russ Watson, Steven Sinay, Trisha Dearing, Summer Thacker
Ball Room Sign Up

A parent volunteer is needed at lunch time each day to check out balls.

The job entails showing up at the specified time, going to the Ball Room, pulling out the sign-out sheet for the balls, monitoring that kids sign the balls out.

After 45 minutes and the end of lunch, the kids will return the balls, the parent volunteer puts the sign-out sheet away and the job is completed.

You can sign up for a weekly, monthly, or one time experience. It takes less than one hour of your time. Questions? Contact Ball Room Chair Leslie Heard HERE
Sign Up For Super Hike!
Many open spots!

Super Hike volunteers make a commitment to be at school during a specific time to accompany the students on their P.E. hike. The hike is always on a block day (Thursday/Friday) and usually takes place once a month. It is a fun and invigorating opportunity to spend time with the kids and we are grateful for your desire to be a part of it.
Sports Swap November 2

Now is the time to set aside your gently used sporting good items to donate or consign to Sports Swap, such as surfboards, paddle boards, skimboards, boogie boards, snow boards, skateboards, bikes, razors, scooters, wetsuits, ski & snowboarding clothing and sports-related items!
Sports Swap Chair James Azadian will gladly come to your house and pickup your gently used sporting equipment to donate to the Sports Swap.
Text James at 818-645-9177
Thank you to our PTA Reflections Chair Lori Werstein for making this amazing Reflections box for students to pickup Reflections information or submit their Reflections entrees in the Thurston office.



PTA Reflections Art Contest QUICK FACTS:
  • The Reflections contest theme is “Look Within”. 
  • It is the 51st year of the contest. 
  • Our LBUSD school deadline is Friday October 25 at 2PM.
  • Students of all ages/abilities welcome.
  • Thurston students submit your entries in the Thurston office.
  • Students may submit as many entries as they like in any of 6 categories: literature, photography, visual art (2D and 3D), music composition, dance choreography, film making. 
  • District Exhibit/Reception at TOW for all LBUSD schools: 11/21, 5PM
  • Thurson PTA will have a pizza party at lunchtime for all TMS students that entered. Date to be determined. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian/vegan options available too.

Questions? Please contact Thurston PTA Reflections Chair Lori Werstein at:
loriwerstein@yahoo.com

Thank you to EVERYONE that joined our PTA!
We reached our membership goal of 375 Thurston PTA members!

Thurston PTA is here for our kids, teachers and school.

$15 per person
$30 per family (counts as 2 memberships)


We currently have 385 Thurston PTA members.

You can also send cash or check in a sealed envelope to Thurston PTA and drop off in office. Cash/check/e-checks/cc can all be done online too. Once we receive your cash or check, we mark you off as payment received. Otherwise, we can enter your payment in manually if you don't want to go online.

Seeking family & business sponsors for Thurston PTA's
Kindness Challenge
(Kindness Challenge coming January 2020. Logo designed by Thurston art teacher Ivy Leighton)

StuNews donated $5,000 worth of free advertising for our Kindness Challenge. Gold Sponsors will get their logo in the StuNews ads twice a week for the entire year (plus t-shirts, banner, PTA Newsletters and website).


To pay online for Sponsorship via cash/check/e-check/credi card
click HERE
Thank you to our Kindness Challenge Sponsors!
Thurston School : (949) 497-7765
Durham Bus: (949) 376-0376
www.thurstonmiddleschoolpta.org