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  • 9/10 Make up Picture Day
  • 9/12 Club Rush at lunch (Clubs are free & funded by LBUSD & PTA)
  • 9/17 - 9/20 6th Grade Science Camp
  • 9/25 Thurston PTA Meeting 9AM in library
Thurston Back To School Night Video
Thurston PTA is here for our kids, teachers and school.

$15 per person
$30 per family

Our goal is 375 members. We currently have 236 Thurston PTA members.
Thurston PTA helps enrich the education of all Thurston students. 
We support, promote, manage, sponsor, and organize countless programs, including:
  • After School Clubs Buses 
  • Teacher Grants
  • 8th Gr. Museum of Tolerance Field Trip
  • SMART Card Awards  
  • Thurston PTA College Scholarship 
  • Student Assistance
  • 6th Grade Million Word Readers
  • 6th Grade Oral History Project
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Smart Drawings & Supplies
  •  8th Grade Promotion
  • 7th & 8th Grade Passion Project Field Trip
  • 6th – 8th Grade Medals 
  • Smart Assemblies
  • Coffee Talk 
  • Fin the Shark Mascot
  • Gold Cards
  • United in Kindness
  • Sports Swap
  • Beach Clean-up
  • Academic Awards
  • Destination Imagination 
  • ASB & PALS
  • Student Leadership
  • 6th Gr. W.E.B. Days
  • Angels Family Night
  • Library support
  • Positive Postcards
  • Club Registration Fees
  • PTA Reflections Art Contest  
  • Wave Rider Day
  • Kindness Challenge
  • Campus Culture Signs
  • Book Swap
  • Assembly Support
  • Attendance Certificates  
  • New Student Support
  • P.E. Equipment Support
  • Blue & Gold Awards
Thank you to our Ball Room Volunteers Last Week!
Davis Patchell, Yuko Tennen, 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
The Sports Swap is on!!
Coming on November 2.

Sports Swap Chair James Azadian invites you to be on the Sports Swap Committee.
Volunteer for as little or as long as you want. It's an enjoyable way to get involved.

 Please email PTA President
Celine Macmillan
at if you're interested in being on the Sports Swap Committee.
Sports Swap is just around the corner!

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!
Thurston families, please ask your child(ren) today if they would like to enter the annual Reflections Art Contest. Let them know Thurston PTA will provide a pizza party at lunch for all Thurston students that submit an entry.

PTA Reflections Art Contest
  • 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 soon. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian/vegan options available too.

Questions? Please contact Thurston PTA Reflections Chair Lori Werstein at:
Meet the Thurston Team

This week we are pleased to highlight:

Christopher Nunziata
Teacher - Math
LBHS Coach - Boys Lacrosse

Tell us about yourself: 
At 32 years old I feel lucky to have experienced so many great things in life and that shows in my journey to this point. I grew up just outside of Boston and was able to experience the best that city has to offer for all of my elementary, middle school and high school years. I loved it so much that my journey took me to Boston College. My 4 years at BC were some of the best 4 of my life.

Almost 3 years after graduation, my sense of adventure brought me to California. I have found a home here in Orange County for the past 9 years with my wife and dog. When I originally moved to Orange County, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for a career, I was sick of my desk job life and was seeking something more rewarding. I started coaching high school lacrosse where I loved working with students. I thought, "how can I do this for the rest of my life?" That is what lead me to a career in teaching and I have found a home in Laguna teaching at Thurston and coaching the boy's Varsity lacrosse team at LBHS. I could not be happier!

When is your birthday?  February 25th

Tell us the best advice you have for students and/or the best advice you have for parents.
The best advice I have for students is to stay organized. Continually check in on your Aeries and refer to teacher websites. Often the answers to your questions are found on those resources. 

Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting?
Neither! I have been whitewater rafting once before in Maine as part of an 8th grade school trip. I was the only one who fell off the raft and had to be rescued. It was all on film and we watched it later that night back at camp in front of everyone. Very embarrassing! As for hang gliding, I have seen too many fail videos to think that is a good idea. 

What do you hope never changes?
I hope the New England Patriots dominance never ends. The Patriots first won a Super Bowl when I was a Sophomore in high school growing up in New England. Since that time, I have been able to set my watch to Patriot playoff football every winter. By the time you're reading this it is likely the Pats are getting ready for another Super Bowl. If not, they will be back there next year ;). 

There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
This question reminds me of maybe my favorite quote. "Those who think they can and those who think they can not are both right." So I guess there are two types of people...those who think they can and those who think they can not and it turns out they are both correct.

What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
This question made me laugh and my students would know why. I always tell them, the number one question that annoys me is, "Are we changing seats today?" Without fail, after a long weekend or semester break, seemingly every day, students will ask if we are changing seats. Nothing captivates the mind of a middle school student like a new seating chart. I have literally had a student say, "Changing seats is like going to Knotts Berry Farm, it's like a rollercoaster!" ... and that is why I love teaching middle school students! 

If you weren't a teacher what would you be?
I think I would want be a chef if I was not a teacher. Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. I see a lot of parallels between teaching and cooking. First off, just like teaching, in cooking there is no down time, you are always on the go and always trying to improve your work. When creating a great lesson plan, just like creating a dish, you start with the end result that you desire and work backwards. That means determining timing, which ingredients (pre requisite skills) are needed and how to layer the ingredients (pacing of concepts) so that you get your desired result. Sometimes in cooking, just like teaching, some things go as planned and sometimes everything goes haywire and you almost burn the kitchen down. As in teaching and cooking, there is no more rewarding feeling than having a lesson gain its desired results or having a dish come out perfectly. 

Thank you Mr. Nunziata for participating in our Thurston team interview!
Thurston PTA’s Alternative Fundraiser ($1,525.00 raised so far)

This fundraiser is in lieu of having Thurston families participate in an activity-based fundraiser.

It’s a simple, one time donation and 100% goes directly to Thurston PTA to support our students, teachers and school.

Thank you to everyone that has already made a donation on the PTA Membership Donations page or via the Alternative Fundraiser. The total amount raised is from both of these donations combined.

Please become a Thurston PTA member before donating to the Alternative Fundraiser. We would like to reach our membership goal of 375 members by the end of September.

Our goal is $5,000 - see for more details or click here to download the sign up form shown below.

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. Sponsors that donate $350+ 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!
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