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  • 9/2 Labor Day- No school
  • 9/5 Minimum Block Day (School out at 1PM)
  • 9/5 Back to School Night 6PM
  • 9/6 Minimum Block Day (School out at 1PM)
  • 9/10 Make up Picture Day
  • 9/17 - 9/20 6th Grade Science Camp
  • 9/25 Thurston PTA Meeting 9AM in library
Sign Up for PTA membership today!

$15 per person and $30 per family

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Our goal is 375 members. We currently have 206 Thurston PTA members. =)
Thurston PTA helps enrich the education of all Thurston students. 
We support, promote, manage, sponsor, and organize countless programs, including:

Academic Awards, After School Clubs Buses, Teacher Grants, 8th Gr. Museum of Tolerance Field Trip, SMART Card Awards,  Thurston PTA Scholarship, Student Assistance, 6th Grade Million Word Readers,
Oral History Project, Staff Appreciation Week, Smart Drawings & Supplies, 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, Destination Imagination,  ASB & PALS & Leadership Support, Library Support, 6th Gr. W.E.B. Days, 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, 8th Grade Promotion, Angels Family Night
Thurston PTA’s Alternative Fundraiser ($1,125.00 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!

The Sports Swap is on!!
Coming on November 2.

A big THANK YOU to Jimmy Azadian for stepping up to Chair Sports Swap this year!

Now, we just need some volunteers to help out when you can. 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!
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
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 LBHS 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:

Richard Warren Selin

Teacher -  Science

I am 54 and have two daughters that are in college, both graduates of the high school. I grew up in Tustin, studied geology and economics in college and have a masters degree in Science Education. I have taught at Thurston for a long time, but I still enjoy the company of 6th graders as well as the stimulating subject of science and how best to be an instructor of it. The science department at Thurston meets constantly to consider our instruction and I really appreciate their brainiac minds and effort lots...I live in an almost plastic-free house that is a 1920’s cottage that I have spent a lot of my time renovating and feel very lucky to live in.

What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?
Easy. My red trunks that are very nearly at the end of their life and the sight of them makes me anxious of life without them; I have 53 other pair of trunks but that doesn’t lessen the worry. I also have an old windbreaker from my grandfather I always feel honored to wear.

What would your perfect room look like?
It would be a very large bedroom with an impossible amount of books everywhere, walls of plywood and huge garage roll-up doors at right angles with heaps of light and wind would have a dramatic and conspicuous stereo with hundreds of records...the ceiling could open to view the cosmos with my telescope...there wouldn’t be any drawers or closets and the bed would be the trampoline of a Hobie Cat.

What age do you wish you could permanently be?
Perhaps my current age. I can still do most everything well: skiing, playing tennis, surfing, flying kites, swimming, chasing crows and so on, but wise to appreciate those things better than ever...and I have a great partner to enjoy them with too (sweet fiance’ Jennifer).

What state or country do you never want to go back to?
Kansas. I spent a week there one summer studying weather and felt geography depressing; a degraded mono-culture of corn and soy.

What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?
Sailing Channel

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
I read the LA Times every single morning all the way through in its paper edition delivered to my driveway.

What’s the best single day on the calendar?
Winter Solstice. As the shortest day of the year the days following get longer and longer until summer.

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?
Music and chemistry

What’s an adventure you went on?
Traveled 1,000 miles of Peruvian coastline with fellow teacher/compadre Jeff Dipple looking for waves.

Have you ever given to any charities?
I give a small amount of money each month to three environmental groups that I rotate around each year, currently it is the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd.

Thank you Richard Selin for participating in our weekly teacher & staff interview
Thank you to our Kindness Challenge Sponsors!
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