Principal's Message


 Dear Thames River Magnet School Families,

            Welcome back to Thames River Magnet School! I am thrilled to start another amazing year of learning inside and outside the classroom. We have a brand-new outdoor learning space that expanded over the summer as we added a greenhouse and pavilion space. The two outdoor classroom structures are surrounded by our garden beds. I can’t wait for you to see it and for students to continue to have hands-on lessons in these spaces that complement our magnet themes – Environmental and Marine Science.

            We continue to partner with Project Oceanology and New England Science and Sailing (NESS) as well as we have recently added the Mystic Aquarium as a partner. I will be surprising students soon with what we will be working on with the Aquarium. Ms. Rotner, our Magnet Coordinator, will also help to expand our Recycling and Composting systems.  I am excited to announce that Olivia Latimer will be returning as one of our NESS AmeriCorps members. We are eager to meet the other member that will join the TRMS team this year. The members will be joining in October as they receive extensive training in September.

I want to take a moment to introduce Amber Monahan, who will be an Assistant Principal.  She is a familiar face to TRMS as she was a TRMS Special Education Teacher last year. We also welcome in to the TRMS team: Megan Bishop as our Social Worker; Cheryl Elci as a Special Education Teacher; and Rina Shah as the Grades 2-3 Academy Teacher. 

Great news! We will be able to provide free breakfast and free lunch to all students again this year. With that being said, it is still very important to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Form that is in this folder. The information helps our district in providing the necessary funding to support our students. Thank you in advance for completing it. Additionally, please visit the TRMS website regularly as I will continue to post school updates as well as various announcements. We will be sending some paper copies home but will be trying to converse paper, so I will be emailing and posting much more.  

Our supportive PTO Board met last week and started to plan the year. If you would like to come to the first meeting, it will be September 20 at 5:00pm in the TRMS Library. Two additional dates to note: Summer Reading Logs are due September 9 and Open House is September 13 from 5:30-6:30pm.

Last year was an incredible first year and I am looking forward to another year where we are focusing upon our TRMS mission for all to feel a sense of belonging as it takes us all to make our school a supportive, learning community! Thank you for your support, dedication, and commitment in making this another outstanding year at Thames River Magnet School!

Jamie Giordano

                                               Jamie Giordano, Principal; Ada Allen, Assistant Principal; Amber Monahan, Assistant Principal 

 **Important Safety Reminders:

1.     Please have your Photo ID on you when coming to TRMS. We will be asking for Photo ID when you pick up your child as well as if you are visiting the school.

 2.     Please make sure to notify the school of any changes or additions to all of your contact information for your child, including current phone numbers and email addresses, as we use it for school messages going out from me and your teacher.

 3.     Information regarding our Communication App will be forthcoming for your child’s teacher.

Parent Drop-Off in the Morning:

·       Drop-off is from 8:45am to 9:00am School starts promptly at 9am.There is a separate drive-way entrance to drop-off your child. There is signage for the entrance.

·       Please drive down to the end of the driveway.

·       Please stay in line and do not pass cars – there might be parked cars along the driveway in designated spots.

·       Please wait for a staff member to arrive prior to dropping off your child.

·       Preschool/Prek AM and PM – Parents drop-off in the back of the building ~ Preschool entrance   

Parent Pick-Up in the Afternoon: (in a car)

·       Dismissal procedures begin at 3:15.

·       Please use the same driveway entrance as the Drop-off.

·       Please drive down to the end of the driveway.

·       Please stay in line and do not pass cars – there might be parked cars along the driveway in designated spots.

·       Please have your Photo ID ready to show the staff member.

·       Please tell the staff member your child’s first and last name and grade level.

·       Preschool/PreKAM – Parents pickup in the front of the building

·       Preschool/PreK PM – Parents pickup in the back of the building ~ Preschool entrance


Walkers (walking home)

·       Students will be coming out of the front doors.

·       K-2 students must have a parent to greet them. Please note that a Grade 2 student will need written permission from a parent to walk home alone.

·       3-5 students can walk home on their own.