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Mission Statement:  We at Thames River Magnet School, Believe in ourselves, Engage and explore, Learn from each other, Open our minds and hearts, Never give up, and Grow together!


Dear Thames River Magnet School Families, 
     Welcome back to Thames River Magnet School! We are thrilled to start another amazing year of learning, making new friends, and creating new experiences that connect to environmental and marine sciences. We continue to partner with Project Oceanology through yearlong project based lessons and field work, with New England Science and Sailing (NESS) as we will be welcoming in two new Americorp Representatives, and with Mystic Aquarium for our Terrific Turtle program. 
     Speaking of turtles, Brook and River, our school's turtles, have had a super summer! They have enjoyed seeing all of the campers, who were at TR for City Park and Recreation Camp. Also, a huge thank you to Mr. Sabilia, who helped to make their tank sparkle. We will continue to have students help feed Brook and River this year, and I will be continuing to visit classrooms with them. Additionally, Ms. Rotner, Magnet Coordinator and Enrichment Teacher, will be expanding our recycling and composting utilizing our greenhouse and outdoor garden spaces. Another huge thank you to all of the families who volunteered time over the summer to water the garden beds. They flourished because of the incredible help! 

     Our supportive TRMS PTO was a huge help last year for our students and teachers. They definitely are in need of additional parents/caregivers to join PTO.  We hope you might consider joining PTO and/or willing to volunteer for various events. It does not take a lot of time, but it sure does have a super impact upon our school.  If you are interested in learning more, please email the PTO at: All are welcome! 
     We will continue to use ParentSquare as the main source of communication. Teachers will use it for classroom happenings. Our School Secretaries and I will be sending posts, emails, and alerts in the form of text messages, emails, and/or phone calls to make sure you are up-to-date on school happenings. We also will be expanding volunteer opportunities this year using ParentSquare. Teachers will be sending home more information on how to volunteer to best meet the needs of  their classrooms.
     Thank you in advance for all of your support, dedication, and commitment in making this year an amazing year at Thames River Magnet School!  I hope to see you all at our Meet and Greet on August 29 from 10:30 to 11:30am. [Please see important information at the bottom of this posts.]
Jamie Giordano, Principal 
Ada Allen, Assistant Principal
Amber Monahan, Assistant Principal



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. 

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. 


  • 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. 
  • Large traffic cones will be down the middle lane of Parent Drop-Off clearly creating two lanes. Please remember to remain in your lane.
  • Safety Zones will be created from the two lanes to ensure students are getting out of their cars and safely crossing from both lanes.
  • To create the Safety Zone, staff will move two large cones to the front of each lane to block a group of cars from moving so that students can exit their car and cross without a concern that another car will be moving. 
  • Once all students in that Safety Zone have gotten out of their cars and safely crossed, the cones will be moved to indicate to drive forward.
  • Preschool/Prek AM and PM – Parents drop-off in the back of the building ~ Preschool entrance   
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.