The mission of the Gretna Public Schools is the  “undeniable acceptance of all students and to maximize their potential”, which is the heart of what we do each day with our children.  This is a constant focus that we  strive to accomplish and we will do everything in our power to ensure that ALL students get what they need. 


Thomas Elementary continues to build and work from its Multi-Tiered-Systems of Support or MTSS foundational approach to help ensure our mission statement is lived out each day.   Here at Thomas we want to focus our attention on proactively teaching our students not only in the academic area, but also in the behavioral and social/emotional learning areas.  Our team has created a common building-wide behavior matrix, which helps to provide clear and  consistent expectations for our students.  Through the use of these expectations, our goal is to positively recognize our students for following expectations, rather than only negatively redirecting them.  This includes the use of specific positive feedback around the building, with a goal of 4:1 positive/proactive statements to negative/reactive statements for ALL students.  


Below are some helpful pieces of information about Thomas Elementary:  

  1. Times for the school day:
    1. Doors open for student drop-off at 7:40 AM  
    2. Tardy bell rings and classes begin at 8:10 AM
    3. Dismissal bell rings at 3:10 PM
  2. Arrival and Dismissal:
    1. KG-5th Grade Car Riders & Daycare Vans:  Drop-off & pick up on the north side (back drive) of the building.  Please do not use the front drive. 
    2. KG-5th Grade Walkers:  Arrival & dismissal will use doors on the south side (flagpole side) of the building.  Due to high traffic volume, students are not permitted to ride bicycles to school. 
    3. KG-5th Grade Bus Riders & GPS Transportation Vehicles: Unloading & loading in the front drive only.
    4. Preschool: Drop-off in the front drive & pick up in the rear of the building  
  3. School Calendars:
    1. Kindergarten (KG)-5th Grade
    2. Gretna Early Education Center (Preschool)
  4. Printable Flyers:

The printable flyers portion of the website is a location of ongoing information throughout the school year where you can find information about community events, school information (I.e…school supply lists, etc…), sports events/organizations, food and nutrition, information from the nurse & our school counselor.   


If you have questions or concerns throughout the school year, please call the office at (402) 332-5578 or send me an email at [email protected], so that we can set up a time to sit down and meet. Thank you very much for your support. 


Mr. Bret Basye-Principal

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