About Us

Welcome to the Thompson School Parent-Teacher Organization!

Thank you for your interest in the PTO! We are an all-volunteer group of parents and teachers committed to creating positive experiences at Thompson.

What Does the PTO Do?

The primary goal of the PTO is to enhance the education and to build a safe and fun community for all children during their time at Thompson School. We do this by supporting enrichment during the school day and through community-building events during evenings and on weekends.

Our Mission

  • Support the education of students at Thompson School
  • Promote the welfare of Thompson School students at school, at home, and in the community
  • Strengthen the relationship between Thompson School families and the school
  • Develop among Thompson School, its students, and their families the highest advantages in academic, intellectual, physical, and social education

How To Join the PTO

All parents are automatically members of the PTO, and there is no fee to join. We welcome you and your input at any time to make school events and your child’s experience here at Thompson one of the most rewarding times of their lives!

Direct Donation Drive

Direct Donation Drive 2018
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Unlike some PTO fundraisers where only a portion of the proceeds from your purchase goes to the PTO, your financial contribution during the Direct Donation Drive will go directly into the PTO budget—100 percent of your support goes to those activities that enhance our children’s school experience!

Did you know that now you might be able to double your donation without any additional cost to you? The Thompson PTO is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Many companies will match tax-deductible contributions made by their employees, and some will provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Check with your employer to see whether you have a matching gift program!

Lend a Hand

To run our exciting programs every year, we need parent participation. There are many ways to become an active PTO member, and we’d like to help you to become one! Here are a few ideas:

  1. Make a financial contribution to the annual Direct Donation Drive.
  2. Buy the Arlington Community Card and sell a few more to friends and neighbors.
  3. Start all your AMAZON purchases on the PTO website.
  4. Take a few minutes to learn about our other partners: Target, Box Tops and Stop & Shop.
  5. Attend a PTO meeting. If you can’t, stay in the loop by reading the Meeting Minutes.
  6. If attending a meeting is challenging, write us an email with your concerns and ideas.
  7. Fill out our parent survey so we can get to know you and your family better.
  8. Be informed about what’s happening at Thompson by reading our weekly newsletter.
  9. Share community events that could interest Thompson parents by publishing them in our weekly electronic newsletter. Email content to thompsonptoevents@gmail.com.
  10. Subscribe to our Google calendar and be up to date with our events.
  11. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  12. Become a room parent. Each classroom at Thompson has one or two room parents who serve as a liaison between the teacher and the other parents in the classroom.
  13. Chaperone a field trip.
  14. Volunteer to help teachers with other curriculum-driven activities in the classroom.
  15. Spend an hour of your time at school making copies.
  16. Can’t come to school to volunteer? Bake a treat for our occasional bake sale or help with our marketing campaigns.
  17. Volunteer your time to help during one of our popular community events by responding to a SignupGenius form.
  18. If you’ve volunteered and are ready for more commitment, become a committee member and be part of planning one of our events!