About Us

Welcome to the Thompson Parent-Teacher Organization

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the PTO! We are an all-volunteer group of parents and teachers committed to enhancing your child’s experience at Thompson.

What does the PTO do?

The primary goal of the PTO is to enrich and supplement the education and experience of all Thompson students during their time at the school.  We do this by supporting enrichment during the school day and through community-building events during evenings or on weekends.

Our Mission

  • Support the education of students at Thompson
  • 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 the 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 the Thompson one of the most rewarding times of their lives.


The primary goal of the PTO is to enrich and supplement the education and experience of all Thompson students during their time at the school through enrichment and events. In order to support these goals, the PTO must raise money through direct donations and fundraising. The PTO anticipates spending $100 per student throughout the year; every donation helps! On behalf of the Thompson PTO and all of the students at the Thompson School, thank you very much! We are all grateful for your support.

Direct Donation Drive 2017 | 2018

Unlike some PTO fundraisers where only a portion of the proceeds from your purchase goes to the PTO, your financial contribution today will go directly into the PTO budget. While the other fundraisers certainly help, your direct donation ensures that 100% of your intended support goes to those activities that enhance our children’s school experience. Did you know that this year you may 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 if you have a matching gift program!

The Arlington Community Card

Community Card 2017 2018
Community Card 2017 2018

The Arlington Community Card is Thompson’s most important fundraiser that raises nearly a third of our entire budget. The card offers amazing deals at over 30 local shops & restaurants and helps us raise money beyond the parent community. This card provides discounts at your local stores and restaurants for an entire year beginning each September. In addition to purchasing your own card, we rely on the parent community to help sell the card to friends and neighbors. The 2017-2018 cards are here! Click “Buy Now” to purchase one online today!

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Shop Now with Amazon to Support the PTO

You can support Thompson with every purchase at Amazon by starting your shopping off at the Thompson PTO website. Just click the banner to go Amazon and shop as usual. Thompson will earn between 4% and 15% of your purchase at no additional cost to you. Click here for frequently asked questions about this program.

Support the PTO by Shopping @ Amazon

Bring Your Box Tops to Thompson!

Box Tops EducationClip box top coupons from hundreds of participating products and bring them to Thompson. Each box top is worth 10¢. Click on the image to learn more about this program.

A+ Bonus Bucks at Stop & Shop

Thompson is participating in Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program, in which our school receives a check based on the amount of purchases made by people with Stop&Shop cards. Click on the image to enroll your Stop&Shop card. Thompson’s school code is 07331.

Let’s Help Our School

In order to run our exciting programs every year we need parent participation. There are many ways to become an active PTO member and we would 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 every year our Parent Survey so we can get to know you and your family better
  8. Be informed of what is 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 checking regularly our Sign-up Genius list of volunteering opportunities.
  18. If you have volunteered and are ready for more commitment, become a committee member and be part of the planning of one of our events