Thompson School News : September 25, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • #everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson
  • Principal’s Update
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

Boys in Motion – Mondays and Wednesdays after school starting 9/25

Boys in Motion is a non-competitive fitness initiative, for boys in 4th and 5th grade, that inspires active lifestyles, friendships and personal growth.

Morning PTO Meeting – Friday, September 29, 8:15am – 9:30 am

Are evenings inconvenient? Not to worry, we will meet a few times during the year in the morning right after drop off in the cafeteria. Is you baby, toddler with you? That’s fine too, just bring them along, this is a more informal conversation.

Spirit Day, Backwards Day – Friday, September 29

Show your school spirit by wearing an outfit in reverse on this day!

Walk or Bike to School Day – Wednesday, October 4
No School – Monday, October 9
PTO Meeting, Budget Approval – Wednesday, October 11
Picture Day – Thursday, October 12
Movie Night – Friday, October 13

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar.  Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

#everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson

For families looking for extra information, unfettered access to our weekly newsletter, volunteer opportunities, the link to shop at Amazon (your purchases benefit all Thompson students via the PTO!), contact info and soooo much more, please pop over to our site, and be sure to bookmark it. We will be making changes to the content over the coming weeks, but the link will remain the same.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

It was great to see so many of you last week at Curriculum Night! As you can tell, we have hit the ground running, and continue to build community within our classrooms, in the hallways, the cafeteria, on the playground, and anywhere else we gather. The first 6-8 weeks of school is a crucial time to establish routines and expectations to help build the foundation for a successful school year. My grandmother always said ​”Begin as you intend to continue” – what wise advice that’s applicable to many facets of life!

I wanted to send a big thank you out to Ashley Lorenz, Gaggi Destefanis, and all those who contributed to such a successful Community Card push at Town Day! It was so much fun to see many past and current students and families, as well as meet many new faces as they stopped to purchase a card. Thank you all!

This week I will be having surgery on my foot, so will be out for a few days. I will be checking email while I am out, and responding as soon as I am able. There will be Principals on call should Vicki or Ms. Chevalier need additional support or to run something by an administrator. The plan is that I will return the beginning of the following week, with a knee scooter!!! I’m going to have to “glam” it up and perhaps add a horn. Watch out – I may be faster than I was before this happened!

Looking forward to the colors of Fall and the cooler temperatures it will bring, along with football and apple pie!

See you around town,

Karen

Thompson News & Events

Annual Parent Survey

The PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!
PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Community Card Update

Where to Buy Community Cards:Community Card 2017 2018

-From Vicki at the front desk.
-From Gaggi DeStefanis or Ashley Lorenz at Pick-up and Drop-off.
-At The Book Rack, 13 Medford St
-Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org
Gotta have the card to get the deals. Get one for every wallet in the family!
They make for great birthday and holiday gifts for friends and neighbors too.

Join the Fall Family Sales effort!

Fall Family Sales is where WE the Thompson families sell cards to our friends, neighbors, and anyone else who might need a card. We sold 450 last year, let’s go for 500! How it works: sign out cards and sell them either A) on your own time to family, friends, at your kids’ sporting events, etc. and/or B) take the cold-call out of the equation and set up at select venues around town (soccer clinics, capitol square, etc).
To sign out cards, fill out the form coming home in your child’s backpack, or online here.
For a list of viable venues, contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com or pick some specific times at http://tinyurl.com/2017ViableVenues

Other Volunteer Opportunities

-Farmer’s Market Sales Sept 27 & Oct 4. Signup here: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityCardFarmersMarket
-Help put posters up around town at schools, parks, preschools. We have a list of approved spots you can cherry-pick from.
-Be a person-to-person sales contact at your preschool, yoga studio etc.
-Help contact some local realtors to ask if they want to buy cards to give to homebuyers.
-“Like” our Community Card Facebook page!
To volunteer, or if you have some great ideas brewing to further sell or market cards, email Ashley Lorenz at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

Walk and Bike to School Day

Walk & Bike to SchoolWednesday October 4 is Walk and Bike to School Day, sponsored in part by the MA Department of Transportation. We have some cool prizes for bikers and walkers! Please walk/bike/walkpool to school on Wednesday! We need a couple of more volunteers to hand out stickers and prizes – email reebee.girash@gmail.com if you can arrive by 7:55 to join the fun.

Picture Day is Coming!

Mark your calendars: Picture Day is Thursday October 12th! Coffee Pond will once again be at Thompson that day to take individual and class photos. Watch for order forms coming home in your child(ren)’s folders this week.
The team of photographers coming to Thompson has just 3 hours to photograph 480+ students! Parent help is needed to make it all run smoothly. If you can sign up for an hour of time that morning to help classes prepare for their photographs your help would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-picture3

Welcome back from the Thompson Green Team

Green TeamAs many of you know, Thompson held 2 Zero Waste Days in 2016 and demonstrated that we could reduce lunch time waste by 97% if we switched to industrial composting. Our compelling data inspired the school system to convert to industrial composting last winter.
The lunch time composting system steps are:
Step 1: Dump your liquids
Step 2: Place your *clean* recyclables into the recycling bin
Step 3: Place all trash including *dirty* plastic into the trash bin
Step 4: Toss all food waste (even meats) and napkins into the compost bags
Step 5: Stack compostable trays
Check out the Green Team Compost Captain Video to understand the lunch time waste reduction sorting process: HERE!
Thompson Green Team is looking for parent volunteers and leaders! In addition to incorporating the classroom job of compost captain into the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms, we hope to go on some local nature adventures after school on Fridays. Please contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in being involved.
Thank you!
Elizabeth Rocco and Christa Kelleher,
Green Team Parent Leaders
The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, and all living creatures. It aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to protect and preserve our environment. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Community News & Events

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Arlington EATSThank you to all who joined us for this year’s first Community Dinner. Members of our community, three of our town selectman, volunteers and staff all gathered to share a delicious meal prepared by Thompson’s own, Ms. Sadia. Our next Community Dinner will be held on October 12. Please join us at the table.
If you cannot join us for a meal, there are many ways you can become involved with Arlington EATS:

To get food assistance: info@arlington-eats.org
To learn more: www.arlington-eats.org
To donate: www.arlington-eats.org/giving/
To volunteer: www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
To contact: info@arlington-eats.org

A Welcome from Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) to Thompson School, Fall 2017

AEFWelcome to the 2017-18 school year! AEF is our local education foundation, raising funds to support Pre-K through 12th grade educational initiatives that fall outside of the town’s public school budget, and typically beyond a PTO budget. It’s a volunteer-led organization, and its mission is to support Arlington’s students and teachers.

Last year, AEF distributed over $100,000 in grant money to educators for projects at all grade levels in the Arlington public schools. Thompson School alone has benefited from these AEF innovation grants in the form of Snow Shoes, Standing Desks, Meditation Techniques, and much more.

AEF is also funding initiatives that are relevant to our children beyond Thompson. Some grants are small: for example, Virtual Reality technology for foreign language and cultural immersion at AHS. Other grants are big: for example, in April 2017 AEF awarded a $30,000 to APS to develop a cohesive and strategic plan for the educational environment of the Gibbs School. The award provides stipends for 25 staff members, most of whom will be sixth grade teachers, funding both professional development and essential planning time.

APS teachers, district staff, and even parents can apply for grants from AEF. Danielle Gottesman is the AEF Bishop School Representative and is happy to talk to you about your grant ideas and guide you through the grant application process. Please feel free to email Judy with questions or ideas: dbirdie@gmail.com.

Importantly, please donate to AEF! We raise money through the STARS (School Teachers Are Really Special!) program honoring teachers; our annual gala (November); at the annual AEF Trivia Bee (March); and through regular donations on our website.
http://www.arlingtoneducationfoundationma.org/

DISCOVER GIRL SCOUTS EVENT!

Girl Scouts is the place where a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her confidence through practice. She can discover all she can be and do when she has the right
tools and a safe space to shine. Together we can change the world. Attend a Discover Girl Scouts event to meet other families from your community, learn how to join a Girl Scout troop, and have your girl(s) participate in an activity.
Join us for an afternoon at camp on Saturday 9/23/17 from 2pm-4pm! Girls and families will go on a scavenger hunt, learn some fun songs, do a craft project, and learn about how to join a Girl Scout troop in their town. Camp Cedar Hill is located at 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA. Girl Scouts is for girls in Kindergarten-12th grade.

Questions? Email Molly Kazin, mkazin@gsema.org

Guiding Good Choices (GGC):

Offers proven techniques and effective tools to help parents. Please register by email with kdillon@town.arlington.ma.us

Improve communication with their children
Develop healthy family values and behavioral expectations
Control and express anger constructively
Strengthen family bonds and trust
Prevent children from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors

Monday nights ( 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 & 11/13)
From 6:30-8:30
Whittemore Robbins House (670R Mass Ave)
GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once per week for five consecutive weeks. This is an evidence-based program that requires participants to attend all five workshops.

CRAYOLA COLOR CIRCLE

We’re happy to report that the ColorCycle program will be continuing in its third year at the Thompson School. Last year, we shipped off 72 pounds of used markers to Crayola! Thanks to the Thompson community, all this plastic will not go to waste!

To participate in the program, save markers that have been used up, and drop them off at school at your convenience. There are currently two collection bins – one in the lobby area and one outside the library on the second floor. We will continue to collect used markers throughout the year, so there is no deadline to bring them in. We accept all markers, any brand, including permanent markers (e.g. Sharpie) and dry erase markers. Please, no pens.

To learn more about the ColorCycle program and all of Crayola’s environmental initiatives, visit http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx. For specific questions about ColorCycle at Thompson, contact Thompson parent Vivianne Do. Thank you and keep recycling!

Arlington SEPAC

SEPAC is comprised of volunteers who dedicate time to provide resources for parents and advice to the district on matters pertaining to the education and safety of students with disabilities.

Contact: Inae Hwang at inaehwang@gmail.com or, ArlingtonSEPAC@gmail.com
For more information, visit our website at www.Arlingtong.k12.ma.us/SEPAC

OTTO Pizza: Draw Outside of the Box Contest

We would like to formally invite Thompson Elementary and its budding young artists to take part in OTTO’s ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest, in which students K-8 have the opportunity to design our new pizza box, and win their school $1000 for art education in the process. The initiative is designed to promote art education in schools, and to connect kids & community through art and design. The contest runs for three months (Sept. 18 through Dec. 18), during which student’s entries will be exhibited online in a Facebook photo album. The thirty designs with the most ‘likes’ at the end of this period will move on to the next phase of the contest. Of the thirty finalists, first, second and third place will be chosen by a panel of regional design experts (including Scott Nash, of Flat Stanley fame).

First Place: The winning contestant’s design will be professionally printed on thousands of pizza boxes to be used at OTTO locations throughout New England. The winner will also receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $100 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO cap. The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education.
Second Place: Student will receive pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $50 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.
Third Place: Student will receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $25 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.

For a full listing of rules and entry details, see: http://www.ottopizza.wordpress.com/contest

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Support PTO

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program

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. Enroll your Stop&Shop card. with Thompson’s school code: 07331.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Co-Presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada: diana_lutz@yahoo.com, nmewada@gmail.com
Vice-President: Yael Beals: yael.beals@gmail.com
Co-Treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer: swilkie49@hotmail.com, ndanukiwi@yahoo.com
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring: emczar00@hotmail.com, fionaehring@gmail.com
Fundraising Chair: Juliet Moir: juliet.moir@gmail.com
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com, gaggi@rcn.com
Enrichment Co-Chairs: Maf Terry &Tonja Bishop: maf.terry@gmail.com, tbowenbishop@gmail.com
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman: dbirdie@gmail.com
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley: hudyju@gmail.com, melish26@yahoo.com
Room Parents Chair: Sarah Gupta: sarahruth16@gmail.com
Volunteers Chair: Kate Murphy: katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com

If you have news to share with the community, please email ThompsonPTOevents@gmail.com by Thursday at 12 noon to be included in the next newsletter.

Please note that we will only include news from the Thompson School and Town of Arlington. Announcements of interest to the Thompson community from other non-profit organizations may be included at our discretion.

Thompson School News : September 18, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date/ School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Thompson Staff News
  • Thompson News and Events / Arlington Community Card Launch
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

  • Curriculum Night – Tuesday, September 19,2017 
    This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to hear more about what is being taught this year.
    6:30 – 7:10 pm:  Classroom Presentations Grades K-2
    7:15- 7:45 pm:   Welcome from Principal Donato & PTO in the Gym
    7:50 – 8:30 pm:  Classroom Presentations Grades 3-5
  • NO SCHOOL – Thursday, September 21
  • Morning PTO Meeting – Friday, September 29, 8:15am – 9:30 am
    Are evenings inconvenient? Not to worry, we will meet a few times during the year in the morning right after drop off in the cafeteria. Is your baby, toddler with you? That’s fine too, just bring them along, this is a more informal conversation.
  • Spirit Day, Backwards Day – Friday, September 29 – Show your school spirit by wearing an outfit in reverse on this day!

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

PTO Update

Dear Thompson Families:

The transition back to school has gone smoothly with the excitement of the first days of school giving way to a settled routine for returning and new students. With the transition behind us, the PTO is looking at a full fall schedule. The first PTO meeting was held on September 13th, and the first order of business was to elect a new board. Meeting minutes can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ybyrj8gt
Thanks to everyone who attended. For those of you who were not there, every month we will include a link to the minutes in the newsletter. Here also is the link to the presentation given during the meeting: PTO_Presentation_2017.pptx

We are pleased to announce the board for the school year 2017-2018:
Co-Presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada
Vice-President: Yael Beals
Co-Treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Fundraising Chair: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment Co-Chairs:  Maf Terry &Tonja Bishop
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Room Parents Chair: Sarah Gupta
Volunteers Chair: Kate Murphy

Fall is a busy fundraising time with two key drives – the launch of the much awaited Community Card and the Direct Donation drive. The Community Card launch at Town Day was our most successful launch
to date! Funds raised from both drives account for approximately 80% of the total PTO budget. See additional details below and please continue to watch this space on how you can contribute and help support our school. We look forward to seeing you at Curriculum night on September 19th .

Diana Trudell and Nandana Mewada
PTO Co-Presidents

Annual Parent Survey

The PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!

PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Thompson News & Events

COMMUNITY CARDS AT TOWN DAY WERE A MASSIVE SUCCESS! 

Drum rolll please….a RECORD 991 cards were sold on Town Day!!  Congratulations to all of our volunteers and our marketing team; that’s almost $10,000.  Very proud!
But wait…now we move to Part II. We have 500 cards left to sell. Last year we made it to 450, let’s wipe the pile clean! The Fall Family Sales effort starts NOW. How it works:  sign out cards and sell them either A) on your own time to family, friends, at your kids’ sporting events, etc. and/or B) take the cold-call out of the equation and sign up to sell at select venues around town (soccer clinics, capitol square events, etc).  Stay tuned in the coming days for the fine details and next steps.
Other immediate needs:
Farmer’s Market Card Sales begin this Wednesday the 20th, and will run for 3 weeks. Signup here: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityCardFarmersMarket
-Help us put posters up around town this week at schools, parks, preschools (if your child attends a preschool, specify which).  We have a list of approved spots you can cherry-pick from. Email Ashley: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Last, if you did not get a card yet, you can get one asap:
-From Vicki at the front desk
-At The Book Rack, 13 Medford St
-Mail-order via Paypal here
-From volunteers at Pickup and Drop-off Sept 18-20th. In fact if you can help with this piece, sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/Thompsondropoffpickupsales

Further questions, comments, or if you have some great ideas brewing to further sell or market cards, email co-chair Ashley Lorenz at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

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Calling all 4th and 5th Grade Boys:
Boys in Motion is back!

Have you heard about Thompson Boys in Motion? We are now in our third year running and excited to welcome new participants to the team.  Boys in Motion is a non-competitive fitness initiative that inspires active lifestyles, friendships, personal growth, and the confidence that comes from working toward and achieving goals.
Participants meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, for one-hour training sessions for eight weeks leading up to an opportunity to run a 5k race.  This program is led by Ms. Brayfield and Mr. Allen. This program will begin at the end of September.  Additional info and sign-up sheets will be sent home in all 4th and 5th grade boys classroom folders.
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Welcome back from the Thompson Green Team

As many of you know, Thompson held 2 Zero Waste Days in 2016 and demonstrated that we could reduce lunch time waste by 97% if we switched to industrial composting. Our compelling data inspired the school system to convert to industrial composting last winter.
The lunch time composting system steps are:
Step 1: Dump your liquids
Step 2: Place your *clean* recyclables into the recycling bin
Step 3: Place all trash including *dirty* plastic into the trash bin
Step 4: Toss all food waste (even meats) and napkins into the compost bags
Step 5: Stack compostable trays

Check out the Green Team Compost Captain Video to understand the lunch time waste reduction sorting process:  HERE!
Thompson Green Team is looking for parent volunteers and leaders! In addition to incorporating the classroom job of compost captain into the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms, we hope to go on some local nature adventures after school on Fridays. Please contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in being involved.
Thank you!
Elizabeth Rocco and Christa Kelleher,
Green Team Parent Leaders
The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, and all living creatures. It aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to protect and preserve our environment. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Staff News

Meet the New Faces of Thompson

Ryan Wholey is a new TA:
I grew up in Chelmsford, MA and I have two older siblings (a brother and a sister). Sports I played growing up were baseball, basketball and football and I’m an avid fan of all Boston sports teams. Music is one of my favorite interests and hobbies because I love going to concerts as well as playing guitar. I’ve never been to Europe but I love to travel and hope to make it to Ireland someday so that I can learn more about my Irish heritage. 

Community News & Events

DISCOVER GIRL SCOUTS EVENT!

Girl Scouts is the place where a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her confidence through practice. She can discover all she can be and do when she has the right
tools and a safe space to shine. Together we can change the world. Attend a Discover Girl Scouts event to meet other families from your community, learn how to join a Girl Scout troop, and have your girl(s) participate in an activity.

Join us for an afternoon at camp on Saturday 9/23/17 from 2pm-4pm! Girls and families will go on a scavenger hunt, learn some fun songs, do a craft project, and learn about how to join a Girl Scout troop in their town.  Camp Cedar Hill is located at 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA. Girl Scouts is for girls in Kindergarten-12th grade.
Questions? Email Molly Kazin, mkazin@gsema.org

Guiding Good Choices (GGC):

Offers proven techniques and effective tools to help parents. Please register by email with kdillon@town.arlington.ma.us

  • Improve communication with their children
  • Develop healthy family values and behavioral expectations
  • Control and express anger constructively
  • Strengthen family bonds and trust
  • Prevent children from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors

Monday nights ( 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 & 11/13)
From 6:30-8:30
Whittemore Robbins House (670R Mass Ave)

GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once per week for five consecutive weeks.  This is an evidence-based program that requires participants to attend all five workshops.

Movie Night at Waldo Park on Saturday, September 23rd

Join us for the Annual Movie Night at Waldo Park on Saturday, September 24th. The film will be Moana.  It’ll be preceded by a couple of young-kid friendly short films. And this year – a special treat before the movies get started – live music from the Grüvmeiners.  The Grüvmeiners are a 6 person brass band (3 of whom live in the Waldo Park neighborhood), who play your favorite hits for the 80’s and beyond.  Bring a blanket to sit on the hill.  At 6 pm, the Grüvmeiners will play. Around 6:45 pm, we’ll show the short films, and around 7:00, we’ll start the feature.   We’ll also have refreshments on sale to raise funds for Park maintenance and future events. Waldo Park is located at the end of Waldo Road, off Cleveland Street, between Mass Ave and Broadway.

CRAYOLA COLOR CIRCLE

We’re happy to report that the ColorCycle program will be continuing in its third year at the Thompson School.  Last year, we shipped off 72 pounds of used markers to Crayola!  Thanks to the Thompson community, all this plastic will not go to waste!

To participate in the program, save markers that have been used up, and drop them off at school at your convenience.  There are currently two collection bins – one in the lobby area and one outside the library on the second floor.  We will continue to collect used markers throughout the year, so there is no deadline to bring them in.  We accept all markers, any brand, including permanent markers (e.g. Sharpie) and dry erase markers.  Please, no pens.

To learn more about the ColorCycle program and all of Crayola’s environmental initiatives, visit http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx. For specific questions about ColorCycle at Thompson, contact Thompson parent Vivianne Do. Thank you and keep recycling!

Contact: Inae Hwang at inaehwang@gmail.com or, ArlingtonSEPAC@gmail.com
For more information, visit our website at www.Arlingtong.k12.ma.us/SEPAC

Join Cub Scouts, Join the Fun, Join the Adventure! 

Cub Scout Pack 313
Recruit Night Friday Sept. 22nd, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm at St Camillus Church Hall, 1175 Concord Turnpike, Arlington

Who? Boys in grades K – 5 may join Cub Scouts. Families are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
What? Cub Scouts (grades K-5) is a year-round program designed to meet the needs of young boys and their families through fun and challenging activities designed to promote education, character, and physical development. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: Camping, Hiking, Building and Racing model cars, going on Field Trips, or doing projects for your community.
Where? Pack meetings are held at St Camillus, 1175 Concord Turnpike Arlington. Den Meetings are held in different locations, including the library, local parks, and the homes of scouts.
When? Pack meetings of boys in all grades are held monthly, typically the first Friday Night from 7-8:30 pm. Den meetings with scouts in their grade/rank are held one to three times a month, based on the scout schedules.

Why? You’ll make new friends, and learn new skills.

Please visit our website at www.Arlingtoncubs313.com. The mission of the Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America is to provide character development, citizenship training, growth in physical and mental fitness, and leadership opportunities for the young people of the Boston metropolitan area. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our members, and we are committed to providing young people with an educational and stimulating environment in which to learn and grow. Through the Scout Oath and Law, we pledge to respect all people and to defend the rights of others. Bias, intolerance and unlawful discrimination are unacceptable within the ranks of the Spirit of Adventure Council. The Spirit of Adventure Council serves over 20,000 youth through 3,000 volunteers in over 400 Packs, Troops and other units without regard to color, race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or economic status.

OTTO Pizza: Draw Outside of the Box Contest

We would like to formally invite Thompson Elementary and its budding young artists to take part in OTTO’s ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest, in which students K-8 have the opportunity to design our new pizza box, and win their school $1000 for art education in the process. The initiative is designed to promote art education in schools, and to connect kids & community through art and design. The contest runs for three months (Sept. 18 through Dec. 18), during which student’s entries will be exhibited online in a Facebook photo album. The thirty designs with the most ‘likes’ at the end of this period will move on to the next phase of the contest. Of the thirty finalists, first, second and third place will be chosen by a panel of regional design experts (including Scott Nash, of Flat Stanley fame).

First Place: The winning contestant’s design will be professionally printed on thousands of pizza boxes to be used at OTTO locations throughout New England. The winner will also receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $100 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO cap. The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education.
Second Place: Student will receive pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $50 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.
Third Place: Student will receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $25 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.

For a full listing of rules and entry details, see: http://www.ottopizza.wordpress.com/contest

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

PTO Meeting Minutes – Sept. 13, 2017

Principal: Karen Donato
Teacher’s Rep:

PTO Board

Co-presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada
Vice-President: Yael Beals
Co-treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer
Co-secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Fundraising: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment: Maf Terry & Tonja Bishop
Communications: Danielle Gottesman
Spirit & Appreciation: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Room Parents: Sarah Gupta
Volunteers: Kate Murphy

Thompson Community

Carolyn Schneyer, Sara Wilkinson, Emily Gauthier, Fiona Ehring, Sonia Yalada, Anna Panszczyk, Laura Urquijo, Daria Marrocchilli, Tim Macinta, Christy Murphy-Macinta, Lee Lichtenstein, Gavrielle Price, Amy Yeager, Tonja Bishop, Maja Fiket, Yuri Karuian, Jean Faucher, Ashley Lorenz, Elena Mendez-Escobar, Meridale Baggett, Lani Obermayer, Tricia Gallen, Emilia Tsolia, Tiffany Steinwert, Melissa Crowly, Dana Ozik, Crystal Woller, Ema Rodrigues, Shauna Pellauer, Kate Murphy, Judy Hu

Notes

Mrs. Donato’s update

  • 540 people in the building
  • Construction update
    • still no final date of completion
    • closed back stairwell for safety reasons
  • When construction is done the arrangement of school will be K -1 first floor, 2-3 middle floor, 4-5 top floor, classes may shift, even if classes not in modular
  • Pineapples all over building, universal symbol of welcome
  • Curriculum night is next Tuesday, flier went home this week. If you cannot attend, reach out to classroom teacher.

PTO co-president Diana Trundle – PTO Overview presentation

  • PTO’s mission
    • To support the education of students at Thompson.
    • To promote the welfare of Thompson School students at school, at home, and in the community.
    • To strengthen the relationship between the families and the school, so that parents and teachers cooperate successfully in the education of the students.
    • To develop among students and their families, the highest advantages in academic, intellectual, physical, and social education.
  • All Thompson parents and staff are automatically members, No fee to join, 100% volunteer run. This means YOU!
  • PTO is in charge of enrichment, community events and fundraising.
  • Each grade goes on 2 field trips.
  • Each grade has 1-3 author visits.
  • Each grade participates in 1-2 school-wide programs.
  • Each grade is different.
  • Past enrichment programs (may change from year to year)
    • K – Pumpkin Patch Field Trip, Wingaersheek Beach Tidepool exploration Field Trip, Kidstock Drama Workshop- Diversity Stories, New England Aquarium Tide Pools Alive!
    • 1st grade – Acton Science Discovery Museum Field Trip, Franklin Park Zoo Field Trip, Discovery Museum Visiting Light and Lasers program
    • 2nd grade – Children’s Museum: Japan House and Suminagashi Field Trip, Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of Charlotte’s Web Field Trip
    • 3rd grade – Plimoth Plantation Field Trip, Jason Russell House Museum Field Trip, Royall House Museum “Belinda’s Footsteps: Sugar, Slavery and Survival”
    • 4th grade – Lowell Mills Field Trip, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Field Trip, Yoga and Stress Management
    • 5th grade – “Tea is Brewing” program at Old South Meeting-house Field Trip, Georges Island Field Trip, Museum of Science: States of Matter visiting program, Wingmasters Animal Adaptations program, Yoga and Stress Management
    • School wide – Circus Smirkus weeklong residency, Odds Bodkin- “Golden Rule Tales”
    • Author visits – Irene Smalls (K-2), Bridget Hodder (3), Mark Tyler Nobleman (3-5), Melissa Stewart (grades 3-5), with non-fiction writing workshops
  • Community Events
    • For parents – Welcome Back Breakfast (September), Winter Parent’s Party
    • Movie Night (October)
    • Literacy Night (December)
    • Game Night (February)
    • Science Explo/International Day – swap years on and off (March)
    • Ice Skating Party (April)
    • Picnic in the Park (June)
  • Others
    • Town Day (Fundraising)
    • Picture Day, Spring Concert and Field Day
    • Walk/ Bike to School Day
    • Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Support the teachers with annual stipends

Sarah Wilkinson co-treasurer – PTO budget overview

  • PTO budget is $50,000 annually, Spend approx. $102 per child per year
  • Where we spend the funds
    • 53% Enrichment, Field trips are 100% funded by the PTO
    • 26% Events
    • 11% Hospitality/Appreciation
    • 10% Administration – insurance, office supplies, fees for tax filing
  • How we raise the PTO funds
    • 53% Direct donation
    • 26% Community Cards
    • 11% Events
    • 10% Fundraisers
      • Amazon, Stop and Shop, Target
      • Helena’s shopping night
      • Not your Average Joe’s night
      • Juliet Moir has all the information for setting up new companies for donations

Ashley Lorenz – Community Card

  • $10 card that gives you discounts on local businesses, runs September to September every year
  • You can buy the card at Town Day, from fellow parents, farmer’s market, the Book Rack and on the Thompson PTO website
    • We make the most money at Town Day, goal this year is 900 cards
  • All funds go directly to us. Cambridge Savings bank sponsors the printing.
  • Ashely has a lot of little tasks she can use help with, reaching out to a realtor, chamber of commerce welcome to Arlington baskets
  • Any ideas on selling more cards please send to Ashely
  • We need people to sell cards at Town day – man the booth or walk around with cards, booth is usually around Camilla’s bridal, we have card readers for iPhones
  • Every week the bottom of our newsletter included the fundraising partners and information

Immediate needs

  1. Volunteer at Town Day
  2. Room Parents – coordinate class gifts, chaperones, help get parents involved, communicates PTO info, level of involvement depends on teacher
  3. Help sell community cards after Town Day
  4. Lead Picture Day – 10/12
  5. Co-chair Movie Night – 10/13
  6. Chair Literacy Night – December, book fair week of December 11 –The Book Rack will run it and added online ordering
  7. Lead the Shop local program – December
  8. Chair Winter Parent’s Party – January/February
  9. Sign up to be a part of the Science Explo, our largest event of the year – March

Danielle Gottesman – Communications

  • Interested on feedback on newsletter, social media etc.
  • Any community events, local related things, send to Danielle to include in newsletter.
  • Facebook, Twitter,
  • Happy to have more volunteers for newsletter help.
  • Redoing PTO website

Other

  • PTO meetings occasionally include guest speakers – Sean Garballey, members of the school committee, Nitwits
  • We need an update on the Library endowment- Bill Shay’s family gifted funds for the library.
  • We have a new logo from parent competition last year. Kindergarten bags were given with the new logo. WE are trying to figure out new sprit wear with new logo. Car magnets, decals with logo. Order form with an option to sponsor a T-shirt for someone. The PTO may have funds to purchase t-shirts. Karen mentioned reaching out to community sponsors to cover cost of some t-shirts for those in need.
  • Three physical fitness enrichment activities
    • Boys in Motion –4th -5th grade boys running with Ms. Brayfield 2 days a week , run 5K Turkey Trot
    • Fit Girls – 4th -5th grade girls running with Ms. Brayfield, Run for a Cause in the Spring
    • Boks – before school fitness run by Ms. Brayfield, other schools parent run. May or may not run this year depending on volunteers. If interested please let Ms. Brayfield know.