Thompson School News : November 27, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Highlight
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

* New *

  • November 27 – Picture retake day
  • December 1 – Arabiqa enrichment featuring Arab music, dance and culture
  • December 5, 12, & 14 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • December 5-8 – Science Camp 5th Grade
  • December 5 & 12 – Early Release at 11:15 (No lunch)
  • December 6, 7-9 pm – PTO Meeting (NOTE: not the regular schedule)
  • December 11-15 –Book Fair
  • December 12 – Literacy Night, 6 -7.30pm
  • December 13 – Helena’s Hang with Friends & Light Refreshments, 7-9pm
  • December 13 – Spirit Day, Favorite Book Character Day
  • December 14 – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • December 15 – Treble Chorus Concert @ Town Hall

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

The Holiday Season is approaching and we want to share with you several easy-ways to help the Thompson PTO during this time.

Helena's 00Helena’s – Wednesday, December 13th. All day 10% of sales go to Thompson PTO, when you present our Holiday flier.  Look for it in backpacks soon.  Light refreshments and a fun chance to get together with friends between 7 and 9 pm.

Maxima 00Maxima’s – Are you aware that anytime you make a purchase and mention Thompson School, a percentage of your purchase goes to us?  More on the My School program here.More on the My School program here.

Community Card 2017 2018Looking for stocking stuffers? Teachers, coaches or babysitter’s gifts? Buy an Arlington Community Card.

Support PTOIt’s Cyber Monday and there are lots of great deals to be found on Amazon.com. Don’t forget to visit the Thompson PTO website before you shop on Amazon today and whenever you buy from Amazon!

The Amazon Associate Program brought in $1,160 between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day last year. That is money that we earn when YOU go about your regular Amazon shopping after clicking the Amazon banner on the Thompson PTO website.

ShopStopAndShop

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards is a fundraising program that earns us hundreds of dollars a year, and cost you nothing! To participate, just add Thompson’s school ID number (#07331) to your Stop & Shop rewards card through their website.

Once Thompson is added to your card, all you have to do is scan your Stop & Shop card when you are checking out. Tell your family and friends to follow these directions too! Thanks for your support!

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Tell Your Teachers They Are STARS! Deadline: Friday, December 1

AEF 01The Arlington Education Foundation STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) program is a way to say, “Thank you for all you do!” For a donation of $20 or more, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate that honors him or her with a gift in his or her name. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

STARS donations go back into our schools as funding for AEF grants both large and small. Read more on our website about projects that have been funded by AEF grants.

Give your STARS Online: http://www.arlingtoneducationfoundationma.org/wp/stars

Thompson News & Events

 

Parent Teacher Conferences – Dec 5, 12, 14

To sign up for Parent – Teacher Conferences go to Thompson School Fall Conference Sign Up Links to find your child’s teacher and click through to find a convenient time.

📖 December 11 – 15 is Literacy Week at Thompson! 📖

The Book Fair

Join us during the week of December 11th at the Thompson Book Fair! Children will have the opportunity to create “book wish lists”. The Book Fair will be open during these hours for parents to visit and make purchases:

  • Monday: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:30 – 3:30 pm (due to parent-teacher conferences)
    5:30 – 8:00 pm (also Literacy Night)
  • Wednesday: 2:30- 3:30 pm
  • Thursday: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    5:30 – 8:00 pm (due to parent-teacher conferences)
  • Friday: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Community Card

Stretch

Community Card 2017 2018

Family Sales continue through Dec 8th. Book Rack and Menotomy sales are going strong, and will continue until the last card is sold. Keep talkin’ up the card this week and next, and tell people to get ’em while they last, there’s only about 300 cards left for sale overall! Cards can be purchased anytime from Family Sales parents, Book Rack, Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

@ArlCommCard

Follow us at @ArlCommCard on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and like/comment on any posts that inspire you. Follow us at @ArlCommCard on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and like/comment on any posts that inspire you.

Any questions? Contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Literacy Night – December 12th

Literacy Night 2017 11 aMark your calendars for Literacy Night on December 12th from 6pm-7:30pm! This year, Literacy night is inspired by Graphic Novels and illustration. For activity details, learn more here. Literacy Night will showcase graphic novels created by Thompson students. This project is open to all grades and abilities.

Your child can partner up with a friend, or be author and illustrator of a story they’re longing to tell.

The drawings can be monochromatic or in color, the comics can be in the form of booklets or pamphlets. The only rule is to run with it and have fun! The deadline for submissions is December 8th at the latest. Please drop off at the front office. Each child will receive 1 raffle ticket for their submission.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks.  If you are interested please contact Kate at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com.

Book Fair & Literacy Night (Dec. 11th-15th)

Literacy Week is right around the corner and we need a lot of volunteers to make it run smoothly! Sign-Up here to help with the Book Fair or on Literacy Night (Dec. 12th): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-thompson6

Amazon Coordinator

The PTO needs someone to help promote the PTO / Amazon Fundraising link. Interested in helping to get the word out?

Yearbook Design

Do you love to lay-out photo books? The PTO is looking for someone to help with yearbook design.

Help Throughout the Year

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President (Mom to Eshaan, 3rd)
Diana Trudell, Co-President (Mom to Matilda, 4rd and Joaquin, 1st)
Yael Beals, Vice-President (Mom to Annabella, 2nd)
Carolyn Schneyer, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Leah, 4th)
Sara Wilkinson, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Ezra, 4th, and Amelia, 1st)
Emily Gauthier, Co-Secretary (Mom to Sophia, 5th)
Fiona Ehring, Co-Secretary (Mom to Emma, 4th and Elise, K)
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair (Mom to Oliver, 3rd, and Penny, 1st)
Melissa Crowley, Spirit and Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Joseph, 1st)
Judy Hu, Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Sofia, 1st)
Sarah Gupta, Room-Parent Chair (Mom to Norah, 3rd, and Meena, 1st)
Juliet Moir, Fundraising Chair (Mom to Jack, 5th, and Eva, 2nd)
Maf Terry, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to John, 5th)
Tonja Bishop, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to Ellen, 2nd and Neil, K)
Ashley Lorenz, Community Card Chair (Mom to Oliver, 5th, Melanie, 3rd, and Peter, K)
Gaggi DeStefanis, Community Card Chair (Mom to Sofia, 3rd)

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 : November 20, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • Principal’s Update
  • PTO Update
  • Highlight
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community News and Events
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

* New *

  • November 20 – Thompson extension opens!
  • November 22 – Early dismissal 12:00 pm
  • November 23 and 24 – No school, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27 – Picture retake day
  • December 1 – Arabiqa enrichment featuring Arab music, dance and culture
  • December 5, 12, & 14 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • December 5-8 – Science Camp 5th Grade
  • December 6, 7-9 pm – PTO Meeting (NOTE: not the regular schedule)
  • December 11-15 –Book Fair
  • December 12 – Literacy Night, 6 -7.30pm
  • December 13 – Helena’s Hang with Friends & Light Refreshments, 7-9pm

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.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Community,

The time has finally arrived….we are open in the gorgeous addition to Thompson! It has taken longer than we expected and would have liked, but I know it will all be worth it to have us all under ONE roof once again. I am already thinking ahead to next year, and how awesome it will be to have the modular classrooms gone, and everyone in their space – our “new normal” from Day 1 so to speak!

During this season of gratitude, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks to so many.

Thank you to our staff – those who moved classrooms, those who gave up their space, those who didn’t have a space, those who were flexible with their space, those who created new phone lists and fire drill routes, those who hung them up, and those who pitched in in any way big or small.

Thank you to our Tech. Department, Facilities Department, Custodial Department – we had a major push last week to be sure that Tech was up and running, iPad Carts could be moved, soap and paper towel dispensers were installed, barrels were delivered, extra custodial staff was on site, and Janeil, Brahim and Steve worked their behinds off as they moved furniture, swapped old for new, delivered materials, responded to calls as needed, and got what is now our ENTIRE school, ready for our kids tomorrow morning.

Thank you to our students – you’ve been flexible as we used one staircase, had limited playground space, helped your teachers pack and move some belongings, and given all of us the “WHY” behind we do what we do.

Thank you to our parents – to those who began this entire process by advocating for what we needed and deserve, those who attended countless meetings to see it through, those who gave words of encouragement and offered their expertise along the way, and those who volunteered to help in classrooms and monitor students as we reached the finish line.

Thank you to Dr. Bodie, Mr. MacNeal, the Staff on the 6th Floor who answered all my questions, School Committee, and Permanent Town Building Committee. Thank you to PMA Associates Staff Burt Barachowitz, Brian DeFilippis, and Kevin Nigro, and GTC Site Superintendent Steve Witherell – it was a long haul, but we made it over the finish line!

During the 1st week of December we will have times for the Community to take a walk through the addition. Please allow the students and staff to adjust to their new spaces these next few days.

Wishing you all a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday and break!

With Deepest Gratitude,

Karen

PTO Update

The Holiday Season is approaching and we want to share with you several easy-ways to help the Thompson PTO during this time.

  • Helena’s – Wednesday, December 13th. All day 10% of sales go to Thompson PTO, if you mention our organization. Light refreshments and a fun chance to get together with friends between 7 and 9 pm.Helena's 00
  • Maxima’s – Are you aware that anytime you make a purchase and mention Thompson School, a percentage of your purchase goes to us?Maxima 00
  • Looking for stocking stuffers? Teachers, coaches or babysitter’s gifts? Buy an Arlington Community Card.Community Card 2017 2018
  • And of course, there’s AMAZON!
    • The more purchases, the higher the percentage we get from them.
    • Use the Amazon Associate Program NOT Amazon Smiles.
    • Click on the Amazon banner on our website https://thompsonschoolpto.org and then shop as usual.
    • Still confused? No worries. Here are the details December Amazon Flyer.Support PTO

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Arabiqa

Arabiqa 2017 11We are pleased to bring Egyptian-American Karim Nagi to Thompson on Friday, December 1. Karim will introduce all students to Arab dance and Arab music in a high-energy performance featuring exciting traditional dances, and soulful folk music played on a variety of traditional instruments. Karim uses authentic costumes, maps, Arabic language, lots of audience participation, and humor, as he enlightens his audience about a captivating world beyond the headlines. Students will clap unique rhythms, dance, and celebrate as they learn about these ancient cultural traditions.

Thompson News & Events

Boys in Motion 2017

Boys in Motion 2017 11Congrats to all our 4th and 5th graders who participated in Boys in Motion this year. 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. Ms. Brayfield and Mr. Allen coached these boys through eight weeks of team building, strength training and training runs. On November 18th, the boys had the chance to participate in a local Turkey Trot 5k!!! Thank you to the coaches for another incredible season and congrats to all the boys on this huge achievement.

Lost & Found

Last call! Check the Lost and Found by Tuesday morning. We’re donating all items to The Little Fox Shop before the holiday break. You may be surprised that you’ll find things! One mom’s account:

“Just last week I found two sweatshirts and a winter coat I didn’t even know was missing!”

Picture Retake Day – November 27th!

Let your child’s teacher know if you would like to have their picture retaken. CoffeePond has a retake form available online. If your child was absent on picture day their picture will be taken on retake day. Send in their original order form or a printout of an online form. Contact Kate Murphy (katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com) or Ema Rodrigues (emarod77@yahoo.com) with questions.

Tell Your Teachers They Are STARS! Deadline: Friday, December 1

AEF 01The Arlington Education Foundation STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) program is a way to say, “Thank you for all you do!” For a donation of $20 or more, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate that honors him or her with a gift in his or her name. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

STARS donations go back into our schools as funding for AEF grants both large and small. Read more on our website about projects that have been funded by AEF grants.

Give your STARS Online: http://www.arlingtoneducationfoundationma.org/wp/stars

Parent Teacher Conferences

To sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences go to Thompson School Fall Conference Sign Up Links

Community Card

Arlington Community Card sales are breaking records!

Community Card 2017 2018

Approximately 1,450 cards sold to-date, and if you haven’t heard, we’re 400 cards AHEAD of the game overall compared to this time last year. We might even sell out if it keeps up – keep talkin’ up the card, and tell people to get ’em while they last! Cards can be purchased anytime from Family Sales parents, Book Rack, Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

@ArlCommCard

Follow us at @ArlCommCard on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and like/commment on any posts that inspire you. The more activity we get, the more we can leverage these platforms now and in the future to further promote the card, the deals, and where to buy it.

Any questions? Contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Literacy Night – December 12th

Literacy Night 2017 11 aMark your calendars for Literacy Night on December 12th from 6pm-7:30pm! This year, Literacy night is inspired by Graphic Novels and illustration. For activity details, learn more here. Literacy Night will showcase graphic novels created by Thompson students. This project is open to all grades and abilities.

Your child can partner up with a friend, or be author and illustrator of a story they’re longing to tell.

The drawings can be monochromatic or in color, the comics can be in the form of booklets or pamphlets. The only rule is to run with it and have fun! The deadline for submissions is December 8th at the latest. Please drop off at the front office. Each child will receive 1 raffle ticket for their submission.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks.

Book Fair & Literacy Night (Dec. 11th-15th)

Literacy Week is right around the corner and we need a lot of volunteers to make it run smoothly! Sign-Up here to help with the Book Fair or on Literacy Night (Dec. 12th): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-thompson6

Amazon Coordinator

The PTO needs someone to help promote the PTO / Amazon Fundraising link. Interested in helping to get the word out?

Yearbook Design

Do you love to lay-out photo books? The PTO is looking for someone to help with yearbook design.

Community Card Sales

  • Community Card seeks a volunteer to do a small data entry project, using google sheets. Can be done on your own time. Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com if you can help.
  • Fall Family Sales continue through December 8th! To sign out cards, fill out this form.

Check all current volunteer opportunities here: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Help Throughout the Year

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community News & Events

 

#SmallBusinessSaturday Nov 25th

Nov 25th is Small Business Saturday. While we can’t find EVERYTHING we need in Arlington, each time we do, we put 20% more income into our local economy. Many of Arlington’s unique shops and restaurants are Community Card partners too. Don’t forget to put your card in your wallet/purse this weekend! #Arlington #holidaygifts #economicvitality #shopsavesupport

AEF District Investment Grant

The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) has committed to awarding the Arlington Public Schools $200,000 over the next 3 years to support the district’s ‘Safe & Supportive Schools’ initiative to create a comprehensive behavioral health program. A $100,485 grant in the first year will fund:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid certification for 300 staff
  • Ongoing work on ‘Safe & Supportive Schools’ action plans for each school

Visit here for more in-depth information.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President (Mom to Eshaan, 3rd)
Diana Trudell, Co-President (Mom to Matilda, 4rd and Joaquin, 1st)
Yael Beals, Vice-President (Mom to Annabella, 2nd)
Carolyn Schneyer, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Leah, 4th)
Sara Wilkinson, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Ezra, 4th, and Amelia, 1st)
Emily Gauthier, Co-Secretary (Mom to Sophia, 5th)
Fiona Ehring, Co-Secretary (Mom to Emma, 4th and Elise, K)
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair (Mom to Oliver, 3rd, and Penny, 1st)
Melissa Crowley, Spirit and Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Joseph, 1st)
Judy Hu, Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Sofia, 1st)
Sarah Gupta, Room-Parent Chair (Mom to Norah, 3rd, and Meena, 1st)
Juliet Moir, Fundraising Chair (Mom to Jack, 5th, and Eva, 2nd)
Maf Terry, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to John, 5th)
Tonja Bishop, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to Ellen, 2nd and Neil, K)
Ashley Lorenz, Community Card Chair (Mom to Oliver, 5th, Melanie, 3rd, and Peter, K)
Gaggi DeStefanis, Community Card Chair (Mom to Sofia, 3rd)

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 : November 13, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Highlight
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

* New *

  • November 13 – Otto Pizza Fundraising Night, 5-9 pm
  • November 17 – Spirit Day – Harvest Day
  • November 18 – Boys in Motion 5K
  • November 20 – Thompson extension opens!
  • November 22 – Early dismissal 12:00 pm
  • November 23 and 24 – No school, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27 – Picture retake day
  • December 5, 12, & 14 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • December 11-15 –Book Fair
  • December 12 – Literacy Night, 6 -7.30pm
  • December 13 – Helena’s Hang with Friends & Light Refreshments, 7-9pm

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

The Holiday Season is approaching and we want to share with you several easy-ways to help the Thompson PTO during this time.

  • Only 3 days left to make your Spirit Wear purchases! All proceeds will benefit Thompson PTO. Deadline extended to Wednesday, November 15th!Thompson School Logo
  • Otto Pizza – Monday, November 13th from 5 to 9pm. 8% of all sales between 5 and 9 pm go to Thompson PTO.  Help spread the word!Otto PIzza 00
  • Helena’s – Wednesday, December 13th. All day 10% of sales go to Thompson PTO, if you mention our organization. Light refreshments and a fun chance to get together with friends between 7 and 9 pm.Helena's 00
  • Maxima’s – Are you aware that anytime you make a purchase and mention Thompson School, a percentage of your purchase goes to us?Maxima 00
  • Looking for stocking stuffers? Teachers, coaches or babysitter’s gifts? Buy an Arlington Community Card.Community Card 2017 2018
  • And of course, there’s AMAZON!
    • The more purchases, the higher the percentage we get from them.
    • Use the Amazon Associate Program NOT Amazon Smiles.
    • Click on the Amazon banner on our website https://thompsonschoolpto.org and then shop as usual.
    • Still confused? No worries. Here are the details December Amazon Flyer.Support PTO

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Spirit Wear

Thompson School Logo

**2nd Thompson School Spiritwear Sale**  Deadline extended to Wednesday November 15th.
Just in Time for the Holidays,
Gear with the New Official Logo!

Please complete the order forms found in your child’s folder and return before Wednesday, November 15th!

Be sure to include your payment with the Completed Form. (Note the attached yellow paper for additional information and finance options.)

SpiritWear 2017 11 aSpiritWear 2017 11 b

Thompson News & Events

Community Card

Sales Status

Community Card 2017 2018GREAT news! We are now 400 CARDS AHEAD of the game compared to the number sold by this time last year. Our larger presence on social media helps, but it’s also YOU guys out there selling, or even just talking about, the card to your friends and neighbors. We might even sell out if it keeps up – keep up the good work, and tell people to get ’em while they last!

Family Sales

To date, 127 sold of 336 signed out. Can’t wait to see the tally climb as we get closer to December!

Holiday Sales

Do YOU have a special someone you’d like to thank this holiday season, like a coach, babysitter, yoga teacher, mailperson? Give them a Community Card! Vicki has 20 or so at the front desk if you haven’t been able to make it to Book Rack, etc. #thegiftthatkeepsongiving

Other Ways to Help

Like and Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @ArlCommCard.

Any questions? Contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Flu Clinic – November 15th

Flu ShotThe Arlington Board of Health will be hosting a flu clinic for the students and staff of Thompson Elementary on November 15th from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM. Mrs. Donato will be sending out a link from the Board of Health to register your child for the clinic over the next few weeks. Paper forms will also go home in the next few weeks as well. In addition, November 16th will the general clinic for Arlington children 6 months – 18 years at Ottoson Middle School, 63 Acton Street (5 PM to 7 PM) where parents are welcome to attend with their child.

Green Team

Green Team 2017 11 13 aJoin Thompson Families for the last Green Team After School Nature Adventure this fall at Menotomy Rocks.

Meet at Menotomy Rocks Park Friday November 17th 3:15 pm at the Ottawa Rd entrance.

Please Contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in being a Green Team parent volunteer!

Green Team 2017 11 13 b

Green Team 2017 11 13 c

Green Team 2017 11 13 d

Literacy Night – December 12th

Literacy Night 2017 11 cDoes you child love telling you imaginative stories?

Is your house scattered with pages of doodles and drawings of strange creatures?

Do you need to keep your child busy on cold, rainy days?

Literacy Night 2017 11 aThis year on Literacy Night, December 12th from 6pm-7:30pm, the organizers would like to showcase graphic novels created by Thompson students. This project is open to all grades and abilities.

Your child could partner up with a friend, or be author and illustrator of a story they’re longing to tell. The drawings can be monochromatic or in color, the comics can be in the form of booklets or pamphlets. The only rule is to run with it and have fun!

Children are encouraged to do this on their own time. The deadline for submissions is December 8th at the latest. Please drop off at the front office. Each child will receive 1 raffle ticket for their submission.

We can’t wait to see what your children come up with!

Sri Thumati and Christy Murphy-Macinta
Literacy Night Co-Chairs

Cradles to Crayons for Families in Need

Dear Thompson Parents,

Please see Cradles 2 Crayons Form regarding the Cradles to Crayons program.  This is our 2nd year working with this organization and we are pleased to continue this collaboration.

Vicki Rose
Administrative Assistant
Thompson School

Arlington EATS

Arlington EATSJoin us at the table:

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: sarah@arlington-eats.org

Harvest Day

Celebrate the Fall season with Harvest Day on Friday, November 17. Be inspired by the farm or ranch! Dress as a farmer, cowboy or cowgirl..or maybe even your favorite vegetable!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks.

Thompson Night at Otto Pizza – Monday, November 13th

Sign-Up Here to help represent Thompson School at an information table and sell Community Cards:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-thompson5

Moving Day – Friday November 17th

The new Thompson addition will open November 20th. Teachers and staff will start moving their classrooms on Friday, November 17th. Help is needed to supervise students on Friday while their teachers move into their new classrooms! Click here to sign up.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-moving

Amazon Coordinator

The PTO needs someone to help promote the PTO/Amazon fundraising link.  Thompson School earns 4-10% back on purchases made through the Thompson/Amazon page but shoppers must use the link on the PTO website.  Interested in helping get the word out?  Contact:  Kate at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Yearbook Design

Do you love to lay-out photo books?  The PTO is looking for someone to help with yearbook design.  CoffeePond our school picture company provides a program and templates to work with.
Contact: Kate at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Community Card Sales

Community Card seeks a volunteer to do a small data entry project, using google sheets.   Can be done on your own time.  Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com if you could do this.

Fall Family Sales continue through December 8th!  To sign out cards, fill out this form.

Additional EASY Ways to Help Boost Card Marketing Efforts:

  • “Like” our Facebook page and posts at https://www.facebook.com/ArlCommCard/
  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @ArlCommCard
  • Share your own favorite Card deals, and/or savings experiences, at participating Community Card businesses to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us at  #ArlCommCard or @ArlCommCard.

Book Fair & Literacy Night

Contact us at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com.

Help Throughout the Year

Let us know what your interests are:  http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteerNeeds

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community News & Events

SEPAC – November 14th

Join Dr. Nora Shine, child psychologist, at Ottoson Middle School on November 7th in a warm and engaging talk about keeping children safe from sexual abuse. “The Privates Rule” teaches empowerment, sexual abuse information and strategies. This talk will show a framework for integrating abuse prevention into good parenting and teaching practices by calming and confidently addressing concerns. You will learn how to recognize adult behavior that should raise concern and you will leave feeling informed, empowered, and eager to use strategies outlined in her presentation.

SEPAC Agenda 2017 11

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Happy ThanksgivingThe Board of Youth Services (BYS) is once again organizing the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to provide Thanksgiving food and food staples to families in need during this time of year. Families with school-aged children in Arlington are welcome to participate. If you would like to receive extra food for the holiday please use following link to register: http://bit.ly/2yrxaRv If you have trouble with this link you may email: bys.arlington@gmail.com The deadline for signing up is Friday, November 10th. Sign up today. The BYS is also coordinating a gift card drive, and it is our hope to distribute grocery store gift cards to each of the families who have signed up to receive food. Distribution of gift cards will take place on Monday 11/20 and Tuesday 11/21. We will contact registered families via email by Friday 11/17 to confirm the location and time of gift card distribution. Food will be distributed on Saturday, November 18th from 9:30am – 3:30pm at the Arlington Food Pantry,117 Broadway. If you have any questions please contact the Arlington Board of Youth Services at: bys.arlington@gmail.com.

Regent Theatre

Regent TheatreLots of Family Fun coming up at the Regent Theatre in Nov & Dec. Karen K and the Jitterbugs, Allistair Moock, Singalong Mary Poppins (a perennial favorite) even a stage production of Charlie Brown Christmas! $2 off per ticket with your Community Card. See the full list of Family offerings here: http://regenttheatre.com/tickets_events/category/family

Dallin School Rummage Sale – November 18th

Rummage Sale 00From our friends at the Dallin Elementary School:

The 10th annual Dallin Rummage Sale will be Saturday November 18th, 9am-1pm. As always, we will have TONS of treasures including clothing, housewares, toys/games, books, sports equipment, and furniture filling up the gym and cafeteria. All for amazing prices! Cash or check only. Free admission. Rain or shine. Dallin Elementary School, 185 Florence Ave., Arlington. Contact: carrie.carman@verizon.net

AHS Kids Night Out – November 18th

Kids Night Out 00The Arlington High School Student Council presents: Kids’ Night Out! for grades K-4 On Saturday, November 18th from 5:30-8:30pm in Arlington High School’s Red Gym for a night of games, crafts, movies and more! Pizza dinner and snacks will be provided. No sign ups required, just show up. Kids can stay 3 hrs, or just a few, it’s up to you.

$20 for 1st child, $10 each additional. All proceeds go to the AHS clubs mini-grant fund.

Contact: studentcouncil@spyponders.com

More details: https://patch.com/massachusetts/arlington/calendar/event/20171118/247279/kids-night-out

PTO Fundraising

Pizza Night this Monday!

Otto PIzza 00On Monday November 13th Otto Pizza will donate a percentage of all purchases made between 5-9PM to Thompson School. This includes dine-in, take-out, delivery, even gift cards (hello holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!).

ORDER ONLINE: https://otto-massave.foodtecsolutions.com/menu
OR CALL: 781-859-5378

TONIGHT, TONIGHT!  Support Thompson School by eating Otto Pizza! 8% of all sales including take-out, delivery, dine-in, and gift cards (get jump on holiday gifts!) will go directly to the Thompson PTO.  #MakeItEasyMonday with #GuiltFreePizza at Otto! They do require we have someone there from the school during the during event. We need 1-2 people per hour to man a table and answer questions about what the PTO does (we’ll have a cheat sheet) and sell Community Cards.

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.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President (Mom to Eshaan, 3rd)
Diana Trudell, Co-President (Mom to Matilda, 4rd and Joaquin, 1st)
Yael Beals, Vice-President (Mom to Annabella, 2nd)
Carolyn Schneyer, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Leah, 4th)
Sara Wilkinson, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Ezra, 4th, and Amelia, 1st)
Emily Gauthier, Co-Secretary (Mom to Sophia, 5th)
Fiona Ehring, Co-Secretary (Mom to Emma, 4th and Elise, K)
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair (Mom to Oliver, 3rd, and Penny, 1st)
Melissa Crowley, Spirit and Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Joseph, 1st)
Judy Hu, Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Sofia, 1st)
Sarah Gupta, Room-Parent Chair (Mom to Norah, 3rd, and Meena, 1st)
Juliet Moir, Fundraising Chair (Mom to Jack, 5th, and Eva, 2nd)
Maf Terry, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to John, 5th)
Tonja Bishop, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to Ellen, 2nd and Neil, K)
Ashley Lorenz, Community Card Chair (Mom to Oliver, 5th, Melanie, 3rd, and Peter, K)
Gaggi DeStefanis, Community Card Chair (Mom to Sofia, 3rd)

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.

PTO Meeting Minutes – Nov. 8, 2017

Principal : Karen Donato

Teacher’s Rep : Siobhan Foley

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

Diana Trudell, Nandana Mewada, Sara Wilkinson, Fiona Ehring, Christy Murphy-Macinta, Ashley Lorenz, Melissa Crowley, Kate Murphy, Judy Hu, Maf Terry, Juliet Moir, Gaggi DeStefanis, Sonia Valada, Lani Obermayer, Sarah Gupta

Notes

Guest Speaker – Lori Pescatore (AYCC) Arlington Youth Counseling Center, representing the Board of Youth Services

  • Helped create Holiday Help and Thanksgiving Basket programs in schools also Last Blast, Town Day
  • They provide child and adolescent health services in Arlington both in schools and at the Whittemore-Robbins House in Arlington Center
  • Yearly Gala is a fundraiser
  • Donations always welcome through the town website

Introductions

Minutes approval – All

School Updates

  • Construction update – Opening Mon Nov 20, Volunteers needed to monitor kids and also move smaller items. Kate Murphy is creating a sign-up genius. 9-11 Third grade classrooms and one first grade (Caplan)

Ms. Foley speaking about the new Anti Bias and Cultural Competency initiative to be piloted.

  • Visions Co. to do teacher training made possible through an AEF grant to support Safe and Supportive Schools. Teachers and staff will be trained in anti-bias. Ms. Foley was also trained by Ed co.
  • Classroom libraries, reading groups, Bill Shea library, to include more diverse representations of culture and color.
  • How to increase number of books.
  • Possible PTO grant.
    • Wish Lists for Lit Week?
    • Lists, Shri Thumati working with Thompson Librarian; Look at Library and analyze needs.
    • Book rack to include more type books during book fair
    • How else to contribute?
    • Teachers look at enrichment activity to go along with this initiative. Ms Foley to look for Elem. Curriculum with this idea.
    • Preview possible? Volunteers to go to Public lib. and borrow books to preview. List from teachers of books they know they want. Ms. foley to Survey teachers and consolidate list. By end of next week.

Fundraising Update

  • Wrap up of Direct Donation- Juliet Moir
  • goal of 250 met, with 276 families participating for a total of $28,046 not including corporate match or monthly recurring donations.
  • Work to include corporate matching donation information and possibility to request a receipt with TIN # to submit.
  • If a receipt is needed Sara can help with that. Email to parents.
  • Idea sharing with Hardy. Incentives?
  • Guidelines of what the amount would pay for.
  • Add QR code to initial request sheet.
  • Needs; someone to follow up with matching donations
  • Thank you notes for all? Ms. O’Mahoney willing to have students write notes.
  • Fun run fundraising event possible? To be discussed at some point. Possibly for next year.

Holiday Programs

  • Spirit Wear- Judy Hu and Melissa Crowley, as of today 115 items ordered. One third of items purchased. $468 in sponsored. Extension until the end of next week (17th) Email through room parents with PDF order form attached.
  • Community Card- Ashley Lorenz, Gaggi Destefanis- All cards are signed out. 120 of 300 remaining sold. Last hundred will go to book rack. 32 sold at curriculum night. Menotomy 19 sold 20 more given out.
  • Facebook instagram and twitter?
  • Otto Fundraising night Monday Nov 13 5-9pm 8% of pizza sales to go to Thompson. Volunteers needed to stay at Otto sign up genius. Include a plug in room parent email.
  • Helena’s Fundraising Night – Dec 13 7-9pm mention Thompson for percentage.
  • Amazon – Need someone to monitor Amazon Associates. 5-10% FAQ to send out.

Enrichment Update – Maf Terry & Tonja Bishop

  • New Event; Dec. 1 Arabico Traditional Egyptian music and dance all school event, two performances

Volunteer Needs

  • Kate Murphy, where to list? Room parent emails work well. Ideas or feedback to Kate please.

Newsletter

  • Include in Facebook and Twitter or not? Tabled until next month

PTO Debrief

  • Picture Day 10/12- Kate Murphy retake Nov 27th. Possible to change venders due to restrictions on outdoor photos.

Upcoming Events

  • Book Fair 12/11-15 Shri Thumati & Christy Murphy
  • Literacy Night 12/12 illustration theme.
    • Graphic novel station in classrooms leading up to LN. Coordinate with Ms. Campagna.
    • Raffle baskets more discrete prizes for more winners? Comicazi, Blank books Illustration kits, Graphic novels, Younger and older.
    • Food, Pizza and snacks.
    • Multi purpose room to be used as well as music room. How to create flow between book sale and downstairs events
    • How many kids can participate in each 20 minute Comic/Graphic Novel workshop?
  • Winter Parents Party- 1/27/18 Gaggi DeStephanis & Ashley Lorenz
    • Town Hall is chosen venue
    • Look into catering and other costs to determine ticket price.

Miscellaneous

  • Notes: Abby Matheson a writer from the Arlington Advocate joined the meeting for the first 30 minutes. Her contact info is: amatheson@wickedlocal.com (781)674-7734
  • Time constraints prevented continuation. The following to be addressed next month.
  • Teachers Breakfast 11/2-
  • Movie Night 10/13 – Meghan Ostrander, Fiona Ehring
  • Science Explo Date?

Thompson School News : November 6, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

  • November 8, 7-9 pm –  PTO meeting, Special speaker: Lori Pescatore AYCC (Arlington Youth Counseling Center)
  • November 9 – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • November 10 – No school, Veterans Day
  • November 13, 5-9 pm – Otto Fundraising Night
  • November 17 – Spirit Day – Harvest Day
  • November 18 – Boys in Motion 5K
  • November 22 – Early dismissal 12:00 pm
  • November 23 and 24 – No school, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27 – Picture retake 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

We are happy to announce our Room Parents for the school year.  Thanks in advance to all of them for volunteering their time to help us connect with each class’ specific needs.  If you as a parent have a question or suggestion and are not sure who to approach, room parents are there to help you.

Kindergarten Team

  • Mrs. Abbot – Amy Yeagar amy.yeager@corentus.com Amy Mulholland ncprez1@yahoo.com
  • Mrs. Giovannini – Anna Panszczyk mara.vatz@gmail.com Fiona Ehring fionaehring@gmail.com
  • Mrs. Melnik – Mara Vatz mara.vatz@gmail.com Emily Gauthier emczar00@hotmail.com
  • Mrs. Joseph – Lani Obermayer lsharac@gmail.com Christina Murphy Christina_Murphy@hks.harvard.edu

1st Grade Team

  • Mrs. Frost – Shannon LeMay Finn sklemayfinn@gmail.com
  • Mrs. Givens-Lamothe – Kate Joyce Murphy katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com Jaime Viteri jaimecviteri@gmail.com
  • Mrs. Caplin – Danielle Gottesman dbirdie@gmail.com
  • Mrs. Coveno – Shannon Hancock shancock429@gmail.com

2nd Grade Team

  • Ms. Dichter – Nicole Flory drflory@drflory.com Sonia Valada svalada@outlook.com
  • Ms. Orlando – Takako Sugihara takako.sugihara@gmail.com Mahabi Mistry/Tom Travison madhabi@gmail.com
  • Ms. O’Mahoney – Karen Roth LoRusso krroth@yahoo.com Meridale Baggett meridale.baggett@gmail.com
  • Mrs. Bassham – Keryn Shaffner kerynshaffner@gmail.com

3rd Grade Team

  • Mrs. McKenney – Amy Mulholland ncprez1@yahoo.com Allison Manheim Caplin armanheim@yahoo.com
  • Ms. Fassel – Danielle Gottesman dbirdie@gmail.com Sarah Gupta sarahruth16@gmail.com
  • Ms. Ferola – Liz Spingler lizspingler@yahoo.com
    Nandana Mewada nmewada@gmail.com Susan Zwick suezwick@hotmail.com
  • Ms. Foley – Lori Lennon lorilennon@gmail.com

4th Grade Team

  • Mrs. Jette – Fiona Ehring fionaehring@gmail.com Sara Wilkinson swilkie49@hotmail.com
  • Mrs. Brogna – Maja Fiket fi.maja@gmail.com fi.maja@gmail.com Jacqueline Chakrabarty jchakrabarty@mac.com
  • Mrs. Armstrong – Nicole Flory drflory@drflory.com Don Mei meifamily@3b9.com

5th Grade Team

  • Mr. Allen – Christa Kelleher christakel@verizon.net
  • Mrs. Leigh – Liz Spingler lizspingler@yahoo.com
  • Mr. Guidoboni – Shannon LeMay Finn sklemayfinn@gmail.com Dory Higgins dorys01@gmail.com
  • Ms. Daley – Kristin Clark kreekle@yahoo.com Amy Yellin ascreamin@yahoo.com

Thompson News & Events

Community Card

Fall Family Sales

Community Card 2017 2018

76 cards sold by Thompson families to-date. That’s another $760 for Thompson Enrichment, woohoo! November is our last big push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use the “makes for great gifts or stocking stuffers!” pitch when chatting up the card. Can people still buy the card at Book Rack, Menotomy Beer & Wine, or at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org? You bet, but they don’t always remember to do it and that’s one more day they miss out on these great deals! Our goal is to provide as many ways as possible for people to get hold of a card. No sales skills required either – you’ll be surprised how comfortably a simple “hey do you have a Community Card yet?” gets the conversation going.

Fall Family Sales continue through December 8th, to sell cards (even 3 is fine!)), fill out this form.

Other Ways to Help Boost Card Marketing Efforts
  • Please “Like” our Community Card Facebook page!
  • Follow us on Twitter at @ArlCommCard
  • Post your own visits to, and/or savings experiences at, participating Community Card businesses to Facebook or Twitter, and reference #ArlCommCard.

Any questions? Contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Flu Clinic

Flu ShotThe Arlington Board of Health will be hosting a flu clinic for the students and staff of Thompson Elementary on November 15th from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM. Mrs. Donato will be sending out a link from the Board of Health to register your child for the clinic over the next few weeks. Paper forms will also go home in the next few weeks as well. In addition, November 16th will the general clinic for Arlington children 6 months – 18 years at Ottoson Middle School, 63 Acton Street (5 PM to 7 PM) where parents are welcome to attend with their child.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks.

Thompson Night at Otto Pizza – November 13th

Sign-Up Here to help represent Thompson School at an information table and sell Community Cards: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-thompson5

Is there an accountant in the house?

As a 501(c)(3) registered charity, the PTO is seeking the assistance of a CPA to prepare our form 990-EZ for FY17. If you or a family member are a CPA who would like to make an in-kind donation of free or reduced-rate tax preparation, please contact us at thomptreas@gmail.com.

Amazon Coordinator

The PTO needs someone to help promote the PTO/Amazon fundraising link. Thompson School earns 4-10% back on purchases made through the Thompson/Amazon page but shoppers must use the link on the PTO website. Interested in helping get the word out? Contact: Kate at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Community Card Sales

Community Card seeks a volunteer to do a small data entry project, using google sheets. Can be done on your own time. Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

Other Current Volunteer Opportunities

http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community News & Events

The Privates Rule

The Privates RuleJoin Dr. Nora Shine, child psychologist, at Ottoson Middle School on November 7th in a warm and engaging talk about keeping children safe from sexual abuse. “The Privates Rule” teaches empowerment, sexual abuse information and strategies. This talk will show a framework for integrating abuse prevention into good parenting and teaching practices by calming and confidently addressing concerns. You will learn how to recognize adult behavior that should raise concern and you will leave feeling informed, empowered, and eager to use strategies outlined in her presentation.

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Happy ThanksgivingThe Board of Youth Services (BYS) is once again organizing the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to provide Thanksgiving food and food staples to families in need during this time of year. Families with school-aged children in Arlington are welcome to participate. If you would like to receive extra food for the holiday please use following link to register: http://bit.ly/2yrxaRv If you have trouble with this link you may email: bys.arlington@gmail.com The deadline for signing up is Friday, November 10th. Sign up today. The BYS is also coordinating a gift card drive, and it is our hope to distribute grocery store gift cards to each of the families who have signed up to receive food. Distribution of gift cards will take place on Monday 11/20 and Tuesday 11/21. We will contact registered families via email by Friday 11/17 to confirm the location and time of gift card distribution. Food will be distributed on Saturday, November 18th from 9:30am – 3:30pm at the Arlington Food Pantry,117 Broadway. If you have any questions please contact the Arlington Board of Youth Services at: bys.arlington@gmail.com.

Regent Theatre

Regent TheatreLots of Family Fun coming up at the Regent Theatre in Nov & Dec. Karen K and the Jitterbugs, Allistair Moock, Singalong Mary Poppins (a perennial favorite) even a stage production of Charlie Brown Christmas! $2 off per ticket with your Community Card. See the full list of Family offerings here: http://regenttheatre.com/tickets_events/category/family

 

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.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President (Mom to Eshaan, 3rd)
Diana Trudell, Co-President (Mom to Matilda, 4rd and Joaquin, 1st)
Yael Beals, Vice-President (Mom to Annabella, 2nd)
Carolyn Schneyer, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Leah, 4th)
Sara Wilkinson, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Ezra, 4th, and Amelia, 1st)
Emily Gauthier, Co-Secretary (Mom to Sophia, 5th)
Fiona Ehring, Co-Secretary (Mom to Emma, 4th and Elise, K)
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair (Mom to Oliver, 3rd, and Penny, 1st)
Melissa Crowley, Spirit and Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Joseph, 1st)
Judu Hu, Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Sofia, 1st)
Sarah Gupta, Room-Parent Chair (Mom to Norah, 3rd, and Meena, 1st)
Juliet Moir, Fundraising Chair (Mom to Jack, 5th, and Eva, 2nd)
Maf Terry, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to John, 5th)
Tonja Bishop, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to Ellen, 2nd and Neil, K)
Ashley Lorenz, Community Card Chair (Mom to Oliver, 5th, Melanie, 3rd, and Peter, K)
Gaggi DeStefanis, Community Card Chair (Mom to Sofia, 3rd)

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.