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

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  • 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 for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click 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 and then shop as usual.
    • Still confused? No worries. Here are the details December Amazon Flyer.Support PTO


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.)

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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

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 if you are interested in being a Green Team parent volunteer!

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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:
To learn more:
    To donate:
    To volunteer:
    To follow along:
    To contact:

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:

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.

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

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

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 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
  • 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

Help Throughout the Year

Let us know what your interests are:

To check all current volunteer opportunities:

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.

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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: If you have trouble with this link you may email: 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:

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:

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:

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.


More details:

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!).

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.


Support PTO

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

Connect with Us


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)

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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.

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