Thompson School News : April 30, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • April 30, Monday – Grade 3-5 Enrichment, ImprovBoston Anti-Bullying workshop (rescheduled)
  • May 1, Tuesday – Yoga 4th Grade
  • May 1, Tuesday – Principal Appreciation Day
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Thompson Tuesdays at Not Your Average Joe’s
  • May 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Yoga 5th Grade
  • May 4, Friday – Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 7 to 11 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 9, Wednesday, PTO Meeting – Parents Only, 6-8 PM
  • May 13, Sunday – Cause + Event Thompson Fundraiser

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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

Highlight of the Week

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming!

We have a wonderful week planned to recognize our teachers and staff and need your support to make it a great success! Please help us show our amazing teachers how much they mean to us by signing up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-teacher1

Schedule of Activities
  • Monday and Wednesday : Chair Massages
  • Tuesday : Luncheon
  • Thursday : Breakfast
  • Friday : Ice Cream Social and Gift Card Raffle

Thompson News & Events

Community Collection Drive​

We have reached our deadline! Thanks to everyone who participated in the Community Collection Drive to help equip our teachers with materials they need for their classrooms. If you still haven’t signed to help, there are a few items left, so please check out this link: SignUpGenius

Please drop off your donations in the orange collection bin in the reception area as soon as possible.

Please contact our Spirit Team with any questions: Melissa Crowley melish26@yahoo.com or Judy Hu hudyju@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your generous support!

Earth Week April 22nd-May 2nd

Earth Week 2018Thank you to staff, teachers, parents and 4th and 5th graders that made the 4th/5th grade Zero Waste Assembly possible.

Thank you to the 5th grade Green Team: Alessandra, Aviva, Lucas, Nola and Sacha who created the first Zero Waste Day in 2016 and continue to lend their brilliance and creativity to Green Team initiatives.

Thank you all who brought in old textiles for the All-Schools Textile Recycling Competition.

Thank you all who packed zero waste and plastic free snacks and lunches.

Thank you parent volunteers and teachers who read in the K-1 classrooms, signed up to do a trash clean up with the 2nd graders, made no sew recycled textile bags with the 3rd graders or supported the 4th and 5th graders in their speeches, script writing, acting, art and trashformations!

2nd grade parents we will be doing a trash clean up on Wed. at 1pm. Contact your child’s teacher if you want to join us.

All-Town 5th Grade Dance!

Friday May 18th 6-8PM

Ed Burns Arena, 422 Summer Street

Put on annually by the Arlington Rec, this event is a special time for graduating 5th graders to celebrate with old friends, and meet new ones as they get ready to enter Gibbs.

  • DJ, pizza for sale, photo booth and more!
  • $5 in advance, $7 at the door. 5th graders ONLY.

Go here for advance ticketing and further details.

The Thompson School Council Needs You!​

Thompson School Logo

For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be electing a new School Council. The School Council is a separate body from the PTO. If you are interested in becoming a School Council Member please email nmewada@gmail.com and diana_lutz@yahoo.com a brief bio and a statement of interest. The PTO will hold elections after the spring break.

The Thompson​ School Council is a representative, school-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members. School Councils were established by the Massachusetts Education Reform Act to improve and provide support for public schools. The School Council acts under the supervision of the Arlington School Committee.

The School Council members are elected and is comprised of equal numbers of parents and teachers. This year, we will hold an election for 2 Parent Representatives. We will meet once a month in the afternoon or early evening. Meetings of the Council are public, and all interested members of the ​Thompson community may attend.

The School Council is charged with planning, goal setting, and budgeting for improvements at ​Thompson​. Specific responsibilities of the School Council include:

  • Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
  • Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
  • Formulating a school improvement plan.

Not Your Average Joe’s

Not Your Average Joe'sThompson Tuesdays in May at Not Your Average Joe’s!

Eat or get take-out at NYAJ’s on any Tuesday in May, mention Thompson when paying the bill, and 15% of your check will go to the PTO Enrichment Fund! You can use your Community Card to save yourself 10% too – SAVE and GIVE at the same time! Excludes alcohol. Arlington location only.

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Run or walk a 5k and support Thompson PTO

Can you volunteer for an hour or two on Sunday, May 13th? Please contact Sara Wilkinson at causeandeventvolunteer@gmail.com.

The Cause + Event race has sold out but we are still in need of volunteers to help make this event a success. We need volunteers to help with set up/clean up, pass out food, water and medals, cheer on runners along the course and a variety of other jobs starting as early as 6am and ending around 10am. The first four non-profits who provide 10 or more volunteers will receive an extra $100 donation. Thompson parents can volunteer on behalf of the school’s PTO.

C+E Boston is a fun, family-oriented event that celebrates health and wellness, the spirit of philanthropy among the runners, and the work of the nonprofits in our community. This race is unique – at least 50% of each runners’ registration fee is donated to their charity of choice. For more info please visit the race website at http://causeandeventboston.com/

Join The Annual Picnic Team

Spring is here and with it, one of our favorite events of the year – the school picnic. In addition to the dunk tank, bounce houses and of course the cake walk we are adding some activities this year and could use your ideas and help to make this the best picnic yet! Join the team!

Contact: Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Join the Community Card Team!

Believe it or not planning begins NOW for the 2018-19 This is Thompson’s second biggest fundraiser each year, bringing in $16K+ annually for School Enrichment.

Spring to-do’s include:

  • get contracts signed
  • confirm our advertising plans
  • start planning for Town Day and beginning of new school year sales

The Team is looking for:

  • task-rabbits
  • brain-stormers
  • AND a 3rd Co-Chair (shadow for a year and poise themselves to take over for Gaggi in 2020)

Whether you’re totally ready to take something on, have some good ideas to pass on, or are just curious about what’s involved before committing to anything, please email the co-chairs:

  • Ashley Lorenz (K,3,5) at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
  • Gaggi DeStefanis (3) gaggi@rcn.com.

Help Throughout the Year

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

Community

Arlington EATS NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Arlington EATSThe School Snack Program is growing by the day, and our kids are making good use of it. Students are encouraged to snack on fruit, which is generously supplied through our community partner, Food Link. However, the rest of the snacks offered are purchased. Helping us continue to offer this program and meet growing demands is as easy as adding another item or two to your grocery list and dropping it off in one of our marked bins.

For more information about our School Snack Program and a list of approved snacks, here’s our School Snack Program Fact Sheet. We appreciate your support!

Arlington Scoopermania

“You are invited to Arlington’s fourth annual Scoopermania, all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, which will be held on May 19th from 1-5 PM on the Jefferson Cutter House Lawn (611 Mass. Ave). Entry to the ice cream buffet will cost $5 per person, and all proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund for cancer research and treatment. For months the members of the AHS Scoops Club have worked on this fundraiser to raise money to aid cancer patients. We have received ice cream donations from local businesses including Rancatore and JP Licks, and ice cream topping donations from other businesses along with a permit from the Arlington Board of Health to distribute them. On May 19th, we hope that we can bring the community together for both a fun ice cream event, but also so we can raise awareness of and fight cancer, together. Additionally, for the first time, we are planning on having local bands perform! This is a great time to get together with friends and even hang out with family! All are welcome to attend! Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you there!”

See Arlington Scoopermania 2018 Flyer.

Understanding and Reducing Stigma in Mental Health

Dr. Steven SchlozmanPlease join the Arlington Board of Youth Services and Dr. Steven Schlozman for the inaugural Mental Health Focus Series discussion on “Understanding and Reducing Stigma in Mental Health.” This event will be held at Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) at 670R Mass Ave, Arlington on Wednesday, May 2nd from 7-8:30pm. The program is free and light refreshments will be served.

Have you ever wondered about: Why mental health stigma persists? How the current system of care contributes to this stigma? How parents can advocate for their child, for themselves, and for their communities to diminish mental health stigma? What some of the most unexpected findings in the study of stigma and mental health are? Dr. Schlozman will address some of these topics and more as he explores the stigmatization (and de-stigmatization) of mental illness.

Steven Schlozman, M.D., is the associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was also the co-director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry for HMS and is a staff child psychiatrist at MGH. He works with children, adolescents, and adults and consults to the transplant services there. He has been involved in national efforts to increase recruitment in psychiatry and decrease stigma with regard to psychiatric illness. He has conducted international research focusing on stigma and mental illness and has written and presented extensively on the topic. He also writes fiction and has published two novels including The Zombie Autopsies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Board of Youth Services, Arlington Youth Counseling Center, and Arlington Public School’s Parent Forum Committee. For more information please visit http://www.arlingtonma.gov/aycc.

See Flyer.

Grandparents Support Group

The Town of Arlington offers a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group which now meets on the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 at the AYCC offices in the Whittemore-Robbins House behind the Robbins Library. Prospective members should email LAugust@town.arlington.ma.us or call the Council on Aging, 781-316-3410, for a short telephone interview before attending the group.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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 : April 23, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • April 23 – 27, Earth Week Activities at school
  • April 24, Tuesday, Yoga 4th Grade
  • April 25, Wednesday, Administrative Professionals Day – Ms. Vicki
  • April 26, Thursday, Yoga 5th Grade
  • April 27, Friday, Spirit Day: Wacky Socks
  • April 27, Friday, 3rd Grade Trip to Plimoth Plantation
  • April 27, Friday, Yoga 5th Grade
  • April 30, Monday, Grade 3-5 Enrichment, ImprovBoston Anti-Bullying workshop (rescheduled)
  • May 1 – 31, Tuesdays, Not Your Average Joe’s Fundraising Event
  • May 1, Tuesday, Yoga 4th Grade
  • May 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday, Yoga 5th Grade
  • May 9, Wednesday, PTO Meeting – Parents Only, 6-8 PM

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 Families,

Happy Spring! I think I can finally say that after the fabulous weather these last couple of days. There’s nothing better than being outside, in the sunshine, watching kids play. One of my favorite sights to see is so many families and friends playing and talking after school on the playground. There’s so much value in those moments – and fostering our community is one of them.

Baseball season has officially kicked off in our house, and with that will come driving from field to field, dinner on the run, and me helping to “coach” from the sidelines! I’m sure I will be crossing paths with many of you on those evenings.

On another note, I’d like to ask the parent community for some support. Over the past few weeks I have seen an increase in some challenging and concerning behaviors in many grade levels. With our students having access to technology – YouTube, Gaming Systems with game Chat enabled, and messaging – I have seen more and more incidents of students “trash talking” to each other, making aggressive statements that they may or may not fully comprehend, and challenges to the authority of our lunch and recess staff. Please continue to have frank conversations with your children about the importance of being respectful of themselves, each other, and all adults that work at Thompson School. I appreciate your support!

With the end of April break comes the craziness that is the last two months of the school year. We continue with MCAS in the month of May, PTO sponsored Field Trips are happening at every grade level, Staff Appreciation Week, Field Day, and the Family Picnic to name a few! We are also looking ahead to next year and will be sending out our Parent Input Form for Class Placement in 2018-2019. We also begin the events that will welcome our newest students, while saying goodbye to our oldest. Please mark your calendars – the 5th Grade Celebration of Learning will be June 19th.

At this time of year, I also like to ask for families who know that they will not be returning to Thompson for the next school year to please email Vicki at vrose@arlington.k12.ma.us. This will help us plan accordingly for class sections and sizes. At this time, we already have 80+ students registered for Kindergarten and 8-10 new registrations for the other grades. Thank goodness we have our addition!

I hope you and your families had a wonderful week, and the transition back will be smooth for all of us. These next 45 school days will fly by…be sure to hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

See you on the field,

Karen

Highlight of the Week

Thompson Green Team

Earth Week April 22nd-27th

April 23rd-27th- All-Schools Textile Recycling Competition

All Schools will be competing to collect the most textiles during the competition week and to win a prize and town recognition! Can Thompson match or collect more than the 272.6 lbs of textiles donated last year? Drop off your textiles (all old, worn, torn clothes, shoes, bedding, stuffed animals, etc) to the Bay State Textiles collection bin outside your school.

April 23rd-After school Green Team 5th Grader meeting
April 25th- Zero Waste Assembly 9:30 am

including skits and speeches about the 4th graders’ “Strawless Campaign” and 5th graders’ “Zero Waste Campaign”!

April 26th- Zero Waste Day

Parents please pack a zero waste snack and lunch with your students! Zero waste lunch= lunchbox with reusable containers and silverware and a water bottle. No disposable straws, juice boxes, plastic bags, food cups or snack bags ideally. More information on how waste free lunches save money: http://www.wastefreelunches.org/what-is-a-waste-free-lunch-program.html#what-does-it-look-like?

April 23rd-27th – Parent volunteer class opportunities!

Sign up to read books on Earth Day themes in K-1 classrooms! Featured book is “One Plastic Bag”at http://oneplasticbag.com/. Books will be available at the front desk.
Sign up to help with trash clean up with 2nd grade classes!
Sign up to help the 4th and 5th graders with their Zero Waste Assembly!

More information about textile recycling:

  • https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-textile-recovery
  • https://www.smartasn.org/SMARTASN/assets/File/resources/SMARTInfographTextileRecycling.pdf
  • https://www.smartasn.org/SMARTASN/assets/File/resources/SMARTDoubleLifeofRecycledTextiles.pdf

For questions about the textile recycling competition, you can contact Rachel Oliveri, School Sustainability Coordinator, at roliveri@arlington.k12.ma.us.

Goods News! Arlington Garden Club is awarding $200 toward the Thompson school garden revival. Contact Fiona Ehring at fionaehring@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with the garden.

If you have any questions about the Thompson Green Team, contact Elizabeth Grace Rocco @ egrocco@gmail.com.

Thompson News & Events

Community Collection Drive​

We are piloting a mid-year Community Collection Drive to help equip our teachers with materials they need for their classrooms. Our goal is to make this a Thompson Community effort so families can contribute new or gently used items. (Specific teachers were not listed because donations will be shared.)

Run or walk a 5k and support Thompson PTO

The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day) at 8:00 am.

C+E Boston is a fun, family-oriented event that celebrates health and wellness, the spirit of philanthropy among the runners, and the work of the nonprofits in our community. This race is unique – at least 50% of each runners’ registration fee is donated to their charity of choice. You can select the Thompson PTO or your favorite charity.

Over the past three years, Cause + Event has donated almost $1000 to the Thompson PTO as a part of the $60,000 donated to participants’ selected charities. This is the goal race for the FitGirls program so there will 250+ 4th and 5th grade girls running the 5K including 45 from Thompson!

Register today at www.causeandeventboston2018.racewire.com, and do it soon, last year the race sold out a month early!

You can learn more about the race at the Cause + Event Boston website. Questions? Feel free to contact Sara Wilkinson @swilkie49@hotmail.com.

The Thompson School Council Needs You!​

Thompson School Logo

For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be electing a new School Council. The School Council is a separate body from the PTO. If you are interested in becoming a School Council Member please email nmewada@gmail.com and diana_lutz@yahoo.com a brief bio and a statement of interest. The PTO will hold elections after the spring break.

The Thompson​ School Council is a representative, school-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members. School Councils were established by the Massachusetts Education Reform Act to improve and provide support for public schools. The School Council acts under the supervision of the Arlington School Committee.

The School Council members are elected and is comprised of equal numbers of parents and teachers. This year, we will hold an election for 2 Parent Representatives. We will meet once a month in the afternoon or early evening. Meetings of the Council are public, and all interested members of the ​Thompson community may attend.

The School Council is charged with planning, goal setting, and budgeting for improvements at ​Thompson​. Specific responsibilities of the School Council include:

  • Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
  • Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
  • Formulating a school improvement plan.

Not Your Average Joe’s

Not Your Average Joe'sComing in May! Thompson Tuesdays at Not Your Average Joe’s. Eat or get take-out at NYAJ’s on any Tuesday in May, mention Thompson when paying the bill, and 15% of your check will go to the PTO Enrichment Fund! You can use your Community Card to save yourself 10% too – SAVE and GIVE – a win-win!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Join The Annual Picnic Team

Spring is here and with it, one of our favorite events of the year – the school picnic. In addition to the dunk tank, bounce houses and of course the cake walk we are adding some activities this year and could use your ideas and help to make this the best picnic yet! Join the team!

Contact: Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming! The week of May 7th through May 11th teachers will once again enjoy a Tuesday luncheon, a Thursday breakfast plus a few additional surprises… watch for a sign-up genius to help out that week coming your way in the next few days.

Join the Community Card Team!

Believe it or not planning begins NOW for the 2018-19 This is Thompson’s second biggest fundraiser each year, bringing in $16K+ annually for School Enrichment.

Spring to-do’s include:

  • get contracts signed
  • confirm our advertising plans
  • start planning for Town Day and beginning of new school year sales

The Team is looking for:

  • task-rabbits
  • brain-stormers
  • AND a 3rd Co-Chair (shadow for a year and poise themselves to take over for Gaggi in 2020)

Whether you’re totally ready to take something on, have some good ideas to pass on, or are just curious about what’s involved before committing to anything, please email the co-chairs:

  • Ashley Lorenz (K,3,5) at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
  • Gaggi DeStefanis (3) gaggi@rcn.com.

Help Throughout the Year

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

Community

Arlington EATS NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Arlington EATSThe School Snack Program is growing by the day, and our kids are making good use of it. Students are encouraged to snack on fruit, which is generously supplied through our community partner, Food Link. However, the rest of the snacks offered are purchased. Helping us continue to offer this program and meet growing demands is as easy as adding another item or two to your grocery list and dropping it off in one of our marked bins.

For more information about our School Snack Program and a list of approved snacks, here’s our School Snack Program Fact Sheet. We appreciate your support!

Dallin Auction

Looking for a fun evening out? Come to the Dallin Elementary School Auction at Town Hall on Friday, April 27th, 7-11pm. We have so many great auction items this year. Beverages and bidding all to benefit the Dallin PTO. Always a great evening! You can purchase tickets online HERE or by mailing in a check with the ticket form available on http://dallinpto.org/ . Questions about the event can be directed to: DallinSchoolAuction@gmail.com

Grandparents Support Group

The Town of Arlington offers a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group which now meets on the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 at the AYCC offices in the Whittemore-Robbins House behind the Robbins Library. Prospective members should email LAugust@town.arlington.ma.us or call the Council on Aging, 781-316-3410, for a short telephone interview before attending the group.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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 : April 9, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • April 9, Monday – All Town Band Concert
  • April 11, Wednesday – PTO Meeting – Parents only, 6-8 PM
  • April 12, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6-7 PM
  • April 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 – No School
  • April 22, Sunday 11:50 AM to 1:50 PM – Thompson Skating Party @ Rink
  • April 27, Friday, Spirit Day: Wacky Socks
  • April 27, Friday, 3rd Grade Trip to Plimoth Plantation

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

Happy Spring to one and all! Dare we say winter is finally over? Here is a recap of events for January through March.

Kindergartners enjoyed a Kidstock Creative Theater performance teaching them about diversity and inclusion, while our 1st graders learned about weather from the Discovery Museum’s traveling program. Second graders visited the Japan House and tried their hand at Suminagashi. With a partial grant from the Mass Cultural Council, our 4th graders visited the Museum of Fine Arts to learn about Greek art. The 5th grade hosted the States of Matter program from the Museum of Science.

All school enrichment programs included Experiments to Gross you Out, a demonstration by Jessica Garrett, where she talked about gross science. Grades K-2 had an opportunity to attend an assembly led by local author and storyteller Norah Dooly, and 2nd grade participated in a storytelling workshop with Ms. Dooley. Thank you to the teachers for their support in making these activities happen and to the entire Enrichment Team for organizing them.

Between January and March, the PTO spent approximately $6,800 on enrichment activities. The success of our fall Direct Donation Drive, the sale of the Arlington Community Card, and other smaller fundraising efforts, allow us to support existing programs and to continue to explore new and innovative ones.

Our community events continue to be popular among families and we have seen our attendance numbers grow. The new year kicked off with the beloved parent only Winter Party. You know the party is a success when the fire marshal has to kick you out of Town Hall because the music and dancing would not stop! We held our first PTO-sponsored Arlington EATS community meal and were reminded of how powerful sharing a meal together can be. Despite a stormy and rainy night, Game Night saw a big turnout thanks to the enthusiasm of the kids and parents who braved the weather.

The showcase event of the year, the Science EXPLO, highlighted not just the level of interest the kids have in learning about science, but the amazing scientific parent community at our school. With 5 hours of science immersion activities the event was a big hit. We are grateful for all the volunteers who made this event happen including all the parent exhibitors who spent their Saturday showing our kids how cool science can be. None of these events would have happened without an amazing group of parents stepping up and taking charge. Thanks to the event chairs Ashley Lorenz, Gaggi DeStefanis, Jodi Auerbach, John Levins, Shauna Pellauer, Stacey Inhat, Chris Pacheco, Yael Beals, and Kate Murphy.

Although the Thompson Drama Project is not a PTO event, we want to recognize the tremendous effort and talent of all the actors who participated and the enthusiasm of the parents who made it all possible. Congratulations to the Thompson Drama Project team for another year of outstanding performances!

What’s coming next you ask? As the weather gets warmer, we get even busier!

Looking ahead to the final three months of this school year: Kindergartners will visit Wingaersheek Beach and learn about tide pools, while 1st Grade visits the Discovery Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo and a new program with “Discovering Justice.” Second Grade will go to see “Stuart Little” at Wheelock Family Theater. Third grade’s social studies curriculum will have them learn about colonial times with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, Jason Russell House and the Royal House Museum. They will also attend a program led by the First Light Foundation on Wampanoag culture. Fourth Graders will watch an IMAX movie at the Museum of Science on Lewis and Clark and 5th Grade will visit the Old South Meeting House, learn about birds of prey and visit George’s Island as their final Thompson field trip.

In addition, grades 3 to 5 will attend an ImprovBoston Workshop on anti-bullying, while 4th and 5th graders will participate in Yoga sessions during the MCAS season in April and May.

We will wrap up the year with the Skating Party on Sunday, April 22nd and the Family Picnic on Thursday, June 7th.

During this time, the PTO will recruit for its 2018-2019 open positions. If you are curious about a PTO role or know that you would like to be part of the PTO board, please reach out to us. As you can see, the PTO is growing and needs your participation to continue to offer Thompson students these amazing opportunities.

Nandana Mewada
Diana Trudell
PTO Co-presidents

Thompson News & Events

Ice Skating Party

Sunday, April 22nd, 11:50 am – 1:50 pm

Join your friends at the Thompson Skating Party! Sunday, April 22nd from 11:50 am to 1:50 pm at the Ed Burns Arena. Bring your own helmet and skates or rent them for $5/pair. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale. Entry to the event will be $3 per skater. Please note, the paper calendar incorrectly lists the event on Saturday, April 21st.

Run or walk a 5k and support Thompson PTO

The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day) at 8:00 am.

C+E Boston is a fun, family-oriented event that celebrates health and wellness, the spirit of philanthropy among the runners, and the work of the nonprofits in our community. This race is unique – at least 50% of each runners’ registration fee is donated to their charity of choice. You can select the Thompson PTO or your favorite charity.

Over the past three years, Cause + Event has donated almost $1000 to the Thompson PTO as a part of the $60,000 donated to participants’ selected charities. This is the goal race for the FitGirls program so there will 250+ 4th and 5th grade girls running the 5K including 45 from Thompson!

Register today at www.causeandeventboston2018.racewire.com, and do it soon, last year the race sold out a month early!

You can learn more about the race at the Cause + Event Boston website. Questions? Feel free to contact Sara Wilkinson @swilkie49@hotmail.com.

The Thompson School Council Needs You!​

Thompson School Logo

For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be electing a new School Council. The School Council is a separate body from the PTO. If you are interested in becoming a School Council Member please email nmewada@gmail.com and diana_lutz@yahoo.com a brief bio and a statement of interest. The PTO will hold elections after the spring break.

The Thompson​ School Council is a representative, school-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members. School Councils were established by the Massachusetts Education Reform Act to improve and provide support for public schools. The School Council acts under the supervision of the Arlington School Committee.

The School Council members are elected and is comprised of equal numbers of parents and teachers. This year, we will hold an election for 2 Parent Representatives. We will meet once a month in the afternoon or early evening. Meetings of the Council are public, and all interested members of the ​Thompson community may attend.

The School Council is charged with planning, goal setting, and budgeting for improvements at ​Thompson​. Specific responsibilities of the School Council include:

  • Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards
  • Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school
  • Formulating a school improvement plan.

First Grade Discoverers!

The 1st grade toured the newly renovated Discovery Museum in Acton on Friday, April 6. They explored Discovery Woods and the new treehouse, saw STEAM principles at work in the Air Play, Sound Gallery, and Water Gallery exhibits, and created in the da Vinci Workshop.

Community

Arlington EATS NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Arlington EATSThe School Snack Program is growing by the day, and our kids are making good use of it. Students are encouraged to snack on fruit, which is generously supplied through our community partner, Food Link. However, the rest of the snacks offered are purchased. Helping us continue to offer this program and meet growing demands is as easy as adding another item or two to your grocery list and dropping it off in one of our marked bins.

For more information about our School Snack Program and a list of approved snacks, here’s our School Snack Program Fact Sheet. We appreciate your support!

SEPAC

SEPACThis month, Kristin DeFrancisco & Stephanie Greiner will discuss the Gibbs during the Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting.

When: Tuesday, April 10th, 7 p.m.

Where: Ottoson Media Center (Library)

Donations for Book Sale at the Robbins

Book and media donations are needed for the Friends of the Robbins Library’s annual Children and Young Adult Book Sale on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 to 2:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room. Donations can be dropped off at the Robbins Library now. Look for the big blue bin near the Circulation Desk of the Robbins. Support Arlington’s libraries by purchasing children’s and teen books, movies, and music at the sale. There will be craft activities to keep children occupied as parents search for books.

School Librarian Information & Advocacy

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 PM @ Robbins Library Community Room

School Librarians 2018 04 11 aFind out what school librarians do and how we can get them back into Arlington Public Schools at this information session open to all.

School librarians teach research skills, safety online, digital citizenship, and information communication skills. They are essential partners for teachers.

School Librarians 2018 04 11 bSchool library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.

See School Library Advocacy Fact Sheet 2018 04

Dallin Auction

Looking for a fun evening out? Come to the Dallin Elementary School Auction at Town Hall on Friday, April 27th, 7-11pm. We have so many great auction items this year. Beverages and bidding all to benefit the Dallin PTO. Always a great evening! You can purchase tickets online HERE or by mailing in a check with the ticket form available on http://dallinpto.org/ . Questions about the event can be directed to: DallinSchoolAuction@gmail.com

Grandparents Support Group

The Town of Arlington offers a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group which now meets on the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 at the AYCC offices in the Whittemore-Robbins House behind the Robbins Library. Prospective members should email LAugust@town.arlington.ma.us or call the Council on Aging, 781-316-3410, for a short telephone interview before attending the group.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Join The Annual Picnic Team

Spring is here and with it, one of our favorite events of the year – the school picnic. In addition to the dunk tank, bounce houses and of course the cake walk we are adding some activities this year and could use your ideas and help to make this the best picnic yet! Join the team!

Contact: Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Ice Skating Party

A few volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up and concessions at the party. Could be a great excuse to attend but not have to lace-up skates!

Sign-Up Here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-thompson9

School Library Needs Help!

Help out at the Thompson Library! Miss Mak is looking for volunteers to help with book shelving and library upkeep on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Please email amakrianis@arlington.k12.ma.us if you’re interested or have any questions!

Help Throughout the Year

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

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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 : April 2, 2018

Save The Date

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  • April 2, Monday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Gibbs Parent Forum @ the Stratton Cafeteria
  • April 5, Thursday – Thompson Play, 6-9 PM
  • April 6, Friday – 1st Grade Trip to Discovery Museum in Acton
  • April 6, Friday – Thompson Play, 9 AM to 12 PM for school; 6-9 PM
  • April 9, Monday – All Town Band Concert
  • April 11, Wednesday – PTO Meeting – Parents only, 6-8 PM
  • April 12, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6-7 PM
  • April 27, Friday, Spirit Day: Wacky Socks
  • April 27, Friday, 3rd Grade Trip to Plimoth Plantation

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.

Thompson News & Events

Ice Skating Party

Sunday, April 22nd, 11:50 am – 1:50 pm

Join your friends at the Thompson Skating Party! Sunday, April 22nd from 11:50 am to 1:50 pm at the Ed Burns Arena. Bring your own helmet and skates or rent them for $5/pair. Pizza and drinks will be available for sale. Entry to the event will be $3 per skater. Please note, the paper calendar incorrectly lists the event on Saturday, April 21st.

Run or walk a 5k and support Thompson PTO

The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day) at 8:00 am.

C+E Boston is a fun, family-oriented event that celebrates health and wellness, the spirit of philanthropy among the runners, and the work of the nonprofits in our community. This race is unique – at least 50% of each runners’ registration fee is donated to their charity of choice. You can select the Thompson PTO or your favorite charity.

Over the past three years, Cause + Event has donated almost $1000 to the Thompson PTO as a part of the $60,000 donated to participants’ selected charities. This is the goal race for the FitGirls program so there will 250+ 4th and 5th grade girls running the 5K including 45 from Thompson!

Register today at www.causeandeventboston2018.racewire.com, and do it soon, last year the race sold out a month early!

You can learn more about the race at the Cause + Event Boston website. Questions? Feel free to contact Sara Wilkinson @swilkie49@hotmail.com.

Thompson Green Team

The Thompson Green Team will not be meeting the first Friday of the month in April. We will be meeting later in the month to get prepared for gardening, learn more about Food Link and back the fourth graders strawless campaign. Contact: Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com to be involved or get more information.

Community

Gibbs Parent Forum

The Gibbs Parent Forum has been rescheduled to Monday, April 2 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Stratton cafeteria.

Based on feedback from parents, we will wait to open the parent portal until April 3. Previously, we had scheduled the portal to open on March 26, a week following the last forum, in order to give parents the opportunity to learn more about the course options and to have the opportunity to ask questions. While the portal will open the day after the forum, it will be open for close to two weeks.

The new closing date will be Friday, April 13 at 11:59 pm.

Arlington After School Care Survey

This is a short survey to determine what the current needs are for after school care at various elementary schools in Arlington. We will release the results of the survey once we have data from all schools in the district. Thank you in advance for your time!

Please complete survey.

AHS Building Project

Arlington High School 00Design Progress Forum, April 4, 7-9pm, Town Hall

The public is invited to learn more about proposed spaces and early preliminary designs for the future renovated/rebuilt High School.
AHS Principal Matthew Janger and HMFH Architects will discuss proposed spaces within the new school, highlighting how current and future programming needs will impact the design. In addition, early preliminary design options and information about the site selection will be discussed.
This is the fourth in a series of five public forums. The final community forum will be held in June and will further discuss design options.

Visit www.ahsbuilding.org for a summary of previous public forums or to learn more about the AHS Building Project.

School Librarian Information & Advocacy

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 PM @ Robbins Library Community Room

School Librarians 2018 04 11 aFind out what school librarians do and how we can get them back into Arlington Public Schools at this information session open to all.

School librarians teach research skills, safety online, digital citizenship, and information communication skills. They are essential partners for teachers.

School Librarians 2018 04 11 bSchool library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.

See School Library Advocacy Fact Sheet 2018 04

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Annual Picnic Organizers

Spring is here and with it, one of our favorite events of the year – the school picnic. In addition to the dunk tank, bounce houses and of course the cake walk we are adding some activities this year and could use your ideas and help to make this the best picnic yet! Join the team!

Contact: Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Ice Skating Party

A few volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up and concessions at the party. Could be a great excuse to attend but not have to lace-up skates!

Sign-Up Here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-thompson9

School Library Needs Help!

Help out at the Thompson Library! Miss Mak is looking for volunteers to help with book shelving and library upkeep on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Please email amakrianis@arlington.k12.ma.us if you’re interested or have any questions!

Join the Community Card Team!

Believe it or not planning begins NOW for the 2018-19 Community Card! This is Thompson’s second biggest fundraiser each year, bringing in $16K+ annually for School Enrichment.

Spring to-do’s include:

  • get contracts signed
  • confirm our advertising plans
  • start planning for Town Day and beginning of new school year sales

The Team is is looking for:

  • task-rabbits
  • brainstormers
  • AND a 3rd Co-Chair (shadow for a year and poise themselves to take over for Gaggi in 2020)

Whether you’re totally ready to take something on, have some good ideas to pass on, or are just curious about what’s involved before committing to anything, please email the co-chairs:

Ashley Lorenz (K,3,5) at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis (3) gaggi@rcn.com.

Help Throughout the Year

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

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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.