Thompson School News : September 24, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Sept. 27, Thursday – Flu Clinic
  • Sept 28, Friday – Spirit Day : Thompson Pride
  • Oct 1, Monday – Boys in Motion Starts (4th & 5th grade)
  • Oct 2, Tuesday – Custodial Workers Day
  • Oct 2, Tuesday -Staff Welcome Back Breakfast
  • Oct 3, Wednesday – Walk /Bike/Scoot to School Day
  • Oct 8, Monday – No School
  • Oct 10, Wednesday – PTO Meeting: Budget Approval, 7 – 9 pm
  • Oct 11, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Meal
  • Oct 16 -19, 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct. 24, Wednesday – Picture 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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

PTO Update

Dear Thompson Families,

Thank you to all the parents who attended the first PTO meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 11th.  At the meeting, we elected the new board for the 2018-2019 school year. I am delighted to introduce the members, many of whom are continuing for another year, and some are joining the board for the first time:

Vice-President & Room Parents Chair: Christy Murphy-Macinta
Co-Treasurers: Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Direct Donations Chair: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment Co-Chairs: Tonja Bishop & Sophie Delano
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman & Lani Obermayer
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Volunteer Chair: Yael Beals
Community Outreach Chair: Melissa Crowley

Here are some fun facts about the board: did you know that between us, we speak 8 different languages?  In the world outside of Thompson, our professions include: a historian, editor, pediatric dermatologist, psychologist, fitness trainer, product manager, economist, pediatric physical therapist, illustration agent, nutritionist, elder service manager, film maker, and sustainable investing professional. Our favorite superheroes – the Thompson school teachers!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board members for their leadership. Diana Trudell, Sara Wilkinson, Sarah Gupta, Kate Murphy and Maf Terry, thank you for all you have done for the Thompson students and community!

Turning to fundraising, the 2018-2019 Arlington Community Card (ACC) sales were off to a spectacular start at Town Day.  We topped all sales records to date, raising over $11,000 in one day! Despite the cloudy day and a busy weekend packed with other activities, parents and a handful of Thompson alumni volunteers helped exceed our sales goal by selling 1183 cards.  Hats (and wigs) off to ACC co-chairs Ashley Lorenz and Gaggi DeStefanis, the ACC committee, and all the volunteers for a tremendous effort!

Next up is our largest fundraiser for the year, the Direct Donation Drive (DDD). This one-time request for a contribution from families and friends is held only during the month of October. Our family participation goal for the year is 275 families and no amount of contribution is too small. Please look out for the flyer and form in your child’s backpack.

Finally, thank you to those who filled out the PTO parent survey. If you have not done so, please take a few minutes to fill it out (link below). Tell us about your interests and skills and how you would like to help.

Nandana Mewada
PTO Co-President

Thompson News & Events

Arlington Community Card

The Community Card Team is pleased to announce that we sold a grand total of 1183 cards on Town Day! That’s a new all-time record, over 200 cards more than last year, and already more than $11,000 for our kids’ enrichment programming.

We want to thank each and every volunteer for getting out there on Town Day to help us meet our goal.  A special shout out as well to the additional members of our Community Card Committee – Christy Murphy, Taffy McParland, Lori Leahy, Lani Obermeyer, Stacey Ihnat, Don Mei, and Ema Rodrigues for all their effort starting in May.  Most importantly, this fundraiser would be nothing without the 40 establishments who so generously offer their exclusive deals to cardholders.  Thompson PTO takes great pride in the fact that we can support our school AND help promote these local businesses at the same time.

It doesn’t end here though!  We have about 600 more cards for sale out there, and as usual will continue to promote the points-of-purchase while supplies last.

What can you do to help?
•   Sign up for Farmer’s Market Sales (Sept 26 & Oct 3); fun to do with kids or a friend!

   •   Help hang our posters around town – we have a list of locations you can pick from. Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

•   Help with Targeted Sales to Realtors and Professional Offices (a new initiative this year!).Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

•   Have a new marketing idea we haven’t thought of?  Tell us!

Lastly, if you still haven’t had a chance to get a card, you can purchase one from:

Any questions? Reach out anytime to:

Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Flu Clinic 

Arlington Health Department and the Arlington Public Schools are once again offering seasonal flu vaccinations at your child’s school. The Centers for Disease Control recommends all persons ages 6 months and older receive the seasonal flu vaccination each year.
The flu clinic for Thompson Elementary School students will be on Thursday, September 27th from 8:30am to 9:45am.  This clinic, will be held during the school day and will be for students, teachers, and staff only and will not be open to the public. This year you can complete the form ans upload you insurance information online at: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/departments/flu-clinic-registration.
Electronic forms must be submitted by Tuesday, September 25th
For your convenience, a paper copy of the insurance form will be sent home.  If you are filling out a paper form please include the grade and teacher for your student.  Completed forms and a copy of your child’s insurance card must be submitted to the Main Office by September 25th.

Spirit Day, Thompson Pride

Friday, September 28th

Start the new school year off by showing your Thompson Pride! Wear a pineapple, spirit wear or kindergartners, use your new bag!

Walk/Bike/Scoot to School Day

On October 3rd, join with students around Massachusetts for Walk, Bike, and Scoot to School Day. If you’d like to volunteer to hand out prizes or help with a before-school bike safety clinic, contact Tonja Bishop at tbowenbishop@gmail.com

Box Tops for Education

We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. The submission deadline is November 1st for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

      Green Team News:  

Minuteman Bikepath 25th Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman on Saturday, September 29, 2018, when Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford will host a tri-town celebration of the popular rail-trail. Community celebrations will be held simultaneously along the bike path in all three towns from 11 am to 3 pm on September 29th.

On Uncle Sam Plaza there will be a Haiku Hangout featuring a public reading of the haiku submitted for the stenciling of the bike path.  Cambridge Typewriter is bringing vintage typewriters, so people can write new poems.  Aeronaut Brewery, will be running a Beer Garden across the street (in Whittemore Park), so you can stop in there for drinks and food!  More music will be at Spy Pond Park and behind Trader Joe’s on the Bikeway.
For up-to-date details, visit http://bikeway25.org. To learn more about the Minuteman Bikeway visit http://minutemanbikeway.org and view the 25th Anniversary video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=gBY81vjAD2E.

An Outdoor Education, Garden Tour for all 
Saturday, September 29th, 11am-2pm, 7 gardens (including Bishop and Dallin!)
This is a free self-guided tour and highlights include a backyard composting demo/Q&A by Jeremy Marin at 12pm , and “Meet the Hawk” with Diane Welch, Arlington’s Animal Control Officer at 11am and 1pm.
More info here:
https://www.arlingtonma.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/20136/18

Next Meeting:
Friday October 5th 2:40pm in the Garden
Green Team Club will read about ecosystem superheroes, weeds. A Green Team mom and horticulturist, Meredith, will need the club in a plant walk on Thompson grounds.
Email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@email.com for more information.

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff

To welcome back our tremendous Thompson Staff, the PTO is planning an appreciation breakfast on Tues, Oct 2nd at 7:45am. We need help with set-up, clean-up and with donations of breakfast items. Sign up here.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Melissa Crowley (melish26@yahoo.com) & Judy Hu (hudyju@gmail.com)
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs

Be a Room Parent!

Room Parents play an important role at Thompson! One to two volunteer Room Parents collaborate to support each class teacher and specialist. Room Parents may be called up to: communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers and organize class gifts for the teacher. The role does not require you to be present at school during school hours.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com

Volunteer Survey

We are looking for parents to help during the 2018 – 2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Thank you for your interest!

Movie Night Co-Chair Needed

We are looking for a co-chair for Movie Night.  A popular fall event with Thompson families, the tentative date for movie night is October 12th.  Please email Yael Beals: yael.beals@gmail.com, if you are interested or would like more information.

Community News & Events

AHS Building Project Community Forums

The community is invited to attend a series of Fall/Winter public forums to receive updates, ask questions and provide feedback on the AHS Building Project design. Forums will be held at Town Hall from 7-9pm on:

September 24
October 24
November 27

The September forum will focus on site definition; exploring possibilities for the front green, traffic flow, entrances, location of school on the site, outdoor learning areas, landscaping, and more. Later forums will focus on the look and feel of the exterior facade as well as interior layout and spaces.

For more information, visit www.ahsbuilding.org or follow the project on Facebook.

Touch a Truck

DeVito Funeral Home is proud to sponsor a free “Touch a Truck” event in Arlington on Sunday October 21st from 1-4pm at the St. Camillus Church parking lot.  We will have fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, dump trucks, excavation equipment, bobcats, oil trucks, paving equipment and more!!  Take your turn sitting in the front seat of all of these awesome trucks and seeing how they operate up close.  This is going to be a great event for children of all ages and will be held rain or shine.

 

Thompson School News : September 17, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Sept 17, Monday 6:30PM to 8:20PM – Curriculum Night
  • Sept 19, Wednesday – Yom Kipur (No School)
  • Sept 21, Friday 2:35 PM – Green Team Meeting
  • Sept 28, Friday – Spirit Day : Thompson Pride
  • Oct 2, Tuesday – Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff

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.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

Principal’s Update

Ms. Crowley – Grade 4

This will be my second year at Thompson and my first year as a fourth grade teacher! I am very excited to be back and to have a classroom of my own. I am from Arlington, went to Arlington Public Schools and am excited to get to know my students and what they are excited to learn about.

Mr Gary Collins – Teaching Assistant

After completing my Masters in Elementary Education, I taught in Ireland for the past couple of years. As I recently relocated to the Boston area, I am now looking forward to working collaboratively with the staff and parents of Thompson. I believe that the building of positive, kind and supportive relationships with students and the cultivating of a safe learning environment are the foundations of both teaching and learning, and I continuously strive to achieve this in a compassionate way. I love all sport, exploring new places and all things outdoors. As an Irishman, I have a fondness for chatting and getting to know people!

Ms. Cori Smith – Music

I’m excited to be at Thompson this year!  I’ve been teaching music at Ottoson for the past fourteen years.  I’m very happy to share my love of this subject with all the incredible Thompson students!  I live in town, and have two boys, grades 5 and 2.

Lauren D’Intino – Grade 5

I’m so excited to be joining the Thompson Team this year! I graduated from Stonehill College in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology and spent the last year working at a nonprofit in Woonsocket, RI as a School Age SIte Coordinator. A fun fact about me is that I love traveling and have been to 8 different countries. I’m looking forward to fifth grade – it’s a great year!

Brittany Orlandi – Social Worker

I am thrilled to join the Thompson School community as your second social worker. I grew up in Arlington and later attended Georgetown University, where I graduated with a BA in Sociology and minor in African American Studies. I worked as a paralegal at a Big Law firm for a few years before getting my master’s degree in Social Work. Previously, I worked in the Lynn Public Schools. When I am not working, you can find me reading, playing tennis, or volunteering with Arlington EATS. I look forward to working with Thompson students and their families!

Melissa Thomas – Teaching Assistant

I’m so excited to be a TA at Thompson this year! I was lucky enough to go to Thompson when I was a kid and am so glad to be back. I am also a recent graduate of Lesley University with a degree in Elementary Education. I can’t wait to see what exciting things this school year brings!

Immei Wong – Music

“I have been teaching violin and orchestra since I graduated from Boston Conservatory a few years ago.  I have always wanted to teach young children, so I am very excited to start teaching general music in Thompson this year!  Besides my teaching, I am also an active performer, playing with a few community orchestras.  When I am not making music, I love to do ballroom dancing!”

Jamie Webster – Library

Greetings! As the new teaching assistant in the library, I look forward to working with, getting to know, and reading with all the students at Thompson School this year. Before moving to Arlington four years ago for my husband’s job, I taught creative movement and modern dance as a teaching artist in public schools and after school programs in and around Knoxville, TN. for eighteen years. I also substituted in my family’s local school district for grades K-12, often for “specials” teachers (music, art, PE, and library).

When we moved to MA., I took the opportunity to fulfill a many-years-long pipe dream — I went to seminary. In May of 2017, I graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Divinity, and I accepted a position as pastor of a church in Medford. I learned so much and loved my time in seminary and as pastor, but I really missed teaching– so here I am! I look forward to meeting you soon.

Thompson News & Events

Curriculum Night: Monday, September 17th

6:30-7:10 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades 3-5
7:15-7:35 PM    Meet and Greet in Gym with Specialists
7:40-8:20 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades K-2

This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to hear more about what is being taught this year.
Classroom presentations begin promptly at 6:30 and 7:40 PM.

Spirit Day, Thompson Pride

Friday, September 28th

Start the new school year off by showing your Thompson Pride! Wear a pineapple, spirit wear or kindergartners, use your new bag!

Green Team

Come to our Green Team meeting next Friday September 21st at 2:35 pm in Ms. Dichter’s classroom, room 210.  Grade 3-5 students, Grade K-2 students with an adult, parents and community members are welcome to attend Green Team meetings.

We will be brainstorming for this school year.

Please fill out the doodle pool if you and/or your student can attend the Green Team meeting.

There are many ways to get involved in our Thompson Green Team efforts!
Green Team has been involved in various ways at Thompson.

  1. All school events: Zero Waste Days and Assemblies, Earth Week, Community Sing of One Day, Trashformation Maker Space at Science Explo.
  2. Classroom projects and curriculum: Trash clean up days-2nd graders.  Zero Waste and This is the Last Straw Campaigns with 5th grade cohort.
  3. After School Club on 1st and 3rd Fridays
  4. School Garden
  5. Community Service
  6. Drama Project-Ecosystem Superheroes and Supervillains

Green Team Mission Statement: The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, all people and all living creatures. The Green Team aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to preserve our environment and create a just and life sustaining society. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@email.com for more information.

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff

To welcome back our tremendous Thompson Staff, the PTO is planning an appreciation breakfast on Tues, Oct 2nd at 7:45am. We need help with set-up, clean-up and with donations of breakfast items. Sign up here.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Melissa Crowley (melish26@yahoo.com) & Judy Hu (hudyju@gmail.com)
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs

Be a Room Parent!

Room Parents play an important role at Thompson! One to two volunteer Room Parents collaborate to support each class teacher and specialist. Room Parents may be called up to: communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers and organize class gifts for the teacher. The role does not require you to be present at school during school hours.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com

Volunteer Survey

We are looking for parents to help during the 2018 – 2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Thank you for your interest!

Community News & Events

Movie Night at Waldo Park

Join us for the Annual Movie Night at Waldo Park on Saturday, September 22nd. The film will be Sing.  It’ll be preceded by a couple of young-kid friendly short films. Bring a blanket to sit on the hill and a picnic dinner if you’d like. . Around 6:45 pm, we’ll show the short films, and around 7:00, we’ll start the feature.   We’ll also have refreshments on sale to raise funds for Park maintenance and future events. Waldo Park is located at the end of Waldo Road, off Cleveland Street, between Mass Ave and Broadway.

Touch a Truck

DeVito Funeral Home is proud to sponsor a free “Touch a Truck” event in Arlington on Sunday October 21st from 1-4pm at the St. Camillus Church parking lot.  We will have fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, dump trucks, excavation equipment, bobcats, oil trucks, paving equipment and more!!  Take your turn sitting in the front seat of all of these awesome trucks and seeing how they operate up close.  This is going to be a great event for children of all ages and will be held rain or shine.

Paint the Town Green

Celebrate Arlington’s Path to a Sustainable Future
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 3-5 p
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
Green Teams will be recognized at this event.

Connect with Us

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Co-Communications Chair
Lani Obermayer, Co-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.

 

PTO Meeting Minutes – Sept. 11, 2018

Principal : Karen Donato

 

PTO Board:    

Co-presidents: Nandana Mewada

Vice-President: Christy Murphy-Macinta

Co-treasurers: Stacey Ihnat & Carolyn Schneyer

Co-secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring

Fundraising: Juliet Moir

Arlington Community Card: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis

Enrichment:  Tonja Bishop

Communications:  Danielle Gottesman & Lani Obermeyer

Spirit & Appreciation: Judy Hu

Room Parents:

Volunteers:

 

Thompson Community: Nandana Mewada, Sara Wilkinson, Fiona Ehring, Christy Murphy-Macinta, Ashley Lorenz, Kate Murphy, Judy Hu, Maf Terry, Juliet Moir, Gaggi DeStefanis, Lani Obermayer,  Danielle Gottesman

 

  1. Introductions – All
  2. Board Election- Approved All
  3. School Updates: Mrs. Donato
  • 25 New students, 510 total
  • Social and emotional work by staff over the Summer. Expectation setting. Monthly focus with learning materials, books. September focus is manners.
  • Reached out to families in need for financial aid (science camp)
  • Lions Club and other Community Partners donated school supplies; headphones, backpacks etc..
  • Calming Corners in each classroom,
  • Pineapple theme for the year.
  1. PTO Presentation: Nandana Mewada, Tonja Bowen Bishop, Carolyn Schneyer, Ashley Lorenz, Juliet Moir
  • Tonja Bowen Bishop Enrichment Chair
  1. Enrichment- over 30 events each year
  2. Fundraising
  3. Community & Other Events
  • Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat co-treasurer
  1. Use tax id #46-5690446 to take advantage of tax exempt status.
  2. Contact for reimbursement, forms are avaiilable online
  3. Budget will be presented next month 10/10
  4. Money for the current school year comes from fundraising the year before
  • Ashley Lorenz
  1. Looking for new ideas for sales opportunities, e.g. approaching realtors to sell within their office or have them buy a bunch to give to new clients
  2. Family Sales starts on Curriculum Night, 9/17, e.g. sports events. Sign out card packs that night
  • Juliet Moir
  1. Direct donation accounts for a large percentage of funding.
  2. Companies may match employee donations
  3. Runs in October
  4. 275 Families goal
  • Christy Murphy
  1. Room parents needed for each clcassroom
  2. New this year, “room” parents for specialists.
  • Yael Beals – volunteer chair
  • Danielle Gottesman & Lani Obermeyer co- chairs Communication
  1. Website and Newsletter
  2. Photos from events can be sent to the newsletter email
  3. Thompson website and PTO website still under development but functional.
  4. Feedback is welcome regarding social media and websites
  5. Facebook is main social media hub
  6. Parents can sign up to get the PTO newsletter on the PTO website.

 

  1. Fall Events
    1. Town Day (Sept 15th): Ashley Lorenz (see fundraising above)
    2. Curriculum Night (Sept 17th): Mrs. Donato
  • Gr. 3-5 early this year
  • Specialist presentation/ meet and greet in-between grade level presentations
    1. Walk-Bike to School (Oct 10th): Need co-chair with Tonja Bishop
    2. Movie Night (Oct 12th):  Need a co-chair
  • Movie will be outdoors
  • Rent a screen
  • Detail?

 

  1. Winter Events
    1. Literacy Night & Book Fair (December) Need a co-chair
    2. Holiday Drive (December)
    3. Parent Winter Party (Jan/Feb) Need co-chairs
    4. Game Night (Feb)
    5. International Festival (March)
  2. Financial Assistance Communication:  Nandana Mewada
  1. Forms for financial assistance will go out in backpacks next week.
  2. Financial Assistance is available for spirit wear, book fair, science camp, etc.

 

  1. Morning Meetings:  Nandana Mewada
  1. Great for parents who may not be able to make an evening meeting.
  2. This may be a good opportunity for specialists to speak.

 

  1. Arlington Education Foundation (AEF):  Danielle Gottesman
  1. Raise money throughout the school year for grants to be given to schools.
  2. Ex. snowshoes & Arlington Eats pottery program (Thompson), Climbing wall (Bracket), Drone coding (Ottoson)
  3. Parents can partner with an educator and apply for a grant.

 

  1. Other Updates & Announcements
  1. Request for ideas before the budget is finalized so that it can be approved and become a line item.
  2. Jean Faucher reported that the Friends of North Union Park group needs volunteers throughout the year to water and care for trees around the park and school

 

Thompson School News : September 11, 2018

Save The Date

  • Sept 11, Tuesday 7PM to 9PM – PTO Meeting, Thompson Library
  • Sept 11, Tuesday 6PM to 8PM – Pick up Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments, Ottoson Middle School
  • Sept 13, Thursday 6PM to 7PM – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, Thompson Cafeteria
  • Sept 13, Thursday 6PM to 8PM – Pick up String Instruments, Ottoson Middle School
  • Sept 15, Saturday 10AM to 3PM – Arlington Town Day
  • Sept 17, Monday 6:30PM to 8:20PM- Curriculum Night
  • Sept 19, Wednesday – Yom Kipur (NO SCHOOL)
  • Sept 28, Friday – Spirit Day – Thompson Pride

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.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

We are off and running!  Well, walking inside the school for sure…hahaha!  It has been a great start to the school year as we welcomed 510 Students and 60+ Staff to Thompson this week.  For the first time in 5 years, I felt like I wasn’t “new” and dealing with modulars, construction, moving, etc.  I may just have the hang of this thing!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the new staff members we have here at Thompson:

Grade 5                Lauren D’Intino
Grade 4                Megan Crowley
Music                   Cori Smith & Immei Wong
Library                 Jamie Webster
Social Worker     Brittany Orlandi

Teaching Assistants:  Gary Collins, Lianne Dusek, Melissa Thomas, Tara Prior

This month the school will be focusing on the concept of Manners.  We will be utilizing the book “Do Unto Otters” at all grade levels, and in all spaces.  You will likely see these books in all of the spaces of the school.  Some of the basics we will teaching students is around saying “Please” and “Thank you”, holding the door open for the person behind you, and keeping the school tidy.  Be sure to ask your child about it!

And speaking of thank yous…a big thank you goes out to our custodial staff of Mr. Brahim, Ms. Janeil, and summer helper Karla for all of their hard work both inside and outside of the building.  As well as to Ms. Vicki for getting students registered, toured, and supplies in to classrooms as they came in just to name a few!

We are all looking forward to an amazing year ahead, and value the home school connection as a cornerstone of all that we do.

Be a Pineapple:  Stand Tall, Wear A Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside!

Karen

PTO Update

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

The PTO board is looking forward to planning another year of amazing programs and events for our children and the Thompson community.  At 510 students, we are excited to welcome the largest Thompson student body in recent memory!

We kicked off the year with the annual Welcome Back Breakfast the first week of school and I was delighted to see many new and familiar faces. Thank you to all the parents who stopped by.
Looking forward to the fall, the Enrichment Team is on a roll planning field trips and scouting multi-grade programs for the year.  Programs will start in October to allow time for students to settle into their new grades. We have field trips in store for grade 4 and kindergarten.

For community events, here is a sneak peek: Walk-Bike to School (Oct), Movie Night (Oct), Picture Day (Oct), Book Fair (Dec), Literacy Night (Dec), and Holiday Help Program (Dec).  Watch this space for additional details about these events.
The first major PTO event of the year is the launch of the Arlington Community Card (ACC). The ACC is the primary fundraiser for the PTO, raising over $16,000 in 2017-2018.  The $10 wallet-sized card provides discounts to local restaurants and stores for an entire year.  We have a goal to sell 1,000 on Town Day, Saturday, September 15th. Stop by the booth to buy your card and sign up online (see link below) to volunteer for Town Day.

Besides the ACC, here are other easy ways to help raise funds for our school on an ongoing basis:

At the beginning of the school year, we recruit Room Parents for all of the classrooms, and starting this year, for our Specialists – Gym, Art, Music, and Library. If you would like to help your child’s classroom or one of the Specialists, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta (cembc99@yahoo.com).

A large student body means many helping hands are required to plan and organize events. Please take a moment to fill out the Volunteer Survey below so we can identify parents who may be interested in and available to help with events and various tasks.

The first PTO meeting of the year is on Tuesday, September 11th from 7-9pm in the library. Join us to meet the new board, learn about plans for the year and how you can help. This event is for parents only.

Keep in touch with the PTO by subscribing to the weekly newsletter.  The newsletter keeps you up-to-date on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and relevant information from the larger Arlington community.  Sign up here: https://thompsonschoolpto.org/parents/newsletter-sign-up/.  Also follow the PTO on FB: www.facebook.com/ThompsonSchoolArlington and Twitter: @ThompsonPTO.

I look forward to seeing you at Thompson!

Nandana Mewada
Co-President

Thompson News & Events

Instrument Pick Up 

WOODWIND, BRASS, and PERCUSSION Instrument Pick Up Night will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at the Ottoson Middle School in the Cafeteria, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The STRING INSTRUMENT Pick-Up Night will be held on Thursday, September 13, at Ottoson Middle School in the Cafeteria, from 4:00-7:30 PM for any grade 3 students who signed up for String Instrument lessons.

Curriculum Night: Monday, September 17th

6:30-7:10 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades 3-5
7:15-7:35 PM    Meet and Greet in Gym with Specialists
7:40-8:20 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades K-2

This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to hear more about what is being taught this year.
Classroom presentations begin promptly at 6:30 and 7:40 PM.

Spirit Day, Thompson Pride – Friday, September 28th 
Start the new school year off by showing your Thompson Pride! Wear a pineapple, spirit wear or kindergartners, use your new bag!

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Join us to Launch the 2018-2019 Arlington Community Card!

Saturday, September 15th at Town Day (Arlington Center, 10AM-3PM)

Help us kick off our most important annual fundraiser, the Arlington Community Card! This $10 wallet-sized card, produced and sold exclusively by Thompson PTO, provides customers with ongoing discounts at 40 Arlington restaurants and stores. All proceeds from the sale of the cards benefit our PTO. last year we sold 1,000 cards on Town Day, which was nearly double from only two years ago, and accounted for 60% of our annual card sales.

How can you help us meet, or even break, that record again? Come on down to the Community Card booth on Town Day and buy a card, AND/OR sign up to help sell the cards.  We need about 12 volunteers per hour, between 9AM and 4PM.

Sign up here: tinyurl.com/TownDay2018

Can’t do a shift on Town Day? Here are other ways to help: tinyurl.com/ACCOtherWaysToHelp2018

For more about the card: www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org
Questions? Contact Ashley Lorenz: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Be a Room Parent!

Room Parents play an important role at Thompson! One to two volunteer Room Parents collaborate to support each class teacher and specialist. Room Parents may be called up to: communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers and organize class gifts for the teacher. The role does not require you to be present at school during school hours.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com

Volunteer Survey

We are looking for parents to help during the 2018-2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Thank you for your interest!

Community News & Events

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Join us for a new school year of sitting down to eat dinner together

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 6PM – 7PM
THOMPSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA

Arlington EATS Community Dinners are held on the second Thursday of each month.

Connect with Us

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Co-Communications Chair
Lani Obermayer, Co-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.

 

PTO Meeting Agenda – Sept. 11, 2018

  1. Introductions – All
  2. Board Election
  3. School Updates: Mrs. Donato
  4. PTO Presentation: Nandana Mewada, Tonja Bowen Bishop, Carolyn Schneyer, Ashley Lorenz, Juliet Moir
  5. Fall Events Events
    1. Town Day (Sept 15th): Ashley Lorenz
    2. Curriculum Night (Sept 17th): Mrs. Donato
    3. Walk-Bike to School (Oct 10th): Need co-chairs
    4. Movie Night (Oct 12th):  Need a co-chair
  6. Winter Events
    1. Literacy Night & Book Fair (December)
    2. Holiday Drive (December)
    3. Parent Winter Party (Jan/Feb)
    4. International Festival (March)
  7. Financial Assistance Communication:  Nandana Mewada
  8. Morning Meetings:  Nandana Mewada
  9. Arlington Education Foundation (AEF):  Danielle Gottesman
  10. Other Updates & Announcements