|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!