Thompson School News : October 29, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Parent Forum: Changing the Culture Around Mental Health @ Ottoson 7 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Direct Donation Drive: Last day!
  • Nov 1, Thursday – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Wheelock Family Theatre
  • Nov 1, Thursday – Box Top Fall Submission Deadline
  • Nov 2, Friday – Coffee Chat With Karen, 8:15 am – Date Change
  • Nov 2 & 3, Friday & Saturday – Halloween Candy Buy-Back
  • Nov 3, Saturday – School Committee chat, 11 am – 12 pm
  • Nov 6, Tuesday – No School & Election Bake Sale
  • Nov 12, Monday – No School
  • Nov 14, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7 pm- 9 pm
  • Nov 14, Wednesday – AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night 7 – 8 pm
  • Nov 14 & 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 15, Thursday – School Committee meeting, 6:30 – 10 pm
  • Nov 17, Saturday – Boys In Motion 5K – 9 am
  • Nov 19, Monday – Otto Pizza Fundraising Night, 5 – 9 pm
  • Nov 21, Wednesday – 12 pm Release
  • Nov 22 & 23, Thursday and Friday – No School
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day

School Calendar

Click here 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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar

PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

Did you know that 214 families have already contributed to the Thompson Direct Donation Drive? Many have also asked family and friends to support our school. Thank you to all those who have made a contribution.

There are only 3 DAYS left to help us meet our goal of 275 contributing families! If you have not done so, join your fellow Thompson parents to help make this drive a success!

Click here and donate today!

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

I wanted to share with you the work that was done with the Leadership Team this summer around Schoolwide Expectations. Most of what is included in our expectations have been practices that that we have been referring to for the past couple of years, and they are quantified here and posted throughout the school. We have identified them and then given some examples of what this “looks like” at school. I encourage you to talk with your children about these, and how they are upholding them at school, and even how they could transfer to home in some cases!

Expectation #1: Take Care of Each Other and Our School

  • See something say something

  • Ask, not assume (pause before you act)

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated

  • Keep our school clean and tidy

Expectation #2: Mind Your Manners

  • Say please and thank you

  • Say excuse me

  • Look each other in the eye

  • Be kind to one another

  • Pass the door to the person behind you

Expectation #3: Safe and quiet bodies in the hall

  • Stay to the right

  • Move together as a class

  • Single file on the stairs

  • Hands by your sides or in your pockets

  • Be mindful of the learning of others

Expectation #4: Have a Safe, Fun, Fair recess

  • Follow the school rules for games

  • Only play the games that are intended for that space

  • Allow everyone to join a game

  • Walk to the green fence

  • Line up in the designated area at the end of recess

  • Use whistle system

    • 1st whistle = stop and listen (adult-pause, count to 10 in your head)

    • 2nd whistle = do and line up

Expectation #5: Relax and Refuel in the Cafeteria

  • Sit with your class

  • Pick one seat for yourself (no saving seats)

  • Stay seated

  • Wait for your table to be called to throw out your lunch and return to your seat

  • Clean up your spot–table and floor

  • Raise your hand if you need to get something

    • Caddy at each table

  • Use a bathroom pass→ leave it on your seat

  • Sign out with Lunch Captain when eating with an adult

  • Stay at your table until your teacher lines you up

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to shape the minds and hearts of our students.

A couple of housekeeping items:
*Please come check the Lost & Found (before it gets even fuller with hats, gloves, and boots!)
*Don’t forget on Sunday Nov. 4th the clocks will TURN BACK an hour
**Date Change: Please note that the Coffee with Karen has been rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 2nd, from 8:30-9:15, in the Cafeteria**

Sincerely,
Karen

Thompson News & Events

Election Day Bake Sale
November 6th, 7am-11am and 4pm-6.30pm 

Location: Thompson School Lobby
Don’t forget to vote on November 6th and after stop by the Thompson PTO table to purchase a baked good or volunteer for an hour. Kids are welcome to help out too.
Sign up to bake or help at the sale. https://tinyurl.com/bakesalelection
Bakers, please drop off the goodies on Monday, Nov 5th, in the PTO room. If not on Monday, please drop them off early morning on Tuesday.

  • Items should be pre-cut into SMALL portions for easy handling. Please wrap individually, or seal in an air-tight container to stay fresh overnight.
  • If your items are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, or gluten-free, please label them as such to help allergic community members identify them!
  • Any items containing peanuts or tree nuts MUST be labeled as such.
  • Some families have asked whether we are also accepting donations of pies to be sold whole as in past years – the answer is a resounding yes!

Not sure what to bring? Consider breakfast-friendly muffins or pastries, or the ever-popular brownies or cupcakes! Or if you’re feeling creative, come up with your own election-themed treat!

Green Team News

Our next Green Team Club meeting will be Friday Nov. 2nd 2:35-3:30 pm in room 210. We will explore creativity in environmental education. Using ACMI equipment we will experiment with our film making skills and learn and film the dance to REM’s Stand.

Contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com for more information on Green Team. Please email Fiona at fionaehring@gmail.com or Elizabeth if you are interested in joining a forming Thompson Garden Committee to integrate the Thompson School Gardens into the K-5 Curriculum!

Community News & Events

Parent Forum: Changing the Culture Around Mental Health: It’s Past Time

October 30 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Ottoson Middle School

John Broderick, the former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, is leading a campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows. His son’s mental illness had gone undiagnosed for nearly 20 years: ”I was the parent and I didn’t see it. So he suffered for years. Then we had that horrible tragedy and he went to prison. And I don’t know how he survived that.”  In 2016 Justice Broderick agreed to co-chair the first statewide launch in New Hampshire of a national mental health awareness campaign called Change Direction in New Hampshire.  For the past two years, he has spoken countless times about the five most common signs of mental illness, in an effort to improve understanding and awareness of mental health.   PRESENTER: John Broderick is the Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s R.E.A.C.T. Mental Health Awareness Campaign.  Broderick believes that “we have the ability to change the culture and the way mental health is viewed.”

Halloween Event at Waldo Park

Wednesday, October 31st

All are invited to the 13th annual Waldo Park Halloween Party.  We’ll gather at the Park beginning at 4:30 pm, and we’ll have a costume “fashion show” that’ll start around 5 pm or so.  A light dinner (hot dogs and veggie items) will be served before dark, so that all who wish can eat a meal before trick-or-treating. (Waldo Park is located at the end of Waldo Road, off Cleveland Street, between Mass Ave and Broadway.)

Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event

Friday, November 2nd, 9am- 5pm,  Saturday, November 3rd, 8am- 2pm, Arlington Orthodontics. 800 Mass. Ave. Arlington.
If your children are overachievers and collect more candy that you can possibly imagine eating this Halloween…
Arlington Orthodontics is gearing up for their Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event to benefit Arlington Elementary School PTOs and our troops serving abroad! Children/Parents are invited to drop off their leftover Halloween Candy at their office November 2nd and 3rd. They will give the child or parent $2/lb (max $10) as well as make a matching donation to the child’s school PTO. All candy is shipped to troops serving overseas! Last year Thompson School received $365 that went directly towards Enrichment programs organized by the PTO. Thanks for participating!

Kids’ Night Out! 
Nov 10, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ Arlington High School

Children in grades K-4 are welcome in Arlington High School’s Blue Gym for a night of games, crafts, movies and more! A delicious pizza dinner and snacks will be provided.
An RSVP is recommended, but not required. Kids can stay for the whole three hours, or just come for an hour or two! The cost is $20 for the first child, and then $10 for each additional sibling. All of the proceeds from this event will be going towards the AHS Student Council mini-grant fund, a new program that gives grants to AHS clubs, and allows Arlington students to go out and do incredible things.

This event is organized and run by high school students, but there will be an adult advisor present at all times. And in the incredibly unlikely event of injury, we have people who are CPR certified and first-aid certified present at the event as well. To RSVP: Email trosen2020@spyponders.com. Please include your child or children’s: Name(s), Age(s), How long they plan to stay, and any dietary restrictions they have.
The Address is 869 Mass. Ave, but we ask that people enter through the Mill St. Entrance. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us!
We hope to see you there!

Family Folk Chorale: All Ages Sing and Concert: R.E.M. and Indigo Girls
Sunday, November 11th @ 3 pm, Arlington Town Hall          

Under the direction of Artistic Director Christ Eastburn, the Family Folk Chorale intergenerational chorus will be performing the music of R.E.M. and Indigo Girls at an all-ages concert and community sing. (Last year, Eastburn partnered with the Thompson PTO and Green Team to lead the community sing of “One Day” at the June picnic.) Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night

Nov 14, 7 PM – 8 PM @ Thompson Elementary Gym

Local parents, both from Arlington and surrounding towns, are welcome to join for a free night of one-stop shopping for their childcare needs. This is a wonderful chance for busy parents to come to one place and meet the faces behind Arlington’s great preschools and daycare centers all at once. Parents can save time and gas, not having to drive all over town to pick up brochures and applications. There are nearly twenty licensed preschools and daycare centers in town with a large variety of programs. Free and open to all local parents.

Questions? Email options@arlingtonfamilyconnection.org

Support Thompson

PTO Amazon
Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your online shopping!


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. The submission deadline is Nov. 1 for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

 

Thompson School News : October 22, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Oct 23, Tuesday – The Energized Guyz (grades 3-5 enrichment)
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – 4th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Mills
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors
  • Oct 26, Friday – 8th Annual AYCC Gala 7 PM – 11 PM
  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Coffee Chat With Karen, 8:15 am
  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Changing the Culture Around Mental Health @ Ottoson 7 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Direct Donation Drive: Last day!
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Waldo Park Halloween Event 5 PM
  • Nov 1 & 2, Thursday & Friday – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Wheelock Family Theatre
  • Nov 2 & 3, Friday & Saturday – Halloween Candy Buy-Back
  • Nov 6, Tuesday – No School & Election Bake Sale
  • Nov 12, Monday – No School
  • Nov 14, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7 PM-  9 PM
  • Nov 14, Wednesday – AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night 7 PM – 8 PM

School Calendar

Click here 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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar

PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

132 more families to make our participation goal!!!

The Direct Donation Drive is coming to an end in less than 2 weeks. So far, 143 families have participated, but we still have a long way to go to meet our 275 family participation goal. Now is the time to put it at the top of your to-do list! Send a check in your kid’s backpack or make a contribution online.

Click here and donate today!

Thompson News & Events

Picture Day

Wednesday, October 24

Dress sharply! Order Pictures at CoffeePond.com (under order pictures/school portraits) or send your child with the order envelope that was sent home last week.

We still need a few parent volunteers to help the day run smoothly. If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPictures.

Room Parent Still Needed!

We are still looking for a room parent to support Ms. D’Intino’s 5th grade class.  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.

Spirit Day, Class Colors

Friday, October 26th

Show your grade level spirit by wearing the designated color! K: Purple; Gr 1: Green; Gr 2: Blue; Gr 3: Yellow; Gr 4: Red; Gr 5: Rainbow, all the colors.

Green Team Calendar

Join the Green Team for these events!

October 27th 9-12! – Fiona Ehring will lead a Garden Work Day
October 27th and 28th – Green Team will also join Mothers Out Front labeling Gas Leaks in the Thompson neighborhood.

Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

Please email Fiona at fionaehring@gmail.com or Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in joining a forming Thompson Garden Committee to integrate the Thompson School Gardens into the K-5 Curriculum!

Green Team News

Green Team was busy this month! We formed a Garden Committee and wrote a grant to integrate an edible school garden into the Thompson curriculum. (We are seeking parents, teachers and 4th and 5th grade students to be part of the committee.)
Green team hosted and filmed our first plant walk featuring Meredith Seifert discussing the super powers of Thompson plants.

October 16th-18th the 5th grade community headed to Alton Jones for Science Camp. On October 19th the Green Team club harvested from the garden and shared the fruits of it’s harvest with Thompson After School program. On October 20th Kate Joyce Murphy led Plogging! We walked and picked up trash around Thompson.  That day the club also made an installation of tiny pumpkin houses:Green Team Urban Ecovillage or Else (an unlivable planet!) The neighborhood featured natural building techniques and the latest green technology: thick insulated walls, all natural building materials and furniture, radiant floors, solar panels, wind turbines, natural lighting with sky lights, compost toilets, green roofs, living gardens, a forest, compost bins, rainwater catchment tanks, a fish pond, bike paths, a electric car power station, solar ovens, a greenhouse and a cafe.

The Green Team club meets after school on the first and third Fridays.




Volunteer

Election Day Bake Sale

We are looking for a parent or two to plan our Election Day Bake Sale on November 6th. An easy fundraiser that in 2016 raised approximately $1400! We have all the information you will need to organize it. If you would like more information or are interested in planning it, please email Yael Beals yael.beals@gmail.com.

Thompson Winter Party

The Thompson Winter Party is social event that is just for parents. It is a fun evening filled with conversation, music and dance.  The party is usually held in January.  We are looking for 2 co-chairs to plan and organize the event.  If you are interested, please email Yael Beals yael.beals@gmail.com

Community News & Events

8th Annual AYCC Gala

It’s not too late to buy tickets to the 8th Annual AYCC Gala on Friday, October 26th! AYCC is the leading mental health agency in town that provides counseling for Arlington children, youth and their families regardless of their ability to pay.  Please help support this critical service and make our community even better and stronger.  Added bonus, this year we are honoring Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan.  Tickets can be bought at www.ayccma.org/gala.

Changing the Culture Around Mental Health: It’s Past Time

October 30 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Ottoson Middle School

John Broderick, the former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, is leading a campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows. His son’s mental illness had gone undiagnosed for nearly 20 years: ”I was the parent and I didn’t see it. So he suffered for years. Then we had that horrible tragedy and he went to prison. And I don’t know how he survived that.”  In 2016 Justice Broderick agreed to co-chair the first statewide launch in New Hampshire of a national mental health awareness campaign called Change Direction in New Hampshire.  For the past two years, he has spoken countless times about the five most common signs of mental illness, in an effort to improve understanding and awareness of mental health.   PRESENTER: John Broderick is the Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s R.E.A.C.T. Mental Health Awareness Campaign.  Broderick believes that “we have the ability to change the culture and the way mental health is viewed.”

Halloween Event at Waldo Park

Wednesday, October 31st

All are invited to the 13th annual Waldo Park Halloween Party on Wednesday the 31st.  We’ll gather at the Park beginning at 4:30 pm, and we’ll have a costume “fashion show” that’ll start around 5 pm or so.  A light dinner (hot dogs and veggie items) will be served before dark, so that all who wish can eat a meal before trick-or-treating. (Waldo Park is located at the end of Waldo Road, off Cleveland Street, between Mass Ave and Broadway.)

– Friends of Waldo Park

Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event

When

  •     Friday, November 2nd, 9am- 5pm
  •     Saturday, November 3rd, 8am- 2pm

Where

If your children are overachievers and collect more candy that you can possibly imagine eating this Halloween…
Arlington Orthodontics is gearing up for their Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event to benefit Arlington Elementary School PTOs and our troops serving abroad! Children/Parents are invited to drop off their leftover Halloween Candy at their office November 2nd and 3rd. They will give the child or parent $2/lb (max $10) as well as make a matching donation to the child’s school PTO. All candy is shipped to troops serving overseas! Last year THOMPSON SCHOOL received $365 that went directly towards Enrichment programs organized by the PTO.
Thanks for participating!

AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night

Nov 14, 7 PM – 8 PM @ Thompson Elementary Gym

Local parents, both from Arlington and surrounding towns, are welcome to join for a free night of one-stop shopping for their childcare needs. This is a wonderful chance for busy parents to come to one place and meet the faces behind Arlington’s great preschools and daycare centers all at once. Parents can save time and gas, not having to drive all over town to pick up brochures and applications. There are nearly twenty licensed preschools and daycare centers in town with a large variety of programs. Free and open to all local parents.

Questions? Email options@arlingtonfamilyconnection.org

Support Thompson

PTO Amazon
Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your online shopping!


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. The submission deadline is Nov. 1 for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

 

Thompson School News : October 15, 2018

Save The Date

  • Oct 16-19 – 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 20, Saturday – Green Team Club, 10 am – 12 noon
  • Oct 21, Sunday – Gibbs School Ribbon Cutting
  • Oct 23, Tuesday – The Energized Guyz (grades 3-5 enrichment)
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – 4th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Mills
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors
  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Coffee Chat With Karen, 8:15 am
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Direct Donation Drive: Last day!
  • Nov 1 & 2, Thursday & Friday – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Wheelock Family Theatre
  • Nov 6, Tuesday – No School & Election Bake Sale
  • Nov 7, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7-9PM
  • Nov 12, Monday – No School

School Calendar

Click here 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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar

PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

We’re half-way through our annual Direct Donation Drive but, with 101 donations so far, we’re not yet half-way to our family participation goal of 275 contributions.
We can get there with your help!
Click here and donate today!

Thompson News & Events

Picture Day Wednesday, October 24

Dress sharply! Look for packets in your kids’ backpacks later this week with instructions on how to order school pictures.

We need parent volunteers to help the day run smoothly. If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPictures.


Room Parent Still Needed!

We are still looking for a room parent to support Ms. D’Intino’s 5th grade class.  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.

Movie Night

It was wonderful to see so many families who joined us on a chilly Friday evening for movie night. Despite the start-up technical glitches, including a move from the multi-purpose room to the gym, lugging sleeping bags and pillows, our kiddos enjoyed an evening with friends. Thanks to all the volunteers, parents and Arlington high school students who made the evening possible!

Over 1,400 cards sold so far!
Do you or you or someone you know still need a card?
Buy one anytime at:
• Book Rack
• Menotomy Beer and Wine
• Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org [PayPal or Credit Card]
• From Vicki at the front desk [cash or check]

Questions? Queries? Want to get involved with this fundraiser now or in the future?
Reach out anytime to:
Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Green Team Calendar

Join the Green Team for these events!

Friday October 19th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the garden for a work day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring. (If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to plan a pollinator and/or colonial garden.)Saturday October 20th 10am-noon Plogging
Thompson families will meet at Thompson Garden to walk, jog, explore the neighborhood and pick up trash led by Thompson mom, Kate Joyce Murphy.

Saturday in October TBA Garden Work Day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring.

October 27th and 28th Mothers Out Front Gas Leak Labeling. Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

Please email Fiona at fionaehring@gmail.com or Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in joining a forming Thompson Garden Committee to integrate the Thompson School Gardens into the K-5 Curriculum!

Community News & Events

Arlington Hockey Club

Interested in playing ice hockey in Arlington?

Registration is now open for the Arlington Hockey Club’s (AHC) 2018-2019 intramural programs including instructional league for both skaters and learn-to-skate, developmental league, and in-house full ice program.  These programs are all no-checking and practices and games are held at Ed Burns Arena in Arlington.  Arlington’s intramural programs focus on providing a fun environment to learn and play hockey for children born between September 1, 2014 (instructional) and 2005 (in-house).  Play begins soon, so if you are interested please visit our web-site for more information and registration at http://arlingtonice.com.

Volunteer

Election Day Bake Sale

We are looking for a parent or two to plan our Election Day Bake Sale on November 6th. An easy fundraiser that in 2016, raised approximately $1400! We have all the information you will need to organize it. If you would like more information or are interested in planning it, please email Yael Beals yael.beals@gmail.com.

Thompson Winter Party

The Thompson Winter Party is social event that is just for Parents. It is a fun evening filled with conversation, music and dance.  The party is usually held in January.  We are looking for 2 co-chairs to plan and organize the event.  If you are interested, please email Yael Beals yael.beals@gmail.com

Support Thompson

PTO Amazon
Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your online shopping!


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. The submission deadline is Nov. 1 for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

 

PTO Meeting Agenda – Oct. 10, 2018

  1. Introductions – All
  2. September Minutes Approval
  3. School Updates (Mrs. Donato)
  4. Budget Review and Approval (Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat)
  5. AHS Building Committee (Tobey Jackson)
  6. Thompson Tree Committee (Phil Tedesco)
  7. Give Back Time (Yael Beals)
  8. Fundraising
    1. Direct Donation Drive (Juliet Moir & Yael Beals)
    2. Arlington Community Card (Ashley Lorenz)
  9. Enrichment Update (Tonja Bishop & Sophie Delano)
  10. Room Parent Update (Christy Murphy Macinta)
  11. Events Debrief
    1. Staff Welcome Back Breakfast and Custodial Day (Judy Hu and Melissa Crowley)
    2. Walk/Bike to School Day (Tonja Bishop)
  12. Upcoming Events
    1. Movie Night (Oct 12th)
    2. Election Day Bake Sale (November)
    3. Otto’s Fundraising (November)
    4. Literacy Night & Book Fair (December)
    5. Holiday Drive (December)
    6. Parent Winter Party (Jan/Feb)
  13. Other Updates & Announcements

Thompson School News : October 9, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Oct 10, Wednesday – PTO Meeting: Budget Approval, 7 – 9 pm
  • Oct 11, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Meal
  • Oct 12, Friday – Movie Night! 6 – 8:15 pm
  • Oct 16-19 – 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 20, Saturday – Green Team Club, 10 am – 12 noon
  • Oct 23, Tuesday – The Energized Guyz (grades 3-5 enrichment)
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – 4th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Mills
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors
  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Coffee Chat With Karen, 8:15 am
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Direct Donation Drive: Last day!

School Calendar

Click here 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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Community,

The month of September has flown by and we find ourselves here in October! The opening of school went very smoothly, with students and teachers spending time getting to know each other. One of the most important parts of the day is Morning Meeting. This occurs from 8:15-8:50 each morning, and it is the time when the students preview the schedule for the day, learn about each other and their teacher, and practice important social skills such as how to greet one another, problem solve, and manage their emotions. With all that in mind, it is extremely important that children arrive to school on time.

One of the areas that we are finding challenging is recess and lunch. We have established and reviewed expectations with all students both in class and in the cafeteria during their “cafeteria orientation” the first week of school, and teachers continue to review them in class. What I am observing is that some students are not demonstrating the same amount of respect for our recess/lunch staff, as they do for their teacher and principal. The most important thing I am asking students to do is to respond to the adults when requested. The requests could be for the whole group such as a clapping response, a quiet signal, or even an attempt to have a conversation with a student or two outside. These requests ask for students to stop what they are doing, turn their voices off, and look to the adult for instructions—such as cleaning up from lunch, an important message about safety, or time to line up to come in. I am asking for your support in this area—as I have said to all of the students—the women who are here to support them during lunch and recess are to be given the same respect as any other person who works in the school. I am hoping to have more lunch groups with smaller groups of students this year to discuss their thoughts on lunch and recess and get their input as well on improving it for all of us.

October also brought a special event for one of our staff members—Ms. Brayfield! This past weekend my family and I were fortunate to be able to be a part of her wedding weekend to our good friend, Bob Fanciullo. There was a beautiful ceremony and reception near her hometown of Southington, CT, with love, laughter, and happiness filling the air! If you have some time, I’d be happy to share how my husband John and I introduced them! As expected, she was a beautiful bride….Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Fanciullo!

Karen

P.S. Mark your calendars for the first Coffee Chat w/Karen after drop-off on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the cafeteria.

PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

The first week of the Direct Donation Drive resulted in 44 family contributions. Thank you to those who contributed! With only three weeks to go, help us reach our family participation goal of 275 families! Click the image to donate via PayPal.
Direct Donation Drive 2018

Thompson News & Events

Movie Night, 6 p.m. Oct. 12 @ Thompson

Movie night is coming up Oct. 12th. Come snuggle in your pjs and watch a movie with your friends at Thompson School. This year we’ll be showing Coco in honor of Día de los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead) and Halloween! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The movie will be screened in three locations due to room capacity limits: Library (for kindergarten), Multipurpose Room (grade 1), and Gym (grades 2-5). Given the popularity of the event, please arrive on time to get a spot!

Pizza and popcorn for sale at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, movie starts at 6:30.

We need volunteers for movie night!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-20181

Room Parents Still Needed!

We are still looking for a few room parents to support Ms. D’Intino’s 5th grade class and the Music specialists.

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

Picture Day Wednesday, October 24

Dress sharply! Look for packets in your kids’ backpacks later this week with instructions on how to order school pictures.

We need parent volunteers to help the day run smoothly. If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPictures.

If you didn’t hear, we sold a record-breaking 1,183 cards on Town Day! It doesn’t end there, though. Family Sales sellers are actively selling to friends and neighbors, and we will also end up selling another 300 or so through The Book Rack and Menotomy Beer & Wine. Still need a card? Buy one anytime at:
• Book Rack
• Menotomy Beer and Wine
• Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org [PayPal or Credit Card]
• From Vicki at the front desk [cash or check]

Want to get involved with the Community Card fundraiser, either now or in the near future? We’d love to have you on board! Reach out anytime to:
Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Green Team Calendar

Join the Green Team for these events!

Friday October 19th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the garden for a work day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring. (If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to plan a pollinator and/or colonial garden.)

Saturday October 20th 10am-noon Plogging
Thompson families will meet at Thompson Garden to walk, jog, explore the neighborhood and pick up trash led by Thompson mom, Kate Joyce Murphy.

Saturday in October TBA Garden Work Day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring.

October 27th and 28th Mothers Out Front Gas Leak Labeling. Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

Support Thompson

PTO Amazon
Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your online shopping!


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. The submission deadline is Nov. 1 for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

Volunteer

Volunteer Survey

We are always 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. Thank you for your interest!

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

 

Thompson School News : October 1, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • 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 12, Friday – Movie Night! 6 – 8:15 pm
  • Oct 16 -19 – 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors

School Calendar

Click here 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

DIRECT DONATION DRIVE

Help us reach our family participation goal of 275 families!

October 1 marks the start of the Direct Donation campaign, our largest fundraiser of the year, which is critical for funding field trips, author visits, enrichment programs, and more. The drive runs only for the month of October, when we make a one-time request for your financial support. No donation is too small; indeed it is the many small donations that have a tremendous impact on the success of this drive. Our goal is to have 275 families participate. Look for the form in your child’s backpack.

Thompson News & Events

The Enrichment Committee is hard at work planning lots of field trips and in-school workshops & programs! This year’s committee includes:

  • Co-Chairs: Tonja Bishop and Sophie Delano
  • All-school and multi-grade programs: Takako Sugihara
  • Author visits: Diana Trudell
  • Grant writing: Meghan Ostrande

Grade Level Representatives are Taffy McParland (Kindergarten), Tonja Bishop (1st grade), Sophie Delano (2 nd grade), Karen Roth (3rd grade), Maggie Thurber (4th grade), Nicole Flory (5th grade).

Here are some fun upcoming fall events:

3rd through 5th Grades 10/23/18 – The Energized Guyz: Powered Up! Workshop teaches students about energy conservation and efficiency using comedy sketches, improv, and student participation.
https://nationaltheatre.com/Program/the-energized-guys-powered-up/4th Grade 10/26/18 – Lowell Mills Field Trip. A hands-on exploration of what life was like for early textile workers.
https://www.uml.edu/Tsongas/Education-Programs/Field-Trips/default.aspx

2nd Grade 11/1/18 – Gooney Bird Greene Performance at Wheelock Family Theater https://wheelockfamilytheatre.org/current-season/

Stay tuned for more exciting programs!

If you didn’t hear, we sold a record-breaking 1183 cards on Town Day!  It doesn’t end there though. Family Sales sellers are actively selling to friends and neighbors, and we will also end up selling another 300 or so through The Book Rack and Menotomy Beer & Wine.

 

Still need a card?  Buy one anytime at:

• Book Rack

• Menotomy Beer and Wine

• Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org [PayPal or Credit Card]

• From Vicki at the front desk [cash or check]

 

Want to get involved with the Community Card fundraiser, either now or in the near future? We’d love to have you on board!  Reach out anytime to:
Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Walk, Bike, Scoot to School Day- Wednesday, October 3

Sponsored in part by the MA Department of Transportation, we will have some cool prizes for bikers and walkers. Invite friends to form a Bicycle Train / Walking School Bus. After school, we will have a bike safety talk and obstacle course, weather permitting. Join us at the picnic tables by the splash pad from 2:45-3:30 pm! To volunteer to hand out prizes in the morning or to help with the bike course, sign up at https://tinyurl.com/wtsthompson.

Green Team Calendar:

Join the Green Team for these events!

1. Friday October 5th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the Thompson Garden to read “Weeds Find A Way” and then Thompson mom, Meredith, will lead us on a plant walk on school grounds, featuring Ecosystem Superheroes, the Thompson Weeds.  (We discussed filming the meeting with ACMI equipment and possibly getting the ACMI youth mentor to work with the 5th graders on filming.) If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to play cooperative board games such as Wildcraft.)2. Friday October 19th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the garden for a work day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring. (If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to plan a pollinator and/or colonial garden.)

3. Saturday October 20th 10am-noon Plogging
Thompson families will meet at Thompson Garden to walk, jog, explore the neighborhood and pick up trash led by Thompson mom, Kate Joyce Murphy.

4. Saturday in October TBA Garden Work Day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring.

5. October 27th and 28th Mothers Out Front Gas Leak Labeling. Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

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.

Support Thompson

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

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Volunteer Survey

We are always 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.  Thank you for your interest!

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Community News & Events

The Arlington Special Education Alliance (TASA)

TASA is a new networking and advocacy group for parents of children with special educational needs in Arlington. We provide opportunities for parents to network and learn from other other, including meetings and online discussions (all restricted to parents only).

FAQ: No, we are not part of Arlington SEPAC, which has open membership & meetings that APS staff attend. We are a private group. But we are coordinating with SEPAC.

Have questions? Contact us through the TASA website

Ready  to join? Please see: TASA Membership Request Form

Connect with Us

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

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