Thompson School News : October 1, 2018

Save The Date

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  • 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 @

PTO Update


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. Grade 10/26/18 – Lowell Mills Field Trip. A hands-on exploration of what life was like for early textile workers.

2nd Grade 11/1/18 – Gooney Bird Greene Performance at Wheelock Family Theater

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 [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:
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair:

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

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 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 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

If you have news to share with the community, please email 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.

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