Thompson School News : November 26, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Nov 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day
  • Dec 3, Monday – 5th grade field trip @ Museum of Science planetarium
  • Dec 4, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – Picture Retake Day
  • Dec 7, Friday – Thompson Fundraiser @ Maxima Gift Center read more
  • Dec 10-14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night 6-7:30 pm
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • Dec 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm
  • Dec 21, Friday – Spirit Day – Pajama Day
  • Dec 21, Friday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Dec 24-Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break
  • Jan 2, Wednesday – Back to School
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit
  • Jan 4, Friday – 5th Grade Enrichment Program Museum of Science States of Matter (@Thompson)

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

Enrichment Planning is in Full Swing

Enrichment planning is in full swing and several classes have already had exciting field trips and in-school assemblies.The Energized Guyz taught grades 3-5 about how energy can be wasted and ways to conserve it.
In late October, fourth grade ventured to Boott Cotton Mills in Lowell to learn more about the workings of textile mills and what it was like to work in the mill.

Second graders saw Gooney Bird Greene at Wheelock Family Theater and learned how everyone has a remarkable, absolutely true story to tell.
Kindergartners are learning about building pyramids with Wicked Cool Kids in school workshops.

Maxima Gifts – Holiday Shopping Fundraiser for Thompson

Friday Dec 7th, 10AM-9PM
On Friday December 7th, Maxima Gift Center will donate 15% of purchases made by Thompson families to our school. Just tell them you are there to support Thompson at checkout!  Maxima has all sorts of gifts for all ages. Books, toys, decorative items, jewelry, accessories, etc.  Address: 224 Mass Ave (same block as Quebrada Baking Company and Capitol Theatre) **After 6pm, enjoy a glass of wine while you shop!** Maxima is a longtime community member and supporter of Arlington’s Public Schools. In addition to these special one-day events, you can have 5% of your purchase go to Thompson on ANY day you shop there throughout the year.  Ask to get your name on their MySchool program the next time you are in the store.

Thompson News & Events

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, Nov 30
Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!

Halloween Candy Buyback Program HUGE Success!

Arlington Orthodontics 4th annual Halloween Candy Buyback collected a whopping 1,800 pounds of leftover Halloween candy from local children and parents to be shipped to American military service members overseas as part of the Operation Gratitude.  The matching donation to the Thompson PTO was $553. Thanks to all the Thompson students who donated their Halloween candy!

Green Team News:The Green Team club meeting

Friday November 30th and Friday December 7th 3:40pm-4:40pm @ ACMI’s Studio B
The 5th grade Green Team editing team will be meeting with Kevin Wetmore to learn how to create and edit green team videos.

Friday December 7th 2:35pm-3:30pm @ room 210
We will be playing the cooperative game, Wildcraft, and learning about wild medicinal plants. Please email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you or your child is interested in joining us.

The Dentist is Coming to Thompson

January 3 & 4, 2019

The dentist is coming to Thompson Elementary January 3rd and 4th 2019. Please fill out the form sent home with your student and turn it in to Nurse Christina or Vicki Rose if you would like your child’s teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Smile Massachusetts at 1-888-481-8639 or visit the website at mobiledentist.com.

Arlington Community Card

Over 1600 cards sold to date!  November is our last big marketing push. Now is the time to tell everyone “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town. Cards can still be purchased at: The Book Rack, Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal @ www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org. Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk.

Community News & Events

Arlington High School Building Project Community Forums:

As the design of the new school takes shape, these public forums will keep the public informed, and give residents the chance to ask questions and provide feedback.

Tuesday, November 27 (snow date Nov. 28) @ Arlington Town Hall, 7pm – 9pm 
The new high school is now in the Schematic Design phase. Learn more and provide feedback on: Exterior design concepts, Site plan (flow around the building, drop-off, parking, fields, etc.), Concepts for reusing/recreating historic elements. Feedback will be gathered at the forum, and through an online survey available next week.

Monday, January 14 (snow date Jan. 16) @ Arlington High School, 7-9pm
This forum will be preceded by tours of the High School. For more information, visit www.ahsbuilding.org, or follow the project on Facebook.

Tell Your Teachers They Are STARS!

The Arlington Education Foundation’s STARS (School Teachers Are Really Special) program is a way to thank teachers for what they’re doing for our students — and help support Arlington Public Schools via AEF’s research grants. For a donation of $20 or more, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate honoring that teacher with a gift in his or her name.

You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. STARS donations go back into our schools as funding for AEF grants both large and small. Read more about AEF grants.

STARS can be given at any time during the year, but a donation prior to December 5 will ensure delivery  before the holiday break. Click here to give your Star.

Parent Forums:

Thursday, December 6 @ Ottoson Cafeteria, 7 – 8:30pm 
Partying = Intoxication: A Harmful Message for Teens. Presenter: Nicholas Chadi MD, pediatrician, musician, writer, and researcher specializing in adolescent health and addiction. Sponsored by the Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition.

Wednesday, December 12 (snow date: Dec 13) @ AYCC, 7 – 8:30pm
UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie screening and panel discussion. By letting kids and teens speak openly about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), UNSTUCK reveals the complexity of this mental health problem and allows young people to explain how they learned to regain control of their lives. Presented by: Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) & OCD Massachusetts. Located @ AYCC, Whittemore Robbins House, 670R Mass Ave. Free admittance and light refreshments served. Donations gladly accepted. RSVP to bys.arlington@gmail.com. Maximum capacity: 60. Sponsored by the Arlington Public School’s Parent Forum Committee, the Board of Youth Services, & the Arlington Youth Counseling Center.

Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert

Monday, December 17th, 6pm @ Arlington Town Hall
The all-town elementary treble chorus is open to all 4th and 5th graders from each of the Arlington elementary schools. The concert will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Support Thompson

Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card and support the PTO with every purchase.

Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobby.

Thompson School News : November 19, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Nov 19, Monday – Otto Pizza Fundraising Night, 5 – 9 pm
  • Nov 21, Wednesday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Nov 22 & 23, Thursday and Friday – No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Nov 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day
  • Dec 4, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – Picture Retake Day
  • Dec 10-14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • Dec 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm
  • Dec 21, Friday – Spirit Day – Pajama Day
  • Dec 21, Friday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Dec 24-Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break
  • Jan 2, Wednesday – Back to School
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit

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

Otto Fundraising Night

Monday, Nov 19, 5 – 9 pm @ 202 Mass Ave., Arlington
The Thompson PTO will receive a percentage of all purchases from take-out, delivery, dine-in, or simply buying a gift card. Have some guilt-free pizza! Spread the word!
Order online or call 781-859-5378

Thompson News & Events

Each classroom at Thompson has one or two Room Parents who volunteer to support the class teachers and specialists. Room Parents 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.
Below are the 2018-2019 Thompson Room Parents:
Kindergarten Team
Mrs. Abbott – Jamie Viteri and Crystal Woller
Mrs. Giovannini – Sabrina Kias and Judy Hu
Ms. Joseph – Edith Wun, Allyson Ramsey, and Maureen Gates
Ms. Melnik – Lisa Hersey and Amy Droitcour

1st Grade Team
Mrs. Caplin – Christy Murphy-Macinta
Mrs. Coveno – Katie Moylan and Patricia Gallen
Mrs. Frost – Lani Obermayer
Ms. Givens-Lamothe – Liz Myers, Julie Mow, and Eve Manz

2nd Grade Team
Ms. Bassham – Lousie Parker
Ms. Dichter – Alona Muzikansky and Christa Kelleher
Ms. O’Mahony – Sri Thumati and Maja Fiket
Ms. Orlando – Shannon Hancock and Danielle Gottesman

3rd Grade Team
Ms. Fassel – Karen LoRusso
Ms. Ferola – Tori Kaufmann-Paulman
Ms. Foley – Shannon Dixon and Kobe Cook
Ms. McKenney – Keryn Shaffner

4th Grade Team
Mrs. Jette Sri Thumati and Liz Spingler
Mrs. BrognaDanielle Gottesman and Susan Zwick
Ms. Crowley – Debbie Richer
Mrs. Armstrong – Andrea Holden and Kristen Burrell

5th Grade Team
Mr. Allen – Sara Wilkinson
Mrs. Leigh – Cristin Bagnall
Mr. Guidoboni – Fiona Ehring and Nicole Flory
Ms. D’Intino – Larissa Miller

Specials
Art – Takako Sugihara
Gym – Melissa Crowley
Library – Sarah Gupta
Music – Joanna Alexander

The Dentist is Coming to Thompson

January 3 & 4, 2019

The dentist is coming to Thompson Elementary January 3rd and 4th 2019. Please fill out the form sent home with your student and turn it in to Nurse Christina or Vicki Rose if you would like your child’s teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Smile Massachusetts at 1-888-481-8639 or visit the website at mobiledentist.com.

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, Nov 30
Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!

Arlington

Community Card

Over 1500 cards sold to date! November is our last big marketing push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town. Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, at Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org. Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk and from Family Sales sellers.

Community News & Events

AEF’s Annual Fall Fundraiser

Monday, November 19th, 6-8 pm @ Tryst – 689 Mass Ave, Arlington
RSVP‘s still welcome
Suggested Donation: $100/person; $150/couple

Please join us as we raise a glass to recognize recent AEF grants and look ahead to an exciting 2018-2019 school year!  Guest speakers include Brian Meringer, Principal of Ottoson Middle School & Kristin DeFrancisco, Principal of the Gibbs School. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Can’t attend the fundraiser? You can still donate!

Community Forum To Quit Smoking

Tuesday, November 20th, 7-8:30 pm @ Robbins Library Community Room
Free hypnosis and behavioral modification workshop to help smokers and vapers quit for good. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

Arlington Treble Chorus and Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert

Monday, December 17th, 6 pm @ Arlington Town Hall
The all-town elementary treble chorus is open to all 4th and 5th graders from each of the Arlington elementary schools. The concert will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Support Thompson

Amazon: If you shop on Amazon, please use the Amazon banner on the PTO website (www.thompsonschoolpto.org). Last year the PTO earned $2,400 through the Amazon Associates program. The PTO earns a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Check out the FAQ.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card online and support the PTO with every purchase.

Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year, and each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

PTO Meeting Agenda – Nov. 14, 2018

  1. Introductions – All
  2. October Minutes Approval
  3. School Updates (Mrs. Donato)
  4. Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group (Judith Schaechter)
  5. Financial & Budget Update
    1. Overall Numbers & Teacher Reimbursements (Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat)
    2. Direct Donation Drive (Juliet Moir & Yael Beals)
    3. Thompson Bags (Judy Hu and Melissa Crowley)
    4. Maxima (Nandana Mewada)
    5. Proposal by Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts Center (Nandana Mewada)
  6. Enrichment Update (Tonja Bishop & Sophie Delano)
  7. Community Outreach: Update from conversation with teachers (Melissa Crowley)
  8. Upcoming Events
    1. Book Fair: Dec 10th – 14th (Sarah Gupta & Debbie Richer)
    2. Literacy Night: Dec 11th (Sri Thumati)
  9. Events Debrief
    1. Movie Night (Fiona Ehring)
    2. Picture Day (Christy Murphy-Macinta)
    3. Election Day Bake Sale (Christy Murphy-Macinta, Melissa Crowley, Nandana Mewada)
  10. Other Updates & Announcements
    1. Funding for a classroom rug (Fiona Ehring)
    2. Holiday Drive (Nandana Mewada)
    3. Parent Winter Party (Jan/Feb)
    4. December PTO Meeting date change (Nandana Mewada)
    5. Morning PTO Meeting with AHS Building Committee Members

Thompson School News : November 13, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Nov 14, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7 – 9 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 Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Nov 22 & 23, Thursday and Friday – No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day
  • Dec 4, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 10-14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences

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 Message

Dear Thompson Families,

It’s time for conferences! By now you should have received an email from me that had links to each classroom teacher’s sign-ups. If you have not, please reach out to your child’s teacher. The conferences are designed to be 15 minutes, with a 5-minute transition time, and most conferences are scheduled back, to back, to back…you get the idea! Please be mindful of finishing on time.

We have conferences coming up Dec. 4 and 11 during the day, and in the evening on Dec. 13. Dismissal will be at 11:15 a.m. on both 12/4 and 12/11, so please mark your calendars!

Thank you,
Karen

PTO Spotlight

Dear Thompson Families,

The beginning of the school year is a busy fundraising time for the PTO, with our two largest fundraisers held in September and October. The Arlington Community Card (ACC), which is launched in September, and the October Direct Donation Drive contribute to the bulk of the PTO’s annual budget. This year, both drives broke previous records, bringing in more than $53,000! Thank you to everyone who supported these fundraisers and the many parent volunteers who strategized, organized, and implemented the two drives. A special shout-out to the leads, Juliet Moir and Yael Beals for organizing the Direct Donation Drive and Ashley Lorenz and Gaggi DeStefanis for spearheading the ACC.

With the major fundraisers behind us, for the rest of the year we will have smaller programs to continue to build the PTO budget. These include one-time events such as the recent Halloween candy buy-back program and the election day bake sale, and others such as the upcoming Otto Pizza fundraising night (Nov. 19). Additional easy ways to continue to support our school year-round include:

Amazon: If you shop on Amazon, please use the Amazon banner on the PTO website (www.thompsonschoolpto.org). Last year the PTO earned $2,400 through the Amazon Associates program. The PTO earns a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Check out the FAQ.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card online and support the PTO with every purchase.

Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year, and each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

Besides financial donations, all PTO events are only made possible with many helping hands. Whether you have an hour or more, consider volunteering your time for an event. There is a fun PTO event most months, so keep an eye out in this space for volunteer announcements or reach out to our volunteer chair, Yael Beals (yael.beals@gmail.com), with questions.

Nandana Mewada & Christy Murphy-Macinta
(President & Vice President)

Thompson News & Events

Sweet Success

The Election Day Bake Sale was a resounding success! We raised just over $2,000! Thank you to all the bakers for whipping up amazing treats, and to all the parents and kids who volunteered at the event. Thanks also to local businesses for their generous donations: Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts (Broadway), and Quebrada Bakery.

Otto Fundraising Night
Monday, Nov 19, 5 – 9 pm @ 202 Mass Ave., Arlington
The Thompson PTO will receive a percentage of all purchases from take-out, delivery, dine-in, or simply buying a gift card. Have some guilt-free pizza! Spread the word!

Order online or call 781-859-5378

Green Team News

The 5th grade Thompson Green Team project this year is to start making Green Team environmental education and action videos. The main content of these videos will be the reporting of their editorials on water-related environmental issues, which they will be writing soon in the classroom, and past campaigns (This Is the Last Straw and Zero Waste). Four families from the Green Team club participated in the ACMI summer filmmaking bootcamp, and several more students have been picking up filmmaking skills this fall. Green Team members have been filming the musical introductory and closing sequences that will include pictures of our past Thompson school actions and Family Folk Chorale audio of REM’s “Stand.” On Friday Nov. 16 from 2:40 – 4:40 pm, the Green Team will meeting at ACMI’s Studio B to learn how to edit and make their videos with ACMI’s youth mentor, Kevin Wetmore. Email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you or your child are interested in being on a team of film editors.

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, Nov 30
Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!

Arlington
Community Card

Over 1,500 cards sold to date! November is our last big marketing push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town. Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, at Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org. Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk and from Family Sales sellers.

Community News & Events

AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night

Nov 14, 7 – 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.

Parent Forum: How To Raise Ethical/Thoughtful Children in the Age of Me Too

Nov 15, 7 – 8:30 pm @ Ottoson Middle School
As we are bombarded by the wave of unethical, criminal, and sordid behaviors of political, educational, entertainment, and sports figures, how do we help our children develop a moral compass and make decisions that are grounded, appropriate and compassionate? This dialogue is suitable for all parents who are invested in raising their children. PRESENTER: Damon Blank is a licensed marriage/family therapist.  He has been in private practice for over 35 years. He works with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Community Forum To Quit Smoking

Nov 20, 7 -8:30 pm @ Robbins Library Community Room
Free hypnosis and behavioral modification workshop to help smokers and vapers quit for good. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

Show your Spy Ponder Pride while supporting Arlington Pop Warner Cheer!
Arlington Pop Warner Cheer B Team are the Regional Champs and are competing in the Pop Warner National Cheer Competition in December.  To help fundraise for their trip, the B Team is selling Spy Ponders smartphone wallets for $5.00.  To purchase your wallet, please send $5.00 via paypal to Kiela@comcast.net. Please be sure to include your full name and address, and your wallet will be delivered to your home.
Volunteer! Boston Kids Comic Fest
Do you love comics? Do you want to be part of a fantastic event that offers access to kid-friendly comics and graphic novels specifically for youth ages 8 to 12? The Second Annual Boston Kids Comic Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St. in Chestnut Hill. Last year was a huge success with more than 250 kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and comic book lovers attending. We are seeking volunteers to help us with sponsorship and media outreach this year. If you can spare a few hours a week, we would love to involve you in our purely volunteer-run event. Interested? Contact Liza Halley at lizahalley08@gmail.com.

 

Thompson School News : November 5, 2018

Save The Date

  • 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

Thank you to all the families who contributed to the Direct Donation Drive and helped us exceed our family participation goal!

The Thompson PTO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so your contribution is tax deductible. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program; many employers match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!

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!

Otto Fundraising Night

Monday, November 19 from 5 to 9 pm (202 Mass. Ave. Arlington)The Thompson PTO will receive a percentage of all purchases from take-out, delivery, dine-in or simply buying a gift card. Have some guilt-free pizza! Spread the word!

ORDER ONLINE
OR CALL: 781-859-5378

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, November 30: Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!


Arlington Community Card
Over 1,500 cards sold to-date!  November is our last big marketing push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town.  Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, at Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk and from Family Sales Sellers.

Community News & Events

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

Volunteer! Boston Kids Comic Fest

Do you love comics? Do you want to be part of a fantastic event that offers access to kid-friendly comics and graphic novels specifically for youth ages 8 to 12? The Second Annual Boston Kids Comic Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Last year was a huge success with over 250 kids, parents, teachers, librarians and comic book lovers attending, we had a day full of learning, laughter and comics!

We are seeking volunteers to help us with sponsorship and media outreach. If you can spare a few hours a week, we would love to involve you in our purely volunteer-run event. Interested? Contact Liza Halley at lizahalley08@gmail.com.

Show your Spy Ponder Pride while supporting Arlington Pop Warner Cheer!

Arlington Pop Warner Cheer B Team are the Regional Champs and are competing in the Pop Warner National Cheer Competition in December.  To help fundraise for their trip, the B Team is selling Spy Ponders smartphone wallets for $5.00.  To purchase your wallet, please send $5.00 via paypal to Kiela@comcast.net
Please be sure to include your full name and address, and your wallet will be delivered to your home.

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.  You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.