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 @

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.
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!

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

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 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

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

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
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.


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