Thompson School News : November 26, 2018

Save The Date


  • 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

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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 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

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 @ 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, 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 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

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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.

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