Thompson School News : December 10, 2018

Save The Date


  • 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 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm
  • Dec 17, Monday – iRobot visit to 3rd grade classes
  • Dec 20, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner 6 pm – 7 pm
  • 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 – Play Auditions
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit
  • Jan 4, Friday – 5th Grade Enrichment Program Museum of Science States of Matter (@Thompson)
  • Jan 9, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7-9 pm
  • Jan 10, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6-7 pm

School Calendar

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PTO Spotlight

Book Fair: December 10th-14th
Literacy Night: December 11th

The Book Fair and Literacy Night are this week! The Book Fair will be open after school and evenings in the library for parents to peruse and purchase books. Come get your holiday shopping done and support Thompson!

We still need volunteers to help make the Book Fair and Literacy Night a success.  

Sign up to help at these events:

  • Monday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday 11:30 am – 3 pm & 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Open for Parent-Teacher Conferences and Literacy Night)
  • Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Thursday 2:30 – 3:30 pm & 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Open for Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Friday 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Thompson News & Events

Arlington EATS

The December Community Dinner has been rescheduled to December 20 from 6 PM to 7 PM. We hope to see you there!

Did you know that Arlington EATS distributes over 1000 snacks a week in Arlington Schools?  This #GivingDecember our goal is to feed learning by raising $6,500 in support of the snack program in 2019. Help us reach our goal today by donating towards the snack program!

Green Team News : The Green Team Club Meeting

Button Battery Recycling

Thompson will start Button Battery Recycling in December!  We need you to help collect button batteries! Drop off box will be in the reception area near the recycled marker drop off. The Arlington Garden Club gifts $500 annually in button cell battery recovery funds to APS school garden projects, and Thompson directly benefited from this collection last year!

Thompson Drama Project

Hello Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade parents! Believe it or not, it is play time!

Auditions will be on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4 after school in the Music Room. All actors who audition will receive a part – the auditions are for casting purposes.

Rehearsals will begin the week of Jan. 7, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons (though students will not necessarily need to attend both days), with one weekend tech rehearsal in March.

The play will be performed the week of April 7-11. There is no cost for participation, but as this is a 100% volunteer organization, we do ask that all families volunteer to help out.  Watch for more information coming in the next few weeks. Direct questions to:

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

Community News & Events

SEPAC Update

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s next meeting is Tuesday, December 11th, 7:00 p.m. at the Gibbs Media Center.

Parent Forums

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.

Winter Craft Festival!

Come to the Winter Craft Festival at Arlington High School on Saturday, December 15, from 9-1pm! Crafts include gingerbread houses, snow globes, mug warmers, snowflakes, and more!  Admission is $7! Please respond with interest to This is a great way for kids to celebrate the holidays and practice their creativity! Ages 0 – 10, all are welcome.


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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