Thompson School News : January 14, 2019

Save The Date
*new* Jan 16, Wednesday – Grade 1 Discovery Museum Workshop *Jan 18, Friday – Green Team meeting, 2:30 pm* Jan 21, Monday – NO SCHOOL Jan 25, Friday – Spirit Day – Be a Superhero! Jan 26, Saturday – Thompson Winter Parents Party *Feb 1, Friday – Green Team meeting, 2:30 pm* Feb 6-8, Wednesday-Friday – Schoolwide enrichment, Bash the Trash Feb 8, Friday – Game Night *Feb 13, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7-9 pm* *Feb 14, Thursday – 1st grade enrichment, Veronica Robles Mexican Dance* *Feb 14, Thursday – 4th/5th grade enrichment, author Holly Goldberg Sloan* *Feb 14, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner* *Feb 15, Friday – Spirit Day: Mismatch Day* *Feb 18-22, Monday-Friday – NO SCHOOL, Winter Break*
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
Parents Winter Party! Saturday, Jan. 26 @ Arlington Town Hall,  7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. The annual Winter Parents Party is only two weeks away! Get ready for a DJ, dancing, cash bar, some awesome raffle items, and most of all a chance to meet and socialize with other Thompson parents. Come enjoy a night out, you deserve it! All 21+ are welcome. The two organizers will need some extra hands leading up to and at the event. Can you help? See the list of needs here: Cost: $15 Purchase tickets online: Purchase tickets by cash or check and see FAQs: Ticket, Bar, and Raffle fees cover the cost of putting on the party. Any profits will be donated to the PTO Enrichment Fund.
Thompson News & Events
4th and 5th Grade Wednesday Morning Fitness Program Mr. Cavanaugh, Thompson’s physical education teacher, is running a 6-week fitness program for 4th and 5th grade students on Wednesday mornings starting at 7:30 a.m. The program is free for Thompson students. Students have the opportunity to participate in various fitness activities. The program still has a few openings! Please email Melissa Crowley, PTO Outreach Coordinator, directly at, if your child is interested in participating. The last session is scheduled for Feb. 13.
2019 Thompson Schoolwide Yearbook Ordering / Picture Preference / Opting Out We are pleased to announce the annual Thompson Schoolwide Yearbook will be making a return for the 2018-2019 school year! Helping our children hold onto memories of friends from all across the school, the soft-cover, 24-page, color book will display every class (K-5) with the individual school portraits taken by Coffee Pond earlier this year, along with the teachers and administration. The price is $14.85. A form was sent home in your child’s folder last week that should be returned only if your child had a retake photo or if, for any reason, you do not want your child’s photo in the book. If you have any questions please direct them to Kate at or Lisa at

For easy online ordering until Feb. 4: Go to Under Order Central, select Yearbooks Enter school password: Thompson2019
Green Team News 5th graders have started making Podcasts for the Planet with ACMi, and Ms. Dichter’s 2nd graders are adapting a song, Don’t Dump Trash. The PTO is bringing Bash the Trash to Thompson Feb. 6-8 to transform trash into a parade of musical instruments! Come to Green Team meetings after school Friday Jan. 18 and Friday Feb. 1 in Room 210. We will prepare for Bash the Trash, practice our Don’t Dump Trash song, and develop our Podcasts for the Planet! To become involved with Green Team, contact Elizabeth at
Game Night Is 6-8 pm Friday, Feb. 8 Come with the kids and join the fun! Bring your favorite game(s) or try demo games from local company Gamewright. Eat dinner before you come, or bring a picnic-style dinner to eat in the cafeteria. Additionally, we will have healthy snacks, baked treats, and drinks available for purchase. We will sell used games donated by Thompson families and new Gamewright games. All profits go to the PTO.

To donate a game or puzzle, bring it to the designated bin in the front lobby. Sign up to volunteer and/or donate food.
Get Involved
Join the PTO Team! Are you interested in helping with the weekly newsletter, organizing an upcoming event, or using your skills in another way for the benefit of the Thompson School community? Email to get involved!
Community News & Events
AHS Building Project January Events As the Arlington High School Building Project progresses through the Schematic Design phase, the AHS Building Committee is hosting the following events to keep residents informed and offer an opportunity to ask questions. Learn more about the AHS Building Project. Jan. 14 @ 7 pm – Community Forum, Arlington Town Hall (snow date Jan. 16): This forum will include a project update and discussion about the estimated cost.
Having Courageous Conversations About Race with Our Children: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 Join parents and guardians of students from all elementary Arlington Public Schools to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in talking about race and racism in our families. This educational forum will be lead by Dr. Liza Talusan, a nationally recognized educator on issues of diversity and inclusion. Opening remarks will be given by Dr. Roderick MacNeal, Assistant Superintendent of APS. Register at and ask the speaker a question at
Free Parent Forum
Smoking and Vaping: Preventing Teen Trends Tuesday, Jan. 22 @ 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ottoson Cafeteria (snow date Jan. 24). Presented by Vaughan W. Rees, PhD. Learn more.
Arlington EATS Community Dinner Join us for a Community Meal on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. and for School Vacation Lunches Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 19-22, from 12-1 p.m. We have a limited number of open volunteer slots for vacation lunches. Sign up here. And save the date for Beats for EATS: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7-11 pm at Town Hall. More information coming soon!
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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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