Thompson School News : January 28, 2019

Save the Date
*New* Jan 30, Wednesday – Conversation on the Arlington High School (AHS) Rebuild, 7:30 pm Jan 31, Thursday – Having Courageous Conversations about Race 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 Feb 28, Thursday – Kindergarten enrichment, Animal Adventures
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
Bash the Trash!
Bash the Trash is coming 2/6 through 2/8! Supply lists will be coming home with students this week. We will need parent help with the classroom workshops. Here is the sign-up link:
Please contact Sophie Delano,, with any questions.  

Here is the list of supplies that students should collect and bring in on the day of their class’ workshop:
 All grades:  Tin cans – many sizes – careful of sharp edges! No soda cans. Plastic bottles or cans with removable tops (like coffee cans, soda bottles, smaller containers etc.). Please include the tops. “Shaky stuff” for building shakers – beads, pebbles, paper clips, aquarium rocks etc. No food. Rubber bands – all different sizes. Cardboard tubes – paper towel, gift-wrapping, plastic wrap, etc. Toilet paper rolls are too small.  Cardboard or Styrofoam Boxes – all sizes – nothing too flimsy – shoebox size is OK; no cereal boxes, please. Various plastic buckets, oatmeal barrels, drum-like or bell-like items, etc. Please, nothing that can be dangerous if broken (by enthusiastic drumming, etc.). 3rd, 4th and 5th grade only: Plastic straws. Old spoons or forks that can be placed on Styrofoam. Short metal pipes or tubes (8-16”) that can be placed on Styrofoam – no rust or sharp edges! 
Thompson News & Events
Having Courageous Conversations about Race with Our Children: Thursday, January 31 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Thompson gym Parents and guardians of elementary Arlington Public School students are invited to an educational workshop about the challenges and opportunities in talking about race in our families. Workshop will be led by Dr. Liza Talusan, nationally recognized educator on issues of diversity and inclusion. Opening remarks given by Dr. Roderick MacNeal, Assistant Superintendent of APS. Organized by Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group. Register:
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
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.
Green Team News
Come to our next Green Team meeting after school on Friday Feb. 1st in room 210 where we will prepare for Bash the Trash!  
Click on these links for books and short videos on Ecosystem Superheroes:
Heroes of the Environment
The Story of Rachel Carson 
Aani and the Tree Huggers
Margarito’s Forest
Elzéard Bouffier “The Man Who Planted Trees” 
Video of Wangari Maathai‘s Greenbelt Movement, book, “The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees” and her reading of “I will be a Hummingbird”.
Many of these are available to read in Thompson classrooms. 

Green Team contact: Elizabeth Rocco at
Get Involved
Community Card Committee Seeks Chairperson Trainees for 2019-2020

As you know, the Community Card accounts for more than 25% of our annual fundraising income, second only to the Direct Donation Drive. 2019-2020 will be our 10th year doing the card, and some of our longtime Community Card Committee members will be graduating from Thompson.  The Committee is therefore looking for a 2nd and 3rd co-chair to shadow the existing team for a year, learn the ropes, and be ready to take over for those who will be moving on. Nothing urgent needs to happen until after April vacation when they start renewing contacts with the businesses, however the team would like to schedule a brief introductory overview meeting sometime in March for all interested parties. Join this talented team! No prior experience required. There are many ways you can lend your talents to the success of this profitable fundraiser. If you would like to come aboard, or are even just a little curious, email Ashley:  
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
Arlington High School (AHS) Rebuild Project
Wednesday, January 30, from 7:30-9:00 pm, 20 Park Street – residence of Precinct 5 member Pat Hanlon.

Questions? Concerns? Looking to Get Involved? Precinct 5 town meeting members will sponsor a forum led by Jeff Thielman, AHS Building Committee Chairman. This is an opportunity to learn about what is at stake, address concerns, and see how residents can help to build Arlington’s future.

All Thompson parents welcome!

Please RSVP: | 703 967 6720
Arlington Family Connection presents: 
Cinderella, a Tanglewood Marionette Show     

Sunday, Feb 3, 2019, 11 am-12 pm, Thompson School, 
doors open at 10:30 am

The story is set in the 18th century & features a dozen lavishly costumed 30″ marionettes. All of your favorite characters are here from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious Step-Sisters and Charming Prince. Our telling is based on the original beloved tale, but we do offer a few new surprises. A classic fairy tale told with wit and style. Tanglewood Marionettes production of Cinderella is sure please audiences of all ages. Advanced Tickets-adult/child $8 for AFC members; $10 for non-members; $12 at the door Purchase tickets using Paypal in the discounts section at Contact for questions. 
Arlington Youth Baseball and Softball Association (AYBSA)
DON’T LET THE SNOW FOOL YOU …. WE’RE ALREADY GETTING THE BALL ROLLING for SPRING SOFTBALL and BASEBALL!!  Registration is open on the AYBSA website  If you go to the website you will find all the program and registration information for both softball and baseball.  Help spread the word. 
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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