Thompson School News : March 18, 2019

Save the Date
**New** Mar 21 and 22, Thursday and Friday – Field Trip 2nd Grade – Japan House Mar 21 and 22 / 28 and 29, Thursdays and Fridays – Field Trip 3rd Grade – Royall House Mar 22, Friday – Morning PTO Meeting, 8:15 – 9:15 am **Mar 26, Tuesday – K and 1st Grade Author Visit, Sarah Lynne Reul** Apr 4, Thursday – 3rd Grade Enrichment – Museum of Science (Motion, Forces, and Energy) **Apr 7-9, Sunday-Tuesday – Thompson Drama Project performances** **Apr 15-19, Monday-Friday – NO SCHOOL, Spring 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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar.
Principal’s Update
Dear Thompson Families,

I want that hour back! Even though I am happy that it is still “light out” at 6:50 pm, my younger son has spent quite some time advocating that it wasn’t time for bed because it was only 8:00!

March is such a busy month—we had our amazing International Festival this weekend, Beats for Eats is next weekend, and we are gearing up for our Thompson Drama Project performance as well as MCAS in early April. If you have time to spare, or a babysitter at the ready, we’d love to have your support at our upcoming events!

Teachers have noticed that there has been an influx of parents who are walking their children to the classrooms. Please remember that students are expected to walk to their classrooms on their own. Give that last hug and kiss at the door or right by the main office, and they should be independently transitioning to their classrooms. If you need assistance, please let me or another staff member by the main office know, and we will help! Thank you for your support as we work to get our kiddos ready to be with their teachers on time.

It was great to see so many of you at the International Festival! A huge thank-you to the PTO, the Festival coordinators, donors, and volunteers for such a successful event.

See you soon,
Karen
PTO Spotlight
It was great to see so many returning and new families at the International Festival on Saturday—what a celebration of our diverse community! We had more than 30 country tables showcasing different cultures, 60-plus kids who walked down the runway, arts and crafts, and of course fabulous food and homemade desserts in the international café.
 
Thank you to the many volunteers—Thompson parents, AHS students, Thompson alumni, friends, and staff who donated time on a Saturday to make this event a success, and the businesses that donated food. A special thanks to the planning team who orchestrated it all: Sabrina Kias, Lucy Thiboutot, Meghan Ostrander, Sri Thumati, Joselyn Dennis, Christy Murphy-Macinta, Nora Dybdal, Jessica Minners, Linda Kang, Maja Fiket, Patricia Gallen, Amy Mulholland, and Lisa McCarty.

If you would like to get involved in planning the next International Festival in any capacity, please email thompsonptoevents@gmail.com. Indicating your interest right now does not mean a confirmed commitment; we will reach out to you in December 2020, when the planning process starts again, to see if you are available and interested.

Thank you also to the Thompson teachers who made International Week possible. Highlights included morning announcements by students in Spanish, Nepali, Italian, and Punjabi, art from around the world, a diverse display of books in the library, and an all-school enrichment program featuring an Afro-Brazilian capoeira ensemble.
Thompson News & Events
Thompson Drama Project Volunteer Opportunities! The Thompson Drama Project is presenting two different productions of The Phantom Tollbooth on April 7, 8, and 9. Our kids have been working hard, and as we are an entirely volunteer-run organization, we need some help to pull it all off!

We have a few openings remaining for fifth graders interested in joining the backstage crew. Please email thompsondramaproject1@gmail.com for more information if you are interested.

We need parent volunteers for tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. You can sign up here. You can also volunteer to help gather props for use in the shows—sign up here.

It is a tradition in our playbill that families can choose to send a greeting to their actor or the cast. The cost for this is $15/text ad and $30/quarter page ad, and helps to defray our printing costs. If you want to buy a family greeting, please fill out this form. Family Greetings are due by Wednesday, March 20.

We are also collecting actor bios for the playbill; these are due by Wednesday, March 20. All actors should fill out a form here.

To provide our students with this amazing experience, we have costs associated with putting on the plays—buying rights to shows and purchasing scripts, creating the set, props, and costumes we use, printing the playbill and actor head shots, as well as a well-deserved cast party to celebrate our achievements. We greatly appreciate donations to keep the tradition going. You can donate by cash, check, or PayPal. Checks can be made payable to Thompson School PTO – Drama Project! Checks can be returned to school, or mailed to our treasurer, Lauren Ledger, 169 Franklin St, Arlington, 02474 Or use our PayPal account with a note “Direct Donation”: https://www.paypal.me/ThompsonDrama
PTO Meeting Friday, March 22, 8:15 – 9:15 am Haven’t been able to make an evening PTO meeting? Join us for a morning meeting on March 22, right after drop-off at 8:15 am. Learn about upcoming spring events and get an update from Ms. Donato. Little kids are welcome to join. Coffee will be provided. See you there!
Green Team News Thompson Green Team has a new podcast, “Small But Mighty Kids Change The World,” and made a new song for the global youth climate strike on March 15.

Thompson is looking for Garden Coordinators, Garden Educators, and Garden Volunteers to start an edible garden curriculum. Please email Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested. The garden coordinator will delegate tasks to garden committee members to ensure that the committee: Defines the goals of the garden and fulfills the garden grant Identifies a garden educator who will partner with teachers to develop a gardening K-5 curriculum Coordinates with existing Thompson groups to engage students after school Recruits and coordinates volunteers for open gardening time during recess for 8 weeks in the spring and fall Recruits classroom educators and garden volunteers during summer vacation Develops a summer maintenance plan
Community News & Events
Beats for EATS Next Weekend! Come party with us at beats for EATS on Saturday, March 23rd, from 7 – 11 pm at Town Hall. There will be a silent auction, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and great music. Tickets are on sale now. We have lots of volunteer slots: before, during, and after the event. If you can’t make it, consider bidding from afar or making a donation. All of the money raised from this event will go to feed kids in food-insecure homes in our neighborhoods.

Thompson School News : March 11, 2019

Save the Date
Mar 11 – Mar 15 – International Week @ Thompson Mar 11, Monday – International Spirit Day Mar 13, Wednesday – PTO Meeting – 7 PM – 9 PM CANCELLED Mar 14, Thursday – Enrichment – Afro-Brazilian Ensemble: Capoeira Assemblies Mar 14, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6 PM Mar 15, Friday – Field Trip 1st Grade – Discovery Museum Acton Mar 16, Saturday – International Festival – 11 AM – 3 PM Mar 21 and 22, Thursday and Friday – Field Trip 2nd Grade – Japan House Mar 22, Friday – Morning PTO Meeting 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Mar 21 and 22, 28 and 29, Thursdays and Fridays – Field Trip 3rd Grade – Royall House Apr 4, Thursday – 3rd Grade Enrichment – Museum of Science (Motion, Forces, and Energy)
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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar.
PTO Spotlight
International Week March 11th – March 15th This week is International Week at Thompson!  During the week, there will be various activities throughout the school day that celebrate the diversity of our community. Programs will include: Morning announcements in different languages Music from around the world during morning announcements Diverse books on display in the library World Art in the Art Room International Spirit Day, Monday, March 11th: Dress up in the traditional outfit honoring another country, wear the color of a flag, or your favorite sports team All-School Enrichment, Thursday, March 14th: Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Ensemble For March, the theme of the Social Emotional Learning Initiative at Thompson compliments the International Festival and International Week. The monthly theme is Acceptance and the book of the month that the school will read is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.
  Travel Around the World in 1 Day at the Thompson International Festival! Join us for an amazing world adventure on Saturday, March 16th from 11 am – 3 pm.  Best of all, no passports needed!

To participate go to the PTO website or use the links below: Witness a one-of-a-kind Fashion Show presented by the Thompson kids. Sign up your child. The show starts at 11:30 am. Travel to countries in South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and those closer to home. Visit over 20 countries and discover something new and interesting.   Savor foods and treats from different cuisines at the International Cafe. Donate your favorite dessert to share. Make African Masks, Mexican Flowers, Fire Breathing Dragons from China, and more in the Arts and Crafts room. Win a continent-themed Raffle Basket. Contribute to making your child’s grade-sponsored Raffle Basket the most sought after! Participate in a scavenger hunt. Explore the diversity of the Thompson community at “The World of Thompson”. Adventure Guides Needed!  Please Sign Up! To make this adventure a success for our kids, we need YOUR help.  Please consider signing up to help at the event.
Thompson News & Events
Green Team News The Thompson PTO has received a $2,000 grant to start an edible garden curriculum from Whole Kids Foundation! Thompson is looking for Garden Coordinators, Garden Educators and Garden Volunteers!  Please email Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thompson has 6 raised garden beds, a plot for a pollinator garden, a storage shed with garden tools, a $2000 grant from the Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation, additional PTO funding and volunteers to start a garden committee.  Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in co-leading or being part of the committee. Gardening expertise is not required for this rewarding opportunity.

The garden coordinator will organize the garden committee and lead garden committee meetings. The garden coordinator will delegate tasks to garden committee members to ensure that the committee: Defines the goals of the garden and fulfills the garden grant Identifies a garden educator who will partner with teachers to develop a gardening K-5 curriculum Coordinates with existing Thompson groups such as the Green Team, the After-School Program, Scouting Troops, and Arlington Eats to engage students Recruits and coordinates volunteers for open gardening time during recess for 8 weeks in the spring and fall; Recruits classroom educators and garden volunteers during summer vacation Develops a summer maintenance plan Expected time commitment: at least 2 hours / week.
PTO Meeting Friday, March 22nd 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Haven’t been able to make an evening PTO meeting? Join us for a morning PTO meeting on March 22nd, after drop off at 8:15am.  Learn about upcoming spring events and an update from Ms. Donato. Little kids are welcome to join. Coffee will be provided.
The Drama Project Volunteer Opportunities! We will need volunteers to help with the tech rehearsals on March 30-31 and with the performances on April 7-9. Please email thompsondramaproject1@gmail.com to let us know if you’ll attend. Thanks for your support–we couldn’t pull this off without many willing hands!!
Get Involved
Community Card Committee Seeks Chairperson Trainee for 2019-2020 The Community Card Committee is looking for a 3rd co-chair to shadow the existing team for a year, learn the ropes, and be ready to take over.  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: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.
Community News & Events
Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by AEF Sunday, March 17, 3-5pm at Arlington Town Hall (free!) Join us at the Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by the AEF. This town-wide, family-friendly event is an annual Arlington tradition that includes activities for kids and opportunities for audience participation. Cheer on 30+ competing three-person teams! Participants face off to answer questions about sports, literature, history, current events, music, science, and local lore. If interested in forming a team, visit https://www.aefma.org/events/trivia-bee/. Come cheer on Thompson’s 5th grade team!
Arlington EATS Community Dinner
Join us for a Community Meal on Thursday March 14 at 6pm.

Party with us at Beats for EATS on Saturday March 23rd. There will be an silent auction, drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and great good music. Tickets are on sale now. We have lots of volunteer slots: Friday 3/22, during the event and on your own schedule. If you can’t make it, consider bidding from afar or making donation?  All of the money raised in this event will go to feed kids in food-insecure homes in our neighborhoods.
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