Thompson School News : March 25, 2019

Save the Date
**New** Mar 26, Tuesday – K and 1st Grade Author Visit, Sarah Lynne Reul Mar 28 and 29, Thursday and Friday – 3rd Grade Field Trip: Royall House  Apr 4, Thursday – 3rd Grade Enrichment: Museum of Science (Motion, Forces, and Energy) Apr 7-9, Sunday-Tuesday – Thompson Drama Project performances Apr 11, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6 pm Apr 11 and 12, Thursday and Friday  – MCAS ELA 3rd Grade Apr 15-19, Monday-Friday – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break Apr 22-26  – Earth Week Apr 22 and 23, Monday and Tuesday  – MCAS ELA 4th Grade Apr 24 and 25, Wednesday and Thursday  – MCAS ELA 5th Grade Apr 24, Wednesday  – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm, Library Apr 24, Thursday  – 3rd Grade Field Trip: Plimoth Plantation Apr 25, Friday  – Spirit Day:  Backward Day Apr 25, Friday  – 1st Grade Field Trip: Franklin Park Zoo
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 @
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 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.

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”:
Green Team News                                     
Earth Week is April 22-26!  On Friday April 26th Thompson will be learning about Ecosystem Superheroes: the Pollinators, Pollinating Plants and Trees and building pollinator gardens.  SAVE the DATE!  Join Thompson building Pollinator Habitats.
New release of 5th grader’s Which Way For Water podcast. is out! 
Community News & Events
This spring the Town of Arlington wants to plant 50 new street trees in the Thompson School area (out of 150 total new trees being planted in Town this spring). Request one now – click this link! The Tree Warden will select an appropriate tree for the location, and the Town will plant it with a Gator bag for watering. You’ll just need to water the new tree for a few growing seasons so it can get established.

If you have any questions, please email Phil Tedesco at
Stories! Movement! Art! @ Gore Place
Want something to do during April school vacation? Stories! Movement! Art! will provide students in grades 3-6 the opportunity to tell stories through their art! By using low-tech materials, we’ll create art that physically moves or uses optical illusion to showcase movement! This program runs Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19 from 1-3:30pm. The program will take place inside the Carriage House at Gore Place in Waltham (the large building next to the parking lot). This program is $20 for the whole week, or $5/day. Tickets:

  Beats for EATS our yearly fundraiser was last Saturday. Thank you to all who partied with us, bid on auction items, or donated your time, money or auction items!  In April, we are looking forward to a Community Meal on Thursday April 11 at 6pm and Vacation Lunches. Please join us!

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