Thompson School News : May 13, 2019

Save the Date
May 15, Wednesday – 5th Grade Yoga May 16, Thursday – 1st Grade Enrichment – African Drumming May 20-21, Monday – Tuesday – MCAS Science 5th Grade May 22, Wednesday – Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 8:30 am, Gym May 22, Wednesday – 5th Grade Yoga May 23, Thursday – School Art Show, 6 – 7:30 pm May 27, Monday – No School May 28, Tuesday – Kindergarten Student Visit with Parent Tour May 29, Wednesday – 5th Grade Field Trip – Old South Meeting House Visit May 30, Thursday – Spring Concert, 9 am, Gym May 31, Friday – 3rd Grade Enrichment – Annawon Weeden, First Light Foundation Visit May 31, Friday – Spirit Day: Red, White and Blue Day June 3, Monday – Kindergarten Field Trip – Stone Zoo June 5, Wednesday – 1st Grade Field Trip – Courthouse June 5-6, Wednesday – Thursday – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Farrington Nature Linc June 7, Friday- 3rd Grade Field Trip – Jason Russell House June 7, Friday- 5th Grade Enrichment – Wingmaster
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
Join the Picnic in the Park Planners
Summer is coming and it will be time for the Thompson School Picnic in the Park before you know it! Interested in helping to plan the fun? Come join the committee putting it together.
  Contact:  Kate Murphy:
Thompson News & Events
Respond and Prevent: Addressing Hate Incidents in Our Schools
A Dialogue for APS Families, Teachers and Staff

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Thursday, May 16th @ Bishop Elementary School Gym, 25 Columbia Rd, Arlington, MA

When incidents of hate occur in our community, one of the first questions many people ask is, “What should we tell the children?” This interactive forum will provide educators, parents and other interested community members with guidance in responding to hate incidents with our students and preventing school-based hate incidents. Moderated by Stacy Davison, an Arlington parent with significant expertise in facilitating anti-bias trainings.  Register here.  
Thompson Art Show The Thompson Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd from 6-7:30 pm. During this special evening the Thompson School will be transformed into an art gallery showcasing the work of all of our amazing student artists! Families and friends are invited to see and interact with the art and the artists. In keeping with the philosophy behind Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), each student comes up with their own ideas, and decides which techniques and materials would be best to make their ideas come to life. Students will choose the work to display, and help mount the work. Our students have a lot to say about their work, and why it is important to them. We hope that this show will be a chance for the whole community to come together and celebrate their growth as artists and the unique work they do in the art studio! 
Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group

One aim of the Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) is to share resources and local events that support courageous parents as they talk to their kids about diversity and inclusion.
We all notice difference and we all have bias that we aren’t even conscious of.  Want to learn more?  Check out Project Implicit here to take quick tests to discover your own implicit biases.  Use this information to start conversations about where our unconscious bias comes from and what we can consciously do when we’re aware of what’s happening unconsciously.
2019-2020 Community Card Launch Saturday September 14th! Work on the 2019-2020 Community Card is already underway! Contracts are being signed with the businesses now, the design and production of the card will wrap up over the summer, and we’ll be ready for another record-setting sales launch on Town Day September 14th!  Families returning in the fall, mark your calendars; as always, we will have the Town Day signup ready by the June picnic.  Families who are graduating from Thompson, we love ya, we’ll miss ya, and we hope you”ll come on down to the booth to say hi and get a card!
Community News & Events
5th Grade Social 5th Grade Dance
May 17 and June 7
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s the event of the season for all current 5th graders!

See our FLYER for all the fun!
To purchase tickets and for more information click HERE.

5th Grade Social – Code of Conduct
Arlington High School Project News
On April 29 Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved the appropriation of funds for the new high school with a vote of 208 to 10. The next crucial step in the process is the town-wide debt exclusion vote on June 11 to pay for the school.

Take a peek at the proposed school in this virtual fly-through video of the project design.

Residents are also invited to attend the next Community Forum on the project on Tuesday, May 21, 7-9 pm at Town Hall.

After the Town Meeting vote, AHS Building Committee chair Jeff Thielman remarked, “Town Meeting’s enthusiastic endorsement of the new school supports our belief that this is the best educational and financial choice for Arlington. We are the generation that has to address the pressing enrollment and facility needs of our deteriorating high school. It’s now up to the voters to decide on June 11.” The state is expected to reimburse Arlington approximately thirty percent of the cost of the $290.8M project.

For more information on the project, visit
The Little Fox Shop Is Open!                                   
The Little Fox Shop is a non-profit resale shop of children’s goods operating out of, and benefiting, the Fox Library. It was closed for a few months but is now open for business!  The Little Fox Shop is still in need of inventory as well as funds to purchase new fixtures, hangers, shelving and shelving units etc. If you’ve been meaning to clear out your kids’ closet or toy collection, the Fox Shop is a great place to send it! Items should be clean (no stains, rips, or tears; up to size 14!), complete (no missing pieces), and current (no baby gear before 2013).

To donate inventory: Fox Shop website for hours and guidelines.
To donate funds:
To volunteer (kids can tag along!):
Transitioning to Middle School, Spring Session 2019 Calling all parents and caregivers of students in Grades 5 and 6! Register for this free Guiding Good Choices (GGC) parenting series this Tuesday, May 14. GGC programs offer proven techniques and effective tools to help parents improve communication and strengthen trust with their children. GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once a week for five weeks.
  Join us Tuesday nights May 14, 21, June 4 & 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Whittemore Robbins House (670R Mass Ave).  Register via email:
Support Thompson
Amazon Smile
Designate Thompson School PTO as your favorite Amazon Smile charity of choice, and Smile will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price of any qualifying products to the PTO. (As of April 2019, we are no longer part of the Amazon Associates program.)
Box Tops for Education
We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops at the Thompson lobby.
Maxima Gifts’ My School Program
Every time you make a purchase, 5% of the pre-tax sale price goes to your school of choice. To sign up, see the My School webpage for details. Maxima will add an additional 2% of your purchase to your school when you sign up and make your first purchase.
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards
The Stop & Shop A+ Rewards program for the 2018-2019 school year concluded on March 19. Schools will get paid in June, and we can sign up and start earning again in September!

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