Thompson School News : May 20, 2019

Save the Date
*Newly Added Events* 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, Memorial Day May 28, Tuesday – Kindergarten Student Visit with Parent Tour May 29, Wednesday – 5th Grade Field Trip – Old South Meeting House May 30, Thursday – Spring Concert, 9 am, Gym May 31, Friday – 3rd Grade Enrichment – Annawon Weeden, First Light Foundation May 31, Friday – Spirit Day: Red, White, and Blue Day June 3, Monday – Kindergarten Field Trip – Stone Zoo June 3, Monday – Zero Waste Assembly, 8:50 am June 5, Wednesday – 1st Grade Field Trip – Courthouse June 5-6, Wednesday-Thursday – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Farrington Nature Linc June 7, Friday – PTO Morning Chat and Volunteers Thank-You, 8:15 am June 7, Friday – 5th Grade Enrichment – Wingmasters June 7 and 11, Friday and Tuesday – 3rd Grade Field Trip – Jason Russell House June 10, Monday – 5th Grade Graduation/Celebration of Learning June 11, Tuesday – Townwide Vote June 12, Wednesday – Field Day June 12, Wednesday – Chamber Orchestra State House Concert (4th/5th grades) June 12, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7 – 9 pm June 13, Thursday – Kindergarten – 4th Grade Enrichment – Author Jason Chin June 13, Thursday – 5th Grade Field Trip – Urban Air June 13, Thursday – Family Picnic (rain date June 14) June 13 and 14, Thursday and Friday – 3rd Grade Field Trip – Jason Russell House June 14, Friday – Spirit Day: Beach Day June 14, Friday – 1st Grade Field Trip – Courthouse June 14, Friday – Kindergarten Last Day of School
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 @
This Week’s Highlight
Thompson PTO Events Survey Did you know that the PTO is volunteer-run by fellow parents and caregivers like yourself, who plan, organize, and do all the fundraising for student enrichment programming, staff appreciation events, and community events at Thompson? Thinking ahead to planning for the 2019-2020 school year, we would love your input! All responses are confidential.
Thompson PTO Events Survey
Thompson News & Events
Thompson Art Show, May 23, 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’s 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!
Thank You, Volunteers! Volunteer Coffee and Munchies, Friday, June 7 @ 8:15 am Did you donate any amount of your time or expertise to the Thompson PTO this past school year? Whether you are a member of the board, chaired a community event, fundraised, baked some delicious goodies for events, or helped sell tickets, the PTO thanks you for your time and effort! Join us for a Thank You to Volunteers coffee on Friday, June 7, after drop-off at 8:15 am in the cafeteria. Younger kiddos welcome!
Thompson Students and Teachers Win State Environmental Award Thompson 5th graders, teacher Lauren D’Intino, and Arlington Green Teams accepted three MA Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy & Environmental Education  and asked Senator Friedman to protect our planet and people and teach climate action in K-12! Check out our ACMi Small But Mighty: Kids Change the World webpage featuring Thompson students’ podcasts and videos! Thompson was in the news: YourArlington and ACMi’s news report on the awards.

Congratulations on the Arlington polystyrene (Styrofoam plastic) ban! When we engage in community stewardship, we inspire each other and we win a healthy planet.
2019-2020 Community Card Launch,
Saturday, Sept. 14 @ Town Day!
The 2019-2020 Community Card is already under way! Contracts are being signed with 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, Sept. 14! 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!
Volunteer Opportunities
Field Day Is June 12 The annual Field Day is set for Wednesday, June 12, this year! The whole school will get together to participate in traditional outdoor summer games. We will need parent volunteers to help set up, help the teachers supervise the kids, and keep them together eating their lunch outside while the teachers go inside the school to have lunch. If you have time to spare that day, please sign up here: Field Day 2019
Volunteer Opportunity: Co-Treasurer Would you like to be involved in an impactful way with the Thompson PTO? The PTO is looking for a co-treasurer for the 2019-2020 school year. The position is typically a two-year commitment where you’ll be making budgeting and spending decisions and maintaining PTO finances. Financial or accounting expertise not required—just someone who is organized, can think critically, and can count! Please email Nandana Mewada ( or Christy Murphy-Macinta ( if you’re curious or interested.
Garden Update The Garden Committee is looking for a Vegetable Garden Coordinator to be a liaison between a garden educator, teachers, parents, and the after-school program. The position starts in June. The Garden Committee is also looking for teachers, students, and parents to help with the Pollinator Garden beds. Email Elizabeth Rocco at to be involved.
Enrichment News
Green Team News: Zero Waste Skit Rehearsal The Green Team Club and 5th graders will be rehearsing a skit on Wednesday and Friday, May 29 and 31, 2:30-3:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. The skit will be presented at the Zero Waste Assembly on Monday, June 3, 8:50 am. Sign up to participate or email Elizabeth Rocco at to be involved.
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.
Dr. Liza Talusan led an interactive workshop last month as part 2 of “Courageous Conversations: Talking to Our Children About Race.” Wee the People is one of her suggested resources—a Boston-based social justice project for kids ages 4-12. Follow them on Facebook to be up-to-date on upcoming events. Want to get involved? Join us at
Community News & Events
Get To Know the Arlington High School Project To help residents learn more about the AHS Building Project in advance of the June 11 townwide debt exclusion vote to pay for a new school, the AHS Building Committee has scheduled the following events: Community Forum, May 21, 7 pm, Town Hall AHS Tour, May 23, 7 pm AHS Tour, June 2, 1 pm For more information, visit or view a virtual fly-through video.
Arlington EATS: New Location, Pop-Up Pantry, Summer Lunches On June 1, the Arlington EATS Market temporarily moves to Saint John’s Church (74 Pleasant Street, Arlington). We’ll be there for approximately two years while 117 Broadway undergoes redevelopment for an affordable housing project, which will include a new and improved Market!

On June 13 from 6 – 7 pm, Arlington EATS will host an abundant pop-up pantry with staples and produce to help with the first few weeks of summer vacation.

We will have summer lunches at Thompson School Mondays through Thursdays, 12 – 1 pm, from July 8 to August 15; on Fridays, 12 – 1 pm, summer lunches will be offered at Robbins Library Community Room from July 12 to August 16.
5th Grade Social, June 7, 6 – 8 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
Cambridge Children’s Chorus Auditions Now accepting new singers age 4 through 8th grade for September. No experience or preparation necessary. Auditions will be held on Thursdays, June 6 and 13, 3:15 – 6 pm, or by appointment, at St. John the Evangelist, 2254 Mass. Ave., North Cambridge. To schedule an audition, please contact Wendy Silverberg, Director of Early Childhood Education: 617-869-8848 or Cambridge Children’s Chorus is a division of Boston City Singers.

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