Thompson School News : May 28, 2019

Save the Date
*Newly Added Events* 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 3, Monday – Chamber Orchestra and Treble Chorus State House Concert, 3 pm (note the date correction) – Open to Public! 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 – Town-wide Vote June 12, Wednesday – Field Day (rain date June 17) 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 June 17, Monday – 4th Grade Field Trip – MOS Lewis and Clark Movie June 17 and 18 – Incoming Kindergarten Screening June 19, Wednesday – Last Day of School Grades 1-5 – 11:30 dismissal June 19, Wednesday – 5th Grade Clap-Out!
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
The Thompson PTO is looking for feedback from the parent community as we look ahead to planning the 2019-2020 school year.  We would love your input, so please consider taking five  minutes to fill out this short survey.  All responses are confidential. 
Thompson PTO Events Survey
Thompson News & Events
Teacher Appreciation Update
To the families who participated in Teacher Appreciation week: THANK YOU for helping us set up, clean up, prepare food, donate items, and essentially nurture our incredible staff. To support a school who serves over 500 students is no small feat. 
Our kids notice when we take care of each other in this way. They learn to appreciate each other, look for ways to help, and how to build a strong sense of community. Thank you for all you do. A special thank you to Cafe Nero and Abbott’s Frozen Custard for their donation. 
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 Family Picnic

Save the date!  The annual family picnic is coming: Thursday June 13th from 5-8pm (rain date June 14th).
Pack a picnic dinner, grab your chairs and blankets and come join the fun! Pizza, popcorn and frozen treats will be available for purchase.   
Knucklebones will be back with their gaga pit and games plus all the usual activities: dunk tank and bouncy houses and musical cakes.
As always, we will need A LOT of volunteers to pull all of this off!  Consider volunteering for a short shift selling concessions, helping with an activity or donating a cake.  Sign-up to help here:  
Green Team News: Zero Waste Assembly Skit Practice
Rehearsals – Wed, May 29th and Fri, May 31st from 2.30-3.30 pm in the Multipurpose room, Dress Rehearsal – Mon, June 3rd, 8.20-8.50 am.

   Sign up to participate! We need parent and student volunteers to make props and help with rehearsals.  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. Language shapes how we think, so to welcome all possibilities for being, we need to consciously broaden our thinking.  Here’s a post about inclusive language and using gender neutral pronouns: Ways to Be More Inclusive.
Volunteer Opportunities
Field Day Is June 12
The annual Field Day is set for Wednesday, June 12, this year! All students 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
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. 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.
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 town-wide 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.

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. Our hours are as follows:
Donation drop-offs: Tuesdays, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.
Distribution: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
A big thank you to St. John’s—and the many community groups that also use the church—for their hospitality during this transition. 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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