Thompson School News : January 14, 2019

Save The Date
*new* Jan 16, Wednesday – Grade 1 Discovery Museum Workshop *Jan 18, Friday – Green Team meeting, 2:30 pm* Jan 21, Monday – NO SCHOOL Jan 25, Friday – Spirit Day – Be a Superhero! Jan 26, Saturday – Thompson Winter Parents Party *Feb 1, Friday – Green Team meeting, 2:30 pm* Feb 6-8, Wednesday-Friday – Schoolwide enrichment, Bash the Trash Feb 8, Friday – Game Night *Feb 13, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7-9 pm* *Feb 14, Thursday – 1st grade enrichment, Veronica Robles Mexican Dance* *Feb 14, Thursday – 4th/5th grade enrichment, author Holly Goldberg Sloan* *Feb 14, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner* *Feb 15, Friday – Spirit Day: Mismatch Day* *Feb 18-22, Monday-Friday – NO SCHOOL, Winter 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
PTO Spotlight
Parents Winter Party! Saturday, Jan. 26 @ Arlington Town Hall,  7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. The annual Winter Parents Party is only two weeks away! Get ready for a DJ, dancing, cash bar, some awesome raffle items, and most of all a chance to meet and socialize with other Thompson parents. Come enjoy a night out, you deserve it! All 21+ are welcome. The two organizers will need some extra hands leading up to and at the event. Can you help? See the list of needs here: tinyurl.com/2019partyvolunteer Cost: $15 Purchase tickets online: tinyurl.com/winterparty2019 Purchase tickets by cash or check and see FAQs: tinyurl.com/WinterPartyFAQ2019 Ticket, Bar, and Raffle fees cover the cost of putting on the party. Any profits will be donated to the PTO Enrichment Fund.
Thompson News & Events
4th and 5th Grade Wednesday Morning Fitness Program Mr. Cavanaugh, Thompson’s physical education teacher, is running a 6-week fitness program for 4th and 5th grade students on Wednesday mornings starting at 7:30 a.m. The program is free for Thompson students. Students have the opportunity to participate in various fitness activities. The program still has a few openings! Please email Melissa Crowley, PTO Outreach Coordinator, directly at melish26@yahoo.com, if your child is interested in participating. The last session is scheduled for Feb. 13.
2019 Thompson Schoolwide Yearbook Ordering / Picture Preference / Opting Out We are pleased to announce the annual Thompson Schoolwide Yearbook will be making a return for the 2018-2019 school year! Helping our children hold onto memories of friends from all across the school, the soft-cover, 24-page, color book will display every class (K-5) with the individual school portraits taken by Coffee Pond earlier this year, along with the teachers and administration. The price is $14.85. A form was sent home in your child’s folder last week that should be returned only if your child had a retake photo or if, for any reason, you do not want your child’s photo in the book. If you have any questions please direct them to Kate at katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com or Lisa at lisaslomba@gmail.com.

For easy online ordering until Feb. 4: Go to Coffeepond.com Under Order Central, select Yearbooks Enter school password: Thompson2019
Green Team News 5th graders have started making Podcasts for the Planet with ACMi, and Ms. Dichter’s 2nd graders are adapting a song, Don’t Dump Trash. The PTO is bringing Bash the Trash to Thompson Feb. 6-8 to transform trash into a parade of musical instruments! Come to Green Team meetings after school Friday Jan. 18 and Friday Feb. 1 in Room 210. We will prepare for Bash the Trash, practice our Don’t Dump Trash song, and develop our Podcasts for the Planet! To become involved with Green Team, contact Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com.
Game Night Is 6-8 pm Friday, Feb. 8 Come with the kids and join the fun! Bring your favorite game(s) or try demo games from local company Gamewright. Eat dinner before you come, or bring a picnic-style dinner to eat in the cafeteria. Additionally, we will have healthy snacks, baked treats, and drinks available for purchase. We will sell used games donated by Thompson families and new Gamewright games. All profits go to the PTO.

To donate a game or puzzle, bring it to the designated bin in the front lobby. Sign up to volunteer and/or donate food.
Get Involved
Join the PTO Team! Are you interested in helping with the weekly newsletter, organizing an upcoming event, or using your skills in another way for the benefit of the Thompson School community? Email pto@thompsonschoolpto.org to get involved!
Community News & Events
AHS Building Project January Events As the Arlington High School Building Project progresses through the Schematic Design phase, the AHS Building Committee is hosting the following events to keep residents informed and offer an opportunity to ask questions. Learn more about the AHS Building Project. Jan. 14 @ 7 pm – Community Forum, Arlington Town Hall (snow date Jan. 16): This forum will include a project update and discussion about the estimated cost.
Having Courageous Conversations About Race with Our Children: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 Join parents and guardians of students from all elementary Arlington Public Schools to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in talking about race and racism in our families. This educational forum will be lead by Dr. Liza Talusan, a nationally recognized educator on issues of diversity and inclusion. Opening remarks will be given by Dr. Roderick MacNeal, Assistant Superintendent of APS. Register at https://tinyurl.com/CourageousRegister and ask the speaker a question at https://tinyurl.com/CourageousQuestion.
Free Parent Forum
Smoking and Vaping: Preventing Teen Trends Tuesday, Jan. 22 @ 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ottoson Cafeteria (snow date Jan. 24). Presented by Vaughan W. Rees, PhD. Learn more.
Arlington EATS Community Dinner Join us for a Community Meal on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. and for School Vacation Lunches Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 19-22, from 12-1 p.m. We have a limited number of open volunteer slots for vacation lunches. Sign up here. And save the date for Beats for EATS: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7-11 pm at Town Hall. More information coming soon!
Support Thompson

Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more.

 
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card and support the PTO with every purchase.
 
Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobby.
Connect with Us
Nandana Mewada, Copresident
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Cochair
Lani Obermayer, Communications Cochair
If you have news to share with the community, please email ThompsonPTOevents@gmail.com by Thursday at 12 noon to be included in the next newsletter.

Please note that we will only include news from the Thompson School and Town of Arlington. Announcements of interest to the Thompson community from other non-profit organizations may be included at our discretion.

Thompson School News : January 7, 2019

Save The Date
*new* Jan 9, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7-9 pm Jan 10, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6-7 pm Jan 16, Wednesday – Grade 1 Discovery Museum Workshop Jan 21, Monday – NO SCHOOL Jan 25, Friday – Spirit Day – Be a Superhero! Jan 26, Saturday – Thompson Winter Parents Party *Feb 6-8, Wednesday-Friday – Schoolwide enrichment, Bash the Trash* *Feb 8, Friday – Game Night*
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
Parents Winter Party: Save the Date
Saturday, January 26, 2019 This year’s Thompson Winter Parents Party will be held at the beautiful Arlington Town Hall. Kid-free!! Get ready for a DJ and dancing as well as a great opportunity to meet other parents. We’ll also have food and a cash bar. Be on the lookout for a formal invitation coming home in your child’s backpack.
Thompson News & Events
Green Team News: Create a Podcast for the Planet!
Monday, January 7, 6-8 pm @ ACMi studio ACMi (Arlington Community Media Inc.) is offering a workshop to Green Teams on how to create a podcast. Pizza and refreshments will be served. This workshop is intended to give students the tools and inspiration to create “podcasts for the planet” that we can share at our townwide celebration of Earth Day in April and to support any students who want to submit their podcasts to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Learn more about the ACMi podcast workshop. RSVP to production@acmi.tv; please also email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you sign up.
Get Involved
Join the PTO Team! Are you interested in helping with the weekly newsletter, organizing an upcoming event, or using your skills in another way for the benefit of the Thompson School community? Email pto@thompsonschoolpto.org to get involved!
International Festival Planning Team The biennial Thompson International Festival will be held on Saturday, March 16. This beloved family event celebrates the rich diversity of the Thompson community. Events include a kids fashion show, cultural performances, country tables, global arts & crafts, and food. The PTO is putting together a planning team for the event. If you are curious to learn more or would like to be part of the team, email Yael Beals (yael.beals@gmail.com) by Jan. 11.
Community News & Events
Arlington EATS Community Dinner The January Community Meal will be this Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6 pm at the Thompson School cafeteria. We hope to see you there. And save the date for Beats for EATS: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7-11 pm at Town Hall. More information coming soon!
AHS Building Project January Events As the Arlington High School Building Project progresses through the Schematic Design phase, the AHS Building Committee is hosting the following events to keep residents informed and offer an opportunity to ask questions. Learn more about the AHS Building Project. Jan. 9 @ 7 pm – Building tours, Arlington High School: Tours will take approximately 45 minutes with a brief Q&A session to follow. Jan. 14 @ 7 pm – Community Forum, Arlington Town Hall (snow date Jan. 16): This forum will include a project update and discussion about the estimated cost.
Support Thompson

Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more.

 
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card and support the PTO with every purchase.
 
Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobby.
Connect with Us
Nandana Mewada, Copresident
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Cochair
Lani Obermayer, Communications Cochair
If you have news to share with the community, please email ThompsonPTOevents@gmail.com by Thursday at 12 noon to be included in the next newsletter.

Please note that we will only include news from the Thompson School and Town of Arlington. Announcements of interest to the Thompson community from other non-profit organizations may be included at our discretion.

Thompson School News : December 17, 2018

Save The Date
*new* Dec 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm Dec 17, Monday – iRobot visit to 3rd grade classes Dec 20, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner 6 pm – 7 pm Dec 21, Friday – Spirit Day – Pajama Day Dec 21, Friday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served) Dec 24 – Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break Jan 2, Wednesday – Back to School Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Thompson Drama Project Auditions Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit Jan 4, Friday – 5th Grade Enrichment Program Museum of Science States of Matter (@Thompson) Jan 9, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7-9 pm Jan 10, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6-7 pm Jan 16, Wednesday – Grade 1 Discovery Museum Workshop Jan 21, Monday – NO SCHOOL Jan 25, Friday – Spirit Day – Be a Superhero! Jan 26, Saturday – Thompson Winter Parents Party
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 Message
Dear Thompson Families,
How is it the end of December already?  I can’t believe we are closing in on the end of 2018 and ready ourselves to welcome all of the promise that 2019 has to offer.  While these last days of December can be stressful, it is important to find the time to reflect on the past year, celebrate our successes, learn from our mistakes, and plan for the future.  This week, I will be meeting with the students and discussing this month’s theme of kindness.  We will share ways that we are kind to our family, community, school, and each other.  I’ll be asking the students to think about how they will “commit to kindness” for 2019 and each class will create a representation of their commitment.

In addition to this being a great activity to welcome the New Year, this will also be an activity that allows us to move forward from the graffiti incident that occurred.  We have been able to identify the student involved, and are working with them and their family to make reparations.  I appreciate the support of the staff and parent community during this time.  While it felt like such a violation of who we are as a community, knowing the circumstances around it has provided a clear sense of the work we all need to do with our students, and each other, as we navigate difficult situations.

I wish you all a winter break full of lazy mornings where you can stay in your pj’s, laughter, family fun, and perhaps a little snow!


                                                
See you in 2019!

Karen
PTO Spotlight
Dear Families,
2019 is fast approaching and it is hard to believe but we are a third of the way through the school year! Fall and December have been jam-packed months for the PTO.
 
We kicked off the year with our two major fundraising drives – Arlington Community Card sales and the Direct Donation Drive – both of which exceeded their goals. Additional funds were raised from programs including the Election Day Bake Sale, Arlington Orthodontics’ Candy Buy Back Program, Otto’s Pizza Night and Maxima Gifts Thompson Day. 
 
Easy ongoing opportunities to support the PTO throughout the rest of the year include Amazon, Stop & Shop A+ Rewards and the Box Tops program. If you shop on Amazon, remember to go through the PTO website and click on the Amazon icon. For the Box Top program just bring Box Tops cutouts to the collection bin by the mailboxes in the main office.  Register your Stop & Shop Card online (https://stopandshop.com/school-rewards/) and support the PTO with every purchase.
 
Funds raised from these initiatives will be used to pay for enrichment activities and also support the teacher reimbursement program, as well as scholarships for students in need of financial assistance. To date, the PTO provided scholarships for Picture Day, the Book Fair and community events.
 
Turning to enrichment, the Enrichment team was busy orchestrating new and returning programming for our students. Kindergartners learned to engineer pyramids with Wicked Cool Kids; iRobot visited the 3rd Grade; and, The Energized Guyz: Powered up! performed for Grades 3 through 5. Three grades went on some exciting field trips: 2nd Grade enjoyed a performance of Goonie Bird Greene at the Wheelock Family Theater; 4th Grade took a trip to Lowell Mills; and the 5th Grade visited the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science.
 
The PTO also planned and hosted several community events this trimester: Welcome Back Breakfast, Movie Night, Literacy Night and the Book Fair.
 
Looking ahead to the start of 2019, there are several exciting programs planned for students. Kindergarten will participate in an Animal Adventure in-school program, Grade 1 will visit the Discovery Museum, 4th Grade will participate in a Circuit Labs program, and 5th Grade will enjoy a visiting program from the Museum of Science. Additionally, all grades will participate in workshops with Bash the Trash in February. For the larger community, our ever-popular, parent-only Winter Party will be held on January 26th at Town Hall. February brings us Game Night and March our beloved, biennial International Festival!
 
These programs and events are only made possible by the many parents who volunteer their time and expertise. Many thanks to the PTO Board, the Fundraising team, the Enrichment team, the Room Parents, Event Chairs, the Communications team, and every volunteer who dedicated an hour or many hours to bringing these events to fruition. Our need for parent volunteers is ongoing into the New Year. Please sign up to volunteer for any amount of time that you can to make these activities possible for our kids!
 
We are grateful to the many local businesses that supported the Thompson PTO through the Community Card or through donations to our events. Lastly, our sincere thanks to the teachers, staff, Ms. Vicki and Mrs. Donato for all their support and partnership.
 
Wishing you happy holidays and a happy new year!
 
Nandana & Christy
(Co-President and Vice President)
Thompson News & Events
Book Fair and Literacy Night
                        

The Thompson Book Fair and Literacy Night were a big success!  Thanks to the Book Rack, who brought us an amazing selection of books. This year the PTO was able to sponsor books for students in need and purchase books from teacher wish-lists for individual classrooms.

Literacy Night immersed us in the many languages from around the world. Through poetry reading, writing, bilingual books and activity stations, we were reminded of the amazing diversity of our community.

Thanks to the book fair co-chairs, Sarah Gupta and Debbie Richer, Literacy Night co-chairs Sri Thumati and Lori Lennon, and all the volunteers who assisted during both events.
Arlington EATS
The December Community Dinner has been rescheduled to December 20. We hope to see you there! 


Did you know that Arlington EATS distributes over 1000 snacks a week in Arlington Schools?  This #GivingDecember our goal is to feed learning by raising $6,500 in support of the snack program in 2019. Help us reach our goal today by donating towards the snack program!
Thompson Drama Project       
Hello Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade parents, it’s time to sign up for the Thompson Drama Project! 
 
We are planning to do two plays this year. We are happy to welcome back Maf Terry and Lise White directing one show and Gaggi Destefanis assisted by Yael Beals for the other.  Rehearsals will begin the week of Jan. 7, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons (though students will not necessarily need to attend both days).   
 
Auditions will be on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4 after school in the Music Room. All actors who audition will receive a part – the auditions are for casting purposes.  All children must sign up for an audition time here.
 
Prior to the audition, you must fill out a registration form for your child here.  Your child cannot audition unless you have filled out a registration form and signed up for an audition slot.
 
Please be sure to read the TDP Ground Rules here. Mark your calendars – performances will be April 7th, 10th and 11th!  Dress rehearsals will be April 2nd and 5th, and weekend tech rehearsals will be on March 30 and 31.
 
If your child does not wish to act, but would like to help paint sets and make props (any grade) or help backstage (5th grade only), please send us an email letting us know and we will send more information closer to the time.  

Please let us know if you have any questions at thompsondramaproject1@gmail .com.
 
Karen Roth and Tonja Bishop
Co-Producers
Green Team News: Create a Podcast for the Planet!
ACMi (Arlington Community Media, Inc) is going to offer a workshop to Green Teams in January on how to create a podcast. This will hopefully culminate in Green Teams submitting podcasts on any environment-related topic that interests them for a town-wide event celebrating Earth Day in April. Teams are also invited to submit their podcast to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, which you can read more about here: This training will support our Green Team goal of making our own videos. 
www.npr.org/2018/11/15/664671123/npr-student-podcast-challenge-turn-an-idea-into-sound-and-win

Thank you all who made love graffiti last week!

The Dentist Is Coming to Thompson January 3 & 4, 2019

The dentist is coming to Thompson Elementary January 3rd and 4th 2019. Please fill out the form sent home with your student and turn it in to Nurse Christina or Vicki Rose if you would like your child’s teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Smile Massachusetts at 1-888-481-8639 or visit the website at mobiledentist.com.
Parents Winter Party – Save the Date  
Saturday January 26th, 2019 This years Thompson Winter Parents Party will be held at the beautiful Arlington Town Hall. Kid-Free!!  Get ready for a DJ, dancing, as well as a great opportunity to meet other parents.  We’ll also have food and a cash bar. After winter break, be on the lookout for a formal invitation coming home in your child’s backpack.
Community News & Events

Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert  
Monday, December 17th, 6pm @ Arlington Town Hall
The all-town elementary treble chorus is open to all 4th and 5th graders from each of the Arlington elementary schools. The concert will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
 
Support Thompson

Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more.

 
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card and support the PTO with every purchase.
Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobb

Thompson School News : December 10, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Dec 10 – 14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night 6-7:30 pm
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm
  • Dec 17, Monday – iRobot visit to 3rd grade classes
  • Dec 20, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner 6 pm – 7 pm
  • Dec 21, Friday – Spirit Day – Pajama Day
  • Dec 21, Friday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Dec 24 – Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break
  • Jan 2, Wednesday – Back to School
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Play Auditions
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit
  • Jan 4, Friday – 5th Grade Enrichment Program Museum of Science States of Matter (@Thompson)
  • Jan 9, Wednesday – PTO meeting, 7-9 pm
  • Jan 10, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6-7 pm

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

Book Fair: December 10th-14th
Literacy Night: December 11th

The Book Fair and Literacy Night are this week! The Book Fair will be open after school and evenings in the library for parents to peruse and purchase books. Come get your holiday shopping done and support Thompson!

We still need volunteers to help make the Book Fair and Literacy Night a success.  

Sign up to help at these events: https://TinyURL.com/thompsonliteracy.

  • Monday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday 11:30 am – 3 pm & 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Open for Parent-Teacher Conferences and Literacy Night)
  • Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Thursday 2:30 – 3:30 pm & 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Open for Parent-Teacher Conferences)
  • Friday 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Thompson News & Events

Arlington EATS

The December Community Dinner has been rescheduled to December 20 from 6 PM to 7 PM. We hope to see you there!

Did you know that Arlington EATS distributes over 1000 snacks a week in Arlington Schools?  This #GivingDecember our goal is to feed learning by raising $6,500 in support of the snack program in 2019. Help us reach our goal today by donating towards the snack program!

Green Team News : The Green Team Club Meeting

Button Battery Recycling

Thompson will start Button Battery Recycling in December!  We need you to help collect button batteries! Drop off box will be in the reception area near the recycled marker drop off. The Arlington Garden Club gifts $500 annually in button cell battery recovery funds to APS school garden projects, and Thompson directly benefited from this collection last year!

Thompson Drama Project

Hello Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade parents! Believe it or not, it is play time!

Auditions will be on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4 after school in the Music Room. All actors who audition will receive a part – the auditions are for casting purposes.

Rehearsals will begin the week of Jan. 7, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons (though students will not necessarily need to attend both days), with one weekend tech rehearsal in March.

The play will be performed the week of April 7-11. There is no cost for participation, but as this is a 100% volunteer organization, we do ask that all families volunteer to help out.  Watch for more information coming in the next few weeks. Direct questions to: thompsondramaproject1@gmail.com.

The Dentist Is Coming to Thompson

January 3 & 4, 2019

The dentist is coming to Thompson Elementary January 3rd and 4th 2019. Please fill out the form sent home with your student and turn it in to Nurse Christina or Vicki Rose if you would like your child’s teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Smile Massachusetts at 1-888-481-8639 or visit the website at mobiledentist.com.

Community News & Events

SEPAC Update

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s next meeting is Tuesday, December 11th, 7:00 p.m. at the Gibbs Media Center.

Parent Forums

Wednesday, December 12 (snow date: Dec 13) @ AYCC, 7 – 8:30pm

UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie screening and panel discussion. By letting kids and teens speak openly about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), UNSTUCK reveals the complexity of this mental health problem and allows young people to explain how they learned to regain control of their lives. Presented by: Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) & OCD Massachusetts. Located @ AYCC, Whittemore Robbins House, 670R Mass Ave. Free admittance and light refreshments served. Donations gladly accepted. RSVP to bys.arlington@gmail.com. Maximum capacity: 60. Sponsored by the Arlington Public School’s Parent Forum Committee, the Board of Youth Services, & the Arlington Youth Counseling Center.

Winter Craft Festival!

Come to the Winter Craft Festival at Arlington High School on Saturday, December 15, from 9-1pm! Crafts include gingerbread houses, snow globes, mug warmers, snowflakes, and more!  Admission is $7! Please respond with interest to classofficers2020@gmail.com. This is a great way for kids to celebrate the holidays and practice their creativity! Ages 0 – 10, all are welcome.

 

Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert

Monday, December 17th, 6pm @ Arlington Town Hall

The all-town elementary treble chorus is open to all 4th and 5th graders from each of the Arlington elementary schools. The concert will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Support Thompson


Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more.
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card and support the PTO with every purchase.
Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobby.

 

PTO Meeting Agenda – Dec. 5, 2018

  1. Introductions – All
  2. November Minutes Approval
  3. School Updates (Mrs. Donato)
  4. Financial & Budget Update
    1. Overall Budget Numbers (Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat)
    2. Community Cards (Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis)
  5. Enrichment Update (Tonja Bishop & Sophie Delano)
  6. Thompson Book Bags (Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley)
  7. Community Outreach Update (Melissa Crowley)
  8. Volunteering and Give Back Time (Judy Hu)
  9. Thompson Drama Project (Tonja Bishop)
  10. Upcoming Events
    1. Winter Party: January 26th, 2019 confirmed
    2. Game Night (March)
    3. International Festival (March)
    4. PTO-sponsored EATS Community Meal
    5. Morning PTO Eveents – AHS Rebuild Committee: Dec. 7
  11. Events Debrief
    1. Otto Pizza (Christy Murphy-Macinta)
  12. Other Updates & Announcements
    1. 5th Grade Graduation (Ashley Lorenz)

Thompson School News : November 26, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Nov 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day
  • Dec 3, Monday – 5th grade field trip @ Museum of Science planetarium
  • Dec 4, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – Picture Retake Day
  • Dec 7, Friday – Thompson Fundraiser @ Maxima Gift Center read more
  • Dec 10-14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night 6-7:30 pm
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • Dec 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm
  • Dec 21, Friday – Spirit Day – Pajama Day
  • Dec 21, Friday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Dec 24-Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break
  • Jan 2, Wednesday – Back to School
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit
  • Jan 4, Friday – 5th Grade Enrichment Program Museum of Science States of Matter (@Thompson)

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

Enrichment Planning is in Full Swing

Enrichment planning is in full swing and several classes have already had exciting field trips and in-school assemblies.The Energized Guyz taught grades 3-5 about how energy can be wasted and ways to conserve it.
In late October, fourth grade ventured to Boott Cotton Mills in Lowell to learn more about the workings of textile mills and what it was like to work in the mill.

Second graders saw Gooney Bird Greene at Wheelock Family Theater and learned how everyone has a remarkable, absolutely true story to tell.
Kindergartners are learning about building pyramids with Wicked Cool Kids in school workshops.

Maxima Gifts – Holiday Shopping Fundraiser for Thompson

Friday Dec 7th, 10AM-9PM
On Friday December 7th, Maxima Gift Center will donate 15% of purchases made by Thompson families to our school. Just tell them you are there to support Thompson at checkout!  Maxima has all sorts of gifts for all ages. Books, toys, decorative items, jewelry, accessories, etc.  Address: 224 Mass Ave (same block as Quebrada Baking Company and Capitol Theatre) **After 6pm, enjoy a glass of wine while you shop!** Maxima is a longtime community member and supporter of Arlington’s Public Schools. In addition to these special one-day events, you can have 5% of your purchase go to Thompson on ANY day you shop there throughout the year.  Ask to get your name on their MySchool program the next time you are in the store.

Thompson News & Events

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, Nov 30
Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!

Halloween Candy Buyback Program HUGE Success!

Arlington Orthodontics 4th annual Halloween Candy Buyback collected a whopping 1,800 pounds of leftover Halloween candy from local children and parents to be shipped to American military service members overseas as part of the Operation Gratitude.  The matching donation to the Thompson PTO was $553. Thanks to all the Thompson students who donated their Halloween candy!

Green Team News:The Green Team club meeting

Friday November 30th and Friday December 7th 3:40pm-4:40pm @ ACMI’s Studio B
The 5th grade Green Team editing team will be meeting with Kevin Wetmore to learn how to create and edit green team videos.

Friday December 7th 2:35pm-3:30pm @ room 210
We will be playing the cooperative game, Wildcraft, and learning about wild medicinal plants. Please email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you or your child is interested in joining us.

The Dentist is Coming to Thompson

January 3 & 4, 2019

The dentist is coming to Thompson Elementary January 3rd and 4th 2019. Please fill out the form sent home with your student and turn it in to Nurse Christina or Vicki Rose if you would like your child’s teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Smile Massachusetts at 1-888-481-8639 or visit the website at mobiledentist.com.

Arlington Community Card

Over 1600 cards sold to date!  November is our last big marketing push. Now is the time to tell everyone “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town. Cards can still be purchased at: The Book Rack, Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal @ www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org. Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk.

Community News & Events

Arlington High School Building Project Community Forums:

As the design of the new school takes shape, these public forums will keep the public informed, and give residents the chance to ask questions and provide feedback.

Tuesday, November 27 (snow date Nov. 28) @ Arlington Town Hall, 7pm – 9pm 
The new high school is now in the Schematic Design phase. Learn more and provide feedback on: Exterior design concepts, Site plan (flow around the building, drop-off, parking, fields, etc.), Concepts for reusing/recreating historic elements. Feedback will be gathered at the forum, and through an online survey available next week.

Monday, January 14 (snow date Jan. 16) @ Arlington High School, 7-9pm
This forum will be preceded by tours of the High School. For more information, visit www.ahsbuilding.org, or follow the project on Facebook.

Tell Your Teachers They Are STARS!

The Arlington Education Foundation’s STARS (School Teachers Are Really Special) program is a way to thank teachers for what they’re doing for our students — and help support Arlington Public Schools via AEF’s research grants. For a donation of $20 or more, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate honoring that teacher with a gift in his or her name.

You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. STARS donations go back into our schools as funding for AEF grants both large and small. Read more about AEF grants.

STARS can be given at any time during the year, but a donation prior to December 5 will ensure delivery  before the holiday break. Click here to give your Star.

Parent Forums:

Thursday, December 6 @ Ottoson Cafeteria, 7 – 8:30pm 
Partying = Intoxication: A Harmful Message for Teens. Presenter: Nicholas Chadi MD, pediatrician, musician, writer, and researcher specializing in adolescent health and addiction. Sponsored by the Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Youth Health and Safety Coalition.

Wednesday, December 12 (snow date: Dec 13) @ AYCC, 7 – 8:30pm
UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie screening and panel discussion. By letting kids and teens speak openly about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), UNSTUCK reveals the complexity of this mental health problem and allows young people to explain how they learned to regain control of their lives. Presented by: Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) & OCD Massachusetts. Located @ AYCC, Whittemore Robbins House, 670R Mass Ave. Free admittance and light refreshments served. Donations gladly accepted. RSVP to bys.arlington@gmail.com. Maximum capacity: 60. Sponsored by the Arlington Public School’s Parent Forum Committee, the Board of Youth Services, & the Arlington Youth Counseling Center.

Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert

Monday, December 17th, 6pm @ Arlington Town Hall
The all-town elementary treble chorus is open to all 4th and 5th graders from each of the Arlington elementary schools. The concert will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Support Thompson

Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card and support the PTO with every purchase.

Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobby.

Thompson School News : November 19, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Nov 19, Monday – Otto Pizza Fundraising Night, 5 – 9 pm
  • Nov 21, Wednesday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Nov 22 & 23, Thursday and Friday – No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Nov 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day
  • Dec 4, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm
  • Dec 5, Wednesday – Picture Retake Day
  • Dec 10-14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • Dec 17, Monday – Arlington Treble Chorus & Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert, 6pm
  • Dec 21, Friday – Spirit Day – Pajama Day
  • Dec 21, Friday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Dec 24-Jan 1 – NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break
  • Jan 2, Wednesday – Back to School
  • Jan 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday – Dentist Visit

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

Otto Fundraising Night

Monday, Nov 19, 5 – 9 pm @ 202 Mass Ave., Arlington
The Thompson PTO will receive a percentage of all purchases from take-out, delivery, dine-in, or simply buying a gift card. Have some guilt-free pizza! Spread the word!
Order online or call 781-859-5378

Thompson News & Events

Each classroom at Thompson has one or two Room Parents who volunteer to support the class teachers and specialists. Room Parents communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers, and organize class gifts for the teacher.
Below are the 2018-2019 Thompson Room Parents:
Kindergarten Team
Mrs. Abbott – Jamie Viteri and Crystal Woller
Mrs. Giovannini – Sabrina Kias and Judy Hu
Ms. Joseph – Edith Wun, Allyson Ramsey, and Maureen Gates
Ms. Melnik – Lisa Hersey and Amy Droitcour

1st Grade Team
Mrs. Caplin – Christy Murphy-Macinta
Mrs. Coveno – Katie Moylan and Patricia Gallen
Mrs. Frost – Lani Obermayer
Ms. Givens-Lamothe – Liz Myers, Julie Mow, and Eve Manz

2nd Grade Team
Ms. Bassham – Lousie Parker
Ms. Dichter – Alona Muzikansky and Christa Kelleher
Ms. O’Mahony – Sri Thumati and Maja Fiket
Ms. Orlando – Shannon Hancock and Danielle Gottesman

3rd Grade Team
Ms. Fassel – Karen LoRusso
Ms. Ferola – Tori Kaufmann-Paulman
Ms. Foley – Shannon Dixon and Kobe Cook
Ms. McKenney – Keryn Shaffner

4th Grade Team
Mrs. Jette Sri Thumati and Liz Spingler
Mrs. BrognaDanielle Gottesman and Susan Zwick
Ms. Crowley – Debbie Richer
Mrs. Armstrong – Andrea Holden and Kristen Burrell

5th Grade Team
Mr. Allen – Sara Wilkinson
Mrs. Leigh – Cristin Bagnall
Mr. Guidoboni – Fiona Ehring and Nicole Flory
Ms. D’Intino – Larissa Miller

Specials
Art – Takako Sugihara
Gym – Melissa Crowley
Library – Sarah Gupta
Music – Joanna Alexander

The Dentist is Coming to Thompson

January 3 & 4, 2019

The dentist is coming to Thompson Elementary January 3rd and 4th 2019. Please fill out the form sent home with your student and turn it in to Nurse Christina or Vicki Rose if you would like your child’s teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Smile Massachusetts at 1-888-481-8639 or visit the website at mobiledentist.com.

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, Nov 30
Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!

Arlington

Community Card

Over 1500 cards sold to date! November is our last big marketing push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town. Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, at Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org. Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk and from Family Sales sellers.

Community News & Events

AEF’s Annual Fall Fundraiser

Monday, November 19th, 6-8 pm @ Tryst – 689 Mass Ave, Arlington
RSVP‘s still welcome
Suggested Donation: $100/person; $150/couple

Please join us as we raise a glass to recognize recent AEF grants and look ahead to an exciting 2018-2019 school year!  Guest speakers include Brian Meringer, Principal of Ottoson Middle School & Kristin DeFrancisco, Principal of the Gibbs School. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Can’t attend the fundraiser? You can still donate!

Community Forum To Quit Smoking

Tuesday, November 20th, 7-8:30 pm @ Robbins Library Community Room
Free hypnosis and behavioral modification workshop to help smokers and vapers quit for good. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

Arlington Treble Chorus and Arlington Elementary Orchestra Concert

Monday, December 17th, 6 pm @ Arlington Town Hall
The all-town elementary treble chorus is open to all 4th and 5th graders from each of the Arlington elementary schools. The concert will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Support Thompson

Amazon: If you shop on Amazon, please use the Amazon banner on the PTO website (www.thompsonschoolpto.org). Last year the PTO earned $2,400 through the Amazon Associates program. The PTO earns a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Check out the FAQ.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card online and support the PTO with every purchase.

Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year, and each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

PTO Meeting Agenda – Nov. 14, 2018

  1. Introductions – All
  2. October Minutes Approval
  3. School Updates (Mrs. Donato)
  4. Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group (Judith Schaechter)
  5. Financial & Budget Update
    1. Overall Numbers & Teacher Reimbursements (Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat)
    2. Direct Donation Drive (Juliet Moir & Yael Beals)
    3. Thompson Bags (Judy Hu and Melissa Crowley)
    4. Maxima (Nandana Mewada)
    5. Proposal by Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts Center (Nandana Mewada)
  6. Enrichment Update (Tonja Bishop & Sophie Delano)
  7. Community Outreach: Update from conversation with teachers (Melissa Crowley)
  8. Upcoming Events
    1. Book Fair: Dec 10th – 14th (Sarah Gupta & Debbie Richer)
    2. Literacy Night: Dec 11th (Sri Thumati)
  9. Events Debrief
    1. Movie Night (Fiona Ehring)
    2. Picture Day (Christy Murphy-Macinta)
    3. Election Day Bake Sale (Christy Murphy-Macinta, Melissa Crowley, Nandana Mewada)
  10. Other Updates & Announcements
    1. Funding for a classroom rug (Fiona Ehring)
    2. Holiday Drive (Nandana Mewada)
    3. Parent Winter Party (Jan/Feb)
    4. December PTO Meeting date change (Nandana Mewada)
    5. Morning PTO Meeting with AHS Building Committee Members

Thompson School News : November 13, 2018

Save The Date

*new*

  • Nov 14, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7 – 9 pm
  • Nov 14 & 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 15, Thursday – School Committee meeting, 6:30 – 10 pm
  • Nov 17, Saturday – Boys In Motion 5K – 9 am
  • Nov 19, Monday – Otto Pizza Fundraising Night, 5 – 9 pm
  • Nov 21, Wednesday – 12 pm Early Release (no lunch served)
  • Nov 22 & 23, Thursday and Friday – No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day
  • Dec 4, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 10-14, Monday-Friday – Book Fair
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Dec 11, Tuesday – Literacy Night
  • Dec 13, Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences

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 Message

Dear Thompson Families,

It’s time for conferences! By now you should have received an email from me that had links to each classroom teacher’s sign-ups. If you have not, please reach out to your child’s teacher. The conferences are designed to be 15 minutes, with a 5-minute transition time, and most conferences are scheduled back, to back, to back…you get the idea! Please be mindful of finishing on time.

We have conferences coming up Dec. 4 and 11 during the day, and in the evening on Dec. 13. Dismissal will be at 11:15 a.m. on both 12/4 and 12/11, so please mark your calendars!

Thank you,
Karen

PTO Spotlight

Dear Thompson Families,

The beginning of the school year is a busy fundraising time for the PTO, with our two largest fundraisers held in September and October. The Arlington Community Card (ACC), which is launched in September, and the October Direct Donation Drive contribute to the bulk of the PTO’s annual budget. This year, both drives broke previous records, bringing in more than $53,000! Thank you to everyone who supported these fundraisers and the many parent volunteers who strategized, organized, and implemented the two drives. A special shout-out to the leads, Juliet Moir and Yael Beals for organizing the Direct Donation Drive and Ashley Lorenz and Gaggi DeStefanis for spearheading the ACC.

With the major fundraisers behind us, for the rest of the year we will have smaller programs to continue to build the PTO budget. These include one-time events such as the recent Halloween candy buy-back program and the election day bake sale, and others such as the upcoming Otto Pizza fundraising night (Nov. 19). Additional easy ways to continue to support our school year-round include:

Amazon: If you shop on Amazon, please use the Amazon banner on the PTO website (www.thompsonschoolpto.org). Last year the PTO earned $2,400 through the Amazon Associates program. The PTO earns a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Check out the FAQ.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards: Register your Stop & Shop card online and support the PTO with every purchase.

Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year, and each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

Besides financial donations, all PTO events are only made possible with many helping hands. Whether you have an hour or more, consider volunteering your time for an event. There is a fun PTO event most months, so keep an eye out in this space for volunteer announcements or reach out to our volunteer chair, Yael Beals (yael.beals@gmail.com), with questions.

Nandana Mewada & Christy Murphy-Macinta
(President & Vice President)

Thompson News & Events

Sweet Success

The Election Day Bake Sale was a resounding success! We raised just over $2,000! Thank you to all the bakers for whipping up amazing treats, and to all the parents and kids who volunteered at the event. Thanks also to local businesses for their generous donations: Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts (Broadway), and Quebrada Bakery.

Otto Fundraising Night
Monday, Nov 19, 5 – 9 pm @ 202 Mass Ave., Arlington
The Thompson PTO will receive a percentage of all purchases from take-out, delivery, dine-in, or simply buying a gift card. Have some guilt-free pizza! Spread the word!

Order online or call 781-859-5378

Green Team News

The 5th grade Thompson Green Team project this year is to start making Green Team environmental education and action videos. The main content of these videos will be the reporting of their editorials on water-related environmental issues, which they will be writing soon in the classroom, and past campaigns (This Is the Last Straw and Zero Waste). Four families from the Green Team club participated in the ACMI summer filmmaking bootcamp, and several more students have been picking up filmmaking skills this fall. Green Team members have been filming the musical introductory and closing sequences that will include pictures of our past Thompson school actions and Family Folk Chorale audio of REM’s “Stand.” On Friday Nov. 16 from 2:40 – 4:40 pm, the Green Team will meeting at ACMI’s Studio B to learn how to edit and make their videos with ACMI’s youth mentor, Kevin Wetmore. Email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you or your child are interested in being on a team of film editors.

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, Nov 30
Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!

Arlington
Community Card

Over 1,500 cards sold to date! November is our last big marketing push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town. Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, at Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org. Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk and from Family Sales sellers.

Community News & Events

AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night

Nov 14, 7 – 8 pm @ Thompson Elementary Gym

Local parents, both from Arlington and surrounding towns, are welcome to join for a free night of one-stop shopping for their childcare needs. This is a wonderful chance for busy parents to come to one place and meet the faces behind Arlington’s great preschools and daycare centers all at once. Parents can save time and gas, not having to drive all over town to pick up brochures and applications. There are nearly twenty licensed preschools and daycare centers in town with a large variety of programs. Free and open to all local parents. Questions? Email options@arlingtonfamilyconnection.org.

Parent Forum: How To Raise Ethical/Thoughtful Children in the Age of Me Too

Nov 15, 7 – 8:30 pm @ Ottoson Middle School
As we are bombarded by the wave of unethical, criminal, and sordid behaviors of political, educational, entertainment, and sports figures, how do we help our children develop a moral compass and make decisions that are grounded, appropriate and compassionate? This dialogue is suitable for all parents who are invested in raising their children. PRESENTER: Damon Blank is a licensed marriage/family therapist.  He has been in private practice for over 35 years. He works with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Community Forum To Quit Smoking

Nov 20, 7 -8:30 pm @ Robbins Library Community Room
Free hypnosis and behavioral modification workshop to help smokers and vapers quit for good. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

Show your Spy Ponder Pride while supporting Arlington Pop Warner Cheer!
Arlington Pop Warner Cheer B Team are the Regional Champs and are competing in the Pop Warner National Cheer Competition in December.  To help fundraise for their trip, the B Team is selling Spy Ponders smartphone wallets for $5.00.  To purchase your wallet, please send $5.00 via paypal to Kiela@comcast.net. Please be sure to include your full name and address, and your wallet will be delivered to your home.
Volunteer! Boston Kids Comic Fest
Do you love comics? Do you want to be part of a fantastic event that offers access to kid-friendly comics and graphic novels specifically for youth ages 8 to 12? The Second Annual Boston Kids Comic Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St. in Chestnut Hill. Last year was a huge success with more than 250 kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and comic book lovers attending. We are seeking volunteers to help us with sponsorship and media outreach this year. If you can spare a few hours a week, we would love to involve you in our purely volunteer-run event. Interested? Contact Liza Halley at lizahalley08@gmail.com.

 

Thompson School News : November 5, 2018

Save The Date

  • Nov 6, Tuesday – No School & Election Bake Sale
  • Nov 12, Monday – No School
  • Nov 14, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7 pm- 9 pm
  • Nov 14, Wednesday – AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night 7 – 8 pm
  • Nov 14 & 28, Wednesday – Kindergarten Enrichment Program Wicked Cool for Kids
  • Nov 15, Thursday – School Committee meeting, 6:30 – 10 pm
  • Nov 17, Saturday – Boys In Motion 5K – 9 am
  • Nov 19, Monday – Otto Pizza Fundraising Night, 5 – 9 pm
  • Nov 21, Wednesday – 12 pm Release
  • Nov 22 & 23, Thursday and Friday – No School
  • Nov 30, Friday – Spirit Day: Sports Day

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

Direct Donation Drive

Thank you to all the families who contributed to the Direct Donation Drive and helped us exceed our family participation goal!

The Thompson PTO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so your contribution is tax deductible. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program; many employers match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!

Thompson News & Events

Election Day Bake Sale
November 6th, 7am-11am and 4pm-6.30pm 

Location: Thompson School Lobby
Don’t forget to vote on November 6th and after stop by the Thompson PTO table to purchase a baked good or volunteer for an hour. Kids are welcome to help out too.
Sign up to bake or help at the sale. https://tinyurl.com/bakesalelection
Bakers, please drop off the goodies on Monday, Nov 5th, in the PTO room. If not on Monday, please drop them off early morning on Tuesday.

  • Items should be pre-cut into SMALL portions for easy handling. Please wrap individually, or seal in an air-tight container to stay fresh overnight.
  • If your items are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, or gluten-free, please label them as such to help allergic community members identify them!
  • Any items containing peanuts or tree nuts MUST be labeled as such.
  • Some families have asked whether we are also accepting donations of pies to be sold whole as in past years – the answer is a resounding yes!

Not sure what to bring? Consider breakfast-friendly muffins or pastries, or the ever-popular brownies or cupcakes! Or if you’re feeling creative, come up with your own election-themed treat!

Otto Fundraising Night

Monday, November 19 from 5 to 9 pm (202 Mass. Ave. Arlington)The Thompson PTO will receive a percentage of all purchases from take-out, delivery, dine-in or simply buying a gift card. Have some guilt-free pizza! Spread the word!

ORDER ONLINE
OR CALL: 781-859-5378

Spirit Day: Sports Day

Friday, November 30: Dress as a favorite athlete or represent your favorite team!


Arlington Community Card
Over 1,500 cards sold to-date!  November is our last big marketing push, and with the holidays approaching, it’s the perfect time to use “makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!” when chatting the card up around town.  Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, at Menotomy Beer and Wine, or online via PayPal at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

Thompson parents can also purchase cards from Ms. Vicki at the front desk and from Family Sales Sellers.

Community News & Events

Kids’ Night Out! 
Nov 10, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ Arlington High School

Children in grades K-4 are welcome in Arlington High School’s Blue Gym for a night of games, crafts, movies and more! A delicious pizza dinner and snacks will be provided.
An RSVP is recommended, but not required. Kids can stay for the whole three hours, or just come for an hour or two! The cost is $20 for the first child, and then $10 for each additional sibling. All of the proceeds from this event will be going towards the AHS Student Council mini-grant fund, a new program that gives grants to AHS clubs, and allows Arlington students to go out and do incredible things.

This event is organized and run by high school students, but there will be an adult advisor present at all times. And in the incredibly unlikely event of injury, we have people who are CPR certified and first-aid certified present at the event as well. To RSVP: Email trosen2020@spyponders.com. Please include your child or children’s: Name(s), Age(s), How long they plan to stay, and any dietary restrictions they have.
The Address is 869 Mass. Ave, but we ask that people enter through the Mill St. Entrance. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us!
We hope to see you there!

Family Folk Chorale: All Ages Sing and Concert: R.E.M. and Indigo Girls
Sunday, November 11th @ 3 pm, Arlington Town Hall          

Under the direction of Artistic Director Christ Eastburn, the Family Folk Chorale intergenerational chorus will be performing the music of R.E.M. and Indigo Girls at an all-ages concert and community sing. (Last year, Eastburn partnered with the Thompson PTO and Green Team to lead the community sing of “One Day” at the June picnic.) Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

AFC’s Childcare & Preschool Options Night

Nov 14, 7 PM – 8 PM @ Thompson Elementary Gym

Local parents, both from Arlington and surrounding towns, are welcome to join for a free night of one-stop shopping for their childcare needs. This is a wonderful chance for busy parents to come to one place and meet the faces behind Arlington’s great preschools and daycare centers all at once. Parents can save time and gas, not having to drive all over town to pick up brochures and applications. There are nearly twenty licensed preschools and daycare centers in town with a large variety of programs. Free and open to all local parents.

Questions? Email options@arlingtonfamilyconnection.org

Volunteer! Boston Kids Comic Fest

Do you love comics? Do you want to be part of a fantastic event that offers access to kid-friendly comics and graphic novels specifically for youth ages 8 to 12? The Second Annual Boston Kids Comic Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Last year was a huge success with over 250 kids, parents, teachers, librarians and comic book lovers attending, we had a day full of learning, laughter and comics!

We are seeking volunteers to help us with sponsorship and media outreach. If you can spare a few hours a week, we would love to involve you in our purely volunteer-run event. Interested? Contact Liza Halley at lizahalley08@gmail.com.

Show your Spy Ponder Pride while supporting Arlington Pop Warner Cheer!

Arlington Pop Warner Cheer B Team are the Regional Champs and are competing in the Pop Warner National Cheer Competition in December.  To help fundraise for their trip, the B Team is selling Spy Ponders smartphone wallets for $5.00.  To purchase your wallet, please send $5.00 via paypal to Kiela@comcast.net
Please be sure to include your full name and address, and your wallet will be delivered to your home.

Support Thompson

PTO Amazon
Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your online shopping!


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson.  You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.