Thompson School News : April 22, 2019

Save the Date
*New items are in bold* Apr 22-23, Monday-Tuesday – MCAS ELA 4th Grade Apr 22-26, Monday-Friday – Earth Week Activities Apr 24-25, Wednesday-Thursday – MCAS ELA 5th Grade Apr 24, Wednesday – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm, Library Apr 25, Thursday – 3rd Grade Field Trip: Plimoth Plantation Apr 26, Friday – Spirit Day: Backward Day Apr 26, Friday – 1st Grade Field Trip: Franklin Park Zoo *May 2, Thursday – Kindergarten Enrichment: Tidepool Program* *May 2-3, Thursday-Friday – MCAS Math 5th Grade* *May 6-7, Monday-Tuesday – MCAS Math 4th Grade* *May 6-10, Monday-Friday – Teacher Appreciation Week* *May 8, Wednesday – PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm, Library* *May 8-9, Wednesday-Thursday – MCAS Math 3rd Grade* *May 9, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6 pm, Cafeteria* *May 10, Friday – 1st-3rd Grade Author Visit: Toni Buzzeo* *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 23, Thursday – School Art Show*
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
Important News About Amazon Fundraising As of April 2019, the Thompson School PTO is no longer part of the Amazon Associates program. But you can still support the school with Amazon Smile! Amazon Smile is operated by Amazon and provides the same product selection, pricing, and convenient shopping. When you start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose Thompson PTO as your charity of choice, the Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Thompson PTO.

Amazon makes a direct deposit into our PTO bank account each month. We then use that money to support all of the school programming the PTO organizes: enrichment, field trips, school supplies, and more. Your Amazon Prime membership still applies, too!
Thompson News & Events
Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26: All-Schools Textile Recycling Competition All Schools will be competing to collect the most textiles during the competition week and to win a prize and town recognition. Drop off your textiles (all old, worn, torn clothes, shoes, bedding, stuffed animals, etc.) to the Bay State Textiles collection bin outside Thompson School (Everett Street side) from April 22-26. Here is more information about textile recycling and why it’s important: https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-textile-recovery https://www.smartasn.org/SMARTASN/assets/File/resources/SMARTInfographTextileRecycling.pdf https://www.smartasn.org/SMARTASN/assets/File/resources/SMARTDoubleLifeofRecycledTextiles.pdf For questions about the competition, contact Rachel Oliveri, School Sustainability Coordinator, at roliveri@arlington.k12.ma.us.
Green Team News Happy Earth Day! Thompson school cares about the Earth! For Earth Week we will focus on stewardship by creating pollinator habitats, planting native wildflower gardens, watering the trees, adding compost to the soil and cleaning up trash.   Sign up to help the kindergartners make fairy “pollinator” houses on Thursday! (Kindergarten is collecting pine cones, bark, sticks, rocks, stones, shells, etc.) Sign up to help the 1st graders make native wildflower seed balls on Wednesday! (1st grade is collecting bamboo poles, hollow sticks, pinecones, untreated wood, and logs, ideally to fit nicely in an 8-inch deep shelf. Wood can have 5-6 inch drilled holes.) Sign up to help the 2nd graders plant gardens of native wildflowers and other pollinator plants on Friday! Sign up to help 5th graders make a bee and bug hotel and sell pollinator habitat kits on Wednesday and Friday! Send your K-1 students in with sustainable garden treasures! BEE a steward of the Earth and sign up for our first all-school garden day on Wednesday after school, 2:30-6 pm! Bring a wheelbarrow to buy compost for your garden! Buy native wildflower seeds to plant your own pollinator garden! Learn how to make a DIY bee and bug hotel and guerrilla garden! Sign up your 4th grader for an urban tree and watering workshop and your 5th grader for a pollinator habitat workshop, 2:30-3:30 pm.
Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group One aim of the Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) is to share resources and local events that support parents as they talk to their kids about diversity and inclusion. If you’re looking for great books to read on topics from gender equality to disability rights to racial justice, check out this site:  https://booksforlittles.com/category/identity/gender/ Or consider making it out to Drag Story Hour for Kids of All Ages at the Robbins Library on April 28, 3-4pm. Want to get involved? Join us at ThompsonElementarySchoolDIG@gmail.com
Cause + Event Boston: Support Thompson PTO
Cause + Event Boston is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day) at 8 am. Over the past four years, this 5K run/walk event has donated almost $1,500 to the Thompson PTO. This is the goal race for the FitGirls program, so 250-plus 4th and 5th grade girls will be running the 5K, including the Thompson team! Register today and learn more at the Cause + Event Boston website. Not a runner but want to get involved? Consider volunteering! It takes about 100 amazing volunteers to make this race happen each year. Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Sara Wilkinson: swilkie49@hotmail.com
Community News & Events
Arlington Hockey Club Registration Now Open Interested in playing ice hockey in Arlington? Registration is now open for the Arlington Hockey Club’s (AHC) 2019-2020 hockey programs. These programs are no-checking. Practices are held at Ed Burns arena, while games are held at Ed Burns arena and/or in the greater Boston area, depending on the selected program. AHC’s focus is on providing a fun and safe environment to learn and play hockey for boys and girls at all ability levels. If you are interested, please visit our website for more information and registration at Arlingtonice.com. AHC practices USA Hockey’s American Development Model in its program.
Boston Kids Comics Festival
Saturday, April 27, 10 am-5 pm @ Pine Manor College Children, parents/guardians, educators and librarians discover and explore “kid-friendly comics,” graphic novels, and hybrid books. Special guests include Erica Henderson, Raul the Third, and Joel Christian Gill Workshops: Dynamic comic creators including Marika McCoola, John Lechner, Tak Toyoshima of Wondermore, and Dan Moynihan are scheduled to run a range of hands-on workshops on comic creation, drawing, digital comic creation, using comics in the classroom and your library, and more! Panelists: Superheroes She-Hulk, Black Panther, Star Lord, and Jack Frost (from the Rise of the Guardian comics), and A. David Lewis Food trucks: Bon Me, Melt, Chicks and Dogs Young Artists table for youths to sell their kid-friendly comics. The event is accessible via the MBTA Chestnut Hill Line with a shuttle bus running between the station and Pine Manor College.
More Courageous Conversations About Race With Our Children (Corrected) Tuesday, April 30, 7-9 pm @ Brackett Auditorium Dr. Liza Talusan, a nationally recognized educator on issues of diversity and inclusion, is returning to lead us in a follow-up workshop that will further our learning about the challenges and opportunities in talking about race and racism in our families. Here is an interview of Liza talking about the first event: https://acmi.tv/videos/talk-of-the-town-liza-talusan/ Please join us whether or not you attended the first workshop! Register here: http://tinyurl.com/CC2-register
Plant a Street Tree!   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 philip.tedesco@gmail.com.
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!

Thompson School News : April 8, 2019

Save the Date
Apr 8 and 9, Monday and 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 13, Saturday – Skating Party Apr 15-19, Monday-Friday – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break Apr 22-26 – Earth Week Activities 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 25, Thursday – 3rd Grade Field Trip: Plimoth Plantation Apr 26, Friday – Spirit Day:  Backward Day Apr 26, 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 @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar.
PTO Spotlight
Ice Skating Party
Saturday, April 13th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Join your Thompson friends at the Thompson Skating Party! Saturday, April 13th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm the entire Ed Burns Arena will be reserved for Thompson skaters. Bring your own helmet and skates or borrow them for FREE! Food will be available for purchase at the snack bar or vending machines. Entry to the event will be $3 per skater. The PTO needs volunteers for this event. Sign up here to help!
Thompson News & Events
Thompson Drama Project
We’re pleased to present two productions of the Phantom Tollbooth this year! Our directors and actors have been working hard, and we hope you will come see the results in our own Thompson Auditorium.
The play:  Monday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Susan Nanus, Based on the book by Norton Juster “The Phantom Tollbooth” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
  The musical: Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH JR. Music by Arnold Black Book by Norton Juster and Sheldon Harnick Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on the novel by Norton Juster.  Presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).  
Tickets will be available at the door for $5 (cash only). Both shows will also be performed for Thompson students during the day on Monday, April 8. We want to thank all the volunteers and donors that make this production possible!
Green Team News Thompson Get Ready to Create Pollinator Habitats!
Earth Week Apr 22-26! Sign up for Garden Work on April 24 Wed 2:30 – 6 PM!   Sign up for class projects throughout the week of Apr 22-26! Everyone is needed to brighten up Thompson school grounds with beautiful wildflowers gardens and fund raise for our new garden program!

Watch gorgeous 4 min film of pollinatorsLearn about bees!

Learn how to Make pollinator habitats!, Make native wildflower seed bombs!, Check out these bug and bee hotels!
Cause + Event Boston: Support Thompson PTO
The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day) at 8:00 am.  This race is unique – at least 50% of each runners’ registration fee is donated to their charity of choice. You can select the Thompson PTO or your favorite charity.

Over the past four years, Cause + Event has donated almost $1500 to the Thompson PTO as a part of the $80,000 donated to participants’ selected charities. This is the goal race for the FitGirls program so there will be 250+ 4th and 5th grade girls running the 5K including the Thompson team!  Register today and learn more at the Cause + Event Boston website. Register soon, last year the race sold out a month ahead of the race.

Not a runner but want to get involved? Consider volunteering!  It takes about 100 amazing volunteers to make this race happen each year.  Questions? Want to volunteer?  Contact Sara Wilkinson: swilkie49@hotmail.com
Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group One aim of the Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) is to share resources and local events that support parents as they talk to their kids about diversity and inclusion.

Check out this list of “Top Ten” race conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice:  http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/

It comes from this great website Raising Race Conscious Children.  Find it here:  https://www.raceconscious.org

Want to get involved?  Join us at ThompsonElementarySchoolDIG@gmail.com
Community News & Events
APS Budget Plan Released The plan is available here:  http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/administration/budget/fy20/fiveyeardraftapsbudgetplan.pdf  

This initial draft will continue to be revised based on feedback from the public, funding availability, and changing needs.  There will be a forum on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm at the Gibbs School with members of the Administration and the School Committee to review and discuss the draft five-year plan.  The School Committee is very interested in public feedback on the plan, including thoughts on which items might be the highest priorities and on items missing or not fully addressed by the plan. Comments can also be submitted by email to:  kfitzgerald@arlington.k12.ma.us.  
Resident Meeting for Precincts 1 + 5 Wednesday, April 10th | 7:00-8:30 pm Thompson School @ 187 Everett Street

Learn about current issues, meet Town Meeting members, and ask questions!

All are welcome.

Contact: Pr. 1 Town Meeting Member Steve Revilak [steve@srevilak.net]
or Pr. 5 Town Meeting Member Pat Hanlon [patrick.m.hanlon@gmail.com] for more info.
Boston Kids Comics Festival SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2019 10am to 5pm Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Children, parents/guardians, educators and librarians discover and explore “kid friendly-comics”, graphic novels and hybrid books.

The kid-centered Fest includes: a book fair & exhibitors. This year’s special guests include Erica Henderson, Raul the Third, and Joel Christian Gill Workshops: Dynamic comic creators including Marika McCoola, John Lechner, Tak Toyoshima of Wondermore, and Dan Moynihan are scheduled to run a range of hands-on workshops on comic creation, drawing, digital comic creation, using comics in the classroom & your library, and more! Panelists: Superheroes She-Hulk, Black Panther, Star Lord and Jack Frost (from the Rise of the Guardian Comics) A. David Lewis Food Trucks: Bon Me, Melt, Chicks and Dogs Young Artists Table for youth to sell their kid-friendly comics. The event is accessible via the MBTA Chestnut Hill Line with a shuttle bus running between the station and Pine Manor College.
More Having Courageous Conversations about Race with Our Children Monday, April 30 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Brackett Auditorium

Dr. Liza Talusan, a nationally recognized educator on issues of diversity and inclusion, is returning to lead us in a follow-up workshop that will further our learning about the challenges and opportunities in talking about race and racism in our families. Please join us whether or not you attended the first workshop! Here is an interview of Liza talking about the first event: https://acmi.tv/videos/talk-of-the-town-liza-talusan/
Register here:   http://tinyurl.com/CC2-register
Plant a Street Tree!   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 philip.tedesco@gmail.com.
Support Thompson

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.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards for the 2018-2019 school year concluded on March 19th.  
Schools will get paid in June, and start earning again in September!