Thompson School News : October 16, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • #everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson
  • Principal’s Update
  • Highlight of the Month
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

  • Spirit Day: Career Day – Friday October 27

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

#everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson

For families looking for extra information, unfettered access to our weekly newsletter, volunteer opportunities, the link to shop at Amazon (your purchases benefit all Thompson students via the PTO!), contact info and soooo much more, please pop over to our site, and be sure to bookmark it. We will be making changes to the content over the coming weeks, but the link will remain the same.

Principal’s Update

Dear Parents,

As we continue to navigate through our current political climate, I wanted to be sure that you engage in thoughtful discussion with your children around the Pledge of Allegiance. We have recently had some discussions about this. It is truly a personal decision, and it is important that you know how your child is approaching this in the morning.

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited over the loudspeaker each morning. Some parents want their children to participate in the pledge; some parents do not want their children to participate; and some parents want to leave the decision up to their children. The school is legally required to remain completely neutral on this subject. Thompson staff are aware of the legal requirement that both reciting the Pledge and participating in the Pledge ceremony is entirely optional. Under the law, students are free, on any day or every day, for any reason or for no reason at all, to stand or sit, to recite the Pledge in its entirety, not recite it at all, or recite or decline to recite any part of it they choose. I would strongly encourage parents to speak with your children about this subject as this is a personal matter between you and your children.

Thank you for your support,

Karen

Highlight of the Month

Direct Donation Drive

We can’t get there without your help!

The Direct Donation Drive is off to a great start! So far, 80 families have participated, but we still have a long way to go to meet our 250 family participation goal. 100% of your donation goes toward enriching your child’s educational experience. The Thompson PTO is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so your contribution is tax deductible! Check with your employer to see if you have a matching gift program; many of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! Click here to DONATE NOW!

Thompson News & Events

Past Events

We’ve had some terrific events in October. Thanks to the staff, families, and students who participated and a special shout out to the volunteers who make them happen.

Custodial Worker Day

Custodial Worker

Custodial Worker

Walk and Bike to School Day

Bike-To-School 2017 10

Annual Parent Survey

SurveyThe PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!

PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Community Card

Fall Family Sales

Community Card 2017 2018Keep up the good work! To join the sales effort, fill out this form here.

Other Volunteer Needs
  • Please “Like” our Community Card Facebook page!
  • Follow us on Twitter at @ArlCommCard
  • Post your own visits to, and/or savings experiences at, participating Community Card businesses to Facebook or Twitter, and reference #ArlCommCard.

Any questions? Contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Volunteer

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks. From selling community cards to helping clean-up after movie night to helping plan one of our many events: the link below lists all of the many ways you can give of your time to help your Thompson Community.
http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Arlington EATSHunger makes learning hard and there are many ways you can be a part of Arlington EATS’ efforts to end childhood hunger in our town. To learn more visit: www.arlington-eats.org

There are many ways you can become involved with Arlington EATS:

To get food assistance: info@arlington-eats.org
To learn more: www.arlington-eats.org
To donate: www.arlington-eats.org/giving/
To volunteer: www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
To contact: info@arlington-eats.org

Flu Clinic

Flu ShotThe Arlington Board of Health will be hosting a flu clinic for the students and staff of Thompson Elementary on November 15th from 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM. Mrs. Donato will be sending out a link from the Board of Health to register your child for the clinic over the next few weeks. Paper forms will also go home in the next few weeks as well. In addition, November 16th will the general clinic for Arlington children 6 months – 18 years at Ottoson Middle School, 63 Acton Street (5 PM to 7 PM) where parents are welcome to attend with their child.

Join Thompson Families for
Green Team After School Nature Adventures!

  1. Shannon Beach in Winchester Friday October 13th 3pm* at beach
  2. Spy Pond Friday October 27th 3pm* at playground
  3. Menotomy Rocks Friday November 17th 3pm at Ottawa Rd entrance

The rain date for each adventure will be the following Friday.
*If the weather is warm, bring gear for water play. If your family has a kayak or canoe, feel free to bring them..

Bellevue Pond Mud 2017 10​September 29th the 5 Green Team families went to Bellevue Pond in the Fells and discovered local effects of climate change. The pond had nearly dried up. Hundreds of tadpoles were stuck in the mud. Green team went to work moving hundreds of very muddy tadpoles to the remaining water in the pond. While most of the green team was covered in mud after this excursion, 2 families went on to hike up to Wright’s Tower.

Wright Tower 2017 09We hope to continue to share our nature adventures with Thompson as we advocate for system wide changes such as industrial composting to curb climate change and protect our natural environment.

If you support composting, recycling and the Thompson PTO, there is an unique opportunity to champion composting and recycling at all PTO events. Contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail if you are interested in being a Green Team champion!

The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, and all living creatures. It aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to protect and preserve our environment. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Community News & Events

You are invited to the 7th Annual Out on the Town Gala

November 3, 7-11pm at Arlington Town Hall

Please join the Board of Youth Services for the annual Out on the Town Gala, to support the Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC). This year’s event is extra special as we recognize and honor Arlington’s own Dr. Michael Thompson, a renowned child psychologist, school consultant, international speaker and New York Times best-selling author. His books – nine in all, among them Homesick and Happy, Best Friends/Worst Enemies, The Pressured Child, and Raising Cain – have become popular references on bringing up children in the world today, with illuminating insights on the emotional lives and experiences of children and adolescents. Over the course of his career, Dr. Thompson has worked in more than 700 schools across the country and around the world, and has served as the supervising psychologist at the Belmont Hill School. As a popular headliner for Arlington Parent Forums, Dr. Thompson’s gentle guidance, wise counsel, and extraordinary wit have guided Arlington parents for more than a decade.

The Out on the Town Gala is an annual event in which community members come together to support the work of AYCC and promote the importance of having affordable, high quality, and community based mental health services for Arlington residents. Over the past year, AYCC provided over 5,500 counseling and psychiatric sessions to more than 375 youth and families, case management services to more than 80 Arlington residents, and support, education and advocacy for members of the community who have experienced domestic violence. AYCC has been able to offer these services thanks to the funds that are raised through the Gala, grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.

In addition to honoring Dr. Thompson, the gala features many wonderful silent auction items and raffles, beautiful live music from the Arlington High Jazz band, an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased for $75 through AYCC’s webpage- arlingtonma.gov/aycc. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information visit arlingtonma.gov/aycc or contact Colleen Leger, Executive Director of AYCC, at 781-316-3255.

Halloween Event at Waldo Park, Tuesday, October 31st

All are invited to the 12th annual Waldo Park Halloween Party on Tuesday the 31st. We’ll gather at the Park beginning at 4 pm, and we’ll have a costume “fashion show” that’ll start around 4:30 – 4:45 pm. A light dinner (hot dogs and veggie items) will be served after the fashion show, so that all who wish can eat a meal before trick-or-treating. (Waldo Park is located at the end of Waldo Road, off Cleveland Street, between Mass Ave and Broadway).
– Alex Hoffinger, Friends of Waldo Park

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Support PTO

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program

Thompson is participating in Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program, in which our school receives a check based on the amount of purchases made by people with Stop&Shop cards. Enroll your Stop&Shop card. with Thompson’s school code: 07331.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Nandana Mewada, Co-President (Mom to Eshaan, 3rd)
Diana Trudell, Co-President (Mom to Matilda, 4rd and Joaquin, 1st)
Yael Beals, Vice-President (Mom to Annabella, 2nd)
Carolyn Schneyer, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Leah, 4th)
Sara Wilkinson, Co-Treasurer (Mom to Ezra, 4th, and Amelia, 1st)
Emily Gauthier, Co-Secretary (Mom to Sophia, 5th)
Fiona Ehring, Co-Secretary (Mom to Emma, 4th and Elise, K)
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair (Mom to Oliver, 3rd, and Penny, 1st)
Melissa Crowley, Spirit and Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Joseph, 1st)
Judu Hu, Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chair (Mom to Sofia, 1st)
Sarah Gupta, Room-Parent Chair (Mom to Norah, 3rd, and Meena, 1st)
Juliet Moir, Fundraising Chair (Mom to Jack, 5th, and Eva, 2nd)
Maf Terry, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to John, 5th)
Tonja Bishop, Enrichment Co-Chair (Mom to Ellen, 2nd and Neil, K)
Ashley Lorenz, Community Card Chair (Mom to Oliver, 5th, Melanie, 3rd, and Peter, K)
Gaggi DeStefanis, Community Card Chair (Mom to Sofia, 3rd)

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.

PTO Meeting Minutes – Oct. 12, 2017

Principal: Karen Donato
Teacher’s Rep: Alison O’Mahony

PTO Board

Co-presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada
Vice-President: Yael Beals
Co-treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer
Co-secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Fundraising: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment: Maf Terry & Tonja Bishop
Communications: Danielle Gottesman
Spirit & Appreciation: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Room Parents: Sarah Gupta
Volunteers: Kate Murphy

Thompson Community

Diana Trudell, Carolyn Schneyer, Sara Wilkinson, Fiona Ehring, Tim Macinta, Christy Murphy-Macinta, Tonja Bishop, Ashley Lorenz, Melissa Crowley, Kate Murphy, Judy Hu, Yael Beals, Maf Terry, Nicole Flory, Juliet Moir, Gaggi DeStefanis, Nelson Valada?sp

Notes

Introductions

Minutes approved

Mrs. Donato’s update

  • Construction update
  • still no final date of completion, due to status of fire rated glass installment in multi-purpose room.
  • closed back stairwell for safety reasons, checking into using both. Ellen Digby hired to oversee use.
  • Grades are sharing lunch periods, may shift back to single grade lunch.
    5th Grade classes currently in the modulars will move to the 3rd floor in the new addition. Modulars will be used until the end of the year for extra curriculars and storage.
  • Looking into hiring more specialist providers, reading, math

Budget overview and approval 2017-2018 – Sara Wilkinson , Carolyn Schneyer

  • Budget was unanimously approved
  • PTO budget for 2017-2018 is $68,230 fundraising this school year pays for 2018-2019 events
  • 5th grade enrollment is up by 31 students, from 50 to 81. A discussion of graduation expenses is on the list for next month’s meeting.
  • Several new line items were introduced.
    • Classroom teacher gift supplement fund
    • Grade 4 MFA field trip
    • Grade 2 Puppet Showplace field trip
    • Grade 1 Puppet Showplace field trip

PTO Updates

  • Community Card – Ashley Lorenz
    • $10 card that gives you discounts on local businesses, runs September to September every year
    • 1137 cards sold so far
    • New twitter account: @arlcommcard, help out with promotion by taking and posting photos at your favorite Community Card business
    • Current sales markets:
      • Book Rack
      • Menotomy Wine & Spirits (new)
      • Farmer’s Market
      • Parent Sales
      • Movie Night
    • Morning PTO meetings will continue. A convenient way to update those who are not able to make the evening meetings.
    • Room parent roster is almost full. One more room parent needed in first grade
    • Annual Parent Survey
    • Custodial Workers Day was last week, Mr. Brahim was very happy to be appreciated.
    • Walk/ ride to school day was very popular. We need more bike racks!

Direct Donation Drive – Juliet Moir

  • Direct donation campaign is up to almost 80 families and the goal this year is 250. Facebook link to paypal.

Enrichment Update – Maf Terry, Tonja Bishop

Upcoming Events

  1. 1. Picture Day 10/12
  2. Movie Night 10/13
  3. Book Fair 12/11-12/15
  4. Literacy Night 12/12
  5. Winter Parents Party Date TBD

Immediate Needs

  1. Chair Winter Parent’s Party – January/February. Date TBD We are currently searching for a venue. Please let Gaggi DeStephanis or Ashley Lorenz know if you have any ideas or leads.
  2. Chair Literacy Night – December, book fair week of December 11 –The Book Rack will run it and added online ordering.

Thompson School News : October 9, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • #everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson
  • Highlight of the Month
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

  • PTO Meeting, Budget Approval – Wednesday, October 11
  • Picture Day – Thursday, October 12
  • Movie Night – Friday, October 13
  • Spirit Day: Career Day – Friday October 27

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

#everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson

For families looking for extra information, unfettered access to our weekly newsletter, volunteer opportunities, the link to shop at Amazon (your purchases benefit all Thompson students via the PTO!), contact info and soooo much more, please pop over to our site, and be sure to bookmark it. We will be making changes to the content over the coming weeks, but the link will remain the same.

Highlight of the Month

Direct Donation Drive

We can’t get there without your help!

October is Direct Donation campaign month! We raised 53% of the PTO budget last October. This drive is critical to fund field trips, author visits, enrichment programs, and more. We are making a one time request for your financial support, rather than selling coupon books, popcorn, or wrapping paper and sharing the profits with vendors. No donation is too small; indeed it is the many small donations that have a tremendous impact on the success of this drive. Our goal is to have 250 families participate. You may send your donation in with your student, or donate online here:

https://thompsonschoolpto.org/fundraising/#idDirectDonationDrive 

Thank you!

Thompson News & Events

School Pictures

School Pictures
Picture day is this Thursday October 12th! Coffee Pond will once again be at Thompson to take individual and class photos. Order forms came home in your child(ren)’s folders last week and you can order online at coffeepond.com. The team of photographers coming to Thompson has just 3 hours to photograph 480+ students! Parent help is needed to make it all run smoothly. We still need volunteers so if you can sign up for an hour of time on Thursday to help classes prepare for their photographs your help would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-picture3

Thompson School Movie Night!

6:00-8:15pm
Friday October 13th, 2017

Movie NightWe will be showing “Hotel Transylvania” to celebrate the month of Halloween. Pizza, water & popcorn available for purchase from 6pm on. Movie begins at 6:30pm. Movie Running Time: 1h 31min.
PJ’s, sleeping bags & snugly attire encouraged! Suggested donation: $2/person.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-20175 to sign up to help with this event.

Annual Parent Survey

SurveyThe PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!

PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Community Card — Fall Sales & Volunteer Needs

Community Card 2017 2018Fall Family Sales continue through October & November. 250 cards signed out so far! To sign out cards, fill out the turquoise form that came home last week, or do it online here.

Other Volunteer Needs

Any questions?  Contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Volunteer

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks. From selling community cards to helping clean-up after movie night to helping plan one of our many events: the link below lists all of the many ways you can give of your time to help your Thompson Community.
http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community News & Events

You are invited to the 7th Annual Out on the Town Gala

November 3, 7-11pm at Arlington Town Hall

Please join the Board of Youth Services for the annual Out on the Town Gala, to support the Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC). This year’s event is extra special as we recognize and honor Arlington’s own Dr. Michael Thompson, a renowned child psychologist, school consultant, international speaker and New York Times best-selling author. His books – nine in all, among them Homesick and Happy, Best Friends/Worst Enemies, The Pressured Child, and Raising Cain – have become popular references on bringing up children in the world today, with illuminating insights on the emotional lives and experiences of children and adolescents. Over the course of his career, Dr. Thompson has worked in more than 700 schools across the country and around the world, and has served as the supervising psychologist at the Belmont Hill School. As a popular headliner for Arlington Parent Forums, Dr. Thompson’s gentle guidance, wise counsel, and extraordinary wit have guided Arlington parents for more than a decade.

The Out on the Town Gala is an annual event in which community members come together to support the work of AYCC and promote the importance of having affordable, high quality, and community based mental health services for Arlington residents. Over the past year, AYCC provided over 5,500 counseling and psychiatric sessions to more than 375 youth and families, case management services to more than 80 Arlington residents, and support, education and advocacy for members of the community who have experienced domestic violence. AYCC has been able to offer these services thanks to the funds that are raised through the Gala, grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.

In addition to honoring Dr. Thompson, the gala features many wonderful silent auction items and raffles, beautiful live music from the Arlington High Jazz band, an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased for $75 through AYCC’s webpage- arlingtonma.gov/aycc. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information visit arlingtonma.gov/aycc or contact Colleen Leger, Executive Director of AYCC, at 781-316-3255.

 

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Arlington EATSOur school snack program is growing and we need your help. Please consider adding a box of Cheerios, Wheat Thins, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Pretzels or Nutri-Grain bars to your next grocery list and donating it to Arlington EATS. Contact Sarah Gupta, at sarah@arlington-eats.org, for information about donation drop off locations.

We hope you will join us this coming Thursday, October 12, from 6PM – 7PM, in the Thompson Cafeteria for our next Community Dinner. If you cannot join us for a meal, there are many ways you can become involved with Arlington EATS:

To get food assistance: info@arlington-eats.org
To learn more: www.arlington-eats.org
To donate: www.arlington-eats.org/giving/
To volunteer: www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
To contact: info@arlington-eats.org

Arlington SEPAC

SEPAC

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is meeting this week:

Tuesday, October 10th, 7p.m.
at the Ottoson Media Center

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs. We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues. We meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

We hope you will join us!

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Support PTO

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program

Thompson is participating in Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program, in which our school receives a check based on the amount of purchases made by people with Stop&Shop cards. Enroll your Stop&Shop card. with Thompson’s school code: 07331.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Co-Presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada: diana_lutz@yahoo.com, nmewada@gmail.com
Vice-President: Yael Beals: yael.beals@gmail.com
Co-Treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer: swilkie49@hotmail.com, ndanukiwi@yahoo.com
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring: emczar00@hotmail.com, fionaehring@gmail.com
Fundraising Chair: Juliet Moir: juliet.moir@gmail.com
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com, gaggi@rcn.com
Enrichment Co-Chairs: Maf Terry &Tonja Bishop: maf.terry@gmail.com, tbowenbishop@gmail.com
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman: dbirdie@gmail.com
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley: hudyju@gmail.com, melish26@yahoo.com
Room Parents Chair: Sarah Gupta: sarahruth16@gmail.com
Volunteers Chair: Kate Murphy: katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com

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 : October 2, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • #everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson
  • Principal’s Update
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

  • Walk or Bike to School Day – Wednesday, October 4
  • No School on Columbus Day – Monday, October 9
  • PTO Meeting, Budget Approval – Wednesday, October 11
  • Picture Day – Thursday, October 12
  • Movie Night – Friday, October 13

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

#everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson

For families looking for extra information, unfettered access to our weekly newsletter, volunteer opportunities, the link to shop at Amazon (your purchases benefit all Thompson students via the PTO!), contact info and soooo much more, please pop over to our site, and be sure to bookmark it.  We will be making changes to the content over the coming weeks, but the link will remain the same.

Thompson News & Events

Annual Parent Survey

SurveyThe PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!

PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Community Card Update

Community Card 2017 2018Fall Family Sales is ON!

How it works: Sign out Cards. Sell the Cards. Return earnings + any unsold cards by Dec 8th.
Sell to family, friends, at your kid’s sporting events, to parents with teenagers. This can be at a venue of your choice, or we can suggest some popular locations. Not into approaching people? No problem! We can set you up with a little table and sign at a particular location and time where people come to YOU, all you have to do is process transactions.
Either way, THIS is the time to get buyers. In October people are still out and about, and by November they’re starting to think about holiday gifts.

To sign out cards, fill out the turquoise form that came home this week, or do it online here.

For a list of popular venues, contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
To sign up for particular locations and times, see: http://tinyurl.com/2017ViableVenues

Other Volunteer Needs
  • Farmer’s Market Sales, Oct 4th & 11th. Signup here: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityCardFarmersMarket
  • Help finish putting posters up around town at schools, parks, preschools.
  • Be a person-to-person card sales contact at your preschool, yoga studio etc.
  • Help call local realtors to ask if they want to buy cards to gift to new homeowners.
  • “Like” our Community Card Facebook page!

To volunteer, or even if you have some great ideas brewing to further sell or market cards, email Ashley Lorenz at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.
To buy a card, see Vicki at the front desk, go to The Book Rack, or purchase online at arlingtoncommunitycard.org
**Makes for a great birthday/holiday gift. Buy one for every wallet in your household!**

Volunteer

The Thompson PTO is always in need of helping hands for all sorts of tasks.  From selling community cards to helping clean-up after movie night to helping plan one of our many events:  the link below lists all of the many ways you can give of your time to help your Thompson Community.
http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Walk and Bike to School Day

Walk & Bike to SchoolWednesday October 4 is Walk and Bike to School Day, sponsored in part by the MA Department of Transportation. We have some cool prizes for bikers and walkers! Please walk/bike/walkpool to school on Wednesday! We need a couple of more volunteers to hand out stickers and prizes – email reebee.girash@gmail.com if you can arrive by 7:55 to join the fun.

Picture Day is Coming!

Mark your calendars: Picture Day is Thursday October 12th! Coffee Pond will once again be at Thompson that day to take individual and class photos. Watch for order forms coming home in your child(ren)’s folders this week.
The team of photographers coming to Thompson has just 3 hours to photograph 480+ students! Parent help is needed to make it all run smoothly. If you can sign up for an hour of time that morning to help classes prepare for their photographs your help would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-picture3

Thompson School Movie Night!

6:00-8:15pm
Friday October 13th, 2017

Movie NightWe will be showing “Hotel Transylvania” to celebrate the month of Halloween.  Pizza, water & popcorn available for purchase from 6pm on.  Movie begins at 6:30pm.  Movie Running Time: 1h 31min.
PJ’s, sleeping bags & snugly attire encouraged! Suggested donation: $2/person.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-20175 to sign up to help with this event.

Community News & Events

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Arlington EATSDid you know that one in ten* members of our community is at risk of hunger? And it is a misconception that only people living at or below the poverty level experience food insecurity. According to a recent study*, 47% of those at risk for hunger in Eastern Massachusetts earn too much to qualify for government-provided emergency food assistance. Many in our community have a home and work and never imagined they would need food assistance. Arlington EATS brings together those struggling with food scarcity and those concerned with food justice.
*SOURCE: Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, A. Crumbaugh, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2016: Food Insecurity and Child Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2016.

Our next Community Dinner will be held on October 12. Please join us at the table.
If you cannot join us for a meal, there are many ways you can become involved with Arlington EATS:

To get food assistance: info@arlington-eats.org
To learn more: www.arlington-eats.org
To donate: www.arlington-eats.org/giving/
To volunteer: www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
To contact: info@arlington-eats.org

Guiding Good Choices (GGC):

Offers proven techniques and effective tools to help parents. Please register by email with kdillon@town.arlington.ma.us

Improve communication with their children
Develop healthy family values and behavioral expectations
Control and express anger constructively
Strengthen family bonds and trust
Prevent children from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors

Monday nights ( 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 & 11/13)
From 6:30-8:30
Whittemore Robbins House (670R Mass Ave)
GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once per week for five consecutive weeks. This is an evidence-based program that requires participants to attend all five workshops.

You are invited to the 7th Annual Out on the Town Gala

November 3, 7-11pm at Arlington Town Hall

Please join the Board of Youth Services for the annual Out on the Town Gala, to support the Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC). This year’s event is extra special as we recognize and honor Arlington’s own Dr. Michael Thompson, a renowned child psychologist, school consultant, international speaker and New York Times best-selling author. His books – nine in all, among them Homesick and Happy, Best Friends/Worst Enemies, The Pressured Child, and Raising Cain – have become popular references on bringing up children in the world today, with illuminating insights on the emotional lives and experiences of children and adolescents. Over the course of his career, Dr. Thompson has worked in more than 700 schools across the country and around the world, and has served as the supervising psychologist at the Belmont Hill School. As a popular headliner for Arlington Parent Forums, Dr. Thompson’s gentle guidance, wise counsel, and extraordinary wit have guided Arlington parents for more than a decade.

The Out on the Town Gala is an annual event in which community members come together to support the work of AYCC and promote the importance of having affordable, high quality, and community based mental health services for Arlington residents. Over the past year, AYCC provided over 5,500 counseling and psychiatric sessions to more than 375 youth and families, case management services to more than 80 Arlington residents, and support, education and advocacy for members of the community who have experienced domestic violence. AYCC has been able to offer these services thanks to the funds that are raised through the Gala, grants, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.

In addition to honoring Dr. Thompson, the gala features many wonderful silent auction items and raffles, beautiful live music from the Arlington High Jazz band, an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased for $75 through AYCC’s webpage- arlingtonma.gov/aycc. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information visit arlingtonma.gov/aycc or contact Colleen Leger, Executive Director of AYCC, at 781-316-3255.

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Support PTO

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program

Thompson is participating in Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program, in which our school receives a check based on the amount of purchases made by people with Stop&Shop cards. Enroll your Stop&Shop card. with Thompson’s school code: 07331.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Co-Presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada: diana_lutz@yahoo.com, nmewada@gmail.com
Vice-President: Yael Beals: yael.beals@gmail.com
Co-Treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer: swilkie49@hotmail.com, ndanukiwi@yahoo.com
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring: emczar00@hotmail.com, fionaehring@gmail.com
Fundraising Chair: Juliet Moir: juliet.moir@gmail.com
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com, gaggi@rcn.com
Enrichment Co-Chairs: Maf Terry &Tonja Bishop: maf.terry@gmail.com, tbowenbishop@gmail.com
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman: dbirdie@gmail.com
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley: hudyju@gmail.com, melish26@yahoo.com
Room Parents Chair: Sarah Gupta: sarahruth16@gmail.com
Volunteers Chair: Kate Murphy: katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com

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 : September 25, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • #everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson
  • Principal’s Update
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

Boys in Motion – Mondays and Wednesdays after school starting 9/25

Boys in Motion is a non-competitive fitness initiative, for boys in 4th and 5th grade, that inspires active lifestyles, friendships and personal growth.

Morning PTO Meeting – Friday, September 29, 8:15am – 9:30 am

Are evenings inconvenient? Not to worry, we will meet a few times during the year in the morning right after drop off in the cafeteria. Is you baby, toddler with you? That’s fine too, just bring them along, this is a more informal conversation.

Spirit Day, Backwards Day – Friday, September 29

Show your school spirit by wearing an outfit in reverse on this day!

Walk or Bike to School Day – Wednesday, October 4
No School – Monday, October 9
PTO Meeting, Budget Approval – Wednesday, October 11
Picture Day – Thursday, October 12
Movie Night – Friday, October 13

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar.  Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

#everythingyoueverwantedtoknowaboutthompson

For families looking for extra information, unfettered access to our weekly newsletter, volunteer opportunities, the link to shop at Amazon (your purchases benefit all Thompson students via the PTO!), contact info and soooo much more, please pop over to our site, and be sure to bookmark it. We will be making changes to the content over the coming weeks, but the link will remain the same.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

It was great to see so many of you last week at Curriculum Night! As you can tell, we have hit the ground running, and continue to build community within our classrooms, in the hallways, the cafeteria, on the playground, and anywhere else we gather. The first 6-8 weeks of school is a crucial time to establish routines and expectations to help build the foundation for a successful school year. My grandmother always said ​”Begin as you intend to continue” – what wise advice that’s applicable to many facets of life!

I wanted to send a big thank you out to Ashley Lorenz, Gaggi Destefanis, and all those who contributed to such a successful Community Card push at Town Day! It was so much fun to see many past and current students and families, as well as meet many new faces as they stopped to purchase a card. Thank you all!

This week I will be having surgery on my foot, so will be out for a few days. I will be checking email while I am out, and responding as soon as I am able. There will be Principals on call should Vicki or Ms. Chevalier need additional support or to run something by an administrator. The plan is that I will return the beginning of the following week, with a knee scooter!!! I’m going to have to “glam” it up and perhaps add a horn. Watch out – I may be faster than I was before this happened!

Looking forward to the colors of Fall and the cooler temperatures it will bring, along with football and apple pie!

See you around town,

Karen

Thompson News & Events

Annual Parent Survey

The PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!
PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Community Card Update

Where to Buy Community Cards:Community Card 2017 2018

-From Vicki at the front desk.
-From Gaggi DeStefanis or Ashley Lorenz at Pick-up and Drop-off.
-At The Book Rack, 13 Medford St
-Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org
Gotta have the card to get the deals. Get one for every wallet in the family!
They make for great birthday and holiday gifts for friends and neighbors too.

Join the Fall Family Sales effort!

Fall Family Sales is where WE the Thompson families sell cards to our friends, neighbors, and anyone else who might need a card. We sold 450 last year, let’s go for 500! How it works: sign out cards and sell them either A) on your own time to family, friends, at your kids’ sporting events, etc. and/or B) take the cold-call out of the equation and set up at select venues around town (soccer clinics, capitol square, etc).
To sign out cards, fill out the form coming home in your child’s backpack, or online here.
For a list of viable venues, contact ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com or pick some specific times at http://tinyurl.com/2017ViableVenues

Other Volunteer Opportunities

-Farmer’s Market Sales Sept 27 & Oct 4. Signup here: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityCardFarmersMarket
-Help put posters up around town at schools, parks, preschools. We have a list of approved spots you can cherry-pick from.
-Be a person-to-person sales contact at your preschool, yoga studio etc.
-Help contact some local realtors to ask if they want to buy cards to give to homebuyers.
-“Like” our Community Card Facebook page!
To volunteer, or if you have some great ideas brewing to further sell or market cards, email Ashley Lorenz at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

Walk and Bike to School Day

Walk & Bike to SchoolWednesday October 4 is Walk and Bike to School Day, sponsored in part by the MA Department of Transportation. We have some cool prizes for bikers and walkers! Please walk/bike/walkpool to school on Wednesday! We need a couple of more volunteers to hand out stickers and prizes – email reebee.girash@gmail.com if you can arrive by 7:55 to join the fun.

Picture Day is Coming!

Mark your calendars: Picture Day is Thursday October 12th! Coffee Pond will once again be at Thompson that day to take individual and class photos. Watch for order forms coming home in your child(ren)’s folders this week.
The team of photographers coming to Thompson has just 3 hours to photograph 480+ students! Parent help is needed to make it all run smoothly. If you can sign up for an hour of time that morning to help classes prepare for their photographs your help would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-picture3

Welcome back from the Thompson Green Team

Green TeamAs many of you know, Thompson held 2 Zero Waste Days in 2016 and demonstrated that we could reduce lunch time waste by 97% if we switched to industrial composting. Our compelling data inspired the school system to convert to industrial composting last winter.
The lunch time composting system steps are:
Step 1: Dump your liquids
Step 2: Place your *clean* recyclables into the recycling bin
Step 3: Place all trash including *dirty* plastic into the trash bin
Step 4: Toss all food waste (even meats) and napkins into the compost bags
Step 5: Stack compostable trays
Check out the Green Team Compost Captain Video to understand the lunch time waste reduction sorting process: HERE!
Thompson Green Team is looking for parent volunteers and leaders! In addition to incorporating the classroom job of compost captain into the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms, we hope to go on some local nature adventures after school on Fridays. Please contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in being involved.
Thank you!
Elizabeth Rocco and Christa Kelleher,
Green Team Parent Leaders
The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, and all living creatures. It aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to protect and preserve our environment. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Community News & Events

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Arlington EATSThank you to all who joined us for this year’s first Community Dinner. Members of our community, three of our town selectman, volunteers and staff all gathered to share a delicious meal prepared by Thompson’s own, Ms. Sadia. Our next Community Dinner will be held on October 12. Please join us at the table.
If you cannot join us for a meal, there are many ways you can become involved with Arlington EATS:

To get food assistance: info@arlington-eats.org
To learn more: www.arlington-eats.org
To donate: www.arlington-eats.org/giving/
To volunteer: www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
To contact: info@arlington-eats.org

A Welcome from Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) to Thompson School, Fall 2017

AEFWelcome to the 2017-18 school year! AEF is our local education foundation, raising funds to support Pre-K through 12th grade educational initiatives that fall outside of the town’s public school budget, and typically beyond a PTO budget. It’s a volunteer-led organization, and its mission is to support Arlington’s students and teachers.

Last year, AEF distributed over $100,000 in grant money to educators for projects at all grade levels in the Arlington public schools. Thompson School alone has benefited from these AEF innovation grants in the form of Snow Shoes, Standing Desks, Meditation Techniques, and much more.

AEF is also funding initiatives that are relevant to our children beyond Thompson. Some grants are small: for example, Virtual Reality technology for foreign language and cultural immersion at AHS. Other grants are big: for example, in April 2017 AEF awarded a $30,000 to APS to develop a cohesive and strategic plan for the educational environment of the Gibbs School. The award provides stipends for 25 staff members, most of whom will be sixth grade teachers, funding both professional development and essential planning time.

APS teachers, district staff, and even parents can apply for grants from AEF. Danielle Gottesman is the AEF Bishop School Representative and is happy to talk to you about your grant ideas and guide you through the grant application process. Please feel free to email Judy with questions or ideas: dbirdie@gmail.com.

Importantly, please donate to AEF! We raise money through the STARS (School Teachers Are Really Special!) program honoring teachers; our annual gala (November); at the annual AEF Trivia Bee (March); and through regular donations on our website.
http://www.arlingtoneducationfoundationma.org/

DISCOVER GIRL SCOUTS EVENT!

Girl Scouts is the place where a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her confidence through practice. She can discover all she can be and do when she has the right
tools and a safe space to shine. Together we can change the world. Attend a Discover Girl Scouts event to meet other families from your community, learn how to join a Girl Scout troop, and have your girl(s) participate in an activity.
Join us for an afternoon at camp on Saturday 9/23/17 from 2pm-4pm! Girls and families will go on a scavenger hunt, learn some fun songs, do a craft project, and learn about how to join a Girl Scout troop in their town. Camp Cedar Hill is located at 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA. Girl Scouts is for girls in Kindergarten-12th grade.

Questions? Email Molly Kazin, mkazin@gsema.org

Guiding Good Choices (GGC):

Offers proven techniques and effective tools to help parents. Please register by email with kdillon@town.arlington.ma.us

Improve communication with their children
Develop healthy family values and behavioral expectations
Control and express anger constructively
Strengthen family bonds and trust
Prevent children from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors

Monday nights ( 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 & 11/13)
From 6:30-8:30
Whittemore Robbins House (670R Mass Ave)
GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once per week for five consecutive weeks. This is an evidence-based program that requires participants to attend all five workshops.

CRAYOLA COLOR CIRCLE

We’re happy to report that the ColorCycle program will be continuing in its third year at the Thompson School. Last year, we shipped off 72 pounds of used markers to Crayola! Thanks to the Thompson community, all this plastic will not go to waste!

To participate in the program, save markers that have been used up, and drop them off at school at your convenience. There are currently two collection bins – one in the lobby area and one outside the library on the second floor. We will continue to collect used markers throughout the year, so there is no deadline to bring them in. We accept all markers, any brand, including permanent markers (e.g. Sharpie) and dry erase markers. Please, no pens.

To learn more about the ColorCycle program and all of Crayola’s environmental initiatives, visit http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx. For specific questions about ColorCycle at Thompson, contact Thompson parent Vivianne Do at vivianne_do@hotmail.com. Thank you and keep recycling!

Arlington SEPAC

SEPAC is comprised of volunteers who dedicate time to provide resources for parents and advice to the district on matters pertaining to the education and safety of students with disabilities.

Contact: Inae Hwang at inaehwang@gmail.com or, ArlingtonSEPAC@gmail.com
For more information, visit our website at www.Arlingtong.k12.ma.us/SEPAC

OTTO Pizza: Draw Outside of the Box Contest

We would like to formally invite Thompson Elementary and its budding young artists to take part in OTTO’s ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest, in which students K-8 have the opportunity to design our new pizza box, and win their school $1000 for art education in the process. The initiative is designed to promote art education in schools, and to connect kids & community through art and design. The contest runs for three months (Sept. 18 through Dec. 18), during which student’s entries will be exhibited online in a Facebook photo album. The thirty designs with the most ‘likes’ at the end of this period will move on to the next phase of the contest. Of the thirty finalists, first, second and third place will be chosen by a panel of regional design experts (including Scott Nash, of Flat Stanley fame).

First Place: The winning contestant’s design will be professionally printed on thousands of pizza boxes to be used at OTTO locations throughout New England. The winner will also receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $100 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO cap. The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education.
Second Place: Student will receive pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $50 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.
Third Place: Student will receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $25 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.

For a full listing of rules and entry details, see: http://www.ottopizza.wordpress.com/contest

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Support PTO

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program

Thompson is participating in Stop&Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program, in which our school receives a check based on the amount of purchases made by people with Stop&Shop cards. Enroll your Stop&Shop card. with Thompson’s school code: 07331.

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

Co-Presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada: diana_lutz@yahoo.com, nmewada@gmail.com
Vice-President: Yael Beals: yael.beals@gmail.com
Co-Treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer: swilkie49@hotmail.com, ndanukiwi@yahoo.com
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring: emczar00@hotmail.com, fionaehring@gmail.com
Fundraising Chair: Juliet Moir: juliet.moir@gmail.com
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com, gaggi@rcn.com
Enrichment Co-Chairs: Maf Terry &Tonja Bishop: maf.terry@gmail.com, tbowenbishop@gmail.com
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman: dbirdie@gmail.com
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley: hudyju@gmail.com, melish26@yahoo.com
Room Parents Chair: Sarah Gupta: sarahruth16@gmail.com
Volunteers Chair: Kate Murphy: katejoycemurphy71@gmail.com

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 : September 18, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date/ School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Thompson Staff News
  • Thompson News and Events / Arlington Community Card Launch
  • Community News and Events
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

  • Curriculum Night – Tuesday, September 19,2017 
    This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to hear more about what is being taught this year.
    6:30 – 7:10 pm:  Classroom Presentations Grades K-2
    7:15- 7:45 pm:   Welcome from Principal Donato & PTO in the Gym
    7:50 – 8:30 pm:  Classroom Presentations Grades 3-5
  • NO SCHOOL – Thursday, September 21
  • Morning PTO Meeting – Friday, September 29, 8:15am – 9:30 am
    Are evenings inconvenient? Not to worry, we will meet a few times during the year in the morning right after drop off in the cafeteria. Is your baby, toddler with you? That’s fine too, just bring them along, this is a more informal conversation.
  • Spirit Day, Backwards Day – Friday, September 29 – Show your school spirit by wearing an outfit in reverse on this day!

School Calendar

Click http://tinyurl.com/ndp8spb for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click http://tinyurl.com/y7u5k2on for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

PTO Update

Dear Thompson Families:

The transition back to school has gone smoothly with the excitement of the first days of school giving way to a settled routine for returning and new students. With the transition behind us, the PTO is looking at a full fall schedule. The first PTO meeting was held on September 13th, and the first order of business was to elect a new board. Meeting minutes can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/ybyrj8gt
Thanks to everyone who attended. For those of you who were not there, every month we will include a link to the minutes in the newsletter. Here also is the link to the presentation given during the meeting: PTO_Presentation_2017.pptx

We are pleased to announce the board for the school year 2017-2018:
Co-Presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada
Vice-President: Yael Beals
Co-Treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Fundraising Chair: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment Co-Chairs:  Maf Terry &Tonja Bishop
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Room Parents Chair: Sarah Gupta
Volunteers Chair: Kate Murphy

Fall is a busy fundraising time with two key drives – the launch of the much awaited Community Card and the Direct Donation drive. The Community Card launch at Town Day was our most successful launch
to date! Funds raised from both drives account for approximately 80% of the total PTO budget. See additional details below and please continue to watch this space on how you can contribute and help support our school. We look forward to seeing you at Curriculum night on September 19th .

Diana Trudell and Nandana Mewada
PTO Co-Presidents

Annual Parent Survey

The PTO would love to know you better! Every year, we send a survey to find out how you would like us to communicate with you, what your favorite events are, how you’d like to help, and the names/grades of your kids. Please take five minutes to tell us. Thank you!

PTO Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOSurvey2017

Thompson News & Events

COMMUNITY CARDS AT TOWN DAY WERE A MASSIVE SUCCESS! 

Drum rolll please….a RECORD 991 cards were sold on Town Day!!  Congratulations to all of our volunteers and our marketing team; that’s almost $10,000.  Very proud!
But wait…now we move to Part II. We have 500 cards left to sell. Last year we made it to 450, let’s wipe the pile clean! The Fall Family Sales effort starts NOW. How it works:  sign out cards and sell them either A) on your own time to family, friends, at your kids’ sporting events, etc. and/or B) take the cold-call out of the equation and sign up to sell at select venues around town (soccer clinics, capitol square events, etc).  Stay tuned in the coming days for the fine details and next steps.
Other immediate needs:
Farmer’s Market Card Sales begin this Wednesday the 20th, and will run for 3 weeks. Signup here: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityCardFarmersMarket
-Help us put posters up around town this week at schools, parks, preschools (if your child attends a preschool, specify which).  We have a list of approved spots you can cherry-pick from. Email Ashley: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Last, if you did not get a card yet, you can get one asap:
-From Vicki at the front desk
-At The Book Rack, 13 Medford St
-Mail-order via Paypal here
-From volunteers at Pickup and Drop-off Sept 18-20th. In fact if you can help with this piece, sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/Thompsondropoffpickupsales

Further questions, comments, or if you have some great ideas brewing to further sell or market cards, email co-chair Ashley Lorenz at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

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Calling all 4th and 5th Grade Boys:
Boys in Motion is back!

Have you heard about Thompson Boys in Motion? We are now in our third year running and excited to welcome new participants to the team.  Boys in Motion is a non-competitive fitness initiative that inspires active lifestyles, friendships, personal growth, and the confidence that comes from working toward and achieving goals.
Participants meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, for one-hour training sessions for eight weeks leading up to an opportunity to run a 5k race.  This program is led by Ms. Brayfield and Mr. Allen. This program will begin at the end of September.  Additional info and sign-up sheets will be sent home in all 4th and 5th grade boys classroom folders.
____________________________________________

Welcome back from the Thompson Green Team

As many of you know, Thompson held 2 Zero Waste Days in 2016 and demonstrated that we could reduce lunch time waste by 97% if we switched to industrial composting. Our compelling data inspired the school system to convert to industrial composting last winter.
The lunch time composting system steps are:
Step 1: Dump your liquids
Step 2: Place your *clean* recyclables into the recycling bin
Step 3: Place all trash including *dirty* plastic into the trash bin
Step 4: Toss all food waste (even meats) and napkins into the compost bags
Step 5: Stack compostable trays

Check out the Green Team Compost Captain Video to understand the lunch time waste reduction sorting process:  HERE!
Thompson Green Team is looking for parent volunteers and leaders! In addition to incorporating the classroom job of compost captain into the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms, we hope to go on some local nature adventures after school on Fridays. Please contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in being involved.
Thank you!
Elizabeth Rocco and Christa Kelleher,
Green Team Parent Leaders
The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, and all living creatures. It aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to protect and preserve our environment. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Staff News

Meet the New Faces of Thompson

Ryan Wholey is a new TA:
I grew up in Chelmsford, MA and I have two older siblings (a brother and a sister). Sports I played growing up were baseball, basketball and football and I’m an avid fan of all Boston sports teams. Music is one of my favorite interests and hobbies because I love going to concerts as well as playing guitar. I’ve never been to Europe but I love to travel and hope to make it to Ireland someday so that I can learn more about my Irish heritage. 

Community News & Events

DISCOVER GIRL SCOUTS EVENT!

Girl Scouts is the place where a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her confidence through practice. She can discover all she can be and do when she has the right
tools and a safe space to shine. Together we can change the world. Attend a Discover Girl Scouts event to meet other families from your community, learn how to join a Girl Scout troop, and have your girl(s) participate in an activity.

Join us for an afternoon at camp on Saturday 9/23/17 from 2pm-4pm! Girls and families will go on a scavenger hunt, learn some fun songs, do a craft project, and learn about how to join a Girl Scout troop in their town.  Camp Cedar Hill is located at 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA. Girl Scouts is for girls in Kindergarten-12th grade.
Questions? Email Molly Kazin, mkazin@gsema.org

Guiding Good Choices (GGC):

Offers proven techniques and effective tools to help parents. Please register by email with kdillon@town.arlington.ma.us

  • Improve communication with their children
  • Develop healthy family values and behavioral expectations
  • Control and express anger constructively
  • Strengthen family bonds and trust
  • Prevent children from engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors

Monday nights ( 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 & 11/13)
From 6:30-8:30
Whittemore Robbins House (670R Mass Ave)

GGC consists of 5 workshops, held once per week for five consecutive weeks.  This is an evidence-based program that requires participants to attend all five workshops.

Movie Night at Waldo Park on Saturday, September 23rd

Join us for the Annual Movie Night at Waldo Park on Saturday, September 24th. The film will be Moana.  It’ll be preceded by a couple of young-kid friendly short films. And this year – a special treat before the movies get started – live music from the Grüvmeiners.  The Grüvmeiners are a 6 person brass band (3 of whom live in the Waldo Park neighborhood), who play your favorite hits for the 80’s and beyond.  Bring a blanket to sit on the hill.  At 6 pm, the Grüvmeiners will play. Around 6:45 pm, we’ll show the short films, and around 7:00, we’ll start the feature.   We’ll also have refreshments on sale to raise funds for Park maintenance and future events. Waldo Park is located at the end of Waldo Road, off Cleveland Street, between Mass Ave and Broadway.

CRAYOLA COLOR CIRCLE

We’re happy to report that the ColorCycle program will be continuing in its third year at the Thompson School.  Last year, we shipped off 72 pounds of used markers to Crayola!  Thanks to the Thompson community, all this plastic will not go to waste!

To participate in the program, save markers that have been used up, and drop them off at school at your convenience.  There are currently two collection bins – one in the lobby area and one outside the library on the second floor.  We will continue to collect used markers throughout the year, so there is no deadline to bring them in.  We accept all markers, any brand, including permanent markers (e.g. Sharpie) and dry erase markers.  Please, no pens.

To learn more about the ColorCycle program and all of Crayola’s environmental initiatives, visit http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx. For specific questions about ColorCycle at Thompson, contact Thompson parent Vivianne Do at vivianne_do@hotmail.com. Thank you and keep recycling!

Contact: Inae Hwang at inaehwang@gmail.com or, ArlingtonSEPAC@gmail.com
For more information, visit our website at www.Arlingtong.k12.ma.us/SEPAC

Join Cub Scouts, Join the Fun, Join the Adventure! 

Cub Scout Pack 313
Recruit Night Friday Sept. 22nd, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm at St Camillus Church Hall, 1175 Concord Turnpike, Arlington

Who? Boys in grades K – 5 may join Cub Scouts. Families are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
What? Cub Scouts (grades K-5) is a year-round program designed to meet the needs of young boys and their families through fun and challenging activities designed to promote education, character, and physical development. Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: Camping, Hiking, Building and Racing model cars, going on Field Trips, or doing projects for your community.
Where? Pack meetings are held at St Camillus, 1175 Concord Turnpike Arlington. Den Meetings are held in different locations, including the library, local parks, and the homes of scouts.
When? Pack meetings of boys in all grades are held monthly, typically the first Friday Night from 7-8:30 pm. Den meetings with scouts in their grade/rank are held one to three times a month, based on the scout schedules.

Why? You’ll make new friends, and learn new skills.

Please visit our website at www.Arlingtoncubs313.com. The mission of the Spirit of Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America is to provide character development, citizenship training, growth in physical and mental fitness, and leadership opportunities for the young people of the Boston metropolitan area. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our members, and we are committed to providing young people with an educational and stimulating environment in which to learn and grow. Through the Scout Oath and Law, we pledge to respect all people and to defend the rights of others. Bias, intolerance and unlawful discrimination are unacceptable within the ranks of the Spirit of Adventure Council. The Spirit of Adventure Council serves over 20,000 youth through 3,000 volunteers in over 400 Packs, Troops and other units without regard to color, race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or economic status.

OTTO Pizza: Draw Outside of the Box Contest

We would like to formally invite Thompson Elementary and its budding young artists to take part in OTTO’s ‘Draw Outside of the Box’ contest, in which students K-8 have the opportunity to design our new pizza box, and win their school $1000 for art education in the process. The initiative is designed to promote art education in schools, and to connect kids & community through art and design. The contest runs for three months (Sept. 18 through Dec. 18), during which student’s entries will be exhibited online in a Facebook photo album. The thirty designs with the most ‘likes’ at the end of this period will move on to the next phase of the contest. Of the thirty finalists, first, second and third place will be chosen by a panel of regional design experts (including Scott Nash, of Flat Stanley fame).

First Place: The winning contestant’s design will be professionally printed on thousands of pizza boxes to be used at OTTO locations throughout New England. The winner will also receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $100 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt, and an OTTO cap. The winner’s school will receive a check for $1000 to support art education.
Second Place: Student will receive pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $50 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.
Third Place: Student will receive a pizza party (for up to 30 students) at his/her school, a $25 OTTO gift card, an OTTO t-shirt and hat.

For a full listing of rules and entry details, see: http://www.ottopizza.wordpress.com/contest

PTO Fundraising

Amazon

Shopping at Amazon.com? Click the Amazon link from the Thompson PTO website and a share of your purchase will help the Thompson PTO.

PTO Meeting Minutes – Sept. 13, 2017

Principal: Karen Donato
Teacher’s Rep:

PTO Board

Co-presidents: Diana Trudell & Nandana Mewada
Vice-President: Yael Beals
Co-treasurers: Sara Wilkinson & Carolyn Schneyer
Co-secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Fundraising: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment: Maf Terry & Tonja Bishop
Communications: Danielle Gottesman
Spirit & Appreciation: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Room Parents: Sarah Gupta
Volunteers: Kate Murphy

Thompson Community

Carolyn Schneyer, Sara Wilkinson, Emily Gauthier, Fiona Ehring, Sonia Yalada, Anna Panszczyk, Laura Urquijo, Daria Marrocchilli, Tim Macinta, Christy Murphy-Macinta, Lee Lichtenstein, Gavrielle Price, Amy Yeager, Tonja Bishop, Maja Fiket, Yuri Karuian, Jean Faucher, Ashley Lorenz, Elena Mendez-Escobar, Meridale Baggett, Lani Obermayer, Tricia Gallen, Emilia Tsolia, Tiffany Steinwert, Melissa Crowly, Dana Ozik, Crystal Woller, Ema Rodrigues, Shauna Pellauer, Kate Murphy, Judy Hu

Notes

Mrs. Donato’s update

  • 540 people in the building
  • Construction update
    • still no final date of completion
    • closed back stairwell for safety reasons
  • When construction is done the arrangement of school will be K -1 first floor, 2-3 middle floor, 4-5 top floor, classes may shift, even if classes not in modular
  • Pineapples all over building, universal symbol of welcome
  • Curriculum night is next Tuesday, flier went home this week. If you cannot attend, reach out to classroom teacher.

PTO co-president Diana Trundle – PTO Overview presentation

  • PTO’s mission
    • To support the education of students at Thompson.
    • To promote the welfare of Thompson School students at school, at home, and in the community.
    • To strengthen the relationship between the families and the school, so that parents and teachers cooperate successfully in the education of the students.
    • To develop among students and their families, the highest advantages in academic, intellectual, physical, and social education.
  • All Thompson parents and staff are automatically members, No fee to join, 100% volunteer run. This means YOU!
  • PTO is in charge of enrichment, community events and fundraising.
  • Each grade goes on 2 field trips.
  • Each grade has 1-3 author visits.
  • Each grade participates in 1-2 school-wide programs.
  • Each grade is different.
  • Past enrichment programs (may change from year to year)
    • K – Pumpkin Patch Field Trip, Wingaersheek Beach Tidepool exploration Field Trip, Kidstock Drama Workshop- Diversity Stories, New England Aquarium Tide Pools Alive!
    • 1st grade – Acton Science Discovery Museum Field Trip, Franklin Park Zoo Field Trip, Discovery Museum Visiting Light and Lasers program
    • 2nd grade – Children’s Museum: Japan House and Suminagashi Field Trip, Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of Charlotte’s Web Field Trip
    • 3rd grade – Plimoth Plantation Field Trip, Jason Russell House Museum Field Trip, Royall House Museum “Belinda’s Footsteps: Sugar, Slavery and Survival”
    • 4th grade – Lowell Mills Field Trip, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Field Trip, Yoga and Stress Management
    • 5th grade – “Tea is Brewing” program at Old South Meeting-house Field Trip, Georges Island Field Trip, Museum of Science: States of Matter visiting program, Wingmasters Animal Adaptations program, Yoga and Stress Management
    • School wide – Circus Smirkus weeklong residency, Odds Bodkin- “Golden Rule Tales”
    • Author visits – Irene Smalls (K-2), Bridget Hodder (3), Mark Tyler Nobleman (3-5), Melissa Stewart (grades 3-5), with non-fiction writing workshops
  • Community Events
    • For parents – Welcome Back Breakfast (September), Winter Parent’s Party
    • Movie Night (October)
    • Literacy Night (December)
    • Game Night (February)
    • Science Explo/International Day – swap years on and off (March)
    • Ice Skating Party (April)
    • Picnic in the Park (June)
  • Others
    • Town Day (Fundraising)
    • Picture Day, Spring Concert and Field Day
    • Walk/ Bike to School Day
    • Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Support the teachers with annual stipends

Sarah Wilkinson co-treasurer – PTO budget overview

  • PTO budget is $50,000 annually, Spend approx. $102 per child per year
  • Where we spend the funds
    • 53% Enrichment, Field trips are 100% funded by the PTO
    • 26% Events
    • 11% Hospitality/Appreciation
    • 10% Administration – insurance, office supplies, fees for tax filing
  • How we raise the PTO funds
    • 53% Direct donation
    • 26% Community Cards
    • 11% Events
    • 10% Fundraisers
      • Amazon, Stop and Shop, Target
      • Helena’s shopping night
      • Not your Average Joe’s night
      • Juliet Moir has all the information for setting up new companies for donations

Ashley Lorenz – Community Card

  • $10 card that gives you discounts on local businesses, runs September to September every year
  • You can buy the card at Town Day, from fellow parents, farmer’s market, the Book Rack and on the Thompson PTO website
    • We make the most money at Town Day, goal this year is 900 cards
  • All funds go directly to us. Cambridge Savings bank sponsors the printing.
  • Ashely has a lot of little tasks she can use help with, reaching out to a realtor, chamber of commerce welcome to Arlington baskets
  • Any ideas on selling more cards please send to Ashely
  • We need people to sell cards at Town day – man the booth or walk around with cards, booth is usually around Camilla’s bridal, we have card readers for iPhones
  • Every week the bottom of our newsletter included the fundraising partners and information

Immediate needs

  1. Volunteer at Town Day
  2. Room Parents – coordinate class gifts, chaperones, help get parents involved, communicates PTO info, level of involvement depends on teacher
  3. Help sell community cards after Town Day
  4. Lead Picture Day – 10/12
  5. Co-chair Movie Night – 10/13
  6. Chair Literacy Night – December, book fair week of December 11 –The Book Rack will run it and added online ordering
  7. Lead the Shop local program – December
  8. Chair Winter Parent’s Party – January/February
  9. Sign up to be a part of the Science Explo, our largest event of the year – March

Danielle Gottesman – Communications

  • Interested on feedback on newsletter, social media etc.
  • Any community events, local related things, send to Danielle to include in newsletter.
  • Facebook, Twitter,
  • Happy to have more volunteers for newsletter help.
  • Redoing PTO website

Other

  • PTO meetings occasionally include guest speakers – Sean Garballey, members of the school committee, Nitwits
  • We need an update on the Library endowment- Bill Shay’s family gifted funds for the library.
  • We have a new logo from parent competition last year. Kindergarten bags were given with the new logo. WE are trying to figure out new sprit wear with new logo. Car magnets, decals with logo. Order form with an option to sponsor a T-shirt for someone. The PTO may have funds to purchase t-shirts. Karen mentioned reaching out to community sponsors to cover cost of some t-shirts for those in need.
  • Three physical fitness enrichment activities
    • Boys in Motion –4th -5th grade boys running with Ms. Brayfield 2 days a week , run 5K Turkey Trot
    • Fit Girls – 4th -5th grade girls running with Ms. Brayfield, Run for a Cause in the Spring
    • Boks – before school fitness run by Ms. Brayfield, other schools parent run. May or may not run this year depending on volunteers. If interested please let Ms. Brayfield know.