Thompson School News : March 4, 2019

Save the Date
Mar 8 and 15, Fridays – Field Trip 1st grade – Discovery Museum Acton March 11 – March 15:  International Week @ Thompson Mar 11, Monday – International Spirit Day: Dress up in the traditional outfit of another country, wear the colors of a flag, or your favorite international sports! Mar 13, Wednesday – PTO Meeting – 7-9 PM CANCELLED Mar 14, Thursday – Enrichment – Afro Brazilian Ensemble: Capoeira Assemblies Mar 14, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6 PM Mar 16, Saturday – International Festival – 11 AM – 3PM Mar 21 and 22, Thursday and Friday – Field Trip 2nd grade – Japan House March 22nd, Morning PTO Meeting – 8.15 am – 9.15 am March 21 and 22, 28 and 29, Thursdays and Fridays – Field Trip 3rd Grade – Royall House April 4, Thursday – 3rd Grade Enrichment – Museum of Science (Motion, Forces, and Energy)
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
International Week March 11 – 15
The Thompson International Festival will expand to a week-long celebration of our diverse community.  During the week of March 11th -March 15th, this theme will be incorporated in various ways throughout the school day.  Programs will include:
Morning announcements in different language Music from around the world during morning announcements Diverse books on display in the library World Art in the Art Room International Spirit Day, Monday, March 11th: Dress up in the traditional outfit honoring another country, wear the color of a flag, or your favorite sports team. All-School Enrichment, Thursday, March 14th: Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Ensemble.
For March, the theme of the Social Emotional Learning Initiative at Thompson compliments the International Festival and International Week. The monthly theme is Acceptance and the book of the month that the school will read is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.
International Festival – March 16th, 11AM-3PM The Thompson International Festival is two weeks away! See all the ways you can contribute to this special biennial event that celebrates the rich diversity of the Thompson Community.
To sign up go to the PTO website here or use the individual links below.

Volunteer to help on the day of the event. We need many helping hands as our kids explore the world!  Join fellow parents to make this day a success. Most shifts are between 1 and 1.5 hours. Help with set up, volunteer at the welcome table, serve food in the café, assist with the fashion show and more!  Younger kiddos are welcome to help, except in the café.  Sign up here:https://tinyurl.com/2019IntlFest-Volunteers
  Raffle Baskets: Each grade will sponsor a basket to be raffled at the end of the event as an easy and fun way to raise funds for our enrichment programs. Each grade is assigned a continent. Go to your child’s grade sign-up for ideas and remember to indicate the item you are donating in the ‘comments’ so we don’t have duplicates. In a rush? Cash contributions are also accepted so that they can be pooled to buy additional items.  Drop off items in the bins in the lobby by March 8th. Kindergarten – Africa 1st Grade – Antarctica 2nd Grade – South America 3rd Grade – Asia 4th Grade – Australia 5th Grade – Europe Kids Fashion Show: Kids can participate in the Fashion Show by wearing the traditional outfit of a country. https://tinyurl.com/2019IntlFest-FashionShow Bazaar of Countries: Host a country table to showcase its uniqueness! It can be a country of origin, adopted country, or country of interest. Display books, images, decorations, toys, instruments. Get creative and design an interactive activity to engage our young travelers! It can be a quiz, puzzle, language activities, crafts, dance lessons, dress up options, and so much more. Consider partnering with a country from the same region for design or an activity. https://tinyurl.com/2019CountryBazaar International Café: The cafeteria will transform into an International Café serving a global feast including lunch and desserts.  Consider donating a dessert for the event. This is your chance to share with other families desserts you make at home!  https://tinyurl.com/2019IntlFestCafe

The snow date for the event is March 23rd.

Questions? Contact Sabrina Kias (sabrinakias85@gmail.com), Lucy Thiboutot (lucy.thiboutot@gmail.com), Nandana Mewada (nmewada@gmail.com).
Thompson News & Events
4th and 5th Grade Wednesday Morning Fitness Program, Session II                                        
On March 6th, a second 6 week fitness program begins for 4th and 5th grade students on Wednesday mornings starting at 7:30am. The program is free for Thompson students. Students have the opportunity to participate in various fitness activities.
 
Please email Melissa Crowley, PTO Outreach Coordinator, directly at melish26@yahoo.com, if your child is interested in participating for the first or second time by Monday, March 4th. The email should include your child’s name, grade level and your name and telephone number.
 
*Volunteers are also welcome. Email Melissa if you can help.
2018-2019 Classroom Grant Fund Recipients For the 2018-2019 school year, the Thompson PTO launched a new Classroom Grant Fund (CGF) to support teachers and staff for significant classroom purchases that may not possible under the Teacher Reimbursement program. The CGF has two funding cycles of $1,000 for each round. In February, the PTO board announced the first round of CGF recipients. Teachers who will receive funding include: Kindergarten teacher Ms. Giovannini for a subscription to the Boardmaker website Ms. McKenney’s proposal to purchase weighted lap blankets for her 3rd grade class Ms. Campagna’s Art-in-a-Bag program for all grades The next round of grants will be announced in April. Also, as part of the enrichment budget, the PTO will fund a SEL initiative on bullying prevention spearheaded by Ms. Orlando.
PTO Meeting, Friday, March 22nd 8:15am – 9:15am
Haven’t been able to make an evening PTO meeting? Join us for a morning PTO meeting on March 22nd, after drop off at 8:15am.  Learn about upcoming spring events and an update from Ms. Donato. Little kids are welcome to join. Coffee will be provided.
The Drama Project has some awesome volunteer opportunities coming up this weekend!
Set Painting (Children welcome!): Sat. 3/9, 10AM-4PM (and Sun. 3/10, 12PM-4PM if needed–please check in with us for 3/10). We might also do props and costumes. There will be lots of great projects for kids to help with! We will also need volunteers to help with the tech rehearsals on March 30-31 and with the performances on April 7-9. Please email thompsondramaproject1@gmail.com to let us know if you’ll attend. Thanks for your support–we couldn’t pull this off without many willing hands!!
Green Team News The Thompson PTO has received a $2,000 grant to start an edible garden curriculum from Whole Kids Foundation! Thank you, Amy Droitcour, for writing the grant. Thompson is looking for a volunteer to co-lead the Garden Committee.  Please email Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested.  Thompson has experienced garden educators on our Garden Committee, so gardening expertise is not required for this rewarding opportunity.   Green Team club finished their first “Small But Mighty Kids Change the World” podcast at the 5th grade ACMi workshop over vacation break. The club also built a model green team town out of trash for Ecofest Sunday March 3rd.  On the 27th youth mentor, Kevin Wetmore, led Ms. D’Intino’s 5th graders’ 2nd Podcast for the Planet workshop. Some teams will submit their “Make Way For Water” podcasts to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge.   
Get Involved
Community Card Committee Seeks Chairperson Trainees for 2019-2020
The Community Card Committee is looking for a 2nd and 3rd co-chair to shadow the existing team for a year, learn the ropes, and be ready to take over.  Join this talented team! No prior experience required. There are many ways you can lend your talents to the success of this profitable fundraiser. If you would like to come aboard, or are even just a little curious, email Ashley: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Community News & Events
Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by AEF
Sunday, March 17, 3-5pm at Arlington Town Hall (free!)                                    
Join us at the Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by the AEF. This town-wide, family-friendly event is an annual Arlington tradition that includes activities for kids and opportunities for audience participation. Cheer on 30+ competing three-person teams! Participants face off to answer questions about sports, literature, history, current events, music, science, and local lore. If interested in forming a team, visit https://www.aefma.org/events/trivia-bee/.  Come cheer on Thompson’s 5th grade team! 
Arlington EATS Community Dinner
Join us for a Community Meal on Thursday March 14 at 6pm.

Come party with us at our yearly fundraiser, Beats for EATS,Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7 PM – 11 PM at the Town Hall. Don’t wait to get your tickets, last year we sold out!
 
Support Thompson

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

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

Thompson School News : February 25, 2019

Save the Date
*New Feb 25, Monday – Thompson Trashformation for Ecofest Feb 28, Thursday – Kindergarten Enrichment, Animal Adventures Mar 1, Friday – Enrichment 4th grade – Circuit Lab Mar 2, Saturday – AHS Student Council – Kids’ Night Out, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Mar 8, Friday – Field Trip 1st grade – Discovery Museum Acton Mar 11, Monday – International Spirit Day: Dress up in the traditional outfit of another country, wear the colors of a flag, or your favorite international sports! Mar 13, Wednesday – PTO Meeting – 7-9 PM Mar 14, Thursday – Enrichment – Afro Brazilian Ensemble: Capoeira Assemblies Mar 14, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6 PM Mar 15, Friday – Field Trip 1st grade – Discovery Museum Acton Mar 16, Saturday – International Festival – 11 AM – 3PM Mar 21 and 22, Thursday and Friday – Field Trip 2nd grade – Japan House
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
Thompson International Festival
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 from 11am-3pm
The biennial Thompson International Festival is only three weeks away! This beloved Thompson tradition is one of our most popular community events. There are many ways you can participate and help make this event a big success!
Volunteer to help on the day of the event. We need many helping hands as our kids explore the world!  Join fellow parents to help for an hour or two.  Younger kiddos are welcome to help. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/2019IntlFest-Volunteers

Raffle Baskets: Each grade will sponsor a basket to be raffled at the end of the event as an easy and fun way to raise funds for our enrichment programs. Each grade is assigned a continent and you can help by making a contribution. Go to your child’s grade sign-up for ideas and please provide details on the item you are donating so we don’t have duplicates. In a rush, cash contributions are also accepted so that they can be pooled to buy additional items.  Drop off items in the bins in the lobby by March 8th. Kindergarten – Africa 1st Grade – Antarctica 2nd Grade – South America 3rd Grade – Asia 4th Grade – Australia 5th Grade – Europe Kids Fashion Show: Kids can participate in the Fashion Show by wearing the traditional outfit of a country. https://tinyurl.com/2019IntlFest-FashionShow
Bazaar of Countries: This is your chance to share the things you love about your family’s culture with the greater Thompson community! Bring in books, decorations, images, toys, instruments, etc. to display. Share information about foods, animals, languages, celebrations – about your country of origin, adopted country, or country of interest! Team up with other families to host a country table. https://tinyurl.com/2019CountryBazaar
International Café: Desserts made by you will be available, along with other donated and purchased food, to create a delicious feast for all. This is your chance to share with other families delicious desserts you make at home! https://tinyurl.com/2019IntlFestCafe
 
Thompson News & Events
4th and 5th Grade Wednesday Morning Fitness Program, Session II                                        
Mr. Cavanaugh, Thompson’s physical education teacher, is running a second 6 week fitness program for 4th and 5th grade students on Wednesday mornings starting at 7:30am. The program is free for Thompson students. Students have the opportunity to participate in various fitness activities.
 
Please email Melissa Crowley, PTO Outreach Coordinator, directly at melish26@yahoo.com, if your child is interested in participating for the first or second time by Monday, March 4th. The email should include your child’s name, grade level and your name and telephone number. Please let me know if you are available to volunteer and assist as well.
 
The program will begin on Wednesday, March 6th.
 
Game Night Debrief
Thank you to everyone who attended  the Thompson Game Night, volunteered their time for the event and donated games for sale.  Families had a blast playing favorite games and discovering new ones.  Thanks to the generous Thompson community, all teachers who submitted a wish list will have new games to add to their classroom. A special thanks to Shauna Pellauer and Alison Caplin for organizing the event.
Green Team
All are welcome to join us in making our Thompson Trashformation for Ecofest after school Mon. Feb. 25th in room 210!
Get Involved
Community Card Committee Seeks Chairperson Trainees for 2019-2020
The Community Card Committee is looking for a 2nd and 3rd co-chair to shadow the existing team for a year, learn the ropes, and be ready to take over.  Join this talented team! No prior experience required. There are many ways you can lend your talents to the success of this profitable fundraiser. If you would like to come aboard, or are even just a little curious, email Ashley: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Community News & Events
Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by AEF
Sunday, March 17, 3-5pm at Arlington Town Hall (free!)                                    
Join us at the Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by the AEF.  This town-wide, family-friendly event is an annual Arlington tradition that includes activities for kids and opportunities for audience participation.  
 
Come cheer on over thirty competing teams! Each team includes three adults who are game for an afternoon of trivial pursuits. Participants face off to answer questions about sports, literature, history, current events, music, science, and local lore.  If interested in forming a team, visit https://www.aefma.org/events/trivia-bee/ .

Also, come cheer on your school’s 5th grade team! One 5th grade team from each of Arlington’s public elementary schools (including Thompson!) will compete in the first round!
Kids’ Night Out!
Saturday, March 2nd from 5:30-8:30pm
The Arlington High School Student Council presents: Kids’ Night Out!

Children in grades K-4 are welcome in Arlington High School’s Blue Gym for a night of games, crafts, movies and more! A delicious pizza dinner and
snacks will be provided.

An RSVP is recommended, but not required. Kids can stay for the whole three hours, or just come for an hour or two! The cost is $20 for the first child, and then $10 for each additional sibling. All of the proceeds from this event will be going towards the AHS Student Council mini-grant fund, a new program that gives grants to AHS clubs, and allows Arlington students to go out and do incredible things.

This event is organized and run by high school students, but there will be an adult advisor present at all times. And in the incredibly unlikely event of injury, we have people who are CPR certified and first-aid certified present at the event as well.

To RSVP: Email trosen2020@spyponders.com

Please include your phone number as well as your child or children’s: Name(s), Age(s), How long they plan to stay, and any dietary restrictions they have.

The Address is 869 Mass. Ave, but we ask that people enter through the Mill St. entrance

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us!  We hope to see you there!
AHS Building Project Update
The plans for a new High School progressed this week as the AHS Building Committee voted to submit an approximate project budget of $291M to the Mass. School Building Authority (MSBA). This represents a $17M decrease from the original project estimate of $308M.

Current construction timeline estimates indicate the first building will be open to students in 2022.  To move forward, the project must have the approval of Arlington voters and a June 11th special election will take place to fund the project through the passage of a Debt Exclusion.

Visit www.ahsbuilding.org for design concept diagrams, blogs, cost information, an extensive FAQ and more.
 
Arlington EATS Community Dinner
Join us for a Community Meal on Thursday March 14 at 6pm.

Come party with us at our yearly fundraiser, Beats for EATS,Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7 PM – 11 PM at the Town Hall. Don’t wait to get your tickets, last year we sold out!
 
Support Thompson

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

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