Thompson School News : October 15, 2018

Save The Date

  • Oct 16-19 – 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 20, Saturday – Green Team Club, 10 am – 12 noon
  • Oct 21, Sunday – Gibbs School Ribbon Cutting
  • Oct 23, Tuesday – The Energized Guyz (grades 3-5 enrichment)
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – 4th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Mills
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors
  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Coffee Chat With Karen, 8:15 am
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Direct Donation Drive: Last day!
  • Nov 1 & 2, Thursday & Friday – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Wheelock Family Theatre
  • Nov 6, Tuesday – No School & Election Bake Sale
  • Nov 7, Wednesday – PTO Meeting 7-9PM
  • Nov 12, Monday – No School

School Calendar

Click here for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar

PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

We’re half-way through our annual Direct Donation Drive but, with 101 donations so far, we’re not yet half-way to our family participation goal of 275 contributions.
We can get there with your help!
Click here and donate today!

Thompson News & Events

Picture Day Wednesday, October 24

Dress sharply! Look for packets in your kids’ backpacks later this week with instructions on how to order school pictures.

We need parent volunteers to help the day run smoothly. If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPictures.


Room Parent Still Needed!

We are still looking for a room parent to support Ms. D’Intino’s 5th grade class.  If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com.

Movie Night

It was wonderful to see so many families who joined us on a chilly Friday evening for movie night. Despite the start-up technical glitches, including a move from the multi-purpose room to the gym, lugging sleeping bags and pillows, our kiddos enjoyed an evening with friends. Thanks to all the volunteers, parents and Arlington high school students who made the evening possible!

Over 1,400 cards sold so far!
Do you or you or someone you know still need a card?
Buy one anytime at:
• Book Rack
• Menotomy Beer and Wine
• Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org [PayPal or Credit Card]
• From Vicki at the front desk [cash or check]

Questions? Queries? Want to get involved with this fundraiser now or in the future?
Reach out anytime to:
Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Green Team Calendar

Join the Green Team for these events!

Friday October 19th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the garden for a work day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring. (If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to plan a pollinator and/or colonial garden.)Saturday October 20th 10am-noon Plogging
Thompson families will meet at Thompson Garden to walk, jog, explore the neighborhood and pick up trash led by Thompson mom, Kate Joyce Murphy.

Saturday in October TBA Garden Work Day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring.

October 27th and 28th Mothers Out Front Gas Leak Labeling. Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

Please email Fiona at fionaehring@gmail.com or Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you are interested in joining a forming Thompson Garden Committee to integrate the Thompson School Gardens into the K-5 Curriculum!

Community News & Events

Arlington Hockey Club

Interested in playing ice hockey in Arlington?

Registration is now open for the Arlington Hockey Club’s (AHC) 2018-2019 intramural programs including instructional league for both skaters and learn-to-skate, developmental league, and in-house full ice program.  These programs are all no-checking and practices and games are held at Ed Burns Arena in Arlington.  Arlington’s intramural programs focus on providing a fun environment to learn and play hockey for children born between September 1, 2014 (instructional) and 2005 (in-house).  Play begins soon, so if you are interested please visit our web-site for more information and registration at http://arlingtonice.com.

Volunteer

Election Day Bake Sale

We are looking for a parent or two to plan our Election Day Bake Sale on November 6th. An easy fundraiser that in 2016, raised approximately $1400! We have all the information you will need to organize it. If you would like more information or are interested in planning it, please email Yael Beals yael.beals@gmail.com.

Thompson Winter Party

The Thompson Winter Party is social event that is just for Parents. It is a fun evening filled with conversation, music and dance.  The party is usually held in January.  We are looking for 2 co-chairs to plan and organize the event.  If you are interested, please email Yael Beals yael.beals@gmail.com

Support Thompson

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


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. The submission deadline is Nov. 1 for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

 

Thompson School News : October 9, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Oct 10, Wednesday – PTO Meeting: Budget Approval, 7 – 9 pm
  • Oct 11, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Meal
  • Oct 12, Friday – Movie Night! 6 – 8:15 pm
  • Oct 16-19 – 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 20, Saturday – Green Team Club, 10 am – 12 noon
  • Oct 23, Tuesday – The Energized Guyz (grades 3-5 enrichment)
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – 4th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Mills
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors
  • Oct 30, Tuesday – Coffee Chat With Karen, 8:15 am
  • Oct 31, Wednesday – Direct Donation Drive: Last day!

School Calendar

Click here for Thompson’s Google Calendar to get school holidays, early release days, and PTO events on your own calendar. Click here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Community,

The month of September has flown by and we find ourselves here in October! The opening of school went very smoothly, with students and teachers spending time getting to know each other. One of the most important parts of the day is Morning Meeting. This occurs from 8:15-8:50 each morning, and it is the time when the students preview the schedule for the day, learn about each other and their teacher, and practice important social skills such as how to greet one another, problem solve, and manage their emotions. With all that in mind, it is extremely important that children arrive to school on time.

One of the areas that we are finding challenging is recess and lunch. We have established and reviewed expectations with all students both in class and in the cafeteria during their “cafeteria orientation” the first week of school, and teachers continue to review them in class. What I am observing is that some students are not demonstrating the same amount of respect for our recess/lunch staff, as they do for their teacher and principal. The most important thing I am asking students to do is to respond to the adults when requested. The requests could be for the whole group such as a clapping response, a quiet signal, or even an attempt to have a conversation with a student or two outside. These requests ask for students to stop what they are doing, turn their voices off, and look to the adult for instructions—such as cleaning up from lunch, an important message about safety, or time to line up to come in. I am asking for your support in this area—as I have said to all of the students—the women who are here to support them during lunch and recess are to be given the same respect as any other person who works in the school. I am hoping to have more lunch groups with smaller groups of students this year to discuss their thoughts on lunch and recess and get their input as well on improving it for all of us.

October also brought a special event for one of our staff members—Ms. Brayfield! This past weekend my family and I were fortunate to be able to be a part of her wedding weekend to our good friend, Bob Fanciullo. There was a beautiful ceremony and reception near her hometown of Southington, CT, with love, laughter, and happiness filling the air! If you have some time, I’d be happy to share how my husband John and I introduced them! As expected, she was a beautiful bride….Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Fanciullo!

Karen

P.S. Mark your calendars for the first Coffee Chat w/Karen after drop-off on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the cafeteria.

PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

The first week of the Direct Donation Drive resulted in 44 family contributions. Thank you to those who contributed! With only three weeks to go, help us reach our family participation goal of 275 families! Click the image to donate via PayPal.
Direct Donation Drive 2018

Thompson News & Events

Movie Night, 6 p.m. Oct. 12 @ Thompson

Movie night is coming up Oct. 12th. Come snuggle in your pjs and watch a movie with your friends at Thompson School. This year we’ll be showing Coco in honor of Día de los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead) and Halloween! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The movie will be screened in three locations due to room capacity limits: Library (for kindergarten), Multipurpose Room (grade 1), and Gym (grades 2-5). Given the popularity of the event, please arrive on time to get a spot!

Pizza and popcorn for sale at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, movie starts at 6:30.

We need volunteers for movie night!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49adad2aa0f49-20181

Room Parents Still Needed!

We are still looking for a few room parents to support Ms. D’Intino’s 5th grade class and the Music specialists.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent for either of these teachers or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com.

Picture Day Wednesday, October 24

Dress sharply! Look for packets in your kids’ backpacks later this week with instructions on how to order school pictures.

We need parent volunteers to help the day run smoothly. If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPictures.

If you didn’t hear, we sold a record-breaking 1,183 cards on Town Day! It doesn’t end there, though. Family Sales sellers are actively selling to friends and neighbors, and we will also end up selling another 300 or so through The Book Rack and Menotomy Beer & Wine. Still need a card? Buy one anytime at:
• Book Rack
• Menotomy Beer and Wine
• Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org [PayPal or Credit Card]
• From Vicki at the front desk [cash or check]

Want to get involved with the Community Card fundraiser, either now or in the near future? We’d love to have you on board! Reach out anytime to:
Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Green Team Calendar

Join the Green Team for these events!

Friday October 19th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the garden for a work day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring. (If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to plan a pollinator and/or colonial garden.)

Saturday October 20th 10am-noon Plogging
Thompson families will meet at Thompson Garden to walk, jog, explore the neighborhood and pick up trash led by Thompson mom, Kate Joyce Murphy.

Saturday in October TBA Garden Work Day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring.

October 27th and 28th Mothers Out Front Gas Leak Labeling. Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

Support Thompson

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


We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. The submission deadline is Nov. 1 for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

Volunteer

Volunteer Survey

We are always looking for parents to help during the 2018-2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents. Thank you for your interest!

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

 

Thompson School News : October 1, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Oct 1, Monday – Boys in Motion Starts (4th & 5th grade)
  • Oct 2, Tuesday – Custodial Workers Day
  • Oct 2, Tuesday – Staff Welcome Back Breakfast
  • Oct 3, Wednesday – Walk /Bike/Scoot to School Day
  • Oct 8, Monday – No School
  • Oct 10, Wednesday – PTO Meeting: Budget Approval, 7 – 9 pm
  • Oct 11, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Meal
  • Oct 12, Friday – Movie Night! 6 – 8:15 pm
  • Oct 16 -19 – 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 24, Wednesday – Picture Day
  • Oct 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Class Colors

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 @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

PTO Update

DIRECT DONATION DRIVE

Help us reach our family participation goal of 275 families!

October 1 marks the start of the Direct Donation campaign, our largest fundraiser of the year, which is critical for funding field trips, author visits, enrichment programs, and more. The drive runs only for the month of October, when we make a one-time request for your financial support. 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 275 families participate. Look for the form in your child’s backpack.

Thompson News & Events

The Enrichment Committee is hard at work planning lots of field trips and in-school workshops & programs! This year’s committee includes:

  • Co-Chairs: Tonja Bishop and Sophie Delano
  • All-school and multi-grade programs: Takako Sugihara
  • Author visits: Diana Trudell
  • Grant writing: Meghan Ostrande

Grade Level Representatives are Taffy McParland (Kindergarten), Tonja Bishop (1st grade), Sophie Delano (2 nd grade), Karen Roth (3rd grade), Maggie Thurber (4th grade), Nicole Flory (5th grade).

Here are some fun upcoming fall events:

3rd through 5th Grades 10/23/18 – The Energized Guyz: Powered Up! Workshop teaches students about energy conservation and efficiency using comedy sketches, improv, and student participation.
https://nationaltheatre.com/Program/the-energized-guys-powered-up/4th Grade 10/26/18 – Lowell Mills Field Trip. A hands-on exploration of what life was like for early textile workers.
https://www.uml.edu/Tsongas/Education-Programs/Field-Trips/default.aspx

2nd Grade 11/1/18 – Gooney Bird Greene Performance at Wheelock Family Theater https://wheelockfamilytheatre.org/current-season/

Stay tuned for more exciting programs!

If you didn’t hear, we sold a record-breaking 1183 cards on Town Day!  It doesn’t end there though. Family Sales sellers are actively selling to friends and neighbors, and we will also end up selling another 300 or so through The Book Rack and Menotomy Beer & Wine.

 

Still need a card?  Buy one anytime at:

• Book Rack

• Menotomy Beer and Wine

• Online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org [PayPal or Credit Card]

• From Vicki at the front desk [cash or check]

 

Want to get involved with the Community Card fundraiser, either now or in the near future? We’d love to have you on board!  Reach out anytime to:
Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com
Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Walk, Bike, Scoot to School Day- Wednesday, October 3

Sponsored in part by the MA Department of Transportation, we will have some cool prizes for bikers and walkers. Invite friends to form a Bicycle Train / Walking School Bus. After school, we will have a bike safety talk and obstacle course, weather permitting. Join us at the picnic tables by the splash pad from 2:45-3:30 pm! To volunteer to hand out prizes in the morning or to help with the bike course, sign up at https://tinyurl.com/wtsthompson.

Green Team Calendar:

Join the Green Team for these events!

1. Friday October 5th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the Thompson Garden to read “Weeds Find A Way” and then Thompson mom, Meredith, will lead us on a plant walk on school grounds, featuring Ecosystem Superheroes, the Thompson Weeds.  (We discussed filming the meeting with ACMI equipment and possibly getting the ACMI youth mentor to work with the 5th graders on filming.) If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to play cooperative board games such as Wildcraft.)2. Friday October 19th Green Team Club 2:35-3:30 pm
We will meet in the garden for a work day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring. (If there is heavy rain, we will meet in room 210 to plan a pollinator and/or colonial garden.)

3. Saturday October 20th 10am-noon Plogging
Thompson families will meet at Thompson Garden to walk, jog, explore the neighborhood and pick up trash led by Thompson mom, Kate Joyce Murphy.

4. Saturday in October TBA Garden Work Day led by Thompson mom, Fiona Ehring.

5. October 27th and 28th Mothers Out Front Gas Leak Labeling. Contact Nili Pearlmutter at info.ma.arlington@mothersoutfront.org for more information.

Box Tops for Education

We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. The submission deadline is November 1st for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Volunteer Survey

We are always looking for parents to help during the 2018 – 2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.  Thank you for your interest!

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Community News & Events

The Arlington Special Education Alliance (TASA)

TASA is a new networking and advocacy group for parents of children with special educational needs in Arlington. We provide opportunities for parents to network and learn from other other, including meetings and online discussions (all restricted to parents only).

FAQ: No, we are not part of Arlington SEPAC, which has open membership & meetings that APS staff attend. We are a private group. But we are coordinating with SEPAC.

Have questions? Contact us through the TASA website

Ready  to join? Please see: TASA Membership Request Form

Connect with Us

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Co-Chair
Lani Obermayer, Communications Co-Chair

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Thompson School News : September 24, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Sept. 27, Thursday – Flu Clinic
  • Sept 28, Friday – Spirit Day : Thompson Pride
  • Oct 1, Monday – Boys in Motion Starts (4th & 5th grade)
  • Oct 2, Tuesday – Custodial Workers Day
  • Oct 2, Tuesday -Staff Welcome Back Breakfast
  • Oct 3, Wednesday – Walk /Bike/Scoot to School Day
  • Oct 8, Monday – No School
  • Oct 10, Wednesday – PTO Meeting: Budget Approval, 7 – 9 pm
  • Oct 11, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Meal
  • Oct 16 -19, 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct. 24, Wednesday – Picture 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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

PTO Update

Dear Thompson Families,

Thank you to all the parents who attended the first PTO meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 11th.  At the meeting, we elected the new board for the 2018-2019 school year. I am delighted to introduce the members, many of whom are continuing for another year, and some are joining the board for the first time:

Vice-President & Room Parents Chair: Christy Murphy-Macinta
Co-Treasurers: Carolyn Schneyer & Stacey Ihnat
Co-Secretaries: Emily Gauthier & Fiona Ehring
Direct Donations Chair: Juliet Moir
Arlington Community Card Co-Chairs: Ashley Lorenz & Gaggi DeStefanis
Enrichment Co-Chairs: Tonja Bishop & Sophie Delano
Communications Chair: Danielle Gottesman & Lani Obermayer
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs: Judy Hu & Melissa Crowley
Volunteer Chair: Yael Beals
Community Outreach Chair: Melissa Crowley

Here are some fun facts about the board: did you know that between us, we speak 8 different languages?  In the world outside of Thompson, our professions include: a historian, editor, pediatric dermatologist, psychologist, fitness trainer, product manager, economist, pediatric physical therapist, illustration agent, nutritionist, elder service manager, film maker, and sustainable investing professional. Our favorite superheroes – the Thompson school teachers!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board members for their leadership. Diana Trudell, Sara Wilkinson, Sarah Gupta, Kate Murphy and Maf Terry, thank you for all you have done for the Thompson students and community!

Turning to fundraising, the 2018-2019 Arlington Community Card (ACC) sales were off to a spectacular start at Town Day.  We topped all sales records to date, raising over $11,000 in one day! Despite the cloudy day and a busy weekend packed with other activities, parents and a handful of Thompson alumni volunteers helped exceed our sales goal by selling 1183 cards.  Hats (and wigs) off to ACC co-chairs Ashley Lorenz and Gaggi DeStefanis, the ACC committee, and all the volunteers for a tremendous effort!

Next up is our largest fundraiser for the year, the Direct Donation Drive (DDD). This one-time request for a contribution from families and friends is held only during the month of October. Our family participation goal for the year is 275 families and no amount of contribution is too small. Please look out for the flyer and form in your child’s backpack.

Finally, thank you to those who filled out the PTO parent survey. If you have not done so, please take a few minutes to fill it out (link below). Tell us about your interests and skills and how you would like to help.

Nandana Mewada
PTO Co-President

Thompson News & Events

Arlington Community Card

The Community Card Team is pleased to announce that we sold a grand total of 1183 cards on Town Day! That’s a new all-time record, over 200 cards more than last year, and already more than $11,000 for our kids’ enrichment programming.

We want to thank each and every volunteer for getting out there on Town Day to help us meet our goal.  A special shout out as well to the additional members of our Community Card Committee – Christy Murphy, Taffy McParland, Lori Leahy, Lani Obermeyer, Stacey Ihnat, Don Mei, and Ema Rodrigues for all their effort starting in May.  Most importantly, this fundraiser would be nothing without the 40 establishments who so generously offer their exclusive deals to cardholders.  Thompson PTO takes great pride in the fact that we can support our school AND help promote these local businesses at the same time.

It doesn’t end here though!  We have about 600 more cards for sale out there, and as usual will continue to promote the points-of-purchase while supplies last.

What can you do to help?
•   Sign up for Farmer’s Market Sales (Sept 26 & Oct 3); fun to do with kids or a friend!

   •   Help hang our posters around town – we have a list of locations you can pick from. Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

•   Help with Targeted Sales to Realtors and Professional Offices (a new initiative this year!).Email ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com.

•   Have a new marketing idea we haven’t thought of?  Tell us!

Lastly, if you still haven’t had a chance to get a card, you can purchase one from:

Any questions? Reach out anytime to:

Ashley Lorenz, Co-Chair: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Gaggi DeStefanis, Co-Chair: gaggi@rcn.com

Flu Clinic 

Arlington Health Department and the Arlington Public Schools are once again offering seasonal flu vaccinations at your child’s school. The Centers for Disease Control recommends all persons ages 6 months and older receive the seasonal flu vaccination each year.
The flu clinic for Thompson Elementary School students will be on Thursday, September 27th from 8:30am to 9:45am.  This clinic, will be held during the school day and will be for students, teachers, and staff only and will not be open to the public. This year you can complete the form ans upload you insurance information online at: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/departments/flu-clinic-registration.
Electronic forms must be submitted by Tuesday, September 25th
For your convenience, a paper copy of the insurance form will be sent home.  If you are filling out a paper form please include the grade and teacher for your student.  Completed forms and a copy of your child’s insurance card must be submitted to the Main Office by September 25th.

Spirit Day, Thompson Pride

Friday, September 28th

Start the new school year off by showing your Thompson Pride! Wear a pineapple, spirit wear or kindergartners, use your new bag!

Walk/Bike/Scoot to School Day

On October 3rd, join with students around Massachusetts for Walk, Bike, and Scoot to School Day. If you’d like to volunteer to hand out prizes or help with a before-school bike safety clinic, contact Tonja Bishop at tbowenbishop@gmail.com

Box Tops for Education

We are collecting Box Tops throughout the year. The submission deadline is November 1st for fall earnings. You can find a pink and yellow Box Tops container in the lobby below the mailboxes.

      Green Team News:  

Minuteman Bikepath 25th Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman on Saturday, September 29, 2018, when Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford will host a tri-town celebration of the popular rail-trail. Community celebrations will be held simultaneously along the bike path in all three towns from 11 am to 3 pm on September 29th.

On Uncle Sam Plaza there will be a Haiku Hangout featuring a public reading of the haiku submitted for the stenciling of the bike path.  Cambridge Typewriter is bringing vintage typewriters, so people can write new poems.  Aeronaut Brewery, will be running a Beer Garden across the street (in Whittemore Park), so you can stop in there for drinks and food!  More music will be at Spy Pond Park and behind Trader Joe’s on the Bikeway.
For up-to-date details, visit http://bikeway25.org. To learn more about the Minuteman Bikeway visit http://minutemanbikeway.org and view the 25th Anniversary video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=gBY81vjAD2E.

An Outdoor Education, Garden Tour for all 
Saturday, September 29th, 11am-2pm, 7 gardens (including Bishop and Dallin!)
This is a free self-guided tour and highlights include a backyard composting demo/Q&A by Jeremy Marin at 12pm , and “Meet the Hawk” with Diane Welch, Arlington’s Animal Control Officer at 11am and 1pm.
More info here:
https://www.arlingtonma.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/20136/18

Next Meeting:
Friday October 5th 2:40pm in the Garden
Green Team Club will read about ecosystem superheroes, weeds. A Green Team mom and horticulturist, Meredith, will need the club in a plant walk on Thompson grounds.
Email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@email.com for more information.

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff

To welcome back our tremendous Thompson Staff, the PTO is planning an appreciation breakfast on Tues, Oct 2nd at 7:45am. We need help with set-up, clean-up and with donations of breakfast items. Sign up here.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Melissa Crowley (melish26@yahoo.com) & Judy Hu (hudyju@gmail.com)
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs

Be a Room Parent!

Room Parents play an important role at Thompson! One to two volunteer Room Parents collaborate to support each class teacher and specialist. Room Parents may be called up to: communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers and organize class gifts for the teacher. The role does not require you to be present at school during school hours.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com

Volunteer Survey

We are looking for parents to help during the 2018 – 2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Thank you for your interest!

Movie Night Co-Chair Needed

We are looking for a co-chair for Movie Night.  A popular fall event with Thompson families, the tentative date for movie night is October 12th.  Please email Yael Beals: yael.beals@gmail.com, if you are interested or would like more information.

Community News & Events

AHS Building Project Community Forums

The community is invited to attend a series of Fall/Winter public forums to receive updates, ask questions and provide feedback on the AHS Building Project design. Forums will be held at Town Hall from 7-9pm on:

September 24
October 24
November 27

The September forum will focus on site definition; exploring possibilities for the front green, traffic flow, entrances, location of school on the site, outdoor learning areas, landscaping, and more. Later forums will focus on the look and feel of the exterior facade as well as interior layout and spaces.

For more information, visit www.ahsbuilding.org or follow the project on Facebook.

Touch a Truck

DeVito Funeral Home is proud to sponsor a free “Touch a Truck” event in Arlington on Sunday October 21st from 1-4pm at the St. Camillus Church parking lot.  We will have fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, dump trucks, excavation equipment, bobcats, oil trucks, paving equipment and more!!  Take your turn sitting in the front seat of all of these awesome trucks and seeing how they operate up close.  This is going to be a great event for children of all ages and will be held rain or shine.

 

Thompson School News : September 17, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • Sept 17, Monday 6:30PM to 8:20PM – Curriculum Night
  • Sept 19, Wednesday – Yom Kipur (No School)
  • Sept 21, Friday 2:35 PM – Green Team Meeting
  • Sept 28, Friday – Spirit Day : Thompson Pride
  • Oct 2, Tuesday – Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff

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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

Principal’s Update

Ms. Crowley – Grade 4

This will be my second year at Thompson and my first year as a fourth grade teacher! I am very excited to be back and to have a classroom of my own. I am from Arlington, went to Arlington Public Schools and am excited to get to know my students and what they are excited to learn about.

Mr Gary Collins – Teaching Assistant

After completing my Masters in Elementary Education, I taught in Ireland for the past couple of years. As I recently relocated to the Boston area, I am now looking forward to working collaboratively with the staff and parents of Thompson. I believe that the building of positive, kind and supportive relationships with students and the cultivating of a safe learning environment are the foundations of both teaching and learning, and I continuously strive to achieve this in a compassionate way. I love all sport, exploring new places and all things outdoors. As an Irishman, I have a fondness for chatting and getting to know people!

Ms. Cori Smith – Music

I’m excited to be at Thompson this year!  I’ve been teaching music at Ottoson for the past fourteen years.  I’m very happy to share my love of this subject with all the incredible Thompson students!  I live in town, and have two boys, grades 5 and 2.

Lauren D’Intino – Grade 5

I’m so excited to be joining the Thompson Team this year! I graduated from Stonehill College in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology and spent the last year working at a nonprofit in Woonsocket, RI as a School Age SIte Coordinator. A fun fact about me is that I love traveling and have been to 8 different countries. I’m looking forward to fifth grade – it’s a great year!

Brittany Orlandi – Social Worker

I am thrilled to join the Thompson School community as your second social worker. I grew up in Arlington and later attended Georgetown University, where I graduated with a BA in Sociology and minor in African American Studies. I worked as a paralegal at a Big Law firm for a few years before getting my master’s degree in Social Work. Previously, I worked in the Lynn Public Schools. When I am not working, you can find me reading, playing tennis, or volunteering with Arlington EATS. I look forward to working with Thompson students and their families!

Melissa Thomas – Teaching Assistant

I’m so excited to be a TA at Thompson this year! I was lucky enough to go to Thompson when I was a kid and am so glad to be back. I am also a recent graduate of Lesley University with a degree in Elementary Education. I can’t wait to see what exciting things this school year brings!

Immei Wong – Music

“I have been teaching violin and orchestra since I graduated from Boston Conservatory a few years ago.  I have always wanted to teach young children, so I am very excited to start teaching general music in Thompson this year!  Besides my teaching, I am also an active performer, playing with a few community orchestras.  When I am not making music, I love to do ballroom dancing!”

Jamie Webster – Library

Greetings! As the new teaching assistant in the library, I look forward to working with, getting to know, and reading with all the students at Thompson School this year. Before moving to Arlington four years ago for my husband’s job, I taught creative movement and modern dance as a teaching artist in public schools and after school programs in and around Knoxville, TN. for eighteen years. I also substituted in my family’s local school district for grades K-12, often for “specials” teachers (music, art, PE, and library).

When we moved to MA., I took the opportunity to fulfill a many-years-long pipe dream — I went to seminary. In May of 2017, I graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Divinity, and I accepted a position as pastor of a church in Medford. I learned so much and loved my time in seminary and as pastor, but I really missed teaching– so here I am! I look forward to meeting you soon.

Thompson News & Events

Curriculum Night: Monday, September 17th

6:30-7:10 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades 3-5
7:15-7:35 PM    Meet and Greet in Gym with Specialists
7:40-8:20 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades K-2

This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to hear more about what is being taught this year.
Classroom presentations begin promptly at 6:30 and 7:40 PM.

Spirit Day, Thompson Pride

Friday, September 28th

Start the new school year off by showing your Thompson Pride! Wear a pineapple, spirit wear or kindergartners, use your new bag!

Green Team

Come to our Green Team meeting next Friday September 21st at 2:35 pm in Ms. Dichter’s classroom, room 210.  Grade 3-5 students, Grade K-2 students with an adult, parents and community members are welcome to attend Green Team meetings.

We will be brainstorming for this school year.

Please fill out the doodle pool if you and/or your student can attend the Green Team meeting.

There are many ways to get involved in our Thompson Green Team efforts!
Green Team has been involved in various ways at Thompson.

  1. All school events: Zero Waste Days and Assemblies, Earth Week, Community Sing of One Day, Trashformation Maker Space at Science Explo.
  2. Classroom projects and curriculum: Trash clean up days-2nd graders.  Zero Waste and This is the Last Straw Campaigns with 5th grade cohort.
  3. After School Club on 1st and 3rd Fridays
  4. School Garden
  5. Community Service
  6. Drama Project-Ecosystem Superheroes and Supervillains

Green Team Mission Statement: The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, all people and all living creatures. The Green Team aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to preserve our environment and create a just and life sustaining society. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.

Email Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@email.com for more information.

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff

To welcome back our tremendous Thompson Staff, the PTO is planning an appreciation breakfast on Tues, Oct 2nd at 7:45am. We need help with set-up, clean-up and with donations of breakfast items. Sign up here.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Melissa Crowley (melish26@yahoo.com) & Judy Hu (hudyju@gmail.com)
Spirit & Appreciation Co-Chairs

Be a Room Parent!

Room Parents play an important role at Thompson! One to two volunteer Room Parents collaborate to support each class teacher and specialist. Room Parents may be called up to: communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers and organize class gifts for the teacher. The role does not require you to be present at school during school hours.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com

Volunteer Survey

We are looking for parents to help during the 2018 – 2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Thank you for your interest!

Community News & Events

Movie Night at Waldo Park

Join us for the Annual Movie Night at Waldo Park on Saturday, September 22nd. The film will be Sing.  It’ll be preceded by a couple of young-kid friendly short films. Bring a blanket to sit on the hill and a picnic dinner if you’d like. . 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.

Touch a Truck

DeVito Funeral Home is proud to sponsor a free “Touch a Truck” event in Arlington on Sunday October 21st from 1-4pm at the St. Camillus Church parking lot.  We will have fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, dump trucks, excavation equipment, bobcats, oil trucks, paving equipment and more!!  Take your turn sitting in the front seat of all of these awesome trucks and seeing how they operate up close.  This is going to be a great event for children of all ages and will be held rain or shine.

Paint the Town Green

Celebrate Arlington’s Path to a Sustainable Future
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 3-5 p
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
Green Teams will be recognized at this event.

Connect with Us

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Co-Communications Chair
Lani Obermayer, Co-Communications Chair

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 11, 2018

Save The Date

  • Sept 11, Tuesday 7PM to 9PM – PTO Meeting, Thompson Library
  • Sept 11, Tuesday 6PM to 8PM – Pick up Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments, Ottoson Middle School
  • Sept 13, Thursday 6PM to 7PM – Arlington EATS Community Dinner, Thompson Cafeteria
  • Sept 13, Thursday 6PM to 8PM – Pick up String Instruments, Ottoson Middle School
  • Sept 15, Saturday 10AM to 3PM – Arlington Town Day
  • Sept 17, Monday 6:30PM to 8:20PM- Curriculum Night
  • Sept 19, Wednesday – Yom Kipur (NO SCHOOL)
  • Sept 28, Friday – Spirit Day – Thompson Pride

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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

We are off and running!  Well, walking inside the school for sure…hahaha!  It has been a great start to the school year as we welcomed 510 Students and 60+ Staff to Thompson this week.  For the first time in 5 years, I felt like I wasn’t “new” and dealing with modulars, construction, moving, etc.  I may just have the hang of this thing!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the new staff members we have here at Thompson:

Grade 5                Lauren D’Intino
Grade 4                Megan Crowley
Music                   Cori Smith & Immei Wong
Library                 Jamie Webster
Social Worker     Brittany Orlandi

Teaching Assistants:  Gary Collins, Lianne Dusek, Melissa Thomas, Tara Prior

This month the school will be focusing on the concept of Manners.  We will be utilizing the book “Do Unto Otters” at all grade levels, and in all spaces.  You will likely see these books in all of the spaces of the school.  Some of the basics we will teaching students is around saying “Please” and “Thank you”, holding the door open for the person behind you, and keeping the school tidy.  Be sure to ask your child about it!

And speaking of thank yous…a big thank you goes out to our custodial staff of Mr. Brahim, Ms. Janeil, and summer helper Karla for all of their hard work both inside and outside of the building.  As well as to Ms. Vicki for getting students registered, toured, and supplies in to classrooms as they came in just to name a few!

We are all looking forward to an amazing year ahead, and value the home school connection as a cornerstone of all that we do.

Be a Pineapple:  Stand Tall, Wear A Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside!

Karen

PTO Update

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

The PTO board is looking forward to planning another year of amazing programs and events for our children and the Thompson community.  At 510 students, we are excited to welcome the largest Thompson student body in recent memory!

We kicked off the year with the annual Welcome Back Breakfast the first week of school and I was delighted to see many new and familiar faces. Thank you to all the parents who stopped by.
Looking forward to the fall, the Enrichment Team is on a roll planning field trips and scouting multi-grade programs for the year.  Programs will start in October to allow time for students to settle into their new grades. We have field trips in store for grade 4 and kindergarten.

For community events, here is a sneak peek: Walk-Bike to School (Oct), Movie Night (Oct), Picture Day (Oct), Book Fair (Dec), Literacy Night (Dec), and Holiday Help Program (Dec).  Watch this space for additional details about these events.
The first major PTO event of the year is the launch of the Arlington Community Card (ACC). The ACC is the primary fundraiser for the PTO, raising over $16,000 in 2017-2018.  The $10 wallet-sized card provides discounts to local restaurants and stores for an entire year.  We have a goal to sell 1,000 on Town Day, Saturday, September 15th. Stop by the booth to buy your card and sign up online (see link below) to volunteer for Town Day.

Besides the ACC, here are other easy ways to help raise funds for our school on an ongoing basis:

At the beginning of the school year, we recruit Room Parents for all of the classrooms, and starting this year, for our Specialists – Gym, Art, Music, and Library. If you would like to help your child’s classroom or one of the Specialists, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta (cembc99@yahoo.com).

A large student body means many helping hands are required to plan and organize events. Please take a moment to fill out the Volunteer Survey below so we can identify parents who may be interested in and available to help with events and various tasks.

The first PTO meeting of the year is on Tuesday, September 11th from 7-9pm in the library. Join us to meet the new board, learn about plans for the year and how you can help. This event is for parents only.

Keep in touch with the PTO by subscribing to the weekly newsletter.  The newsletter keeps you up-to-date on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and relevant information from the larger Arlington community.  Sign up here: https://thompsonschoolpto.org/parents/newsletter-sign-up/.  Also follow the PTO on FB: www.facebook.com/ThompsonSchoolArlington and Twitter: @ThompsonPTO.

I look forward to seeing you at Thompson!

Nandana Mewada
Co-President

Thompson News & Events

Instrument Pick Up 

WOODWIND, BRASS, and PERCUSSION Instrument Pick Up Night will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at the Ottoson Middle School in the Cafeteria, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The STRING INSTRUMENT Pick-Up Night will be held on Thursday, September 13, at Ottoson Middle School in the Cafeteria, from 4:00-7:30 PM for any grade 3 students who signed up for String Instrument lessons.

Curriculum Night: Monday, September 17th

6:30-7:10 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades 3-5
7:15-7:35 PM    Meet and Greet in Gym with Specialists
7:40-8:20 PM    Classroom Presentations Grades K-2

This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and to hear more about what is being taught this year.
Classroom presentations begin promptly at 6:30 and 7:40 PM.

Spirit Day, Thompson Pride – Friday, September 28th 
Start the new school year off by showing your Thompson Pride! Wear a pineapple, spirit wear or kindergartners, use your new bag!

Support Thompson

Please remember to use the Amazon link on the PTO Website for your back-to-school shopping!

PTO Amazon

Volunteer

Join us to Launch the 2018-2019 Arlington Community Card!

Saturday, September 15th at Town Day (Arlington Center, 10AM-3PM)

Help us kick off our most important annual fundraiser, the Arlington Community Card! This $10 wallet-sized card, produced and sold exclusively by Thompson PTO, provides customers with ongoing discounts at 40 Arlington restaurants and stores. All proceeds from the sale of the cards benefit our PTO. last year we sold 1,000 cards on Town Day, which was nearly double from only two years ago, and accounted for 60% of our annual card sales.

How can you help us meet, or even break, that record again? Come on down to the Community Card booth on Town Day and buy a card, AND/OR sign up to help sell the cards.  We need about 12 volunteers per hour, between 9AM and 4PM.

Sign up here: tinyurl.com/TownDay2018

Can’t do a shift on Town Day? Here are other ways to help: tinyurl.com/ACCOtherWaysToHelp2018

For more about the card: www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org
Questions? Contact Ashley Lorenz: ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com

Be a Room Parent!

Room Parents play an important role at Thompson! One to two volunteer Room Parents collaborate to support each class teacher and specialist. Room Parents may be called up to: communicate important class and PTO information to families, organize supplies for special class projects, organize class celebrations, recruit volunteers and organize class gifts for the teacher. The role does not require you to be present at school during school hours.

If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent or have any questions about Room Parents, please contact Christy Murphy-Macinta, cembc99@yahoo.com

Volunteer Survey

We are looking for parents to help during the 2018-2019 school year for roles large and small. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018-19

Thank you for your interest!

Community News & Events

Arlington EATS Community Dinner

Join us for a new school year of sitting down to eat dinner together

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 6PM – 7PM
THOMPSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA

Arlington EATS Community Dinners are held on the second Thursday of each month.

Connect with Us

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Co-Communications Chair
Lani Obermayer, Co-Communications Chair

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 : June 25, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • June 25, Monday – Last Day of School, 11:30 AM Dismissal
  • Sept 4, Tuesday – First Day of School
  • Sept 4, Tuesday – Open House Kindergarten
  • Sept 5, Wednesday – 1/2 of Kindergarten Class all Day
  • Sept 6, Thursday – 1/2 of Kindergarten Class all Day
  • Sept 7, Friday – All School, including Kindergarten, Full Day of School
  • Sept 7, Friday – Welcome Back Breakfast | Coffee
  • Sept 11, Tuesday – PTO Meeting
  • Sept 15, Saturday – Town 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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

The Arlington Public School Calendar is @ http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/calendar/pdfs/18-19calendar.pdf.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

Believe it or not, here we are – the end of the 2017-2018 School Year! Congratulations to all of us – We Made It!

People often ask me what am I looking forward to this summer and if I get vacation time, etc. My answer always includes how happy I am that I don’t have to do the “crazy mom thing” in the morning – get everybody up & out, without losing it on my kids as I drop off at Dallin and Ottoson, and screech in to Thompson!

The other answer is, that for the most part, I will be working during the summer – the best days to stop by if you need anything are Tuesday-Thursday, and Vicki and/or I will be there between 9:00-2:00.

I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to our staff, students, parents, PTO, after school programs, and the many, many people involved that make Thompson School such an amazing place! While we say farewell to our 80+ fifth graders, we welcome over 100 new students in K-5 for the 2018-2019 school year. Now that our addition is complete, and the modulars will be removed, I look forward to the Fall when we will be “just us” and settle in to our new normal.

As we head out for the summer I wanted to share a few staffing updates with you:

Ms. Daley will be moving from 5th Grade to 4th Grade
TBD in Grade 5

We bid a fond farewell and say thank you to:

Ms. Makrianis, who has resigned her position as Library TA.
Ms. Becker, who has resigned her position as Music Teacher and Chorus Instructor

We also say a big thank you and goodbye to the following Teaching Assistants:
Mr. Ryan, Ms. Jie Jie, Ms. Quarrell, Ms. Richa, Ms. Blais, and Ms. T.

Students will be coming home with their Progress Reports and supply lists for their next year’s grade. Please note that Teacher Assignments will be mailed home in early August, with a welcome letter from the teacher, and more specific list if necessary.

I continue to reflect on how grateful I am to be a part of the Thompson School Community. We have SO much to be proud of, and have really had an impact not only at our school, but in the way the District is approaching and addressing topics of great importance. I am thankful to have such a dedicated, supportive staff and parent community.

I hope each and every family spends some quality time doing things that bring you joy this summer! Take the time to enjoy the sunshine, the sounds of the season, and each other.

See you around town,

Karen

PTO Update

Here we are at the end of another successful school year with the last newsletter for 2017-2018. The final three months of the school year feel like a marathon at sprinting speed. For the PTO, April through June are among the busiest times of the year with 18 enrichment programs, 2 all-school programs, and 8 community events!

Expenditure 2017 - 2018For the 2017-2018, the PTO’s approximately $60,000 budget helped fund 28 grade-level field trips, 2 author visits, 4 all-school enrichment programs, and 20 community events. With a larger budget, we were able to bring in several new enrichment programs including a trip to the Farrington Nature Linc for 2nd Grade, a Wampanoag Cultural workshop and presentation to 3rd Grade, and field trips for 4th Grade to the Museum of Fine Arts and Habitat. All school programs highlights included a cultural presentation called Arabiqa, author workshops by Jessica Garrett and Nora Dooley, an anti-bullying program by Improv Boston, a Hip Hop presentation by Illstyle and Peace, and the “One Day’ Community Sing at the School Picnic.

Community event highlights included the Welcome Back Breakfast in fall, followed by the Book Fair, Literacy Night, Holiday Drive, and Winter Parent’s Party in winter, Game Night and the Science EXPLO in early spring, and the beloved year-end Family picnic.

As the cliché goes, many hands make light work, and that certainly holds true for all the PTO was able to do this year. None of the events would have been possible without the leadership, enthusiasm, and help of the multitude of parents who volunteered their time and skills. Thank you to the PTO board, the fundraising team, the enrichment committee, communications team, room parents, event co-chairs and volunteers who helped with tasks big and small. We want to give a special shout out to Maf Terry, enrichment lead extraordinaire and director of many Thompson Drama plays, who after 9 years as a PTO member, will be “graduating” from Thompson. Maf, we will miss your energy, creativity, and can-and-will-do attitude!

Thank you also to the teachers, Mrs. Donato, Vicki, and the staff for their continued support of the PTO.

As we look ahead to the next school year, the PTO has a few open board positions. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and help us plan for 2018-2019.  https://goo.gl/forms/3vzVVhXWfMIE8lcE2

The fall is the time for the PTO’s two primary fundraisers. The 2018-2019 Arlington Community Card will be launched on Town Day on Saturday, September 15th, and the Direct Donation Drive will start in October. Both these drives accounted for approximately 73% of the PTO annual budget this year. Keep an eye out for additional details on how you can support these initiatives.

Last but not least, congratulations to all the 5th graders and their families as they set forth into middle school. We also look forward to welcoming the new kindergarten class, which is shaping up to be the largest incoming kindergarten class to date at Thompson!

Have a wonderful summer!
Diana and Nandana
(PTO Co-Presidents)

Thompson News & Events

A Message from the Library

As the school year draws to a close, I am aiming to get as many books returned as possible. Notices with specific titles for overdue books will go home in a couple of weeks, but until then, please check your homes for any extra library books! Getting everything back means the library will be organized and full for the next school year. Any questions or concerns can be directed to me, Miss Mak, at amakrianis@arlington.k12.ma.us. Best, and happy almost summer!

Thompson Trees Need You!

TreeWe need to fill the tree bags with water twice a week throughout the summer.  This is a team effort, and we need your help!  If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact Phil Tedesco at  philip.tedesco@gmail.com

 

Incoming Kindergarteners

If you have an incoming Kindergartener at Thompson, join the Facebook group “Thompson Kindergarten 2018- 2019” to connect with other parents.

Summer Meet-ups

  • Sunday, July 15, 9:30am @ Waldo Park
  • Saturday, July 28, 4:00pm @ Waldo Park
  • Saturday, August 11, 9:30am @ Thompson Playground
  • Sunday, August 26, 4:00pm @ Spy Pond

Green Team News

Congratulations to our graduating awesome change makers!

Enjoy your summer in nature and with family!

I hope some of you will accept Ms. Dichter’s 2 graders’ challenge of having a Strawless Summer.  Don’t forget to visit our Green Team display in the Fox Library up through July 6th.

Please contact Elizabeth at egrocco@gmail.com if you want to attend a summer Green Team meeting or submit a Green Team Bikeway Haiku!
Please contact Fiona at fionaehring@gmail.com if your family wants to be involved with the garden this summer.

Message from Rachel Oliveri, Sustainability Coordinator

Thank you all for your good and hard work teaching, learning from, and inspiring our students to care for the planet!

If you have or know of any rising 5th and 6th graders who might be interested in the environmental camp Charlotte Milan and I are running from July 9-13th, please forward them this information:

Youth Environmental Leadership Program starts July 9

From July 9-13 EarthCore members will traverse Town, explore our waterways and natural areas. We’ll undertake experiments and service learning projects.
Under the supervision of the Recycling Coordinator and School Sustainability Coordinator, re-see your Town from the perspective of an environmentalist, a scientist, a designer, and a leader.

Find out more @ https://www.arlingtonma.gov/home/showdocument?id=43333

Register @ https://goo.gl/forms/gJerDTqZ6PvOeLPy1

Enjoy the summer and I look forward to working with your teams in the fall!

Best,
Rachel

SSummer Opportunities

Mark your calendars with these grant opportunities, workshops, conferences, and more!

  • June 27 – Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) Webinar: Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning. This workshop explores indoor air quality hazards for school building occupants such as cleaning chemicals, varnishes, maintenance issues, and improper storage of art/science/voc tech chemicals and discusses how green cleaning practices can significantly improve school health.
  • June 28 – Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom presents “Family-Owned Dairy Farms – the History, the Satisfaction, and the Challenges.” Learn about what it is like to grow up on a dairy farm, what careers are available, and whether you can incorporate dairy lessons into your curriculum.
  • July 8-21 – Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship Session at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. This program is focused on exploring innovative solutions to the greatest challenges facing the international community today, and aims to prepare students to tackle problems related to particular areas of interest, including global health, international development, environmental sustainability, and gender equality.
  • July 9-13 – Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Summer Professional Development Institute for the Cape Cod Region (middle and high school educators), MetroWest Region (for grades 3-8 educators), Berkshire Region (for grades 3-8 educators), and Central Region (for grades 3-8 educators).
  • July 15 – Captain Planet Foundation: ecoSolution Grants
    The Captain Planet Foundation supports educational programs that enable youth to understand and appreciate our world by getting involved in hands-on projects to improve the environment. The Foundation provides ecoSolution Grants to innovative programs that inspire youth to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Public schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $2,500. Priority is given to projects with matching funds or in-kind support. The final application deadline for 2018 is July 15. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.
  • July 16-20 – Museum Institute for Teaching Science Summer Professional Development Institute for the North Shore Region (for grades 3-8 educators) and Southeast Region (for grades 3-8 educators).
  • July 17 – Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom presents “Growing for Others and Improving Your Garden.” Learn about field trip opportunities for your class, hands-on gardening activities, and food issues and hunger in Massachusetts.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Town Day Community Card Sales – Saturday Sept 15th

Town Day is where we launch, and sell the majority of, our Community Cards each year. Current town day record = 1000 cards! We will need ~75 volunteers throughout the day in 1 hour shifts between 8:00 AM and 4:00PM. No ‘sales’ experience necessary! If you can work a cash box or carry a sign, you are good to go. This is a great way to get to know other parents, and kids are welcome to join you during your shift if they are capable – nobody can resist those cute faces.

The signup is ready, get your preferred time slot today! https://tinyurl/townday2018

For more about the card, visit www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

Help Throughout the Year

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

GO-PTO, the parent-school partnership for the Gibbs and Ottoson Middle Schools, seeks new board members to serve in the 2018/19 school year. Parents of rising 6th graders are especially needed; no previous PTO experience is necessary. The board generally meets once a month, and related duties can take up a few hours a month; there are also other volunteer opportunities for non-board members.

This is a great way to get to know the principals and teachers and stay involved in your child’s education. Anyone who is interested should contact GO-PTO via e-mail at dearGO.PTO@gmail.com.

Summer Public Speaking Program

Smart Kid Looking for a Challenge? This summer, the Lumos Young Speakers Program is running a public speaking and debate program for students grade 4-6. This program will take place in July and will run 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday (1-week) in Lexington, MA.

Your child will love Lumos’s friendly instructors and fun activities as they learn about:

  • Speaking Confidence
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Debate Basics
  • Argumentation and Reasoning

Right now you can use the code COMMUNITY to get $125 off. Email zephchang@lumosdebate.com or call 617-901-4564 with any questions. To register, go to lumosdebate.com/1-week-public-speaking-program

Connect with Us

Thompson PTO Board

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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 : June 18, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • June 18, Monday – Colonial Day Activities, 3rd Grade
  • June 19, Tuesday – Celebration of Learning, 5th Grade
  • June 20, Wednesday – Field Trip, 5th Grade
  • June 21, Thursday – Arlington EATS Pop Up Pantry, 6 -7 PM
  • June 23 & 24, Saturday and Sunday – Community Service Day for Thompson Trees
  • June 25, Monday – Last Day of School, 11:30 AM Dismissal

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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

PTO Update

Join us!

As you know, the Thompson PTO works hard every year to raise money to fund EVERY enrichment opportunity for students, as well as build community within Thompson. To do this, we need your help!

We are seeking parents to help us offer these amazing enrichment opportunities and wonderful community events for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018 – 2019

Thank you for your interest!
Nandana Mewada & Diana Trudell (Thompson Co-Presidents)

Thompson News & Events

A Message from the Library

As the school year draws to a close, I am aiming to get as many books returned as possible. Notices with specific titles for overdue books will go home in a couple of weeks, but until then, please check your homes for any extra library books! Getting everything back means the library will be organized and full for the next school year. Any questions or concerns can be directed to me, Miss Mak, at amakrianis@arlington.k12.ma.us. Best, and happy almost summer!

Book Event by Thompson Teacher Sarah Marie Jette

Join us to celebrate Ms. Jette’s debut novel What The Wind Can Tell You, on June 21st at 3pm by the Sprinkler park with a book reading. by Ms. Jette.

About the Book

Isabelle is fascinated by wind. And this year, she’s determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine. She’s just as determined to have her brother, Julian, who has a severe form of epilepsy and uses a wheelchair, serve as her assistant. But after Julian has a grand seizure, everything changes. Isabelle is suddenly granted entry into Las Brisas, a magical world where Julian’s physical limitations disappear, and one, she discovers, that he visits every night. The more Isabelle explores Las Brisas, the more possibilities she sees–for Julian, and for herself–and the more she finds herself at odds with her parents.

“A heartwarming, magical middle-grade novel, Sarah Marie A. Jette’s What the Wind Can Tell You tackles tough issues with sensitivity.” Foreword Reviews

Thompson Trees Need You!

TreeJoin the Thompson community during our family community service work days to take care of the trees Thompson School Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and June 24, from 9 AM-12:00 PM.  The idea is for people to come for some amount of time during these windows – any hour or half hour is great! And kids are all welcome! Arlington DPW has given us additional “gator bags” for the trees and will be dropping off mulch, and we’ll be weeding and mulching around trees, and setting up and filling the “gator bags” on the trees. We’ll have some tools so you can just show up, but if you have them bring any trowels, hand-rakes, etc. you may have to use. No need to RSVP, but if have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Phil Tedesco at philip.tedesco@gmail.com.

SUMMER TREE WATERING: We also need to fill the tree bags once or twice a week throughout the summer. This is a team effort, and we need your help! If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact Phil Tedesco at philip.tedesco@gmail.com

Green Team News

Bikeway Haiku

Call for Poems to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Minuteman Bikeway!

Selected poems will be stenciled on the surface of the bikeway in early September. This is a perfect opportunity to transform our love of biking and nature, our Zero Waste/This is the Last Straw campaigns and our green team song: “We are awesome. We are Powerful. We can change the world. We can do it together” into haikus, public art and environmental action! The 1st and 3rd lines of a haiku are 5 syllables and 2nd line is 7 syllables. Please submit your entries to egrocco@gmail.com.

www.arlingtonpublicart.org/bikewayhaiku

Strawless Summer Challenge

Inspired by the 4th graders’ This is the Last Straw campaign, Ms. Dichter’s second graders are challenging the Thompson Community to not use plastic straws this summer!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Town Day Community Card Sales – Saturday Sept 15th

Town Day is where we launch, and sell the majority of, our Community Cards each year. Current town day record = 1000 cards! We will need ~75 volunteers throughout the day in 1 hour shifts between 8:00 AM and 4:00PM. No ‘sales’ experience necessary! If you can work a cash box or carry a sign, you are good to go. This is a great way to get to know other parents, and kids are welcome to join you during your shift if they are capable – nobody can resist those cute faces.

The signup is ready, get your preferred time slot today! https://tinyurl/townday2018

For more about the card, visit www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

Help Throughout the Year

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community

Arlington EATS

Arlington EATSCommunity Meal Has Been Redesigned And Rescheduled

On June 14, many of our community members will be with their families and friends celebrating the end of Ramadan. Arlington EATS has made the decision not to hold a Community Dinner on June 14, in recognition of this.

Instead, we will hold a robust Pop-Up Pantry on Thursday, June 21, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The usual array of proteins, produce, eggs, milk and pantry items will be available, in addition to a number of other items that will help families get stocked up for the summer break.

Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags.

We look forward to seeing you!

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

GO-PTO, the parent-school partnership for the Gibbs and Ottoson Middle Schools, seeks new board members to serve in the 2018/19 school year. Parents of rising 6th graders are especially needed; no previous PTO experience is necessary. The board generally meets once a month, and related duties can take up a few hours a month; there are also other volunteer opportunities for non-board members.

This is a great way to get to know the principals and teachers and stay involved in your child’s education. Anyone who is interested should contact GO-PTO via e-mail at dearGO.PTO@gmail.com.

Connect with Us

Thompson PTO Board

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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 : June 11, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • June 12, & 13 – Field Trip, 3rd Grade
  • June 12, Tuesday or June 15, Friday – Kindergarten Screening 20 min appointments
  • June 13, Wednesday – 5th Grade Enrichment, Wingmasters
  • June 13, Wednesday – All-School Enrichment Illstyle & Peace Productions
  • June 13, Wednesday, 7-9 PM – Last PTO Meeting of 2017-2018 school year
  • June 14, Thursday – Field Day (Rain date June 21st)
  • June 18, Monday – Colonial Day Activities, 3rd Grade
  • June 19, Tuesday – Celebration of Learning, 5th Grade
  • June 20, Wednesday – Field Trip, 5th Grade
  • June 25, Monday – Last Day of School, 11:30 AM Dismissal

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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

PTO Update

Join us!

As you know, the Thompson PTO works hard every year to raise money to fund EVERY enrichment opportunity for students, as well as build community within Thompson. To do this, we need your help!

We are seeking parents to help us offer these amazing enrichment opportunities and wonderful community events for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are just a little bit interested, please check off the position(s) in this survey. This simply shows your interest, it doesn’t commit you to the position! The PTO board will correspond and/or meet with interested parents.

Thompson PTO Involvement 2018 – 2019

Thank you for your interest!
Nandana Mewada & Diana Trudell (Thompson Co-Presidents)

Thompson News & Events

A Message from the Library

As the school year draws to a close, I am aiming to get as many books returned as possible. Notices with specific titles for overdue books will go home in a couple of weeks, but until then, please check your homes for any extra library books! Getting everything back means the library will be organized and full for the next school year. Any questions or concerns can be directed to me, Miss Mak, at amakrianis@arlington.k12.ma.us. Best, and happy almost summer!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Town Day Community Card Sales – Saturday Sept 15th

Town Day is where we launch, and sell the majority of, our Community Cards each year. Current town day record = 1000 cards! We will need ~75 volunteers throughout the day in 1 hour shifts between 8:00 AM and 4:00PM. No ‘sales’ experience necessary! If you can work a cash box or carry a sign, you are good to go. This is a great way to get to know other parents, and kids are welcome to join you during your shift if they are capable – nobody can resist those cute faces.

The signup is ready, get your preferred time slot today! https://tinyurl/townday2018

For more about the card, visit www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

Field Day – June 14th

The annual Field Day is set for Thursday June 14th this year! The whole school will get together to participate in traditional outdoor summer games. We will need parent volunteers to help Ms. Brayfield to set up, help the teachers to supervise the kids and keep them together eating their lunch outside while the teachers go inside the school to have lunch. If you have time to spare that day please sign up here:

https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonFieldDay18

Kindergarten Screenings – Tues. June 12th & Friday June 15th

Volunteers needed during the afternoon time slots to welcome and assist families when they arrive for their Kindergarten screening.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4da4af2da64-help1

Help Throughout the Year

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community

Arlington EATS

Arlington EATSCommunity Meal Has Been Redesigned And Rescheduled

On June 14, many of our community members will be with their families and friends celebrating the end of Ramadan. Arlington EATS has made the decision not to hold a Community Dinner on June 14, in recognition of this.

Instead, we will hold a robust Pop-Up Pantry on Thursday, June 21, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The usual array of proteins, produce, eggs, milk and pantry items will be available, in addition to a number of other items that will help families get stocked up for the summer break.

Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags.

We look forward to seeing you!

Feast of the East, Saturday June 16th, 12 – 4 PM

Mass. Ave. in East Arlington will come alive during Capitol Square’s 20th annual “Feast of the East.” The festival features food from Arlington’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, live music, free activities for all ages, sales, awesome raffle prizes and giveaways from neighborhood businesses!

NEW this year is Arlington Public Art’s popular Chairful Where You Sit fundraiser, where chairs rescued from the trash and turned into art will be on display along Mass Ave, and available for purchase.

https://www.capitolsq.com/feast-of-the-east/

Fox Festival

The 3rd annual Fox Festival Parade will kick off the Feast of the East in Capitol Square on Saturday, June 16 at noon. Please join us – this participatory parade was started to celebrate the Fox Library, community, creativity, and Arlington wildlife.

Make a mask, banner or puppet inspired by local birds and animals in a free workshop with artists Sara Peattie, Kari Percival and Greg Cook. Or make your own costume, flag, or signs inspired by the theme of nature and animals at home with family and friends.

Gather at 11:45 at the Fox Library, 175 Mass Avenue. The Parade starts at noon and will be led by the wonderful Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band!

Support North Union Playground!

Recess, before school, after school, weekends, summertime, meet-ups, play dates and more. We all use this playground, and it needs our help!

We are organizing a friends group to advocate for and work to improve the playground at North Union park adjacent to Thompson School. If you would like to get involved, share your ideas or learn more, please email Phil Tedesco at philip.tedesco@gmail.com.

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

GO-PTO, the parent-school partnership for the Gibbs and Ottoson Middle Schools, seeks new board members to serve in the 2018/19 school year. Parents of rising 6th graders are especially needed; no previous PTO experience is necessary. The board generally meets once a month, and related duties can take up a few hours a month; there are also other volunteer opportunities for non-board members.

This is a great way to get to know the principals and teachers and stay involved in your child’s education. Anyone who is interested should contact GO-PTO via e-mail at dearGO.PTO@gmail.com.

Connect with Us

Thompson PTO Board

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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 : June 4, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • June 4, Monday, 7-9 PM – AHS Building Project Forum, Town Hall
  • June 5, Tuesday, 8:40 AM to 9:20 AM – One Day Community Sing Rehearsal
  • June 6 & 7 – Field Trip, 2nd Grade
  • June 6, 7, 12, & 13 – Field Trip, 3rd Grade
  • June 7, Thursday 5 PM to 8 PM – Thompson Picnic
  • June 12, Tuesday or June 15, Friday – Kindergarten Screening 20 min appointments
  • June 13, Wednesday – 5th Grade Enrichment, Wingmasters
  • June 13, Wednesday – All-School Enrichment Illstyle & Peace Productions
  • June 13, Wednesday, 7-9 PM – Last PTO Meeting of 2017-2018 school year
  • June 14, Thursday – Field Day (Rain date June 21st)
  • June 18, Monday – Colonial Day Activities, 3rd Grade
  • June 19, Tuesday – Celebration of Learning, 5th Grade
  • June 20, Wednesday – Field Trip, 5th Grade
  • June 25, Monday – Last Day of School, 11:30 AM Dismissal

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 here for a printable version of this month’s calendar.

Highlight of the Month

PicnicSave the date! The annual school picnic is coming!

Thursday June 7th from 5-8pm. (Rain date Friday, June 8th)

New this year the PTO is adding a Playspace by Knucklebones! There will still be the traditional favorites: Cake Walk, Dunk Tank and Bouncy Houses as well. And this year’s even will include a special Community Sing of the song “One Day.”

What’s for dinner? This year you can pre-order a picnic dinner from the Fuller Cup, purchase pizza at the picnic or plan to bring your own food.

As always we will need a number of volunteers to pull all of this off! Consider volunteering for a short shift selling concessions, helping with an activity or donating a cake.

You can sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPicnic18

Thompson News & Events

School Council 2018-2019

We are delighted to introduce the three parents who will join the Thompson School Council for the next school year. The school council comprises of the Principal, equal number of parents and teachers, and a community member. For the school year 2018-2019, Maureen McCarty, Kate Mayers, and Anthony Fernandez will serve as parent representatives. Here are their brief bios.

Maureen McCarty

I feel so fortunate that my family and I are a part of the Thompson community and would be excited and honored to serve on the Thompson School Council.

I have worked professionally as an elementary school teacher and as an art museum educator. I taught first grade at a diverse, neighborhood public school in Milton using a number of the same curriculums now taught at Thompson School, including Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, TERC Investigations, Responsive Classroom, and Discovering Justice. As an art educator at several museums (including the MFA and the DeCordova), I worked with various groups of young children encouraging discussions inspired by works of art. I am now the mother of four – two who are currently at Thompson (Greta in 1st Grade and Julian in Kindergarten) and two future Thompson School students (Francis, 4 years old, and Edie, 1 year old). My family will have at least one of our kids in the Thompson School for the next decade!

I will bring all of my commitment to the continued success of Thompson School and my experience as a mom, teacher, and art educator to representing all of our families on the School Council.

Kate Mayers

My name is Kate Mayers and I have a Thompson kindergartner this year. I’m interested in serving on the School Council. I started my career as a high school English teacher and have also taught math, science and GED prep classes. I am now a social worker and I teach and do field advising at Simmons in the Masters of Social Work program. In my advising role, I visit Simmons students who are doing internships in the Arlington Public Schools – so I have had the opportunity to hear about the learning going on at Dallin, Brackett, Ottoson, and the high school. In addition, I see therapy clients in a group practice.

I’m a lifelong advocate for public education, and I have a deep understanding of the challenges that kids and families face. I know it can be difficult for schools to meet all kids where they are and help them reach their educational goals – and I love how committed the Thompson community is to helping all kids succeed. I will be on the lookout for ways that I can help support the community and the school, and I think that serving on the School Council might be a place where my skills could be useful.

Anthony Fernandez

As an educator, I am eager to be involved in the strategic planning process and the goal setting discussions that will impact the educational experience of all of our children. I have gained a perspective on the overall educational philosophy of the school having experienced it through my older son, who is getting ready for his transition to the Gibbs after 5 years at Thompson. In addition, I have developed an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist within the school, as well as the resources that currently exist (infrastructure, personnel, and parent engagement) and those needed to strengthen and enhance both the curricular and extracurricular opportunities for Thompson students. As the parent of a student who at times requires additional support, I value the emphasis of the school district on social and emotional learning and am interested in how this is incorporated into the daily learning experiences of the students. As such, I feel that I can make meaningful contributions to the School Council that draw upon all of these experiences.

I have been an involved member of the Thompson community for 5 years and I currently have two sons, Lucas (5th grade) and Toby (1st grade), at the school and in the after-school program. I have volunteered in many ways from helping in the library to leading students in science experiments in and out of the classroom. I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Merrimack College and during my almost 18 years at the college have spent a great deal of time focusing not only on my discipline, but also on how pedagogy influences the educational experiences of students and how to effectively incorporate technology into the classroom. For the past year-and-a-half, I have also been working with the Arlington Vision 2020 Education Task Group to facilitate a dialogue about how success is defined in our educational system and what values should guide our district as priorities are set and resources are allocated.

For all of the reasons noted previously, I would be honored to be one of the parent members of the Thompson School Council.

A Message from the Library

As the school year draws to a close, I am aiming to get as many books returned as possible. Notices with specific titles for overdue books will go home in a couple of weeks, but until then, please check your homes for any extra library books! Getting everything back means the library will be organized and full for the next school year. Any questions or concerns can be directed to me, Miss Mak, at amakrianis@arlington.k12.ma.us. Best, and happy almost summer!

Green Team News

Green TeamThe MA Department of Environmental Protection has awarded Thompson School the “Environmental Eagles” Certificate of Recognition, 470 bookmarks about waste reduction, a gift certificate to a garden supply store for our school garden and classrooms awards for Ms. Caplin’s 1st grade, Ms. Dichter’s 2nd grade, Ms. Armstrong’s and Ms. Jette’s 4th grade classes for their participation in Green Team curriculum in preparation for Science Explo this winter. Their Green Team projects will be on display in the Fox Library this month.

Thompson Community Sing

Family Folk ChoraleChris Eastburn, the artistic director of the multigenerational Family Folk Chorale, will teach Thompson students and staff Matisyahu’s hopeful and uplifting song, “One Day,” on the mornings of May 29th and June 5th.

All parents are invited to attend the June 5th 8:40 AM to 9:30 AM rehearsal and join the Community Sing of “One Day” at the annual PTO picnic Thursday June 7th. Link to “One Day” is here.

Please contact Elizabeth Rocco at egrocco@gmail.com if you want to help with the Thompson Community Sing project.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Thompson PTO has many volunteer needs both small and big. If you’re looking for a way to give back to Thompson, here’s a list of ways you can help.

Picnic – June 7th

The Picnic is coming up this Thursday! We still need a lot of volunteer help to make it happen.   Consider volunteering for a short shift selling concessions, helping with an activity or donating a cake.

You can sign-up here : https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPicnic18

Field Day – June 14th

The annual Field Day is set for Thursday June 14th this year! The whole school will get together to participate in traditional outdoor summer games. We will need parent volunteers to help Ms. Brayfield to set up, help the teachers to supervise the kids and keep them together eating their lunch outside while the teachers go inside the school to have lunch. If you have time to spare that day please sign up here:

https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonFieldDay18

Kindergarten Screenings – Tues. June 12th & Friday June 15th

Volunteers needed during the afternoon time slots to welcome and assist families when they arrive for their Kindergarten screening.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4da4af2da64-help1

Help Throughout the Year

To check all current volunteer opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/ThompsonPTOVolunteers

Community

Arlington EATS

Arlington EATSCommunity Meal Has Been Redesigned And Rescheduled

On June 14, many of our community members will be with their families and friends celebrating the end of Ramadan. Arlington EATS has made the decision not to hold a Community Dinner on June 14, in recognition of this.

Instead, we will hold a robust Pop-Up Pantry on Thursday, June 21, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The usual array of proteins, produce, eggs, milk and pantry items will be available, in addition to a number of other items that will help families get stocked up for the summer break.

Please remember to bring your reusable shopping bags.

We look forward to seeing you!

2018 FOX FESTIVAL

The 3rd annual Fox Festival Parade will kick off the Feast of the East in Capitol Square on Saturday, June 16 at noon. Please join us – this participatory parade was started to celebrate the Fox Library, community, creativity, and Arlington wildlife.

Make a mask, banner or puppet inspired by local birds and animals in a free workshop with artists Sara Peattie, Kari Percival and Greg Cook. Or make your own costume, flag, or signs inspired by the theme of nature and animals at home with family and friends.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Wednesdays At The Fox Library With Sara Peattie (With Pizza!)

  • Wednesday May 30, 3 to 6 pm
  • Wednesday June 6, 3 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday June 13, 3 to 6 pm
  • PLUS one Saturday at the Fox, June 9, 11;30 am to 2:30 pm
Porchfest Workshop Wtih Kari Percival And Greg Cook

Saturday, June 9, noon to 5 pm at Porchfest HQ – Whittemore Park in Arlington Center (where Pleasant Street intersects with Mass. Avenue)

PARADE SCHEDULE

Gather at 11:45 at the Fox Library, 175 Mass Avenue. The Parade starts at noon and will be led by the wonderful Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band!

Support North Union Playground!

Recess, before school, after school, weekends, summertime, meet-ups, play dates and more. We all use this playground, and it needs our help!

We are organizing a friends group to advocate for and work to improve the playground at North Union park adjacent to Thompson School. If you would like to get involved, share your ideas or learn more, please email Phil Tedesco at philip.tedesco@gmail.com.

5th Grade Social

Friday, June 8th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ed Burns Arena, 422 Summer Street

Come celebrate with old friends and meet new friends!
Click HERE for details and to purchase tickets.

Arlington High School Building Project Forum : Design Feedback

Monday, June 4th, 7-9 PM, Arlington Town Hall

Get up to speed with the AHS Building Project and let the Building Committee know what you think.

The Building Committee will be submitting the Preferred Schematic Design Option for the new/rebuilt high school in July and is seeking community input.

At this Forum

  • HMFH Architects will present more details about the four design options
  • MSBA process and decisions to-date will be reviewed
  • The Building Committee will outline criteria for choosing the preferred design
  • Feedback will be gathered for future Building Committee decisions

Can’t attend? A forum recap and feedback form will be available by June 7th on the www.ahsbuilding.org web site.

Connect with Us

Thompson PTO Board

Nandana Mewada, Co-President
Diana Trudell, Co-President
Yael Beals, Vice-President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Chair

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.