Thompson School News : January 2, 2018

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

* New *

  • January 4, Thursday, and January 5, Friday – Thompson Drama Auditions
  • January 4, Thursday, 7 – 9PM – AHS Building Project Kick-off Community Forum, Arlington Town Hall
  • January 10, Wednesday, 7 – 9 PM – PTO Meeting, Library, Parents Only
  • January 11, Thursday, 6PM – Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • January 15, Monday – No School
  • January 26, Friday – Spirit Day, Color by Grade: K- purple, 1- green, 2- blue, 3- yellow, 4- red, 5- Rainbow-ALL the colors!
  • January 27 – Thompson Winter Parents Party

School Calendar

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

PTO Update

Dear Families, Teachers, and Staff,

 


Diana and Nandana
PTO Co-presidents

Thompson News & Events

 

Thompson Drama Auditions This Week!!!

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Calling all parents of actors in grades 3-5!
Auditions for the Thompson Drama Project are after school this Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5. There are still audition spots available, so sign up your child here.
Then sign up to volunteer to help at auditions here. Follow the links to officially register your actor and read over the TDP Ground Rules.
Questions? Contact Lise White and Karen Roth LoRusso at thompsondramaproject1@gmail. com.
Thank you! See you on the stage!

 

Thompson Winter Parents’ Party! – Saturday January 27th

Party 01The annual Thompson Winter Parents’ Party is coming up!

Held at Arlington’s beautiful and historic Town Hall, there will be a DJ, dancing, cash bar, social lounge for chilling out and recharging tired feet, and even some raffle items!  Advance purchase tickets available for $15 ($17 at the door). No kids. No agenda. Book a sitter and shine up your dancing shoes.  We hope to see you there!

To purchase tickets in advance: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterPartyTickets
To lend a hand with set-up and overall party preparation: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterParty

Enrichment News

                  
On January 8th and 10th, the 4th grade will travel to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to study Greek literature and art. Greek allusions are taught during the 4th grade’s traditional lit unit and this field trip will enhance the students’ understandings of ancient Greek life and the ways stories were passed on over the years.
                                                               
On January 12th, Kindergarteners will enjoy Kidstock’s “Jingle the Jester” at school, a live audience interactive theater program on tolerance and diversity.
  On January 22nd, the Discovery Museum will bring its Traveling Science Workshop on weather to our 1st graders.  Students will become meteorologists who investigate and forecast the weather.

PTO Meeting – Wednesday, January 10, 7 – 9 pm, Library

All Thompson parents are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly planning meetings. This month we will be making decisions regarding the Winter Parents Party (1/27), Game Night (3/3) and the Science Explo (3/17).

Community

Arlington High School Building Project

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As many of you know, the town is beginning the process with the state to rebuild/renovate Arlington High School (AHS). One of the AHS Building Committee’s top goals is open communication and they have created numerous ways for residents to learn about the project and get engaged during this lengthy and complex process.

Thursday, January 4 AHS Building Project Kick-off Community Forum

This winter is the beginning of the AHS building project Feasibility Phase, and there are several ways the community can take part. First an initial forum to discuss the project schedule and study process. Representatives from HMFH and Skanska will be present. Following a half-hour presentation about the Feasibility process, there will be small group brainstorming discussions, and an opportunity to share the ideas developed in discussions with the whole group. This Community Kick-off event will be held:
Date:  Thursday, January 4
Time:  7:00-9:00 pm
Place:  Arlington Town Hall

Educational Visioning Committee Members Sought

The community is also invited to apply to be part of the Educational Visioning Committee that will focus on the courses and programs offered at the high school, and the vision for the future. Deadline to apply is January 7th. Please read additional details here.

Save the Dates for Future AHS Project Community Forums

The kick-off event will be followed by three more interactive Community Forums, addressing various aspects of the Feasibility Phase:
February 7, March 5, and April 4, 7:00-9:00 pm, Arlington Town Hall

If you cannot attend any of the forums, you will be able to provide your input in other ways, including electronically. To learn more about the project and to receive updates via email sign up here, or follow project updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/ahsbuilding/, or visit www.ahsbuilding.org

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance, January 15, 2018

Light refreshments at 6:45 pm, Program at 7:30 pm, Robbins Memorial Town Hall • Arlington, MA

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Director of Lifelong Learning, Yale Divinity School
Special Performance by: Paul White & the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Chorus
Admission is free. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate.
Presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance Committee

Arlington EATS

Arlington EATSJoin us at the table on Thursday, January 11, 6PM @ Thompson

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.

Winter Parent’s Party – Jan 27th

There are many things (both large and small)  that the planning committee needs help with, from running errands for supplies in the weeks approaching, to helping set up and break down on the day of the event.  Interested in helping?
Winter Party sign-up: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterParty
Contact: Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Calling All Science Enthusiasts: Science Explo March 17th

Are you a professional in a scientific field or just a lover of all things science related? We need volunteers to set up and run interactive tables at the Explo in March! Let us know if you’re interested. Contact: Yael Beals at yael.beals@gmail.com.

Amazon Coordinator

The PTO needs someone to help promote the PTO/Amazon fundraising link. Thompson School earns 4-10% back on purchases made through the Thompson/Amazon page but shoppers must use the link on the PTO website.
Interested in helping get the word out?  Contact:  Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Help Throughout the Year

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

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 : December 18, 2017

In This Issue

  • Save the Date | School Calendar
  • PTO Update
  • Thompson News and Events
  • Community
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Connect with Us

Save The Date

* New *

  • December 22 – Spirit Day, Wear Pajamas to School
  • December 23 – January 1 – Winter Break – No School
  • January 27 – Thompson Winter Parents Party

School Calendar

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

PTO Update

Dear Families,

Here we are, a couple of weeks away from celebrating the beginning of 2018, and it still feels like the school year just began. With the school addition finally open and Thompson at its largest student numbers, we are finally at-a steady course ahead.

Fall and early winter months are not just busy for the kids and staff at school, but for the PTO as well. Fall marks the beginning of our major fundraising drives – the sale of the Arlington Community Card and the Direct Donation Drive. On a beautiful sunny Town Day we launched this year’s Arlington Community Card and sold 991 cards. Throughout the fall, Thompson parents took on the task of selling cards to families, friends and neighbors during our Fall Parent Sales and we await anxiously to hear how we did! Arlington Community Cards will continue selling at our partner stores The Book Rack and Menotomy Beer and Wine; as well as online at www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org During the month of October, the Direct Donation Drive raised $29,046 with a record 274 families participating. With these two main fundraising efforts now closed, you can continue to support the PTO throughout the year when shopping on Amazon by clicking on the Amazon icon on the PTO website.

Over 60% of the raised funds will be used to pay for all enrichment activities at Thompson. Between September and December a few grades enjoyed their first field trip of the year: Kindergarteners adventured to the Pumpkin Patch and 4th graders explored ecosystems at Habitat, Mass Audubon. All grades enjoyed a special performance by Arabiqa, an Arabic musical and cultural performance. All Classroom Teachers and Specialists received annual stipends from the PTO to help with expenses such as books and materials.

During the first semester of the school year, the PTO organized several community events: Movie Night, Picture Day, Literacy Night and the Book Fair. Our second Spirit Wear Sale also had a record number of participants who now walk the hallways of the school proudly wearing our pineapple symbol.

Starting this year, the PTO is formalizing a sponsorship program to support families who need financial assistance. We introduced this new effort during the Spirit Wear Sale and the generosity of our community never ceases to amaze us! We raised over $1,000 in such funds which provided support for students during the Spirit Wear Sale and the Book Fair.

Looking ahead at the 1st quarter of 2018, there are several fun activities planned. Grades 1, 2 and 4 have field trips to the Discovery Museum, the Japan House at the Children’s Museum and the MFA, respectively. Our much anticipated parent-only Winter Party will be in January with a new look and feel at Town Hall. March brings us Game Night and our biennial favorite, the Science Explo!

Finally, none of these events would be possible without a large group of parent volunteers. Thank you to the dedicated PTO Board, the Enrichment Team, the Room Parents, Event Chairs and every volunteer who dedicated an hour or several weeks to making our ideas come to life. We will continue to need your involvement during 2018. Please sign up to help when you can. We all do this for the kiddos after all!

Please continue to reach out to us if you have questions or suggestions. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!

Diana and Nandana
PTO Co-presidents

Thompson News & Events

Fifth Grade Science Camp Recap

Science CampThe words came bubbling out as soon as we hit the car: “Mom, do we have any quartz?”
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“I don’t know. Why?”
“I need 2 pieces! Because hitting or rubbing 2 pieces of quartz together causes electric charges and creates light called triboluminescence. It’s awesome!”

Conversations like this were had in cars and homes throughout Thompson Fifth grade families as students returned home from Alton Jones Environmental Education Center in W. Greenwich, Rhode Island. After 4 days and 3 nights of engaging and immersive exploration, kids were tired, but enthusiastic about science made tangible.

A quick survey of favorite things about science camp highlights the wide range of experiences at Alton Jones:
“I liked the night hike. That was my favorite.”
“Outdoor skills (fire and emergency shelter building) were the best.”
“I liked that everyone (field teachers) knew my name. And aquatic ecology!”
“The campfire songs and stories. The jokes were bad, but that was funny.”
“Sleeping in the cabin. I didn’t think I was going to make it through the first night, and I did all three without freaking out!”
“I learned that you can light flour on fire! You can’t compress it, though. There has to be a lot of oxygen between the flour particles.”

Thanks to the talented and knowledgeable Alton Jones staff, the hardy Thompson 5th grade teachers and intrepid parent chaperones, the kids were outdoors all day developing a greater appreciation of the wonder of the natural world and built independent living skills.

Thompson Drama Project

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Hello Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade parents, It’s time to sign up for the Thompson Drama Project. Our three wonderful directors, Maf, Gaggi, and Ziza, will be back for another year! Our 3 plays will begin rehearsals the week of January 8. Auditions will be on Thursday Jan 4th and Friday Jan 5th after school in the Music Room. All actors who audition will receive a part – the auditions are for casting purposes. To sign your child up for an audition slot – click here. Prior to the audition, you must fill out a registration form for your child – click here. Please be sure to read the Ground Rules – click here. Mark your calendars – performances will be April 5th and 6th! Please let us know if you have any questions at thompsondramaproject1@gmail.com.

Lise White and Karen Roth LoRusso

Literacy Night & Book Fair Were a Success!

Literacy Night 2017 12 aThe Thompson community enjoyed a week of Literacy driven activities. Students and parents visited the Book Fair in the school’s library making wish lists and purchases from the wide variety of books offered by local bookstore The Book Rack. On Tuesday, December 12th, we held our first graphic-novel themed Literacy Night. Students engaged in a lively illustration workshop led by parent and illustrator Adam Lane. Current librarian Ms. Mak and former-librarian Liza Halley gave book readings to an attentive crowd while parents and students perused numerous amazing graphic-novel submissions by our own students.

Literacy Night 2017 12 bThank you to all the students who submitted their work, the volunteers who helped with the event, and a special thank you to Adam Lane, Liza Halley and Ms. Mak and Mike at The Book Rack for their time and efforts!

Community Card Update

Community Card 2017 2018Family Sales concluded on Friday December 8th. We still have a few returns that haven’t been turned in yet. Soon as we have those we will announce our tallies!

On that note, we still only have a few hundred cards left for sale. As always, tell folks to get them while they last! Cards can be purchased anytime at The Book Rack, Menotomy Beer and Wine, or www.arlingtoncommunitycard.org.

@ArlCommCard

Follow us at @ArlCommCard on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and like/comment on any posts that inspire you.

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

Thompson Winter Parents’ Party! – Saturday January 27th

SnowFlake 00The annual Thompson Winter Parents Party will be held at the beautiful and historic Arlington Town Hall. There will be a DJ, dancing, a social lounge for chilling out and recharging tired feet, and some raffle items! This is the one kid-free Thompson event each year where just us parents get to have some fun. After winter break, be on the lookout for a formal invitation coming home in your child’s backpack, as well as some areas the committee will need help with both on the day of the event as well as the weeks leading up to it.

Community

Arlington High School Building Project

Arlington High School 00As many of you know, the town is beginning the process with the state to rebuild/renovate Arlington High School. One of the AHS Building Committee’s top goals is open communication and they have created numerous ways for residents to learn about the project and get engaged during this lengthy and complex process.

If you don’t find what you are looking for in any of these places, you can also email the committee. The project is currently in the Feasibility Phase and HMFH Architects has been selected as the Project Designer.

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.

Winter Parent’s Party – Jan 27th

Interested in helping with planning the Winter Parent’s Party?

The party is moving venues this year, and as always there are many tasks (both large and small) that the planning committee needs help with, from running errands for supplies in the weeks approaching to helping set up on the day of the event.

Contact: Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Calling All Science Enthusiasts: Science Explo March 17th

Are you a professional in a scientific field or just a lover of all things science related? We need volunteers to set up and run interactive tables at the Explo in March! Let us know if you’re interested. Contact: Yael Beals at yael.beals@gmail.com.

Help Throughout the Year

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

Connect with Us

THOMPSON PTO BOARD

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

If you have news to share with the community, please email ThompsonPTOevents@gmail.com by Thursday at 12 noon to be included in the next newsletter.

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