Thompson School News : March 12, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • March 12, Monday, Science Week Kick Off, Dress for Science
  • March 15, Thursday 7-9pm PTO Meeting (Parents Only) NOTE: Date changed
  • March 16, Friday, All School Spring Concert  K-2 9 am. 3 – 5 9:45 am Note: time change
  • March 16, Friday, Spirit Day – Dress to Impress
  • March 17, Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM – Science EXPLO
  • March 19, Monday, Fit Girls Starts, grades 4-5
  • March 26, Monday – Grade 3 -5 Enrichment, ImprovBoston Anti-Bullying Workshop

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.

Highlight

Science EXPLO Saturday, March 17th, 11 am – 3 pm

Science Explo 2018 aThe biennial Thompson Science EXPLO is back! Join us on March 17th as the Thompson school is transformed into a space filled with scientific explorations and hands-on learning. More than 50 exhibitors from the Thompson community will present interactive demonstrations to engage, enthrall and entertain students.

Besides the engaging exhibits, there will be a science-based scavenger hunt, raffle baskets, a bake sale and lunch options at the Brain Fuel Cafe.

As one of the showcase events of the year, the Science EXPLO is well attended and the perfect time to volunteer while your children are exploring and learning; please sign up to volunteer https://tinyurl.com/scienceexplo18

Science Week

The Science EXPLO will mark the culmination of Thompson’s first Science week; a week of celebrating science at school. Morning announcements will include fun scientific facts and music, the library will showcase science-themed books, and parents are encouraged to present a science topic to their child’s class.

Raffle Baskets

Each grade is sponsoring a basket to be raffled off at the end of the event as an easy and fun way to raise funds for school enrichment. Please consider helping even in a small way. Please bring all donations to school by Wednesday, March 14th.

Ecofest Trashformations

EcoFest Transformations 2018 03 aEcofest Trashformations “Ecosystem Superheroes” will focus on “The Decomposers, Nature’s Recyclers!” Thompson classrooms and families are encouraged to submit a 100% non-recyclable trash sculpture of their “Ecosytem Decomposer Superhero” at the Science Explo. Students can include a comic strip about their superhero’s super power to recycle nature’s waste into food and energy for the food chain.
Trash-straws, toothbrushes, non-recyclable plastic including silverware, mix material trash. Trashformation entries less than 5″ x 5″ x 5″. Comic strips- on 8.5 x 11″ paper (on back of reused paper).

EcoFest Transformations 2018 03 bInformation about trash, ecosystems and decomposers: 1. Arlington recycling guide 2. Ecosystem video for young readers 3. Decomposer video 3. Worm video 4. Video on amazing fungi systems in forests 5. Gut microbiome 6. 15 min. Decomposers video for older students

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Thompson News & Events

Green Team

Green Team 2018 03 a
Green team first graders show off their soil bacteria trashformation. “There are more organisms in a teaspoon of dirt than there are people on Earth.”

For Science Week the Green Team challenges Thompson parents to go in the classroom and make a Trashformation of an Ecosystem Superhero Decomposer with our children this week!

Optional themes:

  • Kinders – worm super heroes
  • 1st graders – gut bacteria super heroes.
  • 2nd graders – fungi, moss, mold and lichen superheroes on a tree
  • 3rd graders – wood wide web; mycorrhiza fungi in forests
  • 4th graders – red wiggler worm super heroes, composting and plastic villains.
  • 5th graders – micro-organism super heroes

Picture: Green team first graders show off their soil bacteria trashformation. “There are more organisms in a teaspoon of dirt than there are people on Earth.”

Interactive Fun!

Science Explo 2018 Interactive Fun aOh Ick! Jessica Garrett, author of Oh Ick: 114 Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out, visited Thompson to build excitement for the upcoming EXPLO.

In 2 assemblies, she explained why we burp, and made a stinky burp factory before our very eyes-and noses. Pee ew! Students learned about the chemical reaction involved in making the ever popular slime, and the entire audience became a model for how a polymer is created on a molecular level! Student scientists performed a viscosity race to test the hypothesis that molasses is the slowest liquid in the kitchen. Mustard, ketchup, dish soap were the challengers. Which was the most viscous? Ask your student!

Norah Dooley

Science Explo 2018 Interactive Fun bStoryteller and author Norah Dooley, Everybody Cooks Rice, lead an interactive assembly with K-2 learners. Norah shared how telling stories became a pathway to becoming an author, and her first book was inspired by her neighbors in Central Square Cambridge. She then regaled the group with traditional tales from around the world. The students participated right along with her, bringing the story to life with sound effects and chants.

Second graders extended the learning with theater/storytelling workshops. Students worked with Norah to use their voices and their bodies to create character and to harness their imaginations to create a detailed driven adventure.

Textile Recycling Bin

Support Thompson while donating your unwanted clothing, shoes, linens, stuffed animals, and more (in any condition as long as they are clean and dry). Bay State Textiles gives the schools a share of their profit from the sale of these materials. The more you donate, the more the school will receive! The bin is located on the Everett Street side of the school, near the loading driveway.

You can learn more about the Bay State Textiles program at http://www.baystatetextiles.com/schools-box-program

See the acceptable items and other participating schools in the AHS Textile Recycling 2018 Flyer.

Community

SEPAC Meeting Notice

In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A Section 20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council on Tuesday, March 13 th , 8:30 a.m. at the Jefferson Cutter House.

Gibbs Parent Forum

March 14th, 2018, 7-9 pm, Stratton School Cafeteria

Kristen DeFrancisco, principal of the the Gibbs 6th Grade School, will be hosting a parent forum. On the agenda:

  • Building a Social Emotional Responsible School
  • Academics and Courses
  • Schedule
  • Busing
  • PTO Plan

Thompson’s representative on the Gibbs Parent Advisory Committee is Juliet Moir (juliet.moir@gmail.com). Please reach out if you have any questions!

Annual Arlington Trivia Bee

JOIN or come cheer on school & community teams as they compete in the 23rd Annual Arlington Trivia Bee hosted by Arlington Education Foundation!

March 25th from 3-5pm at Town Hall

On March 25th, Arlington’s Town Hall will be abuzz with the friendly yet fierce team-based competition of the Arlington Trivia Bee. Live music, kids activities and the opportunity for audience participation help create the lively, family-friendly atmosphere that defines this annual town-wide event.

Calling all Thompson 5th graders! Form a team and join the competition, or stop by on the 25th and join in the fun! Find more information HERE.

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.

Annual Picnic Organizers

Though it seems a long way off the planning for the annual June picnic is starting now. The PTO is seeking parent volunteers interested in taking an active role in planning to join the picnic organizing team.

Contact: Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Science EXPLO – March 17th

One of the biggest PTO events of the year, the Science EXPLO requires many helping hands! There are many ways to get involved – here’s the list:

We are in need of a few Cafe Coordinators to help run the Cafe on the day of the Explo. If you can help with this task please contact Yael Beals and/or Chris Pacheco at thompsonexplo2018@gmail.com or Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Explo Day-Of Volunteers

https://tinyurl.com/scienceexplo18

Bake Sale

https://tinyurl.com/ExploBakeSale

Raffle Items

Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Looking for a parent interested in helping with the Safe Routes to School program. This is the program that has organized the Walk/Bike to School Day among other projects. The current parents in charge have graduating 5 graders. If interested there is a March 8th meeting about Safe Routes to School you might be interested in attending.

Contact Kate Murphy: thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Join the Community Card Team!

Believe it or not planning begins NOW for the 2018-19 Community Card! This is Thompson’s second biggest fundraiser each year, bringing in $16K+ annually for School Enrichment.

Whether you’re totally ready to take something on, have some good ideas to pass on, or are just curious about what’s involved before committing to anything, please email the co-chairs:

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 : March 5, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • March 8, Thursday, Community Card Planning Meeting
  • March 8, Thursday 6 PM to 7 PM, Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • March 10, Saturday, Kindergarten Registration Begins
  • March 12, Monday, Science Week Kick Off, Dress for Science
  • March 15, Thursday 7-9pm PTO Meeting (Parents Only) NOTE: Date changed
  • March 16, Friday, 8.30 AM All School Spring Concert
  • March 16, Friday, Spirit Day – Dress to Impress
  • March 17, Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM – Science EXPLO
  • March 19, Monday, Fit Girls Starts, grades 4-5
  • March 26, Monday – Grade 3 -5 Enrichment, ImprovBoston Anti-Bullying Workshop

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.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

As Spring quickly approaches, so will State Mandated testing for our students in Grades 3 through 5. Please find the schedule for Thompson below. This year, students in grades 4 and 5 will take the MCAS Online using Chromebooks. Our 3rd graders will take the MCAS via Paper Based Testing. It’s important that students are in school on time each day, get a good night’s rest, and have breakfast at home and/or at school those mornings. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you, Karen

  • Grade 3 ELA- April 3 & 5
  • Grade 4 ELA- April 9 & 11
  • Grade 5 ELA – April 10 & 12
  • Grade 5 Math- May 7 & 9
  • Grade 4 Math- May 8 & 10
  • Grade 3 Math- May 15 & 17
  • Grade 5 Science- May 21 & 22

Highlight

SCIENCE EXPLO Saturday, March 17th, 11 am – 3 pm

Science Explo 2018 aThe biennial Thompson Science EXPLO is back! Join us on March 17th as the Thompson school is transformed into a space filled with scientific explorations and hands-on learning. More than 50 exhibitors from the Thompson community will present interactive demonstrations to engage, enthrall and entertain students.

Besides the engaging exhibits, there will be a science-based scavenger hunt, raffle baskets, a bake sale and lunch options at the Brain Fuel Cafe.

As one of the showcase events of the year, the Science EXPLO is well attended and the perfect time to volunteer while your children are exploring and learning; please sign up to volunteer https://tinyurl.com/scienceexplo18

Science Week

The Science EXPLO will mark the culmination of Thompson’s first Science week (March 12th –March 17th); a week of celebrating science at school. Morning announcements will include fun scientific facts and music, the library will showcase science-themed books, and parents are encouraged to present a science topic to their child’s class.

We will kick off Science week with Dress for Science day on March 12th. Be inspired and dress up as your favorite scientist, science professional, a scientific concept, element, or object. Be creative and have fun!

Raffle Baskets

Each grade is sponsoring a basket to be raffled off at the end of the event as an easy and fun way to raise funds for school enrichment. Please consider helping even in a small way. Please bring all donations to school by Wednesday, March 14th.

Ecofest Trashformations

EcoFest Transformations 2018 03 aEcofest Trashformations “Ecosystem Superheroes” will focus on “The Decomposers, Nature’s Recyclers!” Thompson classrooms and families are encouraged to submit a 100% non-recyclable trash sculpture of their “Ecosytem Decomposer Superhero” at the Science Explo. Students can include a comic strip about their superhero’s super power to recycle nature’s waste into food and energy for the food chain.
Trash-straws, toothbrushes, non-recyclable plastic including silverware, mix material trash. Trashformation entries less than 5″ x 5″ x 5″. Comic strips- on 8.5 x 11″ paper (on back of reused paper).

EcoFest Transformations 2018 03 bInformation about trash, ecosystems and decomposers: 1. Arlington recycling guide 2. Ecosystem video for young readers 3. Decomposer video 3. Worm video 4. Video on amazing fungi systems in forests 5. Gut microbiome 6. 15 min. Decomposers video for older students

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Thompson News & Events

Arlington EATS Community Meal

Thank you to all who contributed and volunteered for the February 8th Arlington EATS Community meal. It was a fun and successful evening of community building and service. The many volunteers (parents and kids) helped serve Arlington EATS Meal 2018 02 bover 80 meals and helped with the pop-up pantry. Between donations from the community and PTO contributions, we donated $300 to Arlington EATS for the meal.

 

 

2018-19 Community Card Spring Info Meeting

Community Card 2017 2018All Are Welcome!

Thursday March 8th, 8:30AM, Thompson Cafeteria, **Free Coffee!!**

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for next year’s Community Card! This is the PTO’s 2nd most profitable annual fundraiser, bringing in a record $16,000+ this year for Thompson Student Enrichment. It’s a very satisfying fundraiser, but it’s no overnight task; we need to start signing contracts with the businesses and getting the advertising plans set up now, so that we can relax over the summer, and then hit the ground running in September with a successful Town Day (Sept 15th) and Fall Sales. Whether you are totally ready to jump on board, have some great ideas to suggest, or are simply curious about what’s involved – come to this meeting. You will get an overview of the program, and hear the long-term and short-term tasks needing attention over the next 6 months. There are plenty important jobs available for introverts and extroverts alike, both behind-the-scenes and face-to-face, and of varying time commitments.

Questions?
Can’t make it to this particular meeting, but want to get involved?

Reach out to Co-Chairs Ashley Lorenz (K,3,5) ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com or Gaggi DeStefanis (3) gaggi@rcn.com

Textile Recycling Bin

Support Thompson while donating your unwanted clothing, shoes, linens, stuffed animals, and more (in any condition as long as they are clean and dry). Bay State Textiles gives the schools a share of their profit from the sale of these materials. The more you donate, the more the school will receive! The bin is located on the Everett Street side of the school, near the loading driveway.

You can learn more about the Bay State Textiles program at http://www.baystatetextiles.com/schools-box-program

See the acceptable items and other participating schools in the AHS Textile Recycling 2018 Flyer.

Community

AHS Building Project Tours & Forum

Arlington High School 00March 5, 7-9pm @ Arlington High School

The public is invited to take a tour of the current AHS building and join the conversation about future design needs for the facility. The evening will begin with tours of the building followed by Q&A with the AHS principal and Superintendent. David Stephen from New Vista Design will facilitate the second half of the evening leading an interactive discussion about potential design patterns and ideas for the future facility. Tours start at 7:00 p.m. in the foyer of the main entrance of the high school. Snow date: March 12.

District leaders and representatives from HMFH Architects (project architect) and Skanska (Owner’s Project Manager) will be on hand to answer questions.
This is the third in a series of public forums to gather community input for the future renovated/rebuilt Arlington High School. The next forum will be held on April 4. Learn more about the project at www.ahsbuilding.org.

Beats for EATS

Arlington EATS Beats 2018WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Doors at 7PM
WHERE: Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue
WHY: All money raised will help feed kids in our community. AND, there will be dancing, hors d’oeuvres, fancy drinks, and an amazing Silent Auction!

Gibbs Parent Forum

March 14th, 2018, 7-9 pm, Stratton School Cafeteria

Kristen DeFrancisco, principal of the the Gibbs 6th Grade School, will be hosting a parent forum. On the agenda:

  • Building a Social Emotional Responsible School
  • Academics and Courses
  • Schedule
  • Busing
  • PTO Plan

Thompson’s representative on the Gibbs Parent Advisory Committee is Juliet Moir (juliet.moir@gmail.com). Please reach out if you have any questions!

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.

Annual Picnic Organizers

Though it seems a long way off the planning for the annual June picnic is starting now. The PTO is seeking parent volunteers interested in taking an active role in planning to join the picnic organizing team.

Contact: Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Looking for a parent interested in helping with the Safe Routes to School program. This is the program that has organized the Walk/Bike to School Day among other projects. The current parents in charge have graduating 5 graders. If interested there is a March 8th meeting about Safe Routes to School you might be interested in attending.

Contact Kate Murphy: thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Science EXPLO – March 17th

One of the biggest PTO events of the year, the Science EXPLO requires many helping hands! The Explo runs from 11am-3pm, so it’s easy to both sign-up for an hour long volunteer shift and have time to enjoy the Explo too! Sign-up at the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/scienceexplo18

If you can’t give your time on March 17th – please consider giving to the Explo bake sale or one of the grade level raffle baskets:

Bake Sale: https://tinyurl.com/ExploBakeSale

Thompson Parent Handbook Volunteer

The PTO is looking for a parent volunteer to put together an updated electronic Parent Handbook. There is a paper version from a few years back that needs updating with current information. This will be the place where parents can find useful information such as drop-off and pick-up procedures, contact information for teachers, field trip information and all the things you wish you knew as a new parent to Thompson. If you’d like to volunteer from the comfort of your own home doing some typing and copying and pasting – this is the project for you.

Contact: Kate Murphy, 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 : February 26, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • March 2, Friday Visit by author Jessica Garrett; All Grade Levels.
  • March 2, Friday 6 PM to 8 PM – Game Night
  • March 8, Thursday 6 PM to 7 PM, Arlington EATS Community Dinner
  • March 14, Wednesday 7 PM to 9 PM PTO Meeting (Parents Only)
  • March 16, Friday, 8.30 AM All School Spring Concert
  • March 17, Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM – Science EXPLO
  • March 26, Monday – Grade 3 -5 Enrichment, ImprovBoston Anti-Bullying Workshop

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.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

I hope you had a wonderful week and were able to enjoy some of the gorgeous weather we had! My boys and I went to the Cape Codder in Hyannis for a couple of days where it was rainy and cool outside, but the water park and arcade inside were warm and toasty. Of course, those were the days where it was 70 and sunny back in Arlington! C’est la vie! All in all, it was a nice change of pace for our family, and I hope it was for yours as well.

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the horrific event that occurred in Parkland, Florida just before vacation. Like many of you, this shakes me to the core as both a parent and a school principal. Every day, the safety of our children is of the utmost of importance to Thompson Faculty and Staff. While we are always conscientious of not propping doors open, being aware of our surroundings, and student/staff/parent well being, I am asking for your assistance in these areas as well. Please encourage one another to be mindful of signing in at the main office, putting on a Visitor Badge, waiting for the door to close behind you as you enter, etc. We are always practicing, discussing, and re-evaluating our protocols, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I’ve seen quite a barrage of political discussions, cartoons, etc. on social media this week, and while I don’t typically engage in such discussions or postings, I feel very strongly about my responsibility to keep our Staff and Students safe. I firmly believe that having personal connections with each other, building a positive culture, and supporting each student emotionally, socially, and academically is paramount in keeping each other safe.

Please keep the families, staff, and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in your thoughts and prayers.

Karen

Thompson News & Events

Winter Party Feedback Request

Party 01The Winter Party in January was a huge success! Thanks to YOU, our amazing Thompson community, for coming out and making it a super fun night. Gorgeous space, great conversations, lots of dancing, and even a $1,300 profit for the PTO Enrichment Fund! We are one of the few schools that puts on an parents-only social event like this, and we hope to continue this tradition for years to come. So that we can do that, kindly give us your feedback on the event at tinyurl.com/WinterParty2018Survey

Congrats again to our Raffle Winners!

  • Jaime Viteri: Original Cyanotype Artwork #1 by Sri Thumati
  • Yael Beals: Original Cyanotype Artwork #2 by Sri Thumati
  • Susan Zwick: Scutra dining certificate
  • Kristen Fritsch: 3 moths of Wine of the Month Club at Menotomy Beer and Wine
  • Sarah Mowbray: In-Home Dinner Party for 6 with JuliaCooks!
  • Kobie Cook: Kids cooking class with “Chopped Jr” Champion Charlotte Kilroy
  • Christy Murphy: Tennis Lesson with Jagat Adihya

Financial Assistance Available

The PTO would like to continue to support families who need assistance for the remainder of the 2017- 2018 school year. To help with this process, if your child/children would like financial assistance for any PTO related programs, please print and fill out the form found here and return it to Ms. Vicki or Karen Donato. All information provided will be kept confidential. It is the mission of the Thomson PTO to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate alongside their peers in all Thompson events and initiatives. By filling out this form, you are helping the PTO make this possible.

Game Night is back!

Game NightFriday, March 2, 6 – 8 pm

Come with the kids and join the fun!

Local game company GAMEWRIGHT lends us demo games to try out and families are welcome to bring a favorite board game from home, set up a table, and teach a group of friends how to play it.

Plan to feed the kids before coming or bring a picnic style dinner to eat in the cafeteria. Additionally, we will have healthy snacks, baked treats, apple cider and hot cocoa.

We will have new GAMEWRIGHT games and used games donated by Thompson families for sale. All profits go to the PTO. Consider buying a game from your teachers’ wish lists.

Come prepared to sit and play board games with the children, this is not a drop off event. If you are planning on attending, please consider helping us to make it a successful one, by collaborating in one of many ways.

Sign-up to Volunteer and/or donate snack items here: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonGameNight

Textile Recycling Bin

Support Thompson while donating your unwanted clothing, shoes, linens, stuffed animals, and more (in any condition as long as they are clean and dry). Bay State Textiles gives the schools a share of their profit from the sale of these materials. The more you donate, the more the school will receive! The bin is located on the Everett Street side of the school, near the loading driveway.

You can learn more about the Bay State Textiles program at http://www.baystatetextiles.com/schools-box-program

See the acceptable items and other participating schools in the AHS Textile Recycling 2018 Flyer.

Enrichment – 5th grade

Grade 5 Enrichment 2018 02 bThe Museum of Science visited the 5th graders on Monday to discuss “States of Matter.” The presenter used liquid nitrogen and various other materials to demonstrate how physical matter transforms from solid to liquid to gas and back. The kids saw metal melt in water, and glycerin, water, and air become solid. They even saw super-heated water cause paper to burn.Grade 5 Enrichment 2018 02 a

Community

AHS Building Project News

Planning for the future rebuilt/renovated Arlington High School is underway and the AHS Building Committee invites the community to participate in the conversation.

Community Forums

Each forum will provide an opportunity for community feedback.

  • March 5, 7pm, AHS: tours of the building, discussion of design patterns for the future school
  • April 4, 7pm, Town Hall: update from HMFH Architects on potential building concepts
Resources

Web Site: updates, detailed information, events, blog
Facebook: updates, events
e-Bulletin: sign up to receive occasional email updates
Email the building committee with questions or feedback

The Town of Arlington has been invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for the renovation/construction of Arlington High School. Acceptance to the MSBA program does not guarantee state funding. The MSBA approval process must be completed successfully for the state, via the MSBA, to provide significant financial assistance to the project. Local funding must also be assured through passage of a debt exclusion.

The AHS Building Committee

Upcoming School Committee Chats

When: 11 am to 12 noon on Saturday, on the first Saturday of each month

Why: Stop by and say hi to two School Committee members (look for the sign) to answer questions, collect concerns, listen to your ideas, and generally talk about the Arlington Public Schools.

Where:

  • March 3 at Whole Foods
  • April 7 at Caffe Nero
  • May 5 at Whole Foods
  • June 2 at Caffe NeroNo appointment necessary, simply stop by!

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.

Annual Picnic Organizers

Though it seems a long way off the planning for the annual June picnic is starting now. The PTO is seeking parent volunteers interested in taking an active role in planning to join the picnic organizing team.

Contact:  Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Game Night – Friday March 2nd

Game Night is this Friday March 2nd! In addition to needing volunteers for Game Night itself – we need donated baked items and healthy snacks to sell as concessions. Take a look at the sign-up genius and let us know if you can help!

https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonGameNight

Science EXPLO – March 17th

One of the biggest PTO events of the year, the Science EXPLO requires many helping hands! The Explo runs from 11am-3pm, so it’s easy to both sign-up for an hour long volunteer shift and have time to enjoy the Explo too! Sign-up at the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/scienceexplo18

Thompson Parent Handbook Volunteer

The PTO is looking for a parent volunteer to put together an updated electronic Parent Handbook. There is a paper version from a few years back that needs updating with current information. This will be the place where parents can find useful information such as drop-off and pick-up procedures, contact information for teachers, field trip information and all the things you wish you knew as a new parent to Thompson. If you’d like to volunteer from the comfort of your own home doing some typing and copying and pasting – this is the project for you.

Contact:  Kate Murphy, thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Join the Community Card Team!

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for the 2018-19 Community Card! The new card doesn’t come out until September, but here is our Early Spring plan:

  • get contracts signed
  • confirm our advertising plans
  • start planning for Town Day and beginning of new school year sales

We are looking for:

  • task-rabbits
  • brainstormers
  • AND a 3rd Co-Chair (shadow for a year and poise themselves to take over for Gaggi in 2020)

Whether you’re totally ready to take something on, or are just curious about what’s involved before committing to anything – please join us at the:

Spring Community Card Info Meeting

Thursday March 8th

8:30AM

Thompson School Cafeteria

FREE Coffee!

Can’t make it?

Need more info?

Get involved!

Send an email to Co-Chairs Ashley Lorenz (K,3,5) at ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com or Gaggi DeStefanis (3) gaggi@rcn.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.

PTO Meeting Minutes – Feb. 14, 2018

Introductions – All

Minutes were approved

Family Folk Chorale: Elizabeth Rocco proposal

Family Folk Chorale has 75 members, their mission is to learn songs and sing with children/community. They have community sings at Kickstand Café and invite the public. Elizabeth wrote a grant in the fall for funds for teaching, singing together, and building community. She had MLK day in mind, was too late. She is interested in ideas from the Thompson community on how the FFC can do a community sing here. The Folk Chorale is trying to develop relationships. Some ideas – director teach everyone same song, have a picnic, everyone sings together. We could do this at end of year picnic. It would be fun idea like Ms. Brayfield used to teach everyone dance – build comradery. Parents could learn songs as well. Another idea was to do it at beginning of field day? Music class doesn’t allow time teach outside the curriculum. Could this be an idea for the international festival for next year? Songs from around the world etc. It was asked if the chorale could come sing at school during the day – yes, but school and work restraints. Another idea is to a dress rehearsal at Thompson or with Arlington Eats? 3rd option, director come in and do a sing-a-long at a community event. 5th grade worked with Ms. Havelin last year and did surprise sing at graduation, “Hey Jude,” parents joined in. Maybe start with 5th grade, more manageable? Please share any ideas you have with Elizabeth.

Financial Updates: Sara Wilkinson

  • We are under budget; revenue this year was exceptional with direct drive, around $30,000. Lots of families work for companies that match donations.
  • Kids wrote really nice thank you notes that got sent to people who paid on paypal and didn’t get a receipt. This would be nice to do for everyone. It would be nice to put one of the notes on social media.
  • Book fair earned $2,100. School pictures $1,500.
  • Helena’s earned $95, there was a conflict with Ottoson concert, women’s shelter fundraiser there a week before. Would it be a good idea to move to near Mother’s Day?
  • Amazon so far is $400, but does not include December yet.
  • We are still looking for someone to take over managing the Amazon marketing.
  • There was an idea to post a kid on social medial explaining Amazon, how to use etc.
  • On Facebook you can pay to boost a post. Shows up on friend’s feeds, gets the word out for events, community cards etc. Community outreach, Danielle and others using the boost, please let the treasurers know, they are trying to figuring out how to budget for this.

Enrichment Updates: Tonya

  • Need to pay for buses for some field trips, town buses were already book. PTO has room in the budget.
  • 3/2 Author visit – Jessica Garret “Oh, Ick” – science theme
    Karen asked for programs on Kindness, empathy, anti-bullying, and also community service
  • Nora Buly – author, appreciating differences, storytelling K-2
  • Improve Boston 3-5 anti-bullying
  • Think, give program – teacher driven, pushed to do something nice, up to you what you do.
  • PTO do a community service day – something to think about for next year. 5th grade did this last year, Gaggi, organized. Kids came up with ideas and they voted on. 5th graders made birthday cards for kids in a shelter. Were encouraged to do more.
  • Encourage Thompson to make a relationship with an organization for community service. Ideas discussed included Birthday Wishes – throws birthday parties for children in shelters. Kids understand/relate. Singing at the nursing homes. Food link has 4th and 5th graders do sorting. Animal shelters look for old blankets, no sew blankets etc.
  • Green team sometimes does Thompson trash pick up – grabbers are in the PTO room.
  • 3rd grade Colonial day – 3 days, each day a different topic, colonialist, slavery, Native American. Royal House will come and do a program. Tiffany to coordinate with teachers and room parents.

Debrief:

Winter Party – Ashley & Gaggi

  • Bigger team next year 4-5 people.
  • What is realistic to budget? Do every other year? It is a lot of work. Little money, no rules at ACC to more money and rules at Town Hall. Planning began in October, driven by Gaggi and Ashely.
  • Turnout was around 130. Crowd felt bigger than last year. We lowered the ticket price to try to get more people to come, charged for drinks.
  • We will have a budgeting conversation at the next board meeting on the party
  • Online survey will be sent to parents with targeted questions.
  • There were 11 sponsored tickets purchased, 2 claimed.
  • Spent $3,200, profit of $1,386
  • Should we consider having an off year or having smaller event in the “underground” at the Regent – only 100 tickets/capacity?
  • Kuddos to Jodie for her help, donated time.
  • It was a success!

Community Card Fall Sales – Ashley & Gaggi

  • Starting to think of contracts for next year. Who will resign? If there is room on the card, closed business, look for new businesses.
  • Looking for someone to shadow Gaggi and Ashely and take over eventually. Put a note in the newsletter calling for someone interested. Someone interested in talking to businesses, building relationships.
    March 8 informational meeting in the morning.
  • Put up a poster before the science explo.
  • Sold around 1,600 cards and ordered 2,000. It has been our best year.

Spirit Wear – Judy

  • 414 items sold – $1,324 profit
  • there are extra t shirts ordered by the pto for those who couldn’t afford it, 12 extra – wait and see if people respond to hand out
  • Should we put in newsletter that are available for sale?
  • Or give t shirt to new families who move to Thompson in the middle of the year? Goes with community card? Or give car magnet?
  • Idea of doing every other year

Sponsored funds

  • We need to think about keeping track of sponsorship funds, have a sponsorship pool
  • Spirit wear, 9 extra tickets from parents’ party etc.
  • Extra money from spirit wear went to sponsoring books at book fair.
  • Message to parents on how PTO spends funds. A blurb in weekly email about March events sponsored by PTO. Do every couple of months? Not being asked to pay for fieldtrips, enrichment. Teachers blog, tweet about events.
  • Idea that we should keep movie night free, don’t charge admission, just popcorn pizza. Idea of having an outdoor movie night.

Sarah Burd Guest Speaker – Nandana

  • Gave a talk on social and emotional learning at the last meeting. She would love to hear from parents.

PTO Sponsoring an Arlington EATS Community Meal – Nandana

  • We raised $150 from the community, PTO matched contributions for a total of $300.
  • 82 meals served
  • Other schools want to do something similar
  • For next year the idea is for a PTO sponsored meal around October and another later in the year. Keep a line item for this going forward.
  • Idea of kids doing a change drive, having older kids help at EATS meal.

Teacher Survey & Teacher Help Program – Nandana

  • Survey was sent to teachers asking how they spend stipend, enrichment feedback, identify 3-5 items needed in the classroom
  • PTO will do a drive for teachers for new supplies, teachers help program, similar to holiday help.
  • Will this be part of spirit and appreciation?

Volunteer Needs – Kate

  • PTO parent handbook coordinator (digital copy), community card, teacher wish list coordinator, game night, science explo. Put out on Facebook and twitter after the break.

Calendar:

Ice Skating Party April (yes or no?)

  • Do we want to do it this year? Budget about $600, Rink charges $400. We sell pizza. Not a big turn out last year, it was Good Friday. Year before, better turn out. They give us one date.

Not Your Average Joe’s (yes or no?)

  • Who wants to lead?
  • We need to advertise to public to mention “Thompson PTO” at night. We raised $300-$400 last year. Tuesdays of a month (June) people mention Thompson, PTO gets 10%, can also use community card 10% discount.
  • Advertise to do a graduation night dinner- meet friends there?
  • Maybe Christy would be interested in running? Ashely will call about availability.

End of the Year Picnic

  • Who wants to lead? Sarah Gupta stepping down, Danielle doesn’t want to have the lead.
  • Proposal to add a program (Knucklebones)
  • Advertise after explo. Try to get one person from each grade. Hard to schedule that many people to meet?

Upcoming Events (BREAKOUT GROUPS)

Game Night: March 2nd, Diana Trudell & Shauna Pellauer

  • We are currently collecting used games – donation bin in lobby.
  • Rooms? We need the cafeteria and gym, do we want to use the multipurpose room?
  • There will be baked goods and hot coco for sale.

Spring concert morning of Friday, March 16

Science EXPLO!: March 17th, Yael Beals & Chris Pacheco

  • There are still a lot of volunteer spots that need to be filled.
  • We have been getting donations from MIT museum, Science museum for baskets.
  • Catered food, but no dessert. Thinking of having a bake sale.
  • Science week, science facts on morning announcements, “Oh Ick” author coming in, talk to teachers about parents coming in to do science experiments?
  • Add “Saturday” to Science explo announcements
  • Huge push for volunteers after break

Upcoming PTO meetings- Wednesday, March 14th from 7 to 9 pm, Thompson Library.

  • Guest: Kirsi Allison Ampe , School Committee Budget Presentation

Thompson School News : February 12, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • February 12, Monday – 5th grade Museum of Science Traveling Workshop “States of Matter”
  • February 14, Wednesday, 7-9PM – PTO Meeting, Parents only
  • February 16, Friday – Spirit Day – Mismatch Day
  • February 17-25 – No School
  • February 20, 21, 22, 23 – Arlington EATS Lunches

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.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,

Here we are – the middle of February! We have survived some crazy snow, ice, up to 50 degrees, down to 20…and of course, some have also coped with a Patriots loss in the Super Bowl. As I type this, I realize we are also at the 100th Day of the school year! Congratulations to ALL of us!

This week will bring Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, and PTO Spirit Day on Friday. PLEASE remember that FOOD items are not allowed to be distributed with valentines.

If you have a few moments this week leading up to the break, stop by and check out the Lost & Found. We expect to donate these items in the very near future!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful break next week – take some time to just “be” with one another…that’s my plan!

Karen

Thompson News & Events

Green Team News

The Thompson “Ecosystem Superhero” theme for this year’s Ecofest Trashformations will be “The Decomposers, Nature’s Recyclers.”

Thompson classrooms and families can submit a 100% non-recyclable trash sculpture of their “Ecosytem Decomposer Superhero at Science Explo.” Students can include a comic strip about their superhero’s super power to recycle nature’s waste into food and energy for the food chain.
Trash-straws, toothbrushes, non-recyclable plastic including silverware,… Trashformation entries less than 5″ x 5″ x 5″. Comic strips- on 8.5 x 11″ paper (on back of reused paper).

Information about trash, ecosystems and decomposers:

  1. Arlington recycling guide
  2. Ecosystem video for young readers
  3. Decomposer video
  4. Worm video
  5. Video on amazing fungi systems in forests
  6. Gut microbiome
  7. 15 min. Decomposers video for older students

Green Team meets on the first Friday of the month 2:30pm – 3:30pm in the Conference Room.

Financial Assistance Available

The PTO would like to continue to support families who need assistance for the remainder of the 2017- 2018 school year. To help with this process, if your child/children would like financial assistance for any PTO related programs, please print and fill out the form found here and return it to Ms. Vicki or Karen Donato. All information provided will be kept confidential. It is the mission of the Thomson PTO to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate alongside their peers in all Thompson events and initiatives. By filling out this form, you are helping the PTO make this possible.

Game Night is back!

Game NightFriday, March 2, 6 – 8 pm

Come with the kids and join the fun!

Local game company GAMEWRIGHT lends us demo games to try out and families are welcome to bring a favorite board game from home, set up a table, and teach a group of friends how to play it.

Plan to feed the kids before coming or bring a picnic style dinner to eat in the cafeteria. Additionally, we will have healthy snacks, baked treats, apple cider and hot cocoa.

We will have new GAMEWRIGHT games and used games donated by Thompson families for sale. All profits go to the PTO. Consider buying a game from your teachers’ wish lists.

Come prepared to sit and play board games with the children, this is not a drop off event. If you are planning on attending, please consider helping us to make it a successful one, by collaborating in one of many ways.

Sign-up to Volunteer and/or donate snack items here: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonGameNight

Community

Arlington EATS

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Come join us for February Vacation Lunches! Tuesday, February 20- Friday, February 23.

AHS Building Project News

Planning for the future rebuilt/renovated Arlington High School is underway and the AHS Building Committee invites the community to participate in the conversation.

Community Forums

Each forum will provide an opportunity for community feedback.
Feb 13, 7pm, Town Hall: current and future AHS programming, nationwide HS trends
March 5, 7pm, AHS: tours of the building, discussion of design patterns for the future school
April 4, 7pm, Town Hall: update from HMFH Architects on potential building concepts

Resources

Web Site: updates, detailed information, events, blog
Facebook: updates, events
e-Bulletin: sign up to receive occasional email updates
Email the building committee with questions or feedback

The Town of Arlington has been invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for the renovation/construction of Arlington High School. Acceptance to the MSBA program does not guarantee state funding. The MSBA approval process must be completed successfully for the state, via the MSBA, to provide significant financial assistance to the project. Local funding must also be assured through passage of a debt exclusion.

The AHS Building Committee

Upcoming School Committee Chats

When: 11 am to 12 noon on Saturday, on the first Saturday of each month

Why: Stop by and say hi to two School Committee members (look for the sign) to answer questions, collect concerns, listen to your ideas, and generally talk about the Arlington Public Schools.

Where:

  • March 3 at Whole Foods
  • April 7 at Caffe Nero
  • May 5 at Whole Foods
  • June 2 at Caffe NeroNo appointment necessary, simply stop by!

Mindfulness for Parents and their Children

A Presentation By Renowned Author & Psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard

When: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 6:30 P.M.

Where: Everett High School, Frederick F. Foresteire Center for the Performing Arts

Join author, psychologist and consultant Dr. Christopher Willard for an evening presentation about stress in children’s lives and bringing mindfulness to kids, teens and families. Dr. Willard will be sharing practices for caregivers to use themselves and take home to their families. We will explore the importance of our own practice, starting or deepening your own self-care, as well as fun ways to share with your kids.

Party like it’s 1985 with the Peirce PTO

What a feeling! Join fellow Arlington parents for the Peirce PTO 80’s Night party on March 3rd – have a great grownups-only night out with friends old and new, enjoy laughing at the best and worst of 80s culture, and maybe get lucky in our raffle, silent auction, or 80’s costume contest! DJ 5461 (a Thompson School parent!) will be partnering with a VJ to provide an immersive 80s nostalgia experience. This party raises funds for the Peirce School PTO but it is open to the entire Arlington Public Schools community. Tell your friends at other schools too!

Register today at http://arlington80s.eventbrite.com

Peirce PTO 80’s Night: A fundraiser for the Peirce School PTO

  • Saturday, March 3rd, 8:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sons of Italy: 19 Prentiss Road, Arlington
  • $25 in advance; $30 at the door
  • DJ, VJ, 80s snacks, cash bar, raffle, silent auction, and costume contest

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.

Teacher’s Wish List Program Coordinator

Parent needed to help coordinate a new “Teacher’s Wish List” program in late February and March. Teachers will be given a survey about items that are needed for their classrooms; anything from books, games, choice time activities, headphones, supplies etc. A Wish List will be consolidated from the survey and a board with the individual items (similar to what is done at the holidays) will be created for parents to purchase or donate items they may already have. Interested in taking this on?

Science EXPLO – March 17th

The biennial Thompson Science EXPLO is March 17th. There is still time if you are interested in organizing a science-themed activity. Please email the EXPLO chairs at ThompsonExplo2018@gmail.com. One of the biggest PTO events of the year, the Science EXPLO requires many helping hands, be it an hour or more. Please mark your calendars and look out for the volunteer signup after the Winter break.

Thompson Parent Handbook Volunteer

The PTO is looking for a parent volunteer to put together an updated electronic Parent Handbook. There is a paper version from a few years back that needs updating with current information. This will be the place where parents can find useful information such as drop-off and pick-up procedures, contact information for teachers, field trip information and all the things you wish you knew as a new parent to Thompson. If you’d like to volunteer from the comfort of your own home doing some typing and copying and pasting – this is the project for you.

Interested? Contact: Kate Murphy, 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 : January 22, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • January 22, Monday – Grade 1 Discovery Museum (in School Program)
  • January 23 @ 7 PM – Science Explo Organizational Meeting
  • 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 (Parents Only)
  • January 31, Wednesday – Deadline for ordering Thompson Yearbooks
  • January 31, Wednesday – Talk by Sara Fernandes Burd, Arlington’s new Director of Guidance & Social Emotional Learning
  • February 8, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner sponsored by the Thompson PTO
  • February 20, 21, 22, 23 – Arlington EATS Lunches

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.

Principal’s Update

Dear Thompson Families,
As I write this update, out of the view of the TV, the Patriots are clawing their way to what will hopefully be a comeback victory!  I love a close game, in both professional sports and with my own kiddos, but I do like to have a little bit of a cushion in the score!
Now that the first round of snow piles are out of our way, we need to have a talk.  On numerous occasions, I got reports from our Traffic Supervisors that they were having a challenging time keeping our children safe.  I ask that you please follow their instructions, and respect their authority.  I also ask that you respect the parking guidelines for TEACHER ONLY parking in the Purcell Lot and the spots on North Union.
Have you heard?  Our very own Ms. Jette is going to have her first book published!  We are so proud of her and all that she has accomplished!  Please take a moment to read this article about her and her book.
This year grades 4 & 5 will be testing online for MCAS and grade 3 will take the paper based.  The dates for testing are below:
Grade 5 – Online
ELA   –   April 10th & 12th
Math –   May 7th & 9th
STE  –    May 21st & May 22nd
Grade 4 – Online
ELA  – April 9th & 11th
Math – May 8th & 10th
Grade 3 – Paper Based Testing
ELA – April 3rd & 5th
Math – May 15th & May 17th
And speaking of clawing one’s way back….unfortunately, I will be having another surgery on my foot this Wednesday.  My plan is to return on Monday, Jan. 29th – back on my scooter.  Watch out!  There will be an administrator available during my absence as a resource to staff.  I will do my best to reply in a timely to any emails I receive.
With 1:40 left on the clock, the Patriots are up!  We are all stuck in our spots as we are a bit superstitious around these parts!

Thompson News & Events

Kidstock Creative Theater

KidStock 2018Kindergarten students enjoyed a visit from Kidstock Creative Theater on Friday, January 12. They watched and acted in three shows: Ferdinand, The King and The King, and Boy, I Love to Dance! The shows were chosen to teach the children about diversity, or celebrating the ways in which people are all different.

Talk by Sara Fernandes Burd

Director of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning for the Arlington Schools

Wednesday, January 31st, 7-8 pm at Thompson School

Join us for a conversation with Sara Fernandes Burd, Arlington’s new Director of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and learn about SEL. Discover what SEL actually looks like for your student!

Mrs. Burd will share information about the field of SEL, discuss how Arlington is supporting the SEL skills of all their students and provide tips and resources on how families can support their students in and out of school. Q & A to follow.

Socks Please!

Socks 01Nurse Christina would appreciate sock donations as many children are coming in from recess with wet feet – thank you!

School Yearbook

2018 Thompson School Wide Yearbook
Ordering / Picture preference / Opting Out

We are pleased to announce that the annual Thompson School Wide Yearbook will be making a return for the 2017-2018 school year!

Helping our children hold onto memories of friends from all across the school, the soft-covered 24-page book will display every class (K-5) with the individual school portraits taken by CoffeePond earlier this year, along with teachers and administration. The price is $13.00.

For easy online ordering until Jan 31st, go to: www.coffeepond.com.
Under Order Central, select: Yearbooks
Enter School Password: Thompson2018

A form will be sent home in your child’s folder this week that should be filled out and returned if your child had a retake photo or if, for any reason, you do not want your child to be included in the book.

If you have any questions please direct them to Lisa at lisaslomba@gmail.com.

Thompson Winter Parents’ Party! – Saturday January 27th

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Tickets: $15 in advance ($17 at the door)
Cash Bar: Beer $3, Wine $5
Raffles*: $10 per item
All profits will go to the Thompson PTO Enrichment Fund

To purchase Tickets onlinehttps://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterPartyTickets

To purchase Tickets by cash or check, and/or request sponsorship: tinyurl.com/WinterPartyCashCheckSponsorFAQ

To make song requests (including international selections!): tinyurl.com/WinterPartySongRequests

To submit a *Raffle Item: If you have a service or talent you’d like to offer as a raffle item, please do! Submit by Wed Jan 24 to yael.beals@gmail.com.

Help is also still needed with party set-up, welcome table, selling raffle tickets, etc.  Many of these tasks require only 30 minutes of your time, and some are excellent ways to casually mingle and get to know other parents. Go here to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterParty

Can’t wait. See you there!

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! We are having an organizational meeting at Thompson on Tuesday, January 23rd @ 7PM if you are interested in participating.

Contact: Yael Beals and Chris Pacheco at thompsonexplo2018@gmail.com

Community

 Kid Care Preschool 2018 – 2019

Arlington Recreation Kid Care Preschool 00The Arlington Recreation Department welcomes your preschooler (ages 2.9 – 5 years old) to join us in our licensed preschool program. The program is located at 352 Mass Avenue. Registration opens to NEW families on 2/1/2018. (Registration is currently open for EXISTING families.) Come visit during one of our OPEN HOUSES on January 17 & 18. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Arlington EATS

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Come join us for February Vacation Lunches! Tuesday, February 20- Friday, February 23.

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.

3D Printer Help

The PTO is looking for a parent experienced with 3D printers. If you have the expertise and some time available, we need someone that can tinker with the Thompson 3D printer, get it up and running and write up some basic operation instructions for teachers wanting to use it. Contact: Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Game Night

Looking for board game enthusiasts to help us with this year’s Game Night. Join the planning team!

Contact diana_lutz@yahoo.com.

Winter Parent’s Party – Jan 27th

Submit a Raffle Item

Do you have a talent or service you’d like to contribute as a raffle item? Submit your proposal by Wed Jan 24 to yael.beals@gmail.com.

Lend a Hand

Help is still needed with crucial things like set-up, break-down, checking people in, selling raffle tickets, etc. Most of these tasks require only 1/2 hour of your time, and are great ways to mingle and get to know other parents.
Winter Party sign-up: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterParty
Contact: Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@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 : January 15, 2018

Save The Date

* New *

  • January 22, Monday – Grade 1 Discovery Museum
  • 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 (Parents Only)
  • January 31, Wednesday – Deadline for ordering Thompson Yearbooks
  • January 31, Wednesday – Talk by Sara Fernandes Burd, Arlington’s new Director of Guidance & Social Emotional Learning
  • February 8, Thursday – Arlington EATS Community Dinner sponsored by the Thompson PTO

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.

Thompson News & Events

PTO Meeting

Were you unable to join us for the last PTO meeting? Click here to read the meeting minutes: THOMPSON PTO Meeting Minutes 1/10/18.

Talk by Sara Fernandes Burd

Director of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning for the Arlington Schools

Wednesday, January 31st, 7-8 pm at Thompson School

Join us for a conversation with Sara Fernandes Burd, Arlington’s new Director of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and learn about SEL. Discover what SEL actually looks like for your student!

Mrs. Burd will share information about the field of SEL, discuss how Arlington is supporting the SEL skills of all their students and provide tips and resources on how families can support their students in and out of school. Q & A to follow.

Socks Please!

Socks 01Nurse Christina would appreciate sock donations as many children are coming in from recess with wet feet – thank you!

School Yearbook

2018 Thompson School Wide Yearbook
Ordering / Picture preference / Opting Out

We are pleased to announce that the annual Thompson School Wide Yearbook will be making a return for the 2017-2018 school year!

Helping our children hold onto memories of friends from all across the school, the soft-covered 24-page book will display every class (K-5) with the individual school portraits taken by CoffeePond earlier this year, along with teachers and administration. The price is $13.00.

For easy online ordering until Jan 31st, go to: www.coffeepond.com.
Under Order Central, select: Yearbooks
Enter School Password: Thompson2018

A form will be sent home in your child’s folder this week that should be filled out and returned if your child had a retake photo or if, for any reason, you do not want your child to be included in the book.

If you have any questions please direct them to Lisa at lisaslomba@gmail.com.

Thompson Winter Parents’ Party! – Saturday January 27th

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Join us for an exciting night of parents-only socializing, music, dancing, raffles, and pure fun! Enjoy a festive evening at Arlington’s historic Town Hall and support the Thompson PTO at the same time.

Look for invitations in your child’s backpacks. Additional information to come this week with details on cash/check ticketing, sponsorship, and some FAQs about the party. We hope to see you on Jan 27th!

To celebrate the rich diversity at Thompson, our DJ, parent Ariel Brown, would be happy to incorporate music from around the world. Make your requests here: tinyurl.com/WinterPartySongRequests
To purchase tickets in advance: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterPartyTickets
To lend a hand with set-up and overall party preparation: https://tinyurl.com/ThompsonWinterParty

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! We are having an organizational meeting at Thompson on Tuesday, January 23rd if you are interested in participating.

Contact: Yael Beals and Chris Pacheco at thompsonexplo2018@gmail.com

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.

3D Printer Help

The PTO is looking for a parent experienced with 3D printers. If you have the expertise and some time available, we need someone that can tinker with the Thompson 3D printer, get it up and running and write up some basic operation instructions for teachers wanting to use it. Contact: Kate Murphy at thompsonschoolvolunteers@gmail.com

Game Night

Looking for board game enthusiasts to help us with this year’s Game Night. Join the planning team!

Contact diana_lutz@yahoo.com.

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

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.

PTO Meeting Minutes – Jan. 10, 2018

Principal

Karen Donato

Teacher’s Rep

None

PTO Board

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

Thompson Community

Diana Trudell, Carolyn Schneyer

Introductions – All

Minutes approval – All

School updates: Principal – Ms. Donato

  • Moved into new space, some things remain to be done
  • Kids and teachers feeling good in their new classrooms
  • Working on pest (mice) issues on main floor
  • Dealing with snow/ice, parking issues
    • A concern was raised that no path was cleared from the Everett St. park entrance to the pineapple entrance.
    • Another concern, should we have indoor arrival in cases of excess snow? Also, how to communicate indoor arrival to parents. What are the criteria for indoor arrival?
  • School budget discussions, presentation to School Committee tomorrow (1/11)
    • Special request for an additional social worker to be in place before need becomes critical. This request will be prioritized over a request for another fourth grade teacher.
    • Adding full-time Kindergarten assistants.
  • Sarah Burd Guest Speaker- NANDANA
    • Sara Burd will speak in the multi-purpose room on 12/31/18 at 7:00pm- topics will include social and emotional direction for the school district.
  • PTO Sponsoring an Arlington EATS Community Meal (2/8)- DIANA
    • PTO presence to better get to know members of our in need population.
    • Recommend sponsoring a meal, $750 donation
      • Volunteers
      • Set-up
      • Serving
      • Eating
      • Clean-up
    • Usually serve 80-100 people
    • 2nd Thursday of each month
    • Half of the attendees are part of the Thompson community
    • Volunteers are encouraged to share in the meal (if desired, a donation may be made to defray the cost of the meal)
    • Send out a flyer/email asking for volunteers to sponsor the event and contributions
    • Decision made to go forward with this
  • Twinkie- SARA W.
    • Mrs. Foley’s 3rd grade class is requesting reimbursement for a vet bill to check out a tumor.
    • Decision made to go forward with this
    • Note: This is not a regular thing, don’t want to set a precedent.
  • School Council election (March- April for 2018-2019)
    • Regular meetings are not occuring because of scheduling issues. Morning meetings are not possible for some members.
    • Usual focus is advocating for building renovation/ improvement. There have not been any big issues to discuss so far this year.
    • Need new elections for new reps. PTO should handle the election process. (Look into how it was done in the past)
    • The council should also have a community rep.
      School council vets school improvement plans

      • School improvement plan is based on a district plan,
      • set goals in different areas and how to accomplish those goals
    • Enrichment
  • Grants- MEGHAN
    • YEAH!!! We got a grant! $595 4th Grade MFA field trip from the MA Cultural Council. Include mention of this in the newsletter.
    • Working on Bruins Foundation Grant to promote physical activity
      • Fit Girls
      • Yoga
    • It would be helpful to meet early in the year to make plans regarding grants
    • S.T.E.M. Grant 2.5K
      • Rolling quarterly applications
    • Need some ideas
  • Photos- If identifiable, need to check with the office before publishing
  • Enrichment 2018- MAF AND TONJA
    • Norah Dooley for K-2 storytelling, with focus on diversity/ tolerance. Including workshops for the 2nd grade
    • Improv Boston Anti-bullying program for grades 3-5
    • Kidstock for Kindergarteners
    • 1st grade weather program
    • Check on 3-D printing in the past
  • Communications: DANIELLE & RICH
    • Newsletter-
      • tweaking format for email version
      • Paper version monthly
      • emails go out via Mailchimp which collects data regarding how often the email is opened, read and or clicked through.
      • Last Winter the numbers were at about ⅓ opened, trended down after a while.
      • After email is sent, the newsletter is posted to the Thompson website, used to be auto fed to Twitter and Facebook. Due to parental protest regarding personal info being too public, it is now only on the website.
      • Revisit in one year, suggestions for changes/ improvements to the newsletter at that time.
        • Is Monday AM the best time to send it out?
        • Deadline for content is Thursday, editing and compiling typically happens over the weekend.
        • Possible to experiment with timing and get feedback via Mailchimp. Effort vs. reward?
        • Should use a consistent style for the newsletter, makes it easier to input content
          • This can be tabled for a smaller group discussion.
        • Link to newsletter should be tweeted/ posted on Facebook
        • PTO Google calendar is great!
    • Website
      • On WordPress platform
      • Goals
        • Keep costs down (now hosted on Amazon, free)
        • Secure: https
        • Simple and clean for easy maintenance
      • How to use it
        • Resource for incoming Kindergarten parents
        • Mirrors info in newsletter *need to update content- please take a look and give feedback on what needs to be done
      • Shopping cart tool- now using paypal (better option?)
      • Work on optimizing for mobile as well as computer. Multiple platforms make this a significant undertaking.
      • Decision that optimizing for mobile is a high priority.
  • Debrief:
    • Community Card Fall Sales- ASHLEY, GAGGI
      • Total sold is approx. 1600 out of 2000 printed (some were given away to new families)
      • 61% Town Day, 13% Family sales, 20% Book Rack, Other +/- 16% (School events, farmers market, etc.)
      • Spirit Wear- JUDY, MELISSA
        • Everything distributed, but still many to give away. (esp.Magnets)
        • For Next Time; possibly make smaller sizes available
        • Next Spirit Wear sale in 2 years, (same time frame as previous sale)
      • Holiday Help- DIANA
        • 2 families with 7 kids
        • Next year, possible request for gift cards for new families
      • Book Fair- DIANA
        • $2200 commission, $100 GF Book Rack, Ms Mak’s & Reading specialists list fulfilled. $1088 Sponsorship collected ($742 Spiritwear, $286 Book fair – covering 40 kids) $60.34 remaining.
      • Helena’s- DIANA – Very low attendance, consider doing it less frequently or at a different time of year. (Ie. just before Winter Party)
  • Winter Parent’s Party 1/27 Gaggi DeStefanis & Ashley Lorenz
    • Need volunteers for set-up/clean-up
    • Invites for teachers this week
    • Flyers next week
      • Paypal
      • cash/check
      • Sponsorship option
    • Room parent email next week
    • Email graphics via Karen
    • Reach out to alumni parents
    • Advertise via Arlington Family Connection and Arlington Parents List, Invite future Thompson parents
  • Game Night 3/2 Diana Trudell & Shauna Pellauer
    • Seeking volunteers
  • Science Explo. 3/17 Yael Beals & Chris Pacheco
    • Send email via room parents
    • Set up meeting for those interested in helping
  • Upcoming PTO meetings- Wednesday, February 14 from 7 to 9 pm, Thompson Library.

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?”
Pause
“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.