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Save the Date

  • Oct 16, Wednesday - PTO Meeting, Parents Only, 7-9 pm, Library
  • Oct 17, Thursday - 4th Grade Field Trip, Lowell Mills
  • Oct 18, Friday - Thompson Movie Night
  • Oct 22-25, Tuesday-Friday - 5th Grade Science Camp
  • Oct 23, Wednesday - DIG Meeting, 7-8:30pm, Library
  • Oct 25, Friday - Spirit Day: Class Colors
  • Oct 31, Thursday - Direct Donation Drive Last Day
  • Nov 1, Friday - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 7, Thursday - 2nd Grade Field Trip, Wheelock Family Theater
  • Nov 11, Monday - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 18, Monday - Otto Pizza Fundraiser Night

School Calendar

Principal's Update

Dear Thompson Families,

I'm baaaaccckkk!!!  Thank you all for your support,  messages, and surprises in my office while I was out.  My intestines are no longer angry, and I got the message loud and clear that I need to take better care of myself!  Looking forward to being back with my students and staff this week.

I am so grateful to Dr. Bodie for her support of me and our incredible school community in my absence.  Thank you to Mr. McAneney (Bishop Principal), Ms. Tsatsoulis (Hardy Assistant Principal), and retired Principal and mentor, Dr. Eileen Woods, for being at Thompson to support the staff and students on the days I was unable to be there.

I’ve been keeping a close eye on our PTO Direct Donation Drive and love to see that thermometer grow! Thank you to those who have already donated, and those with intention to as well.  We are also thankful to those family, friends, and businesses who have also contributed - every donation, big or small, helps!

This Friday, October 18th, brings us to Movie Night - a student fave for sure! I will be reminding students of the expectations for being in the building at night all week long, and would like for your help in reinforcing them as well:

1) Students MUST attend with an adult, and the adult stays as well.  This is not a drop-off event.

2) Students and families should ONLY be in designated areas: where the movie is shown, the Cafeteria, and the bathroom.

3) Students are expected to walk in all areas, and use “movie theater” voices.

4) Students are expected to clean up after themselves - plates, popcorn, wrappers, etc. which will help Mr. Brahim get home to his family.

The more involved the students and parents are in these efforts, the more enjoyable the event will be for everyone! Thank you for your support.

And, please DO stop by the Lost & Found Table - it’s too early to have so much stuff...and that’s without the mittens, hats, and boots!

Looking forward to seeing you all at some point in the coming weeks!


PTO Spotlight

Direct Donation Drive

We’re half-way through our annual Direct Donation Drive, and have received 116 donations already!  Help us reach our goal of 300 contributions by October 31.

No amount is too small, and 100% of your contribution will fund field trips, author visits, enrichment programs, and more, for each and every student at Thompson.

Click here and donate today!

Thompson News & Events

Thompson Movie Night! Friday, Oct. 18, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Join your classmates and their families for Thompson's annual Movie Night! This year's movie: Lego Movie 2!

Pizza & popcorn available for purchase in the cafeteria  starting at 6 p.m. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. (No pizza in the screening rooms, please!) PJs, sleeping bags, & snuggly attire encouraged! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

To help this event run smoothly, we need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, running the ticket table for pizza and popcorn, handing out the pizza and popcorn, and chaperoning the viewing areas. To volunteer, sign up at

To accommodate our large population, the movie will most likely be screened in 3 locations: Library for kindergarten, Multipurpose Room for grade 1, and Gym for grades 2-5. Because Movie Night is always so popular, we expect a large turnout; due to capacity limits in the rooms, please try to arrive on time to get a spot.

Let's keep building... Our Thompson community! 

Stop by the pineapple side of Thompson on Friday, October 18th at 1:30pm to say hello, meet a friend, or ask a question! Melissa Crowley, 3rd grade parent, PTO Vice President and Outreach Coordinator will be there! 

Director needed for Thompson Drama Project!

The Thompson Drama Project (TDP) is looking to hire an enthusiastic, organized, experienced, and child-loving director for its annual after-school play for students in grades 3-5. For more information, see the job posting here.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is brimming over. Stop by to see if you are missing anything!

Green Team News

  • Join us for Climate Rallies the 1st and 3rd Fridays before school! Upcoming rallies 10/18, 11/15 7:55-8:10 am near school playgrounds.
  • Green Team meets after school on Fridays. Upcoming meetings 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 at 2:40-3:30 pm. Meet at the Pineapple Doors. 
  • Contact Elizabeth Rocco at if you or your child wants to participate in rally leadership or green team.
  • Pumpkin recycling November 4th. Contact Larry Slotnick at to be part of the volunteer team.

Volunteer Opportunities

The PTO is always happy to have help for ongoing tasks! Specific needs will be posted here on an ongoing basis. And you can always check out the Volunteers page to see the most current volunteering opportunities.

Support Thompson

In addition to the Community Card sales and Direct Donation Drive, you can support the PTO (and Thompson School) with these year-round passive fundraisers!
Amazon Smile
Designate Thompson School PTO as your favorite Amazon Smile charity of choice, and Smile will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price of any qualifying products to the PTO. Thompson has already earned $381 this calendar year! (As of April 2019, we are no longer part of the Amazon Associates program.)
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops can be redeemed year-round! The Box Tops program recently went digital with a receipt-scanning app, but clipped Box Tops will still be accepted for the near future. Scan and clip for double points to Thompson PTO. Learn more about the changes. Get your clips in to Thompson by October 31 in order for them to be included in the fall submission, and make sure they have a valid expiration date.
Maxima Gifts' My School Program
Every time you make a purchase, 5% of the pre-tax sale price goes to your school of choice. To sign up, see the My School webpage for details. Maxima will add an additional 2% of your purchase to your school when you sign up and make your first purchase.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards
From September through March every year, your grocery purchases = points = dollars for Thompson School with the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards program. Simply register your Stop & Shop card to Thompson. For a visual tutorial, watch this video created by our friends at the Gibbs-Ottoson PTO. This year, we are in a friendly competition with Stratton School! The school that earns the most Stop & Shop A+ Rewards by March 15, 2020, will be featured in both schools’ Facebook feed and newsletter. Register today!

Community News

What is Town Meeting? Why Does it Matter? How Might I Have a Say?
Monday, October 28 | 6:30-8:00 pm | Thompson School | All welcome!

Envision Arlington is sponsoring meetings across the town to provide an opportunity for residents to meet their Town Meeting members and learn how they can participate.

Precincts 1, 3, and 5 (residents who vote at Thompson) will hold their meeting on October 28th and all residents are welcome. For more information: Christa Kelleher | 781.643.1969 |

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Christy Murphy-Macinta, Co-president
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Co-chair
Lani Obermayer, Communications Co-chair

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