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Save the Date

  • Sep 10, Tuesday - Thompson Diversity & Inclusion Group Meeting, 7 pm
  • Sep 12, Thursday - Curriculum Night & Community Card pre-launch sale, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Sep 14, Saturday - Arlington Town Day & Community Card Launch, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Sep 18, Wednesday - PTO meeting, 7- 9 pm *NEW DATE*
  • Sep 27, Friday - Spirit Day: Thompson Pride
  • Sep 30, Monday - NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 1, Tuesday - Direct Donation Drive Kickoff
  • Oct 2, Wednesday - Picture Day
  • Oct 9, Wednesday - NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 14, Monday - NO SCHOOL

School Calendar

PTO Letter

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

The PTO board is looking forward to planning another year of amazing programs and events for our children and the Thompson community. Stop by the PTO table at Curriculum Night to find out more about how the PTO benefits your child and how you can get involved, and/or attend the first PTO meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 7-9 pm in the school library. Meet the new board and learn about our exciting plans for the year. All parents are welcome!

We kicked off the year with the annual Welcome Back Coffee this past Friday, and it was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces. Looking forward to fall, the Enrichment Team is currently planning field trips and scouting multi-grade programs for the year. Upcoming fall community events include Walk-Bike to School Day (Oct), Movie Night (Oct), Picture Day (Oct), Book Fair (Dec), Literacy Night (Dec), and Holiday Help Program (Dec). Watch this space for details.

The PTO’s robust enrichment program is made possible each year by our fundraising efforts. Our first major event is the launch of the Arlington Community Card (ACC) at Arlington Town Day. As one of our two most successful fundraisers, this $10 wallet-size card raises around $18,000 annually for the PTO. Many residents come to Town Day specifically to buy it!

Come join us at Town Day this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 am-4 pm to help sell the Community Card. Sign up for one-hour slots either sitting at the booth or as a mobile salesperson walking down Mass Ave. It's a lot of fun and a great way to meet fellow Thompson parents. Our Town Day sales goal is 1,200 cards! If you can’t commit to an hour, or if you miss purchasing a card during our special pre-launch at Curriculum Night on Sept. 12, come buy one at the booth on Town Day and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same!

In addition to the ACC and upcoming Direct Donation Drive in October, there are ongoing ways that your everyday grocery and retail purchases can support Thompson at no extra cost to you. See the “Support Thompson” section of this newsletter for details.

On a final note, the best way to keep in touch with PTO happenings is by receiving this weekly newsletter. It’s a thorough source of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and relevant information from the larger Arlington community. To help prevent it from going to your spam folder, add to your address book and/or safe senders list.

For supplementary updates outside the newsletter, you can also follow the PTO on Facebook and Twitter and find lots of information on the Thompson PTO website. To reach us directly, email

We look forward to a great year!

Ashley Lorenz & Christy Murphy-Macinta

PTO Spotlight

Join Us To Launch the 2019-2020 Arlington Community Card! Saturday, Sept. 14 @ Town Day

Help us kick off our most important and FUN annual fundraiser, the Arlington Community Card! This $10 wallet-size card, produced and sold exclusively by Thompson PTO, provides customers with ongoing discounts at more than 40 Arlington restaurants and stores. All proceeds from the sale of the cards benefit our PTO so that we can provide wonderful enrichment opportunities for our students.

This year's Town Day Sales goal: 1,200 cards! How can you help? Stop by the Community Card booth on Town Day and buy a card, AND/OR sign up to help sell the cards at the event. We need about 12 volunteers per hour between 9 am and 4 pm. It's really exciting to see that sales thermometer climb, plus it's a great way to meet other parents.

Sign up to sell cards at Town Day. Can't do a shift on Town Day? There are other ways to help make the Community Card fundraiser a success.

For more about the card:
Questions? Contact Ashley Lorenz, Gaggi DeStefanis, or Cici Klein

Thompson News & Events

Thompson Diversity and Inclusion Group Meeting, Sept. 10 @ 7 pm

The Thompson DIG is a volunteer group of Thompson parents and guardians that aims to foster a safe and nurturing learning environment for all of our students and a welcoming community for all our families by recognizing and valuing our diversity and promoting equity and inclusion. Please come to our first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 - 8:30 pm in the Thompson library. We’ll be talking about and organizing around our selected initiatives. If you can't make this meeting but still want to get involved, email

Curriculum Night! Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join Thompson teachers and staff as they discuss the academic curriculum for the year. This is an opportunity for parents to meet their child's teacher and specialists. Babysitting is available for families who return the request form in advance; if you need another form, please reach out to Ms. Vicki.
  • 6:30 - 7:10 pm: Grades K-2 classroom presentations
  • 7:15 - 7:45 pm: Meet and greet with specialists in the gym
  • 7:50 - 8:30 pm: Grades 3-5 classroom presentations
Stop by the PTO table, as well, to meet some of the board members and get information on enrichment programs, events for the year, fundraising efforts, and volunteer opportunities. PLUS, for the first time ever Thompson families will have exclusive access to the Arlington Community Card before sales launch to the public at Town Day! Purchase yours at Curriculum Night for instant access to the latest card deals. $10 each, cash, check, or credit/debit.

Recycle Old Markers at Thompson!

We're happy to report that the ColorCycle program will be continuing in its fifth year at the Thompson School. Since joining Crayola's nationwide effort in reducing plastic waste, the Thompson School has collected more than130 pounds of used markers to ship back to Crayola! Thanks to the Thompson community, all this plastic will be recycled and put to good use.

To participate in the program, save markers that have been used up, and drop them off at school at your convenience. There are currently two collection bins—one in the lobby area and one outside the library on the second floor. We will continue to collect used markers throughout the year, so there is no deadline to bring them in. We accept all markers, any brand, including permanent markers (e.g. Sharpie) and dry erase markers. Please, no pens.

Learn more about the ColorCycle program and all of Crayola's environmental initiatives. For specific questions about ColorCycle at Thompson, email

Thank you, and remember, don't throw away that used marker—Colorcycle it!

Green Team News: September Is Zero Waste Month!

International school climate strikes are Friday, Sept. 20! Parents and students can register to attend the climate strike. The Green Team Club will be making letters, a flash mob, art, and videos Monday and Friday after school to prepare for the Boston Climate Strikes. Meet up at the outdoor classroom. Green Team is also seeking volunteers for this week's Zero Waste Month events.

K-3 assembly: Jack Golden’s Garbage Is My Bag performance is Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1:30 pm. (The Thompson All School Green Team was one of 17 grand-prize winning schools who were awarded this assembly!)

ACMi Talk of the Town interviews with Thompson Green Team! Public affairs reporter James Milan interviews parent Elizabeth Rocco, teacher Lynne Dichter, and Thompson student leaders Cordelia, Una, Abby, Indigo, Lilia, Mia, Leah, Caroline, Matilda, Gael, Maanik, Max, Phoenix, Ana, Maddy and Julia about our all school Green Team efforts.

Please contact Mara E. Vatz, the Thompson Garden Coordinator, to get involved with the K-5 gardening program! Please contact Elizabeth or Maggie if you want to be involved with Zero Waste Month and climate strike events.

For more information, contact Leah (pollinator gardens), Phil (N. Union playground and watering), Mara (gardening program), Elizabeth (sustainability action) , Maggie (school climate strike), Amy (grants).

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Interested in Being a Room Parent?

At the beginning of the school year, we recruit Room Parents for each classroom and all our specialists -- gym, art, music, and library. If you would like to volunteer in this capacity or just have questions about what a Room Parent does, contact Christy Murphy-Macinta (

Community News & Events

Spy Pond Fun Day, Sept. 21 @ 10 am - 1 pm

Near Playground & Pond Lane; rain date Sept. 22 @ 1 - 4 pm
Live music and demonstrations:
  • Brass band: Lokensgard Blechbaser Ensemble
  • Aunt Mimi: guitar duo covering classics from '50's through today
  • Harmonators: great harmonies, fine guitar work, lively hand percussion
  • Martial arts demonstration

Arlington Hockey Club Registration Now Open

Registration is open for the Arlington Hockey Club's (AHC) 2019-2020 instructional league for both skaters and learn-to-skate, developmental league, and in-house full ice program. These programs are all no-checking, and practices and games are held at Ed Burns Arena in Arlington. More than 75% of AHC coaches played either high school or collegiate hockey, and AHC practices USA Hockey’s American Development Model in its program. Visit for more information and registration.

To help defer equipment costs for new players joining the club in either the instructional or developmental programs, we will be offering free equipment while supplies last on a first-registered-first-served basis. The families of new players to the program will be invited to come to the rink and pick from the available equipment (such as shin guards, hockey pants, elbow pads, gloves, and shoulder pads).

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. (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.

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.

Connect With Us

Ashley Lorenz, Co-president
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Co-president
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Cochair
Lani Obermayer, Communications Cochair

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