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Save the Date

  • Mar 26, Tuesday - K and 1st Grade Author Visit, Sarah Lynne Reul
  • Mar 28 and 29, Thursday and Friday - 3rd Grade Field Trip: Royall House 
  • Apr 4, Thursday - 3rd Grade Enrichment: Museum of Science (Motion, Forces, and Energy)
  • Apr 7-9, Sunday-Tuesday - Thompson Drama Project performances
  • Apr 11, Thursday - Arlington EATS Community Dinner, 6 pm
  • Apr 11 and 12, Thursday and Friday  - MCAS ELA 3rd Grade
  • Apr 15-19, Monday-Friday - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • Apr 22-26  - Earth Week
  • Apr 22 and 23, Monday and Tuesday  - MCAS ELA 4th Grade
  • Apr 24 and 25, Wednesday and Thursday  - MCAS ELA 5th Grade
  • Apr 24, Wednesday  - PTO Meeting, 7-9 pm, Library
  • Apr 24, Thursday  - 3rd Grade Field Trip: Plimoth Plantation
  • Apr 25, Friday  - Spirit Day:  Backward Day
  • Apr 25, Friday  - 1st Grade Field Trip: Franklin Park Zoo

School Calendar

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

Thompson News & Events

Thompson Drama Project Volunteer Opportunities!

The Thompson Drama Project is presenting two different productions of The Phantom Tollbooth on April 7, 8, and 9. Our kids have been working hard, and as we are an entirely volunteer-run organization, we need some help to pull it all off!

We have a few openings remaining for fifth graders interested in joining the backstage crew. Please email for more information if you are interested.

We need parent volunteers for tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances. You can sign up here. You can also volunteer to help gather props for use in the shows—sign up here.

To provide our students with this amazing experience, we have costs associated with putting on the plays—buying rights to shows and purchasing scripts, creating the set, props, and costumes we use, printing the playbill and actor head shots, as well as a well-deserved cast party to celebrate our achievements. We greatly appreciate donations to keep the tradition going. You can donate by cash, check, or PayPal.
  • Checks can be made payable to Thompson School PTO - Drama Project!
  • Checks can be returned to school, or mailed to our treasurer, Lauren Ledger, 169 Franklin St, Arlington, 02474
  • Or use our PayPal account with a note “Direct Donation”:

Green Team News

Earth Week is April 22-26!  On Friday April 26th Thompson will be learning about Ecosystem Superheroes: the Pollinators, Pollinating Plants and Trees and building pollinator gardens.  SAVE the DATE!  Join Thompson building Pollinator Habitats.
New release of 5th grader's Which Way For Water podcast. is out! 

Community News & Events


This spring the Town of Arlington wants to plant 50 new street trees in the Thompson School area (out of 150 total new trees being planted in Town this spring). Request one now - click this link! The Tree Warden will select an appropriate tree for the location, and the Town will plant it with a Gator bag for watering. You'll just need to water the new tree for a few growing seasons so it can get established.

If you have any questions, please email Phil Tedesco at

Stories! Movement! Art! @ Gore Place

Want something to do during April school vacation? Stories! Movement! Art! will provide students in grades 3-6 the opportunity to tell stories through their art! By using low-tech materials, we’ll create art that physically moves or uses optical illusion to showcase movement! This program runs Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19 from 1-3:30pm. The program will take place inside the Carriage House at Gore Place in Waltham (the large building next to the parking lot). This program is $20 for the whole week, or $5/day. Tickets:


Beats for EATS our yearly fundraiser was last Saturday. Thank you to all who partied with us, bid on auction items, or donated your time, money or auction items!  In April, we are looking forward to a Community Meal on Thursday April 11 at 6pm and Vacation Lunches. Please join us!

Support Thompson

Shopping on Amazon? Last year the PTO earned $3,500 through the Amazon Associates program with a percentage of sales at no cost to you. Click here and start earning now! Read more.


Box Tops: We collect Box Tops throughout the year. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Thompson. Drop off your box tops @ the Thompson lobby.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards for the 2018-2019 school year concluded on March 19th.  
Schools will get paid in June, and start earning again in September!  

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Nandana Mewada, Copresident
Christy Murphy-Macinta, Vice President
Danielle Gottesman, Communications Cochair
Lani Obermayer, Communications Cochair

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