Thomas Timberwolves

School Community Newsletter ~ 12/15/21

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Hello, Parents and Guardians,

Happy Holidays! This Friday all students and staff are welcome to spread holiday cheer by wearing holiday gear. It should be a festive last day before we begin the two weeks of no school during winter break. As an early holiday treat, both the TMS 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Teams won 1st place in the T-Wolf Shoot Out last weekend. Please click here for an exciting highlight video from Mr. Kuch's 7th-grade team.

During this holiday season, we've been sharing about the many ways the TMS community supports one another. Please take moment to click here to view this short holiday video that showcases the service work the TMS Student Council & school community have done to make a difference for so many families during this holiday season. We are so grateful for the generous support of the TMS community! Without your kindness, this would not be possible!

During this holiday season, we wish to extend our heartfelt wishes for a magical time filled with laughter, fun, and all things that bring relaxation to each of you and your loved ones. We also recognize that the holidays can be stressful and challenging. Please see the community resources below should you need support.

Warm holiday wishes to all of our families!

Lori, Greg, & Nick

In this newsletter you'll find highlights on the following items:

  • Last call for TMS Yearbook Orders! Orders will not be accepted after 12/17/21

  • TMS Spelling Bee Information

  • High School Happenings for our current 8th graders

  • Lost & Found Items will be donated this Friday

  • Girls Volleyball Tryout Information

  • Welcome to the TMS 8th Grade Zeta PE/Health Teacher - Mrs. Therese Perkins

Important Dates:

  • No school 12/20/21 - 1/3/22 *School resumes on Tuesday, 1/4/22
  • School Improvement Day - No Students - Monday, 1/3/22
  • Girls Volleyball Tryouts - 1/4/22 & 1/5/22
  • Martin Luther King Holiday - Monday, 1/17/22

Useful Parent Resources - These resources are designed to help families build on areas of knowledge pertaining to mental health, social-emotional learning, academics, technology assistance, resources, and self-care.

  • Link to Local Mental Health Resources

  • Link to the Webinar recording of the Parent Presentation on Understanding and Responding to Stress and Anxiety, How to Support Your Child by Jackie Rhew.

  • (THIS IS A MUST-VIEW!) Link to the Glenbard Parent Series November presentation "What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance and a Happy Home" by William Stixrud, PhD and Ned Johnson.

  • D25 partners with The Link Together Coalition which is a co-sponsor to webinars through the Glenbard Parent Series: Check out the list of upcoming presentations.

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TMS Spelling Bee

We are excited to announce Thomas Middle School Spelling Bee will be held after school on:
Location: Commons
Date: Tuesday, 1/25/22

Time: 2:45-5:00 PM

Who: All TMS students are eligible to sign-up to participate

Sign-up Details: Only students can access the Spelling Bee sign-up form via their D25 email accounts. The form is also posted on the TMS homepage under announcements and it was posted on the student lunch updates in Schoology. Parents will NOT be able to sign their middle schoolers up for this. The student must complete the form themselves with their D25 email account.

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High School Happenings for the Current 8th Graders

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, 1/3/22

8th Grade Elective and Career Pathway Night

Hersey and Buffalo Grove District 214 High Schools have designated January 3rd for the 8th Grade Elective and Career Pathway Night.

Click HERE for a copy of the Hersey High School newsletter with more details on this event.

BGHS representatives met with the BGHS bound students on Monday, 12/13/21, and handed out the high school packets. Please speak with your 8th graders about this event.

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Welcome Mrs. Perkins

Mrs. Perkins has been serving as the long-term guest teacher for the Zeta 8th Grade Team PE/Health classes and we are delighted to bring her on board as a full-time teacher at TMS in this role!
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FREE Breakfast at TMS!

WHO: All students can come for breakfast each school day!

WHEN: Each morning from 7:30 AM until 7:45 AM

*Except Friday, 12/17/21. We will NOT be serving breakfast on Friday, 12/17/21

WHERE: Students should enter the building and tell the door supervisors that they are going to breakfast in the Commons Extension.

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Recording of the Parent Presentation on Understanding and Responding to Stress and Anxiety, How to Support Your Child

Click here for a link to the RECORDED WEBINAR PRESENTATION Jackie Rhew.

Please click here to view Jackie's slideshow.

Local Mental Health Resources

Click here for various resources within and around our community. Please feel free to reach out to a TMS Social Worker as well.

Shield Testing Information

As a reminder, throughout the school year, you can always enroll your child in or unenroll your child from the SHIELD testing process. Please click the links below and fill out the Shield form if you would like to enroll or unenroll your child.

At TMS, Shield Testing is conducted on Monday afternoons. TMS students enrolled in Shield Testing are responsible for going to the LMC during their homeroom's assigned time. A reminder for the testing schedule is posted in the Morning Announcements on Mondays.

Enroll my child into SHIELD testing

Unenroll my child from SHIELD testing

eLearning Information for TMS

This week and next, TMS staff and students are reviewing the eLearning expectations and protocols. Here are some helpful pieces of information for TMS students:
  • Students will be able to log into eLearning from any device as long as they use their first and last name.
  • Students will find “eLearning” folders on each of their teacher's Schoology pages.

  • Inside the “eLearning” folder will be the “eLearning Zoom Link” for that class period.

eLearning in District 25

Click here to view the D25 eLearning Plan.

Extra Help Is Available

Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays students are invited to stay after school for academic support.

Please encourage your child to attend Office Hours/11th Hour/Homework Club and to reach out to teachers if they need help or just want a place to work on their academics after school. This support is FREE and can be extremely helpful.


All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering when entering the building per the Governor's State mandate.
  • MASK SUPPLIES: Please make sure your child brings 2-3 masks to school each day in the event that a replacement mask is needed. While we have extra masks on hand, it's helpful for the students to have backups.
  • MASK WEARING: Please speak with your child about proper mask-wearing that includes covering the nose.
  • MASK BREAKS: These are provided as needed for students throughout the school day.

Please click on this button to view the PTA Flyers & Information.

TMS PTA - Meeting 1/12/22 @ 7 PM Join us In-Person or Via Zoom!

All parents, guardians, and staff are welcome to be members of the PTA. As a member of the PTA, you are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, share suggestions, discuss events, and volunteer your time.

The Parent-Teacher-Association meets monthly on the following dates:

Wednesday, 1/12/22 - 7 PM PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Tuesday, 2/15/22 - 7 PM, March - TBD, Tuesday, 4/12/22, May - TBD

TMS PTA Website

2021-2022 PTA Officers:

President: Amy Hoffman

President-Elect: Suzanne Krause

Vice President: Melissa Teuscher

Treasurer: Kelly Spokas

Secretary: Deborah Oiler

Do you have questions for the PTA? Email the PTA at:

Thomas Calendar of Events

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AHSD 25 Community Flyers

Click on this button to view the AHSD 25 Weekly Flyers.

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SAVE THE DATE... 4/30/22 - 10th ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge!

Mark your calendars for April 30, 2022 for the 10th ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! We are looking forward to having our district students, families and staff together again for our 5K and 1 Mile events! The ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge is the only district wide event and raises money to provide grants to teachers and staff through the ABC/25 Foundation. Please follow ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook or Twitter for all race information or visit us at We hope to see everyone there!

Join the ABC/25 Foundation

Please consider joining the ABC/25 Foundation.

The link to join is: JOIN ABC/25.

The cost is $25 for staff members and $40 for families to join.

The ABC/25 Foundation provides powerful grants that schools can earn which can benefit all students.

If you have questions, please contact:

Ann Poyer

ABC/25 Foundation President



If your child is a bus rider, the bus information and bus passes are sent to you by Laura Comastro from our transportation department.

Her contact information is:(847) 758-4888 or

Please direct all transportation and bussing questions to Laura Comastro.

NOTE: Students are now required to show their bus pass each day.

TMS Activity Bus Information

Click here to view details on the Bus Schedule

TMS Newsletters

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Click here for details on the SD25 2021-2022 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES

Illinois State Report Card - Thomas

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