Thompson Friday Forecast

August 21, 2020

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

Schools are built to have kids in them! What a celebration it is to have our students, albeit in reduced numbers, back in Thompson. It has been so refreshing to see our bright eyed, 6th graders experiencing middle school for the first time. Watching them navigate the building, reconnect with friends, and interacting with teachers and staff has been rejuvenating for me. As our first group of 7th graders returned today, you could feel their enthusiasm and appreciation for being back and you could see that many of them spent their time away from school working on growth spurts. Monday, we are looking forward to seeing our second group of seventh graders, with Tuesday and Wednesday having our eighth graders return, in preparation for all grade level ‘A’s returning next Thursday and ‘B’s on Friday.

As students entered the building this week, they were greeted by eager staff members who were equally excited to see middle school students again. Please know that the Thompson staff has worked countless hours preparing for this week and beyond and I would publicly like to communicate my appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the students and families of St. Charles.

I would also like to throw a shout out to our Thompson families for your flexibility and engagement with the constant district and building communications leading up to this first week of school. Thank you!

On a personal note, earlier this week I dropped my “baby” off at Butler University for his freshman year of college. This experience has prompted me to offer parents a little perspective about time. It seems like only yesterday that my youngest, Jack, was entering his middle school for the first time. And now, in the blink of an eye, he’s a college student. My advice...cherish the moments you have with your kids and family. The time will most definitely go faster than you think and the time will absolutely pick up speed as your kids grow older.

Have a great weekend,


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Picture Days - Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th

Picture Days are planned for Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th. Students will have their pictures taken during their PE classes.

Pre-order pictures on-line to receive special offers:

Please note that the student name on the order should match your child's full first name. For example, if your child's first name is 'Mitchell', don't use 'Mitch' on the LifeTouch site, but instead use 'Mitchell'.

Thompson full remote students can have their pictures taken on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th between 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Full remote students will also be able to pick up classroom materials during this time as well. Please sign up for a 10 minute slot by clicking on the Pick-a-Time Scheduler. Enter through Door #5 (by the gym) and exit Door #6.

A/B students will have their pictures taken during the day; after school time slots are reserved just for our fully remote learners. Please do not sign up if you are a hybrid learner.

'A' Day vs. 'B' Day In-School Attendance Schedule

Please click on the button to view the schedule for in-school attendance for the month of August. These dates can also be found on the Thompson calendar.

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'A' Day Vs. 'B' Day In-School Attendance Schedule

Please click on the button to view the schedule for in-school attendance for the month of September. These dates can also be found on the Thompson calendar.

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Cross Country Season

Thompson is excited for the upcoming Cross Country season! This sport is open for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. You must have a current physical and a completed Agreement to Participate in Interscholastic Athletics form on file at the main office prior to your first day of practice. Forms can be found on our Athletic page. The cost to participate is $120 and will be billed in PushCoin.

Please review all of this Cross Country information regarding the practice schedule and contact one of the coaches or our Athletic Director with questions. Contact information is included on this document.

Please let us know if you are planning to participate by signing up with this Google Form. Go Thompson Thunder!!

Fall Food Service

The middle school food vendor is OrganicLife again this year. District 303 has collaborated with our food service vendors to provide grab and go meals for students to enjoy at home. As we move into the school year, we want to make you aware of procedures for making sure that students continue to receive meals, whether they are learning in-person or remotely. Please review the information attached to this Friday Forecast from the District Office.

Click here to view the Food Services website with a link to the daily menus.

Breakfast: $1.60; Reduced Breakfast: $0.30

Lunch: $2.90; Reduced Lunch: $0.40

Milk: $0.60 (when purchased separately from meals)

Due to COVID-19, the school district is no longer accepting check payments and cash at the schools. Parents will need to use PushCoin to apply funds.

D303 Guidance on Face Coverings

All students and staff must wear a face covering when present in school. Please click to review.

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D303 Reopening School Plan Guide

Please click here to review the phased in reopening plan announced on August 10, 2020.

Revised District Calendar - 2020-2021

The first attendance day of classes is Wednesday, August 19th. Students will not be in attendance on Tuesday, November 3rd.

School Fees & Food Waivers for 2020-2021

SCHOOL FEES WAIVER: The school fees waiver will ONLY be a PAPER application since there is financial documentation required for income verification. A family can only qualify for a free waiver of fees; there are no reduced fees. The application is on the district website. Questions regarding school fee waivers - Sharon Wlezien at 331-228-5417

FOOD WAIVER: Only one application needs to be completed for each household. Please include ALL family members that live in the household (even those not attending a school). Applications are posted on the district website. In addition, paper applications are available at the schools and the Administration Building as in years past. Unlike the school fees, families can qualify for Reduced. Questions regarding food waivers - Patti Townsend 331-228-6529

Families directly certified by the State of Illinois for the 2020-2021 school year will receive FREE FOOD and their FEES will be WAIVED. If your family is qualified by the state, do NOT need to complete either application. You should have received an approval letter in the mail in July.

Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above!

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, August 27 & 28 - Picture Days
  • Thursday, August 27 - All 'A' in-school attendance students
  • Friday, August 28 - All 'B' in-school attendance students

  • Tuesday, September 1 - Curriculum Night (All Grades) - Video (not virtual) posted by 6:30 pm
  • Friday, September 4 - No School for Students - Teacher Institute Day
  • Monday, September 7 - No School for Students - Labor Day Holiday
District and School Newsletters

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Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator

Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator

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