Thompson Friday Forecast
January 25, 2019
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Boy, it is COLD outside and…..
the forecast calls for historically cold weather next week!
Students are reminded to dress appropriately for cold weather, however we need your help. Despite these reminders, we see students getting off the bus each morning at school without wearing or sometimes even having a jacket. We also observe students going to and from the mobile classrooms during the day without wearing a jacket. With that being said, many of our students are dressed for the cold, but we continue to engage with those who are not. Please know that we encourage our students to wear their coats outside. Along those lines, please support our efforts to keep your kids warm and safe by reminding them to dress warmly as they head out to school each day. Thanks!
This past Tuesday marked the beginning of the 3rd quarter for our Thompson Community. This is a great time of year to revisit conversations with your middle schooler about getting involved at Thompson “beyond the school day” by participating in a club or activity. In addition to our numerous clubs already in place, this quarter we are adding: Coding Club, Robotics Club, Superfan Club, Top Chef competition, and a 'Hooked on Books' club. These are diverse additions to our “already full plate” of club opportunities for middle school students. Hopefully your son / daughter can find one that fits for them. You can find more information about any of our clubs on the Thompson website.
Stay warm this weekend!
We Need Your Help!! Parent Satisfaction Survey
Every year, District 303 conducts a satisfaction survey eliciting feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. This year, as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we will now be participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. As a parent or guardian, this survey will provide you with the opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness about your child’s school.
We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your suggestions for improvement! Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. To take the parent survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey. For more information, please see the letter attached to today's Friday Forecast.
Reminder that Wednesday, January 30th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, will be the next Principal Coffee at the 7/8 center. This time is structured so that Mr. Morrill can be available to speak with parents and answer any questions that might be presented. We look forward to meeting with Thompson parents!
Thunder 'Superfan' Spirit Club
The first meeting is Tuesday, January 29th at 3:40 pm in the 7/8 Campus LRC. No previous experience is necessary. Coding Club is open to all students 6th through 8th grade. Pick up a permission form in the LRC or use the form attached to today's Friday Forecast.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
The annual vision and hearing screenings mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health will be completed January 28 through February 1 for 7th and 8th graders. All 8th grade students, those in special education programs, those students new to D303, and those whose teachers have requested will be screened. If your child has glasses, please remind them to bring them on those days. Please contact Diane Isbrandt, RN at 331-228-3404 for questions or concerns.
Soup for the Superbowl!
The 6th grade center is organizing a food drive for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each 6th grade team will compete against each other to collect the most canned soup to donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Our soup drive will continue throughout the playoffs!
Final can count will be conducted on Friday, February 1st. May the best team win!
D303 Middle School Culinary Competition
Please see the attached flyer for entry forms and more information. Entry forms & samples are due to Mrs. Schmidt in Room 121 of the 6th grade center during the week of January 28th and no later than Friday, February 1st. Please contact Mrs. Schmidt with questions.
Thompson 18-19 Yearbook
Have you ordered your Thompson 18-19 Yearbook? You can check your PushCoin account to see if you have purchased one by going to 'transactions' and then adjusting the start date back to April 1, 2018. We are extending the due date for ordering books to Friday, February 1, 2019. Contact Kim Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org or 331-228-6410) if you have any questions or need financial assistance.
If you would like to order a yearbook, please view the PushCoin product listings by clicking here.
Upcoming Parent University Programs
January 30, 2019
Preventing and Addressing Bullying: Lessons Learned and Resources for Parents
Thompson 6th Grade Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Faculty from the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University will present practical information from their research and their work as part of a U.S. Department of Education training grant “Project Prevent and Address Bullying.” Thompson Middle School is partnering with NIU on this grant project, bringing resources that will be shared throughout the district. The faculty will present helpful knowledge, tips, and resources parents can use when navigating bullying situations.
Click here to register for this program.
February 20, 2019
Common Sense Approach to Managing Technology: Teaching Children How to Be Good Digital Citizens in the Age of Social Media, Gaming and Screen Time
Wredling Middle School – Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Technology is a part of all our lives. From phones to laptops to video games, we are more “connected” or “plugged in” than ever. How do we help our children (and ourselves) find balance when it comes to the use of technology? During this Parent University we will share tools and strategies to help create balance and set boundaries. The night will feature a panel as well as opportunities for interactive discussion. Come “hang up and hang out”!
Click here to register for this program.
Please click here to view all of the planned Parent University Programs.
Dates to Remember
- Friday, January 25 - Improv Show - 7/8 Building at 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 30 - Principal Coffee - 7/8 Building from 1:30 - 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, January 30 - Parent University: Preventing & Addressing Bullying
- Thursday, January 31 - Last day to drop off holiday lights for recycling
- Friday, February 1 - Yearbook Orders are due
- Monday, February 4 - Fox Valley Summer Activities Fair at Wredling 5:30 - 8:00 pm
- Monday, February 18 - Presidents' Day Holiday - Schools are closed
- Wednesday, February 20 - Parent University: Managing Technology
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal
Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal
Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal