Thompson Friday Forecast
January 27, 2023
From the Thompson Administration Team
Happy Friday Thunder Families,
Quarter three has continued on a positive note at Thompson Middle School. We continue to develop our whole school sense of belonging among students and staff and we hope this extends to our families as well.
Our students are learning about diversity and ways to appropriately include and dignify the differences in each other within our school community during their tutorial classes. One of the most toxic contributing factors in school and organizational culture (as researched) is exclusivity or the lack of inclusion. We hope to educate and inspire our students to make good choices and be their best selves as Thunder citizens.
Beyond our learning, we celebrate connection and enjoy experiences together this month. We are excited to share our February challenge “‘Souped Up’ for the Superbowl”. Students have the opportunity to spread kindness through donations to the Salvation Army in a fun and competitive way. Please see the flyer below or click here for more information.
On the note of kindness, one of our Thunder Guidelines for Success, we are celebrating HOPE during the week of February 13th. This is an opportunity for our HOPE club to share positive messages throughout the school and encourage being kind to others and the importance of having hope.
PTO Meeting - Wednesday, February 1st
Please join us for the next PTO meeting of this school year on Wednesday, February 1st from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Meetings are virtual and all are welcome! Click here for a link to the Zoom meeting. If you have any questions, please email Shannon Puri, PTO President, or Kim Walters. Hope to see you there!
HOPE Week - February 13 - February 17
HOPE Week is D303’s week to celebrate our Suicide Prevention programs and spread hope and kindness throughout the schools. Many activities are planned throughout the week at Thompson.
If your child has a HOPE t-shirt from past years, they are encouraged to wear it throughout the week. If they would like a new HOPE t-shirt, you may purchase one by January 29th at midnight through The Hairy Ant website.
TMS Health Office Donations
On occasion, students come to the Health Office and need more than an ice pack or a band-aide. While we keep a limited supply on hand, we do need to replenish these items periodically. We would appreciate your donations. Please click on this link.
Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!
Random Acts of Kindness Week 2023 - February 13th-19th.
Join Random Acts Matter during this special week dedicated to Keep Kindness Growing STC! It’s easy to get started, simply look for opportunities to share kindness, care and compassion. NO ACT OF KINDNESS IS TOO SMALL!
Acts can be informal and simple, share a smile even with a mask, open a door for someone, greet a person in public or share an act of kindness in your own home.
Acts can be more organized like those hosted by Random Acts Matter.
Acts can benefit one person, a larger group like your co-workers, neighbors, or the whole community.
Please share your Acts, big or small with them on Facebook at Random Acts Matter, Twitter @RandomActsSTC, Instagram #randomactsmatter. Your kindness may inspire someone to Keep Kindness Growing.
Silent Disco Dance Parties at the St. Charles Public Library
Join other middle schoolers (Grades 6-8) for a silent dance party on Friday, February 10th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Huntley Community Room of the St. Charles Public Library. They will have headphones, playlists and glowsticks! You bring your blacklight reactive clothing and dancing feet! Choose from one of three playlists to listen to or switch between them all. Colored lights on the headphones will show you who else is dancing to your music.
Another party for families will be held the next day, Saturday, February 11, at 3:00 pm! REGISTER
Middle School Top Chef Cooking Contest
Attention all Thompson student chefs! The 14th annual Top Chef Cooking Contest is looking for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who love to cook and are interested in showcasing their cooking talents at the Top Chef Cooking Contest scheduled for March 4th at St. Charles East High School from 9:00 - 1:00 pm.
Entry Forms and a sample are due to Main Office (Main Office) the week of January 30 and no later than Friday, February 3, 2023.
Please click here for more information and email Ms. Mortensen with any questions. Good luck to all of the contestants!
Shop Amazon, as you normally would, but via Amazon Smile and a portion of your purchases will benefit the TMS PTO at no additional cost to you! This program is ending by 2/20/23.
D303 Administration has worked with the Board of Education to establish a routine summary on the health of District 303 through a Data Dashboard. This chart, which will be updated monthly on the District website, provides an overview of nine important measurements in the categories of Academics, Operations and Belonging.
Check out the Daily Announcements and join in the fun activities happening at TMS.
TMS After School Tutoring Program
'North Stars Helping Thunder' is an after school tutoring program where St. Charles North High School Honors students help our Thunder students with their homework. This program runs from 3:45 - 4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the LRC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Romano (Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diane Pollilo (Louise.email@example.com), Thompson Staff Facilitators. Please consider encouraging your child to take advantage of these resources!
If your child will be 5-years old on or before September 1, 2023, registration for kindergarten will begin on January 30, 2023. Click for more information.
D303's commitment to educating students extends to our families. Parent University is our way of empowering parents and guardians to support their children’s academic, social and emotional needs through a series of information sessions.
Vape: What Parents Should Know
February 16, 2023 (Virtual), 6:00 - 7:00 pm
- Vape: What Parents Should Know is a one-hour informative and engaging presentation that focuses on common devices used for vaping, substances vaped such as nicotine and marijuana, and the health risks associated with vaping and the substances vaped. The presentation includes a backpack demonstration of where teens can hide their devices and examples of common devices.
- Click here to register! A recording will be available after the presentation.
Identifying and Supporting Students with Anxiety
March 1, 2023, 9:30 - 10:30 am and 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Haines Center, Community Room 140
Presenter: Allyse Rehak, MA, LCPC with Riverview Counseling Services
- As anxiety becomes more prevalent in our children, parents want to be able to support their child in managing worries. Come learn more about anxiety and how to build your child’s emotional health.
- Click here to register!
Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above! Facebook: @ThompsonMiddleSchoolPTO
Dates to Remember
- Wednesday, February 1 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
- Monday, February 13 - Friday, February 17 - HOPE Week
- Thursday February 16 - Parent University - Vape: What Parents Should Know 6:00 - 7:00 pm (Virtual)
- Monday, February 20 - Presidents Day Holiday - No School for Students
- Wednesday, February 22 - MS Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm.
- Wednesday, March 1 - Parent University - Identifying and Supporting Students with Anxiety - 9:30 - 10:30 am and 6:30 - 7:30 pm
- Wednesday, March 1 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
- Friday, March 3 - Teacher Institute Day - No School for Students
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Interim Principal
Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator