Thompson Friday Forecast

November 9, 2018

From the Principal...Steve Morrill


As we move through the second quarter, Thompson will become an even busier school, with winter sports, clubs, activities, and concerts. Encourage your middle schooer to get involved in “beyond the school day” activities! Trying new things, being a part of diverse groups, and making peer connections beyond the classroom are great ways to experience all that middle school has to offer. Check the Thompson website for Clubs and Activities!

And please consider attending one of our Boy’s Basketball games or Wrestling Meets. I have had the privilege of watching our teams compete. Our athletics and coaches are exhibiting great sportsmanship and performing well!


Just a friendly reminder that student/parent/teacher conferences will take place on Monday, November 19th from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Tuesday, November 20th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Signup is via a link in the Home Access Center which will close this Wednesday, November 14th at 11:59 pm. Sign up instructions are included in today’s Friday Forecast.

Enjoy your weekend!


Lazarus House Donations

Thank you for the donations to the Lazarus House! Student Council created 150 toiletry care packages for the residents of the Lazarus House. We greatly appreciate the support from the Thompson community!

Khan Academy and our math books are aligned!

Khan Academy and our math books, Illustrative Mathematics - Open Up Math, are now aligned! Students can access videos, quizzes and extra practice online anytime linked to their lessons in class. This is a great resource to study for a test, to make up work when absent, and to get some extra fluency practice. Students have created accounts in their math classrooms.

Builders Club Successful Fundraiser!

In September, Builders Club hosted a fundraiser for Camp Out From Cancer, a local organization founded by one of our D303 teachers, April Schippers of Davis Elementary. Camp Out from Cancer provides unique and fun camping care packages for children with cancer. This year, our Thompson Thunder students and staff participated in a pajama day and collected $1,115 for this great cause! Way to go Thompson Thunder!!!

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing! Please encourage your child to check in the cafeterias or the locker rooms to see if anything belongs to him/her! Or stop by during conference week! We will be donating these items during Winter Break.

New Thompson Spiritwear

The PTO is offering new winter Thompson Thunder Spiritwear! Click here to see the selections and prices. They are also discounting all sweatshirts and hoodies on the webstore by $5 for the holidays. Please contact the PTO Spiritwear Chairman if you have questions!

Go Thompson Thunder!!!

Thompson 6th Grade Center Book Fair

Be sure to visit the Thompson 6th Grade Center Book Fair running from Monday, November 12 through Monday, November 19 in the Thompson 6th Grade Building Learning Resource Center. Hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm the following Monday for Parent/Teacher Conferences. All proceeds are funded directly to the LRC for student and staff reading materials and resources. Remember, books make excellent holiday tech support needed. Click on the preview video for a glimpse of just some of the AWESOME titles coming our way!

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Parent University - Talking to your Child about the Dangers of Drug & Alcohol Use

On December 4, 2018, Matthew Quinn, Licensed Counselor from Rosecrance will be our guest at a Parent University program entitled, "Talking to your Child about the Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Use." This important Parent University program will take place at St. Charles North High School in Room 302 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Please click here to register.

Please click here to view all of the upcoming Parent University offerings.

Parent University - Mindful Parenting Book Study

Between school pressures, extracurricular activities, homework, and demanding careers, it’s hard to find time just to get dinner on the table. In Mindful Parenting, child and family psychologist Dr. Kristen Race speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what she calls “Generation Stress” and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Drawing on the latest research, she shows how mindfulness helps us – and our children – feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused. Come discuss the book with your fellow parents.

As part of the book study discussions, we will explore:

  • How the brain works and why parents and kids today are more stressed, anxious, and angry than ever before.
  • Practical solutions that parents can do to create a more relaxed and happier home.

Not able to attend the face-to-face discussions? No problem! We will be offering virtual discussion threads so that people can connect from home. Information about virtual discussion links will be sent to participants in January.

Can’t come to all book discussions? No problem! Feel free to join any or all of the discussions.

All parents who register will receive a copy of the book. Books may be picked up on December 10 in the Administration Center, 201 S. 7th Street, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your book on December 10, please contact Dr. Cindy Ruesch at

Book discussions will take place in both a morning and an evening session on the following dates:

February 7--Part I: Today's Family
9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room
6:30 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 21--Part II: Simplify: Finding and Eliminating Stressors
9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room
6:30 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 7--Part III: Mindfulness: Increasing Your Inner Resiliency
9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room
6:30 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

To register, please click here by November 30, 2018.

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6th Grade Homework Lab

Hey 6th Graders! Do you have a missing assignment because you missed a class? Did you get behind on your homework? Need help reviewing for a quiz? OR Do you just want some time and space to organize your stuff?

Homework Lab is the place where you can do all of that every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:45-8:15 am in room 121 at the 6th grade center. Hope to see you soon!

Homework Helper at the 7/8 Center

Homework Helper continues in the North Computer lab of the 7th/8th grade center! Students can bring their class materials and work on homework, projects, or do make-ups of tests and quizzes. Mrs. Minuth and Ms. Romano will be there to help students with anything they wish to work on. There will be special Spanish help on Thursdays with Ms. Romano for all levels of Spanish. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the North Computer Lab at the 7th/8th grade center. Activity buses will arrive at 4:30 pm to take students to their nearest elementary school. Come get some homework help!
Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above. You can support the Thompson PTO by volunteering your time and/or paying your 18-19 PTO dues.

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 12 - Veterans Day Assembly
  • Wednesday, November 14 - Pick-a-Time Conference Scheduler Closes - 11:59 pm
  • Monday, November 19 - Conferences - Non Attendance Day for students
  • Tuesday, November 20 - Conferences - Non Attendance Day for students
  • Wednesday, November 21 - Non Attendance Day
  • Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, November 26 - School Resumes

Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal