Thompson Friday Forecast
January 20, 2023
From the Thompson Administration Team
The new year is filled with many of us making New Year’s Resolutions in hopes of making a positive change in our lives. For our students this is a great opportunity for them to set some resolutions (goals) for themselves. As they began their second semester last week and have had the opportunity to review their 2nd quarter grades, it is a great time to reflect on how your child feels they are doing academically, behaviorally, and socially-emotionally.
When you have a moment, take some time to talk with your middle schooler about how they felt they did last quarter, what they are looking forward to, and where they would like to set a goal(s) for themselves in the 3rd Quarter. With a personalized target in mind, this can become a wonderful way to have ongoing discussions with your child about how they are doing towards their goal and to identify where they may need some additional support from their teachers and the staff here at Thompson Middle School to achieve this goal. Below are some great questions that can guide the discussion surrounding goal setting:
What do you feel are your areas of strength?
What is challenging for you at this time?
What is a goal that you think can be a good focus for you at this time?
Why is this goal important to you?
How have you performed in the past regarding this goal?
How will achieving this goal impact you moving forward?
How will you know you have been successful with your goal?
What do you think could get in the way of meeting your goal?
What do you need in order to meet your goal?
Once your child has a goal in mind, ask them to identify actions they can take that will help support achieving their goal. Over the course of the 3rd quarter, have periodic check ins to see how your child feels they are doing with the goal they have set for themselves and have them relate this to their current strengths and challenges to identify where they feel they are growing and where they may need support. Goal setting is a great way for students to set a purpose that is meaningful to them and offers them a direction, focus, and helps to engage them productively.
Thompson Students Shine!
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
Attention 8th Grade Students and Families!
8th Grade students will meet with their prospective high school counselors the week of January 23rd to discuss the courses that they are planning to take next year. Please click here to access the registration meeting information and forms for the high school you will be attending next year. Students will be assigned an appointment time during these windows:
St. Charles East High School
- In person - Thursday, January 26th (Periods 1-5 and 7)
- Virtual Makeups - Friday, February 3rd (Periods 1-5)
St. Charles North High School and Compass Academy
- In person - Tuesday, January 24th (Periods 1-5 and 7)
- Virtual Makeups - Wednesday, January 25th (Periods 1-5)
If you have any questions regarding registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your prospective high school.
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.email@example.com) or Diane Pollilo (Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org), 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, January 25th - Middle School Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm.
- 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