Thomas Timberwolves

School Community Newsletter 12/1/2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope your fall break was restful and that your Thanksgiving was filled with family and fun!

With just three weeks until winter break, we are looking forward to working together on our Adopt-A-Family campaign to support local families in need. We are also excited about the Kindness Challenge to help Spread Kindness this December. See below for the Kindness Challenge calendar and join us #TMSBeTheGood!

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Angst Movie Private-Pay-Per-View Option
  • Winter MAP Testing - Thursdays, 12/5 & 12/12
  • Adopt-A-Family Events & SHOWDOWN 12/13
  • WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL: 12/23/19 - 1/3/20

Best wishes,

Lori, Greg, & Nick

Private opportunity for viewing the Angst Movie...

We recognize that some of our families were unable to attend the community screening of Angst, therefore, we have partnered with IndieFlix to make the film, discussion guide, tip sheet, and access to the filmmakers available only for members of our school for a limited time, December 1 - 7, 2019 (expiring at midnight). You will be able to watch as a Private-Pay-Per-View for a fee of $25. This access is strictly reserved for our families and 8% ($2) from every purchase goes back to our school.

After purchase, the Angst Private-Pay-Per-View Program includes:

  • At home discussion guide to help your family open up the conversation

  • Invitation to join a call and speak directly to the Angst filmmakers every Tuesday 10 AM PT (call details in the discussion guide)

  • Subscription to the weekly IndieFlix Newsletter, filled with resources, latest news, tips, and inspiration


Thank you for helping to bring attention to this important topic and we hope you enjoy.

Angst & Team IndieFlix

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Adopt-A-Family - "STRANGER (Things) SHOWDOWN"

WHAT IS THIS? TMS has a holiday tradition of supporting Adopt-A-Family. All funds from this event will be donated to Adopt-A-Family!

TMS Showdown is NEXT WEEK - Friday, December. 13th! This week, students have the opportunity to vote for the game that their grade level will be playing. The options are basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball.

In order to vote, students can:

1) Bring $1 to lunch.
2) Place the $1 into the sport of their choosing for their grade. *Students can vote as many times as they wish. Bills that are greater than $1 (i.e. $5), will count as 5 votes!

We will announce the winning sport on Thursday afternoon, and students will have the opportunity to be in a raffle next week to play against the faculty.

SHOWDOWN EVENT: Friday, December 13th from 6-8 pm at TMS. The night will be filled with student v. faculty games and relays, snacks from Scoops Ahoy, and raffles.

WHO CAN ATTEND: ALL TMS students and staff are invited to attend and participate!

Best wishes to the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team at IESA Tournament

The team is seeded as the #2 team and has a by for the first round. This is such an amazing accomplishment and we are so proud of them!

The game will be on Tuesday, December 3 at 5:45 at Barrington Station Middle School. The address is: 215 S Eastern Ave, Barrington, IL 60010.

Winter MAP Testing - Thursdays, December 5th & 12th

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Headphone Reminder

Just a friendly request that each student comes to school with headphones. Students will need headphones for testing on Thursday, December 5th & 12th and may be asked to use headphones during a variety of classroom activities. Thank you!


  • Japan Exchange Informational Meeting - Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the TMS Commons - Hosting dates: May 14th - May 18th, 2020 - Traveling to Japan dates: June 15th - June 25th, 2020
  • TAFT 7th Grade Parent & Student Information Night - Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 7 pm in the TMS Large Gym

PHONE & ONLINE Absence Reporting


Click the ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING BUTTON located on the TMS homepage and complete the details on your child's absence.


1) Call the Thomas School phone number at 847-398-4260.

2) The auto-attendant will prompt you with these options:

- Press 1 to report an absence

- Press 2 to contact the school nurse

- Press 0 to remain on the line for the office.

3) Press 1 and report your child's absence.

Important Notes on Attendance:

*If a student is not in attendance during the school day, that student is not permitted to attend any of the school-sponsored after school activities on that day. This includes all extra-curricular events such as athletic events, performances, on that day. Should a concern with this arise, please contact a TMS administrator.

*The Arlington Heights District 25 School Board of Education Policy 7:70 states, “Administration shall manage an absenteeism and truancy program in accordance with the School Code and Board policy.” Throughout the school year, the school staff will try to connect with parents regarding attendance or tardy concerns to see how we can help. In addition, at the end of each quarter, we will send home a letter notifying parents of ALL students who have missed more than 5% of the school year or have been tardy for more than 5% of the school year. The goal of these letters is to raise awareness and offer support for improved attendance.

Absent & Upcoming Absences? Want to request homework?

If your child has been absent or they have a planned absence in the future, please have your child check Schoology. The Schoology page is where most of the work has been uploaded and accessible to your child when they are feeling well and ready to begin making up the work they missed. Students can stay up-to-date by logging into Schoology. We do not expect your child to complete the work while they are absent because we anticipate they are sick and that is the reason they are home. When they are feeling better and ready to begin making up the work it will be available on Schoology. If you are not confident that the work is available on Schoology please email the teacher directly to inquire about specific assignments. Thank you!
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Thomas Calendar of Events

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AHSD 25 Community Flyers

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Our Local Community Partners...

Link Together Coalition Meetings

All General Meetings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • January 29th – General Meeting at District 21 Gill Administration Building
  • February 26th – General Meeting at MacArthur Middle School
  • April 29th – General Meeting at River Trails Middle School

Omni Youth Services - Looking for support? Omni's mission is to partner with parents and the community to provide support services to children.

Local High School Happenings...


Elective Night: Monday, January 6th

Activity Night: Monday, January 6th

HERSEY High School

Elective Night: December 19, 2019

Activity Night: April 7, 2020

Residency: April 7, 2020


8th Grade Entrance Exam: December 7, 2019

Class of 2024 Parent Meeting: February 6, 2020

Class of 2024 Registration: February 20, 22, & 25 2020

Math Placement Test: March 31 & April 8, 2020

*For the most accurate and up to date information, please visit the high school websites or call the high school directly.

Illinois State Report Card - Thomas

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