Thompson Friday Forecast
February 5, 2021
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
We are in the midst of winter! The snow is piling up and temperatures seem to be falling by the hour. Schoolwise, we are at the midpoint of the third quarter.
One of many commonalities middle school kids and parents have is the attention given to school. Consider setting aside intentional parent/kid time to reflect with your child about their current middle school experiences. I have found that food or snacks help facilitate these chats! Creating the opportunity for your child to discuss their learning and school experiences can be highly valuable and sends the powerful message that your child’s education is important.
Not only can this exchange provide good information for parents, students often find comfort with these dialogs because they are reminded that they are not navigating their middle school experience on their own. Conversations such as these also strengthen and reinforce for students how important education is in the lives of their parents.
So as the temperature drops this weekend, consider snuggling up with your kids to have a rich conversation about things at school and then follow that with a conversation about how things are going for them in general. As I remind Thompson students each morning on the announcements, be a good listener! From a Dad with two sons away at college, someday very soon you will miss the talks with your middle schoolers and those conversations will provide you with memories for a lifetime.
6th Grade Virtual Bingo Event
Attention 6th graders! W.E.B. (Where Everybody Belongs) will be hosting a virtual bingo event on Tuesday, February 9th from 4:30 - 5:00pm. Use this link to sign up by Monday if you are interested! The Zoom link will be emailed to participants on Tuesday morning.
February PTO Meeting
Please join us for our next PTO meeting of this school year on Thursday, February 11th from 9:00 - 10:00 am. All are welcome! If you would like to attend, please email Nicole Snopko or Kim Walters for a link to the virtual meeting.
HOPE Week - February 16th - February 19th
HOPE stands for Helping Others Protect Each other. HOPE is a club that promotes kindness, while spreading positive messages throughout the school. It also focuses on prevention and on making healthy choices. HOPE club plays a role in HOPE Week and promotion of the “hope is greater than” message, which tells students that they will get through whatever troubles or stresses they are going through and that tomorrow will be better.
- Tuesday - Tropical Day (wear tropical clothing/accessories)
- Wednesday - HOPE Day (wear your HOPE shirt or wear HOPE colors-purple and teal)
- Thursday - Thunder Thursday (wear TMS spirit wear)
- Friday - Flannel Friday (wear your favorite flannel or comfy clothes)
2021 Illinois Council on Women and Girls
The Illinois Council on Women and Girls invites young women ages 14 through 18 to apply to join the Council’s new Girls Committee. Participants will share about their experiences and perspectives to help make Illinois a place where all girls can thrive.
Applications to the Girls Committee are due by February 16, 2021. If you have any questions or experience any technical issues accessing or submitting the application, please contact Council member Jackie Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 590-4327.
Middle School Exploratory/Elective Course Selections for 2021-2022
Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school students should have received exploratory/elective course selection sheets in the mail. These need to be filled out, signed by a parent or guardian, and returned to your elementary school (for 5th graders) or middle school by Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
Descriptions of the explore options can be found on both of the Thompson and Wredling websites under the Academics tab. Replacement forms are on both schools’ websites at the bottom of the home page as well.
Any and all current 5th grade students are welcome to sign up for Band and Choir for 6th grade, even if they did not participate in band or choir this year as a 5th grader! Students in middle school will be allowed to play band instruments and sing at school as long as the health situation continues to improve. Band Instrument selection will take place prior to the start of the 6th grade school year. More information will be communicated about the band instrument selection process this spring by the elementary school band teachers. If you have further questions, please contact the band or music teacher at your elementary school.
Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have questions.
- TMS 6th Grade Counselor 21-22: Leigh Gary
- TMS 7th Grade Counselor 21-22: Christy Jolaoso
- TMS 8th Grade Counselor 21-22: Chris Fedyski
We are excited to provide these learning opportunities for our middle school students!
All players will need to have a current physical and sign a waiver in order to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wilke, Mr. Patrick, Mr. Otterby, Mrs. Wainwright, or Mr. O'Connor by email or in person.
Early Release Mondays
Early release Mondays will continue next Monday and run through the remainder of the year. All students will be following the Early Release Bell Schedule (found on the Thompson website) and the school day will conclude at 2:42 pm. Buses will leave Thompson shortly after the dismissal bell. The office will be open until 4:00 pm if you have any transportation concerns.
Remaining 2021 early release Mondays:
- February 8, 22
- March 1, 8, 15, 22
- April 5, 12, 19, 26
- May 3, 10, 17, 24
Please call the main office at (331) 228-3100 if you have any questions.
Please contact the St. Charles Park District if you have any questions about this opportunity.
Saints Tutoring Thunder 2020-2021
The Saint's tutoring Thunder (STT) club provides students with an opportunity to receive help on homework, projects, and/or comprehension of material that they are learning in classes. The Saint's tutoring Thunder (STT) club is available for both students attending in-person or remotely. This club meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Parents can sign their child up for this tutoring and/or students can sign up themselves!
STT allows students to meet virtually with a Thompson club supervisor and a St. Charles East Sophomore tutor from 4:15 until 5:00 pm. The Thompson club supervisor will facilitate the after school support while supervising the high school students tutoring our students.
Sign-ups are available Thursday-Monday for the following week. This ensures that we have the correct amount of tutors for our students. You can click here to sign up for Saint's tutoring Thunder club. Once your student has been signed up, they will receive an invite link in their email.
AAUW Writing Contest for 7th and 8th Grade Students
Attention 7th and 8th graders: Do you like to write? Do you have a story that you are really proud of? Or a poem that you wrote this past year? Maybe an essay or report that is awesome?
Then the 42nd Annual AAUW Creative Writing Contest could be for you! Please click on this link for more details. Entries are due by February 19, 2021.
What does home/remote learning look like for our students? We want to capture those pictures in our yearbook! Please upload your photos by clicking on this tab or emailing them to Robert.Harmon@d303.org.
Middle School Transfers - Request period open from Feb. 1-Feb. 26
Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation. Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at 331-228-2397.
D303 Remote Learning Resources for Students and Parents
Chromebook Device Exchange
Dates to Remember
Monday, February 8 - Early Release Monday
Thursday, February 11 - PTO Meeting (virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
Monday, February 15 - Presidents' Day Holiday - Schools are Closed
Monday, February 22 - Early Release Monday
Friday, February 26 - School Improvement Day - No school for students
Monday, March 1 - Early Release Monday
Monday, March 8 - Early Release Monday
Thursday, March 11 - PTO Meeting (virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
Friday, March 12 - End of the 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 15 - Early Release Monday
Friday, March 19 - Report cards are available in H.A.C.
Monday, March 22 - Early Release Monday
Friday, March 26 - School Improvement Day - No school for students
Monday, March 29 - Start of Spring Break Week - No school for students
Monday, April 5 - School resumes
Monday, April 5 - Early Release Monday
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Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal
Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator