Thompson Friday Forecast
February 15, 2019
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
School will be closed next Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of the Presidents’ Day Holiday! Enjoy your long weekend!
Thank you to all of the Thompson students, parents, and staff for celebrating H.O.P.E. Week at Thompson. A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Jolaoso and Mrs. Walker for their efforts to organize such a meaningful week. Most importantly, a huge thank you goes out to all of our Thompson students who continue to care for one another and reach out to a trusted adult if help is needed.
VAPING IN SCHOOLS
Across the country and in St. Charles, we are seeing a significant increase in the use of vape/e-cigarette devices at the middle and high school levels. These devices may often contain addictive substances such as nicotine and THC (TetraHydroCannabinol) - often referred to as THC Oil or Dab, which are highly concentrated forms of marijuana. These devices are easy to conceal, look like jump drives/small electronics/lead pencil containers and are hard to detect when being used - they often emit a fruity/candy smell.
Below is a link to valuable information from the CDC regarding vaping devices.
We continue to be your partners in keeping all of our students safe! Moving forward, the district will be communicating resources and information regarding this topic on a regular basis.
See you back at school on Tuesday!
Illinois 5Essentials Survey Extended until March 15
The 5Essentials Survey (Parent Satisfaction Survey) was set to close today, but the state has extended the date it will remain open until Friday, March 15, 2019. We need your help to get to the necessary 20% of parents participating! If you have not done so already, please participate in this process by clicking on the following link https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/.
We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your suggestions for improvement!
Middle School Transfers
Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so through February 28, 2019. The request form is available here on the District 303 website. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so 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 are responsible for their own transportation. Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar
"Just Shave It!" Cal's Angels Event
Thompson Thunder will be partnering with Cal's Angels, a local non-profit organization, in a "Just Shave It" event. Students, parents, and friends throughout our community can raise money and shave their heads (or donate locks of hair) in order to increase pediatric cancer awareness and support a local non-profit in the process. Please click on this link to see the progress of our school’s fundraising. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 9th for an exciting event at St. Charles North beginning at 6:00 pm! Please contact Mrs. McKnight, Kristina.McKnight@d303.org, if you have any questions.
Upcoming Parent University Programs
Monday, March 4, 2019 (Rescheduled from January 30th)
Preventing and Addressing Bullying: Lessons Learned and Resources for Parents
Thompson 6th Grade Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Faculty from the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University will present practical information from their research and their work as part of a U.S. Department of Education training grant “Project Prevent and Address Bullying.” Thompson Middle School is partnering with NIU on this grant project, bringing resources that will be shared throughout the district. The faculty will present helpful knowledge, tips, and resources parents can use when navigating bullying situations.
Click here to register for this program.
February 20, 2019
Common Sense Approach to Managing Technology: Teaching Children How to Be Good Digital Citizens in the Age of Social Media, Gaming and Screen Time
Wredling Middle School – Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Technology is a part of all our lives. From phones to laptops to video games, we are more “connected” or “plugged in” than ever. How do we help our children (and ourselves) find balance when it comes to the use of technology? During this Parent University we will share tools and strategies to help create balance and set boundaries. The night will feature a panel as well as opportunities for interactive discussion. Come “hang up and hang out”!
Click here to register for this program.
Please click here to view all of the planned Parent University Programs.
Dates to Remember
- Monday, February 18 - Presidents' Day Holiday - Schools are closed
- Tuesday, February 19 - 6th Grade Amazing Race
- Wednesday, February 20 - Parent University: Managing Technology
- Saturday, February 23 - Project Dance Groovy - St. Charles North H.S. 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- Friday, March 1 - Teacher Institute Day - No school for students
- Monday, March 4 - Parent University: Preventing & Addressing Bullying
- Saturday, March 9 - "Just Shave It!" Cal's Angels Event - St. Charles North H.S. 6:00 pm
- Friday, March 15 - PTO Meeting from 9:00 - 10:00 am at the 7/8 center
- Friday, March 15 - 5Essentials Parent Survey Closes
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal
Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal
Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal