Thompson Friday Forecast
April 5, 2019
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
IAR TESTING AT THOMPSON
Beginning next Wednesday, April 10th and running through Wednesday, April 17th Thompson students will be taking IAR assessments. Students will take one test in the morning each day. It is important to remind students that this assessment is a brief snapshot of their academic progress. These tests are an opportunity for students to be challenged and tested. I think it is important that we emphasize them without “over emphasizing” them. Ultimately, these tests are an opportunity for our students to “show what they know!” Please make sure your child is in attendance each day unless ill. To accommodate testing, we will be running alternative schedules for all students during these assessment days.
Below, I have included a few test taking tips that I encourage you to review with your child:
- Visualize yourself doing well on these tests
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Dress comfortably
- Eat a balanced breakfast
- If you feel tense, use deep breathing to relax your mind and your muscles.
- Ask the teacher if there is a question about the test directions
Because all students will be testing on computers, any technology capable of accessing the wireless network will need to be turned off during these days of testing. This includes cell phones and any other device that could gain access to the wireless network. In addition, it is important that students charge their Chromebooks each night in preparation for the following day’s testing.
THIRD QUARTER REPORT CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE HOME ACCESS CENTER
Third quarter report cards are now posted in the Home Access Center. As we begin the “final stretch” of the year, this is a great time to have a conversation with your middle schooler about his or her progress. If you are having trouble accessing HAC, please contact the main office. If you have any questions about your child’s performance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers.
Enjoy your weekend!
PTO Meeting - April 11th
Bernie's Book Bank Drive
Sign up for Summer Camps!
D303 offers a variety of summer school, athletic and music camp opportunities at our schools.
Visit our Summer School & Camps page to view brochures that provide detailed information on
the various offerings and grade levels served for each offering at each school. Summer camp brochures are also linked to this Friday Forecast. Registration can be completed by visiting PushCoin or returning the forms to the main offices.
Fox Valley Girls Coding Club (FVGCC) Mini Hack-a-thon
This year's Fox Valley Girls Coding Club (FVGCC) Mini Hack-a-thon will take place on Monday, June 10, 2019. This hack-a-thon will give girls an opportunity to create a project with both a software and hardware component, utilizing Python, Codesters, and Makey Makey. The middle school girls will be mentored by high school girls who are part of FVGCC. The event will take place at the Fox.Build Maker Space in St. Charles. A flyer is attached to this Friday Forecast.
Do you have a talent that you’re willing to share? The St. Charles Public Library is having a Talent Showcase on Friday, April 12th at 5:30 pm. If you’re interested in performing try-outs are next week on Monday, April 8th from 4:00 - 9:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome to participate: children, teens, and adults! Permission slips are required and can be found at the Library’s ASK ME Desk in the Youth Services Department. There are only 21 spots available! All costumes, music, and performances must be approved to star in the Talent Showcase and are limited to 5 minutes. Check out our website for more details!
It is time for the Annual Operation Snowflake event! This year, the event for all D303 middle school students is scheduled for April 18, 2019 at Wredling. The event itself will run from 3:30 pm until 9:00 pm.
What is Snowflake?
Operation Snowflake is a leadership organization which focuses on building leadership capacity in middle school students. Snowflake also has a prevention focus, which helps adolescents and teens to help themselves, their peers and their community. The focus on attitudes, feelings and education provides the basis for personal growth.
Who can attend?
The event is open to any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student at Thompson and Wredling. Transportation from Thompson to Wredling will be provided the day of the event.
What is the cost for the students?
The total cost for Operation Snowflake is $25. This fee includes dinner, snacks, workshop materials, a t-shirt and hours of fun and games. Scholarships for this event are available.
Why do we have an event?
More and more, we are hearing that many of the most difficult situations that teens face stem from middle school. Operation Snowflake is an opportunity for students to make connections with positive peer and adult role models.
If you have any questions, please contact Jolene Weir at Jolene.Weir@d303.org or call 331-228-6717. Registration forms for the event can be found in the main office at Thompson and Wredling Middle School Campuses.
A reminder from the school nurse…
State legislation requires that all Illinois children in Sixth Grade have a dental examination. A licensed dentist must perform the examination, and he or she shall sign the form. Dental offices should have the form available, but it is available online at www.d303.org under Departments, then Health Services, then “Health Documents and Forms”. Each child must present proof of a dental examination by a dentist prior to May 15, 2019. The exam must be dated within 18 months prior to May 15, 2019. If your child has had an exam already, you can ask your dentist to complete the form for the exam.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a waiver for children who show undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. Parents or legal guardians who object to the dental examinations on religious grounds shall present to the school a signed, detailed statement of the objection.
The deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit this if you have not already done so.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Diane Isbrandt RN, PEL-CSN
Thompson Middle School
Parent University - Angst Follow-Up Session # 3
Join us on April 16th to learn strategies to assist and respond to your child when they are feeling anxious. A representative from Tri-City Family Services, along with D303 staff will offer insight on how to help your child deal with anxiety. This session will take place in the Wild Rose LRC from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Please click here for more information.
Dates to Remember
- Wednesday, April 10 - IAR Testing - April 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17
- Tuesday, April 9 - 5th Grade Parent meeting - 6:30 - 7:30 pm, 6th grade LRC
- Thursday, April 11 - PTO Meeting from 9:00 - 10:00 am at the 6th grade center
- Thursday, April 11 - 5th Grade Parent meeting - 6:30 - 7:30 pm, 6th grade LRC
- Tuesday, April 16 - Parent University - Angst Follow-up #3 at Wild Rose - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
- Thursday, April 18 - Operation Snowflake at Wredling 4:00 - 7:00 pm
- Friday, April 19 - No school for students - School Improvement Day
- Wednesday, April 24 - 5th Grade Parent & Student Open House - 6:15 - 7:30pm, 6th grade center
- Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday
- Friday, June 7 - Last Day of School (if no more 'Emergency Days' are used)
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal
Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal
Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal