Thompson Friday Forecast

March 15, 2019

From the Principal...Steve Morrill


This week, our 6th graders had the privilege of hearing a presentation by Jarrett Payton. Mr. Payton has created The Jarrett Payton Foundation which is “committed to positively impacting the lives of children and adolescents physically, emotionally, and psychologically by creating and providing programs that present them with a wide variety of opportunities specifically designed to develop their leadership skills and enrich their lives.” (

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Payton (Walter’s son, for those of you from my generation) motivated our 6th grade students and staff with inspirational words of resilience, “writing your best story”, and striving to help others. The students were engaged in his message and excited to listen to the former professional athlete and current media personality. Some students were even lucky enough to have their picture taken with Jarrett. This presentation was a complement to the message our 7th and 8th graders heard last quarter during an assembly featuring Matt Wilhelm. Matt is a BMX Flatland rider and motivational speaker who spoke of perseverance, bullying, kindness, and resilience.

When our school has the opportunity to hear from presenters such as these, we always attempt to capitalize on the opportunity for a teachable moment by taking the opportunity to process these assemblies with students in the classroom setting as well. If you are the parent of a 6th grader and have a moment, I encourage you to ask your child what his or her take away was from Jarrett’s speech. If you are a parent from our 7/8 building, I encourage you to visit to familiarize yourself with Jarrett’s organization.


Our next Principal Coffee will take place on Thursday, April 4th from 9:30 -10:30 am at the 7/8 center. This time is structured so that I can be available to speak with parents and answer any questions that might be presented. I look forward to meeting with Thompson parents!

Enjoy your weekend!


Spirit Week at Thompson

Our Thompson Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Week next week!

  • Monday, March 18: "St. Patrick's Day" - Look like a leprechaun! Go all out and wear green!
  • Tuesday, March 19: Sports Day - support your favorite sports team - wear jerseys, colors, and team shirts!
  • Wednesday, March 20: Cozy Day - wear whatever makes you feel warm and cozy!
  • Thursday, March 21: Tropical Day - travel to your favorite tropical island to welcome spring!
  • Friday, March 22: Thunder Pride Day - wear your Thunder colors with pride!

Join in the fun and show your school spirit!

Track and Field Practice

Track and Field practice begins on Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th for 7th and 8th grade girls and boys. Practice will be from 3:45 - 5:00 pm. All athletes must have a current physical on file before they can practice. Please see the attached handout for more information about the season or visit the Track page on the Thompson website.

Operation Snowlake

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 or call 331-228-6717. Registration forms for the event can be found in the main office at Thompson and Wredling Middle School Campuses.

Registration forms can also be found linked here as well.

St. Charles North Dance Team Tryouts

Attention all dancers attending St. Charles North next year! Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Dance Team will be held in April. A parent and dancer mandatory informational meeting will be on April 4th at 6:00 pm in room 302 at St. Charles North. Tryout dates will be April 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Small Gym and the full tryout will be April 17th in the Mezzanine from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Coach Andrea at Make sure you follow us on Twitter: @SCNDT1 and on Facebook: @SCNDance

SCN Youth Football Camp March 16th

Every spring St. Charles North High School runs a fun and educational football camp for 1st - 8th grade students. The camp is 2 1/2 hours long and is complete with leadership, football skill and Iron Star Character training. Join the North Stars on Saturday, March 16th at this special event!
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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 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


331-228-3401 (fax)

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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.

Fiction on the Fox

Fiction on the Fox, an annual community writing event for middle school and high school students, is being held on May 17th at the Baker Community Center. If your child enjoys creative writing, please encourage them to submit their piece to be shared at this special event. Students should send pieces to Please email Lizzy Vander Woude or Megan Keane with questions!

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Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above!

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, March 18 - Spirit Week at Thompson!
  • Monday, March 25 - Spring Break through March 29
  • Monday, April 1 - School Resumes
  • Thursday, April 4 - Principal Coffee - 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • Thursday, April 11 - PTO Meeting from 9:00 - 10:00 am at the 6th grade center
  • 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

Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal