Thompson Friday Forecast
Summer Edition #2 - August 2, 2019
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Happy last week of summer to all!
Our Material Pick-Up Days are next Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm each day. Please see the information below in this Friday Forecast for more information about these days. Parents please pick up your student's schedule in the cafeteria when coming to material pick up days. There were a few room updates since we first opened schedules in the Home Access Center last week.
Be on the lookout for more information regarding student arrival and dismissal designated areas for our walkers, busers, and those who are dropped off by a parent. We have been partnering with our transportation department, facility department, as well as the St. Charles Police Department to develop a plan that puts student safety first!
Just a reminder that a tutorial time of 24 minutes is included in our middle school schedule. The school start and end times will not be changing, however this additional time will be used to provide students access to teachers to receive clarification, support, and guidance. On the first day of school, before their lunch/tutorial time, staff will work with students so they will be able to navigate their schedule during that portion of the day.
Also, our school improvement days will look a little different from previous years. Our SIP days will be ½ days of attendance for students. At the middle school level, students will be released at 12:10 pm while teachers will be engaged in professional learning for the remainder of the day.
Enjoy the final days of summer!
PTO Volunteers Needed for Material Pick-Up Days
Thank you to all of the folks that have signed up to volunteer at material pick up days! We really appreciate all the help to make these two days run smoothly. We do have a few slots to fill. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please see the sign-up link below!
Thank you from the PTO!
Material Pick-Up Days
What can students do on material pick-up days?
- Get a copy of their schedule
- Walk their schedule
- Put supplies in their lockers
- Purchase PTO Spirit Wear
- Learn more about opportunities to get involved with the PTO
- Contribute to the PTO Write-a-Check campaign
- 7th & 8th graders pick up their Chromebook (6th grade after the school year starts)
- Pick up locks, calculators, and heart rate monitor straps (free to 6th graders and new students)
- Get answers to any scheduling questions
- Meet our new food service vendor - OrganicLife
- Sign the Drill Team Kick-a-thon banner
What won't we be doing on material pick-up days?
- Taking student portraits and getting IDs made. This will be done during the school day on Wednesday, August 21st.
Families new to D303 are invited to meet with Mr. Morrill on Wednesday, August 7th at 5:30 pm.
Please call the main office if you have any questions at 331-228-3100.
When students finish their book, they should either 1) print and complete the book log, OR 2) complete the Student Summer Reading google form. While reading ONE book is expected, we would love to see all Thompson students finish multiple books this summer. Students will participate in an activity related to their chosen book during the first week of class.
Thompson teachers and administrators love summer reading too!
Thanks for attending our Wednesday Summer Reading Meet-Ups at the Saint Charles Public Library. Remember- it is not too late to complete the public library's summer reading program (deadline is Aug. 11th) AND you also still have time to meet your TMS summer reading requirement (at least one book of your choice read by the first day of school) We can't wait to discuss all of exciting things you have been reading during our first week back!
Your TMS Reading Specialists
Sign up for Next Week's Summer Camps!
It's not too late to attend a summer athletic camp next week! Join us for these fun activities and meet new friends! Summer sports camps offered at Thompson Middle School include:
Girls Volleyball - August 5-9
- 7th Grade - 8:00 - 9:30 am
- 5th-6th Grade - 9:30 - 11:00 am
- 8th Grade - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Football - August 5-9
- 6th-8th Grade - 8:00 - 10:00 am
Girls and Boys Cross Country - August 5-9
- 6th-8th Grade - 8:00 - 9:30 am
Cheerleading - August 5-9
- 6th-8th Grade - 2:15 - 3:45 pm
The cost is $70 per child and includes a T-shirt. These camps are a great way to learn new skills, make new friends, meet the coaches, and have fun!
Online Check, Credit Card, and Debit Card payments now being accepted. Please visit d303.org and click on the PushCoin Web Store
The summer camp brochure is also linked to this Friday Forecast. Registration can be completed by visiting PushCoin or returning the forms to the main office on Monday morning.
Elementary and middle school bus route schedules will be available on e-link at noon on Wednesday, August 7th. High school bus route information will be available at noon on August 12th. Our transportation department encourages parents to check schedules again prior to the beginning of school to see if times have been updated.
Parents can access e-link by visiting the District website at www.d303.org. Within the “For Parents” menu choose Bus Routes e-Link and login using your Home Access Center (HAC) credentials. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.
Let's Talk has launched!
St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 has launched a new communication tool that aligns with our strategic commitment to provide opportunities for parents, community members, business leaders, and intergovernmental partners to regularly engage in the activities of schools and students.
Now, when you visit our website (district.d303.org/lets-talk), or any of our school’s sites, you will notice a feature called “Let’s Talk!” highlighted in the bottom left-hand corner of the page. When you click on that button, you will be taken to a screen where you can access hot topics, district departments, and schools. Use those interest areas to submit a question, comment, suggestion, or compliment and we will respond to your message.
We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!
The format for the night will give you the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, learn about this year’s curriculum, and hear about classroom expectations while following your child’s schedule found in HAC. The evening will conclude by 8:15 pm. We hope all will be able to attend!
Thompson Phone #s
- 331-228-3100 (main line)
- 331-228-3101 (fax)
- 331-228-3104 (health office)
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SAVE THE DATE! Fox Mill 5K & Color Run Honoring Kayla Lehmann
Please join us for the Fox Mill 5K & 1-Mile Color Run/Walk on September 7, 2019 honoring Thompson graduate Kayla Lehmann. Kayla, who passed away on April 7, 2018, was a St. Charles East freshman who was passionate about music while also being an avid reader and gifted writer.
Proceeds from this year's race will benefit Kayla's Hope (www.kaylashope.org), a foundation that seeks to take away the stigma of depression and mental illness so that no one has to suffer in silence. For more information, to register, or to make a donation, please visit www.foxmill5k.com.
Dates to Remember
- Tuesday, August 6 - Material Pick up Day 2:00 - 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 7 - Material Pick up Day 2:00 - 7:00 pm
- Friday, August 9 - Optional 6th Grade Student Orientation - AM (8:00-11:00 am)
- Wednesday, August 14 - First Day of School
- Wednesday, August 21 - School Pictures/IDs taken during the school day
- Friday, August 30 - School Improvement Day - Middle school students released at 12:10 Monday, September 2 - Labor Day - No School
- Tuesday, September 3 - 6th Grade Curriculum Night for parents - 6:30 pm
- Thursday, September 5 - 7th/8th Grade Curriculum Night for parents - 6:30 pm