Thompson Friday Forecast
September 4, 2020
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
This past Tuesday evening was Thompson’s Virtual Curriculum Night. Ms. Legenski, Ms. Vander Woude, and Ms. Chuipek provided the structure and leadership for our teachers to create such an important venue for parents to access information regarding their middle school learners. Kudos to the three of them for creating such a great platform for both in-house and remote families to refer to throughout the year. If you were unable to view this information on Tuesday, you can now find it on the Thompson webpage.
Supporting your child’s school and sitting down with him/her to view this curriculum night information sends a strong message to your child about the importance of school. As parents, we have the greatest influence on our children. Being engaged in school functions, whether in person or virtually, sends children the strong message that their education is important and significant. Thanks for supporting your student’s learning at Thompson Middle School.
Today is our district’s first School Improvement Day of the year. Although students are not in the building, our Thunder staff is busy honing our skills. Much of our teacher learning is focusing on instructional modules designed to support both remote and in-person facilitation and affectively, we will continue our work with social emotional learning objectives for both students and staff.
Please enjoy the gift of time these extra long weekends provide. Enjoy your families!
Middle School Student Schedules
Parents and Guardians: Please note that, as some families and students are choosing to move from in-person to remote learning, we must continue to make adjustments to student schedules, which in most cases may also include a change in teacher. When class sections become too small or large based on these adjustments, your child’s schedule may also need to be adjusted. Although our preference is to keep consistency in our scheduling, please understand that it has become necessary to accommodate the choices families are making for their children. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to balance all of the different constraints we are managing during the pandemic.
How to Certify Your Child Each Day Before School
Remote Academy Learning Resources
Welcome to remote learning! Remember that remote students have classes every day. Below are resources for our full remote learners:
You can check the attendance for any of your students at any time by logging into the Home Access Center and clicking on the attendance tab to view. Toggle between students using the arrow in the upper right hand corner.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the main office at (331) 228-3100! We are here to help!
Please click on the button to view the schedule for in-school attendance for the month of September. These dates can also be found on the Thompson calendar.
Fall Food Service
The middle school food vendor is OrganicLife again this year. District 303 has collaborated with our food service vendors to provide grab and go meals for students to enjoy at home. As we move into the school year, we want to make you aware of procedures for making sure that students continue to receive meals, whether they are learning in-person or remotely. Please review the information attached to this Friday Forecast from the District Office.
Click here to view the Food Services website with a link to the daily menus.
Breakfast: $1.60; Reduced Breakfast: $0.30
Lunch: $2.90; Reduced Lunch: $0.40
Milk: $0.60 (when purchased separately from meals)
Due to COVID-19, the school district is no longer accepting check payments and cash at the schools. Parents will need to use PushCoin to apply funds.
The first attendance day of classes is Wednesday, August 19th. Students will not be in attendance on Tuesday, November 3rd.
School Fees & Food Waivers for 2020-2021
SCHOOL FEES WAIVER: The school fees waiver will ONLY be a PAPER application since there is financial documentation required for income verification. A family can only qualify for a free waiver of fees; there are no reduced fees. The application is on the district website. Questions regarding school fee waivers - Sharon Wlezien at 331-228-5417
FOOD WAIVER: Only one application needs to be completed for each household. Please include ALL family members that live in the household (even those not attending a school). Applications are posted on the district website. In addition, paper applications are available at the schools and the Administration Building as in years past. Unlike the school fees, families can qualify for Reduced. Questions regarding food waivers - Patti Townsend 331-228-6529
Families directly certified by the State of Illinois for the 2020-2021 school year will receive FREE FOOD and their FEES will be WAIVED. If your family is qualified by the state, you do NOT need to complete either application. You should have received an approval letter in the mail in July.
Picture Retake Days and Yearbook Photos
We want to make sure that all students and staff members are included in our yearbook this year! If you did not get your picture taken, and cannot come to Thompson for picture make up days, please upload your own portrait to:
- Access code: thompsonms
Mr. Harmon, one of our yearbook advisors, created this video to show you how easy it is to upload your child's portrait.
If you have any questions, please call the Main Office (331) 228-3100.
Dates to Remember
- Friday, September 4 - No School for Students - Teacher Institute Day
- Monday, September 7 - No School for Students - Labor Day Holiday
- Thursday, September 10 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
- Wednesday, October 14 - Picture Retake Day
- Thursday, October 15 - Picture Retake Day
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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