Thompson Friday Forecast
November 11, 2022
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Patriot’s Pen Patriotic Essay Writing Competition and Veterans Day
Nationwide, the VFW sponsors a yearly youth essay competition that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. This year the theme was “My Pledge to Our Veterans.” Thompson had more than 50 8th graders participate in this essay contest. Winners will be announced in December.
In honor of Veterans Day today, Service Learning students wrote thank you cards to veterans, 7th grade students wrote notes to veterans which were delivered to nursing homes, and we honored 29 veterans in our building with an assembly and breakfast. We would also like to acknowledge the service of Mr. Patrick Shannon, one of our Dean’s Assistants, who served in the United States Marine Corps. I would like to thank all of the veterans in our community for your service to our country.
In an effort to ensure the safety of all, students should not arrive at school before 8:00 am when there is adult supervision available. Students who are driven to school in the morning should be dropped off at door #3 and will not enter the building before 8:00 am. Students who are attending regularly scheduled morning activities should enter through Door #1 and report to the classroom. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe!
Have a great weekend~
i-Ready Mid-Year Diagnostics
The i-Ready Mid-Year Diagnostics for both reading and math will be conducted after Thanksgiving Break. Our testing schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday, November 30th: i-Ready Math Diagnostic - 8:40am - 10:40am
Thursday, December 1st: i-Ready Reading Diagnostic - 8:40am - 10:40am
Diagnostic makeups will take place from Friday, December 2nd-Friday, December 16th. The information provided from this diagnostic will be used to identify student growth and help teachers plan for future instruction and will provide opportunities for students to work on their personal pathway. Please click here to access an informational letter from Mr. Dave Chizsar, the D303 Director of Assessment and Accountability. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s counselor for assistance. Have a wonderful weekend!
8th Grade Students High School Counselor Visit
On Tuesday, November 29th, all 8th grade students will be meeting with their high school counselors for a 45 minute presentation. For this meeting, students will need their Chromebooks as they will be learning how to locate information on the high school websites in preparation for course registration which will take place in late January.
We will be hosting these meetings during 2nd period from 9:30 - 10:15 am.
St. Charles North Football Playoff Information
Football State Quarterfinals
Home vs. St. Rita, November 12th at 1pm
In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all of our spectators in attendance, please take a moment to review some important reminders regarding the game.
- Kick-off is at 1pm
- Gates will open at 11:45 am.
- Tailgating is not permitted.
- No backpacks/drawstring bags, or outside food or beverages are allowed.
- All students under high school age must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
- No re-entry into the stadium is allowed.
- Use of profanity, taunting, including racial remarks of any kind, throwing objects, and possessing objects that block the view of other spectators are PROHIBITED.
Tickets will be sold at the gate as well as online. All tickets are general admission. Due to the IHSA ticket guidelines, no passes will be accepted. Online tickets can be purchased through the GoFan link. Online tickets are $7.00. Tickets purchased at the gate are cash only and will be sold for $8.00. The game will also be live streamed via the NFHS Network (subscription fee is required).
All D303 students must purchase a ticket for this and all IHSA playoff events. Please contact our athletic office at 331-228-6258 with any questions related to this game or any of the IHSA playoff events.
The Thompson PTO Spirit Wear store is open! New items are available. Order by November 15th; delivery before Winter Break.
Donations for the TMS Health Office
On occasion, students come to the Health Office and need more than an ice pack or a band-aide. While we keep a limited supply on hand, we do need to replenish these items periodically. We would appreciate your donations. Please drop them off in the main office through Door 1.
Thank you for your generosity!
Builders Club Community Service Event
Builders Club is volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank on November 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm. We need at least ten students each with a parent, guardian, or older sibling, to volunteer with us. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to spend time with one another while at the same time serving the community. The October volunteer group did an amazing job! Our Thompson volunteer group packed 6,977 pounds of food providing 5,814 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois!
If your student along with a parent or older sibling are able to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org that you will be attending by Thursday, November 10. Please include in your response the following: 1) Names of each person volunteering and 2) Email address. Please click here for more information.
The food bank greatly appreciates your being able to spend a few hours supporting our hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois. If you have volunteered before, you know that this is a rewarding experience. If you have not had this experience before, we believe you will discover that it is a rewarding experience, too.
Check out the Daily Announcements and join in the fun activities happening at TMS.
TMS After School Tutoring Program
'North Stars Helping Thunder' is an after school tutoring program where St. Charles North High School Honors students help our Thunder students with their homework. This program runs from 3:45 - 4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the LRC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Romano (Sarah.email@example.com) or Diane Pollilo (Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org), Thompson Staff Facilitators. Please consider encouraging your child to take advantage of these resources!
After School Activity Bus
D303's commitment to educating students extends to our families. Parent University is our way of empowering parents and guardians to support their children’s academic, social and emotional needs through a series of information sessions.
Parent University - First Phone
First Phone: A Pre-Tween’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety and Etiquette
Presented by Dr. Catherine Pearlman
First Phone is a fun and informative illustrated kids’ guide to safely and productively navigating the digital landscape. Author Dr. Catherine Pearlman joins Parent University in a conversation on digital etiquette for children ages 8-12.
November 16, 2022 - Virtual
Those who register can receive free copies of the book at St. Charles Public Library or by requesting a copy be sent home with their child. Recording will be available after the presentation
Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above! Facebook: @ThompsonMiddleSchoolPTO
Dates to Remember
- Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23 - Non Attendance Days
- Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break
- Wednesday, November 30 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
- Wednesday, November 30 - Math i-Ready Diagnostic - 8:40 - 10:40 am
- Thursday, December 1 - Reading i-Ready Diagnostic - 8:40 - 10:40 am
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal
Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator