Thompson Friday Forecast

December 6, 2019

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

We enjoyed seeing so many families in our building for conferences on November 25th and 26th! I hope that you found the time productive. If you could spend a few minutes, we would appreciate your feedback. Please complete this short conference feedback google form.

Thank you to the PTO and all of the parents who provided our staff with a delicious, hot meal on Monday night during conference week! This was appreciated by all!

Every year, District 303 conducts a satisfaction survey that gives us meaningful feedback from our students, teachers and parents. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about Thompson Middle School. The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through February 14, 2020. To take the survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey. We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide Thompson Middle School with your input!

The PTO is once again providing our staff with a sweet treat this holiday season! Please click on the link below and email if you have questions.

The 2nd quarter ends in two weeks on December 20th. Please take a few minutes to make sure that your child’s assignments are in. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teachers.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support of Thompson Middle School!

Enjoy your weekend!


Grade Level Amazing Races!

Mark your calendars as the grade level Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunts will be held after school the week we return from Winter Break. There will be prizes for winners, raffle prizes, and food. These will take place from 3:30 - 5:00 pm on:

  • 6th Grade - Tuesday, January 7th

  • 7th Grade - Wednesday, January 8th

  • 8th Grade - Thursday, January 9th

These events are supported by the Thompson PTO. Thank you!

All students are encouraged and invited to attend these free events! What a great way to start out the new year!

Spirit Week – December 16th – December 20th

Monday, December 16th – Cozy Day (be comfortable and wear your favorite sweats or pajamas)

Tuesday, December 17th – Summer in December (Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, etc.)

Wednesday, December 18th – Grade level Decade Day

  • 6th grade – 60’s
  • 7th grade – 70’s
  • 8th grade – 80’s

Thursday, December 19th – Thunder Thursday/Team Sports Day (wear spirit wear to support TMS or your favorite sports team)

Friday, December 20th – Holiday! To celebrate our upcoming holidays, dress in red or green or wear your ugliest holiday sweater!

Volunteers wanted!

The Thompson Builders Club is a club focused on community service. To date, over the past three months, our group has helped pack 8,815 pounds of food providing 7,346 meals! Students looking for service hours can earn them by volunteering with us! Our next date is Thursday, December 12th and it is always the second Thursday of each month.

If you would like to join us, please email Dave Simone for more information. The dates that we will be volunteering are 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/12, 4/9, and 5/14. We look forward to sharing this experience with you! You do not need to be a member of Builders Club to join us!

Holiday Cookies

Help make our staff at Thompson have a sweet treat this holiday season!

Drop off homemade treats in disposable containers, drop in the main office anytime on Tuesday, December 17th or up until 9:00am on the morning of the 18th of December.

Assembling and distribution will take place on Wednesday, December 18th from 10:00am to Noon in Thompson's main office conference room.

What can you bake? Anything your family loves! We ask that you donate in increments of 2 dozen, anything from cookies, brownies or any holiday sweet treat. These will be boxed up and given to each staff member. If you make GLUTEN free or NUT free cookies, please label them that way BEFORE you drop them off! If possible, please no chocolate chip cookies. If you have any questions please contact

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School Year Calendars

The D303 School Board approved calendars for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Please note several changes:

  • Parent-teacher conferences are now scheduled in October on the Thursday and Friday before Columbus Day.
  • Thanksgiving week is a non-attendance week.
  • School Improvement days will be two full days.

They are still determining the arrival and dismissal times for next year but the order will be high school, elementary school, middle school. Specific times will be finalized prior to winter break.

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SmartSocial App

Recently District 303 hosted national digital citizenship speaker Josh Ochs at both our middle and high schools, and as part of our Parent University series. During his presentation with students, Josh spoke about the importance of creating a positive online profile. His evening presentation to parents focused on ways to keep children safe online, including what apps children can use safely and which ones to avoid.

Because he spoke in our district, all our families have the opportunity to register for a free one-year subscription to his Digital Driver’s Ed program. This resource provides information about current social media trends, statistics, and app guides. In addition, there are webinars that teach both parents and students about how to create a positive online presence. You must register by January 21, 2020 to take part in the free 12-month offer.

Here’s how you can access this resource:

You will be given a username/password to log into the program. Your login information provides you with access to the videos and online workshops.

If you were unable to attend Josh’s presentation, there are links to both an audio and video version in the membership area of his website.

Thompson Yearbook

Every year, Thompson students publish a Thompson Yearbook. Students who decide to purchase a yearbook are given this keepsake at the end of the school year. Buying a yearbook is optional and not all students choose to own one. The price of the yearbook is $25.

Have you ordered your Thompson 19-20 Yearbook? You can check your PushCoin account to see if you have purchased one by going to 'transactions' and then adjusting the start date back to April 1, 2019. We are extending the due date for ordering books to Thursday, January 16, 2020. Contact Kim Walters ( or 331-228-6410) if you have any questions or need financial assistance. Or stop in the main office during conferences!

Holiday Lights Recycling

Thompson is proud to be participating in the Holiday Lights Recycling program sponsored by American In Bloom - St. Charles, Elgin Recycling, and the City of St. Charles! In the past two years, these organizations have kept over 6000 pounds of lights out of landfills.

Drop off working or non-working Holiday Lights to the large bin in our main foyer. These include:

  • Traditional Holiday Lights

  • LED Holiday Lights

  • Italian Mini Holiday Lights

  • Rope Lights

  • Extension Cords

Please do not drop off prelit garland, wreaths, trees, or lighted lawn decorations or ornaments. Thank you for your support!

D303 Parent University Offerings for 2019-2020

Join us for Parent University programs aimed at engaging local experts, parents and school staff in conversations about ways in which we can collectively strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.

Parent University Book Study

District 303 Parent University presents our second annual book study when we read "The Whole Brain Child" by Dr. Dan Siegel.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. Conversations will be based upon the book as well as supplemental workbook activities.

Study sessions will be offered during both morning and evening times at the following locations:

Baker Community Center (101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles)

Fox Ridge in the LRC (1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles)

Please register here by November 30 so we can order a book for you! Then let us know when you will pick up your book.

Book Pickup December 9, 2019

10:00-11:00 a.m. in the D303 Board Room

5:30-6:30 p.m. in the D303 Board Room

Join us for the book study sessions on the following dates:

February 13, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 27, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 12, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

Crossing Guard Opening

Calling any Thompson Parents/Guardians! If you have an interest in expanding your daily experiences, we are in need of three additional crossing guards. Each position would support morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. The hours are 7:40 to 8:30 am and 3:15 to 4:00 pm at $35/day. This position is posted on the district website. If you have questions about the position, please contact the main office at (331) 228-3100.
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Thompson PTO

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

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, December 12 - PTO meeting from 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Friday, December 20 - End of the 2nd Quarter
  • Monday, December 23 - January 3 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6 - Teacher Work Day - No school for students
  • Tuesday, January 7 - School Resumes
  • Tuesday, January 7 - Start of the 3rd quarter
  • Friday, January 10 - End of the M3 Health Rotation
  • Monday, January 13 - Start of the M4 Health Rotation
  • Thursday, January 16 - PTO meeting from 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Schools are closed
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Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

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