Thompson Friday Forecast
March 10, 2023
From the Thompson Administration Team
End of the 3rd Quarter
Next Friday, March 17th, marks the end of the third quarter. Please make sure that your child is aware of the end of the quarter so that he/she can complete and turn in assignments. Contact your child’s teachers or counselor if you have any concerns or questions.
Looking Toward Next Year
As we approach spring, we have begun planning for your child’s transition to the next grade level. A big part of this involves the scheduling process which is complex and involves many variables.
If your child has a specific learning style need, placement issues, and/or social/emotional concerns that you would like to share, please let us know. While we do not accept specific team requests, we do want your input regarding your child’s educational needs. Please contact your child’s counselor so that we can find the best possible fit for your child as a learner. Please submit this information on or before March 24, 2023.
Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to “spring forward” on Saturday night!
Thompson Middle School
You’re invited to provide feedback on the important elements about Thompson Middle School to help guide improvements. (Está invitado a dar su opinión sobre los elementos importantes acerca de la escuela Thompson para ayudar a guiar las mejoras.)
Social Emotional Learning at Thompson Middle School
- Quarter 1 - Belonging and Relationship Skills
- Quarter 2 - Self-Awareness
- Quarter 3 - Self-Management and Responsibility
- Quarter 4 - Social Awareness
Through bi-weekly lessons and team projects, students receive explicit teaching along with opportunities to develop each quarter's skill focus. Please click here for more information and contact Lindsay Mortensen, Assistant Principal, with questions.
A reminder from the school nurse…
State legislation requires that all Illinois children in sixth grade will 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 also available online at www.d303.org under Departments, then Health Services, then “Health Documents and Forms”. Each 6th grade student must present proof of a dental examination by a dentist prior to May 15, 2023. The exam must be dated within 18 months prior to May 15, 2023. 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 the TMS nurses:
Diane Isbrandt RN, Certified School Nurse
Amy Kashuba, RN
Megan Maple, RN
Laura Welker RN
Thompson Middle School
Congratulations to our incredible Thompson cooks that competed in our Top Chef competition this past weekend! Contestants had to compete to qualify for the competition, complete a dish that used yellow or white as the competitive ingredient in a 2-hour timeframe, and present 50 samples of the dish to judges and finalists’ families with a beautiful display. Thompson had several winners - including the TOP CHEF CHAMPION: Shika Shah.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found tables are filling up! Please encourage your child to check the tables by the cafeteria to see if anything belongs to him/her! We will be donating the remaining items over Spring Break.
Illinois Science Assessment and IAR
As we plan for state testing this Spring, we would like to share some important information from Mr. Dave Chiszar, who is the D303 Director for Assessment and Accountability. Please click HERE to access his very important letter regarding upcoming testing that pertains to the 8th grade Illinois Science Assessment and the Illinois Assessment for Readiness.
Dates to remember:
8th Grade Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR)
April 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th
Things for students to bring on testing day:
Fully charged Chromebook
Please note that an alternative schedule will be run to accommodate testing on the IAR dates. Should you have any questions regarding these upcoming assessments, please feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor or myself. Thank you for your continued support!
Lindsay Mortensen, Assistant Principal
Thompson Middle School
Penny Wars PTO Fundraiser - 3/13-3/17
Are you ready for the ultimate showdown? March Madness is here and it's time to put your game face on! Get ready to participate in the most exciting fundraiser of the year - Penny Wars at Thompson Middle School!
This is your chance to show your school spirit and make a real difference. Bring your pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and add them to your team's collection. For every penny added, you'll earn one point for your team. But don't stop there - drop a silver coin into another team's bottle to take their points away.
Let the games begin! It's time to show your classmates what you're made of and compete to be the ultimate champion. With each donation, you'll be making a huge impact on the Transforming Thompson fundraiser. Every penny counts, and together we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow students.
So come on, Thompson Thunder, let's rally together and make this March Madness fundraiser one for the books! Bring your loose change, add it to your team's jar during lunch in the cafeteria, and let's see who comes out on top. The excitement is building, and the stakes are high. Are you ready to bring your A-game? Let's go!
Parents and Guardians, we need volunteers to count coins so we can get the correct tallies in points. Please consider giving your time to make this fund raiser a success! Sign up here.
St. Charles North Summer Camps
The SCN Athletic Department is excited to offer a wide variety of summer camps to our community. Information and programming can be found in our 2023 SCN Summer Camp Brochure. Please contact their Athletic Office at 331-228-6258.
Volunteer with the Thompson Builders Club!
Builders Club is a club focused on community service. They need 34 volunteers to serve at the Northern Illinois Food Bank on Thursday, April 27th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. They need at least ten students each with a parent, guardian, or older sibling, to volunteer. You do not need to be a member of Builders Club to volunteer. This is a great opportunity for parents and students to spend time with one another while at the same time serving the community.
Kayla's Hope Rock Painting Party
Please click to read a letter from the D303 Assessment and Accountability Executive Director regarding the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, the Illinois Science Assessment, and Panorama SEL survey.
Every year, the Yearbook Club publishes 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 a Thompson 22-23 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 July 1, 2022. Also, we have a list of all students who will be receiving a yearbook posted on the wall by the cafeteria. Contact Kim Walters (email@example.com or 331-228-6410) if you have any questions or need financial assistance.
Speed Stars Strength Sport Performance Camps
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.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diane Pollilo (Louise.email@example.com), Thompson Staff Facilitators. Please consider encouraging your child to take advantage of these resources!
The LRC Community Newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families.
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.
Supporting Parents in Transformational Times: Meeting the Unique Social and Emotional Needs of Their Gifted Children
Presented by Michele Kane, Ed.D.
Virtual, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
March 21, 2023
In this presentation, Michele Kane, Ed.D., will focus on the affective aspects of being gifted. Sensitivity, intensity, and perfectionism will be explored in relationship to giftedness. Michele will provide parents with effective strategies and techniques for dealing with these personality traits, as well as ways to help kids navigate the unique stressors of giftedness, especially during times of increased turmoil.
Click here to register. The presentation will be recorded and posted online when available.
All parents of Special Education students are welcome to attend this second meeting of the year.
Transition to Kindergarten
This presentation is especially for Spanish speaking families.
Seal of Biliteracy
CUSD 303 offers the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy to high school students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in English and in other languages.
Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above! Facebook: @ThompsonMiddleSchoolPTO
Dates to Remember
- Friday, March 17 - End of the 3rd Quarter
- Wednesday, March 22 - MS Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
- Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31 - Spring Break
- Monday, April 3 - School Resumes
- Wednesday, April 5 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
- Friday, April 7 - School Improvement Day - No School for Students
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Interim Principal
Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator