Thompson Friday Forecast
February 14, 2020
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
School will be closed next Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of the Presidents’ Day Holiday! Enjoy your long weekend!
Thank you to all of the Thompson students, parents, and staff for celebrating H.O.P.E. Week at Thompson. A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Jolaoso and Mrs. Walker for their efforts to organize such a meaningful week. Most importantly, a huge thank you goes out to all of our Thompson students who continue to care for one another and reach out to a trusted adult if help is needed.
The 5Essentials Survey (Parent Satisfaction Survey) is set to close today. If you have not done so already, please participate in this process by clicking on the following link https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/. We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your suggestions for improvement!
Looking Towards Next Year
As we approach spring, the Thompson staff has already begun planning for your child’s transition to the next grade level. A big part of this involves the scheduling process. It begins by taking a look at the anticipated school population for next year. Based on these numbers, core teams are built and adjusted to take into consideration student needs. Next, the development of Exploratory and Physical Education rotations takes place, followed then by developing specific class period offerings. This is a complex process involving many variables, which is why this process begins during the winter.
To that end...parents of current 6th and 7th grade students, while we do not accept specific team requests, we do want your input regarding your child’s educational needs. If your child has a specific learning style need, placement issues, or social/emotional concerns that you want to share, please let your grade level counselor know so that we can find the best possible fit for your child as a learner. Please send this information on or before March 20, 2020.
This year’s 6th and 7th grade counselors:
6th Grade Counselor – Chris Fedyski (Christina.Fedyski@d303.org)
7th Grade Counselor – Leigh Gary (Leigh.Gary@d303.org)
See you back at school on Tuesday!
7th Grade Career Day
We value the connection between education and the real world, therefore, we are looking for parent volunteers to come in and speak to our students on March 27th. Speakers will be asked to come to school from 8:30 - 11:00 am and will be giving 20 minute presentations to four different small groups of students.
Thank you for helping make this a meaningful experience for our students! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer to be a speaker or have any questions.
Mrs. Lorie Michaels
PTO Thunder Spiritwear
The PTO webstore to purchase Thunder spiritwear is now open until April 6th! Please click here to view the options provided by The Hairy Ant. Items will be delivered to Thompson by April 14th.
Please support the St. Charles Education Foundation!
There are a few tickets left for the 25th annual gala on February 22, 2020. But even if you can’t attend, you can still support the foundation! In addition to bidding on some fantastic baskets, anyone can buy e-raffle tickets for a chance to win $500 cash or $500 in D303 fees!
The best part is that all the proceeds go right back into D303 schools! For more information, please visit this website - https://e.givesmart.com/events/eYs/i/.
Upcoming Non-Attendance Days
Schools will be closed on Monday, February 17th for Presidents’ Day. And Friday, February 28th is a non-attendance day for students due to a Teacher Institute Day. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 331-228-3100.
Enjoy your long weekends!
St. Charles Public Library Renovation
Beginning next month, the St. Charles Public Library will be closed temporarily for an estimated three to four weeks while they move to their temporary location at 305 S. 9th Street. They will be there for the duration of the renovation, which is expected to take 12-14 months.
Continue to check their website, social media and newsletter, Discover Your Library, for information and updates during their move and renovation.
Annual Vision and Hearing Screenings
The annual vision and hearing screenings mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health will be completed February 18th through February 21st at Thompson. All 8th grade students, those in Special Education Programs, those students new to D303, and those whose teachers have requested will be screened. If your child has glasses, please remind them to bring them on those days.
Please contact Diane Isbrandt, RN at 331-228-3104 with questions or concerns.
Breakfast at Thompson
Our Thompson Thunder students have the opportunity to purchase breakfast when they arrive to school each day. OrganicLife offers breakfast beginning at 7:30 am. A breakfast ‘meal’ is $1.60. Click here for more information.
Middle School Transfer Requests
Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3rd. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28th. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation. Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
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. Contact Kim Walters (email@example.com or 331-228-6410) if you have any questions or need financial assistance. Or stop in the main office during conferences!
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.
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Dates to Remember
Monday, February 17 - Presidents’ Day Holiday
- Friday, February 21 - End of the M4 Health Rotation
- Monday, February 24 - Start of the M5 Health Rotation
Friday, February 28 - No school for students - Teacher Institute Day
Friday, February 28 - Middle School Transfer requests are due
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