Thomas Timberwolves

School Community Newsletter 1/20/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Each year on the third Monday of January, America pays tribute to the birth, life, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Federal Holiday. This is a time to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought and to recognize his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples through nonviolence. Today we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

When we return to school tomorrow, Tuesday, 1/21 we will start the 3rd Quarter. To wrap up the 2nd quarter the staff completed our annual Winter Data Day reviews. For these data reviews, the core teachers met with school administrators and our Response to Intervention Coordinator to carefully analyze student achievement and growth. A variety of data including winter benchmarking assessments and information on grades, attendance, behavior reports, and school readiness skills were reviewed. Students can enter or exit interventions as a result. School personnel has communicated with parents and guardians of children impacted.

This time of year also brings about the start of the girl's volleyball season and has our wrestling team with two wins in their first two competitions. The next two Fridays, 1/24 & 1/31 our Ski Club will venture to Wilmot Mountain. On Saturday, 1/25 select musicians will attend the AIJB Band Festival and on Saturday, 2/1 TMS will host the Jazz Jamboree.

We are proud that our students are flourishing inside and outside of our classrooms. Creating well-rounded and balanced learners is our goal. The students are halfway done with the school year and they continue to hard work each day. Thank you for the support you are giving them. If you feel your child could benefit from extra support, please encourage your child to stay after school for Homework Club or 11th Hour or Office Hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

Newsletter Highlights:

  • MLK DAY - No School - Monday, 1/20
  • 5Essentials Surveys - Please complete the survey this week!
  • 3rd Quarter begins - Tuesday, 1/21
  • Winter MAP Reports will be sent home in backpacks - Friday, 1/24
  • 8th Grade Drug Trends Assembly & Parent Q&A Coffee -Thursday, 1/30 @ 8 AM
  • TAFT 7th Grade Parent & Student Info Night -Thursday, 1/30 @7 PM TMS Large Gym
  • PTA Student Activity Night - Friday, 2/7 from 7-9 PM
  • 6th Grade Poetry Night - Wednesday, 2/12 from 6-8 PM in TMS LMC
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - Thursday & Friday, 2/13 & 2/14

Best wishes,

Lori, Greg, & Nick


Please complete the 5Essentials Survey. We are seeking 100% parent participation in this survey! Please help us reach our goal! The survey only takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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Congratulations to the TMS Reflections Participants!!

Special thanks to the TMS PTA Reflections Co-Chairs - Kim Hemminger and Becky Brown!

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MAP Reports

All 6th & 7th grade and select 8th grade Winter MAP Reports will be sent home in backpacks on January 24th. Please ask your child for their report.

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7th Grade LORADO TAFT Trip 2020

7th Grade PARENT/STUDENT MEETING: Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 PM in the Thomas Middle School gym.

At this meeting, we will share specific information about Taft programming, view a Taft slide show, and share a list of necessary items students will need to take with them on the trip.


  • Gamma Team will attend on Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6

  • Delta Team will attend on Wednesday, May 6 - Friday, May 8

SAVE THE DATE: PTA Student Activity Night - Friday, February 7, 2020 from 7-9 PM

More information to come!

Japan Exchange 2020 Information

Please click here to check out the District 25 Japan Exchange Site for specific details on this program.

  • Japan Hosting dates: 5/14/20-5/18/20
  • Japan Traveling dates: 6/15/20-6/25/20
Japan Host or Travel Interest Form - Travel requests are due by 2/21/20.

TMS Graduation 2020 Parent/Guardian Action Items (per 1/12/20 email)



Please click on this TMS Diploma Form. In order to properly prepare the graduation programs and the diplomas, it is necessary for us to have this information by Friday, January 31, 2020. Please submit 1 form per child graduating this year. If this form is not completed by January 31, 2020, then the name you used to register your child in the PowerSchool database will be used.



Gown Measurements for 8th graders were held on Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Graduation gowns are purchased and yours to keep. You will be able to use the gown again for future siblings if you so choose. If you already have a gown from an older sibling or a friend, then you may use that gown and only pay the fee for the diploma and ribbon.

Please click here go to the AHSD25 Thomas Web Store to make your graduation gown, diploma and ribbon purchase.

At the Web Store there are two options to choose from. If you choose the diploma and ribbon only option, or the gown option is not purchased by Friday, January 31st, then NO GOWN WILL BE ORDERED. Listed below are the graduation fees for 2020. If you need to make your purchase with cash or check we will have forms available in the office.



DIPLOMA & RIBBON ONLY (Pay this if your family already has a graduation gown!)



Mark your calendars!

TMS GRADUATION 2020 - The Thomas Middle School graduation ceremony is tentatively planned for Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Hersey High School. Please keep in mind that AHSD25 has 5 emergency days, extending from June 8 to June 12, 2020. Should the emergency days be utilized this year, the date of graduation could be impacted. The official 2020 graduation ceremony date will be finalized and shared with the community in the spring.

8th GRADE PTA DANCE - Friday, May 29, 2020

8th GRADE GREAT AMERICA TRIP - Monday, June 1, 2020 (Tentative date based on emergency days)

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girl's Basketball Team - Elite 8 in State!

The girl's team was honored at the School Board Meeting last week. Way to go girls!
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SAVE THE DATE: Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - Thursday & Friday, 2/13 & 2/14

Conferences will be held:

During the day and at night on Thursday, 2/13

In the morning on Friday, 2/14

  • 8th grade conferences will be student-led and available for all students.
  • 6th & 7th grade conferences will offer both team and individual style conferences.
  • More information and sign-ups will be shared soon!

Opportunity to design a T-Shirt for Arlington Heights Council of PTA (AHCPTA)

The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs (AHCPTA) would like to invite current Kindergarteners through 7th graders to share how they “KEEP CALM” by creating a T-shirt Design and completing the phrase “Keep Calm AND ______.”

Deadline: January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Four (4) Winners will be selected to receive a *$250 D25 Summer U Voucher- one each from grades: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7. Top Winner will have design turned into a T-Shirt, and will receive a free T-shirt.

KEEP CALM T-Shirt sales will be available in early Spring. 100% profits from T-shirt sales will support 2021 AHCPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund. Everyone will be encouraged to wear the “Keep Calm ” T-shirt during Mental Health Month in May. Date to be announced.

Recipients will be chosen at the AHCPTA Meeting on February 6th and contacted shortly after. For more information and entry form:

Curious about what goes on at TMS each day? Check out our daily morning announcements for updates!

PHONE & ONLINE Absence Reporting

Absence Reporting & Requesting Homework


Click the ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING BUTTON located on the TMS homepage and complete the details on your child's absence.


1) Call the Thomas School phone number at 847-398-4260.

2) The auto-attendant will prompt you with these options:

- Press 1 to report an absence

- Press 2 to contact the school nurse

- Press 0 to remain on the line for the office.

3) Press 1 and report your child's absence.

Click here for important notes on attendance and requesting homework.

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Thomas Calendar of Events

Click this button to view the Thomas calendar of events.

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Join us for a PTA Meeting!

All meetings are from @ 7 PM and take place in the TMS LMC

Tuesday, 2/11

Wednesday, 3/11

Tuesday, 4/14

Tuesday, 5/12

AHSD 25 Community Flyers

Click on this button to view the AHSD 25 Weekly Flyers.

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Our Local Community Partners...

Link Together Coalition Meetings

All General Meetings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • January 29th – General Meeting at District 21 Gill Administration Building
  • February 26th – General Meeting at MacArthur Middle School
  • April 29th – General Meeting at River Trails Middle School

Omni Youth Services - Looking for support? Omni's mission is to partner with parents and the community to provide support services to children.

Upcoming Local High School Happenings...

HERSEY High School:

Activity Night: April 7, 2020

Residency: April 7, 2020


Class of 2024 Parent Meeting: February 6, 2020

Class of 2024 Registration: February 20, 22, & 25 2020

Math Placement Test: March 31 & April 8, 2020

BUFFALO GROVE High School: No dates to report at this time.

*For the most accurate and up to date information, please visit the high school websites or call the high school directly.

Illinois State Report Card - Thomas

Please click this link to view the Illinois State Report Card for Thomas.
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