School Community Newsletter 11/17/2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are entering into a special time of giving thanks. With fall break just one week away, we hope your families are planning time for rest, relaxation, and gratitude.
At TMS we strive to embrace an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE and we are grateful for the TMS STUDENTS, PARENTS, and STAFF!
We are incredibly PROUD of our STUDENTS for their dedication to learning and growing in academic and extra-curricular areas. We recently celebrated the talented students in the TMS Variety Show, various Music Ensembles and Bands, as well as the athletes in Cross Country and Basketball. The students were also amazing this past week when they showed gratitude with a roaring standing ovation for the Veterans that joined us at the Veterans Day celebration assembly. It was awesome!
We also appreciate YOU, the PARENTS, for the strong work ethic you've instilled in your children. We thank you for all of the unconditional support you give your child(ren) each and every day and we wish to extend our gratitude for the kindness you show to the TMS staff. We are grateful for our supportive and generous parent community.
Lastly, we are grateful to the TMS STAFF for all the effort they put into supporting our school community, while also remaining committed to their own families. We admire the tremendous pride our staff takes in caring for others and in creating a warm and welcoming school community.
Angst Movie - Monday, 11/18 @ 6 pm
TMS PTA Meeting - Tuesday, 11/19 @ 7 pm in the LMC
Adopt-A-Family Portillo's Fundraiser - Wed., 11/20 from 5-8 pm
LMC Pizza & Pie Sale Orders Due - Thursday, 11/21
FALL BREAK - NO SCHOOL: 11/25-11/29
Lori, Greg, & Nick
Just a few tickets left for the Angst Movie...
IndieFlix Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary
“ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY”
WHEN: TOMORROW - Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: CMX Arlington Heights Theater, 53 S Evergreen Ave. in Arlington Heights
Adopt-A-Family Portillo's Fundraiser - Delicious food for a good cause!
Time: 5-8 PM
Where: Portillo's in Arlington Heights located at 806 W Dundee Rd.
Join us at Portillo's between 5 and 8 PM and mention Thomas Middle School to your cashier and we will receive 20% of the profits.
Adopt-A-Family - "STRANGER (Things) SHOWDOWN"
WHEN IS IT? Friday, December 13th from 6-8 pm at TMS
WHO: ALL TMS students and staff are invited to attend and participate!
WHAT IS THIS EVENT: The night will be filled with student v. faculty games and relays, snacks from Scoops Ahoy, and raffles.
EVENT SHIRTS: Click here to purchase an event shirt. This online store will close on 11/24.
PHONE & ONLINE Absence Reporting
ONLINE REPORTING via TMS Homepage:
Click the ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING BUTTON located on the TMS homepage and complete the details on your child's absence.
PHONE CALL TO REPORT AN 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.
Important Notes on Attendance:
*If a student is not in attendance during the school day, that student is not permitted to attend any of the school-sponsored after school activities on that day. This includes all extra-curricular events such as athletic events, performances, on that day. Should a concern with this arise, please contact a TMS administrator.
*The Arlington Heights District 25 School Board of Education Policy 7:70 states, “Administration shall manage an absenteeism and truancy program in accordance with the School Code and Board policy.” Throughout the school year, the school staff will try to connect with parents regarding attendance or tardy concerns to see how we can help. In addition, at the end of each quarter, we will send home a letter notifying parents of ALL students who have missed more than 5% of the school year or have been tardy for more than 5% of the school year. The goal of these letters is to raise awareness and offer support for improved attendance.
Absent & Upcoming Absences? Want to request homework?
Our Local Community Partners...
Link Together Coalition Meetings
All General Meetings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
- November 20th – General Meeting at Prospect Heights Police Department
- 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.
Local High School Happenings...
BUFFALO GROVE High Schoo:
Elective Night: Monday, January 6th
Activity Night: Monday, January 6th
HERSEY High School
Elective Night: December 18, 2019
Activity Night: April 7, 2020
Residency: April 7, 2020
SAINT VIATOR High School
8th Grade Entrance Exam: December 7, 2019
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
*For the most accurate and up to date information, please visit the high school websites or call the high school directly.