School Community Newsletter 10/30/2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Halloween is almost here! On Thursday, October 31, 2019 students will be allowed to dress up in costumes. We plan to have a safe, productive learning environment on this day while making available the opportunity for those who wish to dress up for Halloween. For the past several years this “mindset” has proven to be successful. We ask that students not bring candy or treats to school as they might have done in elementary school. To ensure that you and your child have a successful day, here are the Halloween expectations:
- No changing outfits at school;
- No applying makeup or (hair) sprays on school grounds;
- No masks that cover the face may be worn at school; and
- Absolutely no props are to be brought to school.
- No blood or blood lookalike
As always, this newsletter is filled with many informational notes and invitations for activities that we hope you will consider attending. Here are the upcoming TMS events:
- 10/30/19: TMS is hosting the Link Coalition Meeting in the LMC from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
- 11/1/19: Reflections submissions due on Friday!
- 11/11/19: TMS Veterans Day Celebration - Breakfast and Assembly - Do you know a veteran that we can celebrate? Please invite them to join us!
Check out the 2 PARENT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS for this week:
1) Please complete the 5Essentials Survey. We are seeking 100% parent participation in this survey! Please help us reach our goal!
2) Please consider SAYING SOMETHING to our students. See the link below for more details.
Wishing you a safe and festive Halloween!
Lori, Greg, & Nick
Have you ever participated in Reflections? This year's theme is "Look Within".
What? There are seven different categories: visual arts, photography, literature, dance choreography, film, music and special artist (for students meeting ADA definition of disability). In addition, children can enter into the Theme Search contest to select next year's theme for Reflections.
When? Submissions are due by November 1st, 2019. - All forms can be accessed on the TMS Website - Updated Forms in Process
Where? The TMS front office.
Who? All students from Pre-K through 12th grade may enter as many pieces as they would like.
You will need:
Rules for each category:
- Visual Arts Rules
- Photography Rules
- Literature Rules
- Dance Choreography Rules
- Special Artist Rules
Extra Credit: The National PTA is also holding a contest for the theme of next year's contest. You may enter your suggestions using the Theme Search Entry Form
Entry Form for the Theme Search Contest
Students from grades K-12 can enter into the Reflections contest. Any student qualifying per the ADA defined rules, can submit under the Special Artist Category. There are many categories for students to include past or current pieces of work. They need to fit the theme of "Look WIthin". We have had all kinds of submissions in the past from the poem, story, sculpture, photograph, painting, song, dance, etc. If you have any questions of how to submit something, please don't hesitate to contact us.
2020 Illinois Parent Survey
2020 Illinois Parent Survey
Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Opens October 24, 2019 and closes February. 14, 2020.
The goal is 100% parent participation! Please help us reach this goal!
Congratulations to our Cross Country Team!
The TMS Boys Cross Country team traveled to the IESA STATE MEET
and demonstrated why they are the
PRIDE OF OUR PACK!
Way to go!
We are so proud of you!
*** Noah Bank *** Will Capito *** Jimmy Catsaros *** Cameron Donner *** Jack Hasche ***
*** Charlie Marks*** Mateus Salomao *** Zack Sheehan*** A.J. Svienty ***
*** Ben Walton*** Riley Wold***
Save the date... Please join us for a special viewing of the Angst Movie at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 18th, 2019.
IndieFlix Shines the Light on Anxiety with Must-See Documentary,
“ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY”
WHEN: Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: CMX Arlington Heights Theater, 53 S Evergreen Ave. in Arlington Heights
District 25 is dedicated to supporting social-emotional learning to help build the emotional intelligence of our students. We are proud to announce that South and Thomas Middle Schools, with support of the PTAs, are working together to bring the powerful film, Angst, to our school community. This 56-minute film provides insight on the impact of anxiety, the most common mental health challenge in the U.S. Our hope is to help open the lines of communication between you and your child(ren) around this topic.
The middle school staffs at both buildings will view the film at a staff meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019 and at 6 p.m. that evening, we will host a special screening of the documentary for our school community at CMX Arlington Heights Theater, 53 S Evergreen Ave. in Arlington Heights.
Below you will find specifics on the Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety Movie:
Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with resources and tools available to address the condition.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. You will find tools and resources on the Angstmovie.com website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Naumowicz.
PHONE & ONLINE Absence Reporting
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.
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.
Absent & Upcoming Absences? Want to request homework?
You will no longer need to call the office to request work that has been missed. Instead, you can stay up-to-date by logging into Schoology. We do not expect your child to complete the work while they are absent because we anticipate they are sick and that is the reason they are home. When they are feeling better and ready to begin making up the work it will be available on Schoology. If you are not confident that the work is available on Schoology please email the teacher directly to inquire about what homework specifically needs to be made up.
ATTENDANCE & TARDY
At the end of each quarter, we will also send home a letter notifying parents of students who have missed more than 5% of the school year or have been tardy for more than 5% of the school year.
"By as early as sixth grade, high truancy rates become a distinct predictor of whether or not a student will graduate from high school."
For this reason, we think it is critical to notify all families that attending school and attending on time is critical to your child's success.
Arlington Heights Rotary Club is generously supporting Arlington Heights Council of PTAs D25 Scholarship Fund through this year’s Santa Run. The Rotary Club will be donating a portion of every D25 registration to the 2019-2020 ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund. This year Arlington Heights Council of PTAs plans on awarding $10,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as Summer U scholarships to current D25 students. These awards are made possible by the generosity of our community.
Whether you run, walk, or just want to support participants and this amazing cause, please use the unique link provided below to register for the 2019 Rotary Club Santa Run. For tracking purposes only registrants who use these unique links will have a portion of their registration fee donated to the ACHPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund.
Learn more about ACHPTA: www.ahcpta.org
Below you will find the unique links for D25 families to use when registering for the Santa Run.
District 214- Future Ready Parent Series!
Parents and Guardians:
District 214 is excited to again bring you the Future Ready Parent Series this school year!
The Future Ready Parent series will consist of free classes/events throughout the 2019-2020 school year that provides the community with relevant topics affecting today’s youth. Registration is required for some classes.
Upcoming classes/events include:
UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World
Bestselling author Michele Borba, Ed.D offers a nine-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children from birth to young adulthood and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future. In our hyper-connected, social media-saturated society, many of us are so obsessed with snapping “selfies” and living a virtual life online that we’re forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us IRL (that’s “in real life”). The resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis among today’s youth – teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were just a generation ago and narcissism has increased 58 percent during that same period. But there is a solution: Studies show the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And the good news is empathy can actually be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk.
Forest View Educational Center - Theater, Door 1
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 7 - 8:30pm
Space limited; registration required.
Register at ce.d214.org or 847-718-7700.
To register or learn more, call 847-718-7700 or visit http://bit.ly/parentready.
This series is sponsored by District 214 Community Education and District 214’s Professional Learning and Student Services Department.
Link Together Coalition Meetings
All General Meetings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
- October 30th – General Meeting at Thomas Middle School in the LMC
- 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
Local High School Happenings...
PSAT Testing: November 2, 2019 (make-up day)
Elective Night: Monday, January 6th
Activity Night: Monday, January 6th
PSAT Testing: November 2, 2019 (make-up day)
Elective Night: December 18, 2019
Activity Night: April 7, 2020
Residency: April 7, 2020
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.