School Community Newsletter ~ 11/18/21
Hello, Parents and Guardians,
Fall break and the Thanksgiving holiday are just around the corner and there's so much to be grateful for! Your wonderful children are thriving in and out of our classrooms and there is so much to celebrate! Thank you for sharing these energetic and enthusiastic children with us as they are making the adventure of this school year exciting and fun! Plus, they give us all so much to be proud of both inside and outside of the classroom! Here are some highlights:
- Congratulations to the many students that achieved Honor Roll marks for the 1st quarter!
- Cheers to all the talented students who performed and served on the crew for the Ruh Roh Variety Show for two spectacular nights! Many thanks to the teachers that facilitated this event as well ~ Ms. Fergus, Mrs. Malinowski, and compliments to Ms. Porras & Ms. Wharton for the special Poms performance at the show.
- Bravo to all of our student musicians in the Symphonic & Concert Bands with many performing at their first concert ever! We appreciate the masterful guidance of our band teachers ~ Ms. Horton, Ms. Pucci, and Mr. Berry.
- Kudos to the many students that began serving as Peer Tutors and are generously giving of their time to assist their peers with academic challenges along with organizational and social skill development. Many thanks to Mrs. Michelle Klein for organizing this.
In this newsletter you'll find highlights on the following items:
Free Breakfast for All Students
Winter MAP Testing Schedule 12/6 & 12/7
Veterans Day Celebrations
Follow-up Info on Parent Presentation on Understanding and Responding to Stress and Anxiety, How to Support Your Child by Jackie Rhew
TMS Student Council Lou's Pizza Fundraiser & Food Drive
ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge ~ Design Contest
District 214 FIRST Robotics Competition Teams 111 & 112 ~ WildStang Robotics
Students and staff alike are gearing up for the week-long break as there will be no school from Monday, November 22 - Friday, November 26 for fall break and Thanksgiving.
From our families to all of you, we wish you a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.
Thank you and take care,
Lori, Greg, & Nick
Veterans Day Celebrations 2021
Please click here to view the TMS 2021 Veterans Day celebration videos. We are so proud to honor all of those who have served our country in war or peace — dead or alive — and to give thanks to the living veterans for their sacrifices. At Thomas Middle School this long-standing tradition of connecting with members of the Wolf Pack community and honoring our veterans was another fabulous celebration!
We wish to give a special shout-out to the TMS teacher Veterans - Capt. Carol Golemo & Mr. Dana Berry of the Army Band. Thank you for delivering our letters to the Arlington Heights American Legion - Post 208.
Traffic Alert - Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders
NO PARKING: During drop-off and pick-up times we ask that you please do not park in the staff parking lots. We recognize that the weather has turned cooler but we kindly request that you please drop your child(ren) off in the drop-off zones. Please do not park and wait in your cars until the building opens.
DROP OFF ZONES: Please be sure to pull up when dropping your child(ren) off. Stopping in an area that appears to be closer to the entranceway causes traffic back-ups which lead to cars trying to pass each other in the parking lot or on Belmont Avenue which is very dangerous. Please do not drop off students while on Thomas Street ~ that is very unsafe!
U-TURNS: Please do not make u-turns during drop-off and pick-up times.
Parent Presentation on Understanding and Responding to Stress and Anxiety, How to Support Your Child
EXTRA MASKS NEEDED PLEASE!!
- MASK SUPPLIES: Please make sure your child brings 2-3 masks to school each day in the event that a replacement mask is needed. While we have extra masks on hand, it's helpful for the students to have backups.
- MASK WEARING: Please speak with your child about proper mask-wearing that includes covering the nose.
- MASK BREAKS: These are provided as needed for students throughout the school day.
TMS students will learn more about eLearning when we return from fall break.
TMS PTA - Meeting 1/12/22 @ 7 PM Join us In-Person or Via Zoom!
All parents, guardians, and staff are welcome to be members of the PTA. As a member of the PTA, you are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, share suggestions, discuss events, and volunteer your time.
The Parent-Teacher-Association meets monthly on the following dates:
Wednesday, 1/12/22 - 7 PM PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP!
Tuesday, 2/15/22 - 7 PM, March - TBD, Tuesday, 4/12/22, May - TBD
2021-2022 PTA Officers:
President: Amy Hoffman
President-Elect: Suzanne Krause
Vice President: Melissa Teuscher
Treasurer: Kelly Spokas
Secretary: Deborah Oiler
Do you have questions for the PTA? Email the PTA at: email@example.com
District 214 FIRST Robotics Competition Teams 111 & 112 ~ WildStang Robotics
We are students from the District 214 FIRST Robotics Competition Teams 111 & 112, WildStang Robotics. Our team is made up of students from all grades and all six schools in District 214.
Throughout the year, our team hosts a number of outreach events with a goal of giving younger students experience with STEM. One of our most popular events is Miss Maker Workshop, targeting 9 to 14 year old girls. The purpose of the workshop is to get young girls interested in and excited about engineering and science.
The event this year is being held on December 4th. During the workshop, the girls will complete a Mechanical, Software and Electrical project. In the Mechanical session, the girls will construct a zip-line airplane. In Software, they’ll learn how to program using Scratch and create a computer game. And in the Electrical session, they will learn how to solder while building a line-following car.
SAVE THE DATE... 4/30/22 - 10th ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge!
Mark your calendars for April 30, 2022 for the 10th ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! We are looking forward to having our district students, families and staff together again for our 5K and 1 Mile events! The ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge is the only district wide event and raises money to provide grants to teachers and staff through the ABC/25 Foundation. Please follow ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook or Twitter for all race information or visit us at abcchallenge.org. We hope to see everyone there!
Design Contest for the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge
It's time to let your imagination run (pun intended) wild! All D25 students have the opportunity to submit a design for the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge official race shirt and posters! These shirts will be worn by close to 1000 participants at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on April 30, 2022. The design winner also gets to help select the color of the shirt! Official rules and regulations and t-shirt design forms can be found at abc25challenge.org/tshirt. Submissions are due back to your school office by December 3, 2021. Please follow ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook or Twitter for all race information or visit us at abc25challenge.org. We hope to see everyone there!
Join the ABC/25 Foundation
Please consider joining the ABC/25 Foundation.
The link to join is: JOIN ABC/25.
The cost is $25 for staff members and $40 for families to join.
The ABC/25 Foundation provides powerful grants that schools can earn which can benefit all students.
If you have questions, please contact:
ABC/25 Foundation President
GENERAL D25 BUS INFORMATION
If your child is a bus rider, the bus information and bus passes are sent to you by Laura Comastro from our transportation department.
Her contact information is:(847) 758-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please direct all transportation and bussing questions to Laura Comastro.
NOTE: Students are now required to show their bus pass each day.
Click here for details on the SD25 2021-2022 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES