Thomas Timberwolves

School Community Newsletter ~ 10/31/21

Hello, Parents and Guardians,

Happy Halloween! The students and parents had a wet and wild time on Friday night! Many thanks to all of the PTA volunteers, especially Stacy Riggs, for their time, effort, and generosity shown to put together this Spooktacular event for the students.

We have a few friendly reminders and Important Events & Dates to share:

  • Tonight, 10/31/21 @ midnight - The PTA spirit wear holiday store will close
  • Monday, 11/1/21 is the first day of the 2nd quarter which brings new Creative Arts rotations for 7th & 8th graders and those students entering or exiting Intervention Classes.
  • Monday, 11/1/21 @ 12:30-2:45 Shield Testing for students enrolled in the Shield Testing Program
  • Tuesday, 11/2/21 - PTA Reflections submissions are due
  • Wednesday, 11/3/21 at 6 pm - Wrestling Parent Informational Meeting in the Commons

  • Thursday, 11/4/21 from 5-8 pm - Portillos Student Council Adopt-A-Family Fundraiser

  • Friday, 11/5/21 - Report Cards will be emailed home

In this newsletter you'll also find highlights on the following items:

  • 2nd Quarter Indoor Lunch Structure

  • TMS Student Council Lou's Pizza Fundraiser & Food Drive

  • ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge ~ Design Contest

  • TMS DEN Club Red Ribbon Week - Donut Do Drugs Activity

  • TMS tradition of honoring loved ones on Veterans Day - student submissions due Friday, 11/5/21.

Thank you and take care,

Lori, Greg, & Nick

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2nd Quarter begins tomorrow ~ Monday, 11/1/21

Monday, 11/1/21 is the first day of the 2nd quarter which brings new Creative Arts rotations for 7th & 8th graders and those students entering or exiting Intervention Classes. Students can check PowerSchool for updated schedules with classroom locations.
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Indoor Lunch Structure

Now that the cooler weather is upon us and the 2nd quarter begins on Monday, November 1st, our indoor lunch schedule is set to begin. Above are the indoor assignments by team and below is information on how this works. Specific classroom assignments will be shared with the students via Schoology and the daily announcements.
  • The lunch periods will consist of two 20-minute segments. Homerooms will have 20 minutes in an assigned classroom for socialization and or independent work time (Note, Chromebooks are allowed but cell phones must remain in lockers at all times) and 20 minutes of eating time in the Commons where the students are seated 6 feet apart.
  • Please note that other D25 schools also schedule the lunch eating time for 20 minutes.
  • Please speak with your child about how to best manage their 20 minutes of eating time.
  • Please avoid dropping lunch off for your child. TMS continues to provide free hot lunch daily with a variety of options. With the new lunch structure, it would be helpful to limit the movement of students around the building.
  • At the 20 minute mark, students will rotate locations. Students will not stop at lockers during this transition time. Students should bring all materials with them to the Commons.
  • Attendance will be taken during the classroom time of the lunch period. Students are expected to report to their assigned homeroom location and check in with the lunch supervisor.
  • When possible, the students may be given an option to eat outside.
  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) With the indoor lunch it's likely that your child may be disappointed in the lunch structure as they may feel they are missing out on socialization with peers that are not in their homeroom. Please help your child understand that the homeroom lunch structures are in place due to safety measures that help ensure we can keep all of the TMS students attending school in person.
  • Please contact TMS admins if you are willing to work the lunch periods as we are seeking lunch supervisors that can be at TMS daily for all three lunch periods.

Veterans Day ~ Thursday, 11/11/21

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served our country in war or peace — dead or alive — and gives thanks to the living veterans for their sacrifices. At Thomas Middle School we take great pride in honoring veterans connected to the Wolf Pack community.

Due to current Covid-19 mitigations, this year's celebration will be a virtual presentation. All students and staff are welcome to submit a photo or short video that shares the story of this veteran/loved one who has served our country. Submissions will be accepted until 3:00 on Friday, November 5th, 2021.

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Extra Help Is Available

Does your child have questions about homework or projects? Is your child struggling to understand or complete school work?

If so, we want to help! Please encourage your child to attend Office Hours/11th Hour/Homework Club and to reach out to teachers for help.


All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering when entering the building per the Governor's State mandate.
  • 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.

Please click on this button to view the PTA Flyers & Information.

TMS PTA - Meeting Tuesday, 11/16/21 @ 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:

Tuesday, 11/16/21 - 7 PM PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

Wednesday, 1/12/22, Tuesday, 2/15/22 - 7 PM, March - TBD, Tuesday, 4/12/22, May - TBD

TMS PTA Website

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:

TMS Fall 2021 Teacher Luncheon

If you have any questions please email Connie and Jenny at:

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Reflections Call for Entries 2021-2022
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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 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 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 We hope to see everyone there!

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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:

Ann Poyer

ABC/25 Foundation President


Thomas Calendar of Events

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AHSD 25 Community Flyers

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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

Please direct all transportation and bussing questions to Laura Comastro.

NOTE: Students are now required to show their bus pass each day.

TMS Activity Bus Information

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TMS Newsletters

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Click here for details on the SD25 2021-2022 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES

Illinois State Report Card - Thomas

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