Thoreau Announcements- 2/27/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone enjoyed their February break! As February comes to an end we are gearing up for an event filled March with the Spelling Bee and Cake Walk. There is also a Moms’ Night and Dads’ Night on the calendar so be sure to RSVP if you are interested. Our monthly PTG meeting will be held on March 13th and our Staff Appreciation Committee is organizing a crossing guard/bus driver breakfast taking place on March 27th.

If you are interested in volunteering for a board position for next year please contact either daniwetzel18@gmail.com or mbcusick@gmail.com for more information! All positions are open!!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


What’s the Buzz? Calling all spellers for the annual Bee, Saturday March 14th.

This year’s Thoreau School Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, March 14th. Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade!): 3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30. Forms were sent home this week to each child in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Please have the forms (and registration fees) returned by Friday March 6th. If you have any questions please contact Robert Lemaire at Thoreau or Evy Alloway at alloway42@yahoo.com. See you at the Bee!

Spring BOKS starts Tuesday, March 31!

We are gearing up for the Spring BOKS session! If you aren’t familiar with this program, BOKS is a free before-school physical fitness program at Thoreau. With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn. The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness, and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The spring BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on March 31 and running through May 28. Registration will open at 9AM on Monday, March 9, and close on Friday, March 13 at 5PM. Spots in the program are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 30 kids registered. Click here to learn more and to sign up: http://www.thoreauptg.org/boks-fitness-program/

Box Tops Classroom Contest: The Scorecard is UP!

The scorecard for our annual Box Tops classroom contest has been hung in the school lobby. There the kids will be able to check their standings and watch the results unfold week by week. The classroom from each grade with the most clips wins a prize…and bragging rights! This year, families have two ways to participate: with traditional clips and with electronic ones. Click here for details on how to find and submit both types of box tops and how to make sure they get credited to your child’s classroom for the contest. This two-minute video also demonstrates the new electronic system.

Box Tops for Education is an easy fundraising project for schools in which Thoreau families collect coupons called “box tops” found on the packaging of many popular grocery and household items. We submit them to General Mills, the program sponsor, who makes a donation to the PTG for every box top. It really adds up, so every clip counts! You might be surprised to see how many products in your home are part of the program (click here for a list of box top products). Thank you for participating, and good luck!

Mindful March Calendar

It is with great pleasure that the PTG Health and Wellness Committee has organized Ivy Child International (ivychild.org) to come to Thoreau School for 4 weeks of March in order to provide mindfulness education to our 4th and 5th graders. Starting the first week of the month, the Ivy Child instructor will visit each 4th grade class for 15 min session from 2-3pm on Mondays and each 5th grade class for a 15 min session from 2-3pm on Thursdays.

Ivy Child uses a Mindfulness Based Learning curriculum that encourages social emotional learning through a combination of meditation, deep breathing, creative movement and the arts. The students will learn tools that will help them increase awareness and focus, improve self regulation, manage and reduce stress, and build healthy habits for life.

In addition to these visits, the Health and Wellness Committee is supporting a month of mindfulness this March. As part of that initiative, we are providing a calendar as an opportunity for all students and families to try out some mindfulness practices that can be worked into your everyday routines. The calendar provides one mindfulness suggestion/activity per day and then opportunities to repeat and practice them with your children over the course of the month, with guidance and additional resources provided on page 2. We hope you will find these activities accessible and enjoyable.

Also, check this out: Monthly Mindfulness series at the Main Concord Public Library
“The Practice of Presence” – follow the link to find out more about this 3 part series
http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/C/CONCORD/ekp.cfm?curOrg=CONCORD#6385475

Thank you, Loren Winters and Julie Asen Dumont

Looking ahead to the 5th Grade Art Retrospective

Each year the 5th grade students collect work from the past and create a unique display that showcases their growth as an artist. They choose work frame it, mount it and reflect upon their learning over the years. This year the 5th grade art retrospective and concert will be held on Monday night, June 1st. We will begin work on this amazing project the week of April 6th so I ask that all students bring in any work they would like to include in the show by that date. All 5th grade work has been kept here at school for those who may not have saved work from the past. A letter has been sent home with your child providing more detailed information. If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at khiltz@concordps.org.

Thanks for your support,
Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

The Thoreau Gift Book Program would like to thank the Del Giudice family for their recent donation!

-Rebecca Del Giudice donated “Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family” honoring Rosalie’s Grandpa, Clifford Wells

Please remember that the Gift Book Program is a special way to honor a teacher, staff member, student, or family special occasion. The gifted book will be shown to the donor/honoree’s class, and the donor/honoree will be the first to check out the book.

If you would like to donate a book, please visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library near the Circulation Desk, and follow the directions listed there. (Don’t forget your checkbook.) If you are not able to make it to the library, please follow this link to the Gift Book Program. Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, is happy to assist you in making a gift.

Town Meeting 101- March 3

Please join us at an event jointly sponsored by the PTGs from Thoreau, Willard, Alcott, CMS and CCHS, “Town Meeting 101.” This will be an important information session at which our Town Moderator Carmin Reiss will walk us through the process of Town Meeting from how Warrant Articles are generated, what Articles will be included at the 2020 Town Meeting and just how important your vote is!

Thoreau Moms’ and Dads’ Nights

Calling all Thoreau Moms and Dads that need a night out (i.e. EVERYONE!)!!

Thoreau Annual Moms’ Night – March 19th https://www.paperlesspost.com/p/6d0bb0917e
Thoreau Dads’ Night – Take Two!! March 26th http://evite.me/6XV63HaKg1

Thoreau Elementary School Red Sox Game Opportunity

Red Sox v. Texas Rangers
Friday, May 1, 2020
7:10PM
Section L37U Rows 27-33

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Tickets will cost $25 each and we are limited to 200 tickets. Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below:

  • Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
    • Your name
    • Student’s name
    • Number of tickets requested
  • Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 5 or Friday, March 6, between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/6 at 7:30PM will be given to remaining families on the waitlist. Please note these pick-up times on your calendar. Thanks! We’re thinking about sunshine and looking forward to another great game!

Community News


Collecting New Pajamas for Area Children in Need- Donate until March 6

A collection box will be in the Thoreau lobby starting on February 13 through March 6th. Please consider donating a pair of children’s pajamas in any size (baby to big kid). Pajamas must be new. All donations will be distributed directly to area children in low income and homeless situations through Cradles to Crayons. Consider having your children help choose the pajamas — something we know every child loves. Our hope is for them to make a connection to helping another child in need. All donations will be picked up on Friday, March 6th. Thank you!

CMS Building Project Public Forum — TONIGHT (February 27), 7:00

Share your voice in the design process of Concord’s future middle school building!

The CMS Building Committee will host its next Public Forum TONIGHT at 7:00pm in the Peabody Forum. Representatives from the Building Committee and design team SMMA|EwingCole will share highlights of recent site visits, present an overview of the educational visioning and programming work completed to-date, describe next steps, collect further feedback on vision and direction, and answer questions.

The middle school building project is currently in the Feasibility Study phase, which will last through the end of February and lead into the Schematic Design phase as of March. The Building Committee plans to narrow down design concepts by spring and bring the project to a Special Town Meeting for funding approval this fall. This Public Forum is the best opportunity for residents to share thoughts on elements and attributes of the building design early in the process.

For questions, or to share input if you are unable to attend the Forum, please email the Middle School Building Committee at MSBC@concordps.org.

The forum will also be recorded by Minuteman Media Network and posted on the Building Committee web page: https://www.concordps.org/cms-building-project/

Thank you, and we hope to see you TONIGHT!

What: A Chance to Share your Input in the Design of Concord’s New Middle School Building
When: Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm
Where: Concord Middle School Peabody Building, in “The Forum”

The CMS Building Committee is seeking volunteers to help with Communications.

Love social media? Like to write or plan events? Interested in creating short videos?

The Middle School Building Committee is looking for volunteers interested in helping to summarize information regarding the middle school building project, create relevant content, disseminate it via various vehicles, and organize events.

If interested, please email the Middle School Building Committee at MSBC@concordps.org.

Beyond the Notes Concert- February 28

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Sarah Whitney, violin
Mike Block & Sandeep Das
Showcasing artwork generously supplied by Powers Gallery

51 Walden Performing Arts Center
51 Walden St,
Concord, MA 01742

Tickets on sale NOW!
General Admission: $30 in advance/$35 at the door
Student Tickets: $15

Emerson Hospital sponsors GirlPower! Empowerment Mini-Workshop for 11 to 14 year old girls at Steinberg Wellness Center on Friday, February 28

In its 12th year, GirlPower! Be Who You Are™ empowerment workshops provide a way for girls to unplug from social media as well as to discover their unique voices through experiential learning. February’s theme is “Be Mindful” and activities are designed to discover creative ways to relax, move and express feelings, make connections with other girls and explore ways to add zest and vitality in life. Spend a winter evening exploring yoga, dance, guided imagery, journaling and circle discussion. Be who you are while building new friendships. Empower yourself with self -confidence and choices. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $49 includes program, supplies and snack
Register: www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777

CCM Presents Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could- February 29

The Concord Conservatory of Music presents former rocker Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could on Saturday, February 29, 2020 for two shows at 11 am and at 2 pm. The concerts are not just for children but designed as part of the sensory friendly musical movement. Lights will be kept soft and consistent. There will be no strobes. The music isn’t as loud. And there’s room for children to roam instead of being stuck in their seats. It’s pure fun and a great family musical experience. Here is a Soundcloud playlist to share with everyone to get the kids ready for the concert.

Purchase tickets in advance at https://bradyrymer.bpt.me/ $20 for all tickets or at the door at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

Emerson Hospital sponsors An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 at Steinberg Wellness Center on Saturday, February 29

In its 12th year, GirlPower! Has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughters are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters. The GirlPower! experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew. This workshop was sold out last spring. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $120 for mother-daughter pair, includes program, supplies and snacks Register: www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777

Olaf on Ice Family Ice Skating Party: March 1

The whole family is invited to have fun on the ice with Olaf at this year’s Concord Children’s Center “Olaf on Ice” family ice skating party (open to the public)! The party will take place on Sunday, March 1, from 3-5 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough. Meet your favorite snowman and enjoy a bake sale and fun on the ice for all. While skate rentals are available, children are strongly encouraged to bring their own skates, as there is a limited number of child-sized skates. If you plan to rent your child’s skates, we recommend arriving early in the party. Helmets also strongly recommended, especially for inexperienced skaters (bike helmets work if you don’t have a skating helmet). Helmets are not available for rental. Event is open to the public — tickets are $10/person, $35/family and can be purchased at concordchildrenscenter.org or at the door.

Dr. Seuss Party and Concord Public Library- March 2

You could not, would not, want to miss
A celebration such as this!

Seuss Party
@ Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
March 2nd @ 4pm

Stories Crafts Snacks
Puppet Show + Dance PARTY!
All Ages

Mr. Joy Neighborhood Tour at CCHS- March 4

As part of our ongoing cultural competency work, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Joy Neighborhood Tour is bringing its renowned theatrical production to Concord! Thus, your family and friends are cordially invited to Mr. Joy on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at Concord-Carlisle High School (doors open at 6:30 pm). Funding for Mr. Joy is made possible by METCO Inc. Headquarters and a grant provided by BASI and Outside the Box/Act Two, and ArtsEmerson. CLICK HERE to RESERVE YOUR TICKETS for Mr. Joy.

Please be advised that the 2nd Annual CCHS Multicultural Food Festival (“MCFF”) is also scheduled on the same night as Mr. Joy. The MCFF is scheduled from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm in the CCHS cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for you and your guests to explore some cultural cuisine before Mr. Joy starts at 7 pm.

If you have any questions relating to Mr. Joy, contact Andrew K. Nyamekye at anyamekye@concordps.org.

If you have questions relating to the Multicultural Food Festival, contact Ray Pavlik at rpavlik@concordcarlisle.org

Concord Youth Theatre presents Pinocchio: March 6-8 & March 13-14

Tickets on sale now at Concord Youth Theatre

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC – there’s something for every musician! Join an ensemble – choose from Summer Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Music. Classes include Bassoon Reed-making Workshops, Trumpet Workshop, and two new classes where students can improve performance and audition skills. Details and registration at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/chamber-music-group-classes/.

Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. Winter/Spring lesson registration is ongoing, students can start any time and tuition is prorated. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school.

Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

CPT Needs Your Input

The Center for Parents and Teachers provides:
• Unique parent education programs
• Teacher training opportunities
• Support for community wide information events

We want to hear from you as we work on parent education events for 2020-2021!
Please take a moment to offer input about programs for next year.
Simply click on this link to provide input.

For examples of possible topics, here is a link to the CPT website.
Some possible topics, but not limited to, are the following:

School Stress and Anxiety
Youth Mental Health Issues
Teen Risk-Taking with Drugs and other Substances
Do Climate Change Concerns Impact Children’s Mental Health — and Ways to Respond
Talking with Adolescents About Difficult Topics
Social Media and Cyber Safety

Thank you – we look forward to hearing from you.
Center for Parents and Teachers

CCYB/S: Register Now for Girls’ Spring Softball (For K thru 8th Graders):

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is NOW OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.

CCYB/S Softball will have five divisions. The season will kick off at the end of April. For more information or to register go to http://ccyb.org/

Divisions Offered:

T-Ball Grades K-1
Rookie Grades 2-3
Minors Grades 4 (Travel)
Majors Grades 5-6 (Travel)
Seniors Grades 7-8 (Travel)