Thoreau Announcements 3/24/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

After that brief return of arctic-feeling temperatures, the spring-like weather this week has been a most welcome change! We hope that you have been able to take advantage of the warmer days with plenty of outdoor time.

Hopefully, most of you are aware that the planning for the new Concord Middle School (CMS) has resumed. The next community forum is being held next Wednesday, March 31st at 7pm via zoom. This is one of several opportunities to hear about the latest proposed design concepts, to have your questions answered, and to give your feedback on the design ideas. If you don’t already have the zoom link for this event, please reach out to either Evy or Danielle for the link.

We also hope that you will join us at the April PTG meeting where we will be hosting several key members of the CMS planning committee, including Dr. Hunter, Heather Bout, Kristen Olson (head architect), and one of the middle school co-chairs. This portion of our meeting will also be open to families from the preschool and the other two elementary schools. This will be another opportunity to hear updates, ask questions, and give input.

A reminder that tomorrow is a teacher professional day and there is no school. It is also the first of our two family bingo nights!! Check out the link below to sign up if you haven’t already!

Upcoming Events:
March 26th – Professional development day- no school
March 26th and April 3rd – Family Bingo Night
March 29th – last day for donations to Open Table at CCHS
April 7th – Parent-Teacher Conference Day – no school
April 15 – Hobby Fair at 6pm via Zoom

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

ONLINE GIVING!

Make your donation to the Thoreau School PTG Annual Appeal online via PayPal or check! Support the PTG.

Thoreau News


From the Thoreau Social Committee

VIRTUAL FAMILY BINGO NIGHT-S!
Don’t miss out! Fun for the whole family! — and PRIZES! For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AADA72FA5FD0-thoreau4

ARE YOU IN THE LOOP?
Did you know the PTG sends out a weekly newsletter? It’s filled with helpful information on school and community happenings! Subscribe Here! http://www.thoreauptg.org/

Attention 5th Grade Parents

We need your pictures by MARCH 24th for the end of year 5th Grade Retrospective Slideshow and the printed 5th Grade Yearbook! Please click HERE for very important and new information regarding submission. ***Questions? Email: yearbookeditor@thoreauschool.net using Retrospective in the Subject***

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION REMINDER

Please remember to scan your store receipt if you see the Box Tops “No More Clipping” logo. These can not be clipped for credit. Visit https://www.boxtops4education.com to download the app and start scanning!

Traditional clips can still be turned in through your child’s teacher.

Questions: email carolinehegarty@gmail.com or jordanbinder@yahoo.com

Community News


Patriots’ Day (month) at the Concord Museum!

Concord Museum will reopen on Thursday, April 1, 2021 showcasing its new permanent April 19, 1775 gallery along with a series of in-person, virtual, and outdoor events surrounding Patriots’ Day! On Patriots’ weekend and during school vacation week, families are invited to drop-in the Museum’s courtyard to try their hand using a feather quill pen, making a tricorn hat, and playing colonial games. Culminating on Patriots’ Day see Acton Minutemen as they prepare for battle in an encampment on the Museum’s lawn! For a complete list of programs and to reserve a timed-ticket to see the Museum’s new April 19, 1775 gallery go to www.concordmuseum.org

Cake Decorating 101 – Thursday, April 8, 4-6 pm

Learn the basics of cake decorating in this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn how to make a buttercream icing, crumb coat your pre-baked, and use a piping bag to create borders, roses, ribbon swirls and textures to give your cake a professional look. You will receive an ingredients list ahead of time to purchase, along with a list of basic kitchen tools to have on hand. This is a fun teenage and parent/child class too! Adrienne is a certified baker & Level III Wilton certified decorator. Offered through CCACE; fee is $40. Register here: https://ccace.asapconnected.com/?org=4701#CourseID=241364

CCM lecture: After the Plague, Vocal Music of the High Renaissance

Join us online Saturday, April 10 from 10:00 – 11:00 am for the complimentary lecture, After the Plague, Vocal Music of the High Renaissance, presented by CCM voice faculty member Dr. Greta Feeney. We’ll explore the fascinating and impactful influence that the tragic Black Death pandemic in the 1300s had on the arts and the new directions composers took with their music. You’ll learn about Guillaume de Machaut and Francesco Landini, two composers that were dominant figures in music at the time. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants beforehand. For more details and to register, visit concordconservatory.org/Lecture_Series, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010 to learn more about CCM.

IMSCC March Student Showcase

This month we are sharing some of the exciting music happening right now at IMSCC. You can hear this month’s featured student performances on our website here. Interested in starting music lessons? Click here to request lessons, or click here to learn more about IMSCC. Lessons can start any time!

OPEN TABLE FOOD DRIVE

The CCHS Thinker’s Agenda Club is organizing a food drive for Open Table. We are making kid’s bags! Please bring non-perishable food items (from the list below) to the labeled box near the front entrance starting Monday March 15th. Thank you!

  • Individual juice boxes, pouches or cans
  • Individual chocolate milk
  • Snack sized cereal or oatmeal packet
  • Snack sized apple sauces, fruit cups, or puddings
  • Fruit based whole grain granola/snack bars
  • Small bag of crackers, pretzels, or popcorn or other grain snack

SEPAC Appreciation Awards – is there a special teacher, staff member or administrator who has made a positive impact on your child’s life?

The SEPAC Appreciation Awards were introduced in 2017 and we have received really positive feedback from the recipients. They told us the acknowledgement and public recognition of their work was highly valued.

We are inviting parents and caregivers with children on an IEP or 504 plan to submit the name of one special person in our school district who has made a difference to your family this year. This may be a classroom teacher, coach, special educator, guidance counselor or any other school employee that has made a positive impact on your child or family. Given the challenges this year for all of us, these awards are even more important. All names submitted will be honored and recognized publicly in the Spring.

Please visit our website to nominate your special person!

Submissions for the SEPAC Appreciation Awards open on March 11th and close on April 3rd. If you have any questions, please email us at appreciationawards@gmail.com.

Spring and Summer Registration for Concord Recreation is now OPEN!

Head to www.concordrec.com to check out the full list of classes, programs, and camp details.

Bunny Egg-stravaganza

Join us on Saturday, April 3rd for a drive through egg hunt event! Drive up to receive a bag of goodies including eggs, and have an opportunity to take a photo with our Bunny. By registration only, registrations done by car.

Concord Esports League (Grades 3-5, 6-12 – Starts April 12th)

Our Spring league is ready for sign-ups – we have Madden, Fortnite, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros ready for your child to play. Represent Concord in the North Shore League and bring home the title!

Revolutionary Soccer Camp (Grades 1st-5th, Week of July 6th & Week of July 19th)

The objective of the Revolution Academy Soccer Camp is to put players in an environment that encourages creativity, individuality, and imagination through age-appropriate coaching while fostering a competitive, professional and fun atmosphere.

Intro To Film Camp (Grades 4th-6th, August 2nd-13th)

Our goal is to create a fun, age-appropriate, and hands-on experience for kids to learn about film and filmmaking in a camp environment. Both weeks will culminate in the creation of a short film created by the children.

Youth Track Program (Grades 3-6, Registration Opens April 1st)

The emphasis in this program is on participating, learning, improving, and doing the best one can. This informal and fun track & field clinic is open to students in grades 3-6. It is designed to familiarize participants with this universal sport. Track events include the 100, 200, and 400 meters for all grades, the 50 meter dash for 3rd and 4th graders, and the 800 meters and one mile for the 5th and 6th graders. Field events include the softball throw for distance and the running long jump.

Concord Youth Theatre Spring 2021 In-person classes

STORY INTO PLAY
(Ages 4-6 years; Instructor: Joey Talbert; Tuesdays 3:40-4:30pm)
Fairytales and folk tales will be brought to life by young students as they learn to become characters, understand plot, and interpret feelings in this exciting early acting experience. Family members will be invited to an informal performance during the last class. Limit 8 students. Tuition: $250

DRAMATIC FANATICS
(Grades 1-3 limit; Instructor: Joey Talbert; Tuesdays 4:40-5:40pm). Children will be guided through the exciting process of play-making in a safe environment that encourages ensemble work. The class will use exciting original scripts to create and rehearse a play to be performed for family members during the last class. Limit 10 students. Tuition $300

Wednesday Classes: 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28, 5/5, 5/19, 5/26, 6/9, 6/16 NO CLASS: 4/21, 5/12, 6/2

MAINSTAGE MIRROR
( Grades 3-6; Instructor: Amy Nosowitz; Wednesdays 4-5pm) Can’t participate in our MainStage production company because you’re not old enough or don’t have enough time in your week, but love the great shows? Here is a unique chance to learn and informally perform scenes and songs from “Honk” for your family and friends. Emphasis is on developing successful presentation skills. Regular attendance required. Limit: 20 students. Tuition: $300

For more info go to Concord Youth Theatre

StoryWalks at the Concord Library

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library has installed a March StoryWalk on the Main Library front lawn. This month the StoryWalk features A Sled for Gabo, a Spanish-infused picture book by Emma Otheguy with vibrant illustrations by Ana Ramirez Gonzalez. This is an uplifting tale about shy Gabo, who tries to make new friends after it snows in his neighborhood. The StoryWalk is displayed along the brick walkway outside the Main Street entrance.

Additionally, for National Poetry Month in April, the front lawn’s StoryWalk will become a Poetry Walk, and we are inviting patrons to share their poetry with us. Submitted poems may be featured in the Poetry Walk on the Main Library lawn, and both the Library and Gaining Ground welcome visitors to the Gaining Ground farm in Concord to read more poems written by the community as they walk through a peaceful natural setting.

StoryWalks are a wonderful way to build children’s interest in reading, promote physical activity, and enjoy time together outside.

Little Hands, Big Hearts runs through March

Valentine’s Day may be over but the season for spreading some love never ends! Please join the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital by creating a card for someone special this March. We are not able to gather in the hospital to make our cards together, but we’ve come up with a way to safely share your creations. Send pictures (no faces please) to us at Facebook.com/EmersonAuxiliary or EmersonAuxiliary@gmail.com. Click here for the virtual event flyer. Enjoy and thank you!

Connecting through Music & CCM’s MMM

Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Happy Monday Morning Message: Connecting the Community Through the Joy of Music—With the greater understanding that music is a critical aspect of well-being and connection, CCM developed strategies to keep the music going and engage the community. It instituted “MMM, Your Happy Monday Morning Message,” a weekly email highlighting happy musical news and moments, sent to CCM families and the community-at-large. CCM families and friends now look forward to a musical Monday morning, when their weekly MMM awaits them in their inbox. Stock full of happy music features and songs, the email includes a mélange of upbeat and feel-good stories. These weekly emails spread all the unequivocal benefits of music while keeping the community connected. Sign-up to receive the MMM: https://concordconservatory.org/newsletter

Concord Conservatory of Music Lecture: Serialism for Kids!

Join us online Saturday, March 20 from 10:00 – 10:50 am for a complimentary interactive event, Serialism for Kids, presented by CCM piano faculty member Kitty Cheung-Evans. Serialism is a unique way to write music without using major or minor keys. Instead, composers use numbers, shapes, and extreme timbre in an “ordered” way. Get your kids ready to visually and artistically explore the world of Serialism and expand their musicality. All instrumentalists, including singers, are welcome! Kids, at least 8-years old, should know the alphabet, understand negative numbers, and have minimum 3 years training in music. Register at concordconservatory.org/Lecture_Series. CCM is the area’s non-profit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in West Concord. (ConcordConservatory.org, info@concordconservatory.org, (978) 369-0010)

Center for Parents & Teachers Upcoming Programs

The Center for Parents and Teachers invites all interested adults to the following free presentations, offered through CPT and in collaboration with other area nonprofits:

(1) How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Presented by Best Selling Author Jessica Lahey

Friday, March 26, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Sponsored by the Foundation for Metrowest. Pre-registration required in order to receive the log-on link. Please follow the link below.

If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it is that we are not always able to control the things that most affect us. Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure, explains how, even in a pandemic, there are opportunities for kids to become more motivated, engaged, and present in their own lives. She will offer practical, actionable steps for parents, coaches, teachers and mentors who want kids to take hold of their lives, ownership of their learning, and become competent, fulfilled, happier young adults. There may also be a few heartwarming surprises in store during the event, so you won’t want to miss it!

The link to the presentation will be shared prior to the event. The event is free to all but a suggested donation is encouraged to support the work of the Foundation for Metrowest. This is offered as part of the 2021 Spring Inspiration Virtual Series offered through the Foundation for Metrowest. PRE-REGISTER AHEAD IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE LINK AT:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ an-intimate-conversation-with- best-selling-author-jessica- lahey-tickets-141009795093

(2) “Talking to Kids About Race and Racism: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum”, moderated by WBUR’s Tiziana Dearing

Did you miss hearing noted author and educator Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum when she presented on this vitally important topic for the Discovery Museum? You can listen to a recording of her thought-provoking discussion, moderated by Tiziana Dearing, by clicking on the following link:

https://www.discoveryacton. org/event/virtual-event- talking-kids-about-race-and- racism-conversation-dr- beverly-daniel-tatum

Please Note: If you have particular topic you wish could be addressed in an upcoming program, please be in touch with the Center for Parents and Teachers by emailing us at cpt@concordps.org. We value hearing from you. Learn more about our offerings and how you can support our small local nonprofit at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org Stay well!

IMSCC Spring Music Lessons are enrolling now – please join us!

The Winter-Spring session is underway and new students are welcome to join any time. This is a perfect time to begin one-on-one lessons; IMSCC’s experienced instructors will help students build skills and be ready when school ensembles are back in full swing! Lessons are online and available for all band & orchestra instruments, plus voice, piano, guitar, ukulele and bass guitar. Click here for more information about IMSCC; click here to request lessons. Email Debbie Levine with questions.

Presented online by CCM Faculty Member Hyunjung Kim

Saturday, March 27, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Register in advance to receive the link to the lecture.

Imagine if we lived in a world with no artists. What would life be like?

It might be unbearable without people to cheer us up and highlight some of the treasures we have in this world. Violinists have been an essential part of the music world for centuries. However, all artists are not created the same. Some are average, others are good, and a few are legendary. Let’s discover some of the best violin players ever to grace the stage.

In this workshop, get introduced to 25 great violinists and see videos of their performances to highlight their characteristics.

CC Youth Lacrosse Grades 1 & 2

Happy New Year!

Reminder that registration remains open for 1st and 2nd grade Girls and Boys Spring Lacrosse. The once per week clinic-style practices are a fun way to develop stick skills and learn the game.

Register here: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=33069&org=ccyouthlacrosse.com

Spring Baseball + Spring Softball

Registration for the Spring Baseball + Spring Softball seasons is open now through the end of the month. Spread the word to friends and classmates and REGISTER NOW at CCYB.ORG. Building on an incredibly successful 2020, robust programming is being offered for players in PK through High School. New for this year, T-Ball is inclusive of both baseball and softball and will be the jumping off point for both programs. Sport specific programming begins in 1st Grade.

CCACE launches Wednesday night Speaker Series!

With cold weather ahead and the pandemic keeping us inside, what better way to spend your time than learning something new?? Every Wednesday evening from January 13 through March 31, different community members will share their passions and knowledge, from historical to cultural, education to entertainment, and everything in between. Each week is a different topic; all start at 7 pm with just a $10 fee. Register weekly at www.concordcarlisleace.org, or call CCACE at 978-318-1432.