Thoreau Announcements 4/1/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Happy April! As we begin another month we have some important reminders for everyone. Please see the link below to fill out the middle school survey. Design planning is underway and community feedback is critical. If you are looking for a family-friendly activity this weekend there are still some open spots for family BINGO at 6:30 on Saturday. Wednesday April 7th is parent-teacher conference day and there is no school for students. Mark your calendars for our 4th and 5th grade Virtual Hobby Fair on April 15th and our monthly PTG meeting on April 16th which will begin with several members of the CMS planning committee as well as parents from the Integrated Preschool, Alcott and Willard.

If you haven’t yet donated to our annual appeal you can still be entered to win a Kindle Paper White and gift certificates to local businesses if you donate by May 15th!

Upcoming Events:
April 3rd – Family Bingo Night
April 7th – Parent-Teacher Conference Day – no school
April 15 – Hobby Fair at 6pm via Zoom
April 16 – PTG Meeting – everyone welcome

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

Our last VIRTUAL FAMILY BINGO NIGHT this SATURDAY!
Our first bingo night this past Friday was a bundle of fun. Thank you to all the families that joined us and congrats to our BIG winner, Margaret Hurley!!

Don’t miss our final night! Sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AADA72FA5FD0-thoreau4

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


Middle School Survey

In case you haven’t seen it, there is a Town-Wide Suvey happening now about the Middle School Building Project: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/surveycms. In addition, the next Community Forum is Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.

The Building Committee is at a pivotal point in the design planning, and they need our feedback. The 12-question survey addresses design, function, and project cost and will be available through Monday, April 5th.

Could you all take a few minutes to fill it out? Feel free to also forward it to friends and any Concord organizations or groups that you’re a part of. The building committee particularly needs help reaching residents who do not receive the school district emails, so forwarding to neighborhood or other distribution groups is very helpful. Take the SURVEY, and Pass it On!

BASIC RIGHTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION: UNDERSTANDING THE IEP

Hosted by the Acton-Boxborough, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury, Maynard, and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from our school districts.

This workshop, presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will provide an understanding of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP); why it is important, how it is developed, what information belongs in each section, what types of services are included, measurable goals, what to do when you receive a proposed IEP and the process for resolving disputes.

When: Tuesday, 6th April from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Presented by: Elaine Rabbitt, Federation for Children with Special Needs

Please register via this link:

https://fcsn-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcumtrD4sHNKMIam0DzP0cjbd2ya0ldPz

The Zoom information to access the meeting will be sent directly by FCSN to all who have registered. If you have any questions, please contact us at concordsepac@gmail.com or visit our website at www.concordsepac.org

SEPAC APPRECIATION AWARDS – LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE!

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.

Please visit our website to nominate your special person. Submissions for the SEPAC Appreciation Awards close on April 3rd.

If you have any questions, please email us at appreciationawards@gmail.com

Sacred Green: The 11th Century Environmental Movement of Hildegard of Bingen

CCM presents Sacred Green: The 11th Century Environmental Movement of Hildegard of Bingen—a complimentary online lecture on Friday, April 23, from 7 – 8 pm by CCM faculty member Dr. Greta Feeney. It’s an exploration of the music of 11th century Catholic scholar, theologian, composer, natural scientist, mystic and polyglot Hildegard of Bingen. Greta explains, “Hildegard is one of the first identifiable composers in Western history. Most of them were ‘anonymous’ until the 14th century, but she wrote in the 11th century and we know a lot about her life to help us understand her musical and intellectual contributions.” Examples of Hildegard’s sacred chant containing a variant of the word ‘viriditas’, or, ‘noble greenness’ from her own language ‘Lingua Ignota’, will be explored in the context of modern environmental activism. Receive the link: https://concordconservatory.org/sacred-green-11th-century-environmental-movement-hildegard-bingen

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.

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.

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.