Thoreau Announcements 3/18/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

After that gorgeous taste of spring last week, the return to single-digit temperatures felt especially harsh! There are some upcoming events for families to get involved in that we would like to draw your attention to and remind you about. First, we have two nights of Virtual Family Bingo coming up at the end of March and the beginning of April. Second, the Hobby Fair for 4th and 5th graders is taking place virtually on April 15th. Next, the CCHS Thinkers Agenda Club is organizing a food drive for Open Table. The focus is on making snack bags for kids and the drive goes through until March 29th. Please below for details and links for all of these events.

Lastly, thank you to our fabulous teacher appreciation co-chairs, Heather Chiancola and Jordan Binder, for showering our hard-working bus drivers and crossing guards with tokens of appreciation. Each driver, mechanic, admin, and crossing guard received gift bags with Dunkin’ Donut gift cards, munchkins, and tins of mints with an expression of gratitude thanking them all for their commit-“mint” to keeping our kids safe and happy. Bus and Crossing Guard Appreciation week concludes tomorrow, so it’s not too late to give your bus driver and/or crossing guard your own note or card of appreciation!

A reminder that our monthly PTG meeting is tomorrow morning at 9:30am and everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Events:
March 19th – PTG meeting 9:30am – everyone welcome
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


Hobby Fair- Last Day to Register is Fri 3/19!

Attention 4th and 5th Grade families:

The Thoreau School Hobby Fair tradition is returning this year in a virtual format! Once again, all 4th and 5th grade students are invited to showcase their hobbies, talents and interests for the whole school community to see! Since we will be unable to gather in the cafeteria to admire displays and speak in-person to student presenters, the Hobby Fair committee will host a zoom where each presenter will share a pre-recorded video of their hobby, and then have an opportunity to take questions live on the zoom. The Hobby Fair will take place on Thursday, 4/15/21 at 6:00 p.m. If we receive many registrations, we will split the presenters into two groups and add Wednesday, 4/14/21 at 6:00 p.m. as an additional evening.

Please use this link to access info on what the Hobby Fair is and what will be required:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zk7kceI8Bh6EvkwhZfwC9Py7TJiHCNvKGHV62x-T5UY/edit?usp=sharing

Students who are interested in participating should register via this link no later 3/19/21
2021 Hobby Fair Registration – Google Forms

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jordan Binder (jordanbinder@yahoo.com) or Heather Chiancola (heatherchiancola@gmail.com)

Crossing Guard and Bus Driver Appreciation

March is National Transportation Safety Awareness Month, and Thoreau will once again celebrate our dedicated Crossing Guards and Bus Drivers who help our students safely to and from school. While we will not host our annual breakfast, the Staff Appreciation Committee has arranged to deliver small tokens of our appreciation to the bus depot on Tuesday, March 16th on behalf on the entire Thoreau community. However, we think it would still be lovely if students created their own cards or families wrote their own notes of thanks as well. If you are able, please consider handing a note to your bus driver or the crossing guards at Main/West and West/Prairie anytime during the week March 15.
Questions?: email jordanbinder@yahoo.com or heatherchiancola@gmail.com

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


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!

DIY Science Lab (Grades 2-5)

Create your own do-it-yourself science toys. Each week we’ll explore and build fun toys and gadgets that you make – and learn the science behind them.

Code Wiz Coding Classes (Ages 7-12)

Code Wiz is offering a variety of classes this spring – including Minecraft Coding, Creating Your Own Roblox Game, and Animation! Check out the class listings to learn more about these awesome programs.

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.