PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News
This week we would like to start out by thanking our Children’s Programming Chair, Megan Merna, for providing our Kindergarten classes with a virtual visit from the New England Aquarium. The program focused on the unique lifestyles of aquatic animals and how they grow and change over time. We are grateful to be able to provide these wonderful programs virtually!
If you are free this evening please join our 4th and 5th graders at 6:00 for our virtual Hobby Fair.
This is a reminder to please join us tomorrow morning at 9:30 for a very special and important beginning to our monthly PTG meeting. We will be hosting several key members of the Concord Middle School planning committee, including Dr. Hunter, Heather Bout (Chair of Communication Subcommittee), Kristen Olson (Head Architect), and one of the CMS committee co-chairs. We will also be joined by families from the preschool, Willard, and Alcott. This is an excellent opportunity to hear the latest updates on the planning process, to ask questions, and to give your input on the new middle school. The members of the CMS planning committee REALLY want to hear input from you! Hope to see you all tomorrow morning at 9:30. Keep your eye out for the zoom link from Mrs. Charles this afternoon.
We hope you all enjoy April break and please be mindful of out of state travel protocols which can be found here https://www.concordps.org/reopening-updates/out-of-state-travel/.
April 15 – Hobby Fair at 6pm via Zoom
April 16 – PTG Meeting – everyone welcome
May 5th – Picture Day
Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents
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The Hobby Fair is TONIGHT!
Don’t forget the 2021 Hobby Fair is tonight (Thurs 4/15)!! All Thoreau families are invited to join the virtual fair via zoom from 6pm to 7pm. Sixteen 4th and 5th graders will be showcasing their diverse interests and talents. There will even be time for Q&A with these student experts! Principal Charles sent out a zoom invitation earlier this week, but if you need it resent please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord Library’s Poetry Walk
The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library has installed a Poetry Walk on the Main Library front lawn to celebrate National Poetry Month through the month of April. The Poetry Walk, originally conceptualized in partnership with local non-profit Gaining Ground, features Renga-style poems celebrating the seasons written by students in the Virtual Writing Studio, led by staff and resident poet Cary Stough. In addition, visitors can also enjoy the book, The year comes round: haiku through the seasons written by Sid Farrar. The book is beautifully illustrated by Concord’s own Caldecott Honor winner, Ilse Plume.
April Vacation Historical Tours
Are you looking for a fun and educational family experience over April vacation? At 10 am Monday – Friday, April 19-23, the Concord Visitor Center is offering a 45 minute family-friendly walking tour focused on the history of Downtown Concord. This is a fun opportunity to learn about local history while remaining socially distant. Meet at the Visitor Center at 58 Main Street in Concord Center at 10:45 with a mask. Reservations are preferred by calling: 978-318-3061
Upcoming Virtual Ed Morgan Concerts at the Concord Free Public Library
The Concord Free Public Library invites kids and families to join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man”, on Friday, April 16, May 21, June 21, July 16 and August 20. All concerts will take place at 10 am on Zoom. Enjoy fun rhymes and tunes, and connect with your family through music. These family-friendly performances will have everyone up moving, dancing, and singing. Register by visiting our events calendar online at concordlibrary.org, and we’ll send you the Zoom link. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.
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.
Youth Track Program (Grades 3-6)
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.
Looking for something to do at home over April Vacation? Purchase a Boredom Buster activity from Concord Rec! Activities include building a bird house, paper airplane, and decorating your own bag.
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.
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