Thoreau Announcements 4/8/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather!  We want to start out by saying thank you to our Social Chairs, Kerri Nash and Julia Elliott, for organizing Family BINGO Night!  It’s been great to have so many virtual events to keep our school community connected!   Speaking of virtual events, we are excited to see what our 4th and 5th graders have in store for us at our virtual Hobby Fair next Thursday April 15th at 6:00!

As you may have read in Dr. Hunter’s email about the Asymptomatic Pool Testing Program, the state is continuing to fund the program through the end of the school year.  The district’s goal is to test 2500 students per week so if you haven’t signed your child up just yet please consider doing so in Aspen.  The testing is even more important now that many students have returned to school full time.  Thank you to all who have already participated.

Upcoming Events:
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

THOREAU FAMILY BINGO – It’s a Wrap!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Family Bingo Nights. We had a blast playing with you!! Congrats to the Winters family for crushing it on Saturday night!

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


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.

Boredom Buster for April Vacation!

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

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.

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.