Red Sox Tickets, Lost and Found and More – Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Congratulations to all the 4th and 5th graders who showcased their amazing and unique hobbies at the Hobby Fair earlier this week! Thank you to all who attended and to our PTG Hobby Fair Co-chairs, Jen Moffitt and Courtney Tucker.

Did your student mention the visit from Ryan Haack yesterday? If not, be sure to ask! Thanks to a suggestion made by a parent to our Children’s Programming Chairs, “Different is Awesome!” was presented to all K-5 students and was a wonderful way to round out a busy January! To see what else is coming, check out the schedule online.

Lastly, join us at the next PTG meeting a week from tomorrow, on Friday, February 8th at 9am with Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter. Bring your questions, comments and concerns!

Hope to see many of you tomorrow night for BINGO!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Bingo Night

Join us for Bingo Night! Friday February 1st from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Thoreau School Cafeteria. We’ll have food for purchase and of course Bingo with prizes, hosted by Officer Ron! This is a wonderful family event that is a great Thoreau tradition! Questions? Contact Megan Holsinger at megansholsinger@gmail.com

Thoreau Elementary School Red Sox Game Opportunity

Red Sox v. Cleveland Indians
Monday, May 27, 2019
Memorial Day
4:05PM
Upper Bleacher Seats

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Given the popularity of games in the past, we have secured 200 tickets at a cost of $25 each. A great opportunity to take a family of 4 to a game for $100!! Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below.

Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
Your name
Students name
Number of tickets requested

Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, May 2 or Friday, May 3 between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED, LEFT AT THE DOOR, etc. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 5/3 at 7:30 will be given to remaining families on the waitlist.

Thanks!! Prior games have been a lot of fun, looking forward to another great time!!

School Lost and Found- Claim Your Stuff!

It’s that time again! The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity during February vacation. Photos of each item in the collection as of yesterday afternoon can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery. An easy opportunity to claim your items is during Bingo Night tomorrow. Mark your calendars! Otherwise, a staff member will be available to buzz you in at the door on weekdays from 8:15am until 4:15pm (3pm on Tuesdays). Everything is laid out on tables and in bins under the tables near the cafeteria entrance. Good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake

Save the Date: Spelling Bee on Sat. March 16!

Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade spellers! The 2019 Thoreau Spelling Bee is on Sat. March 16. Stay tuned for more details.

Transportation Lost and Found

Missing items? Think they might have been lost on the bus? Check out the latest in the lost and found: https://www.thoreauptg.org/transportation-lost-and-found/

Contact dispatcher April Healey at 978-461-3981 or ahealey@concordps.org with any questions or if you’d like to claim anything.

A message from the Director of METCO

One of my priorities as Director of METCO is to provide opportunities for Concord and Carlisle families to learn more about the METCO experience, and also to facilitate the growth of relationships between Boston, Concord and Carlisle families. Below is the METCO Family Friends Program Application to be shared with Concord and Carlisle families. In addition, please find below the Evite for the community-wide film screening of On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins on February 12.

Thank you for your support!

Andrew

METCO Family Friends Program Applications:
To learn how Thoreau Families can participate, click on the link! Thoreau METCO Family Friends Program Application

Community-wide Film Screening of On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins:

February is Black History Month. As we reflect on the impact of prominent African American leaders, and activists, it is important to also highlight the impact of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and vision for racial integration, and a more just society. The Concord and Concord-Carlisle METCO Department cordially invite you to a the film screening of On the line: Where Sacrifice Begins. On The Line is “a fresh examination of the impact of busing for school integration, the historical and social conditions that launched the METCO program, and the participants who continue to assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial, and class lines on their way to school.” The film screening will take place on Tuesday, February 12 in the CCHS auditorium from 6:30pm – 8pm. the following days and timesThe film is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Follow http://evite.me/dgXEjCJQ9H to RSVP. If any questions arise, please contact Andrew K. Nyamekye, Director of METCO at anyamekye@concordps.org.

The Oceans Challenge – Please help with recyclables!

If you have questions or suggestions, please email Karen Pettijohn at kpettyjohn42@gmail.com.

Please help collect these recyclable materials!

  • Plastic bottle caps. Any size, any color, but no writing on top
  • Magazine covers with kid-friendly pictures
  • Used manila or colored file folders
  • Unwanted CDs and DVDs
  • Paper and plastic cups (rinsed and dried), colored or clear
  • Plastic medicine cups (rinsed and dried)
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Yarn scraps, 6 inches long or more
  • Rubber bands and twist ties
  • Outgrown or single kids socks
  • Does anyone have a wallpaper sample book?
  • Empty cereal boxes (flattened, please)
  • Toilet paper tubes

Community News


Information Session: Planning for a new Concord Middle School Building — February 14, 9:30-11am

The Concord School Committee invites you to an information session regarding proposed plans for a new middle school building. Join us to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new building will be up for a vote at Town Meeting, beginning April 8. Between now and then, the School Committee will host a series of Information Sessions and Public Forums to ensure that everyone has a chance to become familiar with the options for moving forward. The full schedule will be announced soon and will include daytime, evening, and weekend options.

To get educated early, join us Thursday, February 14, 9:30-11am at the Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 4.

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at concordschoolcommittee@concordps.org. We hope to see you there!

Minute Man Arc Extra Steps Pediatric Therapies Program

Minute Man Arc is thrilled to announce Extra Steps Pediatric Therapies, a new program that is uniquely designed for children ages three to eight. Our caring and experienced team of therapists will evaluate each child and then coordinate treatment across multiple areas to build skills, strength and confidence. Extra Steps is the first program of its kind, building off of our highly successful Early Intervention program to bring the same level of quality programming to children ages three to eight.

  • Highlights
  • Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Wide Range of Services
  • Highly-Trained Specialists
  • Ongoing Evaluations and Reviews
  • External Collaboration with pediatricians and schools

Director Sherry Kenin will manage Extra Steps at 1269 Main Street in West Concord beginning on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Click here to learn more and request an appointment or call 978-287-7878.

GIRLPOWER! BE WHO YOU ARE™ – AN EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP FOR girls AGES 8-10 and ages 11-13

In its 11th year, GirlPower! has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. Girls learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls find new ways to connect to each other, learn how to navigate friendships and find ways to decompress. The GirlPower! experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew.

Instructor Susanne Liebich is an experienced facilitator and movement instructor who has conducted GirlPower! programs for 11 years. She is a Certified Nia® Black Belt, a Certified Stott Pilates® and Total Barre™ instructor and has worked with girls of all ages and abilities to help them achieve self-confidence, health and wellness.

DATE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019 9:00 AM-NOON (8 TO 10 YRS), 1:00-5:00 PM (11 TO 13 YRS)
FEE: $75 MORNING PROGRAM, $85 AFTERNOON PROGRAM
LOCATION: STEINBERG WELLNESS CENTER AT EMERSON HOSPITAL, 310 BAKER AVE, WEST CONCORD, MA
REGISTER: www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777

Big Heart, Little Heart Valentine’s Dance- Feb. 9th

Concord Family Network is hosting a BIG HEART, LITTLE HEART VALENTINE’S DANCE on Feb 9th 10-11:30 at TriCon Church 54 Walden St.

Enjoy a morning of dance, crafts and snacks. DJ and Family Entertainer Tim Seston will keep you moving with awesome music and fun games!

All families are invited. Free for CFN members, non-members pay $5/child. Donations of non-perishable food items to the Open Table pantry would be much appreciated.

Please RSVP by visiting our website, www.concordfamilynetwork.org

Wonderland on Ice Family Ice Skating Party: February 10

Grab your skates and glide into the Wonderland on Ice at this year’s Concord Children’s Center family ice skating party! The party will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 3-5 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough. Meet some of your favorite Wonderland characters and enjoy a bake sale and fun on the ice for all. While skate rentals are available, children are strongly encouraged to bring their own skates, as there is a limited number of child-sized skates. If you plan to rent your child’s skates, we recommend arriving early in the party. Helmets also strongly recommended, especially for inexperienced skaters (bike helmets work if you don’t have a skating helmet). Helmets are not available for rental. Event is open to the public — tickets are $10/person, $35/family and can be purchased at concordchildrenscenter.org or at the door.

Shamrock Ball- March 9

Tickets for The Shamrock Ball, presented by Concord Recreation, will go on sale THIS Friday February 1st at 7:30am. The event is Saturday March 9, 2019 at The Westford Regency from 7:00pm-9:30pm and is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest. Tickets are $100 sold as a couple and $25 for each additional family member. Register, the child, online at www.concordrec.com . We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-287-1050. Proceeds benefit Concord Recreation scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

Evening of A Cappella at Concord-Carlisle High School- Feb. 1

Memorized all the aca-awkward puns in Pitch Perfect? Sill longing for new episodes of Glee? Well, then, you had better get your tickets to Concord Youth Theatre’s Ice Capella show which will take place at 7:30 on Friday, February, 1, 2019. It may be cold outside, but the music will be on fire at the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium at 500 Walden Street in Concord, Massachusetts. Even if you’re new to a cappella, you’ll be charmed by the eleven high school and college groups who will bring their energetic and noteworthy performances to Concord from Boston and across the Metro West area. The evening will feature Rock Paper Scissors, Euphoria, Guacamole, and The Gentleman, all from Lexington High School, as well as Lincoln-Sudbury High School’s Acafellas, A*Choired Taste, and Accent A Cappella, Weston High School’s Town Criers, and Wayland’s Testostertones. In addition, Boston University’s Aural Fixation, Berklee College of Music’s The Charlie Chords, and College of The Holy Cross’ Fools on the Hill will take the stage.

Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.concordyouththeatre.org. For more information, please call the Concord Youth Theatre box office at 978-371-1482. All funds raised will benefit Concord Youth Theatre.

ADHD AND DYSLEXIA: UNDERSTANDING, IDENTIFYING, AND SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY HAVE EITHER OR BOTH – Feb. 7

Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD and/or dyslexia?

Do you think your child may have both?

Would you like the opportunity to ask questions of an expert?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. Roberto Olivardia PhD who is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In his private practice, Dr. Olivardia specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and issues that face students with dyslexia. Dr Olivardia is an active member of Decoding Dyslexia-Massachusetts.

When: Thursday, February 7th from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Where: Conference Room 4, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website: concordsepac.org

CCYB/S GIRLS SPRING SOFTBALL (For K thru 8th Graders):

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.
CCYB/S Softball will have five divisions. The season will kick off at the end of April. For more information or to register go to http://ccyb.org/

Divisions Offered:

T-Ball Grades K-1
Rookie Grades 2-3
Minors Grades 4 (Travel)
Majors Grades 5-6 (Travel)
Seniors Grades 7-8 (Travel)

Enough As She Is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons

Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been
more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never
measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more
than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling
author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our
girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents
and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of
adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.

Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book
signing at the conclusion of the event.

Please contact Betty Ann Killian at bkillian@nashobabrooks.org with any questions.

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Winter/Spring session begins during the month of January, please join us!

IMSCC offers music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school. Lessons can begin at any time – tuition is prorated for lessons starting mid-semester.

Most lessons are one-on-one, but this semester we are also offering semi-private lessons (two students sharing a lesson) for new students in their first or second year of playing their instrument. More information at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/music-lessons.

Please visit https://ccace.asapconnected.com to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register. We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Concord Conservatory presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert- Feb. 8

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band whose music appeals to all ages. Strong instrumentals and harmonies shine through whether performing original tunes or clever renditions of pop tunes. Generous donors and Middlesex Savings Bank have helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. For tickets visit ConcordConservatory.org ($20/adults; free for students 18 & under) or available at the door. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM, located at 1317 Main St., also offers private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. 978-369-0010/info@ConcordConservatory.org.

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

Winter Skills Clinics – We will offer two consecutive six-week sessions that begin in January (Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7; Session 2: February 14, 28 and March 7,14, 21 & 28). Cost is $150 per six-week session. Space is limited to 12 players per clinic. 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys’ & Girls Skills Clinics – Thursdays 6 – 7pm at Teamworks Acton. 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls’ Skills Clinics – Thursdays 7 – 8pm at Teamworks Acton.

CCYS InTown Soccer – Registration: open through March 1, 2019. For players in Pre-K – 6. Season runs from April 27–June 15, 2019. Teams practice once a week and play games in Concord or Carlisle on either Saturday mornings or afternoons. Grades 5-6 divisions play games in Concord and Acton on Saturdays from April 6 – June 15, 2019. Games will be NOT held over the Memorial Day holiday.

For more information go to www.ccysoccer.org

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9 (tickets on sale now)

Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord.Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. As childhood friends growing up in Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their down-home and lively Americana Folk music. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $15 for regular admission. Purchase tickets at: https://register.asapconnected.com/eventdetail.aspx?org=4125&pk=1263337