Thoreau Announcements 3/4/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

How is it already the beginning of March?!? We recently soared past 100 days of school and spring is just 16 days away! We sure are ready for some warmer days (after mud season, of course). Thank you to our Social Co-Chairs, Kerri Nash and Julia Elliot, for organizing the Virtual Mom’s Night of flower arranging. It was a huge success and the arrangements were gorgeous!

Our Social Co-Chairs are keeping the fun coming! This Saturday is our first ever Virtual Adult Trivia Night (see below for more information and the sign-up link). And at the end of the month get ready for a Virtual Family Bingo Night! There are two dates to choose from. Once again, please see below for more information and the link. These are both sure to be awesome events!

Upcoming Events:
March 6th – Adult Virtual Trivia Night – 8-9:30
March 8th – Professional day, no school
March 19th – PTG meeting 9:30am – everyone welcome
March 26th and April 3rd – Family Bingo Night

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

LAST CALL FOR TRIVIA NIGHT!
Looking for something fun to do (without children) on Saturday night? Join us for Thoreau’s 1st Adult Trivia Night! PRIZES — gift certificates to J’aim, Saltbox and more!

Sign up Now!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aada72fa5fd0-thoreau3

VIRTUAL FAMILY BINGO NIGHT!
The Social Committee is thrilled to announce that we are hosting TWO Virtual Family Bingo Nights! Prizes and lots of fun for everyone!!! For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AADA72FA5FD0-thoreau4 Don’t miss this!

CAR MAGNETS
Should you need/want a Thoreau car magnet, please contact Kerri Nash @ kerridurand@hotmail.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

Hobby Fair- 4th and 5th grades

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)

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


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) Pandemic Parenting One Year In: Tools for Positive Communication

Presented by Dr. Rachel Kramer

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM

One year into pandemic parenting many families are experiencing stressful moments around communication with children and teens. Please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a webinar presenting tools for supporting positive communication. Ample time will be provided for Q&A about this topic and any other parenting questions on your mind.

Presented by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rachel Kramer (learn more about her at www.drrachelkramer.com )

Please click the link below to join this free webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 86929309291?pwd= RDhqSlBHSytXL2hYcFpueHNHUERjUT 09

Passcode: 826176

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +19292056099,,86929309291#,,,, *826176# or +13017158592,,86929309291#,,,, *826176#

(2) Perfecting Your Posture for Online Learning

Presented by Physical Therapist Jaimee Mace

A Special Offering sponsored by Turning Life On

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Join Physical Therapist, Jaimee Mace, MSPT, for a presentation to learn about the effects electronic devices have on your student’s posture and how it can be impacting their health and growing bodies.
You and your child will learn:
* What is “good posture”
* Why good posture is so important
* How to combat the effects of slouching
* How to properly set up and use electronics to alleviate strain on the body
Please plan to watch with your child if you can. Your whole family is invited to join!

Register ahead through the sponsor Turning Life On here:

https://www.turninglifeon.org/ events/2021/3/10/perfecting- your-posture-for-online- learning

(3) 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

(4) “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!

Puppet Show at the Concord Free Public Library- March 9

The Concord Free Public Library will host a free puppet show featuring Through Me to You Puppetry on Tuesday March 9 at 10 am. Join Newton and his puppet friends for some storytime fun! Newton & Friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the kids. At the end of the show, children are invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. The half-hour Zoom show is geared to ages 3-7, but all are welcome! Register in advance to receive the Zoom link: https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/events-calendar

Home Alone – For students in Grades 4-6

Does your child know what to do if a stranger comes to the door or how to get help in an emergency? The Home Alone class is designed to teach children simple rules and procedures for responsible self-care. Students will be asked to print an activity packet that we will send along with the Zoom class link and we’ll work through it together as we have safe, open discussions of the topics. March 10, 2-3 pm. Fee: $15. Offered through CCACE. Information and registration: https://ccace.asapconnected.com/?org=4701#CourseID=236855

Submit a Poem to Gaining Ground

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Help us celebrate by writing an original poem about vegetables, the weather, birds, bugs, or anything else related to farming! Gaining Ground will feature several poems in a display at the farm this coming April. Submit your poem to: poems@gainingground.org no later than March 15.

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.

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.

Shamrock Ball In A Box! 3/13/2021

Although we cannot gather in large numbers this year we can celebrate family at home! Shamrock Ball in a Box kits will be filled with decorations, a corsage, crafts, raffle tickets and more! This year’s virtual event also includes an hour long zoom show with a professional magician/comedian from 7:00-8:00PM

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!

Drawing for Kids & Exploration in Drawing and Painting

Umbrella Arts is once again offering its popular Drawing for Kids (Ages 5-8, 8-10) classes. A new class, Exploration in Drawing and Painting (Ages 10-14) has kids exploring different ways of seeing and drawing, and then transitioning those skills to paint.

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.

Kids Test Kitchen (Grades 1-5)

Kids’ Test Kitchen is on a mission to get young eaters cooking, tasting, and thinking about healthy ingredients! Let’s continue to redefine kid food; LIVE via Zoom! Each class presents students with an opportunity to explore new or familiar foods in their raw, un-manipulated state.

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 Chamber Music Society’s Concert and Conversation

Calling all classical music lovers! The Concord Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce the creation and virtual release of “Concert and Conversation,” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner, CCMS Director and violinist Wendy Putnam and GBH/CRB producer Brian McCreath. “Concert and Conversation” tells the remarkable story, through music and words, of composer Yehudi Wyner’s musical journey and artists who champion his work, and offers personal perspectives on artistic creation, collaboration and the works of other composers. In this free series of digital content, you will hear music by Yehudi Wyner, Florence Price and Franz Schubert, as well as some lively discussion about the music and the process by which it was created.

“Concert and Conversation” will be presented to the public, free of charge, via YouTube Premieres at 12:00 noon each Friday during a three week period beginning February 12, 2021. Each 15-20 minute segment will be followed by an interactive YouTube Live session presented by CCMS Founder and Director Wendy Putnam, in which she will provide background information about the music and performers, and answer questions.
For more information, please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCicvcNswIpmr3iUJFkfWUFw or www.concordchambermusic.org

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.

Little Hands, Big Hearts

Please join the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital in spreading some love this season! Create a card for someone special this February and 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!

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.