Thoreau Announcements 3/11/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Doesn’t this taste of spring weather feel absolutely glorious?!? It’s incredible and somewhat mind-boggling that we have reached the one-year anniversary of the last day of full-time in-person learning (March 12, 2020). And now, as the plans are being formulated to return to full-time in-person learning on April 5th (for those attending in-person), we would like to once again give our thanks and appreciation to Dr. Hunter, Mrs. Charles, and all of the teachers and staff that have worked so hard to keep everyone safe this school year. While we may be experiencing some mixed emotions (excitement, nervousness, etc.) about the upcoming change, we have utmost confidence in our leadership that everything will be done to continue to keep everyone safe. For those families attending in-person learning, please consider signing up for the pooled Covid screening in Aspen, if you haven’t already done so. It will be a critical piece in helping to keep everyone safe and informed as we move to full-time learning on April 5th.

A huge thank you to our Social Co-Chairs, Kerri Nash and Julia Elliot, for the successful Virtual Adult Trivia Night! It was another fun and very well received event. Be sure to check out the links below for the upcoming Family Bingo Nights – they are sure to be a great time as well!

The Hobby Fair is happening this year in a virtual format! Any 4th and 5th graders that are interested in participating in this beloved tradition should check out the links below for more information and to sign-up.

A reminder that next week is Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Please consider giving your bus driver or one of the crossing guards at Main/Prairie and/or Main/West a personalized note of appreciation anytime next week.

Upcoming Events:
March 15-19th – Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Appreciation Week
March 19th – PTG meeting 9:30am – everyone welcome
March 26th – Professional development day- no school
March 26th and April 3rd – Family Bingo Night
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


From the Thoreau Social Committee

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!

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! https://www.thoreauptg.org/

TRIVIA NIGHT — WHAT FUN!
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our first ever virtual 80’s/90’s trivia night! The night was filled with jokes & laughter. Congrats to our winners — Carolyn & Matt Blackham – 1st place, Carrie & Jonathon Rankin – 2nd place & Evy & Paul Alloway – 3rd place!! What fun!!!

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


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) 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) 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

(3) “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!

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.

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.

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.