April 26, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Screen Free Week, Box Tops for Education, Musketaquid Earth Day Parade, Thoreau Road Race, Open Table, 5th Grade Art Retrospective

Around Town: CC Community Chest, CCHS Lacrosse Spring Clean-up, Radius Ensemble Family Concert, GirlPower!, Ivy Child, CMS Booksale, SEPAC, MSSA, Patriot Basketball Camp, Concord Carlisle Community Ed, Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

It seems that Spring has finally arrived!  Nice for those who were away, but even better for those who were local last week. Regardless of where you were, we hope everyone was able to enjoy the break.

Speaking of enjoyment, we’re certain many 3rd graders came home on Tuesday with tales about the “Wingmasters-Birds of Prey” presentation they were treated to that day.  If not, be sure to ask!  Similarly, if you have a Kindergartner in the house, ask them about the various activities and animals they saw during the visit from the New England Aquarium: Tidepool Alive! program yesterday.  These and all our Children’s Programming are 100% funded by your donations to the PTG.  Thank you!

The Principal’s Coffee is tomorrow from 9:30 – 10:15 am.  Hope to see you there!

Kathleen & Deb


PTG Executive Committee Interest: Are you interested in serving on the Executive Committee of the PTG or learning what each role entails? Let us know!   2018-2019 PTG Executive Officer positions include Co-President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The Officers will be voted in at the last PTG meeting of the school year.  Please email Kathleen Dohoney (dohoneyk@gmail.com) by May 18th if you are interested.

Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2018-2019: Next year is already shaping up nicely! This year’s Chairs have been amazing and we are excited that so many have chosen to continue in their roles and share their experience with new team members next year!  Please check out the Sign Up Genius for a variety of Co-Chair and Trainee positions!

PTG By-Law Revisions: The PTG By-Laws must be reviewed at least once every three years.  The PTG Board has reviewed the By-Laws last revised in 2015 and a copy of the proposed 2018 revision can be found on the PTG website here.  A vote to ratify the 2018 revised By-Laws will be held at the next PTG meeting on Friday, May 18th.


ANNUAL APPEAL:  Annual Appeal needs your help!
We can feel it – spring is in the air (although now that we type that, it probably means there will be a snowstorm). Usually, in springtime, people get a pep in their step and perhaps start to feel a little generous! Okay, we might have made that up but hopefully it got your attention. Thoreau needs your help! We haven’t seen great participation this year towards the Thoreau Annual Appeal and we need that to change. Please take a minute to donate – your money is well spent. All those programs your child loves – many of those are funded by the PTG. Please help!
Visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/ and channel that springtime feeling! 

THOREAU AT THE RED SOX: – only a few tickets left – act fast!
Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves – Friday, May 25, 2018 – 7:10pm – Bleacher Seats, Section 38

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 250 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, March 29 or Friday, March 30 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. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/30 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!!

SCREEN FREE WEEK: Starts next week! The Thoreau Wellness committee encourages Thoreau students to participate in this screen free challenge. The reward: a gift certificate to the Toy Shop for anyone who participates. Good luck. The link below is your form.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: The scorecard is up! The Box Tops for Education classroom contest has been quietly underway and we are now rounding the final turn before the finish line. The kids will be watching the whole year’s action unfold on a scorecard posted above the collection box in the school lobby between now and the end of May.  It’s time to start gathering up those box tops that have been lying around the kitchen and turning them in.  Please put your clips in a small plastic bag and include in the bag a slip of paper with your child’s name and their teacher’s name.  If you just have one or two you don’t need a bag – you can just write the names on the back of each box top.  You don’t need to count them or check the expiration dates – we’ll do that part.  Even expired clips get credit in the classroom contest, so turn them all in!  Which will be the top-clipping classroom this year?  Stay tuned!

MUSKETAQUID EARTH DAY: Saturday, April 28 10:30-2:00pm: Thoreau group will gather at 10:15, look for the Thoreau School banner.
Please join Thoreauly Green and the Thoreau students who participated in this year’s Musketaquid Workshops to represent the Thoreau School in the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, April 28. The parade begins at 10:30 at the Umbrella Arts Center and ends at the Old Manse. The River Ceremony will be at the North Bridge immediately following the parade.  For more information go to: http://theumbrellaarts.org/arts-environment/musketaquid-earth-day-2018 or contact Jessica Grogins at jgrogins@mac.com. We hope to see you there! For those who have not attended this event in the past, it is a wonderful way to celebrate the Earth, the arts, and our community. Bring your own puppets and banners or help carry one provided by the Musketaquid artists.

LAST CALL FOR PRE-REGISTRATION!  Thoreau’s 12th Annual Road Race is Sunday, May 20thRegister by Monday, April 30th and guarantee yourself a RACE T-SHIRT!!!  All events take place at and around the school.  The 5K run starts at 10am and Kids’ Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 11:30am.  So much FUN! — Taco Truck, bouncy house, awards ceremony and more!  Sign up here and bring the whole family to run, walk, jog or stroll with us.

OPEN TABLE DONATIONS: The 5th grade class has its annual Day of Service this year on May 22nd. One of the service projects will be a food drive for Open Table and another is a pantry drive for Dignity In Asylum (DIAS). The 5th graders will be packing kids’ snack bags for Open Table to give out to the 100-150 children they serve each week. We will also be collecting pantry items for DIAS’ temporary housing units for vulnerable refugees in our community. We are asking the whole Thoreau Community to help out!

We have broken down the list of items requested by Open Table:

Kindergarten: individual juice or milk boxes
First Grade: snack sized applesauce or fruit cups
Second Grade: granola or snack bars (nut-free please)
Third grade: small bags of cookies, pretzels or crackers
Fourth Grade: snack sized cereal
Fifth Grade: boxes of macaroni & cheese, cans of spaghettios or soup
You can also donate appropriate school-based supplies, i.e. pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. All items welcome!

DIAS is asking for: toilet paper, cooking oil, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, paper towels, sponges, and cleaning supplies.

You may send items into school with your student anytime between now and May 22nd. There will be a collection area in front of the auditorium. Contact Carly Manion at carlyduffy@hotmail.com Thank you for your support! The 5th grade class

It is that time of year again, time for the 5th Grade Art Retrospective.  This year we will be celebrating the students’ artwork on Monday, June 4th in conjunction with the 5th grade concertThe exhibit will be up for approximately 2 weeks beginning the week of May 21st.  Artwork will be taken home at the end of the night. Every 5th grade student is required to participate in this event.  It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their artwork and recognize how they have grown from preschool to 5th grade.  They will be reviewing their work in class as part of the preparation process and will be writing a reflective piece about their individual collections.

Please help your child begin the process at home by going through any artwork that has been saved over the years. When selecting work, look for art that displays personal style at different ages: choice of color preferences, expressive line indicating comfort of media, or similarities in subject matter over the years.  Let this be a stress-free, supportive, nonjudgmental time since there is no right or wrong in art, only individual personal expression. All 5th grade artwork has been kept at school for those who do not have work from previous years.

Since we will be working on the written piece and mounting the work during classI need all the work in the week after April Vacation.  Feel free to bring it in earlier if selections are already made.  Each student should bring in up to 6 pieces of artwork, if possible 1 from each grade k-4.  We will be limited to a 24” x 36” paper so some editing may occur during class time.  Work from other schools is acceptable and welcome, as well as work completed out of school.  If your selection of artwork is limited, work demonstrating only this year’s artistic growth is also an acceptable option.  Again, the 5th grade work has been kept in the art room throughout the year.

Also a few reminders; please label all of your work with pencil on the back or underside of the project.  Please no framed artwork as the bulletin boards will not support them and limit 3d work to one per child. (Photographs of 3D work are great and limit the chance of breakage!)  If something is super special please remember that I cannot guarantee its safety.  Thank you so much for your support and time.  I hope this ca n be a positive and exciting experience for everyone.
Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.  khiltz@concordps.org


CONCORD CARLISLE COMMUNITY CHEST: Please Join Us for a Night Out for Neighbors to benefit Concord-Carlisle Community Chest April 27th at 7PM at the Battle Road Brew House in Maynard.  Casual brew house atmosphere, live band, full bar, raffle, games!
Tickets $75 in advance, $85 at the door (Includes apps and 2 drink tickets) https://cccommunitychest.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/ANightOutforNeighbors/tabid/946261/Default.aspx

ANNUAL CCHS LACROSSE SPRING CLEAN-UP: Sunday, April 29, 2018.   CCHS Lacrosse players will rake, haul, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle.  Only $20 per player, per hour and all proceeds go to the CCHS Lacrosse program.  Work crews run from 9 am – 1 pm, with a minimum of 2 players.  This is our only fundraiser and it sells out, so reserve your crew today!
Sign Up Here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0845a8ad2aab9-2018

RADIUS ENSEMBLE FAMILY CONCERT: On April 29, join local chamber music group Radius Ensemble and Concord Children’s Center for a fun afternoon of family music with an international flair!  Enjoy string quartets from around the world! Every continent (except one!) is represented, and we’ve got sing-able and dance-able tunes, from Mozart and Joplin to Korean and South African folk songs – plus a special treat from Disney’s Moana! Getting up and dancing is encouraged! Children will also enjoy an instrument show-and-tell and a bake and drink sale. Performance is on Sunday, April 29, from 3-5 p.m. at Concord Children’s Center, 1300 Main Street. Tickets are $10/person, $35/family and can be purchased at www.concordchildrenscenter.org as well as at the door.  Afternoon supported by a grant from the Concord Cultural Council.

EMERSON HOSPITAL SPONSORS GirlPower!: Empowerment workshops for preteens at Wellness Center on Sunday, April 29th. In its 10th year, GirlPower! Be Who You Are™ empowerment workshops provide a way for girls to unplug from social media as well as to discover their unique voices through experiential learning. Activities are designed to discover fun and creative ways to move and express feelings, make connections with other girls and explore ways to add zest and vitality in life.  Spend a spring afternoon exploring yoga, dance, martial arts, journaling and circle discussion.   Take a nature walk, create art, prepare healthy snacks and build friendships.  Empower yourself with self confidence and choices.

The next workshop will be held on Sunday, April 29th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm at The Steinberg Wellness Center at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord.  Instructor, Susanne Liebich  Founder/Creative Director; Certified Nia Black Belt, Stott Pilates.  $80 includes program, supplies, snacks and t-shirt , $75 for 2 siblings or previous GirlPower participant.  To register: 978-287-3777 or online at www.emersonwellness.org

IVY CHILD: Hosts a Mindful Morning Series this Spring, at the Concord Free Public Library. The series will offer free, weekly yoga and mindfulness classes on Saturday mornings from 10am-11amon the Concord Public library lawn on the following dates: April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19, 2018. Classes are FREE and open to the public for participants of all ages and abilities (children, adults, senior citizens welcome). No pre-registration or experience is required to participate. Please bring your own yoga mats/blankets.
Visit our website: ivychild.org/mindful-morning-series; Join our Facebook page: tinyurl.com/springmindfulmorning or contact Shan Koay at skoay@ivychild.org for more info.

CMS BOOKSALE: The Concord Bookshop, Saturday, May 5, 9:30 – 5:00pm. Support the middle school while stocking up on gifts for loved ones and teachers. Purchase your child’s summer reading texts, too!  CMS gets a portion of all sales, thanks to the generosity of parents like you and of bookstore owner Dawn Rennert.  Any purchase, any item, all day!

GARDEN CLUB OF CONCORD: Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Garden Club of Concord is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 12th, rain or shine, in front of the Middlesex Savings Bank in Concord Center from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Over 1,000 plants will be for sale, including perennials, shrubs, vines, ground covers and house-plants. Most of the perennials come from the established local gardens of Garden Club members.  All funds raised from the plant sale are distributed as grants to local projects or a scholarship that reflect the Club’s horticultural mission.

SEPAC PRESENTATION: My child has trouble with friendships – should I be worried?Presentation by Caroline Maguire, New England Coaching Services, hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Are you wondering if your child is struggling socially?
Do you know when you should step in and what you can do?
Would you like to help your child make and keep friends?
Many children struggle with friendships and parents/caregivers are left on the front line without a guide book. Please join us for a free presentation, which will introduce the roadmap to help you become a social skills coach for your child. This talk can help anyone caring for preK-8 students and students of any age with any social struggle, large or small. The coaching process will be demonstrated so participants can apply the techniques at home.
When: Monday 14th May, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Library, Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road
Presented by:  Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., PCC
For planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website concordsepac.org

MIDDLESEX SCHOOL SUMMER ARTS: Registration is now open for Middlesex School Summer Arts (“MSSA”).  MSSA is a multi-arts day program for campers entering grades 1-11.  Campers (grades 4 and up) are able to choose their schedule based upon their interests.  We offer classes in visual arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, print making), dance (modern, jazz, hip hop, Broadway dance), media (photography, playwriting, creative writing, yearbook, stop motion, video production), music (jazz/rock band, piano, guitar, drumming), technical theatre (costume design, sound/lighting, props, stage management), theatre (a capella, comedy club, fractured fairytales) and recreation (swimming, games) to name a few.  Additionally, we offer many full-length performance opportunities for interested campers.

This year the 4-5th grade five week show is A Year with Frog and Toad.  The musical for the 6-8th grade 5-week campers is James and the Giant Peach.  The non-musical for the 9-11th grade 5 -week campers is Peter and the Starcatchers.  The musical for 3-week campers, grades 4-11, is Willie Wonka, Jr.  and the musical for 5 week high school campers is The Addams Family.
Please visit www.mxschoolsummerarts.org for more information and registration.

PATRIOT BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMP: Run by CCHS Varsity basketball coaches David Cohen and Aaron Joncas, is excited for its 10th year!
New this year – Two weeks of camp for girls entering Grades 4-9, run by CCHS Varsity Head Coach Kim Magee AND two weeks of Junior Patriots camp for boys entering Grades 1-3, both at Nashoba Brooks School.
Our Summer League returns this year on Thursday nights at CCHS. Players get a weekly full court game in their age bracket run by our CCHS Varsity coaches – a fun way to improve and compete! Visit patriothoopclinics.com today to register

CONCORD CARLISLE COMMUNITY ED: Making summer camp plans? Check out these offerings from Concord Carlisle Community Ed: Wicked Cool Vet School, Minecraft Mania, Rocket Science, Gadgets & Contraptions, & Deep Blue Sea. And for chess buffs, there’s a weeklong Chess Club in August! For information and to register, go to: www.concordcarlisleace.org or call 978-318-1432.

COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE GROUP: MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 or 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year. We provide free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More information can be found at: https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning

CONCORD – CARLISLE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR: Check out https://www.eventjuggler.com – the event calendar for the Concord & Carlisle community!