April 28, 2016

MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS

Miss the April PTG meeting? Click here to read the minutes from the meeting: https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/20160412%20PTG%20Minutes.pdf

Volunteers Needed:  The PTG is already looking ahead to next year. If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community we will find an opportunity that fits your needs. Our goal is to create an inclusive PTG that represents all grade levels, working parents, stay at home parents, moms and dads. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Betsy Martel or Deb Antonangeli if you are interested in getting involved. betsymartel@yahoo.com  deb.antonangeli@gmail.com

PARCC Assessment Dates: Principal Charles released PARCC assessment dates and information in her March newsletter: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7951d82fd5c3ce61a9e4c27b0/files/The_Thoreau_Monthlymarch2016_.docx  The Thoreau-specific PARCC schedule for Spring 2016 can be found here: http://goo.gl/rSY9rP. The homeroom teacher’s initials indicate which class is testing on a particular day.

Interested in “How to Raise an Adult”? The CCHS Parents Association is happy to announce that the link for streaming the 3/16 presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims at CCHS is now available.  Please feel free to share this link with others who were unable to join us for that wonderful evening with Julie! http://cloudcast.telvue.com/pegtv_player/index/T00341?autostart=true&height=240&noplaylistskin=true&video=273512&width=320  Also, for anyone local to our area who has cable, the presentation will be broadcast on Channels 8 and 99.

Thoreau School Store

The Thoreau School Store is up and running!  The goal is to have the store open on most Fridays during your child’s recess time.  Items in the store cost between $.10 and $1.50.

Save the Date:

Monday, May 2-Friday, May 5 – Teacher Appreciation Week *details were emailed by room parents

Monday, May 2 – 5 Grade Art Retrospective Due

Tuesday, May 3 – 5 Grade Yearbook Page Due; Joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Ripley

Wednesday, May 4 – Mom’s Night Out, 7pm, Morrissey Home

Tuesday, May 10 – CPS School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Ripley

Thursday, May 12 – PTG Meeting, 9am, Cafeteria

Sunday, May 15, Thoreau Road Race

Tuesday, May 24 – Joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Ripley

Trish and Betsy

LOST AND FOUND TO BE DONATED THIS FRIDAY APRIL 29!

The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity this Friday, April 29.  All items are on display on a table in the front lobby near the office. Most items are there because their owners don’t realize yet that they are missing.  Don’t let this happen to you!  Check it out today or tomorrow!!

ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE

We are at 29% of Thoreau Families donating to our PTG for the school year and we have raised $12,700. WE ARE SO CLOSE!  Please consider donating now through this link to make a difference.  Your tax deductible donation will allow us to meet our goal of $14,000 to fund our programs for next year. Donate Now:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/. We would like to thank all of the families and corporate match contributions who have already donated.  Without your kind support none of this would be possible! – Nikki Morrissey and Jen McGrath

5TH GRADE PARENTS-LOOKING AHEAD TO THE ART RETROSPECTIVE The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held on the evening of Monday, June 6.  Due to the late date of the event, the Arts Night will be the grand finale of the show. At the conclusion of the evening, families should take ALL artwork home.  If family members cannot make the Arts Night please make sure to stop by before to view the work.  Doors will open at 6:30pm to view artwork and the concert will begin at 7 pm.  Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring in any work from past years by Monday, May 2nd.  More specific information was sent home with your child.  If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at khiltz@concordps.org.

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT

We don’t know about you, but we could really use a night out after all that quality time spent with our kiddos during April vacation!  Great news – our Moms’ Night Out is less than a week away on Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm!  We are looking forward to seeing so many of you at this fun event.  This free event is a great opportunity to celebrate spring while catching up with friends and making new ones.  BYOB.  Light food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Sponsored by the PTG and planned by the Social Committee. RSVP ASAP right here:  https://2016thoreaumomsnightout.splashthat.com  Access Code: Thoreau

THE ROAD RACE IS 2+ Weeks Away:  Register TODAY!

On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Did the Boston Marathon inspire you? Get ready to run Sunday, May 15 at the Thoreau School 10th Annual Road Race.  Bring family and friends to have fun and raise money for our school with the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by food, bouncy house, awards and more. Come walk, run, jog or stroll with us!

11:00 am – 5 K run

12:00 pm – 1 mile run 6+

12:30 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under

The 10th Anniversary Road Race will feature new chip timing, streamlined awards ceremony and easier online pre-registration.  So sign up TODAY!  Go to https://thoreauschoolroadrace.itsyourrace.com//register  For more information, contact Julie Miller jhayenmiller@yahoo.com  or Mitzi Johnson mitzifowler@yahoo.com.

We need many volunteers to make this event a success!  If you are interested in helping, please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449adac2aa57-thoreau 

Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at rlevesque@colonial.net or (978) 318-1300.

Mitzi Johnson and Julie Miller, Road Race Co-chairs

CONCORD/CARLISLE SEPAC UPDATES

Out-of-District Parent Meet-up

Saturday, April 30, 9-10:30am. Main Street’s Market & Cafe, 42 Main Street, Concord. If you’re a parent or guardian of a child with an out-of-district placement, please join us for our monthly informal networking group on April 30th from 9-10:30am.

T​he SEPAC is seeking volunteers to help establish & run a “Friends of Concord-Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC” organization.  

The Friends will be a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to financially support events organized by the SEPAC. Minimal & flexible time commitment required. For more information please contact Aiyana Currie at concordsepac@gmail.com.

HELPFUL LINKS

April School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

AROUND TOWN

Arts in the Village! 

The West Concord Advisory Committee will host its annual open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT (April 28) at Harvey Wheeler. It will include informational displays, a panel discussion on village arts with Q&A, refreshments and several live music performances (at 5:30 you can find a trio that includes Thoreau parents Melissa Tustin and Pete DeRosa busking in the hallway).  Please come for the info, provide the committee your feedback on what’s important to you and stick around for some great music.  And please like the committee’s Facebook page to keep updated on things like the WC Cultural District Application, the Rideout renovation and the new seating plaza by Teacakes! https://m.facebook.com/westconcordadvisorycommittee Thank You!  – *Your* WCAC

CCHS Interact Club Children’s Carnival

CCHS Interact Club is sponsoring a K-8 children’s carnival on Saturday, April 30 from 10am-2pm, on the JV baseball field located behind the football fields.  We have awesome carnival games, face painting, snow cones, live music thanks to CCHS bands, and prizes!!  All proceeds go to Save the Children – Syria.  Come enjoy a wonderful day and support Save the Children and our Interact Club!  Tickets will be 2 for $2, 12 for $5 and 25 for $10.  Tickets per game range from 1-3 tickets, food is 5 tickets.

CMS Book Fair

Save the date – Saturday, April 30 at Concord Bookshop.  Shop and support the PTG-funded clubs and activities of Concord Middle School.  We love our CMS teachers and they love to read.  Come to the bookshop on April 30 for a fun event and get psyched to read something new!

Concord Youth Theatre Multi-Family Tag Sale

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) will be hosting a multi-family tag sale on Saturday, April 30 from 8:00am to 1:00pm at their theater at 358 Baker Avenue in West Concord.  All items have been donated by CYT families and will include kids’ games and puzzles, American Girl Dolls and clothing, vintage clothing, home decor items and household goods, kids’ sports equipment, books, furniture, tents, toys, bikes, bookshelves, baby equipment and crafting supplies.  All proceeds from the event will benefit CYT  For more information, call CYT at (978) 371-1482 or email concord_youth_theatre@concordyouththeatre.org.  Rain date is May 1, 2016.

Concord Free Public Library

Let’s Explore Nature! In our new Secret Garden at the Concord Free Public Library.  A secret garden filled with fairies, wizards, dinosaurs, superheroes, & more! Meet Liza Gardner Walsh & Hazel Mitchell, Author & Illustrator of Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? They will talk and draw Fairies and preview their new Spring Fairies Book.  Dress Up in Your Favorite Costume!  Books Available for autographing. May 7, at 2pm.  Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information: www.concordlibrary.org or (978)318-3358

Registration is Now Open – PMC KIDS RIDE!

Please join us for the 8th Annual PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, May 22 from 8:30 am-12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.  Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer.  There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5.  Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.  To register go to: kids.pmc.org/concord.

Your Input is Requested:  Do Concord’s Trees Need Help?

The Concord Planning Board has established a Tree Preservation Subcommittee to explore issues related to tree preservation or removal in Town.  This work includes researching tree removal bylaws in other communities and assessing the need for such a bylaw in Concord. Please visit the committee’s website for more information and take a  brief survey.  If the link above does not work, the survey can be accessed via the Subcommittee’s webpage at: http://www.concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_TPS1/index

New Youth Flag Rugby Program Registration is OPEN!

Flag Rugby is a safe, non-contact, easy to play game for both boys and girls of all ages! It is played in schools, parks and recreation leagues, and community organizations across the country. Flag Rugby is a fun game for all shapes and sizes and it builds character in players that is not found in other sports. There is a culture of respect for officials and the opposition and it is one of the few remaining sports that rewards the team and not the individual. The rules are simple, the game is easy to learn, and minimal equipment is required. The inaugural spring season of Concord / Carlisle flag rugby starts May 1 and runs every Sunday morning at 8:30am through June 12, except Memorial Day weekend. It is open to boys and girls enrolled in grades K-8. If your son or daughter is interested in playing please visit www.metrowestrugby.com/site/. The Concord / Carlisle program is being led by David Socks, John Garofalo and JP Poole and we also are on the lookout for new volunteers and coaches.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 5, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, May 2, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.