April 5, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, Math Night, Lost and Found, Book Character Parade Gift Program, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Box Tops for Education, Earth Day Workshops, Thoreau Road Race

Around Town: CMS Production, Conservatory of Music, League of Women Voters, Children’s Story-teller, CC Community Chest, CCHS Lacrosse Spring Cleanu-up, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

We hope everyone enjoyed the extended weekend with friends and family and took some time to enjoy the warmth and sun!

Enjoy some more fun, food, and family time tomorrow, Friday, April 6th from 6 – 8pm for Math Night!! Details are below.

Then, next Tuesday, April 10th is the 30th Annual Book Character Parade starting at 11:15 am.  Please see the details below about this beloved event and special information regarding dismissal that day.

Still looking for something to do? There are still some spaces available (Gr 3 – 5) for two Spring Before & After School activities!:  For the Birds (Wednesday mornings) and Japanese Crafts and Culture (Thursday afternoons).  Take a peak! Details below.

Lastly, please keep an eye on your in-box for the PTG Annual Appeal letter. We opted for a paperless letter this year, but understand that “out of sight” can mean “out of mind”. Please consider this as a gentle reminder and thank you to those who have already taken the time to donate!  Your donation directly impacts Thoreau students by allowing us to provide quality programs and resources like Children’s Programming, Teacher’s Stipends, Thoreau Family Fund Scholarships, Grounds for Learning, Geography Quest, Math Night, Spelling Bee, and Hobby Fair.

As always, your ideas, thoughts, feedback are always welcome!  Please do not hesitate to reach out!

Kathleen & Deb

SCHOOL COMMITTEE COMMUNITY COFFEES :  Thank you to all who have come to coffees or hearings already to learn about the budgets and express your views.  And please – stay involved!   It’s important to attend Town Meeting and Vote!! Town Meeting begins April 9 at 7:00.  The School Committees will be holding one more Community Coffee tonight, Thursday 4/5, 6-7:30pm; Sanborn cafeteria.  Please join us to learn more about the budgets, recommended capital expenditures, or any other school-related topics of interest. We hope to see you at any of these events and look forward to hearing from you.

You can reach the Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee at concordschoolcommittee@concordps.org and concordcarlisleschoolcommittee@concordps.org.

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! 

MATH NIGHT: April 6th from 6-8pm! The evening will give you a new look at the math of food & nutrition. We use math in eating, cooking, baking, food shopping and in health. Let’s have a fun evening of math games! Snacks and a light dinner will be available (cash only). Prizes! Raffles! Sponsored by your PTG. Volunteers needed.
Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9ab22a2f58-family1
Please email mubaldino@gmail.com with any questions.

The Book Character Parade is next Tuesday! Put the finishing touches on your book character masks, simple costumes, and props (no sticks, and short cardboard swords only, please), check out a copy of your book, and get ready to march. The parade will begin at 11:15 A.M. on Tuesday, April 10, starting in Mr. Hourihan’s room.

Classes will march in this order: The Cat in the Hat and Friend, 5-Hourihan, 5-Hollander, 5-Burns, K-McKenna, K-Apollos, 5-Hoyt, 4-Ogilvie and 3-Marotta, 2-O’Connor and 3-Martin, 4-Dillon, 3-Faricelli, 3-Davidson-Catalano, 4-Keefe, K-Gordon and 2-Thomas, 1-Peirce and 2-Jackson, 1-Walsh, K-Ellis and 2-Watson, 1-Henry, 1-Stevenson and K-Shaw

After gathering the whole school, we will go outside through the front cafeteria door.

  • If it is good weather, we will walk along the sidewalk past the Music Room and then through the door to the 1994 classroom wing. Parents, families and friends are welcome to watch the Book Character Parade from the sidewalk in front of the school. We will not go into the Auditorium on this route.
  • If it is raining heavily, we will walk under the covered walkway along the front of the school and go back into the building through the main doors. We will go into the Auditorium and across the stage, where we will announce each class as it crosses. Parents, families and friends are welcome to watch the Book Character Parade from the Auditorium, if it is raining heavily.
  • We continue our march around the building, dropping off the students in their classrooms. The parade will be finished before 12 noon.

 NOTE TO PARENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO DISMISS THEIR CHILDREN EARLY, AFTER THE BOOK CHARACTER PARADE IS OVER:  The Book Character Parade early dismissal will follow the same process that we used for the Turkey Trot.  Parents who would like to pick up their children after the Parade need to send in dismissal notes in the morning to the teachers.  The teachers will have an “Early Dismissal” form for parents to sign out their children.  Parents who send in notes may pick up their children from the classroom at 12:00, but please wait outside the building until 12:00.  Students without notes will be sent home on their regular buses at 12:30, the usual Tuesday dismissal.

If there are any questions, please talk to Karen or Kristin in the Library, or email Karen at kpettyjohn@concordps.org See you on Tuesday, April 10!

LOST AND FOUND TO BE DONATED NEXT WEEK (FRIDAY APRIL 13TH): The contents of the Thoreau School lost and found will be donated to charity at the end of the day on Friday April 13, so please come and claim your stuff!  A “virtual lost and found” photo gallery has been created showing items in the lost and found as of yesterday afternoon – click here to view the gallery. Most of us assume we are not missing anything, but are you sure?  Click now to check it out – it costs you nothing to click, and losing that North Face or Colombia fleece costs way more.  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings and is typically open past 5pm if you want to swing by before or after work to collect your items.  Everything is laid out on tables in the main hallway, either near the cafeteria or the office.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

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!!

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!

THOREAU EARTH DAY WORKSHOPS: Celebrate Earth Day by creating music makers, colorful banners and masks of local animals and plant species. Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, papier maché and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint. You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. All three workshops are led by Musketaquid artist/educator Morningstar Medaye. The students will have the opportunity to bring creations to life at the Earth Day parade and festival on Saturday, April 28. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.

Who: Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students
Where: Art Room
Cost: $35 per student for all three sessions
When: Wednesday, March 28, April 4, April 11 3:30-4:45PM

Registration is open, please sign-up here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/thoreau-earth-day-workshops/
Please contact Thoreauly Green member Jessica Grogins (jgrogins@mac.com) if you have any questions.

GET READY TO RUN:  Thoreau’s 12th Annual Road Race is Sunday May 20th, 2018.  As the school’s BIGGEST fundraiser of the year, this community-wide event celebrates Concord spirit, fitness, and health.  Pre-register by April 30th and guarantee yourself a sporty race shirt (first 200 registrants).  All events take place at and around the school.  The 5K run starts at 10:00 am and Kid’s Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 11:30 am and are followed by a family BBQ, bouncy house, awards ceremony, and more.  Sign up here and bring the whole family to run, walk, jog or stroll with us.


CMS PRESENTS: “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” Elementary Preview show Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM; Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 PM. For tickets, please go to www.ticketstage.com/CONCORDMS

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Jazz by CCM on Friday, April 6th at 7 pm. To kick off National Jazz Appreciation Month, the CCM Jazz Faculty, Tsuyoshi Honjo, on saxophone, Justin Meyer on bass, Brian Friedland on piano, Phil Sargent on guitar, Mike Connors on percussion, and Gabriela Martina, vocals, will perform classic jazz compositions standards and originals. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, free for students 18 and under. To buy tickets online, go to www.ConcordConservatory.org. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord (within the West Concord Union Church).

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CONCORD-CARLISLE: Designs Inspired by Life’s Passions and Changes:  Join us on Saturday, April 7th for the League’s 2018 House Tour: Beyond Expectations – Designs Inspired by Life’s Passions and Changes. You will be amazed at the creativity of the owners of these seven homes, which were transformed in unique ways to address their owners’ dreams. And by participating in the League’s major fundraiser, you will help support our work. Please bring your friends and plan to attend. Tickets are $40 the day of the tour or $35 in advance. Register by mail:  LWVCC House Tour, P.O. Box 34, Concord, MA 01742 or by PayPal: www.lwvcc.org. Ticket pickup will be on the day of the event at 59 ORNAC from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

CHILDREN’S STORY-TELLER AFTERNOON: “A Trip to Africa” on Sunday, April 8th at 2pm at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, MA.

Julie Najjumba, an African children’s story-teller, will delight your family with her storytelling, music, and creative craft projects. Children will join Julie in playing traditional African instruments and making fun take-home toys like soccer balls and jump ropes! It will be a great opportunity for your children and grandchildren to travel to Africa for an afternoon, connect to another culture and learn about the ways children’s lives are similar and different halfway across the globe.

Children ages 5-15 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. In addition, handmade Ugandan crafts will also be available for purchase.

Tickets: $18/family online, $25/family at door. Register here.

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

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