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Thoreau Announcements 2/9/2017

In this week’s announcement

Thoreau News: School Calendar, Nurse’s News, Thoreau Heart Project, Cake Walk, Geography Quest Scorers Needed, International Families Group, Lost and Found, Thoreau Night at Fenway, Boks Volunteers Needed, BSO Family Concert

Around Town: Special Funding Request, Before School Chess Club, One MoreTechnology Tuesday, Special Ed.Support Program, CCHS Prism Concert, Healthy Eating Presentation, CCC International Potluck, CIPS Shop for a Cause, Flag Rugby, IMSCC

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Thank you to Jennifer Perry, Megan Holsinger, the parents who volunteered and a BIG THANK YOU to Officer Ron Holsinger for being the MC for Bingo Night. The event was a big success and everyone had a wonderful time.

Mark your calendar:
2/14 – Staff Appreciation Event hosted by K/1 families
2/15 – 9am, PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, School committee members will be present to discuss the CPS budget, K-5 Spanish, and any other topics of interest to you

2017-2018 School Calendar
The school calendar for the 2017-2018 was approved by the school committee. You can find the calendar by clicking here: School Calendar

Nurse’s Notes: Flu/ illness season is here – let’s stay healthy!
What can we do?  Good hand washing!  It’s one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Making sure we are doing this properly is very important.
Please remind your children:

  1. There are 5 steps: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry
  2. Soap and water is so important, hand gel does not kill all germs.
  3. At least 20 seconds of scrubbing is needed (not while under running water). Sing Happy Birthday 2x.
  4. Cough and sneeze into elbows (not hands) and move away from people if possible.
  5. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands!

    We have all been talking with your children about the importance of good hand washing.  Please continue this conversation at home.
    Staying well hydrated and getting enough sleep will also help you stay healthy this season.  Please continue to send your child to school with a labeled water bottle.
    If your child is ill, please keep them home from school.  They will be more comfortable, recover faster and not spread germs to classmates and staff.It’s not too late for a flu shot!
    The CDC has great info and videos.
    Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s locker for those spills and puddles we can’t avoid.
    Thanks for all your help and encouragement with your children to keep our community safe and healthy.  Please email me with questions.
    Thank you, Meg Jensen

    What’s in a Thoreau Heart?
    For Valentine’s Day, please celebrate all of the wonderful things our Thoreau community loves by helping your child participate in an expressive school-wide project.  On Monday, February 13 two huge hearts will appear in the hallways of our school.  They will appear to be empty at first, but will soon run over with the thoughts and feelings of students, faculty and staff.  Here’s how:
    A flyer is being sent home in student backpacks this week with a heart for your child.  Each person is encouraged to write a word or two on their heart about their favorite thing that the Thoreau community loves and celebrates.  Send the hearts in on Mon., Feb. 13 (not the whole flyer please) and we will place them on the huge hallway hearts for all to enjoy.  If the flyer doesn’t make it to you by the end of this week, please download it here to print at home.

    Save the date!  Sat., Mar. 25, 1-3pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. It’s fun for the whole family! Loads of games, crafts, food, prizes and, of course, CAKE!  If you have never taken part in a Cake Walk, this is a much loved Thoreau tradition that shouldn’t be missed. Read more about it here:
    Please help make this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival a success by volunteering!  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  If you are willing and able, please click here to sign up:
    –Erin Fife, Anne McWilliams, Amy Lima & Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs

    Geography Quest Volunteers Needed
    We are looking for parents willing to correct some of the Geography Quests that will be returned in early March — we have answer keys, and all you need is time and a red pen! If you are willing to help out, please contact Thea Hahn

    International Families
    My name is Alketa Hawes and I would like to invite all the international families to join me at our second International Families Group meeting Feb. 10 at 7:00 pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria. Our goal is to create an international group to introduce different cultures to our community. In the near future, we hope to host an international night at Thoreau school.
    Please contact me at to let me know if you can come or if you have any questions
    Thank you,

    Lost and Found Donation Coming Up – Claim Your Items by Fri., Feb 17
    The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity during February vacation week, so please come and claim your stuff by Fri., Feb. 17.  Photos of the items still unclaimed as of mid-day yesterday can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery.  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings if you want to swing by before work to collect your items.  Everything is laid out at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

    Thoreau Night at Fenway
    Dear Thoreau Families, please join your Thoreau friends for a special night at Fenway Park.  Sure to be a great time, let’s show our school spirit in a special Thoreau block at Fenway Park!  Please send in the attached form and check with your child in an envelope addressed to ‘Jen Perry – PTG Fundraising’ or mail to Jen Perry, 40 Ingham Lane, Concord.

    BOKS Volunteers Needed – Help Kids Boost Brain Power
    Nikki Morrissey has graciously volunteered to lead another BOKS session this spring. However, we will NOT be able to run this popular program without additional parent volunteers as happened in the fall. Volunteer are needed before school 1-2 times per week. This is a great opportunity for working parents to get involved. Please contact Adrienne at if you are interested. BOKS is a nationally-recognized, before-school fitness program. Studies show that engaging in physical activity before school boosts kids ability to learn and retain information. After the first session at Thoreau, Thoreau teachers reported a positive difference in kids enrolled in the program! To learn more, visit

    BSO Family Concert at Symphony Hall Sat., Apr. 8 at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.
    This year’s theme is “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.”  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Details and sign up form can be found at  Email with any questions.

    Around Town:

    SPECIAL FUNDING REQUEST – Challenge Success for Middle Schoolers
    Dear families,
    We are writing for your support of an important initiative put forth by the School Advisory Council for our current and soon-to-be middle school students.  CMS PTG supports many activities for our students; however, this unique opportunity is out of budget, but also a critical initiative to benefit our kids and their education.

    CMS has the opportunity to become a part of the Challenge Success program, an organization that partners with schools and families to provide kids with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed now and in the future.  Challenge Success believes that society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. They provide families and schools with practical, research-based tools needed to create more balanced and academically fulfilling lives, with success measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.

    Your contribution will fund the initial step in the program, which is an anonymous survey of our students, measuring perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support. Over 70,000 students from more than 100 schools have taken the survey since 2009, and schools have gained a great deal of information from the results, including what students see as stressful and challenging as well as sources of support within the school. Survey findings help to guide schools in their decisions about which policies and practices may be effective and which are in need of improvement.

    The total cost to fund this initial phase of the program is $5,000.  We hope you will consider making a one-time $20.00 donation to support this very important initiative.

    Before School Chess Program
    Join us for the second (winter) session of before-school Chess program in Thoreau. The teacher is Vadim Martirosov, a highly experienced Chess Master, who teaches Concord Carlisle Chess Club and the before-school chess class in the Willard school. The class will meet once per week for a 10-week session, with a start date on Feb. 13. Please Let me know if your kids are interested.
    Date: Monday
    Time: 8:00am-8:50am
    Grades: open to all grades
    Number of students: maximum 16
    Cost: $80 (if 16 students attending, as Mr. Martirosov charges $125 per lesson)
    Meet place: Thoreau school

    The Concord Free Public Library is pleased to offer one more technology Tuesday for kids in grades 4 – 6. 
    The class will be taught by instructors from Empow Studios.
    * Feb. 14, 2017 will be a 3D Modeling and Printing Class from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Main Library, 129 Main Street, Concord
    To register:

    Parents who have a child with a special need (ages 4-9 years old) are invited to attend a six week support program led by Patricia Marquis, LICSW.  Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and over the long haul. It will be held on 6 consecutive Monday mornings at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord MA from 9:30-11AM, from Mar. 6 through Apr. 10, 2017.  The program is free of charge.  Please click on (or cut and paste into your browser) the following website to pre-register:
    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Questions?  Please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at for more information.

    Concord Carlisle High School Prism Concert
    Sat., Feb. 11 CCHS Auditorium
    The Concord-Carlisle High School Bands and Orchestra will present their annual PRISM Concert. A variety of musical styles and ensembles will be presented throughout the performing space, creating an interactive experience for the audience. Concert to benefit the Alfred W. Dentino Excellence in Music Fund Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students (K-12) and seniors. Tickets (reserved seating) are available at Remaining tickets to be sold at the door — don’t miss out!

    Healthy Eating for Busy Families
    Featuring Julia Elliott (dietitian) & Ben Elliott (chef), owners of Saltbox Kitchen in West Concord and Saltbox Farm in Concord.  Invite a friend or come with your spouse to an evening of socializing and leaning.
    Date: Wed. Feb. 15
    Time: 7-8:30pm
    Location: Concord Montessori School (toddler ~ kindergarten)
    29 Domino Dr., Suite 2
    West Concord, MA
    Limited Space.  RSVP is required.
    RSVP to; 978-369-5900

    Concord Children’s Center invites you and your family to our first ever
    International Pot Luck at 1300 Main Street
    Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017
    6:00 – 8:00 PM
    Concord Children’s Center and our surrounding towns are home to teachers and families from all over the world and the United States. What better way to get to know each other than thru the sharing of our favorite dishes, reflecting our culture, traditions, and heritage. Please bring a dish to share, and if inspired the recipe and a few words about your dish.
    RSVP 978-369-3747/
    “The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources–because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” President Lyndon B. Johnson

    Shop for a Cause and Support the CIPS Playground
    Whole Foods 5% Give Back Day, Tues. Feb 28.
    Concord Integrated Preschool Parent Group is pleased to announce that Whole Foods Market, Bedford will donate 5% of net sales on Tuesday, February 28th to the new playground for the integrated preschool and the community.
    CIPS Playground Initiative representatives will be onsite to answer questions and provide information from 11am-7pm. Funds contributed by Whole Foods Market will support the new ADA accessible playground to be installed at the Concord Integrated Preschool. So stop by your local Whole Foods Market, Bedford to say hello and contribute to building a playground where ALL kids can play!

    Flag Rugby– Grades K-8
    MetroWest Youth Rugby’s Spring Season is almost here! Come experience the newest Olympic sport in a fun, friendly environment. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through interactive games and drills. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd /4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th . First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. Season runs Sundays April 30 – June 11 at Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 grades K-6th, 8:30-9:45 grades 7th/8th. To register visit: www.

    Free Introduction to Flag Rugby Clinics – Grades K-8
    MetroWest Youth Rugby is holding two free clinics as a kickoff to our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child the basics of flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills.   No experience necessary. Please wear shorts, t shirt, sneakers and bring a water bottle. Dates: Sun., Mar. 19 and Sun. Apr. 2 at The Fieldhouse Sudbury. 8:15 am check in, clinic runs 8:30- 9:30. Max 75 kids each session. To register visit:

    After School Music Instruction with IMSCC
    Calling all musicians! Sign up now for music lessons – new session is underway!
    Students work one on one with expert musician/teachers. Choose from weekly 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn and the Carlisle School. Instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano. Lessons can start any time – tuition is pro-rated.
    Visit for more information or to register today. Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at or call 978-341-2490 x7124. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord is part of the Community Education department of the Concord-Carlisle schools.