February 1, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Geography Quest, Annual Appeal, Bingo Night, Hobby Fair, Spelling Bee

Around Town: CCYS, Flag Rugby, CCYB/S, Emerson Hospital, Shamrock Ball, IMSCC, The Scholarship Fund of Concord & Carlisle, Yoga for DIAS, Girl Power at Emerson Hospital, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News
Just some heartfelt thank yous for two big jobs this week and next:

First, thank you to those families who participated in the Movie Pizza Party for the 3rd & 4th graders, and our Fundraising Chairs, Megan Holsinger & Jenifer Perry for making it happen!

Second, our amazing Children’s Programming committee, Ali Baty, Mari Alexander, and Meghan Merna have coordinated a fantastic in-house event to ask your children about this month. On Wednesday, February 7th, Grades 4 and 5 will be treated to Azilee’s​ ​Porch​ ​Productions:​ ​I,​ ​Too,​ ​Sing​ ​America​ ​. This show is a celebration of stories drawn from African, African-American, and Caribbean oral traditions. Don’t be surprised if you find your children repeating the stories and singing the songs!

As always, please contact us with your questions, ideas, and suggestions! Hope to see you at Bingo Night tomorrow! (details below)

Kathleen & Deb


THOREAU TOURS THE WORLD: The 2018 Geography Quest has started!!  Packets were put in all the teacher mailboxes this past Monday for distribution.  Have fun learning about different parts of the world with this fun family activity that includes a tasty treat at the end!   Directions and additional copies can be downloaded from https://www.thoreauptg.org/geography-quest/.  Please submit answered packets to the Geography Quest Box in the Library by Friday, March 2nd. On your way to the library, be sure to check out the bulletin board. This week we’re exploring Brazil! Future boards may also include Geography Quest clues, so be on the lookout!

 ANNUAL APPEAL: Back in December you probably saw a piece of paper come home in your child’s bag asking you to help with this year’s annual appeal! Or perhaps you have no idea what we are talking about and need a reminder. Don’t worry! We’re here! Please consider donating to the Thoreau School Annual Appeal – your money goes a long way in helping bring wonderful programming to Thoreau. Please visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/ to make your donation today.

BINGO NIGHT: Join us Friday February 2nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the cafeteria for Bingo Night! Officer Ron is back this year to help us host the event (how loud can you yell BINGO!) and for $5 a person you can have all the pizza and treats you’d like (cash only!) Mark your calendars for what is ALWAYS a fun evening.

HOBBY FAIR: The 2018 Hobby Fair is coming soon and is a chance for fourth and fifth graders to share a display about their hobby with friends and family. The Fair will run the evening of Monday, February 26th in the Thoreau Cafeteria from 6.30-7.30pm, with classroom visits the day after. Letters with permission slips are available from your teachers. Please get thinking about your display if you’d like to take part and return the permission slip by February 7th.

What’s the Buzz? Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee!  This year’s Thoreau Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders is on Saturday, ​March 17 in the afternoon.  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees.  Please save the date – more details to follow in the coming weeks!


CCYS: Registration is open for CCYS Winter Futsal, Winter Skills Clinics and Spring Travel and Intown Soccer. The travel registration deadline for Grades 3-8 is JANUARY 20th.  The Intown deadline is MARCH 1. High School registration for students in grades 9-12 closes at the end of March. More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org

Winter futsal! Sessions run Fridays at Sanborn, and Sundays at Carlisle! Sessions start on January 26. Winter futsal is a fun, low-cost option for your players this winter. Cost is $70 for the winter. More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org/content/winter-2018-futsal

Winter clinics with CCYS professional coach Kyle Yelin! These run on Thursdays at Teamworks, for boys and girls currently in Grades 4-5 (and for Grade 3 players who are open to playing with older players). Cost is $160. More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org/content/winter-2018-futsalCLICK HERE to register.

FLAG RUBGY: 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.

In addition, this year will feature competitive play against other youth rugby programs including a Jamboree tournament held at our home pitch on June 10th!

No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. Season runs Sundays April 29th – June 10th at Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 grades K-4th, 8:30-9:45 grades 5th-8th. To register visit: www.metrowestrugby.com
Fee:  $85.00 for the spring season, which includes a MetroWest Rugby shirt
Questions: email metrowestrugby@gmail.com

CCYB/S GIRLS SPRING SOFTBALL (For K thru 8th Graders):
Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.  The season officially kicks off April 23th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to http://ccyb.org/

EMERSON HOSPITAL: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 2:30-4:30 PM
Little Hands, Big Hearts:  A Valentines Crafting Party for Children Ages 3 and up. Valentine cards/crafts will be made for patients at Emerson Hospital. Craft supplies and valentine trimmings will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult – Refreshments will be served – Parking will be validated
Emerson Hospital – Cheney Conference Room 133 Old Rd to Nice Acre Corner, Concord, MA 01742
LINK to invitation and RSVP: Emersonhospital.org/littlehands

SHAMROCK BALL: Tickets for The Shamrock Ball go on sale Friday February 2nd at 9:00am. The event, presented by Concord Recreation, is Saturday March 10, 2018 at The Westford Regency 7:00pm-9:30pm. This event is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Online registration will be available www.concordma.gov/recreation.  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. If you have questions with your account please call during regular business hours. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978.287.1050.  Proceeds go towards Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOOL OF CARLISLE & CONCORD (IMSCC): Saxophone Concert with Dennis Shafer and friends, Sunday afternoon February 4 at Trails End Cafe, 97 Lowell Road in Concord. Enjoy a bite to eat and listen to some great music! Student recital at 3 PM, ChagallPAC professional saxophone quartet concert at 4 PM, Dance Party with Dennis’s band The Buzz at 5 PM!
Questions? dlevine@concordcarlisle.org
Music Lessons with IMSCC – the Winter/Spring session is enrolling now! Click here to request lessons. Questions? Please contact dlevine@concordcarlisle.org

THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF CONCORD & CARLISLE: Sweet SaturdayShop, Save and Support on Saturday, February 10th. This event is to raise money and awareness of The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle but also to encourage everyone to shop locally and support our local businesses. It is the mission of The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle to assist deserving young men and women from the Concord and Carlisle community in achieving a post-secondary school education.
Purchase a wristband for $25 to receive discounts and special offers at participating Concord businesses.
Click on this link to purchase your bracelet now: https://sweetsaturdayshopsavesupport.eventbrite.com

YOGA FOR DIAS: Candlelight Restore and Renew at On The Mat, with Thoreau parent Loren Winters: Friday, February 16th from 6-7:15pm. Open your heart on a cold winter’s night for a restorative, candlelight very slow flow. Bring a friend or spouse, or make it a Mom’s night out. Part of the proceeds will benefit DIAS a local organization that helps to provide housing and support to refugees and asylum seekers in our area. http://onthematyoga.com/events/

GIRL POWER AT EMERSON HOSPITAL: In its 10th year, GirlPower! Be Who You Are™ workshops, 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 winter afternoon exploring yoga, dance, Pilates and martial arts.  Prepare a vision board with the theme of “Inspirational Women”, make winter snacks and build friendships.   Empower yourself with confidence and smart choices.
Instructor: Susanne Liebich – Founder/Creative Director; Certified Nia Black Belt, Stott pilates, Total Barre
Location: The Steinberg Wellness Center at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord, MA
Date:  Sunday, February 25th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Fee:  $80 includes program, supplies, snacks and t-shirt, $75 for 2 siblings or previous GirlPower participant
Register: 978-287-3777 or online at www.emersonwellness.org

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