February 15, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Geography Quest, Annual Appeal, Library Gift Program, Hobby Fair, Mom’s Night, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Spelling Bee, BSO Family Concert

Around Town: Concord Promise, Yoga for DIAS, Girl Power at Emerson Hospital, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

It is hard to believe we’re in mid-February already!  But seeing as the Kindergarten and 1st grade families just hosted the Staff Appreciation Winter luncheon this past Tuesday, I guess we can’t deny it!  Thank you to all of you who contributed!

We wish everyone a healthy, safe, and fun-filled February break!

Kathleen & Deb

Stay informed! Curious about the FY19 Budget?  There are multiple ways to educate yourself online and in person!

Online:  The Community tab on the Thoreau PTG website has links to all the Concord Public Schools, School Committee, and Town of Concord sites.  Click around!  These sites include links to publicly available reports, meeting minutes, and presentations such as the Superintendent’s FY2019 recommended budget for CPS-CCRSD.  Check it out!

School Committee Coffees: Dates for additional School Committee coffees regarding the FY19 Budget are being planned. Stay tuned!

Public Hearings sponsored by the Town of Concord Financial Committee: Upcoming Public Hearings at the Harvey Wheeler Community center

**Tonight** Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7 PM- Fiscal Sustainability  Agenda
Monday, February 26, 2018 – Town Budget, warrant articles, inc. Capital
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Education Budgets and Articles

Elementary Progress Reports: Aspen (Parent) Portal
Progress reports for semester 1 were made available on the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section as of February 2nd. Please note that the reports will no longer be mailed out. To access the portal and view your student’s progress report, login from the Parent menu of the Thoreau School website.  (A link to request a password reset can also be found at this website or email parentportal@concordps.org.)

How do you Quest? Has your child already zipped through the Geography Quest, submitted it and baked an apple cake?  OR Does your child casually pick it up to fill in an answer or two and then work on a word search? Either way is fine and fun!   A bit lighter than in the past, it is filled with trivia questions, fun word searches, crossword puzzles, and an engaging story line sure to pique your student’s curiosity!  Perfect for home, rides in the car, or alleviating boredom wherever you are! 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 “Thoreau Tours the World” bulletin board. Thank you to the many parents who have reached out to us offering to submit facts, pictures and other items to highlight their countries of origin or interest during the Geography Quest event!

Geography Quest Scorers needed! Armed with an answer key and a pack of submitted Quests, help the Geography Quest committee reward students for their hard work! Many hands make light work. If interested, please contact Steve Kirincich (skirincich4@gmail.com) and Soumya Krishnamurthy (soumya.krishnamurthy@gmail.com).

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.

LIBRARY GIFT PROGRAM: The Gift Book Program would like to THANK the following participants for their generous gifts to the Thoreau community:

-Cass Myler “Public School Super Hero” in honor of Ms. Jackson
-Gigi Myler “Warm Hearts Day” in honor of Mrs. Apollos
-The Robichaud Family “Mothman’s Curse” in honor of Mrs. Pettyjohn
-The Lynch Family “High-Tech DIY Projects” in honor of The Thoreau School Library
-The Dohoney Family “Beauty and the Beast” in honor of Julianne Dohoney

The Thoreau Library Gift Book Program allows families the opportunity to purchase books honoring a special person (i.e. student, teacher, staff member) and gift them to the school library. This is a special way to honor a child, teacher, etc. with a lasting gift to the Thoreau School community. Gifted books are shown to the honoree’s class, and the donor is the first person allowed to check out the book. If you would like to donate a book, you have two options. First you can visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library and follow the directions listed there (don’t forget your checkbook). If you are not able to make it into the library, please follow this link to the GIFT BOOK PROGRAM and Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, can assist you in making a gift. 

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.

ATTENTION THOREAU MOMS: Are you tired of all the snow days?  Are you ready for spring? Are you desperate for a night out?   Come one come all!  Mom’s night out!! Mark your calendars!  Thursday March 15th, 7:30 pm – hosted by Caroline Myler.

See the invite for more details and to RSVP:
Password: mom2018

SPELLING BEE: What’s the Buzz? Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee!
This year’s Thoreau Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held ​the afternoon of Saturday, ​March 17.  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. The start times (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade!):  3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30.  If your child is interested, please contact Siobhan Mee at siobhan.mee@morganlewis.com for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the Bee!

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!!

BSO FAMILY CONCERT: We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert on Saturday, April 14th at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at rlevesque@concordps.org or (978) 318-1300.  Please email skosicki@me.com by 2/17 if your family would like to participate. https://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/children-families/family-concerts.aspx


CONCORD PROMISE: This week, the Concord Promise launched in town. Concord Promise is a local parent support network modeled after the national Wait Until 8th campaign, which encourages parents to delay giving smartphones to children until at least 8th grade. Because of the onslaught of studies on the negative impact that smartphones have on developing brains, Concord Promise seeks to change the local norm of giving children smartphones in sixth grade.

The Promise’s objective is to reduce, if not eliminate, the social pressure to have a smartphone before 8th grade. This community-based support platform will unite parents with a promise to wait until at least 8th grade to give their child a smartphone. Our goal is to make smartphone use by our kids the exception, not the rule.

The Concord Promise provides resources to educate parents and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. Down the road, Concord Promise will provide a platform for community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age.

To learn more about the Concord Promise, and to join, please visit www.concordpromise.org.

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!