February 16, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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You may have noticed that there hasn’t been a Co-President message in some of the recent Thoreau Announcements.  We are aware that people with kids in elementary school receive many e-mails, blog posts and newsletters for parents to read each week.  With that in mind, we have decided to skip posting a message when there really isn’t anything to say.  This week we do have a few things to say and the first one is a “thank you.”  Thanks to Julie Miller for organizing and the Kindergarten parents for providing food and drinks for the February staff breakfast.  Some PTG events have been rescheduled, so pay special attention to dates and times noted in the announcements as they may differ from the PTG calendar distributed at the beginning of the year.  We hope everyone gets in some R&R over the February break because March is going to be a busy month for PTG activities.  Lastly, if you have friends at Thoreau who aren’t getting the PTG Announcements, please urge them to visit www.thoreauptg.org to get up to date on past announcements and subscribe to keep informed on upcoming events and activities.  Have a great weekend and break! – Melanie and Shelagh


This year we will be traveling to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics! Join us on Friday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm as we swim, tumble and pole vault through math games and puzzles for all ages. We’ll have a raffle, estimation games and prizes, as well as pizza, snacks and drinks for sale. Bring the whole family for this annual tradition of fun and games! For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the event, contact me at cathy.chadwick@gmail.com. –Cathy Chadwick


The Spelling Bee is coming up on March 10, and we have an excellent group of spellers.  For those already signed up, the word lists will be handed out this week. If anyone is still interested, registration is open until Feb 17–3rd and 4th grade in groups, 5th graders alone.  It will be a fun event!  Please contact Holly Rothermel, hrothermel@me.com or 617-320-8032 with any questions. 


Ugly-ish Dolls:  Students will make their own felt ugly-ish dolls from beginning to end.  They will design their own pattern and transfer their design to fabric.  Kate Hiltz will teach students to embroider details onto their dolls using basic hand sewing techniques like the whip stitch and blanket stitch.  When: Thurs   3:15 – 4:15 Where: Art Room Who: 8 – 12 year olds; Cost: $55

Thoreau Times:  Get the scoop with the Thoreau Times!  Conduct interviews, write articles, make comics, or take pictures for the school paper.  At the end of the spring students will find local sponsors to publish their very own newspaper.  When: Thurs 3:15 to 5; Where: Meet in cafeteria  Who: 3rd – 5th graders  Cost: $50

Keep it Moving: Cross Country and Track and Field Events:  Our newest set of track stars will warm up with a morning walk/jog, and then move onto track and field events like the 50 yard dash, the softball throw and the 600 yard run.  This is a great way to get your blood flowing in the morning!  When:  Mons and Weds 8 – 8:45; Where: Meet in the gym; Who: 1st- 5th Cost: $50  

Environmental Field Studies:  Susan Erickson will lead the team in learning about and labeling trees outdoors then create digital GPS maps of invasive species for use by classrooms at Thoreau. The group will have an exhibit at the Watershed Night on April 10, 2012 and will also arrange an invasive species pull on our campus.  The High School Environmental Field Studies will join in, as well.  When: Thursdays 3:15 to 4:15; Who 3rd – 5th; Cost: $55

The Music Instinct: Based on a PBS series about the interrelationship between music and science, this music appreciation course will explore harmonics, physics, and rhythm.  Students will create and carry out experiments about how humans react to different types of music.  Students will learn how to build chords and how to make and keep rhythms.  They will explore the physical nature of sound, its origin in vibration, its transmission through various mediums, and it range of frequencies.  When: Weds 3:15-4:15; Where: Ms. Christiansen;  Who: 3-5th; Cost: $50

Kids Can Cook! Looking for a great way to get kids to eat healthy fun foods they can make themselves?  In Kids can Cook! Kids will make things like pesto bruscetta, fresh pasta, and other fun snacks.  When: Mondays 3:15 – 4:15 Where: Cafeteria  Who: K-2nd  Cost: $75

Craft Letters: Do you like to write about your adventures? While communication has increased a thousand fold in the last 20 years with electronic media, the art of letter writing, journaling, and bookmaking is rapidly disappearing. We will learn how to craft our own letters and stories using prompts and tips. We will learn the art of fancy lettering, such as calligraphy and bubble letters. All projects will be hand-crafted, including written letters, journal entries, and mini-books.  When: Mons 8-8:45; Where: Mrs. Dillons Classroom: Who: 3-5th; Cost: $60. 

Fencing:  The Art of Epee and Electric Fencing:  Join fencing coach, Ariana Klinkov of the Concord Carlisle High School Team for an Epee/Electric Fencing Class.  This course will focus on footwork, technique and scoring for the fencing student.  Kids with some fencing experience, advanced/intermediate course. When: Mons 3:15 – 4:15;  Who: 3rd -5th; Cost: $150. 

Good Sports and Games:  Tuesday afternoon is the time to come out and play!!  Ms. Brewer and Ms. Hobbie-Welch will lead their teams in a variety of sports like  soccer, kickball, and handball.  Team work and good sportsmanship will be emphasized. Lunch needed on half day Tuesdays, 12:25 to 1:25 and 3:15 to 4:15 on full days.  Pick up: cafeteria. Who: 2-5th .  Cost: $50

Master Chess: Chess is an activity that can be approached as a sport, science or art form.  In this class students will learn the basic and advanced aspects of chess in a style that is instructive, creative and fun. Taught by James DellaSelva two time RI state Chess Champion. When Friday 3:15 – 4:15 no class April 6 or 20th, Where: Math room Who: 2-5th graders.  Cost $98 STARTS MARCH 2nd, REGISTER EARLY for this class.

Quick Start Tennis:  Join the Callen Tennis team for a great way to get your tennis player excited about their game!  Using large balls, a smaller court size, and kids sized nets, kids will meet with success getting that ball over the net, feel good about it, and have fun!  When: Thursdays April 12 – June 7 Where: meet at basketball courts; Who: k-1st 3:15 to 4:15; 2-3rd 4:15 to 5:15      Cost: $150  Match play on Saturdays $120  Separate Registration STARTS FEB 27, form on PTG Website:  see thoreauptg.org.

Kids Yoga: Children will learn yoga in an engaging way that will increase strength and flexibility. They will learn yoga poses, breathing techniques, and meditation through visualization activities that they can use in their everyday lives! Classes involve activities that will help build concentration, develop body awareness increase relaxation. Taught by M.Lance, Ed.D. Certified yoga Instructor, mat and props provided. When: Weds. Where: Gym  Who: all ages Cost: $80

Fuzzy Felt and Sewing Fun:  Join Mrs. Dillon in her sewing extravaganza! Learn to sew bags, pillows, stuffed animals and learn appliqué.  When: Weds. 3:15 to 4:15, Who: 2-5th, Where: Mrs. Dillons class; Cost: $70 (materials included).

Registration: Please send email  thoreauptgsignup@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Enrollment begins February 14, ends March 2.  Enrollment is complete when check is received.

Next: Make check to Thoreau PTG.  Send complete registrations forms to Stefanie Sim, 64 Pleasant St., or Drop in after school box in faculty mailroom. Financial Assistance available, please see Rachel Levesque.  Tennis is a separate registration.  Chess starts MARCH 2-APRIL 27; please register early for this class. 


Please check the Lost & Found by the cafeteria for your items. We’ll be donating all remaining items during the February vacation.


Focus on Food Friday Night Film and Discussion Series

There will be a “Food Fight”screening on Friday, February 17, from 7:30-9:30 pm at Alcott School , including discussion with Scott Soares, MA Commissioner of Agricultural Resources, and J.D. Kemp, CEO of Organic Renaissance FOODEx. Speakers will bring us up to date on initiatives in our Northeast regional food system as well as the impact of the 2012 Farm Bill on farm land conservation, small farms and consumers.

How did it happen that our food today is lower in taste and nutrition, and higher in fat and salt, than it was in 1960? And that in just two generations, American consumers of food have traded under-supply and malnutrition for excess and obesity?  Food Fight tells the story. Winner of the prestigious Audience Award from the International Documentary Association,  the film features interviews with Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, and other chefs, farmers, and politicians who are dedicated to reversing recent trends. This film screening is co-hosted by ConcordCAN and the Walden Woods Project. Learn more at: www.concordfood.ning.com. If Concord Schools are closed due to bad weather, the program will be cancelled.     

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln at the Concord Museum

On Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 20), The Concord Museum is pleased to once again host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln.  Matching Lincoln’s height and beard, Wood bears enough of a resemblance to our 16th president to make heads turn. His first-person historical interpretation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, his campaign debates, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address.  1:00 – 2:00; recommended for all ages, by reservation only (978) 369-9763; reserve early as space is limited. Nonmembers $10/$5 child; Members $7/$3 child.  Be sure to stop by the Museum Shop to purchase your own stovepipe hat! For further information visit: www.concordmuseum.org

An Adult/Child Tea with Louisa May Alcott at the Concord Museum

On Saturday February 25, delight your child with an afternoon with Louisa May Alcott, portrayed by Jan Turnquist.  Make the day a special outing by sipping cocoa or tea in Daniel Chester French Hall at the Concord Museum while you enjoy tasty treats and listen to stories of Louisa’s adventures and her book Little Women.  After tea, make a keepsake to take home with you to remember your trip to the Museum and your visit with Louisa.  2:00 pm; $10/child; $15/accompanying adult; recommended for ages 7 and up; by advance reservation only; (978) 369-9763. For further information visit: www.concordmuseum.org.

Chicken Man, the Musical

The Social Action Community Board at First Parish in Concord is presenting “Chicken Man, the Musical,” on March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30pm. Set in the Brazilian rainforest, the play addresses issues of environmental sustainability and local empowerment. While the message is serious, it is presented with humorous dialogue and lively music by a multi-generational cast. Accessible to all ages, there is a theme of hope woven throughout. Tickets are $15 for adults; $8 for children; $35 family maximum. For further information see http://sac.firstparish.org/cms/chickenman.

Concord/Carlisle Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Tea and Swap Celebration

You are invited!  Join us on Sunday March 11 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St. Have tea and birthday cake. Meet other Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums. Make a fun swap. Tell your best Scouting stories. See skits and artwork put on by our troops. All for Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary. Please RSVP to Laurel at lgerdine@comcast.net.

Milldam Nursery School Accepting Applications

Milldam is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.  Please visit our web-site to get download and application and request a tour: www.milldamnurseryschool.org. Milldam is a cooperative preschool located in the center of Concord, 20 Lexington Road.

Concord Public Schools 2012 Summer School Programs

The 2012 Summer School will be in session for 4 weeks, June 25 – July 20. Classes do not meet on Wednesday, July 4. This schedule assumes that the regular school year will conclude on June 19, 20, or 21. Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Alcott School for elementary students and at Sanborn for middle school students.

This program, in its 15th year, has been successful in helping students master skills that proved challenging during the traditional school year, and gain confidence for the next grade. Classes will be funded by the district (Superintendent’s Recommended Budget) and will be for students entering grades 1-8. The instructional program will emphasize reading, writing and math. Students are eligible and recommended for Summer School if they have experienced a significant challenge meeting grade level benchmarks in reading, writing or math. Language Arts Specialists and Math Specialists, in consultation with classroom teachers, will make Summer School recommendations.

Parents will receive enrollment information by mail as soon as an eligible child is referred to the program, no earlier than March 2012. Parents who anticipate that their child may be eligible, based upon their communications with their classroom teacher and other educators at school, are urged to reserve June 25-July 20. Regular attendance is necessary in Summer School classes.

Special Education students whose IEP specifically calls for a summer educational program are automatically enrolled in the Summer Special Education Program also housed at Alcott and Sanborn.  The same schedule and timetable as the Concord Public Schools summer program applies.  Special education students with IEPs not calling for summer educational services may be recommended for the summer school program if eligibility requirements are met.

The Concord Recreation Department will sponsor a fee-based afternoon day camp at Alcott and Town facilities, from noon- 4 PM – call 369-6460 for information in the spring.

Community Education will offer fee-based morning and afternoon science workshops for K-5 children at the Alcott School as a service to students and their siblings. Sessions meet 9 AM-Noon, and/or 1-4 PM, with supervised lunch period Noon-1 PM. Session weeks: June 25-29, July 2-6 (4-day), July 9-13, July 16-20. Summer School students who enroll in the afternoon program may sign up for the lunch period at no charge.

Transportation for Boston students will be provided.

Summer School services are funded by the Concord Public Schools.

For more information about elementary Summer School please contact Court Booth, (978) 341-2490 ext. 7150 or cbooth@colonial.net. For more information about Special Education Summer School please contact Jessica Murphy, 978) 341-2490 ext. 8142 or jmurphy@colonial.net. For more information about summer Concord Recreation Dept. programs call Laura Lunig at 369-6460 or llunig@concordma.gov (www.concordsummercamps.com). For more information about summer fee-based educational enrichment programs see the C-C Community Education Spring-Summer program catalog (available in March), or online now at www.ace.colonial.net (Summer Classes).

CCYBS Annual State of the Program Meeting

CCYBS is holding its annual “State of the Program Meeting” at 7:30pm on February 29th at the Thoreau School. This meeting will focus on giving an overview of all of the 12 different programs that we run in both the spring and summer. In addition, we’ll speak about many other town baseball topics including: the summer Bay State program, player development clinics, our community involvement, scholarships, fields, and more. In addition, we will be outlining in detail the many open board and executive board positions we have. Since many of our board and executive board members are coming to the end of their terms, we will be looking to fill a significant number of roles over the next 2 seasons. As you all know, CCYBS is a volunteer parent run organization and our success in providing good, fun baseball and softball environments is directly dependent on our parent volunteers. Running this program takes much more than just coaches – and we are looking for new people, new ideas, and new thinking to help CCYBS continue to be able to support the over 1000 players that it does every year. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please contact CCYBS president Ralph Verrilli (ralph.verrilli@vistagy.com).

Open, or soon to be open, positions can be found at www.ccybs.org.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 1, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, February 27, 2012.
Submission guidelines: Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments); it should be brief and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please! Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.