February 25, 2016

MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS

Thank you!

Thank you to all room parents who are tasked with sending out increased communications while we sort out the issues with our email distribution system. We appreciate the additional effort in helping to keep our community informed of upcoming events!

Save the Date:

Thursday, February 25: Meet the School Committee Candidates, Thoreau Library, 6-7pm

Thursday, February 25 or Monday, February 29: Parents and community members are invited to focus group meetings, 6:30-7:30 pm in the CCHS Learning Commons to provide input on the qualities and characteristics you would like in the next CCHS Principal.

Monday, February 29: Hobby Fair, Family Night, Thoreau Cafeteria, 6:30-7:30pm *4th&5th grade families should have received an updated permission slip from their room parents.

Friday, March 4: Math Night; Thoreau clothing orders and Geography Quests due

Tuesday, March 8: Concord School Committee Meeting, Ripley 6:30pm

Saturday, March 12:  Cake Walk, 1-3pm

Wednesday, March 16: PTG meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, 9am ~ all are welcome!

To read the minutes from our February PTG meeting please click here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/20160202%20PTG%20Minutes.pdf

~Trish and Betsy

ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE $9000

Please donate to one of the only non-profits in which your child will DIRECTLY benefit! Many companies offer a corporate match program.   Turn $100 into $200!  Check with your Human Resources, Benefits or Payroll Departments.  Donations make BIG difference to our community.  We challenge Thoreau to have 50% of our families donate.  We have the support of about 20% of our Thoreau Community so far.  Thank you to all of those families for supporting the Thoreau PTG and thanks in advance for all of you willing to donate now and make a difference!  Make your tax deductible donate NOW:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/

 2ND-TO-LAST VIKINGS GEOGRAPHY QUEST UPDATE

Just one more week until completed Geography Quests are due! Please drop them off in the box in the library on or before Friday, March 4. Good luck!

THOREAU MATH NIGHT

Calling all mathstronauts:  Thoreau Math Night is coming on Friday, March 4, from 6-8pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria.  This year we will travel to far off galaxies, explore our solar system, and solve math problems that may seem out of this world.  We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza (regular & gluten free) and healthy snacks. Special astronaut treats, too!   We also seek fantastic volunteer parents/teens that can sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9ab22a2f58-math1 .  Please contact Jeff Furman (jefffurman@comcast.net), Erica Wright (littlewhit3@gmail.com), or Marc Ubaldino (mubaldino@gmail.com) with any questions or interests.

THOREAU CAKE WALK

SAVE THE DATE…The CAKE WALK & FAMILY FESTIVAL is Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm Come to Thoreau for an afternoon of carnival games, food, crafts, music and loads of fun. Try your hand at one of the many games we will have — there are loads of prizes to be won! Also, if you have never taken part in a Cake Walk, this is a much loved Thoreau tradition that shouldn’t be missed. It’s really like a game of musical chairs. Each participant takes their place in a circle and stands on a numbered pad. When the music starts, the participants parade around in a circle; when the music stops, our MC will pull lucky numbers out of a hat. If your number is called, you win of one of the fabulous cakes! Regarding the cakes, we need lots and lots – 300 to 400 to use as prizes! Thoreau students can also enter their cakes into the Cake Decorating Contest! Categories are Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative.  Please also consider volunteering your time to help out at this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival.  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  If you are willing and able, please click on the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aadae2ea2f58-cake  -Betsy Olsson-Mackowski, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs

SPELLING BEE – SAVE THE DATE!

Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade spellers! This year’s spelling bee will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, April 9.  Third and 4th graders compete in teams of two to three, and 5th graders compete individually.  The 4th and 5th grade bees are elimination rounds; the 3rd grade one is a relaxed, non-elimination introduction to bees.   Registration details, forms, and word lists will be provided following the February break.  Stay tuned for more details!

BOKS

We all know exercise has the ability to brighten our mood, decrease stress, and improve our attention span and memory.  That’s why we love BOKS! Your chance to get involved is coming!  We will be sending out registration information via email soon and the program will start in mid-March. We will again accept attendees based on a family lottery system (don’t worry your chances in this one are substantially better than with Power Ball). To accommodate more kids, our goal is to add a second session that would meet on Mondays and Wednesdays.  We can’t do it without volunteers!!  If you’re interested, please email Adrienne at Adrienne.principe@gmail.com.  It’s a fun program and a great way to start your day – for kids and adults.  For more information, visit bokskids.org.

HELPFUL LINKS

February School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

AROUND TOWN

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Training

March 18, 9am – 4 pm. You may know CPR and Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911, but can you administer first aid in a mental health crisis? Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, coaches, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Brought to you by CC Youth Services and CC Adult and Community Education, thanks to proceeds from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk held in Concord 2015. The course is open to the public for a small registration fee of $10 which includes course instruction, materials and a boxed lunch. Pre-registration is required. Register for course 3247 at www.ace.colonial.net

The Amazing Race Returns: April 2, 2016

Mark your calendar! CC at Play’s Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Who do you want on your team to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”?  Registration is open!  Teams of two or three can race in one of three categories: Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5. Space is limited; so don’t forget to sign-up early!  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.

Concord Public Library

BookMarkers:  An afternoon with Stuart Gibbs, Tuesday, March 1  at 1pm.  Discuss Space Case by Stuart Gibbs and Skype chat with the author.  Grades 4 & 5.

Sap to Syrup Program. Meet Josh Funk, author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, a humorous story about the race to get the last drop of maple syrup. Join Gaining Ground, as they tap maple trees and collect the sap to be boiled down to syrup. Pancakes with maple syrup will be served!  Books available for autographing.  All ages welcome! Saturday, March 12, 1-2 pm, at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. For more info go to: www.concordlibary.org.

Space Camp:  Monday, March 14 at 4pm.  Participants will learn some of the ways astronauts train for life in space and get to make their own “astronaut food”.  Grades K-5.

Lego Challenge: Thursday, March 17 at 4pm.  Each month we will challenge you with a different theme.  Build on that theme or make your own creation!  Grades K-5.

Slocum Soccer School 2016

After 17 years holding camp the 3rd week in August, the dates of Slocum Soccer School will now be the 3rd week in July.  NEW DATES: JULY 18-22!!!  9:00am-3:00pm

NEW LOCATION – Concord Academy’s Moriarty Athletic Complex, 153 Fairhaven Road, Concord, MA 01742 Ages: GIRLS entering 3rd through 9th grades in the Fall of 2016. Info/Registration: SlocumSoccerSchool.com

Callen Tennis

Save the Date for Callen Tennis at the new CCHS tennis courts this fall! The Callen Tennis program will be offered again but will take place after school at the Concord-Carlisle High School this fall, not spring, for kids ages 5-12 yrs. NEW this year: We will offer red, orange and green ball! Program dates will run from the week of September 12 – November 1. Stay tuned for the day of the class and please be on the lookout for registration information this summer.  As always, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early. We are sorry to miss your kids this spring but we hope they will participate this fall.  Please email Heather Swartwood at callentennis@yahoo.com with any questions. With the great addition of the CCHS tennis players assisting the classes and 6 brand new courts, the fall 2016 program is destined to be the best yet! The teams are excited to get on the courts with your kids and share the love of this great sport with them. Jen Beveridge & Heather Swartwood Callen Tennis, LLC

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 4, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.