February 26, 2015

FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS:

Please mark your calendars:

March 6th – 9:00am PTG Meeting in cafeteria.  As always, everyone welcome!
and in the evening, from 6-8:00pm MATH NIGHT!! Read more below!!

March 9th – 7:00pm Joint PTG (Thoreau, Willard, Alcott) and School Committee Budget Forum.  Alcott Cafeteria. Please join us to educate yourself about the school budget before Town Meeting.  Two members of the School Committee will present the Concord and Concord Carlisle Regional School Budgets.  There will be a slideshow detailing what goes into the budget process for both Concord and Concord Carlisle Regional School Budgets.  Come and enjoy this community event and educate yourself before Town Meeting.

Carla and Trish

Box Tops for Education – Collection Deadline 3pm Friday

Our winter deadline is upon us! All box tops deposited in the lobby collection box before 3pm on Friday February 27 will be included in our spring payout check from General Mills. So if you’ve got any, get them into a small plastic bag and send them in! Don’t forget to put your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag so that we can credit them for the classroom contest. Thanks everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator

SPRING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN:

The Spring After School Program is now open for registration.  You can find the class descriptions and registration information on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/After school programs at  https://www.thoreauptg.org/after-school-program-spring-term-2015/.  Registration is now online.  Payment can be made by paypal, credit card, cash or check.  Please send cash or check to the Thoreau School, attn: After School Programs.  Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti (meljiganti@aol.com) or Stefanie Sim (stefaniesim1@hotmail.com).

Geography Quest Due Date Approaching

Geography Quest packets were distributed by teachers 3-4 weeks ago. This is a fun and relaxed way to learn a little more about world geography. This year’s focus is on Explorers. If your child wants to participate, the top page of the packet gives detailed instructions on how to complete and submit the Quest. Misplaced yours? The Library has extra copies.

Please return completed Quests to the labeled box in the Library by Friday, March 6 – just over a week away. Each Quest should have the student’s name, grade, and teacher written on it. There will be small prizes!

If you have any questions, please contact fennwei@fenn.org. Happy Questing!

MATH NIGHT: Friday, March 6, 6-8pm: ALL WELCOME;
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Calling all mathemagicians:  Thoreau School Math Night is coming on Friday, March 6, from 6-8pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria. This will be fantastical fun for the whole family and all grades.  Math Night will feature magical math challenges, bewitching brain teasers, enchanted estimation games, and spellbinding games of chance and skill.  We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza and healthy snacks. We also seek fantastic volunteer parents who can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9ab22a2f58-math.  Please contact Jeff Furman (jefffurman@comcast.net) or Marc Ubaldino (mubaldino@gmail.com) with any questions or interests.

Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee!

This year’s spelling bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on Saturday, March 14.  Third and 4th graders participate in teams of 2-3 (which they are responsible for forming), and 5th 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 will be as follows:  3rd graders at 2:00 pm; 4th graders at 3:15; and 5th graders at 4:30.  We will be done in plenty of time for female spellers to make it to that night’s Shamrock Ball!  If your child is interested, please contact April Robb at akeyesrobb@hotmail.com or 978-369-2434 for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the bee!

Thanks,
April

THOREAU CAKE WALK AND FAMILY FESTIVAL

Save the date!  Saturday, April 11, 3-5pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. As always, it’s fun for the whole family! Loads of games, prizes and, of course, cake! More details to follow.
–Dorina Enes, Jenn Ubaldino, & Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs

LUNCH SCHEDULE

Monday, March 2                                      Baked Chicken Tenders
Tuesday, March 3                                     NO LUNCH
Wednesday, March 4                               Spaghetti w/wo Meat Sauce
Thursday, March 5                                   Melted Turkey & Cheese on Wheat Bread
Friday, March 6                                          Pizza Dipping Sticks

AROUND TOWN

CCHS Parent’s Association Sponsors Free Community Event for Adults

“The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen” will be presented on February 26, 2015, at 7 pm in the CCHS Auditorium. This is a high energy presentation that focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share their fears, and how parents can more effectively support their teen.

Concord Public Library Upcoming Events

Saturday StoryTime @ The Main Library
Concord Free Public Library
Hats Off To Lincoln!
Let’s Read About the Man on the Penny
February 28 @ 10am
Stories-Songs-Puppet Show- Penny Craft
No Registration Required
For more Info : concordlibrary.org
or (978) 318-3358

Join us at the 4th Annual Community Chest Luncheon celebrating Women in Philanthropy

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites all Concord and Carlisle women (and their guests) to attend a very special luncheon on Thursday, March 12th. The luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon at Nashawtuc Country Club and will feature special guest speaker Laura Schroff, author of the #1 New York Times National Bestseller, An Invisible Thread.  Come and hear Laura speak about how “one simple gesture can make an enormous difference” in someone else’s life. Books may be purchased at the luncheon, and Laura will be available for book signings after the event.  Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at cccommunitychest.org, or by calling the Community Chest office at (978) 369-5250.

Nancy Clements MA, CCC-SLP, Social Thinking Boston® Presentation 
March 2, 2015 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, 500 Walden Street, Concord MA, Little Theater
This presentation will provide, “…parents with hands-on and discussion-based strategies to facilitate their child’s social learning journey. The emphasis will be on learning about and applying Social Thinking® strategies throughout the day.” -socialthinkingboston.com   Nancy will speak about this program, take questions, and provide handouts.  Please join us for this free presentation!

Hosted by the Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools SEPAC                                                                                                                                                          RSVP to concordsepac@gmail.com is appreciated for planning purposes.

March 4, 2015 from 9:30am – 11:30am
Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Business Meeting

Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools SEPAC will hold its March meeting on Wednesday March 4, 2015 from 9:30-11am in the main conference room at Concord Public Library located at 129 Main Street, Concord, MA.  This event is open to everyone.
To get more information or to join the SEPAC email list:  concordsepac@gmail.com
Please visit our website at http://concordsepac.org for information on upcoming events!

March 6, 2015 9:00am-10:30am  Presentation on Special Education at CCHS
Hosted by the Carlisle SEPAC at the Carlisle Public School-Spalding Conference Room

The Concord SEPAC presentation on CCHS Special Education on February 2nd was cancelled due to the storm. The Carlisle SEPAC has generously offered to have Concord parents attend their CCHS Special Education presentation on March 6th. Tom Keane will talk about the offerings at CCHS and answer your questions. This talk is geared to all middle and high students on IEPs. It’s never to early to find out what’s up ahead for your student.
RSVP to concordsepac@gmail.com is appreciated for planning purposes.

CC at Play Hosts “Amazing Race” Fund-raiser

The Amazing Race is Coming to Concord and Carlisle! Grab some friends, create a team, or volunteer for this crazy amazing community event! Saturday, March 28th, CC at Play is hosting its first annual Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party.  Sign-up now at www.ccatplay.org for your chance to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”.  Teams can register in one of three categories; Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5.Not sure you want to race?  Then sign-up online to volunteer, participate in the Amazing U10 Tennis Play Day, or buy a ticket to the much anticipated Rockin’ After Party, which will go on sale February 14th at 1:00 PM.  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.  Space is limited, so sign-up soon! Learn more at www.ccatplay.org.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources
The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 5, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, March 2, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.