February 8, 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: CCYS, Flag Rugby, CCYB/S, Yoga for DIAS, Girl Power at Emerson Hospital, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

BINGO night was a blast! Thank you to all the families who participated, parent volunteers who hosted, and Officer Ron for serving as number caller!

Please join us at our next PTG Meeting!  Tuesday, February 13th at 9am in the cafeteria.  Agenda items include, District updates, volunteer opportunities, and more!  All are welcome!

Stay informed! Did you know that 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 and educate yourself!  These sites include links to publicly available reports, presentations, and meetings that impact residents including the presentation of the Superintendent’s FY2019 recommended budget for CPS-CCRSD.  Check it out!

As always, please contact us with your questions, ideas, and suggestions! 

Kathleen & Deb

Elementary Progress Reports: Aspen (Parent) Portal
Progress reports for semester 1 are now available on the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section. The reports will no longer be mailed out. To access the portal, 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.) If you have not already done so, please set a security question upon logging into the portal, so that you can self-recover if you forget your password in the future; password resets are addressed during business hours only.

Health Office Updates

  1. FLU- Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever* or feeling feverish/chills, Cough, Sore throat, Runny or stuffy nose, Muscle or body aches, Fatigue (tiredness).  Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, this is more common in children than adults.* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Remember How the Flu Spreads: Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Certain everyday preventive actions – like covering your cough and frequent hand washing – can help keep germs from spreading.

If your child has the flu, please share this information with the school Nurse,  Meg Jensen.

Please read more about the flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

  1. Lice: Please routinely look at your child’s scalp.  If you notice lice or nits (eggs) speak to your PCP about treatment.  Please refer to the CDC website for more information on lice and prevention.  Please speak to your child about head to head contact with an infected person is the most common way to get head lice. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html
  2. Take care of your eyes this winter: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Sunglasses-in-Winter.aspx
  3. Please send in extra clothes to keep in your child’s locker: For puddles, art mishaps, bloody noses, spilled milk, etc.  Clothes donations are always excepted in the health office.
  4.  If you have not done so already, please complete your online health form.  

Thanks for your time.  Here’s to a healthy and fun 2018.  Meg Jensen, School Nurse


THOREAU TOURS THE WORLD: Have you thumbed through this year’s Geography Quest yet? 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! Packets were put in the teacher mailboxes last week for distribution.   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! This week we’re exploring Argentina and next week we hop to Norway!

Geography Quest Scorers wanted! 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: Mark your calendars – Thursday, March 15th, 7:30pm – for the annual Mom’s night, hosted by Caroline Myler. Stay tuned for the invitation and details!

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!

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


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

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/

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!