January 15, 2015

FROM THE PTG CO-PRESIDENTS

The Hobby Fair was a great success!  Thank you to all of the student participants and to PTG volunteers Cathy Chadwick and Kristen Keilty for making this happen!

Thank you to the third grade teachers, Mrs. Gallagher, Ms. Ham, Ms. Hollander and Mrs. Faricelli, for providing a wonderful 3rd and 4th grade movie and pizza event at our school on Tuesday.  Over 40 kids attended and had a wonderful time!  This event also raised money for the PTG!

More fun upcoming events include:

  • The 2015 Geography Quest- this year’s theme is Explorers!! – coming at the end of January
  • Mom’s (or Dad’s!) Night Out – February 5th
  • Bingo Night – February 12th

Carla and Trish

ANNUAL FUND

A sincere thanks to the now 60 out of approximately 325 families at Thoreau School who have contributed to the Annual Fund this school year.

We are currently at $9400 and our goal is $27,000 and 50% participation.  EVERY FAMILY DONATION makes a difference!  Please help us realize our goal this school year. You can contribute online or checks can be made payable to Thoreau PTG and dropped off or mailed to Thoreau School.

Thoreau 2nd graders recently visited the Discovery Museum to learn about sound.  In the wake of that visit, parents have reported finding handmade telephone devices throughout their homes!  These types of programs allow the kids to have hands on experience with what they are learning in the classroom.  Thanks again to Amy Tenenbaum and Amy Zall for setting up these enrichment programs.

Please don’t put off your tax deductible contribution to the Thoreau PTG.  Every dollar makes a difference.  Donate Now:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving

WORLD RENOWNED NATURALIST RETURNS TO THOREAU

Last week Peter Alden (who also went to the Thoreau School on the very first day it opened), a world renowned naturalist, lecturer, ecotourism guide and author of 15 books on North American and African wildlife, including the National Audubon Society’s Regional Field Guide Series, came and spoke to the 4th and 5th grade. He has been to every continent, and is credited by Pulitzer prize winning E.O. Wilson as the initiator of worldwide Biodiversity Day. He is considered to be an authority on birds and larger mammals of the world and is often consulted by the media and the ecotourism industry for his expertise. Peter is also a highly entertaining and widely sought after lecturer on topics that include world wildlife, the Polar regions, invasive plants and biodiversity of the northeast. Recently, Peter was honored with the Outstanding River Steward Award for 2014. He spoke to our students about the “Changes in Concord’s Wildlife from Thoreau’s Time to Today”. This visit was made possible by a gift from Anne Tisdale-Ashford, in honor of her son.

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT – THURSDAY, FEB. 5

We hope to see our very special Thoreau Moms at this year’s Moms’ Night Out on Thursday, February 5.  This is a free event organized by the social committee.  Please click on the link to RSVP.  http://thoreaumomsnightout.splashthat.com  See you there!

BINGO NIGHT – THURSDAY, FEB. 12

We hope you’ll join us for BINGO NIGHT at Thoreau on Thursday, February 12, 6:30-8pm.  Pizza, Hoodsies, prizes, school spirit!  Come one, come all!  If you are able to volunteer or have questions, please contact Suzy Symons at ssymons@alhi.com.

ART NEWS: CLAY GARDEN INSTALLATION NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The Thoreau students are working on a really exciting collaborative installation project.  We have been working on collaborative projects over the last few years in an effort to build community.  This year, I was inspired to create a 3D clay garden after speaking with our 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Watson, who visited the Tower of London this summer. Artist Paul Cummings along with a team of volunteers created over 800,000 clay poppies to represent all the soldiers who lost their lives in WWI.  The clay Poppies were then “planted” around the tower of London to honor the fallen soldiers. At Thoreau, each student is making his or her own representative clay flowers throughout the year as part of the art curriculum.  Their flowers will then be placed on a wooden stem and “bloom” in the spring. Once the snow melts, we will gather as a community and “plant” our garden in front of the school during an assembly.  The concept is that each student is an individual, a unique flower, and when we all come together we can make a beautiful garden!

Some students have begun working on this project and others will be creating their flowers throughout the winter.  I do need some help preparing for this project because each flower will have a wooden dowel stem that needs to be sharpened in order to go into the ground.  If you have a pencil sharpener and are interested in helping please let me know.  If I can get 20 families to sharpen 20 dowels our garden can successfully bloom this spring!  Please contact me at khiltz@colonial.net or stop by the art room for a bundle of dowels!   Thanks in advance.  Kate Hiltz, Art Teacher

LUNCH SCHEDULE next week

Monday, January 19           NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 20          Teriyaki Chicken Dippers

Wednesday, January 21    Penne Pasta with Stir-Fry Veggies

Thursday, January 22         Meatball Sub on Wheat Roll

Friday, January 23               Homemade Cheese Pizza

AROUND TOWN

Babysitting Night – Concord Free Public Library

Babysitting Night at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Free Public Library, 1322 Main Street, tomorrow, Friday, January 16. This is a wonderful opportunity for Concord parents and guardians to register their children in Grades 2-5 for a fun evening for the children from 6-9 pm with snacks, games and a viewing of a film about training a dragon while you get some hours to yourself! Space is limited so go to register at http://www.concordlibrary.org ASAP. Any questions, contact Fiona Stevenson at Tea44@comcast.net.

3rd Grade BookEaters: A Book Club for 3rd Graders

Let’s share our favorite books (old & new) plus games, crafts, and food! Wednesday, January 21 at 4pm at the Main Library, 129 Main Street.  Happy New Year!  OUT with the OLD & IN with the NEW!  Let’s explore OLD classics and NEW Fiction.  Share a favorite book with us-something new or old!  Library Tour: Upstairs Downstairs @ the Concord Library.  Let’s explore behind the scenes of the library!  Downstairs tour including where OLD books are kept and NEW books are processed.  Time Capsule: Make a Personal Time Capsule for 2015!  For more info: www.concordlibrary.org.

Local Author Event

Calling all Marvel fans!  Local author Geoff Edgers will talk about his new book “Who Is Stan Lee?” and discuss the writing and editing process.  This fun event for children in Grades 4 and up will be held at the Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main Street, on Saturday, January 24 at 11am.  Books will be available for purchase and Geoff will be signing books at the event.  Please register for this program online at: http://www.concordlibrary.org/.  Any questions, contact Karen Brown at karen.johnson.brown@comcast.net

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Event

Free event sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest:  An Evening with Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor, author of the book Stronger, and Carlisle resident.  Tuesday, January 27, 7:30pm at the Fenn School, Performance Hall.  Books will be available for purchase and Jeff Bauman will be signing books at the event.  (Books can also be purchased in advance at The Concord Bookshop.)  Space is limited, please reserve your free ticket now!  Go to: www.cccommunitychest.org or call 978-369-5250.

Concord Youth Theatre Hosts “Ice Cappella” Choral Event

“A Cappella” [Italian: ah kahp-PEL-lah]; adjective, adverb. Definition: Music without instrumental accompaniment. “ICE Cappella” [See above definition, but add in the middle of winter at Concord Youth Theatre (CYT)!]  Back by popular demand is Concord Youth Theatre’s evening featuring a plethora of regional a cappella vocal groups – Ice Cappella, January 30, 7:30pm at CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street in Concord.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, or online at www.concordyouththeatre.org.  This celebration of harmonious blends includes young vocalists from high school through college.

The Shamrock Ball

The Shamrock Ball presented by Concord Recreation is March 14 at The Westford Regency 7-9:30pm.  The event is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Tickets are $90 per couple and will go on sale February 2 at 9:00am. Online registration will be available at  www.concordma.gov/recreation.  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-369-6460.  Proceeds go towards Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

Spring Group Class and Chorus Registration at Concord Conservatory of Music

Want a group class music experience?  CCM has several programs, including the new Early Release Tuesday group class offerings.  We’re offering beginner level classes for Group Guitar for kids grades, grades 1–3; and Group Flute for kids grades 1-3, both meet at 1:45–2:30pm.  Early Release Tuesday classes begin January 20 and run through May 11.  Also on Tuesdays is the Concord Youth Chorus Project, Treble group for students grades 3-5 meets at 4pm.  The placement auditions take place on Tuesday, January 20th.  Call to schedule a no pressure placement audition.  The new CCM Group Bass class for kids grades 3-5 and meets on Mondays from 4-5pm, the class fee includes the rental of the bass.  There is a lot going on at CCM, and it is never too late to start private instrument and voice lessons.  To learn more about these classes, or private lessons, please visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@ConcordConservatory.org or call 978-369-0010 to schedule a visit.  CCM is the area non-profit music school, and is located at 1317 Main Street in West Concord.  Financial assistance is available.

Fruitlands Museum Family Discovery Days: February School Vacation Week

Meet us down the hill at the Wayside Visitors Center for a week-long exploration of Fruitlands Museum and its collections! Monday-Friday, February 16-20, 12-4pm.  Children under 3 free, $7 per person.  Each day will feature a different theme connected to an object on display in the Museum’s centennial exhibition, 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum. Family-friendly drop-in activities will include story and picture book reading, art and craft activities, and games. The art gallery will also be open for visits, so everyone can take a closer look at our featured object of the day.  Come just one day or return all week! Don’t forget to bring your sleds and snowshoes for a little outdoor fun, too!  102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 978.456.3924, www.fruitlands.org

Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Concord Youth and Community Services reminds families that the Salvation Army established a statewide fund called The Good Neighbor Energy Fund, to assist households within the Commonwealth facing financial crisis, with paying their winter energy bills.  This program is specifically for those having a household income between 60% -80% of the State Median Income Level.  Eligibility guidelines for assistance are based on the gross annual income of a household for the previous 12 month period.  Eligible clients will be awarded a $275.00 GNEF grant that will be paid directly to either the gas or electric utility company. Concord residents under the age of 60 can contact the Concord Community Services Coordinator, Aileen Buford, MSW at 978-318-3034 or abuford@concordma.gov for assistance with completing the application. For Concord residents over the age of 60 please contact the Concord COA at 978.318.3020 for assistance.  Learn more about the program here: http://www.concordnet.org/pages/concordma_news/01F98503-000F8513

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 January 22, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, January 19, 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.