January 19, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


Be sure to check out the newest addition to my blog at http://principalclough.wordpress.com.
–Kelly Clough


We hope you enjoyed the long weekend. There are a number of upcoming PTG events over the next few months. Please pay special attention to the Thoreau Announcements in order to be informed of the dates and times. Some event dates are changing from the PTG Calendar that was included in the Back-to-School packets back in September. We will do our best to include details in the TA and update the on-line calendar at www.thoreauptg.org. If you have any questions about specific events, you can e-mail the committee chair for that event. The committee chairs and e-mails are listed at the back of the Thoreau School Directory. Some events and meetings that are happening over the next few weeks are: Geography Quest, completed packets are due on February 6; School Committee Meeting on January 24 at 6:30pm in the CCHS library Transportation Forum on February 1 at 7:00pm at the Alcott School; and Bingo Night on February 2 (details available soon). Have a great weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


Join us to welcome Jacob Eisenman, the new instrument instructor for the elementary schools. A welcome breakfast is being held on Monday, January 23, 8:15 – 8:45am in the Thoreau Library. All Thoreau families are welcome to attend. If you would like to bring a breakfast item, coffee, tea or juice, please contact Melanie Bettencourt at thebettencourts@comcast.net.


You may be aware that the plans for the new high school do not include space for the school bus fleet or maintenance area. A consultant was hired to assess this issue and identify solutions. The result of this investigation will be presented at the January 24 School Committee meeting at 6:30 in the CCHS library. A Transportation Forum will be held at 7pm at the Alcott School on February 1. As the School Committee does not respond to comments and questions from attendees of School Committee Meetings, the forum is scheduled to give parents an opportunity to ask questions and have an open discussion about the proposed solution for bussing. The final decision will be made by the School Committee at the February 14 School Committee Meeting at the Ripley building. For more information on School Committee meetings, agendas and minutes, please visit http://www.concordpublicschools.net/school-committee.php.


The String Winter Concert is taking place on January 24 at 7pm at Sanborn middle school. This concert’s theme is “Orchestra Meets the Creatures of the Night”. All are welcome to attend.


The newly established Newspaper Club is on track to publish Thoreau’s first edition of the student newspaper at the end of February. The Thoreau Times (a name conceived of by the staff, and voted on by the entire school community) will be professionally printed and published as a broadsheet on 11 x 17 paper. As part of our effort, we are looking for a parent or friend of Thoreau to help underwrite the printing costs. Here’s how you can help: Do you know someone who has a local printing business who might consider giving our school a discounted rate? Are you a business owner who might consider contributing to or funding our newspaper? In exchange, we would acknowledge your generosity and include your business’s logo in the printed version of The Thoreau Times. If you can help, please contact parent volunteer Carlene Hempel at carlenehempel@hotmail.com, or call 978-254-5493.


The Willard PTG is partnering with Berit Pratt, RN MPH of NitWits LLC, based out of Cambridge, MA. Ms. Pratt, a former school nurse, will be discussing the latest information on head lice to help parents with lice detecting and prevention. The next seminar is Wednesday, February 7, 7pm in the Willard Auditorium.


Q: The ruby-throated hummingbird may migrate from Concord to the country of Honduras. What is the capitol of Honduras? (Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for the answer! The answer to last week’s trivia question is black-poll warbler.) You’ll find other intriguing questions like this in this year’s Geography Quest! Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library anytime before February 6.
–Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs


This year we will be traveling to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics! Join us on Friday, March 26:00-8:00 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

LUNCH MENU Week of January 23-27

Monday: Cheese Ravioli
Tuesday: Beefy Nachos
Wednesday: B. Good Burgers
Thursday: Cheese Quesadillas
Friday: Comella’s Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.


Summer Fun in January – Save the Date!
CCHS Summer Opportunities Fair – Monday, January 30, 2012, Concord-Carlisle High School

Come join us at the 31st Annual Summer Opportunities Fair to be held Monday, January 30, 5:30 – 8:00pm (snow date is January 31) in the CCHS cafeteria. This event provides parents and students from K-12 the means to explore some exciting alternatives to the usual summer activities, and brings together representatives from approximately 90 organizations to present summer opportunities held locally, nationally and aboard. Exhibitors will be present to display information on wilderness adventures, educational and enrichment opportunities, foreign language and student exchange programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as traditional, sports and special-needs camps. This event is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle High School Parents’ Association. Admission is free.

Spring 2012 In-Town Soccer

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer is now taking registrations for our Spring In-Town program. We offer outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K through Grade 6. Games are played on Saturdays from April to mid-June. Player parents run our programs by coaching, overseeing their age group or helping in other various capacities to run our programs. Consider volunteering when registering your player. To see more details about our program and to register check out our website at www.ccysoccer.org.  Registration ends on March 6. Register early to secure a spot on an In-Town team this spring.

2012 Faculty Concert of the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord

Carlisle will host the 2012 Faculty Concert of the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord on Tuesday, January 31 at 7pm in the Corey Auditorium. Faculty and guest student performers have organized a program that includes classical works by Brahms, Schubert, and Haydn, and recent works by 20th century composers Launy Grondahl and Paul Creston. This year’s concert marks a first, as the CCHS Orchestra will participate, joining faculty soloists Tobi-Ann Kocher and Sargis Karapetyan for J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Guest student performers for this year’s concert Cyrus Dastangoo, Connor Lofdahl, and Mishael Quraishi. Faculty performers include Sylvia Berry, piano; Alexei Doohvskoy, trombone; Nune Hakobyan, piano; Deanna Johnson, flute; Sargis Karapetyan, violin; Tobi-Ann Kocher, flute; and Debbie Levine, clarinet. The concert is free of charge and the public is invited. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) was established by the Concord and Carlisle Schools in 1980 to provide accessible, affordable after-school music lessons with professional musician-teachers. In recent years it has become entirely student-funded with fees, and is conducted as a community service program of the Concord-Carlisle Schools through Adult and Community Education. For more information contact IMSCC at (978) 341-2490×7152 or www.ace.colonial.net/imscc.

IMSCC Music Lessons – New Session Starts this Month

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) welcomes new students for the Winter/Spring session starting in January. A fee-based program of the Concord-Carlisle Schools Community Education Department, IMSCC was established 30 years ago to provide after school lessons. IMSCC offers individual lessons on all band and orchestral instruments, as well as piano, voice, guitar and bass guitar, and a Chamber Music program for small ensemble playing. Lessons are given at CCHS and Carlisle Schools. Registration is now open for Winter/Spring classes. For more information or to register for lessons, please visit www.ace.colonial.net/imscc or contact Debbie Levine at 978-341-2490×7152, dlevine@colonial.net.

CCYBS Annual Winter Baseball Clinics

CCYBS is happy to announce that John Kelly, the Concord Carlisle Varsity Baseball Coach, will again be offering his annual baseball clinic for players of all ages this winter and early spring.  CCHS baseball players will participate in each session to help coach the players. Saturdays: February 4th and 11th, March 3, 10, 17.  $175 per person and a 30 player max per session.

  • Session 1  4:00 to 5:00   T-Ball
  • Session 2  5:00 to 6:00   1st and 2nd grades
  • Session 3  6:00 to 7:00   3rd and 4th grades
  • Session 4  7:00 to 8:00   5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

There will also be a 3 hour day clinic in the spring for all that participate in the winter clinic. It will be held outside. Time and date is TBA. It will be free to those who participated in the winter clinic and $50 for those who do not. For more information, please contact John Kelly, jk@johnkellybaseball.com or (978) 660-5454.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on January 26, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 23, 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.