January 25, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Geography Quest, Annual Appeal, Bingo Night, Spelling Bee

Around Town: CCYS, Flag Rugby, CCYB/S, Concord Children’s Center, The Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Youth Theatre, Concord SEPAC, Emerson Hospital, Concord Conservatory, Public Forum on Town Marijuana Options, Shamrock Ball, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

School Committee Coffee:
Did you miss the coffee this week with the school committee to learn about the CPS Budget, no worries, there’s another one next week:
Tuesday, 1/30 7:00-8:00 p.m. Concord-Carlisle High School, Learning Commons

Reminder for items to bring during the Winter months:
The kids go outside each and every day, unless we have a frigid wind chill or it is raining.  On those cold winter days, the warmest part of the day is mid-day. Please send your child dressed to play outside.  If we have snow on the ground, your child will need to wear snow pants and boots to play in the snow. Also, you want to include a change of clothes that your kids can keep in their lockers at school. You never know when they might get wet from playing outside in the snow.

Elementary Progress Reports: Aspen (Parent) Portal (Exert from December Thoreau Monthly)
This year’s progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal. The reports will no longer be mailed out. They will be available around the beginning of February.

To access the portal, login from the Parent menu of your child’s 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.

Kathleen & Deb

Last Friday Transportation sent to the office a pair of black Boggs boots that were left on Bus Route 30.  Originally the parent that called Transportation was told that the boots were not on the bus. The boots will be in the office for a while and hopefully the family will come and claim them!


THOREAU TOURS THE WORLD: The 2018 Geography Quest is coming soon! In anticipation, the International Committee is taking Thoreau School on a weekly tour of the World! Did your students learn anything new about the USA last week?  They did not have to travel very far! This week, however, we’re headed to Albania!  Check out the bulletin board leading to the library for fun facts and pictures about the people, history and culture of this small country.

The Geography Quest is an annual PTG-sponsored family activity, created and distributed as a joint effort by the Thoreau, Alcott, and Willard Elementary schools. This fun, optional, take-home activity is designed to let families explore geography together while learning history. Students in all grade levels are encouraged to participate. More information to come!

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.

BINGO NIGHT: Join us Friday February 2nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the cafeteria for Bingo Night! Officer Ron is back this year to help us host the event (how loud can you yell BINGO!) and for $5 a person you can have all the pizza and treats you’d like (cash only!) Mark your calendars for what is ALWAYS a fun evening.

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!


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

Winter futsal! Sessions run Fridays at Sanborn, and Sundays at Carlisle! Sessions start on January 26. Winter futsal is a fun, low-cost option for your players this winter. Cost is $70 for the winter. More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org/content/winter-2018-futsal

Winter clinics with CCYS professional coach Kyle Yelin! These run on Thursdays at Teamworks, for boys and girls currently in Grades 4-5 (and for Grade 3 players who are open to playing with older players). Cost is $160. More info can be found at: http://www.ccysoccer.org/content/winter-2018-futsalCLICK HERE to register.

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/

CONCORD CHILDREN’S CENTER: Grab your skates, put on some red, and get ready to meet your favorite Big Red Dog at the Big Red Dog Family Ice Skating Party! The party takes place Sunday, January 28th, from 3-5pm at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough. Skate with your favorite Big Red Dog and enjoy children’s activities, a bake sale, and fun for all. Children are strongly encourages to bring their own skates, as there are a limited number of child-sized skates. If you do need to rent, please arrive early. Helmets are strongly recommended – bike helmets work! Event is open to the public – tickets are $10/person, $35 per family and can be purchased at concordchildrenscenter.org, or at the door.

CONCORD YOUTH THEATRE: 2018 Ice-Capella Concert – Friday January 26, 2018.  A seasonal favorite, Ice-Capella will feature a variety of regional a capella vocal groups. This concert of harmonious blends includes young vocalists from high school through college. Featured as part of the evening will be Aural Fixation (Boston University), Euphoria (Lexington High School), Musigals (Lincoln/Sudbury High School), Town Criers (Weston High School), Northern Lights (Newton North High School), and Testostertones, The Muses and Madrigals (Wayland High School). Come hear local high school and college a capella groups perform your favorite oldies and top ten songs! Concord Youth Theatre’s “Ice Capella” celebration will be held January 26 2018, 7:30pm at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Auditorium, 500 Walden Street in Concord. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, or online at www.concordyouththeatre.org. For additional information, call the CYT box office at 978-371-1482.

CONCORD SEPAC: Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Would you like to understand the special education mediation process?
Do you know when to request and how to prepare for a mediation?
Would you like to know what to expect from mediation?
Did you realize you can ask for a facilitated Team meeting?
Do you have a question for an expert?

Please join us for an introduction to Special Education mediation and facilitated IEP Team meetings.  You will have the opportunity to learn about voluntary and confidential dispute settlement mediations, which are conducted without charge to the families involved.

When: Monday January 29th, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
Where: Conference Room 1, Ripley Building, Meriam Road
Presented by: Myrto Flessas, Mediator, Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA)  |
For planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website concordsepac.org

PUBLIC FORUM ON CONCORD’S MARIJUANA OPTIONS: On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Concord Select Board will sponsor a Public Forum focused on recent marijuana legislation and articles proposed for consideration at the Annual Town Meeting in April. The purpose of the forum is to provide information about recent legislation regarding recreational marijuana, definitions of the various operations associated with recreational marijuana and options/actions proposed by three Town committees for consideration at Town Meeting.

The meeting will be help in the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. An opening panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:30, followed by a brief Q & A session. For additional information about the Public Forum, please visit the Town’s website at http://www.concordma.gov.

EMERSON HOSPITAL: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 2:30-4:30 PM
Little Hands, Big Hearts:  A Valentines Crafting Party for Children Ages 3 and up. Valentine cards/crafts will be made for patients at Emerson Hospital. Craft supplies and valentine trimmings will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult – Refreshments will be served – Parking will be validated
Emerson Hospital – Cheney Conference Room 133 Old Rd to Nice Acre Corner, Concord, MA 01742
LINK to invitation and RSVP: Emersonhospital.org/littlehands

SHAMROCK BALL: Tickets for The Shamrock Ball go on sale Friday February 2nd at 9:00am. The event, presented by Concord Recreation, is Saturday March 10, 2018 at The Westford Regency 7:00pm-9:30pm. This event is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Online registration will be available www.concordma.gov/recreation.  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. If you have questions with your account please call during regular business hours. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978.287.1050.  Proceeds go towards Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

CONCORD – CARLISLE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR: Check out https://www.eventjuggler.com – the event calendar for the Concord & Carlisle community!