January 4, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Bookroom Volunteers, Yankee Candle

Around Town: The Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council, Concord Conservatory, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Welcome back and Welcome 2018.

We hope everyone had a wonderful and warm break. 2018 is starting out on the frigid side, including our first snow day today. Hope everyone had fun.

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


BOOKROOM PARENT VOLUNTEERS: Looking for a volunteer position in the new year?  Join the Bookroom Parent volunteer group!  It is a job that gives you a lot of flexibility—- come to school and help any day of the week for the amount of time that meets your needs.  Click here to see a video of two of our volunteers in action.
Click here for more information. https://www.thoreauptg.org/book-room/

YANKEE CANDLE: Just in case you were wondering … there is still a way to participate in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser!!  Until January 11, 2018, the school will receive 40% on all orders made through the website using the group code below.  Please help support Thoreau!!
Group #990070371


THE CENTER FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS: The Concord-Carlisle Parent Association announces the following speakers for January:

January 8th from 7:00-9:00 pm at CCHS Auditorium:
The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life:

Acclaimed author and speaker, Dr. Michael Thompson, Ph.D. will provide an illuminating and informative presentation about the psychological journey that children experience during their thirteen years in school. During this challenging journey, children typically search for connection, recognition, and a sense of power (or mastery). For some children, this journey is characterized mostly by success; for others, a chronic but manageable struggle; and for some, consistent feelings of fury and despair. Each child’s journey has its own different pressures and every child is constantly developing strategies for coping with the pressures that he or she feels. Along with an engaging presentation of facts and theories, Dr. Thompson shares stories from the trenches, illuminating how the best educators and wisest parents can support their children along the way.

January 23rd from 7:00-9:00 pm at CCHS Auditorium:
College Funding Strategies.

Janet Rhodes Friedman, a financial planner and investment advisor with Abaris Financial Group in Concord, will discuss the financial aspects of the college process. Her talk will help parents understand a complex intersection of factors including: the rising costs of college; the right “financial fit”; FAFSA and CSS profile/formulas used by colleges in determining aid; and ways to fund college beyond grants and scholarships. Her talk is “a must” for any parent who is currently engaged in the college search process, or for parents who, in the future, will be embarking on this exciting, yet often stressful, time in their child’s life.

We invite all parents to come to these engaging talks, which are free and open to the public. Dr. Thompson’s talk is presented in collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers. Please sign up at the following link for planning purposes and for more information: https://michaelthompsoncchs8january2018.eventbrite.com

CONCORD – CARLISLE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: The community is invited to the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, January 10th at 7PM, at the Fenn School Auditorium, 516 Monument Street ,Concord.
This annual event, sponsored by the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, is always a special evening and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of freedom and justice for all. The celebration is an evening of music and inspiration that honors the life of this extraordinary man, with performances from the Willard School Chorus, the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Fenn Treble Chorus, the Boston gospel choir: Joyful Voices of Inspiration and Lisa Lee, Artist of the written and spoken word. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information about the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, go to www.cchumanrights.org.

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: January 13th Second Saturday Bluegrass. The Boston Bluegrass Union is partnering with The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) to co-sponsor a January 13th Second Saturday Bluegrass Jam from 7:00 – 9:30 pm, and it’s open to all ages and bluegrass instruments for advanced beginner musicians and above. ($5 fee payable at the door). The jam is for non-beginner instrumentalists to have the opportunity to play with other musicians, or come just to listen. Attending a jam is an invaluable experience as it teaches improvisation, tone, dynamics and overall musicality. Through June 2018, jams will take place at CCM, 1317 Main Street, Concord (West Concord Union Church).

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