January 5, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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

FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fun and restful break. We have a couple of reminders: The next School Committee meeting is Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 at the Ripley building. Wednesday, January 11 is the first Thoreau PTG Meeting of 2012. Please join us in the Thoreau Library at 7:00pm. Do you have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student who is interested in the Spelling Bee? The registration form for the 2012 Thoreau Spelling Bee is available on the PTG website, www.thoreauptg.org. Registration closes on January 20th. Have a great weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents

FROM THE OFFICE

Thank you . . . Thank you  . . . We would like to thank the Thoreau families for your gifts and well wishes. Your generosity and thoughtfulness is much appreciated.
–Maria and Donna, “Office Duo”

THE GEOGRAPHY QUEST IS COMING!

Watch for Geography Quests to come home next week! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a migrating animal? This year’s Geography Quest invites you to imagine yourself as one and travel around the world, facing the thrills and perils of your annual journey! The Geography Quest is the annual PTG-sponsored event that’s designed to let Thoreau, Willard and Alcott families explore geography together while learning how to use reference tools and, this year, a bit about the migratory patterns of several animals. Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library anytime before February 6.
–Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs

2012 ANNUAL THOREAU SCHOOL SPELLING BEE

All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee scheduled on Saturday, February 11. This is always a fun and low-pressure Bee, so be sure to give it a whirl. 3rd and 4th graders may participate in teams of three (ideally, though some flexibility); 5th graders compete individually. Bee start times are: 3rd grade: 3:00; 4th grade: 4:30; 5th grade: 6:00. So form your teams! Please return one registration form per team. Registration forms are available from the PTG site, and teams should be formed by Friday, January 20. Any questions, or to volunteer to help, send me a note at hrothermel@me.com.
Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair

ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE

Happy New Year! We are now at only 50% of our financial goal. Donate online using PayPal at https://www.thoreauptg.org. Click the Donate tab in the sidebar on the right. Or you can send a check, made out to Thoreau PTG, into the school office marked for the Annual Appeal. Thank you to the following families for their donations in the last few weeks: Glitzenstein, Wilson, Capello, Burt, Masterson, Sanderson, Haddad, Sonnen/Boyle, Root and Booth. No amount is too small, please give today!

THOREAU AT THE BSO!

Once again, a group of Thoreau kids and parents will venture to Symphony Hall for a Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert.  This year, the concert is March 17 at 10:15 am, and there are demonstrations and other activities beginning at 9 am.  The BSO presents “THE BEAT GOES ON: A Musical Look at Perseverance, Pace, and Pulse in Music.”  Tickets are $20 for adults, plus a $1.50 service fee, and kids are free.  If you would like to attend, please contact Jennifer Montbach at jennifer@montbach.net with the number of tickets you would like (indicate number of adults, kids and the total) and send a check for $21.50 per adult payable to Jennifer Montbach at 45 Pine St. I plan to order tickets on January 9. After this time, you will be able to order tickets on your own, but may not be able to sit with the Thoreau group.  Contact me if you have any questions.  For any family needing financial support for this event, please feel free to contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau School Social Worker, at (978) 318-1300 or rlevesque@colonial.net.
–Jennifer Montbach

LUNCH MENU Week of January 9-13

Monday: Baked Potato Bar
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: B.good Burgers
Thursday: Pesto Chicken Sandwich
Friday: Comella’s Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.

AROUND TOWN

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool

Preschool Slots Available for the 2011-2012 School Year. You are invited to attend an Open House on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. (Snow date: Tuesday, January 17) from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Children are welcome! Come see our facility, talk with our staff, and ask questions about the program. We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord and we have half-day AM and PM sessions and a full-day program available. You can also check out our web site, www.concordpublicschools.net. Children who are three by September 1 and who are not yet five by August 31 are welcome to apply. Applications are available at the Open House, at each of the Concord Elementary School Offices, the Special Education Office in the Ripley Building, and on our web site Applications must be returned by January 20, 2012 to be eligible for the lottery.

CCYBS Registration for 2012 Spring Baseball and Softball

Registration has begun and will end on February 25. Preseason will start the week of April 9, with the regular season for both baseball and softball starting after spring break. The season will run six weeks, with two weeks of playoffs for the older leagues. Leagues are available for boys and girls from 5 to 15 years old. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter. Sign up now with our easy-to-use online registration system. For more information or to register go to www.ccyb.org.

CCYB is a volunteer parent run organization and our success in providing good, fun baseball and softball environments is directly dependent on our parent volunteers. Please consider signing up as a coach/volunteer when registering your child. The program will provide a coaching clinic to dust off those childhood memories and skills. If you have interest in helping, please contact us via www.ccyb.org.

This year, CCYBS will also be offering, for a modest fee, weekly softball readiness clinics prior to the start of the season. These clinics are designed to prepare players for the spring softball season. The clinics will focus on all phases of the game including throwing, fielding, base running, hitting, pitching and catching. Also, to prepare for the spring season John Kelly, the CCHS Baseball Coach, will be running both private and CCYB sponsored winter clinics. Private clinics will start in November and continue through March. Many new clinic options have been added this year. Please see the clinic option descriptions on our website. Signup for clinics can be done at www.ccyb.org.

Milldam Nursery School Presents John Fitzsimmons

Milldam Nursery School presents its annual concert by much-loved folk singer John Fitzsimmons. What could be a better way of spending a cold January morning than with family, friends and John Fitzsimmons? Winner of the 2003 Parent’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Music, John and his band sing traditional folk songs for kids and adults alike. His concerts are a nostalgic step back in time to campfire days— it’s a toe-tapping event for the whole family! January 28 at 10 am. Alcott Elementary School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. Tickets: $10, $40 Family. Net proceeds benefit scholarship and enrichment at Milldam Nursery School. Tickets can be purchased online at www.milldamnurseryschool.org.

Parent-Toddler Programs at Ripley School

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler? Try these programs:

  • Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2011) A fun-filled playgroup for toddlers! While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one-year-olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:00 starting January 27.
  • Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2011) This program is really two in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 starting January 26.
  • Nanny-Toddler Program (ages 0-36 months as of Sept. 2011) This program for children 0-36 months and their nannies/au-pairs is a fun filled playgroup for toddlers and an educational and supportive discussion group for their caregivers. It provides an opportunity for nannies to learn more about child development while discussing topics related to their unique child rearing role and to socialize with others who share this role. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Mondays from 9:30-11:00 starting January 23.

For more information go to www.ace.colonial.net/parentchild/home.html or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on January 12, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 9, 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.