June 14, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, From the Library, Box Tops, Virtual Lost & Found

Around Town: Juneteenth at the Robbins House, PMC Kids, IMSCC, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News:

What better way to mark the approaching end to the school year than with an amazing Field Day complete with games, water balloon toss, and sunshine!!! The kids and teachers all had a great time!! Thank you to Field Day PTG Co-Chairs Stephanie Nick and Courtney Tucker for all their efforts tracking down the elusive popsicles. A sure treat for another day.

With that, the end of the school year is in sight.  Just over a week to go before we must say goodbye to graduating 5th grade students and families, retirees Karen Pettyjohn and Pat Bower, and school nurse Meg Jensen who will be moving on to CMS.  Please take time in the last weeks to wish all these members of the Thoreau community well.  They have all made their own special mark at Thoreau School and will all be missed.

Kathleen & Deb

PTG Business:

Incoming PTG Officers: We want to congratulate and thank the incoming PTG Executive Board Officers, who were voted in and approved at our June 8th PTG meeting:

Co-President – Kathleen Dohoney
Co-President – Maribeth Cusick
Vice President – Caroline Myler
Treasurer – Jennifer Hollywood
Secretary – tbd

Save the Date:
Mon., 6/25 – Last Day of School (half day, early release at 12:30)
Wed., 8/29 – Classes begin!

Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2018-2019:

  • Fundraising trainees(2)– Grab and friend and shadow our two amazing fundraising co-chairs to learn the ropes
  • Children’s Programming (1)– Our current chairs are not going anywhere (yet), but would love assistance coordinating one or two programs for next year.
  • Community Service Learning Chair (2)-Provide support to teacher-led community service projects in classrooms, school-wide community efforts, and the 5th Grade community service event.
  • Cake Walk Committee (2+) – This committee just needs two to three more people to help!
  • Geography Quest (1)-The Chair of this committee would love a helping hand!
  • Hobby Fair (2)– Attention all 3rd and 4th Grade parents! Hobby Fair 2019 is seeking two rising 4th and/or 5th grade parent volunteers to coordinate this event held in January or early February.  The past chair wrote up an easy to follow “how to” playbook including dates, times, contacts and permission slips! Plug and play! We just need people to take the lead and make it happen!
  • Spirit Wear (1) – T-shirts, sweatshirts, magnets, oh my! Help us streamline Thoreau gear purchasing so we can wear our school name with pride!

For details and to sign up, visit: PTG Event Chairs and Committee Contacts

Attention 4th Grade Parents! 5th Grade Events Committee 2018-2019 needs you!  This amazing team of parents and guardians coordinates the 5th grade Yearbook, T-shirts, Day of Service, Outings, and other related activities to help make this year a special and memorable one. Join those already signed up (thank you!) here:  5th Grade Events Committee Sign Up


ANNUAL APPEAL:  Annual Appeal needs your help!
We can feel it – spring is in the air (although now that we type that, it probably means there will be a snowstorm). Usually, in springtime, people get a pep in their step and perhaps start to feel a little generous! Okay, we might have made that up but hopefully it got your attention. Thoreau needs your help! We haven’t seen great participation this year towards the Thoreau Annual Appeal and we need that to change. Please take a minute to donate – your money is well spent. All those programs your child loves – many of those are funded by the PTG. Please help!
Visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/ and channel that springtime feeling! 

FROM THE LIBRARY: The Great Library Round-up Continues
Howdy! Library books are no longer being checked out and it is time to bring them all in.  This week the library has been counting down the number of books checked out to each grade.  Thank you so much for bringing back so many WANTED titles. Still, some checkouts have not been wrangled back to the library.  Please hunt through those closets, bookcases and car seats, in order to get those books back. The new librarian will appreciate the well-stocked and well-ordered shelves when she begins next year.

To all Library Volunteers:
Thank you so much for your help during the past year. You’ve worked hard to put our library shelves in order and to keep the books circulating. Special thanks go to the parent volunteers who are graduating from Thoreau alongside of their 5th graders: Lauren Dillon, Maureen Giese Elizabeth Hall, Ruth Henning, Pam Miller, Jill O’Sullivan, Diana Renn, Eileen Robichaud, Prow Sarns and Stefanie Sim. Thank you also to our volunteer coordinator for this year, Sara Kosicki.  Our coordinator next year is Deb Antonangeli, who will be piloting additional library volunteer support to help compensate for the elimination of the library aide position.

We hope that you all can come to at least a part of our annual shelving “parties” on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, from 9:00 A.M.- Noon.  If you have time, please help us re-shelve books and assist with any number of other end-of the-year projects. We are hoping to leave the library in exceptionally good shape for the incoming librarian, Ms. Turner.  Sustenance will be provided!

Again, thank you for everything. — Karen Pettyjohn and Kristin Haddad

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Box Tops for Education Classroom Contest – Final Results
The final results are in for the Box Tops for Education classroom contest!  The winning classrooms are:  K=Apollos, 1st grade=Peirce, 2nd grade=Watson, 3rd grade=Marotta, 4th grade=Ogilvie, 5th grade=Hollander.  Each class will choose a prize to celebrate their win.  Congratulations to them and to the whole school community!  The money we earn from our box top clips will go towards cool children’s programs offered by the PTG as well as the other events we all enjoy, so in the end we are all winners.  Many thanks to everyone who turned in those box tops, and an especially HUGE thank you to Lisa Colagiovanni who was a great help with tallying the results. Please continue to clip those box tops and turn them in (even the expired ones).  As long as your **child’s** name is in the bag, we can credit their clips to their next-year classroom when we start up the contest again in the fall. Thanks again everyone!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

VIRTUAL LOST AND FOUND: It’s that time of year again, folks.  The lost and found will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.  There are lots of things in it, which means many of you have stuff there but don’t realize it yet!  All items are laid out on a table at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  To see what is in the lost and found as of the end of the day Wednesday, click here to view the on-line gallery. Don’t wait until fall to figure out that coat or sweatshirt is missing – check it out now while you can still get it back!  Good luck. – Kimber Lynn Drake

DON’T FORGET TO THANK YOU TEACHERS!: Like to show your appreciation to a teacher or staff member who has made a positive impact on your child’s education? Consider making a donation to the Concord Education Fund (CEF) in their honor and CEF will send them a personalized note conveying your appreciation and generosity. Click here to learn more http://concordedfund.org/teacher-appreciation/ and thank you for supporting teachers who are committed to offering Concord-Carlisle students an extraordinary educational experience.


JUNETEENTH AT THE ROBBINS HOUSE: Saturday, June 16th from 2 – 4pm
All ages are welcome to join us at the Robbins House for a celebration of the African American holiday, Juneteenth. Concord joins other African American communities in this annual commemoration of the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the United States: June 19th, 1865. Learn about the history — through live reenactment — of the Robbins House and the importance of Juneteenth from one-time Robbins House inhabitant, Miss Ellen Garrison–A Concord public school student, teacher, and social justice advocate. Check out the art installation inspired by Ellen Garrison. Refreshments will be available.
The Robbins House is located at 320 Monument Street, Concord, MA (opposite The Old Manse and the North Bridge)

PMC KIDS RIDE!: Many kids, many bikes, one mission: cure cancer. Kids of all ages find fun, camaraderie, and inspiration in bringing us closer by the mile.
Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 17th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.
Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer.  There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.
To register, volunteer or donate, go to kids.pmc.org/concord. Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!

MUSICAL OPPORTUNTIES WITH IMSCC: Fall Music Lesson Registration opens on June 20. Lessons start in September and are given after school and evenings at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus.

Summer Music Lesson Registration is underway. Summer lesson schedules are flexible – choose any or all of the nine lesson dates June 28 through August 21. More detailed information at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register.
New students may enroll online at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons by filling out a lesson inquiry form. Fall session inquiries will be accepted starting on June 20 at 9 AM.
Returning students will receive an email with instructions on how to re-enroll for the fall.
Information about IMSCC can be found at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school. If you prefer not to enroll online, you can download a registration form at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register. Enrollment forms are available now, fall forms available starting June 19.

IMSCC Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops
IMSCC has lots of music classes to choose from this summer! New this year: students can explore song-writing with Chris McDermott, study music theory with Dr. Ryan Noe, explore sound-painting or improvisation, learn to make bassoon reeds or customize your sax or clarinet reeds…or join an ensemble: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, and Trumpet Workshop are all back this year! And there’s more – visit https://ccace.asapconnected.com/?org=4701#CourseGroupID=30179 and browse music courses for details and to register.
Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-341-2490 ext. 7653.

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