June 7, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, Library Gift Books, From the Library, Box Tops

Around Town: Adrian Martinez Classic, Milldam Ducky Race, Middlesex Jazz Festival, Special Town Election, PMC KIDS, Summer LEGO-STEM, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News:

Join us TOMORROW, Friday, June 8th at 9am for the last PTG Meeting of the school year!!
Please come on by as we celebrate the fabulous contributions of out-going parents, announce Board Members, Committee Chairs, and openings for the 2018-2019 school year, elect executive officers, and present the 2018-2019 proposed PTG Budget. Come join us, if it’s the only one you come to this year, we would love to have you there. Younger children welcome. Snacks provided. Full agenda here

Thank Yous!
Staff Appreciation Luncheon:
Thank you to Kim Capello, Jordan Binder, the Staff Appreciation Committee, and all the parents who donated their time, food items, paper goods, and gift cards to the Staff Luncheon. A special thank you to Tami DeAngelis who hosted and graciously opened her beautiful home for the luncheon. The staff luncheon could not happen without so many parents working behind the scenes to ensure a lovely afternoon.

Thank you to those families that donated food for the staff luncheon on Tuesday!  Your dishes, platters and flatware have been rinsed and can be picked up in the Thoreau teacher lounge in the school (lower level, near the gym).  Thank you!

Social Committee:
A special thank you goes out to the Social Committee and Dory Boland who opened her home to welcome Thoreau’s incoming Kindergartners and their families on Wednesday. We appreciate all that went into making this event special!

5th Grade Events Committee:
A huge thank you to Lisa Lynch, Nikki Morrissey, the 5th Grade Events Committee and all the volunteers who helped chaperone the fun, albeit soggy, 5th grade trip to Kimball Farms on Tuesday!  Certainly a day to remember!

Kathleen & Deb


Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2018-2019:
Check out the Sign Up Genius for details!

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! 

THOREAU LIBRARY GIFT BOOK PROGRAM: As we approach the end of the year, a Gift Book is a great way to honor a teacher, staff member, or a retiring or non-returning staff member. As part of the Thoreau Library Gift Book Program, gifted books are shown to the honoree’s class, and the donor is the first person allowed to check out the book.

A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL of the generous donors to the Thoreau Library Gift Book Program! Your gifts will enrich the Thoreau School community for years to come!

-Mrs. Karen Pettyjohn gifted “Rescue & Jessica: a Life-Changing Friendship” in honor of the Thoreau School Students
-Jen Ubaldino “Bet You Didn’t Know” to honor Cooper Ubaldino’s birthday
-Liam Covert “Creature Features” in honor of Ms. Watson
-Anna Richmon “Rabbit & Robot & Ribbit” to honor Wyatt Richmon’s birthday
-Wynne Meyer “My Brave Year of Firsts” in honor of The Meyer Family
-Noah Small “Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges” in honor of Mrs. Ellis
-Susan Deysher “Secret Keepers” to honor Sam Cohen
-Brandon Jones “Big Foot and Little Foot”, “Henry and the Chalk Dragon”, and “We’re All Wonders” in honor of Mrs. Pettyjohn’s retirement

If you would like to donate a book, you have two options. First you can visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library and follow the directions listed there (don’t forget your checkbook)!  If you are not able to make it into the library, please follow this link to the Gift Book Program and Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, can assist you in making a gift. This link includes all of the books currently available for giving through the Gift Book Program.


THE GREAT LIBRARY ROUND-UP BEGINS! Howdy! Library books are no longer being checked out and it is time to bring them all in.  All books currently checked out by students from our library are “WANTED”. The week of June 11th, the library will be counting down those books as they are returned by each grade.  This will help us in closing the library for the summer. The new librarian will appreciate the well-stocked and well-ordered shelves when she begins next year. Thank you! Karen and Kristin

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: The final batch of box tops are now being counted to tally this year’s results in the Box Tops for Education classroom contest.  As your children have already seen on the lobby scorecard, as of April 1 the race had heated up quite a bit!  Two grades are headed for a photo finish this year:  in 1st grade Peirce and Stevenson are neck and neck, while in 5th grade Hourihan and Hoyt are in a dead heat with a spread of only 4 clips!  Watson and Marotta currently hold comfortable leads in 2nd and 3rd grades, but it’s still not too late for a last-minute upset.  Meanwhile, Keefe and Apollos are just slightly ahead in 4th grade and kindergarten, with those races still up for grabs.  Stay tuned for the final results in the next edition of the Thoreau Announcements.  Meanwhile, if you missed last Friday’s contest deadline please turn in your clips anyway (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.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


ADRIAN MARTINEZ CLASSIC: Lace up your running shoes! It’s time for the 10th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 7 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races start at 4:30 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders  start at 6:30. All funds raised benefit the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register at http://www.martinezclassic.com/services

MILLDAM DUCKY RACE: Milldam Nursery School’s rubber ducks are gearing up for the 13th Annual Ducky Fair, to be held on Saturday, June 9th from 10AM to 12PM at Emerson Playground. Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public! Raffle tickets are on sale at the event and you need not be present to win. There are over thirty amazing prize packages from the Lucky Duck Raffle, including a $500 cash prize! Find out whether YOU will have the lucky duck!

MIDDLESEX JAZZ FESTIVAL AT CONCORD: The Middlesex Jazz Festival returns to Concord Center on Saturday, June 9th from 1:30PM to 7:45PM. The free outdoor event will feature four 20-piece big bands and five smaller jazz ensembles, including participants from the CCHS jazz band. This year, the Town Recreation Department is adding Latin Jazz, a beer/wine tent, and additional food and craft vendors. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and fun. The town will provide several large tents for shade. The family-friendly event will be free to the public thanks to local event sponsors. For more details: www.MiddlesexJazzFest.org

SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION: To be held on June 12th to vote on 1 question which is a bylaw to prohibit non-medical marijuana establishments in Concord.
A “yes” vote on this question would prohibit any marijuana establishment, as defined in chapter 94G, section 1 of the General Laws, from operating in Concord. A “no” vote disapproves the bylaw, meaning the prohibitions described would not take effect in Concord. For more information please visit: http://concordma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=450 or concordma.gov/TownClerk

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!

SUMMER LEGO-INSPIRED STEM: Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors in our LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.
We are excited to be offering our LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program at these locations:
Concord Recreation:
Mine, Craft, Build: Adventure Game with LEGO® Materials
August 27th – August 31st
Ages 5 – 6
Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game with LEGO® Materials
August 27th – August 31st
Ages 7 – 12
Contact email: marykate@play-well.org  Website: www.play-well.org

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