June 9, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group

FROM THE PTG CO-PRESIDENTS
The end of the year is quickly approaching, but it is not over yet. There are a number of events in the next couple of weeks. Kelly Clough and Diana Rigby are hosting a coffee in the Thoreau cafeteria Friday, June 10 at 9:30am; all are welcome. The Staff Appreciation “High Five” Luncheon is Tuesday, June 14 at 12:30pm. Please visit http://doodle.com/9772ag92xv6dr57k if you would like to donate a food item, door prize or help set up/clean up. Also mark your calendars for the final PTG meeting of the school year. Join us Wednesday, June 15 at 9:00am in the cafeteria. We would like to thank Anne Mullaney and Julie Sinclair and their volunteers for coordinating and supporting Field Day this past Tuesday. Thanks to Jen Johnson and Carol Whipper for organizing the Bus Driver & Crossing Guard Appreciation Breakfast, and thanks to everyone who donated food and sent in cards. In addition to thanking folks who coordinated recent events, we would like to recognize parents who work hard all year long to help us keep the lines of communication flowing at Thoreau: Thanks to Marcy Shipe, our Web Master; Anne Mullaney and Laurie Garrison, our Thoreau Announcement Editors; and Bridget Walker our Thoreau Announcements Distribution Coordinator.
Have a great weekend!
–Karen and Melanie

METCO MESSENGER
Tuesday, June 14 is our very last late bus Family Friends Tuesday for the year! We extend a warm invitation to all friends of the METCO program to join us for our annual Last Late Bus Ice Cream Social!

  • When? Tuesday, June 14, 3:00-4:20pm
  • Where? Alcott School playground (indoors if there’s rain)
  • Who? All Concord Elementary Family Friends, METCO buddies, and siblings welcome!

This event is free and is sponsored by the METCO Elementary Family Friends of Concord.

Please don’t forget to send notes in with your children about your play date arrangements!

On Thursday, June 16, 7:00- 8:00pm there will be a juice and cookie chat for anyone who wants to talk or learn about the Family Friends program. It will be held at the Alcott School Faculty Room. This is for anyone who is thinking of becoming a “Family Friend”, anyone who is interested in hearing more about the program, or anyone who would just like to hear others’ experiences, or have a chance to make comments or suggestions. Please contact Polly Attwood at Alcott if you have any questions: 978-318-9544 pattwood@colonial.net
–Your Thoreau Family Friends Team: Gretchen Nelson, Laurine Verrilli, Meg Alexander

PTG FUNDRAISING UPDATE
Thank you to the following families for their recent donations for the Annual Appeal: Carter, Johnson, Kovacevic, and Macy.
–Natalie Gekle and Maria Scichilone, Fundraising Co-chairs

LOST AND FOUND
Parents: Please check the Lost & Found located in the Cafeteria. All leftover items will be donated at the end of the day on Friday, June 24.

THANK YOU!
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast a huge success…They loved the food, flowers and gift cards, but even more, they very much appreciated the cards made by the kids. Thanks to those of you who had the kids take a few minutes at home to make these treasures. If anyone is interested in taking over this easy, important event for next year, please let us know, and we can give you any info you may need.
Thanks again,
–Jen Johnson & Carol Wipper, Bus Driver Breakfast Co-chairs 2011

ATTENTION 5TH GRADE FAMILIES
The Concord Middle School PTG is seeking volunteers for a few open positions for next year. Please consider getting involved.

  • AAA fund raiser Chairs (work as a team to coordinate the CMS annual appeal; most work is done from home)
  • 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper Coordinators (organize this catered meal for parents and students—the first social of the 6th grade class)
  • Music Program Chairs (put together event programs and coordinate intermission snacks and volunteers for the band, chorus, theater events)
  • Picture Day Coordinators (work on-site for the picture-taking day in the school)
  • Professional Day Luncheon (organize catered luncheon for teachers at the beginning of the year)
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (organize volunteers’ contributions for pot luck)
  • Conference Day Dinner Coordinators (organize volunteers’ contributions for pot luck)

If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Chris French at pcfrench@comcast.net or call (978) 369-6538.

HELP WANTED
There are currently a number of PTG board positions open for the 2011-2012 school year. These positions must be filled in order for the PTG to continue supporting enrichment opportunities for the 2011-2012 school year. Please consider volunteering for one of the open PTG Board positions. You benefit from being on the board by being actively involved in decisions regarding PTG events, sponsorship and budget spending. All board members are required to participate both in PTG meetings and PTG Board meetings (approximately one meeting each month). In addition to attending meetings, each position has specific job responsibilities. We hope you will consider taking on one of these essential positions:

  • Open Board Positions: Vice President, Treasurer

There are also open event and committee chair positions open for the 2011-2012 school year. Please review the positions below and visit the PTG Volunteer Booklet at www.thoreauptg.org for more information. Please note that the volunteer booklet is in the process of being updated, so there are some changes to the job descriptions as well as some additions.

  • Open Committee and Event Chair Positions: Turkey Trot, Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast, Thoreauly Green, Thoreauly Green Kids, Kindergarten Registration, Gift Wrap, Adult Social, Grounds for Learning Garden Maintenance

If you are interested in any of the positions above or have questions, please contact Melanie Bettencourt, PTG Co-President at thebettencourts@comcast.net or 978-369-7124.

PLEASE RETURN THOSE LIBRARY BOOKS!
The last checkout for library materials was on Monday, June 6, so now is the time to hunt for those missing library items. Bills for overdue books will be sent out during the week of June 13. We would much rather have the book than its replacement cost, so check those closets, bookcases and car seats please!
–Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

GRADE 1-5 SUMMER READING LISTS AVAILABLE ONLINE!
The K5 librarians have created recommended summer reading book lists for grades 1-5. (Students going to 6th grade will be receiving a book list from the Middle School.) In an effort to go green, the booklists are available online. Please go to http://district.colonial.net/SummerReadingList/ or check the “Booklists” section of the Library’s web page at http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Pettyjohn. Happy reading!
–Mrs.Pettyjohn

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 of our graduating 5th graders for their many years of assistance. And three cheers to Carolyn McCarthy, our intrepid volunteer coordinator, for keeping us all organized.

We hope that you all can come to our annual shelving-plus “parties” on Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 am to noon. If you have time, please help us re-shelve books and assist with any number of other end-of the-year projects. Sustenance will be provided! Again, thank you for everything.
–Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

CALL FOR ROOM PARENTS
If you would like to assist your child’s teacher and class as a room parent for the coming 2011-2012 school year, please complete the form available at the Thoreau PTG website. Assignments will be made in the order in which they are received, with 2 people assigned per class (3 for grade 5). You will hear more details after class lists are distributed, before the start of school.

The room parents are expected to help the teacher with anything that she/he deems necessary. This may include scheduling parent helpers, making plans to help with parties, field trips, etc. Also, each room parent is responsible for assisting the PTG with certain events or fundraisers. In addition, you may be called upon by the PTG to assist the PTG by informing your assigned class of pertinent events.

Additional questions? Please contact Jennifer Johnson at 978-371-0770 or larison@verizon.net or Margaret Ferren at 978-369-5513 or mf_1010@yahoo.com.

LUNCH MENU Week of June 13–17
Monday: Cheesy Chicken Sandwich
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: B.Good Burger
Thursday: Chicken Parm
Friday: Homemade Pizza

AROUND TOWN
Register for Fall In-Town Soccer before Summer Begins!
Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer is now taking registrations for our Fall In-Town program. In-Town offers outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K through Grade 6 on Saturdays from September to November. We are a non-profit volunteer-run organization and need parents to help with coaching and other various staff roles. Details about our program including eligibility and access to online registration can be found on our website at www.ccysoccer.org. Registration ends on August 4. Register early to secure a spot on an In-Town team this fall.

Carousel Preschool Celebrates 25 Years
The Concord Carousel Preschool is pleased to announce its 25th Anniversary. Beginning as a playgroup operated by the Concord Recreation Department, Concord Carousel was formally established and licensed in 1986. Twenty-five years later, Concord Carousel continues to thrive, offering a high quality preschool experience for children from Concord and the surrounding towns.

Carousel is inviting all students and families of Carousel, past and present, to attend our Anniversary Celebration and Open House on June 4 from 10am to noon at the school at 1276 Main Street. Singer Hugh Hanley will provide entertainment for all. Those of you who haven’t been here in some time will enjoy visiting our renovated classrooms and seeing our yearbooks from years ago. It will be fun for all! Please spread the word! We’d love to see alumni of all ages! If you can, let us know that you’re coming by responding on our Facebook page (Concord Carousel Preschool) or sending an email to Anita at ahill@concordma.govor calling the school at978-318-3045. Please feel free to forward along any photos you have from “back in the day” that we can include in our displays on that day. Also, forward this message on to any alumni that you know – we’re looking forward to seeing lots of friends!

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 16, 2011. It will be edited by Anne Mullaney.
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. Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 13, 2011. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.