March 12, 2015

FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS

Up this weekend!
Saturday- Thoreau’s Annual Spelling Bee!
Sunday- The League of Women Voters Candidates Forum – come see candidates running for town office including School Committee candidates – hear them speak and answer questions.  At the Concord Town House beginning at 2:00 pm.

School Calendar Updates:
Don’t forget, due to the snow, there WILL be school on Friday April 3rd.  There will still be a professional day (no school) on Thursday, April 2nd.  The last day of school for grades K-8 will be June 25th… barring any more snow days!  And… anyone interested in being a part of a district “Calendar Committee”…  send an email to the School Committee at:  concordschoolcommittee@colonial.net stating your interest!  They will be putting together a committee this Spring.

School Committee Coffees:
For anyone interested in getting caught up with the current School Committee issues, there are two coffees scheduled as follows:
• March 21 – 9:30-11:00 AM, CCHS
• April 8 – 7:00-8:30 PM, Willard

Lastly… A huge thank you to Marc Ubaldino and Jeff Furman for a fantastic Math Night!!

— Carla and Trish

ANNUAL SPELLING BEE THIS SATURDAY!

This year’s spelling bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on Saturday, March 14.  Third and 4th graders participate in teams of 2-3 (which they are responsible for forming), and 5th graders compete individually.  For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees.  The start times will be as follows:  3rd graders at 2:00 pm; 4th graders at 3:15; and 5th graders at 4:30.  We will be done in plenty of time for female spellers to make it to that night’s Shamrock Ball!  If your child is interested, please contact April Robb at akeyesrobb@hotmail.com or 978-369-2434 for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the bee!

Thanks,
April

SPRING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

The Spring After School Program is now open for registration.  You can find the class descriptions and registration information on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/After school programs at  https://www.thoreauptg.org/after-school-program-spring-term-2015/.  Registration is now online.  Payment can be made by paypal, credit card, cash or check.  Please send cash or check to the Thoreau School, attn: After School Programs.  Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti (meljiganti@aol.com) or Stefanie Sim (stefaniesim1@hotmail.com).

ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE 

Our goal is $27,000 and 50% participation.  We are currently at  $10,004 and 64 donations.

Kick off Spring right with your tax deductible annual donation to the Thoreau PTG.  The Annual Fund must account for over 50% of the fundraising throughout the year and we not even half way there.  The Cake Walk, on March 28th, we will have a donation table along with sweatshirts for sale.  Please bring your check book or credit card and give. Any amount will help fund our children’s programs and various activities throughout the year.

You can also donate now at:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/  (Scroll to the bottom to the DONATE NOW button).

A big thanks to the 64 contributors so far this year!

FROM THE LIBRARY: THE BOOK CHARACTER PARADE IS COMING!

Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade.  This will be our 27th! On Tuesday, April 7, at 11:30 A.M., children and staff dressed as their favorite book characters will march through the school halls led by the Cat in the Hat and a special guest.  Children can start the fun now by choosing a book character and making a simple costume, mask or prop to suggest that character. For more information watch the Thursday Announcements or talk to Karen or Cathy in the library.

STAFF APPRECIATION COMMITTEE

A huge thanks to all second grade families who contributed to the February PTG Staff Breakfast, and to the first grade families who just hosted the breakfast in March. Both events were greatly appreciated by teachers and staff. Special thanks to coordinators Kim Hodder and Kristine Millet for organizing. The next Staff Breakfast will be hosted by the Kindergarten families on April 1. Mark your calendars!

Anne Remington and Najah Alford
Committee Co-Chairs

THOREAU CAKE WALK AND FAMILY FESTIVAL

Save the date!  Saturday, April 11, 3-5pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. As always, it’s fun for the whole family! Loads of games, prizes and, of course, cake! More details to follow.
–Dorina Enes, Jenn Ubaldino, & Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs

LUNCH SCHEDULE

Monday, March 16                   Chicken Quesadilla
Tuesday, March 17                   Deli Hot Dog on Wheat
Wednesday, March 18            Homemade Mac & Cheese
Thursday, March 19                 Meatball Sub
Friday, March 20                       Cheese Pizza Slice w/ Topping Choice

AROUND TOWN

Hit the “Bright Lights, Big City” at the Annual Concord Children’s Center Auction on March 21

You’re invited to a night on the town at this year’s Concord Children’s Center auction, “Bright Lights, Big City,” on March 21 at Concord Academy. This special adults-only evening includes a silent auction, live auction, light buffet dinner, dessert, and dancing. Lots of chances to win a variety of great items, including passes for children’s and family activities, restaurant gift certificates, home goods, vacation getaways, tickets to sporting events (Go Pats!) and much, much more!  Tickets and info available at www.concordchildrenscenter.org.

Pediatric First Aid and CPR

Court Booth, American Heart Association
For parents, teachers, coaches and other caregivers – recognize and respond to common medical emergencies and those that may be life threatening and provide critical life-saving interventions to pediatric victims prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Topics include sudden illness, burns, bone and joint injuries, breathing emergencies, near-drowning, environmental emergencies and more. CPR (adult, child, infant)/AED is covered on March 13, first aid on March 20. Materials and certification included. The course uses the Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED text.
2 Fridays, March 13 & 20, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, CCHS, $75   course #3246
Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education provides student-funded classes as a community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net.
CFN Hosts Annual Spring Egg Hunt

Please join us for our annual Concord Family Network Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, from 3-5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street.
This year’s event features three separate egg hunts (ages 5-8 at 3:30pm, ages 3-4 at 3:45pm, and ages 0-2 at 4pm), games, crafts, refreshments and of course lots of socializing with your friends and neighbors.
Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children, so please RSVP by visiting www.concordfamilynetwork.org/egghunt.
Admission is free for CFN members; non-members can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 28 so that we can make sure we have enough eggs and goodies for all of our little egg hunters.

**Don’t forget a basket for your child to gather eggs!**
** We will be gratefully accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry. Don’t forget to bring your donation!**
In case it rains (and it won’t), check the CFN web site for more information or instructions to bring your wellies.
Hope to see you there!

Concord Public Library Upcoming Events

Third Grade Book Eaters
Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm

Let’s share our favorite books(old & new)
Plus games, crafts, and food!
No Registration Required

Fantastic Fantasy
March 18th @ 4pm
Show & Tell…  Bring a favorite Fantasy Book to Share
Activity…       Create a Fantasy Character
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
For more info: www.concordlibrary.org or (978) 318-3358

Fayth Chamberland
Children’s/Young Adult Librarian
Concord Free Public Library

Registration Closes March 14th for the Amazing Race to Support the Playing Field Renovation at CCHS!
Grab a friend, create a team, or volunteer for this crazy amazing community event!
Saturday, March 28th, CC at Play is hosting its first annual Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party.  Sign-up now at www.ccatplay.org for your chance to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”.  Teams can register in one of three categories; Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5.
Not sure you want to race?  Then sign up online to volunteer or buy a ticket to the Rockin’ After Party. All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.

Space is limited, so sign-up soon! Learn more at www.ccatplay.org.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources
The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 19, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, March 16, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.