March 15, 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

Well, it seems that Spring has arrived and just in time for spring sports and activities. Here at Thoreau, there are many events and actives in March. Thanks to Holly Rothermel for organizing the Spelling Bee this past Saturday. We would also like to thank Debbie Duggan for coordinating the Hobby Fair for 4th and 5th grade students. Still to come are the Sports Recycle Sale (this Saturday), the Adult Social and the Cake Walk. Details on these events are included below. The Thoreau Announcements is the main method of communication from the PTG regarding events and activities. If you have friends who don’t receive these announcements and are not aware of upcoming events, please urge them to visit www.thoreauptg.org and subscribe to the Thoreau Announcements. Have a great weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh

MCAS SCHEDULE – SPRING 2012

Please be mindful of the below dates, and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

March:

  • Tuesday 20: Long Composition, grade 4
  • Wednesday 21: ELA grades 3 and 5
  • Thursday 22: ELA grade 4
  • Friday 23: ELA grades 3 and 5
  • Monday 26: ELA grade 4

May:

  • Monday 7: Math grades 3 and 5
  • Tuesday 8: Math grades 3 and 5
  • Wednesday 9: Math grade 4
  • Thursday 10: Math grade 4
  • Monday 14: Science and Technology, grade 5
  • Tuesday 15: Science and Technology, grade 5

COINS FOR CURES FUNDRAISER

Thoreau School is taking part in an exciting new fundraiser benefitting Children’s Hospital Boston called Coins for Cures. Starting March 16, classrooms will be collecting spare change to donate to the hospital to support research and patient care. This is a great opportunity to have kids help other kids, and every penny counts! Watch for more information to come home with your child. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Levesque (rlevesque@colonial.net), Shannon Granger (sgranger@colonial.net) or Melissa Greven (lemonkoko3@yahoo.com)

THOREAU SPORTING GOODS RECYCLE SALE

If you are looking to donate your used sporting goods and/or outdoor toys to a good cause, consider this sale which will benefit the Thoreau PTG! Commonly donated/purchased items include: bikes, cleats of all kinds, tennis rackets, ski gear, ice skates, rollerblades, pads of all kinds, baseball/softball gear, and more. Drop-offs will take place on Friday, March 16, 3:30pm-6pm at the Thoreau cafeteria. Equipment should be clean and in good condition, please. The sale will run on Saturday, March 17, 9am-noon. Great deals! Questions? Email kristen.keilty@comcast.net.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE ALL SCHOOL (ADULT) SOCIAL!

Come join your friends (and meet new ones) at the All School Social being held at the new restaurant Peyton’s River’s Edge in Maynard (next to Jam Time) on Friday, March 23, 7-9 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Stay after 9:00 for more fun,when DJ John Kelley starts spinning his tunes! Hope to see you all there!
–Jen Johnson & Cathy Chadwick

IT’S TIME FOR SPRING CAPITAL COMMITTEE REQUESTS!

Requests may be submitted by teachers, members of the Thoreau administration, and/or parents. The item(s) requested must provide a long-term benefit for the whole school or across an entire grade level, and are not a recurring cost after the initial grant. Please include all details pertaining to the benefits and the costs in your proposal, and submit it, in writing, to Melanie Bettencourt: thebettencourts@comcast.net, Shelagh Moskow: shelaghmoskow@aol.com and Mallory Price: solarmal@yahoo.com by Friday, March 30. You may also put them in an envelope labeled “Capital Request” and place them in the PTG mailbox. Thank you very much!
–Melanie & Shelagh, PTG Co-presidents

CONGRATULATIONS SPELLERS!

We had an excellent and fun spelling bee this weekend with 58 participants from grades 3,4 and 5. Congratulations to Mehak Kang who won the 5th Grade Bee, and to Leighton Carter, Clara Hoey, and Natalie Owen (The Melliferians) who won the 4th Grade Bee. Thanks to all the students, parents, and teachers who gave their time, and to Mr. Lemaire who graciously pronounced for all three grades. We look forward to seeing even more spellers next year!
–Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair

MATH NIGHT THANK YOU!

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make math night such a wonderful success! It looks like fun was had by all and I could not have pulled it off without all of you. A special thanks goes to Karen Pettyjohn who read to a constant stream of children throughout the event, as well as to Mario Pavao for his help with set up and clean up, which is greatly appreciated.
— Cathy Chadwick

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Be a part of the Thoreau welcome wagon for our incoming kindergarteners and their families! I am in need of 3-4 parent volunteers on April 10 and April 24, 12:30-1:30pm to assist with the Kindergarten Registration days. Duties include welcoming incoming families, setting up refreshments, and providing logistical support to Thoreau staff. Please contact me at allison_oshinsky@yahoo.com or 617-335-1916 if you are able to volunteer for this fun and important event. Thank you for your help!
–Allison Oshinsky

JOINT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

1. The committee approved meeting minutes with additional notes added to clarify that the meeting minutes summarized citizen’s comments by the secretary, some citizens comments are not recorded in the meeting minutes, and citizens are encouraged to go online (the URL will be provided in the meeting minutes) or CCTV to get transcripts. The meeting minutes could be found at http://www.concordpublicschools.net/schoolcommittee/minutes.php

2. BUDGET: Finance committee meeting to discuss school budgets related article 7 to 11 was held Wednesday 2/29/2012.

  • Article 7: FY13 Budget Presentation at Public Hearing February 29, 2012: Concord Public Schools request additional $29,755,538 as FY2013 operating budget compares with the guideline assessment provided by finance committee.
  • Article 8: Concord Public Schools Renovations: total amount is $675K to cover reapir and replacement in for Peabody & Sanborn, Alcott, and building conference rooms in Ripley.
  • Article 10: Concord-Carlisle regional High School Budget Concord – Carlisle regional high school requests additional $86,322 as FY2013 operating budget for Concord compares with the guideline assessment provided by Concord finance committee.
  • Article 11: Transfer of Funds to the Concord Carlisle Regional School District Technology Stabilization Funds for total $250K

3. BUSING: The School Committees and the school administration have different understanding of when Invitation For Bid (IFB) for private transportation services shall start. The school committee voted last meeting that the IFB for private transportation services would only go out when the budget failed to get approval in April town meeting. The school administration informed the School Committees that the timeline is too tight and IFB needs to go out earlier. After lengthy discussion, to ensure that the School Committees get accurate numbers for private services instead of just speculative estimates, and be able to make fact-based, the School Committees authorized the administration to proceed in issuing the IFB for transportation services, which this time will also include the sale of the buses. The School Committees will be able to evaluate transportation expenses in more detail, but will not be locked into accepting a bid until RFP results and town meeting results are available. John Flaherty reports that RFP for leasing a facility suitable for repair of school vehicles is out and will be due on March 30, 2012.

FROM THE LIBRARY: THE BOOK CHARACTER PARADE IS COMING!

The Book Character Parade is scheduled for 11:00am on Tuesday, April 10 — about three weeks away. You have plenty of time to choose a favorite book character and make a simple mask, costume or prop to represent that character. Families are invited to watch as The Cat in the Hat leads the parade through the halls and classrooms. For more information, check next week’s Thursday Announcements or talk to Karen or Cathy in the library.

CELEBRATING NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

We are celebrating National Nutrition Month! On Thursdays we will feature a new and nutritious food on the lunch menu. Parents, please encourage your children to buy lunch on that day and ask them what they tried and how they liked it. Here’s what our talented Food Service Director, Alden Cadwell is cooking up …

  • March 15 – Falafel
  • March 22 – Quinoa Salad
  • March 29 – Local Greens Salad

Also, Monday morning announcements will include a “Nutrition Question of the Week” and a newsletter with information about healthy eating and a recipe will come home on Tuesdays in your child’s backpack. If you would like to share what you are doing as a family to try to eat healthier or have any questions or ideas, please contact Melanie Plesko at melplesko@hotmail.com.

LUNCH MENU Week of March 19-23

  • Monday: Beefy nachos
  • Tuesday: Chicken soft tacos
  • Wednesday: Chicken Caesar wraps
  • Thursday: Cheese quesadilla
  • Friday: Personal pan pizza

Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.

AROUND TOWN

Rescheduled – CCYBS Annual State of the Program Meeting

Our meeting was canceled due to weather. Please come to this rescheduled meeting to hear about the program and find out about all the opportunities that there are to get involved. CCYBS is holding its annual “State of the Program Meeting” at 7:30pm on March 21 at the Thoreau School. This meeting will focus on giving an overview of all of the 12 different programs that we run in both the spring and summer. In addition, we’ll speak about many other town baseball topics including: the summer Bay State program, player development clinics, our community involvement, scholarships, fields, and more.

In addition to the overview, we will be outlining in detail the many open board and executive board positions we have. Since many of our board and executive board members are coming to the end of their terms, we will be looking to fill a significant number of roles over the next two seasons. CCYBS is a volunteer, parent-run organization and our success in providing good, fun baseball and softball environments is directly dependent on our parent volunteers. Running this program takes much more than just coaches – and we are looking for new people, new ideas, and new thinking to help CCYBS continue to be able to support the more than 1000 players that it does every year. Please come to listen, learn and hopefully participate. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please contact CCYBS president Ralph Verrilli (ralph.verrilli@vistagy.com). It doesn’t take baseball or softball knowledge to be a part of CCYBS, all you need is an interest in being a part of our community and a willingness to be part of the organization.

The open, or soon to be open, positions include Field Reservation Manager/Baseball Scheduler, CORI Administrator. Field Equipment, Picture Coordinator, Trophy Coordinator, Registrar/Web Site Manager, Player Director, Baseball Commissioner, President, and Treasurer. More info and details are at www.ccybs.org.

Concord Conservatory of Music Spring Registration Underway

Registration for the Concord Conservatory of Music’s spring semester group classes is underway. It is never too late or too early to start music – CCM offers classes for all ages: as young as 6 months to seniors. Private lesson registration is ongoing throughout the year. New private saxophone and percussion instruction has been added to voice, strings, jazz ensembles, piano and many other instruments. The registration deadline for group classes is Wednesday, March 28. Group class registrations are accepted online, in the office and by mail. CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street. For more information please call 978-369-0010, info@ConcordConservatory.org, or visit www.ConcordConservatory.org.

The Sound of Music

At Concord Middle School, the halls are alive with “The Sound of Music” – a musical extravaganza appropriate for all ages. Shows are at the CMS-Sanborn auditorium on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7:00pm, with a matinee on Sunday, April 1 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person, and can be ordered by mailing payment with the order form found at http://cms.colonial.net/parents/cmsmusical/Ticketorderinformation.

Challenge Your Skills at Community Chest’s Spring Gala!

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is excited to announce this year’s Spring Fundraising Gala, It Only Takes A Minute. The Gala will be held on Saturday March 31st and will offer an exciting evening of party games (loosely based on the hit TV show “Minute to Win It”!), with raffle prizes for the winners. You can buy tickets online at http://cccommunitychest.org/ or call the Community Chest office at 978-369-5250 for more information or to reserve tickets.

Babysitting for Community Chest Spring Gala

Friends of Concord Carlisle Girls Lacrosse (FoCCGL) will be teaming up with the Community Chest to offer babysitting from 6:30-10:30pm on the night of the Spring Gala, March 31 (the event is from 7-10pm). For families with 1 or 2 children, one CCHS Lacrosse player will babysit for $40 for the 4 hours. For families with 3 or more children, two CCHS Lacrosse players will babysit for $60 for the 4 hours. FoCCGL will drive the girls to and from the assigned homes and FoCCGL board members will be “on call” in case any babysitter runs into an unexpected issue. Sign-ups will include a signed waiver. Check the FoCCGL website for sign-up details starting mid-March. Proceeds go to FoCCGL: http://www.friendsofccgirlslacrosse.org.

Concord Chamber Music Society Presents the Harlem Quartet

On Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts in Concord, the Concord Chamber Music Society will present a jazz-inspired concert for all generations, featuring the Harlem Quartet. Praised for its “panache” by the New York Times, the Harlem Quartet is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Inquirer. Join fellow Concord Public School students for “From Beethoven to the Blues – a trip through time on the A Train!” Tickets (free for children under 12, $5 for students, $15 for adults) may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by phone: 978-371-9667.

Pop Warner Football Registration is Open

Registration for the 2012 Concord Carlisle Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program is open on a first come, first serve basis. The program is encouraging everyone who intends to play this upcoming season to register as soon as possible. We expect to field teams at 5 levels for players and cheerleaders from second grade through eighth grade. If you would like to learn more, we are holding a Registration and Meet the Coaches meeting on March 22 at 7:30 pm at the CCHS Cafeteria. Coach Robichaud, CCHS varsity football coach, plans to attend and speak with attendees. To register and for any other information about the program, please go to the CCPW website at www.ccpopwarner.com or call Kevin Smith at 978-369-0634 or Rob Hoaglund at 978-254-5756. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter and sign up now.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 22, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, March 19, 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.