March 17, 2016

MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS

With Gratitude…

Thank you to Allison Girolimetti, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams and Betsy Olsson-Mackowski and all of our volunteers for making the Cake Walk such a successful and fun event!  And, congratulations to all of the students who made such beautiful, creative cakes!  Special thanks to: Principal Charles and Ms. Hiltz for being our cake judges; Mr. Hourihan and Ms. Keefe for running the cake walk; Ms. Pettyjohn for the wonderful crafts in the library; and Ms. Swain for helping sell tickets.  We appreciate all of you.

Thanks also to Jen McGrath for organizing the Thoreau gear sale at the Cake Walk.  We enjoyed seeing everyone wearing their Thoreau spirit!

Tomorrow….

The Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast is tomorrow!  Please consider having your child make a personal card and giving it directly to their bus driver or crossing guard tomorrow morning.  If you are donating hot food items to the breakfast, please drop them off in the Cafeteria tomorrow by 8:45am.  (Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards are due today, please drop off in PTG box in Main Office.  Food items that are not hot should be left today or tonight at the Turrettini home (66 Blue Jay Drive) or McCrory home (59 Lee Drive.)) Thank you!

Bingo Night has been rescheduled to tomorrow night, 6:30-8:00pm in the Cafeteria.  We still need volunteers!  Please consider volunteering at the event and/or bringing a dessert or salad.  To sign up, please go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4FACA72AA6F94-bingo1  or contact Jenifer Perry at jeniferlperry@gmail.com or call 631-786-7861.  Thanks!

PARCC Assessment Dates…

Principal Charles released PARCC assessment dates and information in her March newsletter:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7951d82fd5c3ce61a9e4c27b0/files/The_Thoreau_Monthlymarch2016_.docx  The Thoreau-specific  PARCC schedule for Spring 2016 can be found here:   http://goo.gl/rSY9rP.   The homeroom teacher’s initials indicate which class is testing on a particular day.

Upcoming… 

Friday, March 18th – Bingo Night, 6:30pm Cafeteria; and Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast

Tuesday, March 22nd – Joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm Ripley

Wednesday, March 23rd – School Committee Community Coffees, 9:30am Ripley Conference Room 4, and 7pm CCHS Learning Commons

Thursday March 24th – CTA Negotiations Meeting (open to public), Ripley

Friday, March 25th – No School

Saturday, April 9th – Spelling Bee (grades 3-5)

Wednesday, April 6th – Principal Coffee, 9:30am Main Office

Tuesday, April 12th  – Book Character Parade, 11:30am; and School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm Ripley

Trish & Betsy

THOREAU BINGO NIGHT – TOMORROW!

Please join us tomorrow, Friday, March 18 from 6:30-8pm for Thoreau Bingo Night!  We will assemble in the cafeteria for an evening of fun, including an excellent Master of Ceremonies (Mr. Hourihan), fun prizes and yummy food.  Pizza, salad and dessert can be purchased for $5.  We need approximately 10 volunteers to bring salad and 10 volunteers to bring dessert to the event.  If you can help, please click on the link and sign-up.  Volunteer food items can be dropped off upon arrival at bingo night!  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4FACA72AA6F94-bingo1  Any questions please email Jenifer Perry at jeniferlperry@gmail.com or call 631-786-7861.  Thanks!!

POSTURAL SCREENING FOR 5TH GRADERS

All 5th graders have been given information/ permission slips.  If you do not want your child to participate in the screening, please fill out and return the yellow form by March 22.  All other students will be screened on March 24.  Please email me with questions. Thank you. Meg Jensen, RN, School Nurse, mjensen@concordps.org

BOKS IS COMING

Our next BOKS Session will start on March 29.  If you submitted an application – thank you – your child is enrolled in the program!  You should have received an email from Adrienne Principe.  If you did not, please email Adrienne at adrienne.principe@gmail.com.  We have limited spots available and will accept applications on a first-come, first-serve basis until Tuesday, March 22.  Please see the information below to register.

CALLING ALL SPELLERS FOR THE ANNUAL BEE!

This year’s spelling bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on Saturday, April 9.  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.  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!

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 28th! On Tuesday, April 12, 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.

THOREAU CAKE WALK & FAMILY FESTIVAL — THANK YOU!

Thank You to everyone who came to the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival on Saturday – it was great to see so many people there! Many thanks to all who entered in the Cake Decorating Contest and who contributed prize cakes.

Congratulations to the winners! This event would not be possible without so many parents and high school students volunteering to help.  A sincere Thank You for making the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival successful and fun year after year.  Thank you to Angel Charles, Kate Hiltz and Trish Siefer who had the difficult task of judging the Cake Decorating Contest.  Special thanks also go out to the following people: Tom Hourihan and Karla Keefe for running the Cake Walk, Karen Pettyjohn for running the sand art in the library, Roseanne Swain for managing the ticket sales, Mario, Debbie and Erminio for going far above and beyond with help that was critical to the success of the event.  To all of you and those whose names do not appear on the list but helped out – THANK YOU!!

–  Betsy Olsson-Mackowski, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs

HELPFUL LINKS

March School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

MySchoolBucks Lunch Acount Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

AROUND TOWN

Softball Registration

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.  The season officially kicks off April 25 and runs for approximately 6 weeks.  For more information or to register go to CCYB.ORG

Willard Talent Show

What: Willard Talent Show. When: March 20 at 2PM. Where: CCHS, 500 Walden Street. All Are Welcome! Click Here For Tickets: http://willardptg.org/index.php/talent-show-tickets/

Youth Summer Camp Scholarship for Concord residents

For youth ages 3-15 years there are scholarship opportunities for summer camp and summer extracurricular activities for Concord residents.  Please contact Aileen Buford, MSW the Concord Carlisle Community Services Coordinator, for more information and eligibility requirements.  978.318.3034 or abuford@concordma.gov. Application deadline April 25th. For financial assistance or scholarship with Concord Recreation camp, please contact Concord Recreation directly. http://summercamp.concordma.gov/   or  Phone: 978-369-6460

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 24, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, March 21, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BOKS:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to announce our second session of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at Thoreau Elementary School. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!  For more information on the program, please visit www.bokskids.org.

Typical BOKS Class

  • 40 minutes long
  • Fun warm-up game or movement drills
  • Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements
  • Fun game
  • Cool down and a BOKS Bit- a nutrition component of the program

When is BOKS?

Our spring BOKS program will run every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8am to 8:45am. Our goal is for the spring session to start the week of March 28, 2016 and end June 2, 2016.  Your child is expected to attend all classes as long as they are well and physically able to participate.  We are unable to accommodate early drop-offs so if you need to drop your child off before 8am, please make arrangements with the before school program.

How do I sign up?

Complete the attached registration form for each child and make sure to sign both the waiver and the BOKS pledge. We are now accepting applications on a first-come, first-serve basis until Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO THE PTG BIN IN THE OFFICE. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, MARCH 22 AT 3:15PM. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE.  PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHER TO RETURN THE COMPLETED FORM FOR YOU.  AS A LAST RESORT, YOU CAN MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION FORM TO THE SCHOOL, BUT PLEASE PROVIDE AMPLE TIME FOR IT TO ARRIVE BY THE DEADLINE. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR STATUS AROUND MARCH 24.

Click here for the form:

https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/BOKS.pdf

Is there transportation for BOKS?

Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to BOKS. Children who attend the before school program are eligible to enroll and participate.  A BOKS volunteer will collect these children from the before school program and escort them to BOKS.  All other children must be escorted into the school or to the lower playground by a responsible adult and signed in with a BOKS volunteer.

Will the nurse be available during BOKS?

No.  The school nurse will not arrive at school until BOKS is well underway. The Lead Trainer is certified in CPR/AED and has a first aid kit and ice packs at all times.  Any medication stored in the nurses office will be unavailable during the program.  School policy prohibits students from carrying medication, including epi pens and inhalers, in their backpacks.  BOKS volunteers are unable to administer any type of medication.  If you think your child may need medication during the program, including epi pens and/or inhalers, please plan to stay with your child.

Is there a charge?

No!  BOKS is a free program.  All the trainers have graciously volunteered their time and should be treated with the utmost respect and appreciation. Program materials are free and equipment has been purchased by the PTG.

Please note that this program varies depending on the make-up of the kids participating and as such we are constantly making changes to improve the program.  Please bear with us as we may need to make changes and adjustments as the program proceeds.

BOKS is designed to involve the whole community. The more volunteers, the more kids we can enroll in the program.  Volunteer trainers’ children are automatically enrolled in the program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at adrienne.principe@gmail.com. You can also visit the BOKS website at www.bokskids.org for more program details.

Again, here is the form: https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/BOKS.pdf

We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for this program and you will, in turn, see a positive impact on your children.

Sincerely,

Adrienne Principe, BOKS Program Leader

Nikki Morrissey, BOKS Lead Trainer

Kim Hodder, Thoreau Health and Wellness Committee, Co-Chair