March 24, 2016

MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS

With Gratitude…

Thank you to Jennifer Perry and Megan Holsinger for coordinating an amazing Bingo Night! Your flexibility and determination in working to make sure the Thoreau Community was able to enjoy this tradition was greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Mr. Hourihan for MCing the event.

Thank you to Sue McCrory, Kim Capello, Pattie Turrettini and all the parents who helped make the annual bus driver/crossing guard breakfast a success! Those who attended felt so appreciated. They loved their cards as well!!

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… 

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

Friday, March 25th – No School

Wednesday, March 30th – Thoreauly Dining, Vincenzo’s, Dine-in only, flyer with details to come!

Monday, April 4th – Thoreau Composts

Wednesday, April 6th – Principal Coffee, 9:30am Main Office (Topic: School Improvement Plan); Thoreau Composts

Friday, April 8th – Thoreau Composts

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

Monday, April 11th – Thoreau Composts

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

Wednesday, April 13th – Thoreau Composts

2016-2017 Classroom Placement…

In April, the process of creating classes for the 2016-2017 school year will begin. Principal Charles has invited any parent/guardian who wishes to share information with the Thoreau placement team to do so, in writing, no later than Monday April 25th 2016.  Letters should be sent to the main office and should include specific information related to your child such as areas of concern for learning or observations of the type of classroom environment you feel would best suit your child’s needs.  Requests for specific teachers should not be made and such requests are not honored.

Trish & Betsy

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

2016-2017 Kindergarten registration will take place on Tuesday, March 29 and April 5. The PTG assists the Thoreau administration with registration check-ins, answering questions, and giving tours of our school. We are in need of a few more volunteers (2-3) for both dates to help out from 12:30-2:30. If you would like to help out on one or both dates or have any questions, please email Deb Antonangeli at deb.antonangeli@gmail.com. Thank you!!!!

BOKS

BOKS is starting on Tuesday, March 29 at 8am sharp.  If you signed up and haven’t heard from us, please contact Adrienne at Adrienne.principe@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to seeing all our awesome BOKS kids next week! BOKS rocks!!

GET READY TO GO GREEN!

Thoreau’ly Green is preparing several school activities in anticipation of Earth Day (April 22):

  1. An all-school assembly on Monday, April 4, will feature an environmental video (starring Thoreau students) as well as CCHS science teacher Peter Nichol and students; they will host an interactive activity to educate about composting. We will close with an all-school song led by Ms. Swain. Be sure to wear Thoreau gear, or green and blue, or anything “earth-themed”!
  2. Following the assembly, Thoreau will hold a 5-Day Compost Challenge in the cafeteria.  During lunch shifts on April 4, 6, 8, 11, and 13, students will use knowledge from the assembly to better sort and compost lunch waste.  We’ll observe the impact of compost and better recycling practices (aiming to reduce trash!).  We need parent help with this important project – for more information and to volunteer, please visit the PALS wiki: http://thoreaupals.wikispaces.com/Earth+Week+Composting+Project
  3. Mustketaquid Arts will again hold a three-session workshop to create different earth-related crafts (perfect for carrying in Concord’s Earth Day parade on April 30!).  For details and to sign up, see the PTG After-school activities page.

**Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Garden and Grounds “Clean Up/Green Up”, a school-wide event where we will participate in clean-up, beautifying and educational projects on Thoreau grounds.

FROM THE LIBRARY: READY FOR THE BOOK CHARACTER PARADE?

There are only two weeks left until the Book Character Parade! Everyone is hard at work on masks, simple costumes and props to represent a favorite book character. Families are invited to watch the parade as it moves through the school on Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 11:30 A.M. Check next week’s Thursday Announcements for more information or talk to Karen or Cathy in the Library.

LOOKING FOR ENTHUSIASTIC 3rd, 4th, and 5th GRADE SPELLERS

The spelling bee is just over 2 weeks away!  Sign up your 3rd grade and 4th grade teams, or your 5th grader for the April 9 event.  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 3:30; and 5th graders at 4:45.  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.

HELPFUL LINKS

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

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

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

AROUND TOWN

Transition Overview Workshop

Date:  Wednesday, April 13, 7-9pm – Parent Mingle 6:30-7pm. Location: CCHS, 500 Walden Street, Concord, Learning Commons. Now is the time for High School Students on an IEP to start planning for their future! Please join us for an overview of transition planning and key factors critical for postsecondary life, including transitioning to college. The Concord SEPAC and Concord Public Schools/Concord-Carlisle Regional School District are pleased to offer a Transition Overview designed to help you prepare and plan for your, or your student’s, postsecondary needs and goals. Presented by Heather Mahoney, M.Ed., Transition Specialist at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, who oversees planning, consultation, coaching and evaluation services for CCHS students. Please RSVP and submit questions in advance to concordsepac@gmail.com. Hosted by the Concord and CCHS SEPAC. For more information: www.concordsepac.org

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 31, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, March 28, 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.