March 3, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group           March 3, 2011

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 FROM THE PTG CO-PRESIDENTS

We hope everyone had a restful and relaxing February break because there is a lot going on around Thoreau in March!  The fun kicks off with Family Math Night this Friday, March 4th from 6-8pm.  We hope to see you there!  The following week, we have the Thoreau High 5 Auction on March 11th.  Please be sure to make your RSVPs for the Auction at https://www.thoreauptg.org/auction/  by this Friday, March 4th.  Also coming up this month – a Joint PTG meeting at CCHS about the Building Project on Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm; a Thoreau PTG Meeting on Wednesday, March 16th at 9:30am, the Sports Recycle Sale on March 19th, and the Cake Walk & Family Festival on March 26th.  Phew!!  Oh, and if you haven’t already, please don’t forget to subscribe (and validate your subscription) to the Thoreau Announcements at www.thoreauptg.org  by Monday, March 7. That’s the last week we will email the Announcements using the old system.  On a final note, we would like to give a belated thank you to Julie DelSobral for her initiative in organizing and keeping tabs on the Lost & Found area in the cafeteria.  Last fall, Julie donated and set up bins to help keep the Lost and Found sorted and organized for people looking for their missing items.  Check it out!  Have a great weekend!  Karen and Melanie

 HELP WANTED!

PTG WEBMASTER We are starting an early search for someone to take over the role of PTG webmaster since our current webmaster will “graduate” from Thoreau at the end of this school year. The webmaster maintains the PTG website, www.thoreauptg.org. Tasks include updating web pages as needed, new page development, and general website management. The webmaster also manages PTG email aliases, domain name renewals and hosting, and all affiliate partnerships for the Thoreau online store, www.thoreaustore.com. Candidate should have experience with WordPress (self-install version), web design, knowledge of ftp, and an understanding of domain registrations/renewals and Internet hosting providers. Experience with Feedburner would be a plus. If you have an interest in the role of PTG webmaster, please contact Marcy Shipe at webmaster@thoreauptg.org.

 SCHOOL DIRECTORY CO-COORDINATOR A volunteer has stepped forward to work on the directory’s database/computer-related tasks, but would like to work with a co-coordinator to validate and solicit the data. Much of this job involves verifying the data received by the school, soliciting correct data when errors are found, and soliciting data that has not yet been sent to the school so that the directories can be printed in time for Back-To-School Night. The job also involves arranging the production and distribution of the directories. This position is labor intensive during August and September with smaller amounts of time possibly needed on an ongoing basis. We all know what a valuable communication tool the Thoreau School Directory is, so it is imperative that this very important position be filled. Please contact Karen Brown at dmbkjb@comcast.net or Melanie Bettencourt at thebettencourts@comcast.net if you are interested or need further information.

 THOREAU ANNOUNCEMENTS CO-EDITOR The PTG is looking for a co-editor of the Thoreau Announcements for the next school year. Responsibilities include collecting and editing submissions, and posting the Announcements on the PTG WordPress site for email distribution. Currently co-editors alternate months, and the job takes about 2-3 hours per “on” week. For more information, contact Laurie Garrison (chrisandlaurie@comcast.net) or Anne Mullaney (anne.mullaney@gmail.com).

 CCPI PARENT REPRESENTATIVE Concord Carlisle Parents Initiative was created about 15 years ago as the “parent arm” to the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council on Student Health (SCACH). CCPI’s primary mission is to provide an arena for parents and other community representatives to offer input around healthy decision-making and the prevailing risk behaviors associated with our youth. The committee is made up of parent volunteers as well as district educators and non-profit representatives. CCPI’s goal is to have a representative from every public school in Concord and Carlisle. CCPI seeks a Thoreau Elementary School representative. The committee meets once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in the Trustees Room at the Concord Main Library. Their primary focus is to put together programs that will educate parents on ways to keep our kids healthy both mentally and physically. Some CCPI-sponsored programs include Getting To Calm: Parenting Strategies With Teens with Laura Kastner, PhD (March 2010); once or twice per month parent “Rollercoaster Groups” based on the workbook Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride by Sue Blainey; CCPI’s Annual Teen Driving Safety Panel Discussion every January. CCPI will also be sponsoring the upcoming program Raising a Happy Child with Dr. Ned Hallowell (details below). For more information, go to www.ccpionline.com or contact co-chairs Kathe Falzer (lkfalzer@comcast.net) or Robin Garrison (robin.garrison@verizon.net).

 JOIN US FOR THE THOREAU “HIGH FIVE” AUCTION

The Thoreau School Auction will be held on Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Concord Elks Club.  This event (held every other year) is designed to be a night out for Thoreau parents and staff to socialize and have fun. 

 Come and enjoy a casual night of food, drink and dancing.  Silent and live auction items range from $20 to over $500 and include: artwork, sports & cultural event tickets, “special time” for your child with teachers & Thoreau School staff, fun classroom project donations, club/camp memberships, restaurant gift certificates, and so much more.  All proceeds benefit the Thoreau School PTG.

 Learn more about the event and buy your $20 tickets today at: www.thoreauptg.org/auction

 We hope to see you there!!

 JOINT PTG MEETING

Save The Date: Joint PTG Meeting March 15 at 7p.m. CCHS All Are Welcome

 Please join PTGs and parents from all three Concord elementary schools for our annual joint PTG meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm at CCHS. The focus of this meeting is to provide elementary school parents with an overview of plans to rebuild CCHS. This will include a 7pm tour of the facility followed by a presentation from the CCHS Building Committee, with Q & A, starting  at 7:30. Questions about this meeting? Email mueller.amy@comcast.net. Can’t make the meeting but want information about Build CCHS? Visit http://www.cchsbuilding.org.

 METCO MESSENGER

Our March late bus Family Friends Tuesday is March 15!

 And coming up later in the month is the METCO Annual Dessert and Discussion on March 30, 7- 9 pm at the Alcott School Cafeteria.  Concord families -bring a dessert to share!  All Family  Friends are invited – please call your Boston or Concord partner and plan to meet there.

7-7:30: dessert, coffee and socializing!

7:30-8:15: Presentation by the Drinking Gourd Project

8:15-8:45: Questions/comments/discussion

 We hope to see you there!

 Your Thoreau Family Friends Team: Gretchen Nelson, Laurine Verrilli, Meg Alexander

 OUR SOLAR SYSTEM FAMILY MATH NIGHT
Please join us on Friday, March 4, 6:00-8:00pm for Thoreau School’s seventh annual Family Math Night. This year’s theme is Our Solar System. We will journey through our solar system in search of math problems. This fun-filled PTG-sponsored evening will feature a variety of math games and activities for the whole family to enjoy! In addition to fun math games, test your skills at the estimation jars, enjoy stories with Mrs. Pettyjohn and hit the concession stands for pizza, snacks and beverages.  We need volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering for an hour at a math table (5:45 – 7:00 or 6:50 – 8:00) or can help with set up/clean up, please contact Cathy Chadwick (cathy.chadwick@gmail.com) or Amy Hoey (athoey@gmail.com)

 FROM THE LIBRARY: THE BOOK CHARACTER PARADE IS COMING!

Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our 23rd annual Book Character Parade.  On Tuesday, April 5, at 11:00 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.

 SPORTS RECYCLE SALE

Saturday, March 19th is the Sports Recycle Sale from 10am to 1pm in the Thoreau cafeteria!

Clean out your garages and pick up hugely discounted equipment for next season.

Please donate your gently used athletic equipment of all seasons to this annual Thoreau PTG fundraiser!

Last year’s items included bikes, rollerblades, skis, safety equipment, tennis racquets and frisbees.

Volunteers needed for setup and tagging items, cashiering, and cleanup after the event.

Donations can be delivered to 50 Central St.  For questions or to sign up to volunteer, email

kristen.keilty@comcast.net.

MCAS SCHEDULE – SPRING 2011

March 22 Gr. 4 Long Composition
March 23 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
March 24 Gr. 4 ELA
March 25 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
March 28 Gr. 4 ELA
May 9 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 11 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 12 Gr. 4 Math
May 13 Gr. 4 Math
May 18 Gr. 5 Science
May 19 Gr. 5 Science

 LUNCH MENU Week of March 7-March 11

Monday       Teriyaki Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday        Early Release

Wednesday  Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thursday      Spaghetti with Meatballs

Friday           UNO Pizza Slice

 AROUND TOWN

 GETTING TO GREEN

Willard School on Saturday March 5, 8:30-2. The doors will open at 8:30 AM for registration, networking, and viewing of exhibits.  Dr. Halina Brown of Clark University, will speak on the topic “From Consumer Society to Sustainable Consumption.”  This will be followed by facilitated community-building activities, an optional lunch, and networking time. Superintendent Diana Rigby will offer a tour of “Green Willard.”  Do you wonder what young people are thinking about “getting to green?” Invitations have been extended to school clubs, classes, and youth groups to come and display what they are doing to “go green.” Don’t miss it!

Participants will share what they are already doing, and actively lay the ground for future collaboration. What will it take to “get to green” in Concord and Carlisle?  What obstacles must be overcome, and how? This dynamic event will bring us closer to some answers. Please bring your unique perspective and voice. It won’t be the same without you. 

A delicious optional lunch will be provided, and child care will be available. While the event is free, there is a donation of $5 for the lunch. Please RSVP to harpplayer@comcast.net, or by phone to 978-371-2502 by Monday, Feb. 28.   It would really help to know who is coming. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own coffee mug. For more event details, contact Morwen@earthdrum.com. 

 ANNUAL SUMMER GIRLPOWER PROGRAM

This summer, would you like to discover a passion or an activity that you will enjoy for the rest of your life? Learn something fun that will help you stay healthy and fit? Meet new friends in a completely nurturing and non-competitive setting?  GirlPower! A Creative Wellness and Exercise Program for Tweens and Teens empowers Girls (10 to 14 yrs old) with life skills to foster self-confidence and self acceptance. The weeklong program includes yoga, stretching, journaling, pilates, creative cuisine, skin care, expressive dance, African drumming,  fashion sense and body image, art, nature hikes, organic gardening, fun and friendship. Join Susanne Liebich and other  professional and certified practitioners. There are three one-week sessions, July 11-15, July 18-22,  and July 25-29,  9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday at the Ripley School.   Fee is $500/wk and includes healthy lunch and supplies.  Contact CCAdult and Community Ed. to register at 978-318-1432;  For questions, email: susanne@dancingwellness.com.

Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

 The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be edited by Laurie Garrison. To submit an item, email announcements@thoreauptg.org. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submissions should be brief, with minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please! Deadline: 9 pm Monday, March 7, 2011.