March 3, 2016

MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS

We hope you are well and getting ready for spring!  March is a very busy month at our school…. Please consider volunteering for the Cake Walk event on March 12th (details below).  And don’t forget to attend Math Night tomorrow night from 6-8pm in the Cafeteria.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, March 4th:  Math Night, Thoreau Cafeteria, 6-8pm;  Geography Quests due;  Thoreau “gear” orders due

Tuesday, March 8th:  Concord School Committee Meeting, Ripley, 6:30pm

Saturday, March 12th:  Cake Walk, 1-3pm

Wednesday, March 16th:  PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, 9am  *To read the minutes from our February PTG meeting please click here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/meetings-minutes/

WITH APPRECIATION:

Thank you again to all of the room parents who have been sending out additional emails to help keep our community informed of upcoming events.  We are working hard to rectify the technical issues with our email distribution system and hope to have it fixed as soon as possible.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Please consider volunteering with the PTG next year!  There are many roles and opportunities available.  Please email Trish or Betsy if you are interested in getting involved!   thesiefers@gmail.com  betsymartel@yahoo.com   We will publish a list of open positions soon, and we welcome any contribution you can give to the PTG!

Trish & Betsy

FINAL VIKINGS GEOGRAPHY QUEST UPDATE!

Completed Geography Quests are due TOMORROW (Friday, March 4)! Please drop them off in the box in the library by the end of the day. If you would like to join me (Liz Wei) at the grading party, please let me know ASAP at fennwei@yahoo.com. Ideally, I would like to grade during the week of March 21st. Thank you.

THOREAU MATH NIGHT

Calling all mathstronauts:  Thoreau Math Night is coming on Friday, March 4, from 6-8pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria.  This year we will travel to far off galaxies, explore our solar system, and solve math problems that may seem out of this world.  We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza (regular & gluten free) and healthy snacks. Special astronaut treats, too!   We also seek fantastic volunteer parents/teens who can sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9ab22a2f58-math1 .  Please contact Jeff Furman (jefffurman@comcast.net), Erica Wright (littlewhit3@gmail.com), or Marc Ubaldino (mubaldino@gmail.com) with any questions or interests.

BOKS — REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SESSION IS OPEN!

Thoreau’s second session of BOKS starts soon! Please see the letter to the Thoreau Community below for detailed information about this before-school physical activity program, including a description of a typical class, information about when the classes are held, and directions on how to sign up.

“A TASTE OF GIRL SCOUTS”

Thoreau Kindergarten girls and their families are invited to experience a Girl Scout Meeting.  Who is coming: Kindergarten girls and their parents (siblings welcome).  When: Tuesday, March 8 after school at 12:30 (half day).  Where: Thoreau Cafeteria.  Hosted by: Thoreau troop #76159 3rd grade Brownies.  Please join us to see how you can get your family involved in Girl Scouts. We are hoping to get a Daisy Kindergarten troop started at Thoreau as it is the only school in town without one. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make the meeting, but still want to be involved please contact ccgssucoordinator@gmail.com

THE CAKE WALK IS COMING…Just 9 days away! 

Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival!

Please consider volunteering!  We need lots of help in many areas to make the event a success!  We also need 6’ tables.  To sign up please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aadae2ea2f58-cake

We also need lots of prize cakes (300-400) and we are counting on YOU!  The cakes do not need to be large—one box of mix can yield 2 prize cakes!  All prize cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the flavor of the cake. If you bring an allergy-free prize cake, please let us know when you drop it off.

Don’t forget to plan your cake for the Cake Decorating Contest! Cakes to be entered into the Cake Decorating Contest can be dropped off on Friday 3/11 3:15-7:00 or Saturday 3/12 11:00-12:00pm at the Faculty Dining Room (near the gym). Judging will begin promptly at 2:30pm. All cakes entered in the contest must be decorated by a Thoreau student. Please do not use cake plates or decorations that you want returned to you. You may enter as many cakes in the contest as you like. All cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the cake flavor, student’s name, grade, teacher and category. The contest categories are: Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Cakes that win the contest will be displayed during the Festival and may be taken home by their respective student decorators. Cakes that do not win the contest will be handed out as prize cakes during the Cake Walk.

First time attending the Cake Walk?  Learn everything you need to know about the event by visiting our link on the Thoreau web site https://www.thoreauptg.org/2016-cake-walk/ -Betsy Olsson-Mackowski, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Spring After School Program registration is now open.  Classes start the week of March 14!!!   Please go to the Thoreau  PTG Website under PTG Programs (PTG website) to register.  If you have any questions please contact Stefanie Sim stefaniesim1@hotmail.com or Jen Keegan Jiganti meljiganti@aol.com.

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!

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

Concord Teachers Association: Community Conversation

The Concord Teachers Association invites you to a Community Conversation on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 pm at the Peabody Middle School.  Let’s come together to discuss our collective vision for public education in Concord.  Light snacks will be provided. Online at: https://concordteachersassociation.wordpress.com/

CCYH Evaluations for 2016-17 season

Registration for Mite, Squirt, Peewee and Bantam levels is now open. Mite/Squirt/Peewee evaluations: March 24 and March 31. Bantam evaluations: March 22 and March 29. In order to attend evaluations, registration for 2016-17 must be completed. All players should attend both sessions for their level at Valley Sports. Go to www.CCYH.org for exact times and to register. If you have any questions, contact Andi Rice – andi.rice@comcast.net

Concord Library Events

March 6 @ 1:30-3pm Cardboard Challenge: Build a Rocket or Space Station using cardboard & recycled materials. March 13@ 1:30-3pm Mr. Potato Head Play Time & Potato Chip Snacks!

March 20 @ 1:30-3pm Martian PlayTime: Kinetic Sand,  Spaceships, & Aliens!

March 12 @ 1pm Sap to Syrup Program. Meet Josh Funk, Author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast. Reading & Book Signing. Attend & Take a Chance to Win a Lady Pancake Book Bag & Picture Book! Gaining Ground: Tapping Maple Trees for Maple Syrup Pancakes & Maple Syrup!

March 16 @ 4pm BookEaters Third Grade Book Group. Let’s Explore Fantasy. Bring a Favorite Fantasy Book to Share. Create a Fantasy Character Craft

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 10, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, March 7, 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.

BOKS: REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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. Approximately 50 children may participate in this session.  The participants will be chosen based on a family lottery should more than 50 children register.  If one sibling gets chosen from a family, any other siblings who have registered will automatically be eligible as well.

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO DONNA MACONE. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MARCH 14 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 18.

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