March 5, 2015

MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS

*PTG Meeting tomorrow at 9am in the Cafeteria.  EVERYONE is welcome!  Please come and hear from Mr. Mahoney about PARCC and other Thoreau School happenings.  Art teacher Kate Hiltz will discuss the art curriculum, and CC At Play representatives will discuss the Amazing Race and Concord fields project.

*Principal Coffee next Monday March 9 at 9:30am.  “Town-meeting” style…please bring your questions for Mr. Mahoney.

*Important Budget Forum — Joint PTG Meeting with Thoreau, Willard, Alcott and School Committee on Monday March 9, 7pm in Alcott Cafeteria.  Come and educate yourself about the school budget before Town Meeting.  Slideshow presentation will detail the budget process and school committee members will review the Concord and Concord-Carlisle Regional School proposed budgets.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  Come and get educated on this important issue!

Carla and Trish

GEOGRAPHY QUEST DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 6

This is your last chance to fill in those final few Geography Quest questions. Packets are due in the Library by the end of the day on Friday, March 6. Each Quest should have the student’s name, grade, and teacher written on it. There will be small prizes! Questions? Contact fennwei@yahoo.com. Happy Questing!

MATH NIGHT – TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 6-8pm: ALL WELCOME

Calling all mathemagicians:  Thoreau School Math Night is tomorrow night, Friday, March 6, from 6-8pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria. This will be fantastical fun for the whole family and all grades.  Math Night will feature magical math challenges, bewitching brain teasers, enchanted estimation games, and spellbinding games of chance and skill.  We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza and healthy snacks.

GIRL SCOUTS ANNIVERSARY

March 12 marks the 103rd anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts to empower young women by Juliette Low. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts are encouraged to wear their sash or vest to school on March 12 in commemoration of this anniversary.

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

The spelling bee is just 10 days away!  Sign up your 3rd grade and 4th grade teams, or your 5th grader for the March 14 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 3:15; and 5th graders at 4:30.  We will be done in plenty of time for female spellers to make it to that night’s Shamrock Ball!  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.

SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

Any family interested in receiving financial assistance for summer camp programs, please contact Rachel Levesque, school social worker, by mid-April.

THOREAU LIBRARY GIFT BOOK PROGRAM

The Library Gift Book Program is up and running. Are you interested in donating a book to the school library in honor of a special student or teacher? Swing by the library to select a book from the Gift Book Box. Write a check to the PTG. The book (including a bookplate naming the donor and honoree) will be shown to the honoree’s class before being put into general circulation. You can also donate books that are NOT from the box, but please check titles with the librarians first. This is a great way to stay connected to Thoreau for years to come. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact the PTG Gift Book Coordinator at fennwei@yahoo.com.

THOREAU CAKE WALK & FAMILY FESTIVAL…Volunteers Needed!

Save the date! Saturday, April 11, 3-5pm is the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival!  Please consider volunteering your time to help out at this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival.  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  If you are willing and able, please click on the link to sign up:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B044AA9A92AA57-cake/25761971

Also, in an effort to reduce-reuse-& recycle, we are collecting assorted prize toys in a box inside the entrance to Thoreau between now and Friday, March 20.  This is a great opportunity to clean out and donate unwanted prize toys that can be used at the Cake Walk!  Dorina Enes, Jennifer Ubaldino and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs

SAVE THE DATE:  THE ROAD RACE IS COMING!

On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Get ready to run Sunday, May 17 at the Thoreau School 9th Annual Road Race.  Start training now with the whole family for the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by fun food, games, bouncy house, awards ceremony and more!  More details coming soon.  Mitzi Johnson and Jill Yates, Road Race Co-chairs

SPRING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Create Your Own Comics, 3D Printing, Bird Watching and the Thoreau Earth Day Workshop are some of the classes we are offering this spring as well as many of the old favorites.  You can find the class descriptions and registration information on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/After school programs at  https://www.thoreauptg.org/after-school-program-spring-term-2015/.  Payment can be made by paypal, credit card, cash or check.  Please send cash or check to the Thoreau School, attn: After School Programs.  Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti (meljiganti@aol.com) or Stefanie Sim (stefaniesim1@hotmail.com).

LUNCH SCHEDULE

Monday, March 9                 Popcorn Chicken

Tuesday, March 10              NO LUNCH

Wednesday, March 11        Cheese Tortellini w/ or w/o Marinara Sauce

Thursday, March 12            Chicken Parmesan on Wheat Bun

Friday, March 13                   Homemade Cheese Pizza

AROUND TOWN

Concord Middle School PTG & Center for Parents and Teachers: Program TONIGHT

Tonight, March 5, 2015, starting at 7pm:  “Sexting, Snapchat & Selfies:  What Parents Need to Know About Teens Online” presented by Sophie Godley, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Undergraduate Education, Boston University School of Public Health.  Why do middle school teens and tweens take approximately 1,000 selfies each day?  What is YikYak and why should I be concerned?  This interactive, insightful workshop will share the latest information on adolescent development and interactions with social media.  Join other concerned community members as we explore the hidden depths of Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.  New social media platforms are giving teens more access to one another than ever before, and often parents can feel confused and cut off.  This talk will equip parents with the developmental understanding of teen behavior, and how to interpret that behavior.  Our presenter will give an overview of the most popular social networks being used today, including Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.  She will engage parents in a discussion on the risks inherent in cyberspace and offer tips on how parents can be more effective in guiding their children through confusing and potentially dangerous situations.  Location:  The Peabody Forum, Concord Middle School, 1231 Old Marlboro Road, West Concord.   Offered through generous support from the Concord Middle School PTG in collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers.  Free, open to all, no preregistration needed. Learn about other programs by visiting www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Concord Middle School: “The Wiz”

Come join us  and “ease on down the road” to see the cast and crew of Concord Middle School in this year’s production of “The Wiz” at  a special price of $5.00 per ticket for a  preview show on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30pm.   Purchase tickets by clicking on the ticket link http://www.ticketstage.com/CONCORDMS.  (Please note, this is not a drop off event).  Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before show time.  You will choose your exact seat so please print out your tickets and bring them with you for admission.

Join us at the 4th Annual Community Chest Luncheon celebrating Women in Philanthropy

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites all Concord and Carlisle women (and their guests) to attend a very special luncheon on Thursday, March 12. The luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon at Nashawtuc Country Club and will feature special guest speaker Laura Schroff, author of the #1 New York Times National Bestseller, An Invisible Thread.  Come and hear Laura speak about how “one simple gesture can make an enormous difference” in someone else’s life. Books may be purchased at the luncheon, and Laura will be available for book signings after the event.  Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at cccommunitychest.org, or by calling the Community Chest office at (978) 369-5250.

Pediatric First Aid and CPR Courses

Two Fridays, March 13 & 20, 9:30am-12:30pm, CCHS, $75   course #3246.  For parents, teachers, coaches and other caregivers: recognize and respond to common medical emergencies and those that may be life threatening and provide critical life-saving interventions to pediatric victims prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Topics include sudden illness, burns, bone and joint injuries, breathing emergencies, near-drowning, environmental emergencies and more. CPR (adult, child, infant)/AED is covered on March 13, first aid on March 20. Materials and certification included. The course uses the Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED text.  Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education provides student-funded classes as a community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 978-318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net.

Spring Youth Baseball & Softball 

Spring is around the corner, which means it’s time to sign up for youth baseball and softball!  Open to all boys & girls in the Concord-Carlisle community, Kindergarten to 8th grade.  The season starts Sunday, April 26 and runs until mid-June.  Registration deadline is March 31, 2015.  Go to:  www.ccybs.org  and click on “Register Online” to sign up.

Softball Clinics

Brush up on your softball skills – Register today for preseason clinics!  Clinics run Sundays March 8, March 15, March 22, and March from 2-3:30 at CCHS. Open to all girls in kindergarten through 8th grade. Come work with the CCHS softball coaches and high school players on all aspects of the game.  Fee:  $60.00 for 4 weeks.  Registration is also for the spring softball season- believe it or not we will actually get to play ball come April!  www.ccybs.org

Program at the Concord Free Public Library

Coin Collecting and How Abraham Lincoln Came to Be On the Penny and Five Dollar Bill: talk given by Tom Caldwell of Northeast Numismatics.  Saturday, March 21 at 2pm, Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord.  Age 8 years and above.

Hit the “Bright Lights, Big City” at the Annual Concord Children’s Center Auction on March 21

You’re invited to a night on the town at this year’s Concord Children’s Center auction, “Bright Lights, Big City,” on March 21 at Concord Academy. This special adults-only evening includes a silent auction, live auction, light buffet dinner, dessert, and dancing. Lots of chances to win a variety of great items, including passes for children’s and family activities, restaurant gift certificates, home goods, vacation getaways, tickets to sporting events (Go Pats!) and much, much more!  Tickets and info available at www.concordchildrenscenter.org.

CC at Play Hosts “Amazing Race” Fund-raiser

The Amazing Race is Coming to Concord and Carlisle! Grab some friends, create a team, or volunteer for this crazy amazing community event! Saturday, March 28, CC at Play is hosting its first annual Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party.  Sign-up now at www.ccatplay.org for your chance to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”.  Teams can register in one of three categories; Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5. Not sure you want to race?  Then sign-up online to volunteer, participate in the Amazing U10 Tennis Play Day, or buy a ticket to the much anticipated Rockin’ After Party.  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.  Space is limited, so sign-up soon! Learn more at www.ccatplay.org.

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

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 12, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm on Monday, March 9, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.