March 8, 201

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Geography Quest, Annual Appeal, Mom’s Night, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Spelling Bee, Cake Walk, Spring BOKS, Earth Day Workshops, BSO Family Concert

Around Town: West Concord Advisory Committee, Center For Parents and Teachers, CEPAC, True Story Theatre, Gaining Ground, CCYB/S, Callen Tennis, Concord Recreation, Digital Socialization and our Children, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Mother Nature sure had some fun over the past week. We hope everyone was able to stay dry, warm and safe with all the Nor’easter storms that have impacted Massachusetts over the past week.

Over the next month there are many activities that will taken place at Thoreau and around town. Please take the time to view the below to learn about upcoming events that you can get involved in, from Mom’s Night Out!!, Spelling Bee and Cake Walk, to coming to a School Committee Coffee to learn about the 2018-19 School Budget.   A complete list of days, locations and times is listed in a link below.

If you have any questions about an event, or the PTG, please feel free to reach out to either of us, we are happy to answer questions, or help you find the answers you need.

Kathleen & Deb

Stay informed!  School Committee Budget Coffees
Curious about the 2018-19 school budgets?  The School Committees are hosting several Community Coffees to discuss the budgets, the delta as compared to the Finance Committee guidelines, the potential cuts at risk, and any other questions you may have.  Join us to be informed, and attend Town Meeting (starting April 9) to vote!

FY2019 Budget information sheet as well as the full schedule of coffee dates and locations can be found on the Thoreau PTG website under Community/School Committee.

The next coffees are:
Monday, March 12, 7-8:30 pm in the Alcott Auditorium
Wednesday, March 14, 9-10:30 am at Alcott PTG Meeting, Alcott Conference room
Thursday, March 15, 10-11:30 am in Ripley Conference Room 4
Tuesday, March 20, 9-10:30 am in Thoreau Auditorium

Email concordschoolcommittee@concordps.org or concordcarlisleschoolcommittee@concordps.org with any questions. 

THOREAU TOURS THE WORLD:
Thank you to all those who participated in the Geography Quest 2018! More than 110 students submitted packets for scoring.  The box will remain in the library through Friday, March 9th for any late submissions.

This week we explore England on the “Thoreau Tours the World” bulletin board thanks to parent Soumya Krishnamurthy. Thank you to the many parents who have reached out to us offering to submit facts, pictures and other items to highlight their countries of origin or interest during the Geography Quest event!

ANNUAL APPEAL:  Annual Appeal needs your help!
We can feel it – spring is in the air (although now that we type that, it probably means there will be a snowstorm). Usually, in springtime, people get a pep in their step and perhaps start to feel a little generous! Okay, we might have made that up but hopefully it got your attention. Thoreau needs your help! We haven’t seen great participation this year towards the Thoreau Annual Appeal and we need that to change. Please take a minute to donate – your money is well spent. All those programs your child loves – many of those are funded by the PTG. Please help!
Visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/ and channel that springtime feeling! 

THOREAU MOM’S NIGHT: It’s only a week away! Don’t forget to RSVP!
Book your sitters, grab a bottle of wine or drink of choice and come to fun and free evening of catching up with your fellow moms!  As a first time mom to Thoreau, I was nervous to go to my first Mom’s night … but once I was there I was so glad I came. I met other new moms and reconnected with friends I knew. It was such a fun evening!!  Come one come all!

Thursday · March 15th · 7:30pm · Caroline Myler’s House
See the invite for more details and to RSVP (so we know how many to expect!)
https://thoreaumomsnight.splashthat.com
Password: mom2018
… and you might just win the FUN door prize!

SPELLING BEE: What’s the Buzz? Final Call for All 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Spellers for the Annual Bee! Saturday, March 17
If your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader would like to participate in this year’s Thoreau Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 17, please submit a registration form by this Friday, March 9!  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth 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 (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade):  3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30.  If your child is interested, please email siobhan.mee@morganlewis.com for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the Bee!

CAKE WALK: 1pm, Saturday March 24th
Calling all volunteers! Thoreau’s annual Cake Walk and Family Festival is just a few short weeks away. This is always an exciting event and what makes it so great is all of the volunteers that keep things running smoothly! Please follow the link and sing up today. Thank you everyone!
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0449A4A829A3FA7-thoreau

THOREAU AT THE RED SOX:
Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves – Friday, May 25, 2018 – 7:10pm – Bleacher Seats, Section 38

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Given the popularity of games in the past we have secured 250 tickets at a cost of $25 each. A great opportunity to take a family of 4 to a game for $100!! Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below.

Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
– Your name
– Students name
– Number of tickets requested

Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 29 or Friday, March 30 between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/30 at 7:30 will be given to remaining families on the waitlist.
Thanks!! Prior games have been a lot of fun, looking forward to another great time!!

SPRING BOKS: Begins …Tuesday, March 27th!
Have you heard the music, seen the smiling faces, been told of the positive impact in the classroom? BOKS, a free before-school physical fitness program, gets kids moving, playing, and having fun before school even starts!  With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn.  The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The Spring BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on March 27th and running through May 24th. Click here to learn more and to sign up: https://www.thoreauptg.org/boks-fitness-program/ – deadline to register is March 16thand we will take the first 25 kids!

THOREAU EARTH DAY WORKSHOPS: Celebrate Earth Day by creating music makers, colorful banners and masks of local animals and plant species. Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, papier maché and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint. You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. All three workshops are led by Musketaquid artist/educator Morningstar Medaye. The students will have the opportunity to bring creations to life at the Earth Day parade and festival on Saturday, April 28. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.

Who: Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students
Where: Art Room
Cost: $35 per student for all three sessions
When: Wednesday, March 28, April 4, April 11 3:30-4:45PM

Registration is open, please sign-up here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/thoreau-earth-day-workshops/
Please contact Thoreauly Green member Jessica Grogins (jgrogins@mac.com) if you have any questions.

BSO FAMILY CONCERT: We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert on Saturday, April 14th at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at rlevesque@concordps.org or (978) 318-1300.  Please email skosicki@me.comby 2/17 if your family would like to participate. https://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/children-families/family-concerts.aspx

AROUND TOWN:

WEST CONCORD ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Meeting March 14th – Warner’s Pond Land Acquisition (Town Meeting Article 25)

Please come to the West Concord Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clock Tower Room at Harvey Wheeler Community Center to hear about the town’s desire to acquire open space along the north side of Warner’s Pond. The 7 acres, with more than 1,500 feet of frontage on the water, will connect directly to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, provide improved public access to this area directly adjacent to West Concord Village and protect the water quality of the pond. The Town is seeking $2.9 million from Town Meeting to purchase the property. On Wednesday, March 14, Assistant Town Manager Kate Hodges will attend the WCAC meeting to outline the town’s vision for the site, which includes picnic and recreation areas and a potential swimming beach.

CENTER FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS: UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Thursday March 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM – Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road

“Exploring Ways of Easing Childhood and Youth Anxiety through the, ‘SIMPLICITY PARENTING’ Approach”. This program is for parents of children of high school age thru the very young.

This presentation addresses the problem of today’s busier, faster, supersized society that is leading many children and youth to feel unhealthy levels of stress and pressure. Internationally renowned family counselor Kim John Payne offers The Simplicity Parenting approach that helps people make small do-able changes, worry less – and enjoy more. It is based on over 30 years’ experience successfully supporting busy families. For those who want to balance their children’s lives but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change.

Please pre-register for this free talk: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/simplicityparentingconcord15march-2018-tickets-42654535865

CEPAC: Is there a special teacher, staff member or administrator who has made a positive impact on your child’s life?

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council are delighted to announce the launch of the second annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards!

The Appreciation Awards were introduced last year and we received positive feedback from the 28 recipients.  They told us the acknowledgement of their work was highly valued.

We are inviting parents and guardians with children on an IEP or 504 plan to nominate one special person in the public schools who has made a difference to your family this year.  The Appreciation Award winners will be honored at a School Committee meeting in April (details to be announced).

Please visit concordsepac.org to nominate your special person! Nominations will open on Monday February 26th and close on Friday March 16th.

Special Education Transition: Guidance, Preparation and Development: Panel presentation hosted by Heather Mahoney, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Transition Specialist in collaboration with the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

*Would you like to learn about opportunities for your child to participate fully and meaningfully in the community?
*Do you know the types of skill training and resources available during and after High School?
*Need to know who can help provide access to services and supports to meet mental health needs?
*Do you want to learn about Social Security income and benefits for students in transition from school to adult life?

Please join us for an evening of networking, learning and discussions about services available to help guide and prepare individuals for the transition to adulthood.

When:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle High School Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
For more details of the organizations attending and for planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website concordsepac.org

TRUE STORY THEATRE: How Do You Learn. Sunday, March 18th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Join West Concord Union Church and True Story Theater for an afternoon of storytelling about the diverse ways we learn. TST is a “playback” improv company that creatively dramatizes life stories shared by audience members so they may be seen and embraced by all. The program is designed for people of all ages and abilities. Invite your friends and family! Healthy snacks and multisensory breaks will be provided. Free. For more information contact mwtustin@gmail.com.

GAINING GROUND: Hunger Relief from the Ground UpThursday, March 29 at 7 pm
Join Gaining Ground and three visionaries in the field as we explore connections between hunger relief, soil vitality, and healthy food.
Location: The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord.  Please register.  Presented by Gaining Ground.  Contact: Fan Watkinson, fan@gainingground.org.

REGISTER NOW FOR CCYB/S GIRLS SPRING SOFTBALL (For K thru 8th Graders):
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 23th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to http://ccyb.org/

CALLEN TENNIS CAMP: Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students at the Concord-Carlisle High School tennis courts. The camp will focus on the technique and strategy of tennis through drills and point play. There will also be a strength and conditioning component in addition to a unit on sports psychology. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA touring pro and NCAA D1 Women’s Head Coach, and Alex Spence, CCHS Boys’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach, will run the camp with the assistance of other highly qualified tennis instructors and players.

Program dates: July 16th-20th and July 23rd-27th, 9AM-12PM. $365 per week. Please register online at: http://www.facebook.com/callentennis Please contact us at: callentennis@yahoo.com with any questions.

CCYH: Registration is open for player evaluations for the 2018-19 season.  Please go to www.CCYH.org and select “Register Online”. If you have questions, contact Andi Rice: andi.rice@comcast.net

CONCORD RECREATION:  CAMP THREE RIVERS INCLUSION PROGRAM: With summer quickly approaching, we want to remind you of the great experience your child could have this summer at the Camp Three Rivers Inclusion Program. This classic day camp program will run for 8 weeks, June 25-August 17th Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM. Our camp will be staffed with “friendship facilitators” to support campers grades K-6 who currently have an IEP or 504 Plan. Please see the attached trifold brochure for more information on the supports that are available in this program. REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER CAMP WILL OPEN ON 2/12/18 AT 7:30AM, first come, first serve. Residents and Non-Residents welcome. http://www.concordrec.com/652/Camp-Three-Rivers-Summer-Inclusion-Progr

Did you know that Concord Recreation offers a variety of adult group exercise classes during the school day? For more than 25 years, Concord Recreation has been host to over 30 group exercise programs a season serving more than 800 participants a year!  Classes run early in the morning, during “parent hours” and in the evening assuring that you can always get  your exercise in.  Most classes run for 10-12 weeks meeting one time per week for one hour.  Facilities are located at the Hunt Recreation Center and at our new facility in West Concord, 55 Church Street and at times, at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center.  Drop ins welcome for $15 per class, otherwise, prices vary based on Beede Center membership and number of weeks/class.

To see the upcoming SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE, click here. Interested in registering, have questions or want to try a class? Please call 978-287-1050.

DIGITAL SOCIALIZATION AND OUR CHILDREN: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
April 2 at 6:30pm – Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Rd, Concord – Open to the Public
As children spend more and more time with technology, they are becoming “digitally socialized” – building their identities online, texting instead of talking, building relationships on social media instead of through face-to-face human interaction. This is a major shift in the way we communicate. At this event, we will explore how research findings and experience are changing the way we think about and use technology. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how we can embrace technology while also promoting the mental health of our children. Please join us!
Panelists include:

Elizabeth Englander, PhD, Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Professor of Psychology, will discuss new research findings on the association of cell phone use in young children.
Danielle Heard, Head of School, Nashoba Brooks Schools, will share how educators are navigating the rapidly-changing tech world and how schools can create innovative policy and practices.
Irene Todd, Concord parent of four, will share her personal parenting perspective of raising children with smartphones.

Sponsored By: Concord Promise – www.concordpromise.org – and Nashoba Brooks School

CONCORD – CARLISLE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR: Check out https://www.eventjuggler.com – the event calendar for the Concord & Carlisle community!