May 21, 2015

THOREAU ANNOUNCEMENTS
5/21/15
FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS:

Thank you!
Thank you to Jill Yates, Mitzi Johnson and the entire Road Race Committee for putting on a fantastic event on Sunday!  Great to see so many Thoreau School and Concord families participating and having fun!

Upcoming Events:
*Mom’s Night Out:  May 27th
*Field Day: June 2nd
*Staff Appreciation Lunch:  June 2nd
*Incoming Kindergarten Party:  June 4th
*Volunteer Appreciation Party: June 10th
*Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Breakfast:  June 10th

DATE CHANGE:
The final PTG meeting of the year is now scheduled for Friday, June 12th at 9am in the Cafeteria.  (please note that this is a change from the previously scheduled date of Friday, June 5th.)

Volunteers Needed:
Please join us in participating in the PTG next year!  We welcome you!  If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Martel at betsymartel@yahoo.com or Trish Siefer at thesiefers@gmail.com.  To view available positions or to sign up, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b44fafaf2fa46-20152016

Carla and Trish

Mom’s Night Out!  May 27th at 7pm

We are looking forward to seeing all those amazing Thoreau Moms at the Thoreau Moms Night Out on May 27!  This is a free event sponsored by the social committee.  We will provide light snacks, desserts and non-alcoholic drinks.  BYOB. Please RSVP by Friday, May 22:  http://thoreaumomsnightout.splashthat.com  See you there!

Staff Appreciation Requests Donations for two events:

Thanks to those who have supported our many events this year!  We have two FINAL events. You can help say “thanks” to teachers and staff by contributing food, items, or gift certificates:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:30pm – Staff Luncheon
This is an annual event to honor the Thoreau teachers and staff and let them know how much we appreciate everything they have done for our children throughout the year.  We rely on the generosity of Thoreau families in order to sponsor this event.  Please use the link below to sign-up for donations of food and other items.  If you have any questions or would like to help the day of the event, please contact Dorina Enes (aaron.dorina@gmail.com).  We would appreciate any contribution you are able to make – thank you!  – Dorina Enes

Sign-up: https://thoreauptg-staffappreciation2014-2015.wikispaces.com/11-+End+Of+Year+Staff+Appreciation+Luncheon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 8:45am-10:00am – 
Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Appreciation Breakfast
Who helps ensure your child gets to school safely? Who contends with crazy drivers?  Who battles the elements – rain, sleet, ice, or snow (or snow? or more snow?)?  Bus Drivers! Crossing Guards! The Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast honors these folks.  Please drop off food/items in the cafeteria by 8:30am on Wed. June 10.  Gift cards can be delivered in advance to the office (please include an envelope labeled “June 10 breakfast” and your name).

Many Thanks!  -Anne and Najah, Staff Appreciation Chairs

Sign-up: https://thoreauptg-staffappreciation2014-2015.wikispaces.com/12-+Bus+Driver+%26+Crossing+Guard+Appreciation+Breakfast

Annual Appeal Update

We have a week and a half to go before we budget for next year’s programing.  Please donate now so we can continue funding all the great programs your kids get at school (speakers, interactive workshops, authors, etc.).  We need to raise more money in the next 10 days, let’s make this happen!

I know we are a supporting group of parents, let’s put our tax deductible donations to good use! Thanks to the ten families who have donated in the last two weeks.  Any amount makes a difference!

Donate now:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/

SCHOOL COMMITTEE CALENDAR SURVEY

The School Committees recently established the 2015 Joint Calendar Advisory Committee to provide recommendations to inform future school calendar development. The Committee identified its primary goal as investigating calendar options that support continuity of student learning. Please complete the following survey by 6/1 to have your opinion heard! https://www.survey-monkey.com/s/LFJNHXV

PTG SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR 2015-16

The Staff Appreciation Committee plans and executes events and opportunities to recognize staff including monthly staff breakfasts, staff appreciation week events, bus driver/crossing guard event, and the end of the year staff luncheon. According to staff feedback, the monthly breakfasts are the number one thing we do as a PTG to support them. The Staff Appreciation team is looking for leadership. We are in need of two co-chairs, who will also serve on the PTG board, to spearhead this committee for the 2015-16 school year. Please contact Trish Siefer or Betsy Martel with questions or to discuss the position further. Visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fafaf2fa46-20152016  to sign up for this role or any of the other open roles within the PTG.

LUNCH SCHEDULE

Monday, May 25                     NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, May 26                    Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
Wednesday, May 27             Spaghetti
Thursday, May 28                 B Good Burgers
Friday, May 29                        Homemade Cheese Pizza

AROUND TOWN

7th Annual Adrian Martinez Track Classic

The 7th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place on Thursday June 4th at 5pm on the Track at Emerson Field in Concord, MA. The event – an evening of mile races for all ages and abilities – is a fundraiser for the Adrian A. Martinez Scholarship Fund and the CCHS Track & Field and Cross-Country programs. There are mile races for every age division from 8-under to 60+. There is even a first-timers mile for those who have never raced a mile on the track. The evening will finish with a set of elite races with prize money, featuring some of the best runners in the nation, including 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano. Register at www.martinezclassic.com, run a mile to support a good cause, and stay to watch some great racing!

2015 Garden Tour Volunteers Needed!

The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour is truly a ritual of spring, attracting hundreds of people to the gardens and supporting the Museum’s wonderful education programs. This year, there are six beautiful and unique gardens on the tour.

Each garden requires volunteers who check guests in, provide direction, and answer general questions; no gardening experience required!  We hope you will join us as a volunteer for one or more of these shifts. This is a wonderful way to spend a lovely spring day in Concord, see friends, and to support the Concord Museum.  Feel free to sign up with a friend.   Sign up soon to be sure to secure your desired shift.

This year’s Garden Tour will take place on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. We are recruiting volunteer guides for both days. The time slots on both Friday and Saturday are:

Shift 1   8:50 AM  –  11:00 AM (only 2 slots left for Saturday; none on Friday)
Shift 2   10:50 AM  –  1:30 PM
Shift 3   1:20 PM  –  4:00 PM

If you are interested in volunteering, please use the following link to sign up:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aa9ab2ca5f49-concord. If you have any issues with the link or signing up, please contact Carolyn Myers (carolynmyers2003@yahoo.com).

We are pleased to offer your ticket at a reduced price so that you may go on the tour yourself (members $20 / non-members $25). Just mention that you are a volunteer when you purchase them.

Thank you in advance!

Carolyn Myers
Garden Guide Coordinator

It’s Back…The 2015 PMC Kids’ Ride Concord on Sunday, June 14th

After a 1-year hiatus, the PMC Kids Ride Concord Team has decided to move the ride to the Willard School and hold the ride again this year! Kids ages 5-15 can ride to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal of conquering cancer. Registration is open and is $15 with a minimum of $25 fundraising required. To register go to http://www.kids.pmc.org/concord. The PMC Kids Ride includes young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission of raising money for cancer research. The program engages youth in philanthropy and promotes physical activity.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 28, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, March 24, 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.