May 2nd, 2013

MCAS MATH & SCIENCE FAST APPROACHING

Mon., May 6             Gr. 3 and Gr. 5       Math

Tue., May 7               Gr. 3 and Gr. 5       Math

Wed., May 8            Gr. 4                           Math

Thurs, May 9              Gr. 4                           Math

Tue., May 14             Gr. 5                           Science

Wed., May 15          Gr. 5                           Science

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO THOREAU! 

The 7th Annual Thoreau School 5K and Kids Fun Run is Sunday, May 19th.

Mark your calendars for this fun family-friendly, community event!   All proceeds benefit the Thoreau PTG. For faster race day registration, a free t-shirt, and a reduced entry-fee, please pre- register online at:  https://www.thoreauptg.org .

Event Schedule:

10:00 am: Race Day Registration

11:00 am: 5K Run

12:00 pm: 1/2 mile (5 and under) and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run

A Family BBQ, Games, Award Ceremony and more will follow the race!

See you at the Finish Line!

The 2013 Thoreau Road Race Committee

Betsy Dorr and Karen Monks, Co-Chairs, Siobhan Mee, Julie Miller, Heather Swartwood, and Abby White

THOREAU COOKBOOK CALL FOR RECIPES!

Where can you find healthy kid-friendly meals in under 30 minutes you ask?  In the all-new Thoreau School Cookbook of course!  And,  our secret ingredient is YOU!  We need families to serve up some of their favorite recipes generously sprinkled with a 2-3 sentence anecdote about what makes this culinary dish special for your family.  We need lots of recipes, drawings from students and volunteers to whip up this masterpiece, so don your apron and lend your culinary expertise to this “Thoreauly” healthy kid-friendly epicurean effort.  Materials are due by June 15 to thoreaucooks@gmail.com.  If you prefer hard copy, please send your family recipes to your child’s teacher.  Cookbook will be available this coming Fall just in time for the holidays.  Let’s get cookin’!

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION

Did you know that lots of box tops have expiration dates of either June 1 or June 30?  If you have a bag of them sitting around that you’ve been meaning to turn in for months, please get them in the collection box now so that they get mailed in with our May submission.  (They don’t accept expired ones.)

Another good reason to turn in your box tops now is our classroom contest.  I’ll be emptying the collection box on May 24 and closing the books for the contest that weekend.  Don’t forget to put your child’s teacher’s name on the bag so that I can credit the right classroom!  Meanwhile, keep an eye on that scoreboard at the entrance to the school for updates.

–       Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator

 CALL FOR ROOM PARENTS FOR K-5 CLASSES FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

Room Parents assist the classroom teacher with scheduling volunteers in the classroom and/or for field trips; help organize classroom events/parties, send out email communications to the class about upcoming school and PTG events, and assist the PTG with certain events or fundraisers.  Assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis, with two parents assigned per class for grades K-4, and 3 parents per class for Grade 5.  We will begin accepting Room Parent applications on May 8, 2013.  Room Parents will receive more details after class lists are distributed in the summer.

If you are interested in applying to be a Room Parent for your child’s class, please email Amy Weber, the Room Parent Coordinator, amysweber@gmail.com, with the following information: Child’s name and grade, Parent’s name, phone number, and email address.  If you have twins in different classrooms, or children in different grades, please indicate 1st and 2nd choice in order of preference, or let us know if you are willing to serve both classes.

To ensure equal opportunity for everyone, we ask that you please email the above information to amysweber@gmail.com beginning on May 8, 2013 at 8am.  Feel free to email before then if you have any questions.

MOTHERS’ DAY GIFT: BUY A LETTER FOR THE ALPHABET GARDEN IN GROUNDS FOR LEARNING

Thoreau’s 5th Grade Girl Junior Scouts are helping create an Alphabet Garden for the soon-to-be renovated Grounds for Learning. The Girl Scouts are coordinating with the PTG to help raise money for signs, plants and a guide for this special learning garden.

Between now and May 3, online donations to PTG will “buy a letter” for the Alphabet Garden. For a donation of any size, your name will be included in the Alphabet Garden’s list of Letter Supporters. For the first 26 gifts of $15 or more, the Girl Scouts will give you a special thank you gift of a selection of floral post cards and two delicious flower-shaped cookies. These will be delivered to your child’s classroom before Mother’s Day – a lovely Mothers’ Day that will grow in the future!

To make a donation, go to www.thoreauptg.org and select “Donate”. Please include the following information in the special instructions before finalizing the donation:

Alphabet Garden

(optional) Letter to support: __

Classroom to deliver thank you gift

If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Moore, parent volunteer for Troop 72672 at kmoore.gm@gmail.com.

ANNUAL APPEAL THANKS

We are still trying to close the gap on this year’s annual appeal (and hope to do it soon with your help!), but it has been awhile since we have given a proper thank you to those who have recently given to the fund.  A gigantic thank you to the following families for their generous support: Keegan/Jiganti; Tubbs; Weber; Johnson; McCarthy; Jennings; Montbach/Bartlett; Bailey; Swartwood; Bettencourt; Grace; Keilty; Rothermel/Dettelbach; Hetzel-Conti/Conti; Callen/Bailey; Waxler; White; Sagie; Siefer; Farag-Davis/Davis; and Booth.  If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, you can send a check to the school or donate online at www.thoreauptg.org. Thanks so much!

5TH GRADE MUSIC & ART PROGRAMS

 5th Grade Parents:  Please mark your calendars with the following important dates.

Monday, May 20th 9:15-10:00. The 5th grade band, chorus and orchestra will perform a concert in school for a few classes.  Wednesday May 22nd is the night concert and the opening night of the Art Retrospective. The doors will open at 6:30 for parents to view their child’s art work. The concert will begin promptly at 7:15. We should be finished by 8:30. For both concerts the students need to wear White on top and Dark on the bottom. Notices have been sent home with the concert information.

“Sing”cerely,

Roseanne Swain

ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS CMS PTG NEEDS YOU!

Please check out the link to see what positions need filling during the 2013-2014 school year at CMS.  This is a great way to get involved at the Middle School. Most jobs require very little time yet have a very large impact at the school. These are chair or co-chair positions. If you have any questions about the jobs please Aimee Cupp cuppcrew@gmail.com.  Thank you in advance!!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040C49AAA9238-cmsvolunteers

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The latest School Committee Update is posted at www.concordpublicschools.net.

LUNCH MENU FOR APRIL 29 – May 3

Monday:  Beef hot dog, baked beans, fresh veggies with dip

Tuesday:  Early Release Day

Wednesday:  Cheese ravioli with marinara, green beans, and garlic toast

Thursday:  Baked fish patty of roll, homemade coleslaw

Friday:  WG stuffed crust cheese pizza, spinach and romaine salad

AROUND TOWN

Announcing CC at Play – Join us  TONIGHT, Thursday May 2 @ CCHS – 7:30 PM

Thousands of youth and adults play on the CCHS turf fields and work out at the Beede Center each year.  Master planning for a new project conceived in the same spirit – a major renovation of the recreation facilities at CCHS – is just getting underway.  You are invited to attend a series of public meetings to help make those facilities the best they can be!  The first public meeting is this Thursday @ 7:30-9:30 PM in the CCHS Auditorium.

Concord Carlisle at Play – the new name for a committee of parents, coaches, and interested citizens – hatched this idea last summer.  We aim to renovate and improve the existing lower grass fields, the lighted stadium, and the area at the top of the hill where five tennis courts resided.  Those facilities are used by CCHS baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, cross country, football, ultimate Frisbee, cheerleading, and band and a wide variety of youth groups including CC Youth Baseball and Softball, CC Youth Lacrosse, Pop Warner Football, and others.

Your input now will contribute to a significant aesthetic and functional upgrade to an important community asset.  The first meeting will be held Thursday May 2 @ 7:30 PM followed by site walks on Saturday May 11 @ 9:00-noon and May 16 @ 7:00-8:00 PM.  See www.CCatPlay.org for more information.

Concord Conservatory of Music “Play Day”

The Concord Conservatory of Music is proud to host “Play Day” Saturday, May 11, 11:45 AM – 5:00PM. Play Day is a whole day dedicated to celebrating music with our community and “Playing Together”! All proceeds from this event support the CCM Financial Assistance Fund. Last year CCM granted over $14,000 in assistance to area students. Come by CCM to hear student performances, drum with Jorge Perez-Albela, eat hot dogs, play musical games, try our “Instrument Petting Zoo” even have your face painted! 

Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement with music education.  As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. The mission of the Concord Conservatory of Music is to foster a sense of community through music by providing accessible high quality music education and performance opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Our vision is to provide a community center for high quality 21st century music instruction for all who desire itContact number or e-mail for readers who want more info 
   978-369-0010, or www.ConcordConservatory.org

Pop Warner Registration is Open

Registration for the 2013 Concord Carlisle Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program is open.  CCPW expects to field teams at 5 levels for players and cheerleaders from 2nd grade through 8th grade.  The first practice will be on August 11 and the season will open on September 7th.  You can register on line and get other information about the program at the CCPW website at www.ccpopwarner.com or call Kevin Smith at (978) 369-0634.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis so make sure we have a place for your son or daughter and sign up now.  All those who register by May 1st will receive a $25 discount.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN REGISTER NOW AND PAY IN AUGUST!

2013 GirlPower!

Girlpower is for girls ages 10-14 who are looking for a unique summer experience. A holistic wellness program in its sixth summer, GirlPower! brings together girls with different interests and abilities to learn, explore, exercise, create, relax, bond and nourish.  The program supports physical and social and emotional development with activities such as yoga, Barre Pilates, creative culinary and healthy eating demonstrations, journaling, local field trips, hiking, organic skin care, expressive dance (African, bellydance, Nia®) the art of dressing and body image, recycled art, and, of course, teen talk.

It moves from its CCHS location this summer, to Concord’s “Yoga & Nia for Life” studio in West Concord.

The fee includes lunch, snacks, professional instruction and materials. Workshop leader Susanne Liebich is a Concord-based yoga practitioner, certified Pilates instructor, certified Nia instructor, and dance instructor. She is accompanied by guest teachers who are experts in their fields. More at www.dancingwellness.com.

Three summer sessions

1.  June 24-28, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, $550   #1168

2. July 8-12, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, $550   #1169

3. 4-day session, Monday through Thursday, August 26-29, $440   #1170

Meets 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, at Yoga and Nia for Life

Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net.

Join the Fight to Conquer Cancer.  6th Annual PMC Kids Ride Concord Registration Open Now.

The PMC Concord Kids Ride will take place on Sunday, June 9th from 8:30-12 at Middlesex School in Concord. This is the 6th year of the ride and we hope to break a record with at least 500 kids riding.  Kids from ages 5-15 from Concord, Carlisle, Sudbury, and Lincoln are encouraged to sign up to ride for 1,5,10 or 15 miles.  Ride to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Kids under the age of 5 can take part in the Kids Junior Ride as well so bring the whole family. The morning includes lots of festivities, food and of course the ride.  For more information, to register to ride or volunteer online go to http://www.kids.pmc.org/concord.

Friends of the Concord Free Public Library’s Thursday Author Series

Diane Frampton, author of the highly praised cookbook, “Eat Well … Feel Good. Practical Paleo Living,” is the May 9 speaker of the Thursday Author Series. Frampton’s original engagement to speak in March was rescheduled because of snow.

The Thursday Author Series is a program of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Frampton will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m., in the Periodicals Room or the main library. There is no charge.

Music This Summer With IMSCC

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) will offer individual instrumental and vocal lessons again this summer to new and continuing students. Lessons with IMSCC are designed to complement the K-12 music curriculum. Summer lessons are available for the following instruments: Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion (drums), violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano and voice.

The IMSCC was established by the Concord/Concord-Carlisle Schools in 1980 to support the music curriculum with fee-based after-school instruction. For registration materials and information about our flexible summer program, Tuesdays June 25-August 20, please call 978-341-2490 ext. 7152, dlevine@colonial.net or www.ace.colonial.net/IMSCC.

Does Your Child Like To Run?  Is He Or She Fast?  Can He Or She Throw Or Jump Far?

The Concord Recreation Department offers a short, fun, experiential, introductory youth track clinic for children born 1999-2004.  Events include four different individual running distances based on one’s age group, the standing broad jump, a softball throw, and the 4 x 100 relay.  The clinic includes a scrimmage and concludes with a meet with surrounding towns.  Held on three Fridays, 3:45 – 5:15, at the Emerson Playground track, with the scrimmage on Tues. June 4 and the meet in the evening of Thursday, June 13, also in Concord.  Starts Friday, May 24.  Register in person at the Hunt Gym or by calling 369-6460.

▪                Principal Kelly Clough’s Bloghttp://principalclough.wordpress.com

▪                MCAS Schedule: https://www.thoreauptg.org/mcas/

▪                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 MAY 9, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, MAY 6, 2013. Submission guidelines: 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 and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.