November 10, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Be sure to check out the newest addition to my blog at http://principalclough.wordpress.com.
–Kelly Clough

FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS

Just a couple of short reminders on this short week. The ballot vote for the CCHY building project is Tuesday, November 15 and the next PTG meeting is Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00 AM in the Thoreau Cafeteria. Enjoy the long weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents

AN INVITATION TO ALL 5TH GRADE STUDENTS

CCPI (Concord Carlisle Parents Initiative) is pleased to host the second session of APPLAUDD: A Prevention Program Learning About Underage Drinking & Drugs on Tuesday, November 15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Little Theater at CCHS. Learn about the rise of prescription drug use among students in detail from what is being abused, why they have become popular and how to handle and dispose of them in your household. Marilyn Belmonte, a veteran in drug abuse recognition and prevention among teens, will be giving an informed and engaging presentation with time for Q&A. APPLAUDD is geared for parents of students in grades 5-12. For more information contact ccpi.mass@gmail.com.

ANNUAL APPEAL

Thanks to the following families for their contributions this week: Sharifi, Quinn, Gibson, Richer, Wei, Johnstone and Newman Maguire. Remember, donate by November 30th and enter the raffle for great prizes including Bose IE2 Headphones, Reasons to be Cheerful gift card and Gift of Concord Gift Certificates. We are looking for participation — no amount is too small. Donate online by clicking the donate button at the Thoreau PTG website. Thank you!
Louisa Yamartino and Sharon Sharifi

CCHS BUILDING PROJECT

Don’t forget to vote in person, at the polls, on November 15, or by absentee ballot ahead of time. Absentee ballots are available at the Town House now. You can go online and request that a ballot be mailed to your house (www.concordma.gov), or you can go into the Town Clerk’s office, in the Town House, and vote then and there. It’s open during the week, 8:30am – 4:30pm. A family member can go to the Town House and request a ballot be mailed to the home/residence of another family member (spouse, college student). The deadline for applying for absentee ballot is noon on Monday, November 14 but needs to be received by Tuesday, November 15.

We will be investing tax dollars in the CCHS facility no matter what. Independent consultants, elected officials, appointed committee members and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) have all determined that the most cost-effective, sustainable solution to the myriad physical, operational and educational issues at CCHS will be to build a new facility. The MSBA has offered Concord and Carlisle $28.7 million in grant funds only for this specific CCHS Building Project. The MSBA rejected 10 alternative options, researched and analyzed as a part of the Feasibility Study, because costs were too high for the other proposals. These options included phased repairs, renovations and additions. The state grant offer expires in January. We have a short-lived opportunity to accept these grant funds to address the issues at CCHS. Visit www.cchsbuilding.org for more detailed information.
–The Committee 4CCHS

SCHOOL PHOTOS

Retakes for picture day will be done on November 16, 9-11am. If you are interested in having your child’s picture retaken, please email Robin Grace at robin.s.grace@mssb.com with your child’s full name, grade and teacher’s name ASAP so that we can set up a schedule in order to minimize classroom disruption that morning. Please be sure that your child brings in his/her old pictures that day (if not before). We will keep the old pictures just in case you want them back. Please keep the class photo as a gift. Any specific questions regarding your order can be directed to anne@coffeepond.com.
–Robin Grace

UNICEF COLLECTION and OTHER WAYS TO HELP

Thank you for your contributions to UNICEF this year. If your child has not returned their donations in the orange UNICEF box, please have them return the box to their classroom this week. Another great way to help UNICEF is to purchase cards and gifts at Shop UNICEF (www.unicefusa.org/shop). Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping for adults and children! From toys to ornaments, jewelry to stationery, calendars to candles, and holiday cards to home decor, every UNICEF card and gift you buy helps children around the world. Thank you for your continuing support!
–Jean Easterday, UNICEF Coordinator

LOST & FOUND

Be sure to check the Lost & Found in the cafeteria for your missing items. Anything left will be donated during the Thanksgiving break.

PTG DIRECTORIES STILL AVAILABLE

Great for playdates and birthday parties, as well as for knowing who to contact at school or in the PTG … if you still haven’t purchased your 2011-2012 Thoreau School Directory, it’s not too late! Print and fill out a Directory Order Form from the PTG website, attach your $20 check, and send it with your student to school. Remember, your purchase of a directory supports our children’s activities and services, courtesy of the PTG. Don’t miss out!

LUNCH MENU Week of November 14-18

Monday: Baked Potato Bar
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: B. Good Burgers
Thursday: Pesto Pasta
Friday: Comella’s Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.

AROUND TOWN

Are You Looking for Something Fun to do for Veteran’s Day Weekend?

The Abby Fund invites the entire community to Alcott Elementary School Gymnasium on November 12th for our Drum & Dance Workshop. The Abby Fund’s goal is to fill the gym with kids and their families and raise $20,000 to establish a scholarship endowment in honor of METCO alumni Abdirauf Abdullahi while promoting diversity in the CC community through music and education. The cost for a single child is $10; the family maximum is $30. Need a refresher about The Abby Fund, and what we’ve done in the past? Check out our website, http://www.theabbyfund.org/.

Running for Office Workshop

Have you considered running for elected office in Concord? Would you like to work on a local candidate’s campaign? Don’t miss the Running for Office in Concord Workshop on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 7:30pm at the Town House, 22 Monument Square. Learn the nuts and bolts of getting elected from a panel of local officials who will share their experiences and answer your questions. The workshop, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC), features Town Clerk Anita Tekle, Town Moderator Eric Van Loon, Selectman Carmin Reiss, School Committee member Peter Fischelis and Housing Authority Commissioner K.C. Winslow. Topics to be discussed include the election cycle, campaign finance laws and running a campaign. The League of Women Voters encourages the public to attend its free workshop. For more information contact VoterService@lwvcc.org or call 978-254-1598.

Concord Library Holiday Book Sale

Great selection of books in excellent condition—suitable for gifts! Prices will appeal to young gift givers.

  • Friday, December 2, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday, December 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday, December 4, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The popular book-and-toy bags will be for sale. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, www.concordlibrary.org Sale by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library

 

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 17, 2011. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 14, 2011.
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. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.