FROM THE PTG CO-PRESIDENTS
Thank you Abby White and Betsy Dorr for running the Adult Social. Stay tuned for a Spring all-call to help plan the next get together!
Thanks to many of you for the great response to the Nutrition and Wellness Committee! We are looking forward to supporting this group in their district-wide efforts! Our representatives will be Chris Economos and Kim Hodder.
Also, the PTG Presidents were tasked with putting representatives on the new principal search committee. Three PTG officers (Trish Siefer (VP), Carla Macy (Co-President) and Shelagh Moskow (past Co-President)) will represent the parent community on this body and will be holding working sessions open to all to participate and provide input. A schedule will be forthcoming.
Just a reminder that this Tuesday is a Professional Day, so there is no school.
Also, don’t miss these Important Upcoming Events:
- School Committee Meeting, November 12th, 6:30pm, Ripley Building
- K/1 Coffee, November 15th, 8:45-10:30am, 56 Hill Street
- Sports Recycle Sale, November 16th, 9:30- 11:30am, Thoreau Cafeteria
- 3rd grade coffee, November 19th, 9:00am, 38 Aurora Lane
- Superintendent/School Committee Coffee: November 19th 7-8:30 pm, Peabody Forum
- Turkey Trot, November 27th, Thoreau School
Carla and Louisa
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
As promised, the Be’s are Buzzing at Thoreau School. This week we began our recognition program for students who are randomly “caught” being Respectful, Responsible and Safe. In just two days our Be Board proudly displays over 25 student Bees. We will be presenting Bees in all venues of our school, including cafeteria, playground, classroom and hallways, so “bee” on the lookout!
November begins the process for selecting the next Principal for the Thoreau School. The interview committee is presently being formed. I support the PTG in their selection of a past, present and future Co-PTG President to serve on the committee. Staff members who have volunteered for the committee include Pamm Faricelli, Shannon Granger, Peggy Harrington, Tom Hourihan, Laurel Jackson, Sarah Kaufman, Rachel Levesque and Laurie Link. Also invited to participate on the interview committee are a CTA representative, a K-5 principal, a central office administrator, and the director of METCO. During the week of January 13, all parents and staff will be invited to attend the finalist forums and to provide feedback on the candidates. By the week of January 27th, you should have a new Thoreau Principal (lucky person!!)
During the PTG meeting on Thursday we will continue the discussion of safety during drop-off and pick-up. To assist everyone during these times please remember:
- In the morning parking spaces are for drop-off not for parking.
- At dismissal parents wait in a group in the corner until contact is made with the teacher.
- Please do not move into the area where the student lines are moving.
- We love pets, but please keep dogs on a short leash as we have students who are afraid and/or allergic.
- If you or your child would like to play ball, please move to the field so that no child will be hit by a stray ball.
- Please walk your bikes across the front of the school.
- Please do not park in handicap spots, unless you are handicapped.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Anticipated Time Line
|November 4th||Staff input on qualities of next principal|
|November 18th -22nd||Assemble interview committee|
|December 8th||Advertise position|
|January 3rd||Applications close|
|Week of January 6th||Interviews|
|Week of January 13th||Finalist forums, site visits|
|Week of January 20th||Finalists interviews with Superintendent, reference checks, and contract|
COFFEE WITH THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT
The School Committee and Superintendent invite the Concord and Carlisle community members to join them for coffee and conversation on the following dates/time:
Tuesday, November 19, 7-8:30 pm Peabody Forum
Please join us! ~Diana Rigby and School Committee
THOREAU SPORTING GOODS RECYCLE SALE IS COMING SOON!
When: Saturday, November 16th 9:30am-11:30am.
We will be accepting donations of new and used youth sporting gear to raise funds for the Thoreau PTG. No outdated gear please. Examples of helpful donations include ice skates, skis/boots/poles, car racks, bicycles (no flat tires please), cleats of all kinds, and balls/bats/protective gear. Swap out the gear your children have outgrown for the next size up!
Drop off equipment donations on Friday, Nov. 15th from 4-8pm or on Saturday morning between 8:30 and 9:30am at the Thoreau Cafeteria. Thank you!
Volunteers needed on Friday evening to collect, sort, and price items and on Saturday morning to run the sale. firstname.lastname@example.org
KINDERGARTEN/1ST GRADE PARENT COFFEE
Please join us for a “School’s underway and pre-holiday” get-together, coffee, and light snacks. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents with children in Kindergarten and First Grade. Informal/Drop-in format; RSVPs welcome but not necessary. Pre-elementary siblings welcome! Friday, November 15, 8:45am – 10:30am at 56 Hill Street, West Concord. Contact Anne Remington, email@example.com -or- Stefanie Sim, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3RD GRADE COFFEE
Please stop by on Tuesday, November 19th at 9:00 am for coffee and refreshments and to connect with other 3rd grade parents. Plus learn more about the exciting PTG events you won’t want to miss. Non-school age siblings are welcome!
38 Aurora Ln, Concord MA 01742
Please RSVP by November 14th:
email@example.com Food donations are welcome. Please confirm with RSVP.
TURKEY TROT: NOVEMBER 27TH
The Turkey Trot is a school-wide, non-competitive “fun run” around the Thoreau School neighborhood. The “trot” or run will take place on Wednesday, November 27th. The run will begin after an all-school pep rally in the gym. The pep rally usually begins around 11:15am and the run begins around 11:40am. Parents and family members are welcome to come, watch the pep rally and the run, and cheer the kids on! The run is led by a mysterious, almost adult-like turkey. Different routes are designated depending on your child’s grade level…there is a shorter route for kindergarteners and a longer route for 1st-5th grade. This year there will be new running routes for all the children. Also new this year, NO permission slips required.
We need volunteers! If you are available to help on the morning of the 27th please email Lisa Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org, Betsy Martel, email@example.com, or Trish Siefer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE ADULT SOCIAL CHAIRS
Thank you to all who helped make Saturday night a great night to meet and catch up with friends! Natalie Gekle, Louisa Yamartino, Trish Siefer, Carla Macy, Pete DeRosa, Alex Glazier, Suzanne Mirak, John Keilty, Rose Waxler, and Suzy McCoy to name a few. We really appreciate all of your extra effort! If you missed it, be sure to come next fall!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Great job, folks! Our fall submission was sent to the box tops headquarters last week, and thanks to all of your diligent clipping we collected a whopping 2,053 box top coupons and bonus box tops. Many thanks to all who contributed and especially to those who have been accumulating their box tops coupons over the summer. Even those single coupons dropped in the collection box made a big difference.
Our classroom contest is officially under way! We are just out of the starting gate and here are the top-clipping classrooms for September/October: kindergarten = McKenna, 1st grade = Walsh, 2nd grade = Jackson, 3rd grade = Gallagher, 4th grade = Dillon, 5th grade = Lemaire.
But it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, folks. Keep clipping those coupons, and look for a scorecard (to be posted near the collection box soon) where we can all see our progress throughout the year. Meanwhile, here is a link to some valuable coupons ($9.05 worth) to help you save money on products that participate in the Box Tops for Education program: http://www.boxtops4education.com/savings-and-promotions/coupons. Create a username and password to get access to new savings every month. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or at 978-831-3058. Meanwhile, thank you for your support of this program…and keep clipping those box tops!!
– Kimber Lynn Drake
Box Tops for Education Coordinator
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
MISSING: There are still many Student Health and Emergency Forms (lavender) missing for the Health Office. They were sent home w/ student in the First Day packet. Please fill out and return to the Health Office ASAP. This includes emergency numbers, health info and authorization for
Tylenol (acetaminophen) among other important information on your child.
Also, please include the attachment. If you are not able to use it as an attachment, I will send in body of email.
Thoreau School Nurse
LOST & FOUND IN THE CAFETERIA
All items remaining on Friday, November 15, will be donated to a local charity. Please check it before then. On Conference Day, Tuesday, November 12, a table and bins will be set up in the main hallway with items remaining in the Lost & Found.
MCAS Schedule – March and May 2014
- March 18 Gr. 4 Long Composition
- March 19 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
- March 21 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
- March 24 Gr. 4 ELA
- March 26 Gr. 4 ELA
- May 7 Gr. 4 Math
- May 8 Gr. 4 Math
- May 13 Gr. 5 Science
- May 14 Gr. 5 Science
Please be mindful of these dates, and make every effort to have your children in school, and on time. Thank you for your cooperation. -Nancy Peterson, Principal
- Monday, November 11 No School
- Tuesday, November 12 Professional Day – No School
- Wednesday, November 13 Cheese Quesadilla
- Thursday, November 14 B-Good Burgers
- Friday, November 15 Cheese Pizza
Calling all Concord and Carlisle sports fans – Meeting Today!
Concord Carlisle at Play, the group leading the effort to rebuild the tennis courts and renovate the fields facilities at CCHS, invites the community to provide ideas and feedback at a public meeting on November 7 at Harvey Wheeler. See www.CCatPlay.org for more information.
Concord Carlisle Wrestling Club
The Concord-Carlisle Wrestling Club is for young athletes (3rd grade and up) looking build a solid base for any and all other sports in which they will participate, all in a fun and safe environment.
This Club will focus mainly on proper fundamentals and goal-setting. Members will learn the rules of collegiate wrestling while practicing and gaining education in physical and mental fitness.
After completion of the program, every wrestler will have increased body awareness, speed, mental, and physical toughness; foundation skills that can transfer across all sports and in life.
Clinic begins the first Monday in November and will continue until the end of January at CCHS cafeteria from 5:30-7pm. Contact Coach Eric Rivera: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-ups will continue beyond the first Monday in November.
Girl Scout Hoe Down
Come to the Girl Scout Hoe Down on Sunday November 17th from 3-5 at the Scout House (74 Walden Street)! The second grade brownies are sponsoring the hoe down, which will feature a square dance caller and music, cowgirl crafts, and snacks. $5/child, adults free.
Thea Hahn, Troop 75306
American Heart Association at CCHS
The Community Education department offers several more safety courses this fall.
- Pediatric First Aid: Tuesday, November 19, 6-9:30 PM
- CPR/AED (Heartsaver): Tuesday, December 3, 6-9 PM
The courses are also available as “hybrid” courses, with part online and followed by a brief skills session that is individually scheduled at CCHS. For more information visit www.ace.colonial.net or call 318-1432.
November Events at the Concord Free Public Library
Third Grade Book Eaters Club
Let’s share our favorite books (old & new). Plus games, crafts, and food!
November 20 at 4pm. Let’s explore different subjects in the Non Fiction area:
Pets, poetry, cooking, crafts, space, history…
Show & Tell… Bring a favorite Non Fiction Book to Share
Activity… Do the Dewey Decimal Hunt
Food… Dewey Mix Snack: What Do We mix together to remember the Dewey Decimal system?
A Book Discussion and Activity Club for Kids in Grade 4 & 5. Book Discussion: PI in the SKY by Wendy Mass. Copies of the book available at the Library. Activity: Make Mini Apple Pies. Tuesday November 12 at 7PM.
For both, register @ www.concordlibrary.org. Walk-ins also welcome. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. For more info call (978) 318-3358.
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 November 14, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 11, 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 email@example.com.