October 12, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Book Fair, Yankee Candle, Halloween Costume Resale, Box Tops, Adult Social, Concord Cooler Fair Funds

Around Town:  Special Education, CCYH, Concord Youth Theatre, Concord Conservatory of Music, The Center for Parents and Teachers, CC Adult & Community Education, Emerson Wellness Center, Concord Public Library

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Thank you to all those families who took the time to go through their bookshelves and donate so many gently used books to the Annual Book Fair! Thank you too, to all the volunteers working behind the scenes to get everything in order for tomorrow’s Family Night and the Book Fair next week. We hope to see you there!

Seeking individuals for Thoreau Capital Funds Committee
Did you know that a considerable portion of the Thoreau PTG’s budget is specifically earmarked for Capital Projects? Over the years this fund has been used for small Capital expenditures, but we have the opportunity to do so much more. The PTG is seeking individuals for a new committee charged with soliciting Capital Project ideas from the Thoreau Community and creating a path forward for how best to use these funds. We are looking to have representation from all grade levels, as well as teachers on the committee. If interested or have any questions, please contact Deb Antonangeli (deb.antonangeli@gmail.com) or Kathleen Dohoney (dohoneyk@gmail.com).

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter’s Parent Survey
As part of her entry plan, Dr. Hunter is trying to gather as much feedback as possible from parents in the community.  Please consider completing the brief survey before October 15, 2017.  The survey is located at: https://goo.gl/forms/s188NrbjwrNTNTPe2

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The response to our call for volunteers has been amazing this year! Every Committee/Event has a Chair to lead it! THANK YOU!

Click here to see which Chairs are still seeking a partner to help Co-Chair and/or learn the ropes. In addition, the Thoreau-ly Green Committee and the Service Learning Committee just started to recruit members.  Check them out!



The Book Fair begins with Family Night, this Friday, October 13, 5:30-8:00.  Family Night is a fun filled Thoreau tradition you don’t want to miss. Come for dinner, choose from a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages and enjoy story time and crafts in the library for the little ones.

The Book Fair continues with classroom visits next week, Wednesday, October 18 through Friday, October 20. The schedule for classroom visits has been communicated through the classroom parents and is posted outside the main office.

We still need volunteers for Family Night. Please sign up on the PTG website here www.thoreauptg.org/volunteer/.

There is still time to donate your used books! Please place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.
Please contact Susan Gillick at sagillick@gmail.com or Laura Koh at lauralabriola@gmail.com with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at gestjules@gmail.com with questions about the Used Book Fair.  Any family in need of financial assistance should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque, at rlevesque@concordps.org.

 YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER: In the coming days your child should bring home the packet for our annual Yankee Candle Fundraiser.  This fundraiser is an excellent source of income for the school as we get to keep 40% of all sales.  Please take a moment to review the packet and return all orders to your teacher by Friday, 10/27 (orders are guaranteed for Thanksgiving).  Money should be submitted with the order form and all checks made payable to ‘Thoreau PTG’.  You can also follow the easy steps located within the packet to order on-line.  If you have any questions please contact Jenifer Perry at jeniferlperry@gmail.com
Thank you so much for your continued support of Thoreau!!
Fundraising co-chairs: Jen Perry & Megan Holsinger

WE NEED HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!: Please bring your gently used costumes and accessories (kids and/or adults) to the donation box in the front hallway at the Thoreau School. Our 4th annual Halloween Costume Resale Party will be held on Friday, October 20th from 5:30-7:30 PM to benefit the Thoreau PTG. Pizza will be available for purchase that evening so come hungry and ready to shop and have fun! Festive crafts and games will be available for all ages. Please help us support all of the wonderful programs sponsored by our PTG, and make the world a greener place by recycling those fabulous dance recital dresses, costumes from years past, and hats, wigs, and masks!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION 2017-2018: Hello from your “Box Tops Mom,” also known as the Box Tops for Education® Coordinator for Thoreau School.

The Box Tops for Education program is an easy way for families to get involved in helping their school. Just by using General Mills products that display the Box Tops logo, clipping the coupons from the label or box and sending them in to school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need for the PTG, teachers and school. You can find Box Tops on thousands of your favorite products.
It does not cost you anything to participate, but the coupons we collect together can add up to a significant sum for the PTG.  In a typical year we earn about $1,500.00 – enough to fund some very cool enrichment programs for the kids!

Here’s how to participate:  as you are bringing your bottles, cans and product boxes to the recycle bin, look them over to find any Boxtops for Education coupons.  To see what a Box Top coupon looks like and to find a complete list of participating products, go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products .  Clip out the dashed-line rectangle containing the logo and the tiny words “official coupon”, put them in a small plastic bag and drop them in the collection box just inside the front door at Thoreau.  Please include your child’s name and their teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag so that their classroom gets credited for the box tops.

We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 27.  All box top coupons in the collection box by the end of the day on this date will be included in our December payout check from General Mills.  After that, please keep collecting for the next one!

We will be tallying coupon counts by classroom, with the top-collecting class from each grade winning a prize at the end of the year.  So please make sure to include your child’s teacher’s name in that bag of coupons.

If you have any questions, please contact me at kimber.drake@comcast.net or at 978-831-3058.  Meanwhile, thank you for your support…and keep clipping those box tops!!

These are just a few of the fantastic auction items available for bidding at the Thoreau Adult Social. Don’t miss out!
Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm at the Concord Art Association
Invitation link:
Password: thoreau

COOLER CONCORD FAIR FUNDS: Thoreau School was awarded $1,000 to spend on sustainability efforts.  Please send in your ideas!
Earlier in 2017, many in our school community participated in the “Cooler Concord Fair.”  As a result, our school was awarded $1,000 based on “excellent family attendance and commitment to energy-saving actions.”  The rules of the award require us to state before November 1st how we propose to apply the funds towards sustainability efforts in Thoreau during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Now is the time to send in your ideas about how our school should spend those funds!  For example, do you think that we should:

  • Buy LED light bulbs?
  • Buy solar chargers to use with some of the school computers?
  • Regular composting?
  • Or some other idea that will reduce energy use (e.g. electricity) at Thoreau or increase sustainability in another way?

Please send your ideas to Rebecca Woodward (rebwoodward@gmail.com), current chair of Thoreau-ly Green, ASAP, or no later than Friday, October 20th.  Also, if you are a parent interested in becoming an active volunteer with Thoreau-ly Green, which aims to engage students and our Thoreau community in fun and educational ways re: the environment & sustainability, please write to Rebecca about that, as well!


You’re invited!  Please join Jessica Murphy, Special Education Director and Laurie Hunter, Superintendent to discover more about special education.
Are you interested in learning more about special education in our schools?  Do you have questions but are not sure who to ask?
The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invite you to join us for an information sharing event, Q&A session and coffee on October 19th, from 10:00-11:30 am at the Ripley Building in Conference Room 1.
Our Special Education Director Jessica Murphy will discuss special education in our districts and Laurie Hunter, our new Superintendent will share her initial thoughts.  This is a great opportunity to find out about the special education process and to meet other parents and caregivers. If you already have questions for Jessica or Laurie, please submit these by 10/12 to concordsepac@gmail.com. 

For planning purposes, please RSVP via the Eventbrite link on the bottom of our homepage at concordsepac.org

CCYH: Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey announces that registration is open for Hot Shots, Learn-to-Skate, and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs. Please go to www.CCYH.orgfor a description of all programs and to register online. Contact Andi Rice at andi.rice@comcast.net with any questions

CONCORD YOUTH THEATRE: The Concord Youth Theatre Teen Company will perform The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Featuring an eclectic group of six adolescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, the tweens disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives while they spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride, complete with audience participation!

Come see CYT’s talented high school actors perform one of the funniest musicals ever written!  Performances are October 12, 13, 14 at 7:30; October 14 & 15 at 2:30. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by calling the box office at 978-371-1482.

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: CCM Theory Classes for all ages—The Path to a Positive & Fun Music Education—Are you or is your child learning an instrument, and want to learn more effectively? The Musician’s Toolbox is a four-week, multi-level theory workshop. Theory classes teach the fundamentals that enhance music instruction while creating better listeners. Beginner students will develop basic note-reading skills, discover how to count rhythm patterns, read key signatures and understand scales and intervals. CCM offers two workshop levels, twice a semester, tailored to the participating students’ needs. For details, visit www.ConcordConservatory.org or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

“De-stressing Parents:  Raising Kids with Less Stress and More Success” presented by Robert Evans, Ed.D. on Monday October 23rd at 7 PM at the Concord-Carlisle High School
There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches so much of a person so deeply—or so unpredictably. As the pace of life accelerates, media influences intensify, and the future grows less predictable, parents find it harder to be confident—harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how reduce their children’s stress—and their own. Rob Evans will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping at home and school.  This program is being offered free to all participants thanks to a Healthy Concord grant.  To plan for the event, kindly sign up at the following registration site: https://de-stressingparentsandraisingkidswithmoresuccess.eventbrite.com

“Raising a Student-Athlete: Sports Parenting in the 21st Century” presented by Adam H. Naylor, EdD, CC-AASP on Monday Nov 6th at 7 PM at the Concord-Carlisle High School
Dr. Naylor, professor at BU and author of many books including The Sport Parent’s Playbook, will focus on how to support your child’s health and thriving throughout their sporting experiences. Consideration will be given to the parent’s role in developing confident and resilient young athletes and how to manage the stress of increasingly complicated sporting decisions which families face. This talk provides a “playbook” to help guide parents through their child’s entry into sports, through the competitive years, and onto lifelong appreciation for healthy athletics. Parents and Coaches are encouraged to attend.  The $8 fee supports the cost of bringing this program to our community.  Pre-registration required!  Please sign up at: https://sportsparentingdiscussionwithadamnaylor6nov2017.eventbrite.com

“INSPIRE: a 6-week Parent Support Group for parents of children with special needs (4-9 years old)” facilitated by Patricia Marquis, LICSW for 6 Monday mornings (9:30 to 11 AM) beginning October 16 until November 20, 2017 at the Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road. All 6 sessions for $60 (please inquire about full scholarship if needed — no questions asked — email us at cpt@concordps.org and type “INSPIRE” in the subject line.  Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and for the long haul. The group will cover meaningful topics to them which may include how to: Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced on a daily basis; Cope and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy for their child; Restore trust and hope in their lives by creating positive connections with others and healing disconnections. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED at: https://inspiresupportgroupforparentsfall2017.eventbrite.com
For greater convenience, you can sign up for any programs at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education: Bystander intervention training. Ever encountered a potentially intimidating situation where another person could use an ally and you wanted to help – but didn’t? Join others to discuss scenarios where others are using hurtful language or actions, and learn tools and strategies that will better equip you to handle these situations. Led by Alisa Chapman, Middlesex Community College Director of Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, and offered through Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. Register at www.concordcarlisleace.org or by calling 978-318-1432. Thursday, Nov. 2, 9:30 to noon, at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. Registration is free but seats are limited.

Emerson Wellness Center: An empowerment workshop for Girls 8-12
Now in its 10th year, GirlPower! empowers girls in fun and creative ways to discover strengths and make connections with other girls. This year’s theme, “Inspirational Women” explores the lives of women who made a difference, who overcame challenges and influenced society.
This full-day workshop will explore the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, philanthropist and art lover. Includes a tour of the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, journaling, sketching, creative movement, an urban hike through Emerald Necklace, supplies, lunch and transportation. Enrollment limited.
Instructor Susanne Liebich is an experienced facilitator and certified movement instructor who has conducted GirlPower! programs for 10 years. She has worked with girls of all ages and abilities to help them achieve self confidence, health and wellness. October 22, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,  Emerson Wellness Center and ISGM museum $115    Register online:  www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777.

CONCORD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Book Groups: BookEaters & BookMarkers

Third Grade BookEaters: meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4-5pm. Let’s share our favorite books (old & new), plus games, crafts, and food!
October 18th @ 4pm: Let’s talk about Mysteries & Scary Stories. Bring a favorite mystery or scary book to share, touch & feel terrifying tale, stir up a slimy snack.

Grades 4-6 BookMarkers: meet on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 3 – 4 pm to discuss books written by award winning author Katherine Paterson.  We will come up with a list of questions to ask the author at her talk at the Library on Saturday, October 21.  We will also help decorate a scarecrow for the library’s scarecrow festival.

Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street Concord, MA 01742

For more information about this or any library event, please refer to the website at www.concordlibrary.org