October 16, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

The PTG year is in full-swing!  Lots of volunteers have been pitching in to organize all sorts of enrichment and activities!

– If you have a 3rd grader, did you hear about the visit from author/illustrator Grace Lin yesterday?  Every grade will have an author visit sometime this year, all made possible by your generous contributions!

– Hope to see lots of families at the BOOK FAIR tomorrow night, Friday, October 17.  Buy used and new books, and get dinner for your family!

–  Did you notice the Yankee Candle fundraiser packet in your child’s backpack?  Yankee Candle has been a very popular fundraiser at Alcott, and we are giving it a try this year!  Hope you find some great gifts!

– Finally, consider time out for yourself- kid-free!  Attend the all school SOCIAL on November 1st!

Also, Principal Mahoney’s second coffee is this Wednesday, October 22 at 9:30 in the cafeteria!  Topic:  Building a Healthy Community.  Everyone is welcome!

Carla and Trish


The New and Used Book Fair begins with Family Night, this Friday, October 17, 5:30-8:00.  Family Night will be kicked off this year with our Librarian, Ms. Pettyjohn, reading a book in the Library at 6:00pm. Attending Family Night is an exciting way to purchase great books and there will be pizza, salad, homemade cookies, apples and crafts in the library.

The Book Fair continues with classroom visits next week, Wednesday, October 22 through Friday, October 24. 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 and for classroom visits.  Please sign up by clicking this link:   www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/77882634013

Used book collection began on Tuesday, October 14, and runs through Friday, October 17, so collect your child’s good quality books to donate to the fair. Please, no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes. 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 bring them to the school.

Proceeds from the fair provide funds for a local charity as well as books for our teachers’ classroom wish lists and the library.  Any family in need of financial assistance should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque at rlevesque@colonial.net or 978-341-2490 ext. 3165.


Buy your tickets for the Thoreau Adult Social on Nov 1st! Tickets are $25 and available online: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42694079871973

You can also find the link on the PTG website under Support Thoreau/Adult Social.

We will also be selling tickets at the Book Fair Family Night on October 17th.  This year’s social will be held at the Concord Art Association and will feature catered heavy hors d’oeuvres, yummy desserts, beer, wine and a fall specialty cocktail, music and more!

For Boston families, we will arrange a bus to and from the event. If you are planning to attend, please email Ali Sullivan at alison.poett@gmail.com no later than October 27th, so we know how many people will need transportation.

Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need. Please contact Rachel Levesque at rlevesque@colonial.net.


Look out for our new Yankee Candle Fundraiser pack in your kids’ backpacks. Start shopping online now with our group number # 990070371! For holiday catalog delivery please have sales slips into teachers by November 11. Feel free to shop until January 15, 2015! Please call or email jenmcgrath33@comcast.net or call 978.621.6038 with any questions.


Thanks again to everyone who donated costumes, volunteered time, and attended our first Annual Costume Resale.  Please remember that the week following Halloween, we will leave the bin out to collect costumes for next year.  Save space in your house by donating your costumes right after Halloween!


If you shop at Amazon please set up your AmazonSmile account to benefit the Thoreau PTG.  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.  Sign in and select Thoreau PTG.  You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.   You need to shop through Amazon Smile website and not Amazon directly for the donation to work.  0.5 percent of the sale will go to Thoreau PTG.


If you have gently used winter coats, boots, hats and mittens, please consider donating them to Thoreau families in need. Clothes may be dropped off at school or you can arrange a pick-up of your items by contacting Tiffany Pomeroy at tiffany_thompson72@yahoo.com.


Earn cash for our school by clipping BOX TOPS!  Our first deadline is Friday October 24.  Thank you for your support…and keep clipping!


Want to be sure you keep on top of the latest news and events at Thoreau this year? You’ve got two great options! Find great, evolving content on the PTG website (https://www.thoreauptg.org), including Principal Mahoney’s blog posts, a full calendar of events throughout the year, details on after-school programs, classroom/teacher links, sources for new families, and more! To get updates pushed right to your desktop, visit the Thoreau Elementary School PTG page on Facebook — be sure to “Like” (and “Show in News Feed”). Here’s to a great year!!


Monday, October 20            Chicken Patty on Wheat Roll

Tuesday, October 21           NO LUNCH

Wednesday, October 22     Mac and Cheese

Thursday, October 23          Tacos with Beef

Friday, October 24               Homemade Cheese Pizza


Concord Youth Theatre

A nerdy florist finds true love and success with the help of a giant man-eating plant with an insatiable appetite for flesh and blood.  Goofy, fun, a little dark, comedic rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors, is hilarious entertainment!  Concord Youth Theatre’s Teen Performance Company (grades 9-12) will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on October 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm with matinees at 2:30 pm on October 18 and 19.  Performances are at CYT’s black box theatre on 358 Baker Ave in West Concord. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. Performances are appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Halloween Costume Party

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 18th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden Street). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, amazing raffle prizes, costume parade and treats. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members. For further information about the Halloween Party and Concord Family Network, visit our website at www.concordfamilynetwork.org or contact concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com. Thanks to Roche Brothers, Stop & Shop, Concord Toy Shop, Reasons to be Cheerful, Vincenzo’s, Jam Time and Music Together for sponsoring our event!

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s Annual PumpkinFest, Sunday, October 19th, 2-4pm on Emerson Field

Come and enjoy fun for the whole family—games and activities for kids, crafts, music, Reasons to be Cheerful ice cream, a costume parade, and prizes!  Please register in advance at www.cccommunitychest.org   Pre-registration is $10 per child, $30 per family maximum.  Registration includes one pumpkin per child.  (Day of event registration is $15 per child, family discount does not apply, and pumpkins only if available.)  Come and learn about the Community Chest and many of the programs and agencies that the Chest supports.  We are neighbors helping neighbors!

Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools – Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Please join us for a parent coffee on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10am-12pm, 121 Hubbard Street, Concord.  Please join us for a cup of coffee, connect with old friends and make some new ones. Learn about how we provide information and support to families in the community.  New families are encouraged to attend. RSVP by Friday October 17, 2014 at concordsepac@gmail.com.  Small children are welcome.

Beacon Santa Fund

The Beacon Santa Fund is a nonprofit organization administered through GateHouse Media New England. Since 1965, Beacon Santa has helped families provide holiday gifts for their children. The fund helps families in Concord and 14 other communities. Donations pay for vouchers for food, clothes and toys at area supermarkets and department stores.  If you might benefit from this program please contact  the Concord Community Services Coordinator, Aileen Buford, for an application and information about the program.  The due date for applications is October 31, 2014.   Call 978.318.3034 or email abuford@concordma.gov to request an application.

SMOC Fuel Assistance Program

SMOC Fuel Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help residents afford the cost of heat during the winter months.  Eligibility is based on gross annual income and household size.  Eligible households receive assistance paid directly to their heating vendor. Heat types include oil, gas, electric and propane.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, determining your eligibility or would like to request and application packet, please contact Aileen Buford, MSW -Community Services Coordinator, at 978-318-3034 or abuford@concordma.gov.

Center for Parents and Teachers Program: Fostering Self-Reliance in Our Young Children

Final registration call for “Fostering Self-Reliance in Our Young Children: How Parents Can Help Children Build Skills that Promote Self Esteem, Competence and Mastery,” as Special four-part series for parents of children 4 yrs old through Grade 2.  This program, starting Monday, October 20, will offer parents a perspective on why the development of self-reliance is so important for a child’s success in school and in all areas in life.  By participating in this four-part workshop, parents will gain more confidence in their parenting skills to elicit their child’s cooperation and initiative.  They will be able to establish realistic expectations about their child, create discipline strategies that foster self-reliance, and understand better what motivates their child’s behavior.  This all leads to more satisfying parent-child interactions as parents become more effective in mobilizing the child to accomplish what is needed to be done.  Led by Popular and Effective Workshop Facilitator Patricia Marquis, LICSW, Family Therapist, Parent Educator, Teacher Trainer.  Mondays, October 20, 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, 2014   Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM.   Fee:  $120 for all 4 sessions helps support the work of the Center for Parents and Teachers but you can offer us what you can afford — Families in need of financial assistance are encouraged to inquire.  No family will be turned away due to inability to pay so please simply let us know what you can afford.  If interested , please pre-register by emailing CPT at cpt@colonial.net and write  “Fostering Self-Reliance” in the subject line of the email. Or call CPT at 978-202-1143.  Learn more about CPT at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Concord Carlisle Newcomers and Neighbors

New to Concord or interested in meeting new people?  Check out our calendar of events at concordcarlislenewcomers.org.  We would love to meet you at the First Friday coffee or at one of our many special social events.  We represent residents of all ages and diverse life experiences.  We also draw community connections through a variety of interest groups – see the list online.  Email us at ccnewcomers@gmail.com for more information.

CC Youth Lacrosse Registration for Boys & Girls: Important Registration Date Changes

Please note: CC Youth boys and girls lacrosse registration dates for grades 3 – 8 are changing.  This is being pushed up because our league needs to know by early January the number of teams per grade in order to prepare field and referee coordination.  Plus, this will allow the spring sports to work together coordinating fields and produce our schedules earlier for your convenience.

The registration timeline is as follows:

  • Registration opens on November  1
  • Registration has a soft close on December 15
  • You can register from December 16th – January 5th with a late fee of $35 and your son/daughter will be guaranteed a spot on a team
  • If you register January 6th or later then you will be put on a waitlist.  Your son/daughter cannot be guaranteed a spot at this point.

Grades 1 and 2 is a clinic style environment and will take registrations through April for that age.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey Programs Are Open For Registration For The 2014-2015 Season

The Mosquito program is geared for Boys and Girls who were born between 1/1/2007 and 12/31/2010.  For the 2014-1015 season, the CCYH Mosquito participants will skate on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:10am – 9:10am at the Middlesex School. Programs will begin the first week of November and will run through the end of February.  Our coaches will help kids to improve their skating, and learn the basics of stick-handling, passing and game awareness.  Our program follows USA Hockey’s ADM model focusing on small area games and drills that help kids learn the game in a fun, age-appropriate way. To register online, please visit www.CCYH.org. For more information on both programs, you can contact TJ Umina at tj.umina@comcast.net.

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Math Resources for Parentshttp://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 23, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, October 20, 2014. 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.