October 19, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Facing Difference Challenge, Thoreau Directory, Yankee Candle, Halloween Costume Resale, Adult Social, Box Tops, Concord Toy Shop, Concord Cooler Fair Funds

Around Town:  Special Education, CCYH, Concord Conservatory of Music, The Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Family Network, Concord Board of Health, Concord Ed Fund

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

It was great to see people at Tuesday night’s PTG meeting! Thank you for coming and sharing your ideas.  Our monthly Thoreau PTG meetings alternate morning and evening every month so as to best fit busy parent schedules.  Detailed minutes are posted on the PTG website, so take a peek if you want to see what you missed!

Speaking of the website, check out the Children’s Programming Calendar.  Grades 1 – 5 were treated to Storyteller Odds Bodkin on October 11th who used tales with music and character voices to teach how kindness works best.  Ask your kids about it and look ahead on the calendar to see what is up next

Congratulations to Book Fair Chairs Susan Gillick and Laura Koh (new books) and Julie Bailey (used books) for another successful Family Night Book Fair last Friday and book fair week this week! Such success would not have been possible without all the volunteers who sorted bags of donated books, ran the cash registers, donated food, hosted class visits this week, and did much behind the scenes.  Thank you!  It’s wonderful to see the students get so excited about books!

If your children get equally excited about Halloween, or simply enjoy a Friday night pizza dinner, don’t miss the 4th Annual Halloween Costume Re-sale Party tomorrow night from 5:30 – 7:30.

Lastly, for the adults, scroll below to see how you can buy tickets for the Adult Social and Silent Auction on November 4th!

So much is going on! 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).

Concord Carlisle Joint School Committee Meeting in Boston this month

In an effort to be more accessible to our Boston families, the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Committees will be hosting their next joint meeting in Boston.  It will be Tuesday, October 24 as originally scheduled, at the New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Avenue in Hyde Park.  Agenda items will include a Town Hall Q&A session, a METCO report, and discussions of Budget and School Committee Goals.
As always, all families from Boston, Concord, and Carlisle are welcome to attend.
For questions or more information, you can reach the School Committees at concordschoolcommittee@concordps.org or concordcarlisleschoolcommittee@concordps.org.


FACING DIFFERENCE CHALLENGE: Ask your children the new Students Rebuild fundraising project that is being coordinated by our school librarian, Karen Pettyjohn. For the challenge, students are to create meaningful self-portraits that “reflect their sense of identity” and submit them to Mrs. Pettyjohn in the library.  Each self-portrait earns $3.00 for students in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and the Caucasus.  Our team is registered as “Concord Carlisle Kids Care”, so involve your older kids as well!

  • Students may make more than one self-portrait, and also may make portraits of other students.
  • Students may use any art media and technique. Portraits should be at least 5 x 5 inches.
  • The project ends on May 4, 2018.

Details are in the library, or visit the Students Rebuild webpage with introductory video http://studentsrebuild.org/facingdifference for more information.

 THOREAU DIRECTORY: By now, you should have received the Thoreau Directory. They were distributed to each classroom on Monday. If you would like an additional copy, it is $5/copy. You can order online, https://www.thoreauptg.org/school-directory/ or send in a check with your child, payable to “Thoreau School PTG”.  Any questions, please email Prow: psarns@hotmail.com.

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

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME SALE IS THIS FRIDAY: Just a reminder that this Friday, October 20, is our Annual Halloween Costume Resale Party in the Cafeteria, from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Please join us for costume shopping, crafts and a pizza dinner.  We have really awesome costumes in all sizes – thank you to our wonderful Thoreau families for donating some absolutely adorable and scary costumes. It will be a fun event for all – even if you have already purchased this year’s Halloween costume, come out for pizza (hello, no cooking!!), crafts, and fun!   Credit, cash and checks will be accepted and all proceeds will go to the Thoreau PTG.  We still need volunteers!   Sign up here to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0549a5a92ea7ff2-thoreau

After all your volunteering you deserve a night out, sans kiddos. Come sip & socialize with your Thoreau pals at the once a year Adult Social: Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm at the Concord Art Association
Invitation link:
Password: Thoreau

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!!

SIP & SHOP AT THE CONCORD TOY SHOP: Please join us for a great night of shopping and sipping at the Concord Toy Shop.  Come to purchase your holiday gifts and have a glass of wine on Thursday, November 30th from 6-9PM and Thoreau PTG will receive 15% of all sales!!  This promises to be fun night with friends and to top it off, the Toy Shop will gift wrap free of charge 🙂
Questions? Jen Perry jeniferlperry@gmail.com or
Megan Holsinger  megansholsinger@gmail.com

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!


Want to understand how to navigate the complexities of special education?
Need some help with learning how to advocate?
Want to understand your child’s Basic Rights better?
Have specific questions for an expert?

If you answereed ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us at our Basic Rights workshop. The event will provide you with an overall understanding of the special education laws and procedures. You will learn how to better develop the partnership with your child’s school and understand your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts Education Law.
When: November 7, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
Presented by: Federation for Children with Special Needs

For more detailed information about the workshop and to RSVP via Eventbrite, please visit our website at concordsepac.org
Jointly hosted by the Concord, Concord-Carlisle and Carlisle SEPACs

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 CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Schedule a Free Trial Voice Lesson at Concord Conservatory of Music during the Week of October 23 – 28th. Wondering if voice lessons are right for you or your child?  Wonder no more, give voice lessons a try for free at the Concord Conservatory of Music. Join us for your free trial private lesson during the week of October 23 through the 28th.  Experience one-on-one attention from a highly accomplished voice instructor, and learn how to improve your tone and pitch while expanding your vocal range. Sign-up is easy; please visit https://concordconservatory.org/FreeVoiceLesson to choose your day and time for your free trial voice lesson. The lesson time that you select will be your lesson slot for the semester if you do take lessons. Financial assistance is available. For information, visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@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.
On Friday, November 17th at 7 pm, CCM presents Chamber Music performed by the Piano Trio featuring CCM faculty members violinist Angel Valchinov, and cellist Hyun-Ji Kwon, and with guest musician Keun Young Sun on piano. The trio will perform works by composers Brahms, Mozart, and much more. CCM’s Faculty Concert Series brings world-class performers to our local community. All Trio members are highly accomplished and have performed throughout the US and abroad over many years. Concert sponsor Enterprise Bank, many other generous donors and a grant from the Concord Cultural Council helped us bring Chamber Music, our first concert of the 2017 – 2018 season, to our community. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, Free for students 18 and under. To buy tickets online, go to www.ConcordConservatory.org. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.  CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

“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

CONCORD FAMILY NETWORK: Annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 29th from 3:30-5 PM at The Scout House (74 Walden Street, Concord). There will be games, crafts, treats and a raffle! CFN will happily be donating half of all raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. Members: Free. Non-Members $3/child ($10 max/family). Please email questions to concordfamilynetwork@gmail.com or go to concordfamilynetwork.org for details.

CONCORD BOARD OF HEALTH: Pease join the Concord Board of Health for a free community Narcan training on Thursday Nov 2nd at 7:00PM at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center located at 1276 Main Street Concord.
The training will include: an explanation of the Opioid Epidemic; Recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose; Step by step instructions on how to administer Narcan; How to obtain Narcan; Q and A session.  Space is limited to 25 people, please call 978-318-3020 or email UAgarwalla@concordma.gov to reserve your spot.

CONCORD ED FUND: It’s totally time to get radical at the Concord Ed Fund’s awesome 80’s party!! Saturday, November 11th, 7pm, Nashawtuc Country Club
The Concord Education Fund is a non-profit organization that awards grants for new teaching initiatives, programs and curricula that reach beyond the scope of the public school budget.  So let’s head back to the 80’s for a gnarly night of fun and fundraising to support teachers who are eager to offer students an extraordinary education.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW at https://concordedfund.org/2017-party/