October 5, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Book Fair, School Directory, Halloween Costume Resale, Adult Social, Concord Cooler Fair Funds

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

PTG Co-President’s Message and News
A big thank you to Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter for visiting Thoreau School not once, but twice within the past week!  The wonderful turnout, questions, and discussion topics at both Friday morning’s PTG meeting, and Tuesday evening’s forum was a testament to the engagement of the Thoreau community in our schools.  Thank you!

Thoreau Red Sox fans enjoyed a fun-filled evening last Friday at Fenway!  Thank you to our Fundraising Chairs, Jenifer Perry and Megan Holsinger for coordinating this fantastic event!

Be sure to scroll through the TA for updates and reminders regarding your favorite events and committees! For instance, Thoreau-ly Green is continuing to collect ideas for how to use the Cooler Concord Fair Award money, the annual Thoreau Book Fair needs books and volunteers, Halloween costumes are still being collected for the sale,  and tickets are going fast for the Adult Social!  Check it out!

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!


BOOK FAIR: FAMILY NIGHT IS NEXT WEEK – 39 VOLUNTEERS and FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED! Please volunteer – a signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be accessed on the PTG website here: www.thoreauptg.org/volunteer/.

We need 12 more volunteers for Family Night and 27 more people to donate food (cookies, salad or apples).

Other ways to help:
Donate used books:  Used book collection will begin Tuesday, October 10 and continue through Friday, October 13. Collect your child’s good quality books now! (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 either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.

Gift Books:  Each teacher is given the opportunity to identify books he or she would like for the classroom. Buy gifts for your child’s classroom teacher, the specialist teachers, or both! The books will enrich the school and the money spent will help fund PTG programs.

Classroom Visits:  If you can’t make it to Family Night, you can still support our school by accompanying or sending money with your child for their classroom visit the following week. Your child’s timeslot should be communicated by his or her teacher or a room parent.

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.

PURCHASE A THOREAU SCHOOL DIRECTORY!: The 2017-2018 Thoreau School Directory is a valuable resource for every family. It includes student names, addresses, parent/guardian names, email addresses and phone numbers. It is a reference you will use many, many times during the year guaranteed to be dog-eared by June! The directory also includes other important information such as room parent names, PTG Board and committee contacts, Thoreau school and district phone numbers and web addresses, the school calendar, and PTG events. The directory is $30/book ($5 for each additional copy). This cost goes toward the PTG budget. The PTG underwrites many programs for students during the year, and we need your help to continue to support Thoreau school and its teachers, staff and students. To order a directory online click here or visit thoreauptg.org and click support Thoreau.

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!

Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm at the Concord Art Association
Don’t wait! Buy your tickets today for the (only!) Thoreau Adult shindig of the year. Enjoy a fun night out with your fellow parents!
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!


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.