MESSAGE FROM CO-PRESIDENTS
Thank you to all who attended our first PTG meeting of the year last Friday. We had over 50 new and seasoned people in attendance! For details of meetings that you are unable to attend, check out the Minutes section on our website. Important events next week:
- Wednesday, September 16: Kindergarten/First grade coffee 9-11am, 1405 Main Street
- Sunday, September 20: Ice Cream Social 3-5pm Thoreau School VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns,
FALL AFTER SCHOOL CLASS REGISTRATION STARTS TOMORROW
Does your child want to learn how to draw, sew or learn how to make origami? How about playing Minecraft with their friends? Kids Cooking Green is also coming to Thoreau! Check out our listings of After School Classes on the PTG website (thoreauptg.org) under PTG Programs. Registration begins this Friday, September 11. Questions, please contact Jen Keagan Jiganti email@example.com or Stefanie Sim firstname.lastname@example.org
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
All Thoreau School families and staff are invited to the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 3-5pm at the Thoreau School lower playground. Connect with old friends, meet some new folks and enjoy ice cream with tons of toppings from Reason’s To Be Cheerful. Allergy friendly ice cream will be available. This event is hosted by the PTG and is free to all Thoreau School families. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help scoop ice cream. If you can help click here:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044baeae2ca2f49-annual, visit the Thoreau website, under Volunteer, or contact Jenny Gates at Jennifer.email@example.com.
“Exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains,” states Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School. This is the inspiration behind BOKS, a 40-minute before school physical fitness program. We are pleased to announce that BOKS is coming to Thoreau! Class will start in early-October and run every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am. Please watch your email for information regarding registration.
Please mark your calendars for the Book Fair, which begins Friday, October 16, 5:30-8pm with Family Night. Family Night is a fun filled Thoreau tradition! 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. Family Night will be followed by classroom visits from Wednesday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 23. We need your help in order to make this a successful event beginning with the collection of good quality books to donate to the Used Book Fair. Collection will begin Oct. 13. There are many other ways to help, so please sign up on the PTG website here https://www.thoreauptg.org/volunteer/. Please contact Susan Gillick at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Fiona Stevenson at email@example.com or Julie Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Used Book Fair.
INFORMATION MEETING FOR PARENTS AT LUNCH (PALs) PROGRAM
Are you looking for a way to help the PTG in which the volunteer dates are very flexible? Would you like to have a chance to see your child during their lunch time at Thoreau? Are you curious to see what school lunches look like? Come and learn about the Parents at Lunch (PALs) program on Thursday, September 17 at 10:45am in the cafeteria. The PALs Information Meeting is a 30-minute info session for those considering volunteering for the Parents at Lunch program. It is also your opportunity to meet Thoreau’s team of noon aides. These are the staff members who supervise your children during lunch in the cafeteria and at lunch recess on the playground. Light refreshments will be served – please stop by and say hi! Kimber Lynn Drake, PALs Coordinator
A donation box is now in the front hallway at school for two weeks only. Please bring in your gently used costumes. October 2 we will host a Halloween resale event. Food, crafts and your donated amazing costumes will be there for resale. Unsold costumes will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
Calling all Lego lovers! Lego Club is a low-key after-school activity where children can build freely with Legos and have fun with their classmates. The club is divided into three groups, each meeting separately on a rotating basis: kindergarten, first grade, and second through fifth grades. Each group meets approximately once per month. This is an entirely parent-run activity, so it can’t run without you! Lego Club meets on Mondays in the cafeteria, from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Once we have the final number of children, parents will be assigned a date to volunteer. (This likely will amount to one 45-minute session throughout the course of the year, and parents are able to swap dates to suit your schedules.) In addition to the volunteers, we are in need of three parent leaders for each age group, so please let us know if you are interested! Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if you haven’t signed up to volunteer that month. Groups will begin meeting on September 28, beginning with the kindergarteners. Please register by Monday, September 21 so that we can organize the groups and arrange for parent volunteers. We will be collecting dues of $10 per child to pay for Legos, materials, and the end-of-year popsicle party. Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, School Social Worker, at email@example.com or (978) 341-2490, ext. 3165. To sign up, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/1N0mJ7N. Or contact Jen Flint (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Monday, Sept. 14 NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Sept. 15 Chicken Quesadilla
Wednesday, Sept. 16 Meatball Sub
Thursday, Sept. 17 Fish Fillet on Wheat Roll
Friday, Sept. 18 The Max Round Cheese Pizza w/ Topping Choice
Town of Concord Birthday Party
Concord is having another Birthday! Concord is turning 380 on Saturday, Sept. 12 (actual anniversary of the incorporation day). Please help us mark this wonderful milestone with a light hearted celebration. Where: Rideout Playground, off Lawsbrook Rd, West Concord. When: 6pm, Saturday, Sept. 12 (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 13). Who: everyone. How: We want to get as many people together as possible to form the numbers 3 8 0 on the field (by filling in chalk lines with ourselves) and have an overhead photo taken. Don’t wear green or we will never see you. We will then have refreshments.
2015 Farm & Garden Fair
The 2015 Farm and Garden Fair is September 12 and 13, and starts with the 10th anniversary of the Farmers’ Market in Concord Center. Meet friends and purchase delicious local produce, fruits, flowers, eggs and meat followed by six Home and Community Garden Tours featuring sustainable growing practices from 2-5pm. And that’s not all! Nine local restaurants offer Farmers’ Market specials for visitors to enjoy for lunch or dinner. Farm hosts take you behind the farmstand at six locations on Sunday from 1-4pm. What a weekend! Please see www.concordfood.ning.com for more information.
Concord Carlisle Chess Club — Open House Sunday, September 13, 2pm, at Harvey Wheeler Community Center
The Concord Carlisle Chess Club is for the entire community at the Concord-Carlisle Schools. For grades 3 through adult, it meets every Sunday beginning on September 20, 2-5pm at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. The beginner lesson meets at 2pm, for those with a basic understanding of the rules, and focuses on tactics and strategy. A lesson at 3pm is for players who understand all the rules and wish to work on new skills and may consider tournament play. Open play is at 4pm, when players practice with others who are at the same skill level. Chess Master Vadim Martirosov teaches. The Club begins its 12-week fall season on September 20, with an Open House this Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm. Come and meet the other members and parent volunteers. Play a game if you wish, and enjoy light refreshments. The Chess Club hosts several tournaments each year, with one planned for later this fall. The Club is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Schools, with affordable fees ($175 per season) that cover the cost of instruction by the Chess Master. Parent volunteers help manage the Club, and parents may participate with their children at a reduced fee of $49. Local senior citizens are invited to join any Club session at 4pm to play, with no Club fees required.
Top HS Soccer Teams Compete Again at Cancer Benefit!
Some of greater Boston’s best high school soccer talent will gather to compete against each other and fight cancer at the 9th Annual Kicks for Cancer, to be held on Saturday, September 26 and hosted by Friends of Concord Carlisle High School Men’s Soccer. In addition to boasting high school soccer action at its finest, the event includes food, drawings, souvenirs, and more, all to benefit cancer research. In what is become a tradition, teams participating at Kicks for Cancer will wear special pink or blue jerseys with the names of loved ones that have suffered from the disease emblazoned on the back. Games start at CCHS, Doug White Turf Fields at 11:30am, and will finish under the lights at roughly 9pm. Admission to see all games are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Kicks for Cancer has raised over $182,000 since its inception – including over $44,000 last year with all proceeds going to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For those who are unable to attend the event, but wish to make a donation to Kicks for Cancer, you can donate on line via the Dana-Farber web page at http://www.myjimmyfundevent.org/2015/kicksforcancercchs. For more information visit our web site at www.cchsmenssoccer.com/kfc.html.
Concord Girl Scout Registration
Please stop by the Concord Scout House (74 Walden Street) on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2pm to register your girl and to learn how to become a volunteer. Activities for girls will be available. Girl scouting is for girls in grades kindergarten through 12. With the guidance of adult volunteers, Girl Scouts earn badges, explore the outdoors, attend fun events and field trips, and participate in the Girl Scout cookie program. If you like making friends, having fun, helping others and being outdoors, then you’ll love Girl Scouts! Questions? Call/text or email Kim Lambert-Serna at 617-352-0148 or email@example.com. For more information, see www.hergirlscouts.org
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 Sept. 17, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting. Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.