September 19, 2013


The School Committee and Superintendent invite the Concord and Carlisle community members to join them for coffee and conversation on the following dates/times:

  • Wednesday, October 9, 9:30-11 am, Ripley #1 Conference Room
  • Tuesday, October 29, 7-8:30 pm Alcott Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, November 19, 7-8:30 pm, Peabody Forum.

Please join us!


A giant thank you to Suzy Symons and Cathy Chadwick for organizing a wonderful ice cream social! We hope your families were able to come and enjoy it. A big thank you to the volunteers who helped scoop and sell and set-up/clean-up. Also thanks to those who came to the PTG social/meeting last Friday. We hope to see you all at the next meeting Wednesday, October 9th at 7:30 pm.

Louisa and Carla

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Parent Volunteers needed for Lice Screening:  Wednesday Sept 25 amd Thursday Sept 26 from 9:00 to 11:15 AM.  We welcome experienced and inexperienced adults whose CORI is up to date.  (Contact the Main Office x 3100 or 3101 for questions about CORIs).  The nurse will review checking heads if you have never done it before.  You can contact our coordinator:  Eileen Robichaud @ or cell phone:  978-580-6076 or the Health Office 978-202-1258.  We need as many parents as possible to do this efficiently and without too much disruption in the classrooms.

Families:  On the days of Lice Screening, please send your child to school w/ cleaned washed, combed and brushed hair and avoid any hair styles that make it difficult to check the hair near the scalp.

Extra Clothes:  Please send extra clothes for your child to keep in their lockers.  This is a request for all grades but especially the younger ones.

Health Forms:  Still missing health forms:  Physical exams for incoming 4th graders, new Kindergarten and new students – all should be dated after January 2013.  Fall birthdays may wait until their Fall appointment w/ the doctor.  Physicals are not required from returning students.

Also, any pending health info such as immunizations, lead medical orders for medication, Emergency Health Care Plans for severe allergies etc must be in right away!!!!

Health and Emergency Cards:  All Families please return immediately completed Health Office Cards (lavender)  filled out, signed and dated.

Hand washing:  Please review with your child the technique and importance of hand washing with warm soapy water and friction.  Hands should be washed:

  • before eating or preparing food,
  • after using the bathroom or changing diapers,
  • after blowing noses or coughing
  • after touching animals.

This procedure is an important prevention measure against the spread of organisms which cause disease.

Also, as many of you are aware, it is a crucial measure in removing allergens that have the potential of causing a life threatening reaction in a child with a severe allergy.


Please correct the Voice Mail Phone Number listed on pg. 10 of the attachment to Nancy Peterson’s letter (yellow).  It’s under “Reporting an Absence”, and it should be 978-341-2490, Ext. 3690.  Thank you.

Maria Schofield


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Calling all Lego lovers! Lego club is a low-key club where children can build freely with Legos and have fun with their classmates. All ages are welcome and the club is divided into groups by grade. Each group meets once per month. This is a parent-run club; it can’t run without you! This year, Lego Club will meet Mondays in the cafeteria, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. for the year. Once we have the final number of children, we will divide into manageable and age-appropriate groups so that each group will meet once per month. Parents will be assigned a date to volunteer. (This likely will average once for the year for 45 minutes — not a big time commitment.) We are in need of leaders for all age groups, so please let us know if you are interested!  Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if they haven’t signed up to volunteer that month. It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and their friends doing something they love to do!

Groups will begin meeting on October 7. Please sign up by Sunday, September 22 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 or (978) 341-2490, ext. 3165.

To sign up, just send an email to Angela Quinn at including your child’s name, grade, teacher, your emergency contact phone number during Monday meeting times, and the best email address for routine communication. –Angela Quinn ( for the Lego Club


  • Monday, September 23            Grilled Ham & Cheese
  • Tuesday, September 24            No Lunch
  • Wednesday, September 25       Cheese Ravioli w/ Marinara
  • Thursday, September 26          Whole Grain Nachos
  • Friday, September 27               Homemade Cheese Pizza


2nd Grade Brownie Kick-off Meeting

Welcome 2nd grade Brownies! We will hold our kick-off meeting in the Thoreau Cafeteria this Friday, September 20th, from 3:15 – 5:00. We invite all returning scouts from last year as well as any new girls who may be interested in joining our 2nd Grade Brownie Troop.

Please send a note granting permission to dismiss your daughter to the cafeteria on Friday. Also send a nut free snack for your daughter to enjoy during the meeting. Parents please pick your daughter up from the Thoreau cafeteria at 5pm. If your daughter is interested in learning more about our Brownie Troop, please contact Kristin Root (Co-Leader) at or Thea Hahn (Leader) at thea.hahn@gmail

Communities for Restorative Justice Auction

An exciting 5-day Online Auction benefiting Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is running from September 18-22, 2013.  You can bid and win a wonderful wealth of items from the comfort of your own home or office.   To browse, register or bid go to  Auction items include vacations at resorts in Crete, Antigua, Barbados and Las Vegas; a South African Safari for two; ski lift tickets at Mohawk Mountain; golf for two at an exclusive Ft. Myers, FL country club; a five course themed dinner for six people with wine pairings at a private Concord home, and more.

C4RJ partners with local police to bring offenders, victims, as well as other affected community members together in a group setting called a “circle,” not in a courtroom. What distinguishes restorative justice is the fact it recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just the law.  Participation in C4RJ is voluntary. At meetings led by trained community volunteers, those affected by crime have an opportunity to share their stories and agree by consensus on meaningful repair — from paying for damages to community service, from writing letters of apology to examining decision making, or seeking counseling services.

Please support C4RJ and benefit yourself through this online auction.  For more information about C4RJ, check out

New Ballet Classes in Concord for young children, aged 3 to 9

Starting Wednesdays, October 2, at 51 Walden (FOPAC) in Concord Center.

Exceptional classes taught by an inspiring and experienced teacher.

  • Creative Dance 2:15 – 3:00 (3.5 – 5 year olds)
  • Pre-Ballet 3:00 – 3:45 (5 – 6 year olds)
  • Primary Ballet 3:45 – 4:30 (6 – 7 year olds)
  • Ballet I 4:30 – 5:15 (7 – 8 year olds)
  • Ballet II 5:15 – 6:15 (8 – 9 year olds)

For more information, see

Patriot Girls And Boys Basketball Pre-Season Clinics

Boys Clinic

The boys’ clinic is for boys entering grades 4-8 that are looking to get ready for the winter basketball season and their school, travel, or recreation team.  David Cohen, CCHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, will lead the clinic.  The clinic will be held at CCHS on Monday nights: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, and 10/21.  The clinic for 4th, 5th and 6th grades will be from 6:00-7:30pm and the 7th and 8th grade from 7:30-9:00pm.

Girls Clinic

The girls’ clinic is for girls entering grades 3-8 who are looking to get ready for the winter basketball season and their school, travel, or recreation team.  Maureen Sullivan, CCHS Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, will lead the clinic.  The clinic will be held at CCHS on Thursday nights from September 26 – October 24.  The clinic for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be from 6:00-7:30pm and the 6th, 7th and 8th grades from 7:30-9:00pm.

Please register for the fall pre-season clinics through the Concord Recreation Department at 978-369-6460.  The clinic fee is $125.

For more Concord Carlisle youth basketball information go to:

CC Youth Lacrosse

CC Youth Lacrosse announces their new & improved FALL BALL season!

  • Sunday afternoons in Sept & Oct.
  • Boys & Girls grades 1-8
  • All levels of experience are welcome.

Boys:  Chumash league, playing fast-paced, 3v3 lacrosse.  Girls: full field scrimmages, as well as skills clinics for newcomers and girls getting up to speed.  REGISTRATION IS OPEN:  go to  for more information on times & locations.

Kicks for Cancer 2013

Join the Concord-Carlisle Boys soccer team in the fight to kick cancer!  On Saturday, September 28, twelve of the finest high school soccer teams in the state will compete in honor of courageous family members and friends who have been affected by cancer.  Watch exciting high school soccer, enjoy a concession, enter to win fabulous raffle prizes, and purchase a shirt to support a great cause!  All event proceeds will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support women’s cancer research.  Our goal is to raise $30,000 to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Games begin at 1:00 PM with Reading vs. Woburn and Lexington vs. Wakefield; 3:30 Games include Concord-Carlisle (Girls) vs Lincoln Sudbury (Girls) and Brookline vs. Newton North; 6:00 PM Games include Concord-Carlisle (Boys) vs. Lincoln-Sudbury (Boys) and Acton-Boxborough vs. Wayland.  Watch our youth teams play at half-time, and enjoy the concessions and raffle.  Kicks for Cancer will be held on the turf fields located behind CCHS at 500 Walden Street in Concord.  The 2013 Kicks for Cancer is in loving memory of Bridget Spence.

Concord Conservatory of Music Free Trial Class Week and Private Lesson Placement

Register now for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s Fall semester Group Classes! Our group classes offer something for everyone whether your child is 12 months old, or you are a senior in our community.  September 10 – 14th, CCM is offering Free Trial Classes in our early childhood program. Please check out our website for schedule details on Early Childhood, Group Voice, and Group Keyboard classes. Registrations are accepted online in the office and by mail.  Group classes begin the week of September 16th.  Are you starting to study a string instrument, or a band instrument at school?  Learn more about private lessons at CCM to support your student’s musical studies.  Private registration is ongoing throughout the year; please contact the office directly to schedule a meeting with a faculty member.  CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street.  For more information please call 978-369-0010,, or visit   CCM is a non-profit organization; financial aid is available.

After School Music Instruction

Registration is now open for Fall 2013 individual music lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Concord-Carlisle. The IMSCC offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons to new and continuing students. Lessons meet weekly for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, at CCHS and the Carlisle School. This student-funded program was established in 1980 by the Concord-Carlisle Schools and is part of the Community Education department.

For information and registration materials please visit the website: For more information please contact Debbie Levine at or phone 978-341-2490 ext. 7152.

Musketaquid Arts & Environment Program

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is offering an after-school program on Early Release Tuesdays, from 2 – 3:30 for children grades 3-5, called the Explorers Club.  Students will learn the skills and techniques of working with natural materials to make art both in studio and in natural spaces.  Students will have the opportunity to explore local conservation areas, learn about outdoor safety skills, local materials and wildlife, as well as to practice naturalist journaling.  Please contact Nancy White Lippe at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at


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