September 26, 2013

COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT & SCHOOL COMMITTEE

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.

FROM YOUR PTG CO-CHAIRS

Thank you to Lisa DeRosa for organizing all of the students and teachers for School Photos last Friday!  The day went very smoothly!  Don’t forget Monday’s deadline for submitting your favorite recipes for the very first Thoreau Cookbook!! Entries should be sent to Prow Sarns at thoreaucooks@gmail.com.

Opportunities are always available to volunteer- contact the PTG if you would like to get involved!  Our next meeting will be held on October 9th at 7:00 pm.

Louisa Yamartino and Carla Macy

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BOOK FAIR AT THOREAU

Please mark your calendars for the New and Used Book Fair, which begins with Family Night on Friday, October 18, 5:30-8:00pm. There will be food in the cafeteria, crafts in the library, and a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages.  Family Night will be followed by classroom visits from Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 25. We will be sending out a schedule of kid’s classroom visits, a request to volunteer (via VolunteerSpot online), and a link to a web site where you can purchase books for the fair as well. Thanks to all of you who have already signed up to volunteer — you will be hearing from us soon. Please contact Julie Bailey at gestjules@yahoo.com or Susan Gillick at sagillick@gmail.com with any questions about the New Book Fair.

Used book collection will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 18, so start collecting your child’s good quality books to donate to the Used Book Fair now. Every dollar made in the Used Book Fair goes straight to the PTG, and it’s a great way to demonstrate the reuse of resources to our kids. Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes. Place your donations in a paper bag, remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag, and ask your child to leave the bag outside her/his classroom.  You can also bring in donations to leave on the sorting table in the main hallway. We need volunteers for collecting, sorting and for Family Night and Classroom Visits, so check VolunteerSpot to sign up.  Please contact Fiona Stevenson at tea44@comcast.net with questions about the Used Book Fair.

GEOGRAPHY QUEST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Are you interested in the Olympics? Are you interested in geography? Join the Geography Quest committee and help us write a brand new Quest that will coincide with the Winter Olympic Games! The Geography Quest is an annual enrichment activity run by the PTGs of Thoreau, Willard, and Alcott. We are seeking a couple of new committee members from Thoreau to help write, review, and edit the Quest this Fall, and to distribute and get the word out about the Quest after the holiday break. For more information, contact Anne Mullaney at anne.mullaney@gmail.com.

Are you interested in the Olympics? Are you interested in geography? Join the Geography Quest committee and help us write a brand new Quest that will coincide with the Winter Olympic Games! The Geography Quest is an annual enrichment activity run by the PTGs of Thoreau, Willard, and Alcott. We are seeking a couple of new committee members from Thoreau to help write, review, and edit the Quest this Fall, and to distribute and get the word out about the Quest after the holiday break. For more information, contact Anne Mullaney at anne.mullaney@gmail.com.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL WRAP-UP

The PTG-hosted Annual Thoreau Ice Cream Social was a ton of fun! It was wonderful for Thoreau families to catch up with friends, existing and new, on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Thanks to all for bringing your school spirit along with your hearty appetite for ice cream (our group devoured 11 drums of Reasons to be Cheerful ice cream!).

Special thanks to our super PTG volunteers for the event: Eileen Robichaud, Elizabeth Sprague, Eric Chadwick, Allie Girolimetti, Sarah Buck, Carla Macy, Louisa Yamartino, Pete DeRosa, Joanna Swain, Amy Weber, Jennifer Johnson, Jackie Meehan, John Gates, Janet Harrington, Ed Jennings, Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Tim Peacock, Carly Manion, Natalie Gekle, Donna Levin, Carolyn Wilkins, Mel Jiganti, Michi Keefe, Paige Somol, Najah Alford, Donna Roman, Anne Remington, Carrie Levin and Eck Redmond.

Suzy Symons & Cathy Chadwick, Ice Cream Social Co-chairs

BEFORE SCHOOL WORLD LANGUAGES AT THOREAU

The C-C Community Education department and Global Child will provide before-school classes this year, beginning the week of September 30 and continuing for 22 weeks (until early April).

Beginner classes are for new students, and introduce basic concepts, common phrases and expressions to use with family and friends. Students participate in a variety of fun activities. Songs reinforce vocabulary and handout exercises are used for review and self-expression. Cultural appreciation is integrated into each class.

Theme classes are for students with previous language experience. The 2013-14 theme is Home & Family. Playing games, singing/rapping and working on handouts relate to the world of home and family that students know, while experiencing the fun challenge of the language.

*Chinese language students will learn to recognize and write characters in the Beginner classes and continue this process into the Theme classes.

CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Beginner Spanish, K-2    #2160          Wednesday, October 2-April 2
  • Beginner Spanish, 3-5           #2163           Wednesday, October 2-April 2
  • Spanish Theme, 1-5      #2158           Wednesday, October 2-April 2
  • Beginner French, K-2    #2164           Thursday, October 3-April 3
  • Beginner French, 3-5    #2161           Thursday, October 3-April 3
  • Beginner Chinese, K-5           #2159           Tuesday, October 1-April 8
  • Chinese Theme, 1-5      #2162           Tuesday, October 1-April 8

Classes meet from 7:45 to 8:45 AM. $385 for the year-long series of 22 classes ($17.50 per class)

For more information contact the Global Child, Director Diana Hibner at 978-851-5337 (dianagc@comcast.net) or the Global Child Regional Coordinator, Zouhaida Elian at 781-444-7377  (zouhaidaelian@yahoo.com).

Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net.

LUNCH SCHEDULE

  • Monday, September 30            Teriyaki Chicken
  • Tuesday, October 1                    Beef Hot Dog
  • Wednesday, October 2              Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Thursday, October 3                  Burger Bar
  • Friday, October 4                       Homemade Cheese Pizza

AROUND TOWN

Kicks for Cancer 2013

Join the Concord-Carlisle High School 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 with Sorrento’s Pizza and more, 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 $25,000 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.

Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for children.  Watch our youth soccer teams play at half-time, and while enjoying 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.

For those who are unable to attend the event, but still wish to make a donation to Kicks for Cancer, may do one of the following:

Dana Farber donation page: www.myjimmyfundevent.org/2013/kicksforcancer or

http://cchsmenssoccer.com/kfc.html

The Chris Herren Story

Join us for a special evening with Chris Herren

  • October 16th at 7:00pm
  • Concord Carlisle High School Auditorium

Ex- Boston Celtics player Chris Herren struggled with substance

abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free

since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety

and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse

and recovery in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a

difference in his or her life. Presented by: Parents’ Association Concord-Carlisle

Youth Coordinator Contact Suzanne Hogan at suzanne.hogan@comcast.net or Erin Duggan at eduggan@concordma.gov for more information.

Girl Scout Registration

Girl Scout Registration for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade girls. The new Girl Scout year starts October 1st. It is not too late to sign up for the fun, friends, and fabulous opportunities!  Visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/join/  to register or www.ccgirlscouts.org for more information about scouting in Concord and Carlisle.

Thoreau Grade 3 Brownie Girl Scouts

New members welcome!  Our first meeting will be Sunday, October 13th at 4pm. Location TBA.  Please email Leslie.Lilly@CeQur.net or Kristen.Keilty@comcast.net for more information.

Concord Conservatory of Music Classes & Showcase

The Concord Conservatory of Music will be having the occasional Early Music Education Class for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers at the Fowler Library after last year’s successful program. The first class is Friday, October 4th at 10:00 PM, downstairs in the Meeting Room. Attendance is limited so make sure to arrive early to look at books and enjoy the class! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at Tea44@comcast.net.  The Young Artist Showcase will feature four advanced violin students and will be held on Friday, September 27, at 7 pm at the Conservatory and is free to the public.

Verrill Farm Harvest Festival

Verrill Farm will be hosting its annual Harvest Festival to benefit the Emerson Hospital Pediatric Care Unit on Saturday, October 12 – Noon to 4:00 pm.  Come for an afternoon of family fun that includes pick your own pumpkins, raffle and silent auction items, food, games, crafts, hay rides and pony rides.  Visit with a clown and get your face painted!  Dance and listen to live music by Boston Road Bluegrass.  For more information, contact Verrill Farm at 978-369-4494 or visit online at www.verrillfarm.com.  Farm is located at 11 Wheeler Road, Concord.

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: CCYBasketball.org

Babysitting for Breast Cancer

In exchange for a donation, Laurel Rosenbaum, 7th grader and Thoreau School graduate, is happy to babysit your children!  She is raising money for women to have breast cancer surgery through the Brigham & Women’s AMIGO program.  This program allows women to have only 1 surgery instead of multiple surgeries.  Please call Laurel at 978-369-6003.

OneNation Lacrosse

ONE NATION Lacrosse Tournament

Sunday Nov. 10th   9:00 – 3:00   at the LSHS fields

Calling all boys playing lacrosse in 6th – 8th grade!!  Come join the fun at our second annual lax tournament. All proceeds to benefit Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership.  For more information and to register, go to:  http://onenationlax.com/

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 October 3, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 30, 2013. 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.