September 7, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  After school programs, Ice Cream Social, K/1st Art Room Volunteers, Library Volunteers, K/1st Coffee, Picture Day, BOKS, Lego Club, Band and Orchestra

Around Town: Envision Concord, METCO family picnic CCYL Fall Ball, CCYH Registration, CCYB Travel Tryouts, Cub Scouts, Chess Club, Concord Conservatory of Music Open House, Concord Youth Theatre, CC Food Collaborative, Emerson Hospital Auxiliary

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

PARENT OPENING FOR THOREAU SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
There is one parent opening on the Thoreau School Advisory Council (SAC). The Thoreau SAC is responsible for the stewardship of the school community. This council is comprised of both parents and teachers in addition to the school principal. Parents on the Council serve for two years. The main responsibilities of the SAC are to ensure the successful completion of the School Improvement Plan and to serve as an advisory board to the school principal. The SAC is another way for parents in the school community to have a voice with representatives of the school district—namely the school principal.

All interested parents should submit a 200 word statement to the two PTG Co-Presidents, Deb Antonangeli and Kathleen Dohoney, (deb.antonangeli@gmail.com and dohoneyk@gmail.com), which will be shared with the school community. All statements should be received by 8pm on Tuesday, September 12th. If there is more than one person interested in the position, the PTG will hold an election at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 13th in accordance with the policy of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in which the entire Thoreau parent community can vote. If an election occurs paper ballots will be located in the cafeteria.
For more information on the role of School Councils click here:
http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/default.html

SAVE THE DATE:

Friday, 9/8: 1st PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, 9am
Sunday, 9/10: PTG Ice Cream Social, Thoreau School, 2-4pm
Wednesday, 9/13: Kindergarten/First Grade Coffee, Anderson Home, 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, 9/13: Back to School Night, 6:30-8pm
Wednesday, 9/20: School Pictures
Thursday, 9/21: No School
Friday, 9/29: PTG Meeting, Thoreau School 9am, Meet our new Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter

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. Alternatively, watch your child’s backpack for a flyer/order form, which should come home this week!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Click here for more information on volunteering this year at Thoreau. There are opportunities in the library, art room, book fair, school garden and more! Check this page frequently as we are always looking for more hands to enrich our student’s experiences at school.

THOREAU NEWS:

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: The program descriptions for this fall are up on our website! There’s sure to be something for all of your children and we are still working on adding additional choices!

Please visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/after-school-programs-fall-2017/ for more details. Registration will begin on Thursday, September 14 at 9:30am; classes begin the week of September 25.

THOREAU ICE CREAM SOCIAL BACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRATION:  All Thoreau School families and staff are invited to the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 10, from 2-4pm on the Thoreau School lower playground. Come have some fun with friends and enjoy ice cream from Reason’s To Be Cheerful. This event is hosted by the PTG and is free to all Thoreau School families. If necessary, a rain date will be scheduled.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help scoop ice cream. If you would like to join the fun, click on the link below.  Thank you so much!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044baeae2ca2f49-thoreau

CALLING FOR ART ROOM VOLUNTEERS:  Hello Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents!
Please sign up to help during your child’s art class!  This is a unique opportunity limited to Kindergarten and First Grade families only, and it’s such a fun way to see your child and his or her classmates enjoying the wonderful Art program at the Thoreau school.
Kindergartners attend Art once a week as part of a “block” on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10 – volunteers stick around until 10:15 to help with clean-up.  A volunteer is needed from each of the five kindergarten classes, plus one extra “floater” is also needed.  This is an exciting new program for the Kindergarten classes that will incorporate movement and fun into our Art program!
Sign up here to volunteer for your Kindergartner’s class:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0549a5a92ea7ff2-kindergarten1

First graders attend Art once a week with their individual classes, with days and times as follows:
Ms. Henry: Monday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Stevenson: Wednesday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Peirce: Thursday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Walsh: Friday: 1:15-2:15

Sign up here to volunteer for your 1st Grader’s class:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0549a5a92ea7ff2-1stgrade

For more information about volunteering, please click here:
https://www.thoreauptg.org/art-room-volunteers/

If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa Martin at melissamartin08@yahoo.com

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS:  Would you like to help out in the library this coming year? Volunteers are needed to help the library run smoothly and efficiently. There are two types of volunteer positions available. “Classroom” volunteers (up to 4 per class) are scheduled to come in about once a month to check books in and out and shelve materials during class time. “Shelf-reading” volunteers are needed to help keep books on the shelves in order, and may come in at their convenience, including during your child’s class time.  To sign up as a monthly classroom volunteer, please send an e-mail to hdthoreaubooks@gmail.com, along with your name, phone number and the class(es) for which you would like to volunteer.  https://www.thoreauptg.org/volunteer/library-volunteer-information/

KINDERGARTEN/1ST GRADE COFFEE: Wednesday, September 13, 9-10:30am. Get to know other parents of Kindergarten and 1st grade students at this informal social gathering while the kids are in school.  Young children are welcome. Held at the Anderson home: 236 Hayward Mill Road in West Concord.

PICTURE DAY:  With Picture Day coming up early this year (Wednesday, September 20, 2017), we would like to send out our first reminder to you just before the action really will start.  The teachers will soon be sending home the sign-up forms to all of you.  Please make sure that you fill them out and send them back with your kids as soon as you have them – we like to have them about a week before picture day takes place.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?  Please email us at kirstenfurman@gmail.com.  We need help throughout the day (either a few hours or the full morning) and would really appreciate your time. We already have a few volunteers but can use some more.  Helping us at Picture Day is a fun time and also a great way to see the inside of your child’s school day.  Please consider helping out and email us at kirstenfurman@gmail.com or text us at 617-803-3523.

What you need to know as a parent for Picture Day:
1.  Every child and staff member will get his/her picture taken on this day along with a class group photo. Class photos will be distributed for free to each student and individual pictures can be purchased separately. Please note that Coffee Pond Photo provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of their photos purchased.

  1.  A make-up/reshoot day will be offered (TBD.) Pictures arrive about 4 weeks after the “shoot.” Teachers will send them home in the children’s backpacks.  Please consider signing up online at https://www.coffeepond.com.Once you’ve ordered what you’d like, please PRINT the receipt and send the receipt to school in an envelope with your child to give to his/her teacher with “Picture Day info” and your child’s name on the front of the envelope. The teacher will keep all of the receipts and will hand them out again on picture day as needed to your children.
  2.  Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need.   Please contact Rachel Levesque as needed to inquire about assistance: rlevesque@concordps.org
  3.  Coffee Pond recommends having your children wear solid tops for best picture results. Pictures will be taken indoors if it’s raining that day. Volunteers are not allowed to comb the hair of the students before pictures are taken.

Questions? Please email us at kirstenfurman@gmail.com OR reach out to Coffee Pond directly at: lifeguards@coffeepond.com or at 1 (800) 632-2323 ext. 0 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm EST.

FALL BOKS STARTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Have you heard the music, seen the smiling faces, been told of the positive impact in the classroom?  BOKS, a free before-school physical fitness program, was immensely popular last year and rightly so.  With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn.  The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The Fall BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on September 26th and running through November 16th. Click here to learn more and to sign up:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/boks-fitness-program/

LEGO CLUB 2017-2018:  Does your child spend hours creating with Lego bricks?  Does your child enjoy collaborating with friends on his/her creations?  If so, then Lego Club is the perfect fit for your son or daughter!
The Club meets according to age and is separated into three groups (kindergarten, first grade and second through fifth grades).  All groups will meet seven times during the school year on Mondays in the cafeteria from 3:30-4:15.  (See dates below). The cost to join Lego Club is $10 per child.
Please note that each group will be capped at 20 students so enroll via the link ASAP to reserve your child’s place.  Lego Club is a co-op, and depends on parent volunteers each month.  All parents are asked to volunteer during at least one meeting though they’re welcome to sign up for more!
Details on volunteering and paying dues will be shared upon receipt of enrollment forms.  Please contact Jordan Binder with questions jordanbinder@yahoo.com

2017-2018 Dates:
Kindergarten (1st Monday of month) 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7
First Grade (2nd Monday of month) 11/13, 12/11, 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14
2nd to 5th Grades (3rd or 4th Mondays of month) 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/22, 3/19, 4/23, 5/21
To enroll:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNG9-52cMqefJsw-7_X9oQ1vGbpnbtQ3YyFIw8wI8HpS-vA/viewform?usp=sf_link#responses

ELEMENTARY BAND AND ORCHESTRA:  If you haven’t signed your 4th or 5th grader up for band or orchestra, it’s not too late! Click here to sign up today! Remember: it’s easier to stop learning an instrument than it is to start! Continuing 5th graders should also be sure to sign up!
Are you unsure whether or not you signed up? You may either sign up again or simply proceed as though you have signed up and, if necessary, we’ll update our rosters when school begins next week. Due to the large amount of families involved, it will be difficult to fulfill every request to confirm a registration.

Band Students:
If your student is joining THE BAND next year, visit concordbands.org/elementary for important information regarding instrument rentals/required materials for this year, as well as our rehearsal schedule! If you have any questions regarding band, please contact either Chris Noce (cnoce@concordps.org) or Paul Halpainy (phalpainy@concordps.org).

Orchestra Students:
If your student is joining THE ORCHESTRA (violin, viola, cello and string bass players), please visit cms.concordps.org/aanderson/. If you have any questions about orchestra, please contact Anna Anderson (aanderson@concordps.org).

 AROUND TOWN:

ENVISION CONCORD:  The Town of Concord is currently developing a Long Range Plan that will set the Town’s specific objectives for the next 10 – 20 years.
Concord is well known for our schools and the excellent education provided for students. Community members consistently rank the school system a number one priority for Concord. Where do the schools fit in Concord’s future? What adjustments will be important to ensure a continued quality of excellence? How can the schools improve? How can the town better support the schools and vice versa?
The Town would like your thoughts and ideas about the future of education in
Concord.
Here are ways you can tell the Town your thoughts and opinions on this important topic:
1.  Register on the EnvisionConcord.org webpage and share your comments
2.  Send an email to EnvisionConcord@concordma.gov

METCO FAMILY PICNIC: METCO celebrates its 50th year in the Concord Public Schools this year. To kickoff the year, we will hold a family friendly picnic at CCHS on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00 – 5:00. We will have plenty of food, children’s activities and lots of alumni returning to campus. Please visit Concord METCO on facebook to view the event and invite friends, families and former colleagues. The picnic is free and open to all!

PLAY LACROSSE THIS FALL:  CCYL Girls & Boys Fall Ball
1st – 8th Grade Girls  & 1st – 4th Grade Boys
When: September 10, 17 and 2.  October 1,15 and 22.
Times: Sunday Afternoons (times vary by grade – see website)
Sign up TODAY!
https://leagueathletics.com/?org=CCYOUTHLACROSSE.COM
Go to registration tab on left side

CCYH BOYS & GIRLS ICE HOCKEY:
CCYH Midgets – Fall 2017
CCYH Girls Practice w/Concord-Carlisle Varsity Girls Team  – Fall 2017
CCYH U16/U18 Girls Games-Only – Fall 2017
ABCC Girls’ U10, U12, & U14 Girls Full-Season – 2017-2018
Go to www.ccyh.org or contact Andi Rice (andi.rice@comcast.net) for more information on how to register for these programs

CCYB TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUTS:  Registration is now open for tryouts, which will be held in October. Tryouts are open to boys and girls in grades 4 – 8, and specific details can be found on the CC Youth Basketball web site at http://www.ccybasketball.org

CUB SCOUTS WELCOMING NEW SCOUTS:  If you’re interested in Cub Scouts for your 1st-5th grade son, please join Pack 133 for our Model Rocket Launch on Friday, 9/8 from 6-7:30pm at the School Street Fields in Acton. Meet us at the field to decorate and launch a model rocket, and to see what kind of outdoor fun we have! We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them. Then we’ll watch them soar! Please RSVP to  ely916@gmail.com so we can be sure to have enough rockets on hand. (Rain date is Friday 9/15, 6-7:30pm. If a weather cancellation is needed, we’ll cancel by 2pm on Friday afternoon 9/8 via email to the RSVP list.)
Then, on Tuesday 9/12, come to our New Families Orientation meeting from 6-7:30 in the Thoreau Cafeteria, to learn what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about!  RSVP to Christian and Laura Ely, ely916@gmail.com, or feel free to drop by. We’ll have activities for the boys and information for the parents. Siblings are welcome. Pack 133 includes boys in grades 1-5, and boys can join at any grade level.  For more details, please log into the Pack 133 web site, http://concord133.mypack.us/home using login name: cub and password: pack133 .

CHESS CLUB WITH CHESS MATER VADIM MARTIROSOV:  Develop critical thinking skills and a sense of fairness while having fun! All ages and levels welcome. Sundays Sep 17-Dec 17, 2-5 pm, at Harvey Wheeler CC. Offered by Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Ed; for more info and to register go to www.concordcarlisleace.org.

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC OPEN HOUSE:  On Saturday, September 9th from 1 – 3 pm bring your family to the Concord Conservatory of Music Open House and visit our Instrument Petting Zoo. Whether you are 4 or 94, the petting zoo enables you to explore a variety of instruments in a hands-on way. CCM faculty will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience these various instruments. Attend the Open House and enter the raffle for a chance to win a free CCM Group Class for the 2017 fall semester! In addition to private lessons, you can also explore the wide variety of group classes that are available for both kids and adults. Register for a group class at the Open House and receive a 10% discount. Registering for lessons at CCM provides a music community that offers workshops, master classes, ensembles, and numerous performance opportunities Financial assistance is available. 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.

CONCORD YOUTH THEATRE: CYT’s Junior Performance Company is open to young people in grades 2 – 4. They will be performing On the Other Side of the Fence, a story about two farms separated by a big, strong fence. This company performs plays that are literature based and age appropriate for all.  A strong emphasis is placed on developing confidence and a knowledge of theatre basics and skill. Students learn about all of the pieces that go into making a full-scale show and become well prepared for the next level of CYT. The Junior Company rehearses Fridays from 4-6pm and 4 Saturdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. (Rehearsals: Friday 4-6pm; Saturday 12:30–2:30pm, Fridays: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17 Saturdays: 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28) A full-scale production with costumes, set, lights and music is presented for four days at the end of the rehearsal process. Tech rehearsals will be held for three additional days the week before opening night.  No audition required. For more information go to http://concordyouththeatre.org.

CONCORD-CARLISLE FOOD COLLABORATIVE: Food, Farm and Garden Fair, September 9th-10th. The Fair is an ultra-local event celebrating food that’s grown, produced, and prepared in the Town of Concord by its farmers, residents, and food businesses.

EMERSON HOSPITAL AUXILIARY: On Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital is hosting The Fantastic ‘40s—a cocktail party to benefit Emerson Hospital’s Polo Emergency Department. The event, sponsored by Haartz Corporation, will be held at the Collings Foundation in Stow, MA amid an exclusive collection of antique aircraft, wartime vehicles and automobiles. The evening will feature cocktails, appetizers, a live band and dancing. Please join us! Information and tickets can be found at: www.emersonhospital.org/auxiliary