Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group
FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS
Welcome back and we hope everyone is having a great first week of school at Thoreau. We are hitting the ground running. Our first PTG event of the year is the Ice Cream Social this Sunday, September 11, 2:00-4:00pm at Thoreau. Stop by to catch up with friends and enjoy an ice cream. If you are interested in helping out at the Ice Cream Social, contact Karen Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some other dates to keep in mind are the first PTG meeting of the year, scheduled for Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00pm in the Thoreau Library; Back-To-School Night on Wednesday, September 21; and School Picture Day on Friday, September 23. You might not want to be thinking about Thanksgiving yet, but please remember to send in a Turkey Trot permission slip for your child(ren). Turkey Trot permission slips were included in the back-to-school packets distributed at the open house last Friday. If you didn’t receive a Turkey Trot permission slip, contact Melanie Bettencourt at email@example.com. We are looking forward to a great year at Thoreau. If you have any questions about the Thoreau PTG, PTG volunteer opportunities or PTG events and activities, please contact Melanie Bettencourt or Shelagh Moskow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Have a great weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents
THOREAU SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Get ready for a wonderful afternoon reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones and dancing to the D.J.’s rock and roll tunes! And don’t forget the ice cream, with tons of toppings included! The Thoreau School Annual Ice Cream Social is this Sunday, September 11, 2:00-4:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help scoop the ice cream. It’s a lot of fun, so if you can spare an hour, please email Karen Brown at email@example.com. Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you there!
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
School Picture Day is on Friday, September 23! Your children will have their individual pictures taken as well as a class photo. There are a number of purchasing options. Please refer to the order form that will be sent home in your child’s backpack within the next week — and please send the form back with your payment enclosed PRIOR to Picture Day. Or, you can go online and pre-order your pictures/packages on the Coffee Pond Photo website: http://www.coffeepond.com/SchoolPortraits.aspx. Please note that your pictures will be delivered to school even though they will ask you for your shipping address. A class photo is included in all package orders. Coffee Pond will also ask you to print out a confirmation receipt. Please be sure to send it in with your child; teachers will collect/keep them and distribute them on Picture Day to the photo staff. If you are registering more than one child, please print a copy of the confirmation for each child to bring into their teacher. Please email Robin Grace (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Coffee Pond Photo Website if you have questions. Please note that there will be a retake day (TBD). If you are not satisfied with the picture(s), you can return them for a full refund and/or have them retaken. Also, the photo company recommends that your child should wear a solid top for Picture Day, but it is not required.
SCHOOL PICTURE SCHOLARSHIPS
If you are interested in receiving financial assistance for school pictures, please contact Rachel Levesque, School Social Worker, at email@example.com or (978) 318-1300
–Rachel Levesque, Social Worker
BOOK ROOM THANKS
Thank You to Nancy Schulman, Jessica Arado, and Bob Zuffante and all the wonderful Book Room volunteers who worked tirelessly last year to keep our google doc inventory up-to-date while shelving, organizing, and more reshelving! The Book Room is the heart of our Guided Reading Program, where teachers can borrow multiple copies of leveled books for reading instruction. If you would like to see the titles of the books in the Book Room, go to http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Carter/BookRoom . If you would like to volunteer to help in the Book Room this year, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Joyce Carter, Language Arts Curriculum Specialist
LUNCH MENU Week of September 12–16
Monday: Rotisserie Chicken
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: B. Good Burgers
Thursday: Beefy Nachos
Friday: French Bread Pizza
Looking for something FUN to do with your toddler? Try these programs at the Ripley School in Concord
Parent Toddler Program (ages 1-2): This class is for parents with children 1-2 years old. It is a weekly supportive parenting discussion group and a play group for toddlers that includes outdoor or gym play, adventures with all types of toys, and a fun, interactive singing time. Classes meet Tuesdays or Fridays from 9:30-11:00 starting the week of September 12, 2011.
Parent Preschool Program (ages 2-3): This program is really two programs in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children 2-3 years old play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting support group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Wednesdays or Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 starting the week of September 12, 2011.
For more information and to sign up go to www.ace.colonial.net or call 978-318-1432
Free Trial Classes at Concord Conservatory of Music
The Concord Conservatory of Music, the area’s non-profit community music school, is offering free trial classes for their early childhood program, DalcrozeEurhythmics the week of September 12th. Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an earlychildhood music program for ages 5 mos. to 6 years of age with classes grouped by age. The program teaches children the fundamentals of music through movement, singing, games and improvisation. Musical material is presented inage appropriate ways with movement activities to enhance a child’s curiosity ofmusic and lay the foundation for voice and music development. For more information, course descriptions, and a full course schedule, visit www.concordconservatory.org or call (978) 369-0010.
Girl Scouts Can Do Anything!
Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character who make the world a better place! Become a Girl Scout today and you can make new friends, get involved, camp, sing, play, have fun, try new things, create, and explore new places and ideas! Girls in grades K-12 are invited to come to one of our Fall Registration events:
- September 15, 6:00-8:00pm, Concord Scout House (downstairs), 74 Walden Street, Concord
- September 17, 10:00am-2:00pm, Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord
- September 22, 6:00pm-7:00pm at the CSA Fair, Carlisle School, 83 School Street, Carlisle
CCHS Basketball Clinics for Girls in Grades 3-8
Get ready for the upcoming hoop season! Concord Carlisle High School Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Joe Bodenrader and the Varsity team will conduct a series of basketball clinics at CCHS on Thursdays this fall for girls in grades 3 through 8. The clinics will focus on skill development, teamwork and scrimmaging to prepare the girls for their recreational, school or travel programs this winter. Clinics run Thursday nights at CCHS gym: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, and 11/3. Grades 3-5, 6:00-7:30pm; grades 6-8: 7:30-9:00pm. Only $75 for all 6 sessions. All proceeds to benefit CCHS Girls Basketball Program. Register through Concord Recreation Department by calling 978-369-6460. Any questions, contact Coach Bodenrader at email@example.com.
CFN Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale
Are you looking for kids’ clothing, gear, toys and books for your ever-growing little one? Would you like to sell kids’ stuff you no longer need? Here’s your chance to go green and help keep stuff out of our landfills. On Saturday, October 1, The Concord Family Network (CFN) will be holding its Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale. Come enjoy a coffee and treat at our bake sale and find a treasure or two or three at the 20+ booths selling gently used children’s items. The tag sale will be held at the Sanborn Middle School Cafeteria (835 Old Marlboro Rd, Concord MA) 8:00am-12:00pm. You may purchase a spot at the tag sale for $20 to sell your items. The tag sale is open to all children’s items such as toys, clothes, books, maternity clothes, strollers, cribs and children’s sports equipment. No household items please. Admission is $1/person. Proceeds from admissions and the bake sale will be donated to First Connections, a non-profit that provides support and services to local families. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Eck Redmond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord Private Libraries Tour
Experience a selection of Concord’s finest private libraries and collections. Saturday, October 1, 2011, 1:00-5:00 pm. Come experience a rare opportunity to visit six exceptional private libraries in the literary hub of Concord! This tour has been organized by Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. The Friends provide most of the library programming activities: including the poetry, music, author and film series, the summer concerts on the lawn, and many children’s programs. In addition to staff development, the widely-used museum passes, and media and large print books. Enjoy this tour by picking up a program which will include the addresses and descriptions of each library at either the Main Library or Fowler Library. There will be no specified route. Refreshments will also be available at one of the stops.