Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS
As a reminder, please be sure to check all of the items in the Thoreau Announcements for current information on upcoming PTG events and dates. We have had to make several scheduling changes for the dates of events since the school calendar was originally published in September. We are working to finalize those new dates and will publicize them once that information is available. Also, there is no school on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Enjoy the long weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents
You may be aware that the plans for the new high school do not include space for the school bus fleet or maintenance area. A consultant was hired to assess this issue and identify solutions. The result of this investigation will be presented at the January 24 School Committee meeting at 6:30 in the CCHS library. A Transportation Forum will be held at 7pm at the Alcott School on February 1. As the School Committee does not respond to comments and questions from attendees of School Committee Meetings, the forum is scheduled to give parents an opportunity to ask questions and have an open discussion about the proposed solution for bussing. The final decision will be made by the School Committee at the February 14 School Committee Meeting at the Ripley building. For more information on School Committee meetings, agendas and minutes, please visit http://www.concordpublicschools.net/school-committee.php
THE LATEST ON HEAD LICE
The Willard PTG is partnering with Berit Pratt, RN MPH of NitWits LLC, based out of Cambridge, MA. Ms. Pratt will be discussing the latest information on head lice to help parents with lice detecting and prevention. This seminar is Thursday, January 19, 8am in the Willard Auditorium and Wednesday, February 7, 7pm.
WHAT SONGBIRD HAS THE LONGEST MIGRATION OF ANY NORTH AMERICAN BIRD, …
has one of the highest pitches of all birds and can fly up to 88 hours nonstop? You’ll find other intriguing questions like this in this year’s Geography Quest! Quests have been distributed to students. A copy can also be downloaded from the PTG website. Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library anytime before February 6. (Hint: the songbird in the question above is a type of warbler).
–Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE for THOREAU SCHOOL SPELLING BEE!
Due to a facilities conflict, the Spelling Bee has been rescheduled to Saturday March 10.
All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee. This is always a fun and low-pressure Bee, so please participate! 3rd and 4th graders may participate in teams of three (though some flexibility); 5th graders compete individually. Bee start times are: 3rd grade: 3:00; 4th grade: 4:30; 5th grade: 6:00. So form your teams! Please return one registration form per team. Registration forms are available from the PTG site, and teams should be formed by Friday, February 17. Any questions, or to volunteer to help, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apologies for the date change, and hopefully all can still participate!
— Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE: A FEW TIPS FOR 2012
We Are Seeing Evidence of Dryness
Chapped and bleeding lips and hands, nosebleeds. Please provide your child with chapstick and/or protect their lips and even skin with Vaseline (petrolatum) as well as moisturizing lotion for their hands. Some dry skin becomes so chafed that the skin area bleeds and is thus open to infection.
Keeping the nasal passages moist by spraying a normal saline spray and/or applying a water-soluble gel to the inside of the nose may be helpful for those students with frequent nosebleeds.
Dress your child for the weather. We are in New England so weather changes may be swift. Protect with gloves or mittens, hats and appropriate jackets. When we get snow, or a threat of snow, send in boots and leggings.
A repeat request: please send in an extra set of clothes for your child’s locker — just in case.
Protecting Children from Unintentional Medication Overdoses
CDC launched an exciting education program protecting children from unintentional medication overdoses, Up and Away and Out of Sight. Here is some information I thought you might be interested in:
Each year, 1 of every 150 two-year-olds visits an emergency department for an unintentional medication overdose, most often after finding and eating or drinking medicines without adult supervision. Dr. Dan Budnitz, Director of CDC’s Medication Safety Program, blogs that many children get into medicine when adults forget to follow simple steps such as closing the child-resistant packaging and putting medicine up and away, out of children’s sight and reach.
Learn what parents can do to protect children and join the conversation at http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare. For more information about the Up and Away and Out of Sight educational program, visit www.UpAndAway.org or (in Spanish) www.UpAndAway.org/es.
Monthly Newsletter Offering Health Recipes
We are pleased to announce the debut of ChopChop, a free monthly newsletter offering fun, healthy recipes for Massachusetts families. Each edition of the ChopChop newsletter will include a personal message from the Patrick-Murray Administration highlighting the importance of parents spending time with their children preparing fresh, healthy meals – plus a new recipe each month featuring Massachusetts-grown produce. The newsletter is available in English and Spanish.
The ChopChop newsletter is the product of an innovative partnership with ChopChop Magazine, a nationwide quarterly publication that focuses on fun, healthy cooking for families. The free newsletter will be posted on the Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion website at www.mass.gov/massinmotion/chopchop. Please help distribute it by emailing, linking it to websites and e-newsletters or printing copies to share with families. A new version will be available at the beginning of the month from February through December.
Please think about attending one of two programs presented by NitWits at Willard school and sponsored by the PTG. One of the Willard school nurses will instruct parents on how to check, treat and manage a lice infestation. The program will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 8am and on Wednesday February 7 at 7pm.
Stay well and Happy New Year!
–Nicki M. Richards, RN, MS
LUNCH MENU Week of January 16-20
Monday: No School, MLK Day
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: Grilled Cheese
Friday: Personal Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, email@example.com.
CCYBS Registration for 2012 Spring Baseball and Softball
Registration Ends February 25, 2012
Preseason will start the week of April 9, with the regular season for both baseball and softball starting after spring break the week April 23. The season will run six weeks, with two weeks of playoffs for the older leagues. Leagues are available for boys and girls from 5 to 15 years old. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter. Sign up now with our easy-to-use online registration system. For more information or to register go to www.ccyb.org.
We Need Coaches and Volunteers. CCYB is a volunteer parent run organization and our success in providing good, fun baseball and softball environments is directly dependent on our parent volunteers. Please consider signing up as a coach/volunteer when registering your child. The program will provide a coaching clinic to dust off those childhood memories and skills. If you have interest in helping, please contact us via www.ccyb.org.
Winter Baseball Clinics. To prepare for the spring season John Kelly, the CCHS Baseball Coach will be running both private and CCYB sponsored winter clinics. Private clinics continue through March. Many new clinic options have been added this year. Please see the clinic option descriptions on our website. Signup for clinics can be done at www.ccyb.org
Softball Readiness Clinics. This year CCYBS will be offering, for a modest fee, weekly readiness clinics prior to the start of the season. These clinics are designed to prepare players for the spring softball season. The clinics will focus on all phases of the game including throwing, fielding, base running, hitting, pitching and catching.
The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on January 19, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 16, 2012.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.