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FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS
We hope everyone had a great break! Now that Spring has finally arrived, put on your running shoes and get ready for the Thoreau School 5K Road Race/Walk on May 15. There is also a 1-mile run and a fun run for kids. Visit www.thoreauptg.org/roadrace for details and registration for this fun Thoreau event.
We would like to thank Sue Howard, Susan Erickson, Karen Hoyt and Karen Pettyjohn for coming to the April PTG meeting and giving a wonderful presentation on how technology is used in classrooms at Thoreau. It was really great to hear about and see some recent projects as well as learn about being a good “digital citizen”.
Are you free Wednesday evening? Join us in the Thoreau Library at 7pm for coffee and conversation with Principal Kelly Clough. Also, It is time for Spring Capital Requests. The Thoreau PTG is accepting capital requests from parents, teachers and members of the Thoreau administration. See the Capital Request announcement for information on how to submit a request. The deadline for capital requests is Friday, May 20, 2011.
Last, but not least, we still have open PTG Board and committee/event chair positions for the 2011-2012 school year. If any positions interest you, or if you have any questions, please contact Melanie Bettencourt at email@example.com. See the full list of job openings below.
Have a great weekend!
–Karen and Melanie
MCAS SCHEDULE – MAY 2011
May 9 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 11 Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 12 Gr. 4 Math
May 13 Gr. 4 Math
May 18 Gr. 5 Science
May 19 Gr. 5 Science
Please be mindful of these dates and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.
PRINCIPAL’S COFFEE ON WEDNESDAY
Please join us for coffee with Principal Kelly Clough on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00pm in the Thoreau School Library. Please bring your questions, concerns, and comments. We’ll bring the coffee and baked goods! Parents new to the Thoreau School are encouraged to attend.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
The PTG Children’s Programming Committee is excited to have some great programs this week. First, author Nancy Poydar will be visiting the kindergarten classrooms on Wednesday, April 27. Ms. Poydar is the author of many children’s picture books, including Fish School, First Day, Hooray, and Zip, Zip …Homework. Ms. Poydar will be talking about how she creates her picture books, and the students will have a chance to write and create their own work. Also visiting this week is Chinese poet and educator Steven Ratiner. Mr. Ratiner has visited our fourth grade classes several times this year, and this Thursday and Friday (April 28-29), he will be conducting an “Orchid Pavillion” poetry tea for each fourth grade class. The students will get to experience more Chinese poetry while drinking jasmine tea and enjoying other refreshments. Finally, on Monday, May 2, local beekeeper Birgit deWeerd will be coming to visit the second grade classes as she has done for several years now. Ms. deWeerd, a former chemist and avid scientist, teaches about honey bees and brings honeycomb, bees and bee products for the children to observe up close.
IT’S WASTE-FREE LUNCH WEEK AT THOREAU!
Please consider packing reuseables: containers, reuseable water bottles, cloth napkins and real flatware. Wax paper bags are a much better choice than plastic baggies. But if you do use baggies, have your child bring them home again – they can be reused or recycled with your shopping bags. Avoid single serve packaging – buy in bulk. Talk to children about what they want to eat, portion size, and tastes. From observation in the lunch room, a lot of food is half-eaten or barely eaten and ends up being thrown away. We will compost lunch scraps on Thursday and Friday in Grounds for Learning. This week is always well-received by the children at Thoreau. Thank you for your support and happy Earth Week!
IT’S TIME FOR SPRING CAPITAL COMMITTEE REQUESTS!
Requests may be submitted by teachers, members of the Thoreau administration, and/or parents. The item(s) requested must provide a long-term benefit for the whole school or across an entire grade level, and are not a recurring cost after the initial grant. Please include all details pertaining to the benefits and the costs in your proposal, and submit it, in writing, to Karen Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org, Melanie Bettencourt: email@example.com, and Leanne Winkler: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 20, 2011. You may also put them in an envelope labeled “Capital Request” and place them in the PTG mailbox. Thank you very much!
–Karen & Melanie, PTG Co-presidents
Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Thoreau Parent Teacher Group (PTG)? Consider joining the board or chairing an event or committee. Please review the positions below and visit the PTG Volunteer Booklet at www.thoreauptg.org for more information. Please note that the volunteer booklet is in the process of being updated, so there are some changes to the job descriptions as well as some additions. If you are interested in learning more about open positions, please e-mail or call Melanie Bettencourt, Co-President at email@example.com or 978-369-7124.
- 2011-2012 Open Board Positions: Second Grade Representative, 2 Co-Fundraising Chairs, Treasurer, Vice-President and 1 Co-President
- 2011-2012 Committee Chair and Event Coordinator Positions: Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast, Thoreauly Green, Thoreauly Green Kids, Vacation/Travel Book Program, Kindergarten Registration, Gift Wrap, Adult Social
THOREAU SCHOOL ROAD RACE
May 15 is just around the corner! Don’t miss the fun at the Thoreau School 5th Annual Road Race! Sign up to race in the Kids’ Fun Run or 5K now. For online registration OR mail-in registration forms, go to https://www.thoreauptg.org. The 1/2 mile and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Runs start at 11am. The 5K starts at noon. A family BBQ picnic and award ceremony will be held after the race. Register before May 1 and receive a free t-shirt! All proceeds benefit the Thoreau PTG. Contact Karen Monks at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer at the race.
Looking ahead…Tuesday, May 17 is our next late bus Family Friends Tuesday, and, believe it or not, our final date is June 14. As in years past, Thoreau School will host an ice cream social to coincide with the late bus pick up at Alcott on the 14th, so plan ahead and mark your calendar! This event is free and open to all families who are involved in or interested in the METCO Family Friends program. Details to follow…
Please remember that for play dates each family (Concord and Boston) should send a signed, dated note to the school office at the beginning of school on the Tuesday of the late bus. The notes should include the plans for the afternoon and the names and telephone numbers of both families. Boston children can ride Concord children’s bus with a note from Boston parents granting permission. To catch the late bus, please have students at the Alcott School playground by 4:20 p.m. for the 4:30 bus to Boston.
–Your Thoreau Family Friends Team: Gretchen Nelson, Laurine Verrilli, Meg Alexander
Congratulations to all the students who worked on this year’s Apple Cake Geography Quest! We had 162 quests completed by Thoreau students as follows: Kindergarten – 22; First Grade – 22; Second Grade – 30; Third Grade – 15; Fourth Grade – 16; Fifth Grade – 55. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in correcting: Gurperneet Jeji, Laurine Verrilli, Kristin Haddad, Andrea Medved, Anne McWilliams, Stefanie Sim, Jennifer Johnson, and Denise Webber, and to those volunteers who, although not called upon, were waiting in the wings: Jackie Meehan, Nancy Shulman, Mallory Price, Rose Waxler, Hina Shah, and Thea Hahn. And last, but certainly not least, thank you Karen Pettyjohn for your input on the Quest, for collecting the Quests in the library, and for making the library’s wonderful resources easily available to the students.
— Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs
LUNCH MENU Week of May 2 – May 6
Monday: Grilled cheese and cup of soup
Tuesday: Early release
Wednesday: Cheese ravioli
Friday: Sorrento’s pizza
Holy Family Parish Youth in Service is sponsoring a babysitting night to benefit their Summer Service trips to Buffalo, NY and Tampa, FL on Friday, April 29, 5:30-9:30. Any family with elementary-aged children (age 5 and up) is welcome to bring them for a night of fun, food, and games at Monument Hall, Concord Center, while the parents receive some much-needed time off! Cost is $40 per family, all proceeds go to benefit the Summer Service trips. Please RSVP to Jaclyn Daniels, Youth Minister at Holy Family Parish, 978-369-7442 or email@example.com.
Come Celebrate Susan Erickson’s Award-Winning Students (and Turtles!) this Saturday
On Saturday, April 30, Student Ambassadors of Mrs. Erickson’s (grade 4) class will lead a free public story time, leading an interactive show-and-tell of their own class’s Blandings turtles, Yertle and Lynn-D. This class recently won second place in a national competition, the Disney Planet Challenge, based on their efforts to raise awareness of how we can all protect this threatened local creature. The kids will read The Hatchling’s Journey, share their own non-fiction short stories and have their class turtles on hand for Q&A. This public event is a great chance for fellow Thoreau School students to learn and be inspired by this group’s fearless work! Barefoot Books is at 89 Thoreau Street (across from Bedford Farms and the train station), and the event is free and open to the public.
Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council
The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council is seeking people who have an interest in working in areas of education and advocacy on human rights issues. If you are interested in joining the Board, or just interested in hearing more about our work, check out the website (cchumanrights.org), and call 978-369-6365. Our next event is the 31st Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance, May 1 at 7:30pm at the Concord Town House. The speaker this year is Faye Speert, a child survivor from Norway. All HRC events are free and open to all.
Last Chance Camp Fair
Come to the “last chance” camp fair on Thursday May 5, 5:00-7:30pm at the Alcott school. Many families are still deciding their summer plans. At the fair,you’ll find more than 20 camps in one place. There will be a collection of day camps, resident camps, girls-only, boys-only, co-ed camps, and teen programs.
Opening Ceremony for the Ripley Baseball Field, May 21
After years of planning, countless hours of fund raising, and two seasons of construction, all of the hard work put into building a premier baseball diamond in Concord has come to fruition. On Saturday, May 21, the Ripley Baseball Field will be officially opened. The Friends of Concord Carlisle Fields and Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball would like to invite you to the festivities. The field is a beautiful state-of-the-art 60-foot baseball diamond that has bullpens, grand stands, foul poles, dugouts, and a spectacular new digital scoreboard. We are planning a family event for that day that will feature two Majors baseball games and a dedication ceremony happening in between the games. Our first game will begin at 9:00am and feature The Allied Paving Team versus the Acton Toyota Orange Team. Upon the completion of Game 1, (at approximately 10:30am) we will have a brief ceremony to thank all of the people who made the field a reality. Following the ceremony, we’ll kick off the second game of the morning which will be The Flatley Fence Gold Team versus The Nelson Construction Team. During both games there will be food available and skills drills for kids of all ages in the batting cages and adjoining soccer fields. CCYB is excited to have the skills drills run by CCHS Varsity Coach John Kelly and members of the varsity baseball team. Please come for the whole morning, or just stop by for the dedication. It will be an exciting day for youth baseball and a proud day for our community.
–Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball
–The Friends of Concord Carlisle Fields
Concord Wrestling Club
The Concord Wrestling Club at CCHS welcomes new wrestlers to the Spring Clinic with coaches Matt Bloom and Eric Rivera. It is for middle and high school wrestlers, and third graders and up who are interested in the sport and want to get started. We’ll learn takedowns, half nelsons and cradles, holds and breakaways and more, and do lots of practice. Learn the rules of collegiate wrestling, and learn and practice physical and mental fitness as we develop our skill in this classic sport. Release form required. T-shirt included in fee. Wrestlers must furnish wrestling shoes. Meets Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-7:00pm, May 3-June 2 at CCHS. Clinic fee $125.Community Education programs are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools. To sign up please call (978) 318-1432 or visit www.ace.colonial.net
Summer Music Lessons at CCHS/CPS
The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC), part of the Concord-Carlisle Schools Community Education program, offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons each summer to new and continuing students. Lessons will be at CCHS, and lesson schedules are often arranged around summer vacation timetables. Although many students begin lessons in the fall, summer lessons are ideal for new students who want to get started, and for current students who do not want to interrupt school-year instruction. For more information and enrollment please call 978-341-2490 ext. 7152 or visit www.ace.colonial.net/IMSCC.
PMC Concord Kids Ride
Only 6 Weeks left to register for the 4th Annual PMC Concord Kids Ride. The Ride will take place on Sunday, June 12 from 8:30-12 at Middlesex School in Concord. Kids ages 5-15 from Concord, Carlisle, Sudbury, Acton, and Lincoln are encouraged to sign up to ride for 1,5,10 or 15 miles. Ride to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kids under the age of 5 can take part in the Kids Junior Ride as well, so bring the whole family. We hope to get at least 50-75 kids from each school to ride. Please join us for this healthy community experience that has attracted hundreds of kids and volunteers and raised over $100,000 over the past few years. The morning includes lots of festivities, food and of course the ride. For more information, to register to ride or volunteer online go to kids.pmc.org/concord.
The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will published on May 5. It will be edited by Laurie Garrison.
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