Thoreau Announcements 1/19/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Box Tops, Winter After School Programs, Boks Volunteers Needed, Art Room Request, Hobby Fair, SEPAC workshop, Trip to Symphony Hall
Around Town: CCYB/S Softball, 3rd Grade Book Eaters, Viewing of Screenagers, Concord-Carlisle Chess Club, Lunch and Learn “Suicide Prevention”, CFN Valentine Party, Cooler Concord Fair, Community Chest philanthropy event, Bookmarkers Book Group, Are You Ready for Overnight Camp lecture,

Message from the Co-Presidents:

Cooler Concord Fair:
Many of you have read about the Cooler Concord Fair happening on 2/4 at CCHS. What you may not know is that Thoreau has a chance to win $1000 dollars. Here are the guidelines for winning the $1000:  If 10% of Thoreau families (34 families) attend the Cooler Concord Fair, Thoreau can win $250; if 20% attend (68 families), Thoreau will be awarded $500.  AND, Thoreau can win another $500 if those families choose to take simple and cost effective energy saving actions.  An easy to use tool will help Fair attendees prioritize what makes sense for each family. So mark your calendar! Call for volunteers: If you have a little time to help make the fair successful, contact Jill Appel at or (978) 371-7270. Go to: or read their submission in our community section to learn more!

Superintendent Search Update:
Three Superintendent candidates will be presented at the School Committee Meeting on 1/24 at 6:30pm at Ripley. There will be public interviews of each candidate on the three following nights, 1/25, 1/26, and 1/27 all at 6:30pm at Ripely. There will be time at the end of these sessions to offer feedback. On 1/31 the School Committee will publicly deliberate on all three candidates and hold a vote to offer the position at their meeting at 6:30pm at Ripley.

Mark your calendar for two fun Thoreau Events plus other important dates: 
1/23 – 6:30-7:30pm, Hobby Fair Family Night (4th and 5th graders), Cafeteria
1/24 – Hobby Fair classroom visits; 6:30pm, School Committee Meeting, Ripley – Three superintendent candidates presented
1/25 – 6:30pm, Public interview of first superintendent candidate, Ripley
1/26 – 6:30pm, Public interview of second superintendent candidate, Ripley
1/27 – 6:30pm, Public interview of third superintendent candidate, Ripley
1/31 – 6:30pm, School Committee Meeting, Public deliberation on superintendent candidates with vote to offer position
2/3 – Bingo Night

Help Thoreau Win the Box Tops Sweepstakes Again – Now Through January 28th
The Market Basket e-Box Tops Sweepstakes continues through January 28th.  Please visit any participating Market Basket store and pick up an entry form at the courtesy desk for a chance to win 5,000 e-Box Tops for Thoreau School. That’s worth $500!  The chances of winning may seem low, but it’s not out of reach:  Thoreau actually has won this contest FOUR TIMES – so never say never!  We can’t win if we don’t enter, though, and we’re much more likely to win with LOTS of entries, so we need your help!
Entries must be postmarked by January 28th.  If you can’t get to a Market Basket store before the 28th but you want to help, please email me at for an entry form. Past Thoreau winners of this contest have not received any unwanted postal mail or spam email from submitting an entry form.  Visit for a complete list of Market Basket stores in Massachusetts.
Thanks in advance for your help, and good luck to all!  – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator (978) 831-3058Winter After School Programs

The Thoreau PTG is excited to offer several after school courses for the community this winter! We have some tried and true classes, as well as a new offering designed to get your kids moving this winter!
Courses will run from January 30 through March 30, registration opened Tuesday, Jan 17 @ 9:30 am but there are still some openings at

BOKS Volunteers Needed – Help Kids Boost Brain Power
Nikki Morrissey has graciously volunteered to lead another BOKS session this spring. However, we will NOT be able to run this popular program without additional parent volunteers as happened in the fall. Volunteer are needed before school 1-2 times per week. This is a great opportunity for working parents to get involved. Please contact Adrienne at if you are interested. BOKS is a nationally-recognized, before-school fitness program. Studies show that engaging in physical activity before school boosts kids ability to learn and retain information. After the first session at Thoreau, Thoreau teachers reported a positive difference in kids enrolled in the program! To learn more, visit

ART room requests:
The art room is in need of plastic egg cartons, animal or landscape calendars and textured paper/wallpaper scraps for some fun upcoming art projects.  If you have any of these items laying around the house, we will be accepting them anytime throughout the year and would greatly appreciate the donation.
Thank you in advance,
Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

The Annual Hobby Fair for 4th and 5th graders will take place on Monday, January 23rd in the Thoreau Cafeteria from 6.30-7.30pm. Permission slips are due! Please send them in tomorrow to your child’s teacher. Parents willing to help with the set up or take down of the displays, please sign up at:

Basic Rights in Special Education (Free Workshop) | Thursday, January 26th
7-9pm Workshop/Q&A, Parent Mingle 6:30pm | CCHS Learning Commons | Presenter Seetha Burtner. Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the workshop will provide a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school – and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school. Learn your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts Education Law. Hosted by the Concord Carlisle Regional SEPAC. For planning purposes an RSVP is appreciated but not required: https://www. workshop-tickets-30853873767

Trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert on Saturday, April 8th at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.  This year’s theme is “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.”  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Details and sign up form can be found at  Email with any questions.

Around Town:
Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. Registration will close on March 31st. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.  The season officially kicks off April 24th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to

Third Grade Book Eaters
Let’s share our favorite books(old & new)
Plus games, crafts, and food!
January 18th@ 4pm
Happy New Year: OUT with the OLD & In with NEW!
Library Tour: Upstairs  Downstairs @ the Concord Library
Let’s explore behind the scenes of the library
Downstairs tour including where OLD books are kept and NEW books are processed
Craft… Time Capsule: Make a Personal Time Capsule for 2017!
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street

The Fenn School will host SCREENAGERS Thurs, Jan 19, 2017
at 6:30 p.m. 516 Monument Street, Concord
This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.
Please register at:
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. The film SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Calling chess players of ALL ages! The Concord-Carlisle Chess Club starts again on Sunday, January 22nd from 2-5 pm at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Join us to learn to improve your game and practice playing! Contact Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at or call 978-318-1432.

CC Youth Services and the Center for Parents and Teachers invite all interested adults to a free “Lunch and Learn” program on Thursday Feb 2nd from 11:30 to 1 PM on the topic:  “Talk Saves Lives:  A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention”.  Participants will learn the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and how, together, we can help prevent it.  In order to plan for lunch and materials, RSVP is required. Please email  Free light lunch provided.  Location:  Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord.

Concord Family Network invites you to a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 4th, from 3:30-5:00pm at the Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street, Concord, MA! Bring the kids to do some Valentine’s Day crafts and gather on Ed “The Music Man” Morgan’s magic carpet to sing along and dance their sillies out! Refreshments available
We will again be collecting pantry items to benefit the Yawkee Family Inn at the Boston’s Children Hospital. Show your Valentine’s Day love by donating pantry items such as granola bars, oatmeal, packaged cookies, cereal, fruit cups, tea, and K-cup coffee (single servings work best). In addition, quick dinner fixes such as mac and cheese, soups, pasta and sauces would also be appreciated. A collection bin will be set up at the door.
All Concord-area families are invited. Free for CFN members, non-members pay only $3/child up to $10/family (Fee will be waived with a pantry item donation). For more information please contact or

Announcing the Cooler Concord Fair 
Plug into Big Savings and Help Our School Win $1000!
RSVP NOW for the Cooler Concord Fair-
Sat, February 4, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Our school will be able to win up to $1,000 if a significant number of parents attend and take action at the Cooler Concord Fair. The Fair will showcase simple and significant ways to save energy and money. Community experts and vendors will help you get stuff done quickly and easily. There will be 10 major exhibits as follows: home weatherization, high-efficiency home heating and cooling, hot water heating, LED lighting, solar power, transportation (including new electric cars), home appliances, sustainable yards, reduce/reuse and eat less meat. Workshops on specific topics will be held throughout the day. And, this is a not-to- miss event for families! Students from all the schools are eager to show parents their own creative and compelling exhibits. Exciting kids’ activities are planned including crafts, races and hands-on projects. There will be many free prizes, including a
weekend in lovely Stowe, Vermont, and delicious snacks. Students (middle school and up) and parents are needed to volunteer for short shifts. Send a note to to join the action. Community service credit is definitely available. The first 100 people who register have a chance to win a free dinner at a lovely Concord Restaurant! Stay informed at Facebook/Cooler Concord and invite your local friends! RSVP
NOW at

You’re invited to Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s first-ever non-profit innovation challenge called “adVentures in Philanthropy” on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord.  Local non-profits have proposed exciting new initiatives to meet human services needs in Concord and Carlisle with three selected to present their program to a panel of five community leaders with the chance to secure a share of up to $30,000 in funding.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The event will include both an adult and student Fan Favorite.  Adults and students will have an opportunity to vote and award their favorite presenting non-profit $1,000.  Register today for this FREE community event by visiting our web site at or call 978-369-5250 to reserve your ticket.

BookMarkers Book Group for 4th/5th Graders
February 7 from 1 pm – 2 pm
Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord
Let’s talk about new books for the New Year!
Activity: Make giant fortune cookies
For more information call (978) 318-3358

How to Know If Your Child (and YOU!) Are Ready for Overnight Camp
Wednesday, Feb 8 at 7 pm *dessert reception; lecture at 7:30
Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Ave, Needham
Are you wondering if your child is ready?  Are you wondering how to figure out what is the best fit for your child? Are you not sure how long to send your child? This presentation will help you understand the many benefits of overnight camp. You will learn what to ask when speaking with different directors, what to look for when you go on tours.Let us help you eliminate some of your anxieties about sending your child away to overnight camp. This presentation will be open for questions as well.
This workshop is presented by Jill Vetstein, a licensed clinical mental health therapist specializing in children. She has a B.S in Education and a Masters in Social Work. She is also a writer, blogger, professional speaker and a mother. Jill has been working with parents and children in many settings for over 25 years. One of Jill’s favorite settings to work in has been at summer camp. Jill has over 20 years of experience in the camping world both as a camper and as a professional.
This is a lecture to help parents get general information about readiness for overnight camp and to answer questions and allay anxieties. It is not representing any camp in particular. Camp Specialists is a FREE referral service to help families find the best fit for their child and has no bias for one specific camp over another. For more information on our services, please email Our services are 100% free of charge.