Thoreau Announcements 3/16/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Math Night, Cake Walk, Spelling Bee, Earth Day Workshops
Around Town: School Related Articles and Budgets, 3rd Grade Book Eaters, Multiple Intelligences Workshop, SEPAC Forum, CCYH Registration, CFN Egghunt, CCYB/S

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Mark you calendar:
3/16 – 7pm, Many Kinds of Smart!, Alcott School
3/17 – 6-8pm, Math Night, Thoreau Cafeteria
3/18 – Spelling Bee
3/22 – 7pm, School Committee Coffee, CCHS Learning Commons
3/23 – Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Event
3/25 -1-3pm, Cake Walk, Thoreau School
3/28 – 9:30am, School Committee Coffee, Ripley Conference Rm. 4
3/28 – 1pm, Kindergarten Registration Round 2
3/30*- 9:15am, Principal Coffee, Focus: supporting our students in the digital age *new date
4/4 – No School, Professional Day
4/4 – 7pm, School Committee Coffee, CCHS Learning Commons, Focus: Later Start Time for CCHS
4/11 – 9:30am, School Committee Coffee, Ripley Conference Rm. 4

Thoreau Math Night will be held Friday, March 17, from 6.00pm-8.00pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria.  We have a missing animal at the zoo and need many of you to crack this case using your keen math skills, creative ideas, and detective work. We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza (regular & GlutenFree) and healthy snacks.
We also seek fantastic volunteer parents/teens that can sign up here:   Please contact Jeff Furman (, Erica Wright (, or Marc Ubaldino ( with any questions or interests.

The annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival is Saturday, March 25th, 1-3pm. Please help make this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival a success by volunteering!  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  Please click here to sign up:
Start planning your cake for the Cake Decorating Contest. Categories are Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. There will also be loads of games, crafts, food, prizes and, of course, CAKES! ! Regarding the cakes, we need lots and lots – 300 to 400 to use as prizes for Cake Walk winners! Read more about it here:

Spelling Bee: This Saturday, March 18!
We have a record number of spellers registered for the Thoreau Spelling Bee this Saturday, March 18!  The updated start times are: 3rd graders at 1:00 (please arrive by 12:30 as we have 40 third graders registered this year!); 4th graders at 2:15 (please arrive by 2); and 5th graders at 3:15 (please arrive by 3).  If you’ve signed up but haven’t heard from us yet, or if you have any questions, please contact  All are welcome to attend the Bee!

Thoreau Earth Day Workshops
Celebrate Earth Day by creating music makers, colorful banners and masks of local animals and plant species. Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, papier maché and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint. You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. Three of the workshops are led by Musketaquid artist/educator Morningstar Medaye and a fourth will be lead by Thoreauly Green member Jessica Grogins. In Jessica’s workshop the students will be focusing on creating a Lorax-inspired bulletin board for the school. The students will have the opportunity to bring creations to life at the Earth Day parade and festival on Saturday, April 22. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.
Who: Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students Where: Art Room. Cost: $35 per student for all four sessions. When: Friday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14 3:30-4:45PM
Registration is open and there is still room.
Please sign up here:

Around Town:
Concord Town Meeting begins Monday, April 24.  In preparation, the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Committees will host a series of Information Sessions regarding the 2017-18 school budgets and school-related articles.
There will be five school-related articles at Town Meeting:
¨ARTICLE 13 – Concord Public Schools Budget: FY18 CPS Budget is $37,046,694, a 3.89% increase from FY17, which provides for the launch of Elementary Spanish Instruction and a CMS Latin elective.
¨ARTICLE 14 – Concord Public Schools Supplemental Appropriation of $400,000 for the current school year.
¨ARTICLE 15 – Concord Public Schools Capital Renovations and Repairs of $850,000.
¨ARTICLE 16 – Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Budget: FY18 Budget is $28,042,499.  The Budget includes funding for the Later Start Time initiative within the Finance Committee Guideline.
¨ARTICLE 17 – Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Landfill Remediation: Cost $1.2 million – includes environmentally sound solution with Flexible Fill to allow for future land use options.
To view the details regarding these articles as presented by the School Committee click here:
Please join us at any of the following information sessions to learn more:
Wednesday 3/22   7:00pm-8:30pm  CCHS Learning Commons 
Tuesday 3/28   9:30am-11am         Ripley Conference Room 4
Wednesday 4/11  9:30am-11am  Ripley Conference Room 4  

Third Grade BookEaters
Read about People & Places
March 15th @ 4pm
Show & Tell… Bring a favorite Historical Fiction Book to Share
Activity…   Look for the Label: Discover Different Types of Fiction
Portraits From the Past: We’ll Take Photos in Old Fashioned Costumes & Decorate Frames
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
(978) 318-3358

“MANY KINDS OF SMART! Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences” a free Parent Workshop
Thurs., Mar. 16, 7pm. Location: Alcott Elementary School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord.  Our presenter, Lisa Murphy M.Ed., puts her own spin on Howard Gardner’s classic theory. Lisa offers parents powerful new information that will open their understanding on different learning styles so they can provide their child with the approach that leads to mastery, heightens satisfaction and reduces stress.  Please register for this free program at the following site:

Reading Development & the Brain  | Thursday, March 23rd | Presentation/Q&A 10-11:30am | Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 1 | Presenter Dr. Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC is pleased to offer a presentation providing an overview of the typical and atypical reading brain, its development, and how it changes in response to intervention. Dr. Gaab will introduce the idea of early screening for reading disabilities in young children and discuss its implications for education settings and policy. She will conclude by discussing the implications of neuroscientific findings for general education, educational policy as well as the development of interventions. For planning purposes, please RSVP to: Please join us! Please contact with any questions.

CCYH Evaluations for 2017-18 season: Registration is now open for the following full-season ice hockey programs: Mites, Squirts, PeeWee’s, Bantams and Midgets. Go to and select “Register Online” to begin registration. A description of our programs including the age requirements can be found using by selecting “About Our Programs”. Evaluations for each player are required for placement on a CCYH team. Visit for the evaluation schedule which runs March 21-30. Contact Andi Rice with any questions:

Concord Family Network Spring Egg Hunt
**Don’t forget a basket for your child to gather eggs!**
Please join us for our annual CFN Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, from 3-5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street.
This year’s event features three separate egg hunts (ages 5-8 at 3:30pm, ages 3-4 at 3:45pm, and ages 0-2 at 4pm), games, crafts, refreshments and of course lots of socializing with your friends and neighbors.
Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children, so please RSVP by visiting or via Big Tent.
Admission is free for CFN members; non-members can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 28 so that we can make sure we have enough eggs and goodies for all of our little egg hunters.
** We will be gratefully accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry. Don’t forget to bring your donation!**
In case of rain (and it won’t be), check the CFN web site for more information or instructions to bring your wellies.
Hope to see you there!

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.  Opening day will be Sunday, April 9th. The season officially kicks off April 24th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to
Please run the following announcement for the next 2 weeks.
SOFTBALL Pre-Season Clinics: (For K thru 8th Graders):
Please join us for Softball Pre-Sason Clinics hosted by CCHS Softball. Dates are Sundays, March 26th and April 2nd from 3-5pm at CCHS. Cost $40 for 2 sessions, or $20 for each session.