Thoreau Announcements 3/2/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Register to Vote/Local Election, Math Night, Cake Walk, Boks, Spelling Bee, Thoreauly Green, Geography Quest Scorers Needed,
Around Town:  Whole Book Approach Workshop, Multiple Intelligences Workshop, Special Ed.Support Program, Carousel School Fundraiser, IMSCC

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Hello and Welcome Back!! We hope you had a wonderful Winter Break. The weather here in Concord was amazing and beautiful.
The month of March is filled with many PTG events  for your families to enjoy and, if interested, to volunteer for. Some our upcoming events are BOKS, Spelling Bee, Cake Walk, and Math Night. Please look for information in the upcoming Thoreau Announcements.
Thank you and again, Welcome Back!

Mark you calendar:
3/15 – 9:00 PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria
3/17 – Math Night
3/18 – Spelling Bee
3/23 – Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Event
3/25 – 1-3 Cake Walk

Register to Vote for Concord Local Election and Annual Town Meeting
March 8 is the voter registration deadline for the Concord local election and Annual Town Meeting.  Make sure you are registered to vote so you can participate in these important local governing events.  You can check on your voter registration status at Town Meeting will contain articles that will directly effect Concord Public Schools.

You can register to vote at the Town Clerk Office at the Concord Town Hall, by mail or on-line at  If you have moved recently, make sure your voter registration is for your current address.

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 Cake Walk is less than 1 month away! Saturday, March 25th, 1-3pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. Save the date and 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:

BOKs Program: Get Kids Moving, Playing Games and Having Fun Before School! BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”.  Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.”
BOKs is a free before school program (8:00 AM Tuesdays & Thursday starting the end of March until June 1st)
We will take the first 40 applications and wait list after (the more parents volunteer, the more kids we can take)!  Please email to volunteer!  It’s loads of fun and great heart pumping music!!!
Please print, fill out and deliver to Thoreau School no later than MARCH 13th!
Registration Form:

What’s the Buzz? Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee! Sat., Mar.18
This year’s Thoreau Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held the afternoon of Sat., Mar. 18.  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times will be as follows:  3rd graders at 1pm; 4th graders at 2:15; and 5th graders at 3:30.  If your child is interested, please contact Siobhan Mee at for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the Bee!

Thoreauly Green Needs Photos of Thoreau Students Doing “Green Activities” for the bulletin board outside the auditorium at Thoreau School, which will feature the Lorax and your kids. Please email a photo (or two) of your child doing something in nature, or something good for nature.
Examples might include raking leaves, planting or weeding, playing with a toy made of recycled materials, picking apples, riding a bike, playing outside, taking out the compost. Anything goes! We want kids to feel recognized for doing their part to keep our Earth clean and green – and to know that they can inspire others.  Teachers are encouraged to send in photos of their students in nature or working on an Earth-sustaining project. Please include the following information with each photo:
Name of child(ren):
Brief description of photo (optional):
Parents, by submitting photos of your child(ren) you are allowing the Thoreauly Green PTG group to use the photos for this bulletin board. The photos will not be used for any other purpose.
Email photos and questions to: Jessica Grogins at Please title your email: The Lorax.
Deadline for submissions is March 3rd.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” The Lorax.

Geography Quest Volunteers Needed
We are looking for parents willing to correct some of the Geography Quests that will be returned in early March — we have answer keys, and all you need is time and a red pen! If you are willing to help out, please contact Thea Hahn

Around Town:
Whole Book Approach Workshop
Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children, will speak at the Concord Free Public Library on March 9th from 6-7:30. Workshop is for teachers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers. No registration required. Copies of the book will be available. Certificate of Attendance for teachers available. This program is funded by a LSTA Mind in the Making grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

“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:

Parents who have a child with a special need (ages 4-9 years old) are invited to attend a six week support program led by Patricia Marquis, LICSW.  Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and over the long haul. It will be held on 6 consecutive Monday mornings at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord MA from 9:30-11AM, from Mar. 6 through Apr. 10, 2017.  The program is free of charge.  Please click on (or cut and paste into your browser) the following website to pre-register:
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Questions?  Please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at for more information.

BookMarkers 4th/5th Grade Book Group Meeting
Tuesday, March 7 at 1 pm
Concord Library, 129 Main Street
We will be discussing great opening lines from some classic books.  You will write fun opening lines to YOUR story.
We will make giant fortune cookies!
For information about programs at the Library:

Fundraiser for the Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund! We are partnering with the Ninety-Nine Restaurant on Wednesday, March 8 from 5-9pm – come eat with us, and 15% of your guest check will be donated to the Scholarship Fund! All funds raised will be used to defray tuition costs for students in need who will be attending Concord Carousel Preschool starting in September 2017. Last year, Concord Carousel awarded over $12,000 in scholarships.
To join this fundraising effort, please print out the Dining For A Cause voucher ( , and bring it with you to the 99 on March 8. Hope to see you there!
–Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Committee
Send any comments/questions to Erin Fife, Committee Member,

After School Music Instruction with IMSCC
Calling all musicians! Sign up now for music lessons – new session is underway!

Students work one on one with expert musician/teachers. Choose from weekly 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn and the Carlisle School. Instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano. Lessons can start any time – tuition is pro-rated.
Visit for more information or to register today. Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at or call 978-341-2490 x7124. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord is part of the Community Education department of the Concord-Carlisle schools.