Thoreau Announcements 5/11/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: MCAS Info, Thoreau Wins Box Tops, Annual Appeal, Moms’ Night Out, Thoreau Road Race, Staff/Teacher Lunch, Third Grade Recorder Concert, Fifth Grade Music and Arts Night, Fifth Grade Art Retrospective, Box Tops For Education, Thoreau Library Gift Book Program
Around Town:  CCP Workshop, Meditation and Special Ed, CCHS Track Fundraiser, Middlesex Jazz Festival, Basketball Summer Camps, PMC Kids’ Ride, Run For Dreams, CCM Trumpet and Trombone Workshops, Emerson 5k Run/Walk for Cancer, Callen Tennis, CCA and Community Ed Summer Programs for Kids

Message from the Co-Presidents:
A very heartfelt thank you goes out to Kim Capello and Pattie Turrettini and their team on the Staff Appreciation Committee for the tremendous job they did celebrating our teacher’s last week!

Volunteers Needed: The Thoreau PTG is only as strong as its volunteers! Please help us continue to foster a supportive and engaging community in our school.  We need volunteers to help chair/co-chair, coordinate, and become team members for the many events and programs we plan for students, teachers, staff, and families to enjoy every year! Our goal is to create an inclusive PTG that represents all grade levels, working parents, stay at home parents, moms and dads. Everyone is welcome and every position has the full support of the PTG along the way! Sign up if you can help – grab a friend!!  Click on the PTG Volunteer Sign-Up Genius for brief descriptions of current open positions including:

• Children’s Programming: Join an existing Team
• Before and After School Programs
• Service Learning Chair/Committee
• Library Coordinator
• Art Room Coordinator
• Thoreau Announcements Editors
• Cake Walk Committee
• Thoreau Directory: Shadow current coordinators to take over following year
• 5th Grade Events Committee
• Geography Quest
• Grounds for Learning
• Halloween Costume Swap

If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community, we will find an opportunity for you! Please contact Deb Antonangeli or Kathleen Dohoney if you are interested in getting involved, or

Mark your calendar:
5/12 – 9:00am PTG Meeting, Cafeteria (Everyone welcome)
5/18 – Moms’ Night Out
5/21 – Road Race
5/25 – Incoming Kindergarten Popsicle Party

MCAS Information:
Students in grades 3-5 are scheduled to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between April 3rd and May 26th. The specific dates for each grade level and test session can be found in the link below and on our school’s webpage.

The school committee has approved the CPS calendar for the 2017-18 school year. You can find it here:  Please note, CPS and CCHS will have different calendars for the 2017-18 school year.

Thoreau School Wins the Box Tops Sweepstakes Again!
Great news, everyone:  for the fifth time, Thoreau School is a winner in the Market Basket Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes!  The grand prize was 5,000 e-box tops credited to our school’s account.  That’s worth a cool $500!
Congratulations to our winning entrant and especially to all Thoreau students because they will be the real winners here. The $500 prize check will fund some great PTG programs to benefit the kids.  Many thanks to ALL of you who entered this sweepstakes. The more entries we sent in, the higher our chances of winning got, so this was truly a group victory.  A HUGE thank you to Lisa Colagiovanni for her excellent help in promoting participation this year.

On a separate note, our classroom contest for the Box Tops program continues.  Please make sure to put your clips in the lobby collection box by the end of the day on Wednesday May 24, preferably in a small plastic bag with the teacher’s and child’s names on a slip of paper in the bag (not written on the bag itself).  Single box tops can be turned in with no bag and with the names written on the back.  Thanks for your support, and good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

Thoreau School Annual Appeal! 
As we near the end of the school year (!) the PTG Fundraising Team (Jen Perry & Megan Holsinger!) want to kindly ask for your support. We are just over 50% of our goal and we need your help to take it home. The money that you donate goes directly to programs that your children love and enjoy. Please be on the lookout for a letter in your child’s bag giving you more information on how to contribute! You can always go to and make your donation there. Any amount helps.

Track down those sitters (or partners!)
Enjoy a night off with your favorite Thoreau Moms:  Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm.  This Thoreau tradition organized by the social committee is such a nice way to match names with those faces you see at drop off/pick up, in the halls, at activities etc.  Pop in or stay for a while, just RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.
Invitation is here:
Code: thoreaumom

We are in the final countdown with just days left to the Thoreau School Road Race on Sunday, May 21!  Pre-registration ends May 19 so get a head start to avoid lines and guarantee a T-shirt!  Go to:
Rain or shine, bring family and friends to have fun and raise money for our school with the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by food, bouncy house, awards and more. Come walk, run, jog or stroll with us!
10:00 am – 5 K run through West Concord
Kids Fun Runs:
11:30 am – 1 mile run 6+ GIRLS
11:45 am – 1 mile run 6+ BOYS
12:00 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under
All events take place at the Thoreau School, 29 Prairie Street, Concord.  All proceeds go to benefit the Thoreau PTG.

The Road Race Needs Volunteers!
Join in the fun and volunteer on May 21.  Plenty of slots available where you can volunteer and still enjoy the race with your kids and family.  Sign up below!
For More information, contact Julie Miller  or Therese Hetzel Conti  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.

3rd grade recorder concert
Friday, May 26,2017
9:15 am- 9:50 am
Thoreau Auditorium
5th grade Music and Arts Night
Monday, June 5, 2017
6:30 pm doors open
concert starts at 7:10 pm
Thoreau auditorium

Teacher and Staff Luncheon-The Staff Appreciation Team is looking for 5 volunteers to help with the end of year Teacher and Staff Luncheon. This year, on Tuesday June 6th, Thoreau Staff will walk to The Tenenbaum’s home after school, for a long standing tradition of celebrating another fabulous school year. This event will have food, treats and a raffle for the staff, which they very much look forward to. We need 5 volunteers to help with set up, hostessing and clean-up. If you can offer any bit of your time on Tuesday June 6, between the hours of 11 am and 2:30 pm, please contact Kim Capello at

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program
Thoreau librarians Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins, and PTG Gift Book Coordinator Eileen Robichaud invite you to participate in the Gift Book Program. Through this program, families can purchase books in honor of a student or teacher and donate them to the school library.
We’d like to thank recent participants: 1) Caroline Myler for purchasing Operation Orca in honor of Cass Myler  2)Jill Yates for purchasing tow books: Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects in honor of Henry Yates and Over & Under the Snow in honor of George Yates  3) Sarah Atwood for purchasing Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy in honor of Lucy Atwood.
This is how it works: 1) Parents can select a book from the Gift Book Box in the library and write a check for the cover price to the PTG. 2) The book will have a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. The book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the honoree will be the first person allowed to check out the book. 3)  Cathy Collins will keep an updated spreadsheet of books available for donation. 4) If parents would like to donate a special book NOT from the box, they should check with the librarians to ensure the library doesn’t own the book already.
The Gift Book Program is a wonderful and easy way to provide a special gift to the school during this season of giving. It also enables your child to stay connected to the school for years to come. Questions?  Speak with the librarians or contact Eileen Robichaud at

Around Town:
Center for Parents and Teachers invite all parents to a special workshop in May!
No matter what the age of your child, all parents will be interested in attending the workshop on “Competence, Confidence and the Building of Resiliency in Our Children” taking place on Tuesday evening, May 16 at the Concord Middle School Peabody Forum.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  The Center for Parents and Teachers has invited ever-popular presenter Rick Irving, MSW, to run this beneficial (and humorous!) workshop.  To pre-register (and to learn more details about the offering) please go to
Learn about CPT’s other programs at

Mediation and Facilitated Team Meetings | New Date! Thursday, May 25th 7:00-8:30pm | Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Room 206, Concord | Presenter Mryto Flessas, Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). Please join us for a presentation on Special Education Mediation and facilitated IEP Team Meetings by Myrto Flessas from the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). A voluntary and confidential dispute settlement process, mediation sessions are conducted by BSEA mediators at no charge to the participants. Ms. Flessas will cover how and when to request a mediation as well as how to prepare for and what to expect from mediation at the BSEA. The presentation and Q&A will take place from 7-8:30pm. Join us after the presentation from 8:30-9pm for refreshments and additional conversation. For planning purposes, please RSVP: 

Adrian Martinez Classic-June 1
Lace up your running shoes because it’s time for the 9th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 1 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile if you haven’t run a competitive mile before, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races for runners of all abilities start at 4:30 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders start at 6:30. All funds raised through on-site donations, race entry fees, and sponsorship are split between the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register to run at

Middlesex Jazz Festival at Concord: June 4
Come join the fun: The Concord Visitor Center will host a free outdoor jazz festival on June 4th from 1:30 to 7:00 pm in the Concord Visitor Center parking lot. The event – the Middlesex Jazz Festival at Concord – features four 20-piece Big Bands and six smaller Jazz Ensembles, including participants from the CCHS Jazz Band. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and food. The town will provide several large tents for shade. The family-friendly event will be free to the public thanks to local event sponsors. For more details:

Patriot Basketball Summer Camps: Join CCHS Head Coach David Cohen and Assistant Coach Aaron Joncas for Patriot Basketball at Concord-Carlisle High School. Now in its 10th year, Patriot Basketball is staffed by the area’s top high school coaches and gives boys of all levels an opportunity to improve, compete and have fun! Visit to register today for camp weeks on June 19th – 23rd, June 26th – 30th and July 24th – 28th. We also offer a summer league for boys and girls!

Many kids, many bikes, one mission: cure cancer. Kids of all ages find fun, camaraderie, and inspiration in bringing us closer by the mile.
Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 11th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.
Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer. There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.
To register, volunteer or donate, go to

Run For Dreams 
When: Friday, June 9 2017
Where: Alcott School, Concord MA
What: Children of all ages come join us for a night of running and activities! There will be three races for lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school students. Children will run for a designated amount of time (10-15 minutes) and receive popsicle sticks for the amount of laps they can run. Awards will be given to the top runners. While you are not running you can get your face painted, join a soccer game, or cheer for your friends! All proceeds from the event will go to Dream Big! a non-profit organization that is helping girls from low-income situations get athletic equipment and scholarships for sports.
This event was created by a group of high school girls who are passionate about helping people in their surrounding communities. We all love participating in sports and athletics and we want to share the feeling of scoring the winning goal, hitting the home run, or finishing that race with all girls! This event shares the love of sports and the love of helping others!
Please visit our website:
or contact Caroline Stevenson at with questions

Summer Trombone Choir
Summer Trombone Choir is back for the ninth year! This program is open to students ages 10 and up. Honorary trombones (tubas, euphoniums and baritones) are also welcome. Trombonist and IMSCC faculty member Alexei Doohovskoy directs the ensemble. The program culminates in a performance on July 25.
Monday & Tuesday evenings June 19 through July 25
Younger students meet from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, older students 7:00 to 9:00 pm
More information and registration at

Summer Trumpet Workshop
New this summer! IMSCC faculty member Dr. Ryan Noe conducts the workshop, which is open to trumpet students with at least one year experience. Students will participate in ensembles and engage in interactive learning about jazz, different types of trumpets, and warm-up ideas. Students interested in performing a solo with have an opportunity to perform in a master-class setting. The workshop culminates in a performance July 20.

Monday through Thursday July 17-20
Younger students meet 9:00 am to noon, older students 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
More information and registration at
Questions? Contact Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at 978-318-1432 or visit
Debbie Levine, IMSCC Program Coordinator
978-341-2490 ext. 7124 FAX 978-369-7125
500 Walden St, Concord 01742

The 17th annual Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer will take place on Sat., June 10, 8:30 a.m., at the Thoreau Outdoor Center in Concord.
Will you join other area schools in a challenge to support cancer patients?  School groups are forming to participate – join a team at your school or start your own!  It’s easy and fun!  All proceeds benefit cancer patients at Emerson Hospital.  Register today at: or contact Christine Kielar at with questions.

Callen Tennis – Fall 2017
Callen Tennis will be offering red and orange ball classes again this fall in addition to a new Middle School program at Concord-Carlisle High School’s tennis courts. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA pro and NCAA D1 Head Women’s coach, will be in charge of the program. Alex Spence, the CCHS Boys’ varsity coach, will be returning to teach along side several other enthusiastic and experienced instructors, including Kara Swanson Johnson, former CCHS graduate and full scholarship tennis player at Boston College.

Registration information will be announced towards the end of this school year and registration will take place this summer. Please check us out on facebook for more information at or email us at

Red Ball
Thursdays – 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes)
8 weeks starting September 14th

Orange Ball
Thursdays – 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes)

8 weeks starting September 14th
Middle School
Mondays and Thursdays – 3:00-4:30PM (2 days/week for 1 hour, 30 minutes)

8 weeks starting September 7th
Bus transportation will be provided from CMS to CCHS
Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education  and Wicked Cool for Kids Summer Programs
Full day options run from 9 am – 4 pm and include:

Rocket Science ’17 is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run June 26th – 30th. LEGO Robotics WeDo 2.0 is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run July 3rd – 7th. Minecraft Mania is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from July 10th – 14th. Minecraft Mastercrafters is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run from  July 17th – 21st.
Half day options run from 1 – 4 pm and include:

Dig Big! is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from June 26th – 30th. Maker Shaker Workshop is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from July 3rd – 7th. Wicked Wacky Lab Week is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from July 10th – 14th.  Wicked Cool Vet School is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from July 17th – 21st.
Visit or call 978-318-1432 today to register – spaces are limited! Financial aid application are available upon request. (Please note: there is no program on Tuesday, July 4th.)