In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Co-presidents’ Message, School Committee Subscriber List, 2018 School Budget Public Hearings, Annual Appeal, Amazon Smiles, Thoreau Friendship Cookbook, J. McLaughlin Shop for Thoreau, Library Gift Book Program
Around Town: Lacrosse Registration, Concord Carlisle Holiday Gift Drive, Concord Conservatory Free Trial Lessons, Middle Schoolers and the Internet, Cooler Concord Fair, Shamrock Ball, Call for One Toddler Car Seat Donation
Save the Date:
*The PTG meeting scheduled for 12/9 has been canceled.
Tuesday, 12/13: Staff Appreciation Event hosted by Grades 2&3
Message From the Co-presidents:
Join the School Committee Subscriber List! Stay up to date on School Committee Activity and receive periodic information regarding the district. A message released on Monday contained updated information provided by the High School Early Start Time Advisory Committee and new details on both the CPS and CCRSD budgets. Joining this list will provide you with the latest information from our School Committee on issues that are important to you and your children. Click here: http://www.concordps.org/school_committee_subscriber_list/ or visit the district home page, concordps.org.
School Committee – Save the Date
Public Hearing on FY18 School Budgets
Public Hearing on FY18 CPS/CCRSD Budgets will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:30-6:30 in Ripley, Conference Room 4.
The following are links for the Adopted Budgets for your reference:
Click here for the Concord School Committee FY2018 Adopted Budget,
Click here for the Concord School Committee FY2018 Capital Plan and
Click here for the Concord-Carlisle School Committee FY2018 Adopted Budget.
Thoreau PTG Annual Appeal
We are getting down to the final days of December! A couple of weeks ago your child brought home an envelope with our annual appeal letter. So far we’ve had a pretty good response and we are appreciative of your support. But we could use more! Even if you make a small donation – it will go to such good use. And get it done by December 31st to make that tax donation happen! You’ll be happy you did come April! Visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/ to make your donation! Thank you!
Start with a smile this holiday season. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3328106 to shop for all of your holiday essentials (gifts, decorations, and more) and Amazon donates to the Thoreau School PTG. Amazon Smiles is active all year round. Don’t forget to set your preference to Thoreau School PTG!
Thoreau Friendship Cookbook
‘Tis the Season to Cook!
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for all the foodies on your list? Give the Thoreau Friendship Cookbook! Nothing goes better with Bruins, Celtics or Patriots like Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, or a chilly winter day than Lentil Chard Soup. And, when you need that one-pot wonder, Mexican Crockpot Chicken hits the spot. Teacher favorites are also included. Think Stollen, think Swiss and Bacon Dip, think delish! Go online at https://www.thoreauptg.org/ Click “Support Thoreau” and purchase a copy of the cookbook for $5 each. Any questions, please email Prow at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds help fund various programs and specials projects at the Thoreau School.
Shop at J.McLaughlin in Concord and support Thoreau!
Come shop ’till you drop at J. McLaughlin in Concord Center on Friday December 16th from 9am to 1pm and Saturday December 17th from 11am to 4pm – and 15% of your purchase will go to help support Thoreau School PTG! Enjoy refreshments, bring your friends, and get some holiday shopping done. They have amazing clothes and accessories – sure to be perfect for anyone on your list. Questions? Contact Jenifer Perry at email@example.com or Megan Holsinger at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. This is a wonderful time of the year to consider participating in the program.
We have had two donations since the last acknowledgement: Escape from Baxter’s Barn was given by Suzanne Kelliher in honor of Abigail and Alexandra Steffens, and Jen Movitz purchased Number One Sam in honor of Ms. Gordon.
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 email@example.com.
REGISTER NOW FOR CCYL GIRLS & BOYS SPRING LACROSSE (For 1st thru 8th Graders):
Registration starts December 1 and late registration starts after December 31 and will close January 14.
Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who range from beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy playing lacrosse! Come join the fastest growing sport in America!
Sign up now before it closes!!!
Concord and Carlisle Youth Holiday Gift Drive Dec. 1-16
CC Youth Services and CC Community Chest are teaming up again this year to collect donations of new, unwrapped gifts and toys for youth ages 0-16. The donated gifts will be distributed to eligible Concord, Carlisle and Metco youth and families. Items in high demand include bath and body products, board games, Boston sports team-themed merchandise, pajamas/robes/cozy socks, science kits, and action figures. Drop boxes at Concord elementary schools, Beede Center, Concord Council on Aging, Town House and select retailers. For a complete list visit http://www.concordma.gov/1581/Upcoming-CCYS-Events . Prefer to shop online? Visit your local retailer’s online store to have gifts shipped to CCCC, Attn: Holiday Gift Drive, 19 Main Street, #2, Concord MA 01742. Know a family in need? Contact Bonny Wilbur, Community Services Coordinator at 978.318.3034
Concord Conservatory Offers Free Trial Lessons Dec. 5-10 :
Do you want to learn a new instrument, or take your playing to the next level? The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is offering an opportunity to explore its many musical options during its Free Trial Lesson Week. Starting December 5th and running through December 10th, CCM is offering free introductory trial lessons for many instruments—voice, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, cello, violin, viola, piano, guitar, and bass. Lesson times range from the early afternoon to evening Monday through Friday, and Saturday morning and afternoon. Available times for the free trial lesson depend upon the instrument. For those interested in instruments not listed in trial week, please call CCM to schedule a time.
To schedule a free trial private lesson, please call 978-369-0010, visit our website at www.Concordconservatory.org or email info@ConcordConservatory.org. Or, to sign up online directly, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0445a5a623a6ff2-ccmtrial3
The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving Concord and the surrounding communities. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Church. Financial assistance is available; please inquire.
Middle Schoolers and the Internet: An Evening with Katie Greer
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:00pm – CMS Sanborn Auditorium
How do you make the best decisions for technology and your family? One way is to be informed, educated and equipped with useful tools and strategies.
Topics covered will include:
- Social networking
- Interactive games trends and rules
- Applications – trends, appropriateness, usefulness
- Technology tattoos
- Viral Kindness
Learn more about Katie Greer’s nationally-recognized work at her website: klgreer.com
General admission seats are $5. Order Katie Greer tickets here.
We encourage parents of 4th and 5th graders to also consider attending. Please note: Prior offerings on this topic (Screenagers-the Movie) have been very popular and have sold out, please secure your spot soon.
Questions? Contact Sandy Freund, Concord Middle School PTG.
Announcing the Cooler Concord Fair
Have you always wanted to save energy, but haven’t had the time to figure it all out and get it done? Help is on the way! Concord’s Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC), in collaboration with the Town, the Schools and the Light Plant, is pleased to announce the “Cooler Concord” Fair to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 10- 4 at CCHS. The Fair will be a one-stop shopping opportunity for busy families to learn about simple and significant ways to save both energy and money. Attendees will be able to talk with local experts about such topics as solar power, hybrid and electric cars, programmable thermostats, weatherization, highly efficient heating systems and the latest in energy-efficient lighting. The town will be prepared with strong financial incentives to make it easy to move forward. There will be giveaways, lots of food, and engaging activities for kids of all ages. CCHS Environmental Science, Photo and Film students are creating informative exhibits; students from Alcott, Thoreau, Willard and CMS will have their own interesting displays; and the CCHS Green Team is leading the way on event promotion.
Save the Date: This will be a “not-to-miss” event for Concord families, so mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!
Call for Volunteers: Thank you to the many parents, teachers and students that are already helping! We have many more opportunities for volunteers. If you have a little time to help us put together an awesome Fair we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Jill Appel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978)371-7270 to learn how you can plug in!
Like us on Facebook: To learn more about what’s happening, go to https://www.facebook.com/coolerconcord/
Tickets for The Shamrock Ball, presented by Concord Recreation, will go on sale Friday February 3rd at 9:00am. The event is Saturday March 4, 2017 at The Westford Regency from 7:00pm-9:30pm and is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest. Tickets are $90 per couple and $20 for each additional family member. Online registration will be available www.concordrec.com . We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-287-1050. Proceeds benefit Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.
Call for Car Seat Donation:
My name is Abbie Owen, I’m an alumna of Thoreau school currently studying physical therapy at Northeastern University. I am a senior in the program and working on my senior project, or capstone, and my project is to visit Ecuador in February with a small group of students and faculty. We will be going to an orphanage for children with disabilities to provide physical therapy and set up assistive devices. We have already received generous donations of one infant and one toddler car seat, but we are still in need of one more toddler car seat. If you have a toddler car seat that you’d like to donate, please contact me at 978-505-3300, or email@example.com. We need the car seat by the end of December, and I am available on weekends to pick it up. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.