Thoreau School Announcements December 22, 2016

In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Co-presidents’ Message,  School Committee Subscriber List, Annual Appeal, Amazon Smiles, Thoreau Friendship Cookbook, Library Gift Book Program

Around Town:  Last Chance for Lacrosse Registration, Girls’ Basketball Clinic, Children’s Play at Middlesex, Christmas Tree Pickup, Screenagers at Fenn, Cooler Concord Fair, Shamrock Ball, CHNA Marijuana Forum

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Happy Holidays!
With Appreciation:
Thank you to Jennifer Perry and Megan Holsigner for all the work they have done so far on Fundraising for the Thoreau PTG. Due to their efforts, along with your generous donations, the PTG is able to sponsor some amazing events, activities and programs for the students, teachers, administration and families at Thoreau.

Save the Date:
12/26-1/2 – Winter Recess
1/3 – Classes Resume
1/4- 9:30 Principal’s Coffee
1/10 – 7:00pm PTG meeting – Everyone invited

We are so grateful for all who have contributed to making the Thoreau Community a special place. We look forward to a wonderful 2017.

Thoreau News

Join the School Committee Subscriber List!
Stay up to date on School Committee Activity and receive periodic information regarding the district. 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, http:// www.concordps.org

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 31 to make that tax deduction happen! You’ll be happy you did come April! Visit https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/ to make your donation! Thank you!

Amazon Smiles
How is your holiday shopping going? A great idea is to shop Amazon Smiles!!
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 the 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 psarns@hotmail.com. All proceeds help fund various programs and specials projects at the Thoreau School.

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.

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 ehrobichaud@gmail.com.

Around Town

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR LACROSSE!!!!  CCYL GIRLS & BOYS SPRING PROGRAM
Registration closes Dec. 31.  Don’t miss out on the fun!  Register here today:  http://ccyouthlacrosse.com

CCHS Girls Basketball Clinic – December Girls’ Clinic Dec. 31
Please join Coach Kim Magee and her entire CCHS Girls’ Varsity Basketball team for an exciting girls’ clinic. Players will work directly with members of the current CCHS Girls’ Varsity team throughout the clinic. It will be a great morning of skills development, games and FUN! Girls of all experience levels are encouraged to attend! Share this information with your friends! Walk-ins are welcome!

Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Grades: Girls in grades 2 – 8
Place: CCHS gymnasium
Cost: $25
To register: Send check payable to: “Friends of CCHS Girls’ Basketball”
Attn: Dennis McCollum, 63 Nickles Lane, Carlisle MA 01741
Please include player’s name, grade and an email address.
Questions: Please contact Friends of CCHS Girls’ Basketball at: mccollum_dennis@yahoo.com

Winter play at Middlesex – A comedy for children of all ages!
Sun., Jan., 8 @ 2pm
Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to Circle of Women
Every January, Middlesex students perform a play for kids of all ages and donate the proceeds to charity.  This year’s play is a very goofy retelling of the traditional Cinderella story.  Full of unexpected twists, the play shows that true beauty comes from within and that it’s not just okay to be yourself, but that it’s the only way to be.

Christmas Tree Pickup: Sat., Jan. 7 (reserve by Jan. 4)
Every year, Holy Family Youth Ministry along with the Concord Boy Scouts collect trees after the holiday for disposal at the town composting site. The trees can only be picked up from Concord locations.

Pickup Date: Sat., Jan. 7. Pickup Time: Starts at 7:00am.
Cost: Suggested donation of $20-25, link to Paypal on registration or pay by cash/check
Deadline for reservation to pick up your tree is Wed., Jan. 4 by 5pm.

To reserve your slot, please register here: Tree Pickup Reservation
**Apartment/Townhouse/Condo Residents – Please specify pickup location for your tree & leave your name on the tree.  If you have any questions please contact us at concordtreepickup@gmail.com or phone 978-505-4141.

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: www.fenn.org/screenagers

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.
<http://www.screenagersmovie.com/>

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 Sat., 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 jill.appel@comcast.net 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/

Shamrock Ball
Tickets for The Shamrock Ball, presented by Concord Recreation, will go on sale Fri., Feb. 3 at 9:00am. The event is Sat., Mar 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.

CHNA 15 HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESOURCE FORUM
“Facts and Fiction about Marijuana”
Thursday, January 5, 2017
1:30-2:00 Networking and Refreshments
2:00 – 4:30 PM Business Meeting and Community Forum
Acton Public Safety Building, 371 Main Street, Acton
Parking is available in surrounding parking lots. Enter the building and the room will be immediately on your left.
Join us for this important meeting featuring a presentation by:
Dr. Kevin Hill M.D., M.H.S., addiction psychiatrist, and Director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service in McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Hear a presentation that addresses marijuana use at all ages;
 Learn the facts, understand the consequences, learn about the implications of new law; and more.

CEUs are pending. More information will be available at the Forum.
Please bring colleagues in your communities and share with your networks!
Bring a new member or colleague and be entered into a raffle to win a $300 Professional Development Scholarship.
For more information or to RSVP please contact Randi Epstein, CHNA 15 Coordinator, at chna15coordinator@gmail.com
All are welcome! Interest in this Forum is expected to be high.
PLEASE RSVP so that we can ensure we have ample space for everyone.
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