ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Welcome back to school! Our annual ice cream social is this Saturday, September 15 from 3:30-5:30 pm at Thoreau School! We are featuring our awesome, local ice cream shop this year, “Reasons to be Cheerful,” and including a special flavor made just for Thoreau School, “Thoreau’s Cabin”!
TURKEY TROT PERMISSION SLIPS DUE
It’s never too early to get ready for the Turkey Trot! Your child’s Turkey Trot permission slip was due September 12. You may be thinking to yourself, “Will my kids even be in school the day before Thanksgiving?” In an effort to save our volunteers time and their sanity, just fill out the form and send it in. If your children do not end up attending school on the day of the trot, no harm done. All ready know that you have plans that will prevent your children from trotting? Fill out the form and send it in. We need a completed form for every child in the school. If you need a new form, email one of our Turkey Trot coordinators, Betsy Martel, firstname.lastname@example.org or Trish Siefer, email@example.com, and they will happily get you a new form.
Calling all Lego lovers! Lego club is a low-key club where children have fun with Legos and each other. All ages are welcome. The club is divided into groups by grade. Each group meets once per month. This is a parent-run club; it can’t run without you! This year, Lego Club will meet Mondays in the cafeteria, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. for the entire year. Once we have the final number of children, we will divide into manageable and age-appropriate groups so that each group will meet once per month. Parents will be assigned a date to volunteer. (This likely will average once for the year for 45 minutes — not a big time commitment.) We are in dire need of leaders for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, so please let us know if you are interested. Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if they haven’t signed up to volunteer that month. It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and their friends doing something they love to do!
Groups will begin meeting in October. Please sign up by Sunday, September 23 so that we can organize the groups and arrange for parent volunteers. We will be collecting dues of $10 per child to pay for Legos, materials, and the end-of-year popsicle party.
To sign up for, send an email to Angela Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your child’s name, grade, teacher, your emergency contact phone number during Monday meeting times and an email and telephone contact for routine communication such as switching volunteer dates with other parents. Also, if you have ideas for Lego activities your child would like – especially for the older grades – please let us know! –Angela Quinn (email@example.com) for the Lego Club
SEPTEMBER 2 SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
The latest School Committee Update, from the September 2 meeting, is posted at http://www.concordpublicschools.net/schoolcommittee/pdfs/2012-09-02-school-committee-update.pdf .
FALL BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
These programs will run September 17 – November 9. Please note that two classes included on last week’s handout, Shotokan Karate and The Robotics Team, have been filled.
- Fuzzy Felt: Join Mrs. Dillon in designing and sewing your own fuzzy felt creations, like stuffed animals, bags, and more! Who: 2 -5th grades When: Wednesdays at 3:15-4:15 Where: Mrs. Dillons class Cost: $65.
- Casino Math: You may have the cards but can you beat the odds? Lady Luck plays a part in these games of chance, but there are many mathematical patterns to the whims of casino games. In this workshop you will learn about the probability of games like blackjack and poker, and discover why the house always wins, as you understand the clever math behind these fun games! Who: 4-5th grades When: Starts Sept. 26 Wednesdays at 3:15-4:15 Where: Cost: $50.
- Fencing: Welcome back to our own CCHS coach Ariana Klinkov, who will be teaching advanced sabre and electric fencing. Kids will work on footwork, technique, and scoring. Some fencing experienced is required for this class. Who: 8-11 years When: Mondays at 3:15-4:15 Where: Gym Cost: $120.
- Math Games: Join Mrs. Dillon for an enriching math experience, focusing on games with numbers. Kids will be encouraged to do mental math, sharpening skills while having fun. Who 2-3 grades When: Tuesdays 8:00 -8:45 Where: Mrs. Dillon’s Room Cost: $50.
- Master Chess: Chess is an activity that can be approached as a sport, science or art form. In this class students will learn the basic and advanced aspects of chess in a style that is instructive, creative and fun. Taught by James DellaSelva, two time RI state Chess Champion. When Friday 3:15 – 4:30 (OCTOBER 19 – November 30) Where: TBD Who: 2-5th graders. Cost $84.
- Keep it Moving: Our newest set of track stars will warm up with a morning walk/jog. If time allows we will also play a fun team game. This is a great way to get your blood flowing in the morning! When: Tuesdays 8 – 8:45; Where: Meet in the gym; Who: 3rd through 5th grade Cost: $50.
- Craft letters: Do you like to write about your adventures? Do you like to draw using fancy letters? In this class, we will learn how to craft our own letters and stories using prompts and tips. We will learn the art of fancy lettering, such as calligraphy and bubble letters, to bring artistic style and flair to our writing. All projects will be hand-crafted, including written letters, journal entries, and mini-books. When: Fridays 8-8:45; Where: Mrs. Dillons Classroom: Who: 3-5th graders; Cost: $60.
- Good Sports and Games: Tuesday afternoon is the time to come out and play!! Ms. Brewer and Ms. Hobbie-Welch will lead their teams in a variety of sports like soccer, kickball, and handball. Team work and good sportsmanship will be emphasized. A lunch will be needed on half day Tuesdays, 12:25 to 1:25 and 3:15 to 4:15 on full days. Pick up in cafeteria. Who: 2-5 graders. Cost: $50.
- Kids can Cook!: Join local parent and nutrition expert Hilary Boynton for a great way to get kids to eat healthy fun foods they can make themselves. Kids will make things like pesto bruscetta, fresh pasta, and other tasty snacks. When: Mondays 3:15 – 4:15 Where: Cafeteria Kitchen Who: K-2nd Cost: $75.
- Word Games: Are you good at spelling and need a challenge? Do you hate spelling, but want to make it fun? In this workshop you will learn how to play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, Jottos, and Anagrams. You will learn strategies and secret tips. You will even create some of your own games! Who 2-5th grades When: Mondays 8-8:45 Were: Mrs. Dillon’s Room Cost: $50.
Registration: Enrollment is September 3 through September 14 . Enrollment is complete when check and registration form is received. Jen Keegan Jiganti or Louise Sullivan an answer questions. Make check to Thoreau PTG. Send complete registrations forms and check to: Stefanie Sim 64 Pleasant Street Concord, MA, or drop in after school box in faculty mailroom. Financial Aid: see Rachel Levesque.
CONCORD FAMILY FRIENDS NEEDED!
We are currently looking for volunteers, especially among families of incoming Kindergartners, so we can match each new Boston family with at least two Concord families. The commitment is very manageable, consisting of hosting a Tuesday afternoon play date for your family friends “buddy” every other month (this is a shared responsbility with the other Concord family in your match) and acting as a resource throughout the year to answer any questions about Thoreau School or Concord related events. Interested? Please contact Joyce DeGreeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LUNCH MENU Week of September 10-14
- Monday: Mac and cheese
- Tuesday: Early Release
- Wednesday: Bean and cheese burritos
- Thursday: Mozzarella sticks
- Friday: Comella’s pizza
Free Admission for Residents at Concord Museum & Historic Homes
On Saturday, September 15, in honor of the special exhibition, “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage,” the Concord Museum and three of Concord’s historic homes are open to all Concord residents for FREE! Explore the evocative photographs in the exhibition at the Concord Museum, then visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and the Ralph Waldo Emerson House, two of the sites photographed by the artist. The Old Manse will also be open admission free. At 2:00, bring a picnic and enjoy a Free Concert on the lawn at the Concord Museum by The Colonial Brass, the brass ensemble of the Air Force Band of Liberty. For further information visit: www.concordmuseum.org.
Register to Vote at Back-to-School Nights
Are you registered to vote? Is your registration up-to-date? During September and October, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will register voters at all public school Back-to-School Nights in Concord and both Parents’ Nights in Carlisle. The League will offer voting information and help people register to vote or update their registration with a new address or party. Please look for the LWV table when you arrive at the school. The 2012 general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Eligible residents must be registered to vote by October 17.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issues-oriented organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. The League encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. For more information, visit www.lwvcc.org or call 978-254-1598.
Concord Conservatory of Music Group Class Registration Open & Filling
Register now for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s Fall semester Group Classes! Our group classes offer something for everyone whether your child is 6 months old, or you are a senior in our community. Register soon, as space is limited. Please check out our website for details on Early Childhood, Group Voice, and Group Keyboard classes, plus special offerings for seniors and adults. Registrations are accepted online in the office and by mail. Group classes begin the week of September 17. Private registration is ongoing throughout the year (please contact the office directly). CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street. For more information please call 978-369-0010, info@ConcordConservatory.org, or visit www.ConcordConservatory.org.
Concord Flag Football League
This fall Concord Flag Football, a proud member of NFL FLAG, will be running an NFL FLAG League in Concord. The main site of the games will be the Fenn School in Concord, and the majority will be played on the field turf.
This is a non-contact version of football where young players can develop their passing, catching and defending skills. The games will be played using the Official NFL FLAG Football rules. Each player who is placed a team will receive a reversible jersey with NFL team colors and logos and a flag belt. The CFFL is for both boys & girls. Age groups range from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Due to limitations, the number of participants will be capped. So, don’t delay, get your registration form in today to ensure your child can play this fall. For more information please check out the website at www.concordflagfootballleague.com.
After-school Music Lessons
Registration is now open for Fall 2012 individual music lessons with IMSCC. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord, established by the Concord-Carlisle Schools, supports and supplements K-12 music education with optional, fee-based individual instrumental and vocal lessons to new and continuing students.
Kicks for Cancer at CCHS
Join the Concord-Carlisle Boys soccer team in the fight to kick cancer! On September 29 twelve of the finest high school soccer teams in the state will compete in honor of courageous family members and friends who have battled cancer. Their goal is to raise $30,000 to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Don’t miss the 6:00 PM game featuring Concord-Carlisle and Lincoln-Sudbury. Watch Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer teams play at half-time, and enjoy the concessions and raffle. Kicks for Cancer will be held on the turf behind CCHS at 500 Walden Street in Concord. More at http://cchsmenssoccer.com/kfc.html.
It’s not too late to join Girl Scouts!
Even if you missed our registration events, it isn’t too late to get signed up for a year of scouting fun, friends, and fabulous opportunities! New Daisy troops are forming and we’d love to have more interested Kindergarten girls join in the scouting adventure. Visit our website at www.ccgirlscouts.org for more information and click on the REGISTER NOW link to get started on your Girl Scout journey!
Toddler Programs at Ripley School
Looking for something fun to do with your toddler this fall? Join early childhood educators Ingrid Wheeler and Vicki Davidson at Ripley School in Concord for two different weekly classes. Open to residents of other local communities, too.
- The Parent Toddler Program is open to parents with children 1-2 years old and meets Fridays for 12 weeks from 9:30-11:00 a.m. starting September 14. The class includes time with toys, crafts, outdoor or gym play, snack, and a fun interactive singing time. While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion group.
- The Parent Preschool Program allows 2- and 3-year-olds the chance to play together in a nursery school classroom every Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting September 13 and ending December 6. Parents meet separately with one of the teachers for a parenting support group and refreshments.
For more information and registration go to www.ace.colonial.net/parentchild/home.html or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597. Community Education classes are a student funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.
Open House at The Barn Cooperative Nursery School
The Open House is Thursday, September 27 from 6-7:30pm. Programs for toddlers and preschool children, ages 2 and up. Now enrolling for Fall 2013. 74 Walden Street, Concord Center. Please call 978-369-1114 or go to www.barnschoolconcord.org for more information.
Concord Family Network 8th Annual Fire Truck Wash
Grab a bucket and sponge! Put on your rubber boots! Help wash a fire truck, meet a firefighter and learn about his gear, the truck he drives, and fire safety. Refreshments provided. Join us on Sunday, September 16 from 3:00-4:30pm at The Thoreau Club parking lot, 275 Forest Ridge Road, West Concord (rain date is Sunday, September 25, same time/place). Check concordfamilynetwork.org for cancellation.
Invite your friends and neighbors. This event is free and open to all Concord residents with kids ages 0-8years. CFN membership is not required to attend.
Concord Family Network Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale – Sellers Needed
Are you still hanging on to clothes, gear and toys that your kids have outgrown? De-clutter your home, support a good cause and participate in a fun community event by selling your baby and kids stuff at the Concord Family Network Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale!
The sale will be on Saturday, October 6 from 8am-noon at the Sanborn Middle School Cafeteria at 835 Old Marlboro Road. The cost for a spot is $25 for CFN and AFN members as well as Concord residents and $35 for everyone else. Each spot is a 10’x10’ space and includes a 6’ long table. Set up is the night before or the morning of and sellers get to keep 100% of their profits. There will be a $1 admission charge per person and a bake sale. Proceeds from admissions and the bake sale will be donated to First Connections, a non-profit family support organization located in Concord that provides comprehensive services to families with infants and young children in the metro -west communities.
Up with People Presents “VOICES” in Concord-Carlisle & Lincoln Sudbury!
Up with People, a non-profit global education program, will perform their 2-hour, high energy show mid-September!
This brand new show, “VOICES” touches on the power and irony of social media. Through some of our own Up with People songs, international music, and pop medleys from the 60s to today the whole family is sure to be entertained! The cast of 100 students who represent 20 different countries will be in the Concord area from September 10-17 doing community service; facilitating cultural integration, cultural diversity and anti-bullying workshops in the Concord middle schools and Concord Carlisle high school; staying with local host families; and performing a show! “VOICES” will be happening on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 pm at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School. There are also three shows at Concord Carlisle Regional High School on September 14 at 7:30 pm and September 16 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15 Students and Seniors, $20 Adults, $25 at the door, $60 Family 4-Pack (2 Adults/ 2 Students), and $75 Patron Tickets. Purchase tickets at: www.upwithpeople.org/Concord today!
Community Education Parent Classes
There are classes for parents, too, this fall, with over 100 different non-credit workshops and courses and events at the Community Education program. Parenting courses of note include:
- Parent-Preschool group, for ages 2-3, Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 AM, starting September 13 (#2571) at the Ripley School
- Parent Toddler group, for ages 1-2, Fridays, 9:30-11 AM, starting September 14 (#2572) at the Ripley School
- “Act Don’t Yak,” Thursday, September 27, 7-9 PM (#2576) at CCHS
- Keeping Kids Safe Online, Monday, October 15, 9:30-11 AM (#2577) at CCHS
- Parenting Discussion group, “The Elementary Years,” Thursdays, 7-9 PM, starting October 4 (#2578) at CCHS
For details about these and other courses call Community Education at CCHS, 318-1432, or visit www.ace.colonial.net. Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.
Patriot Fall Basketball Clinics
Boys Clinic: CCHS boys basketball head coach David Cohen and his staff are running a pre-season fall basketball clinic for boys grades 4-8 . The clinic is a great way to get ready for the upcoming basketball season with a focused and well executed approach to improve individual skills, and to have a positive experience learning the game with an enthusiastic staff of experienced coaches. The clinic will be held at CCHS on Wednesday nights 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 and 10/10. The clinic for 4th, 5th and 6th grade will be from 6:00-7:30pm and 7th and 8th grade from 7:30-9:00pm. Cost: $100.
Girls Clinic: CCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Joe Bodenrader and the Varsity Team will conduct a series of basketball clinics at CCHS on Thursdays this fall for all girls in grades 3-8. The clinics will focus on skill development, teamwork and scrimmaging to prepare the girls for their recreational, school or travel programs this winter. The clinics run Thursday nights at the CCHS Gym: 9/27, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, and 11/8. The clinic for grades 3-5 will be from 6:00-7:30 pm and grades 6-8 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Cost: $100.
Please register for these fall basketball clinics through the Concord recreation department at 978-369-6460 or in person at 90 Stow St, Concord. For more Concord-Carlisle youth basketball information visit CCYBasketball.org.
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