PICTURE DAY TOMORROW
Get ready for picture day the morning of Friday, September 21! Your child’s individual picture will be taken as well as a class photo. You will receive the class photo for free. Individual pictures can be purchased online at coffeepond.com when you register. The photo company recommends dressing your child in a solid top for the best picture. Please register your child prior to picture day by simply going onto coffeepond.com and:
- Click ‘place an order’ and select the picture package that you prefer under School Photos.
- Print the confirmation and send it with your child to give to his/her teacher to collect. Registering ahead of time will allow Picture Day to run much more efficiently so please make an effort to do this.
- All pictures will be mailed to the school and given to your child to bring home (even though they will ask for your mailing/shipping address when signing up online).
Please note that there will be a handling/ordering fee if you place your order after Picture Day. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Families needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-318-1300.
If your child is absent on Picture Day, there will be a makeup date (as well as a picture retake day if you don’t like the way the picture came out.) We are still looking for volunteers to help with Picture Day on September 21. If you can help (choose your shift: 8:30-10:30 or 10:30-12ish) please contact the Picture Day Coordinator, Robin Grace at email@example.com or call her at 617-480-6103 with any questions. Picture specific or registration questions? Contact Coffee Pond Photo at 508) 907-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
Our first school assembly will be on Friday September 28. Students should wear Thoreau colors (blue and white) or Thoreau t-shirts on this day.
THANKS TO ICE CREAM SOCIAL VOLUNTEERS & ATTENDEES
Thanks to all who came to this year’s Ice Cream Social-what a beautiful day, yummy ice cream, and cool tunes. A fun time was had by all! Many thanks to Carla Macy for organizing this popular event, her crew (Amanda Mahoney, Carrie Levin, Jill Korey, KerryAnne Stone, Emily Johnson, Kristin Moore, Eric Moore, Kristin Root, Karen Brown, Erin Logan & Eileen Robichaud) who helped to scoop to the long lines of people, AND to Debbie Frederick for all of her help with set up, clean up and bee-watching! Hope to see you all again next year. -Jen Johnson & Shelagh Moskow
LOOKING FOR THOREAULY GREEN VOLUNTEERS
Are you interested in recycling initiatives, minimizing natural resource use and trash at the school and/or coming up with fun ways to engage and teach the kids about environmental issues? Would you like to contribute ideas about further greening the school grounds with fellow Thoreau parent, Christa Collins? Do you have your own ideas for projects for Thoreauly Green? If so, please send an email to email@example.com with your contact info and availability. I’ll then arrange a group meeting for discussion and planning. Thanks! –Rebecca Woodward
SEEKING PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER
We are looking for a few people to help with the production of The Thoreau Times student newspaper this academic year. We’ll print three editions – one in fall, one in winter and one in spring. Specifically, we are hoping to find a parent who can help with the business side of our operation – including managing our budget – and one to help with organizing the 30 students on staff. A parent with design or photography skills would be helpful. A parent with copy editing skills would be helpful, as well. We meet on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5. If you are interested, please respond to parent volunteer Carlene Hempel at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-254-5493.
SCHOOL-WIDE LICE SCREENING
There will be classroom lice checks on Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28 from 9am to 11am. We need as many parents as possible to help check students. A training session will be planned if there are people new to this experience. Please remember, volunteers must be able to maintain confidentiality. If you are available, please contact Lauren McClure at email@example.com.
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
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 24-28
- Monday: Chicken Tacos
- Tuesday: Hot Dogs
- Wednesday: B. Good Burgers
- Thursday: Mac and Cheese
- Friday: Stuffed Crust Pizza
School Committee Brief from September 12 Meeting
This was a joint Building Committee/Concord-Carlisle School Committee/Concord School Committee meeting.
- Architect went through a brief history of the project design to show how we ended up with the design that citizens voted to approve last spring, and when the decision was made to put forth the design that necessitated the removal of the bus depot.
- Five different new designs were shown stemming from a request to investigate whether there were options for keeping the bus depot with a modification of the current design. Each of the designs would cost between $2.1 million- $4.1 million extra.
- After much discussion and citizen comments, CC Building committee voted not to change site design to accommodate the bus depot.
- John Flaherty presented one proposal for temporary bus parking in Acton for $48,000. Flaherty also said that he believes added bus cost of transportation (estimated at $225,000 for this year) can be accommodated in this year’s budget.
- School Committee voted to approve contract for $40,000 – money saved by pushing off contract as late as October 31st (or when construction begins, whichever comes first).
- 9/20: Jt. Mtg. BOS, School Committee, Fincom/Concord & Carlisle, 7:30 PM, Town House Hearing Room
- 10/2: Concord-Carlisle School Committee Mtg. 6:30 PM, CCHS Library
- 10/9: Concord School Committee Mtg., 6:30 PM, Ripley, Conference Room 1
- 10/23: Concord-Carlisle School Committee Mtg., 6:30 PM, CCHS Library
-Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Thoreau School Representative
First Fall Meeting for 1st Grade Daisy Scouts
The first grade Daisy Scouts will have our kickoff meeting this Sunday, September 23 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. We will meet in the Concord Scout House located at 74 Walden St. There will be many returning Daisy Scouts, and we welcome any 1st grade girls who are interested in joining our troop. Please contact either Thea Hahn at email@example.com or Kristin Root at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like information on joining our wonderful group of girls. We look forward to seeing you there.
Thoreau Cub Scout Pack Welcoming New Members
Cub Scout Pack 133 is still welcoming new members from all grades. We will be holding our first Tiger den meeting (1st grade) on Wednesday, October 10 from 6:30-7:30 in the Thoreau cafeteria, and a raingutter regatta at our next pack meeting (all grades) on Wednesday, October 17 in the Thoreau cafeteria from 7:00-8:15 pm.
Pack 133 dates to 1943 and each year includes 40-50 boys in grades 1-5 at Thoreau. During the school year, we generally hold two meetings per month – one for each grade-level den and one for the entire pack – and one event. Events include hikes (Mt. Monadnock in October), campouts, the Pinewood Derby, and special trips (Sturbridge Village overnight in November). Parents are involved in all activities, accompanying their sons to meetings and events, and family members are invited to gatherings. Please contact Phil Root (email@example.com/978-610-6333) with any questions.
The Urban Nutcracker comes to Concord!
Calling all children who love to dance: The Urban Nutcracker, Emerson Umbrella and the Boston Urban Ballet will hold an exciting Urban Nutcracker dance workshop at the Emerson Umbrella. The workshop will begin with an orientation and placement on September 29 and continue with weekly rehearsals up until the performance on December 1 at the Umbrella. Children ages 8 and up will dance alongside the Boston Urban Ballet professional dancers and apprentices. All levels of dancers are invited to participate. For more information or to sign up, visit our website at www.emersonumbrella.org or email Jason Springer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pumpkin Roll and Family Fest
The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is holding its first annual Pumpkin Roll and Family Fest on Sunday, October 28 from 2:00-4:00 pm on Emerson Field. Along with the roll there will be a costume parade, a pie-baking contest, and games like a sack race and pumpkin shot-put. More importantly, some of the agencies we support will be on the field to answer questions and collect much-needed donations (see details on registration form at https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/Pumpkin-Roll-registration.pdf). This will be a great family event, really fun for the kids – so register now!
Also, your child’s drawing could become the logo for the event. Have them draw their idea on this form https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/drawingcontestform.pdf and turn it in at one of the drop locations. There is a drop box for both forms outside the main office at Thoreau. Deadline for the logo contest is October 1.
Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball – Travel Tryouts
Tryouts for CC boys (grades 5-8) and girls (grades 4-8) travel basketball will be held during October. The travel basketball season runs from mid-November to mid-March. On-line registration for tryouts is required. Please register by October 8. To register for tryouts, view the tryout schedule and obtain information on the travel program, please visit CCYBasketball.org.
Center for Parents and Teachers Parenting Program
“Mindfulness for Parents” is suitable for parents with children of all ages, and will be facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside, Ph.D. The founder of Lexington-based Hearts and Minds, Mary Ann is a developmental psychologist who specializes in mindfulness education for adults and children. During each session participants will: learn the fundamentals about mindfulness and starting a practice; have in-class experiences; learn how to cultivate awareness of pleasant experience and how to work with unpleasant experiences; deepen the qualities of kindness, compassion and self-care in the parenting role; and learn skillful strategies in responding to the variety of situations that parenting presents! Meets for eight Monday sessions from 9:30 to 11 AM, October 15 through December 17 (skipping November 12 and 26). Fee: $160 (Sliding fee scale; please inquire if you need financial assistance.) Join in over the course of the series if you miss the start date. Location: Ripley Building, Conference Room 2, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. Please register by emailing us at email@example.com and write “Mindfulness Series” in the subject line or call 978-202-1143. Visit our website at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org.
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.
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 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.
Principal Kelly Clough’s Blog: http://principalclough.wordpress.com
NutriKids lunch account balance: https://www.mynutrikids.com/Login.aspx
Mrs. Link’s Math Resources: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/StudentWebsites
The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on SEPTEMBER 27, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012. Submission guidelines: Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments); it should be brief and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.