Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

Thoreau News: K&1 Art Volunteers Needed, Volunteer in the Book Room

Community News: Gaining Ground Event, Ukulele Taster, CCM Classes & Events, IMSCC Music Lessons, CCYH Hot Shots, Fall Lacrosse, AfterSchool Care

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Thoreau! If you’re reading this newsletter then you’ve made it to the Thoreau PTG Website, www.thoreauptg.org and are reading it online, or you’ve subscribed to the newsletter using the subscription window at the sidebar of the website and received this in your email, OR you have a fantastic Thoreau school friend who has forwarded it along! No matter how you got here, welcome!! This weekly newsletter, the Thoreau Announcements or TA for short is the main communication tool the PTG uses to keep the Thoreau community informed. You can also follow us on Facebook at Thoreau Elementary School PTG and we hope to be more active on twitter @Thoreau PTG this year as well

Our various committees, have already kick-started the new year! Thank you to the Staff Appreciation Committee for serving up a yummy Welcome Back Lunch for the teachers this past Monday. Thanks also to New Family Coordinator, Kimber Lynn Drake, for bringing all the New families up to speed on all things Thoreau at the New Family Information session yesterday.

So much more is to come and we’re very excited for you to be a part of it!

Kathleen & Maribeth

Save the Date!
9/7 9:00 am PTG Welcome Back Coffee & Meeting – all welcome!
9/16 2:00-4:00 pm Ice Cream Social
9/12 9:00-10:30 am K/1st Grade Coffee
9/12 6:30-8:00 pm Back to School Night
9/28 9:00 am PTG Meeting~everyone welcome

Thoreau News

K and 1st Grade Art Volunteers Needed

Hello Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents!

Please sign up to help during your child’s Art class!  This is a unique opportunity limited to Kindergarten and First Grade families only, and it’s such a fun way to see your child and his or her classmates enjoying the wonderful Art program at the Thoreau school.

Kindergartners attend Art once a week as part of a “block” on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10 – volunteers stay until 10:15 to help with clean-up.  A volunteer is needed from each of the four kindergarten classes, plus one extra “floater” is also needed.  Please note: Kindergartners will attend their first Arts Block on the first day of school!  The first class will run from 10-10:30.

First graders attend Art once a week with their individual classes, with days and times as follows:

Ms. Henry: Monday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Stevenson: Wednesday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Fall: Thursday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Walsh: Friday: 1:15-2:15

For more information about volunteering, and to sign up, please click here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/art-room-volunteers/

If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa Martin at melissamartin08@yahoo.com


The Book Room Needs You!

Want to get involved at Thoreau but need something flexible to fit your schedule? The book room is a valuable resource for teachers, providing sets of books for guided reading or other activities. When the books are returned they need to be put back on the shelves, and that’s where our volunteers come in. You can put time in whenever the building is open. It’s a great way to give back in a way that is totally open to your availability.

More information is available at https://www.thoreauptg.org/book-room/, or just contact Joyce Carter if you’re interested.

If that doesn’t sound like a good fit, we always have lots of other ways to contribute. See https://www.thoreauptg.org/volunteer/ for other volunteer slots.

Community News

Gaining Ground event

Sunday afternoon, September 9th 3 pm – 5 pm
Community Harvest Celebration at Gaining Ground
341 Virginia Road

Listen to Twisted Pine, a string band with bluegrass origins. Enjoy our mini farmer’s market by purchasing local beverages, sweets and more. Participate in cider making, children’s art projects and games, and farm tour. Please RSVP to gainingground.org. For more information, please contact Fan Watkinson, fan@gainingground.org

Ukulele Taster at Reasons To Be Cheerful

CCM is happy to partner with Reasons To Be Cheerful to present a Ukulele Taster! Tuesday, September 11th from 7 – 8:00 pm

No Experience Necessary for the Ukulele TasterDid you know that the ukulele is the easiest instrument to play? See for yourself. Join us for the Ukulele Taster at Reasons To Be Cheerful on Tuesday, September 11th from 7 – 8:00 pm. After an hour, you’ll fall in love with playing this happy and cool instrument. Later in the night we’ll also jam, so bring your uke and make some music. We’ll have some ukuleles available to use for the evening, but it is advisable to bring your own if possible. Plan to learn a song and eat ice cream, what could be more enjoyable? RSVP by emailing Sue at sseger@ConcordConservatory.org or show up for an entertaining evening. Reasons to be Cheerful is located at 110 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord.

New Roots Offerings, Guitar Classes, and Jams at the Concord Conservatory of Music

More classes and new jams this year at CCM! The Group Guitar classes for kids and teens provide a fun and social experience. While playing with a group of friends, students learn about the fretboard, note reading, basic theory, proper technique, chords, scales, and more. Classes are available in guitar, banjo, fiddling, and bluegrass for kids and adults. It’s not all acoustic music at CCM though. Your aspiring rock stars can join the Rock Lab, where they will be placed with kids of similar age and ability to form a band. They’ll rehearse and explore group dynamics, song choices, and soloing. Reserve your spot and to learn more about CCM’s offerings and concert series visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, email info@concordconservatory.org, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

Discovery Day Open House at Concord Conservatory of Music on September 8th

On Saturday, September 8th from 1 – 3 pm bring your family to CCM’s Open House and enjoy the hands-on instrument petting zoo. Attend the Open House and enter the raffle for a chance to win a free Group Class for the fall semester! Register for a group class at the Open House and receive a 15% discount. Learn about private lessons and the Music Achievement Program (MAP). MAP—a free, private lesson enrichment program gives our students access to a broader musical education. Find out what CCM provides to students beyond the exceptional private lessons they receive, all included in their private lesson fees. A thorough placement process ensures that every student takes lessons with a faculty member best suited to his or her needs. Visit www.ConcordConservatory.org and submit a Student Interest Form, or call (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance is available.

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Fall Session starts in September!

IMSCC offers one-on-one music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school.

Please visit https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/register. We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordcarlisle.org, 978-341-2490 ext. 7653.

CCYH Hot Shots

CCYH Hot Shots is an in-house, non-checking ice hockey program open to boys and girls 8-15 yrs old.  Practices and games are held at the Middlesex School rink in Concord beginning in November. Please visit ww.ccyh.org for more information and to register.

Fall Lacrosse

Boys & Girls 1st-8th Grade FALL BALL LAX IS HERE!!!!  Sign up today! The session begins in early September.

Do you need Before or AfterSchool Care?

The Concord Recreation AfterSchool Program has been providing care for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 since 1980. AfterSchool was created to meet the needs of families seeking an out-of school time program for their children that is an enriching and social experience.

The AfterSchool Program takes place at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center-Grades K-2, Hunt Recreation Center-Grades 3-5. Transportation is provided by the Concord Public Schools from each child’s school to their AfterSchool Program site. The Before School Program takes place at each elementary school. Our programs follow the school year calendar and will operate when school is open. There is limited availability at all sites. You can learn more at concordrec.com or call: 978-318-3045.