February 2017

I am thrilled to announce that, due to so many families attending the Cooler Concord Fair, Thoreau has won  $500! Warm thanks to Karen Hoyt and her students on their spectacular plastics display and persuasive letter that appeared in the Concord Journal: http://concord.wickedlocal.com/news/20170127/letter-to-editor-concord-students-to-present-cooler-concord-fair.

MCAS Information:
Students in grades 3-5 are scheduled to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between April 3rd and May 26th.  The specific dates for each grade level and test session can be found in the link below and on our school’s webpage. https://goo.gl/zPUjtE

Changes to Dismissal Plans:
Please send in a note to your child’s teacher if you need to change his/her dismissal plans for that day. If possible, all play dates should be arranged prior to your child’s arrival at school. If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan unexpectedly, please notify the office by 2:30 PM.  Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Forgotten Lunches, Instruments, Homework, Books, Sneakers, Etc.:
In an effort to keep interruptions to learning to a minimum, we seek your support in reducing the number of students who need to leave class to call home in order to request that items be brought to school.  Please help students learn to be responsible (especially in our upper grades) by reminding them to check to be sure they leave home with all necessary items.  If it is absolutely necessary to drop something off, please leave it in the main office.

Dismissal/Arrival Parking:
During arrival, please reserve the van accessible spaces for vehicles with handicapped placards. During dismissal, please be sure not to block the crosswalk or fire lanes.  Because the back parking lot is reserved for faculty, parents are encouraged to park along both sides of West Street and on the right side of Pleasant Street or Chase Road.  If it’s not raining or snowing, parents picking up their students should meet them behind the building near the basketball court.  In the case of inclement weather, pick up is in the cafeteria.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:
February 20th                           Presidents’ Day
February 20th-24th              Winter Vacation
March 1st                             Teen Buddies
March 12th                           Daylight Saving Time starts