Thoreau Announcements 9/29/2016

In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Halloween Costume Event, Book Fair, Community Conversation, Odyssey of the Mind
Around Town: BookMarkers

Thank you to Amelia Stubblebine, Thoreau’ly Green, and all the folks who came out to work on the garden. We are grateful for the work you do to give our children the opportunity to use this outdoor learning space.

Thank you to Kirsten Furman and every volunteer who helped make school picture day a success! Your photos will be delivered through your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as they are available.

By now you should have received a copy of the directory if you ordered one. Thank you to our directory team, Prow Sarns and Carol Harris. It looks great!

Save the Date:
Friday, 9/30: Halloween Costume Sale
Wednesday, 10/12: Principal coffee, Thoreau Main Office, 9:30am
Friday, 10/14: Book Fair Family Night
Saturday, 10/15: Thoreau Garden Work Day
Tuesday, 10/18: PTG meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm
Wednesday, 10/19: Book Fair Classroom Visits; Staff Breakfast hosted by Staff Appreciation and 4&5th grades
Thursday, 10/20: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Friday, 10/21: Book Fair Classroom Visits

Halloween Dinner, Crafts and Costume Resale Event
Friday September 30th 5:30-7:30 & Sneak Peek Sale the morning of from 8 to 9 AM
Pizza, salad, cookies, mini-pumpkins, face painting, gently used costumes and more!
Maybe your kids want some more fun dress up stuff for imaginary play? I cannot tell you how many cute gently used outfits will be on display.
PLEASE HELP for 30 minutes while your kids do crafts and eat!  Sign up below
Unsold Costumes Will be Donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley
This Green Event is made possible by the generous costume donations from the Thoreau parents and staff.  MANY THANKS!

BOOK FAIR:  How YOU can help
The Book Fair is one of Thoreau’s biggest fundraisers.  We need your support!  Please remember to do as many of the following as you can:
1. Please volunteer – Book fair is a team effort with nearly 100 volunteers.  A signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be found here:  We only have one fourth of the volunteers needed so far, so please sign up now!
2.  Come to Family Night, Friday, October 14, 5:30-8:00, to buy new and used books for Thoreau, for a cause, for your kids, for holiday gifts, for your child’s teacher and for yourself.  Don’t forget used books – they are high quality for low prices, reusing them is good for the environment, and every dollar spent on used books goes directly to the PTG.
3.  Come to your child’s Classroom Visit – It’s a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school (and find out what they really want for their birthdays!).  Classroom Visits will be during school on Wednesday October 19 through Friday October 21.  The schedule will be available soon.
4.  Donate used books.  Used book collection will begin Tuesday, October 11 and continue through Friday, October 14.  Collect your child’s good quality books now!  (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.
Please contact Susan Gillick at  or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.

Community Conversation:
Hello, Âlo, Oi, Hola, Merhaba, Hallo, Përshëndetje
Are you an international family at Thoreau? Come join us for the first International Thoreau Family coffee! This is the perfect opportunity to meet other fellow international families and share each others experiences. Please join us on October 18th at 10 am at Alketa Hawe’s home: 328 Oak Hill Circle. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring a treat to share, baked goods from different countries are most welcome! Please RSVP to We would like to know, for future events, what time works best for everyone. If you are not able to attend during the day but are interested on an evening gathering, please send an email to
The Concord Teachers’ Association is hosting a Community Conversation on Wednesday, October 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Peabody Middle School.  Subjects that will be discussed will include Testing in our Schools and the issues that fuel the debate on the cap on Charter Schools.  We will have a panel presenting issues from:  Fair Test (Monty Neill) and Citizens for Public Schools (Lisa Guisbond) and others.  Norma Shapiro will be the moderator. We would be heartened by a large community response to this and hope many of you can attend and be actively engaged.  All are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Odyssey of the Mind
Does your child enjoy thinking outside the box? Odyssey of the Mind gives creative thinkers an opportunity to work as a team to solve long-term problems. These problems can include mechanical, classic, performance, structure or technical challenges (such as creating chain reactions to trigger a mousetrap).
If your child is interested in participating in such a program, contact Tiffany Pomeroy as soon as possible ( The team will need one or two adult coaches. Please let her know if you would be willing to take on this role.You can learn more about the program here. Be sure to watch the video!
Odyssey of the Mind — Home Page

Bookmarkers 4th/5th Grade Program at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord
Tuesday, October 4 @ 1 pm
Book to be discussed: The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Bookmarkers Book Group (for 4th/ 5th graders) meets monthly at the Concord Library to discuss popular books.  All are welcome!