Thoreau Announcements 10/20/2016

In This Week’s Announcements:

Thoreau News: Superintendent Search Focus Groups, Superintendent Screening Committee, Odyssey of the Mind, Box Tops For Education Deadline, Thoreau School Garden, Operation Gratitude, Thoreau School Adult Social

Around Town: Girl Scouts Bike Rodeo, CTA Community Conversation, CCYH Oktoberfest, CFN Halloween Party, Opioid Epidemic Film Screening, Executive Function Workshop, Fenn Sports Sale, Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down, Evening of Mindfulness, Early Voting Dates, Montessori Meet-ups, Farm-based Education Gathering, Tutoring/Homework Help

Thoreau News

Message From the Co-Presidents
Thank you to Susan Gillick, Laura Koh, Julie Bailey and all the volunteers who helped make the Book Fair Family Night a success. The evening was filled with families and friends catching up and collaborating over books, putting together crafts in the library, or having dinner. Thank you to all who bought books from the Teacher “Wish Lists“. These donations are greatly appreciated by the teachers.

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 Kim Capello, Pattie Turrettini, Linda Annunziata, Brigitte Arif, Amy Lima, Sue McCrory, the Staff Appreciation Committee and the 4th and 5th Grade parents for the Fall/Harvest Breakfast. The food was fabulous and greatly appreciated.

Reminder: CORI-Approvals
All volunteers must be CORI-approved. CORIs are good for three years. Please contact Donna Macone in the main office to fill out a form.

Save the Date:
Friday, 10/21: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Wednesday, 10/26: Principal Coffee, Thoreau Conference Room, 9:30 am* New Date
Saturday, 11/19: (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.
Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Adult Social
Wednesday, 11/23: Turkey Trot

Mark your Calendars – Superintendent Search Focus Group Invitation to an Open

There will be two Open Forums facilitated by members of the consulting firm HYA. The goal is to seek opinions to identify characteristics that will be used in seeking the new Superintendent.
Monday, 11/14: 7:00-8:30 in the CCHS Auditorium
Tuesday, 11/15: 10:00-11:30am in Ripley Conference
Room #4

 Superintendent Screening Committee Volunteer Recruitment
The School Committee is requesting a parent volunteer from the CPS parent community to serve on the Superintendent Search Screening Committee.

    • The volunteer will be jointly chosen by the PTG presidents.
    • The role of the Screening Committee will be to interview the initial top candidates provided by the search firm, HYA and Associates, and narrow the field to the finalists for the full School Committee to interview.
    • The interview days are tentatively scheduled for January 17th-19th, with a training session on the 17th and the interview days on the 18th and 19th.
    • Candidates for the Screening Committee should be available for the entire interview schedule.
    • Candidates will be chosen to represent the entire CPS parent community.  (The PTGs are facilitating the volunteer selection process, but active membership in a PTG board is not a requirement.)
    • All interested candidates should forward their information to their respective PTG presidents.  The presidents from the four PTG organizations (Alcott, Thoreau, Willard, and CMS) will collaborate to choose the most qualified parent representative to appoint to the screening committee.

Ideal qualifications may include but are not limited to:

  • Experience in Education 
  • Experience in Interviewing, Hiring and People Management  
  • Involvement in schools and community 
  • Children in multiple school levels within both CPS and CCHS 
  • Time to devote to a crucial part of the hiring process 
  • Any other experience that a candidate may feel is relevant 

Please email Betsy Martel, and Deb Antonangeli, with your submission by Friday, November 4th to be considered for this role.

Box Tops for Education – Fall Collection Deadline Friday October 28
 Don’t miss the last chance to get your box tops included in our October collection. This submission will squeak in to headquarters just in time to be included in our December payout check. Also, many box tops expire each year at the end of October or beginning of November. Just in case any of those are sitting in YOUR kitchen, send ‘em in by Friday October 28!

For those of you new to this program, here’s what to do: before you put your bottles, cans, wrappers and product boxes in the recycle bin, look them over to find any Box Tops for Education (BTFE) coupons. The coupon is a dotted-line rectangle containing the BTFE logo, an expiration date and the tiny words “official coupon.” To see a sample logo and a complete list of participating products, click here.  You don’t need to check the expiration dates – we’ll do that part.  Clip the coupons, seal them in a small plastic zip-top bag and drop them in the collection box just inside the front door at Thoreau School. Please include your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper inside the bag so that their room gets credited towards the box tops classroom contest.

Together we can earn a lot of money for the school. Every clip counts! Thanks everyone.  — Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

Thoreau School Garden (“Grounds for Learning”)
We continue to host periodic “Garden Work Days,” in which the school community is invited to help maintain or enhance the Garden. Pull weeds, clear paths, or help install new features. We would like to again thank those who participated in the September Garden Day – so much was accomplished, and it looks great! Please join us for upcoming work days (all ages welcome):

Saturday, 11/19/16 (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

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 ( In addition please fill out this survey:  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

Operation Gratitude
Drop off your leftover Halloween candy in the school lobby Oct. 31 – Nov. 10.  Mrs. Marotta’s and Mrs. Ogilvie’s classes are collecting the candy to be sent to our troops stationed around the world through Operation Gratitude.

Thoreau School Adult Social
That’s what I’ll want to be doing after Cheer-ing all Saturday (November 19th), from the soccer field sidelines.  Get your tickets NOW for the Thoreau School Adult Social.  Did we mention there is great silent auction too … tons of FUN teacher donated activities that your kids would love to win!
View the invite and buy tickets here:

Around Town

Thoreau Girl Scouts Bike Rodeo
Hello 2nd grade girls interested in Girl Scouts! The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Thoreau Girl Scouts are hosting a Bike Rodeo this Sunday, Oct. 23 from 3-5 pm on the basketball courts behind Thoreau School to encourage bicycle safety in a fun environment. While we entertain your daughters we will have a GSEM representative there to answer any questions that you have about the 2nd grade Girl Scout troop that is forming. This is not a drop off event and all girls must be accompanied by an adult and must bring a bicycle, helmet and water bottle. If your daughter is not interested in the event but you would like more information about girl scouts please feel free to come by. Any questions please do not hesitate to email Lisa Lynch, 4th grade Juniors #76159

CTA Community Conversation
The Concord Teachers Association is sponsoring a Community Conversation that will take place at the Peabody School Forum on Wednesday, October 26th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Topics for discussion will include assessment, the quality and quantity of testing in our schools, and charter schools.  Presenting in a panel discussion will be Concord Teachers, Monty Neill from, Lisa Guisbond from Citizens for Public Schools, and the moderator for the evening will be Merrie Najimy.  The panel presentation will be followed by some discussion with participants.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to:  Concord Teachers Association—

CCYH Oktoberfest 2016: Saturday, October 22 at 7pm, Concord Country Club
Support CCYH and join the fun in our first ever exciting reverse draw raffle for a chance to win $10,000! Traditional Oktoberfest Fare and Fun, Dress code is dressy casual, no jeans please.
$60 per person — Visit to get your tickets today!
Raffle tickets sold separately. See website for details.

Concord Family Network Halloween Costume Party
Come join us at the CFN Annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 23rd, from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden St). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, raffle, costume parade and treats. We will be donating half of the raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members.

Screening of “If Only,” a Film About the Opioid Epidemic
Parents invited to Community Event to Confront Opioid Epidemic:  Free community screening of Jim Wahlberg’s film “If Only” at CCHS on Tuesday Nov 1st at 7PM

CCHS will be partnering with CC Youth Services, Central Middlesex Police Partnership, and the Center for Parents and Teachers to host a November 1st community viewing of “If Only,” a short film co-written and produced by James Wahlberg, at Concord Carlisle High School Auditorium, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. The film was created to initiate a meaningful dialogue about prescription drug misuse and opiate addiction. CCHS students will view the film in school on November 2nd and hear from Mike Duggan, Founder of Wicked Sober LLC.

The November 1st event is free and open to all. Supportive resources and an accompanying display of “Hidden in Plain Sight” will also be available.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” invites adult attendees to explore and interact with a display designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom. Throughout the exhibit are items that may indicate a teen is involved in some high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, and more.

For more information about the film, including a trailer, please visit  No pre-registration is needed to attend the November 1st community viewing.  Questions? Please contact Jennifer Clarke, CC Youth Services at 978.318.3043 or or the Center for Parents and Teachers at

Executive Function Workshop
Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress & Creating Successful Students: Executive Function Workshop (Free) – Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm EST, CCHS Learning Commons. Learn strategies to help your child better manage his/her nightly homework, including planning, organizational, and time management strategies. Please join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds for a free workshop designed specifically for parents of students in grades 5-12, though open to any parent whose student can benefit. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required:  Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress. Please join SEPAC for refreshments between 6:30-7pm. If you have any questions, please contact

Fenn Sports Sale Saturday, November 5, 9-noon
Fenn School New Gym 516 Monument St.
Gently Used Ski Clothing & Equipment, Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Football gear, Bicycles, Scooters & Skateboards / Tennis Rackets Exercise Equipment & More Hardy’s Ski Emporium will offer a wide selection of new skis boots and helmets at pre-season prices.

Cowboy Up and Party Down at the Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down! Friday, November 18th
The Concord Education Fund is a non-profit organization that awards grants for new teaching initiatives, programs and curricula that reach beyond the scope of the public school budget. So grab a pardner and get ready to have a rootin’ tootin’ time while supporting teachers who are itching to offer students an extraordinary education. General Tix go on sale October 24th at 9am sharp but if you’re hankerin’ to get yourself a spot and make a mighty fine donation, Cowboy Level Tix are available now at:

Evening of Mindfulness sponsored by the Willard Elementary School PTG Wednesday, Nov. 2 7-9 pm
Unplug for an evening of mindfulness with like-hearted, like-minded others. Come learn what mindfulness is and isn’t, a bit about practice and why this ancient tradition still thrives today. Presentation offered by Dr. Mary Ann Christie Burnside, contemplative educator, spiritual director, creator and curator of good things.

Get Out and Vote!
Having trouble working out how to vote on November 8 with your busy schedule? Looking forward to the long, long lines (Hi, Harvey Wheeler!) with your children in tow? There is a new option this year beyond voting by mail for those who would like to vote early and avoid the after-school and rush hour lines: Beginning Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4, registered voters can cast their ballot at the Concord Town House (22 Monument Square) during the hours listed on the state website. As of 10/17/16 these are:
Monday            October 24         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday           October 25         7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday    October 26         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday        October 27         8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday              October 28         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday        October 29         10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday          October 31         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday         November 1       8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday  November 2       8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday      November 3       8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday            November 4       7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thank you in advance for performing your civic duty!
This reminder was brought to you by the Thoreau School Junior Girl Scouts, Troops 76159 (4th grade) and 75306 (5th grade), with thanks to the League of Women Voters for the information.

Montessori Parent/Child Program
Who: 0~24 month olds and their parents/caregivers
When: Oct.  4, 11, 18, 25   9:15am – 10am
Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr, West Concord
Free.   Open to the public.
Discover the amazing world of child development.  Come with your child to our weekly program, where our experienced teachers will share their knowledge on different aspects of learning in a young child’s life.  Discover why research continues to support the importance of interactive conversation with your child from birth, how to expand a child’s horizons by romancing oral language, fun at home strategies for teaching self-regulation, using beauty to help create a mathematical mind, and more.

Fall Monthly Meetups
Who: children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers.  Siblings welcome.
When: First Saturday of each month 9:30am – 11:00am

  • Nov.5th
  • Dec.3rd

Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr., West Concord
Free.  Open to the public.
Join us on Saturday morning at our shaded playground (with tricycles, a play kitchen, a sandbox and more).  It is perfect for young explorers! It is a great opportunity to connect with other parents while your young child plays in a fun and safe environment.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Ample parking and a clean, child-friendly restroom are available.

6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering
Wood-fired pizza, over 50 workshops, live music, inspiring field trips, fun family programs and great networking await at the 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering in Concord November 4-6. The Gathering will provide a balance of skill-building workshops and celebratory activities including a Taste of Historic Concord party at the Colonial Inn. Whether you want to learn how to keep chickens, enrich your teaching curriculum, cook with your kids or explore farmer and private landowner partnerships there is something for everyone in the programLearn More.

Tutoring/Homework Help:
7th grader Amanda Rosenbaum is offering to help elementary school aged children with their homework or tutor them in math or English in exchange for a donation to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Please contact Amanda to arrange a time to meet.
At: ‪ or ‪978-369-6003