A giant thank you to Dorina Enes, Amy Tenenbaum & Jenn Ubaldino for the amazing Cake Walk last weekend. Of course, we know there were many, many volunteers who helped along the way too. It was a great event and we thank you all! Also, thank you to Holly Rothermel for chairing this year’s spelling bee and congratulations to the winners! We will be having a PTG meeting on Thursday, April 17th at 9 am in the cafeteria.  We will be discussing a PTG structure for next year (please see minutes and draft on the PTG website.) Please remember to send us any ideas or feedback you may have before April 9th. Happy Spring!

Carla and Louisa


On Monday, April 7th, the New England Aquarium will be visiting with our Kindergarten class rooms.  This annual program engages children in learning about tide pools in a hands-on workshop conducted by educators from the New England Aquarium.  Students are allowed to handle and observe a wide range of live tidal pool animals from local waters right at Thoreau School. Animals from these special, small habitats that children might experience up close include starfish, sea urchins, anemones, mussels, and crabs.

This program is brought to Thoreau School by the Children’s Programming Committee.


  • May 5           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
  • May 6           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
  • May 7           Gr. 4 Math
  • May 8           Gr. 4 Math
  • May 13          Gr. 5 Science
  • May 14          Gr. 5 Science 


Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade.  This will be our 26th! On Tuesday, April 8, at 11:30 A.M., children and staff dressed as their favorite book characters will march through the school halls led by the Cat in the Hat and a special guest.  Children can start the fun now by choosing a book character and making a simple costume, mask or prop to suggest that character. For more information watch the Thursday Announcements or talk to Karen or Cathy in the library.


Thoreauly Green / Musketaquid Earth Day Workshops, to be held in the Thoreau Art Room

Bring Earth Day celebrations to life by creating colorful puppets, headdresses and costumes of local animal and plant species.  Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, paper mache and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick created from tyvek and acrylic paint.  You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan for your costume or puppet, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. You can come to one session or all three, depending on the project you want to make. Participants are encouraged to march with their creations in Concord’s Musketaquid Earth Day parade on April 26th!

Workshops led by Musketaquid artists/educators.  2-5 parent volunteers needed for each workshop.  $5 deposit requested to hold child’s spot in a given workshop and to contribute to the cost of supplies.  To reserve a spot for your child and/or to volunteer as a parent, please contact Rebecca Woodward ( asap, Payments can be placed in a folder marked “Thoreauly Green/Musketaquid” in the PTG box at the front office at Thoreau.  Please note that spots in each workshop are limited.

Exact dates and times of the workshops will be:

  • Wednesday, April 9th, 3:30 – 4:45pm
  • Wednesday, April 16th, 3:30 – 4:45pm


Looking for an easy crepe recipe?  Norwegian waffles? Bistro-style short ribs or gluten-free apple crisp?  The first-ever Thoreau Friendship Cookbook is brimming with over 60 lip-smacking, kid-pleasing and family-friendly recipes.  This culinary collection is destined to become your go-to companion in the kitchen.  Make sure to get one for yourself and give some as gifts.  Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and souvenirs.  Only $15 each with an e-book version free!  Cookbooks will be sent home with children upon payment.   Each order helps support PTG events and enrichment programs that benefit our entire Thoreau community.  Order Today!

Order your Thoreau cookbook online at via PayPal or print out the form located on the website if you prefer to mail a check.

Below is the order form for the cookbook.  Ebooks are included with your order.

Please complete and return in the your child’s folder, including a check payable to THOREAU PTG

 Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you!

Thoreau Cookbook Committee


  • Monday, April 7                        Baked Chicken Patty
  • Tuesday, April 8                        No School
  • Wednesday, April 9                 Chicken Quesadilla
  • Thursday, April 10                   Tacos
  • Friday, April 11                          Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza

Around town

Free Preview of Sold-Out CMS Production of Shrek

Come join us  “far, far away” and see the cast and crew of Concord Middle School in this year’s production of “Shrek, the Musical” at  a special free preview show  on Tuesday April 8th at 6:30 pm.  General admission tickets must be reserved in advance by emailing  your request to   Please include  the number of seats you need (max 4 per family) and which elementary school your students attend.  (Please note, this is not a drop off event).  Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes in advance as this is a general admission show.

Red Sox Trophy Comes to Concord

The 2013 Baseball World Series Trophy is coming to the Concord Free Public Library on Thursday, April 10th!  The Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy is visiting the Concord Main Library and Community members are invited to attend the event and take photos with the Trophy at the Main Library from 2-4 PM. For information please contact Fiona Stevenson at or call 978-318-3300 or visit

Cancer Care in 2014:  The Past, the Present and the Future.

On Thursday, April 17, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to present an educational event featuring Dr. Jon DuBois, Director of Cancer Services at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke in the Cheney Conference rooms at Emerson Hospital.  The title of Dr. DuBois’ program is Cancer Care in 2014:  The Past, the Present and the Future.  A light dinner will be available.  This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP for this event to by Monday, April 14. 

Come Play Chess!

Come to play chess at the Concord Scout House on Sunday, May 4, 2014 @ 1:00. †his event is for anyone in grades 2-5. To sign up email with the name and grade of the participant.

Community Chest “Spring Fling”

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites you to its Spring Fling Gala on Friday, April 4th at 7pm, at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.  This event will include live music from The Marsels, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and a live and silent auction.  Enjoy time with neighbors and friends at this exciting fundraiser for the Community Chest!  Get your tickets today at

Concord Children’s Center Fundraiser

“Concord Children’s Center is thrilled to announce its annual spring fundraiser featuring the Tanglewood Marionettes and their performance of “The Fairy Circus”! Featuring over 20 beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, “The Fairy Circus” showcases turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers — perfect for younger children and family audiences.

The performance is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Thoreau School (29 Prairie Street, Concord). There will be a lively puppetry demonstration prior to the 40-minute show and a Question and Answer session following the performance. Tickets are $10/person; $35/family.  Please visit for advanced tickets and information.”

CCYB/S Softball Registration is Still Open

Softball registration is open until April 10.  If you or your daughter have been stuck in winter mode and now that we can actually see the ground are beginning to think Spring – softball is the place to be!  Concord Carlisle Youth Softball offers a fun, positive, and competitive experience for girls of all skill levels.  The Rookie League (Kindergarten and 1st grade) are divided by school-find a friend and sign up together!

For more information on each league go to CCYB.ORG or register here today!

Open Table 25th Anniversary Iron Chef Competition and Fundraiser

Celebrating 25 years of operating successful community suppers and food pantries in both Concord and Maynard, currently serving over 300 guests weekly, Open Table is holding an exciting Iron Chef Competition and Fundraiser on April 12 from 6 to 9 PM at 300 Baker Avenue, Concord sponsored by the DiGiovanni family.

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeurves, desserts and a cash bar while cheering on local teams as they slice, dice and ice their way to cooking history.  A guest emcee will provide commentary with live video feed as professional area chefs judge the entries in the appetizer, entrée and cake icing categories!

Tickets are $55 per person and are available now online at or in person at the following local merchants:  Debra’s Natural Gourmet and the Concord Bookstore (Concord) and Serendipity Café (Maynard).

Co-founder of Open Table and professional pianist, Margie King Patterson, will be speaking at the event and will be performing a benefit piano recital April 11 at 7 PM at the Trinitarian Congregational Church 54 Walden Street Concord.

Celebrate National Jazz Month with Concord Conservatory Jazz Faculty

To kick-off the national Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) on Friday, April 4th at 7pm, the Concord Conservatory of Music Jazz Faculty will perform as part of this a tribute to the heritage of jazz as an original American art form. Jazz Appreciation Month is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure.

The Concord Conservatory of Music is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord, in the West Concord Union Church. All CCM Faculty Concerts are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Middlesex Savings Bank and the Concord Cultural Council. For more information, please call (978) 369-0010, email, or visit

Concord Public Library

 Third Grade BookEaters

Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm

April Fools!

Let’s Talk about Books that Make You Laugh!

No Registration Required

April 16th @ 4pm

  • Show & Tell…  Bring a favorite funny book to share
  • Snack…            Mud Pie with Worms!
  • Activity…         Make a funny video!

Concord Free Public Library

129 Main Street

 Concord Family Network Easter Egg Hunt

 Concord Family Network will host our annual Easter Egg Hunt and food bank drive Saturday, April 12, from 3 -5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument St. We are fortunate to be collaborating with the Trustees of Reservations, who have offered us the use of their lovely grounds at the Old Manse. Come join us!

This event is open to all families with children from birth to eight, with priority to CFN members. Admission to this event is free to members of CFN; non-members can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children. If you are a member, please RSVP at Big Tent by 4/5, and you will be guaranteed a spot at the Hunt.  If you are not a CFN member, you may join by filling out a membership form at or please RSVP by 4/5 at

We will have three separate egg hunts: ages 5-8 at 3:30, ages 3-4 at 3:45, and ages 0-2 at 4pm. Enjoy refreshments, games and crafts, and the lovely grounds of the Old Manse, where Ralph Waldo Emerson once played as a child.  Each child will receive a spring-themed gift bag.  We will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry, so please consider making a donation.  In case of rain, check the CFN web site.

Concord Conservatory Presents Tom Chapin Family Concert

The Concord Conservatory of Music is proud to present three time Grammy Award winner, Tom Chapin and his band, performing two family shows at the 51 Walden Theatre, on Sunday, April 13 at 1PM and 3PM.  America’s favorite family entertainer, Tom Chapin is a gifted singer who charms audiences of all ages. His remarkable musicianship, great songwriting and personal warmth shine through in his many award winning recordings and videos but particularly in his concerts which are special experiences for young and old alike.  The Concord Conservatory of Music is pleased to present an entertainer that embodies the meaning of family music, and great music for children.

Tickets are available for purchase online at  Tickets can also be purchased at juju –Women’s and Children’s Clothing & Outdoor Store at 82 Thoreau Street, Concord.  The concert is presented by the Concord Conservatory of Music, with presenting sponsor juju, and supporting sponsorship from Cambridge Savings Bank.

For more information please call 978-369-0010, or  The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving ages 12 months – 95 years with private lessons, group classes and ensemble offerings.  CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church, Concord.

Minute Man ARC Celebrates 10 Years

Grab your friends and form a team to walk in the 10th Anniversary Minute Man March on May 3rd, 2014 from 9am-1pm.  Teams fundraise in support of programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in your community and walk a 1-3 mile route beginning and ending at 130C Baker Avenue Extension, Concord, MA.  After the walk, join us for a celebration complete with BBQ, raffle, games, moon bounce, pony rides, music and petting zoo. For more information visit or contact Laura Galeski at or 978-287-7940.  All participants receive our signature event tie dye t-shirt.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 10, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, April 7, 2014. 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