April 10, 2014


Please join us for our April PTG Meeting on Thursday the 17th at 9AM in the cafeteria. We will be presenting PTG bylaw changes to be voted on in May. These will include some changes to board positions and some alterations to funding approvals. There will, of course, be snacks and a raffle too! Hope to see you there!

Louisa and Carla 


A gigantic thank you to the Siefer and the Samnotra families who have recently given to the Thoreau School Annual Appeal. We are so very grateful for their support. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, please keep those donations coming. We are approaching the home stretch of our fundraising year and have not yet met our goal. Every dollar goes directly to supporting our children. You can send a check to the school made out to Thoreau PTG or donate online at www.thoreauptg.org. Thank you so much! Fundraising Co-Chairs, Rose Waxler and Tracy Bagley White


Please remember that unclaimed Lost & Found items are donated at the end of each month.  This month the donation will be made on April 17th.


  • 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
  • May 21         PARCC Math Gr. 5 (Mrs. Hoyt/Mr. Lemaire)
  • May 22         PARCC Math Gr. 5 (Mr. Hoyt/Mr. Lemaire)


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 (rebwoodward@gmail.com) 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.

The final workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 16th, from 3:30 – 4:45pm.


  • Monday, April 14                    Chicken Tenders
  • Tuesday, April 15                   Baked Fish
  • Wednesday, April 16             Cheese Ravioli
  • Thursday, April 17                  Local B-Good Burgers
  • Friday, April 18                        No School

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for Parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

Around town

Rally for the CCHS Tennis Courts

Junior Tennis Clinic to Support CCHS Tennis Courts & CC At Play

Sunday, May 4th 10:30am-2:30pm

Kick off spring with a fantastic junior tennis clinic at the Concord Country Club!  Children ages 5 and up are invited for a fun morning or afternoon session consisting of drills, games and instruction by former CCHS and Division I collegiate tennis players, as well as current Varsity CCHS tennis team members!!  Participants are also invited to a casual lunch in between sessions from 12pm-1pm.  All proceeds from this fun day of tennis will benefit the CC At Play – CCHS Tennis Courts initiative to fund a new tennis facility at the high school.  Come join us to support 6 new tennis courts and continue CCHS’s long and successful tradition of tennis!  Please visit ccatplay.org or click on the following link: http://cchstennis.eventbrite.com to sign up and register for whichever session is most convenient for you and your child/children!  Hope to see you!!

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 Sally.Savelle@gmail.com by Monday, April 14.

Emerson Auxiliary Hosts Fundraiser

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a fundraiser called “Reflections in Bloom” on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Powers Gallery, 144 Great Road (Rte. 2A) in Acton. Along with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, raw bar, silent auction and live music, attendees can view fresh floral arrangements created by local decorators who were inspired by the paintings in the gallery. Two painters will create original paintings during the event which will be offered in a Live Auction.  Come and watch a welder create a sculpture or take a look through a telescope on the gallery’s patio as spring is welcomed back to the area.

Funds raised during the silent and live auctions will benefit Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke, Patient Portal Implementation, the Pediatric Intervention Team and more.  Reservations are needed, so please contact Anna Travias at 617-680-7888.  $50.00 per person.  Patron, $80 per person.

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 cc.chess2014@gmail.com with the name and grade of the participant.

Concord Public Library

Creature Teachers Presents The Nature of My Backyard (live animals)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7 pm

Children age 6 years and up

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 www.concordfamilynetwork.org or please RSVP by 4/5 at concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com

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 www.Eventbrite.com.  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 info@ConcordConservatory.org.  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.  www.ConcordConservatory.org

Center for Parents and Teachers Presents Resiliency Workshop

The workshop listed below makes use of material from Dr. Robert Brooks’ many books along with resources from the “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” series made famous by Faber and Mazlish.  The material presented in this series is most applicable for parents of children ages 3 through age 9.

Wow! My Child Listens Now!   (a four part weekly series)  Build Listening Skills & Strengthen Family Relationships, Four-part Series facilitated by

Patricia Marquis, LICSW, Family Therapist, very popular, highly skilled workshop presenter. Mondays April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 2014   7:00–8:30 pm    $100 for all 4 sessions


*To register for this 4 part series please email cpt@colonial.net and type “My Child Listens Now! Series” in the subject line.  Include in your email the ages(s) of your child(ren) and your phone number.  Then mail a check (made out to “Center for Parents and Teachers”) to Center for Parents and Teachers, 120 Meriam Road, Concord MA 01742.  Questions? Please call us at 978-202-1143.

Concord Conservatory Launches New Summer Music Programs

The Concord Conservatory of Music is making a big splash this summer with a wide variety of program offerings for all ages and musical abilities.  Adults and children alike will find something in our many summer camps, classes, and workshops. Designed by CCM Faculty, our workshops and boot camps provide weeklong specialized experiences in string ensembles, piano, guitar, percussion, and more.  

Our Kick Start Guitar courses are great for teens and adults who want to dive into learning the guitar in a fun, social setting. Students will learn about the fret board, technique, chords, scales, and more, all while playing favorite songs with their friends.

Piano students ages 8-13 will get an intensive experience in Piano Camp, where they will participate in private and group lessons, piano duos, and enrichment classes in theory and Dalcroze. Piano Camp will culminate in a camp wide showcase performance.

Summer Drum Experience, with sections for 5- to 6-year-olds and 7- to 10-year-olds, emphasizes the fun of learning in an exciting and stimulating environment. Drums and hand percussion are provided, and students are welcome to bring their own instruments throughout the week.

CCM programming provides an infusion of musical adventure in highly concentrated doses, including drumming, string ensembles, piano camp, and guitar for all levels.   In addition we offer private lessons for all ages and abilities.

Space is limited! Register in person on Tuesday, April 15th, and save 10% on tuition. To learn more about our Summer Programs and to register, visit ConcordConservatory.org.  You can also call 978-369-0010, or email at info@ConcordConservatory.org.  The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s local community music school and is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 17, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, April 14, 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 announcements@thoreauptg.org.