April 11, 2013


We hope everyone had a chance to attend the Cake Walk last Saturday, it was a day filled with much excitement. The cake entries this year were amazing and made for difficult judging! Thanks to Kate Hiltz for cake judging help, to Tom Hourihan & Karla Keefe for their Cake Walk emceeing, and to Karen Pettyjohn for the use of the library and her help with the ever popular Sand Art craft. To Karen Brown, Melanie Bettencourt, and Amy Tenenbaum THANK YOU for your tireless planning, organizing and work efforts in making this large event such a huge success. Thanks also to the many other volunteers who helped with this event, we could not have done it without all of you!

We also held our first “Silent Auction at the Cake Walk” and with the help of all who contributed, we were able to raise over $5,200 in two short hours!  Thanks to Grade Level Reps & Room Parents for helping to organize class items, to those who helped set up and worked the day of, to Mrs. Andrews for the use of her classroom, and a special thanks to Jackie Meehan for her wonderful organization of this event.

Tuesday heard the tiny pitter patter of incoming Kindergartners. We held the 1st of two Kindergarten registrations days. Thanks to Allison Oshinsky and her team for helping to welcome new children and families to our school!

Please join us tonight for our PTG meeting. It will be held in the school library beginning at 7:00 p.m. Agenda items include the Road Race and a Cookbook Fundraiser. Hope to see you there!

-Jen and Shelagh


Thank you to everyone who came to the Thoreau Family Festival and Cake Walk on Saturday!  We had a wonderful turn out – it was great to see so many people there!

Many thanks to all who came with cakes to enter in the Cake Decorating Contest and to contribute as prizes for the Cake Walk.  Congratulations to the following winners of the Cake Decorating Contest:

Best Animal Theme

Winner: Josh Kerimo

Honorable Mention: Nicola Hunt

Best Book Theme

Winner: Will Del Sobral

Honorable Mention: Emma Kerimo

Best Food Theme

Winner: Mary Kate Murphy

Honorable Mention: Kendall Mullaney

Best Nature Theme

Winner: Emma Feinstein

Honorable Mention: Matthew Conti

Best Sports & Games Theme

Winner: Sydney Brown

Honorable Mention: Kevin Wright

Best Thoreau Spirit

Winner: Jamie Drew & Avery Kirkpatrick

Honorable Mention: Audrey Feigh

Cleverest Cupcakes

Winner: Sarah Symons

Honorable Mention: Nicholas Del Sobral

Most Colorful

Winner: Jordan Corbett

Honorable Mention: Abigail Cash

Most Creative

Winner: Anna O’ Sullivan

Honorable Mention: Sanche Buck

Thank you to Kate Hiltz and to PTG Co-Presidents Shelagh Moskow and Jen Johnson who collectively had the most difficult task of all at the Cake Walk – judging the amazing array of cakes in the Cake Decorating Contest!

If you didn’t get to see the winning cakes at the Cake Walk, you’ll find photographs of them on the PTG Board near the auditorium.

Also, congratulations to the winners of the Guessing Games:

Jolly Ranchers: Chase Bjork

Gummy Bears: Sophie Staknis

Pennies: Jordan Corbett

Balloons: Cyrus Tavakol

This event would not be possible without so many parents volunteering to help. Thank you for making the Thoreau Family Festival and Cake Walk successful and great fun:  Meg Alexander, Brigitte Arif, Bill Armocida, Julie Bailey, Rosie Barthelmess, Michael Bettencourt, Jen Beyer, Pam Bishop, Darren Brown, Alixe Callen, Susie Cannistraro, Faye Cogen, Lisa Colagiovanni, Susan Deysher, Kimber Lynn Drake, Maurice Dressler, Erin Duggan, Joyce DeGreeff, Dorina Enes, Ayesha Farag-Davis, Leslie Feigh, Hannah Fingerle, Kirsten Furman, Nerissa Gagne, Allison Girolimetti, Carlene Hempel, Elizabeth Hunter, Mel Jiganti, Emily Johnson, Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Amy Lee, Tamara Lerner, Erin Logan, Jen McGrath, Anne McWilliams, Sarah Neville, Brian O’Toole, Eileen Robichaud, April Robb, Philip Root, Suzanne Sabin, Julia Samnotra, Hongliang Shi, Ellen McHale & Mike Sierra, Trish Siefer, Paige Somol, Mike Sprague, Fiona Stevenson, Beth & Greg Symko, Alex Tedeschi, Sheryl Thorp, Jennifer Ubaldino, Amy Weber, and Lisa Williams.

We also would also like to acknowledge the great help we received from student volunteers, many of them from CCHS and CMS, and also alumni from Thoreau.  Thank you for your energy and enthusiasm: Hailey Beyer, Kayla Beyer, Shelby Brown, Isaac Carlson, Olivia Cassidy, Emma Duggan, Alex Gearty, Abby Herman, Lucy Hirsch, Sophie John, Emily Law, Jonathan Lilly, Emily Longmire, Katie McMorrow, Mary Kate Murphy, Livy Poulin, Sofia Sim, Ashlee Somol, Lily Symko, Emma Walker, Katie Williams, Theo Zuffante, and Zoe Zuffante.

Special thanks also go to the following people:

Karla Keefe and Tom Hourihan for being our Masters of Ceremonies at the Cake Walk.  Walking in circles has never been so much fun!  Thanks for bringing the party and keeping the excitement in the air.

Karen Pettyjohn for your good cheer and running the sand art craft in the library again.

Roseanne Swain for your continued warmth and expertise at the ticket table.

Kelly Clough for your help with games in the library.

Bob Lemaire, Rachel Levesque, Donna Macone and Beth Murphy for your help and support.

Debbie and Mario  – who are always so ready to lend a hand!

Our fellow committee members – Christy Harrington, Carrie Levin, Leslie Lilly and Kim Mara – without your help, it simply could not happen.

To all of you and those whose names do not appear on the list, but who helped out – THANK YOU!

Melanie Bettencourt, Karen Brown &  Amy Tenenbaum  – Cake Walk Co-chairs


While you are recharging your batteries over Spring Vacation, whether right here in Concord, or in some funky locale, don’t forget about the Travel/Vacation Book Program. Have the kids pick out a book to donate to the school library. Books donated are shown to the class by Mrs. Pettyjohn, and the kids love that they too can share a little bit about a place they have visited. A trip to a local bookstore is the perfect Spring activity!

-Jen Johnson Travel/Vacation Book Program Coordinator


The scorecard is UP!  As we enter the last six weeks of our Box Top clipping contest, your kids can see where their classroom stands each day as they enter the building.  Just look for the poster mounted above the collection box.  The books will close on the contest on Friday May 24, so there’s still time for your child’s class to clip their way into the winner’s circle.

I bet some of you think your household doesn’t use many Box Tops products – well, turn over that box of Kleenex!  Look on the back of that ream of Boise paper or that box of Ziploc bags.  You’d be surprised how many you’ll find.  A complete list of participating products is available at http://www.boxtops4education.com/Image.aspx?Id=8358.

– Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


CCHS Boys Lacrosse Fundraiser

Do you need your garage cleaned, lawn raked or beds mulched?  Then think of the CCHS Boys Lacrosse team.   We are having our annual spring workdays on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th from 9-1pm.  There is no job to big for our boys to handle.  There is a 4 hour minimum at $15 per hour. This is our only fundraiser so please support the CCHS Boys Lacrosse team this spring.  If interested, please email cchslax2013@yahoo.com or call 978-314-8456.

Bike Drive – Concord Boy Scout Eagle Scout project.

Saturday April 13th 10-2 pm. Concord Police Station (219 Walden Street)The bikes will go to Bikes Not Bombs.  The bikes will be given to people in need of transportation in the local Boston area and areas around the world.  We are collecting: All types of bikes, all sizes, Parts, Tools, Accessories, Clothing. We DO NOT accept:  Rusted or broken bikes, Scooters, Motorized /exercise equipment.  We will unload the items from your car.

The Children’s Meetinghouse

The Children’s Meetinghouse (TCM) in Concord has limited pre-school openings for 2013-14.  Please email us to request an application or to set up a tour: see first hand what makes TCM a unique learning environment for children and meet our experienced staff.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on APRIL 25, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, APRIL 22, 2013. 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.