April 12, 2012


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–Kelly Clough


Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our 24th annual Book Character Parade a success. I think the costumes were particularly clever and inventive this year, and showed a lot of thought and effort from both the students and their parents. Special thanks go to Cathy Collins, Sue Howard, Bill the custodian, and all the teachers and staff members who found the time for this school-wide event in their busy schedules, and who looked terrific in their costumes.   — Karen Pettyjohn, Thoreau School Librarian


Get ready to RUN!  The Sixth Annual Thoreau School Road Race is Sunday, May 20.  Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 mile and 1 mile) start at 11 AM; the 5K follows at noon.  A family BBQ picnic and award ceremony will be held after the race.  Mark your calendars and join us for a fun challenge for the whole family!  For more information and to register, go to: www.thoreauptg.org.


There is still time to reach our goal!! We are $1,000 shy of reaching our overall need for this year’s expenses. If you haven’t given yet and plan to, please do it today. Go to www.thoreauptg.org and donate online or send a check made out to Thoreau PTG in to school. Thanks to the following families for their recent donations: Hwang, Jones, Adourian, Jennings, Bates, Callen/Bailey, and Boynton.


The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District (CCRSD) school committees are researching and discussing a variety of options for student transportation services for next year. A critical part of this process is gathering feedback from district parents. Please take a few moments to complete the survey circulated via email earlier this week.  The survey will close on April 15 at 11:59 pm. You may receive reminders for the survey if you do not respond. Reminders are automated and will not compromise the confidentiality of your response. Reports will be made available to the public but will not identify individuals. Thank you for your time and valuable feedback. -Diana Rigby, Superintendent of Schools, CPS & CCRSD


Here’s the scoop… Anytime in April, stop by the Concord location of Bedford Farms Ice Cream. Tell the server that you would like to purchase a “Concord School Gift Card” (or cards) and place a monetary amount on the card. Use the gift card to purchase any item — ice cream, cakes, pies, t-shirts, etc. The gift card does not expire and may be used anytime. You can reload your gift card or purchase additional cards at any time throughout the month of April and it will count toward the donation. At the end of April, Bedford Farms will give 20% of the total amount placed onto the cards back to the Concord schools! This will be split equally amongst The Concord Schools PTGs. This is a great opportunity to think ahead and load up for the summer months while benefiting the Concord school system. Use this chance to purchase small tokens of appreciation for coaches, birthdays, and babysitters, or whoever might deserve a tasty treat. Where: Bedford Farms, 68 Thoreau St, Concord; When: April 1 – April 30; Concord Store Hours: 12pm – 9pm.


Please be mindful of the below dates, and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

  • Monday, May 7: Math grades 3 and 5
  • Tuesday, May 8: Math grades 3 and 5
  • Wednesday, May 9: Math grade 4
  • Thursday, May 10: Math grade 4
  • Monday, May 14: Science and Technology, grade 5
  • Tuesday, May 15: Science and Technology, grade 5

LUNCH MENU Week of April 23-27

  • Monday: Baked Potato Bar
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: B. Good Burgers
  • Thursday: Pasta Bolognese
  • Friday: Comelia’s Pizza

Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.


Patriot’s Ball on April 14

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Patriot’s Ball is coming! The Patriot’s Ball is a party, a dance, a fun time. It will be held from 7:30 PM to midnight on April 14 at the National Guard Armory on Everett Street in Concord. The night’s entertainment will include live music from the band “FireFly”.  There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a cash bar. The evening concludes with a Grand March of patriotic and military songs followed by a walk to Concord Center to see Samuel Prescott ride again. (We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and a warm coat for this walk). Tickets are $25.00 per person. and can be purchased at the Concord Town Clerk’s office, Concord Hand Designs, the West Concord 5&10, the West Concord Pharmacy or by calling Meg at (978) 371-0192.

April Vacation Week at Emerson Umbrella

Vacation Week is fast approaching! No need to worry about what to do for the kids – take a trip around the world at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts April 17-20!  Children will explore arts of India, Greece, and South America – making art objects, food, and discoveries along the way. Guardians and friends will be invited to come in on Friday to see art work and share in some delicious cultural snacks made by the students. We hope you will join us!  Online registration at http://www.emersonumbrella.org/classes/school-recess-week/.

Patriots’ Day at the Concord Museum: Monday, April 16, 2012

Make a visit to the Concord Museum part of your Patriots’ Day tradition! This year, commemorate the day by learning about Paul Revere—one of our greatest patriots. Visit with a colonial silversmith (12:00-2:00) as he demonstrates techniques that Revere used. Since 1975, silversmith Stephen Smithers has been researching and refining the classic art of silversmithing as practiced by master silversmiths like Paul Revere throughout history. Take part in our Paul Revere Quest to discover more about the 1775 midnight ride and see the famous lantern that hung in the Old North Church. Explore the Museum’s galleries and admire Paul Revere’s silver work, and then draw your own! All family-friendly activities are free with Museum admission. The Concord Museum, open from 9:00-5:00 on Patriots’ Day, is located on Cambridge Turnpike at the intersection of Lexington Road.  For further information visit: www.concordmuseum.org.

Concord Holocaust Memorial Observance

As holocaust survivors become older and fewer, it’s more important than ever to hear their stories. On April 22 at 7:30 pm, the Sunday following vacation week, we’re honored to have Leon Rubinstein, a Holocaust survivor and his son Wade Rubinstein, owner of West Concord’s ice cream shop Reasons to be Cheerful, talk about the memoir of survival Wade helped his father record. Leon lost his Polish family and home to the Nazi regime, hid in a hole for years, was conscripted to the Russian Army as a teenage soldier and smuggled into British Palestine on the cusp of the Israeli War of Independence before coming to America in the 1950s. We hope you’ll come listen in the Concord Town House. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and the Concord-Carlisle Human Right Council.

Milldam Nursery School 2012-13

Milldam is accepting applications for the next school year.  Please visit our web-site to get download and application and request a tour: www.milldamnurseryschool.org. Milldam is a cooperative preschool located in the Center of Concord, 20 Lexington Road.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 26, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, April 23, 2012.
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. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.