April 14, 2016


Thank You:

Thank you to Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins for running a very fun Book Character Parade on Tuesday.  It was great to see the kids in so many “character” costumes from their favorite books!

Thank you to April Robb and Irene Stapleford for organizing a successful Spelling Bee last Saturday.  Thank you to the “Pronouncer,” Mr. Lemaire and the judges, Cathy Collins, Jillian Deshaies, Tom Hourihan, Jacqui McKenna and Karen Pettyjohn.  Thanks also to the parent volunteers Deb Antonangeli and Dave Carter.

Thank you to Rebecca Woodward, Anne Remington and the whole Thoreau-ly Green team for working to organize the composting in our lunchroom the past week.

Volunteers Needed:  There are some exciting PTG positions open for next year, please contact Betsy Martel or Deb Antonangeli if you are interested in getting involved in the PTG.  betsymartel@yahoo.com  deb.antonangeli@gmail.com

Mark your Calendar: The current last day of school is Tuesday, June 21st. It will be a half-day.

Miss the March PTG meeting? Click here to get all the details! https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/20160316%20PTG%20Minutes.pdf

2016-2017 Classroom Placement: In April, the process of creating classes for the 2016-2017 school year will begin. Principal Charles has invited any parent/guardian who wishes to share information with the Thoreau placement team to do so, in writing, no later than Monday, April 25, 2016.  Letters should be sent to the main office and should include specific information related to your child such as areas of concern for learning or observations of the type of classroom environment you feel would best suit your child’s needs.  Requests for specific teachers should not be made and such requests are not honored.

PARCC Assessment Dates: Principal Charles released PARCC assessment dates and information in her March newsletter:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7951d82fd5c3ce61a9e4c27b0/files/The_Thoreau_Monthlymarch2016_.docx  The Thoreau-specific PARCC schedule for Spring 2016 can be found here: http://goo.gl/rSY9rP. The homeroom teacher’s initials indicate which class is testing on a particular day.


Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 – No School, Spring Break

Monday, April 25th – Parent letters regarding Placement due

Wednesday, May 4th, 7pm – Mom’s Night Out

Trish & Betsy


Thanks to all the children, teachers, staff, and volunteers who helped to make last Saturday’s spelling bee a success!  Special thanks to Mr. Lemaire, who made the event a positive and memorable experience for all 33 participants.  Congratulations go to 5th grade winner Sophie Jacobs and runner-up Hank Hutcheson, and 4th grade winning team The Supreme Bees (Hannah Daniel, Claire Owen, and Farah Tavakol).  Participants, the posters are in the box outside the library this week if you would like to take yours home.  -April Robb and Irene Stapleford, co-organizers


Thank you to the 93 families and corporate matches that have contributed $11,200.  We are so grateful for your generosity. We are currently at 27% of families donating to our Annual Appeal. We have had multiple requests from teacher for funding special activities to benefit our children outside of our programing and district funded supplies.  We want to be in the position to fund as many projects as we can however without meeting our Annual Appeal we cannot sustain our budget for children’s programming and all our wonderful events we support. Please make a donation today to allow us to hit our goal of $14,000, we only have $ 2,800 to go! Every donation makes a difference!https://www.thoreauptg.org/donate/


We are so excited to announce that our Moms’ Night Out is right around the corner on May 4 at 7pm!  This free event is a great opportunity to celebrate spring while catching up with friends and making new ones.  BYOB.  Light food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Sponsored by the PTG and planned by the Social Committee. Please mark your calendar and sign up here:  https://2016thoreaumomsnightout.splashthat.com  Access Code: Thoreau


SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, MAY 15th

What: The Thoreau School Road Race is May 15!

Get fit this spring at the Thoreau School’s 10th Annual Road Race, a community-wide celebration, Sunday, May 15!  Start training now with the whole family for the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by fun food, games, bouncy house, awards and more.  Race, walk, jog or stroll, ALL are welcome!

11:00 am – 5 K run through West Concord

Kids Fun Runs:

12:00 pm – 1 mile run 6+ GIRLS

12:15 pm – 1 mile run 6+ BOYS

12:30 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under

Register TODAY to avoid lines and save on the registration fee.  Go to https://thoreauschoolroadrace.itsyourrace.com/register

All events take place at the Thoreau School, 29 Prairie Street, Concord.  All proceeds go to benefit the Thoreau PTG. Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at rlevesque@colonial.net or (978) 318-1300.


Transition Planning Workshop – Future Planning for High School Students on an IEP!

Wednesday, April 13 7-9pm/Parent Mingle 6:30-7pm. Concord-Carlisle High School Learning Commons. Heather Mahoney, M.Ed., Transition Specialist at CCHS, is presenting an overview of transition planning to help you prepare and plan for you, or your student’s, postsecondary needs and goals. This is the first of a series that will continue during the 2016-2017 school year. RSVP and submit questions in advance to concordsepac@gmail.com.

Out-of-District Parent Meet-up

Saturday, April 30, 9-10:30am. Main Street’s Market & Cafe, 42 Main Street, Concord. If you’re a parent or guardian of a child with an out-of-district placement, please join us for our monthly informal networking group on April 30th from 9-10:30am.

T​he SEPAC is seeking volunteers to help establish & run a “Friends of Concord-Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC” organization.  

The Friends will be a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to financially support events organized by the SEPAC. Minimal & flexible time commitment required. For more information please contact Aiyana Currie at concordsepac@gmail.com.

Needed: Volunteer Liaisons for Thoreau, Alcott, and Concord Middle School (CMS) a big Thank You to the volunteers from the Integrated Preschool, Willard, and CCHS for taking on the role of SEPAC Liaison for their school!  We are still in need of Alcott, Thoreau, and Middle school volunteers. The role of the SEPAC liaison is to help connect parents to the SEPAC and its resources, to stay abreast of school happenings, and to ​share information about their school with the SEPAC Board. For more information or to volunteer to represent Thoreau, Alcott, or CMS, please contact Mary Tambor or Becky Robichaud at concordsepac@gmail.comA more detailed description is available at: http://concordsepac.org/


April School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

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

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



April 27, 7-8:45 pm at the Sanborn Middle School, 835 Old Marlboro Road, Concord. Join the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle in a discussion facilitated by Dr. Tom Scott, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and William J. Hurley, Chair, School Committee, Lexington Public Schools. Dr. Scott is also former Principal at the Concord Middle School and former Superintendent of CPS and CCRSD.  We will consider how the selection process works and the public’s role, while discussing our essential educational values. Choosing a leader to help our school community achieve its goals is central to our educational future. Please join us for a free event that is open to the public. Visit LWV of Concord-Carlisle at www.lwvcc.org. Please send any comments, questions, or feedback before or after the event to Questions@lwvcc.org.

CMS Book Fair

Save the date – Saturday, April 30 at Concord Bookshop.  Shop and support the PTG-funded clubs and activities of Concord Middle School.  We love our CMS teachers and they love to read.  Come to the bookshop on April 30 for a fun event and get psyched to read something new!

Collecting Soccer Balls for South African Schools Do you have old soccer balls collecting dust in the garage? Thoreau parent David Manion is headed to South Africa soon and would like to donate soccer balls to schools and orphanages on his trip to the regions of Hazyview and Newington. In addition to our purchase of new balls we would like to ask families with spare soccer balls to drop them to the Manions at 457 Laws Brook Road any time before April 24. There will be a tub in front of the garage for the balls to be left in. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Questions please contact us at carlyduffy@hotmail.com New Youth Flag Rugby Program Registration is OPEN!

Flag Rugby is a safe, non-contact, easy to play game for both boys and girls of all ages! It is played in schools, parks and recreation leagues, and community organizations across the country. Flag Rugby is a fun game for all shapes and sizes and it builds character in players that is not found in other sports. There is a culture of respect for officials and the opposition and it is one of the few remaining sports that rewards the team and not the individual. The rules are simple, the game is easy to learn, and minimal equipment is required. The inaugural spring season of Concord / Carlisle flag rugby starts May 1 and runs every Sunday morning at 8:30am through June 12, except Memorial Day weekend. It is open to boys and girls enrolled in grades K-8. If your son or daughter is interested in playing please visit www.metrowestrugby.com/site/. The Concord / Carlisle program is being led by David Socks, John Garofalo and JP Poole and we also are on the lookout for new volunteers and coaches.

Concord Carlisle Chess Club Starts Spring Series

For grades 3 and up, the Concord-Carlisle Chess Club meets in West Concord each Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm for instruction and play. Chess Master Vadim Martirosov conducts lessons, training and optional tournament preparation to all levels. Newcomers may drop in for recreational play and to learn about the Club. Vadim is a highly experienced Chess Master who has taught for CC Chess since the Club was founded 3 years ago. He has taught and mentored students of all ages, beginners to master level. Class #4691 Sunday, April 24-June 19, 2-5 pm at Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord $90 fee for instruction and club play; $49 special rate for parent who joins a student under high school age. For additional information and Q&A please email concordchess@yahoo.com Enroll at: www.ace.colonial.net or call (978) 318-1432

Concord Carlisle Chess Club Summer Session

The weeklong program is like a chess “camp” for grades 4-8, Monday to Friday, August 22-26, 9 am to 2 pm daily, at CCHS, $25. Summer registration underway now class #1159. Enroll at: www.ace.colonial.net or call (978) 318-1432

Emerson Hospital Run~Walk for Cancer

In only 8 weeks, Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on June 4.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visit www.emersonhospital.org/5k to register today!

Farm-Based Education Network – National Gathering and Community Coffee

November 5-6 at CCHS: Farm-Based Education Network National Gathering

The Farm-Based Education Network will hold its national gathering at CCHS this fall, with speakers and workshops and exhibits and more. Network members represent farms that are nonprofit, for-profit, and community-based, producing vegetables, animals, fiber, timber, and other living natural resource products. Their educational programs serve children, parents, university students and adults throughout their lives, in hundreds of communities across the country. Co-sponsors also include the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, The Trustees of Reservations, and Shelburne Farms in Vermont (FBEN’s project administrator), and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education. The event is open to the community.

Community coffee and local planning: Wednesday, April 27

The sponsors will host a community coffee on Wednesday, April 27 to share information about the National Gathering event and invite ideas and recommendations about how local citizens and area schools and organizations and businesses can be involved. Participants can suggest ways to showcase Concord and Carlisle agriculture and education, and share exhibit and workshop ideas with the event organizers. The community coffee will be held at the historic Thoreau Farm House on Virginia Road, from 7:30-11am. There will be a presentation and discussion at 8 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. so that attendees can join at a time that’s convenient. The April 27 program is open to all, and no pre-registration is required. For planning purposes, however, there is a sign-up link at www.ace.colonial.net or you may call the Community Education office at 318-1432. Individuals and organizations unable to attend can also sign up for future communications and stay informed.

Concord Carlisle Youth Football and Cheer Registration is Open!

Good news for all of your football players and cheerleaders:  Registration is now OPEN for CCYF Tackle Football, Flag Football, Cheerleading, and CCHS Coach Mike Robichaud’s Patriot Youth Football Fundamentals (non-contact) Summer Clinic. The ever-popular Flag Football league is now under the flag of CCYF. More good news – CCYF Tackle Football is now available for 6th graders (in Fall 2016), in addition to 7th and 8th graders!  Cheerleading is open to kids in grades 2-8 (in Fall 2016)!  For more information or to register, go to www.ccyouthfootball.com.  Register now and be all set for the Fall!

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 28, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, April 25, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.