April 16, 2015


  • Earth Week:  Thanks to all students and families for helping reduce waste in the lunchroom this week.  Ask your children about the assembly today, which featured CCHS Environmental Studies students and songs.  Thank you to Carolyn Wilkins, Thoreauly Green, and all the parent volunteers who organized Earth Week!
  •  Grounds For Learning Volunteer Opportunity:  Grounds for Learning is a “classroom by the river,” which is located behind the Thoreau School upper playground.  It was created in 1997 as a restored natural area, including butterfly garden, water garden, meadow, woodland with meeting space and trails.  We need parent volunteers to do spring cleaning of this area and to help staff it so our children can enjoy it during certain recess periods.  To sign up to help, please go to thoreauptg.org, click on “Volunteer,” then click on “Grounds for Learning.”  Any questions?  Email Amelia Stubblebine at:  ameliaroses@comcast.net
  • Cake Walk Wrap-up:  Thank you to our Cake Walk Coordinators, Dorina Enes, Jennifer Ubaldino, and Ali Girolimetti and the entire Cake Walk committee for a wonderful event last Saturday!
  • Kindergarten Registration Wrap- up:  Thanks to Eck Redmond and committee for organizing a very successful Kindergarten Registration on March 31 and April 7.  Excited to have these new students and families at our school!
  • May 1, 9am, Cafeteria:  Community Meeting — Come and hear about open positions on PTG next year!  We need you!  (refreshments served, young children welcome)

Hope you have a wonderful Spring Break!

Carla and Trish


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!

Get ready to run Sunday, May 17 at the Thoreau School 9th Annual Road Race.  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 ceremony and more!

11:00 am – 5K run

12:00 pm – 1 mile run for kids 6+

12:30 pm – ½ mile run for kids 5 and under

Register TODAY to avoid lines and save on the registration fee.  Go to https://www.thoreauptg.org/road-race/

To volunteer, contact Jill Yates at jillhamilton@gmail.com or Mitzi Johnson at mitzifowler@yahoo.com  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.

— Mitzi Johnson and Jill Yates, Road Race Co-chairs


There is only one day left to claim any items lost over the last four months.  Click here to see an updated photo gallery of the contents of the lost and found: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l8j9jgxzu9sn8d2/AAA6IhlqTwIKYHRYCx2DHhOta?dl=0.

All unclaimed items will be donated to charity tomorrow (Friday, April 17).  Everything has been moved to the corner table inside the cafeteria. Check it out even if you don’t THINK you are missing anything – you may be surprised at what you’ll find there!  The school is open as early as 6am if you would like to swing by before work to take a look.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Thank you to everyone who came to the Thoreau Family Festival & Cake Walk on Saturday – it was great to see so many people there!

Many thanks to all who entered in the Cake Decorating Contest and who contributed prize cakes.  Congratulations to the following winners of the Cake Decorating Contest:

Best Animal Theme: Fox Anderson, Uma Samnotra, Eli Holmes/ Declan Keefe Best Food Theme: Emma Peacock, Jose Tenenbaum/ Brady O’Toole, Kathy Folgar/ Ashley Fitzgerald/ Nick Fitzgerald Best Nature Theme: Isaac Lee, Sam Cohen, Ben Sprague Best Sports & Games Theme: Lucy Frank, Matthew Conti, Henry Vlacovsky Best Thoreau Spirit: William Lynch, Katie Dillon, Mia Hamel Most Creative: Scarlett Mirak, Emma Wonsey, Hank Hutcheson Honorable Mention: Emily Caldwell, Ethan Thorpe, Bonnie Chadwick

This event would not be possible without so many parents and high school students volunteering to help, especially our Sub Committee Leaders: Lisa Colagiovanni, Christy Harrington, and Jean & Joe Jones.  Thank you for making the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival successful and fun: Debra Antonangeli, Bill Armocida, Alison Arthur, Julie Bailey, Owen Bailey, Pamela Bishop, Geoffrey Burns, Cheryl Carbeau, Jason Chadwick, Lisa Colagiovanni, Alyssa Cucinotta, Zoe Dettelbach, Kathleen Dohoney, Fabiana Dowd, Kimber Lynn Drake, Eline Laurent, Julia Elliott, Laura Ely, Leslie Feigh, Gina Fiore, Diane Grace, Madi Green, Jack Gregory, Jessica Grogins, Chandlee Gustafson, Olivia Hanselman, Brian Hodder, Sarah Hutchinson, Linda Keifer, Kristen Keilty, Steven Kirincich, Emily Kirkwood, Liviya Kovacevic, Emma and Hayden Larsen, Emily Law, Zhe Leonard, Tamara Lerner, Amy Lima, Erin Lynch, Carla Macy, Lucinda (Lucy) Manlick, Barbara Marinaccio, Jen McGrath, James McGuinness, Anne McWilliams, Gabe Miller, Kristine Millet, Nikki Morrissey, Justin Moy, Stephanie Nick, Jim Niemi, Allison Oshinsky, Michelle O’Toole, Tia Parker, Sam Parker, Angela Quinn, Anne Remington, Wen Sailer, Vivek Samnotra, Prow Sarns, Cheryl Schaeberle, Lia Sgarzi, Nathan Smith, Jonathan Sommer, Fiona Stevenson, Kerry Anne Stone, Hannah Symons, Anna Synakh, Sheryl Thorp, Liv VanOrden, Jennifer Vlacovsky, Tracy Bagley White, Anna Willis, Stephanie Wilsen, Molly Yans, and Katie Zinke.

Thank you to Kate Hiltz, Amy Tenenbaum, Carla Macy and Carrie Levin who had the difficult task of judging the Cake Decorating Contest.

Special thanks also go out to the following people:

  • Tom Hourihan and Karla Keefe for running the Cake Walk – walking in circles has never been so much fun!
  • Karen Pettyjohn for running the sand art in the library.
  • Erminio & Mario for going far above and beyond with help that was critical to the success of the event.

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

— Dorina Enes, Jenn Ubaldino, Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs


There are four new books in the Thoreau Library thanks to two generous families: the Principe Family gave Meet the Bigfeet (the Yeti Files) in honor of Ms. Thomas and Quest in honor of Ms. Ogilvie.  Cailin Morrissey donated Weird But True for Ms. Deshaies, and Teagan Morrissey donated National Geographic Wild Animal Atlas for Ms. Jackson.

Please consider joining the growing list of families who are donating books through the Library Gift Book Program. Select a book in honor of Patriots’ Day, or perhaps to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring. Swing by the library to choose a book from the Gift Book Box and write a check to the PTG. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact the PTG Gift Book Coordinator at fennwei@yahoo.com.


Save the date for Mom’s Night Out on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 pm. The Social Committee will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages at this free BYOB event. Come celebrate spring, see old friends and meet some new Thoreau parents. Invite and more details to come in the next few weeks.


Interested in getting involved in the Concord Middle School next year?  Consider joining the CMS PTG and one of its various committees!  There are many openings for next year within CMS PTG. The open positions range from organizing or helping with one-time events to roles that require more full year commitments.  Click on the Sign-up Genius Link below to view the open positions and sign up to volunteer!   If you have any questions please reach out to Kathi O’Neil at kathioneil@gmail.com.   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549abad2ca13-cmsptg    Thank you!


The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held on Monday night, June 8.  Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring in any work from past years by Tuesday, April 28.  More specific information was sent home last week with your child.  If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at khiltz@colonial.net.  Thanks for your support.  Kate Hiltz, Art Teacher.


Monday, April 27                  Teriyaki Chicken Dippers

Tuesday, April 28                 NO LUNCH

Wednesday, April 29           Chicken Fajitas

Thursday, April 30               B Good Burgers

Friday, May 1                        Sal’s Cheese Pizza with Topping Choice


Earth Day Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, April 22, 10am-12pm, Miller Farm.  Celebrate Earth Day exploring the trails at Miller Farm.  You will work from clues to find emergent signs of spring and the summer to come with a Musketaquid naturalist, who will have you looking, hearing, smelling tasting, and touching.  Walk culminates with a group sculpture to leave for others to enjoy.   To register, go to: https://www.familyid.com/programs/musketaquid-arts-environment-adult-and-family-programs-spring-2015​

Library Talk About Blandings Turtles

Biologist Bryan Windmiller will speak about the Blandings Turtles at Great Meadows at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm.  The program, which is honor of Earth Day, is appropriate for children age 8 years and up. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Discovery Day for Young Families at the Playscape at Ripley

Discover Concord’s newest park and playspace at this fun afternoon with activities for the whole family (including families of children with special needs), including an art activity from Musketaquid, animals from Drumlin Farm, and a Storywalk. Event is free and open to the public.  Sunday, May 3, 2-4 p.m. at the Playscape at Ripley, 120 Meriam Road at the Concord Public Schools Administration Building.  For more information and to RSVP: www. ripleyplayscape.org.

Concord Recreation’s Touch a Truck / Safety Day

Concord Recreation’s Touch a Truck / Safety Day, sponsored by the Lamont family, is quickly approaching.  It will take place Sunday, May 17 from 1-4pm at 300 Baker Ave. in West Concord.  It features a Concord Police Car, Fire Truck, Mail Truck and other Town Department Trucks.  There will also be a bounce house, ice cream truck and food truck.  Cost is $5.00 per person with at $20 maximum and includes the bounce house and giveaways.  The event is rain or shine.

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

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 30, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, April 27, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.