April 2, 2015


Happy Spring!  Please note that there IS school tomorrow, Friday, April 3.

Upcoming Important Dates:

*April 7:  11:30am Book Character Parade

*April 7:  1pm-2pm Kindergarten Registration

*April 9:  7pm PTG Meeting (Thoreau School Library)

*April 6:  7-8:30pm School Committee Coffee (Peabody Forum)

*April 8:  7-8:30pm School Committee Coffee (Willard)

*April 10:  1-2:30pm School Committee Coffee (Fowler Library)

*April 11:  3-5pm Cake Walk

*April 12:  Town meeting begins

*April 13:  Town Meeting relating to School issues

Thoreau School Directory:

All families should have recently received Student Verification Forms in the mail. This form holds information that gets entered into the district’s system and then used by the PTG to create the Thoreau School Directory.  Please print any changes on the Verification Form clearly as to avoid any errors in reading and inputting the data.  Thank you!  **Just a reminder that our school directory is not to be used for any solicitation purposes.


Congratulations to all Thoreau students and families that participated in “The Amazing Race” this past Saturday!  And Congratulations to our Thoreau School teacher team, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Marotta, and Mrs. Oglevie!

Have a great weekend!

Carla and Trish

THE CAKE WALK IS COMING…Just 9 days away! 

Saturday, April 11, 3-5pm is the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival!   Please consider volunteering!  We need help — lots of help — in many areas to make the event a success!  We also need 6’ TABLES.  To sign up, please go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B044AA9A92AA57-cake/25761971

We also need lots of prize cakes (300-400) and we are counting on YOU!  The cakes do not need to be large—one box of mix can yield 2 prize cakes!  All prize cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the flavor of the cake. If you bring an allergy-free prize cake, please let us know when you drop it off.

Don’t forget to plan your cake for the Cake Decorating Contest! Cakes to be entered into the Cake Decorating Contest can be dropped off on Friday, April 10, 3:15-7pm or Saturday, April 11, 1-2:15pm at the Faculty Dining Room (near the gym). Judging will begin promptly at 2:30pm. All cakes entered in the contest must be decorated by a Thoreau student. Please do not use cake plates or decorations that you want returned to you. You may enter as many cakes in the contest as you like. All cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the cake flavor, student’s name, grade, teacher and category. The contest categories are: Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Cakes that win the contest will be displayed during the Festival and may be taken home by their respective student decorators. Cakes that do not win the contest will be handed out as prize cakes during the Cake Walk.

– Dorina Enes, Jennifer Ubaldino, Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs


The Book Character Parade is next Tuesday! Put the finishing touches on your book character masks, simple costumes and props (no sticks, and short cardboard swords only, please), check out a copy of your book, and get ready to march. The parade will begin at 11:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 7, starting in Mr. Hourihan’s room. Classes will march in this order: The Cat in the Hat and Cake Construction Worker, 5-Hourihan, 5-Foggo, 3-Ham, 5-Lemaire and 2-Jackson, K-McKenna, K-Apollos, 5-Hoyt, 4-Deshaies and 2-Andrews/Thomas, 4-Burns, 4-Dillon, 3-Faricelli and 2-Peirce, 3-Hollander, 4-Keefe, 1-Shaw, 1-Ogilvie/Thompson and 2-Marotta, 1-Walsh and 3-Gallagher, K-Ellis, 1-Henry and 2-Watson.

After gathering the whole school, we will go outside through the front cafeteria door.

  • If it is good weather, we will proceed along the sidewalk past the Music Room and then through the door to the 1994 classroom wing. We will not go into the Auditorium on this route.
  • If it is raining heavily, we will walk under the covered walkway along the front of the school and in through the main doors. We’ll go into the Auditorium and across the stage, where we will announce each class as it crosses.
  • Parents, families and friends are welcome to watch the Book Character Parade from the sidewalk front of the school, or (only if it is raining heavily) from the Auditorium.

If there are any questions, please talk to Karen or Cathy in the Library, or email me at kpettyjohn@colonial.net. Thank you everyone, and see you next Tuesday! —Karen Pettyjohn

Thanks for Making MathNight a Success

MathNight 2015, “Wizards and Fantasy,” by all measures was a success.  Thanks to the PTG, room parents, Principal Mahoney, the attendees and families, our volunteers, and the custodial staff.  Some highlights:

  • 165 family members signed in, including 91 mathletes from all grades.
  • 20 volunteers tended to the chaotic, crowded and fun times at each table.
  • Fourth grader Sophie Staknis guessed the total # of troll cheese bites in the bucket to within 2!   She won the grand prize of a math story book and a signed illustration by the illustrator, who works here in Concord.
  • Although the games are challenging, we heard most children saying they had a lot of fun as they fought bravely against a fear of Math.

See you next year.

Marc Ubaldino & Jeff Furman


A reminder to the parents of the Class of 2015, candid photos of your 5th graders are due Friday, April 17.  Graduation is coming and among the keepsakes being planned are the 5th grade DVD and Yearbook. The yearbook committee needs you to help make this project a success. Specifically, we need candid photos of your children taken at Thoreau or at Thoreau related events.

Here are the kinds of photos we need:

  • individual or group photos
  • photos from school activities and events (Turkey Trot, Hobby Fair, etc.)
  • photos from school concerts and plays (Monster Madness orA Christmas Carol)
  • classroom photos
  • photos from field trips
  • first day of school photos
  • bus stop photos

Please DO NOT SEND the following types of photos:

  • photos from non-Thoreau related events (birthday parties, family vacations, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, club soccer photos)
  • photos from Coffee Pond Photography (we already have the formal portraits online so no need to send them…unless your child was not at Thoreau for kindergarten, in which case we will need a photo from kindergarten)

How to submit your photos:

  • send at least one candid photo of your child from each grade, from kindergarten through 5thgrade
  • photos should be in electronic form
  • email photos to: thoreauphotos@colonial.net

LABEL EACH PHOTO: This is very important! Due to the large volume of pictures, please include a name(s) and grade in each photo’s filename. For example: johndoe-grade2.jpg

There will be a separate email regarding the personal yearbook pages that the students will do through their Google drive accounts. More on that soon…

Thank you and please send in those photos!

– Katherine Booth, Jen McGrath, Sue McCrory, The Yearbook Staff  

Lost and Found – Claim Your Items by April 17

Since the lost and found wasn’t too full at February break, the school ended up not donating it at that time after all.  All items will now be donated on the last school day before April vacation week (Friday, April 17).  The contents of the lost and found are currently on display at the end of the hall near the cafeteria. Check it out before or after your parent teacher conference – 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 on another day.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Monday, April 6                    Tangerine Chicken

Tuesday, April 7                   NO LUNCH

Wednesday, April 8             Pasta Bar with Choice of Sauces

Thursday, April 9                  Baked Potato Bar

Friday, April 10                     Cheese Pizza Slice


SEPAC Parent Coffee Social- Let’s Connect!

April 9 from 9:30-11am, 121 Hubbard St., Concord.  Hosted by the Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).  The SEPAC is hosting this informal gathering to offer parent support, networking, and information sharing. Children are welcome to accompany parents if needed. RSVP to concordsepac@gmail.com is requested for planning purposes but not required.  See you then!

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Spring Fling – April 10

Please come out and support the Community Chest at the Spring Fling Gala on Friday, April 10 at 7pm at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, MA.  Tickets are on sale now on the Chest’s website at cccommunitychest.org or by calling 978-369-5250. This event includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, DJ, dancing, silent auction and lots of fun!  The Community Chest helps our neighbors in need through the support of local human services organizations.

Special Education in Middle School 

April 16 from 9:30-10:30am, Peabody Forum, 1231 Old Marlboro Rd., Concord.  Do you have questions about special education in middle school? Please join us on April 16 from 9:30-10:30am for a presentation by Lynne Beattie, Principal of Concord Middle School, and her staff in the Peabody Forum. RSVP to concordsepac@gmail.com is requested for planning purposes but not required. Whether your child will be transitioning this year, in several years, or has already transitioned, this talk is sure to be informative for all!

From Diapers to Diploma — NYT Columnist Frank Bruni to speak in Acton

Come hear author and NYT op-ed columnist Frank Bruni speak at The Discovery Museums’ next Speaker Series event! Mr. Bruni will present “From Diapers to Diploma: A Healthier Way to Navigate Your Child’s Path to College” on April 13 at 6:30pm at R.J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium in Acton. The event is free but space is limited, click here to register: http://bit.ly/Bruni2015

The Umbrella/Musketaquid Explorers Club

Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm April 7, 28; May 5, 12, 19;  June 2, 9.  Age range: 8-12.  Spring is an energetic season — we will spend as much time as we can outside in local conservation areas, gaining inspiration for our projects and exploring the natural world.  Activities will include identifying bird nests and bird eggs, looking for first plants opening, sketching and journaling, and tasting wintergreen.  We’ll build installations in nature, design our own insects, and create a float for Earth Day.  All participants receive an artist/naturalist backpack with field journals, water colors, magnifying glass, compass and other exploratory tools.  https://www.familyid.com/the-umbrella-community-arts-center/musketaquid-spring-explorers-spring-2015

Concord Family Network New Baby Brunch

Have you welcomed a new addition to your family recently? Having a new baby is an exciting time but it can also be challenging during that first year to meet other families and find activities. Concord Family Network invites all Concord families with babies born since April 2014 to attend its annual New Baby Brunch. It will be held on Saturday May 2, from 10:30am to 12pm at the Concord Children’s Center West Concord location at 1300 Main Street. Come meet new friends and learn about local resources and activities for families with young children.  There will be plenty of food and ample opportunity for families to meet and get to know each other. This is a family event – older siblings are welcome.  Please contact Julie at julslynch@gmail.com for information, questions or to RSVP.

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 9, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, April 6, 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.