April 26, 2012


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–Kelly Clough

Art Retrospective Reminder

All artwork for the retrospective is due soon!  It is important that your child brings in his/her artwork by April 30 since work on the show will begin in art class in May.  Each student should bring in up to 6 pieces of artwork.  We will be limited to a 24”x 36” paper so some editing may occur during class time.  Work from other schools is acceptable and welcome, as well as work completed out of school.  If your selection of artwork is limited, work demonstrating only this year’s artistic growth is also an acceptable option.   All fifth grade work has been kept in the artroom.  When selecting work, look for art that displays personal style at different ages: choice of color preferences, expressive line indicating comfort of media, or similarities in subject matter over the years. 

Volunteers Needed: I am in need of volunteers to help with this exhibit.  If you would be interested in helping out with in-class matting sessions, hanging the show on May 29 or taking down the show on June 12, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.  The best way to reach me is through my e-mail here at school. (khiltz@colonial.net) Times for in class volunteers are as follows (in order to volunteer you must have had a CORI check):

  • Ms. Hoyt’s Class               Friday    May 11, 18         10:10-11:10
  • Mr. Lemaire’s Class         Friday    May 11, 18         11:10-12:10      
  • Mr. Hourihan’s Class      Monday      May 7, 14      10:10-11:10       
  • Mr. Erickson’s Class        Monday     May 7, 14       11:10-12:10    

Thanks! -Kate Hiltz, Art teacher  


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.


Thanks to everyone who came to the Thoreau Family Festival and Cake Walk, entered the Cake Decorating Contest, or contributed the over 200 prize cakes! And hats off to our judges Diana Rigby, Kelly Clough, Melanie Bettencourt and Shelagh Moskow who had the most difficult task of all at the Cake Walk – judging the amazing array of over 100 decorating contest cakes. Congratulations to the following winners:

Best Animal Theme:

  • Winners (TIE):  Michaela Moskow “Octopus” and Adrianna Marciante “Mouse and Cheese”
  • Honorable Mentions:  Talia Hislop “Sheep” and Natalie Tedeschi “Mouse Mania”

Best Book Theme:

  • Winners (TIE):  Kate Johnson “Three Little Pigs” and Emma Kermino “Green Eggs and Ham”
  • Honorable Mentions:  Angelina Serafini “Hugo” and Audrey Carter “Little House in the Big Woods”

Best Thoreau Spirit:

  • Winner:  Carson Enes and Andrew Wright
  • Honorable Mentions:  Julianne Serafini and Matthew Conti

Best Sports/Games:

  • Winner:  Chase Bjork and Sean Cannistraro “Fenway Park”
  • Honorable Mentions:  Sydney Mullaney “Curling” and Jackson Stone “Soccer Ball”

Most Colorful:

  • Winner:  Sydney Brown “Christmas Ornaments”
  • Honorable Mentions:  Kendall Mullaney “Caterpillar” and Audrey Feigh “Rainbow”

Most Creative:

  • Winners (TIE):  Livy Poulin “Violin” and Jack Moskow “Robot”
  • Honorable Mention:  Jake Johnson “Treasure Chest”

Best Nature Theme:

  • Winner:  Otis Hutcheson “Beaver Dam”
  • Honorable Mentions:  William Martin Gleason “Log” and Dylan Kattwinkel and Storey Kattwinkel “Walden Pond”

Best Food Theme:

  • Winners (TIE):  Clara Hoey “Sushi” and Mary Kate Murphy “Popcorn”
  • Honorable Mention:  Gabrielle Mirak

 Guessing Games:

  • Bazooka Gum:  Abby Gordy
  • Tops:  Mark Yang
  • Skittles:  Ruth Swain
  • Erasers:  Elizabeth Umina

Photographs of the winning cakes will be on the PTG Notice Board near the auditorium soon.

The event would not be possible without so many of you volunteering to help.  Thanks to the following parents for making the event a success again: Darren Brown, Laura Avakian, Alixe Callen, Carrie Levin, Joyce DeGreeff, Faye Cogen, Ann Jennings, Tamara Lerner, Carolyn McCarthy, Pam Bishop, Hong Liang, Nancy Shulman, Joanna Swain, Daisy Li, Christy Harrington, Carolyn Wilkins, Kristin Root, Carlene Hempel, Tia Parker, Amy Zall, Amy and Paul Weber, Sarah Neville, Allison Oshinsky, Rosie Garcia, Brigitte Arif, Julie Sinclair, April Prewitt, Leslie Feigh and Amy Hoey. To all of you and those whose names do not appear on the list, but who helped out – THANK YOU! Special thanks to the following people – Karla Keefe and Tom Hourihan for their loyalty and enthusiasm toward this event.  Karen Pettyjohn for your help in the library, again!  Roseanne Swain for your patience and expertise at the ticket table.

Melanie Bettencourt, Karen Brown, Erin Duggan, Maria Scichlione, Christy Harrington, Gretchen Holloworth, Leslie Lilly and our absolutely fabulous newcomers:  Amy Tenenbaum and Fran Beecy!  Without your help, it simply could not happen.

We are looking for an enthusiastic parent(s) to run this event next year.  If you are interested, please contact Melanie Bettencourt or Shelagh Moskow.


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


CCYBS’s “A Day at the Park” at CCHS

Come join Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball on Friday, May 4 for a day of fun for the whole family and cheer on CCHS Baseball and Softball games with the first of what we hope to be an annual event. Watch both CCHS Baseball and Softball Teams play then stay for a BBQ for spectators, CCHS players, and coaches! At Concord Carlisle High School. CCHS games start at 3:45 pm. Hosted by CCHS Softball & Baseball, and BBQ for CCYBS players immediately following the games compliments of Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball.

CCHS Boys’ Lacrosse Team Spring Workdays

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, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.  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 cchslax2012@yahoo.com or call 978-314-8456.

GirlPower: A Positive Growth Experience for Girls 10 to 14

Be inspired. Try something new. Discover your unique strengths, and empower yourself in a nurturing and non-competitive setting and have the freedom to try new things while feeling safe, nurtured and supported. Three one-week sessions meet at CCHS, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM daily:

  • July 9-13
  • July 16-20
  • July 23-27

Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Schools, Adult and Community Education. Fee is $525 and includes lunch sponsored by Whole Foods, snacks, professional instruction and materials. 

To register, contact Concord Adult and Community Education at 978-318-1432 or visit www.ace.colonial .net (keyword Girlpower); for questions, email susanne@dancingwellness.com.

Basketball Clinic for Girls

Joe Bodenrader, the Girls Varsity Basketball coach at CCHS, will be running a basketball clinic for girls entering grades 3 – 9 this summer.  The clinic will take place at CCHS from August 6-10 and will run from 9 AM to 3 PM each day.  Sign up through the Concord Recreation Department.

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 May 3, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, April 30, 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.