April 7, 2016


Thank You:

Thank you to Jen McGrath, Nikki Morrissey, and all those who came out for a fabulous community night at Vincenzo’s. Your support is very much appreciated! Someone left behind a pink girls LL Bean jacket, size 5/6 at this event. Swing by Vincenzo’s to pick it up!

Thank you to Deb Antonangeli and Kimber Lynn Drake for the effort you put into making Kindergarten Registration a success. Thank you to those who welcomed new families, collected paper work and gave tours. Your help was much appreciated.

Thank you to Rebecca Woodward, Anne Remington and the whole Thoreau-ly Green team for working with staff to organize the Earth Day assembly. Ask your children about composting worms!

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

Miss last month’s 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.


Friday, April 8 – Thoreau Composts

Saturday, April 9 – Spelling Bee (grades 3-5)

Monday, April 11 – Thoreau Composts

Tuesday, April 12  – Book Character Parade, 11:30am; and School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm Ripley; PTG meeting, 7pm Library

Wednesday, April 13 – Thoreau Composts

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

Trish & Betsy


We’re looking for a few more 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade spellers to round out this Saturday’s Annual Bee.  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of 2 to 3; fifth graders compete individually.  This is a low-pressure event that gives kids great experience being up on the stage in a supportive, fun environment.  If your son or daughter would like to join, please email April Robb at akeyesrobb@hotmail.com to get the registration form, word lists, and final details.  See you at the Bee!


Great news, everyone:  for the fourth time, Thoreau School is a winner in the Market Basket Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes!  The grand prize was 5,000 e-box tops credited to our school’s account.  That’s worth a cool $500! Our winning entries this year were from Jean Chandler and Jen McGonigle – congratulations to Jean and Jen and especially to all Thoreau students because they will be the real winners here. The $500 prize check will fund some great PTG programs to benefit the kids.  Many thanks to ALL of you who entered this sweepstakes. The more entries we sent in, the higher our chances of winning got, so this was truly a group victory.  Finally, a huge thank you to Lisa Colagiovanni for her excellent help in promoting participation this year.  – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


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 AM on Tuesday, April 12, starting in Mr. Hourihan’s room. Classes will march in this order: The Cat in the Hat and Friend; 5-Hourihan; 5-Foggo; 3-Martin (in Sarah Kaufman’s room); 5-Lemaire and 2-Jackson; K-McKenna; K-Apollos; 5-Hoyt; 4-Deshaies and 2-Thomas; 4-Burns; 4-Dillon; 3-Faricelli/O’Connor; 3-Hollander/ Davidson-Catalano; 4-Keefe; K-Gordon; 1-Ogilvie and 2-Marotta; 1-Walsh and 3-Gallagher; K-Ellis and 2-Watson; 1-Henry; 1-Stevenson (in Jenn Nye’s room).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 in 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@concordps.org See you next Tuesday! – Karen Pettyjohn


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


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Get ready to run Sunday, May 15 at the Thoreau School 10th 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, bouncy house, awards and more!

11:00 am – 5K run

12:00 pm – 1 mile run 6+

12:30 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under

The 10th Anniversary Road Race will feature new chip timing, streamlined awards ceremony and easier online pre-registration.  Sign up TODAY to raise money for Thoreau and get healthy!  Go to: https://thoreauschoolroadrace.itsyourrace.com//register

To volunteer, or more information, contact Julie Miller jhayenmiller@yahoo.com  or Mitzi Johnson 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 Julie Miller, Road Race Co-chairs


The Concord Public School and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is looking for liaisons to represent each school in our district. The role of the SEPAC liaison is to represent the SEPAC at various events, help connect parents to the resources SEPAC offers, stay abreast of school happenings, and share information about their school with the SEPAC Board. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the 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


Annual CCHS Boys Lacrosse Spring Clean Up 

On Saturday, April 9, CCHS Boys Lacrosse players will rake, haul, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle.  Only $15 per player, per hour and all proceeds go to the CCHS Boys Lacrosse program.  Work crews run from 9am – 1pm, with a minimum of 2 players.  This is our only fundraiser and it sells out quickly, so reserve your crew today!  http://bit.ly/CCHSworkday

Concord Free Public Library Programs

BookMarkers 4th/5th Grade Book Group

Time to READ… TALK…SNACK…CREATE…& have FUN!  April 5, at 1pm., Concord Free Public Library, Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street.  Celebrate Spring with The Secret Garden.  Let’s create a mini Secret Garden for the Main Library Garden Space & watch the movie.  Refreshments served!  For more information:  www.concordlibrary.org, (978) 318-3358.

Third Grade Book Eaters

April Fools! Let’s Talk about Books that Make You Laugh! April 13 at 4pm. Show & Tell: Bring a favorite funny book to share.  Activity: Make a funny video!  No Registration Required. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, (978)318-3358, www.concordlibrary.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!

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!

Concord Conservatory of Music to Offer Summer Chorus Camp

Do you love to sing? If the answer is yes, we’ve got an exciting week planned for you! The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to offer a one-week singing camp, The Summer Chorus Camp, for kids entering grades 1-8. The camp will run from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, from 9 am-12 pm, here at CCM, 1317 Main Street, West Concord. The cost is $385. You’ll join other local kids who enjoy singing. Learn about vocal technique, musicianship, and stage presence through group rehearsals, games, and musical activities. No prior experience is needed—all students entering grades 1-8 are welcome! You’ll sing a variety of musical styles, including contemporary hits, world music, and Broadway show tunes.  Learn rounds and canons, harmony, solfege, rhythm symbols, and you’ll even master some choral hand signals! Singers will be placed into three groups: grades 1-2 (Junior Chorus), grades 3-5 (Treble Chorus), and Grades 6-8 (Mixed Chorus). Visit www.ConcordConservatory.org for more information and to register. Summer songs are the best songs! Financial assistance is available.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 14, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, April 11, 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.