April 9, 2015


From the Co-Presidents:

Busy times ahead before Spring Break!!

  • PTG Meeting – TONIGHT ***7pm in the Cafeteria – everyone is welcome!  *Budget and Events are topics*
  • TOWN Meeting – starts Sunday, with SCHOOL ARTICLES on Monday and Tuesday nights.  We have sent you the link to the Concord Public Schools Budget Book: http://concordpublicschools.net/sites/default/files/budget/FY2016%20Budget%20Book.pdf.    The school budget request for FY 2016 is $700,000 more than the Finance Committee’s (FINCOM) guideline.  If you want to be a part of this decision, look through the Budget Book and the FINCOM Supplemental Data Request and COME TO TOWN MEETING! http://concordpublicschools.net/sites/default/files/pdfs/FINCOM%20Supplemental%20Data%20Request_111014.pdf
  • There is one more School Committee Budget Coffee:  April 10, 1-2:30pm, Concord Library/Fowler Branch – ask questions or email the Concord School Committee at: concordschoolcommittee@colonial.net
  • Finally, don’t miss the CAKE WALK this Saturday!  Volunteers are always needed, read below.

Carla and Trish


Volunteers are still needed, please click on this link to sign up www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B044AA9A92AA57-cake/25761971

What is the Cake Walk?   It’s a Thoreau tradition!  Similar to a game of musical chairs, numbered pads are arranged in a circle on the gym floor, and as music plays, participants parade around the circle. When the music stops, our MCs pull numbers out of a hat.  If you are standing on a pad with a number that is called, you win one of the fabulous prize cakes!

Where do the prize cakes come from?  YOU!  We need lots and lots of prize cakes (300-400)!  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.

There is also a Cake Decorating Contest! Cakes to be entered into the Cake Decorating Contest can now be dropped off on Friday 4/10 3:15-7:00 as well as Saturday 4/11 1:00-2:15pm 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.

What else happens at the Family Festival?  There are carnival games like High Striker, Crazy Cans, Bean Bag Toss, face painting, balloon animals, plus food and drinks. Fun for everyone!

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


Look for us at the CAKE WALK on Saturday!!  We will have a table set up with THOREAU GEAR for sale, and we will be happy to accept your tax-deductible annual fund contributions!

~Nikki Morrissey and Jen McGrath


Reminder: We are still collecting items to send to Operation Gratitude. Please bring in your donations by tomorrow, Friday, April 10, to Mrs. Hollander’s classroom upstairs in B303.

VIRTUAL LOST AND FOUND IS ONLINE – Claim Your Items by April 17

There is only one week 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.  AAll unclaimed items will be donated to charity on the last school day before April vacation week (Friday, April 17).  Everything is currently on display at the end of the hall near 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!


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 13                  Beef Hot Dog on Bun

Tuesday, April 14                 Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Wednesday, April 15           Homemade Mac & Cheese

Thursday, April 16               Popcorn Chicken

Friday, April 17                     Homemade Cheese Pizza


Kite Making Workshop

Kites are beautiful, and it’s flying season. With the right materials they’re easy to make and fly like a dream. In this workshop students can make and take home 2-3 kites that fly well. They are guaranteed to fly, and they’re a ton of fun for adults and children 8 and up.  Workshop Teacher Glenn Davison is a kite designer, builder and flier. Past president of the “Kites Over New England” club and a director of the American Kite fliers Association, he is the author of the books, How to Fly a Kite and Kites in the Classroom. He travels internationally to attend kite festivals and deliver workshops.  Friday, April 10, 6:30-9 pm.  CCHS Art Room, $25 includes materials.  Call (978) 318-1432 or www.ace.colonial.net  (course 3695)

Free Faculty Jazz Concert at the Concord Conservatory of Music

On Friday, April 10, at 7pm, the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) continues its month-long celebration of jazz with a free faculty concert held at CCM, 1317 Main Street, Concord. The concert dovetails with Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM!), a national commemoration of this truly original American genre.  The CCM faculty quartet appearing on April 10th affirms Jazz’s global reach. Carlos Averhoff, Jr., tenor saxophonist, is from Cuba; bass player Ehud Ettun hails from Israel; Peruvian percussionist Jorge Perez-Albela adds to the group; and USA native Brian Friedland rounds out the quartet on piano.

The Concord Conservatory of Music Free Faculty Concert Series brings world-class performers to the local community. This is made possible in part by generous donors and also through a grant by the Concord Cultural Council, and by support from Newbury Court. For more information on this performance and the individual faculty members, visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, call 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org. Concerts take place at CCM, located at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA.  The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM offers music education and community programs for musicians of all ages and abilities.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Spring Fling – Tomorrow, April 10

Please come out and support the Community Chest at the Spring Fling Gala tomorrow, Friday, April 10 at 7pm at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, MA.  Tickets are on sale 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 16, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, April 13, 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.