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Thoreau Announcements 10/6/2016

In This Week’s Announcements:

Thoreau News: Book Fair, International Families Coffee, Odyssey of the Mind, Yankee Candle Fundraiser, Thoreau School Garden, Thoreau School Adult Social

Around Town: Concord SEPAC Coffee, Concord School Committee Middle School Discussion, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, Sleep Panel at CCHS, CCYH Oktoberfest, CFN Halloween Party, Water Panel Discussion, IMSCC, Montessori Meet-ups

Thoreau News

Message From the Co-presidents:

Thank you to Nikki Morrissey, Angela Quinn and all the volunteers who helped make the Halloween Costume event a success. Along with Costumes for sale, there were fun activities the kids enjoyed. Thank you to Marshall Farms and Fritz & Gigi for their contributions to the event. The remaining Costumes were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley.
Thank you!

We hope you received the email about the School Committee coffee that took place this morning. If you were unable to attend, no worries, as more coffees are coming in the future.

The following are dates of future coffees:
Monday, 11/7 7:00-8:30pm – location TBD
Thursday, 12/8 9:30-11:00am – Ripley, Conf. Room 4
Wednesday, 1/11 7:00-8:30pm – location TBD
Thursday, 3/23 7:00-8:30pm  – location TBD
Wednesday, 5/10 9:30-11:00am – Ripley, Conf. Room 4

Save the Date:
Friday, 10/14: Book Fair Family Night
Saturday, 10/15: Thoreau Garden Work Day
Tuesday, 10/18: PTG meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm
Wednesday, 10/19: Book Fair Classroom Visits; Staff Breakfast hosted by Staff Appreciation and 4&5th grades
Thursday, 10/20: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Friday, 10/21: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Wednesday, 10/26: Principal Coffee, Thoreau Conference Room, 9:30 am* New Date
 Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Adult Social

Thank You!
A sincere thanks to everyone who donated the amazing costumes!  It always brings me great joy to see the little kids trying on costumes and dress-up clothes.  Thanks to the 4th graders who face painted and the parents who donated their time to help with set up, sales & food.  We could not have pulled off this fun event without you, thank you again!

Thanks to Fritz & Gigi for donating the hanging racks and Marshall farms for the discounted pumpkins.

I will post pictures of the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley using the donated costumes.  Their preschool program and children will make great use of the dress-up gear.   Nice job Thoreau Community for being green and giving back!  Profits for this event go directly to the Thoreau PTG.
–Nikki Morrissey


Please volunteer – a signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be accessed on the PTG website here:

We need 18 more volunteers for Family Night and 20 more people to donate food (cookies, salad or apples).

Online shopping
If you can’t make it to the Book Fair, you can still support our school by shopping online. The online store will be open from Oct 11 through Oct 31. You can create wish lists and send eCards to invite friends and family to shop. Every purchase benefits our school and will help us achieve our Book Fair goal. All online orders ship FREE to the school! Don’t forget to look for your teachers’ online wish lists and add a book or two to your order for their classroom libraries. Click on the Classroom Wish List tab to see which teachers are participating. Access the online store located here: Thoreau Online Book Fair.

Donate used books
Used book collection will begin Tuesday, October 11 and continue through Friday, October 14. Collect your child’s good quality books now! (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.

Please contact Susan Gillick at or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.

Thoreau School Garden (“Grounds for Learning”)

We continue to host periodic “Garden Work Days,” in which the school community is invited to help maintain or enhance the Garden. Pull weeds, clear paths, or help install new features. We would like to again thank those who participated in the September Garden Day – so much was accomplished, and it looks great! Please join us for upcoming work days (all ages welcome):
Saturday, 10/15/16 10:00am-12:00pm – Help install stepping stumps; general work
Saturday, 11/19/16 (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

Hello, Âlo, Oi, Hola, Merhaba, Hallo, Përshëndetje

Are you an international family at Thoreau? Come join us for the first International Thoreau Family coffee! This is the perfect opportunity to meet other fellow international families and share each others experiences. Please join us on October 18th at 10 am at Alketa Hawe’s home: 328 Oak Hill Circle. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring a treat to share, baked goods from different countries are most welcome! Please RSVP to We would like to know, for future events, what time works best for everyone. If you are not able to attend during the day but are interested on an evening gathering, please send an email to

Odyssey of the Mind

Does your child enjoy thinking outside the box? Odyssey of the Mind gives creative thinkers an opportunity to work as a team to solve long-term problems. These problems can include mechanical, classic, performance, structure or technical challenges (such as creating chain reactions to trigger a mousetrap). If your child is interested in participating in such a program, contact Tiffany Pomeroy as soon as possible ( In addition please fill out this survey:  The team will need one or two adult coaches. Please let her know if you would be willing to take on this role.You can learn more about the program here. Be sure to watch the video!
Odyssey of the Mind — Home Page

Yankee Candle

Dear Parents,
Please remember, Yankee Candle order forms are due back to school by Friday, Oct. 7!!
2 ways to shop:
Browse the catalog your child brought home and use the included order form or go on-line with the following link:
group number 990070371
Don’t forget to send this to grandparents/loved ones 🙂
Thoreau gets to keep 40% of all money collected!!
Any questions, please contact Jenifer Perry at or 631-786-7861

Thoreau School Adult Social

Booked your sitter yet?
The Thoreau School Adult Social is just around the corner: Saturday, November 19th, @ 7:30 p.m.  Keep your eyes open for the link to the invite, with all the details.  You don’t want to be stuck home while your (adult!) friends are having a fun evening at the Concord Art Association.

Around Town

Concord SEPAC Parent Coffee & Meet the Special Education Director (Free)

Thursday, October 13th, 9:30-11:00am, Ripley Administration Conference Room, Concord. Join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year! Our special guest will be Concord and Concord-Carlisle Special Education Director Jessica Murphy, who will give us an overview of special education in our districts. Please forward your questions in advance to so Jessica can address them in her presentation. Afterwards, please stay for refreshments to meet the SEPAC Board and other parents/guardians. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required: ncord-sepac-parent-coffee- tickets-27609032359. If you’re willing to bring a snack or refreshment, please contact our Event Organizer, Shaina, at

Interested in the future of the Concord Middle School?   

The Concord School Committee is pleased to invite members of the community to serve on the Concord Middle School Feasibility Committee.

The Committee will provide recommendations to the School Committee regarding the findings of the Feasibility Study that will commence this Fall.  Members of the Committee will develop recommendations on capital repairs, renovations and rejuvenation of the existing buildings, as well as considerations for new building options.

The Feasibility Committee will clearly communicate their process and findings, will engage community stakeholders, and will present their conclusions to the Concord School Committee.

The Concord School Committee is looking to appoint 2-3 community members to the Feasibility Committee, ideally with expertise spanning the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Construction project management
  • Sustainability planning
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts School Building Authority regulations and expectations

Interested community members should contact the Concord School Committee at by October 18.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host its 6th annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on Friday, October 14, 2016 featuring an inspiring panel discussion on how local philanthropy and volunteerism is having an impact on global issues – and vice-versa.
The luncheon will be held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person, please visit the Community Chest website at to purchase tickets or call the office at (978) 369-5250.

High Schoolers and Snooze Buttons: The New Public Health Crisis

Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, Wed., October 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Please join the CCHS PA for an important evening that will take an in-depth look at what is being called an epidemic and national crisis for American high schoolers: insufficient sleep. An esteemed panel of speakers led by Dr. Judith Owens from Boston Children’s Sleep Center will review current research on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss, and health-related consequences, such as depression, risky behaviors, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The panel will also discuss the potential role of policy changes such as reduced homework and later school start times as a means of reducing the adolescent sleep crisis. Event is FREE but Registration is Required.

CCYH Oktoberfest 2016

Support CCYH and join the fun in our first ever exciting reverse draw raffle for a chance to win $10,000! Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm, Concord Country Club Traditional Oktoberfest Fare and Fun, Dress code is dressy casual, no jeans please.
$60 per person — Visit to get your tickets today!
Raffle tickets sold separately. See website for details.

 Concord Family Network Halloween Costume Party

Come join us at the CFN Annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 23rd, from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden St). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, raffle, costume parade and treats. We will be donating half of the raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members.

Water in Plain Sight:

Join author Judith Schwartz at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center on Friday, Oct 14 at 7 pm.  Judith will discuss her book which tells the story of what people around the world are doing to mitigate climate problems including drought, water shortages, deluge floods, and intense storms. For more info or to reserve space contact:  Sponsored by Bio4Climate, OARS, ConcordCAN, Concord NRC, SVT.

After-school Music Lessons With IMSCC

The fall session is underway, and new students are welcome to enroll at any time during the 16-week fall semester. Tuition is pro-rated for students joining mid-session. Instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, guitar, piano and voice.

Learn more about IMSCC’s outstanding faculty at Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-341-2490 ext. 7124. IMSCC is a student-funded program established in 1980 by the Concord-Carlisle schools and is part of the Community Education department

Montessori Parent/Child Program

Who: 0~24 month olds and their parents/caregivers
When: Oct.  4, 11, 18, 25   9:15am – 10am
Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr, West Concord
Free.   Open to the public.
Discover the amazing world of child development.  Come with your child to our weekly program, where our experienced teachers will share their knowledge on different aspects of learning in a young child’s life.  Discover why research continues to support the importance of interactive conversation with your child from birth, how to expand a child’s horizons by romancing oral language, fun at home strategies for teaching self-regulation, using beauty to help create a mathematical mind, and more.

Fall Monthly Meetups
Who: children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers.  Siblings welcome.
When: First Saturday of each month 9:30am – 11:00am

  • Oct.1st
  • Nov.5th
  • Dec.3rd

Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr, West Concord
Free.  Open to the public.

Join us on Saturday morning at our shaded playground (with tricycles, a play kitchen, a sandbox and more).  It is perfect for young explorers! It is a great opportunity to connect with other parents while your young child plays in a fun and safe environment.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Ample parking and a clean, child-friendly restroom are available.