December 10, 2015


With Gratitude

Thank you to our 2nd and 3rd grade parents for organizing a festive and delicious staff breakfast and cookie table this past Tuesday!


Friday, December 11 – PTG meeting, 9am, Thoreau Cafeteria ALL ARE WELCOME!

Wednesday, December 16 – Final day of Concord and Carlisle Holiday Gift Drive for Youths (see below for details)

Friday, December 18 – Final day of Open Table drive (see below for details)


Congratulations to our librarian Karen Pettyjohn who is bringing the pinwheel project to benefit Syrian refugees to Thoreau School. Check out the recent article at:

Holiday Reminder

Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile and select Thoreau School PTG when shopping online this holiday season!   (See below for details.)  Thanks for your support!

Trish and Betsy


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by providing items for gift bags that our fifth graders will be packing for the children of guests at Open Table over the holidays. We will try to fill 150 bags so start collecting your grade level items now! Collection starts Monday, November 30 and runs until Friday, December 18There will be a collection box in the front hall for the items, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at, and thank you. Let’s show how Thoreau CARES!

  • Kindergarten – Juice Boxes
  • First Grade – Single Serving Cereal Box and Granola Bars
  • Second Grade – Macaroni & Cheese and cans of Tomato soup and Spaghettios
  • Third Grade – Single Servings of Apple Sauce, Pudding, Fruit Cups
  • Fourth Grade – Small Bags of Cookies, Chips, Popcorn, Crackers, Pretzels
  • Fifth Grade – Pencils, small journals, stickers


Having a tough time figuring out what to give your children or their teachers this holiday season? This is the perfect time of year to donate a book to the Thoreau Library! Steps to take: 1) Select a book from the Gift Book Box in the library and write a check for the cover price to the PTG. 2) Fill in a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. The honoree will be the first person allowed to check out the book. 3) Want to buy a book that isn’t in the box? Check with the librarians to ensure the library doesn’t own the book already. Thanks to those who have donated through the program so far this year. The Siefer Family recently contributed several books. Eli gave Imagination According to Humphrey in honor of Mrs. Gallagher, Declan chose Secret of the Forbidden City in honor of Mr. Lemaire, and Ainsley picked out Happy Birthday, Tacky! in honor of Mrs. Pettyjohn. The Antonangeli Family also donated two books earlier in the year in honor of Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Ogilvie: The Day the Crayons Left Home and What Pet Should I Get?

The Gift Book Program is a wonderful and easy way to provide a special gift to the school during this season of giving. It also enables your child to stay connected to the school for years to come. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact Liz Wei at:


Thoreau clothing items and cookbooks are on sale. We have them on display across the school’s auditorium. Flannel pants and sweatshirts are $20. Adult sizes are available. Contact Jen McGrath at For cookbooks, go to Click “support Thoreau”. Each book is $5. Thank you for supporting the PTG!


Date:  January 14, 7-9pm. Location:  Concord Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, Concord, Learning Commons. Do you have a child/teen on an IEP?  This free workshop is designed to help you learn how to be an effective partner with your child’s school – and how to plan, make decisions and monitor your child’s progress in school. Learn your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts Education Law. This workshop is highly recommended for those who have never attended an IEP Basic Rights workshop before. For planning purposes an RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Please RSVP and send questions to Hosted by the Concord and CCHS SEPAC:


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert!  This year’s family concert is Saturday, March 5 at 12pm.  Adults are $20 and kids are FREE.  This year’s theme is “Growing up Whole: Hearing the Orchestra Grow,” featuring music of Beethoven, Brahms, and of course John Williams!  Pre-concert activities include the Instrument Playground, instrument demonstrations and much more and are available for all ticket holders from 10:30 – 11:30 am.  The sign up form and everything you need to know can be found at this link:  If you miss the deadline (I must receive you check by Monday, January 11 – no exceptions) you may still be able to attend, but you will not be able to sit with the group.  Any family needing financial assistance to participate should contact Rachel Levesque at or 978-318-1300.  E-mail Jen Montbach at with any questions.


This holiday season when shopping at try AmazonSmile instead. When you designate THOREAU SCHOOL PTG as your charity on AmazonSmile, we receive a donation for every purchase you make!

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, and other account settings are also the same.

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December School Menus:

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Math Resources for parents:


Morning with Santa at the Concord Museum

Don’t miss Santa’s stop at the Concord Museum on Saturday, December 12, 10am-12:30pm. Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, as well as a number of engaging seasonal crafts and activities including face painting, treasure hunts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and more. Organized by the Guild of Volunteers, this event has a long tradition with Concord Museum families. Some who attended as children are now bringing their children to Morning with Santa!  Reservations required. Purchase tickets online or call (978) 369-9763, ext. 216.

December programs for Grades K-5 at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Free Public Library

LEGO Challenge: Thursday, December 10 at 4pm.  Each month we will challenge you with a different theme. You can build on that theme or make your own creation. For Grades K-5.

Christmas Storytime: Monday, December 14 at 10am. Christmas stories, songs, and rhymes geared towards children ages 2-6 followed by a craft. Younger and older siblings are always welcomed.

Gingerbread House Decorating: Saturday, December 19 at 2pm. Decorate your own gingerbread house! For ages 5 and up. Children 10 and under should be accompanied by a caregiver. Registration required.

Big Joe’s Snow Show: Wednesday, December 30 at 10am. Big Joe the Storyteller tells winter tales from around the world that will delight, amaze, and thrill. For ages 2 and up.

Concord and Carlisle Holiday Gift Drive December 1-16

CC Youth Services and CC Community Chest are teaming up again this year to collect donations of new, unwrapped gifts and toys for youth ages 0-15. There is a drop box in the main hallway at Thoreau School and at all Concord and Carlisle schools, Cambridge Trust Bank, Cambridge Savings, Middlesex Savings, Concord Recreation and Beede Center, Concord Council on Aging, Concord Town House, Fritz & Gigi, CVS, Sarah Campbell, Concord Toy Shop and The Mane Escape. The donated gifts will be distributed to Concord Carlisle youth and families who receive services from First Connections and the Concord Carlisle Community Services department. Items in high demand include bath and body products, building sets, Boston sports team-themed merchandise, board games, arts and crafts kits, school supplies, science kits, electronics, action figures, and puzzles. Prefer to shop online? Visit your local retailer’s online store to have gifts shipped to CCCC, Attn: Holiday Gift Drive, 19 Main Street, #2, Concord MA 01742. Know a family in need. Contact Aileen Buford, MSW, at 978.318.3034

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Dec. 17, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 – this will be the last Thoreau Announcements before Holiday Break. 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