December 11, 2014


Open Table Pantry Drive is happening now!  Please bring canned goods to the collection bin in main hallway by December 17.

Let your voice be heard!  The District has asked the Thoreau parents to fill out a survey regarding the Thoreau Principal Search before January 5:

Your anonymous comments will reach the Human Resources Director, Kelly McCausland, for consideration in the search.

Attention 5th Grade Singers!  The CPS Music Department is creating an All Town Elementary chorus!  (This opportunity is for 5th graders only.)  For more information, visit:

Save the Date for a Community Event re: Youth and Stress:   Discussion led by Concord youth service leaders about youth and stress and how we can create a healthier environment for everyone.  Saturday, January 24, 10am-12pm, Emerson Hospital Health and Wellness Center.

Carla and Trish


You can now visit to view photographs of your children’s favorite Thoreau School events! Simply hover your cursor on the About Us section and click Photo Galleries. There you will find photographs taken by our team of photographers. Currently posted are photographs from the Ice Cream Social, Adult Social, and Turkey Trot. Make sure to check it out!


The Thoreau PTG fundraising team needs help in how they market their events to the community.  The PTG is looking for a person or persons whose role would involve serving on both fundraising and communications teams, specifically responsible for fundraising publicity (flyers, email blasts, TA, and Facebook wording). The end goal is to help ensure that all the Fundraising team’s work creating events/fundraisers translates into higher attendance and/or sales results, which all comes back to Thoreau. If you are interested in this position please email Betsy Martel,, as soon as possible.

PTG PROGRAMMING: Discovery Museums’ Traveling Science Workshop

On Tuesday, December 9, the Discovery Museums’ Traveling Science Workshop visited all second grade classrooms for a hands-on workshop on sound. The program was designed to support and expand upon classroom learning, reinforce the scientific method, and encourage a life-long passion for science inquiry!

Ask your second grader — What is sound? How is it made? Then, experiment at home with vibrating tuning forks, water, toys and familiar household materials!  Check out photos from this program by visiting the photo galleries section on our website or:

This program was brought to you by the PTG thanks to generous contributions from the Thoreau school community!


Looking for the perfect holiday gift for all the foodies on your list?   Give the Thoreau Friendship Cookbook!  Nothing goes better with Bruins, Patriots or Celtics like sweet and spicy chicken wings, or a chilly winter day than Lentil chard soup.  And, when you need that one-pot wonder, Mexican crockpot chicken hits the spot. Teacher favorites are also included.  Think stollen, think Swiss and bacon dip, think delish!  Purchase your cookbook for the holiday season online in 3 easy steps:

  2. click on “Support Thoreau”
  3. click on “Thoreau School Cookbook”

You can also purchase your cookbook from Maria in the front office.  Cash only please.  $15 each.  E-book is included with every purchase. Give the gift that is a love pat for your tummy and a love pat for Thoreau School.  Order Today!


Winter clothes needed! If you have gently used winter coats, boots, hats and mittens, please consider donating them to Thoreau families in need. Clothes may be dropped off at Rachel Levesque’s office or you can arrange a pick-up of your items by contacting Tiffany Pomeroy at


Thoreau librarians Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins are revitalizing the Gift Book Program. Through this program, families can purchase books in honor of a student or teacher and donate them to the school library.

What you need to know:  1) Parents can select a book from the Gift Book Box in the library and write a check for the cover price to the PTG. 2) The book will have a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. The book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the honoree will be the first person allowed to check out the book. 3) The library aide will keep an updated spreadsheet of books available for donation. 4) If parents would like to donate a special book NOT from the box, they should check with the librarians to ensure the library doesn’t own the book already.

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 the PTG Gift Book Coordinator at


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a can of something yummy in a paper bag with your child through Wednesday, December 17.  ANY kind of tinned goods is welcome!! And in any size – cans of soup, stews, chili, beans, salmon and tuna.  There is a collection box in the front hall for the tins, 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.


Monday, December 15                    Golden Crispy Chicken Bites

Tuesday, December 16                   Spaghetti with Meat or Marinara Sauce

Wednesday, December 17             Warm Ham and Cheese Croissant

Thursday, December 18                 Whole Grain Nacho Chips with Lean Beef

Friday, December 19                       Cheese Pizza Slice


Morning with Santa, The Concord Museum, Saturday, December 13

Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, create a number of wonderful seasonal crafts, and feast on freshly made breakfast treats.  December 13, 10am – 12:30pm (the line for Santa can sometimes get busy from 11am-12pm); $25/Child, $10/Non-Member adult, Member adults free.  Space is limited!  Reserve online or by calling (978) 369-9763, ext. 216.

Musketaquid 2014 Solstice Celebration

Bundle up and head out to the Musketaquid 2014 Solstice Celebration.  December 21 at 6pm at The Old Manse in Concord.  There will be fire, drums, light refreshment, and a Sing-a-Long with Voices for the Earth!  In the event of rain, celebration moves to The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord MA 01742.  For more information, please email Nancy Lippe at

Middlesex School presents Snow White and the Seven Robbers: A comedy for children of all ages!  Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2pm

Tickets are $5 and all proceeds support the Linawo Children’s Home.  Running time:  50 minutes.  When King Benedict decides to take a new wife, life for his beautiful daughter, the Princess Snow White, takes a turn for the worse. The evil Queen Dragomira is consumed by jealousy and acquires a magic mirror which, she hopes, will confirm her as the “fairest in the land.” Unfortunately the mirror can only tell the truth and Snow White’s fate is sealed. The young princess is cast out into the forest.  Can the interventions of a group of inept robbers (they used to be dwarves, but then they grew) and an even less ept prince save the day? Well, this is a fairy tale, so the answer is, at the very least,…probably!

All proceeds support Linawo Children’s Home, which cares for abandoned or neglected children in the Cape Town area of South Africa. It was started in 2002 by a woman who was asked to care for the child of a dying friend. Due to the high rate of HIV/AIDS and the continuing consequences of apartheid, there are many orphaned and neglected children in South Africa. Linawo Children’s Home now has fifteen children in its care. Over thirty Middlesex students have volunteered at the home between 2009 and 2014.  While the caregivers at Linawo are very committed to bringing these children up in a loving and nurturing way, they have extremely limited resources. The funds raised from this play will go toward clothing, food, school supplies and other basic needs of the children.

Concord Museum — Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

From November 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015, the Concord Museum exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of visitors of all ages from all over New England.  Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.

During this benefit event, admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 12-5pm; the Museum will close at 1pm on December 24 and will be closed all day on December 25.

Concord Public Library

Third Grade BookEaters: Let’s talk about …Books For Giving.  Show & Tell: What book would you like for a gift? What book would you give for a gift?  Activity: Concord Library Treasure Hunt!  Food: Cookie Decorating.  December 17, 4-5pm, Main Library.

Fourth and Fifth Grade BookMarkers: A Book Discussion and Activity Club. Book: Slake’s Limbo by Felice Holman.  Copies of the Book are Available at the Library.  Activity: Make a Fleece Scarf to Donate.  December 9, 7pm, Main Library.

Save Your Early Release Tuesdays for Music Classes at Concord Conservatory

Learning an instrument in a small group is a lot of fun, and a social setting can be the perfect way for many children this age to learn to love music.  We understand the competing demands on your child’s time from sports and other activities. That’s why we’ve scheduled new class sections on Early Release Tuesdays, as well as a new class on Mondays.  We’re offering beginner level classes for Group Guitar for kids grades, 3 – 5th grade; and Group Flute for kids grades 1-3rd, both meet at 1:45 – 2:30pm.  Also on Tuesdays is the Concord Youth Chorus Project, Treble group for student’s grades 3-5th meets at 4:00 PM, call to schedule a no pressure placement audition.  Early Release Tuesday classes begin January 13 and run through May 11.

Need a Monday class?  How ‘bout that Bass, double bass that is.  CCM is offering a Group Bass class for kids grades 3-5th, the class fee includes the rental of the bass and meets on Mondays from 4-5pm. There is a lot going on at CCM, and it is never too late to start private instrument and voice lessons.

To learn more about these classes, or private lessons, please visit, email or call 978-369-0010 to schedule a visit.  CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in West Concord.  Financial assistance is available.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 18, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9pm on Monday, December 15, 2014. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to