December 12, 2013


Don’t forget- tomorrow is the last day to order your Thoreau Cookbook!  Thank you to Prow Sarns for all of her hard work on this project!


Happy Holidays Thoreau Families and Friends!

December is a month of celebrations.  I hope that your child came home last Friday talking about the celebration we had with Tribal Rhythms.  Oh what fun the Thoreau Tribe had dancing, playing instruments and listening to stories. To hear a great story, please ask your child “What did Curtis see over the mountain?”  Our thanks to the PTG for funding this wonderful event.

We have received final information from the DESE regarding the administration of PARCC field tests.  As I shared with you earlier, Thoreau was selected to participate in the field testing.  The testing will involve two classes at grade three and two classes at grade five which will be randomly selected at a later point in the year.  Grade three will participate in what has been termed PBA math (performance-based assessment) and grade five will participate in EOY math (end of year).  The DESE has determined that students participating in Math PBA will not need to participate in Math MCAS. Therefore, the two classes selected to do the PARCC math will not do MCAS math.  However, the DESE has not extended the testing exemption to the EOY test so two of our fifth grade classrooms will participate in BOTH the MCAS and PARCC math assessments.  For more information about PARCC, please go to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at Testing Windows for PARCC:

  •      March 24 – April 11 – PBA Math Grade 3
  •      May 12 – June 6 – EOY Math Grade 5

It’s hard to believe that there are only six days of school until winter break.  Within those days we will be experiencing the winter solstice and Charles Dickens. The celebrations continue! Best wishes for a warm and wonderful vacation! –Nancy Peterson

BSO Family Concert

We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert!  This year’s family concert is Saturday, March 1 at 10:15 am.  Adults are $20 and kids are FREE.  This year’s theme is “There’s Nothing Better than a Good Story: A Musical Look at the Components of Storytelling” featuring music of Tchakovsky, Stravinsky, Copland, and of course John Williams!  Pre-concert activities including the Instrument Playground, instrument demonstrations, and much more are available for all ticket holders from 9-10am.

If you would like to attend, please send a check payable to Jennifer Montbach for $20 per adult and specify the total number of seats you need (i.e. 2 adults + 1 kid, $40 enclosed).  Mail to 45 Pine St.  Concord 01742.  I plan to order tickets on Friday January 10 and will remind you again in the first Thoreau announcements in January.  If you miss the deadline you may still be able attend, but won’t be able to sit with the group.  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Email me at with any questions.


We are so grateful to the following families who have recently donated to this year’s annual appeal: Francini; McCoy; Root and Land. If you haven’t already done so, please consider giving to the Annual Appeal. The Thoreau PTG is spending approximately $100 per student this year on programming, school supplies, scholarships and more. We need your help to continue to offer our children the wide variety of enriching activities and events that help make Thoreau the outstanding school and community it is. Send a check to the school in the envelope supplied in your Annual Appeal letter or donate online at Thank you so much for your support and Happy Holidays! -Rose Waxler and Tracy White


  • Monday, December 16                    Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, December 17                    No Lunch – Early Release Day
  • Wednesday, December 18              Whole Grain Pasta w/ or w/o Meat Sauce
  • Thursday, December 19                  B Good Burger or Veggie Burger on Bun
  • Friday, December 20                        Cheese Pizza w/ or w/o Veggie Topping


Morning with Santa at the Concord Museum

Don’t miss Santa’s stop at the Concord Museum on Saturday, December 14 10am-12:30pm.  Enjoy a delightful photo and visit with Santa, as well as engaging seasonal crafts and activities such as face painting, make your own ornaments, treasure hunts, cookie decorating and letters to Santa.  It is a magical morning. Tickets are $25 for the kids and $10 for adults (adults are free if you are a member). Reserve your tickets online or call 978-369-9763, ext 216.

Donation of Teen Holiday Gifts Needed

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest (CCCC) and Youth Services Coordinator are holding a teen holiday gift drive December 11-18 at Cambridge Trust Company; Main Street, Concord. Gift donations geared for Concord-Carlisle youth ages 12-17 are in short supply this year. Please consider donating one of the following new items listed below which will be distributed by Concord-Carlisle Community Services to families and agencies in need.  Suggested items include board games, alarm clock, sweatshirts, workout clothes, workout equipment such as jumprope or handweights, PG and PG-13 movies, young adult novels such as the Hunger Games, writing journals, handheld games such as Rubik’s Cube, winter hats/gloves, soccer or footballs, hair/bath/body products, etc.

Visit for more information.

Third Grade Book Eaters

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 18, 4-5pm. Register Walk Ins Welcomed. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. For more

 Flamenco & Contemporary Guitar Phenom at Concord Conservatory

Flamenco guitarist and composer Juanito Pascual, whom NPR has called “one of the hottest Flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years,” will perform at the CCM Faculty Concert on Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m.   The program will include Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra, the treat of some of Mr. Pascual’s own compositions, and jazz standards performed with CCM’s talented jazz faculty.

Mr. Pascual has performed all over the world, working with high-caliber flamenco, jazz, and classical musicians. “Juanito is a kind of Ry Cooder of flamenco guitar – he combines vivid color, a rich imagination and a yearning, never-satisfied with mastery of his art,” says Steve Morse of the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone contributor.

The January 10 concert is free and open to the public and made possible in part by the generous support of the Middlesex Savings Bank. The Concord Conservatory of Music is located at 1317 Main Street, Concord, in the West Concord Union Church. For more information about the CCM Free Concert Series please call CCM at 978-369-0010, or go to

Shamrock Ball 2014: Date Change and New Venue

The Concord Recreation Department is gearing up for the 13th Annual Shamrock Ball! This ever popular Recreation Department Fundraiser is open to girls in grades 2 through 6 accompanied by an adult guest! In response to the many requests by our event participants to accommodate more guests, the Recreation Department is excited to announce a venue change.  The 2014 Ball will be held on Friday, March 14 from 7-9:30pm at The Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center’s elegant Regency Ballroom , 219 Littleton Rd/Rt 110, Westford, MA.  Tickets will be on sale starting Monday February 3 and can be purchased by phone 978-369-6460 or in person at The Recreation Department, 90 Stow Street Concord as early as 8:30 am.  Please call us or email with questions or for more information.

Register Now for Spring Semester Music Lessons and Classes at CCM

Spring semester registration is now open for all classes at The Concord Conservatory of Music. Looking to sow the seed of music? Sign your toddler up for an early childhood class, where body movement and simple instruments are used to explore phrase, pitch, accent, and all of the richness of music. Have an elementary school student who loves to sing? Enroll her in a group voice class, and she’ll learn about projection and breath support and have fun performing with peers. All new group class students who register in person on Wednesday, December 18 receive a 10% discount on Spring Semester tuition.

Private lesson and small ensemble enrollment is also open. CCM has talented faculty teaching private lessons in flute, saxophone, double bass, percussion, cello, guitar, viola, violin, and piano. A jazz or classical ensemble is another great way for students to improve musicianship skills and experience the joy of making music with a group.

For a full list of offerings and to see the Early Childhood Free Trial Class Week Schedule, visit CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street. For more information please call 978-369-0010, or email

Openings for the 2014-2015 School Year at CPS Integrated Preschool     

You are invited to attend an Open House on Friday, January 10 (snow date: Friday, January 17) from 2-4 PM and 6-8:00 PM. Children are welcome!

Come see our facility, talk with our staff, and ask questions about the program. We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord and we have half-day AM & PM sessions and a full-day program available.  You can also check us out on our web site link at!

Children who are three by September 1 and who are not yet five by August 31 are welcome to apply.  Applications are available at the Open House, at each of the Concord Elementary School Offices, the Special Education Office in the Ripley Building, and on our web site (  Applications must be returned by January 24 to be eligible for the lottery. If you have further questions, please contact any of the teachers below.

Half-day session teachers:

Full-day session teacher:

Christine Brown         978-202-1141

Spring Lacrosse – Register Now!

Registration is open but space is limited. Get your sons & daughters signed up to play before the new year rolls in! Go to for program information and to register.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 19, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, December 16, 2013. 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 and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to