December 13, 2012


Tomorrow is the next all school assembly. Students can show their school spirit on this day by wearing the Thoreau colors.


If you have not already filled out the survey on Family Involvement, Communication, Decision Making and Collaboration at Thoreau provided by evaluator Meg Anderson, be sure to do so! You have until December 20th to respond at


Going away for the Holidays? Over the River and through the woods? If so, keep our Thoreau school library and the Vacation/Travel Book Program in mind! Have your child pick out a book from your destination that can be donated to the school library when you return after the Holidays. This is a great way for families to learn about other towns, cities, or even other countries! A special bookplate will be given to your child to fill out for the dedication. Thanks to the following families for their recent travel book donations: Paddle-to-the-Sea from Veronica and Nicholas Moy; Palace Princesses and Old Irish Country Life from Sydney Brown; and I Spy With My Little Eye Minnesota from the Root Family.
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels
–Jen Johnson

LUNCH MENU Week of December 17-21

  • Monday: Ravioli with Cheese
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday: Teryaki Chicken Dippers
  • Friday: Whole-grain Cheese Pizza


Concord Conservatory of Music
CCM’s Winter Semester registration is now open for group classes. For early childhood music  and movement, we’re offering Free Trial Week, Dec. 11 – 15. Early childhood classes are for ages 6months – 6 years.For group Voice we offer 2 classes: for 6-8 and 9-11 year olds.

Local Holiday Shopping Night
Shops on Main Street and Walden Street, Concord Center, will be open for holiday shopping tonight, Thursday, December 13, 5:00 to 8:00 pm with refreshments, holiday specials, and entertainment.  Strolling carolers.  Special drawings for prizes and Gift of Concord gift certificates.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce for further information at (978)369-3120.

Kids Movie Night at Fowler Library
The Concord Library’s Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Kids Movie Night at Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street, tomorrow, Friday, December 14, 6:30-8:30pm for children in grades 2-5. The film being screened is “The Lorax”, and popcorn and drinks will be served.  This is a drop-off event.  The Library will be closed that evening to all patrons except the children attending the movie.  Advanced registration is required, and space is limited.  To register, please email Erin Duggan, Youth Services Coordinator, at

An Afternoon with Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators
As part of the Concord Museum’s 17th annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature, join us on Saturday, December 15 to enjoy 38 trees decorated with inspiration from favorite picture books, then meet some of the esteemed authors and illustrators whose books are featured. Have your books signed by Honorary Chairs Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E. Y. Stemple, Jeannie Brett, Ilse Plume, Lynn Plourde, and Grace Lin.  Books are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 1:00-4:00 p.m.; free with admission. On Saturday and Sunday, December 15 & 16, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, a larger-than-life costume character, will also be visiting!  For further information visit:

Cocoa House
Reasons to be Cheerful in West Concord will hold its monthly open mic for elementary, middle and high school students to showcase their talent. Sign-ups for pianists, guitarists, singers, and other musicians are now at RTBC. Musicians will have five minutes each to perform and up to 18 kids will have a chance to play. All performers will receive free ice cream or cocoa. The show starts at 4pm on Sunday, December 16. Elementary students will perform between 4 and 5 o’clock. Middle and high school students will perform between 5 and 6 o’clock. RTBC will provide keyboards, microphones, and a PA system – the rest is up to you!

Learning from the Inside Out
Where can you find opportunities for your student to think creatively, use their imagination, practice problem solving, independent thinking and personal expression? Right around the corner. Check out Emerson Umbrella’s Musketaquid Arts and Environment program offerings this winter – create a puppet show, write stories, let nature inspire sculpture and paintings! To register and get more info visit

Fa La La Lacrosse
CCYL is happy to announce that Spring 2013 registration is open. Please go to for more information on programs. Space is limited, so register TODAY.

Holiday Give-Back to Benefit the Family of Gary Garafola
Thoreau School families are invited to continue to support the family of Concord bus driver Gary Garafola (“Mr. G.”) this holiday season by participating in an optional memorial fundraiser at Barefoot Books in Concord.  Families that shop at the Barefoot Books Studio between November 15 and December 15—and request their holiday purchases be applied to this fundraiser—will effectively be donating up to 40% of their purchases toward the Garafola family.  For more information, please contact  Or just come by the studio at 89 Thoreau Street between November 15 and December 15.

CCHS Continuing Education Classes
The Adult & Community Education courses for Winter 2013 are now posted online at “Put some class in your nightlife” with a course in Concord History, or Drawing, or CPR, or Snowshoe Treks, or Meditation, or Social Media, or another of more than 100 day and evening courses taught by local experts. Community Education, founded in 1954, is a student-funded community service supported by the Concord-Carlisle Schools, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and other agencies dedicated to lifelong learning. For more information call Community Ed at CCHS, 318-1432.

Brad Bennett Haiku Class at Emerson Umbrella
Emerson Umbrella is thrilled to bring Thoreau’s own Brad Bennett to teach this upcoming Winter. Brad has been a 3rd grade teacher at Thoreau for 17 years, and has run the before-school Poetry Club for 10 years. This new offering from Brad will be called Way of the Haiku. In this eight-week class, kids will learn about the history and beauty of haiku. Haiku are small but powerful three line poems, usually about nature, that originated in Japan. During each session, kids will write haiku by engaging in different fun activities. Then they’ll illustrate the haiku that they’ve written during that session. Students will use watercolor painting, collage and other media. On the last day, we will hold an informal Poetry Reading. This class will begin January 10 and will run every Thursday for 8 weeks. The class begins at 4:00pm and ends at 5:15. For more info, or to sign up for this wonderful opportunity, please contact Emerson Umbrella: 978.371.0820 ext. 20 or

Coats for Kids Drive
Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids Club needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners 18th  annual Coats for Kids  drive. Last year the students at CMS collected approximately 200 coats.  This year we are hoping to double that amount.  There is a collection box located in the front lobby at Thoreau School. We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults and babies – that are in good wearable condition.    Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear. Coats are being collected now through January 12, 2013. This holiday season as we visit with family and friends, let’s spread the word that we are collecting coats for those in need.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool
Preschool slots are available for the 2013-2014 school year. You are invited to attend an Open House on Friday, January 11, 2013 (snow date: Friday, January 18), 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 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.

Children who are 3 by September 1 and who are not yet 5 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 25, 2013 to be eligible for the lottery.

We look forward to meeting you at our Open House!  If you have further questions, please contact half-day session teachers Jennifer DeFrancesco (978-202-1148, and Nancy McGregor (978-202-1184, or full-day session teacher Christine Brown (978-202-1141,


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on DECEMBER 20, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, DECEMBER 17, 2012. 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