December 15, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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Keep clipping those BOXTOPS!   Mrs. Dillon’s class is leading in the classroom contest, but there is plenty of time for others to catch up. Submit your BOXTOPS by the end of January, 2012.  Every BOXTOP counts as cash!!!   Questions?   Contact Mallory Price at


Please remember to send in extra clothes for your child (all grades) to keep in the locker – just in case!  Be sure to listen to weather reports and dress children appropriately. 

It’s a busy time of year, but please remember to check your child for lice as it easier to deal with if identified early. Lice do not jump, fly or hop but they do move very quickly and avoid the light.  Many times the first sign is finding their eggs (nits) attached one egg to one hair shaft.  Use a good light and even a magnifying glass, and look within an inch of the scalp.  The nits are very tiny, the size of a sesame seed and glued to the hair shaft.  While you might find other items in a scalp, the nits do not brush away easily.  Itchiness is not always present and usually a later sign.

Check your child’s head on a regular basis especially before any sleepovers or close contact activities.  You could save others from having to handle an infestation.  During holiday times, cousins, friends, relatives have closer contact.  It is most often by direct contact lice are spread but remind your children not to share brushes, combs, hats, scarves, or other head gear.  Think of keeping hairstyles more confined with pony tails, braids, updos or scarves.  Check your child especially before returning to school in January 2012!

Volunteers Needed!!  There will be no further all school lice checks until next September.  However, if there are a number of classes to be checked at one time because of an infestation, we may need help from adults to screen children on short notice.  If you may be available, please put yourself on the “On Call” list by contacting Deborah Lindberg ( or 978-254-5598) or the Health Office (978-341-2490 x 3158). See Health Office Web site for more info: http://  Thank you for your assistance and have a safe, healthy, happy (and lice free) holiday!! –Nicki Richards, RN, MS, Thoreau School Nurse


Going away for the holidays? Over the river and through the woods?  If so, keep our school library and the Vacation/Travel Book Program in mind! Have your child pick out a book from a destination spot 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 summer travel donations: “The Cods of Cape Cod Love Their Summer Vacation,” donated by Jack and Sofie Johnson, and “Colorado Impressions” and “Astro the Steller Sea Lion” donated by Wipper Family.  Happy Holidays and Safe Travels! – Jen Johnson


Are you traveling globally soon? Do you have leftover souvenirs from a previous trip? Thanks to a grant from the PTG, the library will host a set of “Culture Kits” to display artifacts and touch-and-feel items from other countries. If you’re traveling this holiday to another country, we’d love for you to collect free and inexpensive items for us to house in the Culture Kits. Items can include, but are not limited to, coins, maps, newspapers, brochures, mini-flags, rocks, trinkets, dolls with costumes, magnets, and bookmarks.  See our Culture Kit examples here. Thank you!

LUNCH MENU Week of December 19-23

Monday: Cheese Ravioli
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: B.good Burgers
Thursday: Cheese Quesadilla
Friday: Comella’s Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden,


Seeking camping equipment donations for Boy Scout troop

Anyone have camping equipment collecting dust around your place? Please think about donating tents, sleeping bags, equipment, tools, or gear to our Concord Boy Scout troop. Old and used is fine. We are sending the equipment to our own Lt. Col. Mark Merlino, who is serving in Afghanistan. You may know Mark from his vast community service and volunteerism here in town. Please respond to Kathleen Struck ( or Concord Scout Jack Struck ( We are happy to pick it up or fetch it from the high school. Thank you so much! -M. Kathleen Guzda Struck

Concord Conservatory of Music Winter Registration Underway

Registration for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s winter semester group classes, private instruction, and ensembles is underway.  It is never too late, or too early to start music.  CCM offers classes for children as young as 6 months, as well as classes for seniors in our community.  CCM now offers private saxophone and percussion instruction along with voice, strings, jazz ensembles, piano and many other instruments.  CCM also offers new adult programming.  Registrations are accepted online in the office and by mail.  Private registration is ongoing throughout the year.  CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street.  For more information please call 978-369-0010,, or visit

Christmas tree pickup

The Holy Family Youth Ministry and the Concord Boy Scouts will be picking up Christmas Trees on Saturday, January 7, 2012. To arrange to have your tree picked up, please email or call   978-254-5470 with your name, address, email, and phone number. Reservations accepted through Wednesday January 4.  Then put your tree at the end of your driveway by 7:00am on the morning of the pickup with a $15-$25 donation attached to the tree in a plastic bag. Make checks payable to Holy Family Parish. All proceeds from the tree pickup will help support the Holy Family Youth Ministry service trips and the many Boy Scouts activities throughout the year.   In order for this fundraiser to be successful many volunteers are needed. If you are an adult willing to drive, have access to a truck, or are an older youth, and would like to volunteer, please email or call Jaclyn Daniels at or 978-369-7442 x 228. This is a great opportunity for high school students who need community service hours.

The Ransom of the Royal Granny and her Royal Ruby Shoes

Middlesex School presents a benefit performance of this play, by Geoffrey Bamber, will be presented on Sunday, January 8 at 2:00 pm.  Suggested donation is $2 for children and $5 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Linawo Children’s Home.

CCYBS Registration for 2012 Spring Baseball and Softball

Registration has begun and will end on February 25.  Preseason will start the week of April 9, with the regular season for both baseball and softball starting after spring break the week April 23. The season will run six weeks, with two weeks of playoffs for the older leagues. Leagues are available for boys and girls from 5 to 15 years old. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter.   Sign up now with our easy-to-use online registration system.  For more information or to register go to

CCYB is a volunteer parent run organization and our success in providing good, fun baseball and softball environments is directly dependent on our parent volunteers.  Please consider signing up as a coach/volunteer when registering your child.  The program will provide a coaching clinic to dust off those childhood memories and skills. If you have interest in helping, please contact us via 

To prepare for the spring season John Kelly, the CCHS Baseball Coach, will be running both private and CCYB sponsored winter clinics.  Private clinics will start in November and continue through March.  Many new clinic options have been added this year.  Please see the clinic option descriptions on our website. Signup for clinics can be done at This year CCYBS will also be offering, for a modest fee, weekly softball readiness clinics prior to the start of the season.  These clinics are designed to prepare players for the spring softball season.  The clinics will focus on all phases of the game including throwing, fielding, base running, hitting, pitching and catching.

Parent-Toddler Programs at Ripley School

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler? Try these programs:

Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2011)

A fun-filled playgroup for toddlers! While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one year olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:00 starting January 27.

Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2011)

This program is really two in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 starting January 26.

Nanny-Toddler Program (ages 0-36 months as of Sept. 2011)

This program for children 0-36 months and their nannies/au-pairs is a fun filled playgroup for toddlers and an educational and supportive discussion group for their caregivers. It provides an opportunity for nannies to learn more about child development while discussing topics related to their unique child rearing role and to socialize with others who share this role. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Mondays from 9:30-11:00 starting January 23.

For more information go to or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 22, 2011. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, December 19, 2011.
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