December 17, 2015


LAST CALL TO GET YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION FOR 2015 TO THE THOREAU PTG! Any amount makes a big difference to your children and teachers at Thoreau School.   Donate now at: Thanks to 55 donations totaling $6150 we are just over 1/3 of the way to our goal which will allow continued funding of the children’s programming, teacher stipends and many of the wonderful events at Thoreau School. Have a wonderful holiday season and thanks to all of those who have already donated and thanks in advance to those who plan on donating now!  Nikki Morrissey, Fundraising Co-Chair

Mark Your Calendars: Friday, December 18 – Final day of Open Table drive (see below for details) Wednesday, December 24-Friday, January 1 – NO SCHOOL  *The 2016-2017 CPS calendar has been approved by the school committee. It can be viewed on our website or by clicking here (

Lost and Found: Transportation has a retainer that was found on Bus 29, please contact them at 978-318-1433 if it is yours.

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 are trying to fill 150 bags! Collection ends tomorrow, Friday, December 18There will be a collection box in the front hall for the items, and we have displayed the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making! 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


Well, I’ve put my money where my mouth is and joined the many families who already have donated books to the Thoreau Library through the Gift Book Program. In honor of my 3rd grader, Alec, my husband and I donated Prince Fly Guy. Alec then selected Magic Tree House: Shadow of the Shark to give in honor of Mrs. Hollander. It was easy. We picked out the books we wanted from the Gift Book Box in the library, and I wrote a check for the cover price to the PTG. Then I filled in bookplates with the names of the donors and honorees. Alec was the first person to check out Prince Fly Guy. Please consider joining the growing ranks of families who are acknowledging students and teachers through this wonderful program. You’ll be glad you did! Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact me, 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 97-318-1300. 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.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The site will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.


Can I change my charity? Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”


December School Menus:

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The Amazing Race Returns: April 2nd, 2016

Mark your calendar! CC at Play’s Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Who do you want on your team to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”?  Registration begins January 4, 2016.  Teams of two or three can race in one of three categories: Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5.Space is limited; so don’t forget to sign-up early!  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.

Preschool Openings for 2016-2017

Are You Looking For a High Quality Preschool Program?  Then Concord Public Schools has the preschool program you are looking for!  Our program prides itself in individualized, hands-on, experiential learning.  We offer half and full day programs. Come to our Open House on Friday, January 8 2-4PM or 6-7:30PM (snow date 1/15/16).  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. Intent to Apply forms will be available at Open House or at each of the Elementary Buildings, the Special Education Office at Ripley, or to download from our website beginning 1/11/15. For more information, please visit us our website at

December programs for Grades K-5 at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Free Public Library 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. William James INTERFACE Referral Service

The Town of Concord is a member of the William James INTERFACE Referral Service which collects and categorizes a wide range of valuable resources related to mental health and wellness for the benefit of the general public — children, adults and families — as well as educators and mental health professionals. In addition to the resources on this web site, the William James INTERFACE Referral Service maintains a mental health and wellness referral help line Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in participating communities. Each referral meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Jan. 7, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. 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