December 22, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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As the school heads out for the winter break tomorrow, we want to wish all Thoreau families a wonderful holiday season and a fun, relaxing vacation.  When we return in the New Year, we will be gearing up for lots of terrific school activities in January, including the Geography Quest and the Adult Social.  Remember to keep an eye out for more information on these events when school resumes.  Our next PTG meeting will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7pm in the school library.  We really encourage new (and experienced) parents to come to the meetings and learn about ways you can be more involved in your child’s school.  Happy Holidays!  -Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee scheduled on Saturday, February 11. This is always a fun and low-pressure Bee, so be sure to give it a whirl. 3rd and 4th graders may participate in teams of three (ideally, though some flexibility); 5th graders compete individually.  Bee start times are: 3rd grade 3:00, 4th grade 4:30, 5th grade 6:00. So form your teams and please return one registration form per team–registration forms will be available from the PTG site soon, and teams should be formed by Friday, January 20.  Any questions, or to volunteer to help, send me a note at Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair


Once again, a group of Thoreau kids and parents will venture to Symphony Hall for a Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert.  This year, the concert is March 17 at 10:15 am, and there are demonstrations and other activities beginning at 9 am.  The BSO presents “THE BEAT GOES ON: A Musical Look at Perseverance, Pace, and Pulse in Music.”  Tickets are $20 for adults, plus a $1.50 service fee, and kids are free.  If you would like to attend, please contact Jennifer Montbach at with the number of tickets you would like (indicate number of adults, kids and the total) and send a check for $21.50 per adult payable to Jennifer Montbach at 45 Pine St. I plan to order tickets on January 9 and will send another reminder after the New Year.  After this time, you will be able to order tickets on your own, but may not be able to sit with the Thoreau group.  Contact me if you have any questions.  For any family needing financial support for this event, please feel free to contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau School Social Worker, at (978) 318-1300 or


Meeting highlights include:   

  • Transportation Letter was discussed. Bus drivers are asking for support as school considers options for relocation of bus depot. Peter Fischeles articulated that, though the CCHS building project will require relocation of the Depot, it is not a foregone conclusion that the system will be privatized.
  • School Committee set dates for a discussion as well as public forum regarding potential changes to school transportation with the relocation of bus depot due to building a new CCHS:
      • Tuesday January 24, 6:30 pm, CCHS library: John Flaherty will discuss transportation consultant John Flahive’s finding on school busing in Concord.
      • Wednesday February 1, 7:00 pm at Alcott Elementary school, public forum on school transportation; residents can ask questions and express opinions on the topic.
      • Tuesday February 14: School Committee expects to make decision on school transportation.
  • CPS FY13 budget development: School committee voted in favor of the FY13 Preliminary Budget ($29,755,538 and 4.5% increase), featuring the highest increase, but the fewest reductions in staffing and other supports.
  • CCRSD FY13 Budget Development: School committee vote in favor of the FY13 Preliminary Budget ($23,647,387 and 1.78% increase).

The next School Committee meeting is January 10.


Christmas tree pickup

The Youth in Service at Holy Family Parish and the Concord Boy Scouts will be picking up Christmas Trees on Saturday, January 7. To arrange to have your tree picked up, please email or call   978-254-5470 by January 4 with your name, address, and phone number. Then put your tree at the end of your driveway by 8:00am 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 Youth in Service Summer Service trip and the many Boy Scouts activities throughout the year.  

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 January 5, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 2, 2012.
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