December 19, 2014


Mark your calendars:

~ Thoreau Community Meeting- PTG/Principal Coffee-Combination!  -Wednesday EVENING, January 14th, 7:00 pm.  PTG business will be discussed from 7:00-7:15, then COME to hear a mid-year check in with Mr. Mahoney.  The PTG will provide babysitting.

Our next Thoreau Thursday Announcement won’t come out until January 8th- Happy Holidays to everyone and a Happy New Year!


The 12 session Before-School Language classes begin the first week in January.

Classes meet from 7:45-8:45. Tuition is $189. This Winter-Spring session offers a continuation of introductory language skills. Students will expand on the knowledge learned during the fall session while exploring new, engaging topics through fun activities such as games, role-plays, songs, crafts and more. Small classes ensure students have individualized attention and maximized opportunities to speak. New students with prior experience in the language, such as knowing how to say greetings, numbers and colors, will enjoy the winter classes as well.

Thoreau School

  • Discover French 1, K-5  #3156, Thursday, January 8-April 9
  • Discover Spanish 1, K-2 #3154, Wednesday, January 7-April 1
  • Discover Spanish 1, 3-5 #3155, Wednesday, January 7-April 1

To register please call 978-318-1432 or sign up  at 

THOREAU SCHOOL HOBBY FAIR – January 12th  and 13th 

The annual Hobby Fair is right around the corner!  This event is for 4th and 5th graders to share their hobbies, collectibles, art and other interests with teachers, family and friends.  Each year we see an amazing array of fun and interesting exhibits, from displays of sports memorabilia to exhibits about music, dance, arts and crafts, and writing. The Fair will be open to the Thoreau School community on the evening of Monday, January 12, 6:30pm -7:30pm, when family and friends may view the many great exhibits.  On Tuesday, January 13, the fair will run 9:00-12:00 noon, during which time all classes will have time to visit and enjoy the Fair.

If you have any questions please contact us at (5th grade) or (4th grade)

Thanks, Cathy and Kristen


Our school nurse needs some extra boys’ pants to lend to children whose pants may have gotten wet. The winter snow and wet ground means kids might need a change of clothes. While the nurse has everything she needs for girls, she is lacking in pants for boys. Please consider donating a pair of gently worn boy’s pants. There will be a collection bin outside the health office starting Thursday, December 18. Anything the nurse does not need will be donated to a charity. Contact Jessica Grogins if you have any questions,


We are looking for someone to run this year’s Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. A date has been set for 3/14. This job requires distributing the sign-up sheet, coordinating teams, and being there for the event. There are seasoned parents who are available to walk you through the event! If you are interested in this position please email Betsy Martel,, as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if we don’t fill this position we will be forced to cancel the Spelling Bee this year.

Every year families look forward to Bingo Night. We hope to continue this great event in the future. To that end, we are looking for someone to learn the ropes from our seasoned volunteer, Suzy Symons whose family will graduate from Thoreau after 12 consecutive years! This is a very easy, finite volunteer position. The Bingo Night Coordinator Organizes and oversees Thoreau Family Bingo Night, which is typically held on a weeknight in February. They manage a small group of parent volunteers, light concessions (pizza & ice cream), large group Bingo game and simple prizes. Bingo Night this year is Feb. 12th. We need someone available this night to be mentored who would also be willing coordinate this event in years to come. If you are interested please contact Suzy Symons, at


  • Monday, December 22                        Cheese Quesadilla
  • Tuesday, December 23                        NO LUNCH
  • Wednesday, December 24                 NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, December 25                      NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, December 26                             NO SCHOOL

Around town

Concord Carlisle Chess Club

Winter session starts Sunday, January 11

12 weeks, 2-5 pm Sundays, Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord

For grades 3 through adult, the Chess Club offers instruction, play, and tournament competition.

For more information see the Chess Link at > “Downloads” or browse course # 3694.

On Saturday, February 28, 2015 CC Chess hosts the Spiegel Cup Series Scholastic Chess Tournament. Save the date!  Enroll at Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education Student-funded continuous learning founded 1954 by the Concord-Carlisle Schools  (978) 318-1432

Preschool Openings for 2015-2016

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 that meets or exceeds state standards.  We offer half and full day programs.

Come to our Open House on Friday, January 9th from 2-4PM or 5:30-7:30PM (snow date 1/16/15).  Families 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.

Applications are available at each of the Elementary Buildings, the Special Education Office at Ripley, or to download from our website beginning 1/5/15

For more information, please visit us our website at

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on January 8, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 5, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to