December 4, 2014


Welcome December!  We know that you have lots of competing priorities this month, but don’t miss the PTG MEETING scheduled for TOMORROW, December 5, at 9:00am in the cafeteria!  As usual, we will have coffee, and you are invited to come be a part of the discussion!

Also, don’t miss the display of canned goods that Thoreau is collecting for OPEN TABLE!

Finally – Be heard!  Make sure you visit the principal survey that the district has opened:

The survey can also be found on the district website at:  Your anonymous comments will reach the Human Resources Director Kelly McCausland for consideration in the search.  It will be available until January 5, 2015.

Trish and Carla


It’s the first week in December and we have raised $7,100 with a participation rate of 16%.  Our goal is $27,000 and 50% participation.

Thank you to the 44 families so far that have generously donated. Please help us reach our goal and donate today to get your tax deductible receipt before year end.  This charity DIRECTLY benefits your children in providing programming, teacher supplies and field trips not sponsored by the district.

Thoreau has really come together as a community this year, and we are so proud to be a part of it.  Let’s make this happen and participate!

Checks can be sent in or dropped off at the school office or donate on-line at:

RETAKE – PICTURE DAY is on Tuesday, December 9!

Pictures will be ready for the holidays.  Every child who wishes to have their picture retaken or may have missed the original picture day will get his/her picture taken on this day. Original class photos have already been distributed for free to each student so they will not be retaken.  If you wish to have your child take his or her picture again because you were not 100% satisfied, please ensure that your child brings his/her original picture with him/her on retake day.  Look to your message from your room parent for full directions.  Questions: You can email


Looking for the perfect holiday gift for all the foodies on your list?   Give the Thoreau Friendship Cookbook!  Nothing goes better with Bruins, Patriots or Celtics like sweet and spicy chicken wings, or a chilly winter day than Lentil chard soup.  And, when you need that one-pot wonder, Mexican crockpot chicken hits the spot. Teacher favorites are also included.  Think stollen, think Swiss and bacon dip, think delish!  Purchase your cookbook for the holiday season online in 3 easy steps:

  2. click on “Support Thoreau”
  3. click on ” Thoreau School Cookbook”

You can also purchase your cookbook from Maria in the front office.  Cash only please.  $15 each.  E-book is included with every purchase. Give the gift that is a love pat for your tummy and a love pat for Thoreau School.  Order Today!


Winter clothes needed! If you have gently used winter coats, boots, hats and mittens, please consider donating them to Thoreau families in need. Clothes may be dropped off at Rachel Levesque’s office or you can arrange a pick-up of your items by contacting Tiffany Pomeroy at


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert!  This year’s family concert is Saturday, February 7 at 10:15 am.  Adults are $20 and kids are FREE.  This year’s theme is “Keeping Good Company”- Musical Partnerships of Inspiration and Innovation, featuring music of Bartok, Stravinsky, and of course John Williams!  Pre-concert activities including the Instrument Playground, instrument demonstrations, and much more are available for all ticket holders from 9-10am.

Sign up and payment instructions here:  Please note I will be ordering tickets earlier this year for better seats, so send in your checks now!  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Email me at with any questions.


The Thoreau PTG fundraising team needs help in how they market their events to the community.  The PTG is looking for a person or persons whose role would involve serving on both fundraising and communications teams, specifically responsible for fundraising publicity (flyers, email blasts, TA, and Facebook wording). The end goal is to help ensure that all the Fundraising team’s work creating events/fundraisers translates into higher attendance and/or sales results, which all comes back to Thoreau. If you are interested in this position please email Betsy Martel,, as soon as possible.


Thoreau librarians Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins are revitalizing the Gift Book Program. Through this program, families can purchase books in honor of a student or teacher and donate them to the school library.

What you need to know:  1) Parents can select a book from the Gift Book Box in the library and write a check for the cover price to the PTG. 2) The book will have a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. The book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the honoree will be the first person allowed to check out the book. 3) The library aide will keep an updated spreadsheet of books available for donation. 4) If parents would like to donate a special book NOT from the box, they should check with the librarians to ensure the library doesn’t own the book already.

The Gift Book Program is a wonderful and easy way to provide a special gift to the school during this season of giving. It also enables your child to stay connected to the school for years to come. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact the PTG Gift Book Coordinator at


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a can of something yummy in a paper bag with your child from Monday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 17.  ANY kind of tinned goods is welcome!! And in any size – cans of soup, stews, chili, beans, salmon and tuna.  There is a collection box in the front hall for the tins, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day!  Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at and thank you.

RUBIK’S CUBE CLUB – Day and Location Change

The Rubik’s Cube Club will now be meeting on Mondays once per month. The next gathering is next Monday, December 8, from 3:15-4 p.m. We also have a location change. Please have the kids meet me in the front lobby of the school and we will head to our room space from there. No experience necessary – encourage your 3rd-5th graders to come play!  Please feel free to email Lisa Becker ( with questions.


Monday, December 8                      Kayem Lite Hot Dog on Wheat Roll

Tuesday, December 9                     Mini Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

Wednesday, December 10             Popcorn Chicken with Dipping Sauce

Thursday, December 11                 Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce

Friday, December 12                       Individual Round Cheese Pizza


Now through December 8: Can you help a Concord or Carlisle neighbor this holiday season?

Please participate in the annual Holiday Gift Drive sponsored by the Community Chest and CC Youth Services.  Collection bins will be located now through December 8 at each Concord and Carlisle Elementary School, CVS, Cambridge Trust Bank, Revolutionary Concord, Footstock, Fritz & Gigi and Potpourri.  The collection benefits clients of First Connections, Concord Council on Aging, CC Community Services and other Community Chest supported programs. For drop box locations and suggested donated items, please click here.  There is a drop box in the main hallway as you enter the Thoreau School!

We’ll also collect gifts on December 7 during the Concord tree lighting at 19 Main Street near Helen’s.  Gifts should be new, unwrapped and are needed for recipients of all ages.  Need ideas?  Toys, sporting goods, warm clothes, pharmacy gift cards, grocery gift cards – or check the Community Chest website at

Thank you for helping a neighbor in need this holiday season!

Join the Community Chest in Concord Center on December 7!

Bring your friends, family and neighbors to Concord Center on December 7.  To enhance a special holiday shopping experience, a Holiday Train will be running its route up and down Main Street.  All proceeds will generously be donated to the Chest. The train will run along Main Street from 2:30-4:30pm; rides are $1 each.

Presentation & Discussion for Parents & Students:  Power Down to Power Up for Presence. Passion. Purpose.

Are Our Teens Adrift?  What Role Does Technology Play?  Have Teens “Become the Tool of Their Tools?”  (Henry David Thoreau)  Join Susan Reynolds and Allen Pittman as they discuss the ways technology awareness, mindfulness and inspiration await to reignite our youth’s hunger for passion, meaning, and joy in life. AND (along with your parents or children) bring your own perspectives, angles of vision on this problem-challenge-opportunity facing not only our youth today but our very selves.  Monday, December 8 at 7:30pm, Emerson Room, First Parish Church, Concord Center.

Morning with Santa, The Concord Museum, Saturday, December 13

Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, create a number of wonderful seasonal crafts, and feast on freshly made breakfast treats.  December 13, 10am – 12:30pm (the line for Santa can sometimes get busy from 11am-12pm); $25/Child, $10/Non-Member adult, Member adults free.  Space is limited!  Reserve online or by calling (978) 369-9763, ext. 216.

Concord Museum — Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

From November 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015, the Concord Museum exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of visitors of all ages from all over New England.  Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.

During this benefit event, admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm; the Museum will close at 1pm on December 24 and will be closed all day on December 25.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 11, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, December 8, 2014. 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