December 5, 2013


Happy December!  We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday!  Tomorrow, the children will be treated to a special assembly jointly organized by Nancy Peterson and the PTG’s Children’s Programming Committee called Tribal Rhythms- be sure to ask your kids all about it!

Some of you may have noticed a slightly different look to the PTG announcements lately, as we are changing over our delivery method to Mail Chimp.  This has allowed us to reach everyone in the school directory by email and will facilitate us in limiting the use of room parents for general PTG communications.  We hope everyone will read (or skim!) the contents of the Thursday Announcements, as this will continue to be our primary method of getting information out to you!

Thank you to Betsy Martel and Trish Siefer for their organization of the Turkey Trot- despite the uncooperative weather!  Thank you also to Cathy Chadwick, Suzy Symons, Nikki Morrissey, Anne Remington and Stefanie Sim for organizing grade level coffees these past few weeks.  Stay tuned for Second and Fifth Grade coffees in January!

Don’t forget the Thoreau Cookbook for holiday gift giving!  The ordering deadline is December 10.


The Thoreau School Advisory Committee (SAC) meets on the first Monday of each month from 5:15 – 6:15pm.  All Thoreau School community members are welcome to attend.  The SAC has held two meetings so far this year on 11/4 and 12/2.   Further meeting dates for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows:

  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2


Reminder:  Same day messages for the Health Office should be called in and either left as voice mail or direct conversation with the nurse.  Please do not email me if information pertains to your child for the same day especially as a substitute nurse does not have access to my email. If the information is not timely, email is fine. Thanks.  -Nicki Morina Richards, Thoreau Nurse


Congratulations and thank you to all of the children at Thoreau School for helping to raise $1356.78  for UNICEF through the Trick or Treat for UNICEF program!  WOW!!

‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ is an education and fundraising initiative that, for over 60 years, has given US children, along with their parents and teachers, the opportunity to learn about their peers worldwide who are truly in need – and to raise money on their behalf.  US children have collected nearly $160 million by going door-to-door with the trademark orange collection boxes on Halloween and by planning fundraisers with their school or group.  Thoreau rocks!  Thank you for your support. –Paige Somol, UNICEF Coordinator


On Friday, December 6, the Boston-based Cooperative Artists Institute will come to Thoreau for an all-school Tribal Rhythms Celebration.  This program, which is part of CAI’s Partnership for Whole School Change, uses the theme of Tribe to build community.  The program will encourage students and teachers to see their school as a whole instead of a collection of individual parts, and to understand the concept of an intentional school culture.  Tribal Rhythms integrates group-building activities, art, music, dance and stories while focusing on the values of caring, cooperation and respect.

On Tuesday, December 10, Author Joseph Bruchac will be presenting to our third, fourth and fifth grade class rooms.  For over 30 years, Joseph Bruchac has been writing poetry, short stories and novels about his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American Traditions.  Bruchac is the author of over 120 books and of the international bestseller Keepers of the Earth:  Native American Stories.  In his presentation to Thoreau students, Bruchac will combine storytelling, Native American music, and a discussion of his own writing.

These programs are brought to you by the Children’s Programming Committee.


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert!  This year’s family concert is Saturday, March 1 at 10:15 am.  Adults are $20 and kids are FREE.  This year’s theme is “There’s Nothing Better than a Good Story: A Musical Look at the Components of Storytelling” featuring music of Tchakovsky, Stravinsky, Copland, 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.

If you would like to attend, please send a check payable to Jennifer Montbach for $20 per adult and specify the total number of seats you need (i.e. 2 adults + 1 kid, $40 enclosed).  Mail to 45 Pine St.  Concord 01742.  I plan to order tickets on Friday January 10 and will remind you again in the first Thoreau announcements in January.  If you miss the deadline you may still be able attend, but won’t be able to sit with the group.  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.


Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  The first-ever Thoreau Cookbook is chock-full of 60 mouth-watering recipes and is destined to become your go-to companion in the kitchen.   Make sure to get one for yourself and give some as gifts.  Orders must be received by Tuesday, December 10 and will be sent home with children the week before vacation.   Order Today! Ebooks are included with your order.

Order your Thoreau cookbook online at via PayPal or print out the form located on the website and below and return it in your child’s folder if you prefer to mail a check (payable to THOREAU PTG):

Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you! -Thoreau Cookbook Committee


A gigantic THANK YOU to the wonderful Thoreau families who have contributed so far to this year’s annual fund: Sharifi; Fan/Zheng; Carey; Armocida; Cash; Martinez; He/Fan; Monks; Parker; Masterson; Yamartino; Polin; Gardner; Gillick; Kerimo/Levin; Dohoney; Maloney/Heymann; Del Sobral; Thorp; Kirincich/Mahan; Arif; Robichaud; Feinstein/Stevenson; Pascucci; Keefe; Hitzrot/Ford; Hernandez/Dorsey; Kang/Zhang; Dowd; Kang/Khang; Glitzenstein; Tuby/Sullivan; Wilkins/Farber; Girolimetti; Shi and Tenenbaum. We are so grateful for your generous contributions. If you haven’t already given, please keep the donations coming! Giving is easy. Just go to to contribute via Pay Pal or send a check to the school via the envelope supplied in your annual appeal letter. All donations go directly to activities and supplies that benefit your child.


Do you/your children care about the health of our planet and all the ways we can work together to make it better?  Are you passionate (even if your time is short) about green education and want to see it manifest in our children’s experience at Thoreau and beyond?  If so, tell us!  We’re looking for parents and kids interested in making a difference, no matter your time constraints.  Contact Carolyn Wilkins ( to learn more about the parent-run environmental group at Thoreau, THOREAULY GREEN.  Watch this space for future announcements from us!


  • Monday, December 9                      Baked Ham & Cheese on WW Bread
  • Tuesday, December 10                   Vegetarian Chili with Tortilla Chips
  • Wednesday, December 11            Baked Potato Bar
  • Thursday, December 12                Popcorn Chicken
  • Friday, December 13                       Our Own Cheese Pizza


Coats For Kids

Concord Middle School’s  Coats for Kids Club needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for  Antons’ Cleaners  19th  annual Coats for Kids  drive. Last year the students at CMS collected approximately 375 coats.  This year we are hoping to collect 500.

We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults and babies – that are in good wearable condition.  We cannot accept vests, hats, gloves or snow pants.   Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear.    Coats are being collected now through January 11. There is a collection box in the main office hallway of Thoreau.

This  holiday season as we visit with family and friends,  let’s spread the word that we are collecting coats for those in need.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Concord Family Network Indoor Play Space

It’s that time again — the temps are dropping and wintry breezes are blowing. Time to dig out hats, mittens, boots and gasp- snow suits! If thoughts of bundling up your little one for the playground are making you dread winter in New England, CFN has a solution! Our weekly indoor play space meet ups are back! Please join us Friday mornings at the Hunt Recreation Center.  We’ll supply the toys, you supply the kids. All ages are welcome each week. There’s even a quiet area with sofas perfect for families with babies to socialize. Hope to see you there!

Who: CFN members (nonmembers may attend for a one time visit) What: Winter Play Space Where: Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow St When: Most Fridays December 6 through March 7, 14 9:30-11 am

Members should check their Big Tent account for updates throughout the season.  Nonmembers can check

 18th Annual Family Trees:  A Celebration of Children’s Literature

From November 27 – January 1, the Museum’s galleries will be filled with 38 fanciful trees decorated with original ornaments inspired by children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.  Admission is $15 adults; $10 seniors; $6 children (4-18); children under 4 and Museum members free.  Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibits.  For reservations, call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.  Visit for information on all upcoming holiday events.

Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Free Public Library

Come check out the Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Free Public Library, Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7 from 9-4, and Sunday, December 8 from 1-4. Gently used books, ideal for gift giving, at bargain basement prices. Do some holiday shopping while supporting library programs. It all takes place in the lobby of the library, 129 Main Street in Concord.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 12, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, December 9, 2013. 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 and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to