December 8, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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We hope everyone got outside this weekend and enjoyed the great weather! It is hard to believe that it is December. Thanks to Karen Brown who organized the December staff breakfast last Friday. Also, thanks to all of the 4th grade parents who donated food, drinks and paper goods. The winter session of the PTG Before/After School Programs began this week. Thanks to Jen Jiganti who organized and scheduled the classes as well as handled the enrollment process. Both the fall and winter sessions were popular, but the organization and administration of these programs is too much for one person. Please consider taking on the enrollment process for the spring session. It is a job that you could do from home in the evenings. If you are interested in helping out with the Before/After School Programs, please contact Jen Jiganti at The next school committee meeting is Tuesday, December 13 at the CCHS Library; all are welcome. Have a great weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


  • March 20 (Tues)    Long Composition grade 4
  • March 21 (Wed)     ELA grades 3 and 5
  • March 22 (Thur)    ELA grade 4
  • March 23 (Fri)        ELA grades 3 and 5
  • March 26 (Mon)     ELA grade 4
  • May 7 (Mon)           Math grades 3 and 5
  • May 8 (Tues)          Math grades 3 and 5
  • May 9 (Wed)           Math grade 4
  • May 9 (Thur)             Math grade 4
  • May 14 (Mon)            Science and Technology grade 5
  • May 15 (Tues)            Science and Technology, grade 5


Thanks to a grant from the PTG, the library will host a set of “Culture Kits” to display artifacts and touch-and-feel items from other countries. If you’re traveling this holiday to another country, we’d love for you to collect free and inexpensive items for us to house in the Culture Kits. Items can include, but are not limited to, coins, maps, newspapers, brochures, mini-flags, rocks, trinkets, dolls with costumes, magnets, and bookmarks.  See our Culture Kit examples here. Thank you!


We have our winners from those who gave to the Annual Appeal by November 30!

  • Reasons to be Cheerful Gift Card — Timothy Richer and Therese Alexander
  • Gift of Concord Gift Certificate — Holly Rothermel and Michael DettelbachEdit
  • Gift of Concord Gift Certificate — David and Kellie Anjoorian
  • Fritz & Gigi Gift Card — Steve and Kimber Lynn Drake
  • GRAND PRIZE: Bose IE2 Headphones — Zhan and Hongliang Shi

Thanks to those who donated this week: Mee/Brown, Tenenbaum, Hirsch, Kang, Kerimo, Brown, Sablak, Sim, Thorp, Laurent and Shi. We are not yet to halfway of our necessary goal. Send a check to school in envelope marked Thoreau PTG Annual Appeal (made out to Thoreau PTG) or use the Donate tab on the Thoreau PTG website. Donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!


The schedule for the METCO late bus is: December 20, January 17, February 14, March 13, April 24, May 22, and June 12.


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a migrating animal? This year’s Geography Quest invites you to imagine yourself as one and travel around the world, facing the thrills and perils of your annual journey! The Geography Quest is the annual PTG-sponsored event that’s designed to let Thoreau, Willard and Alcott families explore geography together while learning how to use reference tools and, this year, a bit about the migratory patterns of several animals. Watch for Geography Quests to come home just after the holiday break!
–Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs

LUNCH MENU Week of December 12-16

Monday: Baked Potato Bar
Tuesday: Cheesy Chicken Sandwich
Wednesday: Rotisserie Chicken
Thursday: Pesto Pasta
Friday: Personal Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden,


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 15, 2011. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, December 12, 2011.
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 You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.