February 11, 2016


We hope you all enjoyed the snow days!  Please stay tuned for rescheduled dates for Bingo Night and Hobby Fair.  Hope you have a great winter break!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, February 12th:  Last day to pick up items in lost and found
  • Monday, February 15th – Friday, February 19th:  No School
  • Tuesday, February 23rd:  Joint School Committee Meeting, Ripley 6:30pm
  • Friday, March 4th:  Geography Quests due; Math Night
  • Tuesday, March 8th: Concord School Committee Meeting, Ripley 6:30pm
  • Saturday, March 12th:  Cake Walk, 1-3pm

Trish and Betsy

Vikings Geography Quest Update

The upcoming February vacation week is the perfect opportunity to work on the 2016 Vikings Geography Quest. Remember: this can be a family affair. Quests are due on or before Friday, March 4 in the box in the library. Good luck!

Library Gift Book Program Update

Thanks to two Thoreau families for their recent gifts to the library. Nate Johnson selected Giant Pandas and Max Johnson chose Mister Max: the Book of Kings in honor of Mrs. Pettyjohn. Kate McGonigle picked out  Judy Moody & Stink: The Wishbone Wish in honor of Ms. Henry and Ms. Watson. Thanks to the Johnsons and the McGonigles for supporting our library. Follow in their footsteps and swing by the library to make a Gift Book purchase soon!

Lost and Found to be Donated Tomorrow (Friday Feb 12) – On-line Photo Gallery is Updated

The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity tomorrow (Feb 12).  The on-line photo gallery of the lost and found has been updated to include new items added through mid-day yesterday – click here to view the gallery.  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings if you want to swing by before work to claim your items.  Everything is laid out on tables at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm is the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival!

What is the Cake Walk?   It’s similar to a game of musical chairs. Numbered pads are arranged in a circle on the gym floor. As music plays, participants parade around the circle. When the music stops, our MCs pull numbers out of a hat.  If you are standing on a pad with a number that is called, you win one of the fabulous prize cakes!

Where do the prize cakes come from?  YOU!  We need lots and lots of prize cakes (300-400)!  The cakes do not need to be large—one box of mix can yield 2 prize cakes!  All prize cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the flavor of the cake. If you bring an allergy-free prize cake, please let us know when you drop it off.

There is also a Cake Decorating Contest! Cakes to be entered into the Cake Decorating Contest should be dropped off on Friday 3/11 3:15-7:00 or Saturday 3/12 11:00-12:00pm at the Faculty Dining Room (near the gym). Judging will begin promptly at noon. All cakes entered in the contest must be decorated by a Thoreau student. Please do not use cake plates or decorations that you want returned to you. You may enter as many cakes in the contest as you like. All cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the cake flavor, student’s name, grade, teacher and category. The contest categories are: Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Cakes that win the contest will be displayed during the Festival and may be taken home by their respective student decorators. Cakes that do not win the contest will be handed out as prize cakes during the Cake Walk.

What else happens at the Family Festival?  There are carnival games like High Striker, Crazy Cans, Bean Bag Toss, face painting, plus carnival fare. Fun for everyone!

How Can I Get Involved?  Please consider volunteering to help out at this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival.  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  If you are willing and able, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aadae2ea2f58-cake -Betsy Olsson-Mackowski, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs


Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade spellers! This year’s spelling bee will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, April 9.  Third and 4th graders compete in teams of two to three, and 5th graders compete individually.  The 4th and 5th grade bees are elimination rounds; the 3rd grade one is a relaxed, non-elimination introduction to bees.   Registration details, forms, and word lists will be provided following the February break.  Stay tuned for more details!


Now it is easier than ever to collect box tops for Thoreau School, in two new ways.

New way #1:  Clip and turn in box tops found on products by the Annie’s Homegrown Company.  Now that Annie’s Homegrown is part of General Mills, their popular Annie’s mac and cheese, cookies, Cheddar Bunnies crackers and other snacks proudly display box tops coupons.

New way #2:  enter a new on-line sweepstakes being offered by General Mills.  Each person can enter once per day from now through February 14th to win 2,016 box tops.  (Note that this is different from the box tops sweepstakes offered by Market Basket – that one ended last weekend).  Click here to fill out an on-line entry form.  If you are not already registered at the Box Tops website, sign up and designate Thoreau as the school you are supporting.

Thanks for your help!  – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


We all know exercise has the ability to brighten our mood, decrease stress, and improve our attention span and memory.  That’s why we love BOKS! Your chance to get involved is coming!  We will be sending out registration information via email in mid-February and the program will start in mid-March. We will again accept attendees based on a family lottery system (don’t worry your chances in this one are substantially better than with Power Ball). To accommodate more kids, our goal is to add a second session that would meet on Mondays and Wednesdays.  We can’t do it without volunteers!!  If you’re interested, please email Adrienne at Adrienne.principe@gmail.com.  It’s a fun program and a great way to start your day – for kids and adults.  For more information, visit bokskids.org.


February School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources


Concord Public Library

Third Grade Book Eaters Club

February 17 at 4pm.   Historical Fiction: Read about People & Places.  Show & Tell…  Bring a favorite Historical Fiction Book to Share.  Activity…Look for the Label: Discover Different Types of Fiction.  Portraits From the Past: We’ll Take Photos in Old Fashioned Costumes & Decorate Frames.  Held at the Concord Free Public Library at 129 Main Street.  For more information, visit concordlibrary.org or call (978) 318-3358.

March BookMarkers Meeting

4th and 5th graders on Tuesday, March 1at 1 pm.  Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street, Concord MA 01742.  Read Space Case by Stuart Gibbs.  Book discussion, refreshments and a skype session with the author.  Books for circulation available at the Main Library.

The Concord Family Network Valentine’s Day Party

The Concord Family Network invites you to a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 13 from 3:30-5:00 PM at Hunt Recreation Center (90 Stow Street)! A perennial favorite of CFN families, this event celebrates “the day of love” with crafts, musical entertainment for the kids, and refreshments for all.  The popular children’s entertainer Ed “The Music Man” Morgan will once again be on hand to delight children of all ages with his original music and silly twists on some old-time classics. Bring the kids to do some Valentine’s Day crafts and gather on Ed’s magic carpet to sing along and dance their sillies out! This year we will also be collecting pantry items to benefit the Yawkee Family Inn at the Boston’s Children Hospital.  Show your Valentine’s Day love by donating pantry items such as granola bars, oatmeal, packaged cookies, cereal, fruit cups, tea, and K-cup coffee (single servings work best). In addition, quick dinner fixes such as mac and cheese, soups, pasta and sauces would also be appreciated. A collection bin will be set up at the door. All Concord-area families are invited.  Free for CFN members, non-members pay only $3/child up to $10/family (Fee will be waived with a pantry item donation). For more information please contact concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com or visit our website www.concordfamilynetwork.org

Center for Parents and Teachers

The Center for Parents and teachers invites parents of young children to a new 6-week Parent Support Group.  This group, called INSPIRE, is designed for parents of young children with a diagnosed special need (ages 4-9 years old)  and will be led by a very skilled faciliatator, Patty Marquis, LICSW

Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and for the long haul. The group will come up with meaningful topics to them which may include how to:

  • Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced on a daily basis.
  • Nurture their individual identity beyond their parenting identity.
  • Cope and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy for their child.
  • Restore trust and hope in their lives by creating positive connections with others and healing disconnections.
  • Gain new perspectives on having more satisfying interactions with their child.

The group will consist of 6-8 members. Each member is asked to make a 6 week commitment to the group.  It will be held on 6 consecutive Monday mornings at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord MA from 9:30-11AM. The group sessions will start on March 7, 2015 and end on April 11, 2015.  The program is free.  Please click on (or cut and paste into your browser) the following website:http://inspireparentworkshopconcordmarch2016.eventbrite.com in order to register.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY FEB 22nd for Concord residents.  Then it will be opened up to towns throughout the region.  Secure your spot!  Questions?  Please call the Center for Parents and Teachers (the sponsor of this program) at 978-202-1143 or email Sally Quinn Reed at cpt@concordps.org for more information. Patty Marquis is a seasoned LICSW social worker in private practice in Concord, who counsels individuals, couples and families.  She has also been a parent educator and leader of parent groups since 1977.  She brings her solid knowledge of child development, her counselling experience and her mindfulness mindset to inspire parents to deepen their empathy for themselves and their child.

The Amazing Race Returns: April 2, 2016

Mark your calendar! CC at Play’s Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Who do you want on your team to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”?  Registration begins January 4, 2016.  Teams of two or three can race in one of three categories: Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5. Space is limited; so don’t forget to sign-up early!  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.

Slocum Soccer School 2016

After 17 years holding camp the 3rd week in August, the dates of Slocum Soccer School will now be the 3rd week in July.  NEW DATES: JULY 18-22!!!  9:00am-3:00pm

NEW LOCATION – Concord Academy’s Moriarty Athletic Complex, 153 Fairhaven Road, Concord, MA 01742 Ages: GIRLS entering 3rd through 9th grades in the Fall of 2016. Info/Registration: SlocumSoccerSchool.com

Callen Tennis

Save the Date for Callen Tennis at the new CCHS tennis courts this fall! The Callen Tennis program will be offered again but will take place after school at the Concord-Carlisle High School this fall, not spring, for kids ages 5-12 yrs. NEW this year: We will offer red, orange and green ball! Program dates will run from the week of September 12 – November 1. Stay tuned for the day of the class and please be on the look out for registration information this summer.  As always, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early. We are sorry to miss your kids this spring but we hope they will participate this fall.  Please email Heather Swartwood at callentennis@yahoo.com with any questions. With the great addition of the CCHS tennis players assisting the classes and 6 brand new courts, the fall 2016 program is destined to be the best yet! The teams are excited to get on the courts with your kids and share the love of this great sport with them. Jen Beveridge & Heather Swartwood Callen Tennis, LLC

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Feb. 25, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.