February 13, 2014


Bingo Night was awesome – thanks to Suzy Symons and Chris Economos! Hope you are all working hard on your Geography Quests:) Enjoy February break! The next PTG meeting will be March 11 at 9AM. Take note- there are several GREAT programs coming to town in March:

  • March 1:  “Building Resilience, All Ages-All Stages” with keynote speaker Dr. Ronald Siegel
  • March 20:  “Finding Huck Finn: Reclaiming Childhood From a River of Electronic Screens” with “mediatrician” Dr. Michael Rich
  • March 31:  “Raising Resilient Children and Teens” with the acclaimed Dr. Robert Brooks (co-sponsored by the Thoreau, Willard, Alcott and CMS PTGs)

-Carla and Louisa


Thoreau’s annual BINGO Night was loads of numerical fun – with many winners, pizza, ice cream and prizes! Special thanks to Karla Keefe and Tom Hourihan for their spirited number calling and musical selections. Thank you, as well, to PTG volunteers Leslie Feigh, Casey Bobo and Christy Harrington. What a super Thoreau tradition! –Suzy Symons & Chris Economos, Bingo Night co-chairs


Save the Date! Saturday, March 29, 2-4pm is the Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival! Come and join us for an afternoon of carnival games, food, crafts, music and loads of fun. Try your hand at one of the many games we will have — there are loads of prizes to be won! Also, if you have never taken part in a cake walk, this is a much loved Thoreau tradition that shouldn’t be missed. It’s really like a game of musical chairs. Each participant takes their place in a circle and stands on a numbered pad. When the music starts, the participants parade around in a circle; when the music stops, our master of ceremonies will pull lucky numbers out of a hat. If your number is called, you win of one of the fabulous cakes! Regarding the cakes, we need lots and lots – 300 to 400 to use as prizes! Thoreau students can also enter their cakes into the Cake Decorating Contest! Categories and more details to be provided in the next Thoreau Announcements. Any questions, please contact Amy Tenenbaum,aftenenbaum@hotmail.com. –Dorina Enes, Amy Tenenbaum & Jennifer Ubaldino, Cake Walk Co-chairs


The Winter Olympic bobsled events start this weekend. You can discover where this sport began in the Winter Olympics Geography Quest — 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, discover a bit about the history of the Olympics and the geographies of the countries that have hosted the Games. Additional copies can be downloaded from the PTG website. Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library any time before February 28. (The answer to last week’s GeoQuest trivia question is: approximately 1,300 medals have been made, featuring the official name of the Games engraved in Russian, English and French. Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for the answer to this week’s GeoQuest Trivia.) –Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Chair


  • Monday, February 24         Popcorn Chicken
  • Tuesday, February 25         Breaded Mozzarella Sticks w/ Marinara Sauce
  • Wednesday, February 26   Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday, February 27       Tacos with Lean Beef
  • Friday, February 28              Whole Grain Homemade Cheese Pizza


Concord/Carlisle Community Services

Did you know?  Concord/Carlisle Community Services provides many services to our town!

  • Financial assistance programs
  • Fuel assistance programs
  • Parenting support groups
  • After school and summer camp support
  • Childcare services/Preschool tuition assistance
  • Domestic Violence resources
  • Counseling services
  • Legal services
  • Employment assistance programs
  • Emergency Fund Assistance programs to assist with bills, rent, mortgage payments
  • Other state & privately funded assistance programs
  • Concord Cares emergency fuel assistance
  • Area food pantries/ clothing resources

For additional and more detailed information, check out the town website and the Community Services webpage, www.concordma.gov  — click on Town Departments then click on Community Services

Community Chest Luncheon

In celebration of National Women in Philanthropy month, all Concord and Carlisle women and their guests are invited to attend a luncheon on March 6, sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. The luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon at Nashawtuc Country Club and will feature special guest speaker Dr. Nancy Hendrie.

Dr. Hendrie is a Carlisle resident, a long-time Community Chest supporter, and the founder of  The Sharing Foundation. The Sharing Foundation is an international non-profit whose mission is to “help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia”.

The Community Chest is thrilled to celebrate Women in Philanthropy month with Dr. Hendrie and the community members of Concord and Carlisle. In its third year, this popular event is a social afternoon with friends and neighbors and highlights the impact of the courage, character and commitment of women. Come join us!

Tickets to the event are $30 and may be purchased online at cccommunitychest.org, or by calling the Community Chest office at (978) 369-5250.

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

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on February 27, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, February 24, 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 and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.