February 2, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


Be sure to check out the newest addition to my blog athttp://principalclough.wordpress.com.
–Kelly Clough


Thoreau School Bingo Night, originally scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled.


The annual Hobby Fair is coming up.  This is an event for 4th and 5th graders to share their hobbies, collectibles, art and other interests with teachers, family and friends.  Each year we see an amazing array of fun and interesting exhibits, from displays of sports memorabilia to exhibits about music, dance, arts and crafts, and writing.

The Fair will be open to the Thoreau School community on the evening of Monday, March 12 from 6:30-7:30 pm, when family and friends may view the many great exhibits.  On the same day, the fair will run from 9:00-11:30 am so that all classes will have time to visit and enjoy the Fair.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Duggan at deborah_duggan@hotmail.com or 978-369-2129. And any adults interested in helping to set up or clean up would be appreciated, please let me know! –Thoreau Hobby Fair Committee


Thank you so much to the incredible generosity from those who responded to our concerned message regarding the Annual Appeal. We are now at 76% of our goal. We still have $3,300 to go to be able to continue with all our scheduled events and programming this spring. Thus far, 32% of families have donated. We hope for at least 50% participation. Please give today – any amount you can – www.thoreauptg.org or send a check. This week’s donors, thank you! DeGreeff, Garcia, Maguire Newman, O’Sullivan, McHale Sierra, Chaudhary, Tosic Johnson, Hunter, Stone.


Hi!  We are students from the Thoreau School. We are creating our first school newspaper, entitled The Thoreau Times. If you own or work for a business, and are interested in placing an advertisement in our school newspaper, we would greatly appreciate your support.    The cost would be $50 to have your business card featured in our first edition of the newspaper due to be published in late February, 2012.  All donations must be received no later than February 10, 2012.  The donations will go towards the cost of printing the newspaper, T-shirts, and other newspaper club related activities.

Please fill out the information requested on the link listed below and mail your check (checks written to The Thoreau PTG) and business card to the address listed below.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Clough at Thoreau School.  



The transportation forum was held on February 1 to describe the administration’s recommendation to out-source busing starting in the next fiscal year, and hear the public’s comments. School Committee will vote on the proposals at the next meeting. For a more detailed account of the discussion around this issue at this School Committee meeting see the full meeting notes posted on the Thoreau website.

The 2012-2013 school calendar was approved. Next year school will start for teachers on 8/29 and for students on 9/04. Three religious holidays will be eliminated.

Rivers & Revolutions program of study is being developed at the high school. An information session will be held on February 2. Contact the high school for more information.


The Willard PTG is partnering with Berit Pratt, RN MPH of NitWits LLC, based out of Cambridge, MA.  Ms. Pratt will be discussing the latest information on head lice to help parents with lice detecting and prevention.  This seminar is Tuesday, February 7, 7pm in the Willard Auditorium.  All are welcome.


What insect migrates in a large colony and kills every insect, spider, snake and lizard in its path? Hints: Some species march in a line, some in a fan-shaped swarm and some all at once. The numbers in the colony can be as large as 500,000 to 2 million at a time, marching in such synchronization that they operate like the cells of a single organism. Check back next week for the answer! Last week’s trivia answer is Swahili is the national language of Tanzania. There is just 1 more week to finish up your Geography Quest, but a lifetime to uncover the fascinating migrations of other animals. Please return your completed Geography Quest to the box in the library by February 6. –Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs


Please check the Lost & Found by the cafeteria for your items. We’ll be donating all remaining items during the February vacation.

LUNCH MENU Week of February 6-10

Monday: Chili
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken Sandwich
Thursday: Cheese Ravioli
Friday: French Bread Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.


4th Annual Home and Children’s Goods Drop-off Day

As your family changes, so do your needs at home! Your outgrown goods can help a low-income or homeless family in the area. Bag up your no-longer-needed children’s items, towels and linens, and drop them at First Parish in Concord on Saturday, February 11, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Volunteers will be ready to receive your donations. Accepted donations include:infant to teen clothing, footwear, winter outerwear, baby equipment, children’s books, games and toys. No furniture and appliances this year, please. All children’s donations will go directly to Cradles to Crayons and linens to HGRM to be redistributed to families in the Greater Boston area. For more information or a list of accepted items, please contact Abby White at abbygwhite@comcast.net.

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln at the Concord Museum

On Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 20), The Concord Museum is pleased to once again host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln.  Matching Lincoln’s height and beard, Wood bears enough of a resemblance to our 16th president to make heads turn. His first-person historical interpretation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, his campaign debates, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address.  1:00 – 2:00; recommended for all ages, by reservation only (978) 369-9763; reserve early as space is limited. Nonmembers $10/$5 child; Members $7/$3 child.  Be sure to stop by the Museum Shop to purchase your own stovepipe hat! For further information visit: www.concordmuseum.org

An Adult/Child Tea with Louisa May Alcott at the Concord Museum

On Saturday February 25, delight your child with an afternoon with Louisa May Alcott, portrayed by Jan Turnquist.  Make the day a special outing by sipping cocoa or tea in Daniel Chester French Hall at the Concord Museum while you enjoy tasty treats and listen to stories of Louisa’s adventures and her book Little Women.  After tea, make a keepsake to take home with you to remember your trip to the Museum and your visit with Louisa.  2:00 pm; $10/child; $15/accompanying adult; recommended for ages 7 and up; by advance reservation only; (978) 369-9763. For further information visit: www.concordmuseum.org.

Concord Solar Fair!

The Town of Concord Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC) invites you to attend a Solar Fair on Saturday, February 4, 2:00-5:00pm at the Willard School. This event is free and is designed to help homeowners decide if solar power is right for their homes and a good investment. Experts in every step of the process will be on hand to discuss both solar photovoltaic (PV) (for electricity) and solar thermal (for hot water) products. In addition, representatives of the Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) will have information available on Concord Solar, a program that CMLP is developing to provide you with a convenient and affordable way to take advantage of solar PV. CCHS students will be there to help you determine if your roof is a good site for solar energy, and local banks will be available to discuss loans for solar energy purchases. Brian Foulds, a Concord resident with a solar PV array on his house, will be giving presentations at 2:30 and 3:30, offering the opportunity to ask someone who has already made the conversion to solar energy questions about the process. He will also present at the Concord Public Library from 7:00-9:00pm on Thursday, February 2. Contact Brian at brian.foulds@gmail.com for more information. On-site child care is available, so bring sneakers for the kids. The snow date for this event is February 11, at the same location and times. It is not necessary to register in advance, but responding athttp://concordsolarfair2012.eventbrite.com/ will help us stay green in our preparations.

CCYBS Annual Winter Baseball Clinics

CCYBS is happy to announce that John Kelly, the Concord Carlisle Varsity Baseball Coach, will again be offering his annual baseball clinic for players of all ages this winter and early spring. CCHS baseball players will participate in each session to help coach the players. Saturdays: February 4 and 11, March 3, 10, 17. $175 per person and a 30 player max per session.

§  Session 1 4:00 to 5:00  T-Ball

§  Session 2 5:00 to 6:00  1st and 2nd grades

§  Session 3 6:00 to 7:00  3rd and 4th grades

§  Session 4 7:00 to 8:00  5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

There will also be a 3 hour day clinic in the spring for all that participate in the winter clinic. It will be held outside. Time and date is TBA. It will be free to those who participated in the winter clinic and $50 for those who do not. For more information, please contact John Kelly, jk@johnkellybaseball.com or (978) 660-5454.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on February 9, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, February 6, 2012.
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. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.