February 6, 2014


Thanks to all who attended this week’s PTG meeting. A special thanks to Joyce Carter and Laurie Link for their presentations about Language Arts and Math at Thoreau! We hope to see you at Bingo Night TONIGHT at 6:30! Thanks to Stefanie Sim for coordinating this month’s staff breakfast! A School Committee Community Coffee has just been announced for Saturday February 8th 9:30-11am at CCHS Little Theater. Enjoy the snow!

Carla and Louisa


Hope you’ll join us for BINGO NIGHT at Thoreau TONIGHT!

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Pizza, Hoodsies, prizes, school spirit!

~ come one, come all ~

If you are able to volunteer or have questions – please contact Chris Economos Pailet (chriseconomos@gmail.com)

The Winter Olympic Geography Quest


The Olympics get underway this week! You may find some of the answers to the Winter Olympic Geography Quest while watching the Games. You can find other answers in the World Book Encyclopedia Online. The Thoreau library has a subscription to this great resource. Log in from Mrs. Pettyjohn’s web page. (If your child doesn’t know the password, contact Mrs. Pettyjohn.) 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, 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: Dominica, Malta, Paraguay, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, and Zimbabwe. Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for the answer to this week’s GeoQuest Trivia.)
–Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Chair


Yes, it is almost that time of year again! Please save the date – Saturday, March 29, 2-4pm — for our annual Cake Walk and Family Festival. As always, it’s fun for the whole family! Loads of games, prizes and, of course, cake! More details to follow.
–Dorina Enes, Amy Tenenbaum & Jennifer Ubaldino, Cake Walk Co-chairs

from the health office

Please remember these healthy measures to minimize exposure to contagious illnesses and help your family and others stay healthy:  Review and reinforce w/ your child:

  • Wash their hands often w/ soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Be an example.  Stop the spread of germs!!
  • Do not share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
  • Cover their coughs/sneezes.  Use the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
  • Keep sick children home until free of any fever (100 degrees F/ 37.8 degrees C greater), without the use of fever reducing meds (Tylenol, ibuprofen) for at least  24 hours.  This includes after school activities and socializing.
  • Know the signs & symptoms of the flu.  This includes:  fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, possibly vomiting and diarrhea.  Contact your doctor promptly for antivirals as they work best when started within first 2 days of getting sick.
  • Keep immunizations up to date and arrange for you and your child to receive a flu vaccine.  There are Meningitis vaccines (5) that help prevent meningitis.  A vaccine for bacterial meningitis is available for ages 2 – 55 yrs.  Most people may already have immunity.
  • Know the signs of meningitis include:  fever, severe and constant headache, stiff neck or neck pain, nausea and vomiting and rash can be signs.  Also note changes in behavior:  confusion, sleepiness and trouble waking.
  • Contact your primary care provider if any questions or concerns about your child’s illness especially if develops a fever after a few days of illness.
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick.  Parents/guardians will be called to pick up any sick student.
  • Check out the following resources for more information:  www.mass.gov/dph, www.cdc.gov,  or

Thoreau Health Office web site:  www.Thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Nurse/Home

Stay Well,

Nicki M. Richards, RN, MS

Thoreau School Nurse

978-341-2490 x 3158 or 978- 202-1258


This Friday, February 7th, our First Graders will meet Tom Foote of Rhythm Kids and ABC Music Together.  He comes to Thoreau to engage children in an African Drumming workshop.  This workshop will have children jamming together on drums, shakers, bells, woodblocks and more, using their imagination, singing and dancing, and engaging all children in improvisation, movement, call and response.  Everyone gets involved in this musical workshop which connects to the first grade Ghana Unit.

This program is brought to Thoreau by the Children’s Programming Committee.


 Seeking volunteers to help Thoreau kids and their families play math games at Family Math Night! You’ll be assigned to one table of math games and work with the families to play the games.  Games and solutions will be provided.

Thoreau School Family Math Night
Fri Mar 7th 6:00-8:00 pm
Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BA4AF2CA46-thoreau For more information, contact Suzanne at skelliher@sonusnet.com.   I would be happy to sign you up for a slot.


Starting this month, all items in the Lost & Found will be donated on the last day of every month.


Monday, February 10            Teriyaki Chicken Dippers

Tuesday, February 11            No Lunch

Wednesday, February 12      Whole Grain Spaghetti

Thursday, February 13           B Good Burgers

Friday, February 14                  Whole Grain Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza

Around town

Shamrock Ball Tickets on Sale February 3rd

Shamrock Ball Tickets On Sale February 3rd– Join us for this ever popular event for girls in grades 2-6 and their adult guest.  Join us in support of the Recreation Department Summer Camp Scholarships and enjoy a fun filled night with live band, photo booth, professional portraits, and amazing raffle prizes!  This year the Ball will be held at the Westford Regency Hotel Ballroom on Friday March 14th from 7-9:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased by phone 978-369-6460or in person at 90 Stow Street.

Heather: hgaspar@girlscoutseasternmass.org or 978-701-6362

Callen Tennis

The Callen Tennis program will be offered again after school on Thursdays this spring for kids in K – 3rd grade. Program dates are April 17th – June 12th.The K-1st grade group class will run 3:30PM – 4:15PM and the 2nd-3rd grade class will run 4:15PM – 5:15PM.

Registration will start on Wednesday, February 26th and remain open until March 5th. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early!

Please find the registration instructions below:

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will begin at 7am Wednesday, February 26th and run through March 5th. To register for Callen Tennis, send an email to callentennis@yahoo.com after 7am on Wednesday, February 26th with the subject line of:

Callen Tennis Registration. In the body of the email message, please include your child’s name, grade, teacher and home phone number.

Upon receipt of your email, you will be notified via email if your child has a spot or not. If your child does have a spot, a waiver, registration form and payment instructions will be sent via email to the first 24 applicants, and the remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list if necessary. In order to guarantee your child’s spot, all forms and payment must be received within 48hrs, no exceptions. If payment is not received within 48hrs. your child’s spot will be given to someone on the waitlist.

LiveWire: Video Production at CCTV for grades 5-8

Kester Krueger of Concord-Carlisle Community Television will lead a 4-day vacation-week class in video. Join the LiveWire Production Team and work on several stories of your own creation — from commercials to news to a mini-movie — and write, shoot and edit your own footage. It meets at CCHS/CCTV Tuesday through Friday, February 18-21, from 10 am to 1 pm. The fee is $150. Class size limited to 6. To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net (course # 3180).

Concord/Carlisle/CCHS After School Music Instruction

New session starts now: registration is open for Winter/Spring 2014 individual music lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord. The IMSCC offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons to new and continuing students. Lessons meet weekly for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, at CCHS and the Carlisle School. This student-funded program was established in 1980 by the Concord-Carlisle Schools and is part of the Community Education department.

For information and registration materials please visit the website: www.ace.colonial.net/IMSCC. For more information please contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@colonial.net or phone 978-341-2490 ext. 7152.

Concord Carlisle Spring Baseball & Softball Registration is OPEN

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball registration is now open for both the Spring season and pre-season clinics.  While the first official pitch is a couple of months away, an early registration discount is available for those who complete baseball registration by the end of January.  Placement evaluations for baseball will be held in February and March for all players interested in playing on a Triple A or Majors Division team.  Pre-season clinics are also available for players wishing to brush up on the softball and baseball skills.  Please see www.ccybs.org for more information and to register.

 Spring In-Town Soccer Registration is OPEN

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer In-Town program offers outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K through Grade 6 who live or attend school in Concord or Carlisle.  Games are played locally on Saturdays from April to June and include a weekly practice for Kindergarten through Grade 6.  

CCYS is a community-based non-profit organization run by over 150 volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to make our programs successful.  We need parents to volunteer as age directors, coaches, assistant coaches, managers and field coordinators.  We support our volunteers through coach training, mentoring and staff support.  Please strongly consider volunteering when registering your player.

For details about our programs and to register go to our website at www.ccysoccer.org.  We offer financial assistance for those in need, please inquire before registering.  The registration deadline for returning players is February 27.  For questions please call us at 978-369-7978.

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 13, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, February 10, 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.