February 7, 2013


Thoreau Family Bingo night is tonight, February 7 at 6:30. Families are invited to come for a night of bingo fun, pizza, ice cream and prizes! For questions contact chriseconomos@gmail.com  or suzysymons@yahoo.com.


You’ll find other intriguing questions like this in this year’s Geography Quest! 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 Lewis & Clark’s expedition. Quests have been distributed to students. A copy can also be downloaded from the PTG website. Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library any time before March 4. (Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for the answer to this week’s GeoQuest Trivia.)
–Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs


All 3rd, 4t,h and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 9. This is a fun and low pressure event. 3rd and 4th graders participate in teams –usually 2 or 3 per team; 5th graders compete individually. We need a good group to make the event a success.  The Bee will take place on the afternoon of March 9, with 3rd grade at 3:00pm, followed by 4th grade at 4:30pm, and 5th grade at 530pm. Registration forms have been distributed and are also on the PTG site, or contact me at hrothermel@me.com. Registration deadline is March 1. Word lists will be distributed next week.
–Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair


Yes, it is almost that time of year again! Please save the date — Saturday, April 6, 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.
–Melanie Bettencourt, Karen Brown, & Amy Tenenbaum, Cake Walk Co-chairs


We are excited to let you know that the Callen Tennis program will be offered again after school on Thursdays this spring for kids in K-3rd grade. Program dates are April 25 – June 13. The K-1st grade group will run 3:30pm – 4:15pm; the 2nd-3rd grade class will run 4:15pm – 5:15pm. In addition, we will offer the same Saturday Match Play program as we did last spring beginning April 27 (2:00pm-4:00pm). Mark your calendars because registration will start on Wednesday February 27 and remain open until March 13. Again this year, registration will be on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to sign up early. More detailed information about the registration process will be available soon. We hope your kids will participate this spring! Thanks!
Jen Callen Beveridge & Heather Swartwood


The latest updates written by the School Committee following its January 8 and January 22 meetings are now available at https://www.thoreauptg.org/meetings-minutes/

LUNCH MENU Week of February 11-15

  • Monday: Warm Mozzarella Sticks
  • Tuesday: Early Release Day
  • Wednesday: Pasta with Meatballs
  • Thursday: Nachos with Lean Beef
  • Friday: Homemade Sicilian-style Pizza


Collections for Cradles to Crayons
Please bring your gently used baby and children’s items to donate to Cradles to Crayons.  Family drop-off day is Saturday, February 9 from 9am -12pm at First Parish, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord. Cradles to Crayons creates KidPacks that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl’s specific needs and wants.  Accepted items include: boys and girls clothing from newborn to youth size 14; winter coats, hats, and gloves; pajamas; shoes and boots; baby equipment; books; and baby toys.  No stuffed animals, cribs or old car seats, please.  All donations must be free from rips and stains and in good working condition.  For a list of most needed and accepted items go to: http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept .  Volunteers will be available throughout the morning to help unload your car.  Tax receipts will be available at the event.  For questions, email abbygwhite@comcast.net.

Vacation Week Baseball Clinics
Concord Carlisle Varsity Baseball coach, John Kelly, will be running clinics Tuesday – Friday during February Vacation. The clinics will be at the Fieldhouse, 33 Union Ave., Sudbury. There will be three separate sessions:

  • 1st grade – 3rd grade: 10:00 – 12:00; $175 (10:00 Hitting; 12:00 Pitching and Fielding)
  • 4th grade – 6th grade 12:00 – 2:00  $175 (12:00 Hitting; 1:00 Pitching and Fielding)
  • Middle School: 2:30 -3:30; $100 (Hitting)

For more information, please contact John Kelly at jk@johnkellybaseball.com

Thursday Author Series at the Concord Library
Diane Frampton, author of the highly praised cookbook, Eat Well … Feel Good. Practical Paleo Living, is the March 7 speaker of the Thursday Author Series. Frampton, a resident of Topsfield and a full-time working mother, will discuss her decision to transition her family to a healthy Paleolithic – or Caveman – diet, and how she compiled and tested 200 nutritious and tasty recipes for her first cookbook. Unlike fads, such as the grapefruit diet, the success of the Paleo Diet has sustained the evolution of man. It is made up of wholesome ingredients, such as meat and vegetables that were the only ones available to our ancestors 10,000 years ago. But this does not mean it omits taste. Eat Well, Feel Good features recipes for such savory dishes as Taco Salad with Guacamole, Spicy Crock Pot Chicken and even the all-American Apple Pie. Instead of rolling out flour, the crust is made of walnuts, almond flour, raw sunflower seeds and chopped pitted medjool dates.

Frampton will talk about the many health benefits of the Paleo lifestyle. She will answer questions from guests and sign and sell copies of “Eat Well Feel Good,” which will sell for $30.The Thursday Author Series is a program of The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Frampton will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m., in the Periodicals Room of the main library. There is no charge.

CCYBS – Registration for Spring Baseball and Softball is OPEN
Registration for 2013 Spring Baseball and Softball is now open until February 28, 2013. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter — signup now! Register and pay online using our online registration system. All details about our various age groups, costs and game dates and times at our information page at http://www.ccyb.org/. Scholarships available.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, FEBRUARY 11, 2013. 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.