February 9, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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–Kelly Clough


Please continue the GREAT work!    We have raised almost $500 so far this year, and I hope we can reach $1000 by June.  If every child at Thoreau contributes just 12 more BOXTOPS we can do it.   So please clip those BOXTOPS, put the teacher name on your envelope/baggie, and drop them in the box near the school’s front door.   THANK YOU!!!! Questions?   Mallory Price:  solarmal@comcast.net.


This year we will be traveling to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics! Join us on Friday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm as we swim, tumble and pole vault through math games and puzzles for all ages. We’ll have a raffle, estimation games and prizes, as well as pizza, snacks and drinks for sale. Bring the whole family for this annual tradition of fun and games! For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the event, contact me at cathy.chadwick@gmail.com. Cathy Chadwick


Spellers Needed!  The annual Thoreau Spelling will be taking place on March 10.  We need more participants to make the event a success–particularly in the 4th grade, though more 3rd and 5th grade spellers would also be welcome.  This is a very fun and low-key event, with our own Mr. Lemaire as the pronouncer.  Word lists will be sent out to all participants, so they have an idea of what types of words to expect.  3rd and 4th graders can be in groups of 2 or 3 (though some flexibility) and 5th graders alone.  The signup form can be found on the PTG website, link as follows:  www.thoreauptg.org/documents/SpellingBeeRegFrom.pdf. Please encourage your children to participate–it is a very fun event! Any questions, please contact Holly Rothermel, hrothermel@me.com or at 617-320-8032.


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 13-17

Monday: Baked potato bar
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: B. good burgers
Thursday: Bean and cheese burrito
Friday: Comella’s 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.

Milldam Nursery School Accepting Applications

Milldam is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.  Please visit our web-site to get download and application and request a tour: www.milldamnurseryschool.org. Milldam is a cooperative preschool located in the center of Concord, 20 Lexington Road.

CCYBS Annual State of the Program Meeting

CCYBS is holding its annual “State of the Program Meeting” at 7:30pm on February 29th at the Thoreau School. This meeting will focus on giving an overview of all of the 12 different programs that we run in both the spring and summer. In addition, we’ll speak about many other town baseball topics including: the summer Bay State program, player development clinics, our community involvement, scholarships, fields, and more. In addition, we will be outlining in detail the many open board and executive board positions we have. Since many of our board and executive board members are coming to the end of their terms, we will be looking to fill a significant number of roles over the next 2 seasons. As you all know, CCYBS is a volunteer parent run organization and our success in providing good, fun baseball and softball environments is directly dependent on our parent volunteers. Running this program takes much more than just coaches – and we are looking for new people, new ideas, and new thinking to help CCYBS continue to be able to support the over 1000 players that it does every year. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please contact CCYBS president Ralph Verrilli (ralph.verrilli@vistagy.com).

Open, or soon to be open, positions can be found at www.ccybs.org.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on February 16, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, February 13, 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.