Friday, June 13, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

Thank you so much to Jackie Meehan and Laura Mills for coordinating the Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Breakfast and thanks to all who donated to the event!

Please mark your calendar and be sure to stop by to wish Nicki Richards well in her retirement June 19th from 5-6:30 in the cafeteria

Have you volunteered for the PTG this year? Do you plan to next year?:) If so, please join us so that we can thank you for making this such a great year for our kids. June 18th 7-9 at 225 Prairie Street!

Thanks to all who attended our PTG meeting this week. We are pleased to announce the PTG Officers for 2014-2015. Thank you for your willingness to give of your time and expertise!

Co-Presidents: Carla Macy, Trish Siefer

Vice President: Betsy Martel

Secretary: Jen McGonigle

Treasurer: Steven Kirincich

Co-Children’s Programming: Rosie Garcia, Amy Tennenbaum, Amy Zall

Co-Fundraising: Jen McGrath, Nikki Morrissey

Communications: Carolyn Wilkins

Co-Social: Adrienne Principe, Ali Sullivan

Co-Staff Appreciation: Najah Alford, Anne Remington

We still have one open position!

Chess Club

Please email Trish at if you can help out!

thank you!

Carla and Louisa


Medication Pick up:  Please pick up your child’s meds – Epi pens, inhalers, medications etc before the last day of school on June 27, 2014.  Any meds left in the Health Office will need to be discarded.

For Students from Boston, I will send the medications home w/ our Metco tutor.  If your child is not going to be in school the last few days, please make arrangements about medication pick up ahead of time.

Thank you all

Nicki Morina Richards, RN, MS

Thoreau School Nurse

978-341-2490 x 3158


Please join us on Thursday June 19th from 5-6:30 in the Thoreau cafeteria to offer well wishes to Nicki Richards as she heads into retirement. Bring your families, neighbors and Thoreau alums too!!


We’re down to the final days of our Box Tops for Education classroom contest! If you have any box tops still sitting on the counter, please turn them in. I’ll be emptying the collection box mid-day on Monday, June 16 and will announce the winners of our classroom contest shortly afterward. (Please keep clipping and turning in your box tops even after that date, though.) Don’t forget to put your child’s teacher’s name on the bag so that I can credit the right classroom! Meanwhile, keep an eye on that scoreboard in the school lobby for updates.

Who’s in the lead in the contest now, you may ask? The scorecard was updated on Tuesday, with two more updates to come over the next week. Here’s where we stand: kindergarten = Shaw, 1st grade = Walsh, 2nd grade = Peirce, 3rd grade = Ham, 4th grade = Burns, 5th grade = Lemaire.

Also, did you know that lots of box tops expire on June 30 each year? The Box Tops for Education office at General Mills doesn’t accept outdated ones. You don’t have to check the expiration dates (I do that part) but it’s best to turn in whatever you have before June 16 so that they get into our June submission just in case any of yours are expiring.

Thanks for all that you are doing, everyone!  Every clip makes a difference.

– Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


Many thanks go to the Thoreau families that have generously donated books to the Library this year. We were given many new books through the Gift Book Program, the Scholastic Book Fair, the Vacation-Travel Book Club and by generous individuals. Many of these donors have already been thanked in earlier Announcements.  We would now like to also acknowledge Andres Garcia, Paul and Jordan Newbold, Sam Adams, the Glitzenstein Family, Alexis Biondo, Vera and Ellie Sablak, Gemma Feinstein, Ethan and Anna Pettyjohn, the Thoreau Times, and the Cake Walk Committee.


Thank you so much for your help during the past year. Youíve worked hard to put our library shelves in order and to keep the books circulating. Special thanks go to the “graduating parent volunteers” for their many years of assistance: Jackie Meehan, Laura Mills, Polly Stadt, Jan Wirth, Jen Johnson, Bridget Walker, Terrence Cassidy, Tracy Sharakan, and Lynn Umina,

We hope that you can come to our annual shelving-plus “parties” on Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26 from 9:00 A.M. to noon. If you have time, please help us re-shelve books and assist with any number of other end-of the-year projects.  Sustenance will be provided! Again, thank you for everything.


The last checkout for library materials was on Friday, June 6, so now is the time to hunt for any missing library items. Bills for overdue books will be sent out during the week of June 16. We would much rather have the book than its replacement cost, so check those closets, bookcases and car seats please! Books not returned by the end of school will be kept on a studentís record for the fall, and will affect his or her eligibility to check out new materials.

— Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

Join the band!

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the incredible opportunity to learn a musical instrument during the school day next year as a 4th or 5th grader!  All the information you need about band in Concord (including what instruments are offered and how to register) can be found at  We are very excited to meet you all and to be a part of this fantastic community!


Paul Halpainy and Christopher Noce, Concord Public School Bands


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a box of cereal with your child from Monday June 9th to Wednesday June 25th

ANY kind of cereal is welcome, and in any size – family, individual, hot or cold packets! There will be a collection box in the front hall to put the cereal boxes in, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at and thank you.


The Concord Education Fund’s (CEF) annual Teacher Appreciation Appeal provides a unique opportunity to thank your favorite teachers for their tireless dedication this past school year.  Now you may make a donation to the CEF in their name and they’ll receive a special acknowledgement card informing them of your family’s thoughtful gift.  The CEF is an independent, non-profit organization that raises private funds in support of the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School. Donate to the 2014 CEF Teacher Appreciation campaign ( today!

Please note, the CEF will not be sending a US Mail letter regarding this opportunity, so please act now.  If you prefer to donate by check, please mail your check to CEF, PO Box 202, Concord, MA  01742 and include the teacher(s) name, school and grade in an accompanying note.  Thank you in advance for your generous support and for honoring the teachers who have had such a positive impact on your child’s education and development.  To view recent and past grants provided to our schools by the CEF, visit our website at 


Looking for an easy crepe recipe?  Norwegian waffles? Bistro-style short ribs or gluten-free apple crisp?  The first-ever Thoreau Friendship Cookbook is brimming with over 60 lip-smacking, kid-pleasing and family-friendly recipes.  This culinary collection is destined to become your go-to companion in the kitchen.  Make sure to get one for yourself and give some as gifts.  Perfect for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and souvenirs.  Only $15 each with an e-book version free!  Cookbooks will be sent home with children upon payment.   Cookbooks can also be purchased in the front office from Maria or Donna.  Each order helps support PTG events and enrichment programs that benefit our entire Thoreau community.  Order Today!

Order your Thoreau cookbook online at via PayPal or print out the form located on the website if you prefer to mail a check.

Below is the order form for the cookbook.  Ebooks are included with your order.

Please complete and return in the your child’s folder, including a check payable to THOREAU PTG

Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you!

Thoreau Cookbook Committee


  • Monday, June 16                       Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, June 17                       Baked Fish
  • Wednesday, June 18                 Cheese Ravioli
  • Thursday, June 19                      Baked Potato Bar
  • Friday, June 20                            Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza

Around town

Girl Scout Troop Hosts Animal Shelter Drive

5th Grade Willard Girl Scout Troop 72678 is helping with the needs of two animal shelters, the Lowell Humane Society and the Sterling Animal Shelter.  The troop is collecting supplies to help keep pets in homes as well as supplies for the shelter.  The troop will have a donation box at Thoreau through Friday, June 20th.  On Saturday, June 21st, the troop will have a pet awareness fair at Crosby’s from 10am-2pm.  Come meet cute adoptable pets, enjoy delicious baked goods and help fill a shopping cart with much needed pet supplies.  The shelters are in need of items such as pet food, pet toys, cat littler, old towels, paper towels, contractor bags, laundry detergent.  Please consider donating.  Contact Jennifer at or Kate at  if you have any questions.

Half Day Tuesday at CMS

Attention 5th Grade Families: Concord Youth Services announces a new “half day Tuesday at CMS” partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley (BGAV) for the 2014-2015 school year. Students entering 6th-8th grade can attend BGAV’s After the Bell program (transportation from CMS to BGAV included) for an afternoon of recreation, computer and homework lab services, game room fun and more. Only 13 spots available! Learn more here:

Chess Tournament

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Concord-Carlisle Chess Club holds its first Scholastic Tournament on Sunday, June 15, 2014

Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St, West Concord

Registration 1-1:30 pm

Rounds 1-4 begin at 1:30 pm

(conclude by 5:30 pm)

Nicholas Sterling, Tournament Director

Two Scholastic Sections – ages 11 years and under, and ages 12-17

$10 by advance registration, $15 at the door

$5 for active members of the CC Chess Club

E-Mail for Advance Registration: or

Players must have a current membership with the United States Chess Federation (USCF: annual fee $19 to join or renew, depending on age); sign-up on the day of the event, or online at

Are you new to tournament play? This is a great opportunity to learn and play and compete. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each section with at least six players enrolled. The Club will also conduct its usual instruction and recreational play on Sunday for those not playing in the tournament. Visitors and spectators welcome!

More information at: >> Downloads >> Chess Club Scholastic Tournament

Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball & Softball

Concord – Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball registration for Summer baseball and softball programs is now open on  There are a variety of programs design to appeal to children from current Kindergarteners through middle schoolers.  These include both in-town and travel teams.  To avoid late fees, please register before the 15th.

Emerson Umbrella

The Umbrella will welcome families to its classrooms for the next Free Drop-in Family Day on June 14. Sponsored by the Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, and Maynard Cultural Councils, Free Drop-in Family Days offer families a fun and affordable afternoon of creativity and art-making. Designed and taught by our talented instructors, Drop-in Days art projects use a variety of materials, mediums, and professional artists’ tools, and incorporate seasonal themes. Each project is intended to take 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and families can drop in any time between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Each Drop-in Day ends at 4 PM. Visit

Upcoming Free Drop-in Family Days

  • Saturday, June 14
  • Saturday, September 13
  • Monday, October 13
  • Saturday, November 8
  • Saturday, December 13

Concord Conservatory of Music Registration Open for Fall 2014 Private Lessons

Announcing new group classes and chorus

The Concord Conservatory of Music is now accepting registrations for Fall 2014 private lessons and group classes.   Students of all ages and ability levels are taught by the CCM faculty. In addition to lessons, CCM private lesson students have the opportunity to participate in numerous recitals and music enrichment activities, such as master classes with guest artists. The Concord Conservatory of Music is a tight-knit community where musical creativity and individuality are encouraged and nurtured at the highest level. CCM faculty are talented performers themselves, many of whom have played in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Boston, New York, and around the world.

This Fall CCM is expanding its offerings to the community with the addition of elementary and middle school choruses, ukulele choir, and a concert lecture series.

To schedule a lesson placement interview, please contact Megan Bisceglia in the CCM office,, or 978-369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, founded in 2005, and offering private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and ability levels.  The school is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Concord Farm and Garden Fair

Come to the Concord Farm and Garden Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14.

Activities around town Include: The annual Ag Day Farmers’ Market in Concord Center; a dozen Farm and Garden Talks and Tours with hosts; an exhibit of contemporary growing practices at the Concord Art Association; veggies, bees, chickens, flowers and the Stone Soup Dinner at Verrill Farm.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 19, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 16, 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