January 10, 2013


Have you ever imagined what it would be like to set out on an expedition across the wilderness of America? This year’s Geography Quest invites you to imagine yourself as an explorer, retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark, and travel the territory west of St. Louis. 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, a bit about Lewis and Clark’s journey. Watch for Geography Quests to come home at the beginning of February!


All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee scheduled on Saturday, March 9. This is always a fun and low-pressure Bee, so be sure to give it a try. Third and 4th graders participate in teams–usually 2 or 3 per team; 5th graders compete individually. The Bee will take place in the afternoon, with 3rd grade first, likely at 3:00, followed by 4th grade at 4:30 and 5th grade at 5:30.  Registration forms will follow; or please contact me at hrothermel@me.com.  Registration deadline March 1st. –Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair


On Friday, January 25 from 9-11 am, please stop by for coffee and refreshments, to connect with other Kindergarten and 1st grade parents, and to learn about upcoming PTG events and volunteer opportunities!  Trish Siefer will host the event (along with Kindergarten rep Pam Goar and 1st grade rep Julie Miller) at her home at 1405 Main Street (corner of Main and West Streets; park on West). Younger siblings are welcome. Please RSVP by January 22nd: Kindergarten, pamgoar@yahoo.com; 1st grade,   jhayenmiller@yahoo.com. Food donations welcome; please confirm with RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!


Good news! We have an opportunity to win big in the Market Basket Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes this month. Between now and February 2, shop in or visit a Market Basket store and pick up an entry form at the courtesy desk for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops for Thoreau School. That’s worth $500! You might say “Oh, I never win those things,” but our school actually did win this contest last year, so never say never!

Entries must be postmarked by February 2. Visit http://www.mydemoulas.net/locations/massachusetts/ for a complete list of Market Basket stores in Massachusetts, including a brand new 2nd Westford store next to Panera Bread at Cornerstone Square.


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert! This year’s family concert is Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:15am. Adults are $20 (plus $2 service fee and postage) and kids are FREE. This year’s theme is From the Inside Out: A Musical Look at Courage, Competition and Character featuring music of Wagner, Brahms, and of course John Williams! Pre-concert activities including the Instrument Playground, instrument demonstrations, and much more are available for all ticket holders from 9-10am.

If you would like to attend, please send a check payable to Jennifer Montbach for $22 per adult and specify the total number of seats you need (i.e. 2 adults, 1 kid, $44 enclosed). Mail to 45 Pine St., Concord 01742. I plan to order tickets on Friday, January 11. If you miss the deadline you may still be able attend, but won’t be able to sit with the group. Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school social worker, at rlevesque@colonial.net or (978) 318-1300. Email me at jennifer@montbach.net with any questions.

LUNCH MENU Week of January 14-18

  • Monday: Cheese Quesadilla
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: Lasagna
  • Thursday: Chicken Tacos
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

On Wednesday, January 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm, choruses of all ages lift their voices in celebration of MLK, Jr. – singing folksongs, spirituals and gospel songs.  Participants will include: Fenn Treble Chorus, Willard 5th G Chorus, CCHS Patriettes a cappela Chorus, Boston Children’s Chorus, and The Holy Tabernacle Church Gospel Chorus. Come join the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council as we celebrate our 20th MLK, Jr. observance with songs sure to lift the spirit and inspire hope! At The Fenn School Auditorium, 516 Monument Street, Concord.

Emerson Umbrella Art Classes

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is offering a variety of art classes for students of all ages.   Come in out of the cold and make some art.  Classes start soon.  Register today!  More information can be found at www.emersonumbella.org or by calling 978-371-0820.

Brad Bennett’s Poetry Class at Emerson Umbrella

Brad Bennett’s Emerson Umbrella “Way of the Haiku” class is being moved to Wednesday afternoons (from Thursdays). Classes begin next week January 16 from 4-5:15. If you would like to sign up, please contact Education Director Jason Springer ASAP at 978-371-0820, ext. 201.

Spring 2013 Lacrosse

Registration closes January 15.  Go to www.ccyouthlacrosse.com for more information and to sign up today for girls and boys grades 1-8. Don’t miss out!!

Coats for Kids Drive

Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids Club needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners 18th annual Coats for Kids drive. Last year the students at CMS collected approximately 200 coats.  This year we are hoping to double that amount.  There is a collection box located in the front lobby at Thoreau School. We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults and babies – that are in good wearable condition. Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear. Coats are being collected now through January 12, 2013. This holiday season as we visit with family and friends, let’s spread the word that we are collecting coats for those in need.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

Holy Family Parish Youth Ministry and the non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Concord residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, we can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home. January 1-31, Concord residents can donate their phones at the specially marked boxes at the entrances to Holy Family Parish Church in Monument Square or at the Holy Family Parish Offices at 55 Church Street in West Concord. Funds raised from the recycling of the cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies, and VA hospitals. For more information, please contact Patty Bruttomesso at patty@bruttomesso.org.

CCYBS – Registration for Spring Baseball and Softball is OPEN

Registration for 2013 Spring Baseball and Softball is now open until February 22, 2013. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter – signup now! Register and pay online using our online registration systemAll details about our various age groups, costs and game dates and times are at our information page: http://www.ccyb.org/.

Parent Toddler Program

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler this winter? Join early childhood educators, Ingrid Wheeler and Vicki Davidson at Ripley School in Concord for two different weekly classes. The Parent Toddler Program is open to parents with children 1-2 years old (as of Sept. 2012) and meets Fridays for 12 weeks, 9:30-11:00am from January 18 through April 12, 2013. The class includes time with toys, crafts, outdoor or gym play, snack, and a fun interactive singing time.  While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion group.

The Parent Preschool Program allows 2- and 3-year-olds the chance to play together in a nursery school classroom every Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting January 17 and ending April 11, 2013.  They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. For more information and registration go to www.ace.colonial.net/parentchild/home.html or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597.  Community Education classes are a student funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

Winter Family Festival of Music and Art

The Concord Children’s Center presents a Winter Family Festival of Music and Art, sponsored by both Cambridge Trust and Middlesex Bank. The family festival is at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord, MA. The event is Saturday January 12, 2013, 10am to 12pm. Admission is $10 per person/$35 max per family. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Concord Children’s Center at 978-369-6790.

Come escape the cold and enjoy live music, arts and crafts, yummy treats and hot chocolate provided by Reasons to be Cheerful. There is music entertainment by the kid’s retro-rock band Karen K and the Jitterbugs at 10am. Back by popular demand and winner of a Parent’s Choice Silver Award is children’s rock band Rolie Polie Guacamole at 11am. The Concord Children’s Center is excited to partner with 77 Arts Academy and Musketaquid Arts and Environment, who will each provide a free art activity for children at the festival.

Plays to Benefit Linawo Children’s Home

On Sunday, January 13 at 2:00pm, Middlesex School will present a fun performance of two one-act plays for children of all ages: Willabella Witch’s Last Spell and Cinderella Wore Combat Boots.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Linawo Children’s Home in Cape Town, South Africa.

Presentation: “Promoting Learning and Lifelong Joy in the CRAZYBUSY World”

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites you to attend their special event at The Fenn School on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 pm. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D, an adult and child psychiatrist, is a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. His presentation, “Promoting Learning and Lifelong Joy in the CRAZYBUSY World,” addresses how to manage our three most valuable assets: time, attention, and mental energy.  Based upon the latest research, Dr. Hallowell will also discuss his five-step plan for promoting successful learning and lifelong joy that parents, teachers and all others who care about children can use to give children the gift of happiness that will last a lifetime: Connect, Play, Practice, Mastery and Recognition. As fundamental as these five concepts are, they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness and spiritual values. Please join Concord-Carlisle Community Chest & Dr. Hallowell for this FREE community event!  The Fenn School is located at 42 Carr Road in Concord, MA. For more information and to register call 978-369-5250 or go to www.cccommunitychest.org

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool

Preschool slots are available for the 2013-2014 school year. You are invited to attend an Open House on Friday, January 11, 2013 (snow date: Friday, January 18), 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Children are welcome!

Come see our facility, talk with our staff, and ask questions about the program. We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord and we have half-day AM & PM sessions and a full-day program available.

Children who are 3 by September 1 and who are not yet 5 by August 31 are welcome to apply. Applications are available at the Open House, at each of the Concord Elementary School offices, the Special Education office in the Ripley Building, and on our web site, www.concordpublicschools.net.  Applications must be returned by January 25, 2013 to be eligible for the lottery.

We look forward to meeting you at our Open House!  If you have further questions, please contact half-day session teachers Jennifer DeFrancesco (978-202-1148, jdefrancesco@colonial.net) and Nancy McGregor (978-202-1184, nmcgregor@colonial.net) or full-day session teacher Christine Brown (978-202-1141, chrisbrown@colonial.net).


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on JANUARY 17, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, JANUARY 14, 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.