January 14, 2016


We hope you are all settling in back to school!

By now all fourth and fifth grade families should have received an email from their room parents with information about the Hobby Fair. If your child is in fourth or fifth grade and you have not received any information, please contact your room parent or Kristen Keilty and Kate Damon, our Hobby Fair Coordinators. The deadline for submitting your child’s hobby fair permission slip is Wednesday, February 3rd.

Follow up:
The Configuration Committee at CMS made it’s presentation to the School Committee Tuesday evening. You can view the presentation online by clicking the following: Link to the 1.12.16 CMS Configuration Committee School Committee Presentation For more information and an opportunity to ask questions, you are welcome to attend one of the parent forums scheduled to review the Configuration Committee’s work on February 3, from 5-6pm and on February 4, from 10-11am in the Sanborn Auditorium.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, January 21: CPS Teacher Contract Negotiations Meeting, Ripley (open to community)
  • Tuesday, January 26: Joint School Committee Meeting at 6:30pm at Ripley
  • Wednesday, January 27: School Committee Community Coffee at 7pm at Thoreau School
  • Friday, February 5: Bingo Night
  • Monday, February 8: Hobby Fair Family Night

Trish and Betsy


As you put new outerwear, hats, etc. into service this winter, please label each item with a name and phone number.  This greatly increases the chances of items finding their way back to you.  The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity on the last school day before February break.  Believe it or not, that’s only four weeks away.  All items are on display on tables in the main hallway at the entrance to the cafeteria.  Please check it out!


January School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources


After School Music Instruction

The Concord/Concord-Carlisle Schools has limited openings for its winter-spring session of instrumental music and voice lessons. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord, part of the Community Education department, offers weekly lessons (30, 45 or 60 minutes) at CCHS and the Carlisle School. For information and registration materials please visit www.ace.colonial.net/IMSCC. Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@concordps.org or phone 978-341-2490 ext. 7124.

CC Community Chest: Annual Community Speaker

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is proud to present its Annual Community Speaker event on Monday, February 1 at 7:30pm at the Fenn School, Ward Hall.  Join us for an evening with Dr. Annie Brewster, Founder and Executive Director of Health Story Collaborative.  Dr. Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.  She is also a patient, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001.  In 2010, motivated by her belief in the power of stories to improve health, Dr. Brewster started Health Story Collaborative to collect, share, and honor stories of illness and healing.  Its goal is to create a forum for story sharing to make the process of navigating illness less isolating, and to empower individuals and families facing health challenges.  Dr. Brewster has been published in The New York Times Well Blog, the Commonwealth WBUR blog, NPR.org, the Boston Globe, Harvard Medicine Magazine as well as presenting at TEDx Fenway, 2014.  For more information on HSC, please visit http://www.healthstorycollaborative.org/.  To register for this FREE event, go to the Community Chest website at www.cccommunitychest.org or call 978-369-5250.

Center for Parents and Teachers: Parenting Education Series for Parents of Children Ages 4 to 9 Years Old

“Fostering Self-Reliance in Your Young Child (a four part evening series)”

Facilitated by Patricia Marquis, LICSW, Family Therapist.  Four Monday evenings 6:30 to 8 PM February 1, 8, 22, and 29 at Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, $120 for all 4 sessions.  Sign up online (see below).  This program will offer parents a perspective on why the development of independence is so important for a child’s success in school … and in all areas in life.  Striking the balance between a connected dependence on family and a healthy budding independence can mean a greater sense of self-esteem for a child, a growing feeling of competency in the classroom and with friends and family, as well as a much greater ability to handle transitions with a higher level of ease.  Life is full of challenges, including both successes and disappointments.  This series will offer parents insights on how parents can help their child handle inevitable feelings of disappointment and frustration, building inner resilience as children internalize a sense of “I can handle this!”  By participating in this four-part workshop, parents will gain more confidence in their parenting skills to elicit their child’s cooperation and initiative.  They will be able to establish realistic expectations about their child, create discipline strategies that foster independence and understand better what motivates their child’s behavior.  This all leads to more satisfying parent-child interactions as parents come to be more effective in mobilizing the child to accomplish what is needed to be done. Please go to the following eventbrite online site: http://fosteringselfreliancefeb2016concordma.eventbrite.com  to register. Need a scholarship to attend?  Please email cpt@concordps.org and type “Fostering Self Reliance” in the subject line.  Go to  www.centerforparentsandteachers.org to learn about other upcoming programs.

The Shamrock Ball

Tickets to the Shamrock Ball, presented by Concord Recreation, will go on sale on February 3 at 9am. The event is March 12, 2016 at The Westford Regency from 7pm-9:30pm and is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Tickets are $90 per couple.  Online registration will be available www.concordma.gov/recreation.  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so.  Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-369-6460.  Proceeds benefit Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

The Amazing Race Returns: April 2, 2016

Mark your calendar! CC at Play’s Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Who do you want on your team to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”?  Registration begins January 4, 2016.  Teams of two or three can race in one of three categories: Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5. Space is limited; so don’t forget to sign-up early!  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Jan. 21, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.