January 16, 2014


Thoreau School activities have picked right back up since the winter break!  This past week’s Hobby Fair was a great success!  Thank you to coordinators Jackie Meehan and Cathy Chadwick for their efforts!  Also this week was the 2nd grade coffee organized by Grade Level Representative Betsy Dorr and graciously hosted by Kirsten Francini.  Additionally, each month the PTG sponsors a staff breakfast supported by the families of each grade level, and yesterday the second grade families fed teachers well!  The final grade level coffee for the year will be this Tuesday, January 21st.  Find the details below.

Save the Date for the 5th grade parent coffee

Come in from the cold, have some warm treats, and visit with 5th grade parents on Tuesday, January 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  No need to RSVP, just come to 39 Edgewood Road (home of Jen Johnson). Hope to see you all there!

Lost & Found

Starting this month, all items in the Lost & Found will be donated on the last day of every month.

 Coming Soon — The Winter Olympic Geography Quest

The Winter Olympics are less than a month away, and so is the Winter Olympic 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 the sports of the Winter Olympics. Quests will be distributed to students at the end of this month, to coincide with the Games, which open on February 4.

Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Chair

Annual Appeal Update

The Thoreau New Year is off to a great start with generous contributions from the following families: Fattal; Capello; Nick; Moskow; Goar; Hunt; Glazer; Hunter; Hubbard-Nelson; Neville; Sprague; Dillon; Rothermel/Dettelback; and Johnson. We are so very thankful for their support. If you haven’t had a chance to donate to the Annual Appeal yet, please consider giving soon. We still have a long way to go before reaching our fundraising goal for this year and every dollar makes a difference. You can send a check to the school made out to Thoreau PTG or donate online at www.thoreauptg.org. Thank you so much! —Fundraising Co-Chairs, Rose Waxler and Tracy Bagley White


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 birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and souvenirs.  Only $15 each with an e-book version free!  Cookbooks will be sent home with children upon payment.   Each order helps support PTG events and enrichment programs that benefit our entire Thoreau community.  Order Today!

Order your Thoreau cookbook online at www.thoreauptg.org 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, January 20               No School

Tuesday, January 21               Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Wednesday, January 22         WG Pasta with/without meat sauce

Thursday, January 23            Popcorn Chicken Bites

Friday, January 24                  Cheese Pizza

Around town

Best Selling Author to Speak at The Fenn School

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites all community members to attend a special evening with Lee Woodruff on January 27 at 7:30pm at the Fenn School.  Lee Woodruff is author of the best-selling book  “In an Instant”, which tells the harrowing story of her husband Bob’s traumatic brain injury suffered during a news report in the Middle East.  In addition, Lee is a CBS news contributor, philanthropist, devoted mother and wife.  Space is limited!!  Reserve your FREE ticket at www.cccommunitychest.org or (978)369-5250.

Meeting to Discuss Concord Recreational Needs – TONIGHT!

The Concord Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the recreational needs of the Town on January 16 at 7PM at the Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street, Concord.  Barbara Heller of Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc. will be facilitating the meeting.  This is an opportunity to have a voice in the future recreational facilities and activities for the Town of Concord.

Babysitting will be available.  Please call 978-369-6460 to reserve a spot. For further information please call 978-369-6460 or email Laura Lunig at LLunig@concordma.gov.

Concord Carlisle Spring Baseball & Softball Registration is OPEN

Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball registration is now open for both the Spring season and pre-season clinics.  While the first official pitch is a couple of months away, an early registration discount is available for those who complete baseball registration by the end of January.  Placement evaluations for baseball will be held in February and March for all players interested in playing on a Triple A or Majors Division team.  Pre-season clinics are also available for players wishing to brush up on the softball and baseball skills.  Please see www.ccybs.org for more information and to register.

Beginner Group Flute Class for Spring Semester

Concord Conservatory flute instructor Elzbieta Brandys is starting a Beginner Group Flute Class for students ages 7 and 8 this semester. Students will learn to play a beginner flute, which is shorter and easier to play than a full-size flute. The class will focus on developing good playing techniques and habits, as well as basic music reading skills. Students will discover the joy of making music together as they learn to play scales and songs together in flute duos and trios. This class is a great starting point for students who wish to begin private flute lessons at age nine. Students will be responsible for renting or purchasing a beginner flute. Beginner Group Flute Class will run on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:40 pm, and the first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21.  For more information, and to register, please call Concord Conservatory at 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

Register Now for Spring Semester Music Lessons and Classes at CCM

Spring semester registration is now open for all classes at The Concord Conservatory of Music. Looking to sow the seed of music? Sign your toddler up for an early childhood class, where body movement and simple instruments are used to explore phrase, pitch, accent, and all of the richness of music. Have an elementary school student who loves to sing? Enroll her in a group voice class, and she’ll learn about projection and breath support and have fun performing with peers. This semester Concord Conservatory will also have a Beginner Group Flute Class for students ages 7 and 8.

Private lesson and small ensemble enrollment is also open. CCM has talented faculty teaching private lessons in flute, saxophone, double bass, percussion, cello, guitar, viola, violin, and piano. A jazz or classical ensemble is another great way for students to improve musicianship skills and experience the joy of making music with a group.

For a full list of offerings and to see the Early Childhood Free Trial Class Week Schedule, visit www.ConcordConservatory.org. CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street.  For more information please call 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

Spring In-Town Soccer Registration is OPEN

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer In-Town program offers outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K through Grade 6 who live or attend school in Concord or Carlisle.  Games are played locally on Saturdays from April to June and include a weekly practice for Kindergarten through Grade 6.  

CCYS is a community-based non-profit organization run by over 150 volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to make our programs successful.  We need parents to volunteer as age directors, coaches, assistant coaches, managers and field coordinators.  We support our volunteers through coach training, mentoring and staff support.  Please strongly consider volunteering when registering your player.

For details about our programs and to register go to our website at www.ccysoccer.org.  We offer financial assistance for those in need, please inquire before registering.  The registration deadline for returning players is February 27.  For questions please call us at 978-369-7978.

Center for Parents and Teachers Presents Anti-Bullying Seminar

Are you concerned about the issue of bullying?

The Center for Parents and Teachers, through financial support by the Concord Middle School PTG, invites all interested parents (especially those with children in Middle School) to a free and open parent education presentation on the morning of Thursday January 23rd from 9:30 to 11 AM at the Concord Middle School Peabody Forum, 1231 Old Marlboro Road in West Concord, on the topic of “Solutions to Bullying:  How the Collaborative Problem Solving Model Offers an Effective Approach with Positive and Long-lasting Results”.

The presenter, Kim Doheny, has been a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse for 25 years working with a very vulnerable and challenging population. She was the nurse manager of the second unit ever to implement Dr. Ross Greene’s nationally recognized model of “Collaborative Problem-Solving” and she presents at professional trainings throughout the region with Dr. Greene as part of the “Lives in the Balance” team.

In this talk participants will explore challenging behaviors and try to shift their understanding of why challenging kids are challenging. The concept of “lagging skills” will be discussed and the ALSUP (“Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems”) will be used to think about how to assess for lagging skills in children who engage in bullying behaviors and, potentially, in those that are being targeted. The presenter will discuss how adults in the lives of children can begin to predict challenging behavior, define unsolved problems and work to help solve them.  Please join other interested adults to learn effective ways to respond to this challenging behavior.  Learn more about CPT at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Free Saturday Morning Playgroup Dates

Concord Children’s Center and Concord Family Network will offer free Saturday morning playgroups on second and fourth Saturdays of the winter months. The series offer families opportunities for indoor play and learning. Both playgroups are held at the Concord Children’s Center West Concord location at 1300 Main Street and are free and open to the public.

“Second Saturday Indoor Playspace” gives children up to age six the chance to engage in informal play and activities in a child-friendly indoor space; and parents an opportunity to visit over coffee and goodies. From 9-11:30AM on January 11, February 8, and March 8.

“Babies & Books” is a “book group” for babies and is offered to area families with children ages 0-24 months. The informal drop-in setting provides an opportunity for local families to meet and enjoy select stories and songs.  Each event features a special guest who will provide age-appropriate entertainment, with a focus on fostering a life-long love of reading.  From 9-11AM on January 25, February 22, and March 22.

A parent or caregiver must accompany all children. RSVPs are appreciated but not required; to respond or for more information, please contact Eck Redmond 310-619-4249 or eck.redmond@gmail.com.

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

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on January 23, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 20, 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 announcements@thoreauptg.org.