January 17, 2013


Please join us for two upcoming PTG meetings, including tonight Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 pm in the school library. Agenda items include: children’s programming, after school programs, and Principal and Superintendent meeting updates. Also coming up Thursday, January 24 from 6:00-7:30 pm is our annual joint PTG/SAC meeting at the New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Avenue in Hyde Park. We will be reviewing the School Improvement Plan, and having an open forum for discussion and questions. This is a great evening and a chance for Boston parents to attend a meeting close to home. All are welcome!

A big “thank you” to Karen Brown for her hard work in organizing the Hobby Fair this week for the 4th and 5th grade students. Hopefully everyone had a chance to check out the wonderful exhibits and hobbies including duct tape, gymnastics, and hockey!


Thoreau Family Bingo night will be Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 pm.  Families are invited to come for a night of bingo fun, pizza, ice cream and prizes!  For questions, please contact chriseconomos@gmail.com or suzysymons@yahoo.com.


A belated thank you to parents for your wonderful gifts and good wishes at Christmas time.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness. -Donna and Maria


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 be on the PTG website soon; or please contact me at hrothermel@me.com.  Registration deadline is March 1. –Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair

LUNCH MENU Week of January 21-25

  • Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan on Roll
  • Wednesday: Homemade Shepherd’s Pie
  • Thursday: Homemade Chili
  • Friday: Pizza Day


School Committee Meeting Brief – January 8

Notes from the meeting, held at the CCHS library at 6:30 PM, were submitted by Kate Olney, Willard School Representative, and summarized by Ling Liu:

I.       School Security Update, following initial security enhancements will be implemented, and cost is around 325K

a.     2 integrated cameras/access control at each site to provide close up and longer range view of visitors
b.     Implementation of proximity sensor staff identification badges.
c.     Installation of immediate and direct video communication to police headquarters from each CPS site

II.     NESDEC (New England School Development Council) published the Projections for concord elementary school,:

a.     Alcott 2012-2013 has 451 students, compare with 2007-2008 424 students,  but will reduce over the next 10 years, by 2022-2023, the projected student number is 398.
b.     Thoreau 2012-2013 has 473 students, compare with 2007-2008 428 students,  and will continue increase over the next 10 years, by 2022-2023, the projected student number is 511.
c.     Willard 2012-2013 has 479 students, compare with 2007-2008 361 students,  and will continue increase over the next 10 years, by 2022-2023, the projected student number is 531.

III.    Transportation Updates

Maureen Spada reported that Walden Woods is much opposed to the landfill sight being used for the buses. Their concerns are air quality, traffic and aesthetics. Feasibility study for using the landfill will be turn in January 18, 2013.

IV.    Future updates:

a.     Meg Anderson’s report will be completed mid-January.  She will present her findings to the SC in February
b.     Janet Freidman will be updating the 2012-2013 Performance Report which will be published in March.

You could find the documents that presented in SC meeting at http://www.concordpublicschools.net/schoolcommittee/attachments/2013-01-08-AT.pdf.

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer Spring In-Town Program

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer is now accepting registrations for our Spring In-Town program.  In-Town offers outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K through Grade 6.  Games are played on Saturdays from April to June.  We are a non-profit volunteer-run organization and we need parents to help with coaching and other various staff roles.  Details about our program including eligibility, scholarship information and access to on-line registration can be found on our website at www.ccysoccer.org .  Register early to secure a spot on an In-Town team this spring.  For answers to questions, check out our website or call us at 978-369-7978.

Spring 2013 Lacrosse Registration Extended!

The official close is January 15, but registration will stay open until January 20 with a $20 late fee.  Go to www.ccyouthlacrosse.com for more information and to sign up today for girls and boys grades 1-8.  Don’t miss out!!

Collections for Cradles to Crayons

Please bring your gently used baby and children’s items to donate to Cradles to Crayons.  Family drop-off day is Saturday, February 9 from 9am -12pm at First Parish, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord. Cradles to Crayons creates KidPacks that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl’s specific needs and wants.  Accepted items include: boys and girls clothing from newborn to youth size 14; winter coats, hats, and gloves; pajamas; shoes and boots; baby equipment; books; and baby toys.  No stuffed animals, cribs or old car seats, please.  All donations must be free from rips and stains and in good working condition.  For a list of most needed and accepted items go to: http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept .  Volunteers will be available throughout the morning to help unload your car.  Tax receipts will be available at the event.  For questions, email abbygwhite@comcast.net .

Callen Tennis Program Coming this Spring

We are excited to let you know that the Callen Tennis program will be offered again after school on Thursdays this spring for kids in K – 3rd grade.  Program dates are April 25 – June 13.The K-1st grade group class will run 3:30PM – 4:15PM and the 2nd-3rd grade class will run 4:15PM – 5:15PM.  In addition, we will offer the same Saturday Match Play program as we did last spring beginning April 27 (2:00PM-4:00PM).

Please be on the look out for registration information in the coming weeks. Registration will start in March and will be on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early. We hope your kids will participate this spring! Thanks! -Jen Beveridge & Heather Swartwood

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.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on JANUARY 24, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, JANUARY 21, 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.