January 21, 2016



Please remember to sign in and out in the Main Office when you come and go from Thoreau. Taking this step after you are buzzed into the building ensures that we are keeping our school running smoothly and our children safe.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Thursday, January 21: CPS Teacher Contract Negotiations Meeting, Ripley (open to the community)

Tuesday January 26: Joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Ripley

Wednesday, January 27: School Committee Community Coffee, 7:30pm, Thoreau School

Tuesday, February 2: PTG Meeting, 7pm, All are welcome!

Friday, February 5: Bingo Night

Monday, February 8: Hobby Fair Family Night

Tuesday, February 9: CPS School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Ripley

Wednesday, February 10: Principal’s Coffee

Trish and Betsy

THOREAU ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE (At $8,354 need to get to $14,000)

Thank you to the 68 Families and Companies (Corporate Matches) for donating now a total of $8,354.  We are so grateful for your support!  If you have not done so already please donate now!  Your tax deductible contributions will enable us to keep all of our amazing child programming events, and so much more.  We start budgeting for next year’s children’s programming in March and we need enough income to secure our spending.  We hire speakers, poets, musicians and many other amazingly talented people to teach, perform and inspire our kids.  Make your Tax Deductible Donation Now at: http://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/


We wish to thank everyone for their gifts and kind wishes during the holidays.  Your thoughtfulness was very much appreciated.  Happy New Year! Maria and Donna


If you were not able to attend the Thoreau Auction, you still have a chance to sign your 3rd or 4th grader up for the movie and pizza afternoon with Mrs. Gallagher.  For a $25 bid/donation to the Thoreau PTG your child can join his/her friends in the Auditorium on January 26 (rain date 3/3) right after school on a half day.  Please check your email for the sign up genius sheet that was sent to all parents or contact Jenifer Perry directly at jeniferlperry@gmail.com.  Please make checks payable to Thoreau PTG and note “movie” in the comment section, you can send the check to your child’s teacher or drop off a check in the PTG mailbox in the main office.

Highlights of the 1/12/16 Concord School Committee meeting:

Thoreau recognitions went out to the 5th grade teachers and students for organizing food donations and delivering donations to Open Table last month.  Recognition also went out to Sue Howard for leading Concord students to an 8th place finish at the recent BU Robotics Lego Challenge.

Presentation of the CMS Configuration Committee report:

  • Best Practices sub-committee: analysis of 22 comparable MA town middle schools’ schedules and configurations.
  • Space Configuration sub-committee’s analysis and recommendation: Due to space restrictions caused by a population bubble in rising 6th grade population for next year, the recommendation for reconfiguration is to hold off.
  • Scheduling sub-committee: Overview of CMS new schedule framework. Expect all 2016/2017 CMS student & staff schedules to be ready before summer break

Town Manager’s Presentation of bus depot project & hard construction cost estimates:

  • Town has voted and approved $1.8 million to fund the project.
  • Current projected costs are at $3.5 Million.  This number does not include $650,000 of “soft” construction costs.

Transportation report:  Still awaiting the delivery of 10 overdue new busses from New England Transit. Now expected in Spring. NET currently leasing us 3 busses for the time being.  We may see trouble this winter with our old busses.  (Request of patience please)

CSC recap of Concord Teacher Association negotiations.  Next negotiation meeting on 1/21/16.


We all know exercise has the ability to brighten our mood, decrease stress, and improve our attention span and memory. That’s why we love BOKS!  Your chance to get involved is coming!  We will be sending out registration information via email in mid-February and the program will start in mid-March. We will again accept attendees based on a family lottery system (don’t worry your chances in this one are substantially better than with Power Ball).  To accommodate more kids, our goal is to add a second session that would meet on Mondays and Wednesdays.  We can’t do it without volunteers!!  If you’re interested, please email Adrienne at Adrienne.principe@gmail.com. It’s a fun program and a great way to start your day – for kids and adults.  For more information, visit bokskids.org.


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


Girls! Practice with the CC Girls Varsity Ice hockey team: 

Head Coach Barbara Southcote is inviting all elementary and middle school girls in Concord and Carlisle to attend our team practice on Wednesday, January 27 at 4pm at the Edge, home of the Concord Carlisle Girls Ice Hockey team. Please be sure to bring your daughters as well as any other girls you might know who play hockey or ice skate.  The Edge, Upper Rink – 191 Hartwell Rd., Bedford MA.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara: bsouthcote@hotmail.com

Winter is Here and Concord Youth Theatre’s “Ice Capella” is Heating Up!

“A Capella” [Italian: ah kahp-PEL-lah]; adjective, adverb. Definition – Music without instrumental accompaniment. “ICE Capella”… See above definition, but add “in the middle of winter at Concord Youth Theatre (CYT)!  A seasonal favorite, “Ice Capella” will feature a plethora of regional a capella vocal groups, January 29 at 7:30pm at the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street in Concord.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, or online at www.concordyouththeatre.org.  This event is sponsored by Reasons to Be Cheerful of West Concord. This celebration of harmonious blends includes young vocalists from high school through college.  For additional information, call the CYT box office at 978-371-1482.

The Center for Parents and Teachers’ Saturday Seminar

On January 30 (please hold snow date of Feb 6, 2016) from 10AM to 3PM, Barney Brawer will facilitate a presentation on “Making Something Better Happen: The Negotiation of Power and Control in Schools and Families.” This lively and engaging workshop will provide educators, parents, and other interested adults with new skills to make something better happen when interpersonal systems (families, classrooms, schools, day care settings, etc.) get “stuck” around complex problems and, despite good intentions, keep repeating ineffective responses.  Pre-registration is required. Go to http://makesomethingbetterhappen30jan2016concordma.eventbrite.com to register. Concord location and more detailed information about the workshop is listed on Eventbrite site or at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org  Online fees are added to ticket price so online registration will total $64.29.  Questions? Email cpt@concordps.org or call 978-202-1143.

Family Ice Skating Party

Concord Children’s Center is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and everyone is invited to a birthday skating party! Join us from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxboro for fun on the ice, children’s activities, a bake sale, and more!  Skate rentals available.  Helmets strongly recommended. Tickets are $10/person, $35/family — available at concordchildrenscenter.org or at the door.

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.

February News From the Concord Public School Lunch Program

During February, Butternut squash from local farms will be offered in all of the Concord Public Schools. During January, we offered several varieties of apples, including Mac, Fuji, and Gala, from local farms. CPS participates in Massachusetts’ Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month Program. Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop from local farms each month in school cafeterias across the state. To learn more about Massachusetts Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month program, visit http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/programs/harvest-of-the-month/. The Concord Public School system procures produce from Costa Fruit & Produce. “Local” sourcing means from New England and/or New York.

Registration is Open for CC at Play’s Amazing Race. Sign-up Today!

CC at Play’s 2016 Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party will take place Saturday, April 2. Recruit your team of two or three and sign-up today to compete in this super fun, scavenger hunt adventure. Race categories: Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5. Discounted “Early Bird” registration through February 1.  Space is limited; so sign-up early at: www.ccatplay.org  Can’t race? Come have fun behind the scenes. If interested in volunteering, email: shellygrowney@comcast.net

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Jan. 28, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Jan. 25, 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.