January 23, 2014


Thank you to Jen Johnson for coordinating and hosting the 5th grade coffee this week – it was great to get together! A few important reminders!

** Principal Finalists Forums – TONIGHT (23rd) from 6:30-7:30 at Thoreau cafeteria

** Next PTG Meeting Tuesday February 4th at 9AM Thoreau cafeteria

Louisa and Carla

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

A gigantic thank you to the following families who have recently given to the Thoreau School Annual Appeal: Johnson; Noordzij; Sonnen/Boyle; Garcia; Morrisey; Jones; and Somol. We are so very grateful for their support.  If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, please keep those donations coming. Every dollar goes directly to supporting our children. 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


Good news! We have an opportunity to win big in the Market Basket e-Box Tops Sweepstakes this month. Between now and February 1, visit a Market Basket store and pick up an entry form at the courtesy desk for a chance to win 5,000 e-Box Tops for Thoreau School. That’s worth $500! You might say “Oh, I never win those things,” but our school actually has won this contest TWICE – last year and the year before that – so never say never!

Entries must be postmarked by February 3. Visit http://www.mydemoulas.net/locations/massachusetts/ for a complete list of Market Basket stores in Massachusetts. Or if you rarely get to a Market Basket store but you want to help, please email your street address and phone number to me at kimber.drake@comcast.net and let me know that it’s ok for me to submit an entry form for you. (Past Thoreau winners of this contest have not received any unwanted postal mail or spam email from submitting an entry form.)

Thanks in advance for your help, and good luck to all!

– Kimber Lynn Drake

Box Tops for Education Coordinator (978) 831-3058 


Monday, January 27               Chicken O’s

Tuesday, January 28              No Lunch

Wednesday, January 29        Cheese Ravioli

Thursday, January 30            Chicken Quesadilla

Friday, January 31                   Cheese Pizza

Around town

Shamrock Ball Tickets on Sale February 3rd

Shamrock Ball Tickets On Sale February 3rd– Join us for this ever popular event for girls in grades 2-6 and their adult guest.  Join us in support of the Recreation Department Summer Camp Scholarships and enjoy a fun filled night with live band, photo booth, professional portraits, and amazing raffle prizes!  This year the Ball will be held at the Westford Regency Hotel Ballroom on Friday March 14th from 7-9:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased by phone 978-369-6460or in person at 90 Stow Street. 

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.

John Fitzsimmons Family Concert

Looking for a fun way to shake off the winter cold? Bring the kiddos to sing along at a family concert to benefit Milldam Nursery School! The John Fitzsimmons Family Concert will take place on Saturday, February 1st at 10:00 am in the cafeteria of the Alcott School. Tickets cost $10 each and may be purchased at the door, through any Milldam parent, or online at www.milldamnurseryschool.org .  Children under age two are free and there is a maximum cost of $40 per family (i.e. families larger than four people still only pay $40).

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.

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.

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 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 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 30, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 27, 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.