January 26, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


Be sure to check out the newest addition to my blog at http://principalclough.wordpress.com.
–Kelly Clough


Since the second half of the school year is now underway, the PTG is beginning its annual recruitment process for Board members, grade level representatives, and committee/event chair positions. We strongly encourage parents who want to be involved in their children’s educational experience to consider volunteering in any of these capacities. While the responsibilities and time commitments of the Board positions vary, most committee event chairs and grade level representatives are confined to a specific time period. These positions help the community feeling of the Thoreau school flourish, and we need committed parents each year to carry on the traditions and events. If you would like to know more about any of the positions, please look on the PTG website or feel free to contact Melanie or Shelagh for more information. Finally, we would also like to thank Erin Duggan for sharing her time in organizing the 5th grade staff breakfast. Enjoy your weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


We are pleased to announce that children’s author Jerry Pallotta will be visiting our four kindergarten classrooms on Friday, January, 27. While promoting the message, “read a zillion books!”, Jerry excites readers with icky bugs and ocean themes. His curriculum-based books focus on reading, writing, math and science, with just the right dose of humor. Jerry began writing books in 1986 and has grown his alphabet series to over 22 nonfiction titles which include, The Ocean Alphabet, Icky Bug Alphabet, Flower Alphabet and many more. In addition, Jerry brings nonfiction subjects to the field of elementary math in a beautifully illustrated format. Jerry has been to over 3500 schools and has presented to more than two million children face to face.
–The Children’s Programming Committee


Thank you so much to the families who responded to our concerned message regarding the Annual Appeal. We are now at 66% of our goal. We still have a way to go to be able to continue with all our scheduled events and programming. Please give today – any amount you can – www.thoreauptg.org or send a check. This week’s donors, thank you! Sagee, Johnson, Li, del Sobral, Aghajanian, Sutter, Somol, Moskow, Mara, Bisbee/Jacobs, Francini, Waxler, Schulman, Naidu, Lilly, Keefe, Bishop, Armocida, Opitz/Pereira Duraes, and Beveridge.


Looking for some good online math games to try at home? Check out Laurie Link’s site for math games and activities for students and also for resources for parents. http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/StudentWebsites


  • Head injury management policy requires vote at the next School Committee meeting on January 24
  • School committee unanimously approved, at administration’s request, a health care law mitigation plan. More details can be obtained from John Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations.
  • Ms. Rigby and Mr. Flaherty will go to the next Finance Committee meeting on January 26 to discuss the school budget. Similar meeting will be held in Carlisle on January 23.
  • At the next School Committee meeting (January 24) the transportation recommendations will be discussed. Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes each for this issue. A community forum will be held at the Alcott School auditorium on February 1.
  • Teachers leading Willard’s 2nd grade math trails, funded by Concord Ed Fund made presentation and received high praise.
  • Concord Mews (housing development) holding an open house. Ms. Rigby planned on attending. School committee was interested in keeping an eye on enrollment.
  • Ms. Rigby recognized Linda Crandall, Thoreau physical therapist for Kelli Clough

(Full report available at the PTG website.)


A Transportation Forum will be held at 7pm at the Alcott School on February 1. As the School Committee does not respond to comments and questions from attendees of School Committee Meetings, the forum is scheduled to give parents an opportunity to ask questions and have an open discussion about the proposed solution for bussing. The final decision will be made by the School Committee at the February 14 School Committee Meeting at the Ripley building. For more information on School Committee meetings, agendas and minutes, please visit http://www.concordpublicschools.net/school-committee.php.


Q: Tanzania, in East Africa, is home to many different tribes of people, many of whom speak different languages. What is the National Language of Tanzania? Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for the answer! The answer to last week’s trivia question: Tegucigalpa (Tegus, for short) is the capital of Honduras. You’ll find other intriguing questions like this in this year’s Geography Quest! Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library anytime before February 6.
–Carla Macy and Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Co-chairs


Please check the Lost & Found by the cafeteria for your items. We’ll be donating all remaining items during the February vacation.

LUNCH MENU Week of January 30-February 3

Monday: Cheese Quesadilla
Tuesday: Rotisserie Chicken
Wednesday: Pasta Bolognese
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Wrap
Friday: Comella’s Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.


Milldam Nursery School

Milldam Nursery School is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Please visit our website to download and application and request a tour. http://milldamnurseryschool.squarespace.com/. Milldam is a cooperative preschool located in the Center of Concord, 20 Lexington Road.

4th Annual Home and Children’s Goods Drop-off Day

As your family changes, so do your needs at home! Your outgrown goods can help a low-income or homeless family in the area. Bag up your no-longer-needed children’s items, towels and linens, and drop them at First Parish in Concord on Saturday, February 11, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Volunteers will be ready to receive your donations. Accepted donations include:infant to teen clothing, footwear, winter outerwear, baby equipment, children’s books, games and toys. No furniture and appliances this year, please. All children’s donations will go directly to Cradles to Crayons and linens to HGRM to be redistributed to families in the Greater Boston area. For more information or a list of accepted items, please contact Abby White at abbygwhite@comcast.net.

Concord Solar Fair!

The Town of Concord Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC) invites you to attend a Solar Fair on Saturday, February 4, 2:00-5:00pm at the Willard School. This event is free and is designed to help homeowners decide if solar power is right for their homes and a good investment. Experts in every step of the process will be on hand to discuss both solar photovoltaic (PV) (for electricity) and solar thermal (for hot water) products. In addition, representatives of the Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) will have information available on Concord Solar, a program that CMLP is developing to provide you with a convenient and affordable way to take advantage of solar PV. CCHS students will be there to help you determine if your roof is a good site for solar energy, and local banks will be available to discuss loans for solar energy purchases. Brian Foulds, a Concord resident with a solar PV array on his house, will be giving presentations at 2:30 and 3:30, offering the opportunity to ask someone who has already made the conversion to solar energy questions about the process. He will also present at the Concord Public Library from 7:00-9:00pm on Monday, January 30, and Thursday, February 2. Contact Brian at brian.foulds@gmail.com for more information. On-site child care is available, so bring sneakers for the kids. The snow date for this event is February 11, at the same location and times. It is not necessary to register in advance, but responding at http://concordsolarfair2012.eventbrite.com/ will help us stay green in our preparations.

Summer Fun in January – Save the Date!
CCHS Summer Opportunities Fair – Monday, January 30, 2012, Concord-Carlisle High School

Come join us at the 31st Annual Summer Opportunities Fair to be held Monday, January 30, 5:30 – 8:00pm (snow date is January 31) in the CCHS cafeteria. This event provides parents and students from K-12 the means to explore some exciting alternatives to the usual summer activities, and brings together representatives from approximately 90 organizations to present summer opportunities held locally, nationally and aboard. Exhibitors will be present to display information on wilderness adventures, educational and enrichment opportunities, foreign language and student exchange programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as traditional, sports and special-needs camps. This event is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle High School Parents’ Association. Admission is free.

CCYBS Annual Winter Baseball Clinics

CCYBS is happy to announce that John Kelly, the Concord Carlisle Varsity Baseball Coach, will again be offering his annual baseball clinic for players of all ages this winter and early spring. CCHS baseball players will participate in each session to help coach the players. Saturdays: February 4 and 11, March 3, 10, 17. $175 per person and a 30 player max per session.

  • Session 1 4:00 to 5:00  T-Ball
  • Session 2 5:00 to 6:00  1st and 2nd grades
  • Session 3 6:00 to 7:00  3rd and 4th grades
  • Session 4 7:00 to 8:00  5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

There will also be a 3 hour day clinic in the spring for all that participate in the winter clinic. It will be held outside. Time and date is TBA. It will be free to those who participated in the winter clinic and $50 for those who do not. For more information, please contact John Kelly, jk@johnkellybaseball.com or (978) 660-5454.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on February 2, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 30, 2012.
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. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.