January 28, 2016


Thank you!/ Volunteer Opportunities

We hope that you are all enjoying the school year and want to thank everyone for their support of the PTG!  We have had such great parent involvement all year and believe it or not, we are already signing up volunteers for next year!  If you are interested in any role within the PTG, such as helping with a committee or an event or have a new idea, please let us know as soon as possible!  We welcome any contribution you would like to make.  Please contact Betsy (betsymartel@yahoo.com) or Trish (thesiefers@gmail.com). Thank you!

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 2nd: CPS Teacher Contract Negotiations Meeting, Ripley, 4-6pm (open to the community); PTG Meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm, Everyone is welcome!
  • Friday, February 5th:  Bingo Night, 6:30-8pm
  • Monday, February 8th:  Hobby Fair Family Night, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 9th:  School Committee Meeting, Ripley, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th:  Principal Coffee, 9:30am

If you are unable to attend a PTG meeting, you can find a detailed summary on our website. Click here to read the minutes from our January 12th meeting. Thank you to our secretary, Megan Caldwell for keeping our community informed!

~Trish and Betsy


Good news! We have an opportunity to win big in the Market Basket e-Box Tops Sweepstakes this month. Sorry for the short notice, but between now and January 30th we can visit any 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 THREE TIMES – so never say never!

Entries must be postmarked by January 30. If you can’t get to a Market Basket store before the 30th but you want to help, please email me at kimber.drake@comcast.net and I will bring an entry form to you. (Past Thoreau winners of this contest have not received any unwanted postal mail or spam email from submitting an entry form.)  Visit http://www.mydemoulas.net/locations/massachusetts/ for a complete list of Market Basket stores in Massachusetts. Thanks in advance for your help, and good luck to all! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator (978) 831-3058


Please make a note on your calendar and join us Friday, Feb 5 from 6:30-8pm for Thoreau Bingo Night!  We will assemble in the cafeteria for an evening of fun, including an excellent Master of Ceremonies (Mr. Hourihan), fun prizes and yummy food.  Pizza, salad and dessert can be purchased for $5.  We need approximately 10 volunteers to being salad and 10 volunteers to bring dessert to the event.  If you can help, please click on the link and sign-up.  Volunteer food items can be dropped off upon arrival at bingo night! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0B4FACA72AA6F94-bingo  Any questions please email Jenifer Perry at jeniferlperry@gmail.com or call 631-786-7861.  Thanks!!


Thanks to the Samnotra Family for purchasing The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond in honor of their daughter, Uma. You can join the Samnotras as donating patrons of the library. Swing by the library and pick out the book you want from the Gift Book Box, then write a check for the cover price to the PTG. Fill in a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact Liz Wei at fennwei@yahoo.com.


The Geography Quest is getting really close! This week’s fun facts: the Vikings were the first Europeans to come to North America, a full 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Meanwhile, Vikings from Sweden traveled east as far as present-day Baghdad, Iraq. Look for your Geography Quest to arrive in your teacher’s mailbox on Friday, 1/29 or Monday, 2/1. Once Quests are collected in March, I will be looking for a team of graders to join me for a grading party. If you are interested in helping out, please email me, Liz Wei, at fennwei@yahoo.com.


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.


February 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


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.

The Concord Family Network Valentine’s Day Party

The Concord Family Network invites you to a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 13 from 3:30-5:00 PM at Hunt Recreation Center (90 Stow Street)! A perennial favorite of CFN families, this event celebrates “the day of love” with crafts, musical entertainment for the kids, and refreshments for all.  The popular children’s entertainer Ed “The Music Man” Morgan will once again be on hand to delight children of all ages with his original music and silly twists on some old-time classics. Bring the kids to do some Valentine’s Day crafts and gather on Ed’s magic carpet to sing along and dance their sillies out!  This year we will also be collecting pantry items to benefit the Yawkee Family Inn at the Boston’s Children Hospital.  Show your Valentine’s Day love by donating pantry items such as granola bars, oatmeal, packaged cookies, cereal, fruit cups, tea, and K-cup coffee (single servings work best). In addition, quick dinner fixes such as mac and cheese, soups, pasta and sauces would also be appreciated. A collection bin will be set up at the door. All Concord-area families are invited.  Free for CFN members, non-members pay only $3/child up to $10/family (Fee will be waived with a pantry item donation). For more information please contact concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com or visit our website www.concordfamilynetwork.org

CCHS Parents Association Event

The Concord-Carlisle High School Parents Association cordially invites you to attend an exciting evening with Julie Lythcott-Haims on Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm at the new CCHS auditorium.  Julie is the former freshmen Dean at Stanford and author of “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success”. Julie will share her insight into the ways in which overparenting impacts children, parents, and society at large, while providing practical strategies for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.  Julie has an amazing message that is relevant to parents, educators, and care-givers of toddlers through twenty-somethings, and we encourage everyone to attend! Although this event is FREE and open to all, Advance Registration is required as we expect demand to be very high. Please register here: http://bit.ly/cchspa-JLH Any questions or problems, please email events@cchspa.org.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Feb. 4, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Feb. 1, 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.