January 29, 2015


 We hope to see everyone at the February PTG meeting, Friday, February 6 at 9am in the cafeteria!

Carla and Trish


Principal Search update from Kelly McCausland, Director of Human Resources, Concord Public/Concord-Carlisle RSD:  The Principal Search is progressing on schedule.  There were over 50 applicants for the position.  There was a full day of interviewing six candidates.  The committee had consensus on the finalists to move forward.

Superintendent Diana Rigby is interviewing the finalists this week and site visits are being planned.  There will also be a scheduled day at Thoreau which will provide an opportunity for various groups to meet and talk with the finalists.


Have you sent in your entry form yet to help Thoreau School win the e-Box Tops Sweepstakes? The deadline is this Saturday. If you shop at Market Basket, please stop at the customer service desk to pick up an entry form and mail it in on or before Saturday, January 31. This year there is an error on the entry form – the mail-in address for entries is missing!  Please use the address for Leader Enterprises in Atlanta, GA in the fine print at the bottom of the form to mail in your entry.  It should go to the attention of “Market Basket Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes 2015” c/o Leader Enterprises, Inc.

If you won’t get to a Market Basket store before the deadline but you still want to help, please email your street address and phone number to me (kimber.drake@comcast.net) and let me know that it’s ok for me to submit an entry form for you.  (Don’t worry, past Thoreau winners of this contest have never received any unwanted postal mail or spam email from submitting an entry form.)

With your help, Thoreau has won this contest each year for the last three years, but we need lots of entries each time to improve our chances. Let’s make it four years in a row – mail in your entry form (or email me) today! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator, (978) 831-3058.


We hope to see our very special Thoreau Moms at this year’s Moms’ Night Out on Thursday, February 5.  This is a free event organized by the social committee.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 2!  Click on the link to RSVP:  http://thoreaumomsnightout.splashthat.com  See you there!


We hope you’ll join us for BINGO NIGHT at Thoreau on Thursday, February 12, 6:30-8pm.  Pizza, Hoodsies, prizes, school spirit!  Come one, come all!  If you are able to volunteer or have questions, please contact Suzy Symons at ssymons@alhi.com.


Calling all mathemagicians:  Thoreau School Math Night is coming on Friday, March 6, from 6-8pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria. This will be fantastical fun for the whole family and all grades.  Math Night will feature magical math challenges, bewitching brain teasers, enchanted estimation games, and spellbinding games of chance and skill.  We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza and healthy snacks. We also seek fantastic volunteer parents who can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944a9ab22a2f58-math.  Please contact Jeff Furman (jefffurman@comcast.net) or Marc Ubaldino (mubaldino@gmail.com) with any questions or interests.


Monday, February 2           Baked Chicken Tenders

Tuesday, February 3           NO LUNCH

Wednesday, February 4    Spaghetti w/ and w/o Meatballs

Thursday, February 5         Baked Potato Bar

Friday, February 6                Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza


New Date: Concord Library Talk with Geoff Edgers, Author of “Who Is Stan Lee?”

Calling all Marvel fans!  Local author Geoff Edgers will talk about his new book “Who Is Stan Lee?” and discuss the writing and editing process.  This fun event for grades 4 and up will be held at the Fowler Branch Library, 1322 Main Street, on Saturday, January 31 at 11am.  Books will be available for purchase and Geoff will be signing books at the event.  Please register for this program online at: http://www.concordlibrary.org.  Any questions, contact Karen Brown at karen.johnson.brown@comcast.net.

Special Education at CCHS

Are you interested in learning more about Special Education at CCHS? Join us as CCHS Principal, Peter Badalament, and CCHS Special Education Chair, Tom Keane, speak to parents about the Special Education program and offerings at the high school.  When: Monday, February 2, 7-8:30pm.  Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School-Little Theater, 500 Walden St. Concord, MA.  Presented by Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School Special Education Parent Advisory Council.  To get more information or to join the SEPAC email list, send an email to concordsepac@gmail.com.

Local Cultural Enrichment Event: Chinese New Year Show

A Chinese New Year Celebration will take place at the Thoreau School in West Concord on Saturday, February 7, at 2pm. The exciting martial arts show will include Traditional Chinese Drumming, Lion Dance, Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances. The Show is open to the public and the cost is only $10 pp for pre registrations ($15 at the door). Children under 5 are FREE! Also, a Buffet Banquet will follow the show at the Great Wall Restaurant in Bedford, MA. Call Wah Lum Kung Fu of Concord at 978-371-0222 to pre-register and for more information on Show details and the discounted rate for the Banquet.

Concord Family Network’s Valentine’s Day Party

The Concord Family Network invites you to a Valentine’s Day party! A perennial favorite of CFN families, this event celebrates “the day of love” with crafts, musical entertainment for the kids, and refreshments for all.  Saturday, February 14 from 3:30-5pm, Hunt Recreation Center at 90 Stow St, Concord, MA.  The popular children’s entertainer Ed Morgan will be performing at the party.  Also known as “The Music Man”, Ed delights 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.  All Concord-area families are invited.  Free for CFN members, non-members pay only $3/child up to $10/family. For more information please contact concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com or visit our website www.concordfamilynetwork.org.

CC Youth Soccer

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer’s InTown program is accepting registrations for spring soccer through February 24.  We offer soccer for children in Pre-K through Grade 6 on Saturdays.  Games are played locally in Concord, Carlisle and Acton for the Gr. 5-6 divisions from April to June.  Practices are generally once per week.   For further information, and to register, go to the CCYS website at www.ccysoccer.org.

The Shamrock Ball

The Shamrock Ball presented by Concord Recreation is March 14 at The Westford Regency 7-9:30pm.  The event is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Tickets are $90 per couple and will go on sale February 2 at 9:00am. Online registration will be available www.concordma.gov/recreation.  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-369-6460.  Proceeds go towards Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

Student Musicians Recognized

The Instrumental Music School of Concord and Carlisle recognizes 16 of its musicians, selected to perform at the IMSCC Winter Student Recital on January 28 at CCHS:

CCHS students: Helen Wargelin, French horn; Samantha Redmond & Johanna O’Neil, flute; Nathaniel Fisher, euphonium.

Concord Middle School students: Madeline, Abby, and Olivia Mueller, violin; Cynthia Li, violin.

Concord Elementary: Lottie Owen, piano, Willard; Zoe Green, flute, Alcott; Jaden Sailer, Emma Wonsey, Luke McCrory, piano, Thoreau.

Carlisle Schools students: Alex Li, clarinet; Chris Li, French horn; Lucy Joseph, piano.

The IMSCC was established in 1980 by the Concord and Carlisle schools. It provides after-school lessons in more than three dozen instruments, with an accomplished faculty of teacher-performer musicians. www.ace.colonial.net/imscc

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balancehttps://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on February 5, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, February 2, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.