January 3, 2013


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert! This year’s family concert is Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:15am. Adults are $20 (plus $2 service fee and postage) and kids are FREE. This year’s theme is From the Inside Out: A Musical Look at Courage, Competition and Character featuring music of Wagner, Brahms, and of course John Williams! Pre-concert activities including the Instrument Playground, instrument demonstrations, and much more are available for all ticket holders from 9-10am.

If you would like to attend, please send a check payable to Jennifer Montbach for $22 per adult and specify the total number of seats you need (i.e. 2 adults, 1 kid, $44 enclosed). Mail to 45 Pine St., Concord 01742. I plan to order tickets on Friday, January 11. If you miss the deadline you may still be able attend, but won’t be able to sit with the group. Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school social worker, at rlevesque@colonial.net or (978) 318-1300. Email me at jennifer@montbach.net with any questions.


The annual Hobby Fair is right around the corner!  This is an event for 4th and 5th graders to share their hobbies, collectibles, art and other interests with teachers, family and friends.  Each year we see an amazing array of fun and interesting exhibits, from displays of sports memorabilia to exhibits about music, dance, arts and crafts, and writing. The Fair will be open to the Thoreau School community on the evening of Monday, January 14. 6:30-7:30pm, when family and friends may view the many great exhibits.  On Tuesday, January 15, the fair will run 9:00-11:30am, during which time all classes will have time to visit and enjoy the Fair.

So, 4th and 5th graders: start thinking about your exhibits! Perhaps get together with a friend and plan an exhibit together. (Please note that participation in the Hobby Fair is optional).  Permission slips will be sent home soon, and should be returned to your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, January 9.  If you have any questions or need another permission slip, please contact Karen Brown at dmbkjb@comcast.net or 978-318-9663. Also, any parents interested in helping to set up or clean up would be greatly appreciated, so please let me know!

LUNCH MENU Week of January 7-11

  • Monday: Teryaki Chicken Nuggets
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: Toasted Cheese Sandwich
  • Thursday: Hot Dog
  • Friday: Pizza


Coats for Kids Drive
Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids Club needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners 18th  annual Coats for Kids  drive. Last year the students at CMS collected approximately 200 coats.  This year we are hoping to double that amount.  There is a collection box located in the front lobby at Thoreau School. We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults and babies – that are in good wearable condition. Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear. Coats are being collected now through January 12, 2013. This holiday season as we visit with family and friends, let’s spread the word that we are collecting coats for those in need.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Tree Pickup and Recycling by Concord Boy Scouts and Holy Family Parish Youth Ministry
To arrange for us to pick up your tree on Saturday, Jan. 5, email TreePickUp2013@gmail.com or call: 978-369-7442 x228. Requested Donation: $15 – $25. Checks made payable to Holy Family Parish. Please reserve pickup by 5:00 Jan. 3. We can only pick up trees in Concord. All donations will be used for Concord Troop 132 Boy Scouts and Holy Family Parish Youth Ministry Programs.

Dr. James Chu MD to Speak on “Recalled Memories”
On Thursday, January 10 at 7:30-8:30pm at the Concord Free Public Library, Dr Chu, a consulting psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will talk about his book “Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders.” There is no charge for this event. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. More information at http://www.concordlibrary.org/AuthorTalkJan2013.pdf

Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive
Holy Family Parish Youth Ministry and the non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking Concord residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, we can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home. January 1-31, Concord residents can donate their phones at the specially marked boxes at the entrances to Holy Family Parish Church in Monument Square or at the Holy Family Parish Offices at 55 Church Street in West Concord. Funds raised from the recycling of the cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies, and VA hospitals. For more information, please contact Patty Bruttomesso at patty@bruttomesso.org.

CCYBS – Registration for Spring Baseball and Softball is OPEN
Registration for 2013 Spring Baseball and Softball is now open until February 22, 2013. Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter – signup now! Register and pay online using our online registration systemAll details about our various age groups, costs and game dates and times are at our information page: http://www.ccyb.org/.

CCYL wishes you a great 2013 lacrosse season! New Year’s Resolution #1….  REGISTER FOR LACROSSE! Please go to www.ccyouthlacrosse.com for more information.  Boys and girls grade 1-8. Registration closes January 15. Space is limited.

Parent Toddler Program
Looking for something fun to do with your toddler this winter? Join early childhood educators, Ingrid Wheeler and Vicki Davidson at Ripley School in Concord for two different weekly classes. The Parent Toddler Program is open to parents with children 1-2 years old (as of Sept. 2012) and meets Fridays for 12 weeks, 9:30-11:00am from January 18 through April 12, 2013. The class includes time with toys, crafts, outdoor or gym play, snack, and a fun interactive singing time.  While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion group.

The Parent Preschool Program allows 2- and 3-year-olds the chance to play together in a nursery school classroom every Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting January 17 and ending April 11, 2013.  They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. For more information and registration go to www.ace.colonial.net/parentchild/home.html or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597.  Community Education classes are a student funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

Winter Family Festival of Music and Art
The Concord Children’s Center presents a Winter Family Festival of Music and Art, sponsored by both Cambridge Trust and Middlesex Bank. The family festival is at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord, MA. The event is Saturday January 12, 2013, 10am to 12pm. Admission is $10 per person/$35 max per family. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Concord Children’s Center at 978-369-6790.

Come escape the cold and enjoy live music, arts and crafts, yummy treats and hot chocolate provided by Reasons to be Cheerful. There is music entertainment by the kid’s retro-rock band Karen K and the Jitterbugs at 10am. Back by popular demand and winner of a Parent’s Choice Silver Award is children’s rock band Rolie Polie Guacamole at 11am. The Concord Children’s Center is excited to partner with 77 Arts Academy and Musketaquid Arts and Environment, who will each provide a free art activity for children at the festival.

Plays to Benefit Linawo Children’s Home
On Sunday, January 13 at 2:00pm, Middlesex School will present a fun performance of two one-act plays for children of all ages: Willabella Witch’s Last Spell and Cinderella Wore Combat Boots.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Linawo Children’s Home in Cape Town, South Africa.

Presentation: “Promoting Learning and Lifelong Joy in the CRAZYBUSY World”
Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites you to attend their special event at The Fenn School on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 pm. Edward M. Hallowell, M.D, an adult and child psychiatrist, is a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. His presentation, “Promoting Learning and Lifelong Joy in the CRAZYBUSY World,” addresses how to manage our three most valuable assets: time, attention, and mental energy.  Based upon the latest research, Dr. Hallowell will also discuss his five-step plan for promoting successful learning and lifelong joy that parents, teachers and all others who care about children can use to give children the gift of happiness that will last a lifetime: Connect, Play, Practice, Mastery and Recognition. As fundamental as these five concepts are, they hold the key to raising children with healthy self-esteem, moral awareness and spiritual values. Please join Concord-Carlisle Community Chest & Dr. Hallowell for this FREE community event!  The Fenn School is located at 42 Carr Road in Concord, MA. For more information and to register call 978-369-5250 or go to www.cccommunitychest.org

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool
Preschool slots are available for the 2013-2014 school year. You are invited to attend an Open House on Friday, January 11, 2013 (snow date: Friday, January 18), 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Children are welcome!

Come see our facility, talk with our staff, and ask questions about the program. We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord and we have half-day AM & PM sessions and a full-day program available.

Children who are 3 by September 1 and who are not yet 5 by August 31 are welcome to apply. Applications are available at the Open House, at each of the Concord Elementary School offices, the Special Education office in the Ripley Building, and on our web site, www.concordpublicschools.net.  Applications must be returned by January 25, 2013 to be eligible for the lottery.

We look forward to meeting you at our Open House!  If you have further questions, please contact half-day session teachers Jennifer DeFrancesco (978-202-1148, jdefrancesco@colonial.net) and Nancy McGregor (978-202-1184, nmcgregor@colonial.net) or full-day session teacher Christine Brown (978-202-1141, chrisbrown@colonial.net).


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on JANUARY 10, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, JANUARY 7, 2013. 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.