January 30, 2014


Come one, come all- the next PTG meeting will be held on Tuesday, February, 4th at 9:00am.  Language Arts Specialist, Joyce Carter and Math Specialist, Laurie Link will be presenting.  Also, come hear from our green committee, Thoreauly Green!  Coffee will be served.  Children are welcome.

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


You’ll find other intriguing questions like this in this year’s Winter Olympics 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 history of the Olympics and the geographies of the countries that have hosted the Games. Quests will be distributed to students on Friday, January 31. A copy can also be downloaded from the PTG website. Completed Quests can be returned to the Thoreau library any time before February 28. (Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for the answer to this week’s GeoQuest Trivia.)
–Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Chair

from the health office

Head Concussions:  If your child has a head injury in or out of school and is diagnosed w/ a head concussion, please notify the Health Office and Classroom teacher.  Ask your doctor for a written note or head injury form to the school w/ the diagnosis of concussion or possible concussion and any restrictions. We will help to keep your child safe and healthy at school by following these recommendations.  Adjustments to your child’s academic program may also be needed.

A written note is required from the doctor once it is determined your child has recovered from the  symptoms in order to resume all activities including physical education and active playground activities.

Illness policies:  There are many illnesses at this time of year.  Indeed, students have been absent  ill w/ the following:  strep throats, gastro-intestinal illness w/ stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, the flu, etc.

Please do not send your children to school when they are sick!!!  It is best for them to be home for recovery and to avoid exposure to other illnesses.  It is also best for the health of other children and adults in minimizing further spread of germs causing illness and absences from school of a wider population. The following guidelines are from the Parent and Student Elementary School Handbook, p. 41:

Keep your child home from school if he/she:

–  has been vomiting during the night

–  has a cold with sneezing and coughing and a persistent runny nose

–  has diarrhea

–  has an oral temperature of 100 degrees or higher

–  has a severe sore throat

–  does not eat breakfast because of a stomach ache

–  has pink, blood shot eyes with yellow or green drainage

–  has head lice or nits (untreated)

–  is on an antibiotic for a contagious disease:  i.e.strep throat –   keep your child home for the first  24 hours of treatment.

I realize even with your best efforts, children may become ill during the school day.  They will be evaluated in the Health Office and parents/guardians will be notified at the discretion of the School Nurse. Please be sure your emergency numbers are up to date.


Hope you’ll join us for BINGO NIGHT at Thoreau on Thursday, Feb 6th 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Pizza, Hoodsies, prizes, school spirit

~ come one, come all ~

If you are able to volunteer or have questions – please contact Chris Economos Pailet (chriseconomos@gmail.com)


Seeking volunteers to help Thoreau kids and their families play math games at Family Math Night! You’ll be assigned to one table of math games and work with the families to play the games.  Games and solutions will be provided.

Thoreau School Family Math Night
Fri Mar 7th 6:00-8:00 pm
Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BA4AF2CA46-thoreau For more information, contact Suzanne at skelliher@sonusnet.com.   I would be happy to sign you up for a slot. 


Noon aide and playground supervisor Cynthia Theriault, ( Mrs. T.) recently retired after 32 years at Thoreau School!

During lunch last Tuesday, students had an opportunity to sign a card to send their best wishes to Mrs T. She was thrilled with the card and appreciated the town of Concord gift check we included which was funded by the PTG.

Mrs T. sent her thanks- “Thoreau has been my second home for 32 years. The students,staff and the PTGhave been great…I hope to visit before our 5th graders move on to CMS. To my 4th grade friends don’t worry I’m keeping up with you, I haven’t mastered the rubber bands yet but I’m still trying.”

Jackie Meehan and Fiona Stevenson


Help Thoreau Win the e-Box Tops Sweepstakes – Enter Now Through Feb 1

Have you sent in your entry form yet to help Thoreau School win the e-Box Tops Sweepstakes? The deadline is this weekend. If you shop at Market Basket, please stop at the customer service desk to pick up an entry form before Saturday, February 1 and mail in the form by Monday, February 3.

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 at 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 $500 each year for the last two years in this contest, but we need lots of entries each time to improve our chances. Let’s make it three years in a row – mail in your entry form (or email me) today!

– Kimber Lynn Drake

Box Tops for Education Coordinator (978) 831-3058



Monday, February 3                        Chicken Patty on Whole Wheat

Tuesday, February 4            No Lunch

Wednesday, February 5            Beef Hot Dog

Thursday, February 6            B Good Burgers

Friday, February 7                        Whole Grain 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.

Girl Scout Information & Sign Up

Inviting All Girls K-2!

Girl Scout Information/Sign up!

Concord Scout House

74 Walden Street

Saturday, February 1


Heather: hgaspar@girlscoutseasternmass.org or 978-701-6362

Callen Tennis Q&A Session

Jen Callen Beveridge, founder of Callen Tennis, would like to offer all Alcott, Willard and Thoreau parents a FREE tennis information session/Q-n-A regarding the new format of tennis in the US and throughout the world. The event will allow parents in the Concord Public Elementary Schools to ask any questions they might have with regards to their children’s tennis and/or our program.  We’ve reserved the cafeteria at Thoreau on Monday night Feb. 3rd at 7:30PM – 9PM.

Pediatric First Aid & CPR

Court Booth teaches a 2-session course for parents, teachers, coaches and other caregivers.  Learn how to recognize common medical emergencies and those that may be life threatening. Learn and practice how to provide critical life-saving interventions to pediatric victims prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Certification after successful course completion is valid for two years. CPR/AED is covered on the first class, First Aid on the second. Materials and certification included in the fee.

2 Fridays, February 28 and March 7, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM, CCHS, $89   #3245

LiveWire: Video Production at CCTV for grades 5-8

Kester Krueger of Concord-Carlisle Community Television will lead a 4-day vacation-week class in video. Join the LiveWire Production Team and work on several stories of your own creation — from commercials to news to a mini-movie — and write, shoot and edit your own footage. It meets at CCHS/CCTV Tuesday through Friday, February 18-21, from 10 am to 1 pm. The fee is $150. Class size limited to 6. To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net (course # 3180).

Concord/Carlisle/CCHS After School Music Instruction

New session starts now: registration is open for Winter/Spring 2014 individual music lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord. The IMSCC offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons to new and continuing students. Lessons meet weekly for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, at CCHS and the Carlisle School. This student-funded program was established in 1980 by the Concord-Carlisle Schools and is part of the Community Education department.

For information and registration materials please visit the website: www.ace.colonial.net/IMSCC. For more information please contact Debbie Levine at dlevine@colonial.net or phone 978-341-2490 ext. 7152.

CC Chess Club Starts Sunday!

Chess lovers will learn and improve their play — and develop memory, critical thinking skills, sense of fairness, attention span, and have fun. For all abilities, grade 3 through adults. Players are grouped by level to ensure a great experience.

The Level 1 class (2-3 PM) is for beginners and intermediates, grades 3 to adult, instruction in elementary tactics and strategy and individual game play.

The Level II class (3-4 PM) is for chess players to develop abilities, knowledge and skills and consider tournament play – openings, advanced tactics and strategy, middle game, endgame.

Club play is from 4 to 5 PM – practice and play.

Our teacher is Vadim Martirosov, a highly experienced Chess Master.

A 9-week session starts Sunday, January 2. at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. The fee is $120 for instruction and club play plus annual $20 materials fee.  To encourage families, a parent pays only $49 when the enroll with a student under high school age. More at concordchess@yahoo.com. Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net.

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.

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 February 6, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, February 3, 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.