January 31, 2013


Evaluator Meg Anderson will present her findings and recommendations to parents on Monday, February 4 in the school library from 6-7 pm. We realize this is a difficult time of the evening with activities etc., but hope you can attend! If not, Meg will also be presenting her findings at the February 12 School Committee meeting. –Jen and Shelagh


Thoreau Family Bingo night will be Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 pm.  Families are invited to come for a night of bingo fun, pizza, ice cream and prizes!  For questions or to volunteer, please contact chriseconomos@gmail.com or suzysymons@yahoo.com.


All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are invited to participate in our Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee scheduled on Saturday, March 9. This is always a fun and low-pressure Bee, so be sure to give it a try. 3rd and 4th graders participate in teams–usually 2 or 3 per team; 5th graders compete individually. The Bee will take place on the afternoon of March 9, with 3rd grade first at 3, followed by 4th grade at 4:30 and 5th grade at 5:30.  Registration forms are on the PTG website; or please contact me at hrothermel@me.com.  Registration deadline March 1st. –Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair

LUNCH MENU Week of February 1-8

  • Friday 2/1: Homemade Pizza
  • Monday: Teriyaki Chicken Patty
  • Tuesday: Early Release Day
  • Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Thursday: Hot Dog on WW Bun
  • Friday: Cheese Pizza Wedge


School Committee Meeting Brief

The meeting was held on January 23 at the CCHS Library and notes were taken by Cheryl Kirkpatrick.

  1. Results of 2012 Youth Risk Behavior Survey – Presented by Kathy Codianne, Peter Badalament, Lynne Beattie
    1. Survey has been administered since 1998. Was administered in grades 6 and 8 and 9-12. District is particularly concerned with stress among students and substance abuse, including the misuse of prescription drugs. Full results can be accessed at http://www.concordpublicschools.net/agendas-and-meeting-minutes.
  1. Draft 2013-2014 School Calendar was presented. School will start September 6 and without the emergency days it will end June 23. School Committee disappointed it had to start so late.
  1. CCHS Building Project: Received amended project summary approval 2 weeks ago. Received instructions for MSBA reimbursements. Construction will begin in March. Bus depot to be demolished in February. District transportation facilities will not be relocated, as originally thought. Cheaper to demolish them.

Lice Information Session

Lice…Never had them? Don’t want them? Come and learn how to avoid them and what to do if they find you.  Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00-8:30 PM at Willard Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome and admission is free (sponsored by the Willard PTG).

Shamrock Ball 2013

Girls in grades 2-6 and any adult guest are invited to attend the Shamrock Ball on Saturday, March 16 from 7:00-10:00 at the Hunt Gym. Tickets will be on sale Monday, February 4 and can be purchased over the phone or in person at 90 Stow Street, Concord ( due to an overwhelming response for tickets each year we will not be accepting ticket  requests by mail this year – phone or in person only).   Tickets are $90 per couple with $15 for each additional child.  This is the 12th annual ball and is expected to be the best yet- live band, refreshments, complimentary corsages, professional photographer, amazing raffle prizes, and new this year- our FUNTIMES PHOTO BOOTH!! Join us for one of the best events in town! Tickets sell out fast- don’t miss out!!! All proceeds from this event go to Recreation Department Summer Camp Scholarships.

Dreaming of Summer? 2013 Summer Camp Fair

More than 50 organizations representing day and overnight camps with opportunities in sports, arts, academics, volunteer service trips and the college application process will participate in the 2013 Summer Camp Fair.   This event will take place at Concord Carlisle High School on Monday, February 11 from 5:30–8:00 pmSnow date will be Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30–8: 00 pm. This marks our 31st consecutive year and we hope that parents and kids from all communities will join us at this popular event.  Concord Carlisle High School is located at 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA. For more information, please contact cchssummerops@gmail.com.

The Cookies are coming, the Cookies are coming!

Concord/Carlisle Girl Scouts will receive a huge truckload filled with 14,538 boxes of cookies at the Scout House on February 4. These boxes reflect the goal setting, decision making, money management and people skills efforts put in by the over 400 Concord/Carlisle Girl Scouts in 35+ troops.

If you haven’t ordered a box of cookies yet, don’t worry! Booth sales are still happening until March. For Concord and Carlisle booth sales, check the booth sale calendar on our web site http://www.ccgirlscouts.org/home/cookie-connection/booth-sales.

Milldam Nursery School’s John Fitzsimmons Children’s Concert

What could be a better way to spend a cold winter morning than with family, friends, and singer/songwriter John Fitzsimmons?  This annual concert, put on by Milldam Nursery School, is a delight for both children and adults.  John and his band, winners of the 2003 Parent’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Music, have been keeping the folk music tradition alive in Concord for over 25 years.  His concerts are a nostalgic step back in time to campfire days. Your feet will be tapping to the beat of his family-friendly music in no time!

Milldam Nursery School, located at First Parish of Concord, is a parent cooperative preschool founded in 1969 and serving children aged 2 years 6 months through 5 years old.  Parents work with staff in the classroom and help with administrative duties throughout the school year.  All proceeds from the concert benefit Milldam’s enrichment programs.

Join us on Saturday, February 2 from 10:00-11:15 a.m. at the Alcott School Cafeteria, 93 Laurel Street in Concord.  Tickets are $10 each or $40 for a family, available at the door, online at www.milldamnurseryschool.org, or through Milldam Nursery School families.  Bring your whole family for a fun-filled morning of music, community fellowship, and fun!  Special thanks to Rocky’s Ace Hardware for sponsoring this event.

Concord Family Network’s Winter Play Space 2013

We know what it’s like in the winter — cooped up in the house with the kids running in circles, or trapped indoors when you would rather be on a walk with your infant, and in need of a little decompression. CFN has the cure! Most Fridays throughout the winter (February 1, 8, 15 and March 1, 8 from 9:30-11:30am or check dates in our calendar at our website www.concordfamilynetwork.org), our members have access to a large indoor play space, other children and lots of toys.  Located at the Hunt Recreation Center Multipurpose Room at 90 Stow Street, Concord and free of cost to current CFN members, it’s a local, cost-effective alternative to over-crowded museums and malls.

When you arrive, you’ll sign in with one of our member parents and set up your little ones with an activity. Our toys range from books to kitchen play, dolls to trains, small toys to larger scale building blocks as well as board games and coloring pages. This year we are adding an indoor slide, scooting toys, a play tent and more.  We also will have the ever-popular parachute.  Your children will be entertained and you will get to socialize with other parents!

If you are not a member yet, and have a birth to eight year old who is feeling a little stir-crazy, feel free to drop-in once at anytime during the season for free. We would love to meet you and your children!  If you’re interested in joining CFN, you can do so by filling out a membership form at www.concordfamilynetwork.org.  The cost of membership is only $32/year.  For more information, contact Eck Redmond at eck.redmond@gmail.com

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, cookie decorating, musical entertainment for the kids and refreshments for all. Sunday, February 10 from 1:00-2:30pm at the West Concord Union Church (lower level) at 1317 Main St, Concord MA (across from Fowler Branch Library).

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 decorate a cookie, 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 or to RSVP, please contact Nancy Piccione at anpiccione@comcast.net or visit www.concordfamilynetwork.org.

Concord Public Schools 2013 Summer School Programs

The 2013 Summer School will be in session for 4 weeks, starting as soon as possible after the regular school year concludes. It will begin on Monday, June 24, assuming that the regular school year will conclude on June 20 (180th day). Classes do not meet on Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5. We will keep you informed via school bulletins about any necessary schedule changes. Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Alcott School for elementary students and at Sanborn for middle school students.

Classes will be funded by the district (Superintendent’s Recommended Budget) and will be for students entering grades 1-8. The instructional program will emphasize reading, writing and math. This program, in its 16th year, has been successful in helping students master skills that proved challenging during the traditional school year, and gain confidence for the next grade. A summer class for ELL students is also part of the elementary-level program at the Alcott.

Students are eligible and recommended for Summer School if they have experienced a significant challenge meeting grade level benchmarks in reading, writing or math. Language Arts Specialists and Math Specialists, in consultation with Principals and classroom teachers, will make Summer School recommendations. Parents will receive enrollment information by mail as soon as an eligible child is referred to the program, no earlier than March 2013. Parents who anticipate that their child may be eligible, based upon their communications with their classroom teacher and other educators at school, are urged to consider possible summer school dates in planning summer schedules. Regular attendance is necessary in Summer School classes.

Special Education students whose IEP specifically calls for a summer educational program are automatically enrolled in the Summer Special Education Program also housed at Alcott and Sanborn.  The same schedule and timetable as the Concord Public Schools summer program applies.  Special education students with IEPs not calling for summer educational services may be recommended for the summer school program if eligibility requirements are met.

Community Education will offer fee-based morning and afternoon science workshops for K-5 children at the Alcott School. Sessions meet 9 AM-Noon, and/or 1-4 PM, with supervised lunch period Noon-1 PM. Anticipated session weeks: June 24-28, July 1-3  (3-day), July 8-12, July 15-19. Summer School students who enroll in the afternoon program may sign up for the lunch period at no charge.

The Concord Recreation Department will sponsor a fee-based afternoon day camp at Alcott and Town facilities from noon to 4 PM. Space is limited; enroll early. Camp will not be in session July 4-5.  For more information see www.concordsummercamps.com or contact TJ Liakos (978) 369-6460, tliakos@concordma.gov.

Transportation for Boston students is provided. Concord students must provide transportation.

For more information about elementary Summer School please contact Court Booth, (978) 341-2490 ext. 7150 or cbooth@colonial.net. For more information about Special Education Summer School please contact Jessica Murphy, (978) 341-2490 ext. 8142 or jmurphy@colonial.net. For more information about summer fee-based educational enrichment programs see the C-C Community Education Spring-Summer program catalog (available in March), or online in February at www.ace.colonial.net (Summer Classes).

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer Spring In-Town Program

Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer is now accepting registrations for our Spring In-Town program.  In-Town offers outdoor soccer for players in Pre-K through Grade 6.  Games are played on Saturdays from April to June.  We are a non-profit volunteer-run organization and we need parents to help with coaching and other various staff roles.  Details about our program including eligibility, scholarship information and access to on-line registration can be found on our website at www.ccysoccer.org .  Register early to secure a spot on an In-Town team this spring.  For answers to questions, check out our website or call us at 978-369-7978.

Collections for Cradles to Crayons

Please bring your gently used baby and children’s items to donate to Cradles to Crayons.  Family drop-off day is Saturday, February 9 from 9am -12pm at First Parish, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord. Cradles to Crayons creates KidPacks that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl’s specific needs and wants.  Accepted items include: boys and girls clothing from newborn to youth size 14; winter coats, hats, and gloves; pajamas; shoes and boots; baby equipment; books; and baby toys.  No stuffed animals, cribs or old car seats, please.  All donations must be free from rips and stains and in good working condition.  For a list of most needed and accepted items go to: http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept .  Volunteers will be available throughout the morning to help unload your car.  Tax receipts will be available at the event.  For questions, email abbygwhite@comcast.net .

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/.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on FEBRUARY 7, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, FEBRUARY 4, 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.