January 8, 2015


Happy New Year!

*Thoreau School Community Meeting:  Please join us on Wednesday, January 14 from 7-8:30pm in the Thoreau School library.  Mr. Mahoney will update the community on the current happenings at the Thoreau School and across the district.  The PTG will provide information regarding the principal search, budget issues, and other PTG events/matters.  Refreshments and babysitting will be provided.  We hope that you can join us!

*Hobby Fair:  Family night, Monday, January 12, 6:30-7:30pm in the Cafeteria.  All families are welcome to attend and see the 4th and 5th graders display their hobbies!  (Classroom visits will be on Tuesday, January 13.)

*3rd and 4th grade Movie and Pizza Afternoon:  Tuesday, January 13 (half day Tuesday.)  There are spaces left for 3rd and 4th graders to sign up!  $25 per child.  (Please send checks made payable to the Thoreau School PTG to your child’s teacher.)  Sign up before noon on Monday, January 12 to reserve your child’s spot!  Go to:


*Spelling Bee:  Thank you to April Robb and Irene Stapleford for volunteering to lead the Thoreau School Spelling Bee this year on Saturday, March 14.  More information to come!

*Principal Coffee:  Tuesday, January 13 is cancelled (please come instead to the Community Meeting on January 14 at 7pm, when Mr. Mahoney will present an update on Thoreau.)

Carla and Trish


The closing date for applications for the job of Thoreau School Principal has past, and a committee will be allowed to review those applications that meet the prerequisites of having had prior elementary principal experience and hold a Massachusetts license.  The review committee is made up of Administration Team members Kelly McCausland, Pat Fernandes, Kristen Herbert, and Jessica Murphy; Thoreau staff Bob Lemaire, Tara Venuti, Nancy Dillon, Sue Howard, Justine Hebert, and Maria Schofield; and parent Dan Conti.


The Thoreau School Advisory Council (SAC) will be meeting this Monday night from 5:15-6:15pm in the school library.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The agenda items are as follows:

1.  Approve December 1, 2014 minutes

2.  Citizen comments

3.  Update on school climate – Rachel Levesque – video conference

4.  Review of School Improvement Plan – Sue Howard

(a) District determined measures (What are they?  Why?)

(b) PARCC (When?  How?)

5. 1st semester reflections – Christopher Mahoney, Sue Howard

6. Principal update – Christopher Mahoney

(a) Personnel update

(b) Bus climate

7. Budget update – Christopher Mahoney

8. Citizen comments


We thank all the families for their Holiday wishes and gifts.  It was greatly appreciated, and we wish everyone the best in 2015.

THOREAU SCHOOL HOBBY FAIR – January 12 and 13 

The annual Hobby Fair is right around the corner!  This event is 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 12, 6:30-7:30pm, when family and friends may view the many great exhibits.  On Tuesday, January 13, the fair will run 9am-12 noon, during which time all classes will have time to visit and enjoy the Fair.  If you have any questions please contact us at cathy.chadwick@gmail.com (5th grade) or kristen.keilty@gmail.com (4th grade).  Thanks, Cathy and Kristen


Every year families look forward to Bingo Night. We hope to continue this great event in the future. To that end, we are looking for someone to learn the ropes from our seasoned volunteer, Suzy Symons, whose family will graduate from Thoreau after 12 consecutive years! This is a very easy, finite volunteer position. The Bingo Night Coordinator Organizes and oversees Thoreau Family Bingo Night, which is typically held on a weeknight in February. They manage a small group of parent volunteers, light concessions (pizza & ice cream), large group Bingo game and simple prizes. Bingo Night this year is Feb. 12. We need someone available this night to be mentored who also would be willing coordinate this event in years to come. If you are interested please contact Suzy Symons, at ssymons@alhi.com.


Calling all Thoreau Moms: save the date for Mom’s Night Out, a free event organized by the Social Committee.  Catch up with friends and meet new ones while enjoying food and drinks.  More details and RSVP info to come.


The scorecard is UP! The Box Tops for Education classroom contest has been quietly under way this past fall, with many families keeping their scissors hard at work. Now your kids will be able to see where their classroom stands each day as they enter the building. Just look for the big chart mounted above the collection box.  All families are encouraged to participate in this easy fundraiser. Here are some “how to” reminders:  What you’re looking for on each label or box in your household goods and groceries is a little rectangle containing the Box Tops for Education logo and the tiny words “official coupon”. Cut out the entire rectangle, put the clipped coupons in a small bag and please include your child’s teacher’s name in the bag so that their classroom gets credited for the box tops. The bags go into a collection box just inside the front door of the school. We will be tallying coupon counts by classroom, with the top-collecting class from each grade winning a prize at the end of the year.  Stay tuned for year-to-date results coming soon. Good luck to all!  – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


There are still a few spots available for the Winter session of Fuzzy Felt.  Sign up soon as classes start next Wednesday.

Fuzzy Felt:
Join Ms. Dillon in her sewing extravaganza! Learn to sew bags, pillows, stuffed animals and learn appliqué. Fun for boys and girls who like crafts. Cost: $80; Who: grades: 3-5; Where: Ms. Dillon’s Room; When: Wednesdays 3:15 – 4:30. Class limit 10 students. Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11.  Registration is now online on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/After School Programs at https://www.thoreauptg.org/after-school-program-winter-term-2014/. Payment can be made by credit card, paypal, cash or check. Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti (meljiganti@aol.com) or Stefanie Sim (stefaniesim1@hotmail.com).


Monday, January 12           Popcorn Chicken

Tuesday, January 13          NO LUNCH

Wednesday, January 14    Mini Cheese Ravioli

Thursday, January 15         Nachos with Cheddar Cheese

Friday, January 16               Cheese Pizza Slice


2015 Summer Opportunities Fair

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about your summer plans.  Please join us at the 2015 Summer Opportunities Fair.  More than 35 organizations representing day and overnight camps with opportunities in sports, arts, academics, volunteer service trips and the college application process will participate in the 2015 Summer Opportunities Fair.   This event will take place at Concord Carlisle High School Cafeteria on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 5:30–8pm.  This marks our 34th 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.  If necessary, the snow date will be January 13, 2015 from 5:30–8pm. For more information, please email cchssummerops@gmail.com

Concord Free Public Library – Babysitting Night

Babysitting Night at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Free Public Library is on Friday, January 16. This is a wonderful opportunity for Concord parents and guardians to register their children in Grades 2-5 for a fun evening for the children from 6-9pm with snacks, games and a viewing of The Box Trolls movie while you get some hours to yourself! Space is limited so register at:  http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=CONCORD&curApp=events&curID=163234&tEvt=3922897

Any questions, contact Fiona Stevenson at Tea44@comcast.net.

4th and 5th Grade Book Markers: A Book Discussion and Activity Club 

Book Discussion: Spy School by Stuart Gibbs.  Activities: Code-Breaking, Spy Gear, & a Secret Snack!  Hosted by our own Thoreau School Librarian, Ms. Pettyjohn.  Copies of the book are available at the Main Library.  People are still talking about how successful Ms. Pettyjohn’s Percy Jackson event was last year, so don’t let your 4th and 5th Graders miss this one!  Tuesday, January 13 at 7pm at the Main Library, 129 Main Street.
For more info: www.concordlibrary.org.

3rd Grade BookEaters: A Book Club for 3rd Graders

Let’s share our favorite books (old & new) plus games, crafts, and food!  Wednesday, January 21 at 4pm at the Main Library, 129 Main Street.  Happy New Year!  OUT with the OLD & IN with the NEW!  Let’s explore OLD classics and NEW Fiction.  Share a favorite book with us-something new or old!  Library Tour: Upstairs  Downstairs @ the Concord Library.  Let’s explore behind the scenes of the library!  Downstairs tour including where OLD books are kept and NEW books are processed.  Time Capsule: Make a Personal Time Capsule for 2015!  For more info: www.concordlibrary.org

The Shamrock Ball

The Shamrock Ball presented by Concord Recreation is March 14, 2015 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.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Event

Free event sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest:  An Evening with Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor, author of the book Stronger, and Carlisle resident.  Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:30pm at the Fenn School, Performance Hall.  Space is limited, please reserve your free ticket now!  Go to: www.cccommunitychest.org or call 978-369-5250.

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 January 15, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, January 12, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.