January 9, 2014


Happy New Year! We hope you had restful and rejuvenating winter breaks! A few highlights in January:

  • There will be a principal candidate forum for parents to attend and hear the candidates speak on Wednesday, January 22. Details to follow.
  • Second grade coffee Monday, January 13
  • Fifth grade coffee Tuesday, January 21

Our next PTG meeting will be in February….stay tuned:) -Carla and Louisa


Please stop by for coffee and conversation at 25 Range Road on Monday, January 13, 9:30-11:00. This will be a great way to catch up with other second grade parents and hear about upcoming PTG events. If you have any questions, call or email Betsy Dorr (369-1123 or betsydorr@comcast.net.)  See you then!

THOREAU SCHOOL HOBBY FAIR – January 13th  and 14th 
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 13, 6:30pm -7:30pm, when family and friends may view the many great exhibits.  On Tuesday, January 14, the fair will run 9:00-12:00 noon, during which time all classes will have time to visit and enjoy the Fair.


The Winter Olympics are less than a month away, and so is the Winter Olympic 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 sports of the Winter Olympics. Quests will be distributed to students at the end of this month, to coincide with the Games, which open on February 4. —Anne Mullaney, Geography Quest Chair


The Thoreau New Year is off to a great start with generous contributions from the following families: Fattal; Capello; Nick; Moskow; Goar; Hunt; Glazer; Hunter; Hubbard-Nelson; Neville; Sprague; Dillon; Rothermel/Dettelback; and Johnson. We are so very thankful for their support. If you haven’t had a chance to donate to the Annual Appeal yet, please consider giving soon. We still have a long way to go before reaching our fundraising goal for this year and every dollar makes a difference. You can send a check to the school made out to Thoreau PTG or donate online at www.thoreauptg.org. Thank you so much! —Fundraising Co-Chairs, Rose Waxler and Tracy Bagley White


Come in from the cold, have some warm treats, and visit with 5th grade parents on Tuesday, January 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  No need to RSVP, just come to 39 Edgewood Road (home of Jen Johnson). Hope to see you all there!


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert!  This year’s family concert is Saturday, March 1 at 10:15 am.  Adults are $20 and kids are FREE.  This year’s theme is “There’s Nothing Better than a Good Story: A Musical Look at the Components of Storytelling” featuring music of Tchakovsky, Stravinsky, Copland, 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 $20 per adult and specify the total number of seats you need (i.e. 2 adults + 1 kid, $40 enclosed).  Mail to 45 Pine St.  Concord 01742.  I plan to order tickets on Friday January 10.  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 jmontbach@radiusensemble.org with any questions.


  • Monday, January 13            Teriyaki Chicken
  • Tuesday, January 14           No Lunch – Early Release
  • Wednesday, January 15    Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday, January 16         B. Good Burgers on WW Buns
  • Friday, January 17               Max Pizza Sticks


Best Selling Author to Speak at The Fenn School

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites all community members to attend a special evening with Lee Woodruff on January 27 at 7:30pm at the Fenn School.  Lee Woodruff is author of the best-selling book  “In an Instant”, which tells the harrowing story of her husband Bob’s traumatic brain injury suffered during a news report in the Middle East.  In addition, Lee is a CBS news contributor, philanthropist, devoted mother and wife.  Space is limited!!  Reserve your FREE ticket at www.cccommunitychest.org or (978)369-5250.

Meeting to Discuss Concord Recreational Needs

The Concord Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the recreational needs of the Town on January 16 at 7PM at the Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street, Concord.  Barbara Heller of Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc. will be facilitating the meeting.  This is an opportunity to have a voice in the future recreational facilities and activities for the Town of Concord.

Babysitting will be available.  Please call 978-369-6460 to reserve a spot. For further information please call 978-369-6460 or email Laura Lunig at LLunig@concordma.gov.

Dreaming of summer?  Join us at the 2014 Summer Opportunities 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 2014 Summer Opportunities Fair.   This event will take place at Concord Carlisle High School Cafeteria on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. This marks our 33rd 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, a snow date will be announced. For more information, please contact cchssummerops@gmail.com.

Beginner Group Flute Class for Spring Semester

Concord Conservatory flute instructor Elzbieta Brandys is starting a Beginner Group Flute Class for students ages 7 and 8 this semester. Students will learn to play a beginner flute, which is shorter and easier to play than a full-size flute. The class will focus on developing good playing techniques and habits, as well as basic music reading skills. Students will discover the joy of making music together as they learn to play scales and songs together in flute duos and trios. This class is a great starting point for students who wish to begin private flute lessons at age nine. Students will be responsible for renting or purchasing a beginner flute. Beginner Group Flute Class will run on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:40 pm, and the first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21.  For more information, and to register, please call Concord Conservatory at 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

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.

Free Saturday Morning Playgroup Dates

Concord Children’s Center and Concord Family Network will offer free Saturday morning playgroups on second and fourth Saturdays of the winter months. The series offer families opportunities for indoor play and learning. Both playgroups are held at the Concord Children’s Center West Concord location at 1300 Main Street and are free and open to the public.

 “Second Saturday Indoor Playspace” gives children up to age six the chance to engage in informal play and activities in a child-friendly indoor space; and parents an opportunity to visit over coffee and goodies. From 9-11:30AM on January 11, February 8, and March 8.

“Babies & Books” is a “book group” for babies and is offered to area families with children ages 0-24 months. The informal drop-in setting provides an opportunity for local families to meet and enjoy select stories and songs.  Each event features a special guest who will provide age-appropriate entertainment, with a focus on fostering a life-long love of reading.  From 9-11AM on January 25, February 22, and March 22.

A parent or caregiver must accompany all children. RSVPs are appreciated but not required; to respond or for more information, please contact Eck Redmond 310-619-4249 or eck.redmond@gmail.com.

4th/5th Grade Book Markers Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm at the Concord Free Public Library; Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan & Read 1 Greek Myth Activity: Greek Mythology Craft & Greek Foods. Concord Free Public Library 129 Main Street Concord,MA (978)318-3358 Registration:www.concordlibrary.org

3rd Grade BookEaters Club

Meets January 15  at 4pm. Happy New Year! OUT with the OLD & IN with   the NEW! Show & Tell…  Let’s explore OLD classics and NEW Fiction Share a favorite book with us-something new or old! Activity…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 Craft… Time Capsule: Make a Personal Time Capsule for 2014! Concord Free Public Library 129 Main Street Concord,MA (978)318-3358 Registration:www.concordlibrary.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

On Wednesday, January 15 from 7:00-8:30pm, choruses of all ages will lift their voices in celebration of MLK, Jr. singing folksongs, spirituals, and gospel songs. Groups include: Fenn Treble Chorus, Willard 5th Grade Chorus, and Boston Children’s Chorus (recipient of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House).  New this year is Lisa Lee, artist of the written and spoken word, and 2- time Boston Music Award recipient in the Rap/Hip-hop category.  Featuring guest speaker, Ivan Massar (former National Geographic and Life Magazine photographer who photographed MLK at speaking engagements) and some of his photographic works.  Come join the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council as we celebrate our 21st MLK, Jr. observance with songs and media sure to lift the spirit and inspire hope! At the Fenn School Auditorium, 516 Monument St., in Concord.


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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on January 16, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, January 13, 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.