June 11, 2015


Thoreau’s annual Field Day happily beat out most of the rain!  Thank you to Anne Mullaney and Lisa Becker for running the PTG’s portion of this event so well, and thank you to all of the water balloon fillers!!  Also, thanks to EVERYONE who donated gift cards and food to the Bus Driver Breakfast and to Anne Remmington and Najah Alford, who put together a very nice spread!

Our final meeting of the year is TOMORROW, 9am in the Cafeteria.  Principal Designee and Technology Specialist, Sue Howard will join us right at 9:00 to answer any questions, both general and regarding technology.  We will also vote in the incoming board and next year’s budget.  Please come!

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who has participated in so many different ways, large and small.  The PTG could not exist without you.  There are still a few openings for anyone who wants to take part.  Look here:


Carla and Trish


At last count, we were $125 away from reaching our annual appeal goal. THANK YOU to those who gave! Due to your generosity, the PTG was able to fully fund its budget this year. This included a variety of programming at the school: Amy and Ron Schmidt, Brian Lies, Rhythm Kids, Tanglewood Marionettes, Birgit DeWeerd, the beekeeper, Terry Goulson, “the Chicken Lady,” Bubblemania, the Aquarium, Grace Lin, Odds Bodkin, Tim Federle, and Matt Tavares, Birds of Prey, Gail Blacksnake, “Amazing Grace,” and Drumlin Farm “Animal Adaptations.” Additionally, the PTG funded the 3rd grade Drumlin Field Trip and various other teacher specific field trips throughout the year. Due to your donations the PTG has the amazing ability to supplement our children’s education through these teacher-supported activities!


The last checkout for library materials was on Friday, June 5, so now is the time to hunt for any missing library items. Bills for overdue books will be sent out during the week of June 15. We would much rather have the book than its replacement cost, so check those closets, bookcases, and car seats please! Books not returned or paid for by the end of school will be kept on a student’s record for the fall, and will affect his or her eligibility to check out new materials.  Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins


The K5 librarians have created recommended summer reading book lists for grades 1-5. (Students going to 6th grade will be receiving a book list from the Middle School.)  In an effort to be “green” the booklists are available in online. Please go to http://district.colonial.net/SummerReadingList/ or check the “Booklists” section of the Library’s web page at http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Pettyjohn. You can also find many of the books on display at the public libraries in Concord. Happy reading!  Karen Pettyjohn


Thank you so much for your help during the past year. You have worked hard to put our library shelves in order and to keep the books circulating.  We hope that you all can come to our annual shelving-plus “parties” on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23 starting at 9:00 A.M. If you have time, please help us re-shelve books and assist with any number of other end-of the-year projects.  Sustenance will be provided! Again, thank you for everything.   Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

VIRTUAL LOST AND FOUND – “I’m with the Band” shirts and more!

Are you wondering where your child’s “I’m with the Band” shirt or Thoreau sweatshirt went?  Or worse, you might not even realize yet that their spring jacket didn’t come home the last time they wore it to school!  Not to worry – it’s in the lost and found at Thoreau, but only for a couple more weeks. The end-of-year edition of the virtual lost and found is now online.  In addition to recently misplaced things, some items that were lost just prior to the last charity donation in April were set aside and saved – those are at the beginning of the gallery and are still available to be claimed.  Everything will be donated at the end of the school year, so make sure to click the following link to check it out.  Good luck!   Kimber Lynn Drake



With just a few clips left to tally, the sprint to the finish in the Box Tops for Education classroom contest is really heating up. Although kindergarten had been a close race for the first half of the year, Apollos is now pulling ahead of the group after a recent flurry of scissor work. The Thompson/Ogilvie class is about to run right off the first grade chart with a stunning 1,420 clips so far. In second grade, Andrews maintains a lead for the moment but Marotta is presenting a major challenge. Gallagher and Dillon still lead the third and fourth grades thanks to several consistent clippers on their teams. Meanwhile, what a coup in fifth grade! Hoyt upsets Lemaire’s two-year winning streak and is now leading by over 200 clips. But it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, folks. Stay tuned for the final results, as posted on the lobby scoreboard at the end of this week (click here for photo) and to be published in the next edition of the Thoreau Announcements.  Meanwhile, any box tops you still have around the house can still be turned in. This year’s classroom contest has closed, but I will start collecting for next year on Monday, June 15. If you write your child’s name on a slip of paper in your bag of box tops, I will apply the count to their new classroom in September for next year’s contest.  Good luck everyone!  Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a box of cereal with your child from Monday, June 1 to Thursday, June 18.  ANY kind of cereal is welcome, and in any size – family, individual, hot or cold packets! There will be a collection box in the front hall to put the cereal boxes in, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at Feinsteinfour@gmail.com, and thank you.


Monday, June 15                 Meatball Sub on Wheat

Tuesday, June 16                Pizza Quesadilla

Wednesday, June 17          Lasagna Roll-Up

Thursday, June 18              Baked Chicken Patty on Wheat Roll

Friday, June 19                    Whole Grain Cheese Pizza with Topping Choice


Days Left to the PMC Concord Kids Ride…Register Now!

We are hoping to get close to 250 kids to ride this year to support the fight to conquer cancer.  Get your friends and siblings and come out for a fun and fabulous day for a great cause on Sunday June 14 from 8:30-12pm.  Kids ages 5-15 can ride 1,4,8 or 12 miles to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer.  Registration is open and is $15 with a minimum fundraising of $25 required.  To register go to http://www.kids.pmc.org/concordRemember the ride is at Willard School this year.  The PMC Kids Ride includes young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission of raising money for cancer research.  The program engages youth in philanthropy and promotes physical activity.

CC Youth and Community Services — Backpacks

CC Youth and Community Services is already planning for the 2015-16 school year. Sixty-three eligible K-8 students have signed up to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. Plans are to distribute these backpacks over the summer before school starts up in the fall.  Know a student who could use backpack? Want to donate? Donations of new, unused backpacks filled with all of the following items are greatly appreciated:  Pencils (plain and colored), pens, pencil case, glue sticks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, ruler, loose-leaf paper, 3 folders, 2 notebooks.  Contact Aileen at 978.318.3034 or abuford@concordma.gov for further program information.

Summer Music Institute — Concord/Carlisle/Concord-Carlisle Music Teachers

For Concord and Carlisle Band and Orchestra Students, the Summer Music Institute is designed for practice and improvement in an enjoyable and supportive group atmosphere. Students will play anything from fun tunes to more serious pieces of music and further develop their skills in playing on a band or string instrument, musicianship, listening and ensemble skills. Beginner Band (5:30-6:30 pm); Beginner Orchestra (5:30-6:30 pm); Social Time & Relaxed Play and Talk (6:30-7); Intermediate Band (7-8pm); Intermediate Orchestra (7-8pm); Jazz Workshop (Intermediate Level) (8-9pm). Beginner Ensembles are for students who have just completed their first or second year on their instrument. Intermediate Ensembles are geared towards students with three or more years on their instrument, though some exceptions may be made at the faculty’s discretion.   Jazz Lab is a workshop for all students interested in playing jazz – all instruments are welcome but two years of experience is recommended. The ensembles will be formed based on the number of students participating, abilities, and instruments. Schedule: Wednesdays July 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19* at CCHS. Performance: Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 pm. Fee: $60 ($50 for second child in family, $40 for third). Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at www.ace.colonial.net.

Concord-Carlisle Chess Club

The Concord-Carlisle Chess Club hosts the spring Scholastic Tournament on Sunday, June 14 – details at MassChess.org. There will be regular recreational play and no formal lesson that day. Non-members interested in checking out the Club are welcome to come by this Sunday, June 7, 2-5 pm at Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. We’ll have a lesson with Chess Master Vadim Matirosov and time to play. Grades 3 to adult welcome. The Summer Chess program meets the week of August 24-28 at CCHS, 9 am to 2 pm. $250 by advance enrollment at the Community Education office, or at 318-1432, or at www.ace.colonial.net. The school-year Chess Club will resume September 13, and continue on Sundays 2-5 pm at the Community Center.

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 June 18, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, June 15, 2015. 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.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to announcements@thoreauptg.org.