June 14, 2012


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–Kelly Clough


Thank you to all the Field Day volunteers: Nancy Zuffante, Nancy Schulman, Melanie Bettencourt, Diane Grace, Jinglin Zhang, Jackie Meehan, Rob Becker, Dorina Enes, Soojin Cho, Jackie Meehan and everyone else who came to help. Special thanks to Beth Murphy for organizing a fun day of games.  –Julie Sinclair, Lisa Becker, Anne Mullaney, Field Day co-chairs


Thanks so much to everyone who helped to make the Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Breakfast so special. The food, drink, flowers, and gift cards were truly appreciated. They especially loved the cards made by the kids!  -Jackie Meehan and Laura Mills


As we get ready to say good-bye to our fifth graders, the teachers and I also say goodbye to fifth-grade parents Nancy Shulman and Bob Zuffante, who have been invaluable in keeping our book inventory up-to-date and our book room shelves organized.  Nancy and Bob have spent countless hours shelving books and making our leveled-book collection more acessable to teachers.  Most recently I have walked by Sue Howard’s office to see Nancy and Bob working on the fifth grade yearbook, all the while keeping up with the end-of-year influx of books that are coming back from classrooms into the book room.  I will truly miss Bob and Nancy and the fifth grade students who I have witnessed becoming readers over the last 6 years.

Special thanks to Jessica Arado who has also been a great help in the book room.   Jill Korey O’Sullivan has donated non-fiction National Geographic leveled readers to the book room this year.  Thank you, Jill.

If you would like to help in the book room next year, please contact Melanie Bettencourt, who is taking over Nancy’s PTG job of Book Room manager.

On behalf of the teachers at Thoreau, thank you for the behind-the-scenes work that the PTG does to keep our school the special place that it is!  -Joyce Carter, Thoreau Language Arts Specialist


BOXTOPS CONTEST RESULTS!!!   Really, the whole school can pat itself on the back!  What a great job with the BOXTOPS contest!   Drum roll please….the winner, by 8 BOXTOPS is Mrs. Dillon’s class!   Her class submitted 534 boxtops, Mr. Hourihan’s class had 526, and Ms. Apollos’ class was third with 467.   The grand total was 8,071 boxtops which translates into $807.10 for Thoreau School.  WELL DONE!   Please continue to collect over the summer!  Kimber Lynn Drake will be your new BOXTOPS guru for 2012-2013.


This week, look for a Summer issue of Chop Chop Magazine in your child’s backpack…generously paid for by the Thoreau PTG! Hope you have a wonderful summer exploring local farms, trying new foods and having fun in the kitchen with your children. We have made great strides this school year in improving our school lunches. If you haven’t seen it already, check out this article in the Boston Globe featuring our Food Service Director, Alden Cadwell:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2012/05/29/concord-and-concord-carlisle-high-move-scratch-cooking/Q6QkEITwgSVJ8QjBu0ZYzN/story.html.


A reminder to all families:  continue a wonderful Thoreau tradition and when on vacation this summer, remember our Vacation & Travel Book Program! Have your child pick out a book from a favorite place you have visited that can be donated to the school library when you return in September. This is a great way for other families to learn about other towns, cities, or even other countries, and may even inspire your next vacation. A special bookplate will be given to your child to fill out for the dedication. Happy Summer & Happy Travels!  -Jen Johnson


  • District FY13 goals and Elementary school improvement plan including FY12 progress report and FY13 goals are discussed in the school committee meeting.  They are expected to be approved in the school committees’ meeting scheduled on June 19, 2012
  • Sanborn parking lot will be reconfigured to support housing the school bus fleet.
  • Superintendent’s evaluation results were provided by each school committee member. The ratings vary by category and also by member. Overall, ratings ranged from meets standard to exceptional, with majority being commendable.
  • The state has embargoed Tell Mass Survey result until 7/2012.
  • Many parents, teachers and residents attended school committee meeting, and some provided citizens comment regarding Tell Mass survey data and communication issues.


Please think about taking over the Treasurer position.  If you can balance a checkbook, make deposits and write checks, this volunteer position is for you.   I will train you and be available for questions as long as you need.  It is not as time consuming as you may think and it’s fun.   I didn’t know anything about Quickbooks when I started, but was soon very comfortable with it.   Call or email me with questions:  Mallory Price:   978-402-1538 or mprice@mxschool.edu.


In order to request the use of school rooms and/or grounds, go to our district web page www.concordpublicschools.net and:

  • Click Request Use of School Facilities (lower left column)
  • From our K-12 Calendar, click Log in to Request Facility Use (upper right corner)
  • First time users: Don’t have an account? Click Create One to set up your email/organization name. OR
  • Enter your email address and your email password.
  • If you can not remember your email password, click Forgot Password? and your password will be emailed to you.

-From the Information Technology Department


The last checkout for library materials was on Friday, June 1, 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 11. We would much rather have the book than its replacement cost, so check those closets, bookcases and car seats please! Books not returned 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 “go green” the booklists are available 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. Happy reading!


Thank you so much for your help during the past year. You’ve worked hard to put our library shelves in order and to keep the books circulating. Special thanks go to the parent volunteers of our graduating 5th Graders for their many years of assistance: Susan Oman, Imogen Wilson, Bob Zuffante, and Nancy Schulman. And three cheers to Carolyn McCarthy, our intrepid volunteer coordinator, for keeping us all organized. We hope that you all can come to our annual shelving-plus “parties” on Thursday, June 14 and Monday, June 18 from 9:00am- noon. 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


Many thanks to the Thoreau families who have generously donated books to the Library this year. We were given many new books through the Gift Book Program, the Scholastic Book Fair, the Vacation-Travel Book Club and by generous individuals. Many of these donors have already been thanked in earlier Announcements. We would now like to also acknowledge the Schulman family, Mrs, Joyce Carter, Kathy Folgar, the Glitzenstein family, the Meehan family, Jonathan Xu, Ben Walton, Blaise Siefer, Helen Newman, Ellie and Vera Sablak, Amanda and Laurel Rosenbaum, Jenny and Bonnie Li, the Noordzij family, the Thoreau Times newspaper, the PTG, and the Children’s Programing Committee. Special thanks go to Laurie Garrison for managing our Gift Book program.

LUNCH MENU Week of June 18-June 19

  • Monday: Comella’s Pizza
  • Tuesday: Early Release

Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.


Summer Arts Under the Umbrella

Looking for unique summer activities for your creative child?  Then Summer Arts Under the Umbrella is the place to be!  Learning, growing, and experimenting through art is at the heart of what we do.  Staffed by professional artists with years of teaching experience, the program offers drawing and painting, 2D and 3D mixed media, ceramics, and woodworking/workshop.  Each week is unique, designed to engage your child’s creativity and artistic spirit.

Families may sign up for individual weeks or for the full eight-week program.  Plan around your family vacations or summer camp schedules. We are flexible and will accept enrollment for any combination of weeks.  Visit www.emersonumbrella.org or call 978-371-0820.  The program runs from Monday, July 2 through Friday, August 24.  Enroll now!

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Daisy Girl Scouts!

Do you have or know an incoming Kindergarten girl? If so, please join us for an informal meeting at West Concord Library (Fowler Branch), 1322 Main Street on Thursday, June 14, 5-6pm with lots of time for questions and answers.  If you’re wondering about any of the following, this is the meeting for you:

  • What is Girl Scouting all about?
  • What sorts of activities do the 35+ troops in Concord-Carlisle do each year?
  • How do new troops form?
  • Who runs the troops?
  • What is my role as a Daisy parent?
  • Is Daisy Scouts right for my daughter?

All incoming Kindergarten girls in Concord and Carlisle schools and their parents are welcome.  Girls will participate in a craft project while the parents talk. We’re excited to get our new Kindergarten Daisy troops up and running! Questions?  E-mail ccgirlscouts@gmail.com.

Donate Handmade Blankets

The 5th Grade Bronze Award Girl Scout troop is collecting new, handmade blankets to donate to Project Linus, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides love, security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. The blankets can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, or tied. The Girl Scouts will be collecting these blankets through the end of June.  If you have questions or would like to donate blankets, please email <ProjectLinusBronze@gmail.com>.  Thank you for supporting the 5th Grade Bronze Award Girl Scouts and Project Linus.

Concord Public Library Summer Workshops

Wingmasters, an educational organization that rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey, will present a program at the Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street, Concord, on Monday, August 13 at 7pm.  Jim Parks, a licensed raptor rehabilitator, will bring several birds that cannot be returned to the wild to speak about these magnificent North American birds of prey.  This program is for children age 7 years and up (no young children please).  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  For more information about this or any Library program, visit the Library website at www.concordlibrary.org.

Frisbee Workshop!  Have you ever wondered how the pros do their complicated tricks with a Frisbee?  The Concord Free Public Library is sponsoring a Frisbee workshop for families.   World champion Frisbee thrower Todd Brodeur will give a talk in the Hunt Gym, Stow Street, on Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm followed by Frisbee throwing outside in the Emerson Field.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.  For more information about this or any Library program, visit the Library’s website at www.concordlibrary.org.

Save the Date: Annual Back-to-School Popsicle Party

A special invitation for all children starting Kindergarten in Concord this fall – Please join the Concord Family Network and Concord Public Schools for our annual get-together to launch the new school year. Meet new classmates and enjoy festivities including field games, craft activities, playground time, and, of course, popsicles! Wednesday, August 29, 3:30-5pm at Alcott School playground and fields. All incoming Kindergarten students will receive an invitation with RSVP information. Non-K students welcome! Questions? Email cfnpopsicleparty@yahoo.com.

This is the last issue of Thoreau Announcements for the 2011-2012 school year!  Look for the Thoreau Announcements again in the fall, and have a great summer!