June 16, 2016


Thank You: On this last week of school, we want to thank the entire community for their support this year.  It was a wonderful school year thanks to all of the parents, families, teachers, and staff at Thoreau who worked hard on behalf of our children.  The PTG functions because of all of you, every contribution is valued and significant.  Thank you and we look forward to another great year next year!

Another big thank you to Siobhan Mee and Christine Ayotte-Brennan who worked hard every week of the school year putting the Thursday Announcements together and sending them out to the community!  We appreciate your consistent, diligent and thorough work, Siobhan and Christine!

Incoming PTG Officers:  

We want to congratulate and thank the incoming PTG Board Officers, who were voted on and approved at our June 9th Board meeting:

Co-President – Betsy Martel

Co-President – Deb Antonangeli

Vice President – Kathleen Dohoney

Treasurer – Megan Caldwell

Secretary – Jennifer Hollywood

Save the Date:

Thursday, June 16th – 5th Grade Play evening performance

Friday, June 17 –  “Clap out” for 5th graders, 9am; DVD viewing 10:15am (5th graders and their parents only); 5th Grade Countdown to Graduation Celebration Party, 6:30-8:30pm at Hunt Gym

Monday, June 20 – 5th Grade Play daytime performances

Tuesday, June 21 – Last Day of School (half day, early release at 12:25); 5th Grade Talent Show, 7pm Auditorium

Wednesday, August 31- Classes begin!

Next year’s School Calendar:  http://www.concordps.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SC-Approved-CPS.CCHS-2016-2017-SchoolCalendar-May-10-2016.pdf

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Trish and Betsy


The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation on behalf of an extra-special CPS staff member who will receive a personalized note conveying your appreciation and your generosity. Make your donation by Friday June 17th to be sure teachers receive your note by the last day of school. Show your appreciation to someone who has made a positive impact on your child’s education by clicking here: http://concordedfund.org/teacher-appreciation/And thank you for supporting teachers who are committed to offering Concord-Carlisle students an extraordinary educational experience.


Many thanks to the Thoreau families that 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 also like to acknowledge Pam Foggo, Benjamin Neville, Maddie Gibson, the Jennings family, the Hawes family, Gemma Feinstein, Kelsie Sim, Simon Zall, Noah Zall, Marty Lapointe-Malchik, the Feigh family, the Pomeroy family, the Drake family, Liam Covert, Sabrina Comeau, Zoe Fife, Felicity Zhang, Charlie Gillick, and the Thoreau PTG for their gifts to the library. Special thanks go to Liz Wei for managing our Gift Book program.


Thank you to the book room volunteers who did an incredible job this year:  Prow Sarns, Kim Hodder, Laura Koh, Katherine Hollywood, and Kun Liu.  You accomplished a lot! Thanks to you we have multiple years of information in our inventory that informs us which books are well-used and where we need to edit our collection. Have a wonderful summer with your families and I hope you consider the book room again next year.  I couldn’t do it without you!  Joyce Carter


The virtual lost and found is back!  Click here  to see a photo gallery of the contents of the lost and found as of Wednesday afternoon.  All items will be donated to charity after the last day of school, so check it out today. – Kimber Lynn Drake


The tallies are complete!  Final standings in the Box Tops for Education classroom contest are:  kindergarten=Ellis, 1st grade=Walsh, 2nd grade=Watson, 3rd grade=Gallagher, 4th grade=Keefe, 5th grade=Hourihan.  Congratulations to all the winning classrooms!  Many thanks to all the families who participated.  As a community we clipped almost 9,000 box tops this year and earned about $1,400.00 for Thoreau School programs, so really every student is a winner here.

It’s never too late to turn in your box tops!  Although this year’s contest has ended, we will start tallying for next year’s right away. Just write your child’s name (not the teacher’s) on a slip of paper in the bag and we will credit the box tops to their new classroom in the fall.  Thanks again for your support!  – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


Registration is now open for all current 3rd and 4th grade students to join the band or orchestra at their school in the 4th and 5th grade. No prior experience is necessary and rehearsals are part of the school day. To learn more or to sign up for either group please visit concordbands.org/join. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the band directors: Chris Noce (cnoce@concordps.org) and Paul Halpainy (phalpainy@concordps.org), or the orchestra director: Anna Anderson (aanderson@concordps.org).

Support your child’s teacher, get to know other families at Thoreau and be involved in the school community!  Room parents are an integral part of the classroom, and the time commitment is flexible and manageable.  Two parent volunteers are needed per classroom.

Room Parent duties may include the following:

Supporting your teacher with classroom specific needs such as organization of class celebrations, field trips, volunteer coordination, maintaining class web page (Wiki), organizing class gifts for the holidays/end of year and sending out class or school specific information via email distribution to your class. If you are interested, or have additional questions, please email Ali Baty at alibaty14@gmail.com with the following information: your name, your child’s/children’s name, your child’s/children’s grade level. The opportunity is limited, so please email as soon as possible.  Thank you! BOKS Have you heard the music, seen the smiling faces, been told of the positive impact in the classroom?  BOKS, a before school physical fitness program, was immensely popular this year and rightly so.  With a mission to promote the profound impact of physics activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn.  The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. Interested in joining our team or just learning more about BOKS?  Please email Adrienne at Adrienne.principe@gmail.com.  Without a team of dedicated parent volunteers, the program cannot run. We look forward to hearing from YOU!  BOKS ROCKS!! HELPFUL LINKS

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents:



Summer Reading Club at the Concord Library

Register for the summer reading club at the Concord Free Public Library and Fowler Library. The program, On Your Mark, Get Set…… Read, is full of fun, music and activities. Registration begins now!  Register at www.readsinma.org

Help us read a ton of books! Our summer is filled with events including a fencing demonstration followed by a treat from an ice cream truck, an origami workshop, family movies, Tai Chi and much more.  To see the full calendar, visit the Library’s website at www.concordlibrary.org. For more information call (978) 318-3358

Backpacks Needed!

CC Youth & Community Services has over 70 K-8 children signed up to receive a back to school backpack and school supplies for the 2016-17 school year.  If you or a group would like to assist with donating a backpack, please use a drop-box location listed below or contact CC Youth Services Coordinator, Jennifer Clarke (978.318.3043  or  jclarke@concordma.gov). Donated backpacks must be new/unused. Donations of  pencils, glue sticks, rulers, pencil case, pens, pencil sharpener, loose-leaf paper, folders, and notebooks also welcome. Drop-box locations in Concord: Harvey Wheeler Community Center until July 15th (1276 Main Street) and the Thoreau, Alcott and Willard Elementary School lobbies until June 17th.

Target Soccer This Summer

Target Soccer is excited to be offering a week-long camp for girls this summer.  Target Soccer is directed by David Hosford (Concord/LS), Ray Pavlik (CC) and Dan McGrath (CC/Reading). Over the last 7 years, Target has run a summer camp for boys, and last year we started offering a program for the girls. Our model is to find the best coaches in the area, and pair them with many of the top high school players to have a week of fun learning about soccer. This is a camp for all abilities and we work hard to challenge the advanced players and encourage the players who might need more time to learn a certain skill. The results have been very positive.

When:  August 1-5

Where: Concord Carlisle HS

Half day: Grades 1-2 (grade=grade in fall 2016)

Full day:  Grades 3-6 (Maybe 7th if there is interest)

For more information: www.targetsocceracademy.com

Girls Ice Hockey

Registration is OPEN for Girls Ice Hockey programs: Fall 2016 teams and Full-Season 2016-17 teams. Please visit www.CCYH.org and select “About Our Programs” for a full description and to register. Contact Andi Rice at: andi.rice@comcast.net with any questions.

Concord Carlisle Youth Football

Registration is OPEN for Concord Carlisle Youth Football programs. For more information and to register for CCYF Football please visit the CCYF website at www.ccyouthfootball.com

Concord Carlisle Youth Cheerleading Registration is OPEN!

Registration is now open for Concord Carlisle Youth Cheer! Any girl’s ages 7-14 (grades 2-8 in Fall 2016) who want learn cheerleading are welcome.  No experience necessary.  Practices begin in August and are twice each week until school starts.  Once school starts, practices are just once a week, and games are every Sunday.  Come join us!!  To register, go to www.ccyouthfootball.com.

Wanted: Cheerleading coach for CCYF Cheer

If you or anyone you know has experience with cheerleading, whether it be coaching or cheering, and would be willing to coach a great group of young girls, we’d like to talk to you! CCYF is currently looking for a head coach for our squad, a great group of girls ages 7-14.  This is a volunteer position and our squad does not compete at the moment. The requirements:  Must be 18 or older and be available for all practices and games.  Practices are 2 times a week during August; 1 time a week after school starts; games are every Sunday in Sept-Nov except holiday weekends (times and locations vary).  If you are interested, please contact Paula Hill (padever@yahoo.com) for more information.

Concord Food, Farm & Garden Fair – Mark your Calendars now!

September 10 and 11, 2016.  See a local food system in action!

The Fair is a weekend-long celebration of local food where you can find flowers and produce at the Farmers Market, explore local gardens and farms and eat deliciously from the land and kitchens of Concord! The Fair will include: Activities around town ~ Annual Ag Day Farmers Market ~ Farm and Garden Tours ~ Art & Agriculture Exhibit ~ Activities for Children ~ Local Food Specials ~ Veggies, bees, chickens, flowers, vintage tractors—the works! What a weekend! More details: www.concordfood.ning.com