June 18, 2015


Thank you for a great turnout at our last PTG meeting of the year!  The PTG passed its preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year, and approved the incoming Board.  The PTG Board members for the 2015-16 school year are:

  • Co-Presidents:  Trish Siefer and Betsy Martel
  • Vice President:  Deb Antonangeli
  • Secretary:  Megan Caldwell
  • Treasurer:  Steve Kirincich
  • Social:  Adrienne Principe and Alexa Anderson
  • Communications:  Alexa Anderson
  • Children’s Programming:  Amy Tenenbaum, Amy Zall and Rosie Garcia
  • Staff Appreciation:  Open
  • Health and Wellness:  Kim Hodder and Adrienne Principe
  • Fundraising:  Jen McGrath and Nikki Morrissey
  • Service Learning:  Jen Ubaldino

Volunteer update:

We have over 85 volunteers signed up for next year!  Thank you to Betsy Martel for working so hard to fill all these slots!  Please make sure your CORI is up to date.  There are a few volunteer positions that we need to fill, including Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Cake Walk Co-Chairs, and committee members.  For further information, go to:


Summer Happenings at Thoreau School:

The District has informed us that the Thoreau School playing fields will be re-loamed and seeded this summer.  The cement walkway in front of the school will also be re-paved this summer.

Make a Difference!

  • Open Table Pantry Drive through today!  Please have your child bring in a box of cereal to donate to Open Table!  (Thank you to Fiona Stevenson for organizing!)
  • Nepal Fundraiser:  Check out the table in the main hallway and please consider making a donation to UNICEF to help the relief effort for the children in Nepal!  (Thank you to Anna Willis for organizing!)

School Calendar

Thank you for a fantastic year!

Carla and Trish


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


And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: announcement of the winners of our Box Tops for Education classroom contest. The 2nd grade competition was a real nail-biter, and in the end Ms. Andrews’ classroom won by just 13 box tops!  And what an upset in 4th grade!  At the last minute, Ms. Keefe’s class swooped in with a huge flurry of clips to take the prize.  Some really close races this year, folks.  It just goes to show that every clip counts in more ways than one.  Here are the final standings for the year: Kindergarten = Apollos, 1st grade = Ogilvie, 2nd grade = Andrews/Thomas, 3rd grade = Gallagher, 4th grade = Keefe, 5th grade = Hoyt.  Congratulations to the winning classrooms! Some classes will enjoy a popsicle and “giant bubble” party as their prize and others a fun toy for the kids, while some will use their prize funds to buy books for their classroom.

Although this year’s classroom contest has closed, any box tops you have around the house can still be turned in. Collections for next year’s contest began this week. If you write your child’s name on a slip of paper in your bag of box tops (that’s the child’s, not the teacher’s), 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


With the recent wet weather, did you reach for your child’s rain jacket and realize it isn’t in the closet?  Perhaps it didn’t come home the last time it was worn to school!  It may be in the lost and found at Thoreau, but only for a couple more weeks.  Click on the link below to find out.  The end-of-year edition of the virtual lost and found is now online.  New things misplaced this week have been added to the end of the gallery.  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 photo gallery.  All items are on display on a table in the main hallway near the cafeteria (items from April had been stored in a separate spot but now they have been added to the table).  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  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xy9dnpqej0qf03d/AAA_JjvYAGR-5lvsUCoSdgIma?dl=0


It’s official!  We have joined nearly 1400 schools currently enrolled in BOKS!!  What is BOKS?  BOKS is a before school physical activity program developed by moms and sponsored by The Reebok Foundation.  This program was inspired by the book Spark by Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ratey states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.”  Several studies establish that moderate to vigorous physical activity stimulates brain function and creates the physiological conditions for students to be ready to learn.  BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children to appreciate the benefits of exercise and establishing healthy choices that will last a lifetime.  More information on our school’s program coming soon!!  For more information on BOKS, visit www.bokskids.org.   To get involved, contact Adrienne Principe at adrienne.principe@gmail.com.


A huge “Thank You” to everyone who contributed to last week’s Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast. The attendees had a great time and expressed their appreciation for all the effort and thoughtfulness! Another -and final- huge “Thank You” to our Committee members and all who contributed to the many Staff Appreciation events throughout the year. You helped make the Committee’s inaugural year a success!  The Staff Breakfasts, Appreciation Week activities, and end-of year events showed how much we value Thoreau teachers and staff, and that we have a dedicated school community! Much gratitude to you all. Najah Alford and Anne Remington, Chairs.


The flowers in Ms. Hiltz’s art installation are ready to be picked!  Parent volunteers are needed this Monday, June 22, after school at 3:15pm, to help pull up these delicate flowers which will later be returned to the artists!  Please email Carla Macy at cm_em@yahoo.com if you are able to help.


Save your plastic egg cartons this summer!  The art room could use some plastic egg cartons for next year.  Thank you!  Kate Hiltz


Monday, June 22                 Teriyaki Chicken Patty on Wheat Bun

Tuesday, June 23                Hot Dog on Wheat Bun

Wednesday, June 24          Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Thursday, June 25              NO LUNCH — HAPPY SUMMER!!!


Concord’s Grass Fields for Safe Sports

Concord’s Grass Fields for Safe Sports (GFSS) is hosting a Public Forum on Artificial Turf at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, 500 Walden St, Concord, MA on Tuesday, June 23, 7-9:30 PM.   The forum will be moderated & presented in cooperation with Turf Grass Forum and Safe and Healthy Playing Fields Coalition. Speakers will include experts from the field. GFSS believes grass or organic infill playing fields and surfaces are the healthiest and best choice for kids. We still have time in Concord to switch to a less risky organic infill and meet the current schedule completion date for the new field. For more info or with questions, please email: TurfGrassForum@gmail.com

A League of Their Own – Outdoor Movie Night on the Lawn at the Concord Museum

Thursday, June 25, 8:00 p.m. FREE (movie begins at 8:30 pm)  Bring the whole family to watch A League of Their Own under the stars on the lawn of the Concord Museum. Bring a blanket or lawn chair; refreshments will be available for purchase.

Two Great Ways to Enjoy a Delicious Meal and Support CPT

The Center for Parents and Teachers (CPT) brings informative and interesting speakers and workshops to our community each year.  CPT could not do this without the support of donations and grants.  Please support CPT and enjoy a delicious meal at Not Your Average Joe’s, Acton (305 Main Street, Acton) and b.good (168 Great Road, Bedford) this month:

  1. Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton has generously offered to make CPT their cause for NYACause in June! Visit Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton for Lunch, Dinner or Take-out on any and all Tuesdays in June. Mention CPT to your server and 15% of your purchase will be donated to CPT!
  2. b.good in Bedford (next to Whole Foods) has generously offered to donate 15% of ALL the pre-tax meal sales from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, June 23 to CPT. Pop by b.good between 5-7pm and kick off the summer with a delicious dinner.

Thank you!  http://www.centerforparentsandteachers.org/

Group Classes at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM)

Registration for the fall—both group programs and private lessons—is now open at CCM.  Visit www.ConcordConservatory  or call 978-369-0010 for information and to begin the registration process. Space is limited for group classes, and the best private lesson time slots go quickly, so grab your spot now! Financial assistance is available.  CCM has several new group offerings designed with kids in mind. Please see the website for details!

It’s Not too Late to Register for CYT Summer Classes: Sessions Begin 7/13/15

Classes are held at 358 Baker Avenue run from July 13 thru August 7.  For more information, call 978 371-1482, or visit CYT online at www.concordyouththeatre.org.  The purpose of Concord Youth Theatre is to enrich the lives of young people by providing opportunities for them to be actively involved in the creative process through participation in a variety of live theatre experiences under the leadership of professionals. Concord Youth Theatre is committed to making quality live theatre accessible, relevant and memorable for all audiences.

Concord Youth Theatre Young Adult Company

Concord Youth Theatre’s Young Adult Company will be performing the beloved, critically acclaimed musical classic, The Music Man. Fast-talking, masterful con artist, Harold Hill takes on the challenge of trying to swindle a staid and stubborn Midwestern town with a marching band scam. However, his conniving scheme produces unexpected and surprising results.  Family-friendly and quintessentially “American” The Music Man is funny, warm, touching with quirky characters, charming scenes, and a fabulous score replete with barbershop quartets, energetic marches, and sentimental ballads.  Performances are on July 8, 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 pm. at the Cornelius Ayer Wood Theatre at Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road, Concord, MA. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. Tickets will also be available at the door with cash or check only. The performance is recommended for ages 8 and up.

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 August 27, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, August 24, 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.