June 19, 2014


The year is nearing the end and we have a couple of last dates for your calendar!

  • Please join us today from 5-6:30 pm in the cafeteria to wish Nicki Richards well in her retirement.
  • Thursday, June 26 from 3:15-4:00, stop by Thoreau with your family to meet new Interim Principal Chris Mahoney.

Enjoy the warm weather:)) –Carla and Louisa


Have you been wondering where your child’s Red Sox cap went?  Or that Nantucket sweatshirt?  Or those piano lesson books?  Guess what – they are in the lost and found at Thoreau right now!

Here is an on-line photo gallery of what was in the lost and found as of Wednesday, June 18 –> virtual lost and found.  Even if you don’t think you’re missing anything, please take a look.  Often we are not aware that something is missing until it’s too late and the lost and found contents have been donated to charity.  The next donation will be happening soon after the last day of school, so click now to view the gallery.  There are many, many sweaters, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, water bottles and other items in there – even some with names on them!

If you want to stop by yourself to retrieve your child’s items, the school is open from early morning (for a before-work swing-by) throughout the day until around 4:30 or 5pm.  If the front door is locked, use the buzzer system to be let in.  Don’t forget to sign in and out in the visitor log at the office.

Most of the contents of the lost and found are currently on display in the main hallway, at the entrance to the cafeteria.  Additional items may also be found on the table just inside the cafeteria door (to your right as you enter).  Good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake


With just one month’s clips left to tally, the sprint to the finish in the Box Tops for Education classroom contest is really heating up. In kindergarten, Shaw widens the gap while Walsh pulls ahead in first grade. In second grade, Peirce maintains a lead for the moment, but Jackson is now presenting a major challenge. Ham still leads the third grade but with Gallagher zooming up behind (this one will be close, folks). Meanwhile, a major upset in fourth grade! Dillon passes Burns and now leads the whole school after a frenzied burst of scissorwork, while Lemaire maintains a comfortable lead in fifth grade.

But it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, folks. Stay tuned for the final results, as posted on the lobby scoreboard this week and to be published in the next edition of the Thoreau Announcements. – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


Medication Pick up:  Please pick up your child’s medicationss – Epi pens, inhalers, etc. — before the last day of school on June 27.  Any meds left in the Health Office will need to be discarded.

For Students from Boston, I will send the medications home with our Metco tutor.  If your child is not going to be in school the last few days, please make arrangements about medication pick up ahead of time. Thank you all.  –Nicki Morina Richards, RN, MS


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 book lists are available online. Please go to http://district.colonial.net/SummerReadingList/ or check the “Booklists” section of the Libraryís web page at http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Pettyjohn. Happy reading! —Mrs.Pettyjohn


Thank you so much for your help during the past year. We hope that you can come to our annual shelving-plus “parties” on Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26 from 9:00 A.M. to 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.


The last checkout for library materials was on Friday, June 6, 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 16. 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 studentís record for the fall, and will affect his or her eligibility to check out new materials. – Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins


  • Monday, June 23                       Ham & Cheese on Whole Wheat Croissant
  • Tuesday, June 24                      Popcorn Chicken
  • Wednesday, June 25                Nacho Day
  • Thursday, June 26                    Cheese Pizza Slice
  • Friday, June 27                           Last Day – No Lunch!


Girl Scout Dog Wash

It’s almost summer, does your dog need a wash? 8th Grade Girl Scout Troop 72691 is having a dog wash on Saturday, June 28 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at 199 Wright Road, Concord.  Please bring your friendly dogs to be washed with love in exchange for a donation of dog/cat shelter supplies to benefit The Metro West Pet Pantry.  We are collecting dog/cat food, cat litter, leashes, blankets, and treats.  Any questions, please contact Melissa Katz at pskatz@comcast.net.   Rain date (if pouring) is the same time on June 29.  Hope to see you there!

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/. Math Resources for Parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResourcesThe next issue of Thoreau Announcements – and the final one of the 2013-2014 school year — will be published on June 26, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 23, 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.