June 2, 2016


Volunteers Needed:

In order to continue to provide the amazing programs and activities that your children enjoy every year we need to fill the following roles:

▪ Thoreau Announcements Editor-Work from home on your computer with Christina Caturano for 1-2 hours a week, every other month to bring the Thoreau Community news and information. This is a great role for a working parent!

▪ After School Activity Coordinators-Help coordinate the offerings and the registration process.

▪ Minecraft Coordinators-In order to provide this very popular after school activity we need several parents to run/supervise. No Minecraft experience necessary!

▪ Secretary-Take notes at all meetings and publish them on the website. Sort and distribute all PTG mail and maintain a record of funding requests.

▪ Geography Quest Coordinators-Work with Steve Kirincich and volunteers from Alcott and Willard to create, distribute, and correct the Geography Quest.

▪Turkey Trot Chair – organize volunteers for the Turkey Trot’s running route.

We also have positions working on our many committees: Service Learning, Health and Wellness, Thoreauly Green, and Staff Appreciation. If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community we will find an opportunity for you!  Our goal is to create an inclusive PTG that represents all grade levels, working parents, stay at home parents, moms and dads. Everyone is welcome! Check out the sign-up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fafaf2fa46-20152016 Or contact Betsy Martel or Deb Antonangeli if you are interested in getting involved. betsymartel@yahoo.com  deb.antonangeli@gmail.com

Honoring Mr. Lemaire

Long time Thoreau Elementary teacher Bob Lemaire is leaving his full time classroom position at the end of this school year.  The Thoreau PTG is collecting letters to Mr. Lemaire from former students and families to honor his near 50 years of dedication to the Thoreau School. We are inviting anyone interested to participate. Please write an email or letter or draw a picture that highlights the theme “What Mr. Lemaire Taught Me.”  Favorite memories and/or photographs are also welcome. We will print out emails and combine them with the letters/pictures/photographs to create box full of memories for Mr. Lemaire.  Send emails to rswain@concordps.org and mail to Thoreau School PTG, 29 Prairie St., Concord, MA 01742.  Items can also be dropped off at the Thoreau School office. All items need to reach the Thoreau School by Friday June 10.  Please spread the word!  We would love for this gift to encompass as many past students and families as possible.

Save the Date:

Monday June 6 – 5th Grade Concert and Art Retrospective

Tuesday, June 7 – Field Day and End of Year Staff Luncheon

Friday, June 10 – PTG Meeting, 9am in Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 14 – 5th Graders visit to Kimball Farms 1-5pm

Wednesday, June 15 – 4th and 5th grade band concert, 6:30pm, Sanborn 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)

Trish and Betsy


Field Day is coming up on Tuesday, June 7! This is a fun school-wide activity for the students with lots of games and outdoor activities, and one of the highlights is the water balloon toss. We are looking for a few volunteers to help fill water balloons for the toss. If you can help out, please email us at LisaLBecker@gmail.com. It’s a minimal time commitment that will help make the morning a success!  Thank you. Lisa Becker and Stephanie Nick, Field Day co-chairs


Attention all 5th Graders! Come join your Fifth Grade friends at Thoreau, Willard and Alcott for a Countdown to Graduation Celebration Party on Friday, June 17 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Hunt Gym. There will be pizza, prizes, and games courtesy of DJ Mike Pride and the PTGs of all three schools. Invitation to come, any questions please contact Fiona Stevenson at Feinsteinfour@gmail.com.

Final Weeks This Year to Take Advantage of the Library Gift Book Program

As we get down to the last weeks of school, this is a great time to buy a book for the library to thank a teacher for a great school year or to honor a child’s summer birthday. There are still about 10 books left for purchase. Swing by the library and make a donation! Recently, there have been a number of new gifts to the library. Kathleen Dohoney donated Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella in honor of her daughter Julianne’s birthday. Auggie Swartwood donated Spell Robbers in honor of Mr. Hourihan. Heather Swartwood gave Diary of a Mad Brownie in honor of her son, Ham. Cass Myler gave Stink Moody in Master of Disaster in honor of Mrs. Ellis’ class. Stephanie Wilson donated A Mom for Umande in honor of Ms. Henry’s class. Thanks to all of these families for adding to our library shelves. Please follow in their footsteps and visit the library to make a Gift Book purchase in the next couple of weeks!


June School Lunch Menu: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

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

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources


Looking for a quick way to say Thanks to a favorite teacher?

The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal let’s you make a donation on behalf of an especially wonderful teacher or staff member who will receive a personalized card conveying your appreciation and your generosity. It’s quick, thoughtful, educational, tax deductible and fully in keeping with public education policies that limit gift giving. Best of all, CEF donations help to fund exciting new learning initiatives, programs and curricula that benefit teachers and students alike. So 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.

8th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic – TONIGHT!

The 8th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place tonight, Thursday, June 2 at 4:30pm on the Track at Emerson Field in Concord, MA. The event is both an elite meet featuring Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, and an evening of mile races for all ages and abilities. All proceeds support the Adrian A. Martinez Scholarship Fund and the CCHS Track & Field and Cross-Country programs. There are mile races for every age division from 8-under to 60+. There is even a first-timers mile for those who have never raced a mile on the track. In this, an Olympic year, the fastest milers in the nations will be coming to Concord! Register at www.martinezclassic.com, run a mile to support a good cause, and stay to watch some great racing!

Concord Youth Theatre

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT)’s Junior Company presents “Disney’s Cinderella KIDS,” June 2 at 5pm; June 3 at 7pm; June 4 at 2pm and 7pm, and June 5 at 2pm. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends – and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother – Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love! Tickets are $13. This production is recommended for ages 4+. Performance will be held at CYT’s Black Box Theater space at 358 Baker Avenue in West Concord. For tickets and information, call (978) 371-1482, email concord_youth_theatre@concordyouththeatre.org, or visit www.concordyouththeatre.org.  “Disney’s Cinderella KIDS” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.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

Emerson Hospital’s Run~Walk for Cancer – This Saturday!

Emerson Hospital is hosting its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord on Saturday, June 4!  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visit www.emersonhospital.org/5k to register, volunteer or donate today!

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 9, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, June 6, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.