June 20, 2013


We would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy and relaxing summer. We also want to thank all of the parent volunteers who helped to make our school run so smoothly this year, and who dedicated their spare time to making Thoreau better for the teachers and most importantly for the kids. Shelagh, Jackie, and I could not have done our jobs without each and every one of you there to support us!  We worked hard to make sure the PTG was an important stakeholder in our school community, and strived to keep parents well informed and involved. Our kids, and the teachers who we entrust them to each and every day are the most important thing we can nurture. We know that this work will continue with a new group at the helm. Please join us in welcoming the PTG Executive Board for 2013-14: Co-President (1 yr) Louisa Yamartino, Co-President (2 yrs) Carla Macy, V. President Trish Siefer, Treasurer Pete DeRosa, Secretary Betsy Martel and Co-Fundraising Tracy White & Rose Waxler.  We look forward to seeing you all in the Fall, and hope you will continue to support Thoreau in any way you can!


Jen, Shelagh and Jackie


Many thanks to all who participated this year.   Between you, you clipped nearly 10,000 box tops!  Our earnings goal for the school year (July 2012 through June 2013) was $1000.  Between our clipped box tops and our winnings from the Market Basket Sweepstakes back in February, we earned $1,437.20 through May 24, handily surpassing the goal.  Including some submissions sent in at the end of last school year, our total payout for the 2012-2013 year was a sweet $1,730.70.  This will go right to funding things like field trip buses, ice cream socials and those cool children’s programs.  Great job you guys!

You still have a chance to turn in those coupons (especially the ones that are expiring June 30).  I will empty the collection box shortly after school ends.  Or if you prefer to save your non-expiring ones for the fall, that’s a smart move – we’ll start up the classroom contest again in September.  Meanwhile, keep clipping over the summer!  You’ll find that familiar logo on a number of summer favorites such as Go-GURT Yogurt, Mott’s applesauce cups and Yoplait frozen yogurt.

Thanks again for your support of the 2012 – 2013 Box Tops for Education program.  Have a great summer!

– Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


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: Laurie Avakian, Melanie Bettencourt, Amy Hoey, Suzanne Sabin, Karen Brown, Sue Cannistraro, Carolyn McCarthy, Getchen Nelson, and Lisa Venus.  And three more cheers to Carolyn McCarthy, our intrepid volunteer coordinator, for keeping us all organized for the past five years. Welcome to our new volunteer coordinator, Kristin Haddad.

We hope that you all can come to our annual “shelving+ parties” on Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 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.  –Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins


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 now like to also acknowledge Jonathan Xu, Ryan Waxler, Arrad Sagee, Van Hekesen Family, Harry Holden, The Feinstein Family, Bonnie Li, Skylar Chaudhary, Fiddle Walton, Andres Garcia, The Moy Family, Ella Rose Gardner, Ava Loporto, The Sablak Family, the Thoreau Times newspaper and the Childrenís Programing Committee. Special thanks go to Laurie Garrison for managing our Gift Book program, and Jen Johnson for managing the Vacation-Travel Book Club.

Karen Pettyjohn,Thoreau School Librarian

Thoreau Elementary School


The 5th graders are holding a schoolwide fundraiser for Open Table and Project Bread for the next few weeks.  They have asked that each grade bring in a certain category of food:

Kindergarten: canned fruit

1st grade: cereal

2nd grade: packaged snack items

3rd grade: canned protein (beans, chili, tuna, peanut butter)

4th grade: spaghetti sauce

5th grade: condiments (mustard, ketchup, mayonaise, salad dressing)

Any food donations that the students bring in for Open Table should be placed under the Earth Day tree behind the auditorium.  In addition, the 5th graders will be selling wrist bands for $2.00 each to support Project Bread.  Wrist bands will go on sale this Friday in the school cafeteria during the various lunch periods.  They will continue selling the wristbands next Monday, Wednesday and Thursday as well.  If someone wishes to purchase the wristbands before then, they can see Mr. Hourihan at any time during the school day.  There are adult size wristbands as well, and the cost is $2.00 regardless of the size.  Students can also make monetary donations in the large water bottle outside of the main office.  Thanks for your support!”

Rachel Levesque, Thoreau School Social Worker


Preschool Slots Available for the 2013-2014 School Year at Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool

Great news!  Spread the word!  We have just opened up a second afternoon section for the 2013-2014 school year and have slots available on a “first come, first served” basis!  Preference will be given to children who will be three or four years old by September 1, 2013.  We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord and we have half-day AM & PM session slots available.  For more information or to download an application, please follow the links on our web site at www.concordpublicschools.net!  If you have further questions, please contact us.

Jennifer DeFrancesco    978-202-1148    jdefrancesco@colonial.net

Nancy McGregor          978-202-1184    nmcgregor@colonial.net

CCYB Summer Baseball and Softball Programs are Open:  

For information about Jimmy Fund Travel Baseball League (Grades 2-7) please visit www.ccyb.org, Minuteman Babe Ruth League (players 13-16 years old) visit www.mmbrl.com, John Kelly Baseball (Players 13-16) contact Coach Kelly at JK@johnkellybaseball.com, Baystate Team (Players ages 9-12)  www.baystatebaseball.com and Lou Tomkins Team (Players 13-15) www.ltabaseball.com  Visit www.ccyb.org for more complete information about any of these baseball or softball opportunities.

▪                Principal Kelly Clough’s Bloghttp://principalclough.wordpress.com

▪                MCAS Schedule: https://www.thoreauptg.org/mcas/

▪                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 September 5, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 2, 2013. 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.