June 4, 2015


With Appreciation:

  • Thank you to Dorina Enes and the Staff Appreciation Committee for coordinating the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday!  And thank you to the many families that brought food, drinks, flowers, helped with set up, clean up, etc.
  • Thank you to Ali Sullivan, Adrienne Principe and the Social Committee for hosting the incoming Kindergarten popsicle party today!


  • Field Day:  Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 9
  • Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast:  Wednesday, June 10 at 8:45am, Cafeteria
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party:  Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm, 1405 Main Street
  • PTG Meeting Friday:  Friday, June 12 at 9am, Cafeteria


Please consider volunteering with the PTG next year!   We appreciate any time you can give to our community.  We still need to fill several key roles in order to have a successful year: Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Secretary, Cake Walk Co-Chairs, Lego Club Coordinator, End of Year Staff Luncheon Coordinator, Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast Coordinator, Silent Auction Coordinator, and a 3rd grade parent to help coordinate Hobby Fair.   For all available opportunities and to sign up, go to:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fafaf2fa46-20152016

Carla and Trish


Field Day is Tuesday, June 9! Cheer on Thoreau students as they participate in games and activities at this fun-filled event, 9:30am to noon.  Parents and siblings are invited to watch the action. Please apply sunscreen to your children before school and send them with a water bottle since most of the activities will take place outdoors.


With the warmer weather finally here, I have some reminders:

  •  Please no flip-flops or sandals at school; we have already had many preventable injuries.
  • Please help remind your child to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • Remember to check for ticks after your children have been playing outside.
  • Please encourage them to wear helmets while riding bikes, skateboarding, scooters, etc.
  • Please protect their skin in the sun and encourage sunscreen.

Thank you!!

Meg Jensen


“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; They have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew.  Do you have it in your heart to help out with the Staff Appreciation Committee next year?  We have developed some fantastic ways to reinvent the staff breakfasts.  The idea is to increase the quality while decreasing the quantity of what we provide.  We need someone to help execute these new ideas and delegate responsibilities within a strong team of volunteers.  So look within yourself, grab a friend or two, and help us give back to those who give our children so much by co-chairing the Staff Appreciation Committee!  Contact Betsy Martel, betsymartel@yahoo.com if you are interested or sign-up on our website:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fafaf2fa46-20152016


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a box of cereal with your child from Monday June 1 to Thursday, June 18. ANY kind of cereal is welcome, and in any size – family, individual, hot or cold packets! There will be a collection box in the front hall to put the cereal boxes in, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at Feinsteinfour@gmail.com, and thank you.


Are you looking for a fun way to contribute to your child’s experience at Thoreau, get to know their friends & peers, and support their teacher?  The Room Parent job is for you!  If you are interested in applying to be a Room Parent for the coming year, we will be accepting emailed requests – sent to Ann Jennings at annjenn29@hotmail.com – on a first-come, first-served basis beginning NEXT Thursday June 11 at 8:00am. We are asking that people wait until then to submit their email in order to ensure equal opportunity for everyone.  If you have any questions about what the job entails, please email me and I’ll forward a job description. Thank you. Ann Jennings, annjenn29@hotmail.com


Monday, June 8              Hot Dog on Wheat Bun

Tuesday, June 9             NO LUNCH

Wednesday, June 10     Spaghetti with Meatballs

Thursday, June 11         Warm Turkey & Cheese on Wheat Croissant

Friday, June 12               Whole Grain Cheese Pizza with Topping Choice


Support the Center for Parents & Teachers While Having a Great Meal!

Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton has generously offered to make The CPT their cause for NYACause in June! Visit Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton for Lunch, Dinner or Take-out any and all Tuesdays in June, mention CPT to your server and 15% of your purchase will be donated to The Center for Parents and Teachers!  The Center for Parents and Teachers brings informative and interesting speakers and workshops to our community each year. (See website: http://www.centerforparentsandteachers.org/)  Please support the CPT and enjoy a delicious meal at Not Your Average Joe’s, Acton (305 Main Street) this month. Thank you!

It’s Back… The 2015 PMC Kids Ride Concord

After a 1-year hiatus due to construction at Middlesex School the PMC Kids Ride Concord Team has decided to move the ride to the Willard School and hold the ride again this year on Sunday, June 14, 8:30am- 12pm!  Kids ages 5-15 can ride 1,4,8 or 12 miles to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer.  Registration is open and is $15 with a minimum fundraising of $25 required.  To register go to http://www.kids.pmc.org/concord.

The PMC Kids Ride includes young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission of raising money for cancer research.  The program engages youth in philanthropy and promotes physical activity.

Concord Conservatory of Music: Youth Choral Project Back By Popular Demand!

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to announce the second season of its highly successful Concord Youth Choral Project, once again to be led by choral director Ruth Hartt. Placement auditions for the fall season will be held at CCM on June 15 from 3-5 p.m. The project consists of two groups, divided by age. The Treble Chorus welcomes students in grades 3-5. The Treble Chorus sings either in unison or two-part harmony, depending on the composition, and draws from a huge variety of musical genres–including Broadway show tunes, pop songs, jazz standards, and more. Rehearsals are very supportive and fun, and students begin to learn the basics of note-reading, sight-reading, and utilize a variety of musical tools to help them advance. The Mixed Chorus is for older kids, and welcomes students in grades 6-8. Like the Treble Chorus, students receive extensive coaching on proper vocal technique and performance etiquette. The music also draws from every imaginable genre, and is age-appropriate to their vocal and technical ability—often including two- and three-part pieces. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information about the choral project and to schedule a placement audition, visit www.ConcordConservatory.org, call 978-369-0010, or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.

Sixth Grade Ballroom Dance Classes

Come join in a Concord tradition that is still going strong!  Ballroom dance classes for grade 6 will begin this September.  There are six weeks of classes on Wednesday nights, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.    Don’t miss out on all the fun! Along with the cha-cha, waltz, fox trot and other dances, there will be an emphasis on social grace and etiquette.  Please registration by accessing the form at: https://sites.google.com/site/concordballroomdance/ Space is limited.  You will only be notified in the event the class is full.  Please check registration form for additional information such as dress code and dates.

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 11, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, June 8, 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.