June 6, 2013


Please join us for our last PTG meeting of the year! Wednesday, June 12 at 9:15 am in the Cafeteria. Agenda items include budget for 2013-14, and voting in the new PTG board. Hope you can join us.

The school enjoyed many fun events this week. What perfect weather for Field Day and the Teacher’s Luncheon. Many thanks to Amy Weber and Melissa Gardner for putting together a beautiful staff luncheon complete with door prizes! Thanks also once again to Trish Siefer for graciously opening up her home for this event. It was nice to see so many parents attending Field Day this year, and great to see the kids having so much fun with a much deserved day of fun. The highlight had to be Mrs. Murphy winning the balloon toss with daughter Mary-Kate! The event was perfectly run by Anne Mullaney and Lisa Becker, and hosted by gym teacher Beth Murphy.

We hope as the year comes to a close, you will think about how you can participate in all of the wonderful events the PTG offers each year. These events cannot happen without your support! Teachers and kids rely on us to step up and volunteer. There are still many openings left (Executive Board, Board, and Committee Chairs), if interested let one of us know by Sunday, June 9. Best-Jen, Shelagh and Jackie


The last checkout for library materials was on Monday, June 3, so now is the time to hunt for any missing library items. We would much rather have the book than its replacement cost, so check those closets, bookcases and car seats please! Bills for overdue books will be sent out during the week of June 10. Books not returned, paid for or replaced by the end of school will be kept on a student’s record, and will affect his or her eligibility to check out new materials in the fall.   -Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins


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, Social Worker


Thanks to the Bettencourt, Macy, Swain, Easterday, and Laurent families for filling water balloons to help make Field Day a success! Thanks to all the Thoreau staff for manning the events and making each game lots of fun. And our special thanks go out to Beth Murphy for planning and running another seamless Field Day! -Anne Mullaney and Lisa Becker, Field Day Committee


Do you know that our book room at Thoreau is managed by parents?  Thank you to Melanie Bettencourt, Tracy Sharaken, and Lauren McClure, who have generously given their time that benefits our guided reading program at Thoreau.  These parents have spent countless hours this year shelving books and making our leveled-book collection accessible to teachers.  Jill Korey O’Sullivan has somehow managed to channel more non-fiction National Geographic leveled readers to our book room for the second year in a row.  Thank you parents for your help and especially your time, which is priceless!

If you would like to help in the book room next year, please contact Melanie Bettencourt, who will be happy to put you to work! -Joyce Carter, Language Arts Thoreau


We have MANY openings on the PTG Board for next school year. Please consider volunteering for the PTG! We are still accepting volunteers for these PTG Board positions: 

  • Co-President (2)
  • Vice President
  • Grade Level Representative- Kindergarten
  • Grade Level Representative –Grade 3
  • Grade Level Representative –Grade 4
  • Grade Level Representative –Grade 5

If these positions are not filled, many of the events, activities and behind-the-scenes support that make Thoreau School so special will not happen! Huge thanks to Pete DeRosa and Tracy White who are remaining on the PTG Board. Betsy Martel has volunteered for Secretary, and Rose Waxler for Co fund-raising. Trish Siefer has volunteered for 1st grade rep, and Betsy Dorr for 2nd grade rep. 

There are many openings for Event and Committee Chairs, too! The many fun family events and activities are only possible with your support. Please use the following link to see what is open and for an easy sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DAEA922A13-committee. This sign up will be open until Monday, June 10. For information about any of these positions, please consult the Thoreau PTG Volunteer Handbook at https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/PTG_Volunteer_Book_withCover_spring_2013.pdf.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you to everyone for your support! –Jackie Meehan, Thoreau PTG Vice President


Please return the Student Verification forms immediately.   We need to update/correct all student information in our database.  Thank you for your cooperation.

In addition, please send in notes to the teachers in the morning, when there’s a change in dismissal plans.  Emailing a teacher or the office is not good practice, for the email may not be read until after dismissal. Also, switching of buses is not allowed. FYI . . .

  • June 11   Early Release
  • June 17-20      Full Days
  • June 21         Last day of school – early release
  • Sept. 6         First day of school

-Donna and Maria


  • Monday: Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday: Early Release – No Lunch
  • Wednesday: Baked Fish Nuggets
  • Thursday: Nacho Day
  • Friday: Cheese Pizza Wedge


Dog Wash this Sunday

It’s almost summer, does your dog need a wash?  7th Grade Girl Scout Troops 72691 and 72694 are having a dog wash this Sunday, June 9 from 12:15-2:00 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 or Open Table supplies.  For shelter pets we are collecting: canned dog/cat food, toys & treats, collar & leashes, blankets & towels, rawhide bones, or gift certificates to Walmart, BJ, Target, or Home Depot.  We are also collecting non-perishable food items for Open Table.  Any questions, please contact Kelli Attonito at kelli_attonito@yahoo.com.  Hope to see you Sunday!

Workshop on the Journey towards Literacy

The Center for Parents and Teachers presents a free workshop for Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers of children infant through kindergarten age: “The Journey Toward Literacy Begins at Birth.”

  • When:  Tuesday morning June 11, 2013 9:15 to 11AM
  • Where:  Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Rd, Concord MA
  • How to Register:  Go to www.journeytoliteracy.eventbrite.com or call CPT at 978-202-1145. Pre-registration is required so we have enough materials.

Come to a lively presentation about getting our little kids to love to learn to read.  Do you want to learn more about how the brain begins to get wired for learning-to-read as early as infancy? Would you like to discover ways to stimulate the young reading brain?  Come learn tips to motivate and excite the reluctant reader. Also learn more about early language and literacy development: screen time & e-books.

This multi-media presentation is facilitated by Jean Ciborowski Fahey, PhD. Dr. Fahey has 15 years with Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School and is currently Director of the Reading Partnership at South Shore Hospital.  She has been an Early Literacy Research Consultant to Reach Out and Read and is the author of “Textbooks and the Students Who Can’t Read Them”, creator/producer of the film Raising Readers on www.getreadytoread.org. Free books area available to take home and share with your child!  (Limited quantities). This is offered in collaboration with First Connections and is supported through funding from the MA Dept of Early Education and Care.  

Cub Scout Model Rocket Launch

Model Rocket Launch: Thoreau Cub Scout Pack 133 invites prospective new cub scouts currently in Kindergarten to fourth grade to join us in celebrating a great year with a rocket launch on June 12 from 6:00-7:15 pm at the Acton School Street fields. This is a popular annual event at which each boy gets to launch a model rocket.  We will be sending home a flyer with every Kindergarten boy in Thoreau school with this information. For older boys who are interested, please visit our web site at http://concord133.mypack.us/contact.  We can provide your son a rocket to build beforehand if interested; otherwise we will have plenty of pre-assembled rockets on-hand for boys to decorate and launch at the event.

Your sons will be eligible to join Pack 133, which is the Cub Scout pack for the Thoreau district, next fall when they enter first grade. Pack 133 dates to 1943 and each year includes 40-50 boys in grades 1-5 at Thoreau. During the school year, we hold two meetings per month – one for each grade-level den and one for the entire pack (usually in the Thoreau cafeteria) – and one event, on average.   We had a wide range of fun events this year that included Pack activities such as cross-country skiing at Great Brook Ski Touring Center, hiking Mt. Monadnock, winter camping at Nobscot Scout Reservation, Swimming at the Thoreau Club, the ever popular Pine Wood Derby in which one of Tiger cubs (1st Grader) won the District championship, camping on Scout Island in Warner’s Pond, marching in the Patriot’s Day parade, a bike rodeo where the boys had learned basic bike safety, and a Fall overnight at Old Sturbridge Village.  Some of the Dens had activities such as Rock Climbing, a trip to the Higgins Armory, hiking, and camping.  Some past activities have included trips to the USS Salem, USS Constitution, Plimoth Plantation, and others. –Phil Root, Pack 133 Cubmaster, For the Pack Committee, phil.root@earthlink.net

A Special Community Film Presentation: “Buck”

On Friday, June 14 at 7:00 PM at the Alcott School, join us for an award-winning film about horses, a horse-whisperer, leadership, compassion, and the human condition. Some special local organizations will be on hand for the show, including The Nature Connection, Therapy Dogs International, Love Lane Stables, and Helping Hands. Free and open to all; PG rating.

The film is sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Schools, Adult & Community Education, established in 1954. Donations will be accepted to support the scholarship fund, which helps students fulfill their continuing education goals. The Adult & Community Education department is a partner agency of the Concord Carlisle Community Chest, and is funded by student fees and community participation. Concord-Carlisle Schools, Adult & Community Education, www.ace.colonial.net, 978-318-1432.

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.

The 2013 Adrian Martinez Classic

Get back to the track! Join the CCHS Track and Field teams on Saturday July 6 at 4pm for the 5th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic – an evening of mile races for all ages and abilities. There are age group races from 6 to 60+, a “First Timer’s Mile” for those who have never raced a mile on the track before, and elite races with prize money featuring the best track athletes in New England. All races take place in Concord, MA, on the track at Emerson Field. All proceeds benefit the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund (administered by the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund), and the Friends of CCHS Track & Field. Register today! For information and race entry go to www.martinezclassic.com.

 Preschool Slots Available for the 2013-2014 School Year

Great news!  Spread the word!  The Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool has just opened up a second afternoon section for the 2013-2014 school year and has 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 or Nancy McGregor, 978-202-1184, nmcgregor@colonial.net.

Movie & Middle School Info Night for 5th Graders

The Library Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Movie and CMS Information Night on June 14, 6:00-8:30pm at Fowler Library. 5th graders will play a CMS trivia game, have their questions answered by current CMS students and then watch Alice In Wonderland. Snacks will be provided.  This is a drop off event. Space is limited so please email Youth Services Coordinator Erin Duggan, eduggan@concordma.gov, to reserve a spot. Thank you!

Vacation Bible School at West Concord Union Church – God’s Good Earth in Our Hands

Join us for VBS focused on celebration and care of God’s creation. Build a rainbow in a test tube, dive into a trash-to-treasure hunt, adopt a (stuffed) animal, play water games, sing, paint, enjoy great stories, and pray. Our focus is to nurture the child’s understanding of his or her role in creation and empower each child to make the world they want to see. August 19-23 from 9am-noon; ages 3yr through Grade 5. For more information, follow the VBS link at www.westconcordunionchurch.org, or call 978-369-6309.

CCYS Travel and In-Town Fall Registration Is Now Open

Registration is open for Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer’s in-town programs for grades pre-K through 6th grade and travel programs for ages U9 through U14 for the fall 2013 season.  The travel registration deadline is June 30, and the in-town registration deadline is July 16. More information can be found at www.ccysoccer.org.


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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on JUNE 13, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, JUNE 10, 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.