June 7, 2012

Thoreau Announcements, Published by the Thoreau PTG


Be sure to check out the newest addition to my blog at http://principalclough.wordpress.com.
–Kelly Clough


The contest will end tomorrow, so please get them in if you can by the end of the school day. Even if you can’t, don’t despair—continue to drop them off during the final school days, they will go toward next year’s monetary reward. BOXTOPS for EDUCATION has been a huge success! We collected over 7,800 BOXTOPS this year alone, which is $780 for Thoreau. Please keep up the good work all summer long. Thank you!
–Mallory Price


Field Day is Tuesday, June 12! 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.


A school evacuation drill has been scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2012. We will walk to the West Concord Union Church, our evacuation site on the corners of Main and Pine Streets. We will be assisted by Det. Scott Camilleri, school resource officer from the Concord Police Department, as well as all staff members from the school.
–The Principal’s Office


On Friday June 15, our 5th graders will be working on charitable projects for HGRM (Home Goods Resource Management), Paws 4 Freedom (Military K9 care packages), Open Table & Children’s Hospital. In preparation for that day, we are collecting:

  • Eating Utensils: Forks, spoons, knives (used & new). Clean out your drawer and grab those odds and ends, mixed and unmatched utensils. We will package them into “starter kitchen kits” for a family in need. IMPORTANT – Parents, please make this donation yourselves – do not send it in with your child.
  • Dog Toys and Treats: Canine grooming supplies, collapsible bowls, chews, etc. Receive 20% off donations you purchase at West Concord PetSource. Just mention “Paws 4 Freedom”.

All donation boxes will be in the office May 29 – June 15. Contact Ann Jennings at annjenn29@hotmail.com with any questions.


Medication Pick up: Reminders have been sent out, but please be sure to pick up your child’s meds by the last day of school, June 19. Any leftover medication will be discarded. If your child is attending summer school, it is up to the parent to deliver the needed meds or supplies to the summer school office.

Change Band-Aids and Check Skin Injuries Daily. On the recommendation of our school physician, we will not be routinely applying bacitracin to skin injuries so as to avoid fostering resistance in organisms and concerns about allergic reaction. It will be up to the discretion of the school nurse to apply bacitracin. On a daily basis, be sure to change and observe your child’s injuries – cleanse with soap and water and check for signs of infection (redness, swelling, tenderness, pustular drainage, an advancing “red” line beyond the injury). Contact your primary care physician (PCP) if these are present. If there is no drainage, leaving injuries open to the air is a good way to promote healing. Be sure to cover them to keep clean if your child’s activities risk soiling.

Clinical Tip on Removing Ticks: This has been so successful in the Health Office! I have it on the web site but thought to share it with you in the Thoreau Announcements:

Dr. Matthew Abel’s tick removal method: Take a 2×2 in piece of gauze (a part of washcloth would be OK). Wet with warm water and lather with soap (any kind). Place the soapy gauze pad over the tick — but do not grab the tick — and rub in a counter-clockwise direction. This maneuver “unscrews” the tick and removes it whole. You can place the tick in alcohol. If it appears to be a deer tick (smaller than a dog tick) place in a plastic bag and seal well. Contact your primary care provider to determine if tick needs to be examined.

Information on tick-borne diseases can be found at www.mass.gov/dph/tick.
–Nicki Morina Richards, RN, MS, Thoreau School Nurse, 978-341-2490 x 3158


Congratulations to the 5th Graders for a wonderful Art Retrospective. Everyone worked really hard and the show was fabulous. Thanks you, also, to the many parents that helped with the show: Gretchen Hollworth, Gurperneet Jeji, Erin Duggan, Bob Zuffante, Maria Broderick, Fiona Fitzgerald, Nancy Schulman, Andrea Medved and Carolyn McCarthy. We couldn’t have done it without you! Lastly, the show will be coming down on Thursday night, June 14. Please take your child’s work home with you following the 5th grade production of 101 Dalmatians. If you are not attending the show, please arrange a time to gather your child’s artwork after June 14. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
–Kate Hiltz


The last checkout for library materials was on Friday, June 1, 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 11. 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 student’s record for the fall, and will affect his or her eligibility to check out new materials.
— Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins


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 booklists are available online. Please go to http://district.colonial.net/SummerReadingList/ or check the “Booklists” section of the Library’s web page at http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Pettyjohn. Happy reading!


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: Susan Oman, Imogen Wilson, Bob Zuffante, and Nancy Schulman. And three cheers to Carolyn McCarthy, our intrepid volunteer coordinator, for keeping us all organized. We hope that you all can come to our annual shelving-plus “parties” on Thursday, June 14 and Monday, June 18 from 9:00am- 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 who 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 the Schulman family, Mrs, Joyce Carter, Kathy Folgar, the Glitzenstein family, the Meehan family, Jonathan Xu, Ben Walton, Blaise Siefer, Helen Newman, Ellie and Vera Sablak, Amanda and Laurel Rosenbaum, Jenny and Bonnie Li, the Noordzij family, the Thoreau Times newspaper, the PTG, and the Children’s Programing Committee. Special thanks go to Laurie Garrison for managing our Gift Book program.

LUNCH MENU Week of June 10-June 15

  • Monday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: B.Good Burgers
  • Thursday: Cheese Ravioli
  • Friday: Hot Dogs

Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden, acadwell@colonial.net.



A Positive Growth Experience for Girls 10 to 14. Be inspired. Try something new. Discover your unique strengths, and empower yourself in a nurturing and non-competitive setting and have the freedom to try new things while feeling safe, nurtured and supported. Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Schools, Adult and Community Education. Three one-week sessions meet at CCHS, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM daily. July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27. Fee: $525 includes lunch, snacks, professional instruction and materials. To register, contact Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education at 978-318-1432 or visit www.ace.colonial.net (keyword Girlpower). Questions? Email susanne@dancingwellness.com.

Music This Summer at CCHS

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) was established by the Concord/Concord-Carlisle Schools in 1980 in order to complement the music program with after-school lessons. Al Dentino and Kevin Maier, Music Directors. It offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons this summer to new and continuing students. Lessons may be scheduled for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion (drums), violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano and voice. Scheduling for summer instruction is flexible. Most lessons meet on Tuesdays at CCHS (Carlisle schools are still undergoing renovations). For registration materials and information call 978-341-2490 ext. 7152,dlevine@colonial.net or visit www.ace.colonial.net/IMSCC.

Do you play the trombone, or tuba, euphonium or baritones? The fourth annual CC Summer Trombone Choir will meet at CCHS in July and August for ages 12 to adult. The repertoire will feature classic and contemporary works written for large low brass ensemble. Alexei Doohovskoy directs. Information at www.ace.colonial.net, course #1501.

Concord Family Network (CFN)’s 8th Annual Ice Cream Social with Performance by Jeff Jam

Is your family new to town and would you like to meet other families with young children? Or maybe you’ve been here awhile and just recently started having little ones? Then why not join us at the 8th Annual Ice Cream Social hosted by the Concord Family Network (CFN). This event will be held on Saturday June 16, 3:30pm-5pm at the Ripley School Playground, 120 Meriam Road in Concord. Come make your own ice cream sundaes, a special craft for Father’s Day and enjoy a family concert by Jeff Jam (starts promptly at 4pm). This event is free for CFN members. Non-members are $5/child ($10 maximum per family). CFN is a not-for-profit community group serving Concord families with children ages 0 to 8. For more information about CFN or to join and RSVP, please visit www.bigtent.com/groups/concordfn or email concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com. Hope to see you there!

Concord Free Public Library Book Sale

New Date! On Saturday, June 9, join the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library on the front lawn of the Main Library for books, music, refreshments, and fun! 129 Main Street, Concord MA, 10 am- 3pm. More than 20,000 books in good condition will be for sale. Lots of kids’ books! Books are carefully sorted into more than 20 categories for easy browsing and priced to sell. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Proceeds are used to buy library books, movies, CDs, museum passes and to fund concerts, poetry readings, and author talks. www.concordlibraryfriends.org. Rain date: June 16.

Conservatory of Music Fall Registration Underway

Registration for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s fall semester group classes, private instruction, and ensembles is underway. Now is the time to meet an instructor and secure your lesson time for the fall semester. The Contemporary A Capella Groups will be meeting on Tuesday afternoons beginning in the fall. CCM offers classes for children as young as 6 months, as well as classes for seniors in our community. CCM now offers private saxophone and percussion instruction along with voice, strings, jazz ensembles, piano and many other instruments.  CCM also offers new adult programming. Registrations for private lessons are accepted in the office and by mail. Private registration is ongoing throughout the year. CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street. For more information please call 978-369-0010, info@ConcordConservatory.org, or visit www.ConcordConservatory.org.Summer


The last issue of Thoreau Announcements for the school year will be published on June 14, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 11, 2012. 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. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.