June 9, 2016


Thank You:

A special thank you goes out to the Social Committee and Alexa Anderson, who opened her home to welcome Thoreau’s incoming Kindergarteners and their families last Thursday. We appreciate all that went into making this event special!

Thank you to Lisa Becker, Stephanie Nick and all of the volunteers who helped to make Field Day a success!

Thank you to Kim Capello, Pattie Turrettini, the Staff Appreciation Committee, and all the parents who donated their time and food items to the Staff Luncheon. A special thank you to Shelagh Moskow who graciously hosted this event in her home. The staff luncheon could not happen without so many parents working behind the scenes to ensure a lovely afternoon.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon:

Thank you to those families that donated food for the staff luncheon on Tuesday!  Your dishes, platters and flatware are cleaned and can be picked up in the Thoreau teacher lounge in the school (lower level, near the gym).  Thank you!


Volunteers Needed:

Thank you to those who have committed to volunteering with the PTG next year! We are grateful to be a part of such a supportive and giving community. In order to continue to provide the amazing programs and activities that your children enjoy every year we need to fill the following roles:

After School Activity Coordinators-Help coordinate the offerings and the registration process. This “behind the scenes” job cannot be done alone. We have had one person offer to help, but she needs some additional support.

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. Your schedule will be taken into consideration when creating the schedule of PTG meetings!

BOKS Lead Trainer-The BOKS program is looking for a lead trainer to work with 3-4 already committed volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-8:50. No experience necessary!

We also have positions working on our many committees: Service Learning, Fundraising, 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:

Friday, June 10 – PTG Meeting, 9am in Cafeteria; Letters/Cards/Pictures for Mr. Lemaire Due

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


The last checkout for library materials was last Friday, 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 13. 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


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: Terrence Cassidy, Fiona Stevenson, Rose Waxler, Heater Swartwood, Stefanie Sim, and Shelagh Moskow. And three cheers to Kristin Haddad, our intrepid volunteer coordinator, for keeping us all organized. We hope that you all can come to our annual shelving “parties” on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 starting at 9:00am. 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


The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.  With the current warm weather it’s easy to forget about those sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets that got left on the playground last month.  Don’t wait until fall to realize they are missing!  Check out the lost and found soon.


Support your child’s teacher, get to know other families at Thoreau and be involved in the school community!  Room parents are an integral part of the classroom, and the time commitment is flexible and manageable.  Two parent volunteers are needed per classroom.

Room Parent duties may include the following:

Supporting your teacher with classroom specific needs such as organization of class celebrations, field trips, volunteer coordination, maintaining class web page (Wiki), organizing class gifts for the holidays/end of year and sending out class or school specific information via email distribution to your class. If you are interested, or have additional questions, please email Ali Baty at alibaty14@gmail.com with the following information: your name, your child’s/children’s name, your child’s/children’s grade level. The opportunity is limited, so please email as soon as possible.  Thank you!


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.


The deadline for this year’s Box Tops for Education classroom contest has passed, but it’s never too late to turn in your clips!  Just put them in a small plastic bag and include a slip of paper with your CHILD’S name in the bag too. We will credit the box tops to your child’s new classroom when the contest starts up again in the fall.  Bags turned in with no name will be split evenly among all classrooms. Meanwhile, many thanks to all of you who put SO many box tops into the collection bin in May. The response was overwhelming – there were thousands of them!  We are busily counting and tallying now. The scorecard is on display in the lobby and the kids have been watching the year’s results playing out there.  Final contest results will be displayed there next week and published in the next edition of the Thoreau Announcements. Winning classrooms from each grade level will win cool prizes such as a shopping spree at the Thoreau School store!


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Class of 2020 at CCHS Parent Representatives Needed!

The Concord-Carlisle High School Parents Association (CCHS PA) seeks 10-12 parents with incoming freshman to serve on the 2020 Parent Representative Committee.  The Parent Reps are members of the PA who work with the Student Government Class Officer, other Class Parent Reps and Faculty Advisors to enrich the educational experience at CCHS.  Activities may include fundraising, planning parent socials and programs, and facilitating student events, like dances.  There are roles to fit all schedules and interests but the ability to attend 1 or 2 meetings a month, during the school day, is generally required for this committee.  If you are interested, please contact CCHS PA Co-Presidents Sue Bumpus and Michelle Ernst at presidents@cchspa.org.

Thoreau Cub Scouts!

Calling all kindergarten and first grade boys! Please join the Thoreau Cub Scouts at the Acton School Street fields (320 School Street, Acton MA 01720) on Tuesday, June 14, 6 – 8 pm, for our annual model rocket launch and learn what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about! We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them. Then we’ll watch them soar! RSVP to ely916@gmail.com so we’ll be sure to have enough rockets. Feel free to drop by, even if you don’t RSVP.  Pack 133 includes boys in grades 1-5, and boys can join at any grade level. For more details, please log into the Pack 133 web site, http://concord133.mypack.us/home  with login name: cub and password: pack133 .   Any questions?  Ask pack leaders: Christian and Laura Ely,  ely916@gmail.com , or den leaders: Cyndi Oulton, cynoulton@gmail.com , Tigers (current first graders); Joe Jones, joseph_jones2000@yahoo.com , Wolves (current second graders); James Holden, jsholden@gmail.com , Bears (current third graders); Ian Quinn, ianquinn@hotmail.com , Webelos I (current fourth graders). p.s. IN CASE OF HEAVY RAIN or thunderstorms, Rocket Launch rain date: Wed, June 15, 6-8pm.

Backpacks Needed!

CC Youth & Community Services has over 70 K-8 children signed up to receive a back to school backpack and school supplies for the 2016-17 school year.  If you or a group would like to assist with donating a backpack, please use a drop-box location listed below or contact CC Youth Services Coordinator, Jennifer Clarke (978.318.3043  or  jclarke@concordma.gov). Donated backpacks must be new/unused. Donations of  pencils, glue sticks, rulers, pencil case, pens, pencil sharpener, loose-leaf paper, folders, and notebooks also welcome. Drop-box locations in Concord: Harvey Wheeler Community Center until July 15th (1276 Main Street) and the Thoreau, Alcott and Willard Elementary School lobbies until June 17th.

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.

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

Concord Carlisle Youth Cheerleading Registration is OPEN!

Registration is now open for Concord Carlisle Youth Cheer! Any girls ages 7-14 (grades 2-8 in Fall 2016) who want learn cheerleading are welcome.  No experience necessary.  Practices begin in August and are twice each week until school starts.  Once school starts, practices are just once a week, and games are every Sunday.  Come join us!!  To register, go to www.ccyouthfootball.com.

Wanted: Cheerleading coach for CCYF Cheer

If you or anyone you know has experience with cheerleading, whether it be coaching or cheering, and would be willing to coach a great group of young girls, we’d like to talk to you! CCYF is currently looking for a head coach for our squad, a great group of girls ages 7-14.  This is a volunteer position and our squad does not compete at the moment. The requirements:  Must be 18 or older and be available for all practices and games.  Practices are 2 times a week during August; 1 time a week after school starts; games are every Sunday in Sept-Nov except holiday weekends (times and locations vary).  If you are interested, please contact Paula Hill (padever@yahoo.com) for more information.

The final issue of Thoreau Announcements for this year will be published on June 16, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, June 13, 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.