March 1, 2012

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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This year we will be traveling to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics! Join us on Friday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm as we swim, tumble and pole vault through math games and puzzles for all ages. We’ll have a raffle, estimation games and prizes, as well as pizza, snacks and drinks for sale. Bring the whole family for this annual tradition of fun and games!


$562 — That’s how much money we have earned!!!  Keep up the great work so we can reach our goal of $1,000 by June.   Submit Boxtops to the bin at the front of the school.   Questions? Contact Mallory Price at


If you are looking to donate your used sporting goods and/or outdoor toys to a good cause, consider this sale which will benefit the Thoreau PTG! Commonly donated/purchased items include:  bikes, cleats of all kinds, tennis rackets, ski gear, ice skates, rollerblades, pads of all kinds, baseball/softball gear, and more.

Drop-offs will take place on Friday, March 16 from 3:30pm-6pm at theThoreau cafeteria. Equipment should be clean and in good condition, please. The sale will run on Saturday, March 17 from 9am-noon.  Great deals! Questions? Email


Save the Date!  Saturday March 31 is the Cake Walk and Family Festival, from 2-4pm.  Come and join us for an afternoon of carnival games, food, crafts, music and loads of fun.  Try your hand at one of the many games we will have, there are loads of prizes to be won.  Also, if you have never taken part in a cake walk, this is a much loved Thoreau tradition that shouldn’t be missed.  It’s really like a game of musical chairs.  Each participant takes their place in a circle and stands on a numbered pad.  When the music starts, the children parade around in a circle; when the music stops, our master of ceremonies will pull lucky numbers out of a hat.  If your child’s number is called, he/she is a winner of one of the fabulous cakes.  Regarding the cakes, we need lots and lots – 300 to 400!  These will be used as prizes or cakes can also be made and entered into the Cake Decorating Contest!  All cakes entered into the contest must be decorated by a Thoreau student. Categories to be listed in the next Thursday Announcements.   Any questions, please contact Beth Symko at


There are amendments to three of the spring before/after school programs.  Ugly-ish Dolls has had a day change from Thursday to Wednesday, 3:15-4:15.  Keep it Moving is being offered as two sections (each section is $50); one section is Monday and the other is Wednesday.  This includes 2nd-5th graders, and students may enroll in one section or both. Kids Yoga is being offered from 3:15-4:15 on Wednesdays.


We will be celebrating National Nutrition Month starting the week of March 5! On Thursdays we will feature a new and nutritious food on the lunch menu. Parents, please encourage your children to buy lunch on that day and ask them what they tried and how they liked it.  Here’s what our talented Food Service Director, Alden Cadwell is cooking up ….

  • March 8 – B. Good Burgers
  • March 15 – Falafel
  • March 22 – Quinoa Salad
  • March 29 – Local Greens Salad

Also, Monday morning announcements will include a “Nutrition Question of the Week” and a newsletter with information about healthy eating and a recipe will come home on Tuesdays in your child’s backpack.  If you would like to share what you are doing as a family to try to eat healthier or have any questions or ideas, please contact Melanie Plesko –

LUNCH MENU Week of March 5-9

Monday: Baked potato bar
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: Cheese ravioli
Thursday: B. Good Burgers
Friday: French Bread Pizza
Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden,


Concord Chamber Music Society Presents the Harlem Quartet

On Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts in Concord, the Concord Chamber Music Society will present a jazz-inspired concert for all generations, featuring the Harlem Quartet. Praised for its “panache” by the New York Times, the Harlem Quartetis “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing, and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Inquirer. Join fellow Concord Public School students for “From Beethoven to the Blues – a trip through time on the A Train!” Tickets (free for children under 12, $5 for students and $15 for adults) may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.orgor by phone: 978-371-9667.

Pop Warner Football Registration is Open

Registration for the 2012 Concord Carlisle Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program is open on a first come, first serve basis. The program is encouraging everyone who intends to play thisupcoming season to register as soon as possible.  We expect to field teams at 5 levels for players and cheerleaders from second grade through eighth grade.  If you would liketo learn more, we are holding a Registration and Meet the Coaches meeting on March 22 at 7:30 pm at the CCHS Cafeteria.  Coach Robichaud, CCHS varsity football coach, plans to attend and speak with attendees.    To register and for any other information about the program, please go to the CCPW website at or call Kevin Smith at 978-369-0634 or Rob Hoaglund at 978-254-5756.  Make sure we have a place for your son or daughter and sign up now.

Chicken Man, the Musical

The Social Action Community Board at First Parish in Concord is presenting “Chicken Man, the Musical,” on March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30pm. Set in the Brazilian rainforest, the play addresses issues of environmental sustainability and local empowerment. While the message is serious, it is presented with humorous dialogue and lively music by a multi-generational cast. Accessible to all ages, there is a theme of hope woven throughout. Tickets are $15 for adults; $8 for children; $35 family maximum. For further information see

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 8, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, March 5, 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 You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.