March 10, 2016


Thank you…

John Keilty, our webmaster, worked tirelessly to rectify our email distribution problems. Through his efforts, the issues seem to be resolved. We needed to revert to an old distribution list as part of his problem solving. If you are getting this email after having unsubscribed, we apologize. You will need to unsubscribe again. If you updated or added a new email address after September, we kindly ask that you make these changes again as well. It may help to add our address to your contacts,

Thanks to Jeff Furman, Marc Ubaldino, Erica Wright and all of our volunteers for making Math Night an out of this world event!

Thank you to Jen McGrath for organizing the Thoreau gear sale. We can’t wait to see everyone wearing their Thoreau spirit!

Special thanks to Liz Wei who worked hard to bring the Geography Quest to Thoreau! There are more than 100 quests to correct, please consider contacting her to help out,

Important Dates…

Friday, March 11th Yankee Candle orders due

Saturday, March 12th Cake Walk, 1-3pm Thoreau School

Wednesday, March 16th PTG Meeting, 9am Cafeteria, All are welcome!!

Friday, March 18th Bingo Night, 6pm Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 22nd Joint School Committee meeting, 6:30pm Ripley

Friday, March 25th No School

We have worked over several PTG meetings to revise the PTG guidelines for conduct at events and activities. Please remember the following:

  1. Concord Public Schools district policies regarding behavior and conduct are in effect during all school related events. Specifics on these can be found in the student handbook.
  2. Parents are responsible for their children and any children in their care at all PTG events
  3. If the event is a “drop-off”, children must respect the authority of the adult in charge.
  4. Everyone should remain indoors at indoor activities and outdoors at outdoor activities.
  5. No one should be in any area of the building other than where the event is taking place. Children should not be in their classroom unless that space is specifically being used for the event.
  6. No running inside the building.
  7. Children may not climb on or swing from cafeteria tables, door jams, basketball hoops, bars or equipment set up in the gym, or other equipment.
  8. School equipment, including gym equipment and musical instruments, is off limits.
  9. We should all do our best to leave the school as clean as we found it.
  10. All parents have not only the right, but also the responsibility to enforce these guidelines with any child they meet at the school.
  11. Any child who refuses to comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave the event or withdraw from an activity.

Don’t forget to turn in your Yankee candle order. 40% of every sale goes to the PTG! Contact Jen McGrath with questions,

We still need volunteers to make the Cake Walk a success. Read below to see how you can help out!

Jen Perry was able to reschedule Bingo Night for Friday, March 18th, please consider bringing a salad or dessert to this fun family event

Trish & Betsy


Volunteers are still needed, please click on this link to sign up

What is the Cake Walk?   It’s a Thoreau tradition!  Similar to a game of musical chairs, numbered pads are arranged in a circle on the gym floor, and as music plays, participants parade around the circle. When the music stops, our MCs pull numbers out of a hat.  If you are standing on a pad with a number that is called, you win one of the fabulous prize cakes!

Where do the prize cakes come from?  YOU!  We need lots and lots of prize cakes (300-400)!  The cakes do not need to be large—one box of mix can yield 2 prize cakes!  All prize cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the flavor of the cake. If you bring an allergy-free prize cake, please let us know when you drop it off.

There is also a Cake Decorating Contest!  The contest categories are: Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Cakes that win the contest will be displayed during the Festival and may be taken home by their respective student decorators. Cakes that do not win the contest will be handed out as prize cakes during the Cake Walk.

What else happens at the Family Festival?  There are carnival games like High Striker, Crazy Cans, Bean Bag Toss, face painting, plus carnival fare. Fun for everyone!

First time attending the Cake Walk?  Learn everything you need to know about the event by visiting our link on the Thoreau web site

-Betsy Olsson-Mackowski, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs


Please make a note on your calendar and join us Friday, March 18 from 6:30-8pm for Thoreau Bingo Night!  We will assemble in the cafeteria for an evening of fun, including an excellent Master of Ceremonies (Mr. Hourihan), fun prizes and yummy food.  Pizza, salad and dessert can be purchased for $5.  We need approximately 10 volunteers to being salad and 10 volunteers to bring dessert to the event.  If you can help, please click on the link and sign-up.  Volunteer food items can be dropped off upon arrival at bingo night!   Any questions please email Jenifer Perry at or call 631-786-7861.  Thanks!!


The Spring After School Program registration is now open. Classes start as early as next week!!! Please go to the Thoreau PTG Website under PTG Programs to register. There are some great new classes being offered such as a Creative Dance class, as well as Learning Code, and several art classes.  If you have any questions please contact Stefanie Sim or Jen Keegan Jiganti


This year’s spelling bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on Saturday, April 9.  Third and 4th graders participate in teams of 2-3 (which they are responsible for forming), and 5th graders compete individually.  For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees.  The start times will be as follows:  3rd graders at 2:00 pm; 4th graders at 3:15; and 5th graders at 4:30.  If your child is interested, please contact April Robb at or 978-369-2434 for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the bee!


March School Lunch Menu:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


School Committee – CTA Negotiations

The School Committee is aware that the CTA will hold a parent/community conversation at Peabody on March 15 at 7 pm. We have not been invited to participate in this forum. The School Committee addressed the CTA Negotiations at its meeting on Tuesday, March 8. (Agenda at  The meeting will be available via CCTV for viewing online a few days later. It usually also shows on Channel 9.   The School Committee also will address the CTA Negotiations and Town Meeting articles on Wednesday, March 23 – (2) School Committee Community Coffees 9:30-11:00 am at Ripley Conf. Rm 4 & 7-8:30 pm CCHS in The Learning Commons.

If parents would like to comment about the negotiations or ask questions, they can do so in the following ways:

  1. Public Comments at the Concord School Committee Meeting on March 8, Ripley, 6:30pm.
  2. Public Comments at the Joint School Committee Meeting on March 22, Ripley, 6:30pm.
  3. Email the School Committee at
  4. Submit a comment to Your Voice Matters via the District web site or at

Wally Johnston, Chair – Concord School Committee, Concord – Carlisle Regional School Committee Member, 617-285-2572

Scholastic Chess Tournament, Sunday, March 13

1:30pm at Harvey Wheeler Community Center. For players under 18, this is a fun event and is more about participation rather than winning. More details: Concord-Carlisle Scholastic March G/30 d5 – Chess Event Details on MACA Email if you plan to participate in this short tournament. Regular CC Chess Club meeting resumes Sunday, March 20, 2pm.

Concord Teachers Association: Community Conversation

The Concord Teachers Association invites you to a Community Conversation on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 pm at the Peabody Middle School.  Let’s come together to discuss our collective vision for public education in Concord.  Light snacks will be provided. Online at:

Spring Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 26, 3–5 pm. Where:    Old Manse,    269 Monument Street. Group: Concord Family Network. Description: Please join us for CFN’s annual Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored this year by Concord Recreation.  This year’s event features three separate egg hunts (ages 5-8 at 3:30pm, ages 3-4 at 3:45pm, and ages 0-2 at 4pm), games, crafts, refreshments and of course lots of socializing with your friends and neighbors. Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children, so please RSVP by visiting Admission is free for CFN members; non-members pay $3 per child (max of $10 / family). PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 19 so that we can make sure we have enough eggs and goodies for all of our little egg hunters. **Don’t forget a basket for your child to gather eggs!  We will be gratefully accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry. Don’t forget to bring your donation!**  In case it rains (and it won’t), check the CFN web site for more information or instructions to bring your wellies. Hope to see you there!

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 17, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, March 14, 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