March 13, 2014


Thank you so much to Suzanne Kelliher and Mark Ulbadino for coordinating Math Night last week! Hope you can make it to our next PTG meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at 9am. We are going to be talking about the PTG structure for next year as well as some fun upcoming events. Please join us! Be sure you have marked your calendars and signed up for the Spelling Bee and Cake Walk – two favorite Thoreau traditions. -Carla and Louisa


This lecture, held March 31 at 7pm at CCHS and co-sponsored by K-8 Concord PTG’s, is a very special opportunity to listen to an expert who has spoken both nationally and internationally to parents, educators, mental health professionals and business people on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, family relationships as well as leadership and business related topics.  Dr. Brooks is the author or co-author of 15 books.

In this presentation Dr. Brooks describes factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure and become resilient. He discusses:

  • the importance of empathy in understanding and responding to children
  • why some children from birth have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children
  • the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child or adolescent’s “islands of competence”
  • specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children


Dry clothes needed – please send an extra set of clothes for your child – ALL  GRADES!!  This time of year, there are many wet clothes and need for changing.  If you have extra clothes – especially pants you no longer need — please consider donating them to the Health Office.

Reminder:  If you have a communication for the Health Office on the same day – please call and either speak to a person or leave a voice mail.  Do not send an email for same day as the substitute nurses do not have access to my email. Thank you. -Nicki Morina Richards, RN, MS


  • March 18                Gr. 4 Long Composition
  • March 19                Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
  • March 21                Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
  • March 24                Gr. 4 ELA
  • March 26                Gr. 4 ELA
  • May 5           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
  • May 6           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
  • May 7           Gr. 4 Math
  • May 8           Gr. 4 Math
  • May 13          Gr. 5 Science
  • May 14          Gr. 5 Science


We hope you are all looking forward to this FUN event at our school on Saturday, March 29, from 2pm to 4pm – rain or shine!!!!!

Bring your family and enjoy the many fun activities we have planned – the ever popular Cake Walk plus fabulous face painting, crafty sand art, yummy refreshments, and favorite carnival games.  Get ready to test your strength on the High Striker and your luck on our Wheel of Fortune!

Volunteers are still needed!  Please consider volunteering an hour of your time.  We still need help running games and handing out prize cakes.  If you are willing and able, please contact Amy Tenenbaum at

We also need lots and lots of cakes, 300-400! These will be used as prizes at the Cake Walk and can also be entered into the Cake Decorating Contest! All cakes entered into the Contest must be decorated by a Thoreau Student and brought to the Thoreau School between 12:30-1:30 on the day of the event. Judging will begin at 1:45. The Contest categories are: Best Animal Theme, Best Book Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, Cleverest Cupcakes, Most Colorful, and Most Creative. Check out the poster on the PTG bulletin board for photos of last year’s winning cakes to help get the creative juices flowing!

Tickets for the Thoreau Family Festival and Cake Walk will be sold in the main entrance of the school during the event and will be 50 cents each.  Tickets can be bought individually or in sets of $5 or $10.  The tickets can be used for all the attractions – to play games, buy refreshments, and to take part in the Cake Walk.

Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300. –Dorina Enes, Amy Tenenbaum & Jennifer Ubaldino, Cake Walk Co-chairs


Thank you to the Grade Level Representatives and Room Parents who are helping coordinate donations for the Silent Auction!  Please remember to give your room parents your monetary donations by this Friday, March 14.  If your family would like to make an additional donation of a specific item or service, please record it on the wiki site:

Thank you to everyone for supporting this important fundraiser! – Trish Siefer, Vice President


The Spring Before/After School classes are filling up fast.  In addition to the popular classes offered in the past we have several new additions including a Japanese Culture Class, Make Your Own Board Game, and a Bird Watching Club.  If you did not receive a schedule of the classes being offered you can find it on the PTG website under “Forms”.  Here is a link to the website:

Many classes start the week of March 17th so sign up now!  Questions, please contact Louise Sullivan


  • Monday, March 17               Popcorn Chicken with Gravy
  • Tuesday, March 18              Baked Potato Bar
  • Wednesday, March 19        Spaghetti with or without Meatballs
  • Thursday, March 20            B. Good Burgers
  • Friday, March 21                  Homemade Pizza with or without Veggie Topping


Around town

Concord Children’s Center Auction

The 2014 Concord Children’s Center on-line auction will be open from March 10-17.  Interested bidders can bid on three unique experiential donations: a week in June or September at a New York Times-featured vacation home in Acadia National Park in Maine, a September long weekend at a home in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, and a round of golf this summer at the Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket. For more information and to bid, please visit  Additional photos of each item can be seen at Auction closes at 9 p.m. next Monday, March 17.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey Evaluations for 2014-2015

Evaluations will be held on March 27 and April 3 at 5:40pm (Mites) and 6:50pm (Squirts) at Valley Sports, Rink-1. All registered players (including goalies) should plan to attend both Mite or both Squirt sessions. For more information and to register your player, visit

Author Megan Marshall to Speak on Margaret Fuller

On Sunday, March 16, at 3:00 pm, prize-winning author Megan Marshall will speak at First Parish in Concord on “Margaret Fuller: Heroine for the 21st-Century.” Marshall will reveal how Fuller (1810–1850) was ahead of her time as an advocate of personal liberation and political freedom, and how the issues of Fuller’s day are still alive in ours.

This program coincides with the launch of the paperback edition of Marshall’s latest book, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, which was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by the New York Times. Marshall is also author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography. Books will be available for sale and signing at a reception following Marshall’s presentation.

Marshall teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing.

This event is sponsored by the William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library and the Transcendentalism Council of First Parish in Concord.

First Parish in Concord is located at 20 Lexington Road. A $5 donation is requested. For information, visit or call 978-369-9602.

Cradles to Crayons Volunteer Opportunity

Cradles to Crayons expects 3,800 requests for boys shirts this April. Here’s how you can help ensure we meet those requests! Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in Concord? Volunteer your time and donate children’s items, at the Cradles to Crayons Concord Community Collection. Join volunteers of all ages to collect, inspect, and sort new and like-new children’s items for local children in-need. Concord Community Collection: Date: Sunday, March 30 from 2:00 – 4:00PM Location: Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord To volunteer, please RSVP to Rachel at It’s a great opportunity for student service hours! Can’t make it on March 30? Impact the lives of 250 local children by helping to fill our Concord Community Collection Unit, located at 24 Comm. Ave in West Concord. Make C2C part of your family’s spring cleaning routine and donate clothing, coats, toys, books, baby items, and new school supplies in support of the community-wide collection effort this March! Thank you so much for your support. Please pass this email along to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and extended networks to help spread the word.

Concord Conservatory Presents Tom Chapin Family Concert

The Concord Conservatory of Music is proud to present three time Grammy Award winner, Tom Chapin and his band, performing two family shows at the 51 Walden Theatre, on Sunday, April 13 at 1PM and 3PM.  America’s favorite family entertainer, Tom Chapin is a gifted singer who charms audiences of all ages. His remarkable musicianship, great songwriting and personal warmth shine through in his many award winning recordings and videos but particularly in his concerts which are special experiences for young and old alike.  The Concord Conservatory of Music is pleased to present an entertainer that embodies the meaning of family music, and great music for children.

Tickets are available for purchase online at  Tickets can also be purchased at juju –Women’s and Children’s Clothing & Outdoor Store at 82 Thoreau Street, Concord.  The concert is presented by the Concord Conservatory of Music, with presenting sponsor juju, and supporting sponsorship from Cambridge Savings Bank.

For more information please call 978-369-0010, or  The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving ages 12 months – 95 years with private lessons, group classes and ensemble offerings.  CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church, Concord.

Brush up on your Softball Skills 

Register today for preseason clinics!  Clinics run Sundays March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 6 from 2-3:30 at CCHS. Open to all girls in kindergarten through 8th grade. Come work with the CCHS softball coaches and high school players on all aspects of the game. Fee:  $50.00 for 4 weeks.

Callen Tennis Update There are still a few spots open in the K-1st grade and 2nd -3rd grade Callen Tennis classes. Program dates are Thursdays, April 17 – June 12 (no class April 24). The K-1st grade group class will run 3:30PM – 4:15PM and the 2nd-3rd grade class will run from 4:15PM-5:15PM. Cost for 8 week class: $180. To register for Callen Tennis, send an email to with the subject line of: Callen Tennis Registration. In the body of the email message, please include your child’s name, grade, teacher and home phone number. Upon receipt of your email, you will be notified via email if your child has a spot or not. If your child does have a spot, a waiver, registration form and payment instructions will be sent via email. In order to guarantee your child’s spot, all forms and payment must be received within 48hrs, no exceptions.

“Finding Huck Finn: Reclaiming Childhood From a River of Electronic Screens”

Presented by the Center for Parents and Teachers Inc., through generous underwriting from the Concord Middle School PTG on Thursday, March 20, 9:30 to 11 AM at Ripley Administration Building, 120 Merian Road (please note that due to MCAS exams this will not take place at Peabody Forum but has been relocated to Ripley!).

Today’s children are growing up in a world transformed by interactive media. As parents and others who care for children, how can we tell if these media are helping or hurting them? How can we make sure that their media environment supports their health and development? As MediatricianÆ and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, Michael Rich, MD, MPH, offers research-based, balanced answers to these and other urgent questions about parenting in the Digital Age. Learn more at

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 20, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, March 17, 2014. 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