March 14, 2013


Many thanks to Holly Rothermel for once again doing a wonderful job organizing the annual Thoreau School Spelling Bee, and to her team of volunteers for helping to make it so successful! Special thanks to Mr. Lemaire for calling the Bee and our dedicated teacher/judges who assisted. –Jen and Shelagh


Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Thoreau Spelling Bee this past weekend–we had over 70 participants; a wonderful turnout.  We congratulate Natalie Owen who won the 5th grade Bee, and Timothy Swain who came in second.  In the 4th grade Bee The Gold Miners–Olivia Boyle, Gabrielle Mirak, and Lexi Pailet — just edged out The Spelling Bee-vers–Gavin Cassidy, Eliza Hirsch, and Otis Hutcheson — to win the 4th grade bee.  Thank you to the parents, teachers, and staff who helped make the Bee a success, particularly Kelly Clough, Tom Hourihan, Jacqui McKenna, Karen Pettyjohn, and Nicki Richards who acted as judges.  A huge thank you to Bob Lemaire who acted as pronouncer for all three grades, and without whom the Spelling Bee would not be such a success.  Hope to see everyone next year! –Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair


Fabulous news, everyone!  Thoreau was one of the 50 schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire selected to each win a grand prize of 5,000 Bonus Box Tops.  That’s worth $500 per school! Our winning entry was under Tiffany Thompson Pomeroy’s name – congratulations to Tiffany and especially to all Thoreau students because they will be the real winners here.  The $500 prize check will fund some cool PTG programs to benefit the kids.

Many thanks to ALL of you who mailed in an entry form.  The more forms we sent in, the higher our chances of winning got, so this was truly a group victory. Hooray! -Kimber Lynn Drake


Join us for a fun night at Peyton’s Riversedge Friday, March 22, 7:00-9:00pm. We will have hot appetizers, a cash bar and a door prize of 2 Boston Bruins tickets which were generously donated by the Sarns/Moy family. This is a great chance to hang out with old friends and meet new ones. Afterwards, stay and join us for some great music and dancing with DJ John Kelly.

Peyton’s Riversedge is at 86 Powdermill Road (Route 62) in Maynard. If you have any questions, please contact me at Looking forward to seeing you there! -Cathy Chadwick and Jen Johnson, Adult Social co-chairs


Calling all Volunteers!! The Cake Walk and Family Festival is on Saturday, April 6 from 2:00-4:00 — just 23 days away! Please consider volunteering an hour of your time to help out at this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival.  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  If you are willing and able, please contact Karen Brown 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: Cleverest Cupcakes, Best Animal Theme, Best Book Theme, Most Colorful, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Flyers with more information about the Cake Decorating Contest should be going home in backpacks this week.

In addition to the Cake Walk, there will be carnival games, crafts and refreshments.  Get ready to test your strength on the High Striker and your luck on our Wheel of Fortune!  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. –Melanie Bettencourt, Karen Brown & Amy Tenenbaum, Cake Walk Co-chairs


This year we are having a silent auction at the Cake Walk on Saturday, April 6, 2-4 pm. The proceeds from the auction go to the Thoreau PTG.  Each dollar earned by the PTG goes directly back to our school. Funds raised will benefit your children in the form of educational field trips, classroom supplies, children’s cultural events and programs, and in countless other ways.

In past years, we had an auction at an adult social event. Due to many factors, the auction and the adult social, which is Friday, March 22, will be separate events.

The PTG is asking for each grade to contribute 1 substantial item for the auction.  Grade level reps will be reaching out to room parents to help with coordinating the item. We hope to have a few family donations as well ~ a dozen items would be ideal. If your family has something to contribute ( a service to provide, a vacation home to offer, etc. ) please let me know!

Please excuse the quick turn around here. We realize the event is less than1 month away, but we really appreciate your help to make this fundraiser a success for Thoreau. Many thanks. -Jackie Meehan, PTG Vice President


The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held this year on Wednesday night, May 22.  Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring any work from past years by Monday, April 22.  More specific information will be sent home with your child next week.  If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at  Thanks for your support. -Kate Hiltz


Be a part of the Thoreau welcome wagon for our incoming kindergartens and their families! I am in need of 2-3 parent volunteers on April 9 and April 23 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm to assist with the Kindergarten Registration Days. Volunteer duties will include greeting incoming families, setting up refreshments, and providing logistical support to Thoreau staff during the event. Please contact Allison Oshinsky at or 617-335-1916 if you are able to volunteer for this fun and important event. Thanks in advance for your help!!


Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade.  This will be our 25th! On Tuesday, April 9, at 11:30am, children and staff dressed as their favorite book characters will march through the school halls led by the Cat in the Hat and a special guest. Children can start the fun now by choosing a book character and making a simple costume, mask or prop to suggest that character. For more information watch the Thursday Announcements or talk to Karen or Cathy in the library.


The latest updates written by the School Committee following its February 12 and February 26 meetings are now available at:

LUNCH MENU Week of March 18-22

  • Monday: Grilled Cheese on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Wednesday: Taco Bar
  • Thursday: Quesadilla
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza


Shamrocks for Shannon:  A Fundraiser 

“Shamrocks for Shannon” will benefit the family of Carol Curly, Alcott teacher.  Carol’s daughter, Shannon Curley, a 6th grader at Peabody, has been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia.  The fundraiser is intended to help with the costs of long-term hospitalization and will be held Friday, March 29, at Joe Sent Me Pub in Waltham, 7-11:30 PM.  $25/pp.  Tickets available at  Even if you can’t make the event, you can still follow this link and make a donation.  There are lots of great auction and raffle items plus door prizes. Raffle tickets are also available at Concord Provisions and Reasons To Be Cheerful.

Concord Wrestling Club and Clinic

The Concord Wrestling Club is for middle and high school wrestlers, and third graders and up who are interested in the sport. The clinic is for beginning and experienced wrestlers. We’ll learn takedowns, half nelsons and cradles, holds and breakaways and more. Students will do lots (and lots!) of practice and learn the rules of collegiate wrestling. Most importantly we’ll learn and practice physical and mental fitness as we develop our skill in this classic sport and appreciate its unique appeal. Release form required. T-shirt included in fee. Wrestlers must furnish wrestling shoes. Class meets during April vacation, April 16 & 18. No class April 23 or 25. Register at

Club Advisor Eric Rivera, CCHS teacher, is the head coach of the CCHS Wrestling Team that enjoyed a very successful 2010-11 season winning the sectionals and sending eight wrestlers to the state tournament. He was named D2 coach of the year. With 20+ years of wrestling experience he is a two-time national qualifier, free style Virginia state champion, all Southeastern regional qualifier and undefeated amateur boxer.Alex Klinoff is a two-time national team qualifier, ironman champion, Springfield College varsity starter (4yrs), MA freestyle champion, and Greco/freestyle Oceanstate champion.

Concord Chamber Music Society’s Annual Community Concert

The Concord Chamber Music Society will present its annual Community Concert on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 pm. The concert will feature Trio Cleonice, the New England Conservatory’s talented young Piano Trio in Residence, and will take place at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord.  Entitled “A Musical Joke,” the performance will include examples of musical humor by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Ives, and is sure to entertain and delight audience members of all ages! Tickets are $15 and free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.  The concert takes place during Emerson Umbrella’s Spring Open Studio Weekend, and admission to the Open Studios are free to concert goers. For more information, please visit or call 978-371-9667.

Registration OPEN for Spring Semester Early Childhood, Group Voice

Early Childhood/Music & Movement Group Classes
CCM,  the area’s non-profit community music school, offers developmentally appropriate early group music experiences: singing, listening, and musical movement, drumming, and eventually reading and notating music. Children, ages 6 mos. to 6 years, will discover all of the qualities of music through movement. Body movement is used to explore phrase, pitch, accent, and all of the richness of music using simple instruments.  Musical concepts are presented in a visual manner, using a variety of aids to create a mental image of music in the child’s brain.  It’s a fun way to learn and experience the joys of music and a great start to future instrument, or voice study.  Class size: Limited to 8. Attend a free trial class the week of March 25! Please visit for complete schedule.

Group Voice Group Classes
CCM also offers 10 week voice classes for the young singer ages 6-8 and 9-11. Children will learn the beginning of proper voice technique singing popular Broadway songs. Registrations are accepted online in the office and by mail.  Class size: Limited to 8.

Private lesson registration is ongoing throughout the year. Go to for the free trial class schedule and a full list of offerings.  CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street.  For more information please call 978-369-0010,, or visit

Concord Carlisle Spring Softball Registration is OPEN!
Register now at WWW.CCYB.ORG. It’s going to be a great spring – don’t wait any longer! Season runs from April to June. Get ready for the season with Spring Training clinics run by the CC High School girls team! The CCHS team will run 4 spring training clinics on Sunday March 17, March 24, April 7, and April 21. These clinics will cover all skills through fast paced station-to-station fun. The pairing of the HS girls with our youth league players creates a special mentoring opportunity that carries into many years of loving the game. Don’t miss it! The clinics will be held indoors and (weather permitting) outdoors at CCHS in the afternoons. The registration fee is $50 for all four sessions. All proceeds to benefit the HS girls softball team. You can register at WWW.CCYB.ORG

Help Bring Comfort to a Hurting Child
The Youth Group at Holy Family Parish is holding a drive from March 9 through April 7 to collect gently used stuffed animals to be donated to Project Smile. Project Smile ( is an organization that distributes stuffed animals to police and fire departments to be used to give comfort to children experiencing various types of trauma. Donated animals must be in excellent condition, free of stains, tears and smells. They must be no larger than 21 inches and cannot contain batteries, religious themes or be commemorative animals with years sewn on them. Drop off boxes will be located at both entrances to the Church as well as at the Parish offices at 55 Church St in West Concord.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on MARCH 21, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, MARCH 18, 2013. 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