March 19, 2015


Happy Spring!  Spring officially starts tomorrow March 20th!


*Saturday, March 21st, 9:30-11am at CCHS.  School Committee Coffee.  (The next coffee is on Wednesday April 8th 7-8:30pm at Willard.)

*Wednesday, March 25th, 7pm at CCHS.  “Finnish Lessons:  What can the U.S. learn from educational change in Finland?”  Dr. Pasi Sahlberg.  (brought to you by the Center for Parents and Teachers).  No pre-registration required.

*April 12-14th, Town Meeting.  School issues will be voted on Monday, April 13th.  Article 22 concerns the Concord School Budget, and Article 23 concerns Concord Public School Renovations, including a proposed $40K improvement to re-loam and re-seed the Thoreau School fields.  (for more information, go to the School Committee Coffee on March 21st or April 8th).


Volunteers needed!  We have begun planning for the 2015-16 school year.  If you would like to become more involved in the PTG, please email Trish Siefer at or Betsy Martel at  We have exciting opportunities for everyone!


Thanks to April Robb, Irene Stapleford, Carmela Gee, Julie Miller, Brenda Mahnken, Bryan Owen,  and Heather Swartwood for a fantastic Spelling Bee!
Huge thanks to Mr. LeMaire for being the “Pronouncer,” and to the “Judges” Mr. Hourihan, Ms. Hollander, Ms. Jackson, Ms. McKenna and Mrs. Pettyjohn.

Carla and Trish


Thanks to all the children, teachers and staff, and volunteers who helped to make last Saturday’s spelling bee a success!  Special thanks to Mr. Lemaire, who made the event such a positive and memorable experience for all 67 participants.  Congratulations go to 5th grade winner Vinnie Babu and runner-up Emily Chiu, and 4th grade winning team the Thunderbolts (Sydney Haddad, Sophie Jacobs, and Kelsie Sim) and runner-up team the Super Spelling Snowflakes (Sophia Staknis, Isabelle Adourian, and Shawn Wu).  Participants, if you would like your poster, please email  If we don’t hear from you, your poster will be discarded.  -April Robb and Irene Stapleford, co-organizers


Save the date! Saturday April 11, 3-5pm is the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival!  Please consider volunteering 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 click on the link to sign up:
Also, in an effort to reduce-reuse-& recycle, we are collecting assorted prize toys in a box inside the entrance to Thoreau between now and Fri. March 20th.  This is a great opportunity to clean out and donate unwanted prize toys that can be used at the Cake Walk!
-Dorina Enes, Jennifer Ubaldino and Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-Chairs


Celebrate Earth Day by creating colorful puppets, headdresses and costumes of local animal and plant species, or come experience Japanese culture, language and arts with an introduction to traditional arts such as origami, sumie, and shuji/shodo.   You can find description for these classes and others on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/After school programs at    Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti ( or Stefanie Sim (


Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade.  This will be our 27th! On Tuesday, April 7, at 11:30 A.M., 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.


Thank you so much to the Robichaud Family who selected Trouper by Meg Kearney from the Library Gift Book Box in honor of Charlie and Gabe Robichaud.
Are you interested in donating a book through the Library Gift Book Program? Swing by the library to select a book from the Gift Book Box. Write a check to the PTG. The book (including a bookplate naming the donor and honoree) will be shown to the honoree’s class before being put into general circulation. You can also donate books that are NOT from the box, but please check titles with the librarians first. This is a great way to stay connected to Thoreau for years to come. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact the PTG Gift Book Coordinator at


Monday, March 23                Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
Tuesday, March 24               Taco Day
Wednesday, March 25         Mini Cheese Ravioli
Thursday, March 26              B Good Burgers
Friday, March 27                    Homemade Cheese Pizza



The Thoreau 5th grade girl scouts are collecting supply donations to support the MSPCA and earn their bronze award.  Beginning next week, there will be a collection box and poster in the front hall of Thoreau. Donation bins are also located at the Fish Nook and Pet Co Unleashed in Acton as well as Pet Source here in W. Concord!  Collecting thru March 31. All donations of canned cat and dog food, pet toys, gently used towels and linens, or paper towels, Kleenex, and toilet paper will be delivered to the MSPCA Nevins Farm facility, and greatly appreciated!

Hit the “Bright Lights, Big City” at the Annual Concord Children’s Center Auction on March 21

You’re invited to a night on the town at this year’s Concord Children’s Center auction, “Bright Lights, Big City,” on March 21 at Concord Academy. This special adults-only evening includes a silent auction, live auction, light buffet dinner, dessert, and dancing. Lots of chances to win a variety of great items, including passes for children’s and family activities, restaurant gift certificates, home goods, vacation getaways, tickets to sporting events (Go Pats!) and much, much more!  Tickets and info available at

From Diapers to Diploma — NYT Columnist Frank Bruni to speak in Acton

Come hear author and NYT op-ed columnist Frank Bruni speak at The Discovery Museums’ next Speaker Series event! Mr. Bruni will present “From Diapers to Diploma: A Healthier Way to Navigate Your Child’s Path to College” on April 13 at 6:30pm at R.J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium in Acton. The event is free but space is limited, click here to register:

CFN Hosts Annual Spring Egg Hunt

Please join us for our annual Concord Family Network Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, from 3-5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street.
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 can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 28 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!

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 26, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, March 23, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to