March 20, 2014


Thanks to everyone who came to the PTG meeting this week!  We hope that everyone is keeping on top of all of the great March events including this weekend’s Spelling Bee, the Cake Walk and Silent Auction on the 29th, and the renowned Dr. Brooks, discussing the topic of, “Raising Resilient Children and Teens” at 7pm on March 31st.

— Carla and Louisa

Raising Resilient Children and Teens

This lecture, held March 31 at 7pm at CCHS, 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,” and

·      specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in our children.

Co-sponsored by K-8 Concord PTG’s


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 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 29th from 2pm to 4pm – rain or shine!!!!!

NEW THIS YEAR : Cake Judging will be done by grade level!!! Judging of cakes made by students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade, will be judged by category for each grade level.

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 Dorina Enes 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 at the end of this week 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


Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade.  This will be our 26th! On Tuesday, April 8, 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.


Thoreauly Green / Musketaquid Earth Day Workshops, to be held in the Thoreau Art Room

Bring Earth Day celebrations to life by creating colorful puppets, headdresses and costumes of local animal and plant species.  Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, paper mache and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint.  You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan for your costume or puppet, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life.  You can come to one session or all three, depending on the project you want to make. Take your projects home after the Earth Day celebrations!  Led by Musketaquid artists/educators.  2-5 parent volunteers needed for each workshop.  $5 deposit requested to hold child’s spot in a given workshop and to contribute to the cost of supplies.  To reserve a spot for your child and/or to volunteer as a parent, please contact Rebecca Woodward ( asap.  Please note that spots in each workshop are limited.

Exact dates and times of the workshops will be:

  • Wednesday, April 2nd, 3:30 – 4:45pm
  • Wednesday, April 9th, 3:30 – 4:45pm
  • Wednesday, April 16th, 3:30 – 4:45pm


 Spring Before & After School Classes

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


Looking for an easy crepe recipe?  Norwegian waffles? Bistro-style short ribs or gluten-free apple crisp?  The first-ever Thoreau Friendship Cookbook is brimming with over 60 lip-smacking, kid-pleasing and family-friendly recipes.  This culinary collection is destined to become your go-to companion in the kitchen.  Make sure to get one for yourself and give some as gifts.  Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and souvenirs.  Only $15 each with an e-book version free!  Cookbooks will be sent home with children upon payment.   Each order helps support PTG events and enrichment programs that benefit our entire Thoreau community.  Order Today!

Order your Thoreau cookbook online at via PayPal or print out the form located on the website if you prefer to mail a check.

Below is the order form for the cookbook.  Ebooks are included with your order.

Please complete and return in the your child’s folder, including a check payable to THOREAU PTG

 Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you!

Thoreau Cookbook Committee


  • Monday, March 24                     Beef Hotdog on Whole Wheat Bun
  • Tuesday, March 25                    No Lunch
  • Wednesday, March 26            Pasta w/ Marinara or Meat Sauce
  • Thursday, March 27                 Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Friday, March 28                        Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza

Around town

CMS Presents “Far, Far Away”

Come join us  “far, far away” and see the cast and crew of Concord Middle School in this year’s production of “Shrek, the Musical”.  This clever and lighthearted show is good fun for the whole family.

Shows:  Friday, April 11th and  Saturday, April 12th at 7pm and Sunday, April 13th at 2:30pm at Concord Middle School, Sanborn Building, 835 Old Marlboro Road, Concord.  Tickets can be purchased online at

If you prefer to send a check, please send the check (made out to Concord Middle School) for $10/seat along with the show you are interested in and  email (very important) to Sharon Sharifi, 89 Lee Dr, Concord MA 01742 and she will reserve your seats for you and an email confirmation will be sent which you need to bring with you to the show.

Please Note: OH1 and OH2 designated seats are wheelchair ONLY – please do not reserve these seats unless you have an attendee in a wheelchair (there is actually no seat there!)

Preview Show:  There is also another option for families to see the show on a special “Preview” night, Tuesday April 8th at 6:30 pm.  This performance is open to Concord elementary students and will be FREE.  However, general admission tickets must be reserved in advance by emailing  your request to   Please include an email address so that we can confirm your seats, the number of seats you need (max 4 per family) and which elementary school your students attend.  (Please note, this is not a drop off event).  Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes in advance as this is a general admission show.  There will be no seats available for walk-in  so please  reserve by March 27th.

Tickets will sell out quickly – get yours today!

Celebrate National Jazz Month with Concord Conservatory Jazz Faculty

To kick-off the national Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) on Friday, April 4th at 7pm, the Concord Conservatory of Music Jazz Faculty will perform as part of this a tribute to the heritage of jazz as an original American art form. Jazz Appreciation Month is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure.

CCM faculty members Carlos Averhoff, Jr. on saxophone, Ehud Ettun on bass, Brian Friedland on piano, and Jorge Perez-Albela on percussion will perform classic jazz compositions, standards, and originals.  All four faculty members are renowned jazz performers in the Boston area and around the world, and have played alongside top tier, and Grammy-winning jazz artists such as George Garzone, Louis Hayes, and Chucho Valdes. They have toured the world to perform in venues in Europe, Asia, Central and South America as well as the United States.

The Concord Conservatory of Music is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord, in the West Concord Union Church. All CCM Faculty Concerts are free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Middlesex Savings Bank and the Concord Cultural Council. For more information, please call (978) 369-0010, email, or visit

Concord Cultural Council

The Concord Cultural Council hosts a public reception honoring the recipients of 2014 grants in the arts, music, education, and more.  The event features special guests Sen. Mike Barrett and Rep. Cory Atkins and presentations by recipients.  Stop by to celebrate the arts in Concord and the surrounding area.  Saturday, March 22 at Concord Townhouse, 22 Monument Square, in the Hearing Room at 3-4 pm.

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

Cradles to Crayons

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.

Healthy Concord Bike Survey

The Healthy Concord public outreach process identified a desire for safer roads and paths for bicycling.  We recognize that our community has many active bicyclists, and is a destination for non-resident bicyclists.  In an effort to make the experience safer and more enjoyable for all users of our roads, we would like to learn about your (and your children’s) experience cycling in Concord.  Please take our brief survey and give us your suggestions for improving bicycling in Concord.

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.

Spring Baseball Clinics now open for registration

CCYB/S will offer pre-season baseball clinics starting this Saturday, March 22.  The clinics will be held at AtBats training facility in Boxborough.  The cost is $30 for the three week session:  March 22, 29 and April 5. The times are as follows:

  • 5th and 6th grade:  9:00 to 10:00 AM
  • 3rd and 4th grade:  10:00 to 11:00 AM
  • 1st and 2nd grade:  11:00 AM to noon
  • Kindergarten:  noon to 1:00 PM

Spring Baseball registration is closing next week to teams to be organized.  Please register today if you would like your child to be able to play this Spring!  Games begin right after April vacation.  If you have already registered – thank you.  If you have not yet paid for your registration, please do not forget to pay by 3/28 so we can place your child on a team.  If you would like to seek financial aid, please contact

Minute Man ARC Celebrates 10 Years

Grab your friends and form a team to walk in the 10th Anniversary Minute Man March on May 3rd, 2014 from 9am-1pm.  Teams fundraise in support of programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in your community and walk a 1-3 mile route beginning and ending at 130C Baker Avenue Extension, Concord, MA.  After the walk, join us for a celebration complete with BBQ, raffle, games, moon bounce, pony rides, music and petting zoo. For more information visit or contact Laura Galeski at or 978-287-7940.  All participants receive our signature event tie dye t-shirt.

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Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 27, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, March 24, 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