March 21, 2013


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


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. We hope to have a few more family donations.  If your family has something to contribute ( a service to provide, a vacation home to offer, etc. ) please sign up at  or email Jackie Meehan at

Volunteers are needed!  If you can help, please sign up at  We really appreciate your help to make this fundraiser a success for Thoreau School! Many thanks. -Jackie Meehan, PTG Vice President


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.


6:30 PM AT Ripley building; notes summarized and submitted by Ling Liu, Thoreau School Representative.

1. Request for proposal for consolidation study consulting services

a.      The town of Concord and CPS (K-8) are seeking proposals for consulting services to assess the potential for improvement in the efficiency, quality and cost effectiveness of functions currently performed by both the Town and the Schools through consolidation, and the potential costs of consolidation.
b.      The Concord School Committee approved the motion, and authorized the Concord Public schools to participate in the study, and the cost shall not exceed $25,000.

2. Thoreau Updates:

a.      Diana Rigby read the report that provided by Principal Kelly Clough of Thoreau school, dated 3/12/2013. The report lists actions and plans that have been put in place since the Meg Anderson’s report in February. Some of the highlights are: discussion protocol for voice equality has been implemented in school meetings; For the March faculty meeting, staffs feedback is that small meeting is helpful and want to move forward; More teachers will join the leadership team; Reintroduced newsletter to student and family besides the blog; Family night for literacy and math are scheduled.
b.      SC members acknowledge that a lot have been done from February to March, and request to continue having this report submitted to SC.
c.       SC members suggest establishing bench mark or mile stone and set up the timeline to measure how things improve in Thoreau, and the milestones could be evaluated in the fall and in the winter.

3. New Educator Supervision & Evaluation System—CPS plans for implementation.

a.      Implementation needs to be done by September, 2013.
b.      The School Administration and Concord Teacher Association agree to revive the joint labor Management Committee to review, negotiate, and recommend an evaluation tool and process consistent with the law. The committee is comprised of representatives of the Concord Teachers’ association and Administration. Each party shall choose its own representatives to the committee.
c.       In the event the parties do not reach full agreement by MAY 31, 2013, the evaluation tool and progress shall be implemented in the manner provided by law.

4. Future updates:

a.      Meg Anderson’s report will be completed mid-January.  She will present her findings to the SC in February.
b.      Janet Freidman will be updating the 2012-2013 Performance Report which will be published in March.

You can find the documents that presented in SC meeting at Full meeting notes are available here:

LUNCH MENU Week of March 25-29

  • Monday: Burgers w/wo Cheese on Whole Wheat Roll
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: Popcorn Chicken
  • Thursday: Whole Grain Nachos
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza


Concord Family Network’s Spring Egg Hunt

The Concord Family Network’s annual Spring Egg Hunt is one of our most popular events of the year. Bring your basket on Saturday, March 23 from 3:30-5:30pm and come experience the rich history of the Old Manse grounds as your children search for eggs in an orchard that stands where Ralph Waldo Emerson once played as a child. We will have two separate egg hunts, one for the toddlers and one for older children. At the end of the hunt, each child will exchange the eggs they’ve found for a bag of spring-themed toys and nut-free treats. During the event we will provide refreshments, games and crafts, and a charity raffle for exciting prizes. Space limited to 150 children, with priority given to CFN members. Free for members, $4 per child, $12 max per family.  Members please RSVP via Big Tent, non-members may RSVP to The Old Manse is at 269 Monument Street, Concord.

One Colonial Woman’s World: CPS Author Series

What were the details of the traditional female in Colonial America? Pretty much the same as they are now: heavy focus on family, both being part of one and raising one. Marriage and religion were also primary concerns, as were finances. Social, community, business and political connections were also vital.

There is truly little difference between women of the 1600s and today, except what society limited our foremothers in their roles outside of the family home. Historian and local author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin discovered many of the hidden details of a Colonial Woman’s life while looking through the diary of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, a Roxbury native born in 1673. She became fascinated in how well Mehetabal wrote about the daily minutia of the Colonial women’s day and how closely it paralleled women of today. Michelle transcribed the journals and compiled them in a book One Colonial Woman’s World. Michelle will share her book and research at the April 11 Thursday Author Series, a program of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Coughlin spent several years preparing One Colonial Woman’s World which was released in December 2012 by The University of Massachusetts Press. It is receiving excellent press in its genre.

Marla Miller, author of The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution wrote: “This book will be a stunning development, the first deep examination of an unknown diary that affords a very rare glimpse into women’s lives in this time and place. Coughlin s narrative places the diarist and the diary thoroughly in its context, situating each passage within broader patterns of local and regional history as well as the political, cultural, and social history of the era.”

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and former editor who holds graduate degrees in history and English and American Literature. She will read from her book and answer questions on her work in the Periodicals Reading Room of the Main Library, 129 Main St., Concord. The program begins at 7:30 and runs through 8:45. There is no charge. Books will be for sale.

2013 Girlpower – Summer dates announced

Girlpower is a positive growth experience for girls coming of age, for ages 10-14. A Community Education program of the Concord-Carlisle Schools, it will meet in West Concord’s “Yoga & Nia for Life” studio this summer.

Discover your unique strengths, and empower yourself through learning how to self- care and self- advocate.   Make new friends in a nurturing and non-competitive setting and have the freedom to try new things while feeling safe and supported. A holistic wellness program in its sixth summer, GirlPower! brings together girls with different interests and abilities to learn, explore, exercise, create, relax, bond and nourish. The program will include yoga, Barre Pilates, creative culinary and healthy eating demonstrations, journaling, local field trips, hiking, organic skin care, expressive dance (African, bellydance, Nia®) the art of dressing and body image, recycled art, teen talk, and more. Fee includes lunch, snacks, professional instruction and materials. Workshop leader Susanne Liebich is a Concord-based yoga practitioner, certified Pilates instructor, certified Nia instructor, and dance instructor. She is accompanied by several guest teachers who are experts in their fields. More at

Three summer sessions:

  • 1.  June 24-28, $550   #1168
  • 2. July 8-12, $550   #1169
  • 3. 4-day session, Monday through Thursday, August 26-29, $440   #1170

Meets 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, at Yoga and Nia for Life.

There is Greatness in every Girl…Discover it with Girl Scouting!

Come to our party!  Find out more about Girl Scouts and what it can offer your daughter.  All girls entering K-5 are invited to join us on Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street. There will be fun, games, activities, and prizes! Girls must attend with an adult. Questions? Please contact: Nancy Pollock, 978-701-6332.

Willy Wonka at Concord Middle School

Five families find five golden tickets, win a trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and take a musical journey of discovery. Over 60 CMS students will be performing in this year’s show on April 5, 6, & 7. There are a limited number of seats left for purchase at

In addition, the students will be doing a “preview” performance on Tuesday April 2 at 6:30 pm. This dress rehearsal is being offered in honor of our elementary school music teachers in addition to those who have encouraged the dramatic arts. A limited number of complimentary seats are being offered to elementary school families for this performance. You do need to reserve these seats in advance and may reserve up to 4 seats per family by sending an email to Please include your name, the number of seats you would like, your email address and the elementary school you are from. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You will receive a confirmation email – please bring it with you to Sanborn for the performance. Tickets are general admission and will be filled first-come, first-serve.

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.

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 28, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, MARCH 25, 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