March 26, 2015


There are many events and action items coming up!

* March 31 – Town Election

* April 2 – No school

* March 31 and April 7 – Kindergarten Registration

* April 7 – Book Character Parade

… and the next PTG meeting will be in the EVENING on April 9 – at 7 PM!

Town Meeting

You may have heard discussion about the School Budget and Town Meeting.  The School budget request is $700,000 more than the Finance Committee’s (FINCOM) guideline.  To learn more, look through the FY 2016 Budget Book  and the FINCOM Supplemental Data Request

Bring your questions to the School Committee Budget Coffees:

April 1, 11:30am-1pm, Ripley, Conference Room 4

April 6, 7-8:30pm, Peabody Forum

April 8, 7-8:30pm, Willard

April 10, 1-2:30pm, Concord Library/Fowler Branch

or email the Concord School Committee at:

Town Meeting begins on April 12 this year, and discussion of School Budget articles is slated for April 13.


Lastly, parents should have recently received Student Verification Forms in the mail.  This form holds the information that gets entered into the district’s system and then pulled by the PTG for the Thoreau School Directory.  Please print any changes clearly as to avoid any errors in reading and inputting the data.  Thank you!!

Carla and Trish

THE CAKE WALK IS COMING…Just 16 days away!

Saturday, April 11, 3-5pm is the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival!

What is the Cake Walk?   It’s similar to a game of musical chairs. Numbered pads are arranged in a circle on the gym floor. As music plays, participants parade around the circle. When the music stops, our MCs pull numbers out of a hat.  If you are standing on a pad with a number that is called, you win one of the fabulous prize cakes!

Where do the prize cakes come from?  YOU!  We need lots and lots of prize cakes (300-400)!  The cakes do not need to be large—one box of mix can yield 2 prize cakes!  All prize cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the flavor of the cake. If you bring an allergy-free prize cake, please let us know when you drop it off.

There is also a Cake Decorating Contest! Cakes to be entered into the Cake Decorating Contest should be dropped off on Friday 4/10 3:15-7:00 or Saturday 4/11 1:00-2:15pm at the Faculty Dining Room (near the gym). Judging will begin promptly at 2:30pm. All cakes entered in the contest must be decorated by a Thoreau student. Please do not use cake plates or decorations that you want returned to you. You may enter as many cakes in the contest as you like. All cakes must be wrapped in saran wrap and labeled with the cake flavor, student’s name, grade, teacher and category. The contest categories are: Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Cakes that win the contest will be displayed during the Festival and may be taken home by their respective student decorators. Cakes that do not win the contest will be handed out as prize cakes during the Cake Walk.

What else happens at the Family Festival?  There are carnival games like High Striker, Crazy Cans, Bean Bag Toss, face painting, balloon animals, plus food and drinks. Fun for everyone!

How Can I Get Involved?  Please consider volunteering 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 go to

– Dorina Enes, Jennifer Ubaldino, Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs


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.


This week, a huge thank-you goes to the Garcia Family who just donated 5 books in honor of teachers! The following titles joined the shelves:  1) Here is the World, in honor of Ms. Keefe; 2) Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln, in honor of Ms. Hollander; 3) Rocket’s 100th Day of School, in honor of Ms. Ellis; 4) The Eagles Are Back, in honor of Ms. Walsh; and 5) The Whale Who Won Hearts, in honor of Ms. Peirce.

Want to join the fun? There are plenty more books to select from in the Gift Books Box in the library. Stop by and take a look! Questions? Ask the librarians or contact Liz Wei at


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Get ready to run Sunday, May 17 at the Thoreau School 9th Annual Road Race.  Start training now with the whole family for the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by fun food, games, bouncy house, awards ceremony and more!  More details coming soon.  Mitzi Johnson and Jill Yates, Road Race Co-chairs


Monday, March 30                 Baked Chicken Patty on Wheat Roll

Tuesday, March 31                NO LUNCH

Wednesday, April 1               Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce with or w/o Meatballs

Thursday, April 2                    NO LUNCH

Friday, April 3                           Whole Grain Stuffed Crust 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 through 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!

CSA Parent Workshop: The Opposite of Worry: Helping Children with Fears and Anxieties

The Carlisle School Association, along with the Center for Parents and Teachers, ask you to join us on March 31, 7-8:30pm in the Carlisle School Auditorium for a presentation by Dr. Lawrence Cohen, an internationally renowned child psychologist, author of Opposite of WorryPlayful Parenting, as well as co-author of Best Friends Worst EnemiesMom They’re Teasing Me, and The Art of Roughhousing. Dr. Cohen is also a consultant to schools and community programs nationally and internationally. Dr. Cohen’s parenting approach can help children ease anxieties and fears through empathy and playfulness. His techniques are applicable for children from preschool through elementary school and beyond (and for anxious parents too!).  Dr. Cohen will speak from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Carlisle School Auditorium. Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm when parents are invited to socialize and visit resource tables where Jennifer Clarke, the Concord-Carlisle Youth Services Coordinator, will be available for families to learn more about local services available to them. Following the formal talk, parents will have time to meet the presenter, purchase books, enjoy some refreshments, and continue learning about resources available to families in our area. No pre-registration is required and this free program is open to all.

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!

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:

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Math Resources for parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 2, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, March 30, 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