March 27, 2013


Thanks to all who were able to attend the All School Social last Friday, we hope everyone had a wonderful time. It was nice to meet some new families, and put names to faces in a relaxed and fun setting. Congratulations to Julia Samnotra who won the Bruins tickets door prize, and special thanks once again to the Sarns/Moy family for donating the tickets! Cathy Chadwick did a great job organizing again this year.

A reminder that we will have a PTG meeting this Friday, March 29 at 9:15 in the Cafeteria. All are Welcome! -Jen and Shelagh


Our next all school assembly will be on Wednesday, April 3 at 2:00.  It will be hosted by our 1st grade students.  Students can wear Thoreau colors or shirts on this day to show their school spirit.


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Get ready to run Sunday, May 19 at the Thoreau School 7th Annual Road Race.  The culminating event of the year, the Road Race celebrates school spirit, community and fitness and health.  Start training now with the whole family for the 5K run at 11:00 am and Kids’ Fun Run (.5 and 1 mile) at 12:00 pm followed by a family BBQ, games, dunk tank, bouncy house, awards ceremony and more!  Spread the word and bring friends!  All events take place at and around The Thoreau School.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Karen Monks at


Special thanks go to our December and January Box Tops superstars.  The O’Toole family in Mrs. Andrews’ class turned in 109 Box Tops and the Travias family of Mrs. Peirce’s classroom is back again with another 222 coupons!  Big thanks also to the anonymous family in Mrs. Peirce’s class who submitted 134 Box Tops in January.  Great job you guys! Kudos go to all families who keep dropping contributions of ANY size into the collection box.  With your help, the Thoreau PTG got a very nice check just before the holidays – for $965.30.  Those Box Tops really add up!

And now for the question that has been on your minds…which classrooms are winning the Box Top clipping contest?  We’ve had a couple of “upsets” since the last report.  Here are the leading classrooms as of now:  kindergarten = Shaw, 1st grade = Thompson, 2nd grade = Peirce, 3rd grade = Ham, 4th grade = Lemaire, 5th grade = Erickson.

But it still ain’t over ‘till it’s over, folks.  Keep clipping those coupons, and I will get that scorecard posted near the collection box very soon so we can all watch our progress in the home stretch. Thanks for your support! -Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


We hope you are all looking forward to this fun event at our school on Saturday, April 6 from 2pm to 4pm – rain or shine!!!!!

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 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: 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 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. –Melanie Bettencourt, Karen Brown & Amy Tenenbaum, Cake Walk Co-chairs


This school year 3 beloved staff members retired. We asked Thoreau students to sign cards one day during lunch. We sent the cards and American Express gift cards to show our appreciation to physical therapist, Linda Crandall, assistant teacher, Kathie Henry, and custodian, Bill Lorenson. We wish them all a happy and healthy retirement! -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.

LUNCH MENU Week of April 1-5

  • Monday: Burgers w/wo Cheese
  • Tuesday: Professional Day
  • Wednesday: Pasta with Sauce
  • Thursday: Tacos with Beef
  • Friday: Cheese Pizza


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.

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 Conservatory Launches New Summer Music Programs

The Concord Conservatory of Music is making a big splash this summer with a wide variety of new program offerings for all ages and musical abilities.  Adults and children alike will find something for them in our many summer camps, classes, and workshops. Our Workshops and boot camps provide weeklong specialized experiences in strings, piano, woodwinds, brass, guitar, percussion, jazz, and more.  And our Workshops provide an infusion of musical adventure in highly concentrated doses, including musical theatre, drumming, string ensembles and even the Ukulele.   In addition we offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Space is limited.  To learn more about our Summer Programs and to register, visit  You can also call 978-369-0010, or email at  The Concord Conservatory of Music is the areas local community music school and is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

Middlesex School Summer Arts

MSSA is a multi-arts immersion program for students grades 2-11. We offer a variety of classes in visual arts, theatre, technical theatre, music, dance, video production/film, photography, textiles, gymnastics, swimming, and recreational games.

MSSA offers our 5-Week program, as well as our 2-Week program, which takes place during the first two weeks of camp. This year we are very excited to offer a 3-Week Program during the last three weeks of camp. A 3-Week Program will allow all 3-Week campers full participation in all Festival Day activities, as well as the opportunity to take part in a full-scale production with an evening performance during the fifth week of camp (our ever-popular “show week”). For more information go to

Concord House Tour on April 6

Celebrate spring’s arrival with the League of Women Voters’ “What’s New!” tour of seven unique Concord homes on Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These new and newly remodeled houses feature the latest trends in energy efficient and green technologies, accessibility and design. They include a LEED platinum-certified home, a bold contemporary, a modernized antique and more.

Tour maps will be available for pickup on April 6 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Alcott School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 on April 6. Purchase tickets online at Tickets may also be reserved in advance by mail. Send check, name for pickup, phone and email to: LWVCC House Tour, P.O. Box 34, Concord, MA, 01742. All proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, a nonpartisan, issues-oriented organization that encourages active and informed participation in government. For information, visit, email, or call 978-254-1598.

Patriots’ Day at the Concord Museum

On Monday, April 15, explore the Concord Museum’s outstanding collection of treasures from April 1775, then try your hand at patriotic crafts, meet living history characters, and learn more about powder horns, muskets, and the Revere lantern.  At 1:00, listen to the Middlesex County 4H Fife & Drum Corps, then ask your questions about fifes and drums in 1775. All family-friendly activities are free with Museum admission. Be sure to stop by the Museum Shop to purchase your own tricorn hats! For further information visit:

Silhouette Portrait-Taking at the Concord Museum

There is something special about having your child’s profile cut by Jean Comerford, a master of the centuries-old craft of silhouette cutting from paper. These delightful heirloom-quality works of art make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or keepsake.  Appointments are scheduled 9:30-4:00 on Friday, April 19 and 9:30-12:30 on Saturday, April 20; each sitting is approximately ten minutes; $30/profile. Children six months and up and adults welcome. To make a reservation please call the Concord Museum at 978-369-9763, ext 216. For further information visit:

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

Facilitated by Cyndie White, M.S., Parent Educator, this perennial favorite is a five-part workshop that offers innovative ways to solve such common problems as: how to listen to and understand your child’s concerns; how to have cooperation in your family without nagging; how to find alternatives to punishment; and how to help your child attain a positive self-image. Video clips are used as a jumping off point for discussion and to illustrate points. Presentation and discussion is overseen by a seasoned facilitator. Meets for five weekly Monday afternoon sessions: April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 from 12:45-2:15 pm. Fee: $135 (includes cost of workbook and materials). Location: Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. This workshop has a limited number of spots and is offered just one time this year so sign up soon! Pre-registration required by email to; put “How to Talk” in the subject line.

Healthy Concord Town Forum

Healthy Concord invites you to a Town Forum on Saturday, March 30 from 9:30-12:30 at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.  This is a chance to work with others on the development of responses to community concerns identified in recent surveys and discussions.  Share your ideas on developing social and emotional supports; strengthening community connections; supporting senior citizens; growing up in Concord; and getting around town.  Pre-registration is appreciated but walk-ins also welcome. E-mail to register or with questions.  Childcare will be provided through Concord Recreation – register at 978-369-6460.  Community service credits available for CCHS students.  For more information visit

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.

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.

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.


The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on APRIL 4, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, APRIL 1, 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