March 27, 2014


We are looking forward to a wonderful Cake Walk/Silent Auction event this Saturday from 2-4! Don’t miss it…fun for the whole family. The auction items this year are tremendous, thank you so much to Trish Siefer for coordinating and all our grade level reps for their creativity. March 31st 7PM at CCHS, don’t miss “Raising Resilient Children and Teens” by Dr. Brooks. Also, a reminder that Tuesday April 1st there is no school – conference day.

Thanks! Louisa and Carla


Annual Thoreau Spelling Bee:  Thank you so much to all of the participants in this year’s spelling bee, which was held on March 22nd.  We had an excellent turnout of 60 spellers for the 3 grades; include a record number of 5th graders!  Congratulations to Akshaya Seetharam and Joachim Laurent, 1st/2nd in the 5th grade bee; and to the Queen Bee Spellers (Vincent Babu, Mila Kocic, Luke McCrory) and The Spelling Smurfs (Audrey Carter, Megan Perry, Ruthie Swain) 1st/2nd in the 4th grade bee.  Also a huge thank you to Bob Lemaire, our esteemed pronouncer; and to Karen Pettyjohn, Tom Hourihan, Laurel Jackson, and Jacqui McKenna who gave of their time to judge.  Great job by all!

Holly Rothermel, Spelling Bee Chair

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


Thoreau wins it again…and again!

Fabulous news, everyone! We won TWICE in the Market Basket Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes!!

For the third year in a row, Thoreau was one of the lucky schools in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire selected to win a grand prize of 5,000 bonus box tops. Better still, we sent in so many entries this year that our school actually got drawn twice for the list of 50 winners. So we get 10,000 box tops – that’s worth $1,000.00 for Thoreau!

Our winning entries were under Julie Bailey’s and Barbara Marinaccio’s names – congratulations to Julie and Barbara and especially to all Thoreau students because they will be the real winners here. The $1,000.00 prize check will fund some cool PTG programs to benefit the kids.

Many thanks to ALL of you who mailed in an entry form or who entered via email to me. The more forms we sent in, the higher our chances of winning got, so this was truly a group victory.


– Kimber Lynn Drake

Box Tops for Education Coordinator 


  • 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 look forward to seeing you at the Cake Walk this Saturday, March 29th from 2-4pm, rain or shine! Tickets will be sold in the main entrance of the school during the event and will be 50 cents each. They can be bought individually or in sets of $5 or $10. The tickets can be used for all the activities – playing games, buying refreshments and taking part in the Cake Walk.

Speaking of the Cake Walk, we need LOTS and LOTS of cakes!! Like 300-400!!!  The more cakes we get, the more prizes we can give out at the Cake Walk.  Cakes don’t need to be big – you can make 2 prize cakes out of 1 box of mix.  If you are donating prize cakes for the Cake Walk you may bring in your cakes any time before or during the event.  If you are bringing an allergen free cake, please let us know when you drop off.

We hope you are planning cakes for the Cake Decorating Contest!  All cakes entered into the Contest must be decorated by a Thoreau student and brought to the school between 12:30 and 1:30. We’ll be receiving cakes downstairs in the Faculty Dining Room next to the gym. 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. All cakes must be wrapped in plastic wrap, and labeled with the cake flavor, the student’s name, grade, teacher and contest category. Please do not bring cakes on plates or use decorations that you want returned to you. Cakes that win the contest will be displayed during the festival and may be taken home by their respective student decorators.  Contest cakes that do not win will be handed out as prize cakes during the Cake Walk.

After you are lucky enough to win a cake at the Cake Walk, check out the many other fun activities we have planned. You’ll recognize the much beloved bean bag toss and marble run in the Library. Test your strength with the High Striker and your shot at the new Basketball game in the Auditorium.  When you’re ready to take a break, enjoy some cotton candy, popcorn, and hot dogs in the comfort of the school cafeteria. There will also be face painting, sand art, balloon animals, and, who doesn’t want a turn at the lucky 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, 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 & Jenn Ubaldino, Cake Walk Co-chairs

amy frankel tenenbaum

95 conant street, unit 404

concord, ma 01742

mobile: 617.699.2366


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 created from 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. Participants are encouraged to march with their creations in Concord’s Musketaquid Earth Day parade on April 26th.

Workshops 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, Payments can be placed in a folder marked “Thoreauly Green/Musketaquid” in the PTG box at the front office at Thoreau.  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


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 31                Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, April 1                     No School
  • Wednesday, April 2              Baked Fish Nuggets
  • Thursday, April 3                  Beef Hot Dog
  • Friday, April 4                        Whole Grain Cheese Pizza

Around town

Concord Carlisle Community Education

The First Sixty

Celebrating Community Education through Music and Art

  • Sunday, March 30, 2014
  • 2:00-4:30 PM
  • Concord-Carlisle High School
  • Learning Commons
  • 2:15 pm

Welcome by Diana Rigby.  Remarks by Phil Benincasa & Dick Shohet.  Enjoy visual arts and musical entertainment by former and current students and faculty – celebrate the community school!

Concord Children’s Center Fundraiser

“Concord Children’s Center is thrilled to announce its annual spring fundraiser featuring the Tanglewood Marionettes and their performance of “The Fairy Circus”! Featuring over 20 beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, “The Fairy Circus” showcases turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers — perfect for younger children and family audiences.

The performance is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Thoreau School (29 Prairie Street, Concord). There will be a lively puppetry demonstration prior to the 40-minute show and a Question and Answer session following the performance. Tickets are $10/person; $35/family.  Please visit for advanced tickets and information.”

Community Chest “Spring Fling”

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest invites you to its Spring Fling Gala on Friday, April 4th at 7pm, at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.  This event will include live music from The Marsels, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and a live and silent auction.  Enjoy time with neighbors and friends at this exciting fundraiser for the Community Chest!  Get your tickets today at 

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

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 Public Library

Third Grade BookEaters Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm

April Fools!

Let’s Talk about Books that Make You Laugh!

No Registration Required

April 16th @ 4pm

Show & Tell…  Bring a favorite funny book to share

Snack…            Mud Pie with Worms!

Activity…         Make a funny video!

Concord Free Public Library

129 Main Street

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.

Concord Family Network Easter Egg Hunt

Concord Family Network will host our annual Easter Egg Hunt and food bank drive Saturday, April 12, from 3 -5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument St. We are fortunate to be collaborating with the Trustees of Reservations, who have offered us the use of their lovely grounds at the Old Manse. Come join us!

This event is open to all families with children from birth to eight, with priority to CFN members. Admission to this event is free to members of CFN; non-members can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children. If you are a member, please RSVP at Big Tent by 4/5, and you will be guaranteed a spot at the Hunt.  If you are not a CFN member, you may join by filling out a membership form at or please RSVP by 4/5 at

We will have three separate egg hunts: ages 5-8 at 3:30, ages 3-4 at 3:45, and ages 0-2 at 4pm. Enjoy refreshments, games and crafts, and the lovely grounds of the Old Manse, where Ralph Waldo Emerson once played as a child.  Each child will receive a spring-themed gift bag.  We will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry, so please consider making a donation.  In case of rain, check the CFN web site.

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.

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.

Callen Tennis Update

There are still a few spots open in the K-1st grade and 2nd -3rd grade Callen Tennis classes. Program dates are Thursdays, April 17 – June 12 (no class April 24). The K-1st grade group class will run 3:30PM – 4:15PM and the 2nd-3rd grade class will run from 4:15PM-5:15PM. Cost for 8 week class: $180.

To register for Callen Tennis, send an email to
with the subject line of: Callen Tennis Registration. In the body of the email
message, please include your child’s name, grade, teacher and home phone number.

Upon receipt of your email, you will be notified via email if your child has a spot or not. If your child does have a spot, a waiver, registration form and payment instructions will be sent via email. In order to guarantee your child’s spot, all forms and payment must be received within 48hrs, no

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Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 3, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, March 31, 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