March 31, 2011

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Our March Madness is quickly coming to a close, and we owe a huge thank you to Beth Symko who made a slam dunk organizing the Thoreau Family Festival & Cake Walk this past weekend! What a crowd we had! It was nice to see so many Thoreau families enjoying the festivities — surely a sign of good things to come now that Spring is here. And the cakes! They were all so AMAZING! Many thanks to our many student cake decorators for sharing their talents and creativity and making our Cake Walk so special.

Anyone want some ice cream to go with their cake? Well then, please stop by the Concord location of Bedford Farms anytime during the month of April to purchase a Concord School Gift Card in any amount you like. At the end of April, Bedford Farms will donate 20% of the total amount placed on the cards to Concord Public Schools, split evenly among the five schools. Check it out! Please read further on in Announcements for more information about this program and watch for backpack flyers that will be coming home.

We are still looking for volunteers to step up to the open PTG Board positions for the next school year, 2011-12. The open positions include Second Grade Representative, Kindergarten Representative, 2 Co-Fundraising Chairs, Treasurer, Vice-President and a Co-President. Please consider serving in one of these important roles, and contact Melanie for more information. Very soon, we will also be looking for volunteers to serve in various committee and event chair positions for next year so keep watching Thoreau Announcements for details. And we are still looking for a Co-Editor for the Announcements, so please let us know if you are interested.

We hope to see you at the Book Character Parade next Tuesday, April 5. And please don’t forget that Thursday, April 7 is a Professional Day for the elementary school students. Have a great weekend!
Karen and Melanie


Help usher the next class of kindergartners into Thoreau! We’re still looking for a few volunteers for the Tuesday, April 5 session. Tasks will include registering families, photographing the kids, and directing parents from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. If you can help out, please contact April Robb at


The Book Character Parade is next Tuesday! Put the finishing touches on your book character masks, simple costumes and props (no sticks, and short cardboard swords only, please), check out a copy of your book, and get ready to march.

The parade will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 5, starting in Mr. Hourihan’s room. Classes will march in this order: The Cat in the Hat and friend, 5-Hourihan, 5-Keefe, 5-Lemaire, K-McKenna, K-Apollos and 1-Powderly, 5-Hoyt, 4-Christensen, 4-Dillon and 2-Jackson, 3-Najimy, 3-Bennett, K-Silven and 2-Watson, 1-Henderson and 3-Condon, 1-Walsh and 3-Gallagher, K-Ellis and 4-Erickson, 1-Henry and 2-Marotta, Mrs. Keltz’s room and 2-Thompson.

  • After we collect all the students, we will march through the cafeteria and outside.
  • If it is good weather, we’ll proceed along the sidewalk past the Music Room and then through the door to the 1994 classroom wing. We will not go into the Auditorium on this route.
  • If it is raining, we’ll walk under the covered walkway along the front of the school and in through the main doors. We’ll go into the Auditorium and across the stage, where Ms. Clough will announce each class as it crosses.
  • Parents, siblings and friends are welcome to watch the Book Character Parade from the Cafeteria, from in front of the school, and (only if it is raining) from the Auditorium.

If you have any questions, please talk to me or Cathy in the Library, or email me at See you on the 5th!
-Karen Pettyjohn


Turtle Night is coming to Thoreau School! On Tuesday, April 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria, come learn about the turtles in our community. Find out how you can be more aware of the threatened and endangered turtles that live around us. Meet turtles from Drumlin Farm, hear how our high school students are helping Blanding’s turtles, play turtle video games, create a “green” turtle, discover all the wonderful national wildlife refuges all around us and how they are aiding the Blanding’s turtles, and attend “Turtle Talks” presented from turtle experts from all over the state. Pizza and salad will be available for purchase as well as other items to help support the Blanding’s turtle head-start program.  There is no cost to attend this program, but donations will be accepted so that the head-start Blanding’s turtles can be outfitted with radio trackers that enable biologists to keep data on this threatened species. For questions, please contact Susan Erickson at


Here’s the scoop… Anytime in April, stop by the Concord location of Bedford Farms Ice Cream. Tell the server that you would like to purchase a “Concord School Gift Card” (or cards) and place a monetary amount on the card. Use the gift card to purchase any item — ice cream, cakes, pies, t-shirts, etc. The gift card does not expire and may be used anytime. You can reload your gift card or purchase additional cards at any time throughout the month of April and it will count toward the donation. At the end of April, Bedford Farms will give 20% of the total amount placed onto the cards back to the Concord schools! This will be split equally amongst Alcott, Thoreau, Willard, CMS and CCHS. This is a great opportunity to think ahead and load up for the summer months while benefiting the Concord school system. Use this chance to purchase small tokens of appreciation for coaches, birthdays, and babysitters, or whoever might deserve a tasty treat. Where: Bedford Farms,68 Thoreau St, Concord; When: 4/1/11 – 4/30/11; Concord Store Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11am – 9pm, Sunday: 12pm – 9pm


Thoreau School is holding its Spring food drive now. All food donations will be given to Concord’s food pantry, Open Table. Open Table feeds over 200 guests each week and gives each family a bag of groceries to bring home. We would like to ask Thoreau School families to please contribute non-perishable foods. All non-perishable foods are welcome, but the “most wanted” items are: spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, coffee/tea/hot chocolate mix, cereal, tuna fish/canned stews/soups, jelly, children’s snacks for school (juice boxes, pretzels, fruit cups, etc.), condiments (ketchup, mustard, cooking oil) and all other non-perishable food items. Please: NO CANDY! Our food drive will run through Friday, April 15. There will be a box in front of the library for your children to bring their items in. Thank you very much for your generosity!
Amy Hoey, Open Table Chairman


Tuesday, April 12 is the next late bus Family Friends Tuesday. Please remember that for playdates each family (Concord and Boston) should send a signed, dated note to the school office at the beginning of school on the Tuesday of the late bus. The notes should include the plans for the afternoon and the names and telephone numbers of both families. Boston children can ride Concord children’s bus with a note granting permission. To catch the late bus, please have students at the Alcott School playground by 4:20 p.m. for the 4:30 bus to Boston.
-Your Thoreau Family Friends Team: Gretchen Nelson, Laurine Verrilli, Meg Alexander


Have you wondered what happened to a lunch box? A brown booster seat? Please have your child check the Lost and Found bins in the cafeteria before April vacation. Or, if you have a chance to be in the building, head over to the cafeteria to inspect the large piles of snow pants, boots, mittens and gloves, jackets, sweaters, fleeces, hats and scarves. Unclaimed items will be laundered and donated to charity or given to Mrs. Richards to replenish her supply of back-up clothing.


One of the nicest gifts you can give your children is the gift of education and enrichment. If you have not yet sent in your donation, please donate to the Thoreau Annual Appeal. You can send a check to the Thoreau PTG or go to and use PayPal. Thank you to the following families for their donations this past week: Adourian, Aghajanian, Berkay, Capofreddi, Dong, Gordy, Hubbard-Nelson, Hu, Jones, Li, Martel, Nelson, O’sullivan, Sousa, Sprague, Swartwood, Travias, Verilli, Wright
-Natalie Gekle and Maria Scichilone, Fundraising Co-chairs


The PTG is looking for a co-editor of Thoreau Announcements for the next school year. Responsibilities include collecting and editing submissions, and posting the Announcements on the PTG WordPress site for email distribution. Currently co-editors alternate months, and the job takes about 2-3 hours per “on” week. For more information, contact Laurie Garrison ( or Anne Mullaney (


Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Thoreau Parent Teacher Group (PTG)? Consider a PTG Board position. Positions open for the 2011-2012 school year are: Second Grade Representative, Kindergarten Representative, 2 Co-Fundraising Chair positions, Treasurer, Vice-President, and a Co-President position. If you want to learn a little more about the positions check out the PTG By-laws and the PTG Volunteer Booklet on Please note that the volunteer booklet is in the process of being updated, so there are some changes to the job descriptions. If you are interested in learning more about the board positions, please e-mail or call Melanie Bettencourt, Co-President. (, 978-369-7124). Another way to get actively involved with the PTG is to participate or chair a PTG activity or event. Keep your eye out for open PTG Committee Chair positions for the 2011-2012 school year.


The Fifth Annual Thoreau School Road Race is Sunday, May 15. The Kids’ Fun Runs start at 11 am, followed by the 5K at noon. A family BBQ picnic, games and award ceremony will be held after the race. Mark your calendars and join us for all the fun! Registration is available online at To volunteer on race day, please email


May 9             Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 11           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 12           Gr. 4 Math
May 13           Gr. 4 Math
May 18           Gr. 5 Science
May 19           Gr. 5 Science

LUNCH MENU Week of April 4 – April 8

Monday: Chicken Nuggets
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Thursday: Professional day (no school, grades K-5)
Friday: Stuffed Crust Pizza


Concord Chamber Music Society Family Concert

This Sunday afternoon, April 3 at 2:00, the Concord Chamber Music Society will present a Family Concert featuring the Sail Away Ladies, a contemporary acoustic trio, performing a program of traditional American folk music, fiddle tunes and dances. This will be an interactive event that will inspire audience members to sing along, pipe in with observations and questions, and there may even be a “sit-down” square dance added into the mix. There will be an opportunity to meet with the musicians and admission to the concert includes free access to the Emerson Umbrella’s Open Studios, so concert goers can view the work of the talented artists-in-residence and the group exhibition. Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord. Tickets: $15; children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by an adult. For information, call (978)371-9667 or visit

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

Buy your tickets now for the Concord Middle School Spring Musical. Performances will be held on April 8, 9, 10 and 12. All tickets are $10.00 and all seats will be pre-assigned on a first come, first served basis according to U.S. postmark on ticket order form envelope. All shows are expected to sell out; it is unlikely that any tickets will be sold at the door. Print your ticket order form at Enclose the form, along with your check payable to CMS and mail it via U.S. Postal Service to Suzy Symons, 17 Central Street, Concord 01742. All tickets for all shows will be held at the door and may be picked up ½ hour prior to performance time. See you at the show!

Girlpower Summer 2011

Girlpower is a unique program that encourages and supports girls in middle school as they define themselves and develop confidence in their emerging identity. The wellness and fitness activities include yoga, journaling, pilates, creative cuisine, skin care, expressive dance, African drumming, fashion sense and body image, art, nature hikes, organic gardening, and talk about becoming a teen. Girls discover new friends and continue to discover themselves, in a nurturing environment. Girlpower is a Community Education program that is conducted by Susanne Liebich and guest instructors. The program meets Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, based at the Ripley School. Lunches and materials included in $500 fee for the week. Grade levels noted are as of next September.

  • Girlpower 1: July 11-15, for grades 5-7
  • Girlpower 2: July 18-22, for grades 5-7
  • Girlpower 3: July 25-29, for grades 6-9

For more information call (978) 318-1432 or visit Community Education programs are a community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be edited by Anne Mullaney. To submit an item, email You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submissions should be brief, with minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please! Deadline: 9 pm Monday, April 4, 2011.