March 31, 2016


Fundraising Update:

Our Annual Appeal is wrapping up and we are trying to get 100% participation!  Please consider donating to help fund PTG sponsored activities, enrichment activities for our students, classroom stipends, etc.  This year, the PTG helped fund transportation for several field trips, seed money to begin a school “store,” and supplies for the BOKS program.  Go to:  to donate now!

Also, consider participating in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser by going to:  LINK TO THOREAU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTG SHOPPING PAGE.

Volunteers Needed: 

Kindergarten Registration, Tuesday April 5th.  The PTG assists with registration check-ins, answering questions, and giving tours. We need 2-3 volunteers to help out from 12:30-2:30. If you would like to help out, email Deb Antonangeli at Thank you!

2016-2017 Classroom Placement:

In April, the process of creating classes for the 2016-2017 school year will begin. Principal Charles has invited any parent/guardian who wishes to share information with the Thoreau placement team to do so, in writing, no later than Monday, April 25, 2016.  Letters should be sent to the main office and should include specific information related to your child such as areas of concern for learning or observations of the type of classroom environment you feel would best suit your child’s needs.  Requests for specific teachers should not be made and such requests are not honored.

PARCC Assessment Dates:

Principal Charles released PARCC assessment dates and information in her March newsletter:  The Thoreau-specific  PARCC schedule for Spring 2016 can be found here: The homeroom teacher’s initials indicate which class is testing on a particular day.


Monday, April 4th – Thoreau Composts

Wednesday, April 6th – Principal Coffee, 9:30am Main Office (Topic: School Improvement Plan); Thoreau Composts

Thursday, April 7th – No School (Professional Day K-5; Conferences)

Friday, April 8th – Thoreau Composts

Saturday, April 9th – Spelling Bee (grades 3-5)

Monday, April 11th – Thoreau Composts

Tuesday, April 12th  – Book Character Parade, 11:30am; and School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm Ripley

Wednesday, April 13th – Thoreau Composts

Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 – No School, Spring Break

Trish & Betsy


Thoreau’ly Green is preparing several school activities in anticipation of Earth Day (April 22):

  1. An all-school assembly on Monday, April 4, will feature an environmental video (starring Thoreau students) as well as CCHS science teacher Peter Nichol and students; they will host an interactive activity to educate about composting. We will close with an all-school song led by Mrs. Swain. Be sure to wear Thoreau gear, or green and blue, or anything “earth-themed”!
  2. Following the assembly, Thoreau will hold a 5-Day Compost Challenge in the cafeteria.  During lunch shifts on April 4, 6, 8, 11, and 13, students will use knowledge from the assembly to better sort and compost lunch waste.  We’ll observe the impact of compost and better recycling practices (aiming to reduce trash!).  We need parent help with this important project – for more information and to volunteer, please visit the PALS wiki:
  3. Mustketaquid Arts will again hold a three-session workshop to create different earth-related crafts (perfect for carrying in Concord’s Earth Day parade on April 30!).  For details and to sign up, see the PTG After-school activities page.

**Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Garden and Grounds “Clean Up/Green Up”, a school-wide event where we will participate in clean-up, beautifying and educational projects on Thoreau grounds.


There are only two weeks left until the Book Character Parade! Everyone is hard at work on masks, simple costumes and props to represent a favorite book character. Families are invited to watch the parade as it moves through the school on Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 11:30 A.M. Check next week’s Thursday Announcements for more information, or talk to Karen or Cathy in the Library.


The spelling bee is just over 1 week away!  Sign up your 3rd grade and 4th grade teams, or your 5th grader for the April 9 event.  Third and 4th graders participate in teams of 2-3 (which they are responsible for forming), and 5th graders compete individually.  For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees.  The start times will be as follows:  3rd graders at 2:00 pm; 4th graders at 3:30; and 5th graders at 4:45.  If your child is interested, please contact April Robb at or 978-369-2434 for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.


Did you know the PTG just approved a $500 grant to Mrs. Hoyt’s 5th Grade class to start a mobile school store?  This store will help the children learn how to inventory items, count money, and pay off a loan. This is only one great way the PTG is able to supplement funds in order to create a hands-on learning experience in conjunction with what students are learning in their curriculum.  Please support our children’s learning experience and donate now to allow us to continue funding these great programs!  Go to:  to donate now!


We are so excited to announce that our Moms’ Night Out is right around the corner on May 4 at 7pm!  This free event is a great opportunity to celebrate spring while catching up with friends and making new ones.  BYOB.  Light food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Sponsored by the PTG and planned by the Social Committee. Please mark your calendar and sign up here:  Access Code: Thoreau


Our second BOKS session is underway and we are thrilled to see our BOKS Kids and Trainers back in action.  We have an amazing team and would like to thank Nikki Morrissey, Karen deBlonk, Julia Elliott, Diane Grace, Carly Manion and Pam Miller for bringing so much fun and inspiration to this program.  If you are interested in learning more about BOKS or volunteering, please contact Adrienne at BOKS Rocks!


April School Lunch Menu:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


Annual CCHS Boys Lacrosse Spring Clean Up 

On Saturday, April 9, CCHS Boys Lacrosse players will rake, haul, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle.  Only $15 per player, per hour and all proceeds go to the CCHS Boys Lacrosse program.  Work crews run from 9 am – 1 pm, with a minimum of 2 players.  This is our only fundraiser and it sells out quickly, so reserve your crew today!

Third Grade Book Eaters at the Concord Free Public Library

April Fools! Let’s Talk about Books that Make You Laugh! April 13 at 4pm. Show & Tell: Bring a favorite funny book to share.  Activity: Make a funny video!  No Registration Required. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, (978)318-3358,

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on April 7, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, April 4, 2016. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to