May 1, 2014


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Get ready to run Sunday, May 18 at the Thoreau School 8th 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 fun food, games, bouncy house, awards ceremony and more!  Spread the word and bring friends!  All events take place at and around The Thoreau School.  Register online TODAY at

To volunteer, contact Jill Yates at or Mitzi Johnson at  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.


  • 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
  • May 21          PARCC MAth, Grade 5 (Mrs. Hoyt/Mr. Lemaire)
  • May 22          PARCC Math, Grade 5 (Mrs. Hoyt/Mr. Lemaire)


  • Monday, May 5                     Hotdog on Wheat Bun
  • Tuesday, May 6                    No Lunch – Early Release
  • Wednesday, May 7             Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday, May 8                  Fiesta Nachos
  • Friday, May 9                         Max Pizza Sticks with Marinara Sauce


Grades 1-5 Are Invited for an Afternoon to Play Chess!

Come play chess on Sunday, May 4 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Concord Scout House. To sign up, e-mail with the name and grade of the participant. Jillian O’Neil is a CMS 8th grader, and this is for her Girl Scout Silver Project, so come out and support her!

Concord Board of Health Meeting Information about Article 4

The Concord Board of Health is proposing Article 4 at Special Town meeting.  The Board of Health’s Article proposes raising the age from 18 (per the existing town by law) to 21 to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products.  In addition, the Board of Health is proposing to prohibit the sale of single, inexpensive cigars and blunt wraps, and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where smoking is prohibited under state law.

Studies show that 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age.  Preventing youth access to tobacco and nicotine delivery products (e-cigarettes, candy and similar) is key to making the next generation tobacco-free.  Article 4 on the Special Town Meeting warrant will be considered during Town Meeting on Monday, May 5.  The Board of Health would like parents to be aware of this Town Meeting issue; for more information on this and on the Board’s on-going efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco please see:

Program at the Concord Free Public Library

Eagle Bear, a member of the Apache Tribe from Colorado, will give a program of music, song and dance at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm.  Eagle Bear is one of the Southwest Dancers whose purpose is to spread the culture of the Native Peoples.  The program is for children age 6 years and up and is being sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Drop-In Family Art Days

Thanks to the generosity of the Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, and Maynard Cultural Councils, The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA, is inviting families to engage in art-making activities designed and taught by our instructors during Free Drop-in Family Days. The projects use a variety of art materials, mediums, and professional artists’ tools, incorporate seasonal themes such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and are intended for all ages to enjoy. Art projects are designed to take 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and families can drop in any time between1:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Each Drop-in Day ends at 4 PM. All Free Drop-in Family Days are scheduled to take place at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, which is located at 40 Stow Street in Concord, MA. Visit

Upcoming Free Drop-in Family Days are scheduled for Saturday, May 10 and Saturday, June 14.

Study of Socially Anxious Youth

Researchers at Harvard University are seeking socially anxious youth ages 8-14 and their parents to participate in a single-session study. The primary goals of our study are to further research on best practices for alleviating child anxiety symptoms, and promote child emotional and behavioral health outcomes. During the visit to our lab in Cambridge, child participants will also have the opportunity to learn emotion and coping skills.

Together, eligible parents and children will receive up to $80 for their participation. Parents who are interested can reach us by phone at (617) 520-4608 or email at We have availability over Summer break and can book those time slots for families in advance.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: Math Resources for Parents: The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 8, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, May 5, 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