May 10, 2012


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It’s that time of year when we want to celebrate our wonderful staff at Thoreau School with a special luncheon on Tuesday, June 12 at 12:30pm, graciously hosted by the Siefer Family.  We need your help to put on a fabulous luncheon and to make sure that everyone has a good time with plenty to eat and drink.  Most importantly, we want our staff to know how much they are appreciated! We will need volunteers to help set up, serve, replenish food, and clean up! Please click here to help or contribute: Many thanks! –Margaret Cho McMorrow and Erin Duggan


If you would like to assist your child’s teacher and class as a room parent for the coming year, please complete the form at Assignments will be made in the order in which they are received, beginning Tuesday, May 8. Two people are assigned per class (three for 5th grade). You will hear more details after class lists are distributed, before the start of school. Please fill out one form per family only! If you have an incoming Kindergartner next year, and would like to help, be sure to fill out this form as well. The room parents are expected to help the teacher with anything that she/he deems necessary. This may include scheduling parent helpers, making plans to help with parties, field trips, etc. Also, each room parent is responsible for assisting the PTG with certain events or fundraisers. In addition, you may be called upon by the PTG to assist the PTG by informing your assigned class of pertinent events.


Get ready to RUN! The Sixth Annual Thoreau School Road Race is Sunday, May 20. Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 mile and 1 mile) start at 11am; the 5K follows at noon. A family BBQ picnic and award ceremony will be held after the race. Mark your calendar and join us for a fun challenge for the whole family! For more information and to register, go to


Here’s the scoop… Anytime until May 13, 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. Bedford Farms will give 20% of the total amount placed onto the cards back to the Concord schools! This will be split equally among the Concord schools PTGs. 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; Store hours: 12pm – 9pm.


Please be mindful of the below dates, and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

  • Monday, May 14: Science and Technology, grade 5
  • Tuesday, May 15: Science and Technology, grade 5

LUNCH MENU Week of May 14-18

  • Monday: Mac and Cheese
  • Tuesday: Beefy Nachos
  • Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Thursday: Bean & Cheese Burritos
  • Friday: Personal Pizza

Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden,


Middle School PTG Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome 5th grade families! The Concord Middle School PTG extends a warm welcome to new and returning incoming 6th grade families. Volunteering is a great way to get to know other parents and feel more connected to our middle school community. Please consider getting involved. A few of the volunteer opportunities available for next year include the following jobs and committee chair positions:

  • 6th Grade Class Representatives (plan 2 social activities for students and 2 for parents.)
  • 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper Coordinators (Organize catered spaghetti supper for 6th grade families and student dance on same January evening.)
  • Book Fair co-chairs (Liaise with Scholastic books and coordinate volunteers for fall week-long used and new book sale.)
  • Metco Family Coordinator (Act as the liaison between Concord and Metco program families; plan 1-2 social events.)
  • Music Program Chairs (Assist the teacher in planning programs and intermission refreshments for the chorus, band, orchestra, or theater.)
  • Garden committee Coordinator (Spruce up the entrances to each building and keep them looking beautiful in fall & spring.)
  • Picture Day Coordinator (Help usher students and assist photographers on site.)
  • Professional Day Luncheon (Coordinate a catered lunch for teachers in at the school in late August.)
  • Daily Announcements Editor (Edit incoming listings and email the CMS updates to CMS families.)
  • Spirit Wear Coordinator (Work with established team to select, order, and fulfill orders for CMS clothing and other choice items.)

Many of these positions require a modest time commitment and no prior experience or expertise. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Chris French at or call her at (978) 369-6538.

Little Women: 2-for-1 Tickets

The Concord Players are offering 2-for-1 seats for students for the Saturday matinee performances of their 8th decennial production of Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott’s book and adapted for the stage by David Fielding Smith at May 12 at 2 pm. Regular price tickets are $19. Call 978-369-2990 to reserve or purchase at the door. (NOT available for online purchase.) Information: ; 978-369-2990.

Concord Conservatory of Music Open House

Whether you are looking for a parent-child musical experience, group classes or private instruction, CCM offers something for you. Parents and children are invited to an Open House on Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet the CCM faculty, learn about the extensive programs available for children 6 months through adults. Instruments will be available for students to try. The event will include introductions to the beginner Suzuki violin and cello program, as well as to the piano, guitar, traditional violin, viola, cello and voice programs. Summer and Fall semester registration is currently underway. For more information about the Open House, and about The Concord Conservatory, please visit, or call 978-369-0010.

Youth Track Clinic

Does your child like to run? Is he or she fast? Can he or she throw or jump far? The Recreation Department offers a short, fun, experiential, introductory youth track clinic for children born 1998-2003. Events include four different individual running distances based on one’s age group, the standing broad jump, a softball throw, and the 4 x 100 relay. The clinic includes a scrimmage and concludes with a meet with surrounding towns. Held on three Fridays, 3:45 – 5:15, at the Emerson Playground track, with the scrimmage on Tues. June 5 and the meet in the evening of Thursday, June 14 at Nashoba Reg. HS. Starts Friday, May 25. Register in person at the Hunt Gym or by calling 369-6460.

5th Annual PMC Kids Ride Concord Registration Open Now.

Join the Fight to Conquer Cancer. The PMC Concord Kids Ride will take place on Sunday, June 10, 8:30-noon at Middlesex School in Concord. This is the 5th year of the ride and we hope to break a record with at least 500 kids riding. Kids ages 5-15 from Concord, Carlisle, Sudbury, Acton, and Lincoln are encouraged to sign up to ride for 1, 5, 10 or 15 miles. Ride to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kids under the age of 5 can take part in the Kids Junior Ride as well, so bring the whole family. The morning includes lots of festivities, food and of course the ride. For more information, to register to ride or volunteer online go to

GirlPower: A Positive Growth Experience for Girls 10 to 14

Be inspired. Try something new. Discover your unique strengths, and empower yourself in a nurturing and non-competitive setting and have the freedom to try new things while feeling safe, nurtured and supported. Three one-week sessions meet at CCHS, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM daily. July 9-13; July 16-20; and July 23-27. Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Schools, Adult and Community Education. Fee is $525 and includes lunch sponsored by Whole Foods, snacks, professional instruction and materials. To register, contact Concord Adult and Community Education at 978-318-1432 or visit www.ace.colonial .net (keyword Girlpower); for questions, email

Basketball Clinic for Girls

Joe Bodenrader, the Girls Varsity Basketball coach at CCHS, will be running a basketball clinic for girls entering grades 3 – 9 this summer. The clinic will take place at CCHS from August 6-10 and will run from 9 AM to 3 PM each day. Sign up through the Concord Recreation Department.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 17, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, May 14, 2012.
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 You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.