May 12, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


Thank you so much to Hilary Boynton, Meg Wright, Pamela Hathaway and Kids Eat Smart for organizing the May monthly staff breakfast, and to all the parents who contributed the yummy and healthy breakfast goodies!  The Road Race is finally here!  The fun kicks-off with the Kids’ Fun Runs at 11am, and then the 5K at noon.  It’s not too late to register at . We hope you can make it on Sunday to run, walk, cheer, or just enjoy the festivities and good food with friends and family at the BBQ picnic. We also hope you can make it to the next CCHS Building Project Community Forum, hosted by the School Committee, on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm.  It’s a great opportunity to tour the high school and see the conditions for yourself, as well as learn more about this very important project that will have a great impact on our kids.  You can also check out  for more information, and support the project by visiting  Please keep yourself informed as there will be both a special town meeting and a ballot vote at the polls coming up in the fall to approve this project.  Have a great weekend!

 Karen & Melanie

May 10       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
Please be mindful of these dates and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

Requests may be submitted by teachers, members of the Thoreau administration, and/or parents. The item(s) requested must provide a long-term benefit for the whole school or across an entire grade level, and are not a recurring cost after the initial grant. Please include all details pertaining to the benefits and the costs in your proposal, and submit it, in writing, to Karen Brown:, Melanie Bettencourt:, and Leanne Winkler: by Friday, May 20, 2011. You may also put them in an envelope labeled “Capital Request” and place them in the PTG mailbox. Thank you very much!
Karen & Melanie, PTG Co-presidents


We would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraisers to help the people of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The Thoreau School community raised an amazing $9,390.57 for relief efforts. This truly shows how much Thoreau CARES. Arigatou gozaimasu!

Many thanks again,  Beth Murphy, Susan Erickson, and Karen Pettyjohn


Thank you to the following families for their donations for the Annual Appeal:  Aley, Chiu, Sharakan, Stone, Derosa, Secunda, Keaton, Marciante,  Johnson, Cogen/Pace, Gustafson and Mara.

Natalie Gekle and Maria Scichilone, Fundraising Co-chairs

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Thoreau Road Race coming up this Sunday, May 15th!  The Kids Fun Runs start at 11am and the 5K starts at noon.  Register at OR in person at Marx Running on 423 Great Rd in Acton (  You may also register on race day from 9:30 to 11:00am.  Free t-shirts to the first 300 who register!


Tuesday, May 17 is our next late bus Family Friends Tuesday!

Please remember that for play dates 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 from Boston parents 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


As the school year starts to wind down, consider giving a gift book to the library in honor of your teacher or your child’s school year.  Stop by the library and check out the great assortment of books available for giving.  Contact Laurie Garrison at for more information.

LUNCH MENU Week of May 16 – May 20
Monday: Mozzarella Sticks
Tuesday: Early release
Wednesday: Cheese Quesadilla
Thursday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger
Friday: Sorrento’s Pizza


If you would like to assist your child’s teacher and class as a room parent for the coming year, please complete the form below.  Assignments will be made in the order in which they are received, with 2 people assigned per class (3 for grade 5).  You will hear more details after class lists are distributed, before the start of school.

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.

Additional questions??  Please call Jennifer Johnson at 978-371-0770 / email at or Margaret Ferren at 978-369-5513/email

Below, please give the information about the class in which you would like to be a room parent.  If you have children in different grades or twins in different classrooms, please indicate First and Second choice in order of preference.  Please circle YES or NO here to indicate whether you are willing to serve both classes.


US MAIL the completed form (hard copy, not e-mail) to Jennifer Johnson, 39 Edgewood Road, Concord, MA 01742.  If you have any questions, please call me at 978-371-0770 or at

First Choice:
Child’s Name _________________________________

Your Name ___________________________________  Grade: ________

Phone: work:___________________ home:_____________________  


Second Choice:
Child’s Name _________________________________

Your Name ___________________________________  Grade: _________

Phone: work:___________________ home:_____________________



PMC Concord Kids Ride-  Countdown to the Ride!

We are in the final 5 weeks of Registration for the PMC Concord Kids Rides.  This week we are trying to create awareness about the ride so look for posters and people handing out reminders to register for the ride.  If you haven’t already registered please go to and register for the ride.  If you can’t ride then sponsor a friend or sibling with any donation.  All donations are appreciated.  The ride is a fun and healthy family event.  Please join us on June 12th for this great cause.

Concord Carousel Accepting Applications

Concord Carousel Preschool is currently accepting applications for Fall 2011. A limited number of openings are still available for residents of Concord and the surrounding towns. Carousel is located in four sunny classrooms in the newly renovated Harvey Wheeler Building at 1276 Main street in West Concord.

Owned and operated by Concord Recreation, Concord Carousel Preschool is a half day preschool program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC) and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). We offer a small, creative learning environment for children ages 2 years 9 months – 5 years. Concord Carousel operates 2, 3, and 4 day programs (based on age) from 9:15 – Noon. Optional extended days are available. Our developmental curriculum is designed to promote physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth by presenting challenges and engaging children in meaningful activities. Our classrooms are rich in materials and activity areas that support hands on, constructive explorations. Our child centered curriculum is designed to nurture and promote children’s self esteem, confidence, sense of wonder and natural passion for learning.

If you are interested in learning more about our program or would like to visit, please call Anita Hill at 978-318-3045 or email at

Opening Ceremony for the Ripley Baseball Field, May 21
After years of planning, countless hours of fund raising, and two seasons of construction, all of the hard work put into building a premier baseball diamond in Concord has come to fruition. On Saturday, May 21, the Ripley Baseball Field will be officially opened. The Friends of Concord Carlisle Fields and Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball would like to invite you to the festivities. The field is a beautiful state-of-the-art 60-foot baseball diamond that has bullpens, grand stands, foul poles, dugouts, and a spectacular new digital scoreboard. We are planning a family event for that day that will feature two Majors baseball games and a dedication ceremony happening in between the games. Our first game will begin at 9:00am and feature The Allied Paving Team versus the Acton Toyota Orange Team. Upon the completion of Game 1, (at approximately 10:30am) we will have a brief ceremony to thank all of the people who made the field a reality. Following the ceremony, we’ll kick off the second game of the morning which will be The Flatley Fence Gold Team versus The Nelson Construction Team. During both games there will be food available and skills drills for kids of all ages in the batting cages and adjoining soccer fields. CCYB is excited to have the skills drills run by CCHS Varsity Coach John Kelly and members of the varsity baseball team. Please come for the whole morning, or just stop by for the dedication. It will be an exciting day for youth baseball and a proud day for our community.
Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball
The Friends of Concord Carlisle Fields

A Day of Family Fun: The Willard Carnival

Sunday June 5, Noon – 4 p.m.

The Willard Carnival has something for everyone. Students, parents, and friends of all ages are welcome to join this day of fun. Held on the beautiful grounds of the Willard School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord, the festival features Carnival games, crafts, food, music, entertainment, a raffle and much more. This year, there will be a number of exciting games, booths and activities, including the ever-popular Cake Walk. The Silent Auction is a great opportunity to bid on Red Sox tickets, golf and spa certificates, a sunset cruise in Boston and much more. All proceeds from The Willard Carnival benefit the Willard PTG, making the day a truly rewarding celebration. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 19. It will be edited by Laurie Garrison.

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 Deadline: 9 pm Monday, May 16, 2011. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.