May 12, 2016


Volunteers Needed:  The PTG is already looking ahead to next year. We are specifically looking for the following roles:

  • Thoreau Announcements Editors
  • After School Activity Coordinators
  • Minecraft Coordinators
  • Secretary
  • Geography Quest Coordinators
  • Gift Book Coordinator

We also have positions working on our many committees. If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community we will find an opportunity for you!  Our goal is to create an inclusive PTG that represents all grade levels, working parents, stay at home parents, moms and dads. Everyone is welcome! Check out the sign-up This list will change as we continue to speak with our current PTG team. Check back often or contact Betsy Martel or Deb Antonangeli if you are interested in getting involved.

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.

Honoring Mr. Lemaire

Long time Thoreau Elementary teacher Bob Lemaire is leaving his full time classroom position at the end of this school year.  The Thoreau PTG is collecting letters to Mr. Lemaire from former students and families to honor his near 50 years of dedication to the Thoreau School. We are inviting anyone interested to participate. Please write an email or letter or draw a picture that highlights the theme “What Mr. Lemaire Taught Me.”  Favorite memories and/or photographs are also welcome. We will print out emails and combine them with the letters/pictures/photographs to create box full of memories for Mr. Lemaire.  Send emails to and mail to Thoreau School PTG, 29 Prairie St., Concord, MA 01742.  Items can also be dropped off at the Thoreau School office. All items need to reach the Thoreau School by Friday June 10th.  Please spread the word!  We would love for this gift to encompass as many past students and families as possible.

Save the Date:

Friday, May 13 – Thoreau Pride Day, Please send your child to school wearing a Thoreau Road Race or Thoreau School apparel, or Thoreau School Colors (navy and white)

Sunday, May 15 — Thoreau Road Race

Wednesday, May 18 – School Committee Coffee, 12pm, Ripley Conference Room; Presentation by Dr. Stuart Ablon, “Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach”, 7pm, Alcott Elementary School*details below

Tuesday, May 24 – Joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Ripley

Trish and Betsy


Rain or shine the Thoreau School 10th Annual Road Race is this Sunday, May 15.  Pre-registration ends Thursday so get a head start and avoid lines and extra costs.  Go to:

(Race-day registration opens Sunday at 10:00 am)

Spread the word and bring family and friends to have fun and raise money for our school with the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by food, bouncy house, awards and more. Come walk, run, jog or stroll with us!

11:00 am – 5 K run

12:00 pm – 1 mile run 6+

12:30 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Julie Miller  or Mitzi Johnson  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.

Mitzi Johnson and Julie Miller, Road Race Co-chairs


The classroom contest for the Box Tops for Education program has been quietly under way all year long.  We are now entering the final few weeks of the contest, so now is the time to get any clips you’ve been saving up into the collection bin just inside the main entrance of the school.  Put your clipped Box Tops and bonus Box Tops certificates into a small plastic bag and place a slip of paper inside the bag with your child’s teacher’s name on it.  Please get all bags into the collection bin before the end of the school day on Friday, May 27. No need to count them or check the expiration dates – we’ll do that part.  All submissions will be credited to the classrooms you specify and the class from each grade with the most clips will win a prize at the end of the year!  Good luck to all! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


Join us Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm in the Alcott School Library to learn about practical ideas for parents to incorporate mindfulness into their children’s lives.  Simple and powerful solutions for raising creating and engaged happy kids.  This free workshop will explore the since and application of mindfulness practices so you can help your child to sleep better, reduce anxiety, obtain better focus, build confidence, and have self-awareness.  Please e-mail or with any questions.


May School Lunch Menu:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


Concord Youth Theatre — Robin Hood

Concord Youth Theatre’s Mainstage Company will be performing Robin Hood, a re-telling of one of the most classic tales known. Robin and his band of “Merry Men” take the stage to rob from the rich and give to the poor May 13-15, 20-22, 2016 (Fri-Sat, 7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 2:30pm).  Performances take place at Concord Youth Theatre’s, 358 Baker Avenue black box theater in Concord. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Community Forum: The Rising Opioid Epidemic in Our Community

Emerson Hospital, in collaboration with the Town of Concord and area schools, law enforcement and youth services invites you to a Community Forum:  The Rising Opioid Epidemic in Our Community – an evening of Prevention, Collaboration and Education.  Join us at the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium on Monday, May 16, 6:00-9:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm) to learn how prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction affects all members of our community; the facts about the disease of addiction, trends in our community, options for treatment and the realities of recovery; and how community prevention is a vital component of the solution.  This event is free and open to all – no reservations are required.  For more information, please email

Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Please join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 7PM at the Alcott Elementary School in Concord to hear Dr. Stuart Ablon on the topic of “Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach“. Thank you to the three CPS Elementary PTGs for underwriting the cost of this workshop — we truly appreciate this collaboration!

About this presentation:  There are more than 12 million children in this country with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Many are treated ineffectively simply because their challenges are poorly misunderstood. Unfortunately, these kids are often considered manipulative, unmotivated and disrespectful. Dr. Stuart Ablon at Think:Kids has a different view. Dr. Ablon teaches a revolutionary, evidence-based approach called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to help kids with behavioral challenges. Dr. Ablon and his colleagues believe these children lack the skill – not the will – to behave appropriately. The Collaborative Problem Solving approach focuses on building helping relationships while developing problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance skills.  Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think: Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approachand author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena.  PRE-REGISTER AT THE FOLLOWING SITE (or email us at   

Emerson Hospital’s Run~Walk for Cancer

In only 3 weeks, Emerson Hospital will host its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord!!  We hope that you will join your many friends and neighbors in their support of Emerson’s cancer patients at this fun, family friendly event on Saturday, June 4.  In addition to the run and walk, activities include swimming, tie dye, bounce house, field games, food, music and more!  Visit to register, volunteer or donate today!

Library Book Sale

Saturday, June 4 is the date of the annual Book Sale on the Library lawn. Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, LPs (yes, old records), for sale at very reasonable prices. Stock up for all your summer reading, or think ahead to birthday and holiday giving! Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Library. Friends support the library by supplying museum passes, children’s programming, poetry and music series, and more. The sale is from 10-3.

May News From the Concord Public School Lunch Program

The Harvest of the Month for MAY is SEEDS and SEEDLING Month. You may be wondering how we can possibly source local seeds for our meal program. There aren’t a lot of culinary seeds grown in this area and seedlings are meant for planting, not eating. For that reason, we encourage you to think about this month as a time to educate students about growing food and all the different kinds of plants that are part of a healthy diet. As the growing season begins, help students get excited for the delicious foods that will be coming as the weather warms.  The following items are included in our cafeteria salads. Students may be surprised to learn which part of the plant they are eating! Students may not realize they are eating the roots, stems or flowers of the plant.

  • Flower – Broccoli
  • Fruit – Apples
  • Leaf – Romaine Lettuce
  • Root – Carrots
  • Seed – Peas
  • Stem – Celery

The Harvest of the Month for JUNE is STRAWBERRIES! With help from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, our school cafeteria will include produce from local farms throughout this school year. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit

Concord Conservatory of Music to Offer Summer Chorus Camp

Do you love to sing? If the answer is yes, we’ve got an exciting week planned for you! The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to offer a one-week singing camp, The Summer Chorus Camp, for kids entering grades 1-8. The camp will run from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., here at CCM, 1317 Main Street, West Concord. The cost is $385. You’ll join other local kids who enjoy singing. Learn about vocal technique, musicianship, and stage presence through group rehearsals, games, and musical activities. No prior experience is needed—all students entering grades 1-8 are welcome! You’ll sing a variety of musical styles, including contemporary hits, world music, and Broadway show tunes.  Learn rounds and canons, harmony, solfege, rhythm symbols, and you’ll even master some choral hand signals!  Singers will be placed into three groups: grades 1-2 (Junior Chorus), grades 3-5 (Treble Chorus), and Grades 6-8 (Mixed Chorus). Visit for more information and to register. Summer songs are the best songs!  Financial assistance is available.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 19, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, May 16, 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