May 15, 2014


Everyone is welcome to our penultimate PTG meeting of the year, tomorrow, May 16 at a new time:  10AM!!  Meeting will be in the cafeteria.  Come to speak, to listen, to snack.  Children welcome.  Anyone who cannot attend but who has comments on any of the agenda items listed in Wednesday’s blast, please contact us!


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Register online NOW for the Thoreau School 8th Annual Road Race, Sunday, May 18.  Go to to pre-register to save on the registration fee and avoid race-day lines. We have made some exciting changes to this year’s race to make the Kids’ Fun Runs more fun than ever with a run prefect for every age.  See details below:

  • 11:00 am 5K RUN – For serious runners and joggers alike, young and old, all are welcome!  This race is timed and awards will be given.

Kids’ Fun Runs:

  • 12:00 pm HALF MILE (ages 5 and under) is now un-timed and all kids get a prize for crossing the Finish Line. Parents are welcome to run too.
  • 12:15 pm ONE MILE RACE – FIRST HEAT ages 10, 11, 12.  This race will be timed and awards will be given to the top three racers in their age division.
  • 12:30 pm ONE MILE RACE – SECOND HEAT ages 6, 7, 8, 9.  This race will be timed and awards will be given to the top three racers in their age division.

Then join us for 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.  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.


The Road Race is the biggest community-wide event that Thoreau PTG hosts and it can’t be done without you.  It’s not too late to get involved and help out race day, Sunday, May 18.  To volunteer, contact Jill Yates at or Mitzi Johnson at


Looking for an easy crepe recipe?  Norwegian waffles? Bistro-style short ribs or gluten-free apple crisp?  The first-ever Thoreau Friendship Cookbook is brimming with over 60 lip-smacking, kid-pleasing and family-friendly recipes.  This culinary collection is destined to become your go-to companion in the kitchen.  Make sure to get one for yourself and give some as gifts.  Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and souvenirs.  Only $15 each with an e-book version free!  Cookbooks will be sent home with children upon payment.   Each order helps support PTG events and enrichment programs that benefit our entire Thoreau community.  Order Today at via PayPal or print out the form located on the website if you prefer to mail a check.

Below is the order form for the cookbook.  Ebooks are included with your order. Please complete and return in your child’s folder, including a check payable to THOREAU PTG.

Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you! –Thoreau Cookbook Committee


We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the incredible opportunity to learn a musical instrument during the school day next year as a 4th or 5th grader!  All the information you need about band in Concord (including what instruments are offered and how to register) can be found at  We are very excited to meet you all and to be a part of this fantastic community!  Musically, Paul Halpainy and Christopher Noce, Concord Public School Bands


The Thoreau Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be taking place on Tuesday, June 3 at 12:30.  This is an annual event to honor the Thoreau teachers and staff and let them know how much we appreciate everything they have done for our children throughout the year.  We rely on the generosity of Thoreau families in order to sponsor this event.  Below is a link to a wiki sign-up for donations of food and other items.  We would appreciate any contribution you are able to make – thank you!  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Weber:


We are looking for Room Parents for K-5 classes for the coming school year!  Assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis, with two parents assigned per class for grades K-4, and up to 3 parents per class for Grade 5.  We will begin accepting Room Parent applications on May 22.  If you are interested in applying to be a Room Parent for your child’s class, please email Amy Weber, the Room Parent Coordinator ( with the following information: child’s name and grade; parent’s full name; parent’s email address and phone number.  If you have twins in different classrooms, or children in different grades, please indicate 1st and 2nd choice in order of preference, or if you are willing to serve both classes.  To ensure equal opportunity for everyone, we ask that you please email the above information to beginning on May 22 at 8:00am.  Feel free to email before then with any questions!


5th grade Art – Music Night will take place on Monday, June 9.  Doors open at 6:30 to view student art work, and concert starts at 7:00. The 5th grade orchestra, band and chorus will perform. Students attire: white tops and either dark pants or skirts for the concert. There will be a concert that same morning at 9:15 for some of the Thoreau classes. They should come to school wearing their concert attire for the morning performance and bring a change of clothes for after the concert.


The concert will be held on Friday, June 13 from 9:15-9:50 in the Thoreau auditorium. All parents and family members are invited to attend.


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


  • Monday, May 19                   Crispy Chicken on Bun
  • Tuesday, May 20                  No Lunch – Early Release
  • Wednesday, May 21             Baked Fish Sandwich
  • Thursday, May 22                B Good Burgers on Whole Wheat Buns
  • Friday, May 23                     Stuffed Crust Pizza


Touch-a-Truck Safety Day

On Sunday, May 18 from 1:00-4:00, Concord Recreation invites you to come sit behind the wheel of fire engines, tractors, and more.  300 Baker Avenue; $5 per person or $20 maximum per car load.  Games, safety information, and ice cream for all ages. 978-369-6460.

Fairy House Making at Fairlyland Pond​

Stop by the Fairyland Pond on Sunday, May 18, 1-4pm to create magical spaces for visiting fairies and other natural spirits. Using sticks, bark, leaves and other found natural objects, build a house, a garden, and/or furniture to make a welcoming home. $5; Hapgood Wright Town Forest; Musketaquid Arts & Environment.  To register, email or call Nancy Lippe: nlippe@emersonumbrella.org978.371.0820 x213.

Annual Library Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, June 7, from 10 am to 3 pm on the lawn of the Main Library. Prices range from fifty cents to $10, thousands to choose from. Music provided by local bands and singers, refreshments for sale onsite, people galore to run into. All proceeds go to support activities at the library, including museum passes, music at the library, author talks, and oh so much more. Rain date June 14, same time, same place.

Concord Conservatory Launches New Summer Music Programs

The Concord Conservatory of Music is making a big splash this summer with a wide variety of program offerings for all ages and musical abilities.  Adults and children alike will find something in our many summer camps, classes, and workshops. Designed by CCM Faculty, our workshops and boot camps provide weeklong specialized experiences in string ensembles, piano, guitar, percussion, and more.  CCM programming provides an infusion of musical adventure in highly concentrated doses, including drumming, string ensembles, piano camp, and guitar for all levels.   In addition we offer private lessons for all ages and abilities. Space is limited! Registration must be completed by June 15. To learn more about our Summer Programs and to register, visit  You can also call 978-369-0010, or email at  The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s local community music school and is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 22, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, May 19, 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