May 16, 2013


A reminder that tomorrow’s scheduled PTG meeting has been cancelled. We hope you can join us for the last meeting of the year on Wednesday, June 12 at 9:15 a.m. The agenda will be sent out the week of the meeting. Coffee will be served!

We hope everyone is excited for the annual Thoreau Road Race this Sunday. Run the race and then stay for food and fun. If you would like to help out the day of the race, please contact Karen Monks or Betsy Dorr. -Jen and Shelagh


The Thoreau Faculty and Staff Luncheon will be taking place on Tuesday, June 4 at 12:30.  This is an annual event to honor the Thoreau faculty 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 make this event happen.  Below is a link to a wiki sign-up for donations of food and other items.   If you have any questions, please contact Amy Weber,    Thank you for your contributions!


We’re down to the final days!  Our last chance to get box tops in to win the classroom contest is a week from tomorrow.  I’ll be emptying the box May 24 and announcing the winners shortly afterward.  (Please keep clipping and turning in your box tops even after that date, though.)

Who’s in the lead in the contest now, you may ask?  The scorecard in the school lobby was updated last week, with several more updates to come through the rest of May.  Here’s where we stand:  kindergarten = Shaw, 1st grade = Thompson, 2nd grade = Peirce, 3rd grade = Ham, 4th grade = Murphy and Lemaire in a dead heat!, 5th grade = Erickson.

Also, don’t forget that many box tops expire either June 1 or June 30. You don’t have to check the expiration dates (I do that part) but it’s best to turn in whatever you have before May 24 so that they get into our May submission just in case any of yours are expiring. Thanks for all that you are doing, everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


Hello Parents and Friends: The Thoreau Times is producing its final edition of the school year. We are funded through advertisements and student membership fees, so we need your help. If you have a business, or work for a business that might want to buy an ad – (a business-card sized ad is $50) – please contact us at Thanks for your support.


Thanks to the Lerner-Teves family for their donation of two books to the Vacation Book Program. While travelling to Hawaii Katherine picked out the following books for the school’s collection: Hawai’i Volcanoes and Discover Hawai’i’s Birth by Fire Volcanoes. Thanks for your generous donation!

It’s not too late to contribute.  Going away over Memorial Day? Pick up a book from your destination and bring it back to share with the Thoreau Community. -Jen Johnson Vacation/Travel Book Program Coordinator


Troop 72672 sincerely thanks the Thoreau Community for its tremendous support of our “Buy a Letter for the Alphabet Garden” fundraiser. We raised over $1,400 that we will use to buy plants and signs for the garden. Many gifts were made in honor of our wonderful teachers at Thoreau. We are very grateful to the Thoreau PTG for its support of our project. We hope the donors and honorees enjoy the homemade cookies and cards. Thank you for helping the Alphabet Garden take root and grow! Troop 72672: Ava Moore, Avery Kirkpatrick, Emily Harrington, Georgie Svrcek, Leighton Carter, Libby Walton, May Goar.


The 7th Annual Thoreau School 5K and Kids Fun Run is Sunday, May 19. Mark your calendars for this fun family-friendly, community event!   All proceeds benefit the Thoreau PTG. For faster race day registration, a free t-shirt, and a reduced entry-fee, please pre- register online at: .

Event Schedule:

  • 10:00 am: Race Day Registration
  • 11:00 am: 5K Run
  • 12:00 pm: 1/2 mile (5 and under) and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run

A Family BBQ, Games, Award Ceremony and more will follow the race! See you at the Finish Line! –The 2013 Thoreau Road Race Committee:  Betsy Dorr and Karen Monks, Co-Chairs, Siobhan Mee, Julie Miller, Heather Swartwood, and Abby White


5th Grade Parents, please mark your calendars with the following important dates:

Monday, May 20, 9:15-10:00: The 5th grade band, chorus and orchestra will perform a concert in school for a few classes.

Wednesday, May 22 is the night concert and the opening night of the Art Retrospective. The doors will open at 6:30 for parents to view their child’s art work. The concert will begin promptly at 7:15. We should be finished by 8:30. For both concerts the students need to wear White on top and Dark on the bottom. Notices have been sent home with the concert information. -“Sing”cerely, Roseanne Swain

LUNCH MENU FOR May 20 – 24

  • Monday:  Chicken Patty on Whole Wheat Roll
  • Tuesday:  Early Release Day
  • Wednesday:  Homemade Vegetable Lasagna
  • Thursday:  Taco Day
  • Friday:  Homemade Cheese Pizza


Open House to Discuss Growth in West Concord

Are you concerned with the residential growth West Concord has gone through in recent years? The West Concord Advisory Committee is urging residents to take note of the cumulative impacts of the many residential apartments, condos and homes constructed or proposed since 2011. A quick, non-inclusive list: 350 affordable and market-rate apartment units and town homes – known as “Concord Mews” – were recently built on a half-mile lot on Nathan Pratt Drive; 74 apartment units (and 31,000 square feet of commercial/light industrial space) are proposed for redevelopment of four acres on Beharrell Street behind the Post Office; up to 42 affordable housing units are being considered for four acres of a parcel off Winthrop Street behind MCI Concord. That comes on top of the 2005 Warner Woods 80-unit apartment development on Laws Brook Road and the 2006 Concord Commons 50-unit development on Conant Street. These, and more planned, are having a significant impact on our schools. Please join us for an open house on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Harvey Wheeler for a discussion of impacts from these and other planned projects in and around the village.

Communities for Restorative Justice online auction

Want to invent a new ice cream?  Go to a Red Sox game?  Purchase Boston Bruin Chara’s autographed hockey stick?  Take a Caribbean or skiing vacation? Get a loaf of artisan bread every week for six months?  Then go to the exciting online auction benefiting Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) that runs from May 18-June 2!  Bid and win a wonderful wealth of items from the comfort of your own home or office.   To browse, register or bid go to  By registering online you will be eligible to win an iPAD Mini (value $350).

Auction items include vacation travel, tickets to Red Sox games, museums, or the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a year’s membership in the Beede health center, numerous ways to pamper oneself, golf outings at various clubs, dining out, Verrill’s famous pies, and much, much more.

C4RJ partners with local police to bring an offender, a victim as well as other affected community members together in a group setting called a “circle,” not in a courtroom. What distinguishes restorative justice is the fact it recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just the law. Check out

Pop Warner Registration is Open

Registration for the 2013 Concord Carlisle Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program is open.  CCPW expects to field teams at 5 levels for players and cheerleaders from 2nd grade through 8th grade.  The first practice will be on August 11 and the season will open on September 7.  You can register on line and get other information about the program at the CCPW website at or call Kevin Smith at (978) 369-0634.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis so make sure we have a place for your son or daughter and sign up now.  All those who register by May 1st will receive a $25 discount.

Please note: You can register now and pay in August!

6th Annual PMC Kids Ride Concord

The PMC Concord Kids Ride will take place on Sunday, June 9 from 8:30-12:00 at Middlesex School in Concord. This is the 6th year of the ride and we hope to break a record with at least 500 kids ridingKids from ages 5-15 from Concord, Carlisle, Sudbury, 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

Youth Track Clinic

Does your child like to run?  Is he or she fast?  Can he or she throw or jump far? The Concord Recreation Department offers a short, fun, experiential, introductory youth track clinic for children born 1999-2004.  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 Tuesday, June 4 and the meet in the evening of Thursday, June 13, also in Concord.  Starts Friday, May 24.  Register in person at the Hunt Gym or by calling 369-6460.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on MAY 23, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, MAY 20, 2013. 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