May 19, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


A big thank you to Karen Monks and Betsy Dorr who organized the Thoreau Road Race this past Sunday.  Thanks to Karen, Betsy and all of their volunteers, it was a great success (despite the uncooperative weather).  We hope everyone who attended had a great time!  The opportunity to submit a spring capital request is coming to a close.  The last day for submissions is tomorrow, May 20th.  See announcement below for more details.  There are many PTG Board, Committee and Event chair positions open for next year.  Please consider volunteering for one of these open positions.  The PTG sponsors many fun events for students, parents and teachers, however these events can’t happen unless we have folks to coordinate them.  If you are interested in any of the positions posted in the “Help Wanted” section, please contact Melanie Bettencourt at .  We would like to acknowledge the folks who work tirelessly all year to keep parent volunteers regularly scheduled throughout Thoreau.  Thank you to Jackie Meehan who manages both the PALS  and Grounds for Learning volunteer lists throughout the school year and also to Rose Waxler our Art Volunteer Coordinator as well as  Carolyn McCarthy our Library Coordinator.

Thanks,  Karen and 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



There are currently a number of PTG board positions open for the 2011-2012 school year. These positions must be filled in order for the PTG to continue supporting enrichment opportunities for the 2011-2012 school year. Please consider volunteering for one of the open PTG Board positions. You benefit from being on the board by being actively involved in decisions regarding PTG events, sponsorship and budget spending.  All board members are required to participate both in PTG meetings and PTG Board meetings (approximately one meeting each month). In addition to attending meetings, each position has specific job responsibilities.  We hope you will consider taking on one of these essential positions.  If you are interested in any of the positions below or have questions, please contact Melanie Bettencourt, PTG Co-President at .  

Open Board Positions: Co-President, Vice President, Treasurer, Co-Fundraising Chair (2 open positions)

There are also open event and committee chair positions open for the 2011-2012 school year.  Please review the positions below and visit the PTG Volunteer Booklet at for more information.  Please note that the volunteer booklet is in the process of being updated, so there are some changes to the job descriptions as well as some additions.  If you are interested in learning more about open positions, please e-mail or call Melanie Bettencourt, Co-President.  978-369-7124

Open Committee and Event Chair Positions:  Turkey Trot, Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast, Thoreauly Green, Thoreauly Green Kids, Vacation/Travel Book Program, Kindergarten Registration, Gift Wrap, Adult Social, Grounds for Learning Garden Maintenance


Thank you to the following families for their donations for the Thoreau 2010/2011 Annual Appeal:  Hoffman, Bartlett, Armocida, Hibben, Miller, Laurent, Shah, Gaasch, and Boynton.

Natalie Gekle and Maria Scichilone, Fundraising Co-chairs


It’s that time of year when we want to celebrate our wonderful staff at Thoreau School with a special luncheon on Tuesday, June 14th at 12:30pm, graciously hosted by the Siefer Family.  High Five to our 5th year at our new Thoreau campus- can you believe it?  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, and clean up, as well as a variety of food, drink, flowers, gift cards, and door prizes! Please click on the link below to help or contribute – Many thanks!

“Thoreau Staff Appreciation Luncheon” The link to your poll is:

Margaret Cho McMorrow,   Leanne Winkler,                       Erin Duggan   

5th GRADE PARENTS: Please mark your calendars for the following musical activities

Wednesday, May 25th– the 5th grade chorus will sing at the COA luncheon. 5th grade parents are preparing a lunch for the senior citizens and the chorus will be singing. The chorus will leave Thoreau school at 11:30 and walk to Harvey Wheeler to sing. Please have your child wear nice clothes to school that day.

Wednesday, June 1st – The 5th grade Fine Arts evening.  Your child’s art work will be hung up around the school  for you to view. The band, orchestra and chorus will perform that night. Doors open at 6:40. Concert starts at 7:15 pm. Students in the band, orchestra and chorus are asked to wear dark on bottom and white on top.

Friday, June 3rd– The band, orchestra and chorus will perform a concert for some of the classes at Thoreau.

The concert will start at 9:15 and end by 10:00. Students in these performing groups are asked to come to school in their concert attire; dark on bottom, white on top.

“Sing”cerly,  Roseanne Swain


The Concord Middle School PTG extends a warm welcome to new and returning incoming 6th grade families. Some of the many exciting aspects of your child’s middle school experience are the after-school clubs, activities, and social events made possible by families volunteering their time and talents. 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:

6th Grade Class Representatives

6th Grade Spaghetti Supper Coordinators

Music Program Chairs

Gift Book/Library Reps

Picture Day Coordinators

Professional Day Luncheon

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Daily Announcements Coordinator

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 (978) 369-6538.


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 23 – May 27
Monday: Chicken Parm
Tuesday: Rotisserie Chicken
Wednesday: Grilled Cheese
Thursday: Beefy Nachos
Friday: Sorrento’s Pizza



On Saturday, May 21st, between 8:00 am-10:00 am, the Robbins House will be loaded onto a flatbed truck and move very slowly down Bedford St.  It will pause in front of the Town House on Monument Square, where there will be a couple of very quick speeches (Town Manager Chris Whelan, President of the Drinking Gourd Project Maria Madison, and a couple of surprise speakers), and then move down Monument St. to its new home on the North Bridge Parking lot.

YOU ARE INVITED!  Please join us in celebrating this move!  Follow the house as it moves down Monument St, and enjoy the Musket volley that will greet the house at its new home!  Come and sample some Brooks Anti-Slavery cake at the Old Manse as we watch the house lowered into place from the Old Manse grounds.

The Robbins House was owned by the Robbins family – the first of whom was Caesar Robbins, slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran, and the last was Peter Hutchinson – the first black resident of Concord to register and vote. 

Line the streets, cheer loudly, wave and join us to follow behind the house!  Come to the Old Manse to see the house in its new home!

Call 978-369-6365 for more information, or see

Hope to see you there!

The Drinking Gourd Project, Inc.

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

Website Design

For students in grades 6-7 in September

Melissa Burrows, Instructor & Ellen Moore, Advisor

Students will learn how to create intricate, dynamic websites that they can publish on the World-Wide Web (various options available). Using HTML tags along with CSS codes participants will build their own websites complete with links, images, photo-links, and more. No programming experience is necessary, but participants should be somewhat comfortable typing on the computer (practice your keyboarding skills now). Students and parents must agree to abide by the Concord Public Schools policy for acceptable use of technology. Bring a peanut-free lunch. Limit 10. District residents/CC students only. Dr. Moore teaches at CCHS and leads the STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) program. Melissa Burrows is a CCHS student who has taught similar classes for RoboTech at the Boston Museum of Science.

Monday through Friday, August 1-5, 9 AM to 2 PM

CCHS, $125   #1177

Call Community Education at CCHS to enroll, 318-1432, or online at

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 26. 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 23, 2011. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.