May 19, 2016


With Appreciation:

The Thoreau Staff would like to thank the PTG and parents for a wonderful Staff Appreciation Week.  Please read this wonderful message from our Principal, Angel Charles:

Dear PTG members,

Thank you for providing our staff with such an abundant and spectacular show if appreciation this week! I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the gorgeous hydrangea plant as well. I feel so fortunate to have joined such a supportive community and am grateful for all you do for the team at Thoreau.


Mrs. Charles

38 Staff members signed a card of Thanks to all the parents of Thoreau. “Wow. You went above and beyond and we loved every minute!” “Thank you for all you have done to make our days at Thoreau extra special. I feel so blessed by all you have done.” “Thank you for making Teacher Appreciation week amazing. I appreciate every one of you.” “Thank you for all you do. You are the best and most supportive parents ever!” “We are so fortunate for your support. Thank you!”

Thank you also to our Road Race Committee:

Thank you to our amazing Road Race Committee for a wonderful Road Race on Sunday!  Thank you to co-chairs Julie Miller and Mitzi Johnson, and committee members:  Therese Hetzel Conti, Tami DeAngelis, Jessica Grogins, Jayme Kennedy, Erin Lynch, Siobhan Mee, Sue McCrory, Elise Mott, Heather Swartwood, Tracey Bagley White, and Jill Yates for their hard work in making the day so fun and successful for our community.  It was fantastic to see so many Thoreau families and community members come together for this great event. This was our 10th Annual Road Race and was our most successful ever!  Thank you to the many volunteers who made this day happen and to all the families that participated.

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

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.

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:

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

Thursday, June 2 – Incoming Kindergarten Playdate

Monday June 6 – 5th Grade Concert and Art Retrospective

Tuesday, June 7 – Field Day and End of Year Staff Luncheon

Friday, June 10 – PTG Meeting, 9am in Cafeteria

Trish and Betsy


To thank all of the families who have donated so far to the Annual Appeal we will recognize you by name in our next announcement.  If you have been meaning to donate and have forgotten please do so now so we can include you on our next and last Thoreau Appeal News Update. Donate Now to be included in thanks next week!


Reminder to Parents & Guardians – Please return to the office the “Student Verification” forms that were mailed in mid-March.  We need them back signed and dated as soon as possible, even if there aren’t any changes or corrections.  Thank you for your cooperation. Donna and Maria


Wow! What a day we had on Sunday. Sure it was breezy and a little chilly, but so many of you came out anyway! It was a great to run, bounce, get your hair and face done, eat, and see friends. We had a record number of runners and, in turn, ran out of t-shirts for the first time ever. The greatness of this day could not have been possible without the tremendous amount of help we received from the following people: John Gates, Dan Conti, Katherine Booth, Megan Caldwell, Pattie Turrettini, Michelle Upshaw, Tiffany Pomeroy, Linda Kiefer, Michelle Poor, Kellie Anjoorian, Ali Baty, Mari Alexander, Tim Alexander, Allison Oshinsky, Angela Quinn, Rob Yates, Marcus Johnson, Sean Miller, Betsy Martel, Deb Antonangeli, Jen McCarthy, Jenny Gates, Nikki Morrissey, Lesley Nesbitt, Brigitte Arif, Liz Krauss, Jenn Ubaldino, Monica Teng, Trista Barber, Chris Harmon, Amy Itzkovitz, Jennifer Vlacovsky, Carrie Levin, Linda Annunziata, Anne Remington, Eck Redmond, Amanda Kiefer, Aidan Thorp, and Bonnie Chadwick.

We are very grateful to Steve Lane, Hanna Bruno, and Mary McCabe, coaches of the CCHS track team, for coming out to help and bringing along more than 20 members of the team to cover the course and help around the school.

A big thank you to Angel Charles, Jacqui McKenna and Diana Rigby for handing out kids participation ribbons, Sue Howard for getting our technology ready to go, Meg Jensen for helping cover the race course, Rosanne Swain and Katelyn O’Connor for running their hearts out, Kim Thomas for bringing her girls to enjoy the fun, and Mary Beth Stevenson for cheering on the runners! The kids love seeing their teachers out and about. And finally, perhaps the biggest thank you of all goes to Mario Pavao, without whom we could get nothing done at the school on a weekend. You are the best, Mario!

With much gratitude,

Mitzi Johnson and Julie Miller, road race co-chairs, and our amazing committee:

  • Jill Yates
  • Therese Conti
  • Heather Swartwood
  • Siobhan Mee
  • Tami DeAngelis
  • Erin Lynch
  • Tracy White
  • Jayme Kennedy
  • Jessica Grogins
  • Elise Mott
  • Sue McCrory


Greetings from the CMS PTG. Here are two Concord Middle School opportunities:

  1. Volunteering in middle school allows involvement in the school, as well as essential connection with each other — very important as our kids grow up!   Questions on volunteering?
  2. Parent-to-Parent Q & A sessions. Similar to the Student Panel Discussion, CMS PTG is piloting this for parents/guardians.  The purpose is to talk about the transition from elementary school to middle school, share coping strategies as well as life hacks during this challenging time.  We hope you can join us: Wednesday, May 25, 9:30am Peabody Forum and Thursday, May 26, 6:30pm Peabody Forum (*The date of the evening session was changed due to a conflict Alcott 5th grade year-end family event).  Questions?  

We are looking forward to a fun year ahead!  Thank you for your support.


The classroom contest for the Box Tops for Education program has been quietly under way all year long.  There are now only two weeks of the contest left, 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


May School Lunch Menu:

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Calling All Spring Cleaners! Cradles to Crayons Collection

Concord Carlisle Class of 2018 is partnering with Cradles to Crayons to collect new and like-new children’s items. This is a wonderful opportunity to clean out your closets and donate clothing, coats, toys, books, and new school supplies to help local children (ages infants to age 12) in need. Cradles to Crayons strives to receive high quality items that best fit the needs of the children they serve that are homeless or in low-income situations. For a full list and more information on what they accept go to:  There are several drop off locations:  (1) Concord District Courthouse, 305 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742 (collection boxes located behind the courthouse and are accessible for drop-offs 24/7) and (2) CCHS (drop off plastic bins are located right at the front door so there is no need to enter the high school).  Or bring donations with you to the event on Sunday May 22, 12-3:30 p.m. in the CCHS cafeteria. If you need more information or have questions, please email Jessica Arado at Thank you for your support. Please pass this announcement along to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and extended networks to help spread the word.

8th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic

The 8th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 4:30pm on the Track at Emerson Field in Concord, MA. The event is both an elite meet featuring Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, and an evening of mile races for all ages and abilities. All proceeds support the Adrian A. Martinez Scholarship Fund and the CCHS Track & Field and Cross-Country programs. There are mile races for every age division from 8-under to 60+. There is even a first-timers mile for those who have never raced a mile on the track. In this, an Olympic year, the fastest milers in the nations will be coming to Concord! Register at, run a mile to support a good cause, and stay to watch some great racing!

2016 Garden Tour Volunteers Needed! Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4

The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour is truly a ritual of spring, attracting hundreds of people and supporting the Museum’s wonderful education programs.  It is one of our major fundraising events for the year.  We need volunteers to help make the event a success. Each garden requires volunteers for 2 ½ hour shifts to check guests in; no gardening experience required! We hope you will join us as a volunteer for one or more of these shifts. This is a wonderful way to spend a lovely spring day in Concord, see friends, and to support the Concord Museum.  Volunteers receive their tickets at Half Price! Tickets may be purchased at the Concord Museum or by calling the Museum at: 978-257-5376.  There are time slots for volunteering on both Friday and Saturday.  Please use the following link to sign up:   If you have any issues with the link or signing up, please contact Carolyn Myers (

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!

Concord Youth Theatre Hosts Music Fundraiser with Regional Favorites The Butler Frogs

On June 4, Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) will be hosting a musical fundraiser with local favorites The Butler Frogs at the Concord Rod and Gun Club, 74 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA.  Tickets for the 8pm show are $50.  This is a 21+ adult event, with proceeds going to CYT’s programming.  For tickets and/or information, call (978) 371-1482, email or visit

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 26, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, May 23, 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