May 22, 2014


A giant thank you to Jill Yates and Mitzi Johnson for coordinating an amazing Road Race last Sunday. It was a smashing success and fun was had by all!

A great thanks also to Phil Root for arranging the wonderful presentation by former astronaut Marsha Ivins last night.  What a great opportunity for our students!

Thanks to all who attended our PTG meeting last week. As a result of Article 10 failing at Town Meeting earlier this month, we will be using PTG funds to help cover some of the shortfall at Thoreau. Each classroom and specials teacher was given an additional stipend to cover any costs that may arise for their class and we were able to reinstate a beloved 5th grade field trip that was cancelled! Thanks to all of your support through the annual appeal and other fundraising events at Thoreau, we are able to step in and help out this way. We will be sending a list of still open PTG positions in our next blast so please look at it and let us know if you can help out next year!!

Louisa and Carla


Big thank you to all the families who came out on Sunday to run the 5K and/or Kid’s Run Races!  We had 220 kids run the Fun Races and almost 400 runners total!  It was a gorgeous day and the music, bouncy castles and food all made the day feel very festive! We really appreciate all the families who supported this race.  As we prepare for next year, please feel free to email or with your feedback as participants!

Huge thanks to Michelle Friedman (and Marc!) who were there capturing action shots of the races.  If you are interested in seeing her race day album, please contact her at

Behind any big event, there are tons of wonderful people working to make it happen! We are truly indebted to our school community for making Sunday’s race such a positive day for so many people.   Seeing our kids (and their parents) run through the finish line with beaming faces made all the hard work hosting this event feel worth while!

The following people were the backbone to hosting our race.  So many people listed below worked tirelessly and behind the scenes so it feels wonderful to share their names here and recognize how hugely helpful they have been with the 8th annual road race.

Thank you to our core team members who were there every step of the way planning this event.

Betsy Dorr, Jennifer McCarthy, Sue McCrory, Siobhan Mee, Karen Monks, Julie Miller, Heather Swartwood and Abby White.

Huge thank you to our sponsors who are often tapped over and over again for this race and continue to support our school.  Please visit these business and return the community spirit!

Sorrentos, Middlesex Savings Bank, Mirak, Fritz and Gigi, Red Paris Eyewear, Team Psycho, Funstuff Rentals, Dunkin Donuts, Mobil of Concord, Nike Tennis Camps, Dudley Goar, West Concord Liquor and Marx Running.  

Thank you to our parents (and kids) who helped us pre-race and/or race day.  We could not do this without you!

Kellie Anjoorian, Tom and Natalie Brown, Leonor Daley, Tami DeAngelis, Michelle and Marc Friedman, Jenny and John Gates, Susan Gillick, Jessica Grogins, Janet Harrington, Jeff Hunt, Marcus Johnson, Carrie Levin, Erin Lynch, Bouke Noordzij, Michelle O’Toole, Allison Oshinsky, Angela Quinn, Eck Redmond, Tiffany Thompson, Sheryl, Aidan, Ethan Thorp, Tracy White, Anna Willis and Rob Yates.

Thank you to all of the Thoreau PTG members who gave us your steadfast support from beginning to end.

Peter DeRosa, John Keilty, Betsy Martel, Carla Macy, Trish Seifer, and Louisa Yamartino. 

Thank you to Nancy Peterson, teachers, and school staff!  You worked with us before and/or during the race  to make sure all went smoothly and the kids had fun! Joyce and Rosanne also ran the 5K!

Joyce Carter, Susan Erickson, Susan Howard, Debbie Frederick, Mario Pavao, Karen PettyJohn, Jacqui McKenna,  Donna Macone,  Maria Schofield, Beth Murphy, Rosanne Swain.  

And last but not least, thank you to the thirty Concord Carlisle High Schoolers who helped with many race day jobs!

With our most sincere thanks,

Mitzi Johnson and Jill Yates

Co-Chairs – 2014 Thoreau Road Race


The Thoreau Staff Appreciation Luncheon is on Tuesday, June 3 at 12:30.  This is an annual event to honor the Thoreau 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!  Please contact Amy Weber ( if you have any questions.


This event, which drivers and crossing guards look forward to each year, will take place on Wednesday, June 11.  One of the most appreciated things we give them is cards from the kids.  Would you please ask your child to draw a picture or write a few words of thanks? These cards need to be done at home and brought into the school office by Monday, June 9. We will sort them by driver, so please note your child’s driver or bus number in pencil on the card.  If your kids don’t take the bus, Laura is the crossing guard at Main Street and Cindy is the guard close to the school.

We do need more items for the breakfast. If you are able to help, please visit

Any questions? Please contact Jackie Meehan,   or Laura Mills, Thank you!!


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!


Paul Halpainy and Christopher Noce, Concord Public School Bands


We are currently accepting Room Parent applications for next year.   Anyone who is interested should email Amy Weber ( with the following information: Child’s name and grade, parent’s full name, email address and phone number.  If you have twins who will be in different classrooms or children in different grades, please indicate your 1st and 2nd choice, or if you are willing to serve both classes. 


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.


The Concord Education Fund’s (CEF) annual Teacher Appreciation Appeal provides a unique opportunity to thank your favorite teachers for their tireless dedication this past school year.  Now you may make a donation to the CEF in their name and they’ll receive a special acknowledgement card informing them of your family’s thoughtful gift.  The CEF is an independent, non-profit organization that raises private funds in support of the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School. Donate to the 2014 CEF Teacher Appreciation campaign ( today!

Please note, the CEF will not be sending a US Mail letter regarding this opportunity, so please act now.  If you prefer to donate by check, please mail your check to CEF, PO Box 202, Concord, MA  01742 and include the teacher(s) name, school and grade in an accompanying note.  Thank you in advance for your generous support and for honoring the teachers who have had such a positive impact on your child’s education and development.  To view recent and past grants provided to our schools by the CEF, visit our website at


On Tuesday, May 27th, Birgit DeWeerd will speak to our second graders.  Birgit DeWeerd is committed to expanding children’s understanding of, and respect for, the importance of honeybees in our environment.  She has been a beekeeper for over 25 years, and her workshops share her knowledge of honeybees, pollen, nectar, collective activities, honey production, and the evolution of beekeeping.  Her hands-on workshop introduces Thoreau second grade students to her beekeeping equipment, beehives and insects.

These programs are brought to Thoreau by the Children’s Programming Committee.


  • Monday, May 26                        NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, May 27                       Hot Dog on Wheat Roll
  • Wednesday, May 28                Mashed Potato Bowl
  • Thursday, May 29                     Tacos w/ Lean Beef
  • Friday, May 30                            Sicilian Style Pizza

Around town

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.

6th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic

The 6th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place on Thursday June 5th at 5pm on the Track at Emerson Field in Concord, MA. The event – an evening of mile races for all ages and abilities – is a fundraiser for 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. The evening will finish with a set of elite races with prize money, featuring some of the best runners in the nation, including 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano. Register at, run a mile to support a good cause, and stay to watch some great racing!

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 15th. 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 29, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, May 26, 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