May 26, 2016


Volunteers Needed:

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill

In order to continue to provide the amazing programs and activities that your children enjoy every year we need to fill the following roles:

▪ Thoreau Announcements Editor-Work from home on your computer with Christina Caturano for 1-2 hours a week, every other month to bring the Thoreau Community news and information. This is a great role for a working parent!

▪ After School Activity Coordinators-Help coordinate the offerings and the registration process.

▪ Minecraft Coordinators-In order to provide this very popular after school activity we need several parents to run/supervise. No Minecraft experience necessary!

▪ Secretary-Take notes at all meetings and publish them on the website. Sort and distribute all PTG mail and maintain a record of funding requests.

▪ Geography Quest Coordinators-Work with Steve Kirincich and volunteers from Alcott and Willard to create, distribute, and correct the Geography Quest.

We also have positions working on our many committees: Service Learning, Health and Wellness, and Staff Appreciation. 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 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 10.  Please spread the word!  We would love for this gift to encompass as many past students and families as possible.

Save the Date:

Monday, May 30 – No School: Memorial Day

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

Wednesday, June 15 – 4th and 5th grade band concert, 6:30pm, Sanborn

Friday, June 17 – 5th Grade Countdown to Graduation Celebration Party

Trish and Betsy


A HUGE thanks goes out to the families at Thoreau who contributed to the Annual Appeal this year.  We had 107 contributions for a total of $13,244 with approximately 30% of families participating. The PTG can fund next year’s children’s programing and various events with the money collected.  We’d like to recognize all of the families and corporate matches received this calendar school year to date.  This is in no particular order.  Thanks once again!

Annual Appeal Donations for the 2015-2015 School Year

Candido Pereira Duraes, Anita Opitz, Ann Jennings, Wellington Mgmt., Alexa Anderson, Daniel del Sobral, Susan Mahan & Steven Kirincich, Dalton & Stefanie Sim, Brenda Mahnken & Robert A. Greenberg, Paul & Amy Weber, Amy and Craig Muchinksy, Elba Dominguez Covarrubias & Javier Urcid, Therese Polin and Mark Staknis, Sarah and Steve Atwood, Steven and Jennifer Pascucci, Elizabeth and David Wei, Elizabeth Hall & Christian Lease, Alketa B Hawes, Qian Jiang & Tao Wang, John Teng, Sam Jordan & Catherine S. Parker, W. Hugh Gaasch & Elizabeth E. Mott, Devin & Alison Sullivan, Teri & Paul Serafini, James & Michiko Keefe, American Endowment Fund, Paul and Abigail Jenney, Jennifer and David McGonigle, Sarah Getty Fattal, Marita and Marcus Johnson, Cory Cook, Julie and Christopher Morse, Jennifer and Stephen Newbold, Jill & Michael O’Sullivan, Svetlana Kronrod, Gabriel & Leah Small, Wesley & Emily Rush, Mike & Sara Kosicki, Christian & Laura Ely, Christine & Brian Brennan, Lesley and John Nesbitt, Bridget and Matteo Paris, Kerry Anne and Kevin Stone, Sharon Carlson & Eli Covert, Diane & John Grace, Hannah and Mark Fingerle, Jerry and Eva Hughes, Jonathan & Brooke Cash, Carrie Levin & Joseph Kerimo, David & Eileen Robichaud, Megan & Ronald Holsinger, Aram Adourian & Anna Ohanyan, David & Zoila Comeau, Pratikshya Bohra & Kapil Mishra, Pamela & Dudley Goar, Kleem & Chelsea Chaudhary, Caroline & Jeffrey Myler, Katherine & Daniel Booth, Phil & Lara Gibson, Julia & Daniel Cochran, Jonathan Aibel, Ming Yang & Jifeng Ru, Joyce DeGreef, Alison & Peter Baty, Daniel & Kimberly Capello, Peter Hunter, Pamela & Stephen Miller, Kellie & David Anjoorian, Karen & Brett deBlonk, Peter Steffens & Suzanne Kelliher, John & Jennifer Gates, Marc & Allison Girolimetti, Jennnifer & Joshua McGrath, Kenneth Reeves & Jean Palmer, Betsy and Larry Martel, Janice & Patrick Kelly, Leslie & Craig Lilly, Elizaeth & Eric Krauss, Stephanie & Gregory Nick, Alison & Christopher Arthur, Cathy Hahn & Jonathan Campbell, Loren & Frederick Winters, Melissa & Jeffrey Tustin, Linda & Peter Annunziata, Maralee & Kurt Glitzenstein, Stephanie & Gregory Nick, Angela & Ian Quinn, Steven & Adrienne Principe, Jennifer Averill & Kerry Moffitt, Kim & Brian Hodder, Nancy & Patrick Carey, Amy Tenenbaum, Alison Betts, Steven & Kimber Lynn Drake, Rob & Jill Yates, Amy & Dean Lima, Trish & Shane Siefer, John & Pam Bishop, Novartis, Julia and Vivek Samnotra, Tom Brown & Siobhan Mee,  Najah Alford, Jennifer & Timothy McCarthy, Susan & Hugh McCrory, Nikki & Gavin Morrissey


The classroom contest for the Box Tops for Education program is coming to a close.  Please get all bags of clipped box tops (with a slip of paper showing your child’s teacher’s name inside) into the collection bin before the end of the school day tomorrow Friday, May 27.  The contest scorecard is posted in the lobby of the school – ask your child for a report with current standings!  Please continue to clip box tops beyond the deadline.  For the rest of the year, just turn them in with your child’s name in the bag instead of a teacher’s name and we will credit them to next year’s classroom when the contest starts up again in September.  Good luck to all! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


Our PTG Green Group, Thoreau’ly Green, will hold a year-end meeting on Wednesday, June 1, at 9:00am in the cafeteria.  We will review our year’s achievements and discuss upcoming projects and plans.  Come join us to talk about environmentalism and sustainability in our schools (and some very cool stuff, like the future school garden!).


Field Day is coming up on Tuesday, June 7! This is a fun schoolwide activity for the students with lots of games and outdoor activities, and one of the highlights is the water balloon toss. We are looking for a few volunteers to help fill water balloons for the toss. If you can help out, please email us at It’s a minimal time commitment that will help make the morning a success!  Thank you. Lisa Becker and Stephanie Nick, Field Day co-chairs


Attention all 5th Graders! Come join your Fifth Grade friends at Thoreau, Willard and Alcott for a Countdown to Graduation Celebration Party on Friday, June 17 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Hunt Gym. There will be pizza, prizes, and games courtesy of DJ Mike Pride and the PTGs of all three schools. Invitation to come, any questions please contact Fiona Stevenson at


June School Lunch Menu:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


Girls Ice Hockey

Registration is OPEN for Girls Ice Hockey programs: Fall 2016 teams and Full-Season 2016-17 teams. Please visit and select “About Our Programs” for a full description and to register.  Contact Andi Rice at: with any questions.

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!

Emerson Hospital’s Run~Walk for Cancer

Emerson Hospital is hosting its 16th annual Run~Walk for Cancer at the Thoreau Club Outdoor Center in Concord 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!

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 2, 2016. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, May 30, 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