May 28, 2015


It was so nice to see so many faces at the Mom’s Night Out last night! Thank you Nikki Morrissey for hosting and the dedicated Social Committee volunteers for pulling this together. Do you have ideas for other events that you would like to see happen? Check out all of the many committees you can join and take part in next year here:   Do you have ideas for other events that you would like to see happen?  Check out all of the many committees you can join and take part in next year here:

There are only 4 more weeks of school and lots happening!

June 2nd:  Field Day and Teacher/Staff Luncheon
June 4th:   Incoming Kindergartener (2015-16) Popsicle Party
June 10th:  Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast and PTG Volunteer Appreciation Party
June 12th:  Final PTG Meeting 9AM

Carla and Trish


Field Day is Tuesday, June 2! Cheer on Thoreau students as they participate in games and activities at this fun-filled event, 9:30am to noon. (Rain date: Tuesday, June 9.) Parents and siblings are invited to watch the action. Please apply sunscreen to your children before school and send them with a water bottle since most of the activities will take place outdoors.

Box Tops for Education – Collection Deadline Tomorrow, then On-Line Sweepstakes Beyond!

Tomorrow (Friday May 29) is your last chance to push your child’s classroom into the lead in this year’s Box Tops for Education contest! Don’t forget to put your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag so that we can credit the right classroom. If you’re dropping single coupons into the collection box, no bag is needed – just write the teacher’s last name or class code on the back. The lobby scorecard is being updated weekly. Click here to watch our progress:

You also have a chance to help the school with just a few clicks of your mouse. The Box Tops for Education program runs many on-line sweepstakes in which we can win lots of money for Thoreau School. We can each submit one entry every day at I have entered many times and have never been spammed by them. Please click and enter often!

– Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a box of cereal with your child from Monday June 1st to Thursday, June 18th. ANY kind of cereal is welcome, and in any size – family, individual, hot or cold packets! There will be a collection box in the front hall to put the cereal boxes in, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at, and thank you.

Staff Appreciation Committee Requests Donations for two events:

Thanks to those who have supported our many events this year!  We have two FINAL events. You can help say “thanks” to teachers and staff by contributing food, items, or gift certificates:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:30pm – All Staff Luncheon
If you have any questions or would like to help the day of the event, please contact Dorina Enes (  We would appreciate any contribution you are able to make – thank you!  – Dorina Enes

Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 8:45am-10:00am – 
Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Appreciation Breakfast

Thoreau New Kindergartner Popsicle Party

Who: All incoming 2015-2016 kindergartners
When: Thursday June 4th 1:00-2:30 pm
Where: Rideout Playground (Lawsbrook Road)
Bring a picnic lunch or just come hit the playground and enjoy some Popsicles with future classmates. There will also be a few families with current kindergartners on hand to answer any questions you might have. Siblings are welcome. We hope to see you there!


Thank you to all the folks who have stepped forward with a commitment to assist the PTG in large and small ways next year. We are so grateful! We still need to fill several key roles in order to have a successful year: Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Secretary, Cake Walk Co-Chairs, Lego Club Coordinator, End of Year Staff Luncheon Coordinator, Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast Coordinator, Silent Auction Coordinator, and a 3rd grade parent to help coordinate Hobby Fair. We also would love to fill our committees with engaged, energetic parents. Please consider helping out with our Fundraising Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, Service Committee, Social Committee or Staff Appreciation Committee. Click or contact Betsy Martel if you are interested in helping with these or any other roles.


Monday, June 1                 Baked Popcorn Chicken
Tuesday, June 2                No Lunch
Wednesday, June 3          Baked Cheese Ravioli
Thursday, June 4              Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
Friday, June 5                     Sal’s Cheese Pizza



Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton has generously offered to make The CPT their cause for NYACause in June!
Visit Not Your Average Joe’s in Acton for Lunch, Dinner or Take-out any and all Tuesdays in June, mention CPT to your server and 15% of your purchase will be donated to The Center for Parents and Teachers!
The Center for Parents and Teachers brings informative and interesting speakers and workshops to our community each year. (See website:
Please support the CPT and enjoy a delicious meal at Not Your Average Joe’s, Acton (305 Main Street) this month. Thank you!

7th Annual Adrian Martinez Track Classic

The 7th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place on Thursday June 4th 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!

2015 Garden Tour Volunteers Needed!

The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour is truly a ritual of spring, attracting hundreds of people to the gardens and supporting the Museum’s wonderful education programs. This year, there are six beautiful and unique gardens on the tour.

If you are interested in volunteering, please use the following link to sign up: If you have any issues with the link or signing up, please contact Carolyn Myers (

It’s Back…The 2015 PMC Kids’ Ride Concord on Sunday, June 14th

After a 1-year hiatus, the PMC Kids Ride Concord Team has decided to move the ride to the Willard School and hold the ride again this year! Kids ages 5-15 can ride to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal of conquering cancer. Registration is open and is $15 with a minimum of $25 fundraising required. To register go to The PMC Kids Ride includes young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission of raising money for cancer research. The program engages youth in philanthropy and promotes physical activity.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 4, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, June 1, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to