May 29, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

Are you interested in getting involved in the PTG next year?

We would love to have you!  Any amount of time and energy that you can give is always valued and appreciated!  If you are interested in any of the below board positions or event/activity chairs, OR if you have any questions about any of these roles or how to get more involved, please contact Trish Siefer at  or  978-852-7679.

If you are interested in serving on the Social, Staff Appreciation or Childrens’ Programming Committees, please contact the Committee Chairs directly (see below).

Thank you!  We appreciate all of our volunteer support!

Our last PTG meeting of the school year will be June 10th at 9AM. We will be voting on next year’s preliminary budget as well as the PTG Board for next year. Please join us!”

PTG Open Positions for 2014-15 

Board Member:


Event Chairs:

  • Chess Club
  • Field Day
  • Geography Quest
  • Grounds for Learning
  • Math Night
  • PALS Coordinator
  • School Photos
  • Spelling Bee

Committee Members needed:

*Staff Appreciation Committee  (Committee members will help with several staff breakfasts throughout the year, staff luncheon in June, and acknowledging staff members with life changes, such as weddings, new babies, retirements, etc.  Co-chairs are Najah Alford and Anne Remington.  Contact them at  or

*Social Committee  (Committee members will help plan social events throughout the year, including ice cream social, adult social, etc.  Co-chairs are Ali Sullivan and Adrienne Principe.  Contact them at  or

*Childrens Programming Committee  (Committee members will help plan and execute enrichment for Thoreau students throughout the school year, such as author visits, arts enrichments, all school assemblies.  Co-chairs are Amy Tennenbaum and Amy Zall.  Contact them at  or

Louisa and Carla


Field Day is Tuesday, June 3! Cheer on Thoreau students as they participate in games and activities at this fun-filled event, 9:30am to noon. (Rain date: Tuesday, June 10.) 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.


Tick information:  Two brochures from Concord’s Board of Health will be coming home w/ your child.  There is important information in both of these.  The State Laboratory that is doing Tick testing for  pathogens  will continue to test Ticks for $50 if you are interested in sending them.  Concord has reached its “Free Tick Testing” limit of 100.

Please be sure to check yourselves and your children each night and remove ticks immediately.  They need to be attached for a while before spreading any tick diseases.

Tick Removal method – I have used this numerous times in the Health Office and found it very successful in the whole tick being removed because it releases:

  • Gauze or small wash cloth ( rough surface) wet w/ warm water and soap.
  • Rub over tick in counterclockwise motion for several minutes.
  • Eventually the tick will release.  Rarely is there any piece that remains.
  • Rinse, Dry  and apply an antiseptic to area.

Observe for local signs of skin lesions or rash and signs of viral-like illness over the next few weeks. If symptoms of concern, contact your primary care provider.

See web sites listed in the pamphlets.


Nicki Morina Richards, RN, MS

Thoreau School Nurse

978-341-2490 x 3158


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!! 


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. 


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

Join the band!

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

 Call for Room Parents for K-5 classes for the 2014-2015 school year

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.

upcoming music and art nights

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.

3rd grade Recorder 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


  • Monday, June 2                        Baked Chicken Patty
  • Tuesday, June 3                       No Lunch
  • Wednesday, June 4                 Our Own Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday, June 5                     Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Friday, June 6                            Homemade Cheese 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!

Holy Family Parish Hosts Car Wash

Is your car in need of a wash?

High School students of Holy Family Parish will be holding a Car Wash this Saturday, May 31, from 12-3 PM in the church parking lot, 12 Monument Square, Concord,MA .

This is a fundraiser to help support students who will be attending a Summer Service Trip to Pittsburgh in July.  Requested donation of $10 per car.  Thank you for your support. 

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 June 5, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 2, 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