May 30, 2013


And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for:  announcement of the winners of our Box Tops for Education classroom contest!  The 4th grade competition has been a real nail-biter, and in the end it went to Mr. Lemaire’s class.  And what an upset in 3rd grade!  After Ms. Ham’s class enjoyed a comfortable lead all year, in a frenzied burst of scissor work Ms. Najimy’s kids clipped their way into the lead in the last few weeks of the contest.

Here are the final standings for the year:  kindergarten = Shaw, 1st grade = Thompson, 2nd grade = Peirce, 3rd grade = Najimy, 4th grade = Lemaire, 5th grade = Erickson.  Congratulations to the winning classrooms!  Some classes will enjoy a popsicle party as their prize and others a bubble party, while some will donate their prize funds to a local charity.

The lobby scorecard was updated on Tuesday with April’s count and will be updated again tomorrow with May’s (final) results, so the kids have been able to watch their progress each day as they enter and leave the building.

Many thanks to all the families who collected Box Tops, with a special thank you to our April and May superstars.  The Colagiovanni/Millet family of Ms. Shaw’s classroom turned in an impressive 258 Box Tops while the Root family of Ms. Najimy’s class collected 160.  We also had several anonymous angels this time around in Ms. Kenney’s class (124 Box Tops), Mrs. Erickson’s class (122), Ms. Najimy’s room (121) and Mrs. Thompson’s classroom (117).  You know who you are.  Great job everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


The Thoreau School fifth grade is conducting a fundraiser to benefit both Open Table and Project Bread.  The fifth graders will be selling Thoreau CARES Stop Hunger wristbands in the cafeteria during lunch times this Friday and next Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. The cost of a wristband is $2, and the profit from each band goes directly to Project Bread, which supports year round food programs for Massachusetts families.  In addition to the wristbands, each grade level has been asked to donate food items for the Open Table, which provides food for local families. The list of requested donations is as follows:

  • Kindergarten – canned fruit
  • Grade 1 – cereal
  • Grade 2 – packaged snack items
  • Grade 3 – protein items such as canned chicken, sardines,  & Spam (they presently have a fair amount of tuna on hand)
  • Grade 4 – spaghetti sauce
  • Grade 5 – cooking oil, instant coffee, salad dressing, mayonnaise, ketchup

Food donations should be placed under the Earth Day tree on the wall behind the auditorium. Thank you in advance for your generosity  – we know Thoreau CARES.


Field Day is Tuesday, June 4! Cheer on Thoreau students as they participate in games and activities at this fun-filled event, 9:15am to noon. (Rain date: Tuesday, June 11.) 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.


This event, which drivers and crossing guards look forward to each year, will take place on Thursday, June 6.  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 Tuesday, June 4. 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, Ann is the crossing guard at Main Street and Cindy is the guard close to the school.

We just need a few more items for the breakfast. If you are able to help, please visit Any questions? Please contact Jackie Meehan,   or Laura Mills, Thank you!!


Please send in notes to the teachers in the morning, when there’s a change in dismissal plans.  Emailing a teacher or the office is not good practice, for the email may not be read until after dismissal. Also, switching of buses is not allowed.

FYI . . .

  • June 4 and 11: Early Release
  • June 17-20: Full Days
  • June 21: Last day of school – early release
  • Sept. 6: First day of school

-Donna and Maria


Volunteering is a great way to get to know other parents and feel more connected to the Thoreau community. Please consider getting involved. A few of the volunteer opportunities available for next year include the following jobs and committee chair positions: Book Fair co-chairs, Cake Walk, Hobby Fair, Staff Appreciation Luncheon…and more!

The many fun family events and activities are only possible with your support. Please use the following link to see what else is open and for an easy sign up!  This sign up will be open until Monday, June 10.


The following positions are open:

  • Co-President (2)
  • Vice President
  • Secretary *
  • Fund-raising Co-Chair*
  • Grade Level Representatives Grades K, 1*, 2*,3, 4*, 5

An * indicates that a parent has volunteered/been nominated for the position. If more than 1 person is interested in a PTG Board Position, a vote will be held on the June 12 at the PTG meeting. If you are interested in one of these positions, please email by Friday, May 31. For information about any of them, please consult the Thoreau PTG Volunteer Handbook at free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you to everyone for your support! -Jackie Meehan, Thoreau PTG Vice President


  • Monday: Baked Chicken Patty on WG Bun
  • Tuesday: Early Release Day
  • Wednesday: Burgers with Choice of Toppings
  • Thursday: Baked Chicken O’s
  • Friday: Stuffed Crust Pizza


Vacation Bible School at West Concord Union Church – God’s Good Earth in Our Hands

Join us for VBS focused on celebration and care of God’s creation. Build a rainbow in a test tube, dive into a trash-to-treasure hunt, adopt a (stuffed) animal, play water games, sing, paint, enjoy great stories, and pray. Our focus is to nurture the child’s understanding of his or her role in creation and empower each child to make the world they want to see. August 19-23 from 9am-noon; ages 3yr through Grade 5. For more information, follow the VBS link at, or call 978-369-6309.

Eat Ice Cream, Support the Center for Parents and Teachers!

On Saturday, June 1, get on down to Reasons To Be Cheerful (110 Commonwealth Ave., West Concord), because 5% of that day’s sales go to support the wonderful programs provided by the Center for Parents and Teachers! Eat ice cream and crepes, order gift cards for dads and grads, or thank a teacher by buying THEM a gift card. And when you come in and make a purchase, you get a raffle ticket, giving you a chance to win a Create-Your-Own-Ice-Cream experience! The winner gets the amazing opportunity to create and name their own personal ice cream, taking home two gallons of their special flavor while having the remainder featured in the shop! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to eat a sweet treat, or gift someone else a sweet treat, while supporting a great local non-profit! For more information, go to, or <> .

Join Team Curley in the Fight To Conquer Cancer

Kids from Willard, Thoreau, Alcott and the Middle School are riding in this year’s PMC Kids Ride Concord to show support for the Curley Family.  The Curley’s won’t be there but will be sending a special message to all the riders and appreciate the support.  Kids can ride 1,5,10, or 15 miles on June 9th from 8:30 am-12 pm at the MIddlesex school.  There is a $15 registration fee with a fundraising minimum of $25.  Go to to register and support Team Curley.  

Milldam Nursery School’s 8th Annual Ducky Race & Fair  

Milldam’s annual Ducky Race & Fair is just around the corner.  It is a great event (rain or shine!) for the kids, and the parents/adults can stand to walk away with some great raffle prizes!   There will be carnival games, baby animal petting zoo, face painting, amazing silent auction, snacks and, of course, the Lucky Duck Raffle with an $800 grand prize sponsored by Fritz and Gigi’s.  Join in the fun on Saturday, June 1 from 11-1pm at Emerson Playground. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased at:, Barefoot Books and at the fair.

Walk-in Registration Day at Concord Conservatory of Music 

For one day only, on Wednesday, June 5 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, The Concord Conservatory of Music will be offering one day of Walk-In Registration.  Students who register on this day will receive a 10% discount on their group class tuition.  CCM is the area’s non-profit community music school which offers developmentally appropriate Early Childhood Group music experiences: singing, listening, and musical movement, drumming, and eventually reading and notating music. Children, ages 12 mos. to 6 years, will discover all of the qualities of music through movement.  Body movement is used to explore phrase, pitch, accent, and all of the richness of music using simple instruments.  Musical concepts are presented in a visual manner, using a variety of aids to create a mental image of music in the child’s brain.  It’s a fun way to learn and experience the joys of music and a great start to future instrument, or voice study.  New for Fall 2013 – our Meet the Instruments and class!

CCM also offers group voice classes for the young singer ages 6-8 and 9-11, as well as group keyboard instruction. After June 5, registrations are accepted online in the office and by mail.  Private lesson registration is ongoing throughout the year.

Go to for the FREE TRIAL CLASS schedule and a full list of offerings.  CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street.  For more information please call 978-369-0010,, or visit

6th Annual PMC Kids Ride Concord

The PMC Concord Kids Ride will take place on Sunday, June 9 from 8:30-12:00 at Middlesex School in Concord. This is the 6th year of the ride and we hope to break a record with at least 500 kids ridingKids from ages 5-15 from Concord, Carlisle, Sudbury, and Lincoln are encouraged to sign up to ride for 1, 5, 10 or 15 miles.  Ride to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Kids under the age of 5 can take part in the Kids Junior Ride as well so bring the whole family. The morning includes lots of festivities, food and of course the ride.  For more information, to register to ride or volunteer online go to

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on JUNE 6, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, JUNE 3, 2013. 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