May 31, 2012

Thoreau Announcements, Published by the Thoreau PTG


Dear Thoreau Families,

Greetings! I would like to inform all of you of some important staffing changes. First, Bob Lemaire will be teaching Grade 4 next school year. I have the utmost respect and confidence in Bob as an educator. He will be a wonderful addition to the fourth grade team. He possesses the professional experience, knowledge, and skills that will complement this grade level.

Next, Jessica Christensen, one of our Grade 4 teachers, recently informed our staff and me that she and her husband have decided to move to Colorado (where Jessica grew up).  While we are sad to lose such a talented and dedicated teacher, we are very happy for Jessica and her husband as they make this exciting change. Therefore, there will be an open classroom teaching position in Grade 4.

As you know, Mary Schaefer, our School Psychologist, recently announced her retirement. Mary has worked as the school psychologist at Thoreau for the past 14 years. Mary has been a tremendous asset to the entire Thoreau community. She will be greatly missed! Please join us in congratulating Mary on a wonderful career at Thoreau and her decision to retire.

The interview committees will be comprised of teachers and administrators. Once the interview process has been completed and candidates have been chosen and approved I will inform the staff and Thoreau families.

As you can see there are several changes occurring simultaneously within our staffing for next year. While change will require some adjustment and flexibility on all our parts, it can also inspire and provide many new opportunities for teaching and learning. I look forward to supporting the Thoreau community with these changes in anticipation of the new and exciting school year ahead.

Thank you,
Kelly Clough


A school evacuation drill has been scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2012.  We will walk to the West Concord Union Church, our evacuation site on the corners of Main and Pine Streets. We will be assisted by Det. Scott Camilleri, school resource officer from the Concord Police Department, as well as all staff members from the school.
–The Principal’s Office


We would like to thank the Thoreau Road Race Committee: Betsy Dorr, Karen Monks, Siobhan Mee, Julie Miller and Heather Swartwood for organizing the Thoreau Road Race on Sunday, May 20. What a fun day!


Dear parents and friends: We’re finishing up the latest edition of The Thoreau Times, to be printed later this month or in early June. We are hoping to find a few more sponsors to support the printing costs. We will reprint your business card for a $50 fee. You could also submit an announcement for that same size space for the same fee. A half page ad costs $400, a quarter page, $200. If you are interested, please contact Carlene Hempel at


On Friday June 8th, our 5th graders will be working on charitable projects for HGRM (Home Goods Resource Management), Paws 4 Freedom (Military K9 care packages), Open Table & Children’s Hospital. In preparation for that day, we are collecting:

  • Eating Utensils: Forks, spoons, knives (used & new). Clean out your drawer and grab those odds and ends, mixed and unmatched utensils. We will package them into “starter kitchen kits” for a family in need. IMPORTANT – Parents, please make this donation yourselves – do not send it in with your child.
  • Dog Toys and Treats: Canine grooming supplies, collapsible bowls, chews, etc. Receive 20% off donations you purchase at West Concord PetSource. Just mention “Paws 4 Freedom”.

All donation boxes will be in the office May 29 – June 8. Contact Ann Jennings at with any questions.


Field Day is Tuesday, June 5! Cheer on Thoreau students as they participate in games and activities at this fun-filled event, 9:30am to noon. (Rain date: Tuesday, June 12.) 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.


Thank you so much to all the Thoreau families who donated this year to the Annual Appeal. We have reached our financial goal! We hope you all have a wonderful summer with family and friends. Thanks to the following families for their donations: Hubbard-Nelson, Sonnen/Boyle, Lehmann, Zuffante, Johnson, and McCarthy/Schmidt.
–Louisa Yamartino and Sharon Sharifi

LUNCH MENU Week of June 4-June 8        

  • Monday: Baked Potato Bar
  • Tuesday: Early Release
  • Wednesday: B.Good Burgers
  • Thursday: Chicken Cesar Wrap
  • Friday: Comella’s Pizza

Any questions about the menu please email Chef Alden,


CCYS Travel and In-Town Fall Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer’s in-town programs for grades pre-K through 6th grade and travel programs for ages U9 through U14 for the fall 2012 season. The travel registration deadline is June 26, and the in-town registration deadline is August 1. More information can be found at

Conservatory of Music Fall Registration Underway

Registration for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s fall semester group classes, private instruction, and ensembles is underway. Now is the time to meet an instructor and secure your lesson time for the fall semester. The Contemporary A Capella Groups will be meeting on Tuesday afternoons beginning in the fall. CCM offers classes for children as young as 6 months, as well as classes for seniors in our community. CCM now offers private saxophone and percussion instruction along with voice, strings, jazz ensembles, piano and many other instruments.  CCM also offers new adult programming. Registrations for private lessons are accepted in the office and by mail. Private registration is ongoing throughout the year. CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street. For more information please call 978-369-0010,, or visit

Model Rocket Launching

Please join Cub Scout Pack 133 Wednesday, June 13, 6-7:15pm, for model rocket-launching at the Acton soccer fields along Route 2. Your sons will be eligible to join Pack 133, which is the Cub Scout pack for the Thoreau district, next fall when they enter first grade. Pack 133 dates to 1943 and each year includes 40-50 boys in grades 1-5 at Thoreau. During the school year, we hold two meetings per month – one for each grade-level den and one for the entire pack (usually in the Thoreau cafeteria) – and one event, on average. Events include hikes, camp-outs such as on Scout Island in Warners Pond, the Pinewood Derby, and special trips to sites such as the USS Constitution. Parents are involved in all activities, accompanying their sons to meetings and events, helping out, and generally doing fun and meaningful things that they probably wouldn’t get to do otherwise. You and your sons are invited to check out Cub Scouts at our final pack meeting of this program year, Wednesday, June 13, 6-7:15 pm. This is a popular annual event at which each boy gets to launch a model rocket. We will provide premade rockets for your sons to fire, and information on Scouts for parents. The launch site should be reached on School Street via Lawsbrook Road. You can’t get there from Route 2 westbound. Rain date is the following Wed., June 21. Please let me know if you’re coming so that we can be sure to have enough rockets. If you aren’t sure now whether you can make it, please feel free to come at the last minute. And if you can’t make it but are interested in Cub Scouts, look for information in the fall. Hope to see you there!
–Phil Root, Pack 133 Rocket Meister, For the Pack Committee,

Adrian Martinez Classic — Racing Fun for All Ages on July 7!

The 4th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic will take place on Saturday, July 7 at 4pm on the Skip O’Connor Track at Emerson Playground. 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 milers in New England and beyond. Register at, run a mile to support a good cause, and stay to watch some great racing!

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 7, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 4, 2012. 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 You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.