May 5, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group

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Dear Families,

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Please join me in thanking the Thoreau staff for all of their hard work, dedication, and excellent teaching!  We are now in the month of May.   There are several grade levels going on field trips and many spring activities planned.  I am looking forward to the road race scheduled for May 15.  Please join us to cheer on all of our runners!  I will be eagerly awaiting our young runners as they approach the finish line to shake their hands and congratulate them for a job well done.  

I do have a few important reminders that I would like to share with all of you.  First, I am hosting a Principal’s Coffee this Wednesday, May 5, from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the school library.  We have had several new families join us during the middle of school year, so part of the evening will be devoted to welcoming our newest families and checking in on how things are going and if there is anything we can do to further support them.  Please join us if you can!

Some exciting news – Thoreau School will be presenting at The School Committee Meeting next Tuesday evening, May 10th.  Ms. Erickson’s fourth grade class will be sharing the Blanding Turtle Project.  

I also want to remind all families that now spring is here, we are going to be trying out our new safety parking procedures that I informed you about this past winter.  Officer Camilleri and other Concord police officers will be monitoring the school parking lot during pick-up and drop-off from time to time. They will also be assisting us with reminding families NOT to park along the backside where the temporary NO Parking signs are posted (by the cafeteria). The 6 drop-off spots have been designated for parents only, so that we can test this out and see if it helps alleviate congestion and what has been considered dangerous parking along the backside.  Parents, please do not park in the far back lot, this is designated for staff members only.  We appreciate your cooperation, patience and assistance with this, as we see how this approach works.  If we determine these changes are working well, we will put a more final plan in place, such as permanent signs being posted and so forth.   I will notify everyone of this, as soon as we make a determination based on how it all goes in the next few weeks.

    Next, MCAS testing will be taking place beginning next week for students in grades 3, 4, and 5.  This portion of MCAS will be on math for each of the grades, and grade 5 will also have science as another testing component of MCAS.  Please remind your children to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and to do their very best.

    Last, with the good weather upon us, please help us remind students that we do not allow bicycle riding or ball playing in front of the school either before or after school, during arrival and dismissal times.  Also, rollerblades, roller sneakers, skateboarding, and scooters are not allowed to and from school.


Kelly Clough

Hey, it’s May!  Only 7 weeks left in the school year, but who’s counting?  We hope May 15th is circled in red on your calendars and that you are all getting psyched for the Thoreau School Road Race.  Please visit and send in your registration forms if you haven’t already.  Even if you don’t plan to walk or run in the race, please come on down for the family BBQ picnic.  It’s sure to be a blast!  Please also mark your calendars for Thursday, March 19th when the School Committee will host their next CCHS Building Project Community Forum.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of these forums yet, we encourage you to do so and to learn more about this important project that will have a great impact on today’s elementary school-aged children.   We at Thoreau are very fortunate to be part of a community with so many parents who are involved and so generously give of their time and talents.  There are several parents to whom we would like to give shout-outs for the original and wonderful programming they recently brought to our families.  Thank you to Robin Grace for coordinating the Raising Financially Aware Kids seminar last Thursday.  Thank you to Eftyhia Zesta for her tireless efforts organizing and running the Mars Rover Project which just wrapped up last Friday.  She also secured funding for the program, and we would like to acknowledge STEM Academy of the Concord Education Fund who generously funded the entire Mars Rover Project.  Thank you to Jen Callen Beveridge (Willard mom), Betsy Dorr and Heather Swartwood for their just as tireless efforts organizing the after-school tennis program which commences on Thursday.  Jen also secured a grant from the USTA to fund the painting of the tennis lines on our basketball court.  Check it out!  Finally, thank you to Jen Jiganti for organizing the before-school math enrichment program which commenced just after break.  Have a great weekend! Karen & Melanie  

May 9          Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 11        Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 12        Gr. 4 Math
May 13        Gr. 4 Math
May 18        Gr. 5 Science
May 19        Gr. 5 Science
Please be mindful of these dates and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

Requests may be submitted by teachers, members of the Thoreau administration, and/or parents. The item(s) requested must provide a long-term benefit for the whole school or across an entire grade level, and are not a recurring cost after the initial grant. Please include all details pertaining to the benefits and the costs in your proposal, and submit it, in writing, to Karen Brown:, Melanie Bettencourt:, and Leanne Winkler: by Friday, May 20, 2011. You may also put them in an envelope labeled “Capital Request” and place them in the PTG mailbox. Thank you very much!
–Karen & Melanie, PTG Co-presidents


Every year the 5th grade finishes the year with a special Mini golf course project.  I am looking for donations of old golf putters for the students to use in this respect. 

Thanks for your support

Kate Hiltz Art Teacher

May 15 is just around the corner! Don’t miss the fun at the Thoreau School 5th Annual Road Race! Sign up to race in the Kids’ Fun Run or 5K now. For online registration OR mail-in registration forms, go to The 1/2 mile and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Runs start at 11am. The 5K starts at noon. A family BBQ picnic and award ceremony will be held after the race. Register before May 1 and receive a free t-shirt! All proceeds benefit the Thoreau PTG. Contact Karen Monks at to volunteer at the race.

LUNCH MENU Week of May 9 – May 13
Monday: Chicken in a Basket
Tuesday: Early release
Wednesday: Mozzarella and Crispy Veggie Sticks
Thursday: Chicken Patty
Friday: Calzones


Talking to Kids about the Internet

We would like to remind you that now is the time to register for our May 6th event, “Talking to Kids about the Internet,” with Dr. Sharon Maxwell.  This last session of our 3 part series will focus on the Internet, how parents can ensure their children’s well-being as they use the Internet, and how to communicate with them about it.  In her presentation, Dr. Maxwell will help parents understand the electronic world our children live in and how we can promote healthy, responsible online behavior.

Date:            May 6, 2011

Time:           7:30 – 9:30pm

Venue:         The Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742

 Cost:            $15

 Pre-registration is required.

 Please visit our website or call 781-728-3355 for more information and to register.

Youth Chorus Benefit Concert

The Greater Boston Youth Chorus, Youth pro Musica, will be performing at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm. They will be singing  Missa “in simplicatate” by Jean Langlais and other works by G.F. Handel, Darius Milhaud and traditional American and Hebrew songs.  This Spring concert will benefit the chorus Montreal Tour Scholarship Fund where the chorus will perform with world renowned boy choir, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont Royal.  At the door, tickets are $15-Adult, $10-Seniors/College Students, Free for kids 18 and under.  For information on discounted tickets, contact Prow Sarns, by May 7th.

Children Working Together

Please join us on Friday, June 3rd from 6 to 8pm at Alcott for a family friendly event to raise money for Save the Children, an organization which is helping to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of the 100,000 children and their families affected by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

Inspired by a group of Alcott students who want to help their peers in Japan, the evening’s festivities will include an opportunity to learn origami, write Japanese poetry, send letters to Japanese children, and dress in the traditional kimono. We will celebrate the Japanese culture and give our children a chance to take part of this very important fundraising effort.

For more information or volunteer opportunities, please contact Irene Todd (

Opening Ceremony for the Ripley Baseball Field, May 21
After years of planning, countless hours of fund raising, and two seasons of construction, all of the hard work put into building a premier baseball diamond in Concord has come to fruition. On Saturday, May 21, the Ripley Baseball Field will be officially opened. The Friends of Concord Carlisle Fields and Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball would like to invite you to the festivities. The field is a beautiful state-of-the-art 60-foot baseball diamond that has bullpens, grand stands, foul poles, dugouts, and a spectacular new digital scoreboard. We are planning a family event for that day that will feature two Majors baseball games and a dedication ceremony happening in between the games. Our first game will begin at 9:00am and feature The Allied Paving Team versus the Acton Toyota Orange Team. Upon the completion of Game 1, (at approximately 10:30am) we will have a brief ceremony to thank all of the people who made the field a reality. Following the ceremony, we’ll kick off the second game of the morning which will be The Flatley Fence Gold Team versus The Nelson Construction Team. During both games there will be food available and skills drills for kids of all ages in the batting cages and adjoining soccer fields. CCYB is excited to have the skills drills run by CCHS Varsity Coach John Kelly and members of the varsity baseball team. Please come for the whole morning, or just stop by for the dedication. It will be an exciting day for youth baseball and a proud day for our community.
–Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball
–The Friends of Concord Carlisle Fields

Concord Conservatory of Music Summer Registration and Free Trial Lesson

Registration for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s summer private lesson instruction is now available.  CCM also is now offering private saxophone, flute and clarinet lessons in addition to piano, bass, cello, voice, percussion, guitar and violin.   The summer schedule is very flexible for travel and other activities.  For a limited time, during the month of May, CCM will be offering a free trial lesson to new students. To learn more about the summer lesson program and other offerings at CCM please call 978-369-0010, email, or visit

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will published on May 12. It will be edited by Laurie Garrison.

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