May 8, 2014


Our next PTG meeting will be Friday morning, May 16 at 10AM. Please join us! If you are interested in any of the PTG positions for next school year, please send an email to Carla Macy or Louisa Yamartino. We do have some new positions – check them out under the Thoreau PTG Bylaws on the web site! –Louisa and Carla


On your Mark.  Get Set.  Thoreau!  Register online NOW for the Thoreau School 8th Annual Road Race, Sunday, May 18.  Go to to pre-register to save on the registration fee and avoid race-day lines.

We have made some exciting changes to this year’s race to make the Kids’ Fun Runs more fun than ever with a run perfect for every age.  See details below:

  • 11:00 am 5K RUN – For serious runners and joggers alike, young and old, all are welcome!  This race is timed and awards will be given.

Kids’ Fun Runs:

  • 12:00 pm HALF MILE (ages 5 and under) is now un-timed and all kids get a prize for crossing the Finish Line. Parents are welcome to run too.
  • 12:15 pm ONE MILE RACE – FIRST HEAT ages 10, 11, 12.  This race will be timed and awards will be given to the top three racers in their age division.
  • 12:30 pm ONE MILE RACE – SECOND HEAT ages 6, 7, 8, 9.  This race will be timed and awards will be given to the top three racers in their age division.

Then join us for fun food, games, bouncy house, awards ceremony and more!  Spread the word and bring friends!  All events take place at and around The Thoreau School.  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300. 


The Road Race is the biggest community-wide event that Thoreau PTG hosts and it can’t be done without you.  It’s not too late to get involved and help out race day, Sunday, May 18.  To volunteer, contact Jill Yates at or Mitzi Johnson at


Thoreau Cub Scout Pack 133 and the PTG are pleased to offer an evening with former Astronaut Marsha Ivins in the Thoreau auditorium at 7:00pm on May 21.  As a veteran of five spaceflights she has a unique perspective on life in space.  She recently retired after thirty-five years at NASA, and the US State Department has sponsored her travels and speaking engagements to many different nations since her retirement, most recently New Zealand, Poland, and India.  She is currently organizing training and equipment to support production of an IMAX movie documenting life aboard the International Space Station.

Students, siblings, and parents are all invited to this event to learn more about space and the future of US spaceflight. Please contact Phil Root, Pack 133 Cubmaster, at if you have any questions.


The gaga pit is back in action now that it’s spring, with kids using it throughout the day and evenings!  There are special balls for the kids to use in the pit and they are clearly marked. A larger/heavier ball (ie. A kickball) can slow the game down and also lead to “gaga shoulder” (a new term used by a sports medicine guru- of course, I am the “self-proclaimed” guru)  if they’re not careful.

Please remind your kids to encourage these rules while playing to keep everything in place and safe:

  • Place the gaga pit ball (“gaga” is indicated on the ball) in the pit or inside of the net hanging outside of the pit when they are done playing. The ball is for the gaga pit only — it will pop if you kick it or play basketball with it.
  • Please do NOT let the kids walk on top of the walls of the pit- it is not a balance beam and it will break if kids abuse the pit in this way.
  • Please do NOT let the kids sit on the walls of the pit. If a child is out, he/she should remove him/herself entirely from the pit and NOT hang on the top of the wall.

The game of gaga, like four square, is  a game that should be self-regulated/officiated by those who are playing the game. It promotes fair play, good sportsmanship and provides a quick workout in a short period of time. If you have any questions about the gaga pit as a parent or have suggestions on how to maximize the enjoyment of the pit, please reach out to Robin Grace


5th grade Art – Music Night will take place on Monday, June 9.  Doors open at 6:30 to view student art work, and the 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.


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.


  • May 13          Gr. 5 Science
  • May 14          Gr. 5 Science
  • May 21          PARCC Math, Grade 5 (Mrs. Hoyt/Mr. Lemaire)
  • May 22          PARCC Math, Grade 5 (Mrs. Hoyt/Mr. Lemaire)


  • Monday, May 5                     Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, May 6                    No Lunch – Early Release
  • Wednesday, May 7              Pasta with Meatballs
  • Thursday, May 8                  Popcorn Chicken
  • Friday, May 9                        Homemade Cheese Pizza


Attention 5th Grade Parents – CMS Volunteers for 2014-2015

It’s time to sign up to Volunteer for the CMS PTG for the 2014-2015 school year!  We have many openings available, from one-time events like the 6th Grade Spaghetti Supper, to more full year rolls like the AAA Fund (our fundraising team).   Please see the SignUp Genius link below and join your fellow parents in these important roles.  Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the CMS Community.  If you have any questions on a specific role, please contact Kathi O’Neil. at

Unwanted Medication Disposal

Concord Youth Services reminds Concord residents of the free opportunity on May 10 to properly dispose of unwanted medications at the annual Concord Public Works and REUSIT “Unwanted Medications and SHARPS Disposal” event. It is important to take stock of prescription and over-the-counter medicines in a home and to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescriptions in order to keep children and teens safe. Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft, misuse and abuse. Residents who have youth in their homes as either occupants, grandchildren, babysitters or other are strongly encouraged to participate in this semi-annual medication disposal. Learn more at

Pop by the Umbrella

The 8th Annual Concord ArtWalk is happening Saturday, May 17 and The Umbrella Community Arts Center is on the route. Stop by from 1-3 pm and take part in a seasonal, nature-based activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment.

Stroll through our Gallery and see the current exhibition anytime during the ArtWalk. Rain or shine.​ The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord;

American Heart Association Training

The Community Education program at CCHS offers American Heart Association training, year round. Now is the best time to learn or renew your skills. There are several more courses before the end of the school year.

  • CPR AED (Adult and Child and AED): Thursday, June 12, 6:30-9:30 PM, CCHS, $60  #4244
  • CPR Review & Recertification: Thursday, June 19, 6:30-9:00 PM, CCHS, $50  #4243
  • First Aid: Thursday, June 5, 6:00-9:30 PM, CCHS, $50  #4245
  • Pediatric CPR: Friday, June 20, 9:00 AM-Noon, CCHS, $50  #4247
  • Pediatric First Aid: Friday, June 20, Noon-3:00 PM, CCHS, $50  #4248
  • CPR for Family & Friends

We bring courses to the community, for businesses and organizations. Online courses with American Heart are also available. Learn at home, then come to CCHS for skill practice and certification. For more information and enrollment call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.


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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 15, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, May 12, 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