May 8, 2015


Thank you to our Staff Appreciation Chairs, Anne Remington and Najah Alford, and the entire Staff Appreciation Committee for organizing a wonderful week! Tomorrow is the last day- please consider bringing a note for your teachers and other staff members who work so hard and care for our children at Thoreau!

  • Speaker at THOREAU – May 14th 7pm (read below!)
  • Thoreau Road Race — May 17th
  • Moms’ Night Out — May 27th

Volunteer Appreciation Party: If you have volunteered in any way with the PTG this year, we would like to say THANK YOU! Please join us for a celebration on Wednesday, June 10th at 7pm at the home of Trish Siefer, 1405 Main Street. Please RSVP to:

Volunteer Opportunities: If you are interested in volunteering with the PTG next year, we welcome you! There are many types of volunteer opportunities available. Check them out and/or sign up at:

Carla and Trish


The Concord Elementary PTGs and the Center for Parents and Teachers are pleased to bring renown author Kim John Payne to THOREAU, presenting:  The Soul of Discipline: Raising Respectful Children in a Culture of Disrespect- Thursday, May 17th at 7pm A parent’s journey is filled with both precious moments and difficult situations. Our sense of how we are doing is often determined by the way in which we respond to the flashpoints of parenting. These moments will either refine or consume us. This presentation will set out three cumulative discipline phases. First, training creative compliance for the young child; second, building emotional skills for the elementary age, and third, for the teenager, managing critical choices. This presentation will provide a developmental roadmap to help parents and educators establish the kind of discipline that is both nurturing and effective.

Kim John Payne, M.ED, is the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Simplicity Parenting. A consultant and trainer to over 200 North American independent and public schools Kim has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced and simple life brings. In addition to authoring Simplicity Parenting© Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, he also authored The Games Children Play©, and The Soul of Discipline, and co-authored Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment.


Please return the Student Verification forms (legal size) that were mailed to all families in early spring. Thank you . . . Donna and Maria


On your Mark. Get Set. Thoreau! Get ready to run Sunday, May 17 at the Thoreau School’s 9th Annual Road Race. Start training now with the whole family for the Kids’ Fun Runs and 5K followed by fun food by Firebox BBQ, games, bouncy house, awards ceremony with medals for top winners and more! Race, walk, jog or stroll. All are welcome!

11:00 am 5K Run
12:00 pm 1 mile run 6+ GIRLS
12:15 pm 1 mile run 6+ BOYS
12:30 pm 1/2 mile run 5 and under

Register TODAY to avoid lines and save on the registration fee. Go to
Spread the word and bring friends!

To volunteer, contact Jill Yates at or Mitzi Johnson at Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate should contact Rachel Levesque, school social worker at or 978.318.1300.

Mitzi and Jill


Monday, May 11                 Meatball Sub
Tuesday, May 12                No Lunch
Wednesday, May 13         Penne Pasta w/ Marinara or Meat Sauce
Thursday, May 14              Fiesta Nachos
Friday, May 15                    Pizza Sticks


It’s Back…The 2015 PMC Kids’ Ride Concord on Sunday, June 14th

After a 1-year hiatus, the PMC Kids Ride Concord Team has decided to move the ride to the Willard School and hold the ride again this year! Kids ages 5-15 can ride to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal of conquering cancer. Registration is open and is $15 with a minimum of $25 fundraising required. To register go to The PMC Kids Ride includes young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission of raising money for cancer research. The program engages youth in philanthropy and promotes physical activity.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on March 26, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, March 23, 2015. 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to