MAY 9, 2013


The 7th Annual Thoreau School 5K and Kids Fun Run is Sunday, May 19th.

Mark your calendars for this fun family-friendly, community event!   All proceeds benefit the Thoreau PTG.

For faster race day registration, a free t-shirt, and a reduced entry-fee, please pre- register online at: .

Event Schedule:

10:00 am: Race Day Registration

11:00 am: 5K Run

12:00 pm: 1/2 mile (5 and under) and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run

A Family BBQ, Games, Award Ceremony and more will follow the race!

See you at the Finish Line!

The 2013 Thoreau Road Race Committee

Betsy Dorr and Karen Monks, Co-Chairs, Siobhan Mee, Julie Miller, Heather Swartwood, and Abby White


Where can you find healthy kid-friendly meals in under 30 minutes you ask?  In the all-new Thoreau School Cookbook of course!  And,  our secret ingredient is YOU!  We need families to serve up some of their favorite recipes generously sprinkled with a 2-3 sentence anecdote about what makes this culinary dish special for your family.  We need lots of recipes, drawings from students and volunteers to whip up this masterpiece, so don your apron and lend your culinary expertise to this “Thoreauly” healthy kid-friendly epicurean effort.  Materials are due by June 15 to  If you prefer hard copy, please send your family recipes to your child’s teacher.  Cookbook will be available this coming Fall just in time for the holidays.  Let’s get cookin’!


Did you know that lots of box tops have expiration dates of either June 1 or June 30?  If you have a bag of them sitting around that you’ve been meaning to turn in for months, please get them in the collection box now so that they get mailed in with our May submission.  (They don’t accept expired ones.)

Another good reason to turn in your box tops now is our classroom contest.  I’ll be emptying the collection box on May 24 and closing the books for the contest that weekend.  Don’t forget to put your child’s teacher’s name on the bag so that I can credit the right classroom!  Meanwhile, keep an eye on that scoreboard at the entrance to the school for updates.

–       Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


On behalf of the PTG, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to KimberLynn Drake, Julie Bailey, Jennifer Newbold, Erin Logan, Sharon Sharifi, Jen Johnson and Shelagh Moskow for volunteering at the Kindergarten Registration Days in April! I’d also like to thank Maria Schofield, Sue Howard, Kelly Clough and all the Thoreau staff involved in the event for your help in making our volunteer roles run so smoothly. It was great fun to see so many new and familiar little faces join the Thoreau community!

-Allison Oshinsky, Coordinator of Kindergarden Registration Parent Volunteers



 5th Grade Parents:

Please mark your calendars with the following important dates.

Monday, May 20th 9:15-10:00. The 5th grade band, chorus and orchestra will perform a concert in school for a few classes.

Wednesday May 22nd is the night concert and the opening night of the Art Retrospective. The doors will open at 6:30 for parents to view their child’s art work. The concert will begin promptly at 7:15. We should be finished by 8:30. For both concerts the students need to wear White on top and Dark on the bottom. Notices have been sent home with the concert information.


Roseanne Swain


Please check out the link to see what positions need filling during the 2013-2014 school year at CMS.  This is a great way to get involved at the Middle School. Most jobs require very little time yet have a very large impact at the school. These are chair or co-chair positions. If you have any questions about the jobs please Aimee Cupp  Thank you in advance!!

LUNCH MENU FOR May 13 – May 17

Monday:  Baked Ham and Cheese on whole wheat bread

Tuesday:  Early Release Day

Wednesday:  Macaroni and cheese, fun fish nuggets

Thursday:  Teriyaki chicken dippers

Friday:  WG French bread pizza


Concord Conservatory of Music “Play Day”

The Concord Conservatory of Music is proud to host “Play Day” Saturday, May 11, 11:45 AM – 5:00PM. Play Day is a whole day dedicated to celebrating music with our community and “Playing Together”! All proceeds from this event support the CCM Financial Assistance Fund. Last year CCM granted over $14,000 in assistance to area students. Come by CCM to hear student performances, drum with Jorge Perez-Albela, eat hot dogs, play musical games, try our “Instrument Petting Zoo” even have your face painted! 

Founded in 2005, the Concord Conservatory of Music is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement with music education.  As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. The mission of the Concord Conservatory of Music is to foster a sense of community through music by providing accessible high quality music education and performance opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Our vision is to provide a community center for high quality 21st century music instruction for all who desire itContact number or e-mail for readers who want more info 
   978-369-0010, or

Free Screening of Mother Nature’s Child at the Concord Museum

The Concord Museum and the Playscape at Ripley will be presenting a free screening of the acclaimed film, Mother Nature’s Child, on Thursday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Concord Museum.  The film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and  development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood, and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a  living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors;  this will not be true for most children growing up today.

The film is directed by Camilla Rockwell and co-produced with Wendy Conquest, both of whom have worked previously with filmmaker Ken Burns.  Interviews in the film include, among others: Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, and David Sobel, author of Childhood and Nature and a leader in the field of place-based education.

Chris Gerzon, a member of the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley, will facilitate a post-screening conversation.  Advance registration is required: 978-369-9763, ext. 216. Space is limited.

Jennifer Saxe

Pop Warner Registration is Open

Registration for the 2013 Concord Carlisle Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program is open.  CCPW expects to field teams at 5 levels for players and cheerleaders from 2nd grade through 8th grade.  The first practice will be on August 11 and the season will open on September 7th.  You can register on line and get other information about the program at the CCPW website at or call Kevin Smith at (978) 369-0634.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis so make sure we have a place for your son or daughter and sign up now.  All those who register by May 1st will receive a $25 discount.


2013 GirlPower!

Girlpower is for girls ages 10-14 who are looking for a unique summer experience. A holistic wellness program in its sixth summer, GirlPower! brings together girls with different interests and abilities to learn, explore, exercise, create, relax, bond and nourish.  The program supports physical and social and emotional development with activities such as yoga, Barre Pilates, creative culinary and healthy eating demonstrations, journaling, local field trips, hiking, organic skin care, expressive dance (African, bellydance, Nia®) the art of dressing and body image, recycled art, and, of course, teen talk.  It moves from its CCHS location this summer, to Concord’s “Yoga & Nia for Life” studio in West Concord.

The fee includes lunch, snacks, professional instruction and materials. Workshop leader Susanne Liebich is a Concord-based yoga practitioner, certified Pilates instructor, certified Nia instructor, and dance instructor. She is accompanied by guest teachers who are experts in their fields. More at

Three summer sessions

1.  June 24-28, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, $550   #1168

2. July 8-12, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, $550   #1169

3. 4-day session, Monday through Thursday, August 26-29, $440   #1170

Meets 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, at Yoga and Nia for Life

Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at

Join the Fight to Conquer Cancer.  6th Annual PMC Kids Ride Concord Registration Open Now.

The PMC Concord Kids Ride will take place on Sunday, June 9th from 8:30-12 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 riding.  Kids 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

Friends of the Concord Free Public Library’s Thursday Author Series – Tonight!

Diane Frampton, author of the highly praised cookbook, “Eat Well … Feel Good. Practical Paleo Living,” is the May 9 speaker of the Thursday Author Series. Frampton’s original engagement to speak in March was rescheduled because of snow.

The Thursday Author Series is a program of the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Frampton will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m., in the Periodicals Room or the main library. There is no charge.

Music This Summer With IMSCC

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) will offer individual instrumental and vocal lessons again this summer to new and continuing students. Lessons with IMSCC are designed to complement the K-12 music curriculum. Summer lessons are available for the following instruments: Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion (drums), violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano and voice.

The IMSCC was established by the Concord/Concord-Carlisle Schools in 1980 to support the music curriculum with fee-based after-school instruction. For registration materials and information about our flexible summer program, Tuesdays June 25-August 20, please call 978-341-2490 ext. 7152, or

Does Your Child Like To Run?  Is He Or She Fast?  Can He Or She Throw Or Jump Far?

The Concord Recreation Department offers a short, fun, experiential, introductory youth track clinic for children born 1999-2004.  Events include four different individual running distances based on one’s age group, the standing broad jump, a softball throw, and the 4 x 100 relay.  The clinic includes a scrimmage and concludes with a meet with surrounding towns.  Held on three Fridays, 3:45 – 5:15, at the Emerson Playground track, with the scrimmage on Tues. June 4 and the meet in the evening of Thursday, June 13, also in Concord.  Starts Friday, May 24.  Register in person at the Hunt Gym or by calling 369-6460.

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