November 12, 2015


Please join us tonight at 7pm for a PTG community meeting in the Thoreau School library.  We will discuss topics such as the potential reconfiguration of the Middle School, district-wide updates, and upcoming events/opportunities such as the Adult Social and Turkey Trot.  All are welcome!


Tonight, Thursday, November 12th – Committee/Event Chairs Meeting at 6:15pm; and PTG Meeting at 7pm (both in Thoreau School Library)

Saturday, November 14th – Adult Social and Auction at 7pm (Concord Art Association)

Tuesday, November 24th – Joint School Committee Meeting at 6:30pm (Ripley Conference Room)

Wednesday, November 25th – Turkey Trot, Thoreau School

*The Principal Coffee previously scheduled for November 18th has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

Opportunities to get involved!

BINGO NIGHT COORDINATOR: Due to a family move, Bingo Night is without a coordinator. We are looking for one or two people to coordinate this family event scheduled for the evening of Friday, February 5. There is not a lot of heavy lifting with this event. Coordinating would be a great way to get involved!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE OBSERVERS: Leslie Feigh has agreed to fill this position, but we could use a few more people to be observers with her.  The more volunteers we get the easier this job will be!  School committee meetings are twice a month and can also be viewed on tv/web.

Contact Betsy Martel or Trish Siefer if you are interested in either of these opportunities.

The Center for Parents and Teachers Event

The Teen Technology Toolbox, Tonight from 7-9pm at the Peabody Forum. Please register and pay online at the following site: Tickets are $10 per person.  This fee supports the ongoing work of The Center for Parent and Teachers, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Susan Reynolds, M.Ed. will explain the reasons for the adolescent brain’s attachment to digital devices and provides tools and solutions in response.

Betsy and Trish


On Wednesday, November 25th, Thoreau School will host its 26th Annual Turkey Trot!  What is the Turkey Trot?  This event is a non-competitive fun run, which begins with a pep rally in the gym and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau School neighborhood.  We need parent volunteer to line the course and keep the kids safe!  Volunteers will meet in the Cafeteria at 11:15am and line the course from 11:40am-12:10pm.  To sign up, Click here.

Any questions, email Trish Siefer at


The Winter After School Program registration is now open.  Classes start the week of November 30.  Chess, Fuzzy Felt and Minecraft are the three classes that are being offered.  Please go to the PTG website to register.  If you have any questions please contact Stefanie Sim or Jen Keegan Jiganti


October/ November is Vision/ Hearing screening at Thoreau.  Letters will be mailed home this week if your child needs further evaluation.  Please follow up and update the Health office with any recommendations received.

Please send in an extra set of clothes for your child to keep in his/ her locker. All students, yes even the big ones, need a change of clothing from time to time.  Spilled milk (that we do not cry over), puddles (that call our name) and many other accidents and incidents require clothing changes.  Also, if you happen to do some fall cleaning and have extra tops and bottoms, please donate to the health office.

We have had a handful of lice/nit cases this year.  Please continue to remind your children to limit their head to head contact with friends and classmates. Long hair pulled back/up is always a good recommendation, as is no sharing hats, scarves, brushes, etc.  If you have questions about lice, please visit the CDC website.

Seeking Geography Quest Volunteers

Planning for the 2016 Geography Quest is well underway as 3 parents from Willard and Thoreau are already busily revising and editing. We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to join us in learning the process. If you are interested in taking a more active role in the Quest, please contact Liz Wei as soon as you can at We have a meeting this Sunday at 7pm and would welcome people to join us at that time. Thanks very much.

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

Thoreau librarians Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins and PTG Gift Book Coordinator Liz Wei invite you to participate in the Gift Book Program. Through this program, families can purchase books in honor of a student or teacher and donate them to the school library.

We have had two donations so far this year. Lola’s Fandango was given by the Drake Family in honor of daughter Christina’s 9thbirthday, and Gabe Robichaud purchased Ellray Jakes the Recess King in honor of Mrs. Hollander.

The plan is the same as last year: 1) Parents can select a book from the Gift Book Box in the library and write a check for the cover price to the PTG. 2) The book will have a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. The book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the honoree will be the first person allowed to check out the book. 3) The library aide will keep an updated spreadsheet of books available for donation. 4) If parents would like to donate a special book NOT from the box, they should check with the librarians to ensure the library doesn’t own the book already.

The Gift Book Program is a wonderful and easy way to provide a special gift to the school during this season of giving. It also enables your child to stay connected to the school for years to come. Questions? Speak with the librarians or contact Liz Wei at

Children’s Programming Update

On Friday November 6th, the Third Graders welcomed Blacksnake Woman and Traveling Medicine Dog into their classrooms to share stories and special objects with our young learners from Native American Culture. Please ask your children what they learned!  This event was graciously sponsored by your generous dollars given to the PTG.


November School Menus:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


November News From the Concord Public School Lunch Program
This month we are offering locally grown kale from Harvest and/or Baggott Farms.  The kale will be mixed with romaine lettuce and offered on the salad bars at all the Concord Public Schools. Tomatoes from local Backyard Farms will also be offered on the salad bar. Locally grown red delicious apples from the Brookdale Farm will be featured this month. The CPS participates in Massachusetts’s Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month Program.  Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop from local farms each month in school cafeterias across the state. Kale is featured for the month of November. To learn more about Harvest of the Month and view information about kale including recipes, visit  The Concord Public School system procures produce from Costa Fruit & Produce.  “Local” sourcing means from New England or New York.

Concord Education Farm and Bedford Farms Partnership

As the Holidays approach, we’re teaming up with a Concord favorite, Bedford Farms,  to help the Concord Ed Fund continue to support the development of curricula, programs, and initiatives designed to enhance the experience of education of students and teachers at Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle High School. Our friends at Bedford Farms will donate a portion of all proceeds from in-store purchases (from the Concord store) of quart and half-gallon ice cream starting on Saturday, November 7, and running through Saturday, November 21.
Simply  mention “CEF” or “Concord Ed Fund ice cream offer” when you purchase a quart or half-gallon of Bedford Farms’ famous ice cream.  What a great way to keep your holiday guests, and the whole family happy and support CEF!  We want to thank our friends at Bedford Farms for this generous offer, and hope you’ll stock up for the holidays, and support CEF in the process.

Concord Youth Theatre’s Junior Company Presents The Elves & The Shoemaker

Something strange is happening at Concord Youth Theatre!  It seems that when most others are asleep, someone (or someone’s) is just beginning their work in the Junior Company production of “The Elves & the Shoemaker,” running December 3-6, 2015, Thursday at 5:00pm; Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

American Heart Association CPR at CCHS

The final course of the calendar year meets on Thursday, November 19, 6:30-9:30 pm. Learn the latest standards in CPR Basic Life Support and the AED, and practice so that you will have the confidence necessary in a true emergency. If you miss this class your options include one next year or an online version anytime.  See > keyword course # 2243 or call 318-1432. Community Education courses are a student funded service of the Concord Carlisle Schools.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Nov. 19, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to