November 13, 2014


TOMORROW morning join Principal Chris Mahoney for coffee and discussion- 9:30am in the cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome!

Also, join the Concord Public School Committee at their next EVENING COFFEE, this TUESDAY, November 18- 7pm at the Peabody Middle School Building, in the Forum.  Open discussion and Q&A.

Carla and Trish


Your children’s artwork, forms and check are due this Friday.  Don’t miss this opportunity to display your children’s artwork (They make great grandparent gifts)!


It’s the 25th year of the Thoreau School Turkey Trot! The Turkey Trot is a school-wide, non-competitive “fun run” around the Thoreau School neighborhood.  The “trot” or run will take place on Wednesday, November 26.  The run will begin after an all-school pep rally.  Watch for specific details on the timing of the pep rally and run as the date draws near. The run is led by a mysterious, almost adult-like turkey! Different routes are designated depending on your child’s grade level. There is a shorter route for kindergarteners and a longer route for 1st-5th grade.  Parents and family members are welcome to come, watch the run, and cheer the kids on!  We need volunteers to monitor the race route, helping to keep the kids on track and safe. Visit the website and click volunteer or visit to sign up!


Thoreau will receive 15% of sales all day at Juju, Thursday, November 19th! Bring some friends to enjoy wine and shopping at 6:30pm that evening. Make sure to mention that you are shopping for Thoreau when you check out.


On Friday, Dec. 5, all items will be donated.  Please stop by and check the tables located in the hall by the Cafeteria.   


Winter clothes needed! If you have gently used winter coats, boots, hats and mittens, please consider donating them to Thoreau families in need. Clothes may be dropped off at Rachel Levesque’s office or you can arrange a pick-up of your items by contacting Tiffany Pomeroy at


The second PTG Staff Breakfast of the year, sponsored by the 4th Grade, was a big hit!  Thanks to coordinators Trish Siefer and Shelagh Moskow, and to all 4th Grade families who contributed.  The next Staff Breakfast will be hosted by the 3rd Grade and is scheduled for Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (mark your calendars!)

– Najah Alford and Anne Remington


We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert!  This year’s family concert is Saturday, Feburary 7 at 10:15 am.  Adults are $20 and kids are FREE.  This year’s theme is “Keeping Good Company”- Musical Partnerships of Inspiration and Innovation, featuring music of Bartok, Stravinsky, and of course John Williams!  Pre-concert activities including the Instrument Playground, instrument demonstrations, and much more are available for all ticket holders from 9-10am.

Sign up and payment instructions here:  Please note I will be ordering tickets earlier this year for better seats, so send in your checks now!  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Email me at with any questions.


  • Monday, November 17                       Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, November 18                       No Lunch
  • Wednesday, November 19                Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday, November 20                     Turkey Tacos
  • Friday, November 21                            Homemade Cheese Pizza

Around town

Thanksgiving Turkey Truck

Please join Holy Family Parish on Sunday, November 23rd for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Truck, a drive to collect frozen turkeys for the Crossroads Shelter in East Boston.  Members of the Holy Family Youth Ministry will be collecting frozen turkeys (average size of 10 lbs) from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm at the truck parked in front of the church in Monument Square.  For more information, please contact Karl LeClair, Youth Minister (978-369-7442, or Ray Bruttomesso (978-371-3082 or

Concord Museum 

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

November 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makesFamily Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the storyline, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of visitors of all ages from all over New England.

Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.

During this benefit event, admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 children (4–18); children under 4 and Members Free. Family Trees admission includes all of the Museum galleries and special exhibitions. The Museum is openMonday-Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00; the Museum will close at 1:00 on December 24 and will be closed all day November 27 and December 25.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 20, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 17, 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, single-spaced and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to