November 14, 2013


Thanks to all those who attended the PTG meeting last week. We had a great conversation with Officer Scott Camilleri from the Concord Police Department about ensuring safety at pick-up time. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let us know and we will forward them on to him.

Check your mailboxes! Thoreau’s Annual Appeal letter is anxiously awaiting your kind reply. Please consider donating to this year’s appeal. All funds go directly to activities and supplies that benefit your child — school assemblies, field trips, classroom supplies and more. And remember, if you donate by November 30th, you will be entered into a raffle for a fun prize! Send a check (made out to Thoreau PTG) to the school or donate online through PayPal at Thank you so much for your support!

Upcoming dates to remember:

  • -K/1st grade coffee: Friday November 15th 56 HIll Street 8:45-10:30
  • -Sports Recycle Sale: Saturday November 16th 9:30-11:30
  • -3rd grade coffee: Tuesday November 19th 38 Aurora Lane 9:00

-Superintendent/School Committee Coffee: Tuesday November 19th 7-8:30 pm Peabody Forum

Carla and Louisa


The School Committee and Superintendent invite the Concord and Carlisle community members to join them for coffee and conversation on the following dates/time:

Tuesday, November 19, 7-8:30 pm Peabody Forum

Please join us! ~Diana Rigby and School Committee


Thank you for your participation in the Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF program!  Please have your child return their collection boxes to their classroom teacher by Friday, November 15th.

Thank you again for your contribution to this wonderful program.

~ Paige Somol, UNICEF Coordinator


When:  Saturday, November 16th  9:30am-11:30am.

We will be accepting donations of new and used youth sporting gear to

raise funds for the Thoreau PTG.  No outdated gear please.  Examples

of helpful donations include ice skates, skis/boots/poles, car racks, bicycles

(no flat tires please), cleats of all kinds, and balls/bats/protective gear.

Swap out the gear your children have outgrown for the next size up!

Drop off equipment donations on Friday, Nov. 15th from 4-8pm or on

Saturday morning between 8:30 and 9:30am at the Thoreau Cafeteria.  Thank you!

Volunteers needed on Friday evening to collect, sort, and price items

and on Saturday morning to run the sale.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Parent Coffee!

Please join us for a “School’s underway and pre-holiday” get-together, coffee, and light snacks. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents with children in Kindergarten and First Grade.  Informal/Drop-in format; RSVPs welcome but not necessary.  Pre-elementary siblings welcome! Friday, November 15, 8:45am – 10:30am at 56 Hill Street, West Concord.  Contact Anne Remington, -or- Stefanie Sim,


Please stop by on Tuesday, November 19th at 9:00 am for coffee and refreshments and to connect with other 3rd grade parents.  Plus learn more about the exciting PTG events you won’t want to miss. Non-school age siblings are welcome!

38 Aurora Ln

Concord MA 01742

Please RSVP by November 14th:  Food donations are welcome. Please confirm with RSVP.


Please stop by for coffee and conversation at 17 Central Street on Tuesday, December 3rd, 9:00-10:30. This will be a great way to catch up with other fourth grade parents and hear about the many upcoming PTG events. If you have any questions, call or email us…Suzy Symons (369-6294 or, Cathy Chadwick (287-0544 or


Thank you again to all of you who participated in the Genevieve fall fundraiser.   Please mark your calendars and plan to pick up your holiday loot next week.

When: Your merchandise will be ready for pick up on Thursday, November 21 at dismissal time (12:15 for Kindergarten parents and 3:15 for everyone else).  If you can’t pick up next Thursday, please try and pick up your merchandise up before Thanksgiving break.

Where: The merchandise will be  to the right of the main office, down the hallway towards the library.  Your merchandise will be labelled by last name and organized by grade and teacher  for easy pick up and at least one of the organizers will be there on Thursday afternoon (either Sharon Sharifi or Jill Yates or both) to help find your items.

If  you have any questions, please contact me at or call at 617-448-6662.


Sharon Sharifi


Your satisfaction is guaranteed! If you are not satisfied with your child’s school photo (or your child was absent on picture day), retakes are scheduled for Monday, November 18th beginning at 9am. For retakes, please send back the photos you would like to return, and  let your child’s teacher know that you are requesting retakes. Class photos are yours to keep (whether or not you choose to purchase your first set or retake photos) so please keep your class photos.

Coffee Pond strives to deliver the best possible images. If you have any questions they can help with, please feel free to contact them directly.

Parents w/questions (late orders; missing orders, refunds etc.) should contact our dedicated Lifeguards:

By phone they can reach our Customer Care Department directly at:

1-800-632-2323 ext “0”

By Email:

By US Mail:


Coffee Pond Productions, Inc.

19 Strathmore Road

Natick, MA  01760

If there’s anything I can help with, feel free to contact me:

Thank you,



Please join us in celebrating Michael Goodwin, CCHS teacher and one of 50 teachers featured in American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, on Sunday, November 24, 3-4:30, CCHS Library.

Diana F. Rigby

Superintendent of Schools

Concord Public Schools/Concord-Carlisle Regional School District


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 27th.  The run will begin after an all-school pep rally in the gym. The pep rally usually begins around 11:15am and the run begins around 11:40am. Parents and family members are welcome to come, watch the pep rally and the run, and cheer the kids on! 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. This year there will be new running routes for all the children. Also new this year, NO permission slips required.

We need volunteers! If you are available to help on the morning of the 27th please email Lisa Becker,, Betsy Martel,, or Trish Siefer,


We are entering the time of year with a variety of illnesses such as viral and strep throats, upper respiratory infections such as common cold, stomach viruses, bronchitis, pneumonia season and more.  Please reinforce the following  health measures to stop the spread of contagious illnesses and help your family and others stay healthy:

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often w/ soap and water or use alcohol-based    hand sanitizer.  Be an example.  Stop the spread of germs!!
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
  • Remind your children to cover their coughs/sneezes w/ tissues.  Use the elbow, arm or   sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
  • Keep sick children home until free of any fever (100 degrees F/ 37.8 degrees C greater), without the use of fever reducing meds (Tylenol, ibuprofen) for at least  24 hours.  This includes after school activities and socializing. Keeping children  w/ fevers at home will reduce exposure to others.
  • Know the signs & symptoms of the flu.  This includes:  fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, possibly vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Keep immunizations up to date and arrange for you and your child to receive a flu vaccine.  There are Meningitis vaccines that help prevent meningitis.  A vaccine for bacterial meningitis is available for ages 2 – 55 yrs.  Most people may already have immunity.
  • Know the signs of meningitis include:  fever, severe and constant headache, stiff neck or neck pain, nausea and vomiting and rash can be signs.  Also changes in behavior:  confusion, sleepiness and trouble waking.
  • Contact your primary care provider if any questions or concerns about your child’s illness especially if develops a fever after a few days of illness.
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick.  Any child whom the nurse  determines to be sick while at school, will be sent home.
  • Check out the following resources: ,,

Thoreau Health Office web site:

Stay Well,

Nicki M. Richards, RN, MS

Thoreau School Nurse

978-341-2490 x 3158

Lost & Found in the Cafeteria

All items remaining on Friday, November 15, will be donated to a local charity. Please check it before then.

MCAS Schedule – March and May 2014

  • March 18                Gr. 4 Long Composition
  • March 19                Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
  • March 21                Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 ELA
  • March 24                Gr. 4 ELA
  • March 26                Gr. 4 ELA
  • May 7           Gr. 4 Math
  • May 8           Gr. 4 Math
  • May 13          Gr. 5 Science
  • May 14          Gr. 5 Science

Please be mindful of these dates, and make every effort to have your children in school, and on time.  Thank you for your cooperation. -Nancy Peterson, Principal


  • Monday, November 18                     Crispy Chicken
  • Tuesday, November 19                    Early Release Day
  • Wednesday, November 20             Mac and Cheese
  • Thursday, November 21                  Hearty Vegetarian Chili
  • Friday, November 22                        Max Pizza Sticks

Around town

Girl Scout Hoe Down

Come to the Girl Scout Hoe Down on Sunday November 17th from 3-5 at the Scout House (74 Walden Street)!  The second grade brownies are sponsoring the hoe down, which will feature a square dance caller and music, cowgirl crafts, and snacks. $5/child, adults free.

Thank you!

Thea Hahn

Troop 75306

Concord Area Preschool Fair

Apple Valley Montessori School and Concord Family Network are sponsoring the Concord Area Preschool Fair on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Alcott School Gym.  Representatives from Concord, Carlisle and Lincoln preschools will be on hand to provide information on their programs and to answer your questions.  This event is the perfect opportunity for families with toddlers and preschoolers to learn about the different programs in our area.  Please join us!  See for more information or contact Shannon Welsh at 978-287-4000.

Open Table Seeks Volunteers

Looking for a meaningful way to give back to the community?

Open Table in Concord needs various pantry volunteer positions filled on Thursdays:

12:00-1:00 Pick-up grocery store donations in your SUV or mini-van

12:30-2:30 Pantry Set-up

4:15-6:30 Pantry Hosts (adults) and teen bag carriers

6:30-7:30 Pantry-Clean-up Crew.

If interested, please contact Susan Evans (

Concord Carlisle Wrestling Club

The Concord-Carlisle Wrestling Club is for young athletes (3rd grade and up) looking build a solid base for any and all other sports in which they will participate, all in a fun and safe environment.

This Club will focus mainly on proper fundamentals and goal-setting. Members will learn the rules of collegiate wrestling while practicing and gaining education in physical and mental fitness.

After completion of the program, every wrestler will have increased body awareness, speed, mental, and physical toughness; foundation skills that can transfer across all sports and in life.

Clinic begins the first Monday in November and will continue until the end of January at CCHS cafeteria from 5:30-7pm.  Contact Coach Eric Rivera:  Sign-ups will continue beyond the first Monday in November.

American Heart Association at CCHS

The Community Education department offers several more safety courses this fall.

CPR/AED (Heartsaver):   Tuesday, December 3, 6-9 PM

The courses are also available as “hybrid” courses, with part online and followed by a brief skills session that is individually scheduled at CCHS. For more information visit or call 318-1432.

November Events at the Concord Free Public Library

Third Grade Book Eaters Club
Let’s share our favorite books (old & new). Plus games, crafts, and food!
November 20 at 4pm.  Let’s explore different subjects in the Non Fiction area:
Pets, poetry, cooking, crafts, space, history…

Show & Tell…  Bring a favorite Non Fiction Book to Share
Activity…         Do the Dewey Decimal Hunt
Food…             Dewey Mix Snack: What Do We mix together to remember the Dewey Decimal system?

Register @  Walk-ins also welcome. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. For more info call (978) 318-3358.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 21, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 18, 2013. 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