November 19, 2015



Thank you to all the parents who came out last Saturday night in support of the PTG. The Adult Social/Auction was a huge success. Through your support we will continue to be able to provide our community with rich educational and social experiences!

Thank you to Social Committee Chairs, Adrienne Principe and Alexa Anderson, as well as all the members of their committee including,  Ali Baty, Tami DeAngelis, Betsy Dorr, Julia Elliot, Kirsten Francini, Jen McGrath, Kristine Millett, Julie Morse, Caroline Myler, and Patti Turrentini.  Thank you to Andy DeAngelis and Ali Sullivan for their last minute help, as well as to all those who stayed and helped clean up.

The auction would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Jen Perry, Megan Holsinger and Jen McGrath. Thank you to the following local businesses and families who donated items: Beauty Counter, Concord Fire Department, Concord Hair Salon, Concord Museum, Concord Police Department and Ron and Megan Holisnger, Concord Provisions, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and Julie Miller, Mane Escape, Brett Marinaccio, Potpourri Designs, Emily and Wes Rush, Saltbox Kitchen and Ben and Julia Elliot, Prow Sarnsethsiri and the Moy family, Sole, Krys Streeter Tarlow, West Concord Liquors, Loren Winters, Woods Hill Table and Kristen Canty.

Thank you to Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Deshaies, Mrs. Dillon, Mrs. Foggo, Mr. Hourihan, Ms. Howard, Mrs. Jensen, Ms. Keefe, Mrs. Link, Mrs. Marotta, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Ogilvie, Mrs. Pettyjohn, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Walsh, Ms. Watson, and the 3rd grade team, Mrs. Faricelli, Ms. Ham, Mrs. Hollander, and Mrs. Gallagher, for graciously donating so many fantastic items!

Thank you to Principal Charles for coming to the event and supporting the PTG through her donation to the auction.


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

Wednesday, November 25th – Turkey Trot, Thoreau School

Thursday, November 26th – No School

Friday, November 27th – No School

Wednesday, December 3rd – School Picture Retakes

Tuesday, December 8th – Staff Breakfast and Cookie Table hosted by 2nd & 3rd grade; Joint School Committee Meeting at 6:30pm, Ripley Conference Room

Friday, December 11th – PTG Meeting, 9am, Thoreau Cafeteria


We need your help to run a safe and fun Turkey Trot. Read below for more information and click here ( to sign-up.

Betsy and Trish


On Wednesday, November 25, 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 11am and line the course from 11:30am-12pm.  To sign up, go to:

26th Annual Thoreau School Turkey Trot    Any questions, email Trish Siefer at


Thank you so much to the 35 families who have donated a total of $4,380. We are 1/4 of the way to our goal this school year. Please donate to the Thoreau PTG to continue funding all of our wonderful programs that help our children thrive!  You can make your tax-deductible contribution now at:


Please consider donating your children’s costumes from this past season. There is a collection bin at school.  We will store them for next year’s Resale Party.  We will be collecting until Thanksgiving break.


November School Menus:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


Friends of the Concord Public Library Book Sale

Book lovers and gift givers, your moment is at hand. The December book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Public Library starts on Friday, Dec. 4 and ends on Sunday, Dec. 6. at the main branch, 129 Main Street. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of time to search for the perfect literary gift among the hundreds of nearly-new books in mostly-mint condition that go on sale for the holidays. Volunteer sorters are working harder than ever to insure that a wide array of books will be available for every age group. Tables will be set up in the lobby of the library, as well as in the Children’s Room.  This year, along with books, you will be able to purchase a Friends membership when you check out. Fees are low. Student/Senior (over 65) pay $15; individuals are $25; family memberships are $50; Supporting Friends pay $100 annually. Among the benefits to the community, the nonprofit Friends underwrite children’s and adult programs, poetry and author readings, art lectures, film series, a music series and the annual Miller Historian Award ceremony that brings nationally-known speakers to Concord. Most events are free. So jot down the dates, and bring your gift list to the library. From coffee table books to charming children’s favorites, from classics to this year’s popular novels, the December library book sale is becoming a Concord tradition.

2015 Concord Museum Holiday House Tour Volunteers Needed!

This year’s Holiday House Tour will take place on Saturday, December 5, from 11am – 4pm. We are recruiting volunteer docents to greet and monitor visitors in an assigned room of one of the homes to ensure that the home is not disturbed and that guests feel welcome. You can volunteer for more than one shift. And it’s a fun — and easy — community service opportunity that parents can do with their children (ages 15 and older). Plus, volunteers get a reduced ticket price! This year’s Tour features six homes. We need volunteers in each house as Shift Captains to cover two shifts each: 10:30am – 1:35pm and 1:25pm – 4:30pm. Plus, each home needs two additional volunteers to cover each of three time slots: Shift 1: 10:40am – 12:50 pm; Shift 2: 12:45pm – 2:50pm; Shift 3: 2:45pm – 4:30pm. Please note that you will receive your shift assignment a few days before the event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please use the following link: .  If you have any questions or issues with the link, please email Carolyn Myers at

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Nov. 25, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Nov. 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 or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to