November 20, 2014


  • The Annual Turkey Trot will be on Wednesday November 26th (a half day of school.)  Come and cheer the kids on as they begin their run around 11:40am.  Parents can meet on the lower playground and watch the students exit the gym to begin the trot, or feel free to stand along the course route.  If you can help out at this event, please sign up to volunteer at:   (Note:  Thoreau gear will be on sale at the Turkey Trot!)
  • No School on November 27th (Thanksgiving) or 28th.
  •  PTG Meeting Friday, December 5th at 9am in Cafeteria (all are welcome!)
  • School Picture Re-take Day will be on December 9th.
  • Thank you to Jen McGrath and Nikki Morrissey for all of our great fundraising events the past few weeks, and to the Thoreau families for coming out to support Thoreauly dining at the 99, Thoreauly Shopping at Barefoot Books and JuJu, and Original Works.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  We are so thankful for our wonderful Thoreau Community!

Trish and Carla


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 next Wednesday, November 26.  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!


We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Thoreau Health and Wellness Committee. Anyone interested in participating should contact Kim Hodder at


Looking for the perfect holiday gift for all the foodies on your list?   Give the Thoreau Friendship Cookbook!  Nothing goes better with Bruins, Patriots or Celtics like sweet and spicy chicken wings, or a chilly winter day than Lentil chard soup.  And, when you need that one-pot wonder, Mexican crockpot chicken hits the spot. Teacher favorites are also included.  Think stollen, think swiss and bacon dip, think delish!

Purchase your cookbook for the holiday season online in 3 easy steps:

  2. click on “Support Thoreau”
  3. click on ” Thoreau School Cookbook”

You can also purchase your cookbook from Maria in the front office.  Cash only please.  $15 each.  E-book is included with every purchase.

Give the gift that is a love pat for your tummy and a love pat for Thoreau School.  Order Today! 


Have you been wondering where your child’s brand new rain jacket went?  Or that heavy GAP sweatshirt that cost a fortune but has only been worn once so far?  Guess what?  It’s in the lost and found at Thoreau!  To see a photo gallery of what was in the lost and found as of mid-day yesterday (Wed, November 19), click here:  You may be surprised at what you see!  Make sure to claim your items as soon as possible, as everything will be donated to charity on Friday, December 5.  The lost and found is currently on display at the end of the hall near the cafeteria.  The school is open as early as 6am if you would like to swing by before work to take a look.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Students in first grade have been working with collage and making shapes in order to represent their ideas.  They first used their memory to think about the big shapes, touching shapes and inside shapes that make up their house.  Wow!  There were a lot of rectangles and squares!  They followed that up by reading Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert. We talked all about gardens and what plants need to grow and how flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Students then “grew” their own flower garden, all while practicing turning squares into octagons and finally into circles by cutting the points.  Some classes made classroom connections adding cumulonimbus clouds so that our garden would have rain!  Others connected to our school-wide bee system adding the 3 Bee’s: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible!  Our final project is the most exciting of all.  Life Size Self Portraits, which allows students to synthesize all that they have learned about shapes and collage.

Interested in learning more about the art curriculum…Check out the Thoreau Art Webpage under class links.

Kate Hiltz

Art Teacher


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


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 24                        Popcorn Chicken
  • Tuesday, November 25                       Penne Pasta
  • Wednesday, November 26                 NO LUNCH
  • Thursday, November 27                     HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  • Friday, November 28                            NO SCHOOL

Around town

Cradles to Crayons Collection-Today through Saturday, November 22nd

Our children are growing and it can be a challenge for any parent to keep up with each new size and stage.  Imagine if you simply did not have the resources to provide this.  Please pass along your children’s outgrown items to help a local child.  Cradles collects children and teen clothing, coats, shoes, books, and small toys to be redistributed in the Greater Boston area to children in need. These essentials help children feel valued and thrive at home, in school and in play.

Drop off anytime at the Cradles Concord Collection Unit, now behind the Concord Court House on Walden Street.  For a list of items Cradles accepts, please go to:

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

Scholastic Tournament: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Concord Carlisle Chess Club

Open to all players! Two sections – age 11 and under, and 11 through 17.  Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord.  U.S. Chess Federation rated

  • Registration 1:00-1:30 pm
  • First Round: 1:30 pm
  • $10 pre-registration, $15 at the door

Affiliated with U.S. Chess Federation and Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA).

Club members please sign up with Yuval Erlich at, pay a reduced fee of $5. Others enroll through the MACA via link at

This is a rated tournament – participants should be members of USCF.

Concord-Carlisle Chess Club meets Sundays, 2-5 pm at HWCC, for instruction with Chess Master Vadim Martirosov and open play. Students, adults and families can join the Club mid-season, and start anytime. Contact Yuval Erlich at for prorated fee information. The new 12-week winter session begins January 11.  Sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education (978) 318-1432 or

Morning with Santa, The Concord Museum, Saturday, December 13

Enjoy a delightful visit and photo with Santa, create a number of wonderful seasonal crafts, and feast on freshly made breakfast treats.

  • 10:00 – 12:30 (The line for Santa can sometimes get busy from 11am-12pm)
  • $25/Child, $10/Non-Member adult, Member adults free.
  •  Space is limited! Reserve online or by calling (978) 369-9763, ext. 216

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 28, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 24, 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