November 21, 2013


We’d like to thank Kristin Keilty for being in charge of the annual Sports Recycling Sale this past weekend.  We hope you were able to source some good second hand stuff!

This Wednesday, Thoreau students will be taking part in the annual Turkey Trot, jogging around the neighborhood, chasing Tom the Turkey!  Families are welcome to come and watch this Thoreau tradition, and we want to wish everyone an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Although the calendar year is winding down, there are many School Administration and School Committee events coming up.  Here is a copy of the dates sent out on Monday night:

School Committee Meeting-  Nov. 26, CCHS Library, 6:30pm

  • The report from the transportation outsourcing consultant will be presented and discussed.

School Committee Meeting-  Monday, Dec. 2, Ripley, 6:30pm

  • John Boynton will be presenting Concord Carlisle at Play, the high school playing fields construction project.

School Committee/Superintendent Coffee- Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7-8:30pm, Peabody Forum

  • Subject of the coffee will be transportation.

Special TOWN MEETING- Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:00pm

  • Article 1 pertains to Land Acquisition at Knox Trail.  Please refer to the below message from Johanna Boynton, SC member:

“On December 4, Concord will hold a special Town Meeting to vote on Article #1 Land Acquisition – 55 and 55R Knox Trail, Acton, to purchase approx. 6.5 acres of land for municipal purpose including parking for school buses and other school vehicles.   If approved, transportation services will continue to be operated in-district.  At the November 26 School Committee meeting, the School Bus Consultants will provide their final report on private bus transportation services.  For those interested in the direction the schools go regarding our transportation needs, there will be a meeting on December 3rd at 7:00 in the Peabody Forum to discuss and ask questions about all information gathered.”

Louisa and Carla


Calling All Turkeys! Calling All Turkeys!

Thanksgiving brings to Thoreau our annual Turkey Trot which takes place on the half day Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The event begins with the school gathering in the gym for beginning Turkey activities. Following this, the entire student body as well as staff members will proceed outside for the “Trot”. As in the past, we welcome parents to join us for the celebration. Please be aware, however, that with our whole school in the gym, there is very little room left for parents. We do encourage parents to cheer the students along the Trot routes (I’m envisioning something akin to the Red Sox and the Duck Boats!). Permission slips are not required for this school wide event. If, however, you do not want your child to participate in the Trot, please send a note to your classroom teacher and we will provide some special reading time in the Library.

Following the Trot, all students will return to their classrooms where we will follow our usual dismissal process. In the interest of safety, we ask that all parents wait until regular dismissal time to take their children. If your child normally rides the bus, and you would like to pick them up because you are attending the Trot, please send a note to the teacher in the morning. Again, all students will be dismissed at 12:25 on Wednesday.

On a more serious note, a recent event reminds me to ask all parents to monitor carefully the items brought to school by the children. Recently, a six year old student brought an empty shell casing (memento from his dad after the Patriots parade) to school. The child gave the casing to a friend who showed it to his parents after school. Parents alerted our school safety officer, Scott Camilleri, after school and the matter was resolved with the involved families.  Certainly, there was no bad intent and at no time was any one in danger.  If you ever have a question about what can come to school or have a concern about a safety issue, please do not hesitate to call.

I wish every family a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!


The Turkey Trot is Wednesday November 27th. Please remember the following:

Send your child to school in sneakers.  If you come to watch the Trot, please wait until the end of the day to pick up your child following normal dismissal procedures. Do not leave with your child directly from the race. Don’t forget to send a note in with your child if you are altering their typical dismissal plan.  The race is for students only. We encourage parents/younger siblings to come cheer on the runners. The pep rally will begin in the Thoreau gym at approximately 11:40 and we estimate the students will begin trotting at 12:00.

Have fun and enjoy a great Thoreau tradition!


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. Children are welcome. 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 this week.

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


The scorecard is UP! As we gather steam in our box top clipping contest, your kids can see where their classroom stands each day as they enter the building. Just look for the big chart mounted above the collection box.

Big thanks go to some Box Tops superstars in the month of October. The Colagiovanni/Millet family in Mrs. Walsh’s classroom contributed 159 coupons last month and the Bettencourt family in Mrs. Dillon’s classroom turned in 178. Great job, you guys!  Kudos also to the many others who continue to scan their recycle bins for that familiar logo each week. Those little baggies really add up!  To maximize the success of your efforts, here are some “how to” reminders:  What you’re looking for on each label or box is a little rectangle containing the Box Tops for Education logo and the tiny words “official coupon”. Put the clipped coupons in a small bag and please include your child’s teacher’s name in or on the bag so that their classroom gets credited for the box tops. The bags go into a collection box just inside the front door of the school. We will be tallying coupon counts by classroom, with the top-collecting class from each grade winning a prize.  Stay tuned for November results coming soon. Good luck to all!

– Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


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 Thoreau Cookbook is almost HERE!  We received over 60 delicious recipes.  Thank you to all of you who submitted your family favorites and your kids’ drawings.  Due to limited space, we had to condense some of the recipe’s narratives.  We hope they still reflect the spirit of your stories.

Below is the order form for the cookbook.  Ebooks are included with your order.

Please complete and return in the your child’s folder, including a check payable to THOREAU PTG, by December 10th

 Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you!

Thoreau Cookbook Committee

978-341-2490 x 3158

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 25                         Baked Fish on a Roll
  • Tuesday, November 26                        Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Wednesday, November 27                  No Lunch
  • Thursday, November 28                       No School
  • Friday, November 29                              No School

Around town

Please join Holy Family Parish on Sunday, November 24th 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 (

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 (

Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Free Public Library

Come check out the Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Free Public Library, Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7 from 9-4, and Sunday, December 8 from 1-4. Gently used books, ideal for gift giving, at bargain basement prices. Do some holiday shopping while supporting library programs. It all takes place in the lobby of the library, 129 Main Street in Concord.

Coats for Kids

Concord Middle School’s  Coats for Kids Club needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for  Antons Cleaners’ 19th  annual Coats for Kids  drive. Last year the students at CMS collected approximately 375 coats.  This year we are hoping to collect 500.  We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults and babies – that are in good wearable condition.  We cannot accept  vests, hats, gloves or snow pants.   Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear.    Coats are being collected now through January 11, 2014.  This  holiday season as we visit with family and friends,  let’s spread the word that we are collecting coats for those in need.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!

American Heart Association at CCHS

The Community Education department is offering one remaining safety course this fall.

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

For more information visit or call 318-1432.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on December 5, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, December 2, 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