November 3, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


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We hope that everyone fared well in last weekend’s snowstorm and its related power outages, and that everyone had a fun Halloween.  We have a few reminders of upcoming November events. Monday, November 7 at 7:00 pm is the town meeting to vote on the CCHS building project.  We hope to see you there!  If you want to read up on the project before the meeting, visit The ballot vote is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15.  Tuesday, November 8 is a professional day for parent-teacher conferences, so there is no school.  Also on November 8 is a school committee meeting at 6:30 pm at the Ripley building.  The next Thoreau PTG meeting is on Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00 am in the Thoreau cafeteria, all are welcome.  Lastly a quick reminder to get in your child’s Turkey Trot permission slip.  Whether you are giving permission to your child or not, we must have a slip returned for every child.  If you have lost or never received a Turkey Trot permission slip, you can print a copy at  Click on “2011 Turkey Trot Registration” located on the right side of the home page.  Have a great weekend! – Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


Thanks to all the families who participated in our Fall Fundraiser. It was a success! We will be in touch soon to let you know when to pick up your orders.


You should have received our Annual Appeal letter in the mail recently. Remember you can always donate by using a credit card through the Donate link on the Thoreau PTG website. This is our number one fundraiser so that we can get your kids all the great educational extras. Thanks to the following families for their donations: Lee, Feinstein, Grace, Moore, Tabloski, Easterday, McClure, Staknis, Yamartino, Heymann and Hunter. Keep those donations coming! No amount is too small. Donations made by November 30 will be entered in a drawing for some great prizes!Louisa Yamartino and Sharon Sharifi


Concord and Carlisle are holding town meetings and ballot votes to determine whether or not to approve the CCHS Building Project and accept $28.7 million in state grant funds. We want to encourage all of you to attend Town Meeting on November 7 and to vote in person, at the polls, on November 15, or by absentee ballot ahead of time.

Absentee ballots are available at the Town House now. You can go online and request that a ballot be mailed to your house (, or you can go into the Town Clerk’s office, in the Town House, and vote then and there. It’s open during the week, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A family member can go to the Town House and request a ballot be mailed to the home/residence of another family member (spouse, college student).   The deadline for applying for absentee ballot is noon on Monday, November 14 but needs to be received by Tuesday, November 15.

We will be investing tax dollars in the CCHS facility no matter what. Independent consultants, elected officials, appointed committee members and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) have all determined that the most cost-effective, sustainable solution to the myriad physical, operational and educational issues at CCHS will be to build a new facility. The MSBA has offered Concord and Carlisle $28.7 million in grant funds only for this specific CCHS Building Project. The MSBA rejected 10 alternative options, researched and analyzed as a part of the Feasibility Study, because costs were too high for the other proposals. These options included phased repairs, renovations and additions. The state grant offer expires in January. We have a short-lived opportunity to accept these grant funds to address the issues at CCHS. Visit for more detailed information. — The Committee 4CCHS


Retakes for picture day will be done on November 16 from 9-11 am. If you are interested in having your child’s picture retaken, please email Robin Grace at with your child’s full name, grade and teacher’s name ASAP so that we can set up a schedule in order to minimize classroom disruption that morning. Please be sure that your child brings in his/her old pictures that day (if not before.) We will keep the old pictures- just in case you want them back. Please keep the class photo as a gift.  

Any specific questions regarding your order can be directed to: – Robin Grace


Save the date!  Join us for a Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert on March 17, 2012.  Watch the Thoreau Announcements for details on ordering tickets after Thanksgiving, or email Jennifer Montbach at if you would like a reminder. 


Do you have something you want to the Thoreau community to know about? Get the word out through the Thoreau Announcements! Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Send your item, in the body of an email message (no attachments) to no later than 9pm Monday for Thursday’s publication. Submissions should be brief and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please!


We would appreciate it if all collected money could be brought in to classroom teachers by November 9. Thank you!  –Jean Easterday, UNICEF Coordinator

LUNCH MENU Week of November 7-11

Monday: Grilled cheese

Tuesday: Parent-teacher conferences
Wednesday: Chicken Cesar wraps
Thursday: Cheese quesadilla       
Friday: Veterans Day


Cross Country Ski Program for Kids

The Bill Koch Ski League for kindergarteners through 8th graders emphasizes fun while teaching cross country skiing skills through drills, games, and races.  The group meets at Great Brook Ski Touring Center in Carlisle on Saturdays from 9-10:30 am in December, January, and February, regardless of snow cover.  Come to a sign-up meeting at Union Hall, 27 School St. in Carlisle center, on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30.  Information will be available about renting and buying ski equipment and the kids can get fitted for boots.  Print registration forms and pay on-line at  The cost is $45 per child.  Parents are asked to participate as volunteers.  Think Snow!

Fall Planning for Next Year’s Vegetable Garden

Is the home garden your next “green” move? Community Education hosts Master Gardener Kristi Twichell for a 3-night course, Tuesday nights at CCHS starting November 1, 7-9 pm. Learn about soil testing and enrichment, makings a raised bed, fencing and composting, what to plant, caring for seedlings and more. Contact Mary Zellner (1-9 PM at CCHS) at 978-318-1432 or enroll online at Continuing education classes are a student-funded service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.

The Fenn School’s 43rd Annual Sports Sale

Don’t miss the sale on Saturday, November 5, from 9-noon in the New Gym. Come check out quality, gently-used sporting goods offered at huge savings, including ski clothing and equipment, skates, helmets, pads, cleats, bats and gloves, tennis rackets, bicycles, exercise equipment, and much, much more! Boys’ blazers, dress pants, and dress shoes will also be on sale.  Specialists from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will also be on hand to offer a wide selection of brand new skis, boots and helmets at great pre-season prices! Donations of gently used sporting goods can be dropped off at the New Gym on Thursday, November 3, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. or Friday, November 4, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

See you there! The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord,

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 10, 2011. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 7, 2011.

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 You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.