November 5, 2015



Thank you to Mr. Lemaire, Mrs. Swain, and all of the 5th grade teachers for another successful presentation of Monster Madness. All of the students and staff enjoy being able to watch this Thoreau tradition! Thank you to Ann Jennings, the 5th grade events team, and all the 5th grade parent volunteers for painting faces, pinning bones, providing refreshments, taking photos and helping to supervise all the “monsters!”

Looking Ahead…

Tuesday, November 10 – CPS School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm Ripley Conference Room

Wednesday, November 11 – No School, Veteran’s Day

Thursday, November 12 – Committee/Event Chairs Meeting, 6:15pm; PTG Meeting, 7pm Thoreau School Library

Saturday, November 14 – Adult Social and Auction, 7pm Concord Art Association

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

Wednesday, November 25 – Turkey Trot, Thoreau School

*The Principal Coffee previously scheduled for November 18 has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

We need your help…

BINGO NIGHT COORDINATOR: Due to a family move, Bingo Night is without a coordinator. We are looking for one or two folks to coordinate this family event scheduled for the evening of Friday, February 5. There is not a lot of heavy lifting with this event. Coordinating would be a great way to get involved!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE OBSERVERS: Leslie Feigh has agreed to fill this position, but she needs help! With so much going on in the district at the moment (school calendar changes, potential reconfiguration of the middle school, superintendent search) it would be great to have a consistent recap of important developments. The more volunteers we get the easier this job will be! Meetings are twice a month and can also be viewed on tv/web.

Contact Betsy Martel or Trish Siefer if you are interested in either of these opportunities.

Betsy and Trish


Thoreau’s Annual Appeal has officially kicked off!   Thank you to the 8 families/corporate matches that have donated a total of $1470.  We are off to a good start but have a long way to go!  Please donate to the Thoreau PTG, the non-profit that supports your child’s learning and social experience at Thoreau School.  Last week you should have received a self-addressed envelope (in your child’s folder) to mail in a check to the Thoreau PTG. Alternatively, feel free to donate online at:   Thank you again to those families who have already donated.  Every donation makes a difference!


What’s the #1 reason why people don’t claim their items from the lost and found?  They don’t realize that the item is missing until it’s too late and everything has been donated.  Don’t let this happen to you!  Click here to see what was in the lost and found as of mid-day Wednesday 11/4, including new items added this week.  You may be surprised to find you recognize something there!  Check out the gallery now and come in to claim your stuff before everything disappears on November 9!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Grab your friends! Call the babysitter! The Adult Social is coming: Saturday, November 14 at 7pm at the Concord Art Association. These tickets go fast. Truly. Space is limited also get them while you can:   For families residing outside of Concord who are attending this event and need help with transportation, please email Trish Siefer at  no later than November 11.  Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need. Please contact Rachel Levesque at


Please consider donating your Halloween costumes that you are going to put in storage. We will store them for next year’s resale event.  Bins will be in the hallway at school next week.  Thank you so much!!!


November School Menus:

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for parents:


Veterans Day Basketball Bonanza

Looking for an activity on Veterans Day? Come to CCHS for a fun-filled day of basketball games and contests with the CCHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team! We are running our annual Veterans Day Basketball Bonanza from 9am to 2pm, a fundraiser which helps pay for coaches, training and team gatherings during the season. Members of the Varsity team and the boys’ coaching staff lead the Bonanza, which includes a pizza lunch. Boys need to bring water and a morning snack. Please see or contact Asst. Coach Aaron Joncas at (508) 958-3278 or, if you have questions or need more information.

November Youth Programs at Fowler Branch Library

Baby Storytime: Mondays, November 2,9,16 at 10am. Stories, songs, and rhymes geared towards children ages 0-2 followed by playtime. Older siblings are always welcomed.

Family Sing-along with Ed Morgan: Friday, November 13 at 10am. Come sing and dance along with The Music Man, singer and musician Ed Morgan.

LEGO Challenge (for Grades K-5): Thursday, November 12 at 4pm. Each month we will challenge you with a different theme. You can build on that theme or make your own creation.

Seed Library Bookmark Contest (all ages): Design a bookmark that we can use to promote the Concord Seed Lending Library. Your design should represent seeds, gardening, or seed saving and fit onto one side of a 2″ × 8″ bookmark.

Visit or for details.

Clearing Away the Smoke: Facts and Fiction About Marijuana and Youth

November 17, 7-9 p.m. at the CCHS auditorium. Learn the facts about marijuana use from Dr. Kevin Hill, McLean Hospital Director of Substance Abuse Consultation Service and author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed.  Concord and Bedford Police Departments and Youth & Family Services will share local information and resources. Dr. Hill’s book will be available for purchase at the event thanks to Concord Bookshop, and a book signing will follow his presentation. Contact Youth Services at 978.318.3043 or with questions.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Nov. 12, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Nov. 9, 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