November 6, 2014

From the PTG Presidents 

Coming up:

Tomorrow:  PTG meeting 9am in Cafeteria.  Please join us for an update from School Committee members Kathi Snook and Wally Johnston.

November 12 and 13: Thoreauly Dining event at the 99 Restaurant — lunch and/or dinner.  Thoreau will receive 15% of sales.  Flyers will be going home in backpacks on Friday and Monday.  **Please bring your flyer with you to the 99!**

November 13:  Thoreauly Shopping at Barefoot Books — Moms’ Night Out with wine and shopping on Nov. 13.  Also shop during the day, Nov. 13-15.  Thoreau will receive 20% of sales under $500, and 30% of sales over $500.  Shop online as well.

November 19:  Thoreauly Shopping at JuJu — wine and shopping at 6:30pm.  Thoreau will receive 15% of sales on Nov. 19.

November 26:  Turkey Trot – see below for more information.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Thoreau Adult Social on Saturday night!  Such a wonderful night for our community!  A big thank you to the Social Committee Chairs, Ali Sullivan and Adrienne Principe, and the committee members: Ali Baty, Alexa Anderson, Jen McGrath, Kristine Millet, Stefanie Sim, Betsy Dorr, Julia Elliott, and Gina Fiore.

Thanks also to our amazing Thoreau teachers and staff who contributed incredible experiences for our children as auction items at the Silent Auction during the Adult Social.

One more thank you to our Book Fair Committee on a successful book fair this year!  We raised $5,800 for the PTG and want to sincerely thank Fiona Stevenson (used books) and Julie Bailey, Janice Kelly, Julia Samnotra, Susan Gillick and Jean Chandler (new books).

Please continue shopping for Yankee candles — Thoreau receives 40% of these sales!

Carla and Trish


Keep your eye out for the green bag with your child’s artwork.  Original Works is a school fundraiser that takes your child’s artwork and makes it into everyday items for you to display.  These make the perfect grandparent gifts! Send in your orders by next week.  The deadline to order is November 15.


Thank you to 15 families so far who have generously donated for a total amount of  $2,485.  Our Annual Fund goal this year is to raise $27,000 and have 50% family participation.  Please consider donating now before year end to get your tax deductible contribution to the Thoreau PTG.  Donate online at  or send in a check (letters and self-addressed envelopes went home last week).


All 3rd-5th graders who like to do the cube are invited to come to this month’s Rubik’s Cube Club gathering – today, November 6 in the cafeteria from 3:15-4 p.m.  The format is informal and no experience is required; beginners more than welcome. For more information, please feel free to email Lisa Becker at


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 on Wednesday, November 26.  The run will begin after an all-school pep rally.  Watch for specific details on the timing of the pep rally and run as the date draws near. The run is led by a mysterious, almost adult-like turkey! Different routes are designated depending on your child’s grade level. There is a shorter route for kindergarteners and a longer route for 1st-5th grade.  Parents and family members are welcome to come, watch the run, and cheer the kids on!  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!


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 school or you can arrange a pick-up of your items by contacting Tiffany Pomeroy at


Thank you to the members of the Thoreau community that supported the UNICEF Change for Change Trick or Treat initiative! Please have the children place their collection boxes on the UNICEF table, just inside the main lobby ASAP.  Volunteers from Ms. Kenny’s class will count the collection and discus the potential power of positive change that these funds could have to the lives of children less fortunate.  Through UNICEF: $1 gives a child 40 days of Clean, Safe Water.  $5 feeds a malnourished child for 5 days.  $10 will vaccinate 280 children.  $100 will protect 100 kids from malaria.  $500 can install a water pump for a whole village.  For more info: or contact:


  • Monday, November 10                      Baked Chicken Patty on Whole Wheat Roll
  • Tuesday, November 11                     No Lunch
  • Wednesday, November 12                No Lunch
  • Thursday, November 13                    B-Good Burgers
  • Friday, November 14                         Max Pizza Sticks with Dipping Sauce



Join us for coffee and conversation with Concord’s Special Education Director, Jessica Murphy, on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA in conference room #1.  Jessica will present an overview of the Special Education Department for the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and answer your questions.  Questions for Jessica can be submitted by emailing them to by November 5.  All questions submitted to Jessica will be submitted to her anonymously.  Presented by Concord Public School and Concord Carlisle Regional High School Special Education Parent Advisory Council. 

Preschool and Childcare Fair

The Concord Family Network is sponsoring a Preschool and Childcare Fair on November 13 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the Alcott School Gym.  Representatives from Concord, Carlisle and Lincoln preschools and childcare centers will be on hand to provide information on their programs and to answer your questions.  Early childhood development specialist Fran Meidell will be a guest speaker at 7pm, discussing the developmental stages of the 2 to 5 year old.  Please join us!  See for more information, or email

Healthy Concord

Healthy Concord presents a free and open community program on Thursday, November 13 at 7pm: “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One has the Time” written by Brigid Schulte, discussion facilitated by Kathy Bowen, former K-12 Health Education Coordinator, currently a life coach and parent educator.  Location:  Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, West Concord. For more information visit

Get Inspired at The Nature Connection’s Fall Benefit

The Nature Connection will celebrate its second annual Inspire benefit on Thursday, November 13, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Concord Art Association at 37 Lexington Rd. in Concord.  The evening will feature autumnal hors d’oeuvres and drinks, live music from the Black Walnut String Quartet, and lively conversation and stories about nature – teacher and inspiration to us all.   Bestselling author Sy Montgomery will share photos and insights about the human-animal bond.  All proceeds from the event benefit The Nature Connection’s programs, which bring the healing power of nature to all people – regardless of their abilities.  Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased by visiting The Nature Connection’s website at:, or calling The Nature Connection at 978-369-2585.

Concord Carousel PreschoolOpen Houses Nov. 15

Concord Carousel Preschool is hosting a Fall Open House on Saturday Nov. 15 form 10 AM – Noon.  Families interested in learning more about our high quality program for young children are offered the opportunity to visit our classrooms and to speak with teachers and administrators. Concord Carousel Preschool is a half day preschool program offering a small, creative learning environment for children ages 2 years 9 months – 5 years since 1986. Concord Carousel operates 2, 3, and 4 day programs (based on age) from 9:15 to Noon. Optional extended days are available.  Concord Carousel is a town-owned program operated by the Concord Recreation Department. Registration for the 2015-16 school year begins on January 14.  For information about our program and our Open House, or to arrange a visit during school hours, please contact Anita Hill at 978-318-3045 or Concord Carousel Preschool 1276 Main Street (Harvey Wheeler Building), Concord

Library Events for November

Third Grade BookEaters: A Book Club for Third Graders Let’s share our favorite books(old & new)Plus games, crafts, and food!  November 19 at 4pm at The Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street,, (978)318-3358.  Let’s explore different subjects in the Non Fiction area: pets, poetry, cooking, crafts, space, history.  Show & Tell: bring a favorite non-fiction book to share.  Activity: do the Dewey Decimal Hunt.  Food: Dewey Mix Snack: what do we mix together to remember the Dewey Decimal system?

Book Markers: A Book Discussion and Activity Club For Kids in Grades 4 & 5 Book Discussion: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Meets November 18 at 7pm at The Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street,, (978)318-3358.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance

Math Resources for Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 13, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 10, 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 and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to