November 7, 2013


Thank you Abby White and Betsy Dorr for running the Adult Social.  Stay tuned for a Spring all-call to help plan the next get together!

Thanks to many of you for the great response to the Nutrition and Wellness Committee! We are looking forward to supporting this group in their district-wide efforts!  Our representatives will be Chris Economos and Kim Hodder.

Also, the PTG Presidents were tasked with putting representatives on the new principal search committee.  Three PTG officers (Trish Siefer (VP), Carla Macy (Co-President) and Shelagh Moskow (past Co-President)) will represent the parent community on this body and will be holding working sessions open to all to participate and provide input.  A schedule will be forthcoming.

Just a reminder that this Tuesday is a Professional Day, so there is no school.

Also, don’t miss these Important Upcoming Events:

  •  School Committee Meeting, November 12th, 6:30pm, Ripley Building
  • K/1 Coffee, November 15th, 8:45-10:30am, 56 Hill Street
  • Sports Recycle Sale, November 16th, 9:30- 11:30am, Thoreau Cafeteria
  • 3rd grade coffee, November 19th, 9:00am, 38 Aurora Lane
  • Superintendent/School Committee Coffee: November 19th 7-8:30 pm, Peabody Forum
  • Turkey Trot, November 27th, Thoreau School

Carla and Louisa


November Greetings!

As promised, the Be’s are Buzzing at Thoreau School. This week we began our recognition program for students who are randomly “caught” being Respectful, Responsible and Safe. In just two days our Be Board proudly displays over 25 student Bees. We will be presenting Bees in all venues of our school, including cafeteria, playground, classroom and hallways, so “bee” on the lookout!

November begins the process for selecting the next Principal for the Thoreau School. The interview committee is presently being formed. I support the PTG in their selection of a past, present and future Co-PTG President to serve on the committee. Staff members who have volunteered for the committee include Pamm Faricelli, Shannon Granger, Peggy Harrington, Tom Hourihan, Laurel Jackson, Sarah Kaufman, Rachel Levesque and Laurie Link. Also invited to participate on the interview committee are a CTA representative, a K-5 principal, a central office administrator, and the director of METCO. During the week of January 13, all parents and staff will be invited to attend the finalist forums and to provide feedback on the candidates. By the week of January 27th, you should have a new Thoreau Principal (lucky person!!)

During the PTG meeting on Thursday we will continue the discussion of safety during drop-off and pick-up. To assist everyone during these times please remember:

  • In the morning parking spaces are for drop-off not for parking.
  • At dismissal parents wait in a group in the corner until contact is made with the teacher.
  • Please do not move into the area where the student lines are moving.
  • We love pets, but please keep dogs on a short leash as we have students who are afraid and/or allergic.
  • If you or your child would like to play ball, please move to the field so that no child will be hit by a stray ball.
  • Please walk your bikes across the front of the school.
  • Please do not park in handicap spots, unless you are handicapped.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Nancy Peterson

Anticipated Time Line

November 4th Staff input on qualities of next principal
November 18th -22nd Assemble interview committee
December 8th Advertise position
January  3rd Applications close
Week of January 6th Interviews
Week of January  13th Finalist forums, site visits
Week of January 20th Finalists interviews with Superintendent, reference checks, and contract



The School Committee and Superintendent invite the Concord and Carlisle community members to join them for coffee and conversation on the following dates/time:

Tuesday, November 19, 7-8:30 pm Peabody Forum

Please join us! ~Diana Rigby and School Committee


When:  Saturday, November 16th  9:30am-11:30am.

We will be accepting donations of new and used youth sporting gear to raise funds for the Thoreau PTG.  No outdated gear please.  Examples of helpful donations include ice skates, skis/boots/poles, car racks, bicycles (no flat tires please), cleats of all kinds, and balls/bats/protective gear.  Swap out the gear your children have outgrown for the next size up!

Drop off equipment donations on Friday, Nov. 15th from 4-8pm or on  Saturday morning between 8:30 and 9:30am at the Thoreau Cafeteria.  Thank you!

Volunteers needed on Friday evening to collect, sort, and price items and on Saturday morning to run the sale.


Please join us for a “School’s underway and pre-holiday” get-together, coffee, and light snacks. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents with children in Kindergarten and First Grade.  Informal/Drop-in format; RSVPs welcome but not necessary.  Pre-elementary siblings welcome! Friday, November 15, 8:45am – 10:30am at 56 Hill Street, West Concord.  Contact Anne Remington, -or- Stefanie Sim,


Please stop by on Tuesday, November 19th at 9:00 am for coffee and refreshments and to connect with other 3rd grade parents.  Plus learn more about the exciting PTG events you won’t want to miss. Non-school age siblings are welcome!

38 Aurora Ln, Concord MA 01742

Please RSVP by November 14th:  Food donations are welcome. Please confirm with RSVP.


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 27th.  The run will begin after an all-school pep rally in the gym. The pep rally usually begins around 11:15am and the run begins around 11:40am. Parents and family members are welcome to come, watch the pep rally and the run, and cheer the kids on! 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. This year there will be new running routes for all the children. Also new this year, NO permission slips required.

We need volunteers! If you are available to help on the morning of the 27th please email Lisa Becker,, Betsy Martel,, or Trish Siefer,


Thank you to all who helped make Saturday night a great night to meet and catch up with friends!  Natalie Gekle, Louisa Yamartino, Trish Siefer, Carla Macy, Pete DeRosa, Alex Glazier, Suzanne Mirak, John Keilty, Rose Waxler, and Suzy McCoy to name a few.  We really appreciate all of your extra effort!  If you missed it, be sure to come next fall!


 Great job, folks! Our fall submission was sent to the box tops headquarters last week, and thanks to all of your diligent clipping we collected a whopping 2,053 box top coupons and bonus box tops. Many thanks to all who contributed and especially to those who have been accumulating their box tops coupons over the summer. Even those single coupons dropped in the collection box made a big difference.

Our classroom contest is officially under way! We are just out of the starting gate and here are the top-clipping classrooms for September/October: kindergarten = McKenna, 1st grade = Walsh, 2nd grade = Jackson, 3rd grade = Gallagher, 4th grade = Dillon, 5th grade = Lemaire.

But it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, folks. Keep clipping those coupons, and look for a scorecard (to be posted near the collection box soon) where we can all see our progress throughout the year. Meanwhile, here is a link to some valuable coupons ($9.05 worth) to help you save money on products that participate in the Box Tops for Education program: Create a username and password to get access to new savings every month.  If you have any questions, please contact me at or at 978-831-3058. Meanwhile, thank you for your support of this program…and keep clipping those box tops!!

– Kimber Lynn Drake

Box Tops for Education Coordinator


MISSING:  There are still many Student Health and Emergency Forms (lavender) missing for the Health Office.  They were sent home w/ student in the First Day packet.  Please fill out and return to the Health Office ASAP.  This includes emergency numbers, health info and authorization for

Tylenol (acetaminophen) among other important information on your child.

Also, please include the attachment.  If you are not able to use it as an attachment, I will send in body of email.



Thoreau School Nurse

#978-341-2490 x 3158 or #978-202-1258


All items remaining on Friday, November 15, will be donated to a local charity. Please check it before then.   On Conference Day, Tuesday, November 12, a table and bins will be set up in the main hallway with items remaining in the Lost & Found.

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 11                        No School
  • Tuesday, November 12                        Professional Day – No School
  • Wednesday, November 13                 Cheese Quesadilla
  • Thursday, November 14                      B-Good Burgers
  • Friday, November 15                            Cheese Pizza

Around town

Calling all Concord and Carlisle sports fans – Meeting Today!

Concord Carlisle at Play, the group leading the effort to rebuild the tennis courts and renovate the fields facilities at CCHS, invites the community to provide ideas and feedback at a public meeting on November 7 at Harvey Wheeler. See for more information.

Concord Carlisle Wrestling Club

The Concord-Carlisle Wrestling Club is for young athletes (3rd grade and up) looking build a solid base for any and all other sports in which they will participate, all in a fun and safe environment.

This Club will focus mainly on proper fundamentals and goal-setting. Members will learn the rules of collegiate wrestling while practicing and gaining education in physical and mental fitness.

After completion of the program, every wrestler will have increased body awareness, speed, mental, and physical toughness; foundation skills that can transfer across all sports and in life.

Clinic begins the first Monday in November and will continue until the end of January at CCHS cafeteria from 5:30-7pm.  Contact Coach Eric Rivera:  Sign-ups will continue beyond the first Monday in November.

Girl Scout Hoe Down

Come to the Girl Scout Hoe Down on Sunday November 17th from 3-5 at the Scout House (74 Walden Street)!  The second grade brownies are sponsoring the hoe down, which will feature a square dance caller and music, cowgirl crafts, and snacks. $5/child, adults free.

Thank you!

Thea Hahn, Troop 75306

American Heart Association at CCHS

The Community Education department offers several more safety courses this fall.

  • Pediatric First Aid:            Tuesday, November 19, 6-9:30 PM
  • CPR/AED (Heartsaver):   Tuesday, December 3, 6-9 PM

The courses are also available as “hybrid” courses, with part online and followed by a brief skills session that is individually scheduled at CCHS. For more information visit or call 318-1432.

November Events at the Concord Free Public Library

Third Grade Book Eaters Club
Let’s share our favorite books (old & new). Plus games, crafts, and food!
November 20 at 4pm.  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?

The BookMarkers

A Book Discussion and Activity Club for Kids in Grade 4 & 5. Book Discussion: PI in the SKY by Wendy Mass.  Copies of the book available at the Library. Activity: Make Mini Apple Pies. Tuesday November 12 at 7PM.

For both, register @  Walk-ins also welcome. Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. For more info call (978) 318-3358.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 14, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 11, 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