October 1, 2015


Thanks to everyone for coming to Back to School Night last night.  It was wonderful to see so many parents enjoying their classroom visits, meeting our specialists and staff, and getting to know other parents.  Thank you to Principal Charles, the teachers and staff for a great evening!

Upcoming events:

  • Tomorrow is the Annual Halloween Costume Sale Event with Crafts and Dinner.
  • October 7th – PTG meeting at 9am in Cafeteria.   All are welcome!
  • October 13th – School Picture Day
  • October 16th – Family Book Fair night

Volunteer(s) Needed:

We are hoping to get a few parent volunteers this year to be School Committee Observers.  This role would entail attending school committee meetings throughout the year and then updating the community through the PTG.  If we get several volunteers, we can rotate meetings that you would attend.  If you are interested in this very important role, please contact Trish Siefer at thesiefers@gmail.com or Betsy Martel at betsymartel@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Trish and Betsy


There is one parent opening on the Thoreau School Advisory Council (SAC).

The Thoreau SAC is responsible for the stewardship of the school community.  This council is comprised of both parents and teachers in addition to the school principal.  Parents on the Council serve for two years.  The main responsibilities of the SAC are to ensure the successful completion of the School Improvement Plan and to serve as an advisory board to the school principal.  The SAC is another way for parents in the school community to have a voice with representatives of the school district—namely the school principal.  Meetings are once per month, on a date and time to be determined by Principal Angel Charles and the SAC committee members.

All interested parents should submit a 200 word statement to the two PTG Co-Presidents, Trish Siefer and Betsy Martel (thesiefers@gmail.com and betsymartel@yahoo.com), which will be shared with the school community.  All statements should be received by end of day Monday, October 5.  The PTG will hold an election at the PTG meeting on October 7 in accordance with the policy of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in which the entire Thoreau parent community can vote.

For more information on the role of School Councils click here:



Please join us tomorrow, Friday, October 2, from 5:30-7:30 PM for costume shopping, crafts and a pizza dinner at the Annual Halloween Costume Sale Event. We have great costumes in all sizes! Thank you Thoreau families for donating some absolutely adorable and scary costumes. It will be a fun event for all. The local Assabet Valley Boys and Girls Club will be receiving the unsold toddler/small child costumes for their pre-school program. We will be holding a sneak peak sale Friday morning from 8-9AM. Cash and checks will be accepted and all proceeds will go to the Thoreau PTG.


Bubblemania is visiting the Thoreau Kindergarteners on Friday, October 2!  This extremely popular program combines high energy with unique artistry.  It is loaded with wit, comedy, and tons of science. Students will learn how bubbles form, why they are spherical, and the physical laws of the natural world while being delighted by amazing soap bubble manipulations – from intricate bubble art to seeing a classmate put inside a bubble! This program is brought to you by the PTG thanks to generous contributions from the Thoreau School community!

BOKS Begins October 6!

It’s on! We are pleased to report that we are taking ALL 60 students who registered by the deadline for our Pilot BOKS Program (as opposed to running a lottery and taking 40). The program will begin promptly at 8am on Tuesday morning, October 6. Please check your email for important information. If you registered by Friday deadline and did not receive an email from us, please contact Adrienne at adrienne.principe@gmail.com. If you missed the registration deadline or are unavailable for this session, our goal is to run two sessions in the spring to accommodate even more BOKS Kids, so stay tuned! BOKS ROCKS!


The Book Fair is coming soon! Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Oct. 9 – Online book fair opens – If you are out of town or can’t make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online.

Oct. 13 – Collection of used books begins – Place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.

Oct. 16 – Family Night! (5:30-8pm) – Come for dinner, choose from a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages and enjoy story time and crafts in the library for the little ones.

Oct. 21-23 – Classroom Visits – This is a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school.

You can check out the schedule, preview book titles, and volunteer all from our online home page located here:


Please contact Susan Gillick at sagillick@gmail.com with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Fiona Stevenson at feinsteinfour@gmail.com or Julie Bailey at gestjules@gmail.com with questions about the Used Book Fair.


In case you haven’t noticed, we did not have one single full week of school for the entire month of September. (Cue the wine). To that end, please save the date for the annual Thoreau School Adult Social on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Art Association. (Cue the babysitter). For you new families to Thoreau, this event sold out last year, so be on the lookout for additional emails that allow you to purchase tickets online. This event truly is a lovely way to meet people at Thoreau, and to catch up with old friends. We all work so hard throughout the year, don’t you think we all deserve at least one night out together? Mark your calendars now!


Mon., Oct. 5               Popcorn Chicken

Tues., Oct. 6              NO LUNCH

Wed., Oct. 7               Melted Turkey & Cheese Sandwich

Thurs., Oct. 8            Homemade Chicken Caesar Wrap

Fri., Oct. 9                  Sal’s Cheese Pizza


Free Movie Night on Rideout Field – Tomorrow

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and A New Leaf invite you to a FREE Movie Night on Rideout Field on Friday, October 2 at 6:30pm.  Bring a blanket, enjoy free hot chocolate and enjoy the wonderful film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  All are welcome!  (Raindate: Saturday, October 3)

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Math Resources for parents: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Link/ParentResources

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Oct. 8, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Oct. 5, 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 announcements@thoreauptg.org.