October 10, 2013


Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the second PTG meeting of the year last night!  Next month we will hold a day-time meeting on Thursday, November 7 at 9am. -Louisa and Carla


Author/Illustrator Brian Lies will be visiting our first grade classrooms on Wednesday, October 16. Lies is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of many children’s books, most notably the series Bats at the Ballgame and Bats at the Beach. Lies’ engaging workshops with students bring to life his processes as an artist and writer by showing students his original art work, and the many drafts that make a book.  Lies brings to students a powerful message of believing in yourself and not giving up.  Brought to you by the Children’s Programming Committee.


Let’s-Get-a Little Bit-Rowdy!  Mark your calendars and book your sitter for the Thoreau School Spirit Social on Saturday, November 2 at the Concord Rod and Gun Club, Strawberry Hill Road, 6-11pm! Come sporting your college or high school logos and colors. Tickets go on sale this week!  Purchase on the PTG website: thoreauptg.org. To volunteer to join the planning committee or set up, email Abby White @ abbygwhite@comcast.net


  • Heights and Weights for 1st and 4th grades: will take place this Fall in compliance with Massachusetts State Regulations.  If you do not want your child participating, please let the Health Office know in writing or email ASAP.
  • Notifying Health Office:  If you have information about your child pertaining to the same day, please call and leave a voice mail or talk to the nurse.  If there is a substitute nurse, she does not have access to my email and would not receive the message.  You can also leave a message with Donna Macone or Maria Schofield.
  • Lice Screening outcome:  All classes were screened by the skin of our teeth!!!  Some parents went above and beyond in helping more than one day as there were very few volunteers this year.  Thank you to Eileen Robichaud for organizing, calling for helpers and keeping me informed. Much appreciation to the following parents – some for the first time too –  Kimber Lynn Drake ( AMs!!), Carmela Gee, Maralee Glitzenstein, Kristen Keilty, Carla Macy, Jackie Meehan, Nicole Palmer (3 AMs!!), and Holly Rothermel.  Thank you so much for sharing your precious time to accomplish the screenings.
  • Missing Forms:  Health Forms, Medical Forms, Emergency Forms, Physical Forms – so many forms still missing.  Please submit ASAP.
  • Extra Clothes:  Please send in extra clothes for your child to keep in their locker.  Also, if you have any pants — all sizes 6 to 12, all colors, boys and girls — that you are no longer using, please replenish our supply in the Health Office.

Enjoy these beautiful Fall days!! –Nicki Richards, RN


Hello from your “Box Tops Mom”! I’m pleased to be the Box Tops for Education® Coordinator for Thoreau School again this year.  The Box Tops for Education program is such an easy way for families to get involved in helping their school. Just by using box tops products, clipping the coupons from the label or box and sending them in to school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need for the PTG, teachers and school. You can find box tops coupons on thousands of your favorite products.

It does not cost you anything to participate, but the coupons we collect together can add up to a significant sum for the PTG to use in support of the Thoreau community. Last year we earned $1,437.20 ($937.20 from clips plus $500 from a program contest). This was enough to fund some very cool enrichment programs for the kids! This year’s clip goal is $1,000 and from peeking in the collection box I can see that we are already well on our way.

As you are bringing your bottles, cans, wrappers and product boxes to the recycle bin, look them over to find any Box Tops for Education coupons. To see what the logo on the coupon looks like and to find a complete list of participating products, go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/-/media/Files/BoxTops/Site%20Documents/product_list.pdf.  Clip the dotted rectangles containing the logo and the tiny words “official coupon”, put them in a small bag and drop them in the collection box just inside the front door at Thoreau. Please include your child’s teacher’s name in or on the bag so that their classroom gets credited for the box tops. We will be tallying coupon counts by classroom, with the top-collecting class from each grade winning a prize!

We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 25. All box top coupons need to be in the collection box by the end of the day on this date in order to be included in our December payout check. After that, please keep collecting for the next one!

If you have any questions, please contact me at kimber.drake@comcast.net or at 978-831-3058. Meanwhile, thank you for your support…and keep clipping those box tops!!    -Kimber Lynn Drake


PAL volunteers assist the cafeteria staff and students during lunch, approximately 11:45-1:10 each day. Being a PAL volunteer is a great way to see your child at school and help out during this important part of the day. Scheduling is flexible – you can sign up via an online calendar, or you can be placed on the schedule on a monthly basis.

If you’d like to become a PAL volunteer, or interested in learning more about PALs, please contact Jackie Meehan at  jackiemeehan@comcast.net . Thank you!


If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the great items in this year’s fall Genevieve’s catalog soon and invite family and friends to shop as well.  You can even order on-line and your orders will be sent directly to your home.  There are many great items, including Massachusetts – made giftwrap.  Your purchases support all sorts of Thoreau School PTG programs for our children.  Also, don’t forget the exciting prizes, including a pass free pass to “Roll on America” (located in Lancaster, MA) if your child sells a minimum of 6 items.  The due date is Wednesday, October 16 for all orders forms to be returned to classrooms.  Thank you for your support and if you have any questions please email Sharon Sharifi (ssharifi19@yahoo.com) or call 617-448-6662.


The New and Used Book Fair is the PTG’s biggest fundraiser, it’s a team effort with about 60 volunteers, and we need your support!  Please remember to do as many of the following as you and your spouse can:

1.  To volunteer, email Julie Bailey at gestjules@yahoo.com for a link to the VolunteerSpot schedule and pick time(s) and task(s).

2.  Come to Family Night, Friday, October 18, 5:30-8:00, to buy new and used books for Thoreau, for a cause, for your kids, for holiday gifts, for your child’s teacher and for yourself.  Don’t forget used books – they are high quality for low prices, reusing them is good for the environment, and every dollar spent on used books goes directly to the PTG.

3.  Come to your child’s Classroom Visit – It’s a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school (and find out what they really want for their birthdays!).  The Classroom Visit schedule will be posted on the glass door leading into the Thoreau office by Friday, October 11.

4.  Give used books.  Collect your child’s good quality books now.  (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Used book collection will take place beginning Tuesday, October 15, and runs through Friday, October 18. Also useful are long rectangular boxes (often used for fruits and vegetables) to stack the books in. You can drop them off in the main hallway on the table.  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. Please contact Fiona Stevenson at tea44@comcast.net with questions about the Used Book fair.


Break out your rulers! It’s time to celebrate National Metric Week. The week of October 6-12 (the 10th month of the year and the week containing the 10th day) has been set aside to celebrate the metric system. Americans will have an opportunity to focus on the importance and convenience of the measurement system based on 10s. This would be a great time to check out some measurement games on the Thoreau website:  http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/LInk/StudentWebsites.


Collection boxes for UNICEF will be distributed to all students via their classrooms in the next three weeks. Donations collected during trick-or-treat time on Halloween will be put to great use for children in need of security and help.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries, including the United States.  The U.S. Fund for UNICEF spends 90.4 cents of every dollar received on programs that help children. Only 6.7 cents goes to fundraising, and 2.9 cents to administration. Participants learn about the often life-threatening realities faced by children in developing countries and are empowered to take action. It is a unique opportunity for education and service. Please consider having your child participate in this wonderful program. Thank you!  -Paige Somol, UNICEF Coordinator


  • Monday, October 14             Columbus Day – No School
  • Tuesday, October 15             Early Release Day – No Lunch
  • Wednesday, October 16      Grilled Chicken on Whole Wheat Bun
  • Thursday, October 17          Taco Day with Lean Beef, Soft Tortilla
  • Friday, October 18               Cheese Pizza with Topping Choice

 Around Town

The Children’s Meetinghouse Open House

Looking for a school-year program for your preschooler or infant?  The Children’s Meetinghouse (TCM) in Concord has an Open House on Saturday, November 2 from 9-11am.  Families are welcome.  Stop by to see what makes TCM such a special learning environment and learn about our emergent curriculum philosophy.  Questions?  Contact us at thechildrensmeetinghouse@hotmail.com

2nd Annual PumpkinFest Hosted by Concord-Carlisle Community Chest

Families with children ages 2 to 12, come join the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for PumpkinFest on October 20 from 2-4 pm at Emerson Field in Concord. PumpkinFest is a fun-filled family afternoon with games, food, a raffle, crafts, music, a costume parade and much more! For more information and to pre-register visit www.cccommunitychest.org or find the CC Community Chest on Facebook. 

Toys for Tots at the CCHS Football Game

The Concord Lions Club and United States Marine Corp will be collecting Toys For Tots all season long at the C.C.H.S. football games. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to the Lion’s Den (the concession stand) at the C.C.H.S. football field during any C.C.H.S. home football game this season. Your generous donation will bring smiles to the faces of less fortunate children this season!

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 October 3, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 30, 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 announcements@thoreauptg.org.