October 15, 2015


Thank you to…

Thank you to Kirsten Furman and all the wonderful volunteers who helped make School Picture Day a success this past Tuesday. Retakes have been scheduled for December 3rd.

Thank you to Pattie Turrettini, Kim Capello, Amy Lima, Linda Annunziata, the staff appreciation committee,  and the 4th and 5th grade parents for coordinating a great staff breakfast yesterday.


Book Fair Family night is tomorrow night from 5:30-8:00pm, and classroom visits are next week.

Math Workshop for Parents, “That’s not the way I learned math!”  Thursday, October 22, 6:30-8pm.  Laurie Link, our math curriculum specialist at Thoreau, is presenting a parent workshop on how instruction has changed with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.  This is a hands-on, minds-on workshop.  Be prepared to have fun as we explore various computational and problem-solving strategies together.  To facilitate ease of discussion, this session is limited to 20 participants. For more information and to register go  to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18FIEFotBHJuLu9wTf4pr92AhvJwLpPotRj-nPMvYRTQ/edit?usp=sharing

The first Thoreauly Dining event of the year has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, at the 99 Restaurant. Keep a look out for more details from our fundraising co-chairs Jen McGrath and Nikki Morrissey.

Trish and Betsy


The Book Fair begins with Family Night, this Friday, October 165:30-8pm. 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.  If you can’t make it to Family Night, the online store is now open at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thoreauelementaryschool4 and will remain open until Oct 29.  Scholastic gives us a credit equal to 50% of all online sales which will be used to purchase wish list books for our teachers.  All orders support Thoreau and ship free to the school! The Book Fair continues with classroom visits next week, Wednesday, October 22 through Friday, October 24. The schedule for classroom visits has been communicated through the classroom parents and is posted outside the main office. There is still time to donate your used books!  Please 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.  We still need volunteers for Family Night and for classroom visits!  Please sign up on our home page at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thoreauelementaryschool4. 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.  Any family in need of financial assistance should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque at rlevesque@colonial.net or 978-341-2490 ext. 3165.

Box Tops for Education – Fall Collection Deadline October 23 

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. It costs you nothing but a few moments of your time to participate, and you can find box tops coupons on hundreds of your favorite products. We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 23. All box top coupons need to be in the collection box just inside the front door of the school 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!  Place your clipped box top coupons in a small plastic bag and make sure to include your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag.  We will be tallying your clips by classroom, with the top-collecting room from each grade winning a fun prize at the end of the year. If you have any questions, please contact me at kimber.drake@comcast.net or at 978-831-3058.  Thank you for your support! – Kimber Lynn Drake


There is still time to purchase a Thoreau School Directory.  The first copy is $30, and each additional copy is $5.  Order online at www.thoreauptg.org or send in a written order along with a check to school with  your child, including your name, your child’s name, telephone number and e-mail address.


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 pm 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!


This month we are offering locally grown Macintosh apples, Ginger Gold Apples, and Pears as fruit options at all K-12 schools.  We are offering locally grown green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions at the CCHS salad bar. The CPS participates in Massachusetts’s Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month Program.  Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop from local farms each month in school cafeterias across the state. Pears are featured for the month of October. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit www.massfarmtoschool.org/programs/harvest-of-the-month.  The Concord Public School system procures produce from Costa Fruit & Produce.  “Local” sourcing means from New England or New York.  October School Menus: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/


Mon., Oct. 19 Cheese Ravioli Marinara Sauce

Tues., Oct. 20 NO LUNCH

Wed., Oct. 21 Nachos w/ Lean Beef

Thurs., Oct. 22 Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Fri., Oct. 23 Cheese Pizza Slice

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

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


Free Movie Night on Rideout Field – Saturday

The Community Chest and A New Leaf’s Free Movie Night will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 6:30pm at Rideout Field.  Bring a blanket and enjoy free hot chocolate and snacks while watching the film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  We hope you can join us!

Masquerade Ball

On Friday, October 30 from 7-9:30pm the Concord Scout House is sponsoring a Masquerade Ball for girls in grades 2 thru 5 and a parent. This event is open to all Concord and Carlisle residents. Come dance with friends and make some new ones. All proceeds from the Ball will go to supporting this historic venue in Concord Center. For more information visit: concordscouthouse.org

47TH Annual Sports Sale at the Fenn School

Don’t miss the 47th Annual Sports Sale at The Fenn School on Saturday, November 7 from 9am-12pm in the Fenn New Gym, 516 Monument Street, Concord MA. We will have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girl including hockey, soccer, lacrosse and baseball gear as well as other great gear available at low prices.  Representatives from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand to offer an assortment of brand new skis, boots and poles at great pre-season prices.

Gym doors will open at 9am and close promptly at noon.  Come early for the best selection. Donations of gently used sports equipment are welcome: hockey skates, helmets and pads, baseball bats, baseball gloves, tennis racquets, exercise equipment, bicycles, scooters, etc.  Please drop your items off at The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA on Thursday November 5, from 3-6pm  and Friday, November 6 from 8am–6pm.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Oct. 22, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Oct. 19, 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.