October 17, 2013


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night at the book fair family night! Don’t miss the fun:) -Louisa and Carla


The New and Used Book Fair begins with Family Night, this Friday, October 18, 5:30-8:00. Family Night will be kicked off this year with our Principal, Nancy Peterson, reading a book in the Library at 5:30pm. Attending Family Night is an exciting way to purchase great books and there will be pizza, salad, homemade cookies, apples and crafts in the library. The Book Fair continues with classroom visits on Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25. The schedule of classroom visits was sent home with your child last week and is posted outside the main office. Proceeds from the fair provide funds for local charities as well as books for our teachers’ classroom wish lists and the library. Any family in need of financial assistance should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque atrlevesque@colonial.net or 978-341-2490 ext. 3165.

Used book collection began on Tuesday, October 15, and runs through Friday, October 18, so collect your child’s good quality books to donate to the fair. Please, no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes. 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 bring them to the school.

Please contact Julie Bailey at gestjules@yahoo.com or Susan Gillick at sagillick@gmail.com to volunteer (still needed!) or if you have any questions about the New Book Fair, and Fiona Stevenson at tea44@comcast.net with questions about the Used Book Fair.


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 are now available for sale; purchase on the PTG website: thoreauptg.org.


  • 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 5           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
  • May 6           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
  • 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


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 21            Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, October 22           Early Release Day – No Lunch
  • Wednesday, October 23     Pasta Bar with Meat, Marinara, or Alfredo Sauce
  • Thursday, October 24         Nachos with Beef and Cheese
  • Friday, October 25               Home Style Pizza with Topping Choice

 Around town

Concord Family Network Halloween Costume Party

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 19, from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden St).  All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, and treats.  There will also be a costume parade with an opportunity to photograph your child.  In addition, we will be collecting any non-perishable food items (such as canned or packaged goods) for donation to Open Table, a great organization here in Concord.  The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members. For further information about the Halloween Party and Concord Family Network, visit our website at concordfamilynetwork.org.

Calling all Daisies! 

Does your kindergarten girl want to make new friends, play games, do fun and exciting things and help make the world a better place?  A new Daisy troop is forming now and all kindergarten girls are welcome!  Our first troop meeting is Sunday, November 10 from 4:15 to 5:15 at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St.  Our Daisy troop will be meeting the second Sunday of every month from 4:15 – 5:15 pm.  There will be a Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 29 at the home of Jennifer Desrochers, 110 Mattison Drive, at 6:30 pm to meet the troop leaders, order uniforms and discuss parent volunteer opportunities.  If your kindergarten girl is interested in joining, please register her at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/default.aspx?pid=34  prior to the October 29th Parent Meeting.  Please do not bring your daughter to the Parent Meeting.   If you are unable to attend the Parent Meeting, please email either Lisa Colagiovanni at lmc2007@rcn.com or Therese Roeser at tkroeser@gmail.com.

 “Finding Courage” Film on Restorative Justice Debuts in Concord

Documenting a new and innovative approach to justice, Communities for Restorative Justice will debut a short film, “Finding Courage: Addressing Harm with Restorative Justice Circles” in Concord on Wednesday, October 23, 6-7:30pm, at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm St. Hailed as a model to meaningfully respond to crime, the restorative process invites those affected by crime to convene in a safe and confidential circle where the offender joins the victim, supporters, and other community members to begin the process of accountability and healing.

Following the film, Larson Sawin and Concord Police Chief Barry Neal will lead a discussion on the topic. Debra’s Natural Gourmet will cater refreshments. Donations will be gratefully accepted. The event is free but advance registration is required. Visitwww.c4rjfilm.eventbrite.com to register or call 978.318.3447. C4RJ is a nonprofit partnership of community members and police that has offered restorative justice in nearly 600 cases in 12 towns in the area. For more information, go to www.c4rj.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.

Final Registration Call for Parent Education Series

“Fostering Self-Reliance in Our Young Children: How Parents Can Help Children Build Skills that Promote Self Esteem, Competence and Mastery,” a four-part Series for parents of  children 4 years through Grade 2, starts Monday evening October 21. It will offer parents a perspective on why the development of self-reliance is so important for a child’s success in school … and in all areas in life.  It will run Monday evenings, October 21, 28, Nov 4, (we will skip Nov 11, Veteran’s Day), Nov 18, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. 

A few spots are still open — limited seating.  Pre-registration is required!  If interested , please pre-register by emailing CPT at cpt@colonial.net and write  “Fostering Self-Reliance” in the subject line of the email. Or call CPT at 978-202-1143.

Fee:  $120 for all 4 sessions helps support the work of the Center for Parents and Teachers but you can offer us what you can afford — Families in need of financial assistance are encouraged to inquire.  No family will be turned away due to inability to pay so please simply let us know what you can afford. Please make check out to: “Center for Parents and Teachers” with “Fostering Self-Reliance” in memo line of check and send to: Center for Parents and Teachers, 120 Meriam Road, Concord MA 01742 The Center for Parents and Teachers, Inc., a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is grateful to receive funding from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and from parents in the community.  Learn more about CPT at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org.

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.