October 2, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

PTG meeting TOMORROW, 9:00am, cafeteria!  We will be voting on the 2014-2015 Budget and hearing from our Language Arts Specialist regarding how one PTG grant will be used! Everyone is welcome to attend, including small children!  Refreshments will be served.

Also, don’t forget to do your Halloween costume shopping TOMORROW morning, 8-9:00am or in the evening, 6-8:00pm, and feed your family at the same time- PIZZA will be available for purchase in the evening!

Finally, thank you to Kirsten Furman who bravely managed the school photos this week!

Carla and Trish


Please join us TOMORROW from 6-8 PM for costume shopping and a pizza dinner in the Thoreau cafeteria.  We have over 100+ great costumes of 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 8-9 AM.  Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

BOOK FAIR:  How YOU can help

The New and Used Book Fair is one of Thoreau’s biggest fundraisers.  It’s a team effort with about 90 volunteers, which includes donating cookies, salad or apples.  We need your support!  Please remember to do as many of the following as you and your spouse can:

1. Please volunteer – a signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be accessed by clicking on the Book Fair link at www.thoreauptg.org/volunteerWe only have one fourth of the volunteers needed so far, so please sign up now!

2.  Come to Family Night, Friday, October 17, 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 announced soon.

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 14 and runs through Friday, October 17. 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.


Recruit your friends and buy your tickets today – please go to http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42694079871973

Tickets are $25 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and 1 complimentary drink ticket. Credit cards/Paypal or checks accepted.  The event is being held at a beautiful venue and will feature music, delicious food and a cash bar serving beer, wine and a fall-inspired specialty cocktail.

For Boston families, we will arrange a bus to and from the event. If you are planning to attend, please email Ali Sullivan at alison.poett@gmail.com no later than October 27th, so we know how many people will need transportation.

Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need. Please contact Rachel Levesque at rlevesque@colonial.net.


There are still openings in many classes for once a month library volunteers throughout the school year.  Because of the library assistants’ schedule, we are especially looking for more parents from the Foggo, Oglevie, Shaw, Burns, Dillon, and Jackson classes.  If you are interested in volunteering for any class, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the library coordinator, Kristin Haddad, at hdthoreaubooks@gmail.com.  Further information about library volunteering is also available at the PTG website.


Thoreau Student Directories are still available! The directory includes Thoreau’s event calendar, teachers’ extensions and telephone numbers for various district departments (transportation, administrative offices and human resources). Order online on the PTG website (www.thoreauptg.org. Click “Support Thoreau” and “School Directory”) Directory dues support various programs sponsored by PTG: Math Night, Field Day, various children’s programs and after school activities.   For financial assistance, please contact Rachel Levesque (rlevesque@colonial.net).


If you shop at Amazon please set up your AmazonSmile account to benefit the Thoreau PTG.  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.  Sign in and select Thoreau PTG.  You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.   You need to shop through Amazon Smile website and not Amazon directly for the donation to work.  0.5 percent of the sale will go to Thoreau PTG.


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 hundreds 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 $1,941.60 ($941.60 from clips plus $1,000.00 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.

We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 24. 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!

We also have a chance to win an extra 5,000 box tops (valued at $500) by simply playing a quick game at www.boxtops4education.com/savetheboxtops. A few clicks earns an entry into a prize drawing. This game is only available through September 28, so click now to play!

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!!


New this year at Thoreau and extended to grade 3 – once a month Rubik’s cube club for students in grades 3 through 5. Beginners are more than welcome. We will meet the first Thursday of each month after school in the cafeteria, starting October 2nd. Perfect opportunity to start learning to solve the cube or to practice skills with friends. Please feel free to email Lisa Becker with any questions – LisaLBecker@gmail.com. For more detailed information and to sign up your child, please visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BwyFeVwMTsnn0HuVArfy6YCiAGtkdzDnbkz0TXDAFd0/edit


Berlitz for Kids is the provider for before-school language classes this year. (Public purchasing law requires a competitive process for this kind of outside service.) They are optional and require a fee. Classes begin the week of September 29. There are 22 classes, 10 weeks in the fall and 12 in the winter. Classes meet from 7:45 to 8:45 am.  $179 for Fall session, $189 for Winter session, $349 discounted rate the year. More about Berlitz at Berlitz: www.berlitz.us/afterschool. To enroll please contact the Community Education office at CCHS, 978-318-1432 or visit www.ace.colonial.net.


Want to be sure you keep on top of the latest news and events at Thoreau this year? You’ve got two great options! Find great, evolving content on the PTG website (https://www.thoreauptg.org), including Principal Mahoney’s blog posts, a full calendar of events throughout the year, details on after-school programs, classroom/teacher links, sources for new families, and more! To get updates pushed right to your desktop, visit the Thoreau Elementary School PTG page on Facebook — be sure to “Like” (and “Show in News Feed”). Here’s to a great year!!


Calling Thoreau 3rd and 4th graders!  Do you have an antique toy or antique toy collection that you could share with everyone’s favorite aardvark?  Arthur, one of Public Television’s longest-running shows based on Marc Brown’s book series, is looking for a few kids to share their antique toy or collection for an upcoming show.  We’ll be making a trip to an antique shop to learn about your toy and have it appraised.  If you know a 3rd or 4th grader who might be interested, please contact Teri Serafini at teriserafini@comcast.net.


Monday, October 6                             Hot Dog & Beans

Tuesday, October 7                             No Lunch

Wednesday, October 8                       Cheese Ravioli

Thursday, October 9                           Baked Chicken Rings

Friday, October 10                              Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza


Halloween Costume Party

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 18th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden Street). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, amazing raffle prizes, costume parade and treats. 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 www.concordfamilynetwork.org or contact concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com. Thanks to Roche Brothers, Stop & Shop, Concord Toy Shop, Reasons to be Cheerful, Vincenzo’s, Jam Time and Music Together for sponsoring our event!

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s Annual PumpkinFest, Sunday, October 19th, 2-4pm on Emerson Field

Come and enjoy fun for the whole family—games and activities for kids, crafts, music, Reasons to be Cheerful ice cream, a costume parade, and prizes!  Please register in advance at www.cccommunitychest.org   Pre-registration is $10 per child, $30 per family maximum.  Registration includes one pumpkin per child.  (Day of event registration is $15 per child, family discount does not apply, and pumpkins only if available.)  Come and learn about the Community Chest and many of the programs and agencies that the Chest supports.  We are neighbors helping neighbors!

Concord Carlisle Newcomers and Neighbors

New to Concord or interested in meeting new people?  Check out our calendar of events at concordcarlislenewcomers.org.  We would love to meet you at the First Friday coffee or at one of our many special social events.  We represent residents of all ages and diverse life experiences.  We also draw community connections through a variety of interest groups – see the list online.  Email us at ccnewcomers@gmail.com for more information.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey Programs Are Open For Registration For The 2014-2015 Season

The Mosquito program is geared for Boys and Girls who were born between 1/1/2007 and 12/31/2010.  For the 2014-1015 season, the CCYH Mosquito participants will skate on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:10am – 9:10am at the Middlesex School. Programs will begin the first week of November and will run through the end of February.  Our coaches will help kids to improve their skating, and learn the basics of stick-handling, passing and game awareness.  Our program follows USA Hockey’s ADM model focusing on small area games and drills that help kids learn the game in a fun, age-appropriate way. To register online, please visit www.CCYH.org. For more information on both programs, you can contact TJ Umina at tj.umina@comcast.net.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balancehttps://www.myschoolbucks.com/

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 9, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, October 6, 2014. 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.