October 22, 2015



To Susan Gillick, Fiona Stevenson, and Julie Bailey! The Book Fair was a great success. Without their help and that of all the volunteers, we would not have enjoyed such an amazing Family Night or Book Fair Week. We would like to especially recognize Fiona Stevenson for giving so much of her time and talent to the Used Books Sale over a span of many years. As her youngest daughter is in 5th grade, this was her last year chairing this event. She is leaving behind a legacy of which she should be very proud! There is still one more day of class visits. If you haven’t purchased books yet, come to school tomorrow and stock up!

Thank you to Megan Caldwell, PTG Secretary for taking such detailed notes at all PTG meetings. If you are unable to attend but would like to stay informed, her notes can be found on our website, under Community Documents, Meetings/Minutes. Click here for the notes from October’s meeting:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/20151007%20PTG%20Minutes.pdf


Thursday, 10/22 Parent Workshop, “That’s Not the Way I Learned Math!”

Tuesday, 10/27 Thoreauly Dining, 99 Restaurant

Joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30 Ripley Conference Room

Wednesday, 10/28 School Committee Coffee, 7pm Alcott Cafeteria

Thursday, 11/5 No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, 11/10 Concord School Committee Meeting, 6:30 Ripley Conference Room

Wednesday, 11/11 No School, Veterans Day

Thursday, 11/12 PTG Meeting, 7pm, All are welcome!

Friday, 11/14 Adult Social/Auction, Concord Art Association

~Trish and Betsy


Don’t miss the last chance to get your box tops included in our October collection. This submission will squeak in to headquarters just in time to be included in our December payout check. Also, many box tops expire each year at the end of October or on the first of November. Just in case any of those are sitting in YOUR kitchen, send ‘em in by Friday, October 23! For those of you new to this program, here’s what to do: 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/downloads/participatingproducts_pdf. Clip outside the dotted-line rectangles containing the logo and the tiny words “official coupon,” put the coupons in a small plastic bag and drop them in the collection box just inside the front door at Thoreau School. Please include your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag so that their room gets credited towards the box tops classroom contest. Together we can earn a lot of money for the school. Every clip counts! Thanks everyone. — Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator


Please plan on joining us Tuesday, October 27 at the 99 Restaurant in West Concord. 15% of the bill will be donated back to the Thoreau PTG.  Fliers will be sent home

Friday.  Please bring it with you for takeout or dine in.  If you forget your flyer please

ask the hostess for one as we are not allowed to hand them out. The kids love seeing friends and classmates together at the restaurant.  It’s a great community event!


Grab your friends! Call the babysitter! The Adult Social is coming: Saturday, November 14 at 7pm at the Concord Art Association. These tickets go fast. Truly. Space is limited so get them while you can: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/thoreau-school-adult-social-tickets-19101313543?utm_term=eventurl_text


Several items were left behind at the Book Fair Family Night: a navy, white, and orange striped shirt, a blue knit scarf, and two new books from the book sale. If you are missing any of these items, they are waiting for you in the library –  Karen Pettyjohn


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.


Mon., Oct. 26 – Baked Mozzarella Sticks & Dipping Sauce

Tues., Oct. 27 – NO LUNCH

Wed., Oct. 28 – Beef or Veggie Burger on Wheat Bun

Thurs., Oct. 29 – Chicken Parmesan on Wheat Pasta

Fri., Oct. 30- Sal’s Cheese Pizza

October School Menus: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/

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

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


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.

Center for Parents and Teachers

The Center for Parents and Teachers in collaboration in with the Concord Public Schools invites all interested parents to two exciting programs:

(1) Kitchen-Table Conversations:  How Family Discussions Can Support the Building of ‘Bridges of Understanding, Appreciation and Respect’ on Issues of Diversity, on Thursday, November 5, 7-8:30pm, at the Alcott School auditorium. This program is free, but please pre-register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kitchen-table-conversations-having-effective-family-talks-about-diversity-tickets-19103855145

The world we live in is dynamic, challenging and changing at an accelerating pace.  As parents, we are often given opportunities to discuss with our children matters about differences between people, whether those differences are racial, ethnic, sexual identity, gender issues or other. Our children look to us for help in sorting out the complexity of the world they are just beginning to discover. The news we and our children are exposed to regularly prompts tough questions.  At times we are at a loss:  how can we frame our family discussions to help build our children’s understanding of the world they live in, allowing them to be more civil and effective citizens?  How do we help them sort through instances of injustice?  How can we prepare them to respond wisely and compassionately in challenging situations?  Can we frame our discussions at home so children develop an appreciation for the richness of diversity?  Recognizing the need to prepare our children for life in an increasingly interactive global society, can we as parents cultivate a robust civility in our children, underscored by flexibility in thinking and respect for differences?

(2) The Teen Technology Toolbox: Helping Youth Reduce Stress While Enhancing Focus and Ability to Thrive in the Age of Digital Distraction, on Thursday, Nov 12, 7 PM at the Peabody Forum, Peabody Middle School, 1231 Old Marlboro Road in West Concord. Current research clearly shows that sustained attention is the number one predictor of success in life and work. Teens’ ability to focus is diminishing due to the attention-snatching allure of digital devices and technology. The critical question becomes: How do teens create healthy habits and productive use of screen time when they are distracted by the allure of their iPhones, iPads, and social media? Please pre-register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-technology-toolbox-tickets-19125717536. Fee is $10 and supports the ongoing work of the Center for Parents and Teachers, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Oct. 29, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Oct. 26, 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 www.thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.