October 23, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

* The Book Fair has been a great success!!  Tomorrow is the final day to get your new or used books!   Thanks to our organizers for a fun family night last Friday!  (Julie Bailey, Julia Samnotra, Janice Kelly, Susan Gillick and Fiona Stevenson).  Book fair classroom visits are this week.

*Yankee Candle Fundraiser.  You should have received a packet in your child’s backpack last week.  Buy some great gifts and help support our school!  For more information, go to:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/ptg-programs/events-fundraisers/

*Adult Social, Saturday November 1st, 7pm at Concord Art Association.  Get your tickets now at: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42694079871973   At the social, the PTG will provide the opportunity to bid on some awesome prizes offered by Thoreau teachers- stay tuned for details!

* Next PTG meeting Friday, November 7th 9am in Cafeteria.  Young children are always welcome.

Carla and Trish


Buy your tickets for the Thoreau Adult Social on Nov 1st! Tickets are $25 and available online: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42694079871973

You can also find the link on the PTG website under Support Thoreau/Adult Social. This year’s social will be held at the Concord Art Association and will feature catered heavy hors d’oeuvres, yummy desserts, beer, wine and a fall specialty cocktail, music and more!

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.


Our Annual Appeal has officially commenced!  Letters will be sent home by the end of the week in your youngest child’s folder. Every tax-deductible gift matters!  Thank you in advance for helping support our children’s programming and other events and activities sponsored by the Thoreau PTG.


The first PTG Staff Breakfast of the year, sponsored by the 5th Grade, was a big success!  Thanks to coordinators Cathy Chadwick and Paige Somol, and to all 5th Grade families who contributed.  The next Staff Breakfast will be hosted by the 4th Grade and is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  — Najah Alford and Anne Remington


Last week the three kindergarten classes participated in the extremely popular Bubblemania program, which combines high energy with unique artistry. It is loaded with wit, comedy, and loads of science. The students learned how bubbles form, why they are spherical, and the physical laws of the natural world while being delighted by amazing soap bubble manipulations – from intricate bubble art to seeing a classmate put inside a bubble!

Bubblemania was paid for by the PTG.  Thank you for your generous contributions!


Reminder- the week following Halloween, we will leave a bin out to collect costumes for next year’s costume recycle, reuse resale event!


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.


If you have gently used winter coats, boots, hats and mittens, please consider donating them to Thoreau families in need. Clothes may be dropped off at school or you can arrange a pick-up of your items by contacting Tiffany Pomeroy at tiffany_thompson72@yahoo.com.   A box will be located in the front hall for collection!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION – Fall Deadline This Friday Oct 24

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 24!

Please remember to write your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper and include it in the bag with your box tops. This will allow us to credit your teacher for the classroom contest, with the top-clipping classroom from each grade winning a prize at the end of the year. That familiar scoreboard will be returning to the school lobby soon, so stay tuned!


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!!


Monday, October 27            Chicken Teriyaki Dippers

Tuesday, October 28           NO LUNCH

Wednesday, October 29     Vegetable Lasagna

Thursday, October 30          Baked Fish Sticks

Friday, October 31               Whole Grain Cheese Pizza


UNICEF – Change for Change!

For those of you who believe that once we have enough it is important to give back, please encourage the children in our community to participate in the UNICEF Trick or Treat project?  Please also have your family’s penny jar at the ready to support the children that are collecting for UNICEF? UNICEF trick or treat boxes will be made available to the children through their class teachers from next Monday onwards.  Children will also be asked to volunteer to help count the collection one lunch time (date TBD), whereby we will also discuss the potential impact of the funds raised.  Through UNICEF: $1 gives a child 40 days of Clean, Safe Water.  $5 feeds a malnourished child for 5 days.  $10 will vaccinate 280 children.  $100 will protect 100 kids from malaria.  $500 can install a water pump for a whole village.  For more info:  http://www.unicefusa.org/Vidio Link or contact: anna_willis@hotmail.com

Fenn School’s Sports Sale

Don’t miss the 46th Annual Sports Sale at The Fenn School gym in Concord on Sat., Nov. 1. We’ll have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls including hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and other 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 open at 9 a.m. and close promptly at Noon. Come early for the best selection. The Fenn School is located at 516 Monument Street in Concord.

Donations of gently used sports equipment are welcome! Please drop your items off at The Fenn School on Thurs., Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. or Fri., Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-Noon.

Beacon Santa Fund

The Beacon Santa Fund is a nonprofit organization administered through GateHouse Media New England. Since 1965, Beacon Santa has helped families provide holiday gifts for their children. The fund helps families in Concord and 14 other communities. Donations pay for vouchers for food, clothes and toys at area supermarkets and department stores.  If you might benefit from this program please contact  the Concord Community Services Coordinator, Aileen Buford, for an application and information about the program.  The due date for applications is October 31, 2014.   Call 978.318.3034 or email abuford@concordma.gov to request an application.

SMOC Fuel Assistance Program

SMOC Fuel Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help residents afford the cost of heat during the winter months.  Eligibility is based on gross annual income and household size.  Eligible households receive assistance paid directly to their heating vendor. Heat types include oil, gas, electric and propane.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, determining your eligibility or would like to request and application packet, please contact Aileen Buford, MSW -Community Services Coordinator, at 978-318-3034 or abuford@concordma.gov.

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 Recreation – Basketball and Skiing

Concord Recreation winter program registrations are open for Basketball and Skiing.  Flyers will be sent home from your child’s school. You must register your child in person for skiing grades 2-5 at the Hunt Recreation Center at 90 Stow St. Basketball registration is also available online at www.concordma.gov/recreation, by phone or in person. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.  Space is limited so please to register early. Call the Recreation Department with any questions. 978-369-6460.

CC Youth Lacrosse Registration for Boys & Girls: Important Registration Date Changes

Please note: CC Youth boys and girls lacrosse registration dates for grades 3 – 8 are changing.  This is being pushed up because our league needs to know by early January the number of teams per grade in order to prepare field and referee coordination.  Plus, this will allow the spring sports to work together coordinating fields and produce our schedules earlier for your convenience.

The registration timeline is as follows.  Registration opens on November 1.  Registration has a soft close on December 15.  You can register from December 16th – January 5th with a late fee of $35 and your son/daughter will be guaranteed a spot on a team. If you register January 6th or later then you will be put on a waitlist.  Your son/daughter cannot be guaranteed a spot at this point.  Grades 1 and 2 is a clinic style environment and will take registrations through April for that age.

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.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 30, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, October 27, 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.