October 29, 2015


With Appreciation

*Thank you to the Book Fair coordinators and volunteers for a successful and fun Book Fair week!  And thank you to the staff and teachers for negotiating the busy hallways last week!

*Thank you to Jen McGrath and Nikki Morrissey for organizing the first “Thoreauly Dining” Event at the 99 Restaurant this past Tuesday.  So fun to see many Thoreau families eating out together and raising money for the Thoreau PTG!


Thursday, November 5 – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 10 – CPS School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm Ripley Conference Room

Wednesday, November 11 – No School – Veteran’s Day

Thursday, November 12 – PTG Meeting, 7pm Thoreau School Library

Saturday, November 14 – Adult Social and Auction, 7pm Concord Art Association (Get your tickets now!  See link below)

Wednesday, November 18 – Principal Coffee, 9:30am

SAC meeting

A School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Monday, November 2 from 5-6pm in the Conference Room.  The Thoreau SAC is responsible for the stewardship of the school community.  The main responsibilities of the SAC are to ensure the successful completion of the School Improvement Plan and to serve as an advisory board to the school principal.  This council is comprised of parents, teachers and the school principal.  SAC meetings are open to the entire community (although only SAC members have voting rights).

Betsy and Trish


The Thoreau School Annual Appeal has started!  Let’s reach our goal of $50k!!!  Each family has received a letter with a self-addressed envelope in your child’s back pack. You can also make a donation online at: https://www.thoreauptg.org/online-giving/. All contributions to the Thoreau PTG are 100% tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated! Thank you – Nikki Morrissey & Jen McGrath, Thoreau PTG Fundraising Co-Chairs


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 also get them while you can: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/thoreau-school-adult-social-tickets-19101313543?utm_term=eventurl_text


With the Thoreau Social fast approaching, we want to remind everyone that the annual silent auction will once again be an exciting part of the evening on November 14.  We have already started receiving wonderful donations from many area merchants and we are very excited about some of the teacher experience donations currently being solicited.  In an effort to make the auction as successful as possible, we are currently looking for a few vacation home weekends/weeks that we might auction at the event.  If your family owns a home in a great vacation destination and you would be willing to donate a weekend or week, please contact Jenifer Perry jeniferlperry@gmail.com or 631-786-7861. Thanks!


The head custodian at Thoreau has agreed to postpone donating the lost and found contents until after parent/teacher conference day, to give you all a chance to claim items when you come in for your conferences.  There have been an unusually high number of outerwear items left behind at school this fall, and since it hasn’t been consistently cold you may not realize yet that one of them is yours!  Click here to see what was in the lost and found as of mid-day on Wednesday, October 28th.  Are you missing a yellow Black Dog rain slicker?  A Lands End winter coat with the Buttons and Bows store tag still attached?  A sweatshirt with an AngryBirds hood?  It would be a shame to miss your chance to get these nice things back, so click now to view the gallery and come in to claim your stuff before everything disappears on November 9th!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


For those who believe that once we have enough, it is important to give back, our annual Trick of Treat for UNICEF is an opportunity for your children to do just that. Collection boxes will be given to the children next week to bring home. $5 = Five days food of a malnourished child. $15 = One year’s clean drinking water.  $30 = Measles protection for 100 kids. $400 = A pump to give an entire village clean water.  For more info: http://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat


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., Nov. 2 – Chicken Patty on Wheat Bun

Tues., Nov. 3 – NO LUNCH

Wed., Nov. 4 – WG Spaghetti with Meatballs

Thurs., Nov. 5 – NO SCHOOL

Fri., Nov. 6- Whole Grain Cheese Pizza

November 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


Preschool and Kindergarten Soccer

Preschool and Kindergarten soccer at Concord Recreation continues through the late fall and winter.  Super Soccer Star classes for children ages 12 months to 5 years old will be held at the Ripley Building on Saturdays beginning November 7.  For more information call 978-369-6460 or go on our website: www.concordma.gov/recreation

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

CFN Mom’s Night Out

Concord Family Network Mom’s Night out, on Friday, November 6, 7:30-8:30pm at On the Mat Yoga in Concord Center. Yoga for all levels. Carve out some time for yourself! Stretch, move, build some strength and relax! Small donation suggestion ($10) towards Dignity in Asylum (DIAS): www.Dignatyinasylum.com Sign up through the Concord Family Network.

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’ll have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls. Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand to offer an assortment of brand new skis, boots and poles at great pre-season prices. 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 Nov. 5, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Nov. 2, 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 thoreauannouncements@gmail.com.