October 3, 2013


Happy October!  Our 5th graders are busy practicing for “Monster Madness,” the Halloween play.  Thanks to Jackie Meehan for being our 5th grade play liaison – 5th grade parents will be hearing from her soon!  Reminders:

  • PTG meeting Wednesday, October 9, 7pm in the Library.
  • Free childcare available during meeting. Please email yamahome@comcast.net to let us know if kids will be coming and their ages so we have appropriate activities planned.
  • Hope you are finding some generous customers for the Genevieve’s gift/gift wrap sale:) See more details below.
  • October 9 9:30-11:00 am Ripley conference room #1 for community coffees with School Committee members and Superintendent.

-Louisa and Carla


Your children should have come home recently with a Genevieve fall catalog.  The catalog contains many great items, including the ever popular giftwrap.  This is your chance to order some great merchandise and help Thoreau School PTG to raise money to support all sorts of exciting and educational programs for our children.  Genevieve’s provides some fun incentives for sales for your children, including a pass free pass to “Roll on America” (located in Lancaster, MA) if they sell a minimum of 6 items.  Please note we are extending the due date to Wednesday, October 16 to get forms back in to classrooms.  Thank you for your support and if you have any questions please email Sharon Sharifi (ssharifi19@yahoo.com) or call 617-448-6662.


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


Are you interested in the Olympics? Are you interested in geography? Join the Geography Quest committee and help us write a brand new Quest that will coincide with the Winter Olympic Games! The Geography Quest is an annual enrichment activity run by the PTGs of Thoreau, Willard, and Alcott. We are seeking a couple of new committee members from Thoreau to help write, review, and edit the Quest this Fall, and to distribute and get the word out about the Quest after the holiday break. For more information, contact Anne Mullaney at anne.mullaney@gmail.com.


Mark your calendars for the New and Used Book Fair which begins with Family Night, Friday, October 18, 5:30-8:00. You and your child can visit the Book Fair again during classroom visits on Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25. The Fair raises funds for the school, provides books for the classrooms and the library, and will be raising money ($2 for every Thoreau student!) so the children can give a “Gift of Books” to a literacy cause. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far, but we need more volunteers! We are looking for volunteers for 2 – 3 hour shifts during the Book Fair to help organize books, be cashiers, provide supervision during classroom visits, and many other small tasks. Volunteering is easy – email Julie Bailey (gestjules@yahoo.com) and she will send you the link to the online volunteer schedule with times and tasks so you can decide when and how you can help.

Used book collection will take place beginning Tuesday, October 15, and runs through Friday, October 18, so start collecting your child’s good quality books to donate to the fair. 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. 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 either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall. Please contact Fiona Stevenson at tea44@comcast.net with questions about the Used Book fair.


The sale will take place on Saturday, November 16 from 9:30-11:30 am.  We will be accepting donations of new and used youth sporting gear to raise funds for the Thoreau PTG.  No outdated gear please.  Examples of helpful donations include ice skates, skis/boots/poles, car racks, bicycles (no flat tires please), cleats of all kinds, and balls/bats/protective gear.

Volunteers needed on Friday evening to collect, sort, and price items and on Saturday morning to run the sale. Please email: Kristen.keilty@comcast.net to help!


  • Monday, October 7              Crispy Chicken Sandwich on Whole Wheat Roll
  • Tuesday, October 8             Cheese Quesadilla
  • Wednesday, October 9        Rotini Pasta w/ Meat or Marinara Sauce
  • Thursday, October 10         Crispy Fish Patty on Whole Wheat Bun
  • Friday, October 11               Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza


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. 

Toys for Tots at the CCHS Football Game

The Concord Lions Club and United States Marine Corp will be collecting Toys For Tots all season long at the C.C.H.S. football games. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to the Lion’s Den (the concession stand) at the C.C.H.S. football field during any C.C.H.S. home football game this season. Your generous donation will bring smiles to the faces of less fortunate children this season!

Calling All Second Grade Brownies

All returning and new 2nd grade Brownies are welcome to join us at our meeting this Friday, October 4 from 3:15 – 5:00 in the Thoreau Cafeteria. Please bring a dismissal note and a nut free snack with you. Please wear your Brownie uniform and bring your binder if you have one. Please contact Kristin Root at philnkip@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Book Groups at Concord Free Public Library

Third Grade Book Eaters will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4-5pm.   Let’s share our favorite books (old & new), plus games, crafts, and food! Registration required @ www.concordlibrary.org.  October 16 at 4pm at Concord Free Public Library at 129 Main Street:

  • Let’s talk about:       Mysteries & Scary Stories
  • Show & Tell:             Bring a favorite Mystery or Scary Book to Share
  • Activity:                     Touch &  Feel Terrifying Tale!
  • Food:                          Stir Up a Slimy Snack!

 The BookMarkers, a book discussion and activity club for Grades 4 and 5.  Come on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm to discuss Case File 13: Zombie Kid by J Scott Savage.  There will be Zombie make up, activities, treats and fun! Registration required @ www.concordlibrary.org.  Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, (978) 318-3358. Also contact Fiona Stevenson at Tea44@comcast.net with any questions. 

“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 1,  offered through the Center for Parents and Teachers Inc., this program 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.  Striking the balance between a connected dependence on family and a healthy budding independence can mean a greater sense of self-esteem for a child, a growing feeling of competency in the classroom and among friends and family, as well as a much greater ability to handle transitions with a higher level of ease.  Life is full of challenges. This series will offer parents insights on how they as parents can best help their child handle inevitable feelings of disappointment and frustration, building inner resilience as children internalize a sense of “I can handle this!”.  

By participating in this four-part workshop, parents will gain more confidence in their parenting skills to elicit their child’s cooperation and initiative.  They will be able to establish realistic expectations about their child, create discipline strategies that foster self-reliance, and understand better what motivates their child’s behavior.  This all leads to more satisfying parent-child interactions as parents become more effective in mobilizing the child to accomplish what is needed to be done.

Led by Popular and Effective Workshop Facilitator Patricia Marquis, LICSW, Family Therapist, Parent Educator, Teacher Trainer. Monday evenings, October 21, 28, Nov 4, (we will skip Nov 11, Veteran’s Day), Nov 18, 2013 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Directions to convenient Concord location will be emailed to the participant following pre-registration. Pre-registration is required!  Email CPT at cpt@colonial.net and write  “Fostering Self-Reliance” in the subject line of the email. Or call CPT at 978-202-1143. Please tell CPT the ages/grades/schools of your children so presenter can customize the workshop accordingly.

Be sure to sign up soon as this series will fill up quickly!     It is limited to 12 participants so that participants’ specific questions and concerns can be addressed.  Participants who attended it in the past have given this workshop the highest ratings of excellence for relevance and practical strategies.  Don’t miss out!

Fee:  $120 for all 4 sessions.  Families in need of financial assistance are encouraged to inquire.  No family will be turned away due to inability to pay.

(Your full payment allows support for families who can only pay part.)

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.

The Concussion Crisis:  Where Are We Today?

Dr. Robert Cantu, Chief of Neurosurgery Service and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital, will speak at the Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Nashawtuc Country Club on Wednesday, October 16, at 11:30 am. Dr. Cantu is a pioneer in concussion diagnosis and treatment and also serves as Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee.

Each year, hospital emergency departments treat an estimated 173,000 sports- and recreation-related head injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents.  During the last decade, the number of emergency visits for these injuries among this group has increased by 60%.

Concord Health Care Center will provide attendees with a paperback copy of Dr. Cantu’s book, Concussions and Our Kids.  For more information or to reserve your spot at the meeting and luncheon, please contact Sally Savelle, Auxiliary President.  Sally.Savelle@gmail.com, 978.287.4837.  We look forward to seeing you on October 16 for this informative talk.

Concord Conservatory of Music Classes & Showcase

The Concord Conservatory of Music will be having the occasional Early Music Education Class for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers at the Fowler Library after last year’s successful program. The first class is Friday, October 4 at 10:00 pm, downstairs in the Meeting Room. Attendance is limited so make sure to arrive early to look at books and enjoy the class! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at Tea44@comcast.net.  The Young Artist Showcase will feature four advanced violin students and will be held on Friday, September 27, at 7 pm at the Conservatory and is free to the public.

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 10, 2013. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, October 7, 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.