October 30, 2014

From the PTG PresidentS

Happy Halloween everyone!  Don’t forget about UNICEF while trick-or-treating!

The Adult Social this Saturday night is now sold out.  We had a great response and are looking forward to more events in the future!

Please come to our next PTG meeting, Friday November 7th, 9am in the cafeteria!  Details to follow!


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. Your children will bring their UNICEF trick or treat boxes home today/tomorrow.  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


This year’s social is SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to the Adult Social this weekend!  Ticket sales have now been closed as the venue has reached capacity.

We are excited that there has been so much interest and look forward to seeing everyone at the remaining events of the year! 


Winter clothes needed! 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.


We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s book fair such a wonderful success. Your help is essential to making the book fair possible. The fair supplies new and used books for the school and Thoreau Community and brings in much needed funds to the PTG to allow them to fund all of the programs that directly benefit our children and our school. Thank you for purchasing wish list books and giving back to the teachers who give so much of themselves to our children. What better way than with books? Lastly, thank you to those of you who donated to the Gift of Books request, which allowed us to provide new books for the BookPALS program.  All left over Used Books will be donated to BookPALS and other charities. In addition to our donation, Scholastic will be donating books to three national non-profits dedicated to helping children and families in need. Many thanks!  – Fiona Stevenson, Susan Gillick, Julie Bailey, Janice Kelly, Julia Samnotra and Jean Chandler.  


Put your children’s artwork on display this year for your family.  From cell phone cases to coffee mugs, there are many gifting options.  Thoreau’s art teacher, Kate Hiltz has been working with us to ensure that all of your children’s artwork can be put on display!  Your children’s artwork makes for a unique and thoughtful gift to grandparents, and other family members!  Stock up and help out a good cause!  The proceeds of this fundraiser will support the Thoreau PTG.  Your children’s artwork, along with the order forms, will be sent home n folders on November 5th. The order, artwork and check need to be in no later than November 13th.  Your items will be processed and delivered back to school by December 10th.   Feel free to take a look here: http://www.originalworks.com/fundraising-items/


Join us for coffee and conversation with Concord’s Special Education Director Jessica Murphy on Friday November 7, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA in conference room #1.  Jessica will present an overview of the Special Education Department for the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and answer your questions.  Questions for Jessica can be submitted by emailing them to concordsepac@gmail.com by November 5.  All questions submitted to Jessica will be submitted to her anonymously.  Presented by Concord Public School and Concord Carlisle Regional High School Special Education Parent Advisory Council (CCCSEPAC). 


  • Monday, November 3                        Beef Hot Dog
  • Tuesday, November 4                        No Lunch
  • Wednesday, November 5                 Spaghetti
  • Thursday, November 6                      Our Own Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Friday, November 7                             Homemade Cheese Pizza

Around town

Annual Sports Sale at Fenn School

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. 

Preschool and Childcare Fair

The Concord Family Network is sponsoring a Preschool and Childcare Fair on Thursday, November 13 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the Alcott School Gym.  Representatives from Concord, Carlisle and Lincoln preschools and childcare centers will be on hand to provide information on their programs and to answer your questions.  Early childhood development specialist Fran Meidell will be a guest speaker at 7pm, discussing the developmental stages of the 2 to 5 year old.  Please join us!  See www.concordfamilynetwork.org for more information, or email concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com.

Concord Carousel Preschool

Open Houses Nov. 15

Concord Carousel Preschool is hosting a Fall Open House on Saturday Nov. 15 form 10 AM – Noon. Concord Carousel Preschool is a half day preschool program offering a small, creative learning environment for children ages 2 years 9 months – 5 years since 1986. Concord Carousel operates 2, 3, and 4 day programs (based on age) from 9:15 to Noon. Optional extended days are available.  Concord Carousel is a town-owned program operated by the Concord Recreation Department. Registration for the 2015-16 school year begins on January 14.  For information about our program and our Open House, or to arrange a visit during school hours, please contact Anita Hill at 978-318-3045 or ahill@concordma.gov. Concord Carousel Preschool 1276 Main Street (Harvey Wheeler Building), Concord

10 AM – Noon. Families interested in learning more about our high quality program for young children are offered the opportunity to visit our classrooms and to speak with teachers and administrators. We look forward to seeing you!

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

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on November 6, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, November 3, 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.