October 6, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


Be sure to check out the newest addition to my blog at http://principalclough.wordpress.com-Kelly Clough


We hope everyone enjoyed the short week last week.  When looking at the PTG Calendar it might seem like there isn’t much going on, but a lot is happening right now.  The Gift Wrap fundraiser in full swing and orders are due on Wednesday, October 12.  Mallory Price, our Treasurer, is working on Box Tops for Education.  Kids and parents are participating in our first fall session of before and after school programs.  Our Book Fair committee chairs are working to be ready for Family Night on Friday, October 14.  We hope you are getting ready by putting aside used books to donate to the used book sale.  Also, the next CCHS Building Committee forum is Monday, October 17 at CCHS.  Attending a forum is a great way to learn about issues with the current high school building, as well as see plans for the proposed new building.  For more information visit www.cchsbuilding.org or check out a FAQ page at https://www.thoreauptg.org/CCHS%20FAQ%209-14-11%202.pdf .  Have a great long weekend! – Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


There are currently a number of PTG board and Committee Chair positions open for the 2011-2012 school year. Please consider volunteering for one of the open positions. You benefit from being on the board by being actively involved in decisions regarding PTG events, sponsorship and budget spending. All board members are required to participate both in PTG meetings and PTG Board meetings (approximately one meeting each month). In addition to attending meetings, each position has specific job responsibilities.

Volunteering for a Committee Chair position is a great way to get involved with a short-term commitment. PTG Committee Chairs are responsible for organizing a specific event or function for the PTG, and the time commitments can vary. We hope you will consider taking on one of these essential positions. If you are interested in any of the positions below or have questions, please contact Melanie Bettencourt, PTG Co-President at thebettencourts@comcast.net.

  • Vice President: Vice President functions include creating and organizing the Back-to-School packets, managing the volunteer forms used by committee and event chairs, and acting as a liaison between the PTG Board and the Committee and Event Chairs. The time commitment can vary throughout the year with this position; the Back-to-School packets require a number of hours at the end of the summer. Throughout the school year, the weekly commitment lessens with tasks like responding to e-mail and occasional communication with committee and event chairs. The term for Vice President is a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years.
  • CCPI Representative: Concord Carlisle Parents Initiative (CCPI) is the parent subcommittee of the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council on Student Health (SCACSH). SCACSH’s mission is to encourage and educate the community to help young people to make healthy decisions around: alcohol and other drugs, peer pressure, self-esteem, sexual behavior and personal safety. Responsibilities: Parent reps serve two year terms. They attend monthly CCPI meetings, share insights and information on the health-related concerns relevant to their school. CCPI identifies health issues and initiates parent education programming to address areas of concern. School representatives promote the role of CCPI as a forum for addressing health concerns to their parent community.
  • Kindergarten RegistrationResponsibilities: Each spring the incoming Kindergarten students come to Thoreau School with their parents to experience a classroom, meet the staff and new friends, take a school bus ride while the parents attend an information session in preparation for the fall. The Kindergarten Orientation Coordinator works with the Principal and his/her Assistant to schedule volunteers with registration. Time Commitment: 3 – 4 hours on the day of the event.


Don’t forget our fall fundraiser event is in full swing right now!  The deadline for submitting orders for Genevieve products is Wednesday, October 12.  Remember, out-of-town friends and family can order online at: www.genevieves.com  (our school account number is 399).  All students win prizes even if they sell only one item.  Those who sell at least six items win a pass to Coco Key Water Resort in Danvers, MA.  Students who sell $100 or more are automatically entered in a raffle for a FREE overnight stay (one room) for 4 with 4 water park passes at Coco Key.

Please have your child bring their order forms (white and yellow copies, you keep pink copy to deliver items) to your classroom teachers on Wednesday, October 12 along with one check made payable to the Thoreau PTG.  Orders on-line will be processed separately.  Thanks so much for your support and good luck with the sales. Merchandise will deliver to Thoreau the second week of November. Contact ssharifi19@yahoo.com with questions. – Sharon Sharifi and Louisa Yamartino

BOOK FAIR:  How YOU can help 

The New and Used Book Fair is the PTG’s biggest fund raiser, it’s a team effort with about 60 volunteers, and we need your support!  Please remember to do as many of the following as you and your spouse can:

1.  To volunteer, email dorothy.bisbee@gmail.com for a link to the VolunteerSpot schedule and pick time(s) and task(s).  

2.  Come to Family Night, Friday, October 14, 5:30-8:00, to buy new and used books for Thoreau, for a cause, for your kids, for holiday gifts, for yourself.  Don’t forget used books – they are high quality for low prices, reusing them is good for the environment, and every dollar spent on used books goes directly to the PTG. 

3.  Come to your child’s Class Visit – not required, but it’s a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school (and find out what they really want for their birthdays!).  The Class Visit schedule will be posted on the glass door leading into the Thoreau office.

4.  Give used books.  Collect your child’s good quality books now.  (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.  Drop the bag in the main hallway on the table between Tuesday, October 11 and Friday, October 14. We also need long rectangular boxes (often used for fruits and vegetables) to stack the books in. You can drop boxes off in the main hallway on the table. Please contact Fiona Stephenson at tea44@comcast.net with questions about the Used Book Fair.


The MassCUE Board of Directors has awarded Superintendent Rigby this prestigious award, presented to a Massachusetts administrator in recognition of visionary leadership in the field of educational technology. Ms. Rigby earned this award for her commitment in bringing 21st Century resources to both students and teachers within the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Districts and her ongoing commitment to share successful implementation with colleagues throughout Massachusetts. The MassCUE 2011 Administrator’s Award for Technology Leadership will be presented at the MassCUE/Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Annual Technology Conference on October 26.

MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer-Using Educators, www.masscue.org) is an organization of technology-using educators founded in 1982. Their mission is to create, share, and support visions of teaching and learning that focus on uses of technology to enhance the educational environment.


Last Sunday’s Back to School picnic will be rescheduled due to rain.  Please look out for a new date.  In the meantime, we are still looking for a few METCO families to host kindergarten boys.  Each month, there is one 1/2 day Tuesday designated as the “late bus” day for Boston kids, which means that you would host whoever is matched with your child for that afternoon and then bring him back to Alcott for the bus by 4:15 pm. Since you typically will share this with another Concord family, you would end up hosting a playdate once every other month. Additionally, you and your family act as a resource for the Boston family if they have questions about school, something going on in town, etc.  If you are interested in hosting please contact j.degreeff@neu.edu.

METCO late bus days include:  October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 14, March 13, April 24, May 22, and June 12.


My blog is off to a great start!  Thanks to all of you who have subscribed so far.  If you have not done so already please go to  http://thoreaupe.wordpress.com/ and subscribe by hitting the ‘sign me up now’ button.  I am hoping it will help me get important info out about the PE program at Thoreau.  I will also use it to get information out about other activities like future Kids Night Outs.  My goal is to get hundreds of subscribers!  Thanks for supporting this! – Mrs. Murphy


Do you have something you want to the Thoreau community to know about? Get the word out through the Thoreau Announcements! Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Send your item, in the body of an email message (no attachments) to announcements@thoreauptg.org no later than 9pm Monday for Thursday’s publication. Submissions should be brief and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please!


The PTG is supporting the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” program again this year. Orange collection boxes will be distributed to all students via their classrooms before Halloween. UNICEF works in over 150 countries, providing children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. Everything that UNICEF does is for one purpose: to help children survive. If you have any questions, please visit the UNICEF website at www.unicefusa.org or contact Jean Easterday (easterdayfamily@comcast.net). Thank you for your ongoing support.


Did you know that the CCHS Building Committee has been working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on a proposal to build a new high school? You can find more information at www.cchsbuilding.org or attend a community forum that includes a tour of the current high school on Monday, October 17, 7:00pm at CCHS. Meet in the main entrance at 7:00 pm for the building tour, and in Little Theater at 7:30 pm for a design presentation by architect OMR. Updates on the budget and schedule will be provided.  Tentative Special Town Meetings dates are scheduled on 11/7 in Concord and 11/8 in Carlisle, and a tentative ballot date has been set in both Concord and Carlisle for 11/15.

LUNCH MENU Week of October 10-14

Monday: Columbus Day
Tuesday: Early Release
Wednesday: Grilled cheese
Thursday: Cheese quesadilla
Friday: French bread pizza


Concord Carlisle Wrestling Club

The clinic is for beginning and experienced wrestlers, grades 3-12.  Learn takedowns, half nelsons and cradles, holds and breakaways and more. Learn the rules of collegiate wrestling, and practice physical and mental fitness while enjoying this classic sport. Release form required. Wrestling shoes are necessary.  With Matt Bloom, coach and Eric Rivera, advisor and sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Schools, Community Education.  There are 12 sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm, October 4 – November 7 at Concord Academy Athletic Center, $150, #2695.  Call Mary Zellner at 318-1432 afternoons or evenings to enroll, or visit www.ace.colonial.net.

Concord Carlisle Girls Travel Basketball

Tryouts for C-C Girls Travel Basketball Teams will be held at the following times at Hunt Gym and Sanborn MS in Concord:

-5th Grade: Sat 10/15 4:30 pm Hunt, Thu 10/20 6:00 pm Sanborn

-4th Grade: Sat 10/15 3:30 pm Hunt, Wed 10/19 6:00 pm Sanborn

Improve your level of play in a fun and competitive environment. 4th grade: 1 practice per week and one game on Sundays. 5th to 8th Grade: 1-2 practices per week and 1-2 games per weekend. Season runs mid-November to early March. Need Assistant coaches at some grade levels. For more information and to register for tryouts, email Dennis McCollum at CCGirls.TravelBasketball@yahoo.com.

Concord Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meeting

Save the Date! (CCSEPAC) will be holding a member meeting on Monday, October 17, from 7-8:30 pm at the Ripley building. Any parent interested in learning more about this organization is welcome to attend, regardless of whether or not your child is currently receiving special education services. Chances are good there will be chocolate for those who come. For information, contact Stefanie Cloutier at stefanieac@comcast.net.

Concord Public Library Kids’ Groups

Third Grade BookEaters monthly meetings: Come share your favorite books plus games, crafts, and food! Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 4-5 pm; the next meeting is October 19. No registration is required.  Bring a favorite mystery or scary book to share.

Super K, a program of stories & activities for Kindergarten students: Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 2pm.  On October 18, the theme will be ‘Monster Mash” and we’ll create a scary monster costume!

Both groups meet at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, (978) 318-3358 or www.concordlibrary.org .

“Families Under Construction: Building Strong Families” with Kathy Bowen  

Community Education is offering this course on Wednesday Oct. 19, 7:00-9:00 PM at CCHS. Tuition is $30.  It will provide an interactive format for parents to discuss and learn parenting skills for children entering 3rd through 5th grade. To register please call 978-318-1432 or visit www.ace.colonial.net.

Piece of Mind: A Community Discussion Series on Brain Health and Wellness  

Thursday, October 13: Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo presents ‘Improving Brain Power with Food’ at 7:00 PM at the Thoreau School.  Dr. Lombardo is member of the Department of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and she consults to the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. 

Saturday, October 15: Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo presents ‘Brain Healthy Lifestyle’ at 10:00 am at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

Tuesday, October 18: Film selections from PBS series, ‘The Secret Life of the Brain’ at 7:00 pm at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Facilitated by Kathy Codianne, Director of Teaching and Learning, CPS/CCSRD.

Thursday, October 20: Maggie Jackson presents ‘Finding Focus in an Overloaded, High-Tech Age’ at 7:00 pm at the Thoreau School. Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author whose latest book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, forecasts what the epidemic of attention deficit may mean to individuals and society.

This series is presented by Concord-Carlisle Community Education and is free and open to the public.  Information at 978-318-1432. 

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 13, 2011. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, October 10, 2011.
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. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.