October 8, 2015


Thank you to Nikki Morrissey and all who volunteered at the Annual Halloween Costume Sale Event. The evening was a success thanks to your hard work!

Congratulations to Adrienne Principie, Kim Hodder, and the whole Health and Wellness Committee, along with the BOKS team! After much of dreaming and thoughtful planning, the BOKS program was successfully initiated at Thoreau this week. Thank you for your dedication to increasing movement opportunities in our school.

Thank you to all who came to the October PTG meeting on Wednesday morning. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 12 at 7pm. The PTG strives to represent every member of the Thoreau community. Come to a meeting ~ express your opinions ~ get involved!

Leslie Feigh was elected to the SAC. Congratulations! She joins Kate Damon, Karin Hodges, and Leslie Nesbit serving as parent representatives on this crucial committee. Thank you for giving your time and energy in this important role.

Don’t forget:

Monday 10/12 ~ No School

Tuesday 10/13 ~ School Picture Day

Friday 10/16 ~ Book Fair Family Night, 5:30-8pm


The Book Fair starts tomorrow with the opening of the Online Fair.  We currently have fewer than half the volunteers needed to make this a successful event.  We are looking specifically for people to run cash registers on Family Night, donate salads and assist with setting up the Fair next week.  You can check out the schedule, preview book titles, and volunteer all from our online home page located here http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thoreauelementaryschool4.

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Oct 9 – Online book fair opens – If you are out of town or can’t make it to our Book Fair, you can help support our school by shopping online.  Scholastic gives us a credit equal to 50% of all online sales which will be used to purchase wish list books for our teachers.

Oct 13 – Collection of used books begins – 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.

Oct 16 – Family Night! (5:30-8pm) – Come for dinner, choose from a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages and enjoy story time and crafts in the library for the little ones.

Oct 21-23 – Classroom Visits – This is a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school.

Please contact Susan Gillick at sagillick@gmail.com with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Fiona Stevenson at feinsteinfour@gmail.com or Julie Bailey at gestjules@gmail.com with questions about the Used Book Fair.


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.


Picture Day is Tuesday, October 13! The teachers will soon be sending home sign-up forms with all students. Please make sure that you fill them out and send them back with your kids as soon as you can – we like to have them about a week before picture day takes place. INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? We need help throughout the day (either a few hours or the full morning) and would really appreciate your time. Helping us at Picture Day is a fun time and also a great way to see the inside of your child’s school day. Please consider helping out and email us at kirstenfurman@gmail.com or text us at 617-803-3523.

What you need to know as a parent for Picture Day:

1. Every child and staff member will get his/her picture taken on this day along with a class group photo. Class photos will be distributed for free to each student and individual pictures can be purchased separately. Please note that Coffee Pond Photo provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of their photos purchased.

2. A make-up/reshoot day will be offered (TBD.) Pictures arrive about 4 weeks after the “shoot.” Teachers will send them home in the children’s backpacks. Please consider signing up online at https://www.coffeepond.com/prepay_enter_order.aspx?school=359&md=add (this is already all set for our Thoreau School). Once you’ve ordered what you’d like, please PRINT the receipt and send the receipt to school in an envelope with your child to give to his/her teacher with “Picture Day info” and your child’s name on the front of the envelope. The teacher will keep all of the receipts and will hand them out again on picture day as needed to your children.

3. Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need.   Please contact Rachel Levesque as needed to inquire about assistance: rlevesque@concordps.org.

4. Coffee Pond recommends having your children wear solid tops for best picture results. Pictures will be taken indoors if it’s raining that day. Volunteers are not allowed to comb the hair of the students before pictures are taken.

5. Questions? Please email us at kirstenfurman@gmail.com OR reach out to Coffee Pond directly at lifeguards@coffeepond.com or at 1 (800) 632-2323 ext. 0. You will receive an email serving as both confirmation of and receipt for your order. If you have spam blocker software on your computer please set it to allow emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com.


You may have noticed that a “Miles for Smiles” calendar came home with your child this week. Miles for Smiles is a physical activity incentive program. The children are encouraged to exercise before or after school and record their activities on the provided calendars. The younger students may need help filling out the information. All you have to do is put a smile on each day your child participated in moderate activity, label the activity, and initial the box. If you look at the calendar it has both directions and an example provided for you. Each child who returns his/her calendar with four exercises every week will receive a small token from me. This is designed to be a fun activity for you and your child.  It is completely voluntary. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  Please continue to remember to send your child to school with sneakers
for physical education days!  Thank you so much for your help!  Mrs. Murphy


As discussed at the PTG meeting on October 7th, the PTG is looking into securing a dedicated tablet or Ipad to be used for PTG events, which can help with purchasing directories, gear, auction items, etc.  If any family has a device that they are no longer using that they would be willing to donate to the PTG, please let us know by contacting Trish Siefer or Betsy Martel.  thesiefers@gmail.com  betsymartel@yahoo.com


Our first day of BOKS was a success!  With 10 parent volunteers and 60 kids, everyone got movin’!   Thoreau BOKS by the Numbers:

Number of Schools in Concord running BOKS: 1

Number of Schools in the world running BOKS: 1,613 (and growing everyday!)

# of BOKS Champs at Thoreau: 8

# of kids participating in BOKS at Thoreau: 60

Breakdown per grade: Kindergarten – 7; First – 13; Second – 10; Third – 14; Fourth – 8; Fifth – 8

# of months we’ve been working on bringing BOKS to Thoreau:  19

Thank you to everyone who has helped bring BOKS to Thoreau!  Look for an announcement in this newsletter for our next session, likely to take place in the early spring.  If we can recruit enough parent volunteers, we will add a Monday/Wednesday session.  Contact Adrienne at adrienne.principe@gmail.com if you’re interested in being a BOKS Champ.


I wanted to give a HUGE thanks to all the volunteers who helped make our Second Annual Costume Resale Craft Dinner a success.  I saw smiles from kids scoring some adorable costumes.  We had free face painting from some of our 5th graders, pumpkin decorating and various Halloween crafts. Also thank you to all the families for donating some absolutely adorable and even creative costumes.  We donated two boxes of costumes (most of the remaining costumes) to the Assabet Valley Boys and Girls Club.  The kids just lit up when the saw the boxes of dress up costumes for them to use at their after school and preschool program. Reducing, Reusing and Recycling at it’s best!

I will have a box set up for the week after Halloween if you wish to donate again for next year. Thank you – Nikki Morrissey


In case you haven’t noticed, we did not have one single full week of school for the entire month of September.  (Cue the wine).  To that end, please save the date for the annual Thoreau School Adult Social on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Art Association.  (Cue the babysitter).  For you new families to Thoreau, this event sold out last year, so be on the lookout for additional emails that allow you to purchase tickets online.  This event truly is a lovely way to meet people at Thoreau, and to catch up with old friends.  We all work so hard throughout the year, don’t you think we all deserve at least one night out together? Mark your calendars now!


This month we are offering locally grown Macintosh apples, Ginger Gold Apples, and Pears as fruit options at all K-12 schools.  We are offering locally grown green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions at the CCHS salad bar. The CPS participates in Massachusetts’s Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month Program.  Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop from local farms each month in school cafeterias across the state. Pears are featured for the month of October. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit www.massfarmtoschool.org/programs/harvest-of-the-month.  The Concord Public School system procures produce from Costa Fruit & Produce.  “Local” sourcing means from New England or New York.

October School Menus: http://www.concordpublicschools.net/food-and-nutrition-services/school-menus/


Mon., Oct. 12 NO SCHOOL

Tues., Oct. 13 Baked Chicken Tenders

Wed., Oct. 14 Meatball Sub on Wheat Roll

Thurs., Oct. 15 Homemade 15 Mac & Cheese

Fri., Oct. 16 Stuffed Crust Cheese16 Pizza


Free Movie Night on Rideout Field – Tomorrow

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and A New Leaf invite you to a FREE Movie Night on Rideout Field on Friday, October 9 at 6:30pm.  Bring a blanket, enjoy free hot chocolate and enjoy the wonderful film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  All are welcome and we hope you can join us!

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

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


On Friday, October 30 from 7:00 to 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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Oct. 15, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Oct. 12, 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 announcements@thoreauptg.org.