October 9, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

Three Thoreau parents have submitted statements of interest to become members of the School Advisory Council (SAC):  Kate Damon, Lesley Nesbitt, and Karin Hodges.  As the number of interested parties matches the number of openings, the PTG will not hold an election, however, please take a moment to view their personal statements at https://www.thoreauptg.org/school-advisory-council-personal-statements/.  SAC meetings are open to the public, and we will distribute dates and agendas as they are made available.

The PTG would like to thank Kate, Lesley and Karin for volunteering their skills and time for the benefit of Thoreau!

Thank you to Nikki Morrissey for a festive, fun and successful Halloween Costume Sale last Friday night!

* No School next Monday, October 13, Columbus Day

* Principal Coffee has been changed (no longer on October 14): new date is Wed., October 22, 9:30am in the Cafeteria.  All are welcome!

Have a great holiday weekend!

Carla and Trish


Please volunteer – a signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be accessed via Volunteer Spot by clicking on this link:  www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/77882634013

We need 19 more volunteers for Family Night and 23 more people to donate food (cookies, salad or apples).

We need your used books donations.  Collect your child’s good quality books now.  (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Used book collection will take place beginning Tuesday, October 14 and runs through Friday, October 17. 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.  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.

Join us for Family Night, Friday, October 17, 5:30-8:00, to buy new and used books for Thoreau, for a cause, for your kids, for holiday gifts, for your child’s teacher and 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.


Buy your tickets for the Thoreau Adult Social on Nov 1st!  Tickets are $25 and available online:  http://form.jotformpro.com/form/42694079871973

We will also be selling tickets at the Book Fair Family Night on October 17th.  This year’s social will be held at the Concord Art Association and will feature catered heavy hors d’oeuvres, yummy desserts, beer, wine and a fall specialty cocktail, music and more!

For Boston families, we will arrange a bus to and from the event. If you are planning to attend, please email Ali Sullivan at alison.poett@gmail.com no later than October 27th, so we know how many people will need transportation.

Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need. Please contact Rachel Levesque at rlevesque@colonial.net.


Last week the 3rd grade traveled to Drumlin Farm to participate in a learning program about Native American life. This trip included cooking Native American food using traditional methods, playing Native American games, investigating Native American objects, and using Native American tools. The children even got to spend some time in a Wetu. Ask a 3rd grader you know about this fun experience made possible through your donations to the PTG!


Look out for our new Yankee Candle Fundraiser pack in your kids’ backpacks. Start shopping online now with our group number # 990070371! For holiday catalog delivery please have sales slips into teachers by November 11. Feel free to shop until January 15, 2015! Please call or email jenmcgrath33@comcast.net or call 978.621.6038 with any questions.


Thank you to all the families who either donated costumes, volunteered time or attended our Costume Resale.  The kids enjoyed decorating mini pumpkins, creating lolly pop spiders and stocking up on dress up clothes/Halloween costumes.

Also thanks to Fritz and Gigi and Concord Outfitters for donating the sales racks.  The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley received over 50 costumes and dress up outfits.  It was a wonderful way to give back to our local community.

The week following Halloween we will leave the bin out to collect costumes for the following year.   Thank you again for making our first Annual Costume Resale Event a success.


There are still openings in many classes for once a month library volunteers throughout the school year.  Because of the library assistants’ schedule, we are especially looking for more parents from the Foggo, Oglevie, Shaw, Burns, Dillon, and Jackson classes.  If you are interested in volunteering for any class, or if you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the library coordinator, Kristin Haddad, at hdthoreaubooks@gmail.com.  Further information about library volunteering is also available at the PTG website.


Thoreau Student Directories are still available! The directory includes Thoreau’s event calendar, teachers’ extensions and telephone numbers for various district departments (transportation, administrative offices and human resources). Order online on the PTG website (www.thoreauptg.org. Click “Support Thoreau” and “School Directory”) Directory dues support various programs sponsored by PTG: Math Night, Field Day, various children’s programs and after school activities.   For financial assistance, please contact Rachel Levesque (rlevesque@colonial.net).


If you shop at Amazon please set up your AmazonSmile account to benefit the Thoreau PTG.  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.  Sign in and select Thoreau PTG.  You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.   You need to shop through Amazon Smile website and not Amazon directly for the donation to work.  0.5 percent of the sale will go to Thoreau PTG.


I’m pleased to be the Box Tops for Education® Coordinator for Thoreau School again this year.  The Box Tops for Education program is such an easy way for families to get involved in helping their school. Just by using box tops products, clipping the coupons from the label or box and sending them in to school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need for the PTG, teachers and school. You can find box tops coupons on hundreds of your favorite products.

It does not cost you anything to participate, but the coupons we collect together can add up to a significant sum for the PTG to use in support of the Thoreau community. Last year we earned $1,941.60 ($941.60 from clips plus $1,000.00 from a program contest). This was enough to fund some very cool enrichment programs for the kids! This year’s clip goal is $1,000 and from peeking in the collection box I can see that we are already well on our way.

We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 24. All box top coupons need to be in the collection box by the end of the day on this date in order to be included in our December payout check. After that, please keep collecting for the next one!

We also have a chance to win an extra 5,000 box tops (valued at $500) by simply playing a quick game at www.boxtops4education.com/savetheboxtops. A few clicks earns an entry into a prize drawing. This game is only available through September 28, so click now to play!  If you have any questions, please contact me at kimber.drake@comcast.net or at 978-831-3058. Meanwhile, thank you for your support…and keep clipping those box tops!!


Want to be sure you keep on top of the latest news and events at Thoreau this year? You’ve got two great options! Find great, evolving content on the PTG website (https://www.thoreauptg.org), including Principal Mahoney’s blog posts, a full calendar of events throughout the year, details on after-school programs, classroom/teacher links, sources for new families, and more! To get updates pushed right to your desktop, visit the Thoreau Elementary School PTG page on Facebook — be sure to “Like” (and “Show in News Feed”). Here’s to a great year!!


Calling Thoreau 3rd and 4th graders!  Do you have an antique toy or antique toy collection that you could share with everyone’s favorite aardvark?  Arthur, one of Public Television’s longest-running shows based on Marc Brown’s book series, is looking for a few kids to share their antique toy or collection for an upcoming show.  We’ll be making a trip to an antique shop to learn about your toy and have it appraised.  If you know a 3rd or 4th grader who might be interested, please contact Teri Serafini at teriserafini@comcast.net.


Monday, October 13                         NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 14                        Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Wednesday, October 15                 Chicken Quesadilla

Thursday, October 16                      B. Good Burgers

Friday, October 17                            Homemade Cheese Pizza


Concord Youth Theatre

A nerdy florist finds true love and success with the help of a giant man-eating plant with an insatiable appetite for flesh and blood.  Goofy, fun, a little dark, comedic rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors, is hilarious entertainment!  Concord Youth Theatre’s Teen Performance Company (grades 9-12) will present “Little Shop of Horrors” on October 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm with matinees at 2:30 pm on October 18 and 19.  Performances are at CYT’s black box theatre on 358 Baker Ave in West Concord. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at www.concordyouththeatre.org or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. Performances are appropriate for ages 8 and older.

CCHS and Concord-Carlisle Youth Service “What’s Right With My Teen?”

On Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00pm in the CCHS Auditorium, featuring guest speaker Christine Duvivier, MBA, MAPP,  join us for a presentation that follows an in-school program for all students, designed to give parents information to call forward the true genius and intrinsic motivation within their student.  Parents will also gain insight into the student program, including how to:

  • Identify strengths and hidden gifts
  • Have a great life, whether they are a top student or not
  • Ignore 3 myths about education that can make them anxious or worse
  • Hear what matters most for lifetime happiness

Presented by CCHS PA and Concord-Carlisle Youth Service

Halloween Costume Party

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 18th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden Street). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, amazing raffle prizes, costume parade and treats. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members. For further information about the Halloween Party and Concord Family Network, visit our website at www.concordfamilynetwork.org or contact concordfamilyntwk@yahoo.com. Thanks to Roche Brothers, Stop & Shop, Concord Toy Shop, Reasons to be Cheerful, Vincenzo’s, Jam Time and Music Together for sponsoring our event!

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s Annual PumpkinFest, Sunday, October 19th, 2-4pm on Emerson Field

Come and enjoy fun for the whole family—games and activities for kids, crafts, music, Reasons to be Cheerful ice cream, a costume parade, and prizes!  Please register in advance at www.cccommunitychest.org   Pre-registration is $10 per child, $30 per family maximum.  Registration includes one pumpkin per child.  (Day of event registration is $15 per child, family discount does not apply, and pumpkins only if available.)  Come and learn about the Community Chest and many of the programs and agencies that the Chest supports.  We are neighbors helping neighbors!

Beacon Santa Fund

The Beacon Santa Fund is a nonprofit organization administered through GateHouse Media New England. Since 1965, Beacon Santa has helped families provide holiday gifts for their children. The fund helps families in Concord and 14 other communities. Donations pay for vouchers for food, clothes and toys at area supermarkets and department stores.  If you might benefit from this program please contact  the Concord Community Services Coordinator, Aileen Buford, for an application and information about the program.  The due date for applications is October 31, 2014.   Call 978.318.3034 or email abuford@concordma.gov to request an application.

SMOC Fuel Assistance Program

SMOC Fuel Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help residents afford the cost of heat during the winter months.  Eligibility is based on gross annual income and household size.  Eligible households receive assistance paid directly to their heating vendor. Heat types include oil, gas, electric and propane.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, determining your eligibility or would like to request and application packet, please contact Aileen Buford, MSW -Community Services Coordinator, at 978-318-3034 or abuford@concordma.gov.

 Concord Conservatory of Music Registration Open for Fall 2014 Private Lessons

The Concord Conservatory of Music is still accepting registrations for Fall 2014 private lessons. Students of all ages and ability levels are taught by CCM faculty. In addition to lessons, CCM private lesson students have the opportunity to participate in numerous recitals and music enrichment activities, such as master classes with guest artists. The Concord Conservatory of Music is a tight-knit community where musical creativity and individuality are encouraged and nurtured at the highest level. CCM faculty are talented performers themselves, many of whom have played in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Boston, New York, and around the world.  This Fall CCM is expanding its offerings to the community with the addition of clarinet lessons, elementary and middle school choruses, ukulele choir, and a concert lecture series.

To schedule a lesson placement interview, please contact Megan Bisceglia in the CCM office, MBisceglia@ConcordConservatory.org, or 978-369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, founded in 2005, and offering private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and ability levels.  The school is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Center for Parents and Teachers Program: Fostering Self-Reliance in Our Young Children

Final registration call for “Fostering Self-Reliance in Our Young Children: How Parents Can Help Children Build Skills that Promote Self Esteem, Competence and Mastery,” as Special four-part series for parents of children 4 yrs old through Grade 2.  This program, starting MondayOctober 20, 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.  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.  Mondays, October 20, 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, 2014   Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM.   Fee:  $120 for all 4 sessions helps support the work of the Center for Parents and Teachers but you can offer us what you can afford — Families in need of financial assistance are encouraged to inquire.  No family will be turned away due to inability to pay so please simply let us know what you can afford.  If interested , please pre-register by emailing CPT at cpt@colonial.net and write  “Fostering Self-Reliance” in the subject line of the email. Or call CPT at 978-202-1143.  Learn more about CPT at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Concord Carlisle Newcomers and Neighbors

New to Concord or interested in meeting new people?  Check out our calendar of events at concordcarlislenewcomers.org.  We would love to meet you at the First Friday coffee or at one of our many special social events.  We represent residents of all ages and diverse life experiences.  We also draw community connections through a variety of interest groups – see the list online.  Email us at ccnewcomers@gmail.com for more information.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey Programs Are Open For Registration For The 2014-2015 Season

The Mosquito program is geared for Boys and Girls who were born between 1/1/2007 and 12/31/2010.  For the 2014-1015 season, the CCYH Mosquito participants will skate on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:10am – 9:10am at the Middlesex School. Programs will begin the first week of November and will run through the end of February.  Our coaches will help kids to improve their skating, and learn the basics of stick-handling, passing and game awareness.  Our program follows USA Hockey’s ADM model focusing on small area games and drills that help kids learn the game in a fun, age-appropriate way. To register online, please visit www.CCYH.org. For more information on both programs, you can contact TJ Umina at tj.umina@comcast.net.

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

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 16, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, October 13, 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.