September 11, 2014


It was nice to see many Thoreau families at the Ice Cream Social on Saturday!  Thanks to Ali Sullivan, Adrienne Principe, the Social Committee, and many volunteers for organizing such a fun event!

Thanks to our event and committee chairs for putting on a great display of PTG volunteer opportunities at the PTG Welcome Back Coffee last Friday.  Check out our website for ongoing volunteer opportunities:

Thanks to Mr. Mahoney for hosting the first Principal’s Coffee on Monday, September 8th.  If you missed this, please check out the Ted Talk lecture on Creativity and Education that Mr. Mahoney presented and discussed:

Halloween Costumes needed!  Please bring gently used Halloween costumes to the donation box in the front hallway of the school before October 3rd.  The Halloween Costume Sale will be October 3rd, 6-8pm (pizza and salad for purchase during event).  “Sneak peak” of sale on October 3rd, 8-9am.

Other Upcoming PTG events:

*Back to School night on Wednesday September 17th.

*PALS informational meeting on Thursday, September 18th from 10:45 – 11:15am in the Cafeteria.

*Fundraising night at Vincenzo’s in West Concord on Wednesday, September 24th (*note date change).

*K/1 Parent Coffee on Monday, September 29th at 9am (at the home of Trish Siefer, 1405 Main Street)

Thanks to our Communications Team for getting the word out about all of our events!  “Like” us on Facebook (Thoreau Elementary School PTG) and get continual updates, etc.

Carla and Trish


Please Donate Halloween Costumes now thru Sept 29th

A sincere thanks to 4 families so far who have donated two Pirates, Goof, a dragon, an orange prison suit, and more.   We have received a few super cute outfits so far but we need MORE.

We will only be collecting through September 29th so please break out your boxes marked

Halloween and bring them into school.  There is a Halloween donation bin across from the front office.

Thank you in advance for kindly donating so we can make this event happen on October 3rd

from 6-8 PM and a sneak peak that morning at 8 AM.


2014 Ice Cream Social a Great Success

We beat the rain and cooled off with lots of delicious ice cream at the Ice Cream Social this past Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out, to the members of the Social Committee who helped plan the event, and to all of the volunteers who helped setup, scoop and cleanup. We couldn’t have done it without you! Until next year…

Ali and Adrienne, Your Social Committee Co-Chairs


Thoreau Student Directories are printing! The directory is great for play dates, birthday parties and so much more. Orders received by Friday will be delivered to classrooms for Back To School night Wed, 9/17. Fill in and send back the form sent home with your student along with your check for $30 (payable to Thoreau PTG), or order online on the PTG website ( 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.  These directories can run out, so please send or click your order by FRIDAY, SEPT 12th.


Please mark your calendars for the New and Used Book Fair, which begins with Family Night on Friday, October 17, 5:30-8:00pm. There will be food in the cafeteria, crafts in the library, and a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages.  Family Night will be followed by classroom visits from Wednesday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 24. We need about 90 volunteers for all these book fair events so please click on this link:  to sign up for a spot via VolunteerSpot.  You can also click the volunteer tab on the PTG website and click on book fair to volunteer.  “For more information, please visit the New Book Fair home page at today!”Please contact Susan Gillick at , Janice Kelly at Julia Samnotra at , or Jean Chandler at with any questions about the New Book Fair.

Used book collection will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Oct. 17, so start collecting your child’s good quality books to donate to the Used Book Fair now. Every dollar made in the Used Book Fair goes straight to the PTG, and it’s a great way to demonstrate the reuse of resources to our kids. Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes. Place your donations in a paper bag, remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag, and ask your child to leave the bag outside her/his classroom.  You can also bring in donations to leave on the sorting table in the main hallway. We need volunteers for collecting, sorting and for Family Night and Classroom Visits, so please click on this link: to sign up for a spot.  Please contact Fiona Stevenson at  or Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.


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The After School Program for this Fall is now open for registration.  We have some exciting new classes, as well as some of the old favorites!  A flyer was sent home with your children this week.  You can also find the flyer and registration information on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/Enrichment at .  Registration is now online.  Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti ( or Stefanie Sim (


Instrumental music classes are now beginning!  It’s not too late to sign up!  Visit for more information on the band AND orchestra programs.  Band Parents: Please mark your calendars for 9/29 for the Elementary Band Parent Orientation in the Willard Elementary Auditorium at 6:30PM.

Concord Public School Bands:

Concord Public School Orchestras:


New to Thoreau this year for cube enthusiasts – Rubik’s Cube Club open to all 4th and 5th graders.  This is a low-key, informal club, providing a space for kids to have fun cubing with their classmates. Meetings start in October and will take place after school the first Thursday of each month in the cafeteria.  Please feel free to contact Lisa Becker with any questions at  For more detailed information and to sign your child up, please visit the following link:


Calling all Lego lovers! Lego club is a low-key club where children can build freely with Legos and have fun with their classmates. All grades (K-5) are welcome and the club is divided into groups by grade.   Lego Club will meet Mondays in the cafeteria, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m., once per month the school year, for each group. Groups will begin meeting on September 29. Please sign up by Sunday, September 14 so that we can organize the groups and arrange for parent volunteers. We will be collecting dues of $10 per child to pay for Legos, materials, and the end-of-year popsicle party.Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, School Social Worker, at or (978) 341-2490, ext. 3165.

To sign up, just visit and fill out the form.  We really need leaders for all age groups, so please let us know on the form if you are interested!  This is a parent-run club; it can’t run without you!  Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if they haven’t been assigned to volunteer for that month. It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and their friends doing something they love to do!      –Angela Quinn ( for the Lego Club


  • Monday, September 15                        Baked Chicken Rings
  • Tuesday, September 16                       Baked Fish Sandwich
  • Wednesday, September 17                Whole Grain Pasta
  • Thursday, September 18                     B. Good Burgers
  • Friday, September 19                           Cheese Pizza

Around town

Celebration of Local Food September 13 and 14

Come to a weekend celebration of local food at the Concord Farm and Garden Fair on September 13 and 14 at locations around town. Meet gardeners and farmers, share what we know, learn from each other about the land and what grows here…and have fun! See details at the Program Guide at

C-C Chess Club

Open House Sunday, September 14

Club Begins Sunday, September 21

The Chess Club gets underway on September 14, 2-4 pm, with an Open House at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord. The 12-week series begins on September 21, and meets Sundays from 2 to 5 pm.

To enroll please call Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at (course 2691). More information at

Fun with a purpose: Thoreau Cub Scouts

Thoreau’s Cub Scout Pack 133 invites new, returning, and may-be-interested 1st through 5th grade boys to learn how our Pack has “fun with a purpose”!  Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in all activities which are designed to help scouts increase their sense of responsibility, respect, achievement, and self-esteem.  Our next meeting is Oct 8th at 7 pm in Thoreau’s cafeteria, where scouts will participate in a “Raingutter Regatta”.  We also have a day trip planned to the Boston Harbor Islands on Sun Sept 28th.  If you are interested in participating in our next meeting, day trip, or would like more information in advance, please email Dorina Enes (Bear Den Mother)

Concord Free Public Library

Come join us for a fun-filled day of learning, sharing, and playing with a StoryWalk® at the Concord Free Public Libraries. A StoryWalk® places pages from a children’s story along a walking route in your community so that children and their caregivers can enjoy a physical and educational activity together.

The Concord Free Public Library will be hosting two StoryWalks® on Saturday, September 27 to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up month. Community members are welcome to visit both library locations to take a walk, read the stories, and register for, or replace a missing, library card. The main library will be hosting a storytime for families at 10amand the Fowler branch will be hosting one at 3pm. These events are free and open to the public.

New Classes at Emerson Umbrella

Early Release Tuesdays: Fall Explorers

Students will learn the skills and techniques of working with natural materials to make art both in studio and in natural spaces – “Musketaquid Wild.”

To register:

Thursday Afternoon Drop-In Wild Play

Drop in the studio Thursday afternoons to create and play with seasonal art activities. All ages welcome. To register:

Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash

Calling all junior firefighters for the Concord Family Network annual Fire Truck Wash! Get out your buckets and sponges and come down to the Thoreau Club to help wash a fire truck, meet a firefighter, and learn about fire safety. Tasty snacks will be provided, thanks to our friends at Happy Family Brands. Invite your friends and neighbors. Event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to BigTent or

Date: Saturday, September 13th (Rain date Saturday, October 4th)

Time: 10-11:30 am

Location: Thoreau Club (275 Forest Ridge Road, Concord, MA)

In the event of rain, please check the CFN website at for cancellation information.

CC Youth Lacrosse

Join FALL BALL with CC Youth Lacrosse. Sunday clinics Sept – Oct. Registration is still open for boys & girls grades 1-8. Go to for more information & to register today.

Parent Toddler Program at Ripley

Looking for something FUN to do with your toddler?Try these programs at the Ripley School in Concord:

Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2014)

A fun-filled playgroup for toddlers! While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one year olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:00 September 19th to December 12th, 2014. 12 classes – $150. Course #2572

Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2014)

This program is really two programs in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 September 18th to December 18th, 2014. 12 classes $335. Course #2571

For more information go to or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597. To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432

Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball – Travel Tryouts

Tryouts for Concord-Carlisle Boys (grades 5-8) and Girls (grades 4-8) 2014-15 Travel Basketball will be held in late September.  The travel basketball season runs from November to mid-March.  On-line registration for tryouts is required.  To register for tryouts, view the tryout schedule and obtain information on the travel program, please visit

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 For more information on both programs, you can contact TJ Umina at .

Concord Flag Football Is A Proud Member Of NFL Flag

Fall 2014 is 3rd season for an NFL FLAG League in Concord. The main site of the games was the Fenn School in Concord.  This is a non-contact version of football where young players can develop their passing, catching and defending skills. The games will be played using the Official NFL FLAG Football rules. Each player who is placed a team will receive a reversible jersey with NFL team colors and logos and a flag belt.

To register for the program, please go to If you have any further questions or concerns,  please email ( call us at 857-998-1526.

Transform Lives Through Nature

The Nature Connection is seeking volunteers to join our team in planning and delivering nature-based educational and therapeutic programs for at-risk youth, elders and people with disabilities.  We serve people of all ages; our clients are in Concord and throughout Greater Boston.For more information about the Nature Connection, please visit or email

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:

Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on September 18, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 15, 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