September 12, 2013


Dear Thoreau Families,

It has been an incredible first week at Thoreau School. Students and staff are getting to know each other in new venues and groupings and there is this wonderful energy that only exists in an elementary school. We are off to a great start.

When your child comes home on Friday, ask him/her about the Three BEs! Yes, our new school mascots, the Three BEs will be introduced at our first all school meeting on Friday (please keep a secret if you are reading this on Thursday). And what are the Three Bes? They are our Thoreau School promises: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe. My thanks to all of the staff members who were such good sports in presenting skits for the students during our BE assembly. Throughout the year we will use school meetings, as well as additional opportunities, to model the Three BEs.

We look forward to greeting everyone at our annual Back to School Night next Wednesday, September 18th. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a meeting for all in the auditorium, which will be followed by three half-hour blocks for classroom presentations. You will receive an informational letter either today or tomorrow. See you there.


Nancy Peterson


Please correct the Voice Mail Phone Number listed on pg. 10 of the attachment to Nancy Peterson’s letter (yellow).  It’s under “Reporting an Absence”, and it should be 978-341-2490, Ext. 3690.  Thank you.

Maria Schofield


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The Thoreau PTG Board would like to welcome new families and welcome back those returning!  We are looking forward to an exciting year!

Kicking things off will be a Welcome Back Coffee tomorrow, Friday September 13th at 9:00am in the cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to meet or reconnect with friends and get acquainted with opportunities to be involved in your child’s enrichment.  Siblings are welcome, too.  As has been the practice, future PTG meetings will be on varying days and times, so if you cannot make this event, please join us in the future!

We hope to see you on Friday the 13th!

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The PTG would like to welcome everyone back to school at the

Thoreau School Ice Cream Social

*Sunday, September 15*


Join us for this fun annual event featuring

ice cream from Reasons to be Cheerful, music and games!

 *please note the new date*


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 ages are welcome and the club is divided into groups by grade. Each group meets once per month. This is a parent-run club; it can’t run without you! This year, Lego Club will meet Mondays in the cafeteria, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. for the year. Once we have the final number of children, we will divide into manageable and age-appropriate groups so that each group will meet once per month. Parents will be assigned a date to volunteer. (This likely will average once for the year for 45 minutes — not a big time commitment.) We are in need of leaders for all age groups, so please let us know if you are interested!  Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if they haven’t signed up to volunteer that month. It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and their friends doing something they love to do!

Groups will begin meeting on October 7. Please sign up by Sunday, September 22 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 send an email to Angela Quinn at including your child’s name, grade, teacher, your emergency contact phone number during Monday meeting times, and the best email address for routine communication. –Angela Quinn ( for the Lego Club

PAL/Noon Aides Meet and Greet

Interested in learning more about PALs ?  Hope you will join us in the Thoreau cafeteria on Thursday, September 19th, 10:45-11:15 for a PAL/noon aides meet and greet! Treats and beverages will be served. Hosted by Rachel Levesque, Thoreau School Social Worker and PAL liaison, and Jackie Meehan, PAL coordinator. Please contact if you have any questions.


Monday, September 16                  Popcorn Chicken

Tuesday, September 17                  No Lunch

Wednesday, September 18            Homemade Mac & Cheese

Thursday, September 19                b-Good Burgers

Friday, September 20                     Stuffed-Crust Cheese Pizza


Communities for Restorative Justice Auction

An exciting 5-day Online Auction benefiting Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is running from September 18-22, 2013.  You can bid and win a wonderful wealth of items from the comfort of your own home or office.   To browse, register or bid go to

Auction items include vacations at resorts in Crete, Antigua, Barbados and Las Vegas; a South African Safari for two; ski lift tickets at Mohawk Mountain; golf for two at an exclusive Ft. Myers, FL country club; a five course themed dinner for six people with wine pairings at a private Concord home, and more.

C4RJ partners with local police to bring offenders, victims, as well as other affected community members together in a group setting called a “circle,” not in a courtroom. What distinguishes restorative justice is the fact it recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just the law.  Participation in C4RJ is voluntary. At meetings led by trained community volunteers, those affected by crime have an opportunity to share their stories and agree by consensus on meaningful repair — from paying for damages to community service, from writing letters of apology to examining decision making, or seeking counseling services.

Please support C4RJ and benefit yourself through this online auction.  For more information about C4RJ, check out

Patriot Girls And Boys Basketball Pre-Season Clinics

Boys Clinic

The boys’ clinic is for boys entering grades 4-8 that are looking to get ready for the winter basketball season and their school, travel, or recreation team.  David Cohen, CCHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, will lead the clinic.  The clinic will be held at CCHS on Monday nights: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, and 10/21.  The clinic for 4th, 5th and 6th grades will be from 6:00-7:30pm and the 7th and 8th grade from 7:30-9:00pm.

Girls Clinic

The girls’ clinic is for girls entering grades 3-8 who are looking to get ready for the winter basketball season and their school, travel, or recreation team.  Maureen Sullivan, CCHS Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, will lead the clinic.  The clinic will be held at CCHS on Thursday nights from September 26 – October 24.  The clinic for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be from 6:00-7:30pm and the 6th, 7th and 8th grades from 7:30-9:00pm.

Please register for the fall pre-season clinics through the Concord Recreation Department at 978-369-6460.  The clinic fee is $125.

For more Concord Carlisle youth basketball information go to:

CC Youth Lacrosse

CC Youth Lacrosse announces their new & improved FALL BALL season!  Sunday afternoons in Sept & Oct.   Boys & Girls grades 1-8.  All levels of experience are welcome.

Boys:  Chumash league, playing fast-paced, 3v3 lacrosse.  Girls: full field scrimmages, as well as skills clinics for newcomers and girls getting up to speed.  REGISTRATION IS OPEN:  go to  for more information on times & locations.

Girl Scouts

Join Girl Scouts for fun, friends and fantastic opportunities. Concord and Carlisle friends are invited to attend our fall registration events to ask questions and learn more about the exciting scouting year ahead.

Tuesday, September 10th from 6-8 pm @ the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street.  Saturday, September 14th from 2-4 pm @ the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street.  Thursday, September 19th from 6-7 pm @ the Carlisle School Association Fair, Corey Dining Room, Carlisle School (prior to Back to School night).

Need more information? Visit

Join Thoreau’s 4th Grade Girl Scout troop!

We’re looking for a few more girls and would love to have your 4th grader join us!  Troop meetings will generally be the 1st Sunday afternoon of each month from 3:30-5:00, and then we’ll do one additional group activity during the month.  For September, however, we’re kicking off the year with our first meeting on Sunday, September 15 from 5:00-6:30.  If your daughter wants to see what Girl Scouts is all about, contact Joanna Swain (, April Robb (, or Kristen Keilty ( for more details about the first meeting or general participation.

Kicks for Cancer 2013

Join the Concord-Carlisle Boys soccer team in the fight to kick cancer!  On Saturday, September 28, twelve of the finest high school soccer teams in the state will compete in honor of courageous family members and friends who have been affected by cancer.  Watch exciting high school soccer, enjoy a concession, enter to win fabulous raffle prizes, and purchase a shirt to support a great cause!  All event proceeds will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support women’s cancer research.  Our goal is to raise $30,000 to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Games begin at 1:00 PM with Reading vs. Woburn and Lexington vs. Wakefield; 3:30 Games include Concord-Carlisle (Girls) vs Lincoln Sudbury (Girls) and Brookline vs. Newton North; 6:00 PM Games include Concord-Carlisle (Boys) vs. Lincoln-Sudbury (Boys) and Acton-Boxborough vs. Wayland.  Watch our youth teams play at half-time, and enjoy the concessions and raffle.  Kicks for Cancer will be held on the turf fields located behind CCHS at 500 Walden Street in Concord.  The 2013 Kicks for Cancer is in loving memory of Bridget Spence.

Parent Toddler Program at Ripley School

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler this fall? Try these programs at the Ripley School in Concord (open to residents of other communities, too): Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2013) 
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 20th to December 13th, 2013. 12 classes – $150.  Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2013)
 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 19th to December 12th, 2013. 12 classes $335.

Register to Vote at Back-to-School Night

Are you registered to vote? Is your registration up-to-date? During September and October, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will register voters at all public school Back-to-School Nights in Concord and the Carlisle Elementary School Parents’ Night. The League will offer voting information and help people register to vote or update their registration with a new address or party. Please look for the LWV table when you arrive at the school.

The League is also participating in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on one single day, Tuesday, September 24. We will register voters at the Alcott School in Concord that evening.

The next elections scheduled for our communities are the spring 2014 town elections. Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your voice heard at the polls. Register to vote now! For information on voter registration, contact the League (; 978-254-1598) or your Town Clerk.

Concord Conservatory of Music Free Trial Class Week and Private Lesson Placement

Register now for The Concord Conservatory of Music’s Fall semester Group Classes! Our group classes offer something for everyone whether your child is 12 months old, or you are a senior in our community.  September 10 – 14th, CCM is offering Free Trial Classes in our early childhood program. Please check out our website for schedule details on Early Childhood, Group Voice, and Group Keyboard classes. Registrations are accepted online in the office and by mail.  Group classes begin the week of September 16th.  Are you starting to study a string instrument, or a band instrument at school?  Learn more about private lessons at CCM to support your student’s musical studies.  Private registration is ongoing throughout the year; please contact the office directly to schedule a meeting with a faculty member.  CCM is located in West Concord at 1317 Main Street.  For more information please call 978-369-0010,, or visit   CCM is a non-profit organization; financial aid is available.

After School Music Instruction

Registration is now open for Fall 2013 individual music lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Concord-Carlisle. The IMSCC offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons to new and continuing students. Lessons meet weekly for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, at CCHS and the Carlisle School. This student-funded program was established in 1980 by the Concord-Carlisle Schools and is part of the Community Education department.

For information and registration materials please visit the website: For more information please contact Debbie Levine at or phone 978-341-2490 ext. 7152.

Musketaquid Arts & Environment Program

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is offering an after-school program on Early Release Tuesdays, from 2 – 3:30 for children grades 3-5, called the Explorers Club.  Students will learn the skills and techniques of working with natural materials to make art both in studio and in natural spaces.  Students will have the opportunity to explore local conservation areas, learn about outdoor safety skills, local materials and wildlife, as well as to practice naturalist journaling.  Please contact Nancy White Lippe at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at

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