September 18, 2014

From the PTG PresidentS

Just a few quick reminders for this week:

  • This Wednesday night, September 24th, is the first ever fund raising night at Vincenzo’s Restaurant!  Eat in or order take-out, present your “coupon” and Thoreau will receive 15% of the total bill!
  • No school on Thursday, September 25th in observation of Rosh Hashanah.
  • School Photos on Monday, September 29th- Save the date and look for order forms coming home soon.
  • K/1 coffee on Monday, September 29th- 9:00 am,  1405 Main Street

Trish and Carla


Please dine in or take out at Vincenzo’s in West Concord on September 24th, 5:00pm until closing. Vincenzo’s will generously be donating 15% back to the Thoreau PTG. Forms to give to your server will be in back packs this Friday. They will also be available that evening at the restaurant.

PICTURE DAY is on Monday, September 29th

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

Every childand 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. Questions? You can email us at kirstenfurman@gmail.comOR reach out to Coffee Pond  directly at: or at1 (800) 632-2323 ext. 0 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm EST.  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


This past Tuesday, the PTG sponsored Didgeridoo Down Under, an Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, science, literacy development, puppetry, comedy, character building and audience participation, for the whole school.  Leading up to the performance students learned about the didgeridoo, a hollowed-out tree trunk known for its otherworldly sound, during music and in their classrooms.  Ask your children to tell you what they think is most interesting about this fascinating instrument!


Please Donate Halloween Costumes now thru Sept 29th. 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.


Mark your calendars for the New and Used Book Fair which begins with Family Night, Friday, October 17, 5:30-8:00. You and your child can visit the Book Fair again during classroom visits on Wednesday, October 22 through Friday, October 24. The Fair raises funds for the school, provides books for the classrooms and the library, and will be raising money ($2 for every Thoreau student!) so the children can give a “Gift of Books” to a literacy cause.  We are looking for volunteers for 1 – 3 hour shifts during the Book Fair to help organize books, be cashiers, provide supervision during classroom visits, and many other small tasks.  Volunteering is easy – a signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be accessed by clicking on the Book Fair link at We need over 90 volunteers to make Book Fair a success!  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 beginning Tuesday, October 14 and runs through Friday, October 17, so start collecting your child’s good quality books to donate to the fair. 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.  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 and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall. Please contact Fiona Stevenson at



Class descriptions and the registration links can be found on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG/After School Programs.  Sorry, Minecraft and Fuzzy Felt have already been filled and registration for these classes is closed.  There are still spaces available in Japanese Culture Club, Yoga, Master Chess, Puppets, Build It Bigger and Better, and Kids Cooking Green.  Register soon to secure your spot!

A flyer with the class descriptions was sent home with your child last week.  Please be advised that the links on the paper version have been updated and the best way to register is to go directly to the Thoreau PTG website and click on PTG Programs/After School Programs.   Here is the link

Questions, please contact Jen Keagan Jiganti or Stefanie Sim


Berlitz for Kids is the provider for before-school language classes this year. (Public purchasing law requires a competitive process for this kind of outside service.) They are optional and require a fee. Classes begin the week of September 29. There are 22 classes, 10 weeks in the fall and 12 in the winter. Classes meet from 7:45 to 8:45 am.  $179 for Fall session, $189 for Winter session, $349 discounted rate the year. More about Berlitz at Berlitz: To enroll please contact the Community Education office at CCHS, 978-318-1432 or visit 


The Staff Appreciation Committee is now responsible for coordination of regular Staff Breakfasts.  This tradition is one of the many ways we show appreciation to the teachers and staff.  Each Breakfast is hosted by one grade-level; all are on Wednesday mornings in the Staff Dining Room.  The dates and coordinators for this year are:

  • 5th Grade: October 1 (Cathy Chadwick and Paige Somol)
  • 4th Grade: November 5 (Trish Siefer and Shelagh Moskow)
  • 3rd Grade: January 7 (Amy Lima)
  • 2nd Grade: February 4 (Kristine Millet, Kim Hodder)
  • 1st Grade: March 4 (Kristine Millet, Anne Remington)
  • Kindergarten: April 1 (Najah Alford, Erica Sahin)

Coordinators or room parents will be in contact closer to each grade-level’s date.  For early birds, the link to sign-up ahead (!) to contribute items:

Thank you to our Committee Members, Coordinators, and all who contribute. – Najah Alford and Anne Remington, Co-Chairs


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 (, 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!!


  • Monday, September 22                        Baked Chicken Tenders
  • Tuesday, September 23                       Baked Potato Bar
  • Wednesday, September 24                 Our Own Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday, September 25                      No School
  • Friday, September 26                             Homemade Cheese Pizza

Around town

Verrill Farm Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 27th  11am-3pm.  Family fun:  games, crafts, music, food, etc.  Proceeds benefit Emerson Hospital Pediatric Care.  For more information, visit

Folk Music Legend Livingston Taylor in a Fundraiser for Concord Youth Theatre

Tickets Now Available! Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) is kicking off its 2014-15 Season with a musical legend… no, not a legendary musical – a musical legend. On September 27th, 2014, Folk Music’s own Livingston Taylor will be making a stop at 51 Walden Street in a fundraising concert for CYT, Concord’s own non-profit educational youth theatre organization. General admission tickets are $25 and $45 (show only); $100 for V.I.P. tickets which include premiere concert seating as well as a 7:00pm meet and greet with Taylor prior to the 8:00pm concert. Tickets are available online at, or to reserve your seat with cash or check, please call 978-371-1482 for more information.

Social Services Resource Guide Available

Concord Youth and Community Services is proud to offer residents the 2014 Social Services Resources Guide to help youth, families and individuals with basic information and general questions about local resources. An electronic version of the guide is available here: 

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

The first six-week session of classes begins the week of September 15 and eight and ten-week sessions begin the week of September 22. The Umbrella offers classes for children, teens, and adults in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, drawing and painting, Art & Nature and more.

Registration for The Umbrella’s fall 2014 classes is open now. For more information and to register, visit Students may also register by calling 978.371.0820.

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.

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 .

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 25, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 22, 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