September 22, 2011

Published by the Thoreau School Parent Teacher Group


Dear Thoreau Families,
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Kelly Clough


We hope you enjoyed Back-to-School night and the new format. It was nice to have an opportunity to meet and speak with staff in the cafeteria. Thanks to all of the room parents and PTG board members who donated refreshments! I would also like to thank all of the parents who attended the PTG meeting last Wednesday evening. The next general meeting is Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00am, so mark your calendars! Don’t forget, tomorrow is school picture day. If you haven’t sent in your form or registered your child online at, you can still register online and send in the email confirmation with your child tomorrow morning. Do you have books that your children have out grown? Start putting them aside to donate to the book fair. The book fair is coming up in October and we need your used book donations. Keep your eye on the TA for book fair details. We would like to remind you that next week is a short week: Rosh Hashanah is Thursday, September 29 and school is closed. Have a great weekend!
–Melanie and Shelagh, PTG Co-Presidents


School Picture Day is this Friday, September 23! Your children will have their individual pictures taken as well as a class photo. There are a number of purchasing options. Please refer to the order form that was sent home in your child’s backpack — and please send the form back with your payment enclosed. Or, you can go online and pre-order your pictures/packages on the Coffee Pond Photo website Please note that your pictures will be delivered to school even though they will ask you for your shipping address. A class photo is included in all package orders. Coffee Pond will also ask you to print out a confirmation receipt. Please be sure to send it in with your child; teachers will collect/keep them and distribute them on Picture Day to the photo staff. If you are registering more than one child, please print a copy of the confirmation for each child to bring into their teacher.  Please email Robin Grace ( or visit the Coffee Pond Photo Website if you have questions. Please note that there will be a retake day (TBD). If you are not satisfied with the picture(s), you can return them for a full refund and/or have them retaken. Also, the photo company recommends that your child should wear a solid top for Picture Day, but it is not required.
–Robin Grace


Welcome back to all! Hope everyone is well rested and eager for the beginning of school. We are currently processing all the forms you have filled out and submitted. Please note the following:

  • Health and Emergency Cards: All Families please immediately return completed Health Office Cards (orange), filled out, signed and dated.
  • Physical Exams: Updated exams are required for Kindergarten and 4th grade students dated after Sept 2010. New students are required to have an exam within 6 months of entry between March 2011 – March 2012. We do not need forms from other grades unless there is a significant change in health status. Fall birthdays may send the PE form in immediately after the visit.
  • Extra Clothes:  All Grades! Please send in extra clothes for your child to be kept in his/her locker or backpack. The supply in the Health Office is minimal at this time; if anyone has a few pants to send in that would be greatly appreciated. There are some extra underpants and socks if absolutely necessary thanks to PTG monies.
  • Hand washing: Please review with your child the technique and importance of hand washing with warm soapy water and friction. Hands should be washed before eating or preparing food, after using the bathroom or changing diapers, after blowing noses or coughing, after touching animals. This procedure is an important prevention measure against the spread of organisms which cause disease. Also, as many of you are aware, it is a crucial measure in removing allergens that have the potential of causing a life threatening reaction in a child with a severe allergy.
  • Lice Screening Days: Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9:00 – 11:00. Families, please be sure your child comes to school on these days with washed, combed/brushed hair and with easy to check hairdos. We need many people to help out, so please consider volunteering; contact Deborah Lindberg,, or leave a message at the Health Office. Lice Screening Training workshop will be held on Tuesday September 27, 8:15 – 8:30 in the Health Office. Please call the Health Office to sign up or if any questions.

Happy Fall!
Nicki Morina Richards, RN MS, Thoreau School Nurse 978-341-2490 x 3158


We still are in need of a few Kindergarten families to complete the METCO family matching process. Being a METCO family entails being a resource to a Boston family for questions and also hosting playdates, usually one Tuesday every other month. For more information contact Joyce Degreeff,

Here is a list of this year’s METCO late bus days: September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 14, March 13, April 24, May 22, and June 12.

Save the date! METCO Picnic, October 2, 2:00-4:00 at Alcott Playground! Bring your appetite!


Students in grades 2-5 are invited to participate in the one hour program of engaging physical activities games, games, and more games being offered through the Thoreau PTG on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning at dismissal.  Activities will consist of fun twists on familiar games such as dodgeball, kickball, soccer, baseball, and tag, as well as a variety of other games. The program will take place both outdoors and in the gym. Sessions are scheduled for six week intervals. The first session will begin on Tuesday, October 4 and run until Thursday, November 10. If interested, you can register your child for one, two, or three days a week at Please feel free to email Lauren Hobbie-Welch ( with any further questions.


Calling all Lego lovers! Lego club is a low key club where children have fun with Legos and each other. All ages are welcome. The club has in the past been 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’s Lego Club will meet Mondays in the cafeteria, 3:15 – 4:00 for the entire year. Once we have the final number of children, we will divide the club into manageable and age-appropriate groups so that again 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. More leaders are needed and very welcome and, as always, parents should feel very free 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 in October.  Please sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 27 so that we can organize the groups and arrange for parent volunteers. We will be collecting dues of $5 per child to pay for Legos, Lego games, the end of year popsicle party. If you are interested in receiving financial assistance, please contact Rachel Levesque, School Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300. To sign up, send an email to and include your child’s NAME, GRADE, TEACHER, your EMERGENCY CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER during Monday meeting times and an email and telephone CONTACT FOR ROUTINE COMMUNICATION such as switching volunteer dates with other parents.

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the year! Please email any of the Lego Club leaders with any questions.
–Sara Neville ( for Melanie Bettencourt (, Julie Hayen Miller (, and Rose Waxler (


Please mark your calendars for the New and Used Book Fair, which begins with Family Night on Friday, October 14, 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. 19 to Friday, Oct. 21. We will be sending out a schedule of kids’ classroom visits, a request to volunteer (via VolunteerSpot online), and a link to a web site where you can purchase books for the fair as well. Thanks to all of you who have already signed up to volunteer — you will be hearing from us soon. Please contact Dorothy Bisbee at or Kristin Moore at with any questions about the New Book Fair.

Used book collection will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 11 to Friday, Oct. 15, 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 reuse 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. Please contact Fiona Stephenson at with questions about the Used Book Fair.


Did you know that the CCHS Building Committee has been working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on a proposal to build a new high school? Check out a FAQ page You can also find more information at or attend a community forum that includes a tour of the current high school on Monday, October 17th, 7:00pm at CCHS.

LUNCH MENU Week of September 26–30

Monday: Baked Potato Bar
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Tasty Tots
Thursday: No School
Friday: Calzone


Open Table Food Drive Organized by CMS Girl Scouts

We are the Girl Scouts from Troop 72694, working on our Bronze Award. We are collecting food to go to Open Table for children’s snack bags. Kids’ bags include non-perishable healthy snacks and drinks. We need at least 150 kids’ bags, one for each child that Open Table serves. Things in the bags will include juice boxes, apple sauce cups, fruit cups, or pudding cups; granola bars, small bags of cookies, pretzels, or crackers; cans or boxes of mac and cheese, spagettios, or chicken noodle soup; and additional snack items that kids can take to school. Collection boxes will be at Alcott School, Thoreau School, Willard School, Peabody and Sanborn school buildings, Crosby’s Marketplace, and Trader Joe’s. The boxes will be there from Monday September 19 to Thursday September 29. Please be as generous as you can, because kids in Concord and Maynard are hungry.
Jillian O’Neil, Lauren Harmon, Katie Murphy, Sarah Hutchinson

Thoreau Before-School Language Classes

Community Education and the IES Language Foundation offer before-school classes in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish starting the week of October 4. Classes meet from 7:45-8:45 am. Tuition is $432 for the year-long series of 24 classes. (Parents may pay for the classes in two installments.) The classes provide an exciting and fun way to learn a new language through games, songs and skits. Students will develop vocabulary and basic conversational skills. Instructional materials included, for class and at-home study.

  • French, Grades 2-5  #2158, Thursday, October 6-April 5
  • Spanish, Grades K-2  #2160, Wednesday, October 5-April 4
  • Spanish, Grades 3-5  #2161, Wednesday, October 5-April 4
  • Chinese, Grades 1-5   #2157, Tuesday, October 4-April 10
  • Italian, Grades 1-5   #2162, Monday, October 3-April 23

For the schedule of classes at other elementary school please visit To register please call Community Ed at CCHS, 978-318-1432, or sign up on line.

CCHS Football Games

Parents and Students: Please note, that for safety issues, all recreation-type balls, footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, tennis balls, including Frisbees are no longer permitted at the Concord Carlisle High School football games. Also, as a reminder, no open containers (water bottles, soda, coffee cups etc.) are to be brought inside. Thank you for your cooperation.
–Detective Scott Camilleri, Concord Police Department

Milldam Nursery School Open House

Milldam Nursery School is inviting all interested families to come to the Open House onSaturday, September 24, 10:00-12:00pm. Milldam is located in the back of First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord. Applications for the 2012 – 2013 school year are now being accepted.

The Barn Co-operative Nursery School Open House

The Enrollment Open House for The Barn Co-operative Nursery School for the 2012-2013 School Year will be held on Tuesday September 27, 6:00-7:30, at The Barn.  If you have a child who will turn 2, 3 or 4 years old by August 31, 2012, feel free to come to the Open House where you can meet teachers, tour The Barn and have any questions answered. For more information, please call (978) 369-1141, email, or check out

Kicks for Cancer

Join the Concord-Carlisle Boys soccer team in the fight to kick cancer! On Saturday,October 1, twelve of the finest high school soccer teams in the State will compete in honor of courageous family members and friends who have battled cancer.  Their goal is to raise $30,000 to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Don’t miss the 7:30 game featuring Concord-Carlisle and Lincoln-Sudbury. Watch our youth teams play at half-time, and enjoy the concessions and raffle. Kicks for Cancer will be held on the turf behind CCHS at 500 Walden Street in Concord.

CFN Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale

Are you looking for kids’ clothing, gear, toys and books for your ever-growing little one? Would you like to sell kids’ stuff you no longer need? Here’s your chance to go green and help keep stuff out of our landfills. On Saturday, October 1, The Concord Family Network (CFN) will be holding its Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale. Come enjoy a coffee and treat at our bake sale and find a treasure or two or three at the 20+ booths selling gently used children’s items. The tag sale will be held at the Sanborn Middle School Cafeteria (835 Old Marlboro Rd, Concord MA) 8:00am-12:00pm. You may purchase a spot at the tag sale for $20 to sell your items. The tag sale is open to all children’s items such as toys, clothes, books, maternity clothes, strollers, cribs and children’s sports equipment. No household items please. Admission is $1/person. Proceeds from admissions and the bake sale will be donated to First Connections, a non-profit that provides support and services to local families. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Eck Redmond at

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on September 29, 2011. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 26, 2011.
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  You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received.