September 24, 2015


It was wonderful to spend time with all the families and staff who came to celebrate the beginning of new school year at the Ice Cream Social last Sunday afternoon. With much hard work from Jenny Gates and all the volunteers the event was a huge success. Thank you!! The time and effort you gave to enrich the Thoreau Community was very much appreciated.

Don’t forget:

Friday, 9/25: Boks Registration Forms due to Donna Macone; Last day to sign up for After School programs

Wednesday, 9/30: Back to School Night

Friday, 10/2: Halloween Costume Sale ~ We still need volunteers and costumes to make this a successful night! Without enough volunteers the event will need to be canceled. See below to help out.

Trish and Betsy


Please donate your costumes to our Halloween Resale Event.  Costumes can be left in the bin near the front entrance of the school.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to make the Halloween Costume Resale Craft Event Happen!

We still need at least 15 more volunteers to help make our event a success.  Please come and help for a bit while your kids do crafts and have dinner.  It’s a fun event for all ages!  Please sign up here:


Friday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30pm we will be reselling costumes donated by Thoreau parents.  We will have face painting, crafts at pizza dinner for purchase.  Bring the family, shop, get crafty and have some dinner. It’s a fun event for the whole family!  Proceeds go to the Thoreau PTG and unsold costumes are donated to our local Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley.  Can’t make dinner?  We will have a sneak peak sale before school that day October 2 in the Gym from 7:45-9am.


BOKS is coming to Thoreau and our BOKS Champions are busy preparing! Please submit your registration forms by tomorrow, September 25 to Donna Macone in the office. The registration form can be found here:   Please be sure to read the letter which accompanied this registration form. We will notify parents of participants via email during the week of September 28. If you have any questions or need a copy of the program information letter, please do not hesitate to contact Adrienne Principe at BOKS ROCKS!


Next Wednesday, September 30 is Back to School Night! If you didn’t pre-purchase a school directory, you can buy one with cash or check ($30/copy and $5 for the 2nd copy). You also can buy cookbooks ($5 each). Purchasing the directory and cookbook funds the many great programs that the PTG brings in for both students and teachers.


Picture Day is Tuesday, October 13! The teachers will soon be sending home sign-up forms with all students. Please make sure that you fill them out and send them back with your kids as soon as you can – we like to have them about a week before picture day takes place.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? We need help throughout the day (either a few hours or the full morning) and would really appreciate your time. Helping us at Picture Day is a fun time and also a great way to see the inside of your child’s school day. Please consider helping out and email us at or text us at 617-803-3523.

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

  1. Every child and 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.
  2. A make-up/reshoot day will be offered (TBD.) Pictures arrive about 4 weeks after the “shoot.” Teachers will send them home in the children’s backpacks. Please consider signing up online at (this is already all set for our Thoreau School). Once you’ve ordered what you’d like, please PRINT the receipt and send the receipt to school in an envelope with your child to give to his/her teacher with “Picture Day info” and your child’s name on the front of the envelope. The teacher will keep all of the receipts and will hand them out again on picture day as needed to your children.
  3. Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need.   Please contact Rachel Levesque as needed to inquire about assistance:
  4. Coffee Pond recommends having your children wear solid tops for best picture results. Pictures will be taken indoors if it’s raining that day. Volunteers are not allowed to comb the hair of the students before pictures are taken.
  5. Questions? Please email us at OR reach out to Coffee Pond directly at or at 1 (800) 632-2323 ext. 0. 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


The Book Fair begins with Family Night, Friday, October 16, 5:30-8:00 and ends with classroom visits Wednesday, October 21 through Friday, October 23.   Used book collection will begin Tuesday, October 13 and continue through Friday, October 16. Collect your child’s good quality books now! (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.

Yes, we still need VOLUNTEERS! Please sign up on the PTG website here: Please contact Susan Gillick at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Fiona Stevenson at or Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.


This is the last week to sign up your children for the After School Programs that are offered at Thoreau. Classes start next week!   There is still room in the Japanese Crafts and Culture class as well as Drawing Basics, and the Kids Can Cook classes. Fuzzy Felt and Minecraft are full for this session but will be offered again in the Winter Session starting in December. Please go to the Thoreau PTG website under PTG programs to register for each specific class. If you have any questions please contact Stefanie Sim or Jen Keegan Jiganti


Monday, Sept. 28                 Baked Chicken Tenders

Tuesday, Sept. 29                NO LUNCH

Wednesday, Sept. 30          Mini Cheese Ravioli

Thursday, Oct. 1                   Chicken Patty on Wheat Bun

Friday, Oct. 2                         Tony’s Cheese Pizza


Top HS Soccer Teams Compete Again at Cancer Benefit!

Some of greater Boston’s best high school soccer talent will gather to compete against each other and fight cancer at the 9th Annual Kicks for Cancer, to be held on Saturday, September 26 and hosted by Friends of Concord Carlisle High School Men’s Soccer. In addition to boasting high school soccer action at its finest, the event includes food, drawings, souvenirs, and more, all to benefit cancer research. In what is become a tradition, teams participating at Kicks for Cancer will wear special pink or blue jerseys with the names of loved ones that have suffered from the disease emblazoned on the back. Games start at CCHS, Doug White Turf Fields at 11:30am, and will finish under the lights at roughly 9pm. Admission to see all games are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Kicks for Cancer has raised over $182,000 since its inception – including over $44,000 last year with all proceeds going to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For those who are unable to attend the event, but wish to make a donation to Kicks for Cancer, you can donate on line via the Dana-Farber web page at For more information visit our web site at

Apple Picking with Concord-Carlisle Neighbors

CCN welcomes new individuals/families to the area and offers planned activities to connect both existing and new residents. Grab your kids on an early release Tuesday and come apple picking with us! Details: September 29, 3-4:30pm at Shelburne Farm, 106 West Acton Road, Stow. Meet at the picnic tables by the store. RSVP:

Free Movie Night on Rideout Field

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and A New Leaf invite you to a FREE Movie Night on Rideout Field on Friday, October 2 at 6:30pm.  Bring a blanket, enjoy free hot chocolate and enjoy the wonderful film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  All are welcome!  (Raindate: Saturday, October 3)

Private Music Lessons at The Concord Conservatory of Music

Did your child just get a new instrument? Might they be interested in starting private lessons? The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is accepting registrations for its fall private lesson program, which is just underway. In addition to the benefits of private study, students at CCM become part of a vibrant musical community. The conservatory offers more than 25 recital opportunities each year, sponsors a concert and lecture series, has free faculty concerts—and hosts plenty of ice cream and pizza parties! To register for the fall or summer, or for more information, please visit, call 978-369-0010, or email CCM classes and concerts take place at CCM, located at 1317 Main Street. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, serving Concord and the surrounding communities. Financial assistance is available.

Concord Public Library Book Groups & Activities

BookMarkers 4th/5th Grade Book Group at the Main Library, 129 Main Street, October 6, 1-2pm. A Time to READ…TALK…SNACK….CREATE…& Have FUN! Let’s Read & Talk about Bunnicula by James Howe.  Let’s Make Vampire Bunny Peeps & a Video!

Read to Phoebe the Dog at the Main Library, 129 Main Street. October 6, 3-4 pm. Phoebe the Dog, part of the Tail Waggin’ Tutors Program, encourages children to read to a furry friend. Register for 15 minute reading slot

Global Cardboard Challenge at Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street: October 10 from 2-4pm. Families are invited to build a CABIN of their dreams From the Past, Present, or Future using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Based on the book Henry Builds a Cabin by D. B. Johnson. Ages 5 & up. Register at

LEGO Challenge at Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street: October 15 from 4-5 pm. Each month we challenge you with a different theme and you can build on that theme or make your own creation. Completed creations will be left on display in the Children’s Room.

Third Grade Book Eaters — meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4-5pm at the Main Library, 129 Main Street. Let’s share our favorite books (old & new) Plus games, crafts, and food! October 21, 4-5 pm: Let’s talk about …Mysteries & Scary Stories. Bring a favorite Mystery or Scary Book to Share

Parent Pre-School Program

Community Education is offering a Parent Pre-school Program for two-three year olds on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 AM September 17-December 17 at the Ripley School. This program is two programs in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children ages 24-36 months play together in a preschool classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s all about being part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. To register please call 978-318-1432.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on Oct. 1, 2015. Submission deadline: 9pm on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments or photos); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to