September 26, 2014


Thanks to everyone for supporting our Vincenzo’s fundraiser last night!  Hope you had a delicious dinner.  Many thanks to our fundraising co-chairs, Jen McGrath and Nikki Morrissey for organizing this successful event.

Upcoming Events:

  • *School Photos on Monday, September 29th.  Order forms were sent home this past week and need to be returned to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 29th.
  • *Kindergarten/ 1st grade Coffee on Monday, September 29th at 9:00am, 1405 Main Street (young children welcome; no RSVP necessary)
  • *PTG monthly meeting on Friday, October 3rd, 9:00am in the Cafeteria.  All are welcome (young children too!)
  • *Halloween Costume Sale.  Friday, October 3rd, 6-8:00pm.  (sneak peak on Oct 3rd at 8am!)  Come and shop for Halloween costumes (be kind to our environment by decreasing landfill) and support the PTG.
  • *School Committee Coffee (brown bag lunch) on Tuesday, September 30th, 11:30am -1:00pm at Ripley.

Carla and Trish


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


Join us for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade parent coffee on Monday September 29th at 9 am at 1405 Main Street. Come meet new parents and visit with friends. Siblings are welcome. We hope to see you there!


Save the date for this year’s Adult Social on Saturday November 1st from 7-11 pm. Delicious food, good music, good friends – what could be better? More details to come…


Thoreau Student Directories are still available! The directory includes Thoreau event calendar, teachers extensions and telephone numbers for various district’s department (transportation, administrative offices and human resources). 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.   For financial assistance, please contact Rachel Levesque (


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.


I’m pleased to be the Box Tops for Education® Coordinator for Thoreau School again this year.The Box Tops for Education program is such an easy way for families to get involved in helping their school. Just by using box tops products, clipping the coupons from the label or box and sending them in to school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need for the PTG, teachers and school. You can find box tops coupons on hundreds of your favorite products.

We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 24. All box top coupons need to be in the collection box by the end of the day on this date in order to be included in our December payout check. After that, please keep collecting for the next one!

We also have a chance to win an extra 5,000 box tops (valued at $500) by simply playing a quick game at A few clicks earns an entry into a prize drawing. This game is only available through September 28, so click now to play!

If you have any questions, please contact me at or at 978-831-3058. Meanwhile, thank you for your support…and keep clipping those box tops!!


Class descriptions and the registration links can be found on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG/After School Programs.  Sorry, Minecraft, Fuzzy Felt and Yoga have already been filled.  There are still spaces available in Kids Cooking Green, Puppets, Japanese Culture Club, Master Chess, and Build It Bigger and Better.  Q’s, please contact Jen Keagan Jiganti or Stefanie Sim


New this year at Thoreau and extended to grade 3 – once a month Rubik’s cube club for students in grades 3 through 5. Beginners are more than welcome. We will meet the first Thursday of each month after school in the cafeteria, starting October 2nd. Perfect opportunity to start learning to solve the cube or to practice skills with friends. Please feel free to email Lisa Becker with any questions – For more detailed information and to sign up your child, please visit


Last week the 4th grade challenge was to build a structure out of paper strips and tape that would hold a pinecone as high off the ground as possible.  Students were asked to think about the properties of paper and tape as well as principles of engineering.  Some worked alone, others with partners.  In the end we analyzed what worked, what could have been made stronger and what forces were working against us.  We realized that gravity was working against us as were other loads, like the weight of the pinecone and the paper structure itself!  Why does an artist need to think like an engineer?  Because artists are using materials all the time and they need to understand how their materials work in order to successfully execute their vision.  We looked at artists such as Claes Oldenberg, Christo and Jean Claude to illustrate these concepts.  Interested in learning more about the art curriculum…Check out the Thoreau Art Webpage under class links.

Kate Hiltz

Art Teacher


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


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. 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.


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!!


Calling Thoreau 3rd and 4th graders!  Do you have an antique toy or antique toy collection that you could share with everyone’s favorite aardvark?  Arthur, one of Public Television’s longest-running shows based on Marc Brown’s book series, is looking for a few kids to share their antique toy or collection for an upcoming show.  We’ll be making a trip to an antique shop to learn about your toy and have it appraised.  If you know a 3rd or 4th grader who might be interested, please contact Teri Serafini at


  • Monday, September 29                       Baked Ham and Cheese
  • Tuesday, September 30                      No Lunch
  • Wednesday, October 1                        Popcorn Chicken
  • Thursday, October 2                             American Chop Suey
  • Friday, October 3                                   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

Fun with a purpose: Thoreau Cub Scouts

Thoreau’s Cub Scout Pack 133 invites new and may-be-interested 1st through 5th grade boys to learn how our Pack has “fun with a purpose”!  Den meetings for all grade levels are starting now.  Important dates to note: Interested 1st grade boys are invited to come to the first Tiger den meeting Tues Sept 30th at 6:30pm at Thoreau’s cafeteria (no RSVP necessary).  We have a day trip this Sun Sept 28th to the Boston Harbor Islands and our next pack meeting “Raingutter Regatta” is Wed Oct 8th at 7pm.  If you are interested in participating in the day trip or our next pack meeting, please email Dorina Enes (Bear Den Mother)

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

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. Tickets are available online at, or to reserve your seat with cash or check, please call 978-371-1482 for more information. 

Halloween Costume Party

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 18th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden Street). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, amazing raffle prizes, costume parade and treats. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members. For further information about the Halloween Party and Concord Family Network, visit our website at or contact Thanks to Roche Brothers, Stop & Shop, Concord Toy Shop, Reasons to be Cheerful, Vincenzo’s, Jam Time and Music Together for sponsoring our event!

 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.

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 .

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Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on October 3, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, September 29, 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