September 3, 2015


Welcome back to school!  We hope the first week of school is off to a great start for you and your family!  A few reminders:

  • Welcome Back Coffee – Please join us for a Welcome Back Coffee/PTG Meeting for all families this Friday, September 4 at 9am in the Cafeteria.  All families are welcome (young children too.)
  • Principal CoffeeWednesday, September 9th at 9:30am in Principal’s Office.  All are welcome.
  • Directory Information – We are compiling information for the Thoreau School Directory. If you have any changes to your contact info please make sure you have updated it in the main office.
  • CORI Forms – In order to volunteer this year, you must have an up-to-date CORI form on file. These forms are good for three years. Stop by the main office to check your status or to fill out a new form.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Trish Siefer and Betsy Martel ( and


All Thoreau School families and staff are invited to the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 3-5pm at the Thoreau School lower playground. Connect with old friends, meet some new folks and enjoy ice cream with tons of toppings from Reason’s To Be Cheerful. Allergy friendly ice cream will be available. This event is hosted by the PTG and is free to all Thoreau School families. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help scoop ice cream. If you can help click here,, visit the Thoreau website, under Volunteer or contact Jenny Gates at


Have you been holding onto a costume hoping the younger one will love it come Halloween? Donate it!! We will be collecting gently used (no stains or holes please) costumes/dress up outfits for our Halloween costume resale on Friday, October 2. Unsold items will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley. Collection box will be in front hallway at school from Sept. 8-25


Please stop by the Concord Scout House (74 Walden Street) on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2pm to register your girl and to learn how to become a volunteer. Activities for girls will be available. Girl scouting is for girls in grades kindergarten through 12. With the guidance of adult volunteers, Girl Scouts earn badges, explore the outdoors, attend fun events and field trips, and participate in the Girl Scout cookie program. If you like making friends, having fun, helping others and being outdoors, then you’ll love Girl Scouts! Questions? Call/text or email Kim Lambert-Serna at 617-352-0148 or For more information, see


Cub Scout Pack 133 is welcoming boys from grades 1-5. We will be holding our first pack meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 9 from 7-8pm in the Thoreau cafeteria. Prospective new Scouts and their parent are invited to come at 6:30 to learn what Scouting with Pack 133 is all about. Pack 133 dates to 1943 and each year includes 40-50 boys in grades 1-5 at Thoreau. During the school year, we generally hold two meetings per month – one for each grade-level den and one for the entire pack – and one event. Events include hikes, campouts (Camp Greenough in October), the Pinewood Derby, and special trips (Museum of Science Overnight last year). Parents are involved in all activities, accompanying their sons to meetings and events, and family members are invited to gatherings. No RSVP is required but please contact Ian Quinn ( with any questions.


Calling all Lego lovers! Lego Club is a low-key after-school activity where children can build freely with Legos and have fun with their classmates. The club is divided into three groups, each meeting separately on a rotating basis: kindergarten, first grade, and second through fifth grades. Each group meets approximately once per month. This is an entirely parent-run activity, so it can’t run without you! Lego Club meets on Mondays in the cafeteria, from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Once we have the final number of children, parents will be assigned a date to volunteer. (This likely will amount to one 45-minute session throughout the course of the year, and parents are able to swap dates to suit your schedules.) In addition to the volunteers, we are in need of three parent leaders for each age group, so please let us know if you are interested! Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if you haven’t signed up to volunteer that month. Groups will begin meeting on September 28, beginning with the kindergarteners. Please register by Monday, September 21 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, please fill out this form: Or contact Jen Flint ( with any questions.


Reminder to submit completed allergy and/or medication forms to the health office.  Physical exam and immunization records for K, 4 and new students to the district should be submitted asap​. If you need any health forms or health policies please visit or school website:  As always, email me with questions.  My new email:   Thank you.​  Megan Jensen RN, phone: 978-341-2490 x3158, fax: 978-318-1307.


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Monday, Sept. 7                   NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Sept. 8                  NO LUNCH

Wednesday, Sept. 9            Homemade Mac & Cheese

Thursday, Sept. 10              Fiesta Nachos

Friday, Sept. 11                    Sal’s Cheese Pizza


Town of Concord Birthday Party

Concord is having another Birthday! Concord is turning 380 on Saturday, September 12 (actual anniversary of the incorporation day). Please help us mark this wonderful milestone with a light hearted celebration. Where: Rideout Playground, off Lawsbrook Rd, West Concord. When: 6pm, Saturday, September 12 (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 13). Who: everyone. How: We want to get as many people together as possible to form the numbers 3 8 0 on the field (by filling in chalk lines with ourselves) and have an overhead photo taken. Don’t wear green or we will never see you. We will then have refreshments.

Open House at Concord Conservatory of Music

Bring your family to The Concord Conservatory of Music on Saturday, September 12 from 1-3pm for an Open House. Meet our talented faculty, and check out a saxophone, flute, or clarinet. Try a stringed instrument–CCM offers violin, viola, cello, stand-up bass, guitar, and even ukulele at our instrument demonstration center. Of course, you can give our pianos, keyboards, and percussion instruments a try, too. Schedule private lessons for the fall semester, or consider a group class—CCM offers a variety of options starting as young as age 4! CCM also has jazz combos and string ensembles. Interested in singing? You can have your stress-free Youth Chorus placement audition–it only takes 10 minutes. Group classes begin the week of September 14. Of course, if you can’t make the open house, please do contact us for more information: email, call (978) 369-0010 or visit our website at The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church.   Financial assistance is available.

2015 Farm & Garden Fair

The 2015 Farm and Garden Fair is September 12 and 13, and starts with the 10th anniversary of the Farmers’ Market in Concord Center. Meet friends and purchase delicious local produce, fruits, flowers, eggs and meat followed by six Home and Community Garden Tours featuring sustainable growing practices from 2-5pm. And that’s not all!  Nine local restaurants offer Farmers’ Market specials for visitors to enjoy for lunch or dinner.  Farm hosts take you behind the farmstand at six locations on Sunday from 1-4pm. What a weekend! Please see for more information.

Musketaquid Outdoor Environmental Art Programs — Musketaquid Explorers: Mapping as Storytelling

Maps tell stories of place, human impact on place, land use, and key geographic features. Over the course of the semester, each Explorer will create a map of one or more conservation areas, a creative expression of their experience with place – the landmarks, plants, animals and habitats. They will have an opportunity to create stories around their maps, either real or fictional. Each Explorer receives a backpack complete with the tools needed to experience place: watercolors, magnifying glass, journal, compass, pencil, collecting jar, fish net, and more. 3rd & 4th graders, Tuesday early release days.

Musketaquid Outdoor Environmental Art Programs — Puddlestompers Nature Exploration: Pre-school

Come explore the wonders of Mother Nature this fall with your young naturalist! Catch falling leaves and learn why they are red, orange and yellow! Call out to birds getting ready for their southerly migration! Search for insects hiding on the forest floor! Collect acorns for a squirrel feast! Explore the various amazing open space the Umbrella Community Arts Center has to offer. Weekly classes include hands-on nature exploration, active movement and play, snack and a story. Younger siblings, up to age 10 months and in a backpack, are welcome. Exceptions to age groupings may be granted by PUDDLESTOMPERS to allow siblings to take class together. Classes held at various local parks in the community. Thursday mornings.

Super Soccer Stars

Are you looking for soccer for your 12 month to 5 year old?  Concord Recreation is very excited to announce the introduction of Super Soccer Stars programs this fall. Sessions take place on Thursday and Saturday mornings.  Registration is online at  Please call with any questions 978-369-6460.

After School Music Lessons

Registration is now open for Fall 2015 individual music lessons with the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord. IMSCC offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons for new and continuing students, meeting once weekly for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, at CCHS and the Carlisle School. This student-funded program is a service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools and is part of the Community Education department. Thirty music teachers, who are also professional performers, teach all band and orchestra instruments. For more information please contact Debbie Levine at or 978-341-2490 ext. 7124. Faculty profiles and registration materials are at

Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball

Tryouts for the 2015–2016 Concord Carlisle Boys & Girls Travel Basketball teams will be held September 18–24. On-line registration for tryouts is required and is now open at Please register by September 15.

Center for Parents and Teachers — “Guiding Good Choice” for parents of 5th-8th graders

Register now for the Fall Series. Act quickly! There are a limited # of spots! Dates: 4 Wednesdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 2015. Time: 10am to Noon. Location: Concord’s Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Rd., Concord MA. Facilitator: Kathy Bowen, certified parent education coach. Reg. Fee: $60 for all 4 sessions – includes workbook. Scholarships available to those in need. Inquire by emailing and type “Guiding Good Choices” in the subject line of email or call 978-202-1143. Limit: 15 participants

“Social pressures! How will my child respond???” This highly effective and well-received workshop will help you gain a clearer understanding of the teenage social environment and your relation to it. You will gain confidence in communicating your values to your children to help them make good choices and avoid harmful behavior as they navigate the adolescent years. In order to register cut and paste the following eventbrite address into your browser in order to pay the fee online (or email for other payment options, typing “Guiding Good Choices” into the subject line of email):   The Center for Parents and Teachers is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported in part by a grant from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest.

Concord Recreation — Musical Theater

Musical Theater Experience registration for the fall show is open. This season’s production, for children in grades 1-5, is Charlotte’s Web.  Registration is available on-line at, or in person at Concord Recreation.

Fun Toddler Programs at Ripley School in Concord

Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2015) 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 18 to December 11. 12 classes – $150. Course #2572

Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2015) 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 17 to December 17. 12 classes $335. Course #2571

For more information go to Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597. To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432.

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