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April 14, 2011

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Thanks so much to Shelagh Moskow for coordinating last Friday’s Monthly Staff Breakfast, and to all the Kindergarten families who provided the goodies and fixings!

We know Spring Break is on everyone’s mind, but please make a note on your calendars that Town Meeting begins right when we get back — on Monday, April 25th at 7pm at CCHS. There are six Warrant articles pertaining to the school budgets that are expected to be discussed and voted on that Monday evening. So please educate yourself on these articles and make every effort to attend. Another date to mark on your calendar: the next CCHS Building Project Community Forum will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. If you haven’t been able to attend a forum and tour CCHS yet, we encourage you to do so and learn more about this important subject; it will have a big impact on today’s elementary school students.

We are still looking for volunteers to step up to several PTG Board and Committee Chair positions for the 2011-12 school year. Please read further along in Announcements for more information and drop Melanie a line if you are interested.

Our best wishes to you and your families for a safe and enjoyable Spring Break, and if you get a craving for ice cream, please don’t forget that April is Concord School Month at Bedford Farms. Enjoy the vacation!
-Karen and Melanie


Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the Book Character Parade a success. I think the costumes were particularly clever and inventive this year, and showed a lot of thought and effort from both the students and their parents. Special thanks go to Ms. Clough, Sue Howard, our amazing custodians, and all the teachers and staff members who found the time for this school-wide event in their busy schedules, and who looked terrific in their costumes.
-Karen Pettyjohn, Thoreau School Librarian


May 9             Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 11           Gr. 3 and Gr. 5 Math
May 12           Gr. 4 Math
May 13           Gr. 4 Math
May 18           Gr. 5 Science
May 19           Gr. 5 Science
Please be mindful of these dates and make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.


Here’s the scoop… Anytime in April, stop by the Concord location of Bedford Farms Ice Cream. Tell the server that you would like to purchase a “Concord School Gift Card” (or cards) and place a monetary amount on the card. Use the gift card to purchase any item — ice cream, cakes, pies, t-shirts, etc. The gift card does not expire and may be used anytime. You can reload your gift card or purchase additional cards at any time throughout the month of April and it will count toward the donation. At the end of April, Bedford Farms will give 20% of the total amount placed onto the cards back to the Concord schools! This will be split equally amongst Alcott, Thoreau, Willard, CMS and CCHS. This is a great opportunity to think ahead and load up for the summer months while benefiting the Concord school system. Use this chance to purchase small tokens of appreciation for coaches, birthdays, and babysitters, or whoever might deserve a tasty treat. Where: Bedford Farms, 68 Thoreau St, Concord; When: 4/1/11 – 4/30/11; Concord Store Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11am – 9pm, Sunday: 12pm – 9pm


Thoreau School is holding its Spring food drive now. All food donations will be given to Concord’s food pantry, Open Table. Open Table feeds over 200 guests each week and gives each family a bag of groceries to bring home. We would like to ask Thoreau School families to please contribute non-perishable foods. All non-perishable foods are welcome, but the “most wanted” items are: spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, coffee/tea/hot chocolate mix, cereal, tuna fish/canned stews/soups, jelly, children’s snacks for school (juice boxes, pretzels, fruit cups, etc.), condiments (ketchup, mustard, cooking oil) and all other non-perishable food items. Please: NO CANDY! Our food drive will run through Friday, April 15. There will be a box in front of the library for your children to bring their items in. Thank you very much for your generosity!
-Amy Hoey, Open Table Chairman


Geometry is an important tool for understanding the world around us. Please join Laurie Link, our own math specialist, for some fun and exciting ways to look at this concept from different angles. Students will work together to complete a variety of activities that help bring geometric ideas to life.  Please join us for before school math enrichment! April 26 – June 1, 8:00 – 8:45 am.  Groups: 1st – 3rd  Grade, Tuesdays; 4th – 5th grade, Wednesdays.  Cost is $50 per student/per session. Backpack flyers are going home with students for sign up. Please return them to Thoreau PTG, c/o Jen Jiganti by April 15.


If you have not yet sent in your donation for the Thoreau Annual Appeal, there’s still time.  You can send a check to the Thoreau PTG or go to www.thoreauptg.org and use PayPal. Thanks for your support for the PTG. Thank you to the following families for their donations for the Annual Appeal this past week: Calabrese, Corbett, Duraes, Farber, Jiganti, Keogh, Newbold, Sullivan, Winstanley and Wilson.
-Natalie Gekle and Maria Scichilone, Fundraising Co-chairs


Concord’s Town Meeting is fast approaching. Town Meeting is scheduled for April 25th- April 28th, at 7:00 pm, and will be held at Concord Carlisle High School. Mark your calendar for Monday, April 25 when school budget articles will be discussed and voted on! Childcare is available through the Concord Recreation Department, (978) 369-6460. Please attend Town Meeting!

  • Article 8 (Town Warrant Page 15) – FY 12 Concord Public School Operating Budget: $28, 474,200
  • Article 9 (Town Warrant Page 15) – FY 12 CCHS Operating Budget: Total = $23,981,012; Concord’s share = $15,089,162
  • Article 27 (Town Warrant Page 20) – Concord Public School Renovations: Sanborn and Peabody boiler replacements and bathroom improvements; Ripley repair and maintenance.  $825,000
  • Article 28 (Town Warrant Page 20) – Concord Public Schools Technology Stabilization Fund: $50,000
  • Article 29 (Town Warrant Page 21) – CCHS Capital Needs Stabilization Fund: $100, 000
  • Article 30 (Town Warrant Page 21) – CCHS Technology Stabilization Fund: $37, 587


This free seminar for all Concord parents and grandparents is sponsored by the Thoreau PTG. It will take place on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm in the Thoreau Elementary School Auditorium. Please join us for a special presentation focused on practical and useful ways to teach your children about money. Hosted by Robin Silver Grace, Vice President at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Space is limited — please email Robin’s assistant, Kristen, at kristen.a.springer@mssb.com or call 781-672-5125 to reserve your seats! Dessert and coffee will be served.


Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Thoreau Parent Teacher Group (PTG)?  Consider joining the Board or chairing an event or committee.  Please review the positions below and visit the PTG Volunteer Booklet at www.thoreauptg.org for more information.  Please note that the volunteer booklet is in the process of being updated, so there are some changes to the job descriptions as well as some additions.  If you are interested in learning more about open positions, please e-mail or call Melanie Bettencourt, Co-President at thebettencourts@comcast.net or (978) 369-7124.

  • 2011-2012 Open Board Positions: Second Grade Representative; Fundraising Co-chairs (2); Treasurer; Vice-President; Co-President
  • 2011-2012 Committee Chair and Event Coordinator Positions: Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast; Thoreauly Green; Thoreauly Green Kids; Vacation/Travel Book Program; Kindergarten Registration


We will be holding our fourth annual Waste-free Lunch in celebration of Earth Week. The goal is to generate as little waste as possible in the cafeteria. Fruit and vegetable scraps from all students will be composted in Grounds for Learning, the garden at Thoreau. When packing snacks and lunches for your children, consider these tips:

  • Pack food in reusable containers instead of plastic bags
  • Avoid prepackaged food
  • Use cloth napkins and reusable cutlery
  • Talk to children about what they want to eat, portion size, and tastes. From observation in the lunch room, a lot of food is half-eaten or barely eaten and ends up being thrown away

Students always love this challenge and it’s wonderful for them to see recycling, composting and reusables in action. Thank you for your support!
-Thoreauly Green

LUNCH MENU Week of April 25 – April 29

Monday: Chicken patty
Tuesday: Chicken fajitas
Wednesday: Eggplant sticks with marinara sauce
Thursday: Hamburger/cheeseburger/veggie burger
Friday: Sorrento’s pizza


The Fifth Annual Thoreau School Road Race is Sunday, May 15. The Kids’ Fun Runs start at 11 am, followed by the 5K at noon. A family BBQ picnic, games and award ceremony will be held after the race. Mark your calendars and join us for all the fun! Registration is available online at www.thoreauptg.org. To volunteer on race day, please emailkhmonks@gmail.com.


CCHS Boys Lacrosse Work Day
Do you have a yard that needs to be cleaned? Painting to be done? Furniture to be moved or other small jobs? Then think of hiring a member of the CCHS Boys Lacrosse team on April 30 (rain date: May 1). $15 per hour per boy, with a three hour minimum. This will be the only fundraiser we have so please help support CCHS Boys Lacrosse. Email laxcleanup@yahoo.com or call 978-314-8456 to schedule an appointment.

Concord Library Book Sale
On Saturday, June 4, join the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library on the front lawn of the Main Library for books, music, refreshments, and fun! More than 20,000 books in good condition will be for sale. Lots of kids’ books! Books are carefully sorted into more than 20 categories for easy browsing and priced to sell. The sale sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library. Proceeds are used to buy library books, movies, CDs, museum passes and to fund concerts, poetry readings, and author talks. www.concordlibraryfriends.org. Rain date: June 11. Thanks for donating your used books to the library!

The Concord Conservatory of Music Two Week Summer Workshop
CCM is offering a Summer Workshop the weeks of July 11 – 22, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 12:15 PM for children ages 5-10. A fun and exciting opportunity for children aged 5-10 to try an instrument, sing, drum, and participate in a musical movement class.  Using an instrument of their choice, students will explore subjects that integrate mind, body and FUN. Students also will rock the foundations of musical theory in a fun hands-on course called the Musicians’ Toolbox.

New to a musical instrument? Your child will choose an instrument to try for the duration of the two week Summer Workshop. Instruments available include violin, cello, piano, double bass,* and guitar* (*limited to ages 8-10). Instruments will be provided. Already Play an Instrument? Students who already play violin, viola, cello or piano will have a small group lesson with students their own age.

Space is limited to 30 students. Registration forms are accepted by mail, or at the CCM office. There is no online registration. For more information go to www.ConcordConservatory.org, or call 978-369-0010. CCM is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Barn Co-operative Nursery School Toddler Program Openings
The Barn Co-operative Nursery School has a few spaces remaining in our Toddler Program for 2011-2012. Children who are 2 by August 31, 2011 are welcomed into this warm and nurturing program which runs two mornings a week. The Barn is entering into its 42nd year as a non-profit, co-operative preschool and is located at 74 Walden St. in Concord Center. Please call the Barn at 978-369-1141 with questions or to schedule a tour, or visit our website at www.barnschoolconcord.com for more information.

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will published on April 28. It will be edited by Anne Mullaney. To submit an item, email announcements@thoreauptg.org. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that your submission has been received. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submissions should be brief, with minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please! Deadline: 9 pm Monday, April 25, 2011.