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October 4, 2012


We were so sorry to learn of the passing of Concord Bus Driver Gary Garafola on September 22nd. Gary was a beloved member of the transportation department, and also a substitute Noon Aide here at Thoreau School. His smile was infectious, and the children loved being greeted by him each day. A Willard parent has put together a support fund for “Mr. G”s family. Learn more at http://www.giveforward.com/mrgbus33
Jen Johnson & Shelagh Moskow


Come shop Thoreau’s Book Fair Family Night on Friday, October 12, 5:30-8:30pm! Enjoy a delicious dinner of pizza (including gluten-free), a fabulous salad bar and cookies. Fun activities for the kids in the library. And choose from a terrific selection of new and used books. Proceeds from the Book Fair help the PTG support field trips, Hobby Fair, Spelling Bee and other great school programs and events.

You and your child can visit the Book Fair again during classroom visits on Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19. The classroom visit schedule is posted on the Book Fair wiki: http://thoreaubookfair.wikispaces.com/

Last year, the Book Fair raised over $800 to buy books for children in need. This year, our goal is $2 per Thoreau student — $928! Please give generously and return the donation envelope that will be sent home with your student this week. If you would like to help, please use the Book Fair wiki to sign up – it’s easy! Thank you to all the volunteers who have already signed up. http://thoreaubookfair.wikispaces.com/.

Used book collection will take place beginning Tuesday, October 9, and runs through Friday, October 12, so start collecting your child’s good quality books to donate to the fair. Also useful are long rectangular boxes (often used for fruits and vegetables) to stack the books in. You can drop them off in the main hallway on the table. 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 bring them to the school. Please contact Fiona Stephenson at tea44@comcast.net with questions about the used book fair.

Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at rlevesque@colonial.net or (978) 318-1300.


The Thoreau PTG Spring 2013 Sports Recycling Sale will not be accepting ski equipment of any kind. Please utilize FALL sale opportunities at other venues. Thank you! Questions:  kristen.keilty@comcast.net.


Lice Screening
Thank you to the following parents who came in to help with our Fall Lice screening: Lauren McClure for organizing, notifying, parents, and checking students along with volunteers  Meg Alexander, Karen Brown, Ayesha Farag-Davis, Maralee Glitzenstein, Kristen Keilty, Steven Kirincich, Carla Macy, Karen Monks, Jennifer Newbold, Nancy Saux, Tracy Sharakan, Amelia Stubblebine, and Melissa Tustin. We were able to check almost all of the students in the time alotted.

Please check your own child’s head on a regular basis as early diagnosis makes the treatment and management much easier and limits exposure to others.  Heads need to have direct contact — lice do not jump, fly or hop, but they move very fast.

We will not be conducting another all school screen this year but will check contacts and classrooms on an as-needed basis. An email will be sent by Lauren McClure if help is needed. Please consider adding your name to the list by contacting Lauren at lauren.m.mcclure@gmail.com.

Monthly management suggestion from Nit Wits of Cambridge and recommended by Willard parents:  On a monthly basis, apply conditioner to damp hair and comb out with one of the metal long toothed combs such as the Terminator or Licemeister.  Apply enough conditioner so the comb will go through smoothly but the hair will not be drippy.  If you child’s hair is fine, you can add baking soda to the conditioner.

Extra Clothes
Please send an extra set of clothes for your child to keep in their locker.  Even older students! Also, extra clothes are needed in the Health Office. When you are cleaning out your drawers and closets, please send us extras! We are especially requesting pants – all sizes, colors.

Medical Forms

  • Emergency Health Forms with signatures from doctors and parents for children with Epi Pens and potential for severe allergies!
  • All other medication forms for meds given at school.
  • Immunization records indicating completion of required vaccines – required for school entry.
  • Physical exams: Current for Kindergarten students, new students, Grade 4 students.  No other grades are needed.
  • Student Health and Emergency Forms (pink) with up-to-date phone numbers, health info and, if desired,  authorization for Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Check out my web site:  http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Nurse/Home
–Nicki Richards


We are currently looking for volunteers, especially among families of incoming Kindergartners, so we can match each new Boston family with at least two Concord families. The commitment is very manageable, consisting of hosting a Tuesday afternoon play date for your family friends “buddy” every other month (this is a shared responsibility with the other Concord family in your match) and acting as a resource throughout the year to answer any questions about Thoreau School or Concord related events. Interested? Please contact Joyce DeGreeff at jdegreeff@mxschool.edu.

 LUNCH MENU Week of October 8-12

  • Monday: No School, Columbus Day
  • Tuesday: No Lunch, Early Release
  • Wednesday: Chicken Sandwich on Whole Wheat Roll
  • Thursday: Beef Tacos
  • Friday: Homemade Cheese Pizza


Playscape at Ripley Information Evening
You may have read about the Playscape at Ripley in the paper — now is your chance to learn more about plans for this exciting universally-accessible nature-based playscape and park.  A Playscape information evening is planned for 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 10, in the Alcott auditorium.  This free-of-charge event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Playscape.  Learn about what sorts of features the Playscape will include, hear how this unique project got started, meet some of the team behind the Playscape, and learn how you can get involved!

Award Presentation at Library
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will receive the 2012 Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History on Saturday, October 20, 7:30, at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. Please join us for the award presentation and hear this Pulitzer Prize-winning author speak. Tickets are $15 (students free) and can be purchased at the library, the Concord Bookshop, or at the door. Benefit for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Cocoa House at Reasons to be Cheerful
A Cocoa House/Open Mic will be held at Reasons to be Cheerful in West Concord for elementary, middle and high school students of Concord to show their talent. Sign-ups for pianists, guitarists and other musicians are now at RTBC. Musicians will have five minutes each to perform and up to 18 kids will have a chance to play. The show starts at 4PM on Saturday, October 20. RTBC will provide keyboards and a PA system – the rest is up to you!

Community Chest Pumpkin Roll
Register now for the Community Chest Pumpkin Roll! If you turn in your form by Wednesday, October 10th, your children can take their pick from the pile of pumpkins at check in. If you’d prefer to wait, remember to BYOP! The Roll will happen Sunday, October 28, 2:00-4:00pm at Emerson Field. Some of the agencies we support will be there running the events — face painting, a sack race, pumpkin shot put, and a costume parade. Bring a pie to enter in the pie-baking contest, or a carved pumpkin to enter in the Jack-O’-Lantern contest. The agencies will also be collecting donations (see the form for details), so your children can help someone in need with a small donation. Register now at http://cccommunitychest.org/documents/Pumpkin-Roll-registration.pdf

Newbery Medal Winner Lois Lowry
The 2012 Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers is honored to present Lois Lowry, two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and author of more than 30 books for young readers on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00pm in the Main Library Lobby. Reservations are required. You may sign up online at http://www.concordlibrary.org/index.htmlor call 978-318-3358 starting October 2, 2012.

Center for Parents and Teachers Parenting Program
“Mindfulness for Parents” is suitable for parents with children of all ages, and will be facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside, Ph.D. The founder of Lexington-based Hearts and Minds, Mary Ann is a developmental psychologist who specializes in mindfulness education for adults and children.  During each session participants will: learn the fundamentals about mindfulness and starting a practice; have in-class experiences; learn how to cultivate awareness of pleasant experience and how to work with unpleasant experiences; deepen the qualities of kindness, compassion and self-care in the parenting role; and learn skillful strategies in responding to the variety of situations that parenting presents! Meets for eight Monday sessions from 9:30 to 11 AM, October 15 through December 17 (skipping November 12 and 26).  Fee:  $160 (Sliding fee scale; please inquire if you need financial assistance.) Join in over the course of the series if you miss the start date. Location:  Ripley Building, Conference Room 2, 120 Meriam Road, Concord.  Please register by emailing us at cpt@colonial.net and write “Mindfulness Series” in the subject line or call 978-202-1143.  Visit our website at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org.


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K-5 Booklists: http://thoreau.colonial.net/Teachers/Pettyjohn/Booklists

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on OCTOBER 11, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, OCTOBER 8, 2012. 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 announcements@thoreauptg.org.