Thoreau Announcements 10/13/2016

In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Book Fair, Superintendent Screening Committee, International Families Coffee, Odyssey of the Mind, Thoreau School Garden, Operation Gratitude, Thoreau School Adult Social

Around Town: Concord School Committee Middle School Discussion, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, Sleep Panel at CCHS, CCYH Oktoberfest, CFN Halloween Party, Water Panel Discussion, IMSCC, Montessori Meet-ups

Thoreau News

We hope you can attend upcoming School Committee coffees!

Future School Committee Coffee Dates:
 Monday, 11/7 7:00-8:30pm – location TBD
Thursday, 12/8 9:30-11:00am – Ripley, Conf. Room 4
Wednesday, 1/11 7:00-8:30pm – location TBD
Thursday, 3/23 7:00-8:30pm  – location TBD
Wednesday, 5/10 9:30-11:00am – Ripley, Conf. Room 4

Save the Date:
Friday, 10/14: Book Fair Family Night
Saturday, 10/15: Thoreau Garden Work Day
Tuesday, 10/18: PTG meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm
Wednesday, 10/19: Book Fair Classroom Visits; Staff Breakfast hosted by Staff Appreciation and 4&5th grades
Thursday, 10/20: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Friday, 10/21: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Wednesday, 10/26: Principal Coffee, Thoreau Conference Room, 9:30 am* New Date
 Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Adult Social

The Book Fair begins with Family Night, this Friday, October 14, 5:30-8:00. Family Night is a fun filled Thoreau tradition. Come for dinner, choose from a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages and enjoy story time and crafts in the library for the little ones. Please bring your reusable bags to hold all your new books!

If you can’t make it to Family Night, the online store is now open at the Thoreau Online Book Fair and will remain open until Oct 31. All orders support Thoreau and ship free to the school!

The Book Fair continues with classroom visits next week, Wednesday, October 19 through Friday, October 21. The schedule for classroom visits has been communicated through the classroom parents and is posted outside the main office.

We still need volunteers for Family Night and for classroom visits. Please sign up on the PTG website here:

There is still time to donate your used books! Please 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.

Please contact Susan Gillick at or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair. Any family in need of financial assistance should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque at or 978-341-2490 ext. 3165.

Superintendent Screening Committee Volunteer Recruitment

  • The School Committee is requesting a parent volunteer from the CPS parent community to serve on the Superintendent Search Screening Committee.
  • The volunteer will be jointly chosen by the PTG presidents.
  • The role of the Screening Committee will be to interview the initial top candidates provided by the search firm, HYA and Associates, and narrow the field to the finalists for the full School Committee to interview.
  • The interview days are tentatively scheduled for January 17th-19th, with a training session on the 17th and the interview days on the 18th and 19th.
  • Candidates for the Screening Committee should be available for the entire interview schedule.
  • Candidates will be chosen to represent the entire CPS parent community.  (The PTGs are facilitating the volunteer selection process, but active membership in a PTG board is not a requirement.)
  • All interested candidates should forward their information to their respective PTG presidents.  The presidents from the four PTG organizations (Alcott, Thoreau, Willard, and CMS) will collaborate to choose the most qualified parent representative to appoint to the screening committee.

Ideal qualifications may include but are not limited to:

  • Experience in Education 
  • Experience in Interviewing, Hiring and People Management  
  • Involvement in schools and community 
  • Children in multiple school levels within both CPS and CCHS 
  • Time to devote to a crucial part of the hiring process 
  • Any other experience that a candidate may feel is relevant 

Please email Betsy Martel, and Deb Antonangeli, with your submission by Friday, November 4th to be considered for this role.

Thoreau School Garden (“Grounds for Learning”)
We continue to host periodic “Garden Work Days,” in which the school community is invited to help maintain or enhance the Garden. Pull weeds, clear paths, or help install new features. We would like to again thank those who participated in the September Garden Day – so much was accomplished, and it looks great! Please join us for upcoming work days (all ages welcome):

Saturday, 10/15/16 10:00am-12:00pm – Help install stepping stumps; general work
Saturday, 11/19/16 (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

Hello, Âlo, Oi, Hola, Merhaba, Hallo, Përshëndetje
Are you an international family at Thoreau? Come join us for the first International Thoreau Family coffee! This is the perfect opportunity to meet other fellow international families and share each others experiences. Please join us on October 18th at 10 am at Alketa Hawe’s home: 328 Oak Hill Circle. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring a treat to share, baked goods from different countries are most welcome! Please RSVP to We would like to know, for future events, what time works best for everyone. If you are not able to attend during the day but are interested on an evening gathering, please send an email to

Odyssey of the Mind
Does your child enjoy thinking outside the box? Odyssey of the Mind gives creative thinkers an opportunity to work as a team to solve long-term problems. These problems can include mechanical, classic, performance, structure or technical challenges (such as creating chain reactions to trigger a mousetrap). If your child is interested in participating in such a program, contact Tiffany Pomeroy as soon as possible ( In addition please fill out this survey:  The team will need one or two adult coaches. Please let her know if you would be willing to take on this role.You can learn more about the program here. Be sure to watch the video!
Odyssey of the Mind — Home Page

Operation Gratitude
Drop off your leftover Halloween candy in the school lobby between October 31 – November 10.  Mrs. Marotta’s and Mrs. Ogilvie’s classes are collecting the candy to be sent to our troops stationed around the world through Operation Gratitude.

Thoreau School Adult Social
Booked your sitter yet?
The Thoreau School Adult Social is just around the corner: Saturday, November 19th, @ 7:30 p.m.  Keep your eyes open for the link to the invite, with all the details.  You don’t want to be stuck home while your (adult!) friends are having a fun evening at the Concord Art Association.

Around Town

CTA Community Conversation
The Concord Teachers Association is sponsoring a Community Conversation that will take place at the Peabody School Forum on Wednesday, October 26th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Topics for discussion will include assessment, the quality and quantity of testing in our schools, and charter schools.  Presenting in a panel discussion will be Concord Teachers, Monty Neill from, Lisa Guisbond from Citizens for Public Schools, and the moderator for the evening will be Merrie Najimy.  The panel presentation will be followed by some discussion with participants.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to:  Concord Teachers Association—

Interested in the future of the Concord Middle School?   
The Concord School Committee is pleased to invite members of the community to serve on the Concord Middle School Feasibility Committee.

The Committee will provide recommendations to the School Committee regarding the findings of the Feasibility Study that will commence this Fall.  Members of the Committee will develop recommendations on capital repairs, renovations and rejuvenation of the existing buildings, as well as considerations for new building options.

The Feasibility Committee will clearly communicate their process and findings, will engage community stakeholders, and will present their conclusions to the Concord School Committee.

The Concord School Committee is looking to appoint 2-3 community members to the Feasibility Committee, ideally with expertise spanning the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Construction project management
  • Sustainability planning
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts School Building Authority regulations and expectations

Interested community members should contact the Concord School Committee at by October 18.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon
The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host its 6th annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on Friday, October 14, 2016 featuring an inspiring panel discussion on how local philanthropy and volunteerism is having an impact on global issues – and vice-versa.

The luncheon will be held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person, please visit the Community Chest website at to purchase tickets or call the office at (978) 369-5250.

High Schoolers and Snooze Buttons: The New Public Health Crisis
Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, Wed., October 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Please join the CCHS PA for an important evening that will take an in-depth look at what is being called an epidemic and national crisis for American high schoolers: insufficient sleep. An esteemed panel of speakers led by Dr. Judith Owens from Boston Children’s Sleep Center will review current research on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss, and health-related consequences, such as depression, risky behaviors, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The panel will also discuss the potential role of policy changes such as reduced homework and later school start times as a means of reducing the adolescent sleep crisis. Event is FREE but Registration is Required.

CCYH Oktoberfest 2016
Support CCYH and join the fun in our first ever exciting reverse draw raffle for a chance to win $10,000! Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm, Concord Country Club Traditional Oktoberfest Fare and Fun, Dress code is dressy casual, no jeans please.

$60 per person — Visit to get your tickets today!

Raffle tickets sold separately. See website for details.

 Concord Family Network Halloween Costume Party
Come join us at the CFN Annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 23rd, from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden St). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, raffle, costume parade and treats. We will be donating half of the raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members.

Water in Plain Sight:
Join author Judith Schwartz at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center on Friday, Oct 14 at 7 pm.  Judith will discuss her book which tells the story of what people around the world are doing to mitigate climate problems including drought, water shortages, deluge floods, and intense storms. For more info or to reserve space contact:  Sponsored by Bio4Climate, OARS, ConcordCAN, Concord NRC, SVT.

After-school Music Lessons With IMSCC
The fall session is underway, and new students are welcome to enroll at any time during the 16-week fall semester. Tuition is pro-rated for students joining mid-session. Instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, guitar, piano and voice.

Learn more about IMSCC’s outstanding faculty at Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-341-2490 ext. 7124. IMSCC is a student-funded program established in 1980 by the Concord-Carlisle schools and is part of the Community Education department

Montessori Parent/Child Program
Who: 0~24 month olds and their parents/caregivers
When: Oct.  4, 11, 18, 25   9:15am – 10am
Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr, West Concord
Free.   Open to the public.

Discover the amazing world of child development.  Come with your child to our weekly program, where our experienced teachers will share their knowledge on different aspects of learning in a young child’s life.  Discover why research continues to support the importance of interactive conversation with your child from birth, how to expand a child’s horizons by romancing oral language, fun at home strategies for teaching self-regulation, using beauty to help create a mathematical mind, and more.

Fall Monthly Meetups
Who: children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers.  Siblings welcome.
When: First Saturday of each month 9:30am – 11:00am

  • Oct. 1st
  • Nov. 5th
  • Dec. 3rd

Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr., West Concord
Free.  Open to the public.
Join us on Saturday morning at our shaded playground (with tricycles, a play kitchen, a sandbox and more).  It is perfect for young explorers! It is a great opportunity to connect with other parents while your young child plays in a fun and safe environment.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Ample parking and a clean, child-friendly restroom are available.