Thoreau Announcements 10/27/2016

In This Week’s Announcements:

Thoreau News: Book Fair Thank You and Contest Winners, School Committee Coffee Dates, Superintendent Search Focus Groups, Superintendent Screening Committee, Box Tops For Education Deadline, Thoreau School Garden, Operation Gratitude, Thoreau School Adult Social

Around Town:  Opioid Epidemic Film Screening, Executive Function Workshop, Concord Children’s Center Open Houses, Fenn Sports Sale, Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down, Evening of Mindfulness, Early Voting Dates, Montessori Meet-ups, Farm-based Education Gathering, Tutoring/Homework Help, Concord Cuisine Raffle

Thoreau News
Thank You and Reminders:
Thank you to all who came to the PTG meeting last week. The meeting minutes can be found at

All volunteers must be CORI-approved. CORIs are good for three years. Please contact Donna Macone in the main office to fill out a form.

Save the Date:
Tuesday, 11/1: No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, 11/18: PTG Meeting 9am Thoreau School Cafeteria
Saturday, 11/19: (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.
Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Adult Social
Wednesday, 11/23: Turkey Trot

School Committee Coffees
The School Committee has sent out revised Coffee dates. See below the new dates. Suggested topics at each coffee will include Superintendent Search, Landfill Remediation, CMS Feasibility Study, and Budget.
Thursday, November 17: 7:00-8:30pm – Thoreau School Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 7: 9:30-11:00am – Ripley,Conf. Room 4
Wednesday, January 11: 7:00-8:30pm – Peabody Forum
Wednesday, March 2: 7:00-8:30pm – CCHS Learning Commons
Thursday, May 11: 9:30-11:00am Ripley Conf. room 4

A big thank you to Susan Gillick, Laura Koh, Julie Bailey and everyone who volunteered for and donated to the Book Fair this year.  With your help it was a huge success!  We couldn’t do it without the generous contributions of the entire Thoreau community.  Great work, everyone!

Congratulations to the classes who topped the used book donations.
Grade winners, who will each enjoy popsicles:
Kindergarten: Mrs. Apollos
First grade: Mrs. Stevenson
Second grade: Mrs. Marotta
Third grade: Mrs. Faricelli
Fourth grade: Mrs. Ogilvie
Fifth grade: Mrs. Deshaies
And the pizza party goes to… Mr. Hourihan’s class! Great job with the book donations!

Mark your Calendars – Superintendent Search Focus Group Invitation to an Open
There will be two Open Forums facilitated by members of the consulting firm HYA. The goal is to seek opinions to identify characteristics that will be used in seeking the new Superintendent.
Monday, 11/14: 7:00-8:30 in the CCHS Auditorium
Tuesday, 11/15: 10:00-11:30am in Ripley Conference Room #4

 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.

Box Tops for Education – Fall Collection Deadline Tomorrow (Fri., Oct. 28)
It’s time to get those box tops in!  All coupons collected by tomorrow (Friday October 28) will be included in our our last submission before the December payout checks come out.  Please put your box tops in a small plastic bag and drop them in the collection box just inside the front door at Thoreau School.  Don’t forget to seal the bag!  To ensure that your child’s class gets credited for your box tops in our annual classroom contest, please write your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper and put it inside the bag.  (Slips of paper are better than writing directly on the bag because we re-use blank bags when submitting the box tops to General Mills.)    If you have just a few box tops, it’s also fine to write the teacher’s name or class code on the back of each box top and put them in the collection box without a bag.  Every clip counts!  Thanks for your support.  — Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

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, 11/19/16 (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

Operation Gratitude
Drop off your leftover Halloween candy in the school lobby Oct. 31 – Nov. 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
That’s what I’ll want to be doing after Cheer-ing all Saturday (November 19), from the soccer field sidelines.  Get your tickets NOW for the Thoreau School Adult Social.  Did we mention there is great silent auction too … tons of FUN teacher donated activities that your kids would love to win!
View the invite and buy tickets here:

Around Town
Concord Recreation’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat Event is Sun., Oct. 30 in The Beede Center Parking lot, 498 Walden Street, from 5:00-6:30PM.  It is a safe, fun, creative way to enjoy Halloween.  The fun begins when people gather in their vehicles in the parking lot.  They open their trunks or the back of their vehicles, and decorate them.  Then they pass out candy from their trunks.  How you decorate your vehicle is up to you.  There are the obvious Halloween- themed decorations or you can choose a theme that echoes your costume or maybe your favorite sports team or super hero.  Please arrive at the parking lot no later than 4:30PM so we can begin the trunk or treat promptly at 5:00. Families that do not want to decorate their car are welcome too. Please call the recreation department with any questions or to register your car 978-287-1050.
Screening of “If Only,” a Film About the Opioid Epidemic
Parents invited to Community Event to Confront Opioid Epidemic:  Free community screening of Jim Wahlberg’s film “If Only” at CCHS on Tuesday Nov 1st at 7PM

CCHS will be partnering with CC Youth Services, Central Middlesex Police Partnership, and the Center for Parents and Teachers to host a November 1st community viewing of “If Only,” a short film co-written and produced by James Wahlberg, at Concord Carlisle High School Auditorium, 7 PM to 8:30 PM. The film was created to initiate a meaningful dialogue about prescription drug misuse and opiate addiction. CCHS students will view the film in school on November 2nd and hear from Mike Duggan, Founder of Wicked Sober LLC.

The November 1st event is free and open to all. Supportive resources and an accompanying display of “Hidden in Plain Sight” will also be available.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” invites adult attendees to explore and interact with a display designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom. Throughout the exhibit are items that may indicate a teen is involved in some high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, and more.

For more information about the film, including a trailer, please visit  No pre-registration is needed to attend the November 1st community viewing.  Questions? Please contact Jennifer Clarke, CC Youth Services at 978.318.3043 or or the Center for Parents and Teachers at

Executive Function Workshop
Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress & Creating Successful Students: Executive Function Workshop (Free) – Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm EST, CCHS Learning Commons. Learn strategies to help your child better manage his/her nightly homework, including planning, organizational, and time management strategies. Please join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds for a free workshop designed specifically for parents of students in grades 5-12, though open to any parent whose student can benefit. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required:  Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress. Please join SEPAC for refreshments between 6:30-7pm. If you have any questions, please contact

Concord Children’s Center Open Houses
All are invited to Concord Children’s Center Open Houses at its three sites on Sat., Nov. 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. CCC offers infant/toddler,
preschool and afterschool programs at its West Concord (1300 Main Street) and Ripley (120 Meriam Road) sites, and an infant/toddler program at its Emerson site (134 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner).  Open House visitors will have the opportunity to speak with teachers, program directors, and current parents. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available along with information about our summer program.

CCC is a private, non-profit early care and education program that has been serving children and their families since 1975. We are an NAEYC accredited program offering full- and part-time, year-round programs for infants through school age children.

CCC offers a five percent discount for Concord Town and Concord Regional School District employees. Additionally, through a grant from the Community Chest, CCC is able to offer tuition assistance to a limited number of qualifying families. CCC is committed to making its child care and early education programs accessible to all families.

If you are unable to attend the Open House and would like to schedule a visit for another time or have questions about CCC, please call (978) 369-3747. Information is also available on CCC’s website:

Fenn Sports Sale Saturday, November 5, 9-noon
Fenn School New Gym 516 Monument St.
Gently Used Ski Clothing & Equipment, Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Football gear, Bicycles, Scooters & Skateboards / Tennis Rackets Exercise Equipment & More Hardy’s Ski Emporium will offer a wide selection of new skis boots and helmets at pre-season prices.

Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down Tix Now On Sale
Friday, November 18
The Concord Education Fund is a non-profit organization that awards grants for new teaching initiatives, programs and curricula that reach beyond the scope of the public school budget. So grab a pardner and get ready to have a rootin’ tootin’ time while supporting teachers who are itching to offer students an extraordinary education. General Tix now available at

Evening of Mindfulness sponsored by the Willard Elementary School PTG Wednesday, Nov. 2 7-9 pm
Unplug for an evening of mindfulness with like-hearted, like-minded others. Come learn what mindfulness is and isn’t, a bit about practice and why this ancient tradition still thrives today. Presentation offered by Dr. Mary Ann Christie Burnside, contemplative educator, spiritual director, creator and curator of good things.

Get Out and Vote – Part Two – Early Voting and the Thoreau Mock Election
As a reminder there are still several days for registered voters to cast their ballots early at the Concord Town House (22 Monument Square) during the hours listed on the state website. As of 10/24/16 these are:
Friday, October 28                    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday, October 29               10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday, October 31                 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, November 1              8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday, November 2       8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, November 3             8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, November 4                    7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
This reminder brought to you again by the Junior Girl Scouts of Troops 76159 (4th grade) and 75306 (5th grade), but wait, there’s more!

We are pleased to offer the 2016 Mock Election, which will take place in the Thoreau School Auditorium on Fri, Nov. 4. Three questions will be on the ballot for students whose classrooms take part in this initiative. Kids will line up and cast their anonymous ballots in our confidential polling booth. We hope to help the kids understand the importance of voting. Please ask them if you see them come home with an “I Voted” sticker on Friday the 4th. We will present the school-wide, aggregate results early the following week.

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

  • Nov. 5
  • Dec. 3

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.

6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering
Wood-fired pizza, over 50 workshops, live music, inspiring field trips, fun family programs and great networking await at the 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering in Concord November 4-6. The Gathering will provide a balance of skill-building workshops and celebratory activities including a Taste of Historic Concord party at the Colonial Inn. Whether you want to learn how to keep chickens, enrich your teaching curriculum, cook with your kids or explore farmer and private landowner partnerships there is something for everyone in the programLearn More.

Tutoring/Homework Help:
7th grader Amanda Rosenbaum is offering to help elementary school aged children with their homework or tutor them in math or English in exchange for a donation to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Please contact Amanda to arrange a time to meet.
At: or ‪978-369-6003

Concord Cuisine Raffle
on November 4th to benefit the Concord Scout House. There are three baskets of prizes donated from Concord Restaurants and businesses. Basket #1 is valued at $450, #2 at $300 and #3 at $200.  Prizes range from brunch for four to fine wine. Tickets are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5. All proceeds to benefit the Scout House. To learn more about the prizes or how to purchase tickets
visit or call 978-369-3455