Thoreau Announcements 1/12/2016

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Box Tops, Winter After School Programs, School Committee Subscriber List, Art Room Request, Hobby Fair, SEPAC workshop, Trip to Symphony Hall

Around Town: After School Music Lessons, CCYB/S Softball, CCM Music Lessons, 3rd Grade Book Eaters, Viewing of Screenagers, Concord-Carlisle Chess Club, CFN Valentine Party, Family Fun at Camp Thoreau Cooler Concord Fair

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Superintendent Search Update:
There will be many important dates in the search for a new superintendent this month. The Screening Committee will have a training session with HYA on 1/17. The Committee will then hold confidential interviews of 6 candidates, narrowing the 6 to their top three. These three final candidates will then be presented at the School Committee Meeting on 1/24 at 6:30pm at Ripley. There will be public interviews of each candidate on the three following nights, 1/25, 1/26, and 1/27 all at 6:30pm at Ripely. There will be time at the end of these sessions to offer feedback. On 1/31 at 6:30pm at Ripley, the School Committee will publicly deliberate on all three candidates and hold a vote to offer the position.

For updates on district issues including: the 2016 Annual Report, K-5 Spanish, and CCHS later start time check out the Superintendent’s Report and School Committee Report located on our website here:

Mark your calendar for two fun Thoreau Events plus other important dates: 
1/23 – 6:30-7:30pm, Hobby Fair Family Night (4th and 5th graders), Cafeteria
1/24 – Hobby Fair classroom visits; 6:30pm, School Committee Meeting, Ripley – Three superintendent candidates presented
1/25 – 6:30pm, Public interview of first superintendent candidate, Ripley
1/26 – 6:30pm, Public interview of second superintendent candidate, Ripley
1/27 – 6:30pm, Public interview of third superintendent candidate, Ripley
1/31 – 6:30pm, School Committee Meeting, Public deliberation on superintendent candidates with vote to offer position
2/3 – Bingo Night

Thank You . . . Thank You 
Thank you to parents for your gifts and cards at Christmas time.  Your thoughtfulness and kindness is very much appreciated.

Donna and Maria

Help Thoreau Win the Box Tops Sweepstakes Again – Now Through January 28th
Good news! We have an opportunity to win big in the Market Basket e-Box Tops Sweepstakes this month. Between now and January 28th we can visit any Market Basket store and pick up an entry form at the courtesy desk for a chance to win 5,000 e-Box Tops for Thoreau School. That’s worth $500! You might say “Oh, I never win those things,” but our school actually has won this contest FOUR TIMES – so never say never!  We can’t win if we don’t enter, though, and we’re much more likely to win with LOTS of entries, so we need your help!
Entries must be postmarked by January 28th.  If you can’t get to a Market Basket store before the 28th but you want to help, please email me at for an entry form. Past Thoreau winners of this contest have not received any unwanted postal mail or spam email from submitting an entry form.  Visit for a complete list of Market Basket stores in Massachusetts.
Thanks in advance for your help, and good luck to all!  – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator (978) 831-3058

Winter After School Programs
The Thoreau PTG is excited to offer several after school courses for the community this winter! We have some tried and true classes, as well as a new offering designed to get your kids moving this winter!
Courses will run from January 30 through March 30, registration will open Tuesday, Jan 17 @ 9:30 am, and the offerings are posted at

Join the School Committee Subscriber List!
Stay up to date on School Committee Activity and receive periodic information regarding the district. Joining this list will provide you with the latest information from our School Committee on issues that are important to you and your children. Click here: or visit the district home page, http://

ART room requests:
The art room is in need of plastic egg cartons, animal or landscape calendars and textured paper/wallpaper scraps for some fun upcoming art projects.  If you have any of these items laying around the house, we will be accepting them anytime throughout the year and would greatly appreciate the donation.

Thank you in advance,
Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

The Annual Hobby Fair for 4th and 5th graders will take place on Monday, January 23rd in the Thoreau Cafeteria from 6.30-7.30pm. Please consider sharing with your community an exhibition poster board detailing about one of your hobbies. You can do this on your own or with a friend. Please start working on your displays and look out for the letter/permission slip that will follow soon. Parents willing to help with the set up or take down of the displays, please sign up at:

Basic Rights in Special Education (Free Workshop) | Thursday, January 26th
7-9pm Workshop/Q&A, Parent Mingle 6:30pm | CCHS Learning Commons | Presenter Seetha Burtner. Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the workshop will provide a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school – and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school. Learn your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts Education Law. Hosted by the Concord Carlisle Regional SEPAC. For planning purposes an RSVP is appreciated but not required: https://www. workshop-tickets-30853873767

Trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert on Saturday, April 8th at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.  This year’s theme is “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.”  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Details and sign up form can be found at  Email with any questions.

Around Town:

After School Music Instruction with IMSCC
Calling all musicians! Sign up now for music lessons – new session starts this month!
Students work one on one with expert musician/teachers. Choose from weekly 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn and the Carlisle School. Instruction is available for all band and orchestra instruments, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano.
Visit for more information or to register today. Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at or call 978-341-2490 x7124. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord is part of the Community Education department of the Concord-Carlisle schools.

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. Registration will close on March 31st. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.  The season officially kicks off April 24th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to

The Concord Conservatory of Music group lessons for the spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 17th. Attached is a press release regarding our group classes. Thank you in advance for sharing with your students and their families.
CCM offers group classes including the Youth Chorus Project (grades 3 -8), Beginner Vocals for kids ages 6 -8, Hand Drumming for Kids (ages 5-7)—all which help foster learning, academic development, and appreciation for music. Ukulele classes are also available for teens and adults.

Third Grade Book Eaters
Let’s share our favorite books(old & new)
Plus games, crafts, and food!
January 18th@ 4pm
Happy New Year: OUT with the OLD & In with NEW!
Library Tour: Upstairs  Downstairs @ the Concord Library
Let’s explore behind the scenes of the library
Downstairs tour including where OLD books are kept and NEW books are processed
Craft… Time Capsule: Make a Personal Time Capsule for 2017!
Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street

The Fenn School will host SCREENAGERS Thurs, Jan 19, 2017
at 6:30 p.m. 516 Monument Street, Concord
This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required.
Please register at:
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. The film SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Calling chess players of ALL ages! The Concord-Carlisle Chess Club starts again on Sunday, January 22nd from 2-5 pm at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Join us to learn to improve your game and practice playing! Contact Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at or call 978-318-1432.

Concord Family Network invites you to a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 4th, from 3:30-5:00pm at the Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street, Concord, MA! Bring the kids to do some Valentine’s Day crafts and gather on Ed “The Music Man” Morgan’s magic carpet to sing along and dance their sillies out! Refreshments available
We will again be collecting pantry items to benefit the Yawkee Family Inn at the Boston’s Children Hospital. Show your Valentine’s Day love by donating pantry items such as granola bars, oatmeal, packaged cookies, cereal, fruit cups, tea, and K-cup coffee (single servings work best). In addition, quick dinner fixes such as mac and cheese, soups, pasta and sauces would also be appreciated. A collection bin will be set up at the door.
All Concord-area families are invited. Free for CFN members, non-members pay only $3/child up to $10/family (Fee will be waived with a pantry item donation). For more information please contact or

Join us for a day of winter family fun at Camp Thoreau! Saturday, February 4th from 1-3pm.  This event is FREE and will include several indoor and outdoor activities, hot chocolate and S’mores!  Meet camp staff, take a winter hike and have fun! For more information, to register, or to schedule a tour, contact Tricia at 978-831-1210 or (Significant snow may postpone the event until 2/11/17.)

Announcing the Cooler Concord Fair 
Have you always wanted to save energy, but haven’t had the time to figure it all out and get it done? Help is on the way! Concord’s Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC), in collaboration with the Town, the Schools and the Light Plant, is pleased to announce the “Cooler Concord” Fair to be held on Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 from 10- 4 at CCHS. The Fair will be a one-stop shopping opportunity for busy families to learn about simple and significant ways to save both energy and money. Attendees will be able to talk with local experts about such topics as solar power, hybrid and electric cars, programmable thermostats, weatherization, highly efficient heating systems and the latest in energy-efficient lighting. The town will be prepared with strong financial incentives to make it easy to move forward. There will be giveaways, lots of food, and engaging activities for kids of all ages. CCHS Environmental Science, Photo and Film students are creating informative exhibits; students from Alcott, Thoreau, Willard and CMS will have their own interesting displays; and the CCHS Green Team is leading the way on event promotion.
Save the Date: This will be a “not-to-miss” event for Concord families, so mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!