Thoreau Announcements 2/16/2017

In this week’s announcement

Thoreau News: Lost and Found, Cake Walk, Boks, Spelling Bee, Thoreauly Green, Geography Quest Scorers Needed,  Thoreau Night at Fenway

Around Town: Special Funding Request, Whole Book Approach Workshop, Multiple Intelligences Workshop, Special Ed.Support Program, CCC International Potluck, CIPS Shop for a Cause, Flag Rugby, IMSCC

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Thank you to Kim Capello, Patti Turrettini, the Staff Appreciation Committee and the 1st Grade and Kindergarten parents for the Winter Lunch. The wonderful and amazing array of delicious soups and salads was perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Thank you to Kimber Lynn Drake for coordinating the “What’s in a Thoreau Heart?” project. All the hearts that the kids decorated celebrating what is in Thoreau’s Heart were amazing!

MCAS Information:
Students in grades 3-5 are scheduled to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between April 3rd and May 26th.  The specific dates for each grade level and test session can be found in the link below and on our school’s webpage.

Concord Middle School Principal Search:
Please provide your input on the qualities, skills, and experiences that you believe are necessary in the next Principal of Concord Middle School by taking a survey. There is also a section on the survey for you to recommend interview questions. The link to the survey is: The survey will be available until Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Mark you calendar:
2/20-2/24 – February Break
2/27 – Classes Resume
3/15 – 9:00 PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria
3/17 – Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Event
3/18 – Spelling Bee
3/25 – 1-3 Cake Walk

Lost and Found Donation Going…Going…Claim Your Items by Fri., Feb 17
The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity during February vacation week, so please come and claim your stuff by tomorrow (Fri., Feb. 17).  Updated photos of the items still unclaimed as of mid-day yesterday can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery.  The school opens shortly after 6am and is typically open until a little before 6pm.  Outerwear is laid out on a table at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  Lunchboxes, water bottles, gloves, hats, boots, toys etc. are in bins under the table.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

Save the date!  Sat., Mar. 25, 1-3pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. It’s fun for the whole family! Loads of games, crafts, food, prizes and, of course, CAKE!  If you have never taken part in a Cake Walk, this is a much loved Thoreau tradition that shouldn’t be missed. It’s like a game of musical chairs. Each participant takes their place in a circle and stands on a numbered pad. When the music starts, the participants parade around in a circle; when the music stops, our MC will pull lucky numbers out of a hat. If your number is called, you win of one of the fabulous cakes! Regarding the cakes, we need lots and lots – 300 to 400 to use as prizes! Thoreau students can also enter their cakes into the Cake Decorating Contest! Categories are Best Animal Theme, Best Food Theme, Best Nature Theme, Best Sports & Games Theme, Best Thoreau Spirit, and Most Creative. Read more about it here:

Please help make this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival a success by volunteering!  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  Please click here to sign up:
–Erin Fife, Anne McWilliams, Amy Lima & Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs

BOKs Program: Get Kids Moving, Playing Games and Having Fun Before School!
BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”.  Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.”
BOKs is a free before school program (8:00 AM Tuesdays & Thursday starting the end of March until June 1st)

We will take the first 40 applications and wait list after (the more parents volunteer, the more kids we can take)!  Please email to volunteer!  It’s loads of fun and great heart pumping music!!!
Please print, fill out and deliver to Thoreau School no later than MARCH 13th!
Registration Form:

What’s the Buzz? Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee! Sat., Mar.18
This year’s Thoreau Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held the afternoon of Sat., Mar. 18.  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times will be as follows:  3rd graders at 1pm; 4th graders at 2:15; and 5th graders at 3:30.  If your child is interested, please contact Siobhan Mee at for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the Bee!

Thoreauly Green Needs Photos of Thoreau Students Doing “Green Activities” for the bulletin board outside the auditorium at Thoreau School, which will feature the Lorax and your kids. Please email a photo (or two) of your child doing something in nature, or something good for nature.

Examples might include raking leaves, planting or weeding, playing with a toy made of recycled materials, picking apples, riding a bike, playing outside, taking out the compost. Anything goes! We want kids to feel recognized for doing their part to keep our Earth clean and green – and to know that they can inspire others.  Teachers are encouraged to send in photos of their students in nature or working on an Earth-sustaining project. Please include the following information with each photo:
Name of child(ren):
Brief description of photo (optional):
Parents, by submitting photos of your child(ren) you are allowing the Thoreauly Green PTG group to use the photos for this bulletin board. The photos will not be used for any other purpose.
Email photos and questions to: Jessica Grogins at Please title your email: The Lorax.
Deadline for submissions is March 3rd.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” The Lorax.

Geography Quest Volunteers Needed
We are looking for parents willing to correct some of the Geography Quests that will be returned in early March — we have answer keys, and all you need is time and a red pen! If you are willing to help out, please contact Thea Hahn

Thoreau Night at Fenway
Dear Thoreau Families, please join your Thoreau friends for a special night at Fenway Park.  Sure to be a great time, let’s show our school spirit in a special Thoreau block at Fenway Park!  Please send in the attached form and check with your child in an envelope addressed to ‘Jen Perry – PTG Fundraising’ or mail to Jen Perry, 40 Ingham Lane, Concord.

Around Town:

SPECIAL FUNDING REQUEST – Challenge Success for Middle SchoolersDear families,
We are writing for your support of an important initiative put forth by the School Advisory Council for our current and soon-to-be middle school students.  CMS PTG supports many activities for our students; however, this unique opportunity is out of budget, but also a critical initiative to benefit our kids and their education.
CMS has the opportunity to become a part of the Challenge Success program, an organization that partners with schools and families to provide kids with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed now and in the future.  Challenge Success believes that society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. They provide families and schools with practical, research-based tools needed to create more balanced and academically fulfilling lives, with success measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.
Your contribution will fund the initial step in the program, which is an anonymous survey of our students, measuring perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support. Over 70,000 students from more than 100 schools have taken the survey since 2009, and schools have gained a great deal of information from the results, including what students see as stressful and challenging as well as sources of support within the school. Survey findings help to guide schools in their decisions about which policies and practices may be effective and which are in need of improvement.
The total cost to fund this initial phase of the program is $5,000.  We hope you will consider making a one-time $20.00 donation to support this very important initiative.

Whole Book Approach Workshop
Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children, will speak at the Concord Free Public Library on March 9th from 6-7:30. Workshop is for teachers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers. No registration required. Copies of the book will be available. Certificate of Attendance for teachers available. This program is funded by a LSTA Mind in the Making grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

“MANY KINDS OF SMART! Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences” a free Parent Workshop
Thurs., Mar. 16, 7pm. Location: Alcott Elementary School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord.  Our presenter, Lisa Murphy M.Ed., puts her own spin on Howard Gardner’s classic theory. Lisa offers parents powerful new information that will open their understanding on different learning styles so they can provide their child with the approach that leads to mastery, heightens satisfaction and reduces stress.  Please register for this free program at the following site:

Parents who have a child with a special need (ages 4-9 years old) are invited to attend a six week support program led by Patricia Marquis, LICSW.  Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and over the long haul. It will be held on 6 consecutive Monday mornings at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord MA from 9:30-11AM, from Mar. 6 through Apr. 10, 2017.  The program is free of charge.  Please click on (or cut and paste into your browser) the following website to pre-register:
 PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Questions?  Please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at for more information.

Concord Children’s Center invites you and your family to our first ever
 International Pot Luck at 1300 Main Street
 Thurs., Feb. 16, 20176:00 – 8:00 PM
Concord Children’s Center and our surrounding towns are home to teachers and families from all over the world and the United States. What better way to get to know each other than thru the sharing of our favorite dishes, reflecting our culture, traditions, and heritage. Please bring a dish to share, and if inspired the recipe and a few words about your dish.
RSVP 978-369-3747/“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources–because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” President Lyndon B. Johnson

Shop for a Cause and Support the CIPS PlaygroundWhole Foods 5% Give Back Day, Tues. Feb 28.
Concord Integrated Preschool Parent Group is pleased to announce that Whole Foods Market, Bedford will donate 5% of net sales on Tues., Feb. 28 to the new playground for the integrated preschool and the community.
 CIPS Playground Initiative representatives will be onsite to answer questions and provide information from 11am-7pm. Funds contributed by Whole Foods Market will support the new ADA accessible playground to be installed at the Concord Integrated Preschool. So stop by your local Whole Foods Market, Bedford to say hello and contribute to building a playground where ALL kids can play!

Flag Rugby– Grades K-8
MetroWest Youth Rugby’s Spring Season is almost here! Come experience the newest Olympic sport in a fun, friendly environment. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through interactive games and drills. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd /4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th . First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. Season runs Sundays April 30 – June 11 at Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 grades K-6th, 8:30-9:45 grades 7th/8th. To register visit: www.
Free Introduction to Flag Rugby Clinics – Grades K-8
MetroWest Youth Rugby is holding two free clinics as a kickoff to our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child the basics of flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills.   No experience necessary. Please wear shorts, t shirt, sneakers and bring a water bottle. Dates: Sun., Mar. 19 and Sun. Apr. 2 at The Fieldhouse Sudbury. 8:15 am check in, clinic runs 8:30- 9:30. Max 75 kids each session. To register visit:

After School Music Instruction with IMSCC
Calling all musicians! Sign up now for music lessons – new session is underway!

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. Lessons can start any time – tuition is pro-rated.
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.