Thoreau Announcements 3/23/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Cake Walk, PJ Collection, Earth Day Workshops
Around Town: School Related Articles and Budgets, Reading Development and the Brain Workshop, Mett Author Julia Deanos, CMS Book Fair, CCYH Registration, CFN Egghunt, CCYB/S

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Thank You!
Jeff Furman, Marc Ubaldino, Erica Wright did a fantastic job working with volunteers from Alcott and Willard to create Math Night. You out did yourselves this year! Thank you to all the additional volunteers who helped make the evening a success.

Thank you to Siobhan Mee and Irene Stapleford for coordinating the Spelling Bee. It was an amazing event! We appreciate all your hard work and effort.

Mark you calendar:
3/25 -1-3pm, Cake Walk, Thoreau School
3/28 – Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast *Rescheduled Date* Deliver cards in the am
3/28 – 9:30am, School Committee Coffee, Ripley Conference Rm. 4
3/28 – 1pm, Kindergarten Registration Round 2
3/30*- 9:15am, Principal Coffee, Focus: supporting our students in the digital age *new date
4/4 – No School, Professional Day
4/4 – 7pm, School Committee Coffee, CCHS Learning Commons, Focus: Later Start Time for CCHS
4/11 – 9:30am, School Committee Coffee, Ripley Conference Rm. 4
4/25 – Book Character Parade

Thanks to all the children, teachers, staff, and volunteers for participating in Saturday’s spectacular spelling bee!  A special thank you to Mr. Lemaire, who made the event a positive, memorable experience for all 67 participants.  Congratulations to 5th grade winner Hannah Daniel, 5th grade runner-up Claire Owen, and the third place winner for 5th grade, Farah Maramag-Tavakol.  Also congratulations to 4th grade winner Phillip McCoy, 4th grade runner-ups Superb Spellers (Andre Haddad, Cassidy Miller, and Veronica Moy), and the third place winners for 4th grade, Silver Dolphins (Katie Han and Catherine Wang)!  3rd and 4th grade spellers: posters are in the box outside the library this week if you would like to take yours home.  — Co-organizers Siobhan Mee and Irene Stapleford

The annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival is Saturday, March 25th, 1-3pm. 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:
Start planning your cake for 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. There will also be loads of games, crafts, food, prizes and, of course, CAKES! ! Regarding the cakes, we need lots and lots – 300 to 400 to use as prizes for Cake Walk winners! Read more about it here:

Collecting New Pajamas for area children in need: A collection box will be in the Thoreau lobby starting Tuesday, March 21 and run through the end of the month. Please consider donating a pair of children’s pajamas in any size (baby to big kid). Pajamas must be new. All donations will be distributed directly to area children in low income and homeless situations through Cradles to Crayons. The drive is being led by a group of 8th Grade girls from CMS and Nashoba, and they’re working with all three elementary schools, CMS, and NBS to provide an opportunity to make a donation with your child. Children can help choose the pajamas — something we know every child loves — and our hope is for them to make a connection to helping another child in need. All donations will be picked up on Friday, March 31st. Thank you!

Thoreau Earth Day Workshops
Celebrate Earth Day by creating music makers, colorful banners and masks of local animals and plant species. Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, papier maché and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint. You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. Three of the workshops are led by Musketaquid artist/educator Morningstar Medaye and a fourth will be lead by Thoreauly Green member Jessica Grogins. In Jessica’s workshop the students will be focusing on creating a Lorax-inspired bulletin board for the school. The students will have the opportunity to bring creations to life at the Earth Day parade and festival on Saturday, April 22. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.
Who: Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students Where: Art Room. Cost: $35 per student for all four sessions. When: Friday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14 3:30-4:45PM
Registration is open and there is still room.
Please sign up here:

Around Town:
Concord Town Meeting begins Monday, April 24.  In preparation, the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Committees will host a series of Information Sessions regarding the 2017-18 school budgets and school-related articles.
There will be five school-related articles at Town Meeting:
¨ARTICLE 13 – Concord Public Schools Budget: FY18 CPS Budget is $37,046,694, a 3.89% increase from FY17, which provides for the launch of Elementary Spanish Instruction and a CMS Latin elective.
¨ARTICLE 14 – Concord Public Schools Supplemental Appropriation of $400,000 for the current school year.
¨ARTICLE 15 – Concord Public Schools Capital Renovations and Repairs of $850,000.
¨ARTICLE 16 – Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Budget: FY18 Budget is $28,042,499.  The Budget includes funding for the Later Start Time initiative within the Finance Committee Guideline.
¨ARTICLE 17 – Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Landfill Remediation: Cost $1.2 million – includes environmentally sound solution with Flexible Fill to allow for future land use options.
To view the details regarding these articles as presented by the School Committee click here:

Please join us at any of the following information sessions to learn more:
Tuesday 3/28   9:30am-11am         Ripley Conference Room 4
Wednesday 4/11  9:30am-11am  Ripley Conference Room 4  

The School Committees will also be hosting a Public Forum specifically regarding the Later Start Time Initiative for the high school:
Tuesday 4/4  7:00pm-8:30pm  CCHS Learning Commons
We urge all residents to be informed about the budgets and other articles and to attend Town Meeting to vote.
Thank you, and please email either School Committee with any questions: or

Reading Development & the Brain  | Thursday, March 23rd | Presentation/Q&A 10-11:30am | Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 1 | Presenter Dr. Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC is pleased to offer a presentation providing an overview of the typical and atypical reading brain, its development, and how it changes in response to intervention. Dr. Gaab will introduce the idea of early screening for reading disabilities in young children and discuss its implications for education settings and policy. She will conclude by discussing the implications of neuroscientific findings for general education, educational policy as well as the development of interventions. For planning purposes, please RSVP to: Please join us! Please contact with any questions.

Meet  Author/Illustrator  Julia Denos
Join Julia Denos  as she talks about how she created her picture book Swatch, The Girl Who Loved Color & then leads us in creating colorful Swatch inspired Masks! For Ages 5+ Up. No Registration Required March  28th  @1:30pm
Concord Free Public Library  129 Main Street

Concord Families are Readers! Save the Date to Celebrate our great independent bookshop and our schools at the CMS Annual BOOK FAIR at Concord Bookshop: Saturday April 8, 9:30am-5pm.
Buy new spring books and gift certificates for April Vacation reading, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and teacher gifts. A portion of all sales that day will be donated to the CMS PTG activity fund.

CCYH Evaluations for 2017-18 season: Registration is now open for the following full-season ice hockey programs: Mites, Squirts, PeeWee’s, Bantams and Midgets. Go to and select “Register Online” to begin registration. A description of our programs including the age requirements can be found using by selecting “About Our Programs”. Evaluations for each player are required for placement on a CCYH team. Visit for the evaluation schedule which runs March 21-30. Contact Andi Rice with any questions:

Concord Family Network Spring Egg Hunt
**Don’t forget a basket for your child to gather eggs!**
Please join us for our annual CFN Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, from 3-5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street.
This year’s event features three separate egg hunts (ages 5-8 at 3:30pm, ages 3-4 at 3:45pm, and ages 0-2 at 4pm), games, crafts, refreshments and of course lots of socializing with your friends and neighbors.
Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children, so please RSVP by visiting or via Big Tent.
Admission is free for CFN members; non-members can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 28 so that we can make sure we have enough eggs and goodies for all of our little egg hunters.
** We will be gratefully accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry. Don’t forget to bring your donation!**
In case of rain (and it won’t be), check the CFN web site for more information or instructions to bring your wellies.
Hope to see you there!

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.  Opening day will be Sunday, April 9th. The season officially kicks off April 24th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to
Please run the following announcement for the next 2 weeks.
SOFTBALL Pre-Season Clinics: (For K thru 8th Graders):
Please join us for Softball Pre-Sason Clinics hosted by CCHS Softball. Dates are Sundays, March 26th and April 2nd from 3-5pm at CCHS. Cost $40 for 2 sessions, or $20 for each session.