Thoreau Announcements 3/30/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Thoreau Library Gift Book Program, Earth Day Workshops, After School Programs, Student Verification Forms
Around Town: School Related Articles and Budgets, PJ Collection, Tech Fair, CMS Book Fair, CCYH Registration, CFN Egghunt, CYT Fundraiser, CCYB/S, Four Diamonds Minithon, Summer Camp Scholarships, Art Classes at the Umbrella, CYT Teen Company

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Thank You!
We appreciate the efforts of Allison Girolimetti, Amy Lima, Anne McWilliams, and Erin Fife who worked tirelessly to make the Cake Walk a success! There were countless others who contributed time, energy and CAKES. Thank you all for another great year of this fun Thoreau tradition.

Thank you to Jordan Binder, Kim Capello, and Pattie Turrettini for coordinating the Bus Driver/Crossing Guard breakfast. The drivers and guards were so happy to be appreciated. Thank you to all those that contributed to help make this event a success.

Thank you to Kimber Lynn and all the parent volunteers who helped assist with Kindergarten Registration. For many this is their first interaction with the Thoreau Community. Your smiles, handouts, and conversation represented Thoreau CARES in the best way!

Mark your calendar:
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

Thank You to everyone who came to the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival on Saturday – it was great to see so many people there!
Many thanks to all who entered in the Cake Decorating Contest and who contributed prize cakes.  Congratulations to the winners!
This event would not be possible without so many parents and middle/ high school students volunteering to help.  A sincere Thank You for making the Thoreau Cake Walk & Family Festival successful and fun year after year.
Thank you to Angel Charles, Kate Hiltz and Betsy Martel who had the difficult task of judging the Cake Decorating Contest.
Special thanks also go out to the following people: Tom Hourihan and Karla Keefe for running the Cake Walk, Roseanne Swain for managing the ticket sales, Mario, Erminio and Debbie for going far above and beyond with help that was critical to the success of the event.
To all of you and those whose names do not appear on the list but helped out – THANK YOU!!
–Erin Fife, Anne McWilliams, Amy Lima & Allison Girolimetti, Cake Walk Co-chairs

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program
Thoreau librarians Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins, and PTG Gift Book Coordinator Eileen Robichaud invite you to participate in the Gift Book Program. Through this program, families can purchase books in honor of a student or teacher and donate them to the school library.
We’d like to thank recent participants: 1) Caroline Myler for purchasing Operation Orca in honor of Cass Myler  2)Jill Yates for purchasing tow books: Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects in honor of Henry Yates and Over & Under the Snow in honor of George Yates  3) Sarah Atwood for purchasing Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy in honor of Lucy Atwood.
This is how it works: 1) Parents can select a book from the Gift Book Box in the library and write a check for the cover price to the PTG. 2) The book will have a bookplate with the name of the donor and honoree. The book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the honoree will be the first person allowed to check out the book. 3)  Cathy Collins will keep an updated spreadsheet of books available for donation. 4) If parents would like to donate a special book NOT from the box, they should check with the librarians to ensure the library doesn’t own the book already.
The Gift Book Program is a wonderful and easy way to provide a special gift to the school during this season of giving. It also enables your child to stay connected to the school for years to come. Questions?  Speak with the librarians or contact Eileen Robichaud at

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:

After School Programs for the spring are up on our website. We have some tried and true classes, along with some new options – there’s sure to be something for all of your children! Registration start at 9:30 on April 5.

Student Verification Forms By now, you should have received the Student Verification Form. Please take this time to look over the form carefully and make any necessary changes. The directory pulls the information from this form: student’s name, parents’ information (name, address, phone number and email addresses). Make sure that at the bottom, you check “yes”, to be included in the directory.  Return the form to the office ASAP.  Thank you.

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:
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

Collecting New Pajamas for area children in need: Reminder that the PJ collection box will be in the Thoreau lobby until Friday. 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!

Technology Fair at Concord Free Library on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. at the Fowler Branch Library at 1322 Main Street, Concord.
Demonstrations will include digital resources and other technologies, such as the library’s new website,  3D printer, streaming and downloadable media, online research tools, S.T.E.A.M. resources, wireless hotspot devices, a telescope, and more. Free and open to all. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire. For more information, please visit

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!

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) is pleased to announce an upcoming fundraising event. Please join us on Saturday evening April 1st for “Lest We Jest”, an exclusive wine and beer tasting event to support CYT’s programs! Starting at 7PM in Union Hall at 27 School Street in Carlisle center, tastings of wine and beer from around the globe will be available, provided by West Concord Wine & Spirits. All of the unique vintages offered will be available for purchase. Thanks to the generosity of West Concord Wine & Spirits, 5% of all sales at the event will be donated to CYT!
The evening will also feature a silent auction.Tickets are $20 and are available at or in person at West Concord Wine and Spirits, 1216 Main Street, Concord. This event is open to the public, 21 or over only please!
Union Hall is part of the First Religious Society in Carlisle and free parking is available along School Street and in the Carlisle School parking lot.

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

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.

Four Diamonds Minithon which fundraises for childhood cancer research is having a fundraising event at the Hunt Recreation Center on April 1st, where we will supervise elementary school children for a night with experienced babysitters and adult supervisors. Dinner will be provided and tickets will be $25 for one child and $10 for each additional.
Here is the link with all the information and where you can sign up:

Summer Camp Scholarships: There are scholarship opportunities for summer camp and summer extracurricular activities for Concord and Carlisle youth ages toddler to young adult. Please contact Bonny Wilbur, CC Community Services Coordinator, for more information and eligibility requirements at 978.318.3034 or<>. Please note that all Concord Recreation camp requests for financial assistance are processed through Concord Recreation at<> or 978-287-1050

The Umbrella Community Arts Center 
Registration for Spring Classes is NOW OPEN!
Explore and discover your artistic skills at The Umbrella this Spring! We offer Classes and Workshops in Clay, Filmmaking, Painting, Movement & Mindfulness, Drawing, STEAM-Enrichment, Arts & Environment, Theatre, and more! Registration is open for just a few more weeks, so make sure to check in and register for your next class!

The Concord Youth Theatre Teen Company will perform a series of one-acts that will include: The Great Pandemonium, a comedy in one act by Pat Cook, which takes place on a high school auditorium stage. It spotlights a director hovering close to the edge of madness, as he attempts to run a technical rehearsal just before opening night. Next is Medea by Christopher Durang & Wendy Wasserstein, about Medea and her chorus of three women. It’s followed by the short comic play Sure Thing, by David Ives, about a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is continually reset by the use of a ringing bell. Next is English Made Simple by David Ives, a romantic comedy full of twists and turns about a couple named Jack and Jill who meet at a party. And finally the mystery thriller Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher, a story of a woman whose only contact with the outside world is her phone.
Four students from CCHS are performing in this cast. Come see these talented high school actors perform an entertaining series of one-acts!
Performances are April 6, 7, 8 at 7:30; April 9 at 2:30 at Concord Youth Theatre’s 358 Baker Ave black box theatre. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 978-371-1482. Performances are appropriate for ages 10 and up.