Thoreau Announcements, 4/13/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News:  Book Character Parade, Thoreau Road Race, Thoreau Library Gift Book Program, Student Verification Forms, 5th Grade Art Retrospective, Moms’ Night Out
Around Town:  Concord Rec Egg Hunt, Town Meeting School Related Articles and Budgets, Earth Day Parade, IMSCC Festival of Brass, Lacrosse Spring Cleanup Fundraiser, Concord Social Resources Guide, Summer Camp Scholarships, Umbrella Spring Class Registration, Spec. Ed. Support Group, Holocaust Remembrance, CCM Cantares de Espana, Emerson Auxiliary Red Sox Tickets, Emerson 5k Run/Walk for Cancer

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Volunteers Needed: The PTG is already looking ahead to next year. We are looking for parents for many different roles and positions. These include board positions, like Vice President, as well as the opportunity to be part of a team, for example, on the Children’s Programming, Cake Walk, and other committees. A few current positions that are open are:
• Vice President
• Children’s Programming: Join an existing Team
• Library Coordinator
• Thoreau Announcements Editors
• Thoreau Directory: Shadow current coordinators to take over following year
• 5th Grade Events Committee
If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community, we will find an opportunity for you! Our goal is to create an inclusive PTG that represents all grade levels, working parents, stay at home parents, moms and dads. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Deb Antonangeli or Kathleen Dohoney if you are interested in getting involved, or

Mark your calendar:
4/17-4/21 – April Break
4/24 – Classes Resume
4/24-4/25 Town Meeting
4/25 – Book Character Parade
5/1-5/5 – Teacher Appreciation Week

The Book Character Parade is the Tuesday after vacation week! Put the finishing touches on your book character masks, simple costumes, and props (no sticks, and short cardboard swords only, please). Check out a copy of your book, and get ready to march. The parade will begin at 11:15 a.m., Tues., Apr. 25, starting in Mr. Hourihan’s room.

Classes will march in this order: The Cat in the Hat and Friend; 5-Hourihan; 5-Hollander and 3-Martin; 5-Deshaies; K-McKenna; K-Apollos; 5-Hoyt; 4-Ogilvie and 2-Marotta; 4-Burns; 4-Dillon; 3-Faricelli; 3-Davidson-Catalano; 4-Keefe; K-Gordon and 2-Thomas; 1-Peirce and 2-Jackson; 1-Walsh and 3-Gallagher; K-Ellis; 1-Henry; 1-Stevenson and 2-Watson

After gathering the whole school, we will go outside through the front cafeteria door.

  • If it is reasonable weather, we will proceed along the sidewalk past the Music Room and then through the door to the 1994 classroom wing. We will not go into the Auditorium on this route.
  • If it is raining heavily, we will walk under the covered walkway along the front of the school and in through the main doors. We’ll go into the Auditorium and across the stage, where we will announce each class as it crosses.
  • Parents, families and friends are welcome to watch the Book Character Parade from the sidewalk in front of the school, or (only if it is raining heavily) from the Auditorium.

PLEASE NOTE – DISMISSAL POLICY CHANGES FOR BOOK CHARACTER PARADE DAY: Students will be in their classrooms at the end of the parade, by 12 noon. Parents who send in dismissal notes in the morning, will pick up their students from the classroom after 12:00. (Please wait outside until noon.) Students without notes will be sent home on their regular buses.)
If there are any questions, please talk to Karen or Cathy in the Library, or email me at See you on Tuesday, April 25!

SAVE THE DATE: The Thoreau School Road Race is May 21!
It’s time! Register now for Thoreau School 11th Annual Road Race, a community-wide celebration and our biggest fundraising event, Sun., May 21!  Start training now with the whole family for the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by fun food, games, bouncy house, awards and more.  Race, walk, jog or stroll, come with friends and support our teachers and school!
10:00 am – 5K run through West Concord
Kids Fun Runs:
11:30 a.m. – 1 mile run 6+ GIRLS
11:45 a.m. – 1 mile run 6+ BOYS
12:00 p.m. – ½ mile run 5 and under
Register TODAY to avoid lines and save:
All events take place at the Thoreau School, 29 Prairie Street, Concord.  All proceeds go to benefit the Thoreau PTG.

To volunteer or find out how your company can become a Road Race sponsor,  contact Julie Miller  or Therese Hetzel Conti   Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.
Julie Miller and Therese Hetzel Conti, Road Race 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

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.

All 5th Grade Parents-
Looking ahead to the Art Retrospective
The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held on Monday night, June 5.  Due to the late date of the event, the Arts Night will be the grand finale of the show. At the conclusion of the evening, families should take ALL artwork home.  If family members can not make the Arts Night please make sure to stop by before to view the work.  Doors will open at 6:30 to view artwork and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.  Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring in any work from past years the week after April Vacation.

More specific information was sent home on Mar. 30.  If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at:
Thanks for your support,
Kate Hiltz,
Art Teacher

Calling all Moms!
Mark your calendars – the annual Thoreau Mom’s Night Out is around the corner.
Thurs., May 18 @ 7:30 p.m..
Chat with friends old & new over light bites & your BYOB of choice.  This (free) event is just what you need to bring yourself out of winter hibernation. View the invite and RSVP here:
Code: thoreaumom

Around Town:

1stFirst Annual Concord Recreation Egg Hunt
Concord Recreation will hold their First Annual Egg Hunt on Apr. 14, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center and the Memorial Field at Concord Carlisle High School. This is a free community event for children age 2 to grade three. Participants will collect candy and prized-filled eggs, play games, make crafts, take a photo with the Easter Bunny and more! Egg Hunt times are: Age 2 – 5:00 p.m., Age 3 – 5:15 p.m., Age 4 – 5:30 p.m., Grades K&1 – 5:45 p.m., and Grades 2&3 – 6:00 p.m. Bring your baskets!
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:
Tues., Apr. 11,  9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.  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.

Earth Day Parade: Get Ready for the Concord Earth Day Parade!  On Sat., Apr. 22, come join other Thoreau students and Jessica Grogins in representing our school and marching in the parade.  Bring earth-messaged signs or banners (or get one there!), and wear Thoreau gear if you have it.  Gather at the Old Manse at 10:45am.  Parade runs 11:00am-noon and ends at Emerson Umbrella.  This is a fun, vibrant, musical event!

IMSCC presents a Faculty Concert: A Festival of Brass Music! 
Sun., Apr. 23 at 3:00 in the CCHS auditorium
All are welcome; the concert is free of charge.
Featuring IMSCC’s distinguished faculty members Ryan Noe, trumpet, Jeremy Ronkin, French horn, Alexei Doohovskoy and Brian Diehl, trombone, with pianist Nune Hakobyan. Music by Cesar Franck, Karl Pilss, Jacques Casterede, Eric Ewazen, Nicola Ferro, and Wilhelm Ramsoe.
Please come, bring the family – enjoy the music of some of the Boston area’s premier performers right here in Concord!

Annual CCHS Boys Lacrosse Spring Clean Up  – Sat. Apr. 29,   CCHS Boys Lacrosse players will rake, haul, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle.  Only $20 per player, per hour and all proceeds go to the CCHS Lacrosse program.  Work crews run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., with a minimum of 2 players.  This is our only fundraiser and it sells out, so reserve your crew today!   Sign Up Here
Thank you!
Andrea Maloney, Pennie Driscoll and Tom Dalicandro

The updated 2017 Concord Social Service Resource Guide is now available online. This guide provides residents with basic information and answers general questions about local resources available to foster a healthy community and improve the quality of life for Concord residents. To access the guide, please visit . Hardcopies are available on request. Contact Jennifer Clarke

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!

Parent Support Group offered by Center for Parents and Teachers
INSPIRE is a 6-week Parent Support Group Program for parents of children with special needs (ages 4-9 years old) that will be 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. The group will come up with meaningful topics to them which may include how to:

Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced on a daily basis.
Nurture their individual identity beyond their parenting identity.
Cope with and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy for their child.
Restore trust and hope in their lives by creating positive connections with others and healing disconnections.
Gain perspectives on having more satisfying interactions with their child.
The group will consist of up to 12 members. Each member is asked to make a 6 week commitment to the group.  There are morning and evening dates to choose from.  All series will be held at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord. The program is free of charge.

(1) Monday morning dates:  6 Mondays Apr. 24 to Mon. June 5 (skipping May 29) running from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ripley.  Sign up here (or go to our website and look for the link:
(2) Wednesday evening dates:  Mar. 29 through May 10  (skipping school vacation week of Apr. 19) held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ripley Building.  You can still join this group, even though it has met one time already.
To pre-register, go to our website and look for the link).

Questions?  Please contact the Center for Parents and Teachers (the sponsor of this program) by email at for more information.
Patty Marquis is a seasoned LICSW social worker in private practice in Concord, who counsels individuals, couples and families.  She has also been a parent educator and leader of parent groups since 1977.  She brings her solid knowledge of child development, her counseling experience and her mindfulness mindset to inspire parents to deepen their empathy for themselves and their child.
These programs are being funded through a generous grant from the Foundation for Metrowest.
Learn about more parent programs at

The Town of Concord’s Annual Holocaust Remembrance Event will take place on Sun., Apr. 30,        7 p.m. at the Town House. The one-hour documentary film titled “Exile and Community: The Life of Carola Domar” will be shown. Film maker Susan Reider explains, “Although this oral history is told by an elderly woman and her grown daughter, the account is largely communicated from a young person’s perspective–Carola escaped Germany as a teen and came to the United States on her own. A chapter of the piece is devoted to the sense of community and purpose she finds in Conantum, Concord.”  This free 90 minute event, sponsored by the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, will open with a blessing by Rosalie Gerut of Kerem Shalom and conclude with brief Q & A period with the filmmaker.

Concord Conservatory of Music Presents ¡CANTARES DE ESPAÑA!
Sat., Apr. 29, 7:00 p.m. with the passionate music of Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla. CCM welcomes all to join the Boston Arts Consort for an evening of the music of two of Spain’s greatest composers. CCM clarinet faculty member, Elizabeth Leehey, will perform with Christian Figueroa, tenor, Linda Papatopoli, piano, and Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under. To buy tickets online, go to For more information call 978-369-0010 or email CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital Red Sox Tickets: Get your Red Sox tickets for the May 3rd game at 7:05pm against the Baltimore Orioles. Bleacher seating for $20 per ticket-groups welcome! Enjoy an evening at Fenway with your friends and support Emerson Hospital. Please go to to purchase. Questions? Call Christine Kielar (978)-287-8765.

The 17th annual Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer will take place on Sat., June 10, 8:30 a.m., at the Thoreau Outdoor Center in Concord.
Will you join other area schools in a challenge to support cancer patients?  School groups are forming to participate – join a team at your school or start your own!  It’s easy and fun!  All proceeds benefit cancer patients at Emerson Hospital.  Register today at: or contact Christine Kielar at with questions.