Thoreau Announcements 4/27/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News:  MCAS Info, Moms’ Night Out, Thoreau Road Race, Third Grade Recorder Concert, Fifth Grade Music and Arts Night, Fifth Grade Art Retrospective, Box Tops For Education, Thoreau Library Gift Book Program
Around Town:  Author D.B. Johnson Visit to Concord Public Library, Holocaust Remembrance, Girl Power Program, Basketball Summer Camps, PMC Kids’ Ride, CCM Cantares de Espana, CCM Trumpet and Trombone Workshops, 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:
• Children’s Programming: Join an existing Team
• Library Coordinator
• Thoreau Announcements Editors
• Cake Walk (3 people)
• Thoreau Directory: Shadow current coordinators to take over following year
• 5th Grade Events Committee
• Geography Quest
• Halloween Costume Swap
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:
5/1-5/5 – Teacher Appreciation Week
5/12 – 9:00am PTG Meeting – Cafeteria (Everyone welcome)
5/18 – Moms’ Night Out
5/21 – Road Race
5/25 – Incoming Kindergarten Popsicle Party

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.

Sun’s out Moms out!
Please join your fellow Thoreau moms, Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm, at the Myler home. It’s a casual & fun … also FREE … evening to catch up over a cocktail or a mocktail … see the details and RSVP here:
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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

From the Music Room:
3rd grade recorder concert
Friday, May 26,2017
9:15 am- 9:50 am
Thoreau Auditorium

5th grade Music and Arts Night
Monday, June 5, 2017
6:30 pm doors open
concert starts at 7:10 pm
Thoreau auditorium

Box Tops Classroom Contest
The scorecard is up! The classroom contest portion of our Box Tops for Education program has been quietly underway all year, and now it is time for the push to the finish line. Starting this week, students have been able to watch the results unfold on a scorecard posted in the school lobby. The scorecard will be updated weekly during the month of May, with the final results announced in early June. The top-clipping classroom from each grade will win bragging rights plus a prize! To be sure your clips get credited to the right classroom, please put your box tops in a small plastic bag and put the teacher’s name on a slip of paper inside the bag. Including your child’s name on the paper is optional but appreciated. Please put all clipped box tops in the collection box in the school lobby by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 24th. Thank you, and good luck to all classrooms! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

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

Around Town:

A visit by D. B. Johnson, author and illustrator of the popular Henry books for children
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2 pm
The Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street, Concord
D. B. will talk about his many books introducing Henry David Thoreau for young children, such as Henry Hikes To Fitchburg and Henry Climbs a Mountain. He will also draw for the children This program is for children age 5 years and up

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.

GirlPower! Be Who You AreTM, an empowerment program for 8 to 12 year old girls in its 10th year and sponsored by Emerson Hospital’s Wellness Center, will hold its next session on Sunday, April 30th at the Wellness Center at 310 Baker Ave. from 1 to 5pm. This 4 hour workshop lets girls discover their unique voices through embodied movement, circle discussion, journaling and relevant and creative projects. In this last workshop of the school year, the girls will create a tabletop herb garden. We will discuss the benefits of recycling, composting, and gardening. We will discuss and decide as a group an optional community service farm or outdoor project to be done as a group at a later date. The focus of GirlPower! this year is community service as it provides a window to the needs of others in the world while it helps to build empathy and compassion. Cost including supplies and snack: $80, $5 discount for siblings, $5 discount for previous participants. Facilitator: Susanne Liebich; email questions to: Register online: or call 978-287-3777.

Patriot Basketball Summer Camps: Join CCHS Head Coach David Cohen and Assistant Coach Aaron Joncas for Patriot Basketball at Concord-Carlisle High School. Now in its 10th year, Patriot Basketball is staffed by the area’s top high school coaches and gives boys of all levels an opportunity to improve, compete and have fun! Visit to register today for camp weeks on June 19th – 23rd, June 26th – 30th and July 24th – 28th. We also offer a summer league for boys and girls!

Many kids, many bikes, one mission: cure cancer. Kids of all ages find fun, camaraderie, and inspiration in bringing us closer by the mile.
Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 11th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.
Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer. There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.
To register, volunteer or donate, go to

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.

Two summer opportunities for musicians, with IMSCC and Concord-Carlisle Community Education:

Summer Trombone Choir
Summer Trombone Choir is back for the ninth year! This program is open to students ages 10 and up. Honorary trombones (tubas, euphoniums and baritones) are also welcome. Trombonist and IMSCC faculty member Alexei Doohovskoy directs the ensemble. The program culminates in a performance on July 25.
Monday & Tuesday evenings June 19 through July 25
Younger students meet from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, older students 7:00 to 9:00 pm
More information and registration at

Summer Trumpet Workshop
New this summer! IMSCC faculty member Dr. Ryan Noe conducts the workshop, which is open to trumpet students with at least one year experience. Students will participate in ensembles and engage in interactive learning about jazz, different types of trumpets, and warm-up ideas. Students interested in performing a solo with have an opportunity to perform in a master-class setting. The workshop culminates in a performance July 20.
Monday through Thursday July 17-20
Younger students meet 9:00 am to noon, older students 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
More information and registration at
Questions? Contact Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at 978-318-1432 or visit
Debbie Levine, IMSCC Program Coordinator
978-341-2490 ext. 7124 FAX 978-369-7125
500 Walden St, Concord 01742

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.