Thoreau Announcements 4/6/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: EpiPen Recall, Thoreau Library Gift Book Program, Earth Day Workshops, Student Verification Forms, 5th Grade Art Retrospective
Around Town: CMS Book Fair, Concord Rec Egg Hunt, School Related Articles and Budgets, Lacrosse Spring Cleanup Fundraiser, CCM Faculty Jazz Concert, Prenatal Yoga Class, Summer Camp Scholarships, Umbrella Spring Class Registration, CYT Teen Company, Spec. Ed. Support Group, Emerson 5k Run/Walk for Cancer

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Concord Public School News:
The following are some Concord Public School topics with links you may find of
interest:  CEF partners with CPS to fund the K5 Innovation/STEAM Lab at Ripley
K12 Health Committee presents revised Health Curriculum to School Committee

Mark your calendar:
4/11 – 9:30, School Committee Coffee, Ripley Conference Rm. 4
4/12 – 7:00 PTG Meeting, Members of School Committee will be there
4/17-4/21 – April Break
4/24 – Classes Resume
4/25 – Book Character Parade
5/1-5/5 – Teacher Appreciation Week

From the Nurse’s Office:
On March 31, 2017, the FDA announced a recall of a small number of EpiPen devices. Please check the lot number and expiration date of your EpiPen devices. A list of affected lot numbers and expiration dates can be found here:
If your EpiPen at school is part of the recall, I will notify you.  Thank you, Meg Jensen, School Nurse

Spring After School Programs
Is your child interested in Minecraft or For the Birds!?Head over to after-school-programs-spring- 2017/ to sign up now.

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 Sat., Apr. 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: Fri., Mar. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 7, Apr. 14 3:30-4:45PM
Registration is open and there is still room.
Please sign up here:

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

Around Town:

CMS Annual BOOK FAIR! This Sat., Apr. 8, 9:30-5:00 at The Concord Bookshop
Buy new spring books and gift certificates for April Vacation reading, Dr. Seuss books for CMS cast members, and holiday and teacher gifts. A portion of all sales that day will be donated to the CMS PTG activity fund.

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,  9:30am-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.

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

CCM Concert: Fri., Apr. 7 at 7:00 p.m. 
To kick off National Jazz Appreciation Month, the Concord Conservatory of Music Presents a faculty concert – Jazz by CCM.  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.

Prenatal Yoga Class
Thursdays, Apr. 6- June 15, 6:30-7:30 PM, Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742, $262, H2K Happy Healthy Kids is joining forces with Concord Recreation to bring you Prenatal Yoga. Alleviate some of the discomfort of pregnancy and preparing for childbirth with Hatha yoga, a combination of postures, breathing, meditation, and relaxing techniques. This class will provide additional benefits for pregnant women and their babies such as increasing sleep and reducing stress. Prenatal yoga classes will also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent. Contact Concord Recreation at 978.287.1050 with any questions or to register.

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 Apr. 6, 7, 8 at 7:30; Apr. 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.

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 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.