Thoreau Announcements 5/25/17

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: A Big Thank You–Road Race, Boxtops Collection, MCAS Info, Annual Appeal,  Staff/Teacher Lunch, Third Grade Recorder Concert, Fifth Grade Music and Arts Night, Fifth Grade Art Retrospective, Thoreau’ly Green, Thoreau Library Gift Book Program, Open Table Snack Drive
Around Town:  Thank a Teacher, Concord Youth Theater Summer Classes, Adrian Martinez Classic, CCHS Cross Country and Track Program, Willard Carnival, Middlesex Jazz Festival, Basketball Summer Camps, Cub Scouts, 5th Grade Service Day, PMC Kids’ Ride, Run For Dreams, CCM Trumpet and Trombone Workshops, Emerson 5k Run/Walk for Cancer, Callen Tennis, Honoring Diana Rigby, CCA and Community Ed Summer Programs for Kids, Etiquette Boot Camp

Message from the Co-Presidents:
A HUGE thank you goes out to Julie Miller, Therese Hetzel Conti and their team of amazing Road Race volunteers who helped make last Sunday’s race a success. The amount of time and energy it takes to pull of this complex event did not go unnoticed. Everyone in the Thoreau Community is grateful for your efforts!

Thank you to the social committee for a wonderful Mom’s Night Out. The food was lovely. It was a great opportunity to connect with women in our Thoreau Community. Special thanks goes out to the Myler Family who opened their home for this event!

2017-2018 PTG Volunteers Needed:  Thank you to all who have already clicked on the PTG Volunteer Sign-Up Genius and volunteered! We’ve had a fantastic response so far, and still have many openings to help chair/co-chair, coordinate, and become team members for the many events and programs we plan for students, teachers, staff, and families to enjoy every year! Sign up if you can help – grab a friend!!    Everyone is welcome and every position has the full support of the PTG along the way!  Open positions include:

  • Thoreau Directory:(Immediate need) Shadow current coordinators to take over following year
  • Before and after School Program Assistants (2)
  • Communications Co-Chair (1)
  • Cake Walk (4 people)
  • 5th Grade Events Committee
  • Geography Quest (2)
  • Halloween Costume Swap (2)
  • Service Learning Committee
  • Grounds for Learning (School Garden) Committee
  • Hobby Fair (4th & 5th grade Parent)

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:
6/2 – 9:00am PTG Meeting, Cafeteria (Everyone welcome)
6/6 – Field Day
6/6-  End of Year Staff Luncheon
6/6-  5th Grade Kimballs Outing
6/13 – 5th Grade Service Day

Go Thoreau!  A Record-breaking Road Race
Congratulations to the Thoreau community for coming out and supporting our amazing school on Sunday for the biggest and most successful Road Race yet!  Our race hosted a record-breaking close to 500 runners from all over in four separate races.   It was community-building at its best and took the super-human power of an amazing team of volunteers.  A special thanks to the Road Race Committee who have been working tirelessly: Mari Alexander, Tami DeAngelis, Lara Gibson, Jessica Grogins, Mitzi Johnson, Erin Lynch, Sue McCrory, Caroline Myler, Siobhan Mee, Elise Mott, Louise Sullivan, Tracy Bagley White, and Jill Yates. 

 And a huge thanks to the volunteers who helped race-day including Liz Krauss, Aidan Thorp, Ethan Thorp, Pam Bishop, Aiden Sullivan, Jenny Gates, Deb Antonogeli, Barbara Arthur, Ali Baty, Pattie Turrettini, Jen Flint, Kim Capello, Jen McCarthy, Allison Harmon, Cheryl Carbeau, Suzanne Kelliher, Pam Bishop, Susan Deysher, Angela Quinn, Linda Annunziata, Jen Ubaldino,  Julie Morse,  Betsy Martel, Chris Harmon, Julie Bailey, Allison Harmon, Tiffany Pomeroy, Kim Capello,  Rebecca Woodward, Karen Pfautz, Nancy Klein, Kate Damon, Marc Girolimetti, John Gates, Dan Conti and Sean Miller plus members of the High School Track Team.
And to our wonderful teachers and staff for joining us! Mrs. Charles, Ms. McKenna, Mrs. Swain, Mrs. Faricelli, Mrs. Carter, Ms. Rigby, Mrs. Hollander, Mrs. Murphy, and Mr. Mario.
– Julie Miller and Therese Hetzel Conti, Road Race Co-chairs

Box Tops Classroom Contest Deadline Extended
Has your child been watching the lobby scorecard on their way into school?  The race is heating up in our classroom contest for the Box Tops program.  Please put your final clips in the lobby collection box by the end of the day on Friday May 26(deadline extended from May 24), preferably in a small plastic bag with the teacher’s and child’s names on a slip of paper in the bag (not written on the bag itself).  Single box tops can be turned in with no bag and with the names written on the back.  Thanks for participating, and good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

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.

The school committee has approved the CPS calendar for the 2017-18 school year. You can find it here:  Please note, CPS and CCHS will have different calendars for the 2017-18 school year.

Thoreau School Annual Appeal! 
As we near the end of the school year (!) the PTG Fundraising Team (Jen Perry & Megan Holsinger!) want to kindly ask for your support. We are just over 50% of our goal and we need your help to take it home. The money that you donate goes directly to programs that your children love and enjoy. Please be on the lookout for a letter in your child’s bag giving you more information on how to contribute! You can always go to and make your donation there. Any amount helps.


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

Teacher and Staff Luncheon-The Staff Appreciation Team is looking for 5 volunteers to help with the end of year Teacher and Staff Luncheon. This year, on Tuesday June 6th, Thoreau Staff will walk to The Tenenbaum’s home after school, for a long standing tradition of celebrating another fabulous school year. This event will have food, treats and a raffle for the staff, which they very much look forward to. We need 5 volunteers to help with set up, hostessing and clean-up. If you can offer any bit of your time on Tuesday June 6, between the hours of 11 am and 2:30 pm, please contact Kim Capello at

Spring is here – GO GREEN!
Thoreau’ly Green in full swing! We would like to thank Jessica Grogins for coordinating the annual Mustketaquid Arts multi-session workshop where students created different earth-related crafts and school banner, and for leading Thoreau students in the Earth Day parade.  Jessica also led the creation of the Lorax display in the main hall, with great pictures of students enjoying and caring for nature.  Thanks, Jessica, for all your creativity and work!
In addition, Thoreau held a week-long Compost Challenge in the cafeteria.  During lunch, students and parent helpers attempted to better sort, recycle, and compost lunch waste.  We will observe the impact of compost and better recycling practices (aiming to reduce trash).  Stay tuned for results!  Thanks to Ms. Burns’ class for helping to deliver the daily compost to the garden.
 Finally, look for an upcoming call for ideas to use 2 awards of $500 ($1000 total!) earned by    the school at the Concord Cooler Fair.

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) Julia Samnotra for purchasing 3 books:  Jubilee in honor of Uma Samnotra, Judy Moody and the Bucket List in honor of Mrs. Marotta and Princess in Black Takes a Vacation in honor of Shanti Samnotra; 2) The Robichaud Family for purchasing New England Patriots Story in honor of Mrs Murphy;  3) Melissa Gardner for purchasing Night of the Ninth Dragon in honor of Mrs. Pettyjohn; 4) The Smith Family for purchasing Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto in honor of Ben Smith; 5) Jessica Grogins for purchasing When the Sea Turned to Silver in honor of Sam and Grace Grogins; 6) Karen deBlonk for purchasing Woodland Wedding in honor of Sofie deBlonk and 7) The Winters Family for purchasingFriends in honor of Thoreau School.   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. 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

Let’s Help Kids in our community with snacks for the summer!
Fifth Graders will be filling Kid’s Bags for Open Table during their Service Day. Our goal is to fill 100 Kid’s Bags and we need YOUR help!
We encourage all grades to get involved by donating the following:
Kindergarten: Snack sized apple sauces, fruit cups or puddings
1st Grade: Snack bars (granola/fruit)
2nd Grade: Single serving 100% juice
3rd Grade: Macaroni and cheese (single serve microwaveable preferred), spaghetti-Os, chicken noodle or tomato soup
4th Grade: Small bag of pretzels or crackers
5th Grade: Snack sized cereal & Single serving shelf-stable milk (Horizon, Organic Valley, Parmalat)
Food donations can be put in the boxes in the lobby until June 9th.  Thank you!!

Around Town:
Take a Moment to thank a teacher
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation on behalf of an extra-special CPS or CCHS staff member who will receive a personalized note conveying your appreciation and your generosity. Make your donation by Friday June 16th to be sure teachers receive your note by the last day of school.   Show your appreciation to someone who has made a positive impact on your child’s education by clicking And thank you for supporting teachers who are committed to offering Concord-Carlisle students an extraordinary educational experience.

Concord Youth Theatre Summer Classes
Concord Youth Theatre is offering Summer Theater Classes for young people ages 4 through grade 7 at their 358 Baker Avenue facility. Complete information including workshop dates, age groupings, tuition and registration form is available on the website at, or call (978) 371-1482 for more information

PIPSQUEAK PLAYERS (Ages 4-6) – July 17-21, 2017, 9am-11:30am
*Session 1 July 10 – 14: 9am-noon, students entering grades 1-3
*Session 2 July 10-14:  1-4pm, students entering grades 3-5
*Session 3 July 17-21:  1-4pm, students entering grades 2-4
*Session 4 July 24-28:  9am-noon, students entering grades 2-4
*Session 5 July 31- Aug 4: 9am-noon, students entering grades 3-5
SUMMER STOCK TROUPE (Grades 5-7, 2-WEEK SESSION) July 24-August 4, 2017, 1-4pm

Don’t wait to hear the dreaded “I’M BORED!” from your child this summer! Sign up for a theater class today!

Junior Company Performance – How To Eat Like A Child
Concord Youth Theatre’s Junior Company (Grades 3-5) is performing Delia Ephron’s musical How To Eat Like A Child, a hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child offering 23 lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically.  All tickets $13.  Recommended for ages 4 and over.  Performances are at 358 Baker Ave., West Concord.  Tickets may be purchased on line at  Performances: June 2, 3 at 7pm; June 3, 4 at 2pm.

Want to know what it’s like to run a 4 minute mile?
Four elite runners—including one World Champion, two US Champions, and an Olympian—who will be competing in the Adrian Martinez Classic will be talking about their careers and answering questions on the eve of their Concord race. Come meet:
Kyle Merber, Donn Cabral, Nicole Tully, Cecelia Barowski:
The Q&A, sponsored by the CCHS Cross-Country and Track Programs, is free and open to the public. It takes place on Wednesday, May 31 at 7pm in the CCHS Learning Commons.

Adrian Martinez Classic-June 1
Lace up your running shoes because it’s time for the 9th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 1 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile if you haven’t run a competitive mile before, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races for runners of all abilities start at 4:30 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders start at 6:30. All funds raised through on-site donations, race entry fees, and sponsorship are split between the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register to run at

Fun for Everyone – The Willard Carnival
The much-anticipated annual Willard Carnival will take place on Sunday, June 4th, Noon – 4 p.m. at the beautiful Willard School grounds, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.  The entire community is invited to join us for a day of fun including carnival games, face painting, delicious food, entertaining music, fantastic raffle items and an arts and crafts table generously donated by the Emerson Umbrella.  Games involving both skill and chance will be on hand including favorites from Fantasy Fishing to the Lucky Buckets and Hole in One.  Be sure to check out the three new exciting booths including the “Hydroblaster”. Pizza and other concessions will be available.
Hope to see you there!

All proceeds from the Willard Carnival benefit the Willard PTG, making the day a truly rewarding celebration. The carnival would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors: Emerson Hospital; H. Ivan Orup, Jr., DMD, MMSc, PC; Fitness Together Concord & Westford locations; Svenfish; and Viking Storage, as well as dozens of other businesses and local organizations. For more information, contact the Willard Carnival Committee at

Middlesex Jazz Festival at Concord: June 4
Come join the fun: The Concord Visitor Center will host a free outdoor jazz festival on June 4th from 1:30 to 7:00 pm in the Concord Visitor Center parking lot. The event – the Middlesex Jazz Festival at Concord – features four 20-piece Big Bands and six smaller Jazz Ensembles, including participants from the CCHS Jazz Band. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and food. The town will provide several large tents for shade. The family-friendly event will be free to the public thanks to local event sponsors. For more details:

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!

Cub Scouts – Rocket Launch Tues. 6/6, 6pm
Calling all K-4 boys interested in getting outside and learning what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about! Please join the Thoreau Scouts at the Acton School Street Fields (320 School Street, Acton MA 01720) on Tuesday, June 6, 6 – 7:30 pm, for our annual model rocket launch. We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them. Then we’ll watch them soar! RSVP to so we’ll be sure to have enough rockets. Feel free to drop by, even if you don’t RSVP. Pack 133 includes boys in grades 1-5, and boys can join at any grade level.  For more details, please log into the Pack 133 web site,  and use login name: cub and password: pack133  .   Any questions?  Ask pack leaders Christian and Laura Ely,

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

Run For Dreams 
When: Friday, June 9 2017
Where: Alcott School, Concord MA
What: Children of all ages come join us for a night of running and activities! There will be three races for lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school students. Children will run for a designated amount of time (10-15 minutes) and receive popsicle sticks for the amount of laps they can run. Awards will be given to the top runners. While you are not running you can get your face painted, join a soccer game, or cheer for your friends! All proceeds from the event will go to Dream Big! a non-profit organization that is helping girls from low-income situations get athletic equipment and scholarships for sports.
This event was created by a group of high school girls who are passionate about helping people in their surrounding communities. We all love participating in sports and athletics and we want to share the feeling of scoring the winning goal, hitting the home run, or finishing that race with all girls! This event shares the love of sports and the love of helping others!
Please visit our website:
or contact Caroline Stevenson at with questions

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

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.

Please join the Alcott community in honoring Superintendent Diana Rigby for her many years of service to our community on Tuesday June 13th from 1:30-3:30 in the Alcott Cafeteria .  Please feel free to bring your children and extend the invitation to past and present students, parents and teachers.  Click on this link to RSVP to this event.  We will be collecting notes of thanks and well wishes on Diana’s future endeavors.

Callen Tennis Registration for Fall 2017 tennis programs will open up at 7:00AM on June 1st and run through June 14th. As always, registration is on a first come, first serve basis so please be sure to register early. To register please send an email to and include the following: child’s name, age, grade, class choice, and level of tennis experience.  Upon receipt of your email, you will receive registration forms from us if there is a spot for your child and payment will be due within 48 hours.
Red Ball: Thursdays – 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes) for 8 weeks starting September 14th. The fee is $200.
Orange Ball: Thursdays 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes)  for 8 weeks starting September 14th. The fee is $280.
Please note Callen Tennis does not provide transportation from Thoreau to the CCHS tennis courts after school.

Middle School: Mondays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30PM (2 days/week for 1.5 hours) for 8 weeks starting September 7th (runs through 11/2- no class 9/21 or 10/9)*. Match Play dates TBD (possibly 2). The fee is $585 ($560 plus $25 registration fee). Bus transportation will be provided from CMS to CCHS. Students will need to be picked up at the CCHS courts at 4:30PM as there is no return bus service to CMS.

*Make-up class for 9/21 class is Friday 9/22
For more information please visit or email us at

Concord Conservatory of Music
Fall Registration is now open for private lessons at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) for current and new students. CCM is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement with music education. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. We would appreciate it if  you could please share the following with your students and families.

Concord Conservatory of Music Fall Registration for Private Lessons—CCM offers private lessons for a wide-range of instruments, whether interested in learning to sing with confidence and clarity, play the piano, violin, viola, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, bass, or cello, CCM is the musical hub in Concord. CCM also offers instruction for percussion and woodwind instruments. Registering for private lessons at CCM guarantees membership into a music community that offers ensembles, Rock Lab, Jazz Combos, workshops, masterclasses, and numerous performance opportunities. The school’s website ( outlines the registration process, and CCM staff is available to answer any questions. For new students seeking private lessons, visit CCM’s website and submit a Student Interest Form, or just call (978) 369-0010 so that we can learn more about your needs. Financial assistance is available.  CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

Carlisle Adult & Community Education  and Wicked Cool for Kids Summer Programs
Full day options run from 9 am – 4 pm and include:
Rocket Science ’17 is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run June 26th – 30th. LEGO Robotics WeDo 2.0 is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run July 3rd – 7th. Minecraft Mania is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from July 10th – 14th. Minecraft Mastercrafters is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run from  July 17th – 21st.

Half day options run from 1 – 4 pm and include:
Dig Big! is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from June 26th – 30th. Maker Shaker Workshop is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from July 3rd – 7th. Wicked Wacky Lab Week is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from July 10th – 14th.  Wicked Cool Vet School is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from July 17th – 21st.
Visit or call 978-318-1432 today to register – spaces are limited! Financial aid application are available upon request. (Please note: there is no program on Tuesday, July 4th.)

Etiquette Boot Camp for Kids!
Get your child in shape for the next family dinner, social gathering or formal event with Etiquette Boot Camp!The course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt and much more. Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food and use utensils the European and American way.The four-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and will cover the following etiquette topics: basic mannerstable manners, and conversation skills. The fee is $199.Etiquette Boot Camp will take place on Sunday, July 9th from 9am to 1pm at Concord’s Colonial Inn. For more information and to enroll visit or call 617-608-3920