Thoreau Announcements 6/15/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Student Verification Forms, Room Parents, Calendar, Annual Appeal,  Messages from the Librarian, Thoreau Band Registration, Box Tops Contest Winners, Lost and Found Photo Gallery/Info
Around Town:  Backpack/School Supplies Donation, CEF Thank a Teacher, Concord Free Public Library Summer Programs, Concord Youth Theater Summer Classes, Patriot Basketball Summer Camps/Leagues, ConVerge Road Race, IMSCC Band, Trombone and Trumpet Workshops, Callen Tennis, Wicked Cool Kids’ Summer Programs

Message From the Co-Presidents
Thank You: On this last Thoreau Announcement of the school year, we want to thank the entire community for their support this year.  It was a wonderful school year thanks to all of the parents, families, teachers, and staff at Thoreau who worked hard on behalf of our children.  The PTG functions because of all of you; every contribution is valued and significant.  Thank you and we look forward to another great year next year!

Another big thank you to Christina Caturano and Rebecca Holzer who worked hard every week of the school year putting the Thursday Announcements together and sending them out to the community!  We appreciate all the work you put in each week!!!

Thank you to Stephanie Nick and Jennifer McCarthy for a very successful and HOT Field Day! The kids and teachers all had a great time. A wonderful event for the last week of school.

Save the Date:
Fri., 6/16 – Last Day of School (half day, early release at 12:30)
Wed., August 30 – Classes begin!

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!
-Betsy and Deb

Thank you to Betsy Martel
We would like to thank Betsy Martel, our out-going Co-president, for her service to the PTG Board over the last 4 years. Betsy will continue to be part of the the Thoreau community, but we wanted to publicly say thank you for her commitment to the Thoreau PTG Board as Secretary, Vice-President, and for the last two years as Co-president. Her dedication, experience, wealth of knowledge, and support are greatly appreciated! Thank you for all you give to Thoreau!

-Deb and Kathleen

What is your favorite Thoreau event?  We’re looking forward to the Ice Cream social, Book Fair, Turkey Trot, Bingo Night, Math Night, Spelling Bee, and Road Race next year!  Is your favorite or your student’s favorite event listed?

Events happen because of volunteers. Sign up on the PTG Volunteer Sign-Up Genius to ensure the following events and activities can happen for the 2017-2018 school year:

Cake Walk Committee (4) Work as a team to coordinate volunteers, games, fun, and of course, CAKE for the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. Prior coordinators have a wealth of tips and tricks to pass on to keep up this favorite annual tradition
Halloween Costume Swap (2) Coordinate collection of donated used costumes and resell them to the community at a fun Halloween themed event.
Community Service Learning Chair (2) Provide support to teacher-led community service projects in classrooms, school-wide community efforts, and the 5th Grade community service event.

Other Open Positions:

  • Communications Co-Chair (1)
  • Before and after School Program Assistants (2)
  • Geography Quest (2)
  • Hobby Fair (4th & 5th grade Parent)
  • Grounds for Learning (School Garden) 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, dads and guardians. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Deb Antonangeli or Kathleen Dohoney if you have questions about getting involved.

Student Verification Forms
If you haven’t done so,  please take this time to look over the Student Verification 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.

Support your child’s teacher, get to know your child’s new friends and other families in the grade, and be involved at Thoreau! Room parents are an integral part of the Thoreau school community, and the time commitment is manageable and flexible. Room Parent duties may include: Supporting your teacher with classroom specific needs such as organization of class celebrations, field trips, volunteer coordination, maintaining class web page (Wiki), organizing class gifts for the holidays/end of year, and sending out class or school wide information via email distribution to your class. We need two room parent volunteers per classroom, so if you are interested, please email Ali Baty at ASAP with your name and your child’s grade level. We will notify you later in the summer with more details.

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.

The last checkout for library materials was, Friday, May 26, so now is the time to hunt for any missing library items. Bills for overdue books will be sent out during the week of June 12. We would much rather have the book than its replacement cost, so check those closets, bookcases and car seats please! Books not returned by the end of school will be kept on a student’s record for the fall, and will affect his or her eligibility to check out new materials.
One Final Thank You: for a recent book purchase: “What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night” purchased by the Mills family in honor of W. Carter Mills. Happy Summer!
— Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

Thoreau Band Registration:
Be Part of the Music – Instrumental Music RegistrationRegistration is now open to all current 3rd and 4th grade students to join the school band or orchestra for the 2017-18 school year. To learn more or to sign up for either group please visit If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the band directors: Paul Halpainy ( and Chris Noce (, or the orchestra director: Anna Anderson (

Box Tops for Education Classroom Contest – Final Results
Congratulations to the winning classrooms in this year’s Box Tops for Education classroom contest!  They are:  kindergarten = Gordon, 1st grade = Walsh, 2nd grade = Watson, 3rd grade = Gallagher, 4th grade = Dillon, 5th grade = Hollander.  These classes will enjoy a variety of prizes including a Popsicle party, having a donation made to a charity of their choice and buying books for the Thoreau School library.  As a community, our school has clipped almost 8,000 box tops this year – kudos to everyone!  Our clips, plus our win in the box tops sweepstakes back in February, will earn the school close to $1,300.00!  Thanks to all, and please keep on clipping for next year.  Box tops put into the lobby collection box this month will be credited to your child’s new classroom in the fall.  Just put your clips in a small plastic bag and include your child’s name on a slip of paper in the bag.  Thanks for participating! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator
Lost and Found to be Donated Soon – Check it Out Online
The items in the lost and found are there only because their owners have not yet realized they are missing.  Find out now if you are one of those owners, before everything gets donated to charity at the end of the school year.  To view the updated contents of the lost and found as of yesterday afternoon, click here.  Please claim your items by the end of the day on the last day of school, Friday June 16.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

Around Town:

Donate Backpacks and School Supplies: Summer is on the way, however, CC Youth & Community Services is already thinking about Back to School 2017 with 80 K-8 children signed up to receive a backpack and school supplies for the 2017-18 school year. Please consider donating a backpack/supplies before this school year ends as we distribute these items to eligible families over the summer. Donated backpacks must be new/unused. Donations of pencils, glue sticks, rulers, pencil case, pens, pencil sharpener, loose-leaf paper, folders, and notebooks welcome. Drop-box locations in Concord: Harvey Wheeler Community Center (1276 Main Street) and CC Youth and Community Services Office (105 Everett Street) or contact CC Youth Services Coordinator, Jennifer Clarke (978.318.3043) or

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 Free Public Library Summer Programs:
This summer we are enjoying numerous fun things to do.  The theme for the reading club, Build a Better World, creates a way for us to view how different people live.  Register for the reading club! The Pre-Reader, Kids and Teen programs will take place at both the Main Library and the Fowler Library in West Concord.  Read for 60 minutes during a week to choose from a wide selection of great prizes!  Read ten plus hours and enter for a chance to win a themed gift basket.  There are programs planned for all ages, family movies and concerts on the lawn of the Main Library.  For more information about the summer programs please visit the Library’s website at  Contact:  Karen Ahearn (978) 318-3358

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) – Jul. 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) Jul. 24-Aug. 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!

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 Jun. 19 – 23, Jun. 26-30 and Jul. 24 – 28. We also offer a summer league for boys and girls!

ConVerge Road Race/Art Fest ConVerge Flyer
Sign-up for a fun day of running, kickball, food, and art! Jun. 24 at Alcott Elementary School. 9am-3pm. Runs for all ages & abilities – run/walk/roll, including a timed 5K & 1.3 mile (including relay) for kids + adults, a 1/4 mile and 200m kids race. Other activities include Kickball, Art Exhibit, Art Workshops, Pizza/Munchies, Awesome Raffle Prizes! (Raffle tickets to 5K & 1.3 Mile registrants). Signup here: Proceeds will benefit Verge Inclusive Athletics

with IMSCC and Concord-Carlisle Community Education:
Concord-Carlisle Summer Band
Beginner Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band, and Jazz Workshop, evenings of July 11-13, under the direction of Chris Noce and Kevin Maier. This program is for students entering grades 5-10 with at least one year of experience.
More information and registration at

 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

Summer Music Lessons with IMSCC
Summer is a great time to learn music! Summer lessons are given on Tuesdays starting June 27. Summer lesson schedules are flexible – choose your lesson dates to fit your schedule. Students may request lessons on any or all of the nine Tuesdays of the summer session.
Students work one on one with expert musician/teachers. Choose from 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons conveniently located at CCHS the Carlisle School. Instruction is available for all band and orchestral instruments, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano.

Visit for more information or to register today. Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at or call 978-341-2490 x7124. The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord is part of the Community Education department of the Concord-Carlisle schools.

Callen Tennis Registration for Fall 2017 tennis programs will open up at 7:00AM on Jun. 1 and run through Jun. 14. 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 Sept. 14. The fee is $200.
Orange Ball: Thursdays 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes)  for 8 weeks starting Sept. 14. 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 Sept. 7 (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 Fri., 9/22
For more information please visit or email us at

ConcordCarlisle 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 Jul. 3 – 7. Minecraft Mania is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from Jul. 10 – 14. Minecraft Mastercrafters is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run from  Jul. 17 – 21.

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 Jun. 26–30. Maker Shaker Workshop is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from Jul. 3–7. Wicked Wacky Lab Week is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from Jul. 10–14.  Wicked Cool Vet School is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from Jul. 17– 21.
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 Tues., July 4.)