Thoreau Announcements 6/8/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Student Verification Forms, Room Parents, Calendar, Annual Appeal,  Open Table Snack Drive, Messages from the Librarian, Thoreau Band Registration, Thoreau’ly Green Compost Challenge, Box Tops, Lost and Found
Around Town:  CMS Building Committee Meeting, Backpack/School Supplies Donation, CEF Thank a Teacher, Concord Youth Theater Summer Classes, Patriot Basketball Summer Camps/Leagues, PMC Kids’ Ride, Run for Dreams, ConVerge Road Race, IMSCC Band, Trombone and Trumpet Workshops, Emerson Hospital 5K For Cancer, Alcott Honoring Diana Rigby, Callen Tennis, Wicked Cool Kids’ Summer Programs, Etiquette Boot Camp

Message From the Co-Presidents
Thank You:
Staff Appreciation Luncheon:
Thank you to Kim Capello, Pattie Turrettini, the Staff Appreciation Committee, and all the parents who donated their time and food items to the Staff Luncheon. A special thank you to Amy Tenenbaum who hosted and graciously opened her beautiful home for the luncheon. The staff luncheon could not happen without so many parents working behind the scenes to ensure a lovely afternoon.

Thank you to those families that donated food for the staff luncheon on Tuesday!  Your dishes, platters and flatware are cleaned and can be picked up in the Thoreau teacher lounge in the school (lower level, near the gym).  Thank you!

Social Committee:
A special thank you goes out to the Social Committee and Alexa Anderson, who opened her home to welcome Thoreau’s incoming Kindergartners and their families today. We appreciate all that went into making this event special!

5th Grade Events Committee:
Thank you to the entire 5th Grade Events Committee for planning, organizing and producing all of the 5th Events and Activities to make this year special for the 5th Graders. This will be a time for them to remember for years to come.

Incoming PTG Officers:
We want to congratulate and thank the incoming PTG Board Officers, who were voted on and approved at our June 2nd Board meeting:

Co-President – Deb Antonangeli
Co-President – Kathleen Dohoney
Vice President – Alexa Anderson
Treasurer – Megan Caldwell
Secretary – Jennifer Hollywood

Save the Date:
Tuesday, 6/13 – Field Day
Tuesday, 6/13 -5th Grade Service Day
Friday, 6/16 – Last Day of School (half day, early release at 12:30)

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.

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 Jun. 9.  Thank you!!

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.  — Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

Thank you so much for your help during the past year. You’ve worked hard to put our library shelves in order and to keep the books circulating. Special thanks go to a parent volunteer of a graduating 5th grader for her many years of assistance: Carla Macy. And three cheers to Kristin Haddad, our intrepid volunteer coordinator for four years for keeping us all organized. Our volunteer coordinator for next year will be Sara Kosicki.

We hope that you all can come to our annual shelving “parties” on Wednesday, June 14, Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16 starting at 9:00 A.M. There are no volunteers scheduled for library classes on those days, so all help would be especially welcome. If you have time, please help us re-shelve books and assist with any number of other end-of the-year projects. Sustenance will be provided! Again, thank you for everything.
— Karen Pettyjohn and Cathy Collins

Many thanks to the Thoreau families that have generously donated books to the Library this year. We were given many new books through the Gift Book Program, the Scholastic Book Fair, the Vacation-Travel Book Club and by generous individuals. Many of these donors have already been thanked in earlier Announcements. We would also like to acknowledge Eric McWilliams, the Martel family, Simon Zall, Paul Newbold, Mason DeSimone, Toryn Jackson, the Winters family, Sofie and Kate deBlonk, the Conti Family, the Brennan family, Mr. Hourihan’s class from 2015-16, Ms. Keefe’s class from 2015-16, and the Thoreau PTG for their gifts to the library. Special thanks go to Eileen Robichaud for managing our Gift Book program.

Thoreau Band Registration:
Be Part of the Music – Instrumental Music Registration
Registration 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 (

From Thoreau’ly Green – Compost Challenge 
The results are in! Thoreau conducted an annual “Compost Challenge”/ in which we composted and practiced more mindful recycling during a week of lunch shifts; we counted and compared lunch waste to a one week “Baseline” period (with no composting or special attention to recycling).  During the Compost Week, Thoreau students:
* Composted 22.5 gallons of food waste (re-using organic material, previously thrown in with trash);
* Increased recycled containers (milk cartons, plastic disposable food containers, etc.) for the week by 466 items (almost double the baseline week!);
* Reduced weekly trash waste by two “barrel sized” trash bags.
Food for thought: by our count, if Thoreau were to compost and mindfully recycle year round, that would total (approximately) 810 gallons of compost; nearly 17,000 additional recycled items, and 810 less bags of trash. 
Thanks to all who helped make our “Compost Challenge” a fun learning experience and success.  Special appreciation to: Ms. Burns’ fourth graders for hauling/dumping the compost; Mr. Lemaire for charting and displaying our baseline week results; parent volunteers Lisa Lynch, Amelia, Stubblebine, and Jean Jones; Kimber Lynn Drake for her meticulous counting of recycled items and recording of data points; and Debbie Frederick, who helped throughout all shifts.

Box Tops for Education Classroom Contest
Have you looked at the lobby scorecard lately?  Several classrooms have really gone clip-crazy – great work, you guys!  This year’s classroom contest has closed and we are busy tallying your clips.  Final results will be announced in next week’s TA, but meanwhile keep on clipping for next year!  Box tops put into the lobby collection box in June will be tallied in July and credited to your child’s new classroom in the fall.  Don’t let them expire over the summer!  Please 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
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 contents of the lost and found as of yesterday afternoon (Wed June 7) 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:

Interested in the Future of the CMS Buildings?
The Concord Middle School Facilities Planning Committee will present its recommendations and the work of its consultant Finegold Alexander Architects to the Concord School Committee on Tuesday, June 13th at the Ripley Building, room 4.  The School Committee Meeting starts at 6:30.  Come by to hear about the results of the facility study regarding the Peabody and Sanborn buildings.  Learn about the process of upgrading the Concord Middle School facility and the results of the first stages of planning.

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 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!

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 Sun., Jun. 11, 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: Fri., Jun. 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

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.

The 17th annual Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer will take place on Sat., Jun. 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 Tues. Jun. 13 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 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.)

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 Sun., Jul. 9 from 9am to 1pm at Concord’s Colonial Inn. For more information and to enroll visit or call 617-608-3920