Thoreau Announcements 9/29/2016

In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Halloween Costume Event, Book Fair, International Families Coffee, Odyssey of the Mind, Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Around Town: BookMarkers, Community Conversation, Fall Family Festival at Ripley Playscape, Concord SEPAC Coffee, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, Sleep Panel at CCHS, CCYH Oktoberfest, CFN Halloween Party

Thoreau News

Thank you!

Thank you to Amelia Stubblebine, Thoreau’ly Green, and all the folks who came out to work on the garden. We are grateful for the work you do to give our children the opportunity to use this outdoor learning space.

Thank you to Kirsten Furman and every volunteer who helped make school picture day a success! Your photos will be delivered through your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as they are available.

By now you should have received a copy of the directory if you ordered one. Thank you to our directory team, Prow Sarns and Carol Harris. It looks great!

Save the Date:
Friday, 9/30: Halloween Costume Sale
Wednesday, 10/12: Principal coffee, Thoreau Main Office, 9:30am
Friday, 10/14: Book Fair Family Night
Saturday, 10/15: Thoreau Garden Work Day
Tuesday, 10/18: PTG meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm
Wednesday, 10/19: Book Fair Classroom Visits; Staff Breakfast hosted by Staff Appreciation and 4&5th grades
Thursday, 10/20: Book Fair Classroom Visits
Friday, 10/21: Book Fair Classroom Visits

Halloween Dinner, Crafts and Costume Resale Event
Friday September 30th 5:30-7:30 & Sneak Peek Sale the morning of from 8 to 9 AM
Pizza, salad, cookies, mini-pumpkins, face painting, gently used costumes and more!
Maybe your kids want some more fun dress up stuff for imaginary play? I cannot tell you how many cute gently used outfits will be on display.
PLEASE HELP for 30 minutes while your kids do crafts and eat!  Sign up below
Unsold Costumes Will be Donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley
This Green Event is made possible by the generous costume donations from the Thoreau parents and staff.  MANY THANKS!

BOOK FAIR:  How YOU can help
The Book Fair is one of Thoreau’s biggest fundraisers.  We need your support!  Please remember to do as many of the following as you can:
1. Please volunteer – Book fair is a team effort with nearly 100 volunteers.  A signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be found here:  We only have one fourth of the volunteers needed so far, so please sign up now!
2.  Come to Family Night, Friday, October 14, 5:30-8:00, to buy new and used books for Thoreau, for a cause, for your kids, for holiday gifts, for your child’s teacher and for yourself.  Don’t forget used books – they are high quality for low prices, reusing them is good for the environment, and every dollar spent on used books goes directly to the PTG.
3.  Come to your child’s Classroom Visit – It’s a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school (and find out what they really want for their birthdays!).  Classroom Visits will be during school on Wednesday October 19 through Friday October 21.  The schedule will be available soon.
4.  Donate used books.  Used book collection will begin Tuesday, October 11 and continue through Friday, October 14.  Collect your child’s good quality books now!  (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.
Please contact Susan Gillick at  or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.

Hello, Âlo, Oi, Hola, Merhaba, Hallo, Përshëndetje
Are you an international family at Thoreau? Come join us for the first International Thoreau Family coffee! This is the perfect opportunity to meet other fellow international families and share each others experiences. Please join us on October 18th at 10 am at Alketa Hawe’s home: 328 Oak Hill Circle. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring a treat to share, baked goods from different countries are most welcome! Please RSVP to We would like to know, for future events, what time works best for everyone. If you are not able to attend during the day but are interested on an evening gathering, please send an email to

Odyssey of the Mind
Does your child enjoy thinking outside the box? Odyssey of the Mind gives creative thinkers an opportunity to work as a team to solve long-term problems. These problems can include mechanical, classic, performance, structure or technical challenges (such as creating chain reactions to trigger a mousetrap).
If your child is interested in participating in such a program, contact Tiffany Pomeroy as soon as possible ( The team will need one or two adult coaches. Please let her know if you would be willing to take on this role.You can learn more about the program here. Be sure to watch the video!
Odyssey of the Mind — Home Page

Fall fundraiser: Yankee Candle
2 ways to shop: Your child will bring home a packet, you may browse the catalog and use the included order form or go on-line with the following link: group number 990070371
Don’t forget to send this to grandparents/loved ones 🙂
2 important notes:
1. Order forms must be received back to school by October 7
2. Thoreau gets to keep 40% of all money collected!!
Any questions, please contact Jenifer Perry at or 631-786-7861

Around Town

Bookmarkers 4th/5th Grade Program at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord Tuesday, October 4 @ 1 pm Book to be discussed: The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson, Refreshments The Bookmarkers Book Group (for 4th/ 5th graders) meets monthly at the Concord Library to discuss popular books.  All are welcome!

Community Conversation: The Concord Teachers’ Association is hosting a Community Conversation on Wednesday, October 5th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Peabody Middle School.  Subjects that will be discussed will include Testing in our Schools and the issues that fuel the debate on the cap on Charter Schools.  We will have a panel presenting issues from:  Fair Test (Monty Neill) and Citizens for Public Schools (Lisa Guisbond) and others.  Norma Shapiro will be the moderator. We would be heartened by a large community response to this and hope many of you can attend and be actively engaged.  All are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities at the new Playscape at Ripley in Concord (120 Meriam Road at the Ripley School Administration Building)! Our Fall Family Festival will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, and feature the annual Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash, animals from Drumlin Farm, a StoryWalk from First Connections, an art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment, pumpkin golf and a pumpkin shot put with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley, games with Concord SEPAC, and face painting with the Concord Integrated Preschool. Reasons to be Cheerful will also be selling their delicious homemade ice cream. Event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will happen rain or shine (Festival moved to Ripley Gymnasium in the event of rain). To help with planning, please RSVP via EventBrite.

Concord SEPAC Parent Coffee & Meet the Special Education Director (Free), Thursday, October 13th, 9:30-11:00am, Ripley Administration Conference Room, Concord. Join us for our first Parent Coffee of the year! Our special guest will be Concord and Concord-Carlisle Special Education Director Jessica Murphy, who will give us an overview of special education in our districts. Please forward your questions in advance to so Jessica can address them in her presentation. Afterwards, please stay for refreshments to meet the SEPAC Board and other parents/guardians. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required: ncord-sepac-parent-coffee- tickets-27609032359. If you’re willing to bring a snack or refreshment, please contact our Event Organizer, Shaina, at

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Women in Philanthropy Luncheon
The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host its 6th annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on Friday, October 14, 2016 featuring an inspiring panel discussion on how local philanthropy and volunteerism is having an impact on global issues – and vice-versa.
The luncheon will be held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person, please visit the Community Chest website at to purchase tickets or call the office at (978) 369-5250.

High Schoolers and Snooze Buttons: The New Public Health Crisis -Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Please join the CCHS PA for an important evening that will take an in-depth look at what is being called an epidemic and national crisis for American high schoolers: insufficient sleep. An esteemed panel of speakers led by Dr. Judith Owens from Boston Children’s Sleep Center will review current research on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss, and health-related consequences, such as depression, risky behaviors, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The panel will also discuss the potential role of policy changes such as reduced homework and later school start times as a means of reducing the adolescent sleep crisis. Event is FREE but Registration is Required.

CCYH Oktoberfest 2016
Support CCYH and join the fun in our first ever exciting reverse draw raffle for a chance to win $10,000! Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm, Concord Country Club Traditional Oktoberfest Fare and Fun, Dress code is dressy casual, no jeans please.
$60 per person — Visit to get your tickets today!
Raffle tickets sold separately. See website for details.

Come join us at the Concord Family Network’s annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 23rd, from 3:30 to 5 PM at the Concord Scout House (74 Walden St). All children from birth to eight are invited to join us for games, crafts, raffle, costume parade and treats. We will be donating half of the raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. The event is free to CFN members and $3 per child (up to $10 per family) for non-members.