Thoreau Announcements March 9, 2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Math Night, Cake Walk, Boks, Spelling Bee, Geography Quest Scorers Needed, Earth Day Workshops
Around Town: Whole Book Approach Workshop, CMS of the Future forum, Multiple Intelligences Workshop, CCYH Registration, CFN Egghunt

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Mark your calendar:
3/17 – 9am PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria
3/17 – 6-8pm Math Night, Thoreau Cafeteria
3/18 – Spelling Bee
3/23 – Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Event
3/25 – 1-3pm Cake Walk, Thoreau School
3/28 – 1-2:15pm Kindergarten Registration

Thoreau Math Night will be held Friday, March 17, from 6.00pm-8.00pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria.  We have a missing animal at the zoo and need many of you to crack this case using your keen math skills, creative ideas, and detective work. We’ll even have stickers, raffles, prizes, and of course, pizza (regular & GlutenFree) and healthy snacks.
We also seek fantastic volunteer parents/teens that can sign up here:   Please contact Jeff Furman (, Erica Wright (, or Marc Ubaldino ( with any questions or interests.

The Cake Walk is less than 3 weeks away! Saturday, March 25th, 1-3pm is the annual Thoreau Cake Walk and Family Festival. Please help make this year’s Cake Walk and Family Festival a success by volunteering!  We need help selling tickets, running games, handing out prize cakes and in various other areas.  Please click here to sign up:
Save the date and read more about the Cake Walk here:

Tuesday/Thursdays 8 AM till school starts (Last week in March until 1st week in June)
We will take the first 40 Kids. Want to volunteer? Your child is enrolled automatically!
Here’s the registration link (fill out and have your child submit to teach or front office).

Spelling Bee — Sign Up by Tomorrow! 
The Thoreau Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders is on Saturday, March 18.  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times are:  3rd graders at 1:00; 4th graders at 2:30; and 5th graders at 3:30.  If your child is interested, please contact Siobhan Mee at by Friday, March 10 for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the Bee!

Geography Quest Volunteers Needed
We are looking for parents willing to correct some of the Geography Quests that will be returned in early March — we have answer keys, and all you need is time and a red pen! If you are willing to help out, please contact Thea Hahn

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 Saturday, April 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: Friday, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14 3:30-4:45PM
Registration will open on Friday morning 3/10 at 9AM.
Please sign up here:

Around Town:

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.
Please join us at any of the following information sessions to learn more:
Wednesday 3/22   7:00pm-8:30pm  CCHS Learning Commons  
Tuesday 3/28   9:30am-11am         Ripley Conference Room 4
Wednesday 4/11  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:
Tuesday 4/4  7:00pm-8:30pm  CCHS Learning Commons
We urge all residents to be informed about the budgets and other articles and to attend Town Meeting to vote.
Thank you, and please email either School Committee with any questions: or

Whole Book Approach Workshop
Megan Dowd Lambert, author of Reading Picture Books with Children, will speak at the Concord Free Public Library on March 9th from 6-7:30. Workshop is for teachers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers. No registration required. Copies of the book will be available. Certificate of Attendance for teachers available. This program is funded by a LSTA Mind in the Making grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Parent Forum: Envisioning the CMS of the Future  
The CMS Facilities Planning Committee would like to invite you to join them in envisioning the Concord Middle School campus of the future — Monday, March 13, 6:30pm in the Peabody Forum.  
On behalf of the Concord School Committee, the CMS Facilities Planning Committee is currently undergoing a study of our middle school buildings.  This is the first step in planning for an eventual renovation or re-build.  As part of envisioning what each of these options could entail, they would like to solicit input from parents and the community on what we would like to see in a future middle school facility.
Please join them for a discussion facilitated by Finegold Alexander Architects to share your thoughts, ideas, and input.
Parent Forum: Envisioning the CMS of the Future   
Monday, March 13, 6:30pm 
Peabody Middle School, 1231 Old Marlboro Road    
For questions, or to share input via email if you are unable to attend, contact Heather Bout:

“MANY KINDS OF SMART! Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences” a free Parent Workshop
Thurs., Mar. 16, 7pm. Location: Alcott Elementary School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord.  Our presenter, Lisa Murphy M.Ed., puts her own spin on Howard Gardner’s classic theory. Lisa offers parents powerful new information that will open their understanding on different learning styles so they can provide their child with the approach that leads to mastery, heightens satisfaction and reduces stress.  Please register for this free program at the following site:

CCYH Evaluations for 2017-18 season: Registration is now open for the following full-season ice hockey programs: Mites, Squirts, PeeWee’s, Bantams and Midgets. Go to and select “Register Online” to begin registration. A description of our programs including the age requirements can be found using by selecting “About Our Programs”. Evaluations for each player are required for placement on a CCYH team. Visit for the evaluation schedule which runs March 21-30. Contact Andi Rice with any questions:

Concord Family Network Spring Egg Hunt
**Don’t forget a basket for your child to gather eggs!**
Please join us for our annual CFN Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, from 3-5 PM on the grounds of the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street.
This year’s event features three separate egg hunts (ages 5-8 at 3:30pm, ages 3-4 at 3:45pm, and ages 0-2 at 4pm), games, crafts, refreshments and of course lots of socializing with your friends and neighbors.
Due to the popularity of the event, we will cap the event at 150 children, so please RSVP by visiting or via Big Tent.
Admission is free for CFN members; non-members can attend for $3 per child (max of $10 / family). PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 28 so that we can make sure we have enough eggs and goodies for all of our little egg hunters.
** We will be gratefully accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to Open Table at the Concord Food Pantry. Don’t forget to bring your donation!**
In case of rain (and it won’t be), check the CFN web site for more information or instructions to bring your wellies.
Hope to see you there!