Thoreau Announcements May 3, 2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, MCAS Info, Moms’ Night Out, Thoreau Road Race, Third Grade Recorder Concert, Fifth Grade Music and Arts Night, Fifth Grade Art Retrospective, Box Tops For Education, Thoreau Library Gift Book Program
Around Town:  CCP Workshop, Basketball Summer Camps, PMC Kids’ Ride, CCM Trumpet and Trombone Workshops, Emerson Auxiliary Red Sox Tickets, Emerson 5k Run/Walk for Cancer, Callen Tennis

Message from the Co-Presidents:
Volunteers Needed: The Thoreau PTG is only as strong as its volunteers! Please help us continue to foster a supportive and engaging community in our school.  We need volunteers 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! 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 and every position has the full support of the PTG along the way! Sign up if you can help – grab a friend!!  Click on the PTG Volunteer Sign-Up Genius for brief descriptions of current open positions including:
• Children’s Programming: Join an existing Team
• Before and After School Programs
• Service Learning Chair/Committee
• Library Coordinator
• Art Room Coordinator
• Thoreau Announcements Editors
• Cake Walk Committee
• Thoreau Directory: Shadow current coordinators to take over following year
• 5th Grade Events Committee
• Geography Quest
• Halloween Costume Swap

If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community, we will find an opportunity for you! Please contact Deb Antonangeli or Kathleen Dohoney if you are interested in getting involved, or

Mark your calendar:
5/1-5/5 – Teacher Appreciation Week
5/6 – 11:00am-12:30pm Garden Spring Clean Up, Grounds for Learning
5/12 – 9:00am PTG Meeting, Cafeteria (Everyone welcome)
5/18 – Moms’ Night Out
5/21 – Road Race
5/25 – Incoming Kindergarten Popsicle Party

CPS 2017-18 Calendar 
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.

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.

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.

Track down those sitters (or partners!)
Enjoy a night off with your favorite Thoreau Moms:  Thursday, May 18th @ 7:30pm.  This Thoreau tradition organized by the social committee is such a nice way to match names with those faces you see at drop off/pick up, in the halls, at activities etc.  Pop in or stay for a while, just RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.
Invitation is here:
Code: thoreaumom

The Road Race is 2+ Weeks Away.  Register TODAY!
Register now for the Thoreau School 11th Annual Road Race, a community-wide celebration and our biggest fundraising event, Sunday, May 21!  Start training now with the whole family for the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by fun food, games, bouncy house, awards and more.  Rain or shine, race, walk, jog or stroll, come with friends and support our teachers and school!

10:00 am – 5 K run through West Concord
Kids Fun Runs:
11:30 am – 1 mile run 6+ GIRLS
11:45 am – 1 mile run 6+ BOYS
12:00 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under
Register TODAY to avoid lines and save:
All events take place at the Thoreau School, 29 Prairie Street, Concord.  All proceeds go to benefit the Thoreau PTG.
The Road Race Needs Volunteers!
Join in the fun and volunteer on May 21.  Plenty of slots available where you can volunteer and still enjoy the race with your kids and family.  Sign up below!

For More information, contact Julie Miller  or Therese Hetzel Conti  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.

From the Music Room:
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

Box Tops Classroom Contest
The scorecard is up! The classroom contest portion of our Box Tops for Education program has been quietly underway all year, and now it is time for the push to the finish line. Starting this week, students have been able to watch the results unfold on a scorecard posted in the school lobby. The scorecard will be updated weekly during the month of May, with the final results announced in early June. The top-clipping classroom from each grade will win bragging rights plus a prize! To be sure your clips get credited to the right classroom, please put your box tops in a small plastic bag and put the teacher’s name on a slip of paper inside the bag. Including your child’s name on the paper is optional but appreciated. Please put all clipped box tops in the collection box in the school lobby by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 24th. Thank you, and good luck to all classrooms! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops for Education Coordinator

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) Caroline Myler for purchasing Operation Orca in honor of Cass Myler  2)Jill Yates for purchasing tow books: Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects in honor of Henry Yates and Over & Under the Snow in honor of George Yates  3) Sarah Atwood for purchasing Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy in honor of Lucy Atwood.
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 during this season of giving. 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

Around Town:
Center for Parents and Teachers invite all parents to a special workshop in May!
No matter what the age of your child, all parents will be interested in attending the workshop on “Competence, Confidence and the Building of Resiliency in Our Children” taking place on Tuesday evening, May 16 at the Concord Middle School Peabody Forum.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  The Center for Parents and Teachers has invited ever-popular presenter Rick Irving, MSW, to run this beneficial (and humorous!) workshop.  To pre-register (and to learn more details about the offering) please go to
Learn about CPT’s other programs at

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!

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

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.

Callen Tennis – Fall 2017
Callen Tennis will be offering red and orange ball classes again this fall in addition to a new Middle School program at Concord-Carlisle High School’s tennis courts. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA pro and NCAA D1 Head Women’s coach, will be in charge of the program. Alex Spence, the CCHS Boys’ varsity coach, will be returning to teach along side several other enthusiastic and experienced instructors, including Kara Swanson Johnson, former CCHS graduate and full scholarship tennis player at Boston College.
Registration information will be announced towards the end of this school year and registration will take place this summer. Please check us out on facebook for more information at or email us at

Red Ball
Thursdays – 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes)
8 weeks starting September 14th

Orange Ball
Thursdays – 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes)
8 weeks starting September 14th

Middle School
Mondays and Thursdays – 3:00-4:30PM (2 days/week for 1 hour, 30 minutes)
8 weeks starting September 7th

Bus transportation will be provided from CMS to CCHS