Thoreau Announcements November 17, 2016

In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Superintendent Parent Rep, Superintendent Search Committee Survey, School Committee Subscriber List, Adult Social, Amazon Smiles, Unicef Boxes,Turkey Trot, Thoreau School Garden, Thoreau School Adult Social, Yankee Candle, Lost and Found,
Around Town: Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down, Montessori Meet-ups, Summer Camp Fair, Author/Illustrator visit, Saxophone Master Class and Concert, Girl Power empowerment program, Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities

Thoreau News

Save the Date:
Thursday, November 17: School Committee Coffee, 7:00-8:30pm, Thoreau School Cafeteria
Friday, 11/18: PTG Meeting 9am Thoreau School Cafeteria
Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Garden – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter, 10am-12pm
Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Adult Social and Silent Auction
Tuesday, 11/22: School Picture Retakes
Wednesday, 11/23: Turkey Trot
Tuesday, 11/29: Landfill Remediation Forum, School Committee, CCHS, 7pm

Superintendent Screening Committee Parent Representative:
The PTG Co-Presidents of Alcott, Thoreau, Willard, and CMS chose Anna Travis as parent representative for K-8 as was asked of us by the school committee. Congratulations Anna!

Superintendent Search Community Survey: The School Committee wants to hear as many opinions as possible during the process of the hiring of our new superintendent. Please provide your input for the Leadership Development Profile by completing this Superintendent Search survey

Join the School Committee Subscriber List! Stay up to date on School Committee Activity and receive periodic information regarding the district. Click here: or visit the district home page,

The Thoreau Adult Social is Saturday, November 19! Don’t put it off another second – get your tickets now before your to-do list takes over. You’ll be so glad come Saturday night when you head out of the house for an evening of fun with friends old & new! Some of the exciting items which will be included in the auction are…Red Sox Tickets, Ride to school with Concord PD, Breakfast with the Concord Fire Chief, A photography package including all digital prints, Interior design consultation, Brunch for 4 at Concord’s Colonial Inn, Ice Skating Lessons at Sharper Edge, Legos from the Concord Toy Shop, Sports area rug donated by Carpet Services LLC, A private wine tasting for 12 at Concord Wine and Spirits, Classes at soul cycle, Tickets for 5 Drumlin Farm, Lift tickets for Nashoba Valley Ski, Gift cards from several Concord merchants, etc, etc (many more wonderful items)AND of course, many exciting experiences offered by the teachers and staff at Thoreau Elementary School!!Please contact Jenifer Perry with any question or 631-786-7861

Amazon Smiles:
Start with a smile this holiday season. Go to to shop for all of your holiday essentials (gifts, decorations, and more) and Amazon donates to the Thoreau School PTG. Amazon Smiles is active all year round. Don’t forget to set your preference to Thoreau School PTG!

UNICEF Boxes– please return all Trick or Treat for UNICEF boxes by Friday, November 18th. They can be turned in to your teacher or to the main office. – Service Learning Committee
Jennifer C. Ubaldino

The Turkey Trot is almost here!
On Wednesday, November 23rd, Thoreau School will host its 27th Annual Turkey Trot!  What is the Turkey Trot?  This event is a non-competitive fun run, which begins with a pep rally in the gym and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau School neighborhood.  This event will take place during the school day, which will be a half-day Wednesday.  We need parent volunteers to line the course and keep the kids safe!  If you are interested in helping out, please sign up at:
We look forward to kicking off the holidays with this wonderful school tradition!
Any questions, email Trish Siefer at  or Sara Kosicki at

Thoreau School Garden (“Grounds for Learning”)
We continue to host periodic “Garden Work Days,” in which the school community is invited to help maintain or enhance the Garden. Pull weeds, clear paths, or help install new features. We would like to again thank those who participated in the September Garden Day – so much was accomplished, and it looks great! Please join us for upcoming work days (all ages welcome):
Saturday, 11/19/16 10am to 12pm – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

Yankee Candle
Orders placed via paper order form will be at Thoreau and ready for pick-up Friday, November 18, Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22 outside of the front office in the hall. Please contact Jenifer Perry with any questions: or 631-786-7861.

Lost and Found to be Donated Friday Dec 2 – Check it Out Online
It’s that time of year again!  The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity on the Friday AFTER Thanksgiving (Dec 2).  Photos of the items still unclaimed as of mid-day yesterday can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery.  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings if you want to swing by before work to claim your items.  Everything is laid out on tables at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

Around Town

Concord Ed Fund Hoedown Friday, November 18th
Grab a pardner and get ready to have a rootin’ tootin’ time while supporting teachers who are itching to offer students an extraordinary education. Tix now on sale at

Concord Montessori Fall Monthly Meetups
Who: children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers.  Siblings welcome.
When: First Saturday of each month 9:30am – 11:00am
▪Dec. 3
Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr., West Concord
Free.  Open to the public.
Join us on Saturday morning at our shaded playground (with tricycles, a play kitchen, a sandbox and more).  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Parking and a clean, child-friendly restroom are available.

Author/Illustrator Grace Lin will speak at the Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street Concord, MA 01742
Friday, November 18, 2016
7 pm
Register at beginning November 1, 2016
(978) 318-3358 More information at the Library website (

The Concord Conservatory of Music is hosting a Saxophone Master Class & Jazz Concert on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
CCM faculty member and Latin Grammy nominated Carlos Averhoff, Jr. will host the Master Class and discuss the instrument, its history and techniques, and then perform with his jazz quartet (an hour long concert). 978-369-0010

GirlPower! Be Who You Are,  an empowerment program for 8 to 12 year old girls in its 9th year and sponsored by Emerson Hospital’s Wellness Center,  will hold its next session on Sunday, November 20th from 1 to 5pm.   This 4 hour workshop will take place at the Alzheimer’s unit of a Concord assisted living. People who struggle with Alzheimer’s and dementia can be isolated and lonely; however, it is possible to connect and communicate with these individuals in a positive way .  The girls will learn these communication skills by participating in a variety of activities with the residents including movement and art. During the afternoon there will be time to talk, journal and learn how to be with individuals with dementia, respectfully and compassionately.  The focus of GirlPower! this year is community service as it provides a window to the needs of others in the world while it helps to build empathy and compassion.  Cost including supplies and snack: $80, $5 discount for siblings, $5 discount for previous participants.   Facilitator: Susanne Liebich;  email questions to  Register online: or call 978-287-3777.

Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities: When: Friday, December 2 at 7 PM. Where: First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd.  A panel of local experts will discuss steps we can all take to help moderate extreme weather events.  Alison Field-Juma, OARS, will discuss reconnecting the water cycle, Jim Laurie, Bio4Climate, will explain the process of restoring nature and living machines, and Mark Richardson, Garden in the Woods, will show us how to create sustainable yards and lawns. Our children deserve a stable future! Introducing YIMBY.  For information, contact: