Thoreau Announcements November 3, 2016

In This Week’s Announcements:

Thoreau News: Superintendent Search Focus Groups, Superintendent Screening Committee, Turkey Trot, Thoreau School Garden, Operation Gratitude, Thoreau School Adult Social,

Around Town: Early Voting Dates and Mock Election, Hand Cut Silhouette Artist, Concord Children’s Center Open Houses, Fenn Sports Sale, Our Schools in Transition conversation on Race and Culture, Executive Function Workshop, Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down, Montessori Meet-ups, Farm-based Education Gathering, Tutoring/Homework Help, Concord Cuisine Raffle, Girl Scout Troop Recruitment, Summer Camp Fair, Author/Illustrator visit, Saxophone Master Class and Concert

Thoreau News

CORI-Approvals: All volunteers must be CORI-approved. CORIs are good for three years. Please contact Donna Macone in the main office to fill out a form prior to volunteering.

Save the Date:
Friday, 11/4: Deadline for Superintendent Screening Committee Volunteer Submission
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: (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.
Saturday, 11/19: Thoreau School Adult Social
Tuesday, 11/22: School Picture Retakes
Wednesday, 11/23: Turkey Trot

Superintendent Search: Invitation to an Open Forum
There will be two Open Forums facilitated by members of the consulting firm HYA. The goal is to seek opinions to identify characteristics that will be used in seeking the new Superintendent.
Monday, 11/14: 7:00-8:30pm in the CCHS Auditorium
Tuesday, 11/15: 10:00-11:30am in Ripley Conference Room #4
LAST CHANCE: Superintendent Screening Committee Volunteer Recruitment

The School Committee is requesting a parent volunteer from the CPS parent community to serve on the Superintendent Search Screening Committee.
▪The volunteer will be jointly chosen by the PTG presidents.
▪The role of the Screening Committee will be to interview the initial top candidates provided by the search firm, HYA and Associates, and narrow the field to the finalists for the full School Committee to interview.
▪The interview days are tentatively scheduled for January 17th-19th, with a training session on the 17th and the interview days on the 18th and 19th.
▪Candidates for the Screening Committee should be available for the entire interview schedule.
▪Candidates will be chosen to represent the entire CPS parent community.  (The PTGs are facilitating the volunteer selection process, but active membership in a PTG board is not a requirement.)
▪All interested candidates should forward their information to their respective PTG presidents.  The presidents from the four PTG organizations (Alcott, Thoreau, Willard, and CMS) will collaborate to choose the most qualified parent representative to appoint to the screening committee.

Ideal qualifications may include but are not limited to:
▪ Experience in Education 
▪ Experience in Interviewing, Hiring and People Management  
▪ Involvement in schools and community 
▪ Children in multiple school levels within both CPS and CCHS 
▪ Time to devote to a crucial part of the hiring process 
▪ Any other experience that a candidate may feel is relevant 
Please email Betsy Martel, and Deb Antonangeli, with your submission by tomorrow Friday, November 4th to be considered for this role.

The Turkey Trot is Coming!
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!  We will have detailed volunteer information in next week’s TA and will provide a link to our sign up genius.
We look forward to kicking off the holidays with this wonderful all 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 (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

Operation Gratitude
Drop off your leftover Halloween candy in the school lobby Oct. 31 – Nov. 10.  Mrs. Marotta’s and Mrs. Ogilvie’s classes are collecting the candy to be sent to our troops stationed around the world through Operation Gratitude.

Thoreau School Adult Social
November is here and that means the holiday craziness is just around the corner!
On Nov. 19 treat yourself to a relaxing evening … no hosting/no cooking/no clean-up … spending time with old & new friends at the lovely Concord Art Association. Tickets are available here:
We hope to see you there!

Around Town

Get Out and Vote – Part Two – Early Voting and the Thoreau Mock Election
As a reminder there are limited days for registered voters to cast their ballots early at the Concord Town House (22 Monument Square) during the hours listed on the state website. As of 10/24/16 these are:
Thursday, November 3             8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, November 4                    7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
This reminder brought to you again by the Junior Girl Scouts of Troops 76159 (4th grade) and 75306 (5th grade), but wait, there’s more! We are pleased to offer the 2016 Mock Election, which will take place in the Thoreau School Auditorium on Fri, Nov. 4. Three questions will be on the ballot for students whose classrooms take part in this initiative. Kids will line up and cast their anonymous ballots in our confidential polling booth. We hope to help the kids understand the importance of voting. Please ask them if you see them come home with an “I Voted” sticker on Friday the 4th. We will present the school-wide, aggregate results early the following week.

Hand Cut Silhouette Artist in Concord this Weekend!
Silhouette Artist, Carol Lebeaux will be at the Barn Co-Operative Nursery School this Friday and Saturday to create these one of a kind works of art.  In just 10 minutes per child, she will use scissors and paper to create a silhouette of your child. These are truly beautiful keepsakes!
Great Holiday Gifts!!
Friday, November 4 (12PM-5PM) and Saturday Novemeber 5 (11AM-5PM)
Where? The Barn Co-operative Nursery School (Concord Scout House)
74 Walden Street
To sign up and get pricing details, visit the link below:
Please share this link with family and friends if they would like to have silhouettes made as well.

Concord Children’s Center Open Houses
All are invited to Concord Children’s Center Open Houses at its three sites on Sat., Nov. 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. CCC offers infant/toddler,
preschool and afterschool programs at its West Concord (1300 Main Street) and Ripley (120 Meriam Road) sites, and an infant/toddler program at its Emerson site (134 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner).  Open House visitors will have the opportunity to speak with teachers, program directors, and current parents. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available along with information about our summer program. If you are unable to attend the Open House and would like to schedule a visit for another time or have questions about CCC, please call (978) 369-3747. Information is also available on CCC’s website:

Fenn Sports Sale Saturday, November 5, 9-noon
Fenn School New Gym 516 Monument St.
Gently Used Ski Clothing & Equipment, Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Football gear, Bicycles, Scooters & Skateboards / Tennis Rackets Exercise Equipment & More Hardy’s Ski Emporium will offer a wide selection of new skis boots and helmets at pre-season prices.

Our Schools in Transition: Making Progress on Racial Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Monday, November 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m  First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road..
What is the role of teachers, parents and students in achieving racial equity and cultural proficiency? As the Concord-Carlisle school system prepares to hire a new superintendent, this discussion will help us think about the qualities we might seek in a leader for our increasingly diverse schools. Panelists will include Jonathan Saphier, Founder and President of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. Johnny Cole, Assistant Principal at Needham High School and former English Teacher at CCHS, Jaqueline Hodge, a METCO parent, and Ashley Platt, a former METCO student Refreshments and babysitting will be available. Please contact Marilyn Lowitt if you need babysitting.

Jennifer Clarke, CC Youth Services at 978.318.3043 or or the Center for Parents and Teachers at
Executive Function Workshop
Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress & Creating Successful Students: Executive Function Workshop (Free) – Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm EST, CCHS Learning Commons. Learn strategies to help your child better manage his/her nightly homework, including planning, organizational, and time management strategies. Please join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilson of Engaging Minds for a free workshop designed specifically for parents of students in grades 5-12, though open to any parent whose student can benefit. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required:  Strategies for Reducing Academic Stress. Please join SEPAC for refreshments between 6:30-7pm. If you have any questions, please contact

Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down Tix Now On Sale
Friday, November 18
The Concord Education Fund is a non-profit organization that awards grants for new teaching initiatives, programs and curricula that reach beyond the scope of the public school budget. So grab a pardner and get ready to have a rootin’ tootin’ time while supporting teachers who are itching to offer students an extraordinary education. General Tix now available 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
▪Nov. 5
▪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.

6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering
Wood-fired pizza, over 50 workshops, live music, inspiring field trips, fun family programs and great networking await at the 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering in Concord November 4-6. The Gathering will provide a balance of skill-building workshops and celebratory activities including a Taste of Historic Concord party at the Colonial Inn. Whether you want to learn how to keep chickens, enrich your teaching curriculum, cook with your kids or explore farmer and private landowner partnerships there is something for everyone in the programLearn More.

Tutoring/Homework Help:
7th grader Amanda Rosenbaum is offering to help elementary school aged children with their homework or tutor them in math or English in exchange for a donation to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Please contact Amanda to arrange a time to meet.
At: or 978-369-6003

Concord Cuisine Raffle 
on November 4th to benefit the Concord Scout House. There are three baskets of prizes donated from Concord Restaurants and businesses. Basket #1 is valued at $450, #2 at $300 and #3 at $200.  Prizes range from brunch for four to fine wine. Tickets are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5. All proceeds to benefit the Scout House. To learn more about the prizes or how to purchase tickets
visit or call 978-369-3455

Kindergarten Girls: Daisy Girl Scout Troop #62362 wants you! Please join us at the Gleason Library in Carlisle on Monday Nov 14th at 4:30pm  to learn more about becoming a Daisy Girl Scout. We are forming a Thoreau kindergarten troop and we would love you to join us. You can go to and click “Join Now’ for troop #62362 or you can come to the meeting and meet other prospective families and learn more about Girl Scouts. We need both girls and parents to make this happen. I hope to see you there. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Find the right camp! Meet camp directors and learn about the programs they offer. Explore other amazing ways to fill the summer days! Maine Summer Camp Fair @ Nashoba Brooks, Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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