Thoreau School Announcements December 15, 2016

In This Week’s Announcements:
Thoreau News: Co-presidents’ Message,  School Committee Subscriber List, Annual Appeal, Amazon Smiles, Thoreau Friendship Cookbook, J. McLaughlin Shop for Thoreau, Library Gift Book Program

Around Town:  Girls’ Basketball Clinic, Lacrosse Registration, Concord Carlisle Holiday Gift Drive, Cooler Concord Fair, Shamrock Ball, Call for One Toddler Car Seat Donation

Thoreau News
Save the Date:
12/26-1/2 – Winter Recess
1/3 – Classes Resume
1/10 – 7:00pm PTG meeting – Everyone invited

Message From the Co-presidents:
Thank you to Kim Capello, Patti Turrettini, the Staff Appreciation Committee and the 2nd and 3rd grade parents for
the holiday cookie table, barista and breakfast items. The staff raved about all the goodies and the barista.

Join the School Committee Subscriber List! Stay up to date on School Committee Activity and receive periodic information regarding the district. Joining this list will provide you with the latest information from our School Committee on issues that are important to you and your children. Click here: or visit the district home page, http://

Thoreau PTG Annual Appeal
We are getting down to the final days of December! A couple of weeks ago your child brought home an envelope with our annual appeal letter. So far we’ve had a pretty good response and we are appreciative of your support. But we could use more! Even if you make a small donation – it will go to such good use. And get it done by December 31 to make that tax deduction happen! You’ll be happy you did come April! Visit to make your donation! Thank you!

Amazon Smiles
How is your holiday shopping going? A great idea is to shop Amazon Smiles!!
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!

Thoreau Friendship Cookbook
‘Tis the Season to Cook!
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for all the foodies on your list?  Give the Thoreau Friendship Cookbook!  Nothing goes better with the Bruins, Celtics or Patriots like Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, or a chilly winter day than Lentil Chard Soup. And, when you need that one-pot wonder, Mexican Crockpot Chicken hits the spot.  Teacher favorites are also included.   Think Stollen, think Swiss and Bacon Dip, think delish!  Go online at Click “Support Thoreau” and purchase a copy of the cookbook for $5 each. Any questions, please email Prow at All proceeds help fund various programs and specials projects at the Thoreau School.

Shop at J.McLaughlin in Concord and support Thoreau!

Come shop ’till you drop at J. McLaughlin in Concord Center on Friday December 16th from 9am to 1pm and Saturday December 17th from 11am to 4pm – and 15% of your purchase will go to help support Thoreau School PTG! Enjoy refreshments, bring your friends, and get some holiday shopping done. They have amazing clothes and accessories – sure to be perfect for anyone on your list. Questions? Contact Jenifer Perry at or Megan Holsinger at

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.  This is a wonderful time of the year to consider participating in the program.

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
CCHS Girls Basketball – December Girls’ Clinics
Please join Coach Kim Magee and her entire CCHS Girls’ Varsity Basketball team for 2 exciting girls’ clinics in December. Players will work directly with members of the current CCHS Girls’ Varsity team throughout the clinic. It will be a great morning of skills development, games and FUN! Girls of all experience levels are encouraged to attend! Share this information with your friends! Walk-ins are welcome!

Dates: Saturday, December 17 and 31
Times: 9:00am – 11:30am
Grades: Girls in grades 2 – 8
Place: CCHS gymnasium
Cost: $25 to attend one clinic date, or $40 for both dates
To register: Send check payable to: “Friends of CCHS Girls’ Basketball”
Attn: Dennis McCollum, 63 Nickles Lane, Carlisle MA 01741
Please include player’s name, grade, clinic date(s) attending and an email address.
Questions: Please contact Friends of CCHS Girls’ Basketball at

Registration starts December 1 and late registration starts after December 31 and will close January 14.
Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who range from beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy playing lacrosse!  Come join the fastest growing sport in America!
Sign up now before it closes!!!

Concord and Carlisle Youth Holiday Gift Drive Dec. 1-16
CC Youth Services and CC Community Chest are teaming up again this year to collect donations of new, unwrapped gifts and toys for youth ages 0-16. The donated gifts will be distributed to eligible Concord, Carlisle and Metco youth and families. Items in high demand include bath and body products, board games, Boston sports team-themed merchandise, pajamas/robes/cozy socks, science kits, and action figures. Drop boxes at Concord elementary schools, Beede Center, Concord Council on Aging, Town House and select retailers. For a complete list visit . Prefer to shop online? Visit your local retailer’s online store to have gifts shipped to CCCC, Attn: Holiday Gift Drive, 19 Main Street, #2, Concord MA 01742. Know a family in need? Contact Bonny Wilbur, Community Services Coordinator at 978.318.3034

Announcing the Cooler Concord Fair 
Have you always wanted to save energy, but haven’t had the time to figure it all out and get it done? Help is on the way! Concord’s Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC), in collaboration with the Town, the Schools and the Light Plant, is pleased to announce the “Cooler Concord” Fair to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 10- 4 at CCHS. The Fair will be a one-stop shopping opportunity for busy families to learn about simple and significant ways to save both energy and money. Attendees will be able to talk with local experts about such topics as solar power, hybrid and electric cars, programmable thermostats, weatherization, highly efficient heating systems and the latest in energy-efficient lighting. The town will be prepared with strong financial incentives to make it easy to move forward. There will be giveaways, lots of food, and engaging activities for kids of all ages. CCHS Environmental Science, Photo and Film students are creating informative exhibits; students from Alcott, Thoreau, Willard and CMS will have their own interesting displays; and the CCHS Green Team is leading the way on event promotion.

Save the Date: This will be a “not-to-miss” event for Concord families, so mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

Call for Volunteers: Thank you to the many parents, teachers and students that are already helping! We have many more opportunities for volunteers. If you have a little time to help us put together an awesome Fair we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Jill Appel at or (978)371-7270 to learn how you can plug in!

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Shamrock Ball
Tickets for The Shamrock Ball, presented by Concord Recreation, will go on sale Friday February 3rd at 9:00am. The event is Saturday March 4, 2017 at The Westford Regency from 7:00pm-9:30pm and is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Tickets are $90 per couple and $20 for each additional family member.  Online registration will be available .  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-287-1050.  Proceeds benefit Concord Recreation camp scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

Call for Car Seat Donation:
My name is Abbie Owen, I’m an alumna of Thoreau school currently studying physical therapy at Northeastern University. I am a senior in the program and working on my senior project, or capstone, and my project is to visit Ecuador in February with a small group of students and faculty. We will be going to an orphanage for children with disabilities to provide physical therapy and set up assistive devices. We have already received generous donations of one infant and one toddler car seat, but we are still in need of one more toddler car seat. If you have a toddler car seat that you’d like to donate, please contact me at 978-505-3300, or We need the car seat by the end of December, and I am available on weekends to pick it up. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you!
Abbie Owen