Thoreau School Announcements November 10, 2016

In This Week’s Announcements:

Thoreau News: Superintendent Search, Turkey Trot, Thoreau School Garden, Thoreau School Adult Social,

Around Town: Concord Ed Fund Hoe Down, Montessori Meet-ups, Girl Scout Troop Recruitment, 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
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.

Thank you to those parents who expressed interest in volunteering for the Superintendent Screening Committee. We will be meeting with the PTG Co-Presidents of Alcott, Willard, and CMS on Monday, November, 14th to choose one parent representative for K-8 as was asked of us by the school committee. We will keep the community informed as the search process continues.

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: (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: 7:00-8:30 in the CCHS Auditorium
Tuesday, 11/15: 10:00-11:30am in Ripley Conference Room #4
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
School Committee Summaries from October and November are available on our website. Click here to get caught up.

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!

Thoreau School Adult Social
Buy your tickets and get ready for THE (only) Thoreau parents night out of the year.  The Social Committee works hard to put together a fantastic evening – grab your friends and come see what it is all about – Saturday, November 19th, 7:30pm –  at the Concord Art Association. Don’t you want to know what the specialty cocktail is ???

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 (Time TBA) – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter.

Thoreau School Adult Social
Buy your tickets and get ready for THE (only) Thoreau parents night out of the year.  The Social Committee works hard to put together a fantastic evening – grab your friends and come see what it is all about – Saturday, November 19th, 7:30pm –  at the Concord Art Association. Don’t you want to know what the specialty cocktail is ???

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.

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

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: