Thursday, February 5, 2015


We hope everyone has enjoyed the abundance of snow! There are many important upcoming events:

– Everyone is welcome to our February PTG meeting, TOMORROW at 9:00am in the cafeteria. Please come!

– Principal’s Coffee with Mr. Mahoney, MONDAY, 9:30am in the cafeteria. As always, all are welcome!!

– Come meet Principal finalist Angel Charles on TUESDAY, 9:15-10:15 am in the cafeteria. We expect a presentation and time for Q&A.

– Finally, tonight’s Mom’s (or Dad’s) Night Out has been POSTPONED due to lack of parking space due to the snow! Look out for the rescheduled date.

AGENDA: PTG February Meeting, Friday, 2/6 at 9:00am

1. Principal Search Update
2. Bingo Night Update
3. Math Night Update
4. Thoreau-ly Green Update
5. Cake Walk
6. Social Committee Update
7. All- elementary School budget forum date: March 9th
8. Upcoming parent education
9. Any other business

Carla and Trish


Hi Ladies! Unfortunately, with the amount of snow fall and dare I say, more to come later this week, we have to cancel the Moms’ Night Out.  We are working on rescheduling it for a beautiful spring day.

Best wishes for surviving another snow day!

The Social Committee


MDPH, like CDC, recommends a three-pronged approach to influenza prevention and control:

  • Vaccination – there is still time to get vaccinated.
  • Everyday prevention – handwashing, cough etiquette, and staying home when sick.
  • Treatment – antivirals like Tamiflu are most effective when started early after symptom onset.

Please keep children with flu-like illness at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.  Thank you!

Megan Jensen RN
School Nurse
Thoreau School
Phone: 978-341-2490 x3158


Have you been wondering where your child’s brand new mittens went?  Or that heavy GAP sweatshirt that cost a fortune but has only been worn once so far?  Guess what?  It’s in the lost and found at Thoreau!  To see a photo gallery of what was in the lost and found as of mid-day yesterday (Wed, February 4), click here:  You may be surprised at what you see!  Make sure to claim your items as soon as possible, as everything will be donated to charity just before February vacation.  The school is open as early as 6am if you would like to swing by before work to take a look.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Many thanks to all the families who have dropped box top contributions of ANY size into the collection box this year. With your help, last month we received a very nice payout check for $1,727.90. Those box tops really add up! This included our clips from the beginning of the year through our October collection deadline, plus our winnings from last year’s sweepstakes. Great job, you guys! Our next deadline is coming up on Wednesday, February 25th, so if you have any box tops sitting around your kitchen please get them into a small plastic bag and send them in. Don’t forget to put your child’s teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag so that we can credit them in the classroom contest. Thanks again, and clip, clip, clip! – Kimber Lynn Drake, Box Tops Coordinator


Monday, February 9                 Popcorn Chicken
Tuesday, February 10              No Lunch
Wednesday, February 11       Cheese Tortellini
Thursday, February 12            Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
Friday, February 13                  Whole Grain Cheese Pizza

Family Ice Skating Party Sunday, February 8

Grab your skates and head out to Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough (34 Mass Avenue/Route 111) on Sunday, February 8, for a family ice skating party, hosted by Concord Children’s Center! The party will take place from 3-5 p.m. and will feature visits from your favorite characters from the movie “Frozen,” including Anna, Elsa and Olaf. There will also be activities for children, including face-painting, and snacks for sale. Skate rentals available, and helmets are recommended. Admission $10 per person/$35 max per family. Tickets available at the door or in advance at or by calling Concord Children’s Center at 978-369-6790.  The party will benefit the Children Center’s Tuition Assistance Fund.

Jennifer Saxe
Alumni Relations & Development Coordinator
Concord Children’s Center (fiscal sponsor for the Playscape at Ripley)
(978) 369-6790
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An Evening with Jeff Bauman — Date Change

NEW DATE AND LOCATION for free event sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: An Evening with Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor, author of the book Stronger, and Carlisle resident. Wednesday, February 11th, 7:30pm at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord, MA. Books will be available for purchase and Jeff Bauman will be signing books at the event. (Books can also be purchased in advance at The Concord Bookshop.) Space is limited, please reserve your free ticket now! Go to: or call 978-369-5250.

CC at Play Hosts “Amazing Race” Fund-raiser

The Amazing Race is Coming to Concord and Carlisle! Grab some friends, create a team, or volunteer for this crazy amazing community event! Saturday, March 28th, CC at Play is hosting its first annual Amazing Race and Rockin’ After Party.  Sign-up now at for your chance to compete in this action-packed, scavenger hunt adventure, which is based on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race”.  Teams can register in one of three categories; Adult/18+, Youth/Grades 6-12, and Kids/Grades K-5.Not sure you want to race?  Then sign-up online to volunteer, participate in the Amazing U10 Tennis Play Day, or buy a ticket to the much anticipated Rockin’ After Party, which will go on sale February 14th at 1:00 PM.  All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit CC at Play, which was founded by local citizens with a shared belief that an active and engaged community is a strong community.  Together, they are working to restore, rebuild, and improve the high school athletic fields and park for all to use and enjoy.  Space is limited, so sign-up soon! Learn more at

Concord Public Library Upcoming Events

Read To Phoebe the Dog @ The Concord Free Public Library
Phoebe the dog, part of the Tail Waggin’ Tutors program, will be at the
Concord Free Public Library on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 10
am to 12 noon to listen to children reading.The Tail Waggin’ Tutors program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to.Each young reader will register for a 15 minute time slot in which to read.
Register at
Third Grade BookEaters Book Club @ The Main Library
Concord Free Public Library
February 18th @ 4pm
Historical Fiction : Read About People and Places
Show & Tell: Bring a Favorite Historical Fiction To Share
Look For a Label : Discover Different Kinds of Fiction
Portraits From the Past: We’ll Take Photos in Old Fashioned Costumes & Decorate Frames
No Registration Required
For more Info :
or (978) 318-3358
Lego Challenge @ Fowler Library
We’ll Bring the Legos, You Bring Your Imagination
This month the theme will be Abraham Lincoln as part of the community reading program Concord Reads About: Abraham Lincoln.Build on that theme or make your own creation.You can put your model on display until the next meeting in March.
February 12 @ 4 pm
For K- Grade 5
Saturday StoryTime @ The Main Library
Concord Free Public Library
Hats Off To Lincoln!
Let’s Read About the Man on the Penny
February 28 @ 10am
Stories-Songs-Puppet Show- Penny Craft
No Registration Required
For more Info :
or (978) 318-3358

Emerson Hospital 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of Concord-Carlisle Community Presentation: 

Monday, February 9th, 7 p.m., CCHS Learning Commons. Kristen Herbert, Director of Teaching and Learning at CPS/CCRSD, and Jennifer Clarke, CC Youth Services, will present the Concord-Carlisle Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2014 results. The survey is administered on a voluntary basis to public school students in grades 6, 8 and 9 through 12. The five main survey topics include Safety, Sexuality, Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs, Mental Health and Wellness and Bullying. A panel of representatives from both school and community organizations will be available for a Q&A session.

Lowell Jazz Day Camp

The Lowell Jazz Day Camp is an invigorating two-week summer program for students who would like to hone their musical skills and discover their own sound through the study of jazz. We welcome students age 12 and older who have at least one year of experience on their instrument. Classes include voice, piano, woodwinds, and strings, bass, and drums. Each of our teachers has more than 30 years of experience recording, teaching, and performing.

Visit or email for more information.

MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Balance:
Math Resources for parents:
The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on February 12, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, February 9, 2015. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to