Thursday, June 5, 2014

From the PTG Presidents

We are entering the crazy year-end blitz so we have lots to report! Our next PTG meeting is Tuesday June 10th at 9AM in the cafeteria. We will be voting in our new board, approving a preliminary budget for next year, and reviewing the last of the year-end activities.

* Giant thank you to Amy Weber and Dorina Enes for planning the Staff Luncheon this week and Hilary Boynton for hosting. What a terrific event!

* Special thank you to Anne Mullaney and Lisa Becker for another great Field Day!

* Super thanks to Natalie Gekle and Maria Scichilone and all the other helpers on coordinating a wonderful outing for our 5th graders to Kimball’s.

We would love to have you join us next year! Please email Trish at if you can help out with any of the following open positions

Board – Treasurer

Committee Chairs

  • Chess Club
  • Field Day
  • Geography Quest
  • Math Night
  • PALs Coordinator
  • Spelling Bee

Hope to see you on the 10th!

Louisa and Carla

Party for Nicki Richards!

Please join us on Thursday June 19th from 5-6:30 in the Thoreau cafeteria to offer well wishes to Nicki Richards as she heads into retirement. Bring your families, neighbors and Thoreau alums too!!


Thanks to April Robb, Catherine Bradshaw-Holden, Anne McWilliams,

Diane Grace, Jackie Meehan, Robin Grace, Louise Sullivan, Melanie

Bettencourt, and Anna Collier for all your help filling water

balloons, picking up and distributing popsicles and helping out

wherever needed during Field Day. And thanks to Beth Murphy and the

Thoreau Staff making the day so fun!

–Lisa Becker and Anne Mullaney


Thank you, thank you, thank you to the following families who have recently contributed to this year’s Annual Appeal: Keilty, Stone, Johnson, Sutter, Weber, Wei, Meehan, Ubaldino, Swartwood, Feltham, Hill/Stoll, Siefer and Samnotra.  We are fast approaching the end of the school year and hoping to reach our goal in the next few weeks. We are so close!

If you have been meaning to give and just haven’t gotten around to it, now is a perfect time to contribute.  No amount is too small. You may send a check, made out to Thoreau PTG, directly to the school or simply pay online via the PTG website at (just click on the “donate” button on the bottom of the page). Thank you so much for your support!

Rose Waxler and Tracy Bagley White, Co-Fundraising Chairs


Many thanks for helping with The Thoreau School Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast!  The breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11th, 8:45-9:45 in the school Cafeteria.

Donations: We are all set with donationsGift cards and non- perishables may be sent to the school office ahead of time. Please indicate that it is for the breakfast.If you need to drop-off perishables the day before, please email

Otherwise, please bring donations to the Cafeteria by Wednesday, June 11th by 8:30 am.

Thank You Cards:  Please send any cards  into the school office by Monday, June 9. We will sort them by driver, so please note your child’s driver or bus number in pencil on the card.  If your kids don’t take the bus, Crossing guards are Cindy at the Thoreau School and Laura at Main Street.

We also thank Ann, who is officially retiring from her post at the corner of Main and West Street after 42 years as a crossing guard!

Questions? Please contact Jackie Meehan,   or Laura Mills, Thank you!!


Scored Geography Quests — and prizes! — will be returned to classrooms on Friday. Any that were turned in without student and/or teacher names will be available in the Geography Quest box in the library. Thanks to all who participated!

Join the band!

We are pleased to inform you that your child will have the incredible opportunity to learn a musical instrument during the school day next year as a 4th or 5th grader!  All the information you need about band in Concord (including what instruments are offered and how to register) can be found at  We are very excited to meet you all and to be a part of this fantastic community!


Paul Halpainy and Christopher Noce, Concord Public School Bands 

upcoming music and art nights

5th grade Art – Music Night will take place on Monday, June 9.  Doors open at 6:30 to view student art work, and concert starts at 7:00. The 5th grade orchestra, band and chorus will perform. Students attire: white tops and either dark pants or skirts for the concert. There will be a concert that same morning at 9:15 for some of the Thoreau classes. They should come to school wearing their concert attire for the morning performance and bring a change of clothes for after the concert. 

3rd grade Recorder Concert

The concert will be held on Friday, June 13 from 9:15-9:50 in the Thoreau auditorium. All parents and family members are invited to attend.

Open Table Cereal Drive

Please support Thoreau’s Open Table Pantry Drive by sending in a box of cereal with your child from Monday June 9th to Wednesday June 25th

ANY kind of cereal is welcome, and in any size – family, individual, hot or cold packets! There will be a collection box in the front hall to put the cereal boxes in, and we are going to display the contributions so the Thoreau community can see the difference they are making day by day! Any questions, please contact Fiona Stevenson at and thank you.


The Concord Education Fund’s (CEF) annual Teacher Appreciation Appeal provides a unique opportunity to thank your favorite teachers for their tireless dedication this past school year.  Now you may make a donation to the CEF in their name and they’ll receive a special acknowledgement card informing them of your family’s thoughtful gift.  The CEF is an independent, non-profit organization that raises private funds in support of the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School. Donate to the 2014 CEF Teacher Appreciation campaign ( today!

Please note, the CEF will not be sending a US Mail letter regarding this opportunity, so please act now.  If you prefer to donate by check, please mail your check to CEF, PO Box 202, Concord, MA  01742 and include the teacher(s) name, school and grade in an accompanying note.  Thank you in advance for your generous support and for honoring the teachers who have had such a positive impact on your child’s education and development.  To view recent and past grants provided to our schools by the CEF, visit our website at 


Looking for an easy crepe recipe?  Norwegian waffles? Bistro-style short ribs or gluten-free apple crisp?  The first-ever Thoreau Friendship Cookbook is brimming with over 60 lip-smacking, kid-pleasing and family-friendly recipes.  This culinary collection is destined to become your go-to companion in the kitchen.  Make sure to get one for yourself and give some as gifts.  Perfect for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, hostess gifts and souvenirs.  Only $15 each with an e-book version free!  Cookbooks will be sent home with children upon payment.   Cookbooks can also be purchased in the front office from Maria or Donna.  Each order helps support PTG events and enrichment programs that benefit our entire Thoreau community.  Order Today!

Order your Thoreau cookbook online at via PayPal or print out the form located on the website if you prefer to mail a check.

Below is the order form for the cookbook.  Ebooks are included with your order.

Please complete and return in the your child’s folder, including a check payable to THOREAU PTG

Name: __________________________________

Email: __________________________________

Child’s Name (youngest, if applicable): _________________________________

Teacher: ___________________________

Number of cookbook(s) ___________x $15 = _____________

Thank you!

Thoreau Cookbook Committee 


  • Monday, June 9                        Chicken Quesadilla
  • Tuesday, June 10                     No Lunch
  • Wednesday, June 11               Pasta Bar
  • Thursday, June 12                    Hot Dog
  • Friday, June 13                          Cheese Pizza

Around town

Annual Library Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, June 7, from 10 am to 3 pm on the lawn of the Main Library. Prices range from fifty cents to $10, thousands to choose from. Music provided by local bands and singers, refreshments for sale onsite, people galore to run into. All proceeds go to support activities at the library, including museum passes, music at the library, author talks, and oh so much more. Rain date June 14, same time, same place.

Thoreau Cub Scout Rocket Launch

Families of Thoreau boys are invited to our annual Cub Scout Rocket Launch on June 11th from 5 to 7 pm at the School Street Fields in Acton.  You are welcome to drop in anytime between the allotted time frame, however the last launches will occur at 7 pm.  Rockets will be available to all boys at the launch so there is no need to bring your own rockets, however if you have any rockets to launch you are more than welcome to bring them.  Siblings are also more than welcome to launch a rocket!

Come prepared to have fun and learn more about Thoreau’s Cub Scout Pack 133! Any questions, please feel free to email Dorina at

Chess Tournament

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Concord-Carlisle Chess Club holds its first Scholastic Tournament on Sunday, June 15, 2014

Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St, West Concord

Registration 1-1:30 pm

Rounds 1-4 begin at 1:30 pm

(conclude by 5:30 pm)

Nicholas Sterling, Tournament Director

Two Scholastic Sections – ages 11 years and under, and ages 12-17

$10 by advance registration, $15 at the door

$5 for active members of the CC Chess Club

E-Mail for Advance Registration: or

Players must have a current membership with the United States Chess Federation (USCF: annual fee $19 to join or renew, depending on age); sign-up on the day of the event, or online at

Are you new to tournament play? This is a great opportunity to learn and play and compete. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each section with at least six players enrolled. The Club will also conduct its usual instruction and recreational play on Sunday for those not playing in the tournament. Visitors and spectators welcome!

More information at: >> Downloads >> Chess Club Scholastic Tournament

Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball & Softball

Concord – Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball registration for Summer baseball and softball programs is now open on  There are a variety of programs design to appeal to children from current Kindergarteners through middle schoolers.  These include both in-town and travel teams.  To avoid late fees, please register before the 15th. 

Emerson Umbrella

The Umbrella will welcome families to its classrooms for the next Free Drop-in Family Day on June 14. Sponsored by the Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, and Maynard Cultural Councils, Free Drop-in Family Days offer families a fun and affordable afternoon of creativity and art-making. Designed and taught by our talented instructors, Drop-in Days art projects use a variety of materials, mediums, and professional artists’ tools, and incorporate seasonal themes. Each project is intended to take 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and families can drop in any time between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Each Drop-in Day ends at 4 PM. Visit

Upcoming Free Drop-in Family Days

  • Saturday, June 14
  • Saturday, September 13
  • Monday, October 13
  • Saturday, November 8
  • Saturday, December 13

Concord Conservatory of Music Registration Open for Fall 2014 Private Lessons

Announcing new group classes and chorus

The Concord Conservatory of Music is now accepting registrations for Fall 2014 private lessons and group classes.   Students of all ages and ability levels are taught by the CCM faculty. In addition to lessons, CCM private lesson students have the opportunity to participate in numerous recitals and music enrichment activities, such as master classes with guest artists. The Concord Conservatory of Music is a tight-knit community where musical creativity and individuality are encouraged and nurtured at the highest level. CCM faculty are talented performers themselves, many of whom have played in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Boston, New York, and around the world.

This Fall CCM is expanding its offerings to the community with the addition of elementary and middle school choruses, ukulele choir, and a concert lecture series.

To schedule a lesson placement interview, please contact Megan Bisceglia in the CCM office,, or 978-369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, founded in 2005, and offering private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and ability levels.  The school is located in the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Concord Farm and Garden Fair

Come to the Concord Farm and Garden Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14.

Activities around town Include: The annual Ag Day Farmers’ Market in Concord Center; a dozen Farm and Garden Talks and Tours with hosts; an exhibit of contemporary growing practices at the Concord Art Association; veggies, bees, chickens, flowers and the Stone Soup Dinner at Verrill Farm.

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Math Resources for Parents:

The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on June 12, 2014. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, June 9, 2014. Submission guidelines: 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 and have minimal formatting – no bullet points or underlining, please. Email your submission to