November 8, 2012


Thoreau’s picture retake day is Friday, November 16. If you are dissatisfied with your portrait and would like to try again you have the opportunity for a free retake! Retakes will take place from 9 AM-10:30 AM.  Tentative schedule is as follows with reminder announcements made every half hour:

  • 9 AM-9:30 – K and 1st grade
  • 9:30-10 AM – 2nd and 3rd graders
  • 10-10:30 AM – 4th and 5th graders

Please email Robin Grace at if you are planning to have your child get his/her picture taken. Put “retake day” in the subject of the email along with your child’s name and teacher/grade. She will keep a running list. Please return the entire, undamaged portrait package to the photographer on retake day. Please keep your class photos. If desired, write any suggestions for the photographer (left side, right side, no smile, smile) on a piece of paper so it shows through the envelope window. Retake day is rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the portraits will be taken indoors against a neutral backdrop. Retake packages will be distributed by the school approximately 3 to 5 weeks after retake day.

For refund information, please log on to For order related questions, please call Anne Hagerty at Coffee Pond Photography at (508) 907-6633  or email


All bins/tables are overflowing with clothing, some lunch boxes, etc.  All items will be donated on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so please check the lost and found before then.  It’s located in the cafeteria and will be moved to the main entrance hallway on the Professional Day, Tuesday, November 13, for convenient checking.


Great job, folks!  Our fall submission was sent to the Box Tops “powers that be” last week, and thanks to all of your diligent clipping we collected a whopping 1,777 box top coupons and bonus box tops.  Many thanks to all who contributed – even those single coupons dropped in the collection box made a big difference.

“So who is winning the contest?” you may be wondering.  Here are the leading classrooms so far:  kindergarten = Shaw, 1st grade = Thompson, 2nd grade = Watson, 3rd grade = Ham, 4th grade = Lemaire, 5th grade = Hourihan.  But it ain’t over ‘till it’s over, folks.  Keep clipping those coupons, and look for a scorecard (to be posted near the collection box soon) where we can all see our progress.  Meanwhile, here is a link to some valuable coupons ($8.75 worth) to help you save money on products that participate in the Box Tops for Education program: Thanks for your support! -Kimber Lynn Drake


Thank you for your participation in the Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF program!  Please have your child return their collection boxes to their classroom teacher by November 9.

UNICEF works in over 150 countries, including the United States. Now in its 62nd year, this campaign has raised more than $167 million and remains an inspiration to the young. Participants learn about the often life-threatening realities faced by children in developing countries and are empowered to take action. It is a unique opportunity for education and service. Thank you again for your contribution to this wonderful program! –Jean Easterday, UNICEF Coordinator

LUNCH MENU Week of November 12-16

  • Monday: No School – Veterans Day
  • Tuesday: No School – Professional Day
  • Wednesday: Pasta with & without Meat Sauce
  • Thursday: Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwich
  • Friday: Homemade Pizzas


October 23 School Committee Meeting Brief

1. The School Committee Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) presented their Report on Transportation Options. The full report could be found at

  • TAC considered 20 properties with info regarding ownership, location, size, existing usage, land cost etc. Priority given to School and Town owned properties, but also private property considered, locations considered
  • The top three properties are: Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP), land between the CMLP and Rotary, and the Town Landfill Site
  • 5 business models (options) are described in TAC framework, and estimated cost between $10 million – $16 million
  • A feasibility study will be required for any option that includes the bus maintenance building, fuel depot, parking and infrastructure. This study will be an overall project cost estimate.

2. Citizen School Transportation Committee Report: Citizen School Transportation Study focused on level of service, safety – accident rates, cost analysis – drivers, maintenance, benefits, bus and bus replacement, “social factor and intangibles” and last, little time on potential sites b/c TAC was looking in depth at these.  The full report can be found at PPPresentation to SC 10.23.2012Final.pdf; the conclusions and recommendations are as follows:

  • Keep Transportation in-house for at least 5 years
  • Keep transportation in current location
  • Maintain current level of service
  • Encourage bus ridership – safest way to school

-Notes submitted by Johanna Boynton, Alcott School Representative

 CCHS Veterans Day Basketball Bonanza

The CCHS Boys’ Basketball Program is holding its annual Veterans Day Bonanza on Monday, November 12 at CCHS from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for boys in grades 3-8. The cost is $60 and all proceeds go to the CCHS Boys Basketball Program. David Cohen, CCHS Head Coach, his staff, and members of the Varsity Basketball Team have planned a fun day including contests, games, and a pizza lunch – all ability levels are welcome! Parents can email the registration form or bring it to the gym on Monday morning. Contact Aaron Joncas, Varsity Assistant, with any questions at or (508) 958-3278.

Thoreau 2nd Grade Brownie Troop Forming

We are forming the Thoreau School 2nd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop.  The goal of the Brownie Troop is to provide a venue for young girls to increase their self confidence, learn to enjoy the outdoors and make good friends.   The troop will be meeting the second Thursday of each month, immediately after school in the Thoreau School cafeteria from 3:30 to 4:30.  The first meeting is scheduled for November 8. Meeting dates for the rest of the year are; 13 Dec, 10 Jan, 14 Feb, 14 Mar, 11 Apr, 09 May.  Other scout activities will be planned throughout the year as well.  Please contact Leslie Lilly if your daughter is interested in becoming a Brownie Scout at

CCYS Travel and In-Town Spring Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer’s in-town programs for pre-K through Grade 6 and travel programs for ages U9 through U14 for the spring 2013 season. The travel registration deadline is December 4, and the in-town registration deadline is March 5. More information can be found at

Nashoba Brooks Annual Country Fair

On Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Nashoba Brooks School will be hosting their annual Country Fair at 200 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord.  The school will be transformed into an old-fashioned fairground. The community is invited to enjoy kids’ carnival games and prizes. Whether you are tossing a beanbag through Brooks the Bear, shooting a marshmallow to feed a hungry animal, or chucking the chicken, there is fun to be had by kids and adults of all ages. Also, stop by our basket room raffle on your way downstairs to the musical cakes. A delicious lunch featuring a fall harvest menu will be available including turkey “gobbler” sandwiches, hot dogs, harvest soups and more. Local and school organizations will be providing information booths, as well as face and hair painting. All proceeds support selected charitable causes and other parents’ association efforts. This event is open to the public and free to all! So please come, bring the whole family, and enjoy!


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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on NOVEMBER 15, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, NOVEMBER 12, 2012. 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