Thursday, September 27, 2012


Wondering how to get something included in the weekly Thursday announcements? Submit your brief blurb in the body of your email message to  Please do not submit it to PTG co-presidents Jennifer Johnson and Shelagh Moskow or to the announcement editors at their personal email addresses, and do not include attachments.  We continue to receive submissions at personal addresses, which means we’re likely to miss them.  Also, it’s not possible for us to send attachments with the weekly newsletter.  If you have an essential attachment, contact us at the official email address listed above and we may be able to host your document and include it as a link.  Thanks! –April Robb and Anne Mullaney


Our first school assembly will be on Friday, September 28. Students should wear Thoreau colors (blue and white) or Thoreau t-shirts on this day.


Please begin saving your old children’s books to send in with your child to school for the annual Used Book Fair on Family Night, Friday, October 12. We will collect them from the classrooms the week of Tuesday, October 9 – Friday, October 12. Please do not send in adult books (except parenting guides), videos, cassette tapes or board books. Your child can bring in the books (please label each bag with your child’s teacher’s name) or drop them off at the Used Book Fair Collections Table in the lobby (again, please label the bag with the teacher’s surname!) If you have any questions please email Fiona Stevenson at –The Book Fair Committee


Picture Day last week was a huge success thanks to all involved. We had terrific weather for outdoor photos and a ton of excellent help (thank you!) from many parents: Terry Cassidy, Lisa Derosa, Jill Yates, Audra Evans, Jean Chandler, Jenn Newbold, Melanie Bettencourt, Nicole Palmer, Kerry Barber, Jennifer McGrath, Kirsten Furman, Erin Logan and Kristin Root. A special thanks to all of the staff including Donna, Maria and the custodial staff for their patience and assistance that day.   You should receive your pictures in your children’s backpacks in 4 weeks. Once received you can keep them or return them on retake day (Friday, November 16) for new shots. Children who were absent on Picture Day will have their photos taken on retake day.  The pictures come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee from Coffee Pond Photo. Everyone will receive a free class photo. Please email with any questions regarding your order.


Interested in attending School Committee or Building Committee meetings, taking notes, and reporting pertinent information back to Thoreau School? We are looking to add another SC observer to the two we already have. You would attend in a rotation, so would not be required to attend every meeting. Let us know if this is something you may be interested in, or would like to hear more about! -Jen Johnson & Shelagh Moskow


School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings begin next Monday, October 1. Members for 2012-13 include: Kelly Clough, Jacqui McKenna, Sue Howard, Rosanne Swain, Merrie Najimy, Jen Johnson, Dan Conti, Suzanne Kelliher, Pam Goar, and Melissa Vela. The dates for the meetings are as follows (but are subject to change): October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, and June 3.  The Agenda will be sent out via blast before each meeting.  A reminder that all meetings are open to the Thoreau Community, and we encourage all who are interested to attend. -Jen Johnson & Shelagh Moskow


Is your child interested in writing?  Creating a school newspaper?  Uncovering the latest scoop?   Then sign them up to be on the staff of The Thoreau Times.  Grades 3, 4, and 5.  Meets on Thursday afternoons from 3:15-5:00.   First Session runs from October 4 to December 20.  Cost:  $100.  Questions?  Contact Nancy Dillon or Beth Kalikstein  Flyers will be sent home with your child.  Please refer to the flyer with details on how to sign your child up!


We are currently looking for volunteers, especially among families of incoming Kindergartners, so we can match each new Boston family with at least two Concord families. The commitment is very manageable, consisting of hosting a Tuesday afternoon play date for your family friends “buddy” every other month (this is a shared responsbility with the other Concord family in your match) and acting as a resource throughout the year to answer any questions about Thoreau School or Concord related events. Interested? Please contact Joyce DeGreeff at

LUNCH MENU Week of October 1-5

  • Monday: Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday: Meatball Sub
  • Wednesday: Toasted Cheese Sandwich
  • Thursday: Burger Bar
  • Friday: Homemade Cheese Pizza


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The Concord Public Schools has selected Global Child to provide world language instruction to children in grades K-6. Optional, fee-based, before-school classes start soon through the Community Education Department. Classes meet once a week for 22 weeks, 7:45-8:45 AM. The 10-week fall semester is followed by a 12-week winter/spring semester. Materials included. Beginner Classes are for new students, and “Theme” Classes are for students with previous language experience. Prices are $200 for fall semester (10 weeks); $210 Winter semester (12 weeks); and $385 discounted rate for the full-year, 22 classes. Thoreau Classes:

  • Beginner Spanish, K-2   #2160, Wednesday, October 3-April 3
  • Beginner Spanish, 3-5   #2163, Wednesday, October 3-April 3
  • Spanish Theme, 1-5   #2158, Wednesday, October 3-April 3
  • Beginner French, K-2   #2164, Thursday, October 4-April 4
  • French Theme, 2-5   #2161, Thursday, October 4-April 4
  • Beginner Chinese, 1-5   #2159, Tuesday, October 2-April 8
  • Chinese Theme, 2-5   #2162, Tuesday, October 2-April 8

Concord Museum Family Farm Day

In association with the new exhibition, “The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord,” the Concord Museum invites you to a Family Farm Day on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00-3:00 with hands-on activities that explore Concord’s farming history and celebrate our present-day farms. Handle tools from 3000 years ago, use a cider press, make and taste sauerkraut with Gaining Ground, decorate pumpkins, visit with chickens from Drumlin Farm, make cornhusk dolls, and enjoy refreshments from Concord’s own Trail’s End Café and Reasons to be Cheerful!  Then, learn more about local farms and Massachusetts farm products, visit the exhibition, and uncover Concord’s past with an interactive family guide. All activities free with Museum admission. For further information visit:

CFN Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale

Are you looking for kids’ clothing, gear, toys and books for your ever-growing little one? Would you like to sell kids’ stuff you no longer need? Here’s your chance to do something good for the earth by recycling unneeded items, and put a little extra money in your wallet.

On Saturday, October 6, 8 AM-noon, the Concord Family Network (CFN) will be holding its annual Kids’ Stuff Tag Sale at the Sanborn Middle School Cafeteria (835 Old Marlboro Rd, Concord, MA). In addition to over twenty booths of children’s items, there will be a bake sale full of yummy treats to enjoy. If you are interested in becoming a seller, a handful of booths are available for $25 (CFN/AFN members or Concord residents) or $35 (others). We did sell out last year, so please contact us as soon as possible. Household items that are not child-related will not be accepted or offered for sale.

Admission is $1/person. Proceeds from admissions and the bake sale will be donated to First Connections, a non-profit that provides support and services to local families. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Eck Redmond at

Community Weight Loss Challenge

Want to have more energy? Want to feel better? Want to lose weight? Join the Community Weight Loss Challenge! Be part of a positive, motivating atmosphere building camaraderie with fellow participants as you encourage and support each other. Get energized competing each week and earn money back if you are one of the top achievers. It’s a win-win situation! The program teaches you how to make better choices and develop healthy eating habits for yourself and your family. Each week you’ll receive valuable information about health and good nutrition to help reach the goals you set with your coaches. Instructor Tara Kenny is an Herbalife Independent Distributor and a Wellness and Weight Loss Coach associated with the Littleton Wellness Center.

12 Wednesdays, September 26-December 19, 7:00-8:00 PM, CCHS, $49   #2288

Community Education classes are a student-funded community service of the Concord-Carlisle Schools.  To enroll please call Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 318-1432, or sign up online at

Concord Library & Conservatory of Music Present Early Music Ed Class

The Concord Free Library and the Concord Conservatory of Music partner for their monthly program this Friday, October 5 led by Linda Emmanuel, a Dalcroze Eurythmics teacher at CCM. This innovative hour long early music education class is designed for 1-5 years old children and their caregivers. Linda will lead children and adults in song, play with instruments, and movement. Sessions will alternate between the Main Library and the Fowler Branch. No registration is required and there is no fee; any questions please email Fiona Stevenson at

The Friday 10:00 a.m. classes will be held as follows:

  • 10/5 Fowler
  • 11/2 Main Branch
  • 12/7 Fowler
  • 1 /4 Main Branch
  • 2/1 Fowler
  • 3/1 Main Branch
  • 4/5 Fowler
  • 5/3 Main Branch
  • 6/7 Fowler

Thoreau Cub Scout Pack Welcoming New Members

Cub Scout Pack 133 is still welcoming new members from all grades. We will be holding our first Tiger den meeting (1st grade) on Wednesday, October 10 from 6:30-7:30 in the Thoreau cafeteria, and a raingutter regatta at our next pack meeting (all grades) on Wednesday, October 17 in the Thoreau cafeteria from 7:00-8:15 pm.

Pack 133 dates to 1943 and each year includes 40-50 boys in grades 1-5 at Thoreau. During the school year, we generally hold two meetings per month – one for each grade-level den and one for the entire pack – and one event. Events include hikes (Mt. Monadnock in October), campouts, the Pinewood Derby, and special trips (Sturbridge Village overnight in November). Parents are involved in all activities, accompanying their sons to meetings and events, and family members are invited to gatherings. Please contact Phil Root ( with any questions.

The Urban Nutcracker comes to Concord!

Calling all children who love to dance: The Urban Nutcracker, Emerson Umbrella and the Boston Urban Ballet will hold an exciting Urban Nutcracker dance workshop at the Emerson Umbrella.  The workshop will begin with an orientation and placement on September 29 and continue with weekly rehearsals up until the performance on December 1 at the Umbrella.  Children ages 8 and up will dance alongside the Boston Urban Ballet professional dancers and apprentices.  All levels of dancers are invited to participate.  For more information or to sign up, visit our website at or email Jason Springer at

Pumpkin Roll and Family Fest

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is holding its first annual Pumpkin Roll and Family Fest on Sunday, October 28 from 2:00-4:00 pm on Emerson Field. Along with the roll there will be a costume parade, a pie-baking contest, and games like a sack race and pumpkin shot-put. More importantly, some of the agencies we support will be on the field to answer questions and collect much-needed donations (see details on registration form at This will be a great family event, really fun for the kids – so register now!

Also, your child’s drawing could become the logo for the event. Have them draw their idea on this form and turn it in at one of the drop locations.  There is a drop box for both forms outside the main office at Thoreau. Deadline for the logo contest is October 1.

Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball – Travel Tryouts

Tryouts for CC boys (grades 5-8) and girls (grades 4-8) travel basketball will be held during October.  The travel basketball season runs from mid-November to mid-March.  On-line registration for tryouts is required.  Please register by October 8.  To register for tryouts, view the tryout schedule and obtain information on the travel program, please visit

Center for Parents and Teachers Parenting Program

“Mindfulness for Parents” is suitable for parents with children of all ages, and will be facilitated by Mary Ann Christie Burnside, Ph.D. The founder of Lexington-based Hearts and Minds, Mary Ann is a developmental psychologist who specializes in mindfulness education for adults and children.  During each session participants will: learn the fundamentals about mindfulness and starting a practice; have in-class experiences; learn how to cultivate awareness of pleasant experience and how to work with unpleasant experiences; deepen the qualities of kindness, compassion and self-care in the parenting role; and learn skillful strategies in responding to the variety of situations that parenting presents! Meets for eight Monday sessions from 9:30 to 11 AM, October 15 through December 17 (skipping November 12 and 26).  Fee:  $160 (Sliding fee scale; please inquire if you need financial assistance.) Join in over the course of the series if you miss the start date. Location:  Ripley Building, Conference Room 2, 120 Meriam Road, Concord.  Please register by emailing us at and write “Mindfulness Series” in the subject line or call 978-202-1143.  Visit our website at

Kicks for Cancer at CCHS

Join the Concord-Carlisle Boys soccer team in the fight to kick cancer! On September 29 twelve of the finest high school soccer teams in the state will compete in honor of courageous family members and friends who have battled cancer. Their goal is to raise $30,000 to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Don’t miss the 6:00 PM game featuring Concord-Carlisle and Lincoln-Sudbury.  Watch Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer teams play at half-time, and enjoy the concessions and raffle.  Kicks for Cancer will be held on the turf behind CCHS at 500 Walden Street in Concord. More at


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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on OCTOBER 4, 2012. Submission Deadline: 9 pm Monday, OCTOBER 1, 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