Time to Trot Next Week! – Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Please join us tomorrow at 9am in the cafeteria for the November PTG meeting. The agenda covers a number of items for community information and discussion plus plenty of room for ideas, questions and suggestions! All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Another opportunity to visit Thoreau is the Annual Turkey Trot one week from today!! As highlighted below and in Principal Charles’ newest issue of The Thoreau Monthly, parents are invited to participate by cheering the students on along the route! Please note that the event ends at 12:00 and all students will return to their classrooms. All parents interested in picking up their students prior to the 12:30 dismissal time must let their teachers know in advance and may sign their students out from the classroom. For those parents picking up students at the regular dismissal time, pick up will be as usual, at the back of the building at 12:30.

If necessary, there is still time to get a sweet haircut for School Picture Retake Day on November 28th. Volunteers will collect students having retakes from each classroom and escort them down to the photographer. Be sure your child (or their teacher) knows if they are having retakes done.

As always, please reach out with questions, concerns, or ideas on how to support Thoreau!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Turkey Trot

On November 21st, Thoreau School will host its annual Turkey Trot! This event is a beloved, non-competitive 1 mile fun run, which begins in the gym and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau neighborhood. We need parent volunteers to direct students and ensure their safety. Volunteers will meet in the cafeteria at 11:00 and line the course from 11:30am-12:00pm. Please click here to volunteer to line the route and keep our kiddos safe.

We encourage all parents, family, friends, and neighbors to line the course and cheer on our students. Bring your cow bells and noise makers!

Lost and Found to be Donated This Month – Check it Out Online

You think there’s nothing of yours in the lost and found, don’t you? That’s what everybody says! Then whose stuff is this? Best to make sure: click here to see the contents of the lost and found online. Photos are updated through mid-day yesterday (Nov 14). All unclaimed items will be donated to charity in the week after Thanksgiving, so come and get your stuff before it’s gone for good. A staff member will be available to buzz you in at the door weekdays from 8:15am to 4:15pm (3pm on Tuesdays). Or stop by on Turkey Trot day (Nov 21) between the trot and dismissal time. Everything is laid out on tables at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria. Good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake

International Committee Library Displays

The first library display celebrating the international diversity of the Thoreau community is up! Ask your students about Albania! Families interested in putting together a full or partial display should contact Alketa Hawes at abeqari@gmail.com to sign up or to get any questions answered.

Nurse’s Office Clothing Supply Needs Pants!

Mud season is upon us and the extra clothing supply in the Nurse’s office needs replenishing! Specifically, elastic waisted pants for both boys and girls are needed in all sizes. Please contact school nurse, Michele Mosher, at mmosher@concordps.org, if you have gently used pants that you can donate!

Toy Drive for the Boston Children’s Hospital Holiday Store Nov 19 – Dec 4th

A Thoreau parent with experience spending the holidays at the Boston Children’s Hospital with a sick child has organized this very special toy drive. Boston Children’s Hospital runs a “holiday store” during the month of December for families to “shop” free of charge for gifts. Families have access to toys, crafts, games and books for the patients (and their siblings!) to help brighten the stay over the holidays, no matter what they are celebrating. It’s an amazing event that empowers families to shop for all of their children without having to worry about the expense and/or leaving the hospital. In addition, a room is set up with a wrapping station where families can wrap all of the presents they chose. Please consider donating new toys, stuffed animal, crafts games and books into the collection box outside the front office.

Volunteer Opportunities

*all volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the front office

School Garden (Grounds for Learning)

Mother Earth Mondays

See all open PTG committee positions

Community News


Halloween Costume Donations for Red Cross – Through Nov. 21

The Concord-Carlisle Red Cross Club is collecting Halloween costume donations after Halloween until the 21 of November for underprivileged children. We have boxes at Willard, Alcott, and Thoreau, Carlisle Elementary School, and the Hunt Gym.

CCYL: REGISTER NOW FOR GIRLS & BOYS SPRING LACROSSE (For 1st thru 8th Graders)

Registration opened November 15th! Late registration starts after December 31st and will close January 15th. Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who are beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy to play lacrosse! Come join the fastest growing sport in America!

Sign up now before it closes or fills to capacity!!! http://ccyouthlacrosse.com/

SCREEN FREE WEEK November 11 – 17th

Join Concord Promise and the Toy Shop of Concord and go screen free next week, November 11 – 17th. To celebrate, the Toy Shop of Concord will give all children who complete the challenge a $5 gift certificate to redeemed on purchases of $10 of more. Read more

Sign up for School Committee News!

Interested in knowing more about what the School Committees do? Want to hear the latest updates on school budgets and informational events? Sign up for the “School Committee News” Subscriber List. We’ll send periodic updates with meeting dates and agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report. Read more

CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia! – Nov. 30

Join us for a night of fun, friends and trivia Friday November 30th at Waxy’s Pub in Lexington. Discounted early bird tickets on sale now until 11/3/18. Click here to register and/or learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students.

Concord Promise

Concord Promise unites parents with a promise to delay giving their child a smartphone until at least 8th grade and is committed to education opportunities for all parents. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood. Read more

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9 (tickets on sale now)

Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord. Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. Read More