Get Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Practices, games, rehearsals, recitals, road races, and more! – It must be May. It’s already MAY?!?! That means Teacher Appreciation Week is here! The PTG’s Staff Appreciation committee has organized a fantastic assortment of ways for us to thank our teachers May 5th -11th for another phenomenal year at Thoreau. Check it out! Secondly, please scroll through the 2019-2020 PTG Volunteer sign-up genius to verify your volunteer preferences for next year or to try something new. (Peer pressuring friends to work together is encouraged!) Lastly, registration for the Annual Thoreau School Road Race on May 19th is ongoing!!

Nominations being accepted for PTG Executive Officers: Are you interested in serving as an Executive Officer of the PTG or learning what each role entails? Let us know! 2019-2020 PTG Executive Officer positions include Co-President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Officers will be voted in at the last PTG meeting of the school year. Please email Co-President Maribeth Cusick by May 10th if you are interested. Elections will be held at the last PTG meeting of the school year, on Friday, June 7th.

Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2019-2020: Next year is already shaping up nicely! This year’s Chairs have been amazing and we are excited that so many have chosen to continue in their roles and share their experience with new team members next year! The Sign Up Genius includes opportunities to lead a committee as a (Co)-Chair or simply join in the fun by serving as Committee Member. All are needed! We are especially seeking Fundraising Team members to facilitate our fundraising efforts through the Annual Appeal, Spirit wear, Special Fundraising events, and any other ideas that you may have! New this year is a School Supplies Coordinator who will be the point person, along with representatives from Alcott and Willard, to promote a new online ordering system for school supplies! Check it out!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Thoreau Road Race

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, THOREAU!! Thoreau’s 13th Annual Road Race is Sunday, May 19th, 2019.

As the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, this community-wide event celebrates Concord spirit, fitness and health. The 5K run starts at 9:00 am and Kids’ Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 10:30 am. In addition to the races, there will be activities for the kids, an awards ceremony and food truck offerings from Amigos Locos and Dylan & Pete’s Ice Cream.

Online pre-registration will be open until May 14, 2019. All kids who finish receive ribbons. Top finishers in the 5K and 1 Mile Races receive medals. To Register: https://www.active.com/west-concord-ma/running/distance-running-races/the-thoreau-school-5k-1-2-mile-and-1-mile-road-race-2019

Any family in need of financial assistance to participate in this event should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque at rlevesque@concordps.org

National Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. PTG’s Staff Appreciation Committee has something cute planned for each of the days to celebrate our AMAZING staff. Please join us on Sunday May 5 from 5 pm to 6 pm outside the school where we will chalk the sidewalks with happy notes to welcome staff when they arrive early Monday morning. Keep your fingers crossed that the rain holds off! If you’re unable to make the designated time, feel free to stop by with your own chalk whenever it works best for your family on Sunday. Wednesday 5/8 is the annual card and email campaign. Let’s flood those inboxes with notes of thanks, and remember to include the “specials” teachers too! You can also encourage your children to make cards to deliver that day. Questions? Contact jordanbinder@yahoo.com or heatherchiancola@gmail.com

Composting! May & June here we come!

What do the paper straws, Greenware portion cups, soup containers, soup covers, and trays that are purchased by food services all have in common? They are ALL compostable!!! What’s more….all Thoreau students know this! As we wrap up the third week of daily composting, it is clear that the students are not only fully capable, but also fully on board with this effort, and are discovering new ways to reduce their waste at lunch everyday. Come see it for yourself for one or both shifts Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Shift one is from 11:30am -12:30pm; shift two is from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Please help us compost through the end of the year! Sign up here for May and June time slots now! Thank you! Questions? Contact Kathleen Dohoney.

National Screen Free Week- April 29-May 5

Keep it up! The last screen free day is this Sunday, May 5th!  Students who successfully complete the week-long challenge, verified by an adult’s signature on the Screen Free Week flyer, are eligible to redeem the signed page for a prize from the Concord Toy Shop!

Community News


MCAS: ACCESS AND ACHIEVEMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES – PRESENTED BY THE FEDERATION FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Hosted by the Concord/Concord-Carlisle and Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from our school districts

Would you like to learn more about the following topics?

  • Standards Based Education
  • MCAS 2.0 for the 21st Century
  • Different ways to test
  • ELL students and MCAS

Please join us at this free workshop for parents and caregivers. This event will introduce the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and how children with disabilities can participate in meaningful ways in MCAS.

When: Tuesday, May 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Learning Commons, Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street
Presented by: Jessica Sales Cohen

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website concordsepac.org

Wicked Cool for Kids

Awesome science camps for kids entering grades 1-4! Minecraft Mania, Dinos vs Robots, Rocket Science, Wicked Cool Med School, and Lego Robotics 2.0. All take place at Alcott School, various weeks and times from July 8-26. Find full details at www.concordcarlisleace.org. Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed.

Garden Club of Concord’s Annual Plant Sale- May 11

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Garden Club of Concord is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11th, rain or shine, in a NEW LOCATION, in front of the TriCon Church on Walden St. in Concord Center, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Over 1,000 plants will be for sale. All funds raised from the plant sale are distributed as grants to local projects or a scholarship that reflect the Club’s horticultural mission.

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Summer music lessons with IMSCC are enrolling now! New and returning students welcome! You may submit a Lesson Inquiry online or complete a Registration Form and return it to the IMSCC office. Summer lessons take place at CCHS and the Carlisle School, Tuesdays June 25 – August 20. The schedule for the summer is flexible – sign up for as many or as few of the nine Tuesdays as you wish. More information about IMSCC’s lesson program can be found here.

Summer ensembles and music classes are also enrolling now – please visit the website for details and registration.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

CCM’s Bluegrass Band Scramble, Lecture & West Concord’s ArtScramble on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00–5:00 pm.

If you can play three chords in rhythm, the Scramble is for you, and the cost is $20 payable at the door. Sign-up individually, meet your bandmates and then enjoy a two-hour practice session with expert coaching. The Scramble is part of the West Concord Cultural District ArtWeek and also includes a free lecture on bluegrass music by musicologist Ian Goldstein at 3:15 pm. The unveiling of the ArtScramble is at 3:45 pm and our Bluegrass Band Scramble participants will treat everyone to a free concert at 4:00 pm.

Screen Free Week- April 29-May 5

Screen-free week is right around the corner April 29-May 5. This year Concord Promise and Turning Life On are partnering with local screen-free venues to help keep your kids’ screen-free days busy. Partners include events at Gymnastics Academy of Boston, Concord Museum, Concord Library and Discovery Museum. We’ve also partnered with The Toy Shop of Concord to offer any Concord elementary student who remains screen-free for the week a $5 coupon. From more details, visit Turning Life On.

Concord Bike Fest- May 18

Save the date! The first annual Concord Bike Fest will take place on Saturday, May 18th. Check out https://www.concordbikes.org/

It’s a community celebration of bicycling! Whether you hammer hard for fitness, or ramble around for recreation, Bike Fest has something for everyone – ALL ages.

Festivities include an early morning ride, and a parade through Concord Center followed by a block party. The night before we are hosting a night ride and party for the 21+ crowd.

Please add Concord Bike Fest events to your calendar and we hope that you will join us for the ride, the parade and the party.

Spring Art Classes at The Umbrella

Registration for spring classes at The Umbrella Community Arts Center is open! Explore Animation, Drawing, Painting, Glass Fusing and more! While, you’re thinking about spring, don’t forget that Summer Camp registration is open as well! We’re offering NEW Student Discounts and new Referral Bonus Program to thank those who refer new students to try classes at The Umbrella. Register TODAY and discover your arts!

Upcoming Parent Education Program for Parents of Teens and Pre-teens from CPT

Thursday morning May 2nd 10 -11:30 AM, Ripley Administration Conference Room 4, Dr. Sion Harris will present “They Are Not Crazy. They Are Teenagers!: Substance Use and its Impact on the Developing Brain” — Look for registration information as we get closer at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Learn about all of CPT’s programs at www.centerforparentsandteachers.org

Callen Tennis Middle and High School Summer Camp – Registration is OPEN!

Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students. The camp will focus on the technique and strategy of tennis through drills and point play. There will also be a strength and conditioning component in addition to a unit on sports psychology. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA touring pro and NCAA DI Women’s Head Coach, and Alex Spence, CCHS Boys’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach, will run the camp with the assistance of other highly qualified tennis instructors and players.

Program Dates: Weeks of June 24th, July 1st (No Camp July 4th) and July 8th
Concord-Carlisle High School Tennis Courts, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA, 01742
Monday-Friday / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$570 per week ($456 July 1st week)

As always, registration is on a first come, first served basis so please register early. Only 27 camper spots available each week.

Follow this link to REGISTER NOW!!! Upon receipt of registration you will receive a confirmation email from us including payment options. Payment must be received within 48 hours of confirmation to guarantee your spot. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/callentennis/ or email callentennis@yahoo.com .