Pre-register for the Road Race- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Welcome back! We hope everyone had an enjoyable spring break. As everyone knows, this time of the year is often the busiest as we continue to enjoy events of the season while simultaneously planning for the year ahead. With that in mind, read on to learn what’s up and and how you can participate!

PTG Executive Committee Interest: Are you interested in serving on the Executive Committee 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.

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! Please check out the Sign Up Genius for a variety of Co-Chair, and Committee Member positions! 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- Pre-register Now!

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

Pre-Register before April 28th to be guaranteed a sporty race T-Shirt! 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 Kid’s Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 10:30 am. In addition to the races, there will be kids activities, 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. Racers who pre-register by Sunday, April 28th are guaranteed to receive a Thoreau Road Race running shirt! 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

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

The weather is finally turning and activities are ramping up for spring! It’s time to shut down the screens and get outside. The American Public Health Association Screen Free Week is April 29th-May 5th. Helping your kids learn the benefits of being unplugged can benefit your family as a whole. Please check out this link to learn more: https://www.screenfree.org/about/

The kids love a good challenge so if they complete the week of screen free, there will be a special prize! More to come. Please look out for the check off sheet coming in the kids folders.

And for all you adults, consider “shutting down” by 9pm – the blue light coming from screen devices are known to be stimulating. Enjoy a more restful sleep to start the next day recharged!
Do an experiment this upcoming week and see for yourselves!

Loren Winters and Mari Alexander
Health and Wellness Committee

Lost and Found to be Donated April 30- LAST CALL!

Last call! The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity at the end of the day on Tuesday April 30. It includes some new items that were misplaced a while ago but just recently made their way into the bins, so even if you haven’t lost anything recently it’s worth a look. The on-line “virtual lost and found” has been updated – click here to view the gallery. A staff member is available to buzz you in at the school entrance to claim items on weekdays from 8:15am until 4:15pm (3pm on Tuesdays). Everything is laid out on tables and in bins under the tables near the cafeteria entrance. Good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake

Box Tops for Education – Classroom Contest is Under Way

Have you turned in any box tops yet? Over the next six weeks the results of our classroom contest will unfold on the scorecard in the Thoreau lobby. The top-clipping classroom from each grade gets a prize…and bragging rights!

Our contest deadline is Friday, May 17th but please turn in anything you have now – it helps a lot to spread out the counting. Put your box tops in a small plastic bag (dry reused bags are fine) and include your teacher’s name on a slip of paper inside the bag so that we can credit the correct classroom. Bags go into a collection box in the school lobby.

Box Tops for Education is a fundraising project for schools, sponsored by General Mills. We collect coupons called “box tops” found on the packaging of General Mills products (click here for a list of participating products). For every box top we send in, General Mills makes a small donation to the PTG. It really adds up – in some years this program has brought in as much as $1,700.00!

You probably have some in your recycle bin now, so grab your scissors and clip! Thank you for participating.

5th Grade Art Retrospective- June 3- Send Your 5th Grader’s Art Work in This Week

The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held on Monday night, June 3rd. Due to the late date of the event, the Arts Night will be the grand finale of the show. At the conclusion of the evening, families should take ALL artwork home. If family members can not make the Arts Night please make sure to stop by before to view the work. Doors will open at 6:30 to view artwork and the concert will begin at 7 pm. Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring in any work from past years the week after April Vacation.

Thanks for your support,

Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

Mindfulness Programming- Wednesday, May 1

As part of Children’s Programming during the school day the children will be attending Mindfulness programming (through Ivy Child) and will have fun with mindful movement, breathing exercises, and meditation. Ask them about it when they get home so they can teach the whole family!

Community News


Garden Club of Concord’s Annual Plant Sale

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.

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Presents Night Out for Neighbors- April 26

On April 26th, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will take over the Battle Road Brew House in Maynard, MA for a casual evening of appetizers, beverages, dancing, and fun!

Ticket price is $75 per person, which includes appetizers and 2 drink tickets. 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Chest, and provide critical funding for Concord and Carlisle’s neediest neighbors.

Online registration is now available. Register today!

Musketaquid Earth Day 2019- April 27

When: Saturday, April 27 10:30-2:00pm (*Rain Date: Sunday, April 28)
Theme: Embracing Diversity in a Climate of Change

Thoreau group will gather at 10:15 at the Umbrella Arts Center, look for the Thoreau School banner.
Please join Thoreauly Green and the Thoreau students who participated in this year’s Musketaquid Workshops to represent the Thoreau School in the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, April 27. The parade begins at 10:30 at the Umbrella Arts Center and ends at the Old Manse. The River Ceremony will be at the North Bridge immediately following the parade (11:30). There will also be an Arts & Environmental Festival at the Old Manse Lawn and Orchard from 12-2PM. For more information go to: https://theumbrellaarts.org/arts-environment/musketaquid-earth-day-2019 or contact Jessica Grogins at jgrogins@mac.com. We hope to see you there! For those who have not attended this event in the past, it is a wonderful way to celebrate the Earth, the arts, and our community. Bring your own puppets and banners or help carry one provided by the Musketaquid artists.

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 .

Spring 2019 Co-Ed Flag Rugby

Sundays April 29 – June 10. MetroWest Youth Rugby is accepting registrations for our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills. No experience necessary. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th. First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. At Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 AM for grades K-6. To register visit www.metrowestrugby.com.