Permission Slips for Hobby Fair Due, and More – Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Thank you to all who attended the PTG meeting this past Wednesday night. Plans are already in the works for upcoming activities and events. Please see below for details regarding Winter After School Activities Registration, the Oceans Challenge School-wide service project, and Hobby Fair Night! Mark your calendars now for next month’s PTG meeting on Friday, February 8th at 9am. Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter will be our guest!

As always, questions, concerns, and suggestions are always welcome!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Join Us for Winter After School Activities

We still have room available in the Winter After School sessions of Chess, Japanese Culture Club, and Kids Cooking Green. Please visit to read more about each class and to register.

The Oceans Challenge – Please help with recyclables!

Join us in the Oceans Challenge, where students turn recycled materials into sea creatures, and each sea creature earns $2.00 for ocean clean-up projects. Karen Pettyjohn, former Thoreau librarian, will visit the classrooms to read a book about ocean pollution and then will help students with their crafts. The sea creatures will be photographed and counted so that the Students Rebuild/Bezos Family Foundation can make the donation to the Nature Conservancy and the Ocean Collectiv. Visit for more information about Students Rebuild and the Oceans Challenge. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Karen at

We will need lots of recycled materials for our sea creatures! Please send any and all of these to school with your child. Items can be dropped off in the library; many thanks to Julie Turner for storing them. And many thanks to you for your help!

Please help collect these recyclable materials!

  • Plastic bottle caps. Any size, any color, but no writing on top
  • Magazine covers with kid-friendly pictures
  • Used manila or colored file folders
  • Unwanted CDs and DVDs
  • Paper and plastic cups (rinsed and dried), colored or clear
  • Plastic medicine cups (rinsed and dried)
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Yarn scraps, 6 inches long or more
  • Rubber bands and twist ties
  • Outgrown or single kids socks
  • Does anyone have a wallpaper sample book?
  • Empty cereal boxes (flattened, please)
  • Toilet paper tubes

The Thoreau School Hobby Fair 2019 – January 28th and January 29th

The Hobby Fair is an opportunity for all 4th and 5th grade students to share their hobbies, interests and collections with their teachers, family and friends.

The Hobby Fair will be open to the Thoreau School community on the evening of Monday, January 28th from 6:30-7:30pm, when family and friends may view the exhibits.

On Tuesday, January 29th the Hobby Fair will run from 9am-12pm, during which time each class will have a time slot to visit and enjoy the Fair with their classroom teacher and classmates.

The Fair is held in the Thoreau School cafeteria. Students may choose to do a display alone or with a friend. Past wonderful displays have included trading cards, collections of stuffed animals, coins, stamps, artwork, sports, sewing, pets, hiking and baking to name but a few. Although we will have parent volunteers overseeing the exhibits, students may not want to share special or fragile items. Students often like to use a trifold poster board to display a mixture of photos/drawings, objects and written descriptions of their exhibited hobbies. Be as creative as you like with the display, but know that display space will be limited to approximately a third or half of a cafeteria table.

Permission slips due by Friday, January 18th, so that we can plan the tables accordingly.

For more information or to volunteer to help monitor either Monday night or Tuesday morning, please contact Jen Moffitt at or Courtney Tucker at

Community News

Envisioning Middle School Education — January 29, 7:00

The Concord School Committee and Facilities Planning Committee invite you to join us in an evening of envisioning middle school education in Concord. As part of an “Educational Visioning” initiative that will help guide our efforts to plan for a new middle school building, we invite parents, guardians, and anyone involved in educating Concord’s students to share your hopes and dreams for the Concord Middle School educational experience and what it could look like in the future.

Please join us for a Parent Input Forum Tuesday, January 29, 7-9pm in the Sanborn Auditorium.

For questions or more information, email the School Committee at or Heather Bout at

The Umbrella Community Arts Center – Winter Courses

Still looking for enriching programming for early release Tuesdays? The Umbrella Community Arts Center’s Art After School begins January 22nd and there’s still room available! Visit our website for more information and register TODAY!

CCYB/S GIRLS SPRING SOFTBALL (For K thru 8th Graders):

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.
CCYB/S Softball will have five divisions. The season will kick off at the end of April. For more information or to register go to

Divisions Offered:

T-Ball Grades K-1
Rookie Grades 2-3
Minors Grades 4 (Travel)
Majors Grades 5-6 (Travel)
Seniors Grades 7-8 (Travel)


The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council will be holding our bi-monthly Board Meeting this month.

Please join us to learn more about what SEPAC does, what we are working on at the moment and how you can get involved.

When: Thursday, 24th January from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Hunt Recreation Center Conference Room, 90 Stow Street. Please enter through the glass doors by the basketball courts which are on the left hand side of the building.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Strategic Planning Survey

We are pleased to announce that the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will be undergoing a strategic planning process in 2019. This is an exciting and important opportunity for our community to set the course for the future of the Chest.

To jump start this process, the Strategic Planning Committee has created this survey to gain feedback from all members of our community. We want for this to be an inclusive process where all voices have the opportunity to contribute. Your involvement is critical, and valued. We hope to finish the strategic plan and develop an implementation plan by the end of the summer. We are always available to discuss your individual thoughts, wishes or concerns if you would like to contact us directly. As the Community Chest moves toward its 75th anniversary in 2022, we thank you for your support and involvement.


This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for taking the time to fill it out!

Enough As She Is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons

Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been
more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never
measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more
than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling
author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our
girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents
and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of
adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.

Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book
signing at the conclusion of the event.

Please contact Betty Ann Killian at with any questions.

Registration is Open for Concord Conservatory of Music’s Spring Group Classes

Spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 15th. Group classes for students help foster academic development, confidence, and music appreciation. Excellent choices include Group Keyboard, Beginning Vocals, Young Vocals, and Uke for Kids. Classes for teens and adults, include Group Guitar, Folk-Rock Ensemble, and Bluegrass Soloing. Between Banjo, Hand Drumming, Group Adventures in Guitar & Mandolin, as well as jams, ukulele courses, string and rock ensembles—there’s something for everyone at CCM. For details:, email, or call (978) 369-0010. CCM is the area’s nonprofit community music school located at 1317 Main Street. Financial assistance is available.

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Winter/Spring session begins during the month of January, please join us!

IMSCC offers music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at Lessons can begin at any time – tuition is prorated for lessons starting mid-semester.

Most lessons are one-on-one, but this semester we are also offering semi-private lessons (two students sharing a lesson) for new students in their first or second year of playing their instrument. More information at

Please visit to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

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

Concord Conservatory presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert- Feb. 8

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band whose music appeals to all ages. Strong instrumentals and harmonies shine through whether performing original tunes or clever renditions of pop tunes. Generous donors and Middlesex Savings Bank have helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. For tickets visit ($20/adults; free for students 18 & under) or available at the door. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM, located at 1317 Main St., also offers private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. 978-369-0010/

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

Winter Skills Clinics – We will offer two consecutive six-week sessions that begin in January (Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7; Session 2: February 14, 28 and March 7,14, 21 & 28). Cost is $150 per six-week session. Space is limited to 12 players per clinic. 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys’ & Girls Skills Clinics – Thursdays 6 – 7pm at Teamworks Acton. 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls’ Skills Clinics – Thursdays 7 – 8pm at Teamworks Acton.

CCYS InTown Soccer – Registration: open through March 1, 2019. For players in Pre-K – 6. Season runs from April 27–June 15, 2019. Teams practice once a week and play games in Concord or Carlisle on either Saturday mornings or afternoons. Grades 5-6 divisions play games in Concord and Acton on Saturdays from April 6 – June 15, 2019. Games will be NOT held over the Memorial Day holiday.

For more information go to

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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. Even if you have checked out our site previously, please visit again as we have added many new resources to educate all parents (even if your child already has a smartphone) and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. We will also add more events this fall, including community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age.

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. As childhood friends growing up in Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their down-home and lively Americana Folk music. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $15 for regular admission. Purchase tickets at: