Geography Quest, Mom’s Night Out & Lots More – Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Hope everybody had a wonderful break and is surviving this weather! Thankfully February is almost over and March is full of lots of great events to distract us from the gloomy weather–starting with Mom’s Night Out on March 14th and ending with the Cake Walk on March 30th. All the events the PTG organizes for the students, teachers and staff cannot happen without all the great support of the Thoreau School parents. Please review all the upcoming events in the TA for opportunities to contribute, whether it be scoring Geography Quest submission, providing food for the Bur Driver breakfast or volunteering for the Cake Walk.

Also, please take special note of all the opportunities throughout March to become engaged with Concord Middle School Feasibility Study and Design. As parents of elementary school kids you are some of the most important stakeholders in this critically important community discussion and vote. The School Committee is making every effort to ensure that all the relevant information is shared throughout the community before Town Meeting on Monday, April 8th. Please become informed, contribute to the conversation and vote at Town Meeting.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Geography Quest

EXPLORE THE US NATIONAL PARKS WITH GEOGRAPHY QUEST 2019! – Due Friday, March 8th: How many US National Parks have you visited? Perhaps you even went to one over February vacation. Test your family’s knowledge, learn some neat facts, and have FUN by participating in this year’s Geography Quest! Packets were distributed before break, but don’t worry if yours got misplaced or forgotten! Information about this annual PTG sponsored event and downloadable copies are available on the PTG Website at

Suggested goals fo the number of questions to be answered by grade:
Kindergarten: 3 – 5 questions
1st grade: 5 – 10 questions
2nd grade: 10- 15 questions
3rd grade: 15 – 20 questions
4th grade: 20 – 30 questions
5th grade: all 40 questions

Submit answered packets to the Geography Quest Box in the Library by Friday, March 8th.

Geography Quest Scorers needed! Armed with an answer key and a pack of submitted Quests, help the Geography Quest team reward students for their efforts! Many hands make light work – plus, there are no meetings and you can work from home! If interested, please contact Steve Kirincich (

Thoreau Mom’s Night Out – March 14

Thursday, 3/14
Trail’s End Café

Small bites will be served. Cash bar.

Celebrating Thoreau’s Bus Drivers and Crossing Guards – March 19

March is Transportation Safety Awareness Month, and the Staff Appreciation Committee has planned a breakfast on Tuesday 3/19 to honor the Thoreau bus drivers and crossing guards who keep our children safe. Please check out the sign up genius link to donate goods to this event:!/showSignUp/20F0E48AFA623A1F58-busdriver

We also encourage you to have your children make cards for their driver or crossing guard during this week. Your child can deliver the cards directly to the guards/drivers OR you can send them into school to the Staff Appreciation folder of the PTG mailbox, and we will deliver them during the breakfast.

As usual, please reach out with any questions: OR

Spring BOKS starts Tuesday, March 26th !

Have you heard the music, seen the smiling faces, been told of the positive impact in the classroom? BOKS, a free before-school physical fitness program, is back for the Spring session! With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn. The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The spring BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on March 26 th and running through May 23 th . Registration will open at 9AM on Monday, March 4, and close on Friday, March 8th at 5PM. Click here to learn more and to sign up:

Donation Collection for the Animals at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm- Starting March 1

Thoreau’s 3rd Grade Brownie Troop 72067 would like to ask their school community to help collect items from the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm Wish List ( All donations will support the care of the adoptable pets and farm animals at the Nevins Farm. Some of the items on the wish list are old towels, sheets, paper towels, toilet paper, dog and cat toys, dry or canned cat and dog food, and so much more, but any donation is so helpful! There will be a collection box in the Thoreau Lobby starting Friday March 1st. The Brownies will deliver all of the donations to Nevins Farm when they visit on Tuesday March 19th. Thanks in advance for helping the Brownies help all of the adoptable animals at Nevins Farm!!

3rd, 4th & 5th Graders: Register Now for the Spelling Bee!

This year’s Thoreau School Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders is on Saturday, March 16. Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three, and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The approximate start times: 3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30. Registration forms have been sent home with all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Please submit completed registrations to the PTG box in the front office by Friday, March 8. Mr. Lemaire will provide the spelling words and more details to each registered speller. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Lemaire at or Siobhan Mee at See you at the Bee!

Save The Date: Cloudy With A Chance Of Math on March 22

Join us from 6-8 in the Thoreau cafeteria.

Recyclables for the Oceans Challenge

We can still use:

  • Newspaper bags (very popular for sea jelly tentacles)
  • Toilet paper tubes (for octopi and sharks)

Thanks again for all your help – the Thoreau School community is amazing! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email me at

Community News

Concord Middle School Feasibility Study and Design — Residents Will Decide

The Concord School Committee is recommending a Feasibility Study for a new middle school building. To move forward, we will need residents to get involved and vote.

Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new CMS building is included in the 2019 Town Meeting warrant. To educate the community on options for moving forward, the School Committee will host a series of Information Sessions, Public Forums, and Building Tours. Please join us to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback. In planning for a new facility, our goal is to engage the community in a clear and collaborative process. We welcome feedback and hope to see you at one of our events!

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Wednesday, 3/6, 9:30-11am, Ripley Conference Room 4
Thursday, 3/7, 7-8:30pm, Concord Children’s Center in West Concord, 1300 Main Street
Monday, 3/11, 6:30-8pm, Sanborn Auditorium

Public Forums:

Monday, March 18, 6:30-8pm in the Sanborn Auditorium
Monday, March 25, 9:30-11am at the Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 4.

CMS Building Tours:

Saturdays March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6
9:30 at Sanborn and 11:00 at Peabody

Full Schedule of Events:

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at

F-r-e-e screening of the Mr. Rogers movie, March 13th in Maynard

“moving and illuminating” — The New York Times

“a touching, triumphant tribute” — Common Sense Media

“timely and timeless” — Rolling Stone

Come to a #free screening of the Mr. Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on March 13th at the Fine Arts Theater in Maynard, part of the 2019 Discovery Museum Speaker Series. Registration required: Doors open at 6:30pm, movie 7:00 – 9:00pm

Watch the official trailer here:

Two New Saturday Concord Conservatory Workshops for cello and violin players

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to offer one-day Saturday learning workshops led by CCM faculty, which are open to non-CCM students. On March 23rd from 5-6:15 pm, Ji Kwon and Fabrizio Mazzetta will lead Cello Practice Tips & Techniques. Students will learn how to sound great on any piece. HyunJung Kim will lead Scales & Vibrato on April 13th from 12-1:00 pm and will show students how to perfect these skills. For details and registration information on these workshops, visit, call (978) 369-0010, or email Emma Huggard, at Preregistration required.

Join us for an amazing Community Event! March 1-2

SHOP locally at participating businesses and SUPPORT them while they, in turn, SUPPORT The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle. These businesses will be making a donation to The Scholarship Fund based on their sales during our event. The purpose of The Scholarship Fund is to provide annual scholarships to Concord and Carlisle students with financial need and help them achieve a post secondary school education. Look for our flyer at participating stores and restaurants, mention The Scholarship Fund while shopping and dining, and thank the businesses for their support! For more information on participating businesses, please join our SHOP and SUPPORT Facebook Event Page:

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 or email .

Etiquette Boot Camp for Children- March 24

Get your child in shape for the next family dinner, social gathering or formal event at Etiquette Boot Camp! The course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt and much more. Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food and use utensils the European and American way. The three-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and will cover the following etiquette topics: basic manners, table manners, and conversation skills. The fee is $155.

Etiquette Boot Camp will take place on Sunday, March 24th from 10am to 1pm at Marriott Residence Inn Boston-Concord. For more information and to enroll visit or call 617-608-3920.

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

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

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

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9

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: