Mom’s Night Out Tonight, Spelling Bee This Weekend- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

March Madness is not limited to basketball. Be sure to scroll through this ENTIRE newsletter for pertinent details regarding both school and town wide events. First up, Thoreau Moms! Come on out to Trails End Cafe at 7pm TONIGHT, March 14th, for Mom’s Night Out! The next morning, March 15th at 9am, we’ll get down to business at our PTG meeting (agenda) where School Committee member, Heather Bout, will discuss the process for the new Concord Middle School. Next up after our spelling bee this weekend is a fun night of math games and activities at our annual Math Night on Friday March 22nd. As we announced last week, registration for Thoreau School’s “Before and After School Programming” will now be administered by the Concord Recreation Department. Details of the programs being offered will be posted soon. Registration will begin on March 26th through the Concord Recreation Website. In other developments, read on below about our transition to daily composting at Thoreau coming this April!

Good luck to all students participating in the annual Thoreau School Spelling Bee this weekend! Cheer them on Saturday, March 16th starting at 1:30 in the auditorium!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Daily Composting Starts April 1st! No Fooling!!!

EXCITING NEWS!! Mother Earth Monday is graduating to EVERYDAY on Monday, April 1st! At the minimum, daily composting will limited to the month of April, but ideally will continue through the end of the school year. For this to be a success, we need “all hands on deck”! The sign-up genius (here and on the PTG Website) has been updated to include MWThF dates through June, please give priority to the April dates. Any time you can give is appreciated!! If you are new, don’t fret – an experienced composting volunteer will always be present to help. Questions/concerns/ideas? Contact Kathleen Dohoney ( THANK YOU FOR HELPING!!

Geography Quests Due Tomorrow, March 15th!

Don’t let your students forget to drop off their Geography Quest packets tomorrow! This one has been a fun one to explore! The suggested number of questions to answer varies by grade, so whether they have answered 3 or all 40, all participants will receive a prize! Be sure the packet is labeled with your student’s name, grade, and teacher and then simply drop it off in the box outside the school library!

The Oceans Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick update on the Oceans Challenge. So far I’ve worked with 9 classes, with 2 more scheduled for later in March. The students have made 514 sea creatures from recycled materials and our school has earned $1028.00 for ocean conservation projects. I’m sure our totals will be even higher by the time the Challenge finishes on June 8.

If you would like to learn more about the Oceans Project and see photos of all of the crafts made by Thoreau students, here is a private link to our team page –

Thanks so much to all of the families who sent in their recyclables, and to the PTG for funding the extra supplies.

All the best,
Karen Pettyjohn

5th Grade Art Retrospective- June 3

All 5th Grade Parents-

Looking ahead to the Art Retrospective

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.

More specific information will sent home the week of March 26th.  If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at

Thanks for your support,

 Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

Spelling Bee: This Saturday, March 16!

The Thoreau School Spelling Bee is this Saturday, ​March 16 in the auditorium. The approximate start times are: 3rd graders at 1:30 (please arrive by 1:15 to check-in); 4th graders at 2:30 (please arrive by 2:15); and 5th graders will start after the 4th grade contest (please arrive by 3:15). All are welcome to attend and cheer on the spellers!

Cake Walk- March 30

It’s that time of year again; CAKE WALK! As is the case every year, we depend on the support of our Thoreau family to make this event a success. Please consider donating your time, a table, some cakes, or even all 3! We can’t do it without you and we appreciate you all so much! Please contact Courtney Tucker @ if you have any questions regarding volunteering. Sign up here:

Thoreau Earth Day Workshops

Celebrate Earth Day by creating music makers, colorful banners and masks of local animals and plant species. Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, papier maché and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint. You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. Both workshops are led by Musketaquid artist/educator Morningstar Medaye. The students will have the opportunity to bring creations to life at the Earth Day parade and festival on Saturday, April 27. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.
Who: Students at Thoreau Elementary School in Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students Where: Thoreau School Art Room. Cost: $24 per student for both sessions. When: Wednesday, March 27 and Wednesday April 3 from 3:30-4:45PM

Register here (You will need to create a login if you do not already have one. Also, scroll to the bottom of the linked page to find the workshops):

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 Through March 19

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!!

Math Night! March 22

Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm! This year’s theme is weather – “Cloudy With a Chance of Math!”. Solve problems related to the many aspects of weather in our world, and win chances at prizes. Build amazing snowflakes! What’s the probability of a snow day? Snacks and a light dinner will be available (cash only). Prizes! Raffles! Sponsored by your PTG. Volunteers needed.

Sign up here:

Please email with any questions.

From the Thoreau PTG Health and Wellness Committee:

Dear Parents of Thoreau Students,

Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce some Health and Wellness planning and events that will be coming this spring.

Our lives are busy, scheduled, and hectic! It’s easy to feel disconnected and get burned out when being pulled in so many directions. The kids feel that way too! Mindfulness practices are tools that anyone can access within themselves to feel more connected, present and calm in any circumstance (almost any). Many of the kids have been exposed to mindfulness at Thoreau school already and may be able to tell you about their experiences. The following upcoming events focus on mindfulness training for kids and parents.

1. Wednesday May 1st at Thoreau School: As part of Children’s Programming during the school day the children will be attending Mindfulness programming (also 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!

2. National Screen Free Week! April 29-May 5 as the weather turns warm and sunny it will be time to TURN OFF the screens. The kids will be asked to come up with creative ways to have fun and explore their environment without screens. If you recall, last year the Toy Shop of Concord offered a prize gift certificate to all kids who completed the week. More to come on this!

Keep in mind there are wonderful resources all around us to cultivate mindfulness. Whether it is through practicing yoga (seamless plug – come to Loren’s class Flow and Restore 7pm on Thursday nights at On the Mat Yoga), walking around Walden Pond or through town trails, learning how to meditate (Try the Calm app) or just taking 5 minutes to stop, slow the breath and feel your feet on the ground, even small practices can have a profound impact on the state of mind!

Thank you,
Loren Winters and Mari Alexander

Community News

Help Make the 2019 Middlesex Jazz Festival Even Better

We are holding our Annual Jazz Fest in downtown Concord on June 8th this year and are asking for your feedback on our FREE annual event. Please take a moment to fill out the survey provided in the link below so that we can make this FREE event even better for Concord and nearby residents. This survey takes 3-4 minutes to complete and all data will only be used in aggregate. Survey closes on March 31st.

Middlesex Jazz Festival 2019 Survey

CMS Presents “The Lion King, Jr.”- March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 PM; Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM, Sanborn Auditorium. For tickets, please go to

Upcoming Parent Education Programs from CPT

(1) FOR ALL PARENTS Thursday evening March 14, 2019 at 7 PM Location: Willard Elementary School (appropriate for parents of all ages of children) Internationally renowned educator an author Kim John Payne, M.Ed. will speak on “How to make Devices Not Divisive: a Screen-Time Workshop” where Kim will discuss how to maintain loving limits and discipline around screen-time and media; how to help our kids build good judgment so they do not become overwhelmed with media; strategies to help them navigate the peer-pressure and the status symbol of devises. Help us plan for the evening by pre-registering at

Free and open to all adults with children of any age!

(2) FOR PARENTS CARING FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS: Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Program, 12:15 to 1:45 PM on March 28, 2019, NEW LOCATION: Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road in Concord. (Bring your own lunch!) We will discuss caring for elders in our lives as well as our children: “Feeling the Squeeze as part of ‘The Sandwich Generation'”. Facilitated by Kathleen Sullivan from Minuteman Senior Services. Read full description at link below. Free and open to all but seating is limited so please help us plan by registering at:

(3) NEW PROGRAM for ALL PARENTS (with children of any age)

“Overcoming Stress and Anxiety in our Youth: Strategies to Support Children’s Learning and Ways to Cope”, presented by Dr. Donna Pincus from the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Monday, April 1, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 PM at Concord Carlisle High School auditorium. Free program! Please help us plan by pre-registering at:

(4) NEW PROGRAM for Parents of children INFANT thru AGE 5, an 8 part mid-day series “Circle of Security: Raising a Secure Child”. A collaboration with First Connections, the small group setting will take place in Action for 8 Tuesdays from 11:30 to 1PM starting April 2nd. Child care is available If requested. To sign up please email Learn more about this free program at

(5) FOR PARENTS OF TEENS AND PRE-TEENS: 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

Learn about all of CPT’s programs at

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC – there’s something for every musician! Join a Guitar or Ukulele class or Trumpet Workshop, learn Bassoon reed-making, or choose an ensemble to play with: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, Rock Band or Small Ensembles. Details and registration at

Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Keeping Tech in Check with Mindful Wellness- March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 – 10:00 am
Be Well Be Here, 91 Main St, Suite 302

Join Concord non-profit founders, Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here and Adrienne Principe of Concord Promise and Turning Life On, on a journey to discover how mindful wellness can help our children (and us) manage technology for healthier lives. Today’s technology is designed to demand our attention nearly 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Whether your child is engaging with smartphones, social media or gaming, developing the skills necessary to keep tech in check can be challenging. The pull of technology also affects our relationships, our productivity, and our children’s abilities to study and learn. Together, we will discuss current findings in human development research (including neurobiology and psychology), and our own life experiences to understand why it’s so hard to disconnect. Lara and Adrienne will offer real strategies that you and your children can experiment with to promote healthier relationships with technology for a happier, fuller life. For more information, visit
Space is limited, please RSVP by calling 978-203-2825 or email

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:

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 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

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.

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