Thoreau Announcements- 5/16/19

Thoreau News

Thoreau’s 13th Annual Road Race is Sunday, May 19th, 2019

We need volunteers!! Here is the sign up genius for volunteers:


Box Tops for Education – More Contest Results, Deadline this Friday 5/17

The deadline for submitting box tops to our annual classroom contest is this Friday, May 17. Please submit any remaining clips you have by the end of that day. Put them in a small plastic bag and add a slip of paper in the bag with your teacher’s name and your child’s name so that we can credit the correct classroom.

Some of our early leaders have hung on to their leads, while others have been overtaken. As of November, our new standings were:

1st grade=Henry
2nd grade=Jackson
3rd grade=Marotta
4th grade=Keefe
5th grade=Hoyt

Stay tuned for more updates in the next two weeks. It ain’t over till it’s over! Meanwhile, keep clipping!

Community News

Youth Football Summer

CCHS teacher and assistant Football Coach Josh Reed and staff would like to invite your child to join us this year at the Patriot Youth Football Fundamentals Clinic. The clinic runs from July 8-10 and is for boys & girls entering grades 3-8. The clinic is a non-padded, non-contact clinic focused on instruction of the basic skills and strategies of football. Kids interested in Flag Football and/or Tackle Football will gain tremendous confidence by acquiring and building skills in a positive, supportive environment. Learning, improving and having FUN are the primary goals of the Clinic! Cost is $100 and includes clinic t-shirt and is held on Memorial Field at CCHS.

Please register at Click on the green login in button on the top right of the home page and follow registration instructions.

For any questions about the clinic format/expectations, contact Coach Reed at or (207) 337-1393.

Tech, Talk, Tacos for 5th Grade Parents at Adelita, May 29 from 1pm-3pm

They’re growing up and headed to middle school! It’s an exciting time with lots of changes.

We’re putting together a casual roundtable exclusively for parents of rising 6th graders to talk strategy for the transition to middle school, specifically when it comes to managing technology. Homework is generally online. Kids are free to switch buses without a note, so communication home becomes important. Parents are no longer organizing play dates because the kids are doing it on their own. How do we help our kids manage it all? And how can we support each other through this transition?

Let’s taco ‘bout it.

*The chips and guac are on us! Food and drinks available for purchase. Tacos highly encouraged. Event is free, but please RSVP to so we can save you a seat! Hosted by Concord Promise and Turning Life On. Special thanks to Adelita.

Volunteer Opportunity: CMS Building Committee

The Concord Select Board recently approved the charge for the CMS Building Committee, which will manage the upcoming Feasibility and Design stage, along with the eventual construction stage, of a new middle school building. The charge calls for the participation of 6 resident volunteers, plus 1 additional resident volunteer knowledgeable in the field of sustainable building design and operation.

The Select Board will be nominating members at their Monday, May 20 meeting, at 7pm at the Town House. If you are interested in volunteering for the Building Committee, contact the Select Board before May 20 by filling out a Green Card here:

The Building Committee is scheduled to be seated June 3 and will begin work soon thereafter assuming the funding for the Feasibility & Design passes at the town election June 4.

For questions, contact Heather Bout, Concord School Committee Chair ( or Mike Lawson, Concord Select Board Chair (

Special Election for CMS Feasibility Study & Design Funding: June 4

The Special Election to finalize funding for the CMS Feasibility Study and Schematic Design will be held Tuesday, June 4. The vote needs to pass by a majority in order for CMS building plans to continue moving forward. Polls will be open 7am-8pm.


Don’t walk to school – RUN TO SCHOOL!
RUN TO SCHOOL 5K/FUN RUN on Sunday, June 2 at the Beede Center, Concord.
Fun Run starts at 9:00 and 5K begins at 9:30. Awards, popsicles, raffle, T-shirts and more! Run with us to celebrate kids and education – the school with the best showing will win a top prize so grab your friends and run in your school spirit wear. This race is organized by CMS 7th grader Anna Park to raise money for underprivileged education. Register at and let’s show our community support for kids helping kids.

Concord Youth Theatre Presents Broadway Underground- May 17-19

Come see Concord Youth Theatre’s talented actors perform an original musical! This season, Concord Youth Theatre’s Mainstage Company took on an exciting challenge, creating a devised theater project called Broadway Underground. Forty-one performers in grades four through twelve used brainstorming, writing, and improvisation to develop a show all their own. Come watch them perform a musical that emerged from themes of importance to the actors, and grew under the guidance of CYT Artistic Director Lisa Evans. The show will run at Carlisle Public School, Corey Auditorium at 83 School Street in Carlisle on 5/17 at 8:00 p.m., 5/18 at 4:00 p.m., 5/19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at For more information go to

11th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic- June 13

Lace up your running shoes! It’s time for the 11th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 13 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races start at 4:15 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders start at 6:30. All funds raised benefit the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register at

Need A Babysitter? CCHS Student Government Sponsored Event- May 24

On Friday May 24th go out for a night of fun and two high school students will watch your child(ren) from 5pm-11pm

All Proceeds go to Cradles to Crayons
$12 per hour

Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides children with the essentials they need free of charge. Through grassroots organizations, community and corporate donations they collect the children’s items that can be packaged and processed by the giving factory. These packaged goods (like winter coats, backpacks, and toys) are then distributed to families in need. Please help this impactful organization by being a part of this event.

Google Form to sign up:

Any Questions? Email:
Kate Johnson at
Zoe Jackson at
Or Emily Aldous at

The Willard Carnival – Fun for Everyone

The much-anticipated annual Willard Carnival will take place on Sunday, June 9th, Noon – 4 p.m. at the beautiful Willard School grounds, 185 Powder Mile Road, Concord. The entire community is invited to join us for a day of fun including carnival games, face painting, delicious food, entertaining music and fantastic raffle items. Games involving both skill and chance will be on hand including the popular Fantasy Fishing, balloon animals and the cake-dance. Be sure to check out the new booth Slime Machine. Pizza and other concessions will be available.

Hope to see you there!

All proceeds from the Willard Carnival benefit the Willard PTG, making the day a truly rewarding celebration. The carnival would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors: McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency; H. Ivan Orup, Jr., DMD, MMSc, PC; Concord Oil; PERCH Home Renovation Consulting; AlchemyThree Web Design and Marketing Agency; and MyBridge Community Referral Network. For more information, contact the Willard Carnival Committee

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 Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed.

Summer Private Lessons at Concord Conservatory of Music

Concord Conservatory of Music will offer private lesson instruction throughout the summer. Get ready to hone your skills and conquer a new piece on your instrument. Your child will truly appreciate starting lessons in the summer without the stress from schoolwork and busy schedules. Consider private lessons for the clarinet, cello, flute, guitar, mandolin, oboe, piano, saxophone, violin, and for voice instruction. New students: visit CCM’s website and submit a Student Interest Form, or call (978) 369-0010 so that we can learn more about your needs. Financial assistance is available. CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

Water Safety Event at Beede- May 23

The Beede Center is committed to teaching kids and adults of all ages to learn to swim and how to be safe in, on, and around the water! We have programs for beginners, triathletes, and everyone in between!

Beede is hosting a special Water Safety Event on May 23rd at 4:00. Come for a water safety presentation, Q&A of all things water, and American Red Cross level testing.

Being around a body of water all summer and not knowing how to swim can be scary for kids and parents. We’ll give you the confidence and knowledge to become “water smart.”

All information and registration can be found on


Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 16th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.

Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.

To register, volunteer or donate, go to Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!

CPT Presents “Fostering Resiliency in Our Children as They Face Childhood Transitions”

The Center for Parents and Teachers invites all interested adults to the following free program:
“Fostering Resiliency in Our Children as They Face Childhood Transitions”
Presented by Rick Irving, MSW (one of CPT’s most popular presenters!)

As children face normal (and even unexpected) transitions in their lives, such as moving from preschool to Kindergarten or from elementary school to middle school … or even moving from one home to another, there are ways we as parents/grandparents can provide supports and reassurances that will assist the child to move forward in a smooth way. Building resiliency in the face of change can be possible if the child feels supported through regular routines and predictable, comforting outlets. Join us as we discuss what can be done to offer children stability in the midst of change. Share concerns and questions and come away with concrete ideas and strategies.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday morning May 22, 2019 from 9:45 to 11:15 AM
LOCATION: Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord

Open to all interested adults, especially parents, grandparents and caregivers!
This program is being offered free of charge but pre-registration helps CPT to better plan materials and prepare the space. Please sign up at or at the following link:

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.

Concord Bike Fest- May 18

Save the date! The first annual Concord Bike Fest will take place on Saturday, May 18th. Check out

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.