Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year! Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Hope the first couple of days went well. We are excited to be back at school and we have a lot of fun activities coming up, but first a very mundane, but necessary request–please log onto Aspen TODAY to ensure that your contact information is correct and that you have designated whether you want to be included in the School Directory. We are excited to be able to provide the Directory at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 11th, but we need your help to make sure it is accurate.

If you help us, you all get free ice cream!!! Well, you get that regardless, if you join us at the Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 8th from 2:00 – 4:00. You can also get free coffee and snacks if you join us for PTG Welcome Back Coffee on Friday, September 6th at 9:00 am in the Cafeteria. Come get the free stuff while you can, then we start asking you for money. Seriously though, please join us– younger siblings are welcome–and learn about all the ways you can participate in the Thoreau School Community.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thursday, September 12th, 9:00–10:30am – Kindergarten/1st Grade Coffee

Get to know other parents of kindergarten and 1st grade students at this informal social gathering while the kids are in school. Young children are welcome. Held at the Alexander home at 172 Ministerial Drive in West Concord.

Celebrate Back to School with the Ice Cream Social- September 8

SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming Thoreau Ice Cream Social Back to School Celebration Sunday September 8th 2-4pm Come have some fun with friends and enjoy ice cream from Reason’s To Be Cheerful. This event is hosted by the PTG and is free to all Thoreau School families. SCOOPERS NEEDED! Quick 30 min shifts. Click on the link if you would like to join the fun https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044baeae2ca2f49-thoreau2

We hope you can make it!

Thoreau Student Directory Notes

We’re actively preparing this year’s Student Directory!

  • Please log in to Aspen by the end of today, August 29, and ensure your student information is up-to-date.
  • Pre-order a copy of the directory by clicking on “Get the 2019-2020 Thoreau Directory” link from the Thoreau PTG web page (or click here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/school-directory/)
  • Pick up your copy on September 11 (at Back to School Night). We’ll have additional copies for $30 — please bring a check made out to Thoreau PTG.
  • We need volunteers! If you’re interested in helping pass out directories on Back to School Night and/or maintain the directory next year, please email Jenny Hanselman at j.hanselman@hotmail.com

K and 1st Grade Art Volunteers Needed

Hello Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents!

Please sign up to help during your child’s art class! This is a unique opportunity limited to Kindergarten and First Grade families only, and it’s such a fun way to see your child and his or her classmates enjoying the wonderful Art program at the Thoreau school.

Kindergarteners attend Art from 10:05-10:55 AM on the following days:

Ms. Apollos: Monday
Ms. Ellis: Tuesday
Ms. Gordon: Wednesday
Ms. McKenna: Thursday

First graders attend Art from 1:30 – 2:20 PM on the following days:
Ms. Karner: Monday
Ms. Pierce: Wednesday
Ms. Stevenson: Thursday
Ms. Walsh: Friday

For more information about volunteering, and to sign up, please click here:

If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa Martin at melissamartin08@yahoo.com


Donations to Friends of the Children-Boston

This year, as part of our service learning initiative, we are partnering with Friends of the Children-Boston and collecting supplies to help assure the children they serve have what they need for a great school year. In particular, we are focusing on Grades 6-12 and while most of the items are school related, some are basic hygiene supplies that their families cannot always afford. Further information about the organization is detailed below.

If you are interested in participating, please check out the list of needed items. You can bring your donation to Mrs. Hollander’s room (Grade 5) any time through Friday September 13th and we will deliver them to Friends-Boston.

Friends-Boston is the only nonprofit in Massachusetts providing youth in greatest need with 12.5 years of comprehensive professional mentoring and family support services – Kindergarten through high school graduation, no matter what!

Our Achievers are selected because they face significant risk factors in their homes and communities. Our long-term goal is that our Achievers will graduate from high school, matriculate to, and succeed in college and beyond.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me (Julie Lynch) at julslynch@gmail.com.


Join Girl Scouts! Saturday September 21st 10:00 am-noon

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts. Girl Scout troops are organized by school and grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parent volunteers. We have large, very active troops here in Concord and we would love you to join us. We are having a recruitment event at The Concord Scout House (74 Walden St) on Saturday September 21st from 10:00 am to noon. Please come and say hi, ask questions, and meet girl scout leaders. For more details, please contact Marina Fleites at mfleites@gsema.org or to join online go to www.gsema.org/join

Cub Scout Rocket Launch Recruiting Event: Friday, September 13th, 6pm

Calling all K-5 boys and girls interested in getting outside and learning what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about! Please join Cub Scout Pack 133 for our free annual rocket launch recruiting event at the Acton School Street Fields (320 School Street, Acton, MA 01720) on Friday, September 13th, 6 – 8 pm. We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them, and then we’ll watch them take flight! Rain date is Friday, September 20th at 6pm. Please RSVP so we’ll be sure to have enough rockets and can contact you in case the event is postponed due to weather: Cubmaster.Concord133@gmail.com Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ConcordPack133

Fall BOKS starts Tuesday, September 24th – Registration opens September 4th

We are pleased to announce the fall session of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at the Thoreau School. BOKS is a nationally-recognized, before-school fitness program that stands for Build Our Kids Success. Studies show that engaging in physical activity before school boosts kids’ ability to learn and retain information. After the first session at Thoreau, Thoreau teachers reported a positive difference in kids enrolled in the program! BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun! For more information on the program, please visit www.bokskids.org.

Boks is always FREE of charge, and is open to any Thoreau Kindergartner through 5th grader! The Fall BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on September 24th through November 14th. Because of the immense interest in this program, the first 25 students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will open on Wednesday, September 4th at 8AM and will close we when we reach our max- register early, and you must re-register even if your child participated in a past BOKS session.

Register here starting on September 4th at 8AM: https://forms.gle/PmB8vTCws29Nhoyk8

Typical BOKS Class

  • Fun warm-up game or movement drills
  • Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements
  • Fun games
  • Cool down and a BOKS Bit- a nutrition component of the program

BOKS is designed to involve the whole community. The more volunteers, the more kids we can enroll in the program. Volunteers’ children are automatically enrolled in the program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa at melissamartin08@yahoo.com or Jordan jordanbinder@yahoo.com.

2019-2020 Lego Club co-op

Thoreau School is pleased to continue its traditional Lego Club co-op this year!

This informal club meets according to age, and is separated into three groups (kindergarten, first grade and second through fifth grades). All groups meet seven times during the school year on Mondays in the cafeteria from 3:30-4:15. (See dates below). The cost to join Lego Club is a one-time $10 fee per child.

Lego Club is a low-key, non-competitive group where students can choose to free build on their own or together with their friends. Their unique creations get displayed in the hallway case each month for all to see! Leaders also offer a fun challenge before ending each meeting. Prizes are always awarded to everyone!

Please note that each group will be capped at 20 students so enroll via the links ASAP to reserve your child’s place. Lego Club is not a PTG sponsored activity. It is an independent co-op, and depends on parent volunteers each month. All parents are expected to volunteer during at least one meeting though they’re welcome to sign up for more!

Details on volunteering and paying of dues will be shared upon receipt of enrollment forms. Please contact Jordan Binder with questions jordanbinder@yahoo.com

2019-2020 Dates:

Kindergarten (first Monday of month):

Oct 7
Nov 4
Dec 2
Jan skip
Feb 3
Mar 2
April 6
May 4

**The Kindergarten section is in need of 2 consistent leaders to attend all 7 meetings. If you are able to lead, please note this on your child’s enrollment form**


1st grade (second Monday of month unless otherwise noted):

Oct 21 (third Monday)
Nov skip
Dec 9
Jan 13
Feb 10
March 9
April 13
May 11


2nd-5th grade (fourth Monday of month unless otherwise noted):

Oct 28
Nov 25
Jan 27
Feb 24
Mar 23
April 27
May 18 (third Monday)


Community News

Music lessons with IMSCC

IMSCC’s Fall session is enrolling now – beginners and students of all levels welcome! Lessons are given after school and in the evenings at CCHS, Sanborn and Carlisle schools. Submit a lesson inquiry here to start the enrollment process; visit the website for information about lessons, tuition rates and faculty. For more details please contact program coordinator Debbie Levine.

Rock Lab auditions at CCM!- Sept. 5 & 6

For kids, the Lab will get them matched up with their peers with similar ability to form a real rock band. Open call auditions on Thursday, September 5th from 6 – 7:00 pm and Friday, September 6th from 4 – 4:45 pm. Rock Lab matches students of similar age and ability to rehearse, explore group dynamics, song choices, and soloing. Students should be familiar with chords and the blues scale. Singers and percussion, guitar, electric bass, saxophone, and trumpet players are all encouraged to join. Fall semester Rock Lab: $386/non-CCM student $405 (auditions are free). Please email Margaret Romero at mromero@ConcordConservatory.org for musical suggestions.

Registration open for 2019 Boys Fall Ball – grades 1 – 4

The program will be led by CC Coaches along with current CC Varsity lacrosse players.

Dates: Sundays 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27
Time: Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4 all start at 1 and end at 2:15 PM
Where: CCHS Grass fields (upper fields)
Register here:

CCYL Girls’ Fall Ball: Sign-ups

CCYL is offering a variety of girls practice and scrimmaging options this Fall:

  • Girls Fall Ball Grades 1-4: 5 Sundays @ CCHS 2:30-3:30pm starting 9/22 @ CCHS (upper grass fields); no max # of registrants
  • Girls Fall Ball Grades 5-8: 5 Sundays @ CCHS 3:30-5pm starting 9/22 @ CCHS (upper grass fields); no max # of registrants
  • Girls Fall Grade 5/6 Scrimmage League: 4 Saturday evenings @ CCHS/Weston (TBD); wait list after 15 registrants

To learn more and register, visit: https://www.leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=33069&org=WEBMASTER.CCYOUTHLACROSSE.COM.

We hope to see you on the field this Fall!

Parent Toddler Program (Ages 1-2)

This program for parents and their children, ages 12-24 months*, is a fun-filled playgroup experience. Children enjoy cooking in the play kitchen, rolling cars down the ramp of the car garage, putting babies to bed in the doll area, or exploring many other toddler toys. While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one- year-olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time.

12 Thursdays, Sept. 12-Dec. 5, 9:30-11:00 am, Ripley. Fee: $175

*Ages are as of September 2019.

Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling

Registration is open for Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling’s 2019 Fall Clinic & 2019-’20 Winter Season for students in grades 4-8.

CCYW Fall Clinic – Runs October 15, thru November 21, 2019 – A fun warm-up to the winter season and a great introduction to wrestling for newcomers to the sport.

CCYW Winter Season – Runs December 3, 2019 thru February 12, 2020 (Between Thanksgiving & February recess.) – An introduction to wrestling fundamentals as well as an opportunity to practice & compete with other USA Wrestling programs.

No experience necessary – Practice located @ CCHS – Coached by CCHS Alumni & Varsity Coaches

Visit www.concordyouthwrestling.com to register and for more information.

CCM Discovery Day Open House, Sept 7, 1-3 pm

Discovery Day Open House at Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) on Saturday, September 7th from 1 – 3 pm—Bring your entire family to the CCM Open House to enjoy the instrument petting zoo. Whether you are 4 or 94, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments in a hands-on way. CCM faculty will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience a variety of instruments. Your young student (age 5 – 7) can enjoy a free Group Keyboard demo class at 1:30 or 2:30 pm (sign up at https://forms.gle/J8DjBwS48F6RUtCq5). Attend the Open House and enter the raffle for a chance to win a free CCM Group Class for the 2019 fall semester! Additionally, anyone registering for a group class at the Open House will receive a 15% discount. www.ConcordConservatory.org / (978) 369-0010 / info@ConcordConservatory.org. Financial assistance is available. CCM is located at 1317 Main St., Concord.