Thoreau Announcements 9/12/19

**IMPORTANT: Due to the risk of EEE, Pack 133 will be postponing our Rocket Launch recruiting event to October 27th, 10am-noon, at the Acton School Street Fields. Rain date will be November 3rd, 10am-noon. For those interested in joining Cub Scouts, we invite you to attend our Parent Info Night on September 18th, at 7pm in the Thoreau Cafeteria. If you have any questions, please contact Andy Smith at

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We had such a great turn out at the first PTG meeting last Friday, which makes us optimistic for a great year ahead. We approved our operating budget for 2019-2020, which included $17,000 for children’s programming throughout the school year. In addition, we have added a new line item for Heath and Wellness to augment our programming in this specific area. We will make efforts to highlight the awesome in-school programs your continued support make possible. If your kids have feedback on the programs, let us know!

Thanks so much to Jenny Gates and her team of volunteers for another super successful Ice Cream Social. It’s always such a great way to kick off the school year. And as you may have noticed, this year we had compostable spoons. Now that the composting program in the Cafeteria is fully operational, we are trying to support composting and recycling at all our events.

Thanks also to Mari Alexander for hosting the Kindergarten/First Grade coffee at her home, and to our Social Committee Chairs, Kerri Nash and Julia Elliott for organizing this event and the upcoming Adult Social, Saturday, November 2nd at The Concord Market. Please mark you calendars now and secure babysitters, as this event, with a great silent auction, helps to generate the funds we need to continue to provide great programming and fun family events.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

In Health and Wellness

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year – we would like to introduce ourselves, the Health and Wellness Committee co-chairs, Loren Winters and Julie Dumont. Our goal is to provide you with information and community resources to help foster healthy kids and families throughout the school year. As allergen safe snacks have been a big topic this past week, we are providing a link to a helpful guide.

Another upcoming/ongoing event is the following from the Center for Parents and Teachers. Three Mindfulness workshops are being offered this fall (with a total of 8 over the course of the school year!). The first one takes place on Wed evening Sept 25th at 7 PM at CCHS in the Learning Commons. Sessions are free and open to all interested parents, caregivers and teachers. The 8 workshops are made possible through the oversight of Ivy Child International, with funding from a Lahey Clinic/CHNA15 grant. Registration information and complete descriptions/dates are listed here.

Along with mindfulness strategies and healthy eating, kids and families benefit greatly from movement! For the kids – consider the free BOKS fitness program offered at Thoreau School. For younger children in the family and a one-time date for older kids, Minute Man Arc is launching their TimberNook Program this Fall.

K and 1st Grade Art Volunteers Needed

All classes still have open slots! For more information about volunteering, and to sign up, please click here:

If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa Martin at

Donations to Friends of the Children-Boston Due Tomorrow

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.

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Julie Lynch at

Cub Scout Pack 133: Parent Info Night, Sept. 18th, 7-8pm

Please join Pack 133 on Sept. 18th at the Thoreau Cafeteria for an info session for new and returning parents to learn more about what makes Cub Scouting at Thoreau so amazing! We’ll go over what we do, what to expect, and how to join. We hope to see you there! Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details, contact Andy Smith at, or visit

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 or to join online go to

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 here). The cost to join Lego Club is a one-time $10 fee per child.

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:

For dates and signup information, click here.

Community News

Community Harvest Celebration at Gaining Ground – Sunday, September 15, 3–5 p.m.

Southern Rail bluegrass band, mini farmer’s market, cider making, kids activities, farm tours
Celebrating 25 years of Gaining Ground!

RSVP: No raindate.
Gaining Ground 341 Virginia Rd, Concord

Contact: Fan Watkinson at

Playtime Theater is back for another season of fun!

Spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s PLAYTIME THEATER – a delightfully interactive theater experience! CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end!!! So put on your performing hats and come play with us!!! Performances at CYT’s new home – 53 Church Street, West Concord beginning October 26th. Playtime Theater will perform at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, West Concord on September 14, September 28 & October 12. For the playtime schedule go to

All shows at 10:30am. $5/person, cash or check only – no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2-9.

Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

The Garden Club of Concord is soliciting proposals from local organizations and residents seeking funding for gardening-related community projects.

Each year, the Garden Club sponsors a range of projects in the Concord community. Past grants have funded planting projects at the Old Manse, the Concord Housing Authority and The Umbrella Community Arts Center. Grants have also supported organizations engaged in the preservation of open space and the environment in Concord. In addition, the Club supports outreach to citizens through nature and horticulture; Gaining Ground, Minute Man ARC for Human Services, and Cooperative Elder Services have received past grants for garden-related educational and therapeutic programs.

Funding for all grants is provided by the Club’s annual Spring Plant Sale, open to the public each year.

To request a grant application or for more information, please contact Maryrose Sykes at, or 978-866-8623. Applications are due by October 11, 2019.

West Concord Porchfest- Sept. 21

The West Concord Junction Cultural District Committee is organizing its first annual West Concord Porchfest on Sept. 21 from 1-5 p.m. (Rain date Sept. 22, same time.) What’s a porchfest? It’s an all-ages grassroots community music festival. (And it’s free.) Start at the Harvey Wheeler parking lot, where you’ll find a map as well as food from Concord Market and Reasons to be Cheerful. Embark on foot through the neighborhoods around Thoreau Elementary School to hear two dozen live acts, from blues and folk to classical and funk. Some of the participating houses will provide chairs; some will ask that you bring your own, or a blanket.

For more information, and to see an interactive map of bands & porches, please visit their website:

Etiquette Boot Camp for Children

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 basic manners, table manners, conversation skills, friendships, family etiquette, social graces for public spaces and much more.

Etiquette Boot Camp for Children is a 3-module program. Each module is 3 hours, 9 hours total, and modules can be taken independently or together. The fee is $155 per module. The program will take place on Sunday, 10/13, 10/27 & 11/3 at Marriott Residence Inn Boston-Concord. For more information and to enroll visit or call 617-608-3920.

Register for art classes this fall at The Umbrella Community Arts Center!

Explore and discover your artistic skills at The Umbrella’s newly renovated building this fall. We offer classes and workshops in painting, drawing, sewing, digital animation and more! Registration is open for just a few more weeks, so make sure to check in and register for your next class.

Garden Club of Concord Home Kitchen Garden Tours

Home Kitchen Garden tours, organized by the Garden Club of Concord, will be held from 1-4 pm, Saturday, Sept. 14th . Three edible backyard gardens will be featured including two larger gardens in Conantum and a small, unique, in-town garden with a mini espaliered orchard.

Free tour passes will be available at the Garden Club of Concord table at the Ag Day Farmers Market on Main Street in Concord Center, from 10am to 2 pm, Saturday Sept. 14th . The table will also offer a children’s activity as well as a Sharing Shelf where used gardening supplies will be available. For more information, go to

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.

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:

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 to register and for more information.