Thoreau Announcements- 9/19/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Does anyone else feel like the first full week of school was a year long?  Hope everyone is beginning to settle into a good flow.  With all the successful beginning-of-the-year events behind us, the pace of PTG programs has slowed a bit, but make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming events:  Friday, September 27th at 9:00 am, PTG Meeting in the Cafeteria, Tuesday, October 15th, School Pictures, and Friday, October 18th, Book Fair Family Night.  Be on the look out for opportunities to volunteer for both Picture Day and Book Fair Family Night.  Speaking of volunteering, the time-honored Thoreau Tradition–the Turkey Trot will continue this year–BUT we need a few parents who are willing to spearhead this event.  Please let us if you are interested.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Mindfulness for Busy Parents, Teachers and Caregivers- Sept. 25

Our Health and Wellness Chairs, Loren Winters and Julie Dumont, want to be sure you’re aware of this upcoming workshop.

Ivy Child, a local nonprofit that provides yoga and mindfulness programs to children and families in schools and communities is partnering with the Center for Parents and Teachers (Concord) to host series of Mindfulness Workshops for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers. Starting this Fall through Spring 2020, the series will offer 8 workshops of varying mindfulness themes. All sessions are FREE and open to the public in the Concord-Carlisle and surrounding areas.

The Fall dates are September 25, November 20, and December 11, 2019, held at the Concord-Carlisle High School Learning Commons. No experience is necessary to attend but pre-registration is required at:

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

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

Cub Scout Rocket Launch Recruiting Event: October 27

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 October 27, 10am to noon. We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them, and then we’ll watch them take flight! Rain date is November 3rd, 10am to noon. Please RSVP so we’ll be sure to have enough rockets and can contact you in case the event is postponed due to weather: Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details, please visit

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

West Concord Porchfest is SATURDAY! 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:

CCYH Learn to Skate, Mosquitos, and Hot Shots

The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from November 2 through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The CCYH Hot Shots program is also open for registration. Hot Shots is an in-house non-checking ice hockey program open to boys and girls 8-15 yrs old. Practices and games are held at the Middlesex School rink in Concord beginning in November. Please visit for more information and to register for any of these programs.


Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley and the Concord Integrated Preschool (CIPS)! Our Fall Family Festival will take place across the Playscape and the CIPS Playground (120 Meriam Road at the Ripley School Administration Building) from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, rain or shine. There will be fun activities for all, including the annual Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash, pumpkin games with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, children’s activities with the Concord Integrated Preschool, animals from Drumlin Farm, music with Hugh Hanley, crafts and bracelet-making with Minute Man Arc, a nature-based art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment, tattoos with the Beede Swim & Fitness Center, and a free play area hosted by Concord Children’s Center. Reasons to be Cheerful will also be selling their delicious homemade ice cream. Event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – suggested donation $5/family (cash only please). To help with planning, please RSVP via EventBrite. For more info:

Register today for the 2nd Annual Mighty Moose 5k Fun Run/Walk

The 2nd Annual Mighty Moose 5K run/walk and 1 mile kids race for ovarian cancer research will take place on Sunday, September 29th at CCHS at 9am. The event is in memory of Jenna Swaim, a beloved Concord mom of 3 amazing children who lost her four-year battle to ovarian cancer in July 2018.

Many of you participated last year and helped make it a huge success. Please join us again this year and register today!

TO REGISTER: If you, your family members, and/or friends are interested in running or walking, please register and join us on September 29th at Concord Carlisle High School in Concord, MA!
You can register and find more details on the race by clicking here.

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.

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.

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!

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.