Thoreau Announcements- 9/26/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Hope to see you all tomorrow at the PTG Meeeting at 9:00. We will have coffee and snacks and kids are always welcome! See the agenda here.

As we noted in our last message, the Thoreau School Adult Social is coming up on Saturday, November 2nd. This is not only a great night, but it is also one of our biggest fundraisers. We will have a silent auction with lots of great items to bid on, and all proceeds go to the PTG so that we can continue to put on wonderful programs for your children. Our 2019-2020 Children’s Programming will kick off on Friday, October 4th when the entire 3rd Grade will have the opportunity to hear from the award winning author of the inspirational “I Wanna” series, Karen Orlaff. She will speak to students about the process of writing and the importance of rewriting to make a story better. She will do writing exercises with the students and answer questions about her books and being an author. This will be the first of almost 20 programs brought to you by the PTG throughout the school year.

Another great way the Thoreau PTG supports students during the school day is through the Thoreau School Garden, Grounds for Learning. Parent volunteers are needed to supervise the kids during lunchtime recess. Please see the description below in the TA and the link for signing up.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

The Book Fair is Coming!

Mark your calendars: Book Fair Family Night is October 18! It’s a lot of fun, with many opportunities to get involved. Keep an eye out for more information and a sign up next week.

Start gathering your used book donations now!

Please Donate to the PTG Auction!

On November 2, the Thoreau PTG is holding our annual Auction and Adult Social and we need your help! In order to make this event a success, we are seeking auction donations from the Thoreau community — Do you have a beach house you could offer for a summer weekend? Or a ski house for a winter getaway? How about Patriots/Bruins/Celtics/Red Sox tickets? Or are you an interior designer, contractor, or do you work in another field where you could offer your time and expertise to the highest bidder? If yes, please contact Abby Jenney at THANK YOU!

Sign Up to Help Out in the Thoreau School Garden, Grounds for Learning

The signup genius to help out in the Thoreau School Garden, Grounds For Learning, is LIVE! We need parent volunteers to open the garden to the students during lunchtime on Wednesdays and Fridays. This entails unlocking the gate, hanging up the flag to let the students know the garden is open, putting out the sandwich board sign at the bottom of the hill near the lower playground, and supervising and engaging students in the garden. You can sign up here.

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

Community News

Third Grade Book Eaters- October 16

Let’s share our favorite books (old & new)
Plus games, crafts, and food!
October 16th @ 4pm
Let’s talk about …Mysteries & Scary Stories
Show & Tell…Bring a favorite Mystery or Scary Book to Share
Activity…Touch & Feel Terrifying Tale!
Food…Stir Up a Slimy Snack!

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
For more info:

CC Youth Basketball Travel Tryouts – Registration Closes This Week!

CC Youth Basketball will be holding tryouts for the 2019/2020 travel basketball season on Saturday, October 5. The travel basketball program is open to boys and girls in grades 4 – 8, and teams play competitive games against surrounding towns in the MetroWest basketball league. The season runs from the beginning of December through the beginning of March. Registration for tryouts closes on September 28, so please register today at

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program: Preschool Openings for 2020-2021

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program (CIPS) is holding an open house on Thursday, October 22nd from 6:30-7:30PM at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road. Children are welcome.

Concord Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program is designed to foster a love of learning through a positive first school experience. We provide the foundation for lifelong learning by encouraging children to become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. Our program provides educationally enriched, and stimulating environments, where children learn through play and developmentally appropriate activities. CIPS offers highly trained staff and an exceptionally creative curriculum. Full and half day classes available. Learn more at or on Twitter (@ConcordIPS).

Mindfulness for Improving Performance and Reducing Stress- Nov. 20

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 a series of Mindfulness Workshops for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers. Starting this Fall through Spring 2020, the series will offer 8 workshops with varying mindfulness themes. All sessions are FREE and open to the public in Concord-Carlisle and surrounding areas.

The remaining Fall dates are 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:

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.

September 29: Fall Family Festival at the Playscape at Ripley/CIPS Playground

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 here.

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.

Milldam Nursery School Fall Concert & Open House

Join Us for the Milldam Nursery School Fall Concert & Open House – free & open to the public! Come for the food and dance, stay to learn more about our great school and community! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at Milldam Nursery School. Sing along with beloved children’s musician, Tim Seston, let balloon artist Jenny Reis twist your favorite balloon creation, play fall games and enjoy yummy treats. And shop our incredible array of decorated pumpkins for sale! Our fantastic family afternoon is made possible by the generous support of Andrew Marquis at Guarantee Rate.

Learn more about Milldam’s wonderful co-op preschool and community. The event takes place on Saturday, September 28, 2018, from 3:30-5:00pm at the Milldam Nursery School (behind First Parish Church), 20 Lexington Rd, Concord MA.

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.