Book Fair, Picture Day, and more – Thoreau Announcements 10/3/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

With the official start of autumn underway we are lucky to live in New England where the beauty of our natural surroundings flourishes this time of year! Along with many favorite fall activities such as apple picking and leaf peeping comes many amazing events in our own Thoreau community. Our Social Committee is hosting the first annual Dad’s Night Out on October 10 at 8:00pm at the 99 Restaurant in West Concord. Book Fair family night will be held on October 18th with classroom visits on October 23rd, 24th and 25th. Also on October 18th our Children’s Programming Committee will present all fourth grade classes with a program by Kristen White of Rube Goldberg Design. Students will learn how energy travels through a system by the creation of a domino run with various additional elements incorporated into the design. This program complements the 4th grade Physical Science curriculum, which teaches children to make observations that show that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat and electric currents.

As always there are many volunteer opportunities available! One in particular is to serve on the School Advisory Committee. Please read below to get more information on this great opportunity!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Picture Day

Thoreau student pictures are taken by Coffee Pond Photo. 2019 school pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 15th.

What you need to know as a parent for Picture Day:

  • Every child and staff member will get his/her picture taken on this day along with a class group photo. Class photos will be distributed for free to each student and individual pictures can be purchased separately. Please note that Coffee Pond Photo provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of their photos purchased.
  • A make-up/reshoot day will be offered on November 26th this year. Pictures WILL arrive before the holidays. Teachers will send them home in the children’s backpacks.
  • Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need. Please contact Rachel Levesque as needed to inquire about assistance:
  • Coffee Pond recommends having your children wear solid tops for best picture results. Pictures will be taken indoors if it’s raining that day. Volunteers are not allowed to comb the hair of the students before pictures are taken.
  • Questions? INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Please email us at We need help throughout the day and would really appreciate your time.

Please consider signing up online at Once you’ve ordered what you’d like, please PRINT the receipt and send the receipt to school in an envelope with your child to give to his/her teacher with “Picture Day info” and your child’s name on the front of the envelope. The teacher will keep all of the receipts and will hand them out again on picture day as needed to your children.

Book Fair Countdown: Two Weeks to Go

Friday, October 18 is Book Fair Family Night, a fun-filled Thoreau tradition with new and used books to purchase, crafts to create, and food to eat. Bring the whole family and have a blast!

We need LOTS of help making this event happen. From table and food donations to set-up work to cashiering, whatever you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and we absolutely cannot do it without your help. Check out the volunteer sign up and see how you can contribute.

Another way to get involved is to go through your books and get ready to donate! We need your good-condition children’s books (no board books, DVDs or adult books).  Used book collection will run Tuesday, October 15 through Friday, October 18.

Also, feel free to set your kids loose on your couch cushions to gather up all that loose change under them. The Coin Challenge was a huge success last year and we’re doing it again! We will count contributions by grade and gift a new book to each class in the winning grade.

Want more information? Check out our PTG Book Fair page. And remember to volunteer! We need YOU!

Questions? Suggestions? Contact Deb Antonangeli or Evy Alloway for the new book fair and Courtney Tucker, Julie Bailey or Jen Moffitt for used.

Thoreau School Advisory Council

There is one opening on the Thoreau School Advisory Council (SAC). The Thoreau SAC is responsible for the stewardship of the school community. This council is comprised of both parents and teachers in addition to the school principal. Parents on the Council serve for two years. The main responsibilities of the SAC are to ensure the successful completion of the School Improvement Plan and to serve as an advisory board to the school principal. The SAC is another way for parents in the school community to have a voice with representatives of the school district—namely the school principal. All interested parents should submit a 200 word statement to the two PTG Co-Presidents, Maribeth Cusick and Danielle Wetzel ( and, which will be shared with the school community If there are more than three people interested in the position, the PTG will hold an election in accordance with the policy of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in which the entire Thoreau parent community can vote. For more information on the role of School Councils click here:

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.

Thoreau’s First Dad’s Night!

Why should the moms have all the fun? Come meet and mingle with fellow dads while watching the Pats take down the NY Giants. Be there on Thursday, October 10th @ 8pm (kickoff is 8:20pm) at the 99 Restaurant. Space/TVs will be reserved in the dining room!

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

The Thoreau Library Gift Book Program is a way to honor a special teacher, staff member, or family special occasion. The gifted book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the donor will be the first to check out the book. We would like to thank Kelli O’Donnell for her much-appreciated gift honoring Sara Keller and Cora, “My Dog Laughs.”

If you would like to donate a book, please visit the Gift Book Cart in the library near the Circulation Desk, and follow the directions listed there. (Don’t forget your checkbook.) If you are not able to make it to the library, you can learn more about the Gift Book Program here. Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, is happy to assist you in making a gift.

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

StoryArt: Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit at The Umbrella

The Umbrella Community Arts Center at Emerson is featuring the exhibit StoryArt: Children’s Book Illustration. Contributing artists include Priscilla Alpaugh, Sarah S. Brannen, Shawn Fields, Wayne Geehan, Brian Lies, Julia Miner, Ilse Plume, and Nicole Tadgell. The opening reception takes place on October 3rd. Author Gregory Macguire will moderate a panel discussion on October 16th. Learn more at the exhibit website.

“INSPIRE” Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs

The Center for Parents and Teachers is offering “INSPIRE”, a free, professionally facilitated 6-week support group for parents/grandparents of children ages 4-9 with special needs. Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced, nurture your identity beyond parenting, cope with and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy, restore trust and hope by creating positive connections, and gain new perspectives on having more satisfying interactions with your child.

Sessions begin Tuesday, October 15 and continue through November 19. The sessions are from 9:30-11 AM at the Ripley Building at 120 Meriam Road in Concord. Due to limited spots, pre-registration is required (see link below). Sessions are facilitated by Patricia Marquis, LICSW. Questions? Email or call 978-202-1143. Pre-register here or go to

An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 at Emerson Hospital’s Steinberg Wellness Center

In its 12th year, GirlPower! Has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughters are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters. The GirlPower! Experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew. This workshop was sold out last spring so reserve your spot early. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $120 for mother-daughter pair, includes program, supplies and snacks Register: or call 978-287-3777

Emerson Hospital sponsors GirlPower! Empowerment workshops for 11 to 14 year old girls at Steinberg Wellness Center on Friday November 8, 4:00-7:00 pm

In its 12th year, GirlPower! Be Who You Are™ empowerment workshops provide a way for girls to unplug from social media as well as to discover their unique voices through experiential learning. Activities are designed to discover fun and creative ways to move and express feelings, make connections with other girls and explore ways to add zest and vitality in life. Spend a fall evening exploring yoga, dance, martial arts, journaling and circle discussion. Be who you are while building new friendships. Empower yourself with self confidence and choices. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $80 includes program, supplies and dinner
Register: or call 978-287-3777

Nashoba Valley Ski Club Information Sessions

Wednesday October 16 | 7-8:30pm | Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Rm 142S
Thursday November 7 | 7-8:30pm | Concord Main Library Lower Meeting room

Come and learn about Nashoba Valley Ski Club (NVSC) which is an alpine ski development and racing program for skiers aged 5 – 18. At the open house you can learn more about the program and have questions answered.
Questions? visit or email

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:

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).

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.

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 and coached by CCHS alumni & varsity coaches.

Visit to register and for more information.