Dad’s Night Out, Picture Day, Book Fair and More- Thoreau Announcements 10/10/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Have you been wondering where you can get some new Thoreau School gear? Of course you have! Our first ever online store will be officially launching at Book Fair family night on October 18th . Check out to get a sneak peek!

Make sure to pack your child with an extra smile on Tuesday October 15th for school picture day!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! The Turkey Trot is scheduled for Wednesday November 27th and we need a volunteer to run the event this year. Please consider leading this beloved school event!

Hope all the Dads out there can make it tonight to watch the Patriots and catch up with friends at the 99 at 8:00!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thoreau’s First Dad’s Night is TONIGHT!

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 tonight, October 10th @ 8pm (kickoff is 8:20pm) at the 99 Restaurant. Space/TVs will be reserved in the dining room!

Book Fair Countdown: One Week to Go

It’s almost here! We start setting up for our annual Book Fair on Tuesday, October 15. Want to contribute? There are several ways to help:

  1. Sign up to help with setup. We have plenty of opportunities if you have time! Take a look and see what might work for you.
  2. Too busy to be at school during the week? Family Night is Friday October 18 from 5:30-8pm, and we need cashiers and help with cleaning up.
  3. If you can’t volunteer your time, we also need food. We need apples, salads, and baked goods. See the signup – we’re still hoping for 30 more food donations.

And then, of course, there’s the Used Book sale. We need YOU to provide the books. Here’s how:

  • Take your gently used children’s books (please no DVDs, board books, or adult books) and put them in a bag.
  • Label that bag with your child’s teacher’s name, along with the total number of books you’re donating.
  • From Tuesday 10/15 to Friday 10/18, send the bag to school with your child, or bring it in and leave it in the front hall.
  • We will record the number of books donated by each class, and the winner will get a prize!

Messy house? Send your kids around to clean while they look for change! The Coin Challenge starts Tuesday October 15 and will last through Thursday, October 24. Remember, the grade that contributes the most money gets a brand new book for every classroom. Last year we raised $1,100 from the Coin Challenge alone. Can we beat that number in 2019?

For more information, visit the Book Fair page on the PTG website. Questions or concerns, contact Deb Antonangeli or Evy Alloway for the new book fair and Courtney Tucker, Julie Bailey or Jen Moffitt for used books.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 15

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

For more information on picture day, please see last week’s announcements or email Kirsten Furman at

Taco Tuesday Staff Appreciation Event- October 22

The Staff Appreciation Committee is planning its next event hosted by 4th and 5th grade families. Those interested in donating to Taco Tuesday on 10/22, can sign up here:

Adult Social and Auction- November 2

Please join us at the Annual Thoreau Adult Fall Social and Silent Auction! Join your friends, old and new, at the BEST event of the year! Irresistible auction items, delicious food and splendid company!

This year’s event will be held at a new & exciting location — CONCORD MARKET!
Tickets are $25/per person and include heavy appetizers and dessert. Cash/Credit Bar.
Proceeds from ticket & auction sales benefit YOUR CHILDREN through the Thoreau School PTG and its exciting programming.

This event sells out! Purchase your tickets today and don’t miss the fun!

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 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

Ayurveda for Autumn Workshop- October 27

On OCTOBER 27th 2:30-4pm at On the Mat Studio in Concord Center, Loren Winters, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Health Counselor, will offer an Ayurveda for Autumn Workshop. Ayurveda is an ancient science often considered a “sister” to yoga, that focuses on healthy foods and lifestyle as “medicine”. Specific daily and seasonal routines are used to balance and improve health. Autumn is considered a time of transition when taking steps to align oneself with the seasonal change can help prevent imbalances once winter arrives. Recipes and spice mixes using local, seasonal ingredients will be discussed! Come and bring a friend! The cost is 25.00 per person.

Please see this link below for a description and to sign up.

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

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).

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.