Thoreau Announcements 10/17/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and this beautiful fall weather! We want to thank the Social Committee for organizing Thoreau’s first annual Dad’s Night Out. It was a big hit! Also, thank you to all who organized and volunteered during picture day. It ran very smoothly and the weather cooperated allowing the students’ pictures to be taken outside this year.

We hope to see you all at Book Fair Family night this Friday from 5:30-8 and if you can make it to your child’s classroom visit they will be held next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!

Our next PTG meeting is Thursday October 24th at 7:00pm in the Thoreau School library. This is a great opportunity to come to a meeting if you can’t make it during the week.

Our Thoreau School Social and Silent Auction is Saturday November 2nd from 7-10:30 pm at the Concord Market! You won’t want to miss out on amazing auction items, great food and great company! Get your tickets now!

If anyone is interested in organizing the Turkey Trot this year please reach out! Our students love this event!!!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Book Fair Family Night Is Tomorrow

Friday, October 18 is Family Night, when you can get lots and lots of BOOKS! Join us from 5:30-8:00 pm to shop, grab an easy dinner, and see school friends. It’s a lot of fun and we hope you can make it! Don’t forget to bring cash for food and used books.

We still need volunteers to make it happen, so if you have time please go to to see how you can help. Can’t contribute sweat equity? We also need FOOD! Anything you can do would be appreciated, but we are especially in need of salads (it doesn’t have to be anything fancy!). Openings are on the sign up, so please check it out.

Don’t forget you can gift books to your child’s classroom as well (and, hey, remember the specials teachers! They need books, too!). We will have tables set up with wish list books for each teacher in the school. Let’s fill our classrooms with books!

Have plans tomorrow night and can’t make it to the fair? You’re in luck, because next week (10/23-10/25) each class has a dedicated time to shop! You can participate (grandparents and other family or friends, too) or just send money along with your child for their classroom visits.

Send in your COINS! The Coin Challenge continues. Keep sending your kids on missions to scour your house for loose change. The grade with the highest amount in their jar wins a new book for each classroom!

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.

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.

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.

Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers Free Trial Lesson Week

Start the fall out right by learning a new instrument or polishing your current skills. Free Trial Lesson Week begins on Tuesday, October 15th and runs through Monday, October 21st. Students ages 4 through adults can sign-up for a free trial lesson for banjo, bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion, piano, trumpet, violin, viola, or voice lessons. View trial lesson open slots per instrument: Choose a time that can be your lesson time for the semester (one trial lesson/person). Interested in instruments not listed in trial week? Call (978) 369-0010 or email to schedule a time. CCM is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street, Concord. Financial assistance is available.

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

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).