Thoreau Announcements 11/14/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Apparently winter has come early to Concord–hope you are all surviving. On the eve of another great program brought to you by the Thoreau PTG–a visit to the First Graders by author-illustrator Brian Lies–we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our Children’s Programming Chairs, Meghan Merna and Amanda O’Brien. Last month we had programs for 3rd and 4th Graders and next Friday, November 22nd the 2nd Graders will enjoy a presentation by the Discovery Museum. Please check out the full 2019-2020 schedule on the Thoreau PTG website to see what great programs your children will experience.

November 22nd is our next PTG Meeting at 9:00 am in the Cafeteria–please join us, all are welcome. Also remember to mark your calendars for picture retakes on Tuesday, November 26th and the Turkey Trot on Wednesday, November 27th.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Lost and Found to be Donated Soon

Unclaimed items in the Lost and Found bins at Thoreau School get donated to charity several times per year. The first donation of the year is coming up, so make sure your child claims their stuff before it’s gone forever! What? You say there is nothing missing from your house? You’d be surprised what people find when they take a look! Click here to view a photo gallery of the items currently in the lost and found. Contact Kimber Lynn Drake at (978) 831-3058 with any questions. Good luck!

Get Ready for the Turkey Trot

Save the date! On Wednesday November 27th, Thoreau School will host the 30th Annual Turkey Trot. This event is a beloved, non-competitive 1 mile fun run, which begins in the gym and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau neighborhood. All parents, family, friends, and neighbors are encouraged to line the course and cheer on our students. Bring your cow bells and noise makers!

Donate Your Halloween Costumes

The Concord-Carlisle Red Cross Club is collecting Halloween costume donations after Halloween until November 22 for underprivileged children. We have boxes at Willard, Alcott, and Thoreau, and the Hunt Gym. Thank you very much for your contributions!

Coats for Kids Drive

The Concord Middle School’s ‘Coats for Kids’ coat drive is underway, and we need your help!  Our goal this year is to get 400 coats. We are accepting winter coats for kids, adults and babies.  Make sure there are no rips, tears, or stains before you drop it off in the ‘Coats for Kids’ bin in Thoreau’s Lobby.  Please help us help others in need. Thank you!

Service Learning Update – The Hunger Challenge

This year Thoreau students will have the opportunity to once again participate in the Students Rebuild Challenge Topic. Over the last 4 years, our Concord Cares Team has earned $20,746 to support children and families.

Part art project, part philanthropy, part immersion in global learning, Students Rebuild Challenges connect K-12 students worldwide in a common effort to make a difference, while giving you the tools and flexibility to teach your way.

This year’s Students Rebuild challenge topic is global hunger. Tens of millions of children around the world go to bed hungry or malnourished each night—but our Thoreau students can help change that!! For every illustrated recipe we make, the Bezos Foundation will donate $3.00 to organizations in the USA and around the world that help to provide food for hungry families.

Karen Pettyjohn, former Thoreau School librarian, will lead the project again this year. Her time in your child’s classroom might include reading a book, showing the video, having a short, age-appropriate discussion about hunger issues, and creating illustrated recipes for submission.

To understand more about Students Rebuild and the Hunger Challenge you can view this video:

If you have any questions about the Hunger Challenge please reach out to Julie Lynch at

Community News

IMSCC Faculty Concert – November 15th

Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of music performed by the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord’s talented faculty! The concert takes place on Friday, November 15 at 6:30pm at Carlisle School auditorium, 83 School Street in Carlisle. Get more concert details here. Music lesson enrollment is ongoing – students can join any time! Learn more about music lessons.

CYT Presents Anne of Green Gables- November 15-17 and 22-24

Come see Concord Youth Theatre’s upcoming musical, Anne Of Green Gables.

Don’t miss the heartwarming musical based on Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved classic of a spunky, red haired orphan girl, Anne Shirley, whom Mark Twain called “the most delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice.”

Concord Youth Theatre will present Anne of Green Gables on November 15 & 22 at 7:30pm; November 16 & 23 at 4:00 pm; November 17 & 24 at 2:30 at Concord Youth Theatre’s new home at 53 Church Street, West Concord.

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. Tickets will also be available at the door. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Concord Education Fund 25th Sliver Anniversary Masquerade – November 16th

Join us for a memorable night of fun and friends in celebration of 25 years of supporting teachers and innovative learning in our Concord Public Schools on Saturday, November 16th at 300 Baker Ave in Concord. You can get your tickets and party details here, and learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students. Be aware that Early Bird pricing will end on November first, so don’t wait! This is a big one – don’t miss it!

Bluegrass Concert for the Entire Family- November 22nd

The Concord Conservatory of Music presents the Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 22nd—an exciting collaborative bluegrass performance in Concord. Banjo legend Danny Barnes, winner of the 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, has been a creative force in modern bluegrass and related genres since his days as a founding member and frontman of the Bad Livers in the 1990s. Here he teams up with guitarist Grant Gordy and mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, acclaimed masters emerging out of the newer blossoming of American roots music. Purchase tickets at ($25 for adults; Free for students under 18 ) Questions? Call 978-369-0010 or email

Come to the Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Free Public Library! December 6th-8th

Dec. 6 & 7: 9 am to 4 pm
Dec. 8: 1 pm to 4 pm
We have a great selection of books for children, teens & adults.

Cross Country Ski Program

Discover the fun of cross country skiing this winter! The Great Brook Bill Koch Ski League invites kids K-8 to join its cross country ski program of lessons, physical exercises, games, and outdoor activities. This parent-run club meets regardless of snow cover on Saturdays 8:45-10:30 from mid-December to mid-March at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle. No skiing experience is required, but ski equipment is! Find more information and register at