Thoreau Announcements 11/21/2019

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Hope you are all surviving this awful weather. Just a few things on the horizon before we all have a much needed break! Tomorrow at 9:00 am in the cafeteria, please join us for the PTG Meeting. In addition to discussing ongoing PTG matters, we provide a brief overview of the proposed FY21 CPS and CCHS Budgets. Though next week is quite short, it will be busy as we have picture retakes on Tuesday and the beloved Turkey Trot on Wednesday.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday

Don’t forget picture retake day on Tuesday, November 26th.

Check Out the Virtual Lost and Found Online Before Everything Goes to the Donation Bin

Did you leave an adult-size army green GAP jacket in Mrs. Dillon’s classroom? Do you know where your child’s Rapunzel dress is? How about that Roblox book? Band book for trombone? These and many other items are sitting in the lost and found because their owners do not yet realize they are missing. Don’t let this happen to you! Click here to see photos of the items currently in the lost and found. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity in two weeks (Fri Dec 6). 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!

Community News


Make your plans now! The CCHS Swim & Dive Team is hosting a baby/kid sitting fundraiser on Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 -11:00pm. For a donation of $15.00/hour for a minimum of three hours, two very responsible and fun CCHS Swim & Dive Team members will come to your house and babysit for your children. You can make plans to go out to dinner, catch a movie and/or do some holiday shopping.

All proceeds directly benefit the CCHS Swim & Dive Team and help them to pay for additional coaches needed to adequately coach a large team, equipment maintenance, swim & dive software and additional team support.

Please reserve your babysitters at

Deadline to reserve your sitter is Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Please make sure to provide us with your name, address, the age and gender of your child(ren). We will provide transportation to and from your home. Any questions, please feel free to send an email to us at

Thank you in advance for your support of the CCHS Swim & Dive Team.

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!

Unite with Light

Purchase your Unite with Light luminary kits here:

Unite with Light is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization started by Willard alumni and run by kids from all three elementary schools and in our Middle and High School. We organize an annual event in Concord and Carlisle that brings the community together and raises money to be donated to a charity.

Unite with Light is Sunday, December 8th

Each kit costs $20 and contains ten luminaries.

Unite with Light is run by children from Concord and Carlisle.
We welcome children who would like to volunteer. Please contact us:
Please purchase your luminary kit to support and participate in the event:

3rd Annual Carousel Cares Online Auction – Bidding November 25-December 15

Go to Over 80 items from your favorite Concord area businesses and organizations including a large variety of kid & family activities, restaurant and shopping gift certificates, gifts for all ages, and unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else! With bids starting at $10, we have something for every price range and interest. Start your holiday shopping season off right by bidding today. Proceeds benefit The Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund. Every bid helps a kid!

2019 Concord Holiday Gift Drive: November 15th – December 13th

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, in collaboration with the Town of Concord, invites you to donate to our Holiday Gift Program for low-income Concord families. Donations of new and unwrapped gifts for children of all ages (0-17 years) are greatly appreciated. Lego, games, sports apparel, gift cards, arts and craft kits, and gifts for young teens are especially welcome.

Place donations in festive drop boxes at: Beede Swim and Fitness Center, Harvey Wheeler Center, Concord Town House, Engel & Volkers, Marx Fencing Academy, and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Questions? Contact the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest at 978-369-5250 or

CC Youth Lacrosse: Registration for Grade 1 — 8 Open

CC Youth Boys and Girls Lacrosse registration for grades 1 – 8 is open now until December 31. Between January 1st – January 15 there will be a late fee of $35. If you register after January 15th, you will be put on a wait list and your son/daughter cannot be guaranteed a spot at this point.

CYT Presents Anne of Green Gables- November 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.

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

SEPAC November Newsletter

This month’s SEPAC newsletter includes an interview with Ruth Grube in addition to a link to the SEPAC Q&A held earlier this month with Ruth and Laurie Hunter.

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact us at

Breaking Down Inclusion, Building Up Students- December 5

Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Please join us for a presentation by Elise Wulff from the Aspire program at MGH. Elise has more than a decade of experience working with the neurodiverse population, their families and professionals. In this workshop, Elise will provide an overview of core principles guiding inclusion practices and empower parents to engage these concepts in building your child’s educational success. The discussion will include a review of some key theoretical and legal foundations of inclusion practices as well as specific recommendations for how schools can implement inclusion with fidelity.

When: Thursday, December 5th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: Conference Room 4, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP. If you have any questions, please email us at

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