Thoreau Announcements- 1/9/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Happy 2020! Hope you all had a great break and the transition back to school has been smooth. We have many great activities on the horizon, but we need you help to make them happen. We had scheduled Hobby Fair for January 27th and 28th but due to unexpected circumstances we have no one to organize this event. Unless we get a few people who want to take the lead on this we will have to cancel it. Please let us know ASAP if you are willing to take this on.

Coming up in March, with the date TBD, we will have the Spelling Bee for 3rd-5th graders. Evy Alloway has agreed to take the lead on this special event with Mr Lemaire. If you can help, please contact Evy or or add your name here: Also TBD in March is Math Night. Kevin Neijstrom is spearheading this event but he will need more assistance. If you can help with this event. please contact Kevin or add your name here:

You may have noticed increased composting at our PTG events. Throughout the remainder of the year will we be using up our stock of utensils, plates, bowls, etc., and will eventually use exclusively compostable items. As we move through this transition we will have volunteers at events helping with refuse, recycling and composting. Our kids are experts on this from the lunchroom. If you have any questions, ask them for help!

Lastly, we need Board Leadership for 2020-2021. Please consider taking on the role of Co-President or Vice President and reach out to anyone who you think would be great at this role. It is an awesome opportunity to work closely with Angel, Laurie Hunter, and the other PTG presidents

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Poetry Club with Brad Bennett

Mr. Bennett returns to Thoreau with this before-school poetry club! Designed for grades 3-5, it meets for 8 weeks from 8-9 am. Students will read poems aloud, learn about different poetry forms, and try their hand at writing their own poems. Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed, it runs Jan 22-March 18; fee is $95. Register online at or by calling 978-318-1432.

Community News

CYT Presents The Little Mermaid- January 10-12

Don’t miss Concord Youth Theatre’s performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Performances on January 10 at 7:30, January 11 at 4:00 and January 12 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 Tickets may also be available for purchase at the door. This performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

If your child is interested in drama, CYT offers classes for kids in grades 3-12.

Children’s Play at Middlesex School- January 12

The Quest of Queen Thomas is a one-act play that follows Thomas, a young child struggling with identity and acceptance from peers and family, who finds much needed escape in an imaginary world where Thomas reigns supreme. Thomas, along with best friend and trusty sidekick Bartholomew, embark on a quest to retrieve Thomas’ crown, stolen by the evil witch. The Queen and Bartholomew must battle foes along the way, using courage and wit to persevere on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

This year’s Middlesex Schools annual children’s play will be performed for the public on Sunday, January 12th at 2:00PM. The target audience for this show is 5-13. Please feel free to pack the house with family, friends, and neighbors. Admission is free and seating is general admission.

Concord Promise Tech Talk- January 13

Monday, January 13, 2020
9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Hunt Gym (map)

Join Us in Concord on January 13 at 9am to “Talk Tech.” No experts, presentations or scary statistics. Just parents coming together to share their struggles and support each other so we can help our kids keep tech in check. We’ll provide coffee and be on hand to answer questions. Bring yourself, stop by anytime. We promise you’ll walk away feeling supported and empowered with at least one new strategy for helping your kids manage technology.

For more information, visit

CYT: Audition for Broadway Your Way- January 13-14

Students in grades 6-12 can audition for the musical Broadway Your Way. Students will create a devised full length production using music that they choose to suit their work. Students will work as a team to build a story and script in the spirit of true collaboration. They will develop characters around a central plot line and theme based on songs, story and individual strengths. A unique educational opportunity to explore the creative process from a simple idea to a full production. Auditions: Monday, January 13 & Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-7:30pm.

Concord Middle School Project Community Forum- January 14

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7 p.m.
Concord Middle School-Sanborn Building

The Concord Middle School Building Committee invites you to come hear about the Concord Middle School feasibility study process and timeline, ask questions of the project consultants and learn about future opportunities to engage and provide feedback.

After a brief overview of the process and timeline, we will open the floor to community questions and feedback. Our goal for this initial forum is to kick off the feasibility study public engagement process and hear from you! Visioning education in a new school will be a priority in the discussion. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled that will provide updates on the study progress and respond to questions raised.

We welcome your comments and input via the CMSBC email portal:

Addition information and our meetings and forums online are found on the CMSBC webpages:

Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council and METCO present MLK Jr. Celebration-January 15

The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council and the Concord and
Concord-Carlisle METCO Department would like to invite the Boston,
Carlisle, and Concord communities to the 27th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, an important event to celebrate the life and legacy of this great leader.

There will be a presentation by Ron Jones, co-creator of Dialogues on Diversity, honoring the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, there will be acapella performances by CCHS Take Note, and The Works, a local adult acapella singing group. This annual event is always a special evening and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of integration, freedom, and justice for all.

The celebration begins at 6:30 PM, at the Concord-Carlisle High School (500 Walden Street, Concord, MA). The event is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

From Conflict to Collaboration: A Parent Framework That Brings Out the Best in You and Your Child- January 15

A Presentation by Ben Stich from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:30 – 8:00p.m. Nashoba Brooks School 200 Strawberry Hill Road Concord, MA

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teen? Do you find yourself conflicted in reaction to challenging behavior and responding in ineffective ways? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in you and your child. Come hear an overview of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, which gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce their challenging behavior and build their skills in self regulation, communication and problem-solving. Think:Kids is a program in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Event is free and open to the public. Questions? Please contact Betty Ann Killian

Special Education Mediation and Facilitated Team Meetings- January 16

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

  • Would you like to understand the special education mediation process?
  • Do you know when to request and how to prepare for a mediation?
  • Would you like to know what to expect from mediation?
  • Did you realize you can ask for a facilitated Team meeting?
  • Do you have a question for an expert?

Please join us for an introduction to Special Education mediation and facilitated IEP Team meetings. You will have the opportunity to learn about voluntary and confidential dispute settlement mediations which are conducted without charge to the families involved.

When: Thursday 16th January from 9:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Conference Room 3, Ripley Building, Meriam Road
Presented by: Myrto Flessas, Mediator, Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA)

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

National Leader of the Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash- January 21

January 21, 2020, 7:30-9 PM
Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill RD., Concord, MA

On January 21, 2020, the Climate Solution Speaker Series is thrilled to present Varshini Prakash, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement. The Sunrise Movement is a youth-led grassroots organization mobilizing millions to stop climate change and transform the economy. Last September, the Sunrise Movement was a key organizer in the Global Climate Strike which attracted millions of protesters in 163 countries.

Varshini was raised in Acton, MA and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she led a successful campaign to force trustees to divest holdings in fossil-fuel companies. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, WBUR and more.

Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead; and start spreading the word to your contacts and friends. You will receive fliers for posting shortly. We want you there; and we want your help making this a smashing big event where we can demonstrate our enthusiastic support for youth activists.

Please Join Us at the SEPAC January Board Meeting! January 23

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council would like to invite you to our next Board Meeting.

When: Thursday, 23rd January from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Members of the Board will be available from 12:00 pm if anyone has any questions or anything they would like to discuss outside the public meeting.
Where: Conference Room, Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street. Please enter through the glass doors by the basketball courts which are on the left hand side of the building.

At 2:00 pm we will be joined by Jean Goldsberry, Chair of the Concord Commission on Disability. Jean will speak about the work of the Commission which was formed to promote the inclusion of persons with all types of disabilities in the community.

If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about SEPAC, visit our website at

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, February 7th

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, a fresh, hard-driving, and spirited bluegrass band on Friday, February 7th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve combines traditional bluegrass with a contemporary and relevant vibe. Recognized for their originality and talent, the group has already won three IBMA Momentum Awards. Generous donors and supporting sponsors, Middlesex Savings Bank and Cambridge Savings Bank, helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. Purchase tickets in advance online at $25 for adults; Free for students under 18 or at the door. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email

CCM Presents Brady Rymer- February 29

The Concord Conservatory of Music presents former rocker Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could on Saturday, February 29, 2020 for two shows at 11 am and at 2 pm. The concerts are not just for children but designed as part of the sensory friendly musical movement. Lights will be kept soft and consistent. There will be no strobes. The music isn’t as loud. And there’s room for children to roam instead of being stuck in their seats. It’s pure fun and a great family musical experience. Purchase tickets in advance at $20 for all tickets or at the door at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email

Music lessons with IMSCC

The Winter/Spring session starts in January! New students of all ages and levels are welcome. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice.

Lessons are given in the Concord and Carlisle schools, after school and evenings. New students can begin the registration process at

Please visit for information about IMSCC, including tuition rates, instructor bios and more. For information about our semi-private lesson option and more about how to register, please visit

Spring Group Class Registration open at Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM)

CCM is offering group classes for every interest and skill level for all ages. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, learning music in a group is fun and motivating. CCM offers a range of classes to captivate your child. The perfect starting point might be Beginner Vocals or the Concord Conservatory Girls Chorus (for ages 9 – 14); they’ll thank you later for starting their musical journey.

For more advanced and inspired musicians, we’ll help them join an ensemble or rock group. For adults, there’s the ever-popular Ukulele Club and Crash Course, Banjo Level 2, Blues Guitar, Adventures in Group Guitar as well as Choral Skills for Adults. Private lessons are offered for many instruments as well. Browse CCM offerings at, email, or call 978-369-0010. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord.