Thoreau Announcements- 2/6/20

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

I imagine some of you are still reeling from the sudden tragic loss of Thoreau School alumnus Chase Bjork. His funeral is Saturday, February 8th and 11:00 am at Trinitarian Congregational Church and there will be a Community Meeting on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 pm at CCHS. As you know from her recent Superintendent messages, focusing on student well-being is one of Dr. Hunter’s priorities. Please join us at our PTG meeting on Friday, February 14th where we will hear from Dr. Hunter.

On a lighter note, next Thursday, February 13th is our next opportunity to celebrate the wonderful teachers and staff at Thoreau. Kindergarten and First grade parents, under the tireless guidance of Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola are proving breakfast. If you have kids in Kindergarten or First Grade please sign up to contribute using the link provided below.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Staff Appreciation Hosted by K/1

The Staff Appreciation Committee will host its Winter Warmer Breakfast for Thoreau staff on Thursday, 2/13. This event will be sponsored by Kindergarten and First Grade families. Please check out the link and volunteer to donate an item so we can celebrate the fabulous staff. Questions? Contact Jordan Binder or Heather Chiancola

Town Meeting 101- March 3

Please join us at an event jointly sponsored by the PTGs from Thoreau, Willard, Alcott, CMS and CCHS, “Town Meeting 101.” This will be an important information session at which our Town Moderator Carmin Reiss will walk us through the process of Town Meeting from how Warrant Articles are generated, what Articles will be included at the 2020 Town Meeting and just how important your vote is!

“Mindful March”

The Thoreau PTG Health and Wellness Committee is pleased to announce a mindfulness program coming to the 4th and 5th grade classrooms in the month of March. An instructor from Ivy Child International ( will be offering mindfulness based learning curriculum in the classroom for 4th grade on Mondays in March and 5th grade on Thursdays in March.

The students will learn tools to help them increase awareness and focus, improve self regulation, manage and reduce stress and develop healthy habits for life.

We know that stress is common amongst teens, but according to a 2018 National Survey of Mental Health, stress and anxiety is on the rise in kids as young as 6. A common source of stress is school related (interactions with peers, teachers or worries about tests/grades). In addition to prioritizing sleep, getting enough exercise, talking about worries, and having good old plain fun, learning mindfulness strategies can help to manage and reduce stress. To learn more

Stay tuned for a mindfulness calendar with tips/suggestion/resources you can use with your family at home!

Thank you, Loren Winters and Julie Asen Dumont

Thoreau Moms’ and Dads’ Nights

Calling all Thoreau Moms and Dads that need a night out (i.e. EVERYONE!)!!

Thoreau Annual Moms’ Night – March 19th
Thoreau Dads’ Night – Take Two!! March 26th

Thoreau Elementary School Red Sox Game Opportunity

Red Sox v. Texas Rangers
Friday, May 1, 2020
Section L37U Rows 27-33

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Tickets will cost $25 each and we are limited to 200 tickets. Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below:

  • Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
    • Your name
    • Student’s name
    • Number of tickets requested
  • Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 5 or Friday, March 6, between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/6 at 7:30PM will be given to remaining families on the waitlist. Please note these pick-up times on your calendar. Thanks! We’re thinking about sunshine and looking forward to another great game!

Community News

Music Zoo- February 9

A Music Zoo is coming to town!

Lincoln-Sudbury Friends of Music welcomes all children ages 5 – 13 with their parents to visit the Music Zoo on Sunday, February 9th from 1 – 3 pm at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road, Sudbury. Free admission.

Touch, try, hear and learn about a variety of musical instruments with demonstrations from LS student musicians and enjoy student vocal performances. If your child is interested in music, private lessons or joining a school band, orchestra or choral group, this is a wonderful chance for them to explore and experiment with instruments. The Music Zoo is an interactive event where visitors can discover the joy and wonder of music and view the LS music spaces. Come join us for a fun and informative afternoon!

This program will be held in conjunction with the LS Music Department’s annual mattress sale fundraiser in the LS cafeteria.

For more information about both events, visit

Stress and Tech: Finding A Balance between Distraction and Connection- February 10

February 10, 7pm-9pm, Concord Free Public Library

Join us for this community conversation about the powerful pull of digital devices, and discover ways to shift our attention toward a healthy relationship with technology. Adrienne Principe, founder and Executive Director of Turning Life On will illuminate how tech experts harness neurobiology to grab our attention and what we can do about it. Be Well Be Here founder and mindful wellness consultant, Lara Wilson, will share simple mindful practices that help us shift our awareness toward healthy habits of attention. Learn more about persuasive design and digital distraction. And discover how to keep tech in check while still feeling connected to community, encourage children to understand the impact of their digital habits, create mindful wellness practices that regulate well-being and bring us together. Discover a New Kind of Tech Support. To learn more and register for this free event, click here.

Basic Rights in Special Education: Understanding the IEP- February 11

Hosted by the Acton-Boxborough, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Maynard, and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from our school districts.

This workshop, presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will provide an understanding of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP); why it is important, how it is developed, what information belongs in each section, what types of services are included, measurable goals, what to do when you receive a proposed IEP and the process for resolving disputes.

When: Tuesday, February 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Sudbury Senior Center, 40 Fairbank Rd, Sudbury

Presented by: Faith Morgan-Gaines, Federation for Children with Special Needs

Please Join Us at the SEPAC February Board Meeting! February 12

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: Wednesday, 12th February from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Members of the Board will be available from 6:30 pm if anyone has any questions or anything they would like to discuss outside the public meeting.

Where: Learning Commons, Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden St

Please join us to hear from Superintendent Laurie Hunter, Director of Student Services Ruth Grube and Cynthia Rainey from the Joint School Committee about next year’s budgets for both Concord Public Schools and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District.

Laurie and Ruth will also share an overview of the new CMS building project and answer any questions you may have about the planning for Special Education in the new Middle School.

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

Concord Promise Parent Roundtable- February 26

February 26, 7pm-9pm, Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street

Join Us 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 refreshments and be on hand to answer questions. Bring a friend, 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. This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to Lara Wilson and Be Well Be Here for generously donating her space for our use. Be Well Be Here is at 91 Main St, Suite 302 next to Fritz and Gigi on the 3rd Floor of the Milldam Building (side entrance under portico – free parking in the back). To learn more about Concord Promise, visit our website at

Emerson Hospital sponsors GirlPower! Empowerment Mini-Workshop for 11 to 14 year old girls at Steinberg Wellness Center on Friday, February 28

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. February’s theme is “Be Mindful” and activities are designed to discover creative ways to relax, move and express feelings, make connections with other girls and explore ways to add zest and vitality in life. Spend a winter evening exploring yoga, dance, guided imagery, 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, February 28, 2020
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $49 includes program, supplies and snack
Register: or call 978-287-3777

Emerson Hospital sponsors An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 at Steinberg Wellness Center on Saturday, February 29

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. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
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

CPT Needs Your Input

The Center for Parents and Teachers provides:
• Unique parent education programs
• Teacher training opportunities
• Support for community wide information events

We want to hear from you as we work on parent education events for 2020-2021!
Please take a moment to offer input about programs for next year.
Simply click on this link to provide input.

For examples of possible topics, here is a link to the CPT website.
Some possible topics, but not limited to, are the following:

School Stress and Anxiety
Youth Mental Health Issues
Teen Risk-Taking with Drugs and other Substances
Do Climate Change Concerns Impact Children’s Mental Health — and Ways to Respond
Talking with Adolescents About Difficult Topics
Social Media and Cyber Safety

Thank you – we look forward to hearing from you.
Center for Parents and Teachers

CCYB/S: Register Now for Girls’ Spring Softball (For K thru 8th Graders):

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is NOW OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.

CCYB/S Softball will have five divisions. The season will kick off at the end of April. For more information or to register go to

Divisions Offered:

T-Ball Grades K-1
Rookie Grades 2-3
Minors Grades 4 (Travel)
Majors Grades 5-6 (Travel)
Seniors Grades 7-8 (Travel)