After School Activities, Oceans Challenge, Hobby Fair- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

2019 is real now that we have a full week back and are in the groove! Let’s start with a special THANK YOU to the Third Grade Teachers who hosted a Pizza and a Movie Party for 3rd & 4th grade students as a PTG Fundraiser this past Tuesday afternoon. A great time was had by all! Money raised through fundraisers such as these, as well as the Annual Appeal, pay for the fantastic programs our students enjoy all year long! In fact, just yesterday, the second graders were treated to the world of Lasers & Lights thanks to a visit from the Discovery Museum. To see what other programs are coming up for your students, follow the link to the Children’s Programming Page under PTG programs on the PTG Website.

Don’t miss out! As announced by blast email on Monday and detailed below, registration for the winter session of Before & After School Activities began yesterday. We are continuing to offer Minecraft, Fuzzy Felt, Chess, and Japanese Culture Club, and are excited to offer Kids Cooking Green to 3rd through 5th graders as well!

Lastly, start saving your recyclables for a wonderful service project brought to us by our much loved and former Thoreau School librarian, Karen Pettyjohn! She may have retired, but like many Thoreau retirees, she cannot help but stay involved with our students! Details are below about this fantastic project.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Winter Before and After School Activities- Register now!

Registration for the winter session of Before & After School Activities is now open! We still have room available in Chess, Japanese Culture Club, and Kids Cooking Green. Sign up now while there’s still space!

Please visit to read more about each class and to register.

The Oceans Challenge – Please help with recyclables!

Join us in the Oceans Challenge, where students turn recycled materials into sea creatures, and each sea creature earns $2.00 for ocean clean-up projects. Karen Pettyjohn, former Thoreau librarian, will visit the classrooms to read a book about ocean pollution and then will help students with their crafts. The sea creatures will be photographed and counted so that the Students Rebuild/Bezos Family Foundation can make the donation to the Nature Conservancy and the Ocean Collectiv. Visit for more information about Students Rebuild and the Oceans Challenge. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Karen at

We will need lots of recycled materials for our sea creatures! Please send any and all of these to school with your child. Items can be dropped off in the library; many thanks to Julie Turner for storing them. And many thanks to you for your help!

Please help collect these recyclable materials!

  • Plastic bottle caps. Any size, any color, but no writing on top
  • Magazine covers with kid-friendly pictures
  • Used manila or colored file folders
  • Unwanted CDs and DVDs
  • Paper and plastic cups (rinsed and dried), colored or clear
  • Plastic medicine cups (rinsed and dried)
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Yarn scraps, 6 inches long or more
  • Rubber bands and twist ties
  • Outgrown or single kids socks
  • Does anyone have a wallpaper sample book?
  • Empty cereal boxes (flattened, please)
  • Toilet paper tubes

The Thoreau School Hobby Fair 2019 – January 28th and January 29th

The Hobby Fair is an opportunity for all 4th and 5th grade students to share their hobbies, interests and collections with their teachers, family and friends.

The Hobby Fair will be open to the Thoreau School community on the evening of Monday, January 28th from 6:30-7:30pm, when family and friends may view the exhibits.

On Tuesday, January 29th the Hobby Fair will run from 9am-12pm, during which time each class will have a time slot to visit and enjoy the Fair with their classroom teacher and classmates.

The Fair is held in the Thoreau School cafeteria. Students may choose to do a display alone or with a friend. Past wonderful displays have included trading cards, collections of stuffed animals, coins, stamps, artwork, sports, sewing, pets, hiking and baking to name but a few. Although we will have parent volunteers overseeing the exhibits, students may not want to share special or fragile items. Students often like to use a trifold poster board to display a mixture of photos/drawings, objects and written descriptions of their exhibited hobbies. Be as creative as you like with the display, but know that display space will be limited to approximately a third or half of a cafeteria table.

Permission slips due by Friday, January 18th, so that we can plan the tables accordingly.

For more information or to volunteer to help monitor either Monday night or Tuesday morning, please contact Jen Moffitt at or Courtney Tucker at

Community News

Enough As She Is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons

Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been
more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never
measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more
than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling
author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our
girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents
and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of
adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.

Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book
signing at the conclusion of the event.

Please contact Betty Ann Killian at with any questions.

Registration is Open for Concord Conservatory of Music’s Spring Group Classes

Spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 15th. Group classes for students help foster academic development, confidence, and music appreciation. Excellent choices include Group Keyboard, Beginning Vocals, Young Vocals, and Uke for Kids. Classes for teens and adults, include Group Guitar, Folk-Rock Ensemble, and Bluegrass Soloing. Between Banjo, Hand Drumming, Group Adventures in Guitar & Mandolin, as well as jams, ukulele courses, string and rock ensembles—there’s something for everyone at CCM. For details:, email, or call (978) 369-0010. CCM is the area’s nonprofit community music school located at 1317 Main Street. Financial assistance is available.

Beede Center Family Day

Join the Beede Center ( on Sunday, January 13th from 9am-3pm. This event is open to all families interested in experiencing the Beede Center and no advance sign-up is required. We will feature four pools for all ages including a children pool with play features. Two fitness rooms available to ages 14+. The day will include swim testing, facility tours, information on youth swim lessons and “The Rock”. The new fitness studio will be set up as a birthday party rental site with light refreshments and free sport bags. Please email for more information.

26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration- Jan. 16

The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council would like to invite the community to the 26 th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, an important event to celebrate the life and legacy of this great leader. On Wednesday, January 16 th , the community is invited to attend an evening of music and inspiration that honors the life of this extraordinary man, with performances from the Willard School Chorus, the Fenn Treble Chorus and the Boston gospel choir: Joyful Voices of Inspiration.

This annual event, sponsored by the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, is always a special evening and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of freedom and justice for all. The celebration begins at 7PM, at the Fenn School Auditorium, 516 Monument St. in Concord. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information about the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, go to

Parent Education program on “Talking with Your Children About Diversity: Building Bridges of Understanding, Appreciation and Respect”- Jan. 14

The Center for Parents and Teachers invites all parents/caregivers (adults only, please) to come listen to the nationally-renowned educator Principal Kafele address this sensitive and important issue on Monday, January 14, 2019, from 7:30 – 9 PM at Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium.

Free and open to parents and all interested adults (adults only, please). TO HELP WITH OUR PLANNING (and to read the description), PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE EVENT HERE:

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Winter/Spring session begins during the month of January, please join us!

IMSCC offers music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at Lessons can begin at any time – tuition is prorated for lessons starting mid-semester.

Most lessons are one-on-one, but this semester we are also offering semi-private lessons (two students sharing a lesson) for new students in their first or second year of playing their instrument. More information at

Please visit to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Concord Conservatory presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert- Feb. 8

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band whose music appeals to all ages. Strong instrumentals and harmonies shine through whether performing original tunes or clever renditions of pop tunes. Generous donors and Middlesex Savings Bank have helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. For tickets visit ($20/adults; free for students 18 & under) or available at the door. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM, located at 1317 Main St., also offers private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. 978-369-0010/

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

Winter Futsal – The futsal program is coed and is open for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Sessions will be held on Friday nights at Sanborn, and late Sunday afternoons at the Carlisle gym. The Futsal Season runs from Friday, January 4 to Sunday, March 31. We will have sessions either side of February vacation. The program costs $125. Players can come on Fridays, Sundays, or both. Fridays: Grades 1- 4 from 5 – 6pm. Grades 5 – 8 from 6 – 7pm. Sundays: Grades 1 – 2 from 4 – 5pm. Grades 3 – 4 from 5 – 6pm. Grades 5-8 from 6 – 7pm.

Winter Skills Clinics – We will offer two consecutive six-week sessions that begin in January (Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7; Session 2: February 14, 28 and March 7,14, 21 & 28). Cost is $150 per six-week session. Space is limited to 12 players per clinic. 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys’ & Girls Skills Clinics – Thursdays 6 – 7pm at Teamworks Acton. 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls’ Skills Clinics – Thursdays 7 – 8pm at Teamworks Acton.

CCYS Travel Soccer – Registration: open through January 4, 2019. Season runs from April 6 – June 15, 2019. For players in grades 3rd – 8th grade. Teams practice twice a week and play games on Saturdays. Games will NOT be held over the Memorial Day holiday.

CCYS InTown Soccer – Registration: open through March 1, 2019. For players in Pre-K – 6. Season runs from April 27–June 15, 2019. Teams practice once a week and play games in Concord or Carlisle on either Saturday mornings or afternoons. Grades 5-6 divisions play games in Concord and Acton on Saturdays from April 6 – June 15, 2019. Games will be NOT held over the Memorial Day holiday.

For more information go to


Registration opened November 15th! Late registration starts after December 31st and will close January 15th. Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who are beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy to play lacrosse! Come join the fastest growing sport in America!

Sign up now before it closes or fills to capacity!!!

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Concord Promise

Concord Promise unites parents with a promise to delay giving their child a smartphone until at least 8th grade and is committed to education opportunities for all parents. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood. Even if you have checked out our site previously, please visit again as we have added many new resources to educate all parents (even if your child already has a smartphone) and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. We will also add more events this fall, including community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age.

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9 (tickets on sale now)

Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord.Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. As childhood friends growing up in Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their down-home and lively Americana Folk music. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $15 for regular admission. Purchase tickets at: