After School Registration, Picture Day, and more- Thoreau Announcements

Thoreau News: After School Program Registration is Open, Join the Book Fair Committee, Picture Day 2018, Join Girl Scouts, Cub Scout Rocket Launch, Thoreau School Advisory Committee Openings

Community News: Concord Special Town Meeting October 1st, Learn how to Irish dance, Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals, Concord Conservatory’s new group classes & West Side String Program, Community Open House at West Concord Union Church, CCYH Learn to Play Hockey

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Wow!! It has been a whirlwind since Friday! The first PTG Meeting of the year had an amazing turnout and was a wonderful mix of newcomers and PTG veterans! Thank you so much for attending and participating!

On Monday, the students of Thoreau successfully and happily celebrated the first “Mother Earth Monday” of the year by composting all their left over food, napkins, and other compostable products at every lunch. We collected 26 gallons of compost and reduced the trash by half!! Volunteer to help on future Mondays here.

Wednesday kicked off with a casual coffee for K/1st grade parents. It was a wonderful way to socialize as your children begin their early years at Thoreau. Thank you all who attended and for Maribeth Cusick for hosting!

We enjoyed speaking with all of you who visited our table at Back to School Night last night! Thanks for stopping by and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or just to say “hi”! We hope to see you at the Ice Cream Social on Sunday!

Kathleen Dohoney & Maribeth Cusick
Thoreau PTG Co-Presidents

Save the Date!
9/16     Annual Thoreau School Ice Cream Social: Behind School, 2:00 – 4:00
9/28     PTG Meeting – All Welcome! Cafeteria, am
10/1     School Picture Day

Thoreau News

Fall After School Program Registration is Open!

We still have room in Fuzzy Felt, Minecraft, Chess, Japanese Crafts and Culture, and Kids Cooking Green. Sign your child up today!

Join the Book Fair Committee

Join the Book Fair team and bring your ideas! We have experience, but we need fresh perspectives and more hands to help the event run smoothly. Please contact Laura Koh if you’re interested.

Picture Day 2018

It’s that time of the year! Picture Day this year will be on Monday, October 1st. As always, we hope for wonderful weather, lots of smiles and fun! Soon enough, the teachers will be sending the forms home to sign up. Once you receive them, please make sure that you fill them out and send them back with your kids by Wednesday, September 26th.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Please email us at We always need help throughout the day (either a few hours or the full morning) and would really appreciate your time. Helping us at Picture Day is a fun time and also a great way to see the inside of your child’s school day. Please consider helping out and email us at or text us at 617-803-3523.

What you need to know as a parent for Picture Day:

    • Every child and staff member will get his/her picture taken on this day along with a class group photo. Class photos will be distributed for free to each student and individual pictures can be purchased separately. Please note that Coffee Pond Photo provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of their photos purchased.
    • A make-up/reshoot day will be offered on November 28th this year. Pictures WILL arrive before the holidays. Teachers will send them home in the children’s backpacks.
    • Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need. Please contact Rachel Levesque as needed to inquire about assistance:
    • Coffee Pond recommends having your children wear solid tops for best picture results. Pictures will be taken indoors if it’s raining that day. Volunteers are not allowed to comb the hair of the students before pictures are taken.
      • Please email us at We need help throughout the day and would really appreciate your time.

Please consider signing up online at Once you’ve ordered what you’d like, please PRINT the receipt and send the receipt to school in an envelope with your child to give to his/her teacher with “Picture Day info” and your child’s name on the front of the envelope. The teacher will keep all of the receipts and will hand them out again on picture day as needed to your children.

Join Girl Scouts! Saturday September 29th 10:00 am-noon

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts. Girl Scout troops are organized by school grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parents volunteers. We have large, very active troops here at Thoreau and we would love you to join us. We are having a recruitment event at The Concord Scout House (74 Walden St) on Saturday September 29th from 10:00 am to noon. Please come and say hi, ask questions, and meet girl scout leaders. For more details, please contact Lisa Lynch at or to join online go to

Cub Scout Rocket Launch! Friday, September 14th, 6pm

Calling all K-5 boys and girls interested in getting outside and learning what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about! Please join Cub Scout Pack 133 for our free annual rocket launch at the Acton School Street Fields (320 School Street, Acton, MA 01720) on Friday, September 14th, 6 – 7:30 pm. We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them, and then we’ll watch them soar! Rain date is Monday, September 17th at 6pm. Please RSVP so we’ll be sure to have enough rockets and can contact you in case of inclement weather: Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details, please visit

Thoreau School Advisory Committee Openings

The following parents have submitted statements of interest for one of the three openings on the Thoreau School Advisory Committee (SAC):

Eliza Spang: As a parent of a new kindergartener at Thoreau, I am excited to both learn more about our school community and work towards supporting students, teachers, staff, and parents in creating an amazing learning environment for all learners. For the past 20 years, I have dedicated my career to learning and innovation, as a high school science teacher, educational researcher, and learning director of teacher education and professional development programs. Most recently, I was hired to lead an educational unit of Northeastern University, Level Education, dedicated to helping professionals build high-demand technical skills. In addition to my professional experience, I served on the founding board of Compass Charter School in Brooklyn, NY and continue to participate as an Advisory Board member and a coach to one of the school leaders. I think my experience in different K-12 school environments, work with K-12 teachers and school leaders, and my current role in technology education will enable me to be a valuable contributor and collaborator on the SAC. And, most importantly, I will also bring my experience as a parent of a Thoreau student to this role.

Colleen Walston: I am writing to express my interest in serving on the School Advisory Council. I have two sons who are both (finally!) attending Thoreau and I’m excited about the opportunity to work with administrators, teachers, and other parents to help Thoreau continue to be a positive and effective learning environment for all students. My own experiences as a paralegal, elementary school teacher, and stay-at-home mother to two have given me appreciation for organization and deadlines, unending gratitude to the educators who dedicate themselves to student success, and a recognition of the vastly varied needs of children.

After completing five years at the Concord Integrated Preschool, where I was involved with the PTG there as well as the Playground Initiative Steering Committee, I’m ready to jump in to this position where I can learn more about the needs of Thoreau as identified in the School Improvement Plan and help ensure that solutions are implemented. I’d love to be considered for a position on the SAC.

Deb Antonangeli: I am interested in the opportunity to be a member on the Thoreau School Advisory Council. Currently, I have a daughter in the 4th grade. I have been actively involved in Thoreau’s PTG, by volunteering for different events and over the past 3 years, servicing as the VP for one year and Co-President for two years. I believe strongly in giving back to the community and love being involved at Thoreau and believe this would be a wonderful opportunity to continue to give back to Thoreau. The teachers and administration are wonderful people and care deeply about the students and their educational development. Thank you for your consideration for this opportunity.

Community News

Concord Special Town Meeting October 1st

The Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee is putting forward two Articles at the Special Town Meeting on October 1st. A summary of the two articles can be found at A list of all the meetings/coffees/forums scheduled to prepare for the Special Town Meeting is here:

Learn how to Irish Dance!

Inishfree Massachusetts provides Irish Dance instruction to boys and girls ages 4+ with new classes in Concord. From beginners to champions, students learn and practice the basics of this traditional art form and sport, including posture, foot placement, and musical awareness, in a friendly and supportive environment. Classes take place on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 at Starfish Dance & Yoga in West Concord, and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 at 51 Walden. For more information or to register, visit and contact Meghan Danaher at

Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

The Garden Club of Concord is soliciting proposals from local organizations and residents seeking funding for garden-related community projects. Each year, the Garden Club sponsors a range of projects in Concord. Past grants have funded planting projects at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, CCHS Weeds Club, and the Concord Housing Authority. Grants have also supported organizations engaged in the preservation of open space and the environment. In addition, the Club supports outreach to citizens through nature and horticulture; Gaining Ground, Minute Man Arc for Human Services. Grounds for Learning at Thoreau School and Cooperative Elder Services have received past grants for garden-related educational and therapeutic programs.

Funding for all grants is provided by the Club’s annual Spring Plant Sale which is open to the public.

To request a grant application or for more information, please contact Andrea Meyers at, or 781-799-0387. Applications are due by October 12, 2018.

Concord Conservatory’s new group classes & West Side String Program

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) offers an exciting line-up of fall group classes. Learning music in a group setting is motivating and fun for students of any skill level. Classes for young musicians include: Group Keyboard, Beginning Fiddling, Beginner Vocals, Beginner Flute, Young Vocals, Group Guitar, Uke for Kids!, Clarinet Ensemble, and Saxophone Ensemble. The new West Side String Program, a blend of Suzuki philosophy and traditional string pedagogy, gives the confidence students need to become proficient solo performers and fluent music readers. For details, visit or call (978) 369-0010. CCM is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

Community Open House at West Concord Union Church

West Concord Union Church is grateful that you are our neighbor! Join us on Saturday, September 29th from 1-4 p.m. for free ice cream, crafts, music, folk dance, tours of our renovated building, a scavenger hunt, and more. People of all faiths and none are very welcome. Questions?,, or 978-369-6309.

CCYH Learn to Play Hockey

The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from mid November through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please visit for more information and to register.