Cake Walk, Composting and More- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Last Friday’s Math Night was a great success! Thank you to the whole Math Night team and all the volunteers for pulling together such a great evening! But don’t rest up yet! Thoreau has two more exciting events coming up this week! First, it’s Cake Walk Time! There is still time to bake some prize cakes and volunteer for this popular family event being held at Thoreau this Saturday, March 30th from 1-3pm! If you have never been, you’re in for a treat. Secondly, some people are equally excited about the fact that Monday marks the first day of daily composting at Thoreau! Even if your child packs up all their lunch waste and brings it home, we’re encouraging all students and families to embrace this month surrounding Earth Day and find ways to reduce landfill waste in their lunches. Simple practices such as changing to reusable containers, using compostable bags, reducing the use of individually wrapped snacks, or even bringing home unopened/uneaten food to eat later can make an impact! Lastly, please note that the April PTG meeting has been moved to Friday, April 5th at 9:00 am in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Cake Walk- March 30 (that’s THIS Saturday!)

The Cake Walk is HERE! Two days to go, and we still need your help. We have open spots to run games, sell tickets, and do hair streaking. Can’t volunteer on the day? Send in a table! We need lots more! And don’t forget those cakes; it’s not a Cake Walk without them!

Questions? Please contact Courtney Tucker @ Check out the full sign up sheet here and see if you can help:

Have You Checked Out Our NEW Spring Before and After School Activities?

Registration is open! We have partnered with Concord Recreation for our Spring Before and After School programming. We have some old favorites available, like Fuzzy Felt, but also some brand new courses! Does anything spark your child’s interest?

  • Kids’ Test Kitchen: Each week we’ll explore new or familiar foods in their raw, unmanipulated state. Then, working as a team, we’ll slice, dice, peel, measure, and cook until we’ve prepared the finished dish. As the weather warms, we are presented with a variety of fresh and delicious ingredients to work with. We’ll be recreating savory favorites and introducing a dessert that pleases the senses and the body! As usual, at the end of class your aspiring chef will receive the main ingredient, or a sample of the finished dish, and the recipe so that they can show off what they’ve learned!
  • Before School Sports: Does your child like handball, kickball, or “pillow polo hockey”? Get the day off to a fun start with Mrs. Murphy and some favorite PE games!
  • Hip Hoppers Cardio Blast: A fun, upbeat, high energy Hip Hop Dance Class that promotes coordination, agility and cardio fitness. Each class will be a blast of awesome music, super fun dance moves, games and core strengthening. Each class will end with meditation and healthy goals with our very own H2K Bu-Dog.

Get more information and register through Concord Rec today!


There are only two weeks left until our 31st annual Book Character Parade! Everyone is hard at work on masks, simple costumes and props to represent a favorite book character. Families are invited to watch the parade as it moves through the school on Tuesday, April 9, beginning at 11:15 A.M. Check next week’s Thoreau Announcements for more information, or talk to Julie in the Library.

The Book Character Parade early dismissal will follow the same process that we used for the Turkey Trot. Parents who would like to pick up their children after the parade need to send in dismissal notes in the morning to the teachers. The teachers will have an “Early Dismissal” form for parents to sign out their children. Parents who send in notes may pick up their children from the classroom at 12:00, but please wait outside the building until 12:00. Students without notes will be sent home on their regular buses at 12:30, the usual Tuesday dismissal.

I appreciate time and effort you all take to make the parade a success. If anyone has questions, please let me know.

Thank you,
Julie Turner

Daily Composting Starts Next Week!!

Kudos to ALL the students who have been so responsive to the Mother-Earth-Monday composting efforts all year long! In preparation for the last phase of the pilot, daily composting, we’ve ramped up discussions with the students, volunteers, and staff over the past three weeks. The feedback has been extremely valuable and we’re looking forward to starting daily composting on April 1st! Food services has been very receptive to this initiative. In addition to compostable trays and soup containers, Thoreau school has now converted to paper straws! The volunteer response for the month of April has also been amazing! In fact, it might even be full. More spots are available for May and June, so please consider volunteering to help students “Throw It Away the Thoreau Way!” Please contact Kathleen Dohoney with any questions/concerns or ideas!

Box Tops for Education – Game ON!

The scorecard is up! Ready for a little friendly competition? Let’s see which classroom can clip and turn in the most box tops by Friday, May 17th. Put your box tops coupons in a small plastic bag (reused bags are fine as long as they are dry) and include your teacher’s name on a slip of paper inside the bag. Bags can be dropped into the collection box in the school lobby. The classroom from each grade with the most clips gets to choose a prize! Good luck everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake

5th Grade Art Retrospective- June 3

All 5th Grade Parents-

Looking ahead to the Art Retrospective

The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held on Monday night, June 3rd. Due to the late date of the event, the Arts Night will be the grand finale of the show. At the conclusion of the evening, families should take ALL artwork home. If family members can not make the Arts Night please make sure to stop by before to view the work. Doors will open at 6:30 to view artwork and the concert will begin at 7 pm. Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring in any work from past years the week after April Vacation.

More specific information will sent home the week of March 26th. If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at

Thanks for your support,

Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

From the Thoreau PTG Health and Wellness Committee:

Dear Parents of Thoreau Students,

Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce some Health and Wellness planning and events that will be coming this spring.

Our lives are busy, scheduled, and hectic! It’s easy to feel disconnected and get burned out when being pulled in so many directions. The kids feel that way too! Mindfulness practices are tools that anyone can access within themselves to feel more connected, present and calm in any circumstance (almost any). Many of the kids have been exposed to mindfulness at Thoreau school already and may be able to tell you about their experiences. The following upcoming events focus on mindfulness training for kids and parents.

1. Wednesday May 1st at Thoreau School: As part of Children’s Programming during the school day the children will be attending Mindfulness programming (also through Ivy Child) and will have fun with mindful movement, breathing exercises, and meditation. Ask them about it when they get home so they can teach the whole family!

2. National Screen Free Week! April 29-May 5 as the weather turns warm and sunny it will be time to TURN OFF the screens. The kids will be asked to come up with creative ways to have fun and explore their environment without screens. If you recall, last year the Toy Shop of Concord offered a prize gift certificate to all kids who completed the week. More to come on this!

Keep in mind there are wonderful resources all around us to cultivate mindfulness. Whether it is through practicing yoga (seamless plug – come to Loren’s class Flow and Restore 7pm on Thursday nights at On the Mat Yoga), walking around Walden Pond or through town trails, learning how to meditate (Try the Calm app) or just taking 5 minutes to stop, slow the breath and feel your feet on the ground, even small practices can have a profound impact on the state of mind!

Thank you,
Loren Winters and Mari Alexander

Community News

Musketaquid Earth Day 2019

When: Saturday, April 27 10:30-2:00pm (*Rain Date: Sunday, April 28)
Theme: Embracing Diversity in a Climate of Change

Thoreau group will gather at 10:15 at the Umbrella Arts Center, look for the Thoreau School banner.
Please join Thoreauly Green and the Thoreau students who participated in this year’s Musketaquid Workshops to represent the Thoreau School in the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, April 27. The parade begins at 10:30 at the Umbrella Arts Center and ends at the Old Manse. The River Ceremony will be at the North Bridge immediately following the parade (11:30). There will also be an Arts & Environmental Festival at the Old Manse Lawn and Orchard from 12-2PM. For more information go to: or contact Jessica Grogins at We hope to see you there! For those who have not attended this event in the past, it is a wonderful way to celebrate the Earth, the arts, and our community. Bring your own puppets and banners or help carry one provided by the Musketaquid artists.


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

Do you have a child on a IEP or 504 plan?

Would you like the opportunity to network?

Please join your fellow parents for an informal meet up where we can enjoy coffee and support each other through discussion and the sharing of ideas.

When: Thursday, April 11th from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Where: Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road

We will be meeting in the bar area. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Betsy Olsson-Mackowski (

Intro to Ayurveda With Loren Winters

Saturday March 30 th at 3:00pm-4:15pm

Join Loren to learn about Ayurveda the ancient yet enduring “sister science to Yoga”. We will explore the philosophy and practices of Ayurveda as well as how to incorporate the concept of “food as medicine”, dinacharya (daily routines) and ritucharya (seasonal routines) to improve your health and wellbeing. Bring a friend and your own mugs for tea sampling!

Sign up on the OTM website under workshops:

SEPAC Appreciation Awards – Is there a special teacher, staff member or administrator who has made a positive impact on your child’s life?

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council is delighted to announce the launch of our 3rd Annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards!

We are inviting parents and caregivers with children on an IEP or 504 plan to nominate one special person in the public schools who has made a difference to your family this year. The Appreciation Award winners will be honored at the Joint School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd.

The Appreciation Awards were introduced two years ago and we have received really positive feedback from the recipients. They told us the acknowledgement and public recognition of their work was highly valued.

Please visit to nominate your special person!

Nominations will open on Monday, March 18th and will close on Friday, April 12th. If you have any questions, please email us at

Please join us at the SEPAC Board Meeting! March 28

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

We have two guest speakers joining us this month. Sherry Kenin and Magi Lindeman will be sharing information about the Timbernook Sensory Nature Programs which are under the umbrella of Minute Man Arc. These innovative and award winning nature programs were developed by an Occupational Therapist and enable children to experience a variety of sensory inputs and challenge their fine and gross motor skills.

Please join us to learn more about what SEPAC does, what we are working on at the moment and how you can get involved.

When: Thursday, 28th March from 12:30 – 2:30 pm

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.

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

Concord Conservatory of Music presents CCM Jazz – Originals on April 5th at 7:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the National Jazz Appreciation Month when the multi-talented CCM faculty perform original compositions. Tsuyoshi Honjo on saxophone, Justin Meyer on bass, Brian Friedland on piano, Phil Sargent on guitar, Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Mike Connors on percussion bring to the area their original compositions as well as jazz classics. Purchase tickets at or available at the door: $20 for adults, free for students 18 and under. For information: 978-369-0010 or email CCM is located at 1317 Main Street, Concord (within the West Concord Union Church).

Spring Art Classes at The Umbrella

Registration for spring classes at The Umbrella Community Arts Center is open! Explore Animation, Drawing, Painting, Glass Fusing and more! While, you’re thinking about spring, don’t forget that Summer Camp registration is open as well! We’re offering NEW Student Discounts and new Referral Bonus Program to thank those who refer new students to try classes at The Umbrella. Register TODAY and discover your arts!

Help Make the 2019 Middlesex Jazz Festival Even Better

We are holding our Annual Jazz Fest in downtown Concord on June 8th this year and are asking for your feedback on our FREE annual event. Please take a moment to fill out the survey provided in the link below so that we can make this FREE event even better for Concord and nearby residents. This survey takes 3-4 minutes to complete and all data will only be used in aggregate. Survey closes on March 31st.

Middlesex Jazz Festival 2019 Survey

CMS Presents “The Lion King, Jr.”- March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 PM; Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM, Sanborn Auditorium. For tickets, please go to

Upcoming Parent Education Programs from CPT

(1) FOR PARENTS CARING FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS: Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Program, 12:15 to 1:45 PM on March 28, 2019, NEW LOCATION: Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road in Concord. (Bring your own lunch!) We will discuss caring for elders in our lives as well as our children: “Feeling the Squeeze as part of ‘The Sandwich Generation'”. Facilitated by Kathleen Sullivan from Minuteman Senior Services. Read full description at link below. Free and open to all but seating is limited so please help us plan by registering at:

(2) NEW PROGRAM for ALL PARENTS (with children of any age)

“Overcoming Stress and Anxiety in our Youth: Strategies to Support Children’s Learning and Ways to Cope”, presented by Dr. Donna Pincus from the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Monday, April 1, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 PM at Concord Carlisle High School auditorium. Free program! Please help us plan by pre-registering at:

(3) NEW PROGRAM for Parents of children INFANT thru AGE 5, an 8 part mid-day series “Circle of Security: Raising a Secure Child”. A collaboration with First Connections, the small group setting will take place in Action for 8 Tuesdays from 11:30 to 1PM starting April 2nd. Child care is available If requested. To sign up please email Learn more about this free program at

(4) FOR PARENTS OF TEENS AND PRE-TEENS: Thursday morning May 2nd 10 -11:30 AM, Ripley Administration Conference Room 4, Dr. Sion Harris will present “They Are Not Crazy. They Are Teenagers!: Substance Use and its Impact on the Developing Brain” — Look for registration information as we get closer at

Learn about all of CPT’s programs at

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC – there’s something for every musician! Join a Guitar or Ukulele class or Trumpet Workshop, learn Bassoon reed-making, or choose an ensemble to play with: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, Rock Band or Small Ensembles. Details and registration at

Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Keeping Tech in Check with Mindful Wellness- March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 – 10:00 am
Be Well Be Here, 91 Main St, Suite 302

Join Concord non-profit founders, Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here and Adrienne Principe of Concord Promise and Turning Life On, on a journey to discover how mindful wellness can help our children (and us) manage technology for healthier lives. Today’s technology is designed to demand our attention nearly 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Whether your child is engaging with smartphones, social media or gaming, developing the skills necessary to keep tech in check can be challenging. The pull of technology also affects our relationships, our productivity, and our children’s abilities to study and learn. Together, we will discuss current findings in human development research (including neurobiology and psychology), and our own life experiences to understand why it’s so hard to disconnect. Lara and Adrienne will offer real strategies that you and your children can experiment with to promote healthier relationships with technology for a happier, fuller life. For more information, visit
Space is limited, please RSVP by calling 978-203-2825 or email

Concord Middle School Feasibility Study and Design — Residents Will Decide

The Concord School Committee is recommending a Feasibility Study for a new middle school building. To move forward, we will need residents to get involved and vote.

Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new CMS building is included in the 2019 Town Meeting warrant. To educate the community on options for moving forward, the School Committee will host a series of Information Sessions, Public Forums, and Building Tours. Please join us to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback. In planning for a new facility, our goal is to engage the community in a clear and collaborative process. We welcome feedback and hope to see you at one of our events!

CMS Building Tours:

Saturdays March 30 and April 6
9:30 at Sanborn and 11:00 at Peabody

Full Schedule of Events:

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at

Two New Saturday Concord Conservatory Workshops for cello and violin players

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to offer one-day Saturday learning workshops led by CCM faculty, which are open to non-CCM students. On March 23rd from 5-6:15 pm, Ji Kwon and Fabrizio Mazzetta will lead Cello Practice Tips & Techniques. Students will learn how to sound great on any piece. HyunJung Kim will lead Scales & Vibrato on April 13th from 12-1:00 pm and will show students how to perfect these skills. For details and registration information on these workshops, visit, call (978) 369-0010, or email Emma Huggard, at Preregistration required.

Callen Tennis Middle and High School Summer Camp – Registration is OPEN!

Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students. The camp will focus on the technique and strategy of tennis through drills and point play. There will also be a strength and conditioning component in addition to a unit on sports psychology. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA touring pro and NCAA DI Women’s Head Coach, and Alex Spence, CCHS Boys’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach, will run the camp with the assistance of other highly qualified tennis instructors and players.

Program Dates: Weeks of June 24th, July 1st (No Camp July 4th) and July 8th
Concord-Carlisle High School Tennis Courts, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA, 01742
Monday-Friday / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$570 per week ($456 July 1st week)

As always, registration is on a first come, first served basis so please register early. Only 27 camper spots available each week.

Follow this link to REGISTER NOW!!! Upon receipt of registration you will receive a confirmation email from us including payment options. Payment must be received within 48 hours of confirmation to guarantee your spot. For more information visit or email .

Spring 2019 Co-Ed Flag Rugby

Sundays April 29 – June 10. MetroWest Youth Rugby is accepting registrations for our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills. No experience necessary. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th. First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. At Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 AM for grades K-6. To register visit