Category Archives: PALs

Thoreau Announcements September 15

This Week’s Announcements Include

PTG Co-President’s Message and News
Thoreau School News: PALs, Lego Club, Thoreau’ly Green, Thoreau School Garden, BOKS, School Picture Day, Halloween Costume Resale, Book Fair, 
Around Town: Cub Scouts, Before School Chess Club, Concord Town Family Fair, Susan Lerner talks Self Regulation, CC Youth Wrestling

Thank you to everyone who came by the cafeteria to say hello to the PTG at back to school night last night! If you have any questions or concerns for the PTG co-presidents as the year progresses never hesitate to contact us. Our contact information can be found on the website, under About Us.

Thank you to the 37 parents who attended the first PTG meeting of the year last Friday. If you were unable to attend, you can read the minutes from the meeting here:

Thank you to Jenny Gates, her family and all of the volunteers who helped make the Thoreau Annual Ice Cream Social run smoothly. It was a wonderful event for reconnecting with each other after the summer and kicking off the school year.

Save the Date:
Friday, 9/16: PALS Information Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, 11am
Friday, 9/23: Thoreau’ly Green Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, 9am
Saturday, 9/24: Thoreau Garden Work Day, 1-3pm
Thursday, 9/29: School Pictures
Friday, 9/30: Halloween Costume Sale
Friday, 10/14: Book Fair Family Night
Saturday, 10/15: Thoreau Garden Work Day
Tuesday, 10/18: PTG meeting, Thoreau School Library, 7pm

Volunteer Opportunities
Click here ( for more information on volunteering this year at Thoreau. We are specifically looking for someone to manage our Facebook account and parents to help with the BOKS program. Additionally, there are opportunities in the library, art room, PALS, school garden and more! Check this page frequently as we are always looking for more hands to enrich our students experiences at school.

Parents at Lunch (PALs) Information Meeting for New and Returning Volunteers
Are you interested in seeing your child in action during the most social time of their school day?  Come and learn about opportunities to volunteer in the lunch room and on the playground at our PALs Information Meeting on Friday September 16th at 11am in the Thoreau Cafeteria.
Learn what the PALs program does for the school and kids, what our volunteers do and what they don’t have to do!  We will discuss the exciting new playground portion of the program with Principal Charles. Meet the noon aides who supervise your kids during lunch and lunch recess. More information on the PALs program and a sign-up page can be found at  Please join us! – Kimber Lynn Drake, PALs Coordinator

Lego Club is a low-key after-school activity divided into three groups, each meeting separately: kindergarten, first grade, and second to fifth grades. Each group meets seven times, approximately one Monday a month, from 3:30 to 4:15. The club is powered entirely by parents like you! Each group needs 2-3 leaders, who attend all seven sessions for that particular group. Even if you can’t be a leader, we ask when you register to select a minimum of one date to attend as a volunteer. All dates for the year are listed on the registration form. Please register by September 23. If necessary, we may cap groups at 20 children, so don’t delay! We will be collecting dues of $10 per child. Anyone needing financial assistance in order to participate should contact Rachel Levesque, School Social Worker, at or (978) 341-2490, ext. 3165. Contact Jen Flint ( or Jayme Kennedy ( with any other questions.

From Thoreau’ly Green – 
This PTG sub-committee works with the school community to facilitate children’s love of nature; engage and educate children about environmental issues, and; integrate more sustainable practices at Thoreau. Our kick-off meeting will be Friday, 9/23, at 9am in the cafeteria.  We will discuss plans for the year, including topics such as composting, Earth Week activities and assembly, and many other fun projects.  All are invited – young children welcome to accompany parents!

Thoreau School Garden
Did you know that nature helps develop learning skills and improve physical and mental health? Did you know that Thoreau has a School Garden, “Grounds for Learning”, with various native plants, pathway, foot-bridge, pond, and resident frog? This wonderful resource is located next to the upper playground, and is open during most lunch sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays.  It is maintained by the Garden Coordinator and with support from Thoreau’ly Green, the PTG Green group.
For more information or to volunteer on a Wednesday or Friday, go to
NEW THIS YEAR: Grounds for Learning will host periodic “Garden Work Days,” in which the school community is invited to help maintain or enhance the Garden. The Service Learning Committee will track group participation and service hours.  All ages are welcome:
Saturday, 9/24/16, 1-3pm – Help build a TeePee; general work
Saturday, 10/15/16 – Help install stepping stumps; general work
Saturday, 11/19/16 – “Put the garden to bed” for the winter
For information or to sign up:

BOKS, a before school physical fitness program with a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn.  The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. Interested in joining our team or just learning more about BOKS?  Please email Adrienne at Without a team of dedicated parent volunteers, the program cannot run. We are in need of volunteers to lead the program two days a week for 1 hour before school (8-8:50).  This is a great opportunity for working parents, particularly Dads, to get involved.  We look forward to hearing from YOU!  BOKS ROCKS!!

With Picture Day coming up on Thursday, September 29th, 2016, we would like to send out our first reminder to you just before the action really will start.  The teachers will soon be sending home the sign up forms to all of you.  Please make sure that you fill them out and send them back with your kids as soon as you can – we like to have them about a week before picture day takes place.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?  Please email us at  We need help throughout the day (either a few hours or the full morning) and would really appreciate your time. We already have a few volunteers but can use some more.  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:
1.      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.
2.      A make-up/reshoot day will be offered (TBD.) Pictures arrive about 4 weeks after the “shoot.” Teachers will send them home in the children’s backpacks.  Please consider signing up online at (this is already all set for our Thoreau School.  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.
3.      Financial assistance is available/provided for families in need.   Please contact Rachel Levesque as needed to inquire about assistance:
4.      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.
1.      Please email us at  We need help throughout the day and would really appreciate your time.
2.      OR reach out to Coffee Pond  directly at: or at 1 (800) 632-2323 ext. 0 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm EST.  You will receive an email serving as both confirmation of and receipt for your order. If you have spam blocker software on your computer please set it to allow emails from
Halloween Costume Resale, Dinner & Crafts Sept 30th- We Need More Costumes and Volunteers

Thanks to the parents who have donated gently used costumes to the front hall at school.  Please consider going through your previous year(s) costumes and donating them this week.
Bring the whole family Friday September 30th 5:30-7:30, Have dinner, do crafts, maybe pick up a Halloween costume and donate 30 minutes of time to help out.

Please mark your calendars for the Book Fair, which begins Friday, October 14, 5:30-8:00pm
Family Night is a fun filled Thoreau tradition!  Come for dinner, choose from a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages and enjoy story time and crafts in the library for the little ones.  Family Night will be followed by classroom visits from Wednesday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 21.
We need your help in order to make this a successful event beginning with the collection of good quality books to donate to the Used Book Fair.  Collection will begin Oct. 11.  There are many other ways to help so please check out other opportunities here!
Please contact Susan Gillick at or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.

Cub Scouts – New Members Welcome – First Pack Meeting Wed. 9/21, 7:00pm, Thoreau School Cafeteria
If you’re interested in Cub Scouts for your 1st-5th grade son, please join Pack 133 at our first pack meeting of the year to discover what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about!  RSVP to, or feel free to drop by. We’ll have activities for the boys and information for the parents. Siblings are welcome. Pack 133 includes boys in grades 1-5, and boys can join at any grade level.  For more details, please log into the Pack 133 web site, using login name: cub and password: pack133 . Questions? Christian and Laura Ely,

Before-school Chess Club
Interested in Chess? For the fall semester, I would like to organize a before-school Chess class in Thoreau. The teacher is Vadim Martirosov, a highly experienced Chess Master, who teaches Concord Carlisle Chess Club and the before-school chess class in the Willard school. The class will meet once per week for a 10-week session, with a start date on Sept. 26 or Oct. 3. Please Let me know if your kids are interested.
Date: Monday
Time: 8:00am-8:50am
Grades: open to all grades
Number of students: maximum 16
Cost: $80 (if 16 students attending, as Mr. Martirosov charges $125 per lesson)
Meet place: Thoreau school

Concord Town Family Fair will take place at the Thoreau Club in Concord on Saturday September 17th 2016 from10am to 4pm. Tons of family activities all day! Bring the kids to the Concord Town Family Fair this September and watch as they explore LIVE sea creatures in a magnificent Touch Tank. Zip lines, Swimming, Vendors, Food, Carnival Game, Icecream from Crescent Ridge – DON’T miss out!!  FREE for all! Visit for more info!

Please come to a celebration in honor of Court Booth. Court is leaving after 31 years as Director of Community Ed. Please join us to thank him and wish him well in his future endeavors! Join Community Education students, parents, teachers, and community members for and Open House with snacks, card signing, and thank you toasts.
Thursday September 22, 2016 4pm-6pm at Concord-Carlisle High School Learning Commons (Library) 500 Walden St, Concord, MA

October Evening Talk With Susan Lerner
Please join us for our next evening talk!  Self Regulation: Helping Children Control their Emotions with Susan Lerner on Wed, Oct. 19th  7:00 – 8:30pm at Concord Montessori.  Susan Lerner advocates loving parenting that builds relationships.  She offers us a wealth of strategies for caring for and guiding our children with joy.
Susan Lerner, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker specializing in attachment, parenting and trauma. Her area of interest is parenting and fostering life-long healthy family relationships. Susan is the Assistant Director at JRI’s Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton, where she also provides individual and family therapy as well as parenting coaching and consultation. This adult-only program is free and open to the public.
Thank you!

Concord Carlisle Youth Wrestling Registration is Open! 
Any student in grades 4-8 interested in wrestling is welcome. No experience necessary.  Clinics will begin in mid-October and are twice each week for 5 weeks. Clinics are run by CCHS Varsity Wrestling Coaches.
Visit to register or email for more information.
Come join us and Learn to Compete!