Community News 12/6/2018

View the 12/6/2018 Thoreau Announcements in full here

Noon Year’s Eve Disco, December 30, 10am – 12:30pm, Hunt Recreation Center, Concord

Get your tickets to the hottest New Year’s family party in town! DJ Mike Pride will have your kids engaged and entertained from start to finish with music, games, a contest, prizes and line dances! And when your kids need to catch their breath, they can get groovy hairdos, rad tattoos, a funky family photo for their memory box, pizza and snacks, and more! Families will ring in the New Year together at noon complete with Noon Year’s Eve favors and a super fun countdown! Great for kids ages 1-9. Event sold out last year! Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Don’t delay. Go to to get your tickets today!


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

  • Would you like to understand how to navigate the complexities of special education?
  • Need some help with learning how to advocate?
  • Want to understand your child’s Basic Rights better?
  • Have specific questions for an expert?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us at the free public Basic Rights workshop. This event will provide you with an overall understanding of the special education laws and procedures. You will learn how to better develop the partnership with your child’s school to determine your child’s eligibility for special education and to plan, make decisions and monitor your child’s progress in school.

When: Monday 10th December 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: RJ Grey Junior High School library, 16 Charter Road, Acton

Presented by: Clare Vann, Federation for Children with Special Needs

For planning purposes, an RSVP would be appreciated to

Concord Integrated Preschool Open House- Dec. 14 9-11AM and 1-3PM

Children Are Welcome!

Come see our facility, talk with our staff, and ask questions about the program. We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord. Please check us out on our website at The program is available to residents of Concord and children of CPS/CCHS staff.

Children born between 9/1/13 and 8/31/15 are eligible to enroll on 9/1/18.
Priority is given to returning students, siblings of current students and staff members’ children. Applications will be available on our website and at the Open House on 12/14/18.

We look forward to meeting you at our Open House! Please contact Janet O’Shea at or (978) 202-1147 with any questions.

2nd Annual Carousel Cares Online Auction – Bidding November 26-December 16

Go to Over 50 items from your favorite community supporters with starting bids at $15 and up. From kids’ birthday parties to laser tag, from a round of golf for four to a cider tasting & tour, we have something for every price range and interest. Proceeds benefit The Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund. Get on board and bid today. Every bid helps a kid! Every bidder gets entered to win 1 of 3 $10 Legal Seafoods gift cards!


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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All the best!
The Concord School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee

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:

As a non-profit school, Concord Community of Music serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 400 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.