December 14, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Transportation Lost & Found, UNICEF, Winter Before/After School Activities, Bookroom Volunteers, Yankee Candle

Around Town:  CCYL Registration, Concord Free Public Library, Concord Carousel, Cross Country Ski Program, Concord Rec Noon Year’s Eve, The Center for Parents and Teachers, Toddler Programs at Ripley, Concord Conservatory, Concord Integrated Preschool, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

The STEAM Innovation Lab Kickoff last Friday was great fun and a huge success!  It was amazing to see how focused and engaged the students were in the various challenges, regardless of grade level.  Watching the “aha” moments of so many was especially exciting!  Thank you to the many, many volunteers who not only took time to be trained earlier in the week, but also spent their morning, afternoon, or whole day facilitating on Friday.

If you have students in Grade 3 or Kindergarten, ask them about the fantastic programs Children’s Programming brought to Thoreau School this week. Yesterday, Grade 3 was treated to a presentation filled with photos and artifacts about the past and current life of Wampanoag Native Americans. Tomorrow, Kindergarten classes will enjoy a unique program by author/illustrator husband/wife team, Ron & Amy Schmidt, that introduces students to poetry and writing. Thank you to the PTG’s Children’s Programming Chairs, Ali Baty, Mari Alexander, and Meghan Merna for coordinating these programs!

A giant thank you is also due to all those who donate to the Thoreau PTG and make programs, such as those described above, possible!  The Thoreau PTG Annual Appeal letters were sent home last week and we hope you consider donating, if you have not already done so.  All donations are tax-deductible and can be easily processed by credit card or Paypal from the link  Checks should be made payable to: Thoreau PTG and can be mailed in or dropped off at the school office.  A suggested amount of $125 per family will help us meet our goal. However any amount will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

December PTG Meeting: Please join us this Friday, December 15th at 9:00 am in the cafeteria for a special meeting regarding the Thoreau Capital Funds.  All are welcome to share ideas, suggestions, and experience on how best to use this money to enhance the playgrounds and recreation areas of Thoreau school. We hope to see you there!

Kathleen & Deb


TRANSPORTATION LOST & FOUND: Transportation has many jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, bags etc. in their lost and found (i.e. what gets left on the school buses!) They make every effort to return these belongings to their owners, but over the winter break they will be donating unclaimed items to charity to make room for the next batch that comes in.
If a student or parent would like to check the bin – they can email the dispatcher, April Healey (, and she is happy to look for a specific item.

UNICEF: Congratulations Thoreau school. With your help we were able to collect $849.04 this year for Unicef. That means that we helped Unicef to vaccinate 45% of the world’s children; supply 39 million people around the world with safe drinking water; treat 3.4 million malnourished children in 71 countries; and deliver learning materials to 331,000 classrooms serving 15.7 million students. Thanks to all who brought the small orange boxes around with them during Halloween, which in turn helped improve the lives of children around the world.

WINTER REGISTRATION – BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Opens January 4th – the classes will run Jan 16 thru March 19 (no snow day make-ups).

Monday Morning Chess Club: 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2
Monday Minecraft: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
Wednesday Fuzzy Felt: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM  /17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14
Thursday Minecraft: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15
Thursday Japanese Crafts & Culture: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15
For descriptions & pricing for these classes go to:  
Please contact Jennifer Hollywood or Abby Jenney with any questions.

BOOKROOM PARENT VOLUNTEERS: Looking for a volunteer position in the new year?  Join the Bookroom Parent volunteer group!  It is a job that gives you a lot of flexibility—- come to school and help any day of the week for the amount of time that meets your needs.  Click here to see a video of two of our volunteers in action.
Click here for more information.

YANKEE CANDLE: Just in case you were wondering … there is still a way to participate in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser!!  Until January 11, 2018, the school will receive 40% on all orders made through the website using the group code below.  Please help support Thoreau!!
Group #990070371


CCYL: Girls & Boys Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) -SIGN UP NOW!!!  1st – 8th Grade
Spots are filling up so don’t miss your chance for your child to learn or continue playing the fastest game on two feet!
We have just over two weeks left to register for CCYL Spring Season. Register now thru December 31st, late fees after Jan 1st and closes Jan 14th.
Sign up Today!!


Fourth and fifth graders
The monthly BookMarkers Club will be recommending awesome new graphic novels, fiction, and non-fiction reads and eating snacks at a Book Tasting.
Tuesday, December 19th 3-4pm

Third Grade Book Eaters
Let’s talk about …Books For Giving
Show & Tell…  What book would you like for a gift?
What book would you give for a gift?
Activity … Concord Library Treasure Hunt & Cookie Decorating
December 20th @ 4-5pm
Hope to see you there!
For more information, visit

CONCORD CAROUSEL: Noon Year’s Silent Auction, online bidding December 1 – January 1-  Introducing the first ever Concord Carousel Preschool Noon Year’s Silent Auction open to the Concord community and friends!  Proceeds from this online auction benefit The Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund.  We have gathered an exciting and vast array of items from Concord area supporters that any Concordian would give their revolutionary hat for! From summer camps to ski tickets, from a wine tasting party to a birthday party!  Unique family experiences and more. There is a wide range of entry level bidding.  Show your support and join the fun with your best bid today.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI PROGRAM: Saturday mornings from 8:45-10:30 in December, January, and February at Great Brook Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell St., Carlisle, with or without snow cover.  For children in grades K-8, the program involves building fitness for nordic skiing, developing proper technique and skills, and having fun on the trails of Great Brook Farm State Park.  Cost is $50/child not including equipment which must be supplied by participants.  Sign up until 12/20 at

CONCORD RECREATION: Noon Year’s Eve Disco, December 31, 10am – 12:30pm, Hunt Recreation Center, Concord – Get your tickets to the hottest New Year’s party in town!  This family disco party will have kids and parents boogying down together to the hottest tunes spun by a rockin’ DJ.  And when your kids need to catch their breath, they can get groovy hairdos, rad tattoos, a funky family photo for their memory box, express their inner artist on our graffiti wall, enjoy the most delicious pizza and drinks in town, and more! Families will ring in the New Year together at noon complete with Noon Year’s Eve favors and a super fun countdown!
Tickets and Info go to:
Age Guidance – This event will be most enjoyed by families with at least one child between the ages of 1-10 but older and younger siblings will have a blast as well!

THE CENTER FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS: The Center for Parents and Teachers ( and the CCHS PA invite parents/grandparents to listen to internationally acclaimed presenter and author, Dr. Michael Thompson on Monday evening Jan 8, 2018 at 7 PM.  He will discuss “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life”.   Held at Concord Carlisle High School in the auditorium. Underwritten through generous funding from the CCHS Parents Association, interested adults are invited to learn about Dr. Thompson’s thoughtful findings on what students are searching for, and grappling with, in their lives and in what ways the best educators and wisest parents can support them along the way. Free and open to all.
To help us with our planning, please sign up at Eventbrite registration:

TODDLER PROGRAMS AT RIPLEY SCHOOL: Looking for something FUN to do with your toddler? Try these programs at the Ripley School in Concord:

Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2017):
A fun-filled playgroup for toddlers! While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one year olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 January 11th to April 5th, 2018. 12 classes – $159
Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2017)
This program is really two programs in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:30 January 12th to April 13th, 2018. 12 classes $345
For more information go to or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597.To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Registration is Open for Spring group classes, which begin on Tuesday, January 16th. Connect with CCM if you’ve been longing to play the guitar, strum the ukulele, or sing your favorite song in tune. Have someone that likes to sing? Try Beginning Vocals or Concord Youth Chorus Project. CCM has offerings for ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and bluegrass for teens and adults. For information call 978-369-0010, email or visit The CCM is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving Concord and the surrounding communities. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street. Financial assistance is available.

Accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
The program is available to residents of Concord and children of CPS/CCHS staff.
Children must be three by September 1, 2018 and have not turned five by August 31.
A lottery will be held on January 16th, and families will be notified on January 19th.
Application Forms are Available on our website:
Please contact Janet O’Shea at or (978) 202-1147 with any questions.

CONCORD – CARLISLE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR: Check out – the event calendar for the Concord & Carlisle community!