December 21, 2017

This week’s announcements:

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

Around Town:  Xmas Tree Pick-Up, Instrumental Music School, Concord Carousel, 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

Happy Holidays!

The Annual Cookie Table and Barista Event for the teachers is today! Thank you to all the 2nd and 3rd grade families who contributed such amazing confections and festive decor for this favorite staff event!

In fact, thank you to all who have contributed time, energy, ideas (and yes, funds) that helped make the Thoreau Community such a vibrant and active place in 2017.  We are so grateful!  We look forward to a wonderful 2018!

Thank you, too, to our Fundraising Chairs, Jenifer Perry and Megan Holsinger for organizing many fun fundraising events this year! Looking back we’ve enjoyed Red Sox games, the silent auction, a variety of Sip & Shops and so much more! Due to their efforts and your generous donations the PTG is able to sponsor some amazing events, activities and programs for the students, teachers, administration and families at Thoreau. There is is still time to give.  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!!

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.

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


CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP: Saturday, January 6th (reserve by Jan 3rd)

Every year, Holy Family Youth Ministry and the Concord Boy Scouts collect trees after the holiday for disposal at the town composting site.  Your donation for disposal helps defray the cost of the Youth Ministry Service Opportunities and many Boy Scout Activities. Save yourself the hassle and mess and let us pickup your tree! The tree pickups will happen on Saturday, January 6 and begin at 8AM.  The suggested donation is $20-25 per tree with payment by paypal or check. Trees can be picked up only from Concord locations. Tree pickups can be reserved by registering at (deadline for reservation is Wed, Jan 3rd by 5pm). Questions? Contact us at

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOOL OF CARLISLE AND CONCORD: Winter/Spring session for music lessons begins in January! Registration is open for new students!
Information about the program can be found here. You may register for lessons online, or download and return the registration form. Questions? Please contact
Parents of currently enrolled students: you will hear from us on or near January 1st. Please wait to enroll for Winter/Spring lessons until your account is set up and invoice received – thank you!

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.

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!