March 1, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Geography Quest, Annual Appeal, Mom’s Night, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Spelling Bee, Cake Walk, Spring BOKS, BSO Family Concert

Around Town: CCYB/S, Callen Tennis, Concord Promise, Center For Parents and Teachers, CEPAC, Gaining Ground, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed February break and are looking forward to all the wonderful family activities and events ahead.  In fact, this past Monday and Tuesday 95(!) of our fourth and fifth graders kicked off the fun with 74 amazing displays showcasing their various hobbies, interests and collections at this year’s Hobby Fair.  Fantastic!  Thank you to Hobby Fair Co-Chairs, Cathy Bradshaw-Holden and Monica Teng for organizing and to all the parents and participants for such a great show!

Fourth graders are in for an additional treat next Thursday, March 8th when Children’s Programming hosts author/Illustrator Matt Tavares. His presentation helps students understand the process of writing, re-writing, sketching and re-sketching, and demonstrates that even their favorite authors and illustrators don’t usually get it right the first time. Be sure to ask your 4th grader about it.

Lastly, as noted below, Geography Quests are due tomorrow!  We hope everyone has enjoyed at least a taste of the Quest (and Apple Cake!) this year as well, as the weekly tours around the world.

Kathleen & Deb

Stay informed!  School Committee Budget Coffees

Curious about the 2018-19 school budgets?  The School Committees are hosting several Community Coffees to discuss the budgets, the delta as compared to the Finance Committee guidelines, the potential cuts at risk, and any other questions you may have.  Join us to be informed, and attend Town Meeting (starting April 9) to vote!

The first coffee is next Wednesday, March 7, 6-7:30pm in the Willard Auditorium.

Email or with any questions.  

Answered Geography Quest packets are due TOMORROW, Friday, March 2nd!  Please submit all answered packets to the Geography Quest Box in the Library. Procrastinators can still access directions and additional copies from

This week we explore Bulgaria on the “Thoreau Tours the World” bulletin board thanks to parent Rali Tufts. Thank you to the many parents who have reached out to us offering to submit facts, pictures and other items to highlight their countries of origin or interest during the Geography Quest event!

Geography Quest Scorers needed! Many hands make light work. If interested, please contact Steve Kirincich ( and Soumya Krishnamurthy (

ANNUAL APPEAL:  Annual Appeal needs your help!
We can feel it – spring is in the air (although now that we type that, it probably means there will be a snowstorm). Usually, in springtime, people get a pep in their step and perhaps start to feel a little generous! Okay, we might have made that up but hopefully it got your attention. Thoreau needs your help! We haven’t seen great participation this year towards the Thoreau Annual Appeal and we need that to change. Please take a minute to donate – your money is well spent. All those programs your child loves – many of those are funded by the PTG. Please help!
Visit and channel that springtime feeling! 


Do you need a break from February break?
Are you ready to have a conversation with other adults without being interrupted by your kids?
Want to catch up and connect with other Thoreau moms?
Come to the (FREE) Mom’s Night Out at Caroline Myler’s House on March 15th ~ 7:30pm

PLUS … enter win a FUN door prize … no strings attached …

See the invite for more details and to RSVP:
Password: mom2018

SPELLING BEE: What’s the Buzz? Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee!
This year’s Thoreau Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held ​the afternoon of Saturday, ​March 17.  Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade!):  3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30.  If your child is interested, please contact Siobhan Mee at for details and the list of words.  There is a $5 charge per child to help cover expenses.  See you at the Bee!

CAKE WALK: 1pm, Saturday March 24th
Calling all volunteers! Thoreau’s annual Cake Walk and Family Festival is just a few short weeks away. This is always an exciting event and what makes it so great is all of the volunteers that keep things running smoothly! Please follow the link and sing up today. Thank you everyone!

Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves – Friday, May 25, 2018 – 7:10pm – Bleacher Seats, Section 38

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Given the popularity of games in the past we have secured 250 tickets at a cost of $25 each. A great opportunity to take a family of 4 to a game for $100!! Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below.

Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
– Your name
– Students name
– Number of tickets requested

Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 29 or Friday, March 30 between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/30 at 7:30 will be given to remaining families on the waitlist.

Thanks!! Prior games have been a lot of fun, looking forward to another great time!!

SPRING BOKS: Begins …Tuesday, March 27th!
Have you heard the music, seen the smiling faces, been told of the positive impact in the classroom? BOKS, a free before-school physical fitness program, gets kids moving, playing, and having fun before school even starts!  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. The Spring BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on March 27th and running through May 24th. Click here to learn more and to sign up: – deadline to register is March 16thand we will take the first 25 kids!

BSO FAMILY CONCERT: We are planning a trip to Symphony Hall for the wonderful BSO Family Concert on Saturday, April 14th at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Please email skosicki@me.comby 2/17 if your family would like to participate.


Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.  The season officially kicks off April 23th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to

CALLEN TENNIS CAMP: Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students at the Concord-Carlisle High School tennis courts. 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 D1 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: July 16th-20th and July 23rd-27th, 9AM-12PM. $365 per week. Please register online at: Please contact us at: with any questions.

CONCORD PROMISE: Recently, the Concord Promise launched in town. Concord Promise is a local parent support network modeled after the national Wait Until 8th campaign, which encourages parents to delay giving smartphones to children until at least 8th grade. Because of the onslaught of studies on the negative impact that smartphones have on developing brains, Concord Promise seeks to change the local norm of giving children smartphones in sixth grade.
The Promise’s objective is to reduce, if not eliminate, the social pressure to have a smartphone before 8th grade. This community-based support platform will unite parents with a promise to wait until at least 8th grade to give their child a smartphone. Our goal is to make smartphone use by our kids the exception, not the rule.
The Concord Promise provides resources to educate parents and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. Down the road, Concord Promise will provide a platform for community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age.

To learn more about the Concord Promise, and to join, please visit


 Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM – Concord Middle School, Sanborn Building, 835 Old Marlboro Road
“Marijuana, Adolescent Brain Development and Teen Risk-Taking: What Parents Need to Know”
Presentation by Ruth Potee, MD: Dr. Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA. Medical Director for the Franklin County Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, and Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County.
Dr. Potee will discuss normal risk taking behaviors of the developing teen brain, then focus on the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain, acutely and long term. Equipped with these facts, adults in the lives of teenagers will be better able to discuss issues about substance use and risky behaviors with competence and clarity. Parents of middle school age children may be especially interested in this talk, which will address the importance of preventing first use of all substances.

Please pre-register for this free talk:

Thursday March 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM – Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road

“Exploring Ways of Easing Childhood and Youth Anxiety through the, ‘SIMPLICITY PARENTING’ Approach”. This program is for parents of children of high school age thru the very young.

This presentation addresses the problem of today’s busier, faster, supersized society that is leading many children and youth to feel unhealthy levels of stress and pressure. Internationally renowned family counselor Kim John Payne offers The Simplicity Parenting approach that helps people make small do-able changes, worry less – and enjoy more. It is based on over 30 years’ experience successfully supporting busy families. For those who want to balance their children’s lives but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change.

Please pre-register for this free talk:

CEPAC: Strategic Planning Visioning Session
Dr. Laurie Hunter, Superintendent of the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District, has begun a strategic planning process to construct a vision and plan that will help guide the direction of our districts for the next five years. We would like your input to help create a vision that best represents all stakeholders.

The session will be open to adults and children (at the discretion of parents and guardians) who are old enough to provide input into this important process.

Please join us and lend your voice to SEPAC’s Strategic Planning Visioning Session as we help to shape our districts’ collective vision of our future!

When:  Thursday March 8th from 5:30 -7:00 pm (light refreshments provided)
Where:  Conference Room 1, Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road
For planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

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 are delighted to announce the launch of the second annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards!

The Appreciation Awards were introduced last year and we received positive feedback from the 28 recipients.  They told us the acknowledgement of their work was highly valued.

We are inviting parents and guardians 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 a School Committee meeting in April (details to be announced).

Please visit to nominate your special person! Nominations will open on Monday February 26th and close on Friday March 16th.

GAINING GROUND: Hunger Relief from the Ground UpThursday, March 29 at 7 pm
Join Gaining Ground and three visionaries in the field as we explore connections between hunger relief, soil vitality, and healthy food.
Location: The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord.  Please register.  Presented by Gaining Ground.  Contact: Fan Watkinson,

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