March 22, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Spelling Bee Re-Cap, Spring Before & After School Activities, Box Tops for Education, Book Character Parade, Annual Appeal, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Spelling Bee, Spring BOKS, Math Night, Earth Day Workshops

Around Town: Center For Parents and Teachers, Gaining Ground, Concord Recreation Egg Hunt, Digital Socialization and our Children, Conversations in a Civil Society, CMS Production, Concord Conservatory of Music, CCYB/S, Flag Rugby, CCYH, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Thank you to Caroline Myler for hosting this year’s Mom’s Night out!!!! A great evening catching up with other Thoreau Moms.

Thank you to the Spelling Bee Committee, Siobhan Mee, Jeff Furman and Julie Scafidi for putting together a successful event. We appreciate all your hard work and effort.

Join other Thoreau friends and families at the Cake Walk and Family Festival this Saturday, March 25th from 1 -3, as a participant and/or volunteer! This cash only event features loads of games, crafts, food, prizes, a Cake decorating contest, and a Cake Walk!!   

To be considered for the cake-decorating contest, all cakes must be dropped off in the Faculty Lounge by noon on Saturday for judging. Cakes can be dropped off Friday after school (3:30 – 7:30pm) or Saturday (11:00 -12:00pm).

If you’re not into the contest, that’s ok!! We also need lots and lots of cakes of any shape, flavor, or size – 300 to 400 to use as prizes for Cake Walk winners!

Again …VOLUNTEERS (!!!) are still needed for this to be a success!   Specifically, popular games and activities, like face painting and hair streaking, need more hands on deck. Please consider volunteering for these student favorites or as a ‘floater’. Thank you!!

The link to volunteer is:

See below links on the upcoming revised School Committee Coffees to learn about the 2018-19 School Budget. A coffee will be held at Thoreau School on Monday, 3/26 from 9:30-11:00 in the Cafeteria.

A complete list of days, locations and times is listed in a link below.  If you have any questions about an event, or the PTG, please feel free to reach out to either of us, we are happy to answer questions, or help you find the answers you need.

Stay informed!

Revised School Committee Budget Coffee schedule.  For the remaining weeks, School Committee will hold one Community Coffee per week until Town Meeting.  Therefore, the previously scheduled coffee to be held at the Thoreau School tomorrow has been rescheduled.  The revised schedule will be as follows:

– Thursday 3/22, 7-8:30pm at CCHS Learning Commons
– Monday 3/26, 9:30-11 in the Thoreau cafeteria (changed from 7-8:30pm at Sanborn)
– Thursday 4/5, 6-7:30pm in the Sanborn cafeteria

About: The School Committee and Finance Committee continue to work to bridge the gap between the School Administration’s recommended budget and the FinCom guidelines to lessen the impact on students.  Progress is being made, but the budgets are not in agreement yet.   Stay informed and hear the latest by attending one of these upcoming School Committee Budget Coffees!
Email or with any questions.  

District Strategic Planning and Visioning: The district is engaged in a strategic planning and visioning process about the 2018-19 school budgets. Two parent and community sessions are scheduled in order to gather as much feedback as possible:
Thursday, March 22, 10AM at the Ripley Building

We hope you can attend!!

Thank you,
Deb & Kathleen

SPELLING BEE: Thanks to the spellers, teachers, staff, and volunteers who participated in Saturday’s spectacular Spelling Bee.  It was truly unBEElievable that so many 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers came into school on a weekend to cheer on their students — we are a very lucky school community to have such support!  An extra special thank you to the talented Pronouncer Mr. Lemaire, who once again made the event a memorable experience for the 73 spellers.  Congratulations to 5th grade winner Phillip McCoy (who also won the 4th grade Bee last year), 5th grade runner-up Felicity Zhang, and the third place winner for 5th grade, Justin Lu!  Also congratulations to 4th grade winner Aashir Rana and the 4th grade runner-up team of Anthony Babu, Niko Kocic and Isaac Lee on Team We-Bee Je-Bees!  Until next year, happy spelling!

SPRING BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Registration is NOW OPEN for Spring before and after school activities. Most classes will run from April 2 through June 4. Course dates and costs are below.

Please visit for detailed course descriptions and to register. 

Monday Morning Chess Club: 8:00 – 8:50 AM
4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11
$65 per student

Monday Minecraft: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4
$60 per student

Wednesday Fuzzy Felt: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
$80 per student

Thursday Minecraft: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31
$60 per student

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: The scorecard is up! The Box Tops for Education classroom contest has been quietly underway and we are now rounding the final turn before the finish line. The kids will be watching the whole year’s action unfold on a scorecard posted above the collection box in the school lobby between now and the end of May.  It’s time to start gathering up those box tops that have been lying around the kitchen and turning them in.  Please put your clips in a small plastic bag and include in the bag a slip of paper with your child’s name and their teacher’s name.  If you just have one or two you don’t need a bag – you can just write the names on the back of each box top.  You don’t need to count them or check the expiration dates – we’ll do that part.  Even expired clips get credit in the classroom contest, so turn them all in!  Which will be the top-clipping classroom this year?  Stay tuned!

Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade. This will be our 30th! On Tuesday, April 10, at 11:15 A.M., children and staff dressed as their favorite book characters will march through the school halls led by the Cat in the Hat and a special guest. Children can start the fun now by choosing a book character and making a simple costume, mask or prop to suggest that character. For more information watch the Thursday Announcements, or talk to Karen or Kristin in the library.

  • PLEASE NOTE – DISMISSAL POLICY FOR BOOK CHARACTER PARADE DAY: Students will be in their classrooms at the end of the parade, by 12 noon. Parents who plan to pick up their children after the parade should send a dismissal note in the morning. They may pick up their students from the classroom after 12:00. Please wait outside the school until 12:00. Students without notes will be sent home on their regular buses.

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! 

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!

MATH NIGHT: April 6th from 6-8pm! The evening will give you a new look at the math of food & nutrition. We use math in eating, cooking, baking, food shopping and in health. Let’s have a fun evening of math games! Snacks and a light dinner will be available (cash only). Prizes! Raffles! Sponsored by your PTG. Volunteers needed.
Sign up here:
Please email with any questions.

THOREAU EARTH DAY WORKSHOPS: Celebrate Earth Day by creating music makers, colorful banners and masks of local animals and plant species. Imagine a fox costume with a head made from cardboard, papier maché and acrylic paint, or a large butterfly puppet-on-a-stick using tyvek and acrylic paint. You’ll have a chance to choose your own project, draft a plan, and experiment with different materials to make it come to life. All three workshops are led by Musketaquid artist/educator Morningstar Medaye. The students will have the opportunity to bring creations to life at the Earth Day parade and festival on Saturday, April 28. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.

Who: Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students
Where: Art Room
Cost: $35 per student for all three sessions
When: Wednesday, March 28, April 4, April 11 3:30-4:45PM

Registration is open, please sign-up here:
Please contact Thoreauly Green member Jessica Grogins ( if you have any questions.



Special Education Transition: Guidance, Preparation and Development: Panel presentation hosted by Heather Mahoney, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Transition Specialist in collaboration with the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

*Would you like to learn about opportunities for your child to participate fully and meaningfully in the community?
*Do you know the types of skill training and resources available during and after High School?
*Need to know who can help provide access to services and supports to meet mental health needs?
*Do you want to learn about Social Security income and benefits for students in transition from school to adult life?

Please join us for an evening of networking, learning and discussions about services available to help guide and prepare individuals for the transition to adulthood.

When:  Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle High School Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
For more details of the organizations attending and for planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

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 RECREATION: 2nd Annual Egg Hunt  Concord Recreation ( will hold their Second Annual Egg Hunt on March 30th beginning at 5PM. The event will take place at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center and the Memorial Field at Concord Carlisle High School. This is a free community event for children age 2 to grade two.  Participants will collect candy and prized filled eggs, play games, make crafts, take a photo with the Easter Bunny and more! Egg Hunt times are as follows: Age 2 – 5:15 PM, Age 3 – 5:30 PM, Age 4 – 5:45 PM, Grades K&1 – 6:00 PM, and Grades 2 – 6:15 PM. Bring your baskets!

April 2 at 6:30pm – Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Rd, Concord – Open to the Public
As children spend more and more time with technology, they are becoming “digitally socialized” – building their identities online, texting instead of talking, building relationships on social media instead of through face-to-face human interaction. This is a major shift in the way we communicate. At this event, we will explore how research findings and experience are changing the way we think about and use technology. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how we can embrace technology while also promoting the mental health of our children. Please join us!
Panelists include:

Elizabeth Englander, PhD, Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Professor of Psychology, will discuss new research findings on the association of cell phone use in young children.
Danielle Heard, Head of School, Nashoba Brooks Schools, will share how educators are navigating the rapidly-changing tech world and how schools can create innovative policy and practices.
Irene Todd, Concord parent of four, will share her personal parenting perspective of raising children with smartphones.

Sponsored By: Concord Promise – – and Nashoba Brooks School


Come join us on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7 pm for a discussion on how to navigate our differences: politics, religion, values, lifestyle. Panel discussion moderated by CCHS Social Studies teacher Ethan Hoblitzelle, with panelists Ona Ferguson from Consensus Building Institute, Dr. Robert Munro from Middlesex School, and Rose Pavlov from Ivy Child. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for students. Register online at or call 978-318-1432. Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Education.

CMS PRESENTS: “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” Elementary Preview show Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM; Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 PM. For tickets, please go to

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Jazz by CCM on Friday, April 6th at 7 pm. To kick off National Jazz Appreciation Month, the CCM Jazz Faculty, Tsuyoshi Honjo, on saxophone, Justin Meyer on bass, Brian Friedland on piano, Phil Sargent on guitar, Mike Connors on percussion, and Gabriela Martina, vocals, will perform classic jazz compositions standards and originals. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, free for students 18 and under. To buy tickets online, go to For more information call 978-369-0010 or email CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord (within the West Concord Union Church).

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

FLAG RUGBY: MetroWest Youth Rugby’s Spring Season is almost here! Come experience the newest Olympic sport in a fun, friendly environment. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through interactive games and drills. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd /4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th. First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games.

In addition, this year will feature competitive play against other youth rugby programs including a Jamboree tournament held at our home pitch on June 10th!

No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. Season runs Sundays April 29th – June 10th at Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 grades K-4th, 8:30-9:45 grades 5th-8th. To register visit:

Fee:  $85.00 for the spring season, which includes a MetroWest Rugby shirt
Questions???: email

Free Flag Rugby Skills Clinic for Grades K-8 – Saturday April 14th, 9.30-10.30

MetroWest Youth Rugby’s Spring Season is almost here and we are getting ready by hosting a free flag rugby skills clinic on Saturday April 14th between 9.30 and 10.30 at the Fieldhouse,  31 Union Ave, Sudbury, MA 01776.
No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. Please email to reserve your spot

CCYH: Registration is open for player evaluations for the 2018-19 season.  Please go to and select “Register Online”. If you have questions, contact Andi Rice:

THE UMBRELLA SPRING CLASSES: Learn something new or continue enhancing your artistic skills! We offer Adult and Youth Classes and Workshops in Ceramics, Filmmaking, Painting, Movement & Mindfulness, Drawing, STEAM-Enrichment, Arts & Environment, Theatre, and more! Ceramic class are held at 40 Stow Street in Concord while all other classes are held at The Umbrella Annex at 57 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, MA.
To see a listing of classes and to register visit:

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