Math Night, Spring After School Registration- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

It is officially Spring! As New Englanders, we know that this season can have ANY kind of weather. In fact, tomorrow night’s forecast from 6 – 8pm will be Cloudy with a Chance of Math! See details about this fantastic Math Night below and volunteer if you can! Next up, Before and After School Program Registration starts March 26th. We are excited about this new partnership with Concord Recreation! See the announcement below for details regarding the changes in the registration process. Later this month, start gathering up your baking supplies for the Annual Cake Walk on March 30th! Can’t finish all that cake? Not to worry, it’s compostable! Starting April 1st the students at Thoreau School will be the first ones in the District to be composting EVERYDAY! Please consider volunteering by using the links below. Lastly, check out the Community section near the bottom of this newsletter for important information from the School Committee regarding the Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new Concord Middle School building included in the 2019 Town Meeting warrant.

Thank You to our Annual Appeal Donors!
There are only a few short months left in the school year, which is great! However, we’re also a bit short of our fundraising goal, which is not so great. Thank you to all of you who have already contributed to the PTG’s Annual Appeal! These funds allow the PTG to fully or partially fund a myriad of items and activities throughout the school year such as buses for classroom field trips, children’s programming, classroom funding requests, and monthly PTG events. All donations are tax-deductible and can be easily processed by credit card or Paypal from the link below. 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 is greatly appreciated. Donate Now at

Other Thank Yous!
A huge shout out of thanks to the PTG’s Spelling Bee Co-chairs Siobhan Mee, Jeff Furman, and Julie Scafidi. Special thanks to Mr. Lemaire for another year of making the Bee so much more than just a spelling game! Congratulations to all the participants!

Thanks to our social chairs, Kerri Nash, Julia Elliot, and Jodi Loughlin for organizing a great Mom’s Night Out last Friday night!

Children’s Programming is ongoing! Thanks to Megan Merna, Ali Baty, and Mari Alexander our 4th Grade students were treated to a visit from Author/Illustrator Matt Tavares last week and this coming Tuesday, Grade 1 will enjoy a performance by the Tanglewood Marionettes!

Thank you our Staff Appreciation team, Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola, and all those who donated to this week’s Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Breakfast!! It was a perfect way to celebrate those who keep our children safe on their way to and from school.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thanks for Donating to the Bus Driver Breakfast!

The bus drivers and crossing guards thoroughly enjoyed their special breakfast in honor of Transportation Safety Awareness Month. They were in awe of the delicious spread and appreciative of their personalized gifts. They always share lovely comments about how the Thoreau community goes above and beyond to show its gratitude for their hard work. Thank you to all the families who generously donated to make the event such a success!

Thank you to all the Spelling Bee Participants!

Thanks to the spellers, teachers, staff, and volunteers who participated in Saturday’s spectacular Spelling Bee! An extra special thank you to the extraordinary Pronouncer Mr. Lemaire, who once again made the event a fun, memorable experience for spellers and spectators. Congratulations to 5th grade winner Anthony Babu, 5th grade runner-up Isaac Lee, and the third place winner for 5th grade, Aashir Rana! Also congratulations to 4th grade winner Sallie Wu! Until next year, happy spelling!

New Before and After School Program Registration!!

Concord Recreation is excited to be collaborating with the Thoreau School PTG and Administration to take over the facilitation of the Before and After School Programs starting this spring! You will now be registering with the Concord Recreation Department instead of directly with the school/PTG. The spring offerings include Before School Sports, Fuzzy Felt, Hip Hoppers Cardio Blast, and Kids’ Test Kitchen and are open for registration on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30am. For registration information and class details go to

Minecraft fans don’t despair! Registration for the spring session of Minecraft will continue to go through the PTG website at Registration for Minecraft will begin March 26th at 9:30am.


Celebrate National Library Week with a Thoreau School tradition, our annual Book Character Parade. This will be our 31st! On Tuesday, April 9, at 11:15 A.M., children and staff dressed as their favorite book characters will march through the school halls. 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 Julie Turner in the library.

Math Night! March 22

Friday, March 22 from 6-8pm! This year’s theme is weather – “Cloudy With a Chance of Math!”. Solve problems related to the many aspects of weather in our world, and win chances at prizes. Build amazing snowflakes! What’s the probability of a snow day? 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.

Cake Walk- March 30

It’s that time of year again; CAKE WALK! As is the case every year, we depend on the support of our Thoreau family to make this event a success. Please consider donating your time, a table, some cakes, or even all 3! We can’t do it without you and we appreciate you all so much! Please contact Courtney Tucker @ if you have any questions regarding volunteering. Sign up here:

Daily Composting Starts April 1st! No Fooling!!!

EXCITING NEWS!! Mother Earth Monday is graduating to EVERYDAY on Monday, April 1st! At the minimum, daily composting will limited to the month of April, but ideally will continue through the end of the school year. For this to be a success, we need “all hands on deck”! The sign-up genius (here and on the PTG Website) has been updated to include MWThF dates through June, please give priority to the April dates. Any time you can give is appreciated!! If you are new, don’t fret – an experienced composting volunteer will always be present to help. Questions/concerns/ideas? Contact Kathleen Dohoney ( THANK YOU FOR HELPING!!

5th Grade Art Retrospective- June 3

All 5th Grade Parents-

Looking ahead to the Art Retrospective

The 5th grade art retrospective and choral concert will be held on Monday night, June 3rd. Due to the late date of the event, the Arts Night will be the grand finale of the show. At the conclusion of the evening, families should take ALL artwork home. If family members can not make the Arts Night please make sure to stop by before to view the work. Doors will open at 6:30 to view artwork and the concert will begin at 7 pm. Each 5th grader is required to reflect on their growth and development as young artists. In an effort to have meaningful reflection time, I am asking students to bring in any work from past years the week after April Vacation.

More specific information will sent home the week of March 26th. If you have any questions about preparation for the show or the show itself feel free to email me at

Thanks for your support,

Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

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. Both 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 27. A parent volunteer (or 2) is required at each session.
Who: Students at Thoreau Elementary School in Grades 2-5, maximum of 10 students Where: Thoreau School Art Room. Cost: $24 per student for both sessions. When: Wednesday, March 27 and Wednesday April 3 from 3:30-4:45PM

Register here (You will need to create a login if you do not already have one. Also, scroll to the bottom of the linked page to find the workshops):

From the Thoreau PTG Health and Wellness Committee:

Dear Parents of Thoreau Students,

Happy New Year! We are pleased to announce some Health and Wellness planning and events that will be coming this spring.

Our lives are busy, scheduled, and hectic! It’s easy to feel disconnected and get burned out when being pulled in so many directions. The kids feel that way too! Mindfulness practices are tools that anyone can access within themselves to feel more connected, present and calm in any circumstance (almost any). Many of the kids have been exposed to mindfulness at Thoreau school already and may be able to tell you about their experiences. The following upcoming events focus on mindfulness training for kids and parents.

1. Wednesday May 1st at Thoreau School: As part of Children’s Programming during the school day the children will be attending Mindfulness programming (also through Ivy Child) and will have fun with mindful movement, breathing exercises, and meditation. Ask them about it when they get home so they can teach the whole family!

2. National Screen Free Week! April 29-May 5 as the weather turns warm and sunny it will be time to TURN OFF the screens. The kids will be asked to come up with creative ways to have fun and explore their environment without screens. If you recall, last year the Toy Shop of Concord offered a prize gift certificate to all kids who completed the week. More to come on this!

Keep in mind there are wonderful resources all around us to cultivate mindfulness. Whether it is through practicing yoga (seamless plug – come to Loren’s class Flow and Restore 7pm on Thursday nights at On the Mat Yoga), walking around Walden Pond or through town trails, learning how to meditate (Try the Calm app) or just taking 5 minutes to stop, slow the breath and feel your feet on the ground, even small practices can have a profound impact on the state of mind!

Thank you,
Loren Winters and Mari Alexander

The Oceans Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick update on the Oceans Challenge. So far I’ve worked with 9 classes, with 2 more scheduled for later in March. The students have made 514 sea creatures from recycled materials and our school has earned $1028.00 for ocean conservation projects. I’m sure our totals will be even higher by the time the Challenge finishes on June 8.

If you would like to learn more about the Oceans Project and see photos of all of the crafts made by Thoreau students, here is a private link to our team page –

Thanks so much to all of the families who sent in their recyclables, and to the PTG for funding the extra supplies.

All the best,
Karen Pettyjohn

Community News

SEPAC Appreciation Awards – 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 is delighted to announce the launch of our 3rd Annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards!

We are inviting parents and caregivers 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 the Joint School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd.

The Appreciation Awards were introduced two years ago and we have received really positive feedback from the recipients. They told us the acknowledgement and public recognition of their work was highly valued.

Please visit to nominate your special person!

Nominations will open on Monday, March 18th and will close on Friday, April 12th. If you have any questions, please email us at

Please join us at the SEPAC Board Meeting! March 28

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council would like to invite you to our March meeting.

We have two guest speakers joining us this month. Sherry Kenin and Magi Lindeman will be sharing information about the Timbernook Sensory Nature Programs which are under the umbrella of Minute Man Arc. These innovative and award winning nature programs were developed by an Occupational Therapist and enable children to experience a variety of sensory inputs and challenge their fine and gross motor skills.

Please join us to learn more about what SEPAC does, what we are working on at the moment and how you can get involved.

When: Thursday, 28th March from 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Where: Conference Room, Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street. Please enter through the glass doors by the basketball courts which are on the left hand side of the building.

If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about SEPAC, visit our website at

Concord Conservatory of Music presents CCM Jazz – Originals on April 5th at 7:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the National Jazz Appreciation Month when the multi-talented CCM faculty perform original compositions. Tsuyoshi Honjo on saxophone, Justin Meyer on bass, Brian Friedland on piano, Phil Sargent on guitar, Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Mike Connors on percussion bring to the area their original compositions as well as jazz classics. Purchase tickets at or available at the door: $20 for adults, free for students 18 and under. For information: 978-369-0010 or email CCM is located at 1317 Main Street, Concord (within the West Concord Union Church).

Spring Art Classes at The Umbrella

Registration for spring classes at The Umbrella Community Arts Center is open! Explore Animation, Drawing, Painting, Glass Fusing and more! While, you’re thinking about spring, don’t forget that Summer Camp registration is open as well! We’re offering NEW Student Discounts and new Referral Bonus Program to thank those who refer new students to try classes at The Umbrella. Register TODAY and discover your arts!

Help Make the 2019 Middlesex Jazz Festival Even Better

We are holding our Annual Jazz Fest in downtown Concord on June 8th this year and are asking for your feedback on our FREE annual event. Please take a moment to fill out the survey provided in the link below so that we can make this FREE event even better for Concord and nearby residents. This survey takes 3-4 minutes to complete and all data will only be used in aggregate. Survey closes on March 31st.

Middlesex Jazz Festival 2019 Survey

CMS Presents “The Lion King, Jr.”- March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 PM; Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM, Sanborn Auditorium. For tickets, please go to

Upcoming Parent Education Programs from CPT

(1) FOR PARENTS CARING FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS: Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Program, 12:15 to 1:45 PM on March 28, 2019, NEW LOCATION: Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road in Concord. (Bring your own lunch!) We will discuss caring for elders in our lives as well as our children: “Feeling the Squeeze as part of ‘The Sandwich Generation'”. Facilitated by Kathleen Sullivan from Minuteman Senior Services. Read full description at link below. Free and open to all but seating is limited so please help us plan by registering at:

(2) NEW PROGRAM for ALL PARENTS (with children of any age)

“Overcoming Stress and Anxiety in our Youth: Strategies to Support Children’s Learning and Ways to Cope”, presented by Dr. Donna Pincus from the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Monday, April 1, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 PM at Concord Carlisle High School auditorium. Free program! Please help us plan by pre-registering at:

(3) NEW PROGRAM for Parents of children INFANT thru AGE 5, an 8 part mid-day series “Circle of Security: Raising a Secure Child”. A collaboration with First Connections, the small group setting will take place in Action for 8 Tuesdays from 11:30 to 1PM starting April 2nd. Child care is available If requested. To sign up please email Learn more about this free program at

(4) FOR PARENTS OF TEENS AND PRE-TEENS: Thursday morning May 2nd 10 -11:30 AM, Ripley Administration Conference Room 4, Dr. Sion Harris will present “They Are Not Crazy. They Are Teenagers!: Substance Use and its Impact on the Developing Brain” — Look for registration information as we get closer at

Learn about all of CPT’s programs at

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC – there’s something for every musician! Join a Guitar or Ukulele class or Trumpet Workshop, learn Bassoon reed-making, or choose an ensemble to play with: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, Rock Band or Small Ensembles. Details and registration at

Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Keeping Tech in Check with Mindful Wellness- March 28

Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 – 10:00 am
Be Well Be Here, 91 Main St, Suite 302

Join Concord non-profit founders, Lara Wilson of Be Well Be Here and Adrienne Principe of Concord Promise and Turning Life On, on a journey to discover how mindful wellness can help our children (and us) manage technology for healthier lives. Today’s technology is designed to demand our attention nearly 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Whether your child is engaging with smartphones, social media or gaming, developing the skills necessary to keep tech in check can be challenging. The pull of technology also affects our relationships, our productivity, and our children’s abilities to study and learn. Together, we will discuss current findings in human development research (including neurobiology and psychology), and our own life experiences to understand why it’s so hard to disconnect. Lara and Adrienne will offer real strategies that you and your children can experiment with to promote healthier relationships with technology for a happier, fuller life. For more information, visit
Space is limited, please RSVP by calling 978-203-2825 or email

Concord Middle School Feasibility Study and Design — Residents Will Decide

The Concord School Committee is recommending a Feasibility Study for a new middle school building. To move forward, we will need residents to get involved and vote.

Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new CMS building is included in the 2019 Town Meeting warrant. To educate the community on options for moving forward, the School Committee will host a series of Information Sessions, Public Forums, and Building Tours. Please join us to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback. In planning for a new facility, our goal is to engage the community in a clear and collaborative process. We welcome feedback and hope to see you at one of our events!

Public Forums:

Monday, March 25, 9:30-11am at the Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 4.

CMS Building Tours:

Saturdays March 23, 30, and April 6
9:30 at Sanborn and 11:00 at Peabody

Full Schedule of Events:

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at

Two New Saturday Concord Conservatory Workshops for cello and violin players

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to offer one-day Saturday learning workshops led by CCM faculty, which are open to non-CCM students. On March 23rd from 5-6:15 pm, Ji Kwon and Fabrizio Mazzetta will lead Cello Practice Tips & Techniques. Students will learn how to sound great on any piece. HyunJung Kim will lead Scales & Vibrato on April 13th from 12-1:00 pm and will show students how to perfect these skills. For details and registration information on these workshops, visit, call (978) 369-0010, or email Emma Huggard, at Preregistration required.

Callen Tennis Middle and High School Summer Camp – Registration is OPEN!

Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students. 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 DI 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: Weeks of June 24th, July 1st (No Camp July 4th) and July 8th
Concord-Carlisle High School Tennis Courts, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA, 01742
Monday-Friday / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$570 per week ($456 July 1st week)

As always, registration is on a first come, first served basis so please register early. Only 27 camper spots available each week.

Follow this link to REGISTER NOW!!! Upon receipt of registration you will receive a confirmation email from us including payment options. Payment must be received within 48 hours of confirmation to guarantee your spot. For more information visit or email .

Etiquette Boot Camp for Children- March 24

Get your child in shape for the next family dinner, social gathering or formal event at Etiquette Boot Camp! The course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt and much more. Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food and use utensils the European and American way. The three-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and will cover the following etiquette topics: basic manners, table manners, and conversation skills. The fee is $155.

Etiquette Boot Camp will take place on Sunday, March 24th from 10am to 1pm at Marriott Residence Inn Boston-Concord. For more information and to enroll visit or call 617-608-3920.

Spring 2019 Co-Ed Flag Rugby

Sundays April 29 – June 10. MetroWest Youth Rugby is accepting registrations for our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills. No experience necessary. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th. First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. At Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 AM for grades K-6. To register visit