May 10, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, PTG Meet & Greet, Thoreau Road Race, Library Gift Program, Grounds for Learning, Open Table, Box Tops

Around Town: CCHS Theatre, SEPAC, Gear2Goals, Concord Promise, Foster Care Lunch & Learn, Willard Carnival, Concord Library, Adrian Martinez Classic, Emerson Umbrella Camp, CCM, IMSCC, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News:

ROAD RACE IS COMING!!!! A little over a week away is Thoreau’s biggest event of the year, the 12th Annual Road Race!!! This event is sure to be a fun day filled with lots of activities for the whole family. Please come join in by running, waking, volunteering or cheering everyone on. There will be something fun for everyone in the family. Look below for more details about the event.

A huge shout out and thank you to Kim Capello, Jordan Binder and the staff appreciation committee on all the great ideas and organizing of special treats and events for our amazing Thoreau teachers. Thank you to all the kids and parents for adding the extra special touches with sidewalk decorations and beautiful cards for your teachers. Great way to celebrate and show your Thoreau spirit!!!!

Kathleen & Deb


PTG Executive Committee Interest: Are you interested in serving on the Executive Committee of the PTG or learning what each role entails? Let us know!   2018-2019 PTG Executive Officer positions include Co-President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The Officers will be voted in at the last PTG meeting of the school year.  Please email Kathleen Dohoney ( by May 18th if you are interested.

Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2018-2019: Next year is already shaping up nicely! This year’s Chairs have been amazing and we are excited that so many have chosen to continue in their roles and share their experience with new team members next year!  Please check out the Sign Up Genius for a variety of Co-Chair and Trainee positions!

PTG By-Law Revisions: The PTG By-Laws must be reviewed at least once every three years.  The PTG Board has reviewed the By-Laws last revised in 2015 and a copy of the proposed 2018 revision can be found on the PTG website here.  A vote to ratify the 2018 revised By-Laws will be held at the next PTG meeting on Friday, May 18th.


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! 

PTG MEET & GREET: Incoming and current Kindergarten/rising First Graders, please join us  tonight for a casual evening to learn all about the Thoreau PTG.
Thursday, May 10th 7:00 pm
Hosted by Maribeth Cusick: 513 Strawberry Hill Road

Drinks, munchies and conversations.

THOREAU ROAD RACE: Start Stretching!
Thoreau’s 12th Annual Road Race is around the corner: Sunday, May 20th.
Still need to to register? REGISTER HERE
IMPORTANT: The race committee needs YOUR help to make this fun day happen. Please take a moment to sign up and volunteer your time:!/showSignUp/5080F45ADA929A6FC1-thoreau
PRO TIP: Avoid the lines on Sunday, pick up your bib/shirt on Friday May 18th from 3-4pm outside the cafeteria.

THOREAU LIBRARY GIFT BOOK PROGRAM: Want to show a teacher just how special you think they are during Teacher Appreciation Week – gift a book in their name to the Library. As part of the Thoreau Library Gift Book Program, gifted books are shown to the honoree’s class, and the donor is the first person allowed to check out the book. It’s a gift that truly keeps on giving!

Perfect timing, as more than twenty (20) new books have been added to the Gift Book List this week ready for gifting!

If you would like to donate a book, you have two options. First you can visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library and follow the directions listed there (don’t forget your checkbook)!  If you are not able to make it into the library, please follow this link to the Gift Book Program and Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, can assist you in making a gift. This link includes all of the books currently available for giving through the Gift Book Program.

GROUNDS FOR LEARNING: The School garden is now open during recess Wednesdays and Fridays subject to parent volunteers! Please sign up at the following link.

OPEN TABLE DONATIONS: The 5th grade class has its annual Day of Service this year on May 22nd. One of the service projects will be a food drive for Open Table and another is a pantry drive for Dignity In Asylum (DIAS). The 5th graders will be packing kids’ snack bags for Open Table to give out to the 100-150 children they serve each week. We will also be collecting pantry items for DIAS’ temporary housing units for vulnerable refugees in our community. We are asking the whole Thoreau Community to help out!

We have broken down the list of items requested by Open Table:

Kindergarten: individual juice or milk boxes
First Grade: snack sized applesauce or fruit cups
Second Grade: granola or snack bars (nut-free please)
Third grade: small bags of cookies, pretzels or crackers
Fourth Grade: snack sized cereal
Fifth Grade: boxes of macaroni & cheese, cans of spaghettios or soup
You can also donate appropriate school-based supplies, i.e. pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. All items welcome!

DIAS is asking for: toilet paper, cooking oil, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, paper towels, sponges, and cleaning supplies.

You may send items into school with your student anytime between now and May 22nd. There will be a collection area in front of the auditorium. Contact Carly Manion at Thank you for your support! The 5th grade class

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Year-End Deadline Friday June 1
It’s hard to believe there are only six weeks and two days left in the school year.  And with the end of the year comes the sprint to the finish in the Box Tops for Education classroom contest!  The deadline to get your clips included in your classroom’s contest tally is Friday June 1.  Please put them in a small plastic bag, and make sure to include in the bag a slip of paper with your child’s name and their teacher’s name so that the right class gets credited.  Even expired clips get credit in the classroom contest, so turn them all in!  Please drop your bag of clips into the collection box just inside the front door of the school.  Good luck to all! – Kimber Lynn Drake


IVY CHILD: Hosts a Mindful Morning Series this Spring, at the Concord Free Public Library. The series will offer free, weekly yoga and mindfulness classes on Saturday mornings from 10am-11amon the Concord Public library lawn on the following dates: April 28, May 5, May 12, and May 19, 2018. Classes are FREE and open to the public for participants of all ages and abilities (children, adults, senior citizens welcome). No pre-registration or experience is required to participate. Please bring your own yoga mats/blankets.
Visit our website:; Join our Facebook page: or contact Shan Koay at for more info.

CCHS THEATRE COMPANY: Gangsters and showgirls – join the Concord-Carlisle High School Theatre Company for Guys & Dolls, Broadway’s infamous musical comedy about gambling men and the women who long to tame them. Performances are May 10, 11 and 12 at 7 pm and May 13 at 2 pm in the CCHS Auditorium. Tickets are $17/$12 students & seniors at

And, don’t forget to show your support for CCHS Theater by purchasing a chance to win two tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway! Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6/$100, available at all shows.

GARDEN CLUB OF CONCORD: Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Garden Club of Concord is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 12th, rain or shine, in front of the Middlesex Savings Bank in Concord Center from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Over 1,000 plants will be for sale, including perennials, shrubs, vines, ground covers and house-plants. Most of the perennials come from the established local gardens of Garden Club members.  All funds raised from the plant sale are distributed as grants to local projects or a scholarship that reflect the Club’s horticultural mission.

SEPAC PRESENTATION: My child has trouble with friendships – should I be worried? Presentation by Caroline Maguire, New England Coaching Services, hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Are you wondering if your child is struggling socially?
Do you know when you should step in and what you can do?
Would you like to help your child make and keep friends?

Many children struggle with friendships and parents/caregivers are left on the front line without a guide book. Please join us for a free presentation, which will introduce the roadmap to help you become a social skills coach for your child. This talk can help anyone caring for preK-8 students and students of any age with any social struggle, large or small. The coaching process will be demonstrated so participants can apply the techniques at home.
When: Monday 14th May, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Library, Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road
Presented by:  Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., PCC
For planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

GEAR 2 GOALS: This week a new student-led campaign is launching an effort to collect gently used lacrosse gear, athletic clothes, and monetary donations to benefit student-athletes that are part of the Harlem Lacrosse-Boston program. Harlem Lacrosse, founded by a CCHS graduate, is a non-profit that provides academic intervention, leadership training, and lacrosse to at-risk youth. Concord lacrosse players who have partnered with Harlem Lacrosse since it began in 2008 are eager to help their friends at Harlem Lacrosse – Boston get the gear and funds they need to achieve success on and off the field. Gear2goals aims to collect enough gear so that every student-athlete that is a part of this program has safe and up-to-date gear. The drop-off date and location is:  Friday, May 18th, 7-9pm, during the CCHS boys varsity lacrosse game against Acton-Boxborough. Gear will be collected in the student parking lot at CCHS. For more information about two additional drop-off locations the week leading up to the game, what gear is needed, or how to donate funds, please go to this website:

CONCORD PROMISE: Concord Promise is launching casual roundtable talks for any and all parents interested in sharing ideas, thoughts, concerns, and strategies about smartphone and social media usage among kids.
Our casual roundtable talks will take place seasonally, and will be open to the public.  Our first roundtable talk will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Hunt Gym.
We’ve all read the articles and we’ve all been to the lectures given around town by countless experts, but how often do we just listen to each other – the ones actually in the trenches?|
We want to get everyone in the room for respectful discussion.  No experts, no speakers, just us – the ones slogging it out with the kids, day after day.
Come to talk. Come to listen.  Heck, come just for the coffee.  We won’t judge.

FOSTER CARE LUNCH AND LEARN: Sunday, June 3, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Emerson Room, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Concord
Please join us for a Lunch and Learn Session with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange on ways your small contributions can make a big difference in the lives of foster children. Kristen Fergusen will be presenting from MARE. Lunch will be provided. This session will give you ways to help raise awareness about foster children, help make contributions for needed items like back packs and toiletries, and present information on ways to be a “buddy family” for foster kids. This event is sponsored by First Parish Neighboring Activists (Grade 6). Please check out the “Heart Gallery” on the Parish Hall stage and to find out more about how you could make a difference, check out  Questions, please ask Jen Keegan Jiganti at

SAVE THE DATE:  WILLARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CARNIVAL: The much-anticipated annual Willard Carnival will take place on Sunday, June 3rd, Noon – 4 p.m. at the beautiful Willard School grounds, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord. The entire community is invited to join us for a day of fun including carnival games, face painting, delicious food, entertaining music and fantastic raffle items.  Game involving both skill and chance will be on hand including the popular Beat the Bucket, Fantasy Fishing, balloon animals and the cake-walk. Be sure to check out the new booth Pick-A-Prize. Pizza and other concessions will be available. Hope to see you there!

All proceeds from the Willard Carnival benefit the Willard PTG, making the day a truly rewarding celebration.  The carnival would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors: The Attias Group Real Estate; Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty; H. Ivan Orup, Jr., DMD, MMSc, PC; McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency; Verrill Farm and Walden Pond Pediatrics.  For more information, contact the Willard Carnival Committee at

Listen to stories and meet Winnie the Pooh
June 4th, at 10am
Fowler Library 1322 Main Street

Race Through the Peppermint  Forest & Gumdrop Mountains while enjoying sweet treats along the way.
June 5th  3-5 pm/ Rain Date: June 6th
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Movie will be shown @ 3pm in Children’s Room while game participants  are waiting their turn to play.
Concord Free Public Library: Front Lawn 129 Main Street

All Ages Welcome /No Registration/ For more information: (978) 318-3350

ADRIAN MARTINEZ CLASSIC: Lace up your running shoes! It’s time for the 10th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 7 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races start at 4:30 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders  start at 6:30. All funds raised benefit the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register at

SUMMER ARTS UNDER THE UMBRELLA CAMP – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  Each week is unique with projects designed to engage your child’s creativity and artistic spirit. We offer arts for every interest.  Children have the opportunity to try Drawing & Painting, 2D and 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital Arts, Performance, Workshop and More! Families may sign up for individual weeks on a ½ day or full day.

Plan around your family vacations or summer camp schedules by mixing and matching weeks based on availability and interests.  We are flexible and will accept enrollment for any combination of weeks. REGISTER at before JUNE 1 and save!

 CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Summer Guitar Workshops for kids and adults. Students will delve into technique and theory through blues, jazz, pop, and folk music during the CCM Guitar Workshop (ages 8 -11, July 16-20). Also offered is All Together Now, Kids (for grades 6 – 9, July 16-20) as well as the adult workshop (Tuesday evenings in July starting July 10th). For details visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

IMSCC: Summer music lesson program is now accepting registrations! The Summer Session is flexible – choose which weeks fit your schedule, June 28 through August 21. Lessons take place at CCHS and the Carlisle School. You can request lessons online at or download a registration form.

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