May 14, 2015


Tuesday night’s talk by Kim John Payne was very well-attended, entertaining and informative! …your PTG dollars at work in our commitment to bringing parent enrichment!

We continue to seek awesome volunteers for the open PTG spots! Consider stepping up today! Check here for more information:

Upcoming Events:
– Spirit Day TOMORROW! Wear BLUE and WHITE or any Thoreau School Road Race t-shirts that you may have at home!
– Road Race- SUNDAY!! May 17th
– Mom’s Night Out- May 27th
– Field Day- June 2nd
– Incoming Kindergarten Party- June 4th
– Volunteer Appreciation Party- June 10th
… and the Final PTG meeting of the year- June 12th at 9:00am!

Carla and Trish

The Road race is this SUNDAY.  Pre-Register Today!

Rain or shine the Thoreau School 9th Annual Road Race is this Sunday, May 17.  Pre-register before Friday at 9pm to avoid lines and save on the registration fee*.
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Spread the word and bring friends!

Celebrate Thoreau spirit and fitness and health with the Kids’ Fun Runs (.5 and 1 mile) and 5K followed by fun food by Firebox BBQ, games, bouncy house, awards ceremony with medals for top winners and more!  Race, walk, jog or stroll, ALL are welcome!
11:00 am – 5 K run
Kids Fun Runs:
12:00 pm – 1 mile run 6+ GIRLS
12:15 pm – 1 mile run 6+ BOYS
12:30 pm – ½ mile run 5 and under

*Pre-registered runners for both the Kids’ Fun Runs and 5K may pick up their registration packets, including bibs and t-shirt, May 15-16 at Marx Running, 423C Great Rd, Acton.

To volunteer, contact Jill Yates at or Mitzi Johnson at  Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, school Social Worker, at or (978) 318-1300.
Mitzi Johnson and Jill Yates, Road Race Co-chairs


As we look toward the end of the school year we are so grateful for the many PTG volunteers that helped make this year a success. As Ms. Charles takes over the helm of Thoreau we would like to show her what an amazing community she is joining. We can ~ with your help! We still need a Vice President, Secretary, Cake Walk Chairs, Lego Club Coordinator, Hobby Fair Coordinator (current 3rd grade parent), Book Fair Co-Chair, Thoreauly Green Co-Chair, and Staff Appreciation Co-chair. Additionally, we need help on all of our committees. If you can find it within yourself to give back to the Thoreau community in any way, we have a place for you! Click, find the sign-up on our website under Volunteer, or contact Trish Siefer or Betsy Martel.


Monday, May 18                  Beef Hotdog on Wheat Bun
Tuesday, May 19                 No Lunch
Wednesday, May 20          Baked Mac & Cheese
Thursday, May 21              Tacos with Ground Beef
Friday, May 22                    Cheese Pizza


2015 Garden Tour Volunteers Needed!

The Concord Museum’s Garden Tour is truly a ritual of spring, attracting hundreds of people to the gardens and supporting the Museum’s wonderful education programs. This year, there are six beautiful and unique gardens on the tour.

Each garden requires volunteers who check guests in, provide direction, and answer general questions; no gardening experience required!  We hope you will join us as a volunteer for one or more of these shifts. This is a wonderful way to spend a lovely spring day in Concord, see friends, and to support the Concord Museum.  Feel free to sign up with a friend.   Sign up soon to be sure to secure your desired shift.

This year’s Garden Tour will take place on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. We are recruiting volunteer guides for both days. The time slots on both Friday and Saturday are:

Shift 1   8:50 AM  –  11:00 AM (only 2 slots left for Saturday; none on Friday)
Shift 2   10:50 AM  –  1:30 PM
Shift 3   1:20 PM  –  4:00 PM

If you are interested in volunteering, please use the following link to sign up: If you have any issues with the link or signing up, please contact Carolyn Myers (

We are pleased to offer your ticket at a reduced price so that you may go on the tour yourself (members $20 / non-members $25). Just mention that you are a volunteer when you purchase them.

Thank you in advance!

Carolyn Myers
Garden Guide Coordinator

It’s Back…The 2015 PMC Kids’ Ride Concord on Sunday, June 14th

After a 1-year hiatus, the PMC Kids Ride Concord Team has decided to move the ride to the Willard School and hold the ride again this year! Kids ages 5-15 can ride to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal of conquering cancer. Registration is open and is $15 with a minimum of $25 fundraising required. To register go to The PMC Kids Ride includes young cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge mission of raising money for cancer research. The program engages youth in philanthropy and promotes physical activity.

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The next issue of Thoreau Announcements will be published on May 21, 2015. Submission Deadline: 9pm Monday, May 18, 2015. Submissions must be school or community related and not commercial in nature. Submit your item in the body of an email (no attachments); it should be brief, single-spaced and have minimal formatting.  Please no bullet points, numbering, or underlining. Email your submission to