May 17, 2018

This week’s announcements:

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

Around Town: Concord Promise, Cub Scouts, Foster Care Lunch & Learn, Willard Carnival, Concord Library, Adrian Martinez Classic, Milldam Ducky Race, Middlesex Jazz Festival, CCYH Girls, Emerson Umbrella Camp, CCM, IMSCC, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News:

ROAD RACE IS COMING!!!! This Sunday 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 something fun for everyone in the family.

Did you know that if you registered by April 30th, you can pick up your Bib + Shirt tomorrow Friday June 18th, from 3-4pm outside the cafeteria! Registered after April 30th? You can still pick up your bib and increase your chances of scoring the FUN race shirt instead of waiting until Sunday!

PTG Meeting tomorrow!!!! We would like to invite everyone to come to our PTG meeting tomorrow at 9:00 in the Cafeteria!!! Lots of great information to share and catch up with other Thoreau Parents. Young children are welcome. Please come join us.

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! 

THOREAU ROAD RACE: Thoreau’s biggest fundraiser of the year needs YOU to make this beloved event happen. Grab a friend and sign up for a 45 min (easy & fun) shift! Even if you and/or your kids are running, it is easy to coordinate your run time with your volunteer time.
SIGN UP HERE:!/showSignUp/5080F45ADA929A6FC1-thoreau

PRO-TIP – Avoid the lines on Sunday, pick up your bib/shirt (if you registered by April 30th), 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.



Help the 5th Grade Community Service Project:
Open Table- making kids’ snack bags for students in need
Dignity In Asylum – pantry drive and card writing for refugees
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


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.

CUB SCOUTS: Cub Scout Pack 133 – Parents Info Night Wednesday, 5/23 at 7pm. Pack 133 is Thoreau Elementary School’s Cub Scout Pack for boys and girls entering 1st through 5th grade. Please join Pack parents and leaders at the Thoreau School Cafeteria on Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm to discover what we’re all about, how to join, and how we are including girls into the Pack starting this fall! Cub Scouting gets kids outdoors, builds self-confidence, and teaches about respecting our natural world, all while having a lot of fun! Please RSVP (requested but not required) or send questions to: Feel free to drop by, even if you don’t RSVP. For more details, please visit

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

MILLDAM DUCKY RACE: Milldam Nursery School’s rubber ducks are gearing up for the 13th Annual Ducky Fair, to be held on Saturday, June 9th from 10AM to 12PM at Emerson Playground. Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public! Raffle tickets are on sale at the event and you need not be present to win. There are over thirty amazing prize packages from the Lucky Duck Raffle, including a $500 cash prize! Find out whether YOU will have the lucky duck!

MIDDLESEX JAZZ FESTIVAL AT CONCORD: The Middlesex Jazz Festival returns to Concord Center on Saturday, June 9th from 1:30PM to 7:45PM. The free outdoor event will feature four 20-piece big bands and five smaller jazz ensembles, including participants from the CCHS jazz band. This year, the Town Recreation Department is adding Latin Jazz, a beer/wine tent, and additional food and craft vendors. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and fun. The town will provide several large tents for shade. The family-friendly event will be free to the public thanks to local event sponsors. For more details:

CCYH GIRLS: Pre-Season program is open! Registration is now open for preseason ice hockey Sep – Nov: Practice with CCHS Varsity Girls 2018 (Girls 6th-12th grade). Go to for details or contact Andi Rice:

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: Beginning Harmony Singing for Acoustic Musicians. Join us this summer for the Beginning Harmony Singing for Acoustic Musicians class on seven Thursdays during the summer. From 7 -8:00 pm you’ll be harmonizing by ear on any song. Learn how to determine harmonies and to teach yourself to sing harmonies using your instrument as a guide. Have fun with singing folk, country, and bluegrass vocal tunes. There are no prerequisite songs, and you don’t need to be able to read music or play lead (open to acoustic instruments, all levels – both rhythm and lead players). Check for details.

IMSCC: SUMMER MUSIC CLASSES, ENSEMBLES AND WORKSHOPS. IMSCC has lots of music classes to choose from this summer! New this year: students can learn song-writing with Chris McDermott, study music theory with Dr. Ryan Noe, explore sound-painting or improvisation, learn to make bassoon reeds or customize your sax or clarinet reeds…or join an ensemble: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, and Trumpet Workshop are all back this year! And there’s more – click to download a complete listing of summer music programs, or browse courses online at

Summer private music lessons are also enrolling now! Please visit to request lessons. For more information about IMSCC, visit

Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-341-2490 ext. 7653.

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