May 24, 2018

This week’s announcements:

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

Around Town: Instrumental Music, Foster Care Lunch & Learn, Willard Carnival, Concord Library, Callen Tennis, Adrian Martinez Classic, Milldam Ducky Race, Middlesex Jazz Festival, CCYH Girls, PMC KIDS, Emerson Umbrella Camp, CCM, IMSCC, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News:

What a wonderful event and great day! A HUGE Thank You goes out to Therese Hetzel Conti, Maribeth Cusick and their team of amazing Road Race volunteers who helped make last Sunday’s race a success. Everyone had a great day with the rain holding out until everything was completed and cleaned up.  The amount of time and energy it takes to pull of this complex event did not go unnoticed. Everyone in the Thoreau Community is grateful for your efforts!

Kathleen & Deb


Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2018-2019:!/showSignUp/10c0445aaac2ca7f85-20182019

Attention 4th Grade Parents! 5th Grade Events Committee 2018-2019Congratulations!! Next year you will have a 5th Grader at Thoreau!!!  This is a big deal!  That is why each year the PTG looks to the current 4th grade parents to populate “The 5th Grade Events Committee” for the following year.  This amazing team of parents and guardians (it’s always an amazing team) coordinates the 5th grade Yearbook, T-shirts, Day of Service, Outings, and other related activities to help make this year a special and memorable one.  This sign-up is not for specific slots or roles, but is simply to gather names of people who might be interested in participating.  That said, if you are interested in Chairing this committee, there IS a sign-up for that too!  Please visit the Sign-up genius below to sign up!


ROAD RACE: Thank you to all the Road Race Committee members who have worked so diligently over the last several months preparing for the 12th annual Thoreau Road Race!  If you were able to join us on Sunday,you saw many happy and excited kids and parents running together and having a great time. The event would never have been possible without the support and dedication of this amazing team:
Mari Alexander, Kerri Nash, Julia Elliott, Jessica Grogins, Allison Harmon,  Mitzi Johnson,
Erin Lynch, Siobhan Mee, Caroline Myler,  Danielle Wetzel,  Tracy Bagley White, Jill Yates 
Thank you for all your hard work!
Therese Hetzel Conti and Maribeth Cusick, Road Race co-chairs

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 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.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Box Tops for Education – One Week to Go!! The winning classrooms in the Box Tops for Education contest are zooming toward the finish line!  Please turn in all remaining clips by the end of the day on Friday, June 1st to be included in your classroom’s tally.  Please put them in a small plastic bag, and 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!  Many classes have been clipping away furiously – who will win? Final results to be announced in two week! Thanks – Kimber Lynn Drake


INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REGISTRATION: Is now open for all current 3rd and 4th grade students to join the band or orchestra at their school in the 4th and 5th grade. No prior experience is necessary!
Sign up online today! Learn more about BAND at and learn more about ORCHESTRA at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the band directors: Chris Noce ( and Paul Halpainy (, or the orchestra director: Anna Anderson (

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

CALLEN TENNIS: Fall 2018 Registration  Registration for the Callen Tennis Fall 2018 tennis programs will open up at 7:00AM on June 4th and run through June 18th. As always, registration is on a first come, first serve basis so please be sure to register early. To register, please visit our online registration form: Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive notification from us that your child has a spot and payment will be due within 48 hours. Please note any registrations done online prior to June 4th cannot be accepted.

Red Ball: Thursdays – 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes) for 8 weeks starting September 13th. The fee is $200.
Orange Ball: Thursdays 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes) for 8 weeks starting September 13th. The fee is $280.
Please note Callen Tennis does not provide transportation from Thoreau to the CCHS tennis courts after school.
Middle School: Mondays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30PM (2 days/week for 1.5 hours) for 8 weeks starting September 6th (runs through 11/1- no class 10/8)*. Match Play dates TBD (possibly 2). The fee is $585 ($560 plus $25 registration fee). Bus transportation will be provided from CMS to CCHS. Students will need to be picked up at the CCHS courts at 4:30PM as there is no return bus service to CMS.
*no class 10/8 due to Columbus Day.

For more information please visit or email us at

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:

PMC KIDS RIDE!: Many kids, many bikes, one mission: cure cancer. Kids of all ages find fun, camaraderie, and inspiration in bringing us closer by the mile.
Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 17th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.
Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer.  There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.
To register, volunteer or donate, go to Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!

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: Presents Summer Saxophone and Woodwind Ensemble for students entering grades 6–9. Groups of no more than five students will form ensembles according to their skill levels and play jazz, rock, pop, and classical music. Saxophone, clarinet, flute, and other woodwind players welcome. Placement is determined by ability: Group I,10:30 am-12:00 pm and Group II, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm (meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two monthly summer sessions). For details, please visit or call (978) 369-0010. CCM is the area’s nonprofit community music school located at 1317 Main Street. Financial assistance is available.

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!