May 3, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, Teacher Appreciation Week, PTG Meet & Greet, Thoreau at the Red Sox, Thoreau Road Race, Open Table

Around Town: Ivy Child, Concord Youth Theatre, CMS Booksale, SEPAC, Gear2Goals, MSSA, Patriot Basketball Camp, Concord Carlisle Community Ed, CCM, IMSCC, Cognitive Neuroscience Group, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Spring is in full swing and with it comes lots of end of year events, activities, and dates that you don’t want to miss!  Scroll through for details, sign up geniuses and more!

For example, as outlined in Principal Charles’ April Thoreau Monthly email, tomorrow, Friday May 4th, is the deadline for parents/guardians to share any information they wish to be considered regarding placement.   Letters should be sent to the main office or emailed to Mrs. Charles at and should include specific information related to your child such as areas of concern for learning or observations of the type of classroom environment you feel would best suit your child’s needs.  Requests for specific teachers should not be made and such requests are not honored.  Letters received after May 4th will not be considered.  Your cooperation in keeping to the May 4th deadline is greatly appreciated.

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! 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: Next week (5/7-5/10) is the official Teacher Appreciation Week.  The SAC has organized a different way to say ‘thanks’ each morning.  While we have Tues and Wed covered, we encourage student and family participation for the Mon and Thurs events.

On Sunday 5/6, join us in chalking the Thoreau School sidewalks with notes of gratitude.  A group is planning to go around 4 pm.  Feel free to come then or stop by anytime Sunday evening and add to the collage of messages on your own!  Please bring your own sidewalk chalk if you can!  The colorful sidewalk will welcome teachers first thing on Monday morning and kick off the week!

On Thursday 5/10, we encourage parents to send a quick email with a note of thanks to teachers AND have your children bring in handmade cards with notes of their appreciation as well.  These personal messages will conclude the week.  The SAC has organized edible treats for the middle two days!
As usual, let us know if you have any questions.
Jordan ( Kim (

PTG MEET & GREET: Incoming and current Kindergarten/rising First Graders, please join us 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 AT THE RED SOX: – only a few tickets left – act fast!
Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves – Friday, May 25, 2018 – 7:10pm – Bleacher Seats, Section 38

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Given the popularity of games in the past we have secured 250 tickets at a cost of $25 each. A great opportunity to take a family of 4 to a game for $100!! Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below.

Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
– Your name
– Students name
– Number of tickets requested

Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 29 or Friday, March 30 between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/30 at 7:30 will be given to remaining families on the waitlist.
Thanks!! Prior games have been a lot of fun, looking forward to another great time!!

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.

THOREAU ROAD RACE: DON’T MISS OUT!   Thoreau’s 12th Annual Road Race is Sunday, May 20th.  Tons of family fun and our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Sign up here to run, walk, jog or stroll!  Volunteers are needed to make this cherished event happen. Please sign up to join our fun crew!!/showSignUp/5080F45ADA929A6FC1-thoreau

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


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.

CONCORD YOUTH THEATRE: Don’t miss Concord Youth Theatre’s Alumnus Chris Evans starring as Captain America in Part 1 of this action-packed finale of Marvel’s Avengers series. Join CYT on Thursday, May 3 at 7pm the Fine Arts Theatre Place, 19 Summer Street, Maynard for a special screening and fundraiser for CYT. 25% of all concessions purchased that night using the coupon attached to this email will be donated to CYT so come hungry and ready to cheer for Chris and his Avenger sidekicks! In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from amassing the all-powerful Infinity Stones. Tickets are $10.50 adults/$7.50 students/seniors and can be reserved on line or purchased at the door.  to purchase tickets.

Note: please print out the paper voucher and bring it with you to the show. The theater requires the paper voucher in order for your concession purchases to be donated to CYT.

CMS BOOKSALE: The Concord Bookshop, Saturday, May 5, 9:30 – 5:00pm. Support the middle school while stocking up on gifts for loved ones and teachers. Purchase your child’s summer reading texts, too!  CMS gets a portion of all sales, thanks to the generosity of parents like you and of bookstore owner Dawn Rennert.  Any purchase, any item, all day!

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:

MIDDLESEX SCHOOL SUMMER ARTS: Registration is now open for Middlesex School Summer Arts (“MSSA”).  MSSA is a multi-arts day program for campers entering grades 1-11.  Campers (grades 4 and up) are able to choose their schedule based upon their interests.  We offer classes in visual arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, print making), dance (modern, jazz, hip hop, Broadway dance), media (photography, playwriting, creative writing, yearbook, stop motion, video production), music (jazz/rock band, piano, guitar, drumming), technical theatre (costume design, sound/lighting, props, stage management), theatre (a capella, comedy club, fractured fairytales) and recreation (swimming, games) to name a few.  Additionally, we offer many full-length performance opportunities for interested campers.

This year the 4-5th grade five week show is A Year with Frog and Toad.  The musical for the 6-8th grade 5-week campers is James and the Giant Peach.  The non-musical for the 9-11th grade 5 -week campers is Peter and the Starcatchers.  The musical for 3-week campers, grades 4-11, is Willie Wonka, Jr.  and the musical for 5 week high school campers is The Addams Family.
Please visit for more information and registration.

PATRIOT BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMP: Run by CCHS Varsity basketball coaches David Cohen and Aaron Joncas, is excited for its 10th year!
New this year – Two weeks of camp for girls entering Grades 4-9, run by CCHS Varsity Head Coach Kim Magee AND two weeks of Junior Patriots camp for boys entering Grades 1-3, both at Nashoba Brooks School.
Our Summer League returns this year on Thursday nights at CCHS. Players get a weekly full court game in their age bracket run by our CCHS Varsity coaches – a fun way to improve and compete! Visit today to register

CONCORD CARLISLE COMMUNITY ED: Making summer camp plans? Check out these offerings from Concord Carlisle Community Ed: Wicked Cool Vet School, Minecraft Mania, Rocket Science, Gadgets & Contraptions, & Deep Blue Sea. And for chess buffs, there’s a weeklong Chess Club in August! For information and to register, go to: or call 978-318-1432.

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.

COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE GROUP: MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 or 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year. We provide free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More information can be found at:

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