May 31, 2018

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Annual Appeal, 5th Grade Day of Service, Box Tops, From the Library

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, Summer LEGO-STEM, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News:

Thank you to Lisa Lynch, Service Learning and 5th Grade Events, for organizing, coordinating and doing it all for the 5th Grade Service Learning Event that took place last week. All the wonderful activities you helped put together, was a great way for Thoreau 5th Graders to give back to our school and community.

Next Friday, June 8th, is our last PTG meeting of the school year!!! Please come on by, there will be celebrations for our out going parents, as well as information on 2018-2019 Board positions and the presentation of the 2018-2019 proposed PTG Budget. Come join us, if it’s the only one you come to this year, we would love to have you there. Younger children welcome. Snacks provided. Full agenda will be blasted next week.

Kathleen & Deb


Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2018-2019:
Check out the Sign Up Genius for details!

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!


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! 

5th GRADE DAY OF SERVICE: Thanks to all of the parent volunteers and the 5th graders who made our Day of Service a success. We received accolades from Open Table, DIAS, Council on Aging, Fowler Library and the West Concord Green Thumbs for all of the hard work last Tuesday. Our own Thoreau garden got not only new plantings but raised beds as well. Go check it out! And thanks to the entire Thoreau community for donating items for Open Table – we were able to make 100 bags for children in our community in need.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: The time has come! Tomorrow (Friday, June 1) is the deadline for your child to put their classroom into the winner’s circle in the Box Tops for Education contest. Please put your box tops (even the expired ones) in a small plastic bag and drop them into the collection box in the school lobby, 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.  If you miss the deadline, please turn them in anyway.  As long as your child’s name is in the bag, we can credit their clips to their next-year classroom when we start up the contest again in the fall.  The top-clipping class from each grade will win a prize!  In past years, classes have chosen prizes such as popsicle parties, giant bubble parties, small toys, gifts to charities or donating books to the school library.  Keep an eye on the lobby scorecard to see this year’s results unfold.  Good luck to all!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


Coming … the Great Library Round-up!
The final book check out is June 4.  The following week we will begin the official countdown of all the books “Wanted” back from each grade.  Help us to ready the library for the new librarian by returning the books as quickly as possible for proper shelving and storage.  Thank you!

To all Library Volunteers:
Thank you so much for your help during the past year. You’ve worked hard to put our library shelves in order and to keep the books circulating. Special thanks go to the parent volunteers who are graduating from Thoreau alongside of their 5th graders: Lauren Dillon, Maureen Giese Elizabeth Hall, Ruth Henning, Pam Miller, Jill O’Sullivan, Diana Renn, Eileen Robichaud, Prow Sarns and Stefanie Sim. Thank you also to our volunteer coordinator for this year, Sara Kosicki.  Our coordinator next year is Deb Antonangeli, who will be piloting additional library volunteer support to help compensate for the elimination of the library aide position.

We hope that you all can come to at least a part of our annual shelving “parties” on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, from 9:00 A.M.-Noon.  If you have time, please help us re-shelve books and assist with any number of other end-of the-year projects. We are hoping to leave the library in exceptionally good shape for the incoming librarian, Ms. Turner.  Sustenance will be provided!

Again, thank you for everything. — Karen Pettyjohn and Kristin Haddad


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

The much-anticipated annual Willard Carnival will take place this 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.  Games 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.

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 LEGO-INSPIRED STEM: Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors in our LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.
We are excited to be offering our LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program at these locations:
Concord Recreation:
Mine, Craft, Build: Adventure Game with LEGO® Materials
August 27th – August 31st
Ages 5 – 6
Mine, Craft, Build Survival Game with LEGO® Materials
August 27th – August 31st
Ages 7 – 12
Contact email:  Website:

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