Time to Socialize! – Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Hope everyone is super excited for the Thoreau Adult Social this Saturday, November 3rd at the Concord Art Museum. Come prepared to bid on great auction items to support the school! Make sure to look at the Children’s Programming section under the PTG Programming tab to see all the incredible programs funded throughout the year by the PTG.

Please join us at our next PTG meeting on Friday, November 16th at 9:00 am in the cafeteria–all are welcome and we would love for you to join us and voice your opinions on what we should be doing to support Thoreau.

Lastly, Turkey Trot, Wednesday, November 21st. Come watch your kids chase a giant turkey to kick off your Thanksgiving festivities!!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


It’s Time for the Adult Social!

The Thoreau Adult Social is this weekend! Toss the yoga pants in the hamper and get on the leopard print heels–lets go party for the kids! Who doesn’t love a party with a great cause? For $35, you can enjoy open bar and plentiful passed appetizers while mingling with other parents in a fancy art gallery. And wait until you see our auction items this year! This event is not to miss!! November 3rd 7:30-10:30pm at Concord Center for the Visual Arts (ConcordArt). Buy your ticket through this EventBrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thoreau-fall-social-silent-auction-tickets-50721400073, password big-bash.

Nurse’s Office Clothing Supply Needs Pants!

Mud season is upon us and the extra clothing supply in the Nurse’s office needs replenishing! Specifically, elastic waisted pants for both boys and girls are needed in all sizes. Please contact school nurse, Michele Mosher, at mmosher@concordps.org, if you have gently used pants that you can donate!

Turkey Trot

Save the date! On Wednesday November 21st, Thoreau School will host its annual Turkey Trot. This event is a beloved, non-competitive 1 mile fun run, which begins in the gym and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau neighborhood. All parents, family, friends, and neighbors are encouraged to line the course and cheer on our students. Bring your cow bells and noise makers!

Lost and Found to be Donated This Month – Check it Out Online

The lost and found at Thoreau School is starting to overflow! The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity in the week after Thanksgiving. Photos of each item in the collection as of yesterday afternoon can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery. Although we no longer have the early-morning option for claiming your items, a staff member will be available to buzz you in at the door starting at 8:15am and up until 3pm on Tuesdays/4:15pm on other days. Two easy opportunities to claim your items while you are at the school anyway could be on Conference Day (Nov 6) when the building is attended 6am-8pm and on Turkey Trot day (Nov 21) between the trot and dismissal time. Mark your calendars! Everything is laid out on tables at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria. Good luck! – Kimber Lynn Drake

International Committee Library Displays

The PTG’s International Committee deeply believes that Thoreau students should know more about the many countries represented in our community as well the rest of the world. We would like to introduce and educate our students about different cultures and spark an interest for them to further explore the world around them. To that end, we have worked closely with the Thoreau librarian to secure a central place in the library that will allow volunteers to showcase the many fascinating attributes and cultural traditions of a new country each month. These displays will include such items as display books, pottery, maps, pictures, hats, garments, as well as fun and interesting facts!

Families interested in putting together a full or partial display should contact Alketa Hawes at abeqari@gmail.com to sign up or to get any questions answered. Please note that food cannot be included in any of the displays. Our hope is that one day this small event will blossom into an International Night for Thoreau families.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

TRICK-OR-TREAT for UNICEF to benefit kids affected by disaster. UNICEF boxes will be sent home with your child and will be collected in the lobby over the next few weeks. Thank you in advance for making this Halloween as much about giving as it is about getting. Questions: lisa@flynch.com

Volunteer Opportunities

*all volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the front office

School Garden (Grounds for Learning)

Mother Earth Mondays

See all open PTG committee positions

Community News


Early Voting Schedule – Through Nov. 2

Early voting has started in Concord. Head over to the Town House Hearing Room, 22 Monument Square to cast your vote. See schedule here

Sign up for School Committee News!

Interested in knowing more about what the School Committees do? Want to hear the latest updates on school budgets and informational events? Sign up for the “School Committee News” Subscriber List. We’ll send periodic updates with meeting dates and agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report. Read more

Don’t miss A COMMUNITY SPORTS EQUIPMENT SALE hosted by The Fenn School. ALL ARE WELCOME! – Nov. 3rd, 9:00 -12:00

A wide selection of gently used sports equipment for the entire family, including lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, football, and ski equipment. Representatives from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand offering a large assortment of NEW skis, boots and poles at low pre-season prices. Read More

CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia! – Nov. 30

Join us for a night of fun, friends and trivia Friday November 30th at Waxy’s Pub in Lexington. Discounted early bird tickets on sale now until 11/3/18. Click here to register and/or learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students.

An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 – Nov. 4

In its 11th year, GirlPower! has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughter are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters. Read more

Concord Promise

Concord Promise unites parents with a promise to delay giving their child a smartphone until at least 8th grade and is committed to education opportunities for all parents. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood. Read more

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Fall Session is underway, please join us!

IMSCC offers one-on-one music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. Tuition for lessons starting mid-semester will be prorated. Read more

5th ANNUAL MASSACHUSETTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, November 12 at 9:30 am. For more information visit the Lynn Woods Cross-Country website at http://www.lwrun.org/

CCYH Learn to Play Hockey

The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from mid November through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please visit www.ccyh.org for more information and to register.

CCYH Basketball

Registration is now open for tryouts for the Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball 2018/2019 travel program, which is open to boys and girls in grades 4 through 8. Visit ccybasketball.org for more details.