Toy Drive, Pure Barre Class- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Thanksgiving is behind us, which means one of the busiest times of year is upon us! Please keep an eye on your email inbox and student folders for special blast announcements, grade level events, teacher appreciation activities, and other opportunities to be involved!

For instance, join us tomorrow, Friday, November 30th at 5:30 for a private Thoreau Pure Barre class at Pure Barre West Concord, 50 Beharrell St for $25—all proceeds go to the PTG. Space is limited— email Maribeth Cusick at if interested.

Another item to note is that the toy drive for Boston Children’s Hospital Holiday Store ends on Tuesday, December 4th. The biggest need is for teen and infant items. Thank you to all who have donated to this wonderful cause! See below for contact info and more information.

The next PTG meeting is Friday, December 14th at 9 am in the cafeteria. The last meeting was cancelled due to the delayed opening, so there will be plenty to discuss! Hope you can join us!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Toy Drive for the Boston Children’s Hospital Holiday Store Nov 19 – Dec 4th

A Thoreau parent with experience spending the holidays at the Boston Children’s Hospital with a sick child has organized this very special toy drive. Boston Children’s Hospital runs a “holiday store” during the month of December for families to “shop” free of charge for gifts. Families have access to toys, crafts, games and books for the patients (and their siblings!) to help brighten the stay over the holidays, no matter what they are celebrating. It’s an amazing event that empowers families to shop for all of their children without having to worry about the expense and/or leaving the hospital. In addition, a room is set up with a wrapping station where families can wrap all of the presents they chose. Please consider donating new toys, stuffed animal, crafts games and books into the collection box outside the front office.

Bus Lost and Found

It’s that time of year when the first batch of unclaimed items gets donated from Transportation’s Lost and Found bin. Please take a look and see if anything sounds familiar. None have names on them. Thank you!!

Found on buses – is anything yours???
“Biovia” Water bottle
“Boy Bye” water bottle
Texas Instruments 30X calculator
Plastic container of pencils and pens
**All clothing appears to be elementary aged sizes**
Lands End blue jacket
Blue hooded sweatshirt
blue puffy winter coat
hooded red and blue sweatshirt
red and gray Adidas jacket
gray camo fleece
Embro zip up hoodie jacket
red and orange gap hooded jacket
Nike gray black and orange hooded sweatshirt
gray HufflePuff cardigan
UnderArmor blue and gray hoodie
blue knit vest

To claim, please call Transportation at 978-461-3981 before 11/30/18. Thanks!!

Community News

Town of Concord Tree Lighting- Dec. 2

Town of Concord Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on December 2, 2018 in Concord Center. There will be treats and entertainment for all to enjoy. Entertainment begins at 3:00PM. There will be a Menorah Lighting at the Jethro’s Tree Area at 4:45PM. The parade will step-off from Stow Street at 4:50PM and will culminate with the Tree Lighting in Monument Square at 5:15PM. Photos with Santa will be at 22 Monument Square from 5:30-7:30PM. Many local businesses are providing entertainment, activities or refreshments. See the Concord Recreation Facebook Page or visit for more information.

Concord Integrated Preschool Open House- Dec. 14 9-11AM and 1-3PM

Children Are Welcome!

Come see our facility, talk with our staff, and ask questions about the program. We are located at the Ripley Building, 120 Meriam Road in Concord. Please check us out on our website at The program is available to residents of Concord and children of CPS/CCHS staff. Read More

Holiday Family Concert- Dec. 1

The Concord Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman, presents a Holiday Family Concert on Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The orchestra performs “The Composer is Dead”, an amusing murder mystery with narration by Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Narrator Joyce Kulhawik is the inspector who interviews the instruments in the orchestra, who are all murder suspects. Also on the program is the lively Marche Joyeuse by Chabrier. The Westford Academy Honors Orchestra joins the Concord Orchestra strings for David Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra. The performance concludes with a sing-along of holiday music. Performances are at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord. Tickets for adults are $20 at the door, $19 online. Tickets for children and young adults under 21 are $10. For tickets and information, call 978-369-4967 or visit

2nd Annual Carousel Cares Online Auction – Bidding November 26-December 16

Go to Over 50 items from your favorite community supporters with starting bids at $15 and up. From kids’ birthday parties to laser tag, from a round of golf for four to a cider tasting & tour, we have something for every price range and interest. Proceeds benefit The Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund. Get on board and bid today. Every bid helps a kid! Every bidder gets entered to win 1 of 3 $10 Legal Seafoods gift cards!


Registration opened November 15th! Late registration starts after December 31st and will close January 15th. Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who are beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy to play lacrosse! Come join the fastest growing sport in America!

Sign up now before it closes or fills to capacity!!!

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

CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia! – Nov. 30

Don’t forget to secure a spot at the Concord Education Fund’s Annual Party: CEF Trivia Night Friday November 30th at Waxy’s in Lexington. Gather your friends for a casual evening out, form a team to demonstrate your mastery of trivial knowledge, and help support innovative teaching programs at CPS and CCHS. Click here for party details, team registration and ticket purchase.

Or you’ve never heard of the Ed Fund… learn more about how your support benefits CPS/CCHS teachers and students.

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

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9 (tickets on sale now)

Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord. Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. Read More