Turkey Trot and more- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

What a fantastic, fun, and generous crowd we had in attendance at the Thoreau Adult Social last Saturday! Competition for the silent auction items was friendly, but fierce, and our students were the beneficiaries! One hundred percent of our Children’s Programming is funded by the PTG through your donations. Check out this years’ amazing programs here and be sure to ask your students about them! A giant thank you to the PTG’s Social Committee (Kerri Nash, Julia Elliot, and Jodi Loughlin) and Fundraising Chairs (Jenifer Perry and Megan Holsinger) for coordinating such a successful event!!

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

Did your child miss picture day or looks a bit like s/he was taken by surprise by the photographer? Not to worry! School Picture Retakes are Wednesday, November 28th.

Lastly, please refer to Principal Charles’ October issue of The Thoreau Monthly for a number of important items including details about the Turkey Trot, Wednesday, November 21st, SEPAC news, Absence Reporting, the Aspen Portal, Health Office News and more.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Turkey Trot

On 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. We need parent volunteers to direct students and ensure their safety. Volunteers will meet in the cafeteria at 11:00 and line the course from 11:30am-12:00pm. Please click here to volunteer to line the route and keep our kiddos safe.

We encourage all parents, family, friends, and neighbors to line the course and cheer on our students. Bring your cow bells and noise makers!

International Committee Library Displays

The first library display celebrating the international diversity of the Thoreau community is up! Ask your students about Albania! 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.

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!

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

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


One Brave Dot: Peter H. Reynolds free speaker event and book signing- Nov. 14

One Brave Dot, a Discovery Museum 2018 Speaker Series event and book signing with NYT bestselling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at Littleton High School, 6:30 to 8:30pm. This adults-only event is free, but pre-registration is required. Read more

SCREEN FREE WEEK November 11 – 17th

Join Concord Promise and the Toy Shop of Concord and go screen free next week, November 11 – 17th. To celebrate, the Toy Shop of Concord will give all children who complete the challenge a $5 gift certificate to redeemed on purchases of $10 of more. Read more

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

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.

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

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/