November 16, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Turkey Trot, Lost & Found, Sip & Shop, Yankee Candle

Around Town:  CCYL Registration, Concord Conservatory, Concord Cooler, Integrated Pre-School, CMS Family Auction Night, Concord Rec Noon Year’s Eve, CCHS Swim & Dive Team Fundraiser, Cognitive Neuroscience Group MGH

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

CHANGE the DATE!!!!!

Mark your Calendar: This month’s PTG meeting has been moved to Monday, 11/20.  Principal Charles will attend to speak on MCAS results and the upcoming STEAM kick-off day on Friday, 12/8.  See below about potential volunteer opportunity

Volunteers needed: INNOVATION LAB KICK OFF

Looking for volunteers to help out with Thoreau’s Innovation Lab Kick Off on Friday December 8, 2017.

The kick off will take place in our library. Several STEAM  challenges will be set up.  All classes from each grade level will come in at the same time. The Kick Off event will run all day. We are looking for volunteers to help out for either a 2 hour, ½ day, or full day shift.

There will also be a FUN Parent training on, Monday, 12/4 from 9:30-10:30 at Ripley, Conference Room 4.

More information to come on how to volunteer.


TURKEY TROT: On Wednesday November 22nd, Thoreau School will host its 28th 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. Click here to sign up.
We encourage all parents, family, friends, and neighbors to line the course and cheer on our students.  Bring your cow bells and noise makers!  Click here for the Race Route!

LOST AND FOUND: Lost and Found to be Donated Next Week

Are you missing a pair of Kamik waterproof boots?  Or a pink flowered bicycle helmet?  That pumpkin hat from Halloween? How about that “Real Madrid” sweatshirt?  Come and get it before it disappears forever!  These and all the other items in the lost and found will be donated to charity at Thanksgiving, so please come and claim your stuff by Wednesday November 22.  The “virtual lost and found” photo gallery has been updated with any new items added up to mid-day yesterday – click here to view the gallery.  Most of us assume we are not missing anything, but are you sure?  Click now to check it out – it costs you nothing to click and losing that North Face or Colombia fleece costs way more.  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings and is typically open past 5pm if you want to swing by before or after work to collect your items.  Everything is laid out at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake


J.MCLAUGHLIN: Please join us on Saturday, November 18th from 10-5 for a Sip & Shop at J.McLaughlin in Concord Center.  Coffee and snacks will be served in the morning followed by Prosecco and sweets in the afternoon.  Come out and shop to support Thoreau Elementary School and get your holiday gifts.  J.McLaughlin will donate 15% of all sales for the day to the Thoreau PTG

THE CONCORD TOY SHOP: Please join us for a great night of shopping and sipping at the Concord Toy Shop.  Come to purchase your holiday gifts and have a glass of wine on Thursday, November 30th from 6-9PM and Thoreau PTG will receive 15% of all sales!!  This promises to be fun night with friends and to top it off, the Toy Shop will gift wrap free of charge 🙂
Questions? Jen Perry or
Megan Holsinger

YANKEE CANDLE: Just in case you were wondering … there is still a way to participate in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser!!  Until January 11, 2018, the school will receive 40% on all orders made through the website using the group code below.  Please help support Thoreau!!
Group #990070371


Registration opened November 1st ! Late registration starts after December 31st and will close January 14th.
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!!!

CONCORD CONSERVATORY: Free Trial Lesson Week November 27th – December 2nd
Do you want to learn a new instrument, or take your playing to the next level? Explore your musical options by signing up for a Free Trial Lesson at The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM). Starting November 27th and running through December 2nd, CCM is offering free trial lessons for —voice, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, cello, violin, viola, piano, guitar, banjo, bass, and mandolin. If you choose to sign-up for a trial lesson, that lesson slot will be your lesson time for the semester.  For those interested in instruments not listed in the trial week, please call CCM to schedule a time. To schedule a free trial private lesson, please call 978-369-0010, visit our website at or email Or, to sign up online directly, go to and look for the Sign Up Today link.

CONCORD COOLER: Get hundreds of dollars in energy-saving rebates and help our town cut carbon emissions, with Cooler Concord: a program run by the Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC) that’s committed to helping residents save money and reduce carbon emissions.
Last February at CCHS, Cooler Concord kicked off a huge push on awareness and savings right here in our Town with The Cooler Concord Fair.  A great many Concordians got on board, committing to save 700,000 lbs of CO2 annually. Bravo!
Now here’s how we keep this going: check out — your local hub of information on the best ways to save energy. It’s up-to-date, you can ask questions, and get advice from local experts. And, there are great rebates…literally hundreds to thousands of dollars in savings… on heating, weatherization, Energy-Star appliances, programmable thermostats, light bulbs, solar and more. Why not start with a free home energy audit so you can get professional advice on the best way for your family to make energy and cost savings? Your auditor will give you free LED bulbs too!

But don’t delay…rebates are only available until June 2018, while funds last.
And remember, it’s always cool to cut carbon!

CONCORD INTEGRATED PRE-SCHOOL: Open House: Friday, December 1, 2017 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
Application Forms are Available on our Website
Forms can be turned in to the Special Education Office up until January 16, 2018.  The preschool lottery will be held on January 16th and families will be notified via email by January 19th.
The program is available to residents of Concord and children of CPS/CCHS staff.

  • Children must be three by September 1, 2018 and have not turned five by August 31, 2018.
  • Priority is given to returning students, siblings of current students and staff members’ children.
  • The remaining community slots will be filled by lottery on 1/16/18.

We look forward to meeting you at our Open House! Please contact Janet O’Shea at or (978) 202-1147

CONCORD MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILY AUCTION NIGHT: Join us Friday, December 1st, 6:30-9:30pm at Sanborn, for our first-ever live auction at CMS! 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase recreation equipment for the schools.

This fun, family night will include a professional auctioneer, a 50/50 raffle, refreshments and amazing items from vacation home stays, New England sports team items and unique “experience” packages you won’t want to miss!!

CONCORD RECREATION: Noon Year’s Eve Disco to be held on December 31, 2017 from 10am-12:30pm.  Proceeds from this event will benefit The Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund.

CCHS SWIM & DIVE TEAM: Babysitting Fundraiser! Reserve your babysitter now!
Make your plans now! The CCHS Swim & Dive Team is hosting a baby/kid sitting fundraiser on Saturday, December 2nd from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. For a donation of $12.00/hour for a minimum of three hours, two very responsible and fun CCHS Swim & Dive Team members will come to your house and babysit for your children. You can make plans to go out to dinner, catch a movie and/or do some holiday shopping.

All proceeds directly benefit the CCHS Swim & Dive Team and help them to pay for additional coaches needed to adequately coach a large team, equipment maintenance, swim & dive software and additional team support.
Please reserve your babysitters here:
Deadline to reserve your sitter is Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Please make sure to provide us with your name, address, the age and gender of your child(ren). We will provide transportation to and from your home. Any questions, please feel free to send an email to us at
Thank you in advance for your support of the CCHS Swim & Dive Team.

COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE GROUP AT MGH: 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: