November 2, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Thoreau Capital Funds Committee, Adult Social, Lost & Found, Concord Toy Shop

Around Town:  Special Education, Fenn Sports Sale, CCHS Boys Basketball Bonanza, Concord Conservatory of Music, The Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Family Network, Concord Ed Fund, Winter Fuel Assistance, Cradles to Crayons

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

The staff appreciation Harvest Breakfast  was a delicious and delightful success featuring warm breakfast dishes, fresh fruit, juice and yogurt as well as autumnal decor and table cloths. The teachers were grateful for all the fuss made by the 4th and 5th grade families. Thank you! The Staff Appreciation committee is already focused on its holiday event set for December.
We’d also like to give a shout out to the PTG’s Children’s Programming Organizers who continue to keep Thoreau students educated and entertained! Just yesterday, November 1st, our second graders enjoyed a visit from the Discovery Museum who led a fun and interactive workshop investigating the properties of sound. TomorrowNovember 3rd, 1st grade students will be treated to best selling author/illustrator Brian Lies who will take them through the world of writing and illustrating books.  Visit Thoreau PTG Children’s Programming to check out upcoming programs!

Don’t forget, picture re-takes are this coming Monday!

We look forward to seeing you at the Adult Social and Silent Auction on Saturday night!


Have you or your child ever said “I wish Thoreau had ______” We have the funds, help us fill in the blank as a member for our Capital Funds Committee!  We’ve had some good responses thus far, but we need a few more volunteers at each grade level. As a quick recap, these funds were donated by parents about 11 years ago for new playground equipment.  Because of this designation, they must be used for capital improvements.  Therefore, the PTG is seeking parents and teachers to solicit ideas from the Thoreau Community and create a path forward for how best to use these funds.  If interested or have any questions, please contact Deb Antonangeli ( or Kathleen Dohoney (

The Thoreau Adult Social is THIS Saturday night! The amazing auction committee has been logging long hours to put together some fantastic packages. Who doesn’t want a round of golf at a classic local course, custom window treatments, or a summer membership at the Thoreau Club? Wine & Dine while you browse the carefully curated auction offerings.
Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm at the Concord Art Association
Invitation link:
Password: Thoreau

LOST AND FOUND: To be donated Wednesday November 22!  It’s that time of year again!  The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity just before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22).  Haven’t seen your child’s favorite sweatshirt for a while?  How about that new fall jacket that they’ve only worn once so far?  It might be in the lost and found!  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings if you want to swing by before work to claim your items.  Or check it out when you come in for your parent/teacher conference.  Everything will be laid out on tables, either in the lobby or at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  And stay tuned for a virtual Lost & Found coming next week. Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

SIP & SHOP AT 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


Want to understand how to navigate the complexities of special education?
Need some help with learning how to advocate?
Want to understand your child’s Basic Rights better?
Have specific questions for an expert?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us at our Basic Rights workshop. The event will provide you with an overall understanding of the special education laws and procedures. You will learn how to better develop the partnership with your child’s school and understand your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts Education Law.
When: November 7, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
Presented by: Federation for Children with Special Needs

For more detailed information about the workshop and to RSVP via Eventbrite, please visit our website at
Jointly hosted by the Concord, Concord-Carlisle and Carlisle SEPACs

FENN SCHOOL SPORTS SALE: The 49th Annual Sports Sale takes place on Saturday, November 4th from 9am to noon in the Fenn New Gym, 516 Monument Street, Concord MA. We will have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls. For more information please contact Tina Murdough, Sport Sale Chair, by email :

CCHS BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM: Holds its Annual Veterans Day Basketball Bonanza at CCHS on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 – 2:00 for boys in grades 2-8. The CCHS coaching staff and varsity team have a great day of games, contests and fun planned. Pizza lunch will be served. Boys should bring plenty to drink. All money raised goes to support the CCHS Boys Basketball Program – team equipment, training, gear, community outreach events, as well as financial assistance for players in need. Register online here: Veterans Day Bonanza or complete the attached form.

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: On Friday, November 17th at 7 pm, CCM presents Chamber Music performed by the Piano Trio featuring CCM faculty members violinist Angel Valchinov, and cellist Hyun-Ji Kwon, and with guest musician Keun Young Sun on piano. The trio will perform works by composers Brahms, Mozart, and much more. CCM’s Faculty Concert Series brings world-class performers to our local community. All Trio members are highly accomplished and have performed throughout the US and abroad over many years. Concert sponsor Enterprise Bank, many other generous donors and a grant from the Concord Cultural Council helped us bring Chamber Music, our first concert of the 2017 – 2018 season, to our community. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, Free for students 18 and under. To buy tickets online, go to For more information call 978-369-0010 or email  CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

“Raising a Student-Athlete: Sports Parenting in the 21st Century” presented by Adam H. Naylor, EdD, CC-AASP on Monday Nov 6th at 7 PM at the Concord-Carlisle High School
Dr. Naylor, professor at BU and author of many books including The Sport Parent’s Playbook, will focus on how to support your child’s health and thriving throughout their sporting experiences. Consideration will be given to the parent’s role in developing confident and resilient young athletes and how to manage the stress of increasingly complicated sporting decisions which families face. This talk provides a “playbook” to help guide parents through their child’s entry into sports, through the competitive years, and onto lifelong appreciation for healthy athletics. Parents and Coaches are encouraged to attend.  The $8 fee supports the cost of bringing this program to our community.  Pre-registration required!  Please sign up at:

CONCORD ED FUND: It’s totally time to get radical at the Concord Ed Fund’s awesome 80’s party!! Saturday, November 11th, 7pm, Nashawtuc Country Club
The Concord Education Fund is a non-profit organization that awards grants for new teaching initiatives, programs and curricula that reach beyond the scope of the public school budget.  So let’s head back to the 80’s for a gnarly night of fun and fundraising to support teachers who are eager to offer students an extraordinary education.

WINTER FUEL ASSISTANCE: Good Neighbor Energy Fund and SMOC Fuel Assistance Programs are designed to help residents afford the cost of heat during the winter months.  Eligibility is based on gross annual income and household size. Heat types include oil, gas, electric and propane.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, determining your eligibility or would like to request and application packet, please contact Bonny Wilbur, Community Services Coordinator, at 978-318-3034 or

CRADLES TO CRAYONS: It’s time to clean out the kids’ closets and round up donations for the Cradles to Crayons Concord Community Drive. Items Needed: Gently Used Children’s Clothing: All sizes, infant to 20 (or appropriate adult clothing in S – M). Please no holes, stains, etc. Socks, underwear, PJs must be new. Children’s Shoes: Sneakers, sandals, boots — items children would wear to school (i.e., no cleats or sport/dance specific footwear). Please rubber-band pairs. Toys and Baby Items: Gently used, must have all pieces and instructions. No stuffed animals or ride-on toys. Baby Equipment: Especially strollers and car seats (must be within five years old). Baby hygiene items must be new. Books: Board books, picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, young adult books, foreign language books. Gently used, no tears, writing, etc. No family, religious, or holiday books. Please see items C2C can/cannot accept.

Drop Off: The C2C Collection Bins are located at Concord District Court, 305 Walden Street, Concord.  Please bring all donations to the bins by November 17 latest. (If you have larger items that meet donation guidelines, but won’t fit in the bins, please do not leave them outside. Ideally, you could bring them to Nashoba Brooks School on November 18 between 12-1pm. (200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord). Or, contact Karen Graziani at and we can make other arrangements with C2C. Thank you!