November 30, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News: Innovation Lab Kick-off, Sip & Shop, Yankee Candle

Around Town:  CCYL Registration, Concord Conservatory, Concord Cooler, Integrated Pre-School, Concord Carousel, CMS Family Auction Night, Carlisle Youth Commission, Unite with Light, The Concord Orchestra, Concord Rec Noon Year’s Eve, The Science of Reading Difficulties, Cognitive Neuroscience Group MGH, Event Juggler

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Thank you to Sara Kosicki and Kerri Nash for all the coordination they did for this year’s Turkey Trot. The weather did not play nice with us this year, but we wanted to thank you for all the work you did in preparation of the Trot. I know a lot of planning went into bring in the neighborhood. Thank you for the work you did.

STEAM Kick-off!!!!!

Volunteers needed: INNOVATION LAB KICK OFF
Thoreau is looking for volunteers to help out with it’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.

December PTG Meeting: The meeting scheduled for December 15th at 9:00, will not be a traditional PTG meeting but we will use the time to begin talking about the Thoreau Capital money. We welcome everyone to come and join the conversation about ideas and thoughts on how we should use the money to enhance our playgrounds. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria.

Deb and Kathleen



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

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 CAROUSEL: Noon Year’s Silent Auction, online bidding December 1 – January 1. Introducing the first ever Concord Carousel Preschool Noon Year’s Silent Auction open to the Concord community and friends!  Proceeds from this online auction benefit The Concord Carousel Preschool Scholarship Fund.  We have gathered an exciting and vast array of items from Concord area supporters that any Concordian would give their revolutionary hat for! From summer camps to ski tickets, from a wine tasting party to a birthday party!  Unique family experiences and more. There is a wide range of entry level bidding.  Show your support and join the fun with your best bid today.

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!!

CARLISLE YOUTH COMMISSION: On Tuesday, December 5th, (7:30-9:30 pm Corey Auditorium), the Carlisle Youth Commission is excited to host nationally recognized internet and social media expert Katie L. Greer for a frank conversation about social media safety, and how to empower our children to use social media in a positive way. Katie will provide us with tools, tips, resources and the mindset to better communicate with and successfully steer our children through the minefield of choices. This is an event for parents & guardians (18+). Please register for this free event at:

CONCORD RECREATION: Noon Year’s Eve Disco, December 31, 10am – 12:30pm, Hunt Recreation Center, Concord – Get your tickets to the hottest New Year’s party in town!  This family disco party will have kids and parents boogying down together to the hottest tunes spun by a rockin’ DJ.  And when your kids need to catch their breath, they can get groovy hairdos, rad tattoos, a funky family photo for their memory box, express their inner artist on our graffiti wall, enjoy the most delicious pizza and drinks in town, and more! Families will ring in the New Year together at noon complete with Noon Year’s Eve favors and a super fun countdown!
Tickets and Info go to:
Age Guidance – This event will be most enjoyed by families with at least one child between the ages of 1-10 but older and younger siblings will have a blast as well!

THE CONCORD ORCHESTRA: A holiday family concert conducted by Richard Pittman: Joyce Kulhawik narrates Paddington Bear’s First Concert, based on the books by Michael Bond with music by Herbert Chappell. The orchestra performs Bernie Hoffer’s ThunderCats Suite, with music from the popular 1980s animated series.  The audience is invited to sing along as the orchestra plays Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and other holiday music.  The Concord Carlisle High School Orchestra joins the Concord Orchestra for the Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.  Performances are on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children.  For information, visit or call 978-369-4967.

THE SCIENCE OF READING DIFFICULTIES: Workshop hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Does your child find reading a challenge?
Would you like to understand more about dyslexia?
Can knowing about dyslexia help all struggling readers?
How do you look at reading instruction and goals and recognize what will be effective?
Do you have specific questions for a dyslexia expert?

This workshop will provide an introduction to the topic for parents whose kids struggle to read.  It will also provide you with tools to help you better advocate for your child’s reading skill development.

When: Thursday December 7th, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
Presented by: Nancy Duggan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts (DDMA)

For planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

UNITE WITH LIGHT: We hope you will participate in the first annual Unite With Light, a fun, festive and charitable community event started by Willard Alumni​ and run by CCHS and CMS volunteers.
It’s easy:
1.Order your luminary kits before 12/3/17
2. We will deliver the kits to your doorstep before December 9th
3. Light the luminaries on the evening of December 10th.
You can learn more about the event and the charities we are supporting on our website

Unite with Light is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our goal is to organize an annual event in Concord and Carlisle that brings the community together and raises money to be donated to a charity. On a designated evening in December, those who have purchased the Unite with Light kits will light luminaries on their driveways or paths. The luminary kits contain white, wax coated paper bags, candles, plastic containers, and tape. Each kit costs $20 and contains ten luminaries. We will seek corporate sponsors to defray costs our startup and material costs so that all proceeds may be donated. Unite with Light was started by children and the logistics of the event will be accomplished with youth volunteers. This is an important part of our mission because we feel that the opportunity for children to participate in something fun, beautiful, and philanthropic will not only add to the energy of the event, but be the energy of the event. In our first year our projected goal is that 250 households will support this cause. We hope this charitable event helps to further unite our community.

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:

CONCORD – CARLISLE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR: Check out – the event calendar for the Concord & Carlisle community!