November 9, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Turkey Trot, Lost & Found, Sip & Shop, Adult Social Re-cap

Around Town:  CCHS Boys Basketball Bonanza, CCYL Registration, Concord Ed Fund, Winter Fuel Assistance, Concord Library, Cradles to Crayons, Concord Cooler, Integrated Pre-School

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Thank you to Caroline Myler, Kerri Nash and the social committee for hosting a fantastic adult social! This event is such a wonderful evening, enjoyed by everyone. We appreciate all the hard work that went into creating such an enjoyable evening.

Thank you to Jenifer Perry and Megan Holsinger who put together an amazing silent auction. There were so many great items and experiences available for bidding. The hard work that you both put forth to create this top-notch fundraiser was greatly appreciated!

CHANGE the DATE!!!!!
Mark your Calendar: This month’s PTG meeting has been moved to Monday, 11/20.


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: Claim Your Items by Wednesday November 22!! The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity at Thanksgiving, so please come and claim your stuff by Wednesday November 22.  Photos of the items still unclaimed as of mid-day yesterday can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery.  You know why they are there?  Because their owners don’t realize yet that they have been misplaced!  Click now and check it out – it could be you!  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

WHAT A PARTY!:  Thank you to all of the Thoreau families who came out to mix & mingle at the Adult Social this past Saturday. It was a fabulous evening of food, friends and a fantastic silent auction with some high stakes bidding! The night would not have been possible without all of the efforts of the social committee team members! Thanks All!! Caroline Myler & Kerri Nash


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.

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 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

CONCORD LIBRARY: Third Grade Book Eaters:  Let’s share our favorite books (old & new), plus games, crafts, and food!
November 15th @ 4pm
Let’s explore different subjects in the Non Fiction area:Pets, poetry, cooking, crafts, space, history…
Show & Tell…Bring a favorite Non Fiction Book to Share
Activity… Do the Dewey Decimal Hunt
Food… Dewey Mix Snack: What Do We mix together to remember the Dewey Decimal system?
Concord Free Public Library – 129 Main Street – for more information: concord

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!

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