Book Fair, Adult Social- Thoreau Announcements

Thoreau News: Book Fair, Coin Challenge, Adult Social, Yankee Candle Fundraiser, Turkey Trot, Volunteer Opportunities

Community News: Cradles to Crayons, CYT, Chess Tournament, CCYH Soccer Night, Concord Promise, Concord Conservatory, Library Book Groups, IMSCC, Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country Championship, Garden Club Grants, CCYH Hockey and Basketball


PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Happy October everyone! We hope you all are excited for the Thoreau Book Fair. Bring in your used books and coins, sign up to volunteer and join us at Family Night this Friday, October 12th. The next PTG Meeting is a night meeting, Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm. If you cannot make the day meetings but would like to get involved please join us. Finally, get your tickets now for the Thoreau Adult Social, Saturday, November 3rd at the Concord Art Museum before it sells out!! This fun event raises lots of money for the Thoreau School.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

The Book Fair is Here!

We’re accepting used book donations now (NO board books or adult books, please), and are getting set up for Family Night on Friday, October 12. The Book Fair is a fun-filled Thoreau tradition, and we need your help to make it happen! For more information, go to

We still need donations of salads AND help cleaning up on Family Night. Please lend a hand (or a salad):

Classroom visits are next week and we still need cashiers to sign up. Information on when your child’s class will visit should be going out via room parents. We need YOU!

Thoreau Coin Challenge

We’re getting the kids even more excited for the book fair with a little friendly competition. From October 9-19 they bring in coins to drop into their grade’s donation bottle and each class in the winning grade gets an extra classroom book! All money raised will go toward purchasing even more books for our classroom teachers.

Countdown to the Adult Social

Time to book the babysitter! The Thoreau Adult Social & Auction is a month away! We can sense your anticipation of this rockin’ event, as so many of you have already bought tickets! Join us on November 3rd for only $35/per person, you can enjoy delicious food and open bar in a beautiful venue. Our Fundraising Team is hard at work securing some new fun and exciting auction items. November 3rd 7:30-10:30pm at Concord Center for the Visual Arts (ConcordArt)

Buy your tickets today through this Eventbrite link:, password big-bash.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

In the coming days your child should bring home the packet for our annual Yankee Candle Fundraiser. This fundraiser is an excellent source of income for the school as we get to keep 40% of all sales. Please take a moment to review the packet and return all orders to your teacher by Friday, 10/26 (orders are guaranteed for Thanksgiving). Money should be submitted with the order form and all checks made payable to ‘Thoreau PTG’. You can also follow the easy steps located within the packet to order on-line. If you have any questions please contact Jenifer Perry at

Thank you so much for your continued support of Thoreau!!

Fundraising co-chairs
Jen Perry & Megan Holsinger

Turkey Trot

Save the date! On Wednesday 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. All parents, family, friends, and neighbors are encouraged to line the course and cheer on our students. Bring your cow bells and noise makers!

Volunteer Opportunities

*all volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the front office

Volunteer at the School Garden During Recess!

Parent volunteers are needed to supervise children in Thoreau School’s outdoor classroom/ garden Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch recess (weather permitting) from 11:50 – 1:30 (or a chosen segment during that time) in the fall from mid-September to the end of November and in the spring from first Friday after April break until school’s end in June. Volunteers may lead an organized activity such as sketching, mapping the garden, writing poetry, or just supervise the children and let them explore and enjoy! Click on the Grounds for Learning Sign up genius here to volunteer.

Sign Up for Mother Earth Mondays

Mother Earth Monday volunteers guide students on how to properly incorporate composting into to their normal recycling and trash disposal routine. Since this is a pilot program, composting currently only happens at Monday lunches, with hopes of expanding to daily lunches in the future. Please help if you can by signing up here!

Open PTG committee positions!

Click here for descriptions and to sign up!

Community News

Concord Carlisle Community Drive for Cradles to Crayons

It’s time to clean out the kids’ closets for donations to Cradles to Crayons! Read more

A Toast to CYT

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) is pleased to announce an upcoming fundraising event. Please join us on Saturday evening October 20 for “A Toast to CYT,” an exclusive wine and beer tasting event to support CYT’s programs! Starting at 7PM in Union Hall at 27 School Street in Carlisle center, tastings of fine wine and craft beer from around the globe will be available, provided by West Concord Wine & Spirits. All of the unique vintages offered will be available for purchase in time for the holidays! Read more

Chess Tournament

The new Concord-Carlisle Chess Society welcomes students from Concord, Carlisle and beyond to join them for their first chess tournament of the year this Sunday, October 14th, 11:30am at CCHS. Students new to tournaments will learn to use a chess clock, record their moves, and at the end they will have an nationally recognized US Chess Federation rating! For details visit or write Matt at

Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer Night At the New England Revolution

Mark your calendars for October 13 for the CCYS Night at the New England Revolution. Join the CCYS community of families, players and coaches for an evening of fun, food and the finest soccer in town as the New England Revolution battle the Orlando City FC. Before the game, join CCYS at 5pm until game time, for a fun family pre-game tailgate party with food, drink and games for the kids. Discounted CCYS $28 tickets available now. Go to for more information and to buy tickets.

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

Free Trial Lesson Week at Concord Conservatory, Oct. 15 -20

Whether you’re a child or an adult, individual instruction is the most effective way to make significant progress in musical skills. Students ages 4 – adult can sign-up for a free trial private lesson on the instrument of their choice. Explore your musical options by signing up for a free trial lesson at the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) for the week of October 15th through October 20th. The trial lessons are available for — banjo, bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, mandolin, piano, saxophone, trumpet, violin, viola, and voice. If you choose to sign-up for a trial lesson, that lesson slot will be your lesson time for the semester. View the trial lesson openings.

Concord Library Book Groups- Third Grade BookEaters

Meeting the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 4-5pm. Let’s share our favorite books (old & new), plus games, crafts, and food! October 17th @ 4pm. Read more

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Fall Session is underway, please join us!

IMSCC offers one-on-one music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. Tuition for lessons starting mid-semester will be prorated. Read more

6 and Under Girls’ Soccer at Teamworks

Are you looking for an indoor soccer league for your 4.9 to 6 year old girls? Teamworks in Acton is starting a 4 vs 4, Ages 6 & Under “Girl’s Only” soccer league on Sunday mornings starting on 10/28 that runs for 7 weeks. Read more


Monday, November 12 at 9:30 am. For more information visit the Lynn Woods Cross-Country website at

Garden Club of Concord Seeks Grant Proposals

The Garden Club of Concord is soliciting proposals from local organizations and residents seeking funding for garden-related community projects. Each year, the Garden Club sponsors a range of projects in Concord. Read more

CCYH Learn to Play Hockey

The CCYH Learn to Skate and Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) programs are now open for registration. Both programs are held at the Middlesex School in Concord from mid November through the end of February. Learn to Skate sessions are held Saturday mornings and Mosquitos sessions are held Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please visit for more information and to register.

CCYH Basketball

Registration is now open for tryouts for the Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball 2018/2019 travel program, which is open to boys and girls in grades 4 through 8. Visit for more details.