Thoreau Adult Social, Turkey Trot, Volunteering – Thoreau Announcements

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

Community News: School Committee Listserv, CEF Pub Night Trivia, SEPAC, Silent Auction & Masquerade Concert, Mother-Daughter Workshop, Cradles to Crayons, CYT, Concord Promise, Concord Conservatory, IMSCC, Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country Championship, CCYH Hockey and Basketball


PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

As the Thoreau Adult Social is rapidly approaching—Saturday, November 3rd at 7:30 pm, we want to take the time to remind everyone that ALL the incredible enrichment programs your kids enjoy throughout the year—from the New England Aquarium’s Tidepools Alive!—to Rhythm Kids—to author/illustrator visits are 100% funded by the PTG. So please join us for a fun night and bid on terrific auction items all in the name of supporting programs for our kids!! Another wonderful way to support our children is through volunteering throughout the week at school. Please review all the opportunities on our website under “Support Thoreau” from Mother Earth Mondays to the Book Room and sign up!

Lastly, be sure to mark your calendars for Principal Charles’ Coffee on Friday, October 26th from 9:15 – 10:00am in the cafeteria. Bring your questions, concerns, & curiosities!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Book Fair Classroom Visits

So many of you have volunteered to help with Book Fair Classroom Visits. Thank you! We’re still short one cashier for used books on Friday from 9-11:45 am. If your child has Martin, Gallagher, Thomas, or Davidson-Catalano and you can help, please consider signing up:

If you need to check the time slots, they’re listed here:

Thoreau Coin Challenge

We’re still collecting coins through first thing Friday morning, so bring them in! Each class in the grade that collects the most gets an extra classroom book. All money raised will go toward purchasing even more books for our classroom teachers.

Countdown to the Adult Social

Thoreau parents know how to party! And we LOVE a party that supports our kids! Join us on Saturday November 3rd for the biggest and best Thoreau Adult Social & Auction ever! You will have front row access to HOT auction items- Saltbox Farm CSA, Bruins Tickets, Ride to School with Officer Ron, and so many priceless unique experiences! Open bar and delicious passed appetizers in a gorgeous art gallery– all for $35! Buy your tickets on the PTG Website or 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

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

School Garden (Grounds for Learning)

Mother Earth Mondays

See all open PTG committee positions

Community News

Subscribe to the School Committee Listserv!

The School Committee has refined its outgoing communications strategy, and will now resume sending School Committee information as available. As a subscriber to the listserv, you will receive School Committee meeting agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report. Read more

CEF Friday Night Pub Trivia! – Nov. 30

Join us for a night of fun, friends and trivia Friday November 30th at Waxy’s Pub in Lexington. Click here to register and/or learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students.


Would you like to learn more about out of district placements? Do you think it would help to meet other parents and caregivers in a similar position?

Please join Marielle Wintersteen and Jessica Murphy, to learn about the role and responsibilities of the Out of District Coordinator and to get some answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Read more

Silent Auction and Masquerade Concert – Oct. 30

Concord Middle School’s Wind Ensemble is holding an online auction at throughout October, ending with a free costumed concert on October 30 at 7 p.m. at Sanborn Building, Concord Middle School, Old Marlboro Rd. Read more

An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 – Nov. 4

In its 11th year, GirlPower! has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughter are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters. Read more

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 – October 20

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

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.

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

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.