Adult Social, Yankee Candle, and more- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

A huge thank you to the New & Used Book Fair Chairs & committee members for coordinating an amazing Family Night Book Fair & class visit week! The addition of the Thoreau-themed tote bags and coin challenge were a huge hit!

Tomorrow is your last day to purchase items from our Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Review the catalogue—it’s not just candles—and 40% of sales goes to the Thoreau PTG. Time is also running out to buy your tickets for the Thoreau Adult Social, Saturday, November 3rd at the Concord Art Museum before it sells out. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so secure your spot now! This fun event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the school and will feature a lot of fantastic auction items. Lastly, mark your calendars for the Turkey Trot, Wednesday, November 21st. Come watch your kids chase “Tom the Turkey.”

Finally, join us this Friday, October 26th for the Principal Charles’ Coffee, 9:15- 10:00 am in the cafeteria.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thank You!

A Big Book Fair Thank You

Thank you all for your help in making the book fair a huge success! Whether you donated time or food, sent in coins for the Coin Challenge, or bought books, we’re so grateful for your support. In fact, donations to the coin challenge and $2 envelope drive exceeded our expectations and enabled us to buy an additional 116 books for our teachers and staff and have money left over that will be used for other PTG events and resources! Congratulations to the third graders whose classrooms were each awarded a new book for winning the coin challenge, too. Thank you Thoreau community!!

Staff Appreciation Thank You

The Staff Appreciation Committee thanks all of the 4th and 5th grade families who donated delicious food, necessary supplies and even beautiful flowers to last week’s Autumn Harvest Breakfast. The teachers were delighted by the event in their honor and the morning was a great success. If you haven’t picked up your bowl or platter, it’s in the teacher lounge on the back table waiting for you! Our next staff appreciation event will be the holiday cookie table and barista in December hosted by 2nd and 3rd grade families!

Countdown to the Adult Social

The countdown is on! Only a little over a week until the Thoreau Adult Social & Auction. Believe the hype! This event is going to be an absolute blast– and you are supporting the programming of the Thoreau PTG by attending. For $35, you can enjoy open bar and plentiful appetizers throughout the evening. This festive party is one not to miss! November 3rd 7:30-10:30pm at Concord Center for the Visual Arts (ConcordArt) Buy your ticket through this EventBrite link:, password big-bash.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Please remember to order and return your Yankee Candle Fundraiser Forms! This fundraiser is an excellent source of income for the school as we get to keep 40% of all sales. Please 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!

International Committee Library Displays

The PTG’s International Committee deeply believes that Thoreau students should know more about the many countries represented in our community as well the rest of the world. We would like to introduce and educate our students about different cultures and spark an interest for them to further explore the world around them. To that end, we have worked closely with the Thoreau librarian to secure a central place in the library that will allow volunteers to showcase the many fascinating attributes and cultural traditions of a new country each month. These displays will include such items as display books, pottery, maps, pictures, hats, garments, as well as fun and interesting facts!

Families interested in putting together a full or partial display should contact Alketa Hawes at to sign up or to get any questions answered. Please note that food cannot be included in any of the displays. Our hope is that one day this small event will blossom into an International Night for Thoreau families.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

TRICK-OR-TREAT for UNICEF to benefit kids affected by disaster. UNICEF boxes will be sent home with your child and will be collected in the lobby over the next few weeks. Thank you in advance for making this Halloween as much about giving as it is about getting. Questions:

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

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Does your child have a diagnosis of dyslexia? Do you have a struggling reader and don’t know where to turn? The main branch of the Concord Library is hosting a display about dyslexia for the month of October. This is a great place to find information and resources on dyslexia. The display contains fact sheets about dyslexia, resources for where to look for help, and suggested reading lists. The display in the rotunda has a display of adult/parenting books, and the smaller display in the children’s room has books for kids. Read More

Early Voting Schedule

Early voting has started in Concord. Head over to the Town House Hearing Room, 22 Monument Square to cast your vote. See schedule here

Sign up for School Committee News!

Interested in knowing more about what the School Committees do? Want to hear the latest updates on school budgets and informational events? Sign up for the “School Committee News” Subscriber List. We’ll send periodic updates with meeting dates and agendas, minutes, event announcements, and the School Committee Report. Read more

Don’t miss A COMMUNITY SPORTS EQUIPMENT SALE hosted by The Fenn School. ALL ARE WELCOME! – Nov. 3rd, 9:00 -12:00

A wide selection of gently used sports equipment for the entire family, including lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, football, and ski equipment. Representatives from Hardy’s Ski Emporium will be on hand offering a large assortment of NEW skis, boots and poles at low pre-season prices. 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

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

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.