The Book Fair is Next Week- Thoreau Announcements

Thoreau News: Volunteer Opportunities- School Garden, Mother Earth Mondays, Committee Positions; Book Fair

Community News: CCYH Soccer Night, Concord Promise, Free Trial Classes at Concord Conservatory, Library Book Groups, IMSCC, Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country Championship, Garden Club Grants, CCYH Hockey and Basketball


PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Hope everyone enjoyed the first month of school and everyone is all settled into the routine! October is certainly off to a damp beginning but there are some great events on the horizon. The 2018 Thoreau Book Fair is right around the corner. Join us at Family Night Friday, October 12th, a fun Thoreau community event full of friends, book shopping, food and crafts. Also, be sure to buy your tickets now for the Thoreau Adult Social, Saturday, November 3rd at the Concord Art Museum. Mingle with other Thoreau parents and bid on a wide-variety of auction items knowing that ALL proceeds benefit the Thoreau School including the great Children’ s Programming offered throughout the year. Lastly, please consider volunteering for Mother Earth Monday—sneak a peek at your child during lunch and help all the kids learn about composting.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Book Fair Countdown: One Week To Go! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We’ll be accepting used book donations starting Tuesday, October 9, and the race to set up for Family Night on Friday, October 12 will be off! 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 more food donations AND help cashiering and cleaning up on Family Night. Already know you want to contribute? Go directly to the signup genius form at

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.

Adult Social & Silent Auction November 3rd!

Get ready for the best event of the year to mingle with parents, meet new friends and connect with old ones. The Thoreau Adult Social & Silent Auction is November 3rd from 7:30 – 10:30 at the Concord Art Association. Tickets are only $35/person. For more details and to purchase tickets online go to, password big-bash. Tickets will also be sold at the Family Night Book Fair.

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 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. Even if you have checked out our site previously, please visit again as we have added many new resources to educate all parents (even if your child already has a smartphone) and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. We will also add more events this fall, including community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age. To learn more, click here:

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.