October 26, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Thoreau Capital Funds Committee, Facing Difference Challenge, Event Re-caps, Unicef, Adult Social, Yankee Candle, Box Tops, Concord Toy Shop

Around Town:  Special Education, CCYH, Concord Board of Health, Fenn Sports Sale, Concord Conservatory of Music, The Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord Family Network, Concord Ed Fund, Winter Fuel Assistance, Cradles to Crayons

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Grounds for Learning is looking spiffy thanks to families that volunteered at the Fall GFL garden clean up this past Sunday.  Thank you!

Thank you also for clipping all those Box Tops!  Reminder, the first deadline is tomorrow, Friday, October 27th!  So bag them up and bring them in! (Details below).

Lastly, for the adults, tickets are still available for the Adult Social and Silent Auction on November 4th! Scroll below to learn more!


Have you or your child ever said “I wish Thoreau had ______” We have the funds, help us fill in the blank as a member for our Capital Funds Committee!  We’ve had some good responses thus far, but we need a few more volunteers at each grade level. As a quick recap, these funds were donated by parents about 11 years ago for new playground equipment.  Because of this designation, they must be used for capital improvements.  Therefore, the PTG is seeking parents and teachers to solicit ideas from the Thoreau Community and create a path forward for how best to use these funds.  If interested or have any questions, please contact Deb Antonangeli (deb.antonangeli@gmail.com) or Kathleen Dohoney (dohoneyk@gmail.com).

FACING DIFFERENCE CHALLENGE: Ask your children the new Students Rebuild fundraising project that is being coordinated by our school librarian, Karen Pettyjohn. For the challenge, students are to create meaningful self-portraits that “reflect their sense of identity” and submit them to Mrs. Pettyjohn in the library.  Each self-portrait earns $3.00 for students in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and the Caucasus.  Our team is registered as “Concord Carlisle Kids Care”, so involve your older kids as well!

  • Students may make more than one self-portrait, and also may make portraits of other students.
  • Students may use any art media and technique. Portraits should be at least 5 x 5 inches.
  • The project ends on May 4, 2018.

Details are in the library, or visit the Students Rebuild webpage with introductory video http://studentsrebuild.org/facingdifference for more information.


Thank you for another wonderful Book Fair!
This year’s book fair was a hit, and that’s thanks to so many people in the Thoreau community. We greatly appreciate everyone who donated food and their time to make Family Night and classroom visits a success.
Thank you so much also for your generous used book donations. The grade-level classes that contributed the most and will get popsicle parties are:

K – Gordon
1 – Walsh
2 – Watson
3 – Davidson-Catalano
4 – Keefe
5 – Hoyt

And the class that donated the most books total is… Mr. Hourihan’s class! Congratulations! Enjoy your pizza party!

Thanks also to Julia Samnotra and Jean Chandler for leading the crafts on Family Night. We couldn’t do it without you all!

 A SPOOKY Thank You …
To our wonderful Thoreau families for donating your used (and new!) Halloween costumes and accessories for Friday’s Halloween Costume Resale Party, and for coming out to enjoy the pizza, crafts, and fun with classmates and friends!
A lot of really awesome costumes found new homes with Thoreau families, and the remaining were donated to From the Pumpkin Patch, an organization that provides FREE Halloween costumes to low-income families.  Our Thoreau 1st Grade Daisy troop delivered the costume donations to the Thoreau Kindergarten Daisy troop, who collected ours and many more costumes for delivery to this wonderful group.  A special thanks to Fritz & Gigi for donating the hanging racks, Marshall Farm for providing the pumpkins, and to all of our volunteers who made this event happen!
Your Coordinators: Danielle Wetzel, Melissa Martin and Nikki Morrisey

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.

Don’t dally – Get your tickets NOW for the Thoreau Adult Social (you can’t get them at the door)! Did we mention it’s in an Art Gallery … there will be delish food & drinks … and a not-to-miss silent auction? Partner busy? Get a bunch of friends together and roll in as a crowd, you’ll have a blast!
Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm at the Concord Art Association
Invitation link:
Password: thoreau

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 THIS Friday, 10/27 (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 jeniferlperry@gmail.com
Thank you so much for your continued support of Thoreau!!
Fundraising co-chairs: Jen Perry & Megan Holsinger

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION 2017-2018: Hello from your “Box Tops Mom,” also known as the Box Tops for Education® Coordinator for Thoreau School.
The Box Tops for Education program is an easy way for families to get involved in helping their school. Just by using General Mills products that display the Box Tops logo, clipping the coupons from the label or box and sending them in to school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need for the PTG, teachers and school. You can find Box Tops on thousands of your favorite products.
It does not cost you anything to participate, but the coupons we collect together can add up to a significant sum for the PTG.  In a typical year we earn about $1,500.00 – enough to fund some very cool enrichment programs for the kids!

Here’s how to participate:  as you are bringing your bottles, cans and product boxes to the recycle bin, look them over to find any Boxtops for Education coupons.  To see what a Box Top coupon looks like and to find a complete list of participating products, go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products .  Clip out the dashed-line rectangle containing the logo and the tiny words “official coupon”, put them in a small plastic bag and drop them in the collection box just inside the front door at Thoreau.  Please include your child’s name and their teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag so that their classroom gets credited for the box tops.
We will have several collection deadlines throughout the year, with the first being Friday October 27.  All box top coupons in the collection box by the end of the day on this date will be included in our December payout check from General Mills.  After that, please keep collecting for the next one!
We will be tallying coupon counts by classroom, with the top-collecting class from each grade winning a prize at the end of the year.  So please make sure to include your child’s teacher’s name in that bag of coupons.
If you have any questions, please contact me at kimber.drake@comcast.net or at 978-831-3058.  Meanwhile, thank you for your support…and keep clipping those box tops!!

SIP & SHOP AT 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 jeniferlperry@gmail.com or
Megan Holsinger  megansholsinger@gmail.com


Want to understand how to navigate the complexities of special education?
Need some help with learning how to advocate?
Want to understand your child’s Basic Rights better?
Have specific questions for an expert?

If you answereed ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us at our Basic Rights workshop. The event will provide you with an overall understanding of the special education laws and procedures. You will learn how to better develop the partnership with your child’s school and understand your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts Education Law.
When: November 7, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
Presented by: Federation for Children with Special Needs

For more detailed information about the workshop and to RSVP via Eventbrite, please visit our website at concordsepac.org
Jointly hosted by the Concord, Concord-Carlisle and Carlisle SEPACs

CCYH: Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey announces that Mosquitos (Learn to Play Hockey) and Learn to Skate registration is OPEN!  Go to www.CCYH.org for program details and to register online. Contact Andi Rice with questions: Andi.Rice@comcast.net.

CONCORD BOARD OF HEALTH: Pease join the Concord Board of Health for a free community Narcan training on Thursday Nov 2nd at 7:00PM at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center located at 1276 Main Street Concord.
The training will include: an explanation of the Opioid Epidemic; Recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose; Step by step instructions on how to administer Narcan; How to obtain Narcan; Q and A session.  Space is limited to 25 people, please call 978-318-3020 or email UAgarwalla@concordma.gov to reserve your spot.

FENN SCHOOL SPORTS SALE: The 49th Annual Sports Sale takes place on Saturday, November 4th from 9am to noon in the Fenn New Gym, 516 Monument Street, Concord MA. We will have a wide selection of gently used sports equipment for boys and girls. For more information please contact Tina Murdough, Sport Sale Chair, by email : tiniskos1@yahoo.com

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: On Friday, November 17th at 7 pm, CCM presents Chamber Music performed by the Piano Trio featuring CCM faculty members violinist Angel Valchinov, and cellist Hyun-Ji Kwon, and with guest musician Keun Young Sun on piano. The trio will perform works by composers Brahms, Mozart, and much more. CCM’s Faculty Concert Series brings world-class performers to our local community. All Trio members are highly accomplished and have performed throughout the US and abroad over many years. Concert sponsor Enterprise Bank, many other generous donors and a grant from the Concord Cultural Council helped us bring Chamber Music, our first concert of the 2017 – 2018 season, to our community. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, Free for students 18 and under. To buy tickets online, go to www.ConcordConservatory.org. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.  CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

“Raising a Student-Athlete: Sports Parenting in the 21st Century” presented by Adam H. Naylor, EdD, CC-AASP on Monday Nov 6th at 7 PM at the Concord-Carlisle High School
Dr. Naylor, professor at BU and author of many books including The Sport Parent’s Playbook, will focus on how to support your child’s health and thriving throughout their sporting experiences. Consideration will be given to the parent’s role in developing confident and resilient young athletes and how to manage the stress of increasingly complicated sporting decisions which families face. This talk provides a “playbook” to help guide parents through their child’s entry into sports, through the competitive years, and onto lifelong appreciation for healthy athletics. Parents and Coaches are encouraged to attend.  The $8 fee supports the cost of bringing this program to our community.  Pre-registration required!  Please sign up at: https://sportsparentingdiscussionwithadamnaylor6nov2017.eventbrite.com

CONCORD FAMILY NETWORK: Annual Halloween Costume Party on Sunday, October 29th from 3:30-5 PM at The Scout House (74 Walden Street, Concord). There will be games, crafts, treats and a raffle! CFN will happily be donating half of all raffle proceeds to Cradles to Crayons. Members: Free. Non-Members $3/child ($10 max/family). Please email questions to concordfamilynetwork@gmail.com or go to concordfamilynetwork.org for details.

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.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW at https://concordedfund.org/2017-party/

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 bwilbur@concordma.gov

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 kpgraz@gmail.com and we can make other arrangements with C2C. Thank you!