Open 2019-2020 PTG Positions- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Happy Spring–finally! Thanks so much to Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola for organizing all the wonderful displays of appreciation for the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. These two ladies quietly do so much all year to support the Thoreau teachers and staff and we really appreciate you.

Please mark for calendars for June 4th for an important vote on the Concord Middle School–Town Meeting was just the beginning–the $1.5 million for the CMS feasibility study and design must now be approved through a ballot vote.

Please join us next Friday, May 17th at 9:00 for our PTG meeting. All are welcome. And lastly, the Thoreau Road Race in Sunday, June 19th–hope you have all been training!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Open PTG Board, Event and Committee Chair Positions for 2019-2020:

The PTG events listed on the back of the school directory every year only happen because of our students’ parents and caregivers. Scroll through the Sign Up Genius to see the many opportunities to lead or become a committee member. We are especially (desperately?) seeking Fundraising Team members to facilitate our fundraising efforts through the Annual Appeal, Spirit wear, and any other ideas that you may have. One, two or more people would be great! Other roles are listed below:

Co-Chair positions include:
Bingo Night
Cake Walk
Grounds for Learning (school garden) Coordinator
Halloween Swap
Hobby Fair
School Supplies Contact
Spelling Bee
Turkey Trot
Thoreau Announcements Co-Editor

Committees include:
Book Fair Committee
Social Committee
5th Grade Events Committee
International Committee

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

Looking for a great way to show appreciation for a Thoreau staff member or student? The Library Gift Book Program just added twenty five amazing new books that can be gifted in honor of a special teacher, birthday, event, etc.!!!

The gifted book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the donor will be the first to check out the books.

If you would like to donate a book, please visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library near the Circulation Desk, and follow the directions listed there. (Don’t forget your checkbook.) If you are not able to make it to the library, please follow this link to the Gift Book Program. Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, can assist you in making a gift.

Box Tops for Education – Classroom Contest Results Roll Out

Have your kids told you about the scorecard in the lobby yet? We are rolling out the results a little at a time, so they can see the year progress before their eyes.

The leaders out of the starting gate in September were:

Kindergarten = Ellis
1st grade = Henry
2nd grade = Watson
3rd grade = Paliotti
4th grade = Keefe
5th grade = Hollander

Stay tuned for more news in next week’s announcements. Meanwhile, please keep clipping those box tops and turning them in with your teacher’s and child’s name on a slip of paper in the bag. Put them in the lobby collection box by the end of the day on Friday May 17th to be included in the contest tally. Thanks everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake

Thoreau Road Race

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, THOREAU!! Thoreau’s 13th Annual Road Race is Sunday, May 19th, 2019.

As the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, this community-wide event celebrates Concord spirit, fitness and health. The 5K run starts at 9:00 am and Kids’ Runs (.5 and 1 mile) begin at 10:30 am. In addition to the races, there will be activities for the kids, an awards ceremony and food truck offerings from Amigos Locos and Dylan & Pete’s Ice Cream.

Online pre-registration will be open until May 14, 2019. All kids who finish receive ribbons. Top finishers in the 5K and 1 Mile Races receive medals. To Register:

Runners please bring your own water bottle as we will have the town water station available for fill ups!!

We need volunteers!! Here is the sign up genius for volunteers:

Any family in need of financial assistance to participate in this event should contact the school social worker, Rachel Levesque at

Community News


Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 16th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.

Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.

To register, volunteer or donate, go to Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!

CPT Presents “Fostering Resiliency in Our Children as They Face Childhood Transitions”

The Center for Parents and Teachers invites all interested adults to the following free program:
“Fostering Resiliency in Our Children as They Face Childhood Transitions”
Presented by Rick Irving, MSW (one of CPT’s most popular presenters!)

As children face normal (and even unexpected) transitions in their lives, such as moving from preschool to Kindergarten or from elementary school to middle school … or even moving from one home to another, there are ways we as parents/grandparents can provide supports and reassurances that will assist the child to move forward in a smooth way. Building resiliency in the face of change can be possible if the child feels supported through regular routines and predictable, comforting outlets. Join us as we discuss what can be done to offer children stability in the midst of change. Share concerns and questions and come away with concrete ideas and strategies.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday morning May 22, 2019 from 9:45 to 11:15 AM
LOCATION: Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road, Concord

Open to all interested adults, especially parents, grandparents and caregivers!
This program is being offered free of charge but pre-registration helps CPT to better plan materials and prepare the space. Please sign up at or at the following link:


Hosted by the Concord/Concord-Carlisle and Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from our school districts

Would you like to learn more about the following topics?

  • Standards Based Education
  • MCAS 2.0 for the 21st Century
  • Different ways to test
  • ELL students and MCAS

Please join us at this free workshop for parents and caregivers. This event will introduce the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and how children with disabilities can participate in meaningful ways in MCAS.

When: Tuesday, May 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Learning Commons, Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street
Presented by: Jessica Sales Cohen

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website

Wicked Cool for Kids

Awesome science camps for kids entering grades 1-4! Minecraft Mania, Dinos vs Robots, Rocket Science, Wicked Cool Med School, and Lego Robotics 2.0. All take place at Alcott School, various weeks and times from July 8-26. Find full details at Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed.

Garden Club of Concord’s Annual Plant Sale- May 11

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Garden Club of Concord is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11th, rain or shine, in a NEW LOCATION, in front of the TriCon Church on Walden St. in Concord Center, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Over 1,000 plants will be for sale. All funds raised from the plant sale are distributed as grants to local projects or a scholarship that reflect the Club’s horticultural mission.

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Summer music lessons with IMSCC are enrolling now! New and returning students welcome! You may submit a Lesson Inquiry online or complete a Registration Form and return it to the IMSCC office. Summer lessons take place at CCHS and the Carlisle School, Tuesdays June 25 – August 20. The schedule for the summer is flexible – sign up for as many or as few of the nine Tuesdays as you wish. More information about IMSCC’s lesson program can be found here.

Summer ensembles and music classes are also enrolling now – please visit the website for details and registration.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Concord Bike Fest- May 18

Save the date! The first annual Concord Bike Fest will take place on Saturday, May 18th. Check out

It’s a community celebration of bicycling! Whether you hammer hard for fitness, or ramble around for recreation, Bike Fest has something for everyone – ALL ages.

Festivities include an early morning ride, and a parade through Concord Center followed by a block party. The night before we are hosting a night ride and party for the 21+ crowd.

Please add Concord Bike Fest events to your calendar and we hope that you will join us for the ride, the parade and the party.

Spring Art Classes at The Umbrella

Registration for spring classes at The Umbrella Community Arts Center is open! Explore Animation, Drawing, Painting, Glass Fusing and more! While, you’re thinking about spring, don’t forget that Summer Camp registration is open as well! We’re offering NEW Student Discounts and new Referral Bonus Program to thank those who refer new students to try classes at The Umbrella. Register TODAY and discover your arts!

Callen Tennis Middle and High School Summer Camp – Registration is OPEN!

Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students. The camp will focus on the technique and strategy of tennis through drills and point play. There will also be a strength and conditioning component in addition to a unit on sports psychology. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA touring pro and NCAA DI Women’s Head Coach, and Alex Spence, CCHS Boys’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach, will run the camp with the assistance of other highly qualified tennis instructors and players.

Program Dates: Weeks of June 24th, July 1st (No Camp July 4th) and July 8th
Concord-Carlisle High School Tennis Courts, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA, 01742
Monday-Friday / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$570 per week ($456 July 1st week)

As always, registration is on a first come, first served basis so please register early. Only 27 camper spots available each week.

Follow this link to REGISTER NOW!!! Upon receipt of registration you will receive a confirmation email from us including payment options. Payment must be received within 48 hours of confirmation to guarantee your spot. For more information visit or email .