After School Program Openings, Volunteer Opportunities- Thoreau Announcements

Thoreau News: PTG Volunteer Opportunities, Mother Earth Mondays, Book Fair Committee, Picture Day, Fall After School Programs, Girl Scouts

Community News: Town Meeting, SEPAC, 5k and Fun Run/Walk, Book Groups, Music Lessons, Playtime Theater, Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country Championship, Beginning Vocals, Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, Fall Family Festival, Garden Club Grant Proposals, Community Open House, Learn to Play Hockey


PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

It was great to see so many families cool off a bit and enjoy the Annual Ice Cream social this past Sunday sponsored by the PTG! Thank you to all our wonderful scoopers, our Ice Cream Social Chair, Jenny Gates, and Reasons to Be Cheerful for honoring the past discount on the ice cream!

We had our second Mother Earth Monday this past Monday and collected roughly 20 gallons of compostable material! Way to go Thoreau!

Another Earth friendly change that you may have seen on campus since last year are the “No Idling” signs. These signs are posted at every school in the district and are a reminder of the Massachusetts State Anti-Idling Law which limits idling in excess of five minutes. Help keep the air around Thoreau clean by turning off your vehicles. Thank you!

Lastly, CORI CORI CORI! Just another reminder that ALL volunteers for the school and/or PTG must have a CORI form on file with the front office in order to volunteer. Please visit Donna Macone in the school front office to check on expiration date of your CORI or to fill out a new CORI form. The form is available on the PTG website at You must also provide Donna with a copy of your license or other approved ID to be processed. Many additional volunteer opportunities are described below. Please check them out and help where you can!!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Open Positions on the PTG

The PTG is still seeking volunteers for a number of open positions!
Fundraising Co-Chair Assistants/Shadows
Children’s Programming Co-Chair
Service Learning Chair
Cake Walk Co-Chairs
Hobby Fair Co-Chair
Spirit Wear Chair
Click here for descriptions and to sign up!!/showSignUp/10c0445aaac2ca7f85-20182019

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!

Join the Book Fair Committee

Join the Book Fair team and bring your ideas! We have experience, but we need fresh perspectives and more hands to help the event run smoothly. Please contact Laura Koh if you’re interested.

Picture Day is Monday, October 1

Get more information (and preorder your picture package) at Contact Kirsten Furman if you’re interested in volunteering.

Fall After School Programs

We still have room in Chess, Fuzzy Felt, Japanese Crafts and Culture, and Kids Cooking Green! Sign up today at

Join Girl Scouts! Saturday September 29th 10:00 am-noon

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts. Girl Scout troops are organized by school grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parents volunteers. We have large, very active troops here at Thoreau and we would love you to join us. We are having a recruitment event at The Concord Scout House (74 Walden St) on Saturday September 29th from 10:00 am to noon. Please come and say hi, ask questions, and meet girl scout leaders. For more details, please contact Lisa Lynch at or to join online go to

Community News

Concord Special Town Meeting October 1st

The Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee is putting forward two Articles at the Special Town Meeting on October 1st. A summary of the two articles can be found at A list of all the meetings/coffees/forums scheduled to prepare for the Special Town Meeting is here:


Are you interested in learning more about special education in our schools? Do you have questions but are not sure who to ask? Would you like to meet other parents and caregivers? Please join Jessica Murphy, Laurie Hunter and the SEPAC board for an information sharing event, Q&A session and coffee. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the special education process. Read more


Our first Board Meeting of the new school year will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Conference Room 3 at the Ripley Building on Meriam Road. Come and learn what SEPAC does and how you could get involved with our exciting program for this year!

The First Annual Mighty Moose 5k and Fun Run/Walk: A New Kicks For Cancer Event

On Sunday, September 30, a 5k and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk will be held at CCHS to raise money to support ovarian cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event is being held in memory of Jenna Swaim, a loving mother and wife who lost her courageous four year battle to ovarian cancer on July 3, 2018. Read more

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

Playtime Theater is back at Concord Youth Theatre for another season of fun!

Spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s PLAYTIME THEATER – a delightfully interactive theater experience! 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

Free Drop-in Class on Sept. 20th for Beginning Vocals at the Concord Conservatory of Music

Drop-in at the Concord Conservatory of Music on Thursday, September 20th at 4 pm and have your child experience the Beginning Vocals class for free. The Beginning Vocals class meets on Thursdays at CCM for 45-minutes. This is an introductory course for beginning vocalists ages 6–8 and will teach them how to sing with confidence! Read more

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest 8th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon: A Legacy of Farming and Community – October 3, 2018

Please join us for the 8th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon where we will enjoy good food, good company, and inspiring conversation with Jen and Steve Verrill of Verrill Farm, moderated by Brooke Redmond, Founder and Principal Consultant at Radish Road. Read more


Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley and the Concord Integrated Preschool (CIPS)! Our Fall Family Festival will take place across the Playscape and the new CIPS Playground (120 Meriam Road at the Ripley School Administration Building) from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. Read more

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

Community Open House at West Concord Union Church

West Concord Union Church is grateful that you are our neighbor! Join us on Saturday, September 29th from 1-4 p.m. for free ice cream, crafts, music, folk dance, tours of our renovated building, a scavenger hunt, and more. People of all faiths and none are very welcome. Questions?,, or 978-369-6309.

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.