Thoreau Directory, Picture Day, Book Fair, Volunteer Opportunities- Thoreau Announcements

Thoreau News: Volunteer Opportunities- School Garden, Mother Earth Mondays, Committee Positions; Thoreau Directory; Picture Day; Book Fair; Girl Scouts

Community News: Town Meeting, SEPAC, 5K and Fun Run/Walk, Library Book Groups, IMSCC, Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country Championship, Women in Philanthropy Luncheon, Family Festival, Garden Club Grants, Community Open House, CCYH Hockey and Basketball


PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Join us tomorrow morning at 9am in the Cafeteria for the next PTG Meeting. See the Meeting Agenda.

October is next week and is shaping up to be a fun-filled month! Be sure your children bring their smiles for Picture Day on Monday. Later in the month, smiles will be even bigger as students and their families enjoy the Family Night Book Fair that includes both New and Used book sales. (Start gathering your stacks of used books now!)

Another thing that brings big smiles to many students is the opportunity to explore the school garden, Grounds for Learning, during recess! However the gates stay locked unless we have volunteers. Please consider signing up for this wonderful part of our campus! Details are below.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

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!

The Thoreau Directory is Here

If you’re expecting one (or more) it will go home with your youngest child at Thoreau. But there’s still time to order if you haven’t yet! Go to to get this year’s directory.

Picture Day is Monday

Pre-order your package and get more information here:

Book Fair Countdown: Two Weeks To Go

Start collecting your used book donations and get ready for Family Night on Friday, October 12. The Book Fair is a fun-filled Thoreau tradition, and we need your help to make it happen! For more information and to see how you can help, go to Already know you want to contribute? Go directly to the signup genius form 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

Special Town Meeting Update from School Committee

On September 25th, the Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee decided not to move the two Special Town Meeting Articles forward at the meeting on October 1st. For details click 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

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

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.

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.