September 14, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  After school programs, Art Room Volunteers, Library Volunteers, Book Room, Picture Day, Book Fair, Halloween Costume Resale, BOKS, Concord Cooler Fair Funds
Around Town: Envision ConcordMETCO family picnic, Patriot Basketball, CCYH Registration, CCYB Travel Tryouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Fall Family Festival, Concord Conservatory of Music, Council on Aging, Lawnmower Swap, Emerson Hospital Auxiliary

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

We have a number of thank yous to hand out for this first full week of school!

First of all, thank you to everyone who visited the PTG Table in the cafeteria at back to school night last night! If you have any questions or concerns for the PTG co-presidents as the year progresses never hesitate to contact us. Our contact information can be found on the website, under About Us.

We’d also like to thank Alexa Anderson for hosting the K/1st Grade Coffee yesterday.  It was great to see so many Kindergarten and 1st grade parents take the opportunity for coffee and some socialization.

We had 27 people at the PTG meeting last Friday. Thank you for coming! If you were not able to make the meeting and would like to read up on the meeting, the minutes will be available soon and can be found under the Resources section in “Meetings & Minutes”.   As noted in the “Save the Date” section, Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter will be attending our next meeting on September 29th.  Hope you can join us.

Lastly, thank you to Jenny Gates, her family and all of the volunteers who helped make the Thoreau Annual Ice Cream Social run smoothly. It was a beautiful day for everyone to reconnect with each other after the summer and kick off the school year.


Wednesday, 9/20: School Pictures
Thursday, 9/21: No School
Friday, 9/29: PTG Meeting, Thoreau School 9am, Meet our new Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter

School Committee Seeking Individuals for CCHS Campus Advisory Committee

The Regional School Committee is seeking individuals to serve on an advisory committee for the CCHS campus.  The charge of The Committee is to study the potential for improvements and future uses of the CCHS campus including but not limited to the former landfill site and to provide the Regional School Committee with recommendations.  Meetings will occur monthly.  The formal charge of the committee is available on the District web site,

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their name, reason for interest and any information on professional or personal expertise that would assist the Committee in completing its charge to The deadline for submittal is September 19th at 5pm.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Click here for more information on volunteering this year at Thoreau. There are opportunities in the library, art room, book fair, school garden and more! If you are interested in a committee, but are not ready to jump in with both feet on your own, consider assisting or Co-Chairing with an experienced Co-Chair. Those already on board love to share their knowledge and get the added help of new volunteers. Check this page frequently as we are always looking for more hands to enrich our student’s experiences at school.

Open Positions include:

  • Cake Walk Chairs (1 or 2 more)
  • Before/After School Program Assistant Chairs
  • Thoreau-ly Green Co-Chair/committee members
  • Field Day Co-Chair
  • Grounds for Learning Co-Chair
  • Geography Quest Co-chair

PURCHASE A THOREAU SCHOOL DIRECTORY!: The 2017-2018 Thoreau School Directory is a valuable resource for every family. It includes student names, addresses, parent/guardian names, email addresses and phone numbers. It is a reference you will use many, many times during the year guaranteed to be dog-eared by June! The directory also includes other important information such as room parent names, PTG Board and committee contacts, Thoreau school and district phone numbers and web addresses, the school calendar, and PTG events. The directory is $30/book ($5 for each additional copy). This cost goes toward the PTG budget. The PTG underwrites many programs for students during the year, and we need your help to continue to support Thoreau school and its teachers, staff and students. To order a directory online click here or visit and click support Thoreau. The order form was sent home in your child’s backpack this past week. The deadline to order has been extended to Sept 20th.


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Registration is NOW OPEN for the fall session of before and after school programs. Please visit: to view our offerings and to register!

CALLING FOR ART ROOM VOLUNTEERS:  Hello Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents!
Please sign up to help during your child’s art class!  This is a unique opportunity limited to Kindergarten and First Grade families only, and it’s such a fun way to see your child and his or her classmates enjoying the wonderful Art program at the Thoreau school.
Kindergartners attend Art once a week as part of a “block” on Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10 – volunteers stick around until 10:15 to help with clean-up.  A volunteer is needed from each of the five kindergarten classes, plus one extra “floater” is also needed.  This is an exciting new program for the Kindergarten classes that will incorporate movement and fun into our Art program!
Sign up here to volunteer for your Kindergartner’s class:

First graders attend Art once a week with their individual classes, with days and times as follows:
Ms. Henry: Monday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Stevenson: Wednesday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Peirce: Thursday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Walsh: Friday: 1:15-2:15

Sign up here to volunteer for your 1st Grader’s class:

For more information about volunteering, please click here:

If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa Martin at

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS:  Would you like to help out in the library this coming year? Volunteers are needed to help the library run smoothly and efficiently. There are two types of volunteer positions available. “Classroom” volunteers (up to 4 per class) are scheduled to come in about once a month to check books in and out and shelve materials during class time. “Shelf-reading” volunteers are needed to help keep books on the shelves in order, and may come in at their convenience, including during your child’s class time.  To sign up as a monthly classroom volunteer, please send an e-mail to, along with your name, phone number and the class(es) for which you would like to volunteer.

THOREAU BOOK ROOM: Would you like to volunteer at Thoreau but want flexibility in terms of scheduling? We can always use more help in the Book Room. You can contribute any time the building is open and the teachers and tutors will thank you! Learn more about being a Book Room volunteer.

PICTURE DAY: Just a quick reminder that Thoreau’s annual Picture Day is coming up soon (Wednesday, September 20th), and we will be distributing the paperwork this week.  Please watch out for Coffeepond’s sign up information coming home with your child.  We will ask for you to fill it out and send it back with your child for their teachers to collect it before our picture day happens next week.  Thank you!

We are still looking for more volunteers.  If you are interested, please connect with Kirsten Furman at  Kirsten will get back in touch everyone that is interested in volunteering early this week.

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING: Please mark your calendars for the Book Fair, which begins Friday, October 13, 5:30-8:00pm with Family Night.  Family Night is a fun filled Thoreau tradition!  Come for dinner, choose from a wide selection of new and used books for kids and grownups of all ages and enjoy story time and crafts in the library for the little ones.  Family Night will be followed by classroom visits from Wednesday, Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 20.
This is an important fundraiser for the PTG and is an event that requires over 100 volunteers to be successful.  There are many ways you can help by committing 2-3 hours of your time:

  • Setting up the fair the week of Oct 10 – we need volunteers to sort used books and stock shelves for the new book fair.  It’s a great way to get a sneak peek at the selection before Family Night!
  • Cashiers – We know many of you worked a cash register in high school.  It’s like riding a bike!
  • Donating gently used books – Collection will begin  10 in school.  A prize goes to the class that collects the most books!
  • Donating salad, apples and baked goods for Family Night.

Please sign up to help at:

Contact Susan Gillick at or Laura Koh at with any questions about the New Book Fair or contact Julie Bailey at with questions about the Used Book Fair.

WE NEED HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!: Please bring your gently used costumes and accessories (kids and/or adults) to the donation box in the front hallway at the Thoreau School. Our 4th annual Halloween Costume Resale Party will be held on Friday, October 20th from 5:30-7:30 PM to benefit the Thoreau PTG. Pizza will be available for purchase that evening so come hungry and ready to shop and have fun! Festive crafts and games will be available for all ages. Please help us support all of the wonderful programs sponsored by our PTG, and make the world a greener place by recycling those fabulous dance recital dresses, costumes from years past, and hats, wigs, and masks!

FALL BOKS STARTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Have you heard the music, seen the smiling faces, been told of the positive impact in the classroom?  BOKS, a free before-school physical fitness program, was immensely popular last year and rightly so.  With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn.  The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The Fall BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on September 26th and running through November 16th. Click here to learn more and to sign up:

THOREAU ADULT SOCIAL:  Mark your calendars!
Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm @ the Concord Art Association.  More details to come on this fantastic annual event.

COOLER CONCORD FAIR FUNDS: Thoreau School was awarded $1,000 to spend on sustainability efforts.  Please send in your ideas!

Earlier in 2017, many in our school community participated in the “Cooler Concord Fair.”  As a result, our school was awarded $1,000 based on “excellent family attendance and commitment to energy-saving actions.”  The rules of the award require us to state before November 1st how we propose to apply the funds towards sustainability efforts in Thoreau during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Now is the time to send in your ideas about how our school should spend those funds!  For example, do you think that we should:

  • Buy LED lightbulbs?
  • Buy solar chargers to use with some of the school computers?
  • Or some other idea that will reduce energy use (e.g. electricity) at Thoreau or increase sustainability in another way?

Please send your ideas to Rebecca Woodward (, current chair of Thoreau-ly Green, asap or no later than Friday, October 20th.  Also, if you are a parent interested in becoming an active volunteer with Thoreau-ly Green, which aims to engage students and our Thoreau community in fun and educational ways re: the environment & sustainability, please write to Rebecca about that, as well!


ENVISION CONCORD:  The Town of Concord is currently developing a Long Range Plan that will set the Town’s specific objectives for the next 10 – 20 years.
Concord is well known for our schools and the excellent education provided for students. Community members consistently rank the school system a number one priority for Concord. Where do the schools fit in Concord’s future? What adjustments will be important to ensure a continued quality of excellence? How can the schools improve? How can the town better support the schools and vice versa?
The Town would like your thoughts and ideas about the future of education in
Here are ways you can tell the Town your thoughts and opinions on this important topic:
1.  Register on the webpage and share your comments
2.  Send an email to

METCO FAMILY PICNIC: METCO celebrates its 50th year in the Concord Public Schools this year. To kickoff the year, we will hold a family friendly picnic at CCHS on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00 – 5:00. We will have plenty of food, children’s activities and lots of alumni returning to campus. Please visit Concord METCO on facebook to view the event and invite friends, families and former colleagues. The picnic is free and open to all!

PATRIOT BASKETBALL: 3 fall basketball programs will be hosted at CCHS. Register today at
Boys Preseason: Grades 3-8 on Monday nights starting 9/18
Girls Preseason: Grades 3-8 on Sundays starting 9/24
Junior Patriots: Boys and Girls in Grades K-2 on Sundays starting 9/24

CCYH Midgets – Fall 2017
CCYH Girls Practice w/Concord-Carlisle Varsity Girls Team  – Fall 2017
CCYH U16/U18 Girls Games-Only – Fall 2017
ABCC Girls’ U10, U12, & U14 Girls Full-Season – 2017-2018
Go to or contact Andi Rice ( for more information on how to register for these programs

CCYB TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUTS:  Registration is now open for tryouts, which will be held in October. Tryouts are open to boys and girls in grades 4 – 8, and specific details can be found on the CC Youth Basketball web site a

GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE: New troops are forming right now! Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts.
Sunday September 24th:  1:30 pm-3:30 pm 
The Scout House 74 Walden Street Concord, MA

CUB SCOUTS: Interested in Cub Scouts for your son? On Tuesday 9/19, please join us at our first Pack meeting of the year from 6-7:30 in the Thoreau Cafeteria, and see Cub Scouting at Thoreau in action!  Email Christian and Laura Ely at if you’re interested, but can’t attend this meeting. We have activities planned for all days of the week, year-round. At the Pack meeting, we’ll have activities for the boys and information for the parents. Siblings are welcome. Pack 133 includes boys in grades 1-5, and boys can join at any grade level.  For more details, please log into the Pack 133 web site, using login name: cub and password: pack133 .

FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL AT THE PLAYSCAPE AT RIPLEY: Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley and the Concord Integrated Preschool Parent Group! Our Fall Family Festival will take place at the Playscape (120 Meriam Road at the Ripley School Administration Building)! from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, and feature the annual Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash, face painting with the Concord Integrated Preschool, animals from Drumlin Farm, a StoryWalk from First Connections, crafts with Minute Man Arc, an art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment, pumpkin games with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley, and karate activities with Elite Freestyle Karate Studio. Reasons to be Cheerful will also be selling their delicious homemade ice cream.  The event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will happen rain or shine (Festival moved to Ripley Gymnasium in the event of rain).  To help with planning, please RSVP via EventBrite (

CONCORD CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC:  Have fun, no experience necessary in a Group Class at Concord Conservatory—CCM is the area’s non-profit community music school, which offers group class experiences for students of all ages, from 4 to 94. Whether you are interested in an instrument class, the Concord Youth Chorus Project, or a beginner fiddling, banjo or bluegrass class for yourself, CCM has an exciting and dynamic class experience for everyone. Children’s group music classes in guitar, fiddle, flute, piano, drums, banjo, and voice are designed to be fun and encouraging. CCM is a place where talented faculty teaches adults too. Try a group class in hand drumming, piano, singing, ukulele, and the new American Roots classes. For information on the full list of CCM offerings, or to set-up private lessons, visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010. The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s nonprofit community music school, located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Union Church. Financial assistance is available.

Concord Conservatory of Music Presents Courses in American Roots–CCM is introducing new offerings in American Roots music for all ages and ideal for those who are completely new to the instruments or new to the style, and for those with Bluegrass and Old-Time experience who are looking for a local jam.  Learn more at the American Roots Open House, which kicks off the program with an information session, music by the faculty and a jam session on Thursday, September 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at CCM. Meet fiddle player Bobby Britt, Tony Watt teaching bluegrass, Rich Stillman on banjo, and Ian Goldstein on mandolin and guitar. Instruments will be on hand to try out at the open house, and anyone who would like to jam is invited to join in, just bring your strings instrument. The offerings for beginners include Americana fiddling, bluegrass, banjo, and mandolin. Beyond banjo, fiddle, and mandolin, anyone on guitar, violin, bass, banjo, or Dobro would fit in the offerings just fine.  Anyone that enrolls in a group or lesson in the American Roots genre can also join the Thursday, 8 pm weekly jam for free. For more information about specific offerings, please visit, call 978-369-0010, or email  

THE CONCORD COUNCIL ON AGING: Currently recruiting volunteer healthcare professionals (including but not limited to: nurses, NPs, PAs, MDs)  to promote better health for people aged 60+ in Concord through our blood pressure screenings, diabetic clinics, annual flu clinic, and other wellness programming. All you need is a love for working with seniors, a current license in your discipline, and a desire to help!  For more information on volunteering, please call the Council on Aging at (978) 318-3020.  We are located at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street Concord.  Thank you very much for your time!

CONCORD LAWNMOWER “SWAP PLUS EVENT: September 23rd, 9am to 1pm, Concord Public Works, 133 Keyes Road
Come check out the newest and coolest electric lawn and garden tools that will do a great job for you and make your yard safer, healthier and quieter! No more smelly gas and oil! No more air pollution! No trips to the gas station to fill up the tank! No blasting music in your headphones to cover up the mower noise! 80 Concord homeowners have already signed up to turn in their old dirty gas mowers for a big discount on the new Consumer Reports #1-rated EGO battery-powered mower. Both push and self-propelled models are available. Click here to learn more about the event and reserve your mower and $100 Concord rebate. Mowers, blowers, hedge trimmers, string trimmers, snowblowers and more from EGO and Ryobi will also be on display. This event is sponsored by Concord’s Sustainable Energy Committee, Quiet Communities, and Concord Public Works. Join us! You’ll be glad you did!

EMERSON HOSPITAL AUXILIARY: Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 23rd. Come help support your local hospital’s emergency department. The Emerson Hospital auxiliary is throwing a fun party to help raise money for the emergency department. The event is at the beautiful Collings Foundation in Stow, MA.