September 21, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  PTG Twitter, After school programs, Art Room Volunteers, Library Volunteers, Book Room, Book Fair, Halloween Costume Resale, BOKS, Concord Cooler Fair Funds

Around Town: Envision ConcordMilldam Fall Concert, CC Youth Wrestling, CCYH Registration, CCYB Travel Tryouts, Girl Scouts, Fall Family Festival, Concord Youth Theatre, Concord Conservatory of Music, Council on Aging, Lawnmower Swap, Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, The Center for Parents and Teachers

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

SAC Parent Representatives
We received one statement of interest for the open parent representative position on the Thoreau School Advisory Council. Thank you Betsy Martel for volunteering to be part of the Council. Below is Betsy’s statement:

Betsy Martel
My name is Betsy Martel and I am interested in serving on the Thoreau SAC. I have been a parent at Thoreau for the last 8 years. Currently, I have a son in the second grade. I have volunteered through the PTG in many ways, most recently serving as the VP for one year and Co-President for two years. Additionally, I am a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with experience in early childhood/elementary populations. Thank you for your consideration.

Thank you to Kirsten Furman and all the volunteers who helped make school picture day a success!! It was a rainy day, requiring pictures to be inside, but the kids were great, happy and full of smiles in their picture best. Your photos will be delivered through your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as they are available.

Mark your Calendar:

Superintendent Forum:
Please join Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter at her forum for parents and the community at Thoreau School on Tuesday, October 3rd in the school library at 7:00pm.

Reminder: Dr. Laurie Hunter will also be joining our PTG meeting on Friday, September 29th at 9:00am in the Cafeteria.

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


THOREAU PTG TWITTER: FOLLOW us at @ThoreauPTG to get reminders and information on what is coming up in the Thoreau Community!

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Limited space is still available in several of our before and after school programs including Fuzzy Felt, Minecraft and Chess! These classes are great opportunities for your kids to learn outside of the classroom while having fun with their friends! Please visit 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.

PENNY DROP: Students from Ms Burns 5th grade class have organized a Penny Drop to help the victims of the recent hurricanes, Irma and Harvey. Any loose change fellow students want to donate would be greatly appreciated. The Penny Drop will be in the front hallway of the school for the next 2 weeks.

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 October 10th 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: Save the Date! The Thoreau School Adult Social is just around the corner… Saturday, November 4th, @ 7:30 p.m at the Concord Art Association.  Friends, fun, delicious nibbles, cocktails and a fantastic silent auction!  Get that babysitter lined up!  More information and a formal invite to come!

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?
  • Regular composting?
  • 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

MILLDAM FREE FALL CONCERT & OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, September 30, from 3:30-5:00pm. Enjoy a fun filled afternoon supporting Milldam Nursery School.  Sample delicious ice cream offerings from Concord’s own Reasons to Be Cheerful while singing and dancing along with Tim Seston!  Warm up with Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate and watch our balloon maker work her magic!  Feel like a high roller at our pumpkin silent auction! Learn more about Milldam’s wonderful co-op preschool and community.  For more information go to

CONCORD CARLISLE YOUTH WRESTLING: Come join us and learn to compete! Students in grades 3-8 interested in wrestling are welcome join an introduction to wrestling fundamentals along with competitive matches and practices with other MYWA youth clinics. Clinics are taught by assistant coaches of the CCHS wrestling program and are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fall clinic begins October 10th and Winter clinic begins November 28th.

Visit Questions can be directed to

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 at

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

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 YOUTH THEATRE: Spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s PLAYTIME THEATRE – a delightfully interactive theater experience! CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end!!! So put on your performing hats and come play with us!!!  All performances at CYT – 358 Baker Ave., West Concord. All shows at 10:30am. $5/person, cash or check only – no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2-9.   

2017-18 Performance Schedule
September 23 – Alice In Wonderland
October 7 – Winnie The Pooh
October 21 – Little Red Hen
November 4 – Horton Hears A Who
November 18 – Hansel & Gretel
December 12 – If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
December 16 – The Gingerbread Man
January 6 – Jack & The Beanstalk
January 20 – The Tortoise & The Hare
February 3 – Cinderella
February 17 – The Little Mermaid
March 3 – The Gruffalo
March 17 – Rumplestiltskin
March 31 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
April 14 – Rainbow Fish
April 28 – Chrysanthemum

 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.

“De-stressing Parents:  Raising Kids with Less Stress and More Success” presented by Robert Evans, Ed.D. on Monday October 23rd at 7 PM at the Concord-Carlisle High School 

There is no harder job than being a parent. Nothing else touches so much of a person so deeply—or so unpredictably. As the pace of life accelerates, media influences intensify, and the future grows less predictable, parents find it harder to be confident—harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how reduce their children’s stress—and their own. Rob Evans will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping at home and school.  This program is being offered free to all participants thanks to a Healthy Concord grant.  To plan for the event, kindly sign up at the following registration site:

“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:

“INSPIRE: a 6-week Parent Support Group for parents of children with special needs (4-9 years old)” facilitated by Patricia Marquis, LICSW for 6 Monday mornings (9:30 to 11 AM) beginning October 16 until November 20, 2017 at the Ripley Administration Building, 120 Meriam Road. All 6 sessions for $60 (please inquire about full scholarship if needed — no questions asked — email us at and type “INSPIRE” in the subject line.  Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and for the long haul. The group will cover meaningful topics to them which may include how to: Learn strategies to feel more emotionally balanced on a daily basis; Cope and reduce the stress of relentless advocacy for their child; Restore trust and hope in their lives by creating positive connections with others and healing disconnections. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED at:

For greater convenience, you can sign up for any programs at