September 28, 2017

This week’s announcements:

Thoreau News:  Book Fair, School Directory, After-school programs, Book Room, Penny Drop, Halloween Costume Resale, Adult Social, Concord Cooler Fair Funds

Around Town:  Milldam Fall Concert, CC Youth Wrestling, Fall Family Festival, Concord Youth Theatre, Concord Conservatory of Music, The Center for Parents and Teachers

PTG Co-President’s Message and News

Mark your Calendar:
PTG Meeting: Friday, September 29th, at 9am, Thoreau Cafeteria
Come meet Dr. Laurie Hunter!! Dr. Hunter will be joining our PTG meeting tomorrow, Friday, September 29th.

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The response to our call for volunteers has been amazing this year! Every Committee/Event has a Chair to lead it! THANK YOU!

Click here to see which Chairs are still seeking a partner to help Co-Chair and/or learn the ropes. In addition, the Thoreau-ly Green Committee and the Service Learning Committee just started to recruit members.  Check them out!


BOOK FAIR: How YOU can help
The Book Fair is one of Thoreau’s biggest fundraisers. We need your support! Please remember to do as many of the following as you can:

  1. Please volunteer – Book fair is a team effort with nearly 100 volunteers.  A signup list for volunteer shifts and donation items can be found here: We only have one fourth of the volunteers needed so far and most desperately need CASHIERSand FOOD, so please sign up now!
  2. Come to Family Night, Friday, October 13, 5:30-8:00, to buy new and used books for Thoreau, for a cause, for your kids, for holiday gifts, for your child’s teacher and for yourself. Don’t forget used books – they are high quality for low prices, reusing them is good for the environment, and every dollar spent on used books goes directly to the PTG.
  3. Come to your child’s Classroom Visit– It’s a great chance for parents and grandparents to see kids in school (and find out what they really want for their birthdays!).  Classroom Visits will be during school on Wednesday October 18 through Friday October 20. The schedule will be available soon.
  4.  Donate used books.Used book collection will begin Tuesday, October 10 and continue through Friday, October 13.  Collect your child’s good quality books now! (Please no adult books/videos/CDs, board books, or VHS tapes.) Place your donations in a paper bag and remember to write your child’s teacher’s name and the total number of books donated on the bag and either send them to school with your child or drop them off at the table in the front hall.

Please 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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

THOREAU ADULT SOCIAL: Join Us! Saturday, November 4th, 7:30pm at the Concord Art Association.  Purchase tickets for a night of fun, friends & silent auction opportunity!  Tickets sell out fast, so reserve your spot now!
Invitation link:
Password: thoreau

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 light bulbs?
  • 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!


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

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: Want to Jam? Prefer to listen? Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) presents a Monthly Bluegrass Jams! Sponsored by the Boston Bluegrass Union, it’s open to everyone. Jams occur on the second Saturday of every month October through June, 7:00 – 9:30 pm. The first Jam is on Saturday, October 14th ($5 payable at the door). Jam with people of all playing abilities and gain improvisation skills, tone, and overall musicality. Our jams are not just for experienced players! Plan to participate, even if you are just a beginner. The Jams are located at CCM, 1317 Main Street, Concord (in W. Concord Union Church).
For details:

“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