September 4, 2014


Welcome back all!  We hope everyone had a happy and restful summer vacation.  There are lots of fun events which have been planned for this year, and we hope to see everyone in the Thoreau Community, kicking off with…

  • TOMORROW, at 9:00am, please come to the cafeteria for a PTG Coffee- enjoy refreshments, catch up with friends, meet new people, and hear about the PTG programs planned for this year!
  • SATURDAY, 2:30-4:30pm is the PTG’s Annual Ice Cream Social, behind the school.
  • MONDAY, at 9:30am, come meet Principal Chris Mahoney for his first Principal’s Coffee.

~Trish and Carla


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The After School Program for this Fall is now open for registration.  We have some exciting new classes, as well as some of the old favorites!  A flyer was sent home with your children this week.  You can also find the flyer and registration information on the Thoreau PTG website under PTG Programs/Enrichment at .  Registration is now online.  Questions please contact Jen Keegan Jiganti ( or Stefanie Sim (


Please bring your gently used costumes (kids and/or adult costumes) to the donation box in the front hallway at Thoreau School.

We will be selling them on Friday October 3rd from 6-8 PM to benefit the Thoreau PTG.  Pizza and salad will be sold at this event so come hungry and ready to costume shop!  We will have a sneak peak sale in the morning (October 3rd from 8-9 AM) if you cannot make the evening event.All unsold costumes will be donated back to a local charity.Please help us make our first Annual Halloween Costume Sale a success!


Instrumental music classes are now beginning!  It’s not too late to sign up!  Visit for more information on the band AND orchestra programs.  Click the link for the “Elementary Instrumental Music FAQ” to find answers to the most common questions we’ve received this summer including rehearsal schedules, instrument acquisition information and important dates.

Band Parents: Please mark your calendars for 9/29 for the Elementary Band Parent Orientation in the Willard Elementary Auditorium at 6:30PM.

Concord Public School Bands:

Concord Public School Orchestras:


Calling all Lego lovers! Lego club is a low-key club where children can build freely with Legos and have fun with their classmates. All grades (K-5) are welcome and the club is divided into groups by grade.   Lego Club will meet Mondays in the cafeteria, 3:15 – 4:00 p.m., once per month the school year, for each group. Once we have the final number of children, we will divide into manageable and age-appropriate groups. Parents will be assigned a date to volunteer. (This likely will average once for the year for 45 minutes — not a big time commitment.)

Groups will begin meeting on September 29. Please sign up by Sunday, September 14 so that we can organize the groups and arrange for parent volunteers. We will be collecting dues of $10 per child to pay for Legos, materials, and the end-of-year popsicle party.Any family needing financial assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Rachel Levesque, School Social Worker, at or (978) 341-2490, ext. 3165.

To sign up, just visit and fill out the form.  We really need leaders for all age groups, so please let us know on the form if you are interested!  This is a parent-run club; it can’t run without you!  Parents are welcome to stay during Lego Club even if they haven’t been assigned to volunteer for that month. It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and their friends doing something they love to do!      –Angela Quinn ( for the Lego Club


Saturday, September 6th 2:30-4:30pm  Ice Cream Social  (Thoreau Playground)  All families are welcome!


  • Monday, September 8                       Teriyaki Chicken Dippers
  • Tuesday, September 9                       NO LUNCH
  • Wednesday, September 10              Baked Mozzarella Sticks
  • Thursday, September 11                   Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Friday, September 12                          Homemade Cheese Pizza

Around town

Welcome back Thoreau’s 3rd Grade Girl Scouts!

Warm welcomes to returning, new and may-be-interested girls! Troop 75306 meets once per month after school, generally the first Friday of each month in the Thoreau Cafeteria, with additional group activities monthly.  Our first meeting is set for Friday, September 5th from end of school until 5:30 pm. Please remember to bring a note for your girl’s teacher if she will be joining us in lieu of other after-school arrangements. If your daughter wants to see what Girl Scouts is all about, contact Thea Hahn ( or Hannah Fingerle ( for more details about the first meeting or general participation.

Parent Toddler Program at Ripley

Looking for something FUN to do with your toddler?Try these programs at the Ripley School in Concord:

Parent Toddler Program (ages 12-24 months as of Sept. 2014)

A fun-filled playgroup for toddlers! While the children play in the same room, parents participate in a discussion about parenting one year olds. The class includes a snack time, outdoor or gym play, and a fun interactive singing time. Classes meet Fridays from 9:30-11:00 September 19th to December 12th, 2014. 12 classes – $150. Course #2572

Parent Preschool Program (ages 24-36 months as of Sept. 2014)

This program is really two programs in one facilitated by two devoted early childhood specialists. Children play together in a nursery school classroom one morning a week. They learn what it’s like to be part of a group and what “school” is like. Parents take turns parent helping in the classroom assisting their child’s teacher. When not parent helping, moms (dads are welcome too) meet separately with their own facilitator for a parenting group and refreshments. Non-mobile siblings welcome. Classes meet Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 September 18th to December 18th, 2014. 12 classes $335. Course #2571

For more information go to or call Ingrid Wheeler 978-369-7597. To register please see the website or call 978-318-1432

Concord Family Network Fire Truck Wash

Calling all junior firefighters for the Concord Family Network annual Fire Truck Wash! Get out your buckets and sponges and come down to the Thoreau Club to help wash a fire truck, meet a firefighter, and learn about fire safety. Tasty snacks will be provided, thanks to our friends at Happy Family Brands. Invite your friends and neighbors. Event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to BigTent or

Date: Saturday, September 13th (Rain date Saturday, October 4th)

Time: 10-11:30 am

Location: Thoreau Club (275 Forest Ridge Road, Concord, MA)

In the event of rain, please check the CFN website at for cancellation information.

Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball – Travel Tryouts

Tryouts for Concord-Carlisle Boys (grades 5-8) and Girls (grades 4-8) 2014-15 Travel Basketball will be held in late September.  The travel basketball season runs from November to mid-March.  On-line registration for tryouts is required.  To register for tryouts, view the tryout schedule and obtain information on the travel program, please visit

Concord Flag Football Is A Proud Member Of NFL Flag

Fall 2014 is 3rd season for an NFL FLAG League in Concord. The main site of the games was the Fenn School in Concord.  This is a non-contact version of football where young players can develop their passing, catching and defending skills. The games will be played using the Official NFL FLAG Football rules. Each player who is placed a team will receive a reversible jersey with NFL team colors and logos and a flag belt.

The CFFL is for BOTH Boys & Girls. The age of groups are from kindergarten through 8th grade. There will be separate divisions for the different age groups as stated below:

Division 1: 6th –  8th grades

Division 2; 3rd – 5th Grades

Division 3: Kindergarden – 2nd grades

The divisions may be adjusted depending on number of players in each division and competitiveness. Registration for Concord Flag Football League is open and we are currently accepting applications for its 2014 Fall NFL Flag league for children who are currently school age from age 5 through 14.

Games will be played on Sundays. The majority of the game times will be between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. There will be 8 regular season games plus play-off games. The preliminary first date is Sunday September 7, 2014. On 9/7, the players will meet with their coaches and receive their reversible NFL jerseys and flags. Also, on 9/7 the league will run a free youth football clinic for all players.  Right now the first game is scheduled for Sunday 9/14.

To register for the program, please go to If you have any further questions or concerns,  please email ( call us at 857-998-1526.

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