Spelling Bee, Lost and Found, and More- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Thanks to all the Kindergarten and First Grade parents who helped with the Staff Luncheon on Tuesday. Despite the shifted schedule due to the snow storm, it was a huge success. Thank you also to Dr. Laurie Hunter, who attended our last PTG Meeting and gave a great overview on the proposal for a new Middle School, as will as her initiative to focus on the wellness of the children in Concord Public Schools. It was a great conversation.

I hope you all have a wonderful February Break, and mark your calendars for upcoming events in March, including Mom’s Night Out on March 14th, the Spelling Bee on March 16th and Math Night on March 22nd!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Last Call for the Lost and Found

“Dad, I looked and it’s not there.” How many times have you heard that when asking your child to look for something in the lost and found? Everything will be donated to charity during February vacation, so here’s your last chance to look for yourself: click here to view the Virtual Lost and Found online photo gallery. It has been updated one last time to show items in the collection as of Wednesday afternoon. Many people don’t realize an item is missing until after everything has been donated. Don’t let this happen to you – click now! – Kimber Lynn Drake

What’s the Buzz? Calling All Spellers for the Annual Bee! Saturday, March 16

This year’s Thoreau School Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held ​the afternoon of Saturday, ​March 16. Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no-pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade!): 3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30. We will send registration forms home with all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders the week after February vacation. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Lemaire at Thoreau or Siobhan Mee at siobhan.mee@morganlewis.com. See you at the Bee!

Save The Date: Cloudy With A Chance Of Math on March 22

Join us from 6-8 in the Thoreau cafeteria.

Recyclables for the Oceans Challenge

We can still use:

  • Newspaper bags (very popular for sea jelly tentacles)
  • Toilet paper tubes (for octopi and sharks)

Thanks again for all your help – the Thoreau School community is amazing! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email me at kpettyjohn42@gmail.com.

Community News

Concord Middle School Building Tours — Starting Saturday, February 16   

The Concord School Committee invites you to tour the Sanborn and Peabody buildings of the Concord Middle School.

Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new CMS building is included in the 2019 Town Meeting warrant.  To ensure residents can have a full understanding of the condition of the current buildings, we are offering tours February 16, every Saturday in March, and April 6.  Meet us at Sanborn at 9:30am and/or Peabody at 11:00am to tour either or both buildings.

The first tours will be held this coming Saturday, February 16.

For more information on the proposed Feasibility Study, please also join us at one of our Information Sessions or Public Forums.  Find the full schedule here: http://www.concordps.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-CPS-SC-Master-Schedule-w_o-names_2-8-19_FINAL.pdf.

Questions?  Email the Concord School Committee at concordschoolcommittee@concordps.org.  We hope to see you there!

Community-wide Film Screening of On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins- Feb. 26

February is Black History Month. As we reflect on the impact of prominent African American leaders, and activists, it is important to also highlight the impact of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and vision for racial integration, and a more just society. The Concord and Concord-Carlisle METCO Department cordially invite you to a the film screening of On the line: Where Sacrifice Begins. On The Line is “a fresh examination of the impact of busing for school integration, the historical and social conditions that launched the METCO program, and the participants who continue to assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial, and class lines on their way to school.” The film screening will take place on Tuesday, February 26 in the CCHS auditorium from 6:30pm – 8pm. the following days and timesThe film is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Follow http://evite.me/dgXEjCJQ9H to RSVP. If any questions arise, please contact Andrew K. Nyamekye, Director of METCO at anyamekye@concordps.org.

Join us for an amazing Community Event!

SHOP locally at participating businesses and SUPPORT them while they, in turn, SUPPORT The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle. These businesses will be making a donation to The Scholarship Fund based on their sales during our event. The purpose of The Scholarship Fund is to provide annual scholarships to Concord and Carlisle students with financial need and help them achieve a post secondary school education. Look for our flyer at participating stores and restaurants, mention The Scholarship Fund while shopping and dining, and thank the businesses for their support! For more information on participating businesses, please join our SHOP and SUPPORT Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/799119270452989/

Callen Tennis Middle and High School Summer Camp – Registration is OPEN!

Callen Tennis will be offering a summer camp for Middle and High School students. The camp will focus on the technique and strategy of tennis through drills and point play. There will also be a strength and conditioning component in addition to a unit on sports psychology. Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA touring pro and NCAA DI Women’s Head Coach, and Alex Spence, CCHS Boys’ Varsity Tennis Head Coach, will run the camp with the assistance of other highly qualified tennis instructors and players.

Program Dates: Weeks of June 24th, July 1st (No Camp July 4th) and July 8th
Concord-Carlisle High School Tennis Courts, 500 Walden Street, Concord, MA, 01742
Monday-Friday / 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$570 per week ($456 July 1st week)

As always, registration is on a first come, first served basis so please register early. Only 27 camper spots available each week.

Follow this link to REGISTER NOW!!! Upon receipt of registration you will receive a confirmation email from us including payment options. Payment must be received within 48 hours of confirmation to guarantee your spot. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/callentennis/ or email callentennis@yahoo.com .

Okee Dokee Brothers’ Second Show- You Could Win Tickets!

The GRAMMY Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers, presented by the Concord Conservatory of Music, have added an 11:00 am show on Saturday, March 9th. The band will now give two performances at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Stop by Reasons to be Cheerful in West Concord by February 24th to enter a raffle to win four tickets to a show (one entry/family). Ask for the special Okee Dokee Brothers ice cream flavor! Drawing held on Wednesday, February 27. Purchase tickets at ConcordConservatory.org and CCM will check you in at the venue. $25 Premium seats/$15 standard seats; all seats are general admission.

Etiquette Boot Camp for Children- March 24

Get your child in shape for the next family dinner, social gathering or formal event at Etiquette Boot Camp! The course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt and much more. Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food and use utensils the European and American way. The three-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and will cover the following etiquette topics: basic manners, table manners, and conversation skills. The fee is $155.

Etiquette Boot Camp will take place on Sunday, March 24th from 10am to 1pm at Marriott Residence Inn Boston-Concord. For more information and to enroll visit theetiquetteacademy.org or call 617-608-3920.

Spring 2019 Co-Ed Flag Rugby

Sundays April 29 – June 10. MetroWest Youth Rugby is accepting registrations for our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills. No experience necessary. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th. First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. At Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 AM for grades K-6. To register visit www.metrowestrugby.com.


In its 11th year, GirlPower! has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. Girls learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls find new ways to connect to each other, learn how to navigate friendships and find ways to decompress. The GirlPower! experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew.

Instructor Susanne Liebich is an experienced facilitator and movement instructor who has conducted GirlPower! programs for 11 years. She is a Certified Nia® Black Belt, a Certified Stott Pilates® and Total Barre™ instructor and has worked with girls of all ages and abilities to help them achieve self-confidence, health and wellness.

DATE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019 9:00 AM-NOON (8 TO 10 YRS), 1:00-5:00 PM (11 TO 13 YRS)
REGISTER: www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

CCYS InTown Soccer – Registration: open through March 1, 2019. For players in Pre-K – 6. Season runs from April 27–June 15, 2019. Teams practice once a week and play games in Concord or Carlisle on either Saturday mornings or afternoons. Grades 5-6 divisions play games in Concord and Acton on Saturdays from April 6 – June 15, 2019. Games will be NOT held over the Memorial Day holiday.

For more information go to www.ccysoccer.org

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9

Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord.Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. As childhood friends growing up in Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their down-home and lively Americana Folk music. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $15 for regular admission. Purchase tickets at: https://register.asapconnected.com/eventdetail.aspx?org=4125&pk=1263337