Thank You, K&1 Art Volunteers Needed- Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Happy New Year and welcome back to Thoreau!

It’s a short week, so we’ll keep this short as well.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Dr.Hunter’s monthly memo that was published earlier this week.

This Friday, January 4th, 9:15 – 11:00 am at Fowler Library, entitled Educating the Whole Child: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Environment. This great panel will include many Concord educators, including our own, Angel Charles.

Lastly, the next PTG meeting is a week from next Wednesday, on January 16th at 7pm in the school library. We know many of you are unable to make the morning meetings, so we hope you might join us to hear what is up for 2019!

Here’s to a great rest of the year!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thank You . . . Thank You . . . Thank You

Thank you parents for your gifts and good wishes during the Holidays. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated. We wish you and your families a Happy and Health New Year.

Angel, Donna and Maria

K and 1st Art Room Volunteers Needed in 2019!

Please sign up to help during your child’s Art class in 2019 – signups are now live through the end of the school year!

Kindergartners attend Art once a week as part of a “block” Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10. Volunteers stay until 10:15 to help with clean-up. A volunteer is needed from each of the kindergarten , classes, plus one extra “floater” is also needed, and Kindergarten Art meets in the cafeteria.

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. Fall: Thursday 1:15-2:15
Ms. Walsh: Friday: 1:15-2:15

Volunteers must have a CORI on file with the office. For more information about volunteering, and to sign up, please click here:

If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa Martin at


Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

A very special THANK YOU for their generous donations to the Thoreau Library Gift Book program:

-Gigi Mylar gifted “Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring” in honor of Ms. Henry

-Cass Mylar gifted “Rebound” in honor of Ms. Paliotti

-Meredith Hobson & Charlie Faradjian gifted Sparks! in honor of Ms. Keefe’s Class

The gifted books will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the donors will the first to check out the books.

If you would like to donate a book, please visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library near the Circulation Desk, and follow the directions listed there. (Don’t forget your checkbook.) If you are not able to make it to the library, please follow this link to the Gift Book Program. Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, can assist you in making a gift.

Community News

26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration- Jan. 16

The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council would like to invite the community to the 26 th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, an important event to celebrate the life and legacy of this great leader. On Wednesday, January 16 th , the community is invited to attend an evening of music and inspiration that honors the life of this extraordinary man, with performances from the Willard School Chorus, the Fenn Treble Chorus and the Boston gospel choir: Joyful Voices of Inspiration.

This annual event, sponsored by the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, is always a special evening and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of freedom and justice for all. The celebration begins at 7PM, at the Fenn School Auditorium, 516 Monument St. in Concord. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information about the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council, go to

Parent Education program on “Talking with Your Children About Diversity: Building Bridges of Understanding, Appreciation and Respect”- Jan. 14

The Center for Parents and Teachers invites all parents/caregivers (adults only, please) to come listen to the nationally-renowned educator Principal Kafele address this sensitive and important issue on Monday, January 14, 2019, from 7:30 – 9 PM at Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium.

Free and open to parents and all interested adults (adults only, please). TO HELP WITH OUR PLANNING (and to read the description), PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE EVENT HERE:

Music Lessons with IMSCC – Winter/Spring session begins during the month of January, please join us!

IMSCC offers music lessons with professional musicians and educators. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele and voice. Lessons take place after school and evenings and are conveniently located at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus. More information about IMSCC, including faculty bios, tuition rates and more, can be found at

Most lessons are one-on-one, but this semester we are also offering semi-private lessons (two students sharing a lesson) for new students in their first or second year of playing their instrument. More information at

Please visit to fill out a lesson inquiry form, or download a printable form at We will follow up within a day or two and put you in touch with a teacher to set up a lesson schedule.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Concord Conservatory presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert- Feb. 8

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band whose music appeals to all ages. Strong instrumentals and harmonies shine through whether performing original tunes or clever renditions of pop tunes. Generous donors and Middlesex Savings Bank have helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. For tickets visit ($20/adults; free for students 18 & under) or available at the door. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM, located at 1317 Main St., also offers private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. 978-369-0010/

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

Winter Futsal – The futsal program is coed and is open for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Sessions will be held on Friday nights at Sanborn, and late Sunday afternoons at the Carlisle gym. The Futsal Season runs from Friday, January 4 to Sunday, March 31. We will have sessions either side of February vacation. The program costs $125. Players can come on Fridays, Sundays, or both. Fridays: Grades 1- 4 from 5 – 6pm. Grades 5 – 8 from 6 – 7pm. Sundays: Grades 1 – 2 from 4 – 5pm. Grades 3 – 4 from 5 – 6pm. Grades 5-8 from 6 – 7pm.

Winter Skills Clinics – We will offer two consecutive six-week sessions that begin in January (Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7; Session 2: February 14, 28 and March 7,14, 21 & 28). Cost is $150 per six-week session. Space is limited to 12 players per clinic. 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys’ & Girls Skills Clinics – Thursdays 6 – 7pm at Teamworks Acton. 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls’ Skills Clinics – Thursdays 7 – 8pm at Teamworks Acton.

CCYS Travel Soccer – Registration: open through January 4, 2019. Season runs from April 6 – June 15, 2019. For players in grades 3rd – 8th grade. Teams practice twice a week and play games on Saturdays. Games will NOT be held over the Memorial Day holiday.

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


Registration opened November 15th! Late registration starts after December 31st and will close January 15th. Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who are beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy to play lacrosse! Come join the fastest growing sport in America!

Sign up now before it closes or fills to capacity!!!

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Concord Promise

Concord Promise unites parents with a promise to delay giving their child a smartphone until at least 8th grade and is committed to education opportunities for all parents. Supported by recent research regarding the impact of smartphones on developing brains, our hope is that, together, we can make a change and give our kids the gift of a hands-free, heads-up childhood. Even if you have checked out our site previously, please visit again as we have added many new resources to educate all parents (even if your child already has a smartphone) and kids on the risks and responsibilities of smartphone use. We will also add more events this fall, including community conversations and forums to discuss the challenges of raising kids during the digital age.

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9 (tickets on sale now)

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: