Thoreau Announcements 10/31/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We would like to start out by thanking the Book Fair Committee and all the volunteers for all their hard work this year!  Whether you helped with set up or donations or worked as a cashier we couldn’t do it without all of you!

This Saturday is Thoreau’s Adult Social and Auction!  Take a look at this year’s auction items and get your tickets today!  We hope to see you all there!

As a reminder the lost and found bins are overflowing so please take a moment while you are at the school for teacher conferences and see if anything looks familiar.  These items will eventually be donated so now is your chance!

And last but not least if your children are trick-or-treating this evening be safe, have fun and try to stay dry!  Happy Halloween!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Adult Social and Auction – November 2nd

The Thoreau Adult Social and Auction is this Saturday @ Concord Market! Get ready for an amazing evening with great company and auction items to make everyone in your family happy!

Hate cooking? We’ve got you covered! Love to ski? We’ve got that too! Want to send your kids to summer camp? We have four!

Check out our auction items.

Already know you want to join the fun? Get your tickets now and we will see you on Saturday!

A Big Book Fair Thank You

Thank you all for your help in making the book fair a huge success! Whether you donated time or food, sent in coins for the Coin Challenge, or bought books, we’re so grateful for your support. In fact, donations to the coin challenge and $2 envelope drive enabled us to buy an additional 81 books for our teachers and staff and have money left over that will be used for other PTG events and resources! Congratulations to the fourth graders, who just squeaked past the Kindergartners, whose classrooms were each awarded a new book for winning the coin challenge, too. We would like to send out additional thank yous to the Used Book chairs, Julie Bailey and Courtney Tucker for all their hard work successfully organizing all the used book donations and a great thank you to Julia Samnotra for all the years of service she has put in managing the Family Night Crafts. Your creativity and craft ideas has helped enhance the Family night experience. Thank you Thoreau community!!

Deb & Evy, Book Fair Co-Chairs

Service Learning Update – The Hunger Challenge

This year Thoreau students will have the opportunity to once again participate in the Students Rebuild Challenge Topic. Over the last 4 years, our Concord Cares Team has earned $20,746 to support children and families.

Part art project, part philanthropy, part immersion in global learning, Students Rebuild Challenges connect K-12 students worldwide in a common effort to make a difference, while giving you the tools and flexibility to teach your way.

This year’s Students Rebuild challenge topic is global hunger. Tens of millions of children around the world go to bed hungry or malnourished each night—but our Thoreau students can help change that!! For every illustrated recipe we make, the Bezos Foundation will donate $3.00 to organizations in the USA and around the world that help to provide food for hungry families.

Karen Pettyjohn, former Thoreau School librarian, will lead the project again this year. Her time in your child’s classroom might include reading a book, showing the video, having a short, age-appropriate discussion about hunger issues, and creating illustrated recipes for submission.

To understand more about Students Rebuild and the Hunger Challenge you can view this video:

If you have any questions about the Hunger Challenge please reach out to Julie Lynch at

Kindergarten Girls: Daisy Girl Scout Troop #70537 wants you!

“A Taste of Girl Scouts”
Thoreau Kindergarten girls and their families are invited to experience a Girl Scout Meeting
Who is coming: Kindergarten girls and their parents (siblings welcome)
When: Nov 13th at 3:30 pm (right after school)
Where: Thoreau Cafeteria
Hosted by: Thoreau troop #62362 3rd grade Brownies
Please join us to see how you can get your family involved in Girl Scouts. We are hoping to get a Daisy Kindergarten troop started at Thoreau.

You can go to and click “Join Now’ for troop #70537 or you can come to the meeting and meet other prospective families and learn more about Girl Scouts. We need both girls and parents to make this happen. I hope to see you there. If you can’t make the meeting, but still want to be involved please contact Marina Fleites at

Community News

Book Sale at West Concord Union Church – November 2nd

The West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street will hold a community book sale on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, from 9am-4pm. Proceeds will benefit Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc., which has provided medical, educational and financial assistance in Honduras since 2001. For more information, please email Joyce DeGreeff.

The Fenn Sports Sale: All are welcome! – November 2nd

The Fenn Sports Sale will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 9am-12pm at The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord. Great equipment at great prices, new and used. Come check out the extensive array of gently used sporting equipment for sale including skis, skates, bicycles, pads, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball gear and more! Visit for details.

Special Education: Evaluations and Eligibility – Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Hosted by the Acton-Boxborough, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Maynard and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from our school districts

  • Would you like to understand how to navigate the complexities of special education?
  • Do you need help to understand your child’s rights?
  • Have specific questions for an expert?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us at this free workshop. The event will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to special education laws and procedures.

When: Wednesday, 6th November, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Learning Commons, Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street

Presented by: Clare Vann, Federation for Children with Special Needs

For planning purposes, please RSVP to

Usborn Book Sale to Benefit Milldam Nursery School- November 14th

Get your holiday shopping started early and support a good cause. Join Milldam Nursery School for an Usborne Book Sale taking place on Thursday, November 14th from 9:15-11:00AM upstairs at the Concord Market. Wendy from Usborne will help you find the age appropriate book for your child. Can’t make it in? ORDER ONLINE through our website ( 15% of proceeds will benefit Milldam Nursery School.

IMSCC Faculty Concert – November 15th

Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of music performed by the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord’s talented faculty! The concert takes place on Friday, November 15 at 6:30pm at Carlisle School auditorium, 83 School Street in Carlisle. Get more concert details here. Music lesson enrollment is ongoing – students can join any time! Learn more about music lessons.

Concord Education Fund 25th Sliver Anniversary Masquerade – November 16th

Join us for a memorable night of fun and friends in celebration of 25 years of supporting teachers and innovative learning in our Concord Public Schools on Saturday, November 16th at 300 Baker Ave in Concord. You can get your tickets and party details here, and learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s support of CPS/CCHS teachers and students. Be aware that Early Bird pricing will end on November first, so don’t wait! This is a big one – don’t miss it!

Bluegrass Concert for the Entire Family- November 22nd

The Concord Conservatory of Music presents the Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 22nd—an exciting collaborative bluegrass performance in Concord. Banjo legend Danny Barnes, winner of the 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, has been a creative force in modern bluegrass and related genres since his days as a founding member and frontman of the Bad Livers in the 1990s. Here he teams up with guitarist Grant Gordy and mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, acclaimed masters emerging out of the newer blossoming of American roots music. Purchase tickets at ($25 for adults; Free for students under 18 ) Questions? Call 978-369-0010 or email

Come to the Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Free Public Library! December 6th-8th

Dec. 6 & 7: 9 am to 4 pm
Dec. 8: 1 pm to 4 pm
We have a great selection of books for children, teens & adults.

SEPAC October Newsletter

This month’s SEPAC newsletter shares with you the Board’s favorite resources on ADHD, dyslexia, autism, local organizations and more. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please email