Thoreau Announcements 1/16/20

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

A Big Thank You to everyone who offered to help with all our upcoming events, from Hobby Fair, to Spelling Bee and Math Night. Plans for these fun student-centered Thoreau favorites are coming together nicely. Please join us at our next PTG Meeting this Friday, January 17th at 9:00 am in the Cafeteria where we will we discuss planning for these, and our other upcoming 2020 events (see agenda). We will also be discussing potential plans for significant playground improvements at Thoreau and the use of PTG Capital Funds towards this end. Please also mark your calendars for our next PTG meeting on Friday, February 14th at 9:00 am in the Cafeteria where we will be joined my Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter, Bryce MacKnight, the Director of Food and Nutrition and Adrienne Principe, Co-Founder of the Concord Promise.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Poetry Club with Brad Bennett

Mr. Bennett returns to Thoreau with this before-school poetry club! Designed for grades 3-5, it meets for 8 weeks from 8-9 am. Students will read poems aloud, learn about different poetry forms, and try their hand at writing their own poems. Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed, it runs Jan 22-March 18; fee is $95. Register online at or by calling 978-318-1432.

Thoreau Elementary School Red Sox Game Opportunity

Red Sox v. Texas Rangers
Friday, May 1, 2020
Section L37U Rows 27-33

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Tickets will cost $25 each and we are limited to 200 tickets. Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below:

  • Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
    • Your name
    • Student’s name
    • Number of tickets requested
  • Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 5 or Friday, March 6, between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/6 at 7:30PM will be given to remaining families on the waitlist. Please note these pick-up times on your calendar. Thanks! We’re thinking about sunshine and looking forward to another great game!

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

Thank you, parents, for your gifts and good wishes during the holidays. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. We wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy New Year.

– Donna and Maria

Community News

National Leader of the Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash – January 21

January 21, 2020, 7:30-9 PM
Willard School Auditorium
185 Powder Mill RD., Concord, MA

On January 21, 2020, the Climate Solution Speaker Series is thrilled to present Varshini Prakash, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement. The Sunrise Movement is a youth-led grassroots organization mobilizing millions to stop climate change and transform the economy. Last September, the Sunrise Movement was a key organizer in the Global Climate Strike which attracted millions of protesters in 163 countries.

Varshini was raised in Acton, MA and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she led a successful campaign to force trustees to divest holdings in fossil-fuel companies. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, WBUR and more.

Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead, and start spreading the word to your contacts and friends. You will receive fliers for posting shortly. We want you there, and we want your help making this a smashing big event where we can demonstrate our enthusiastic support for youth activists.

SEPAC January Board Meeting – January 23

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council would like to invite you to join us at our next Board Meeting.

When: Thursday, 23rd January from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Members of the Board will be available starting at 12:00 pm if anyone has any questions or anything they would like to discuss outside the public meeting.
Where: Conference Room, Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street. Please enter through the glass doors by the basketball courts which are on the left-hand side of the building.

At 2:00 pm we will be joined by Jean Goldsberry, Chair of the Concord Commission on Disability. Jean will speak about the work of the Commission which was formed to promote the inclusion of persons with all types of disabilities in the community.

If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about SEPAC, visit our website at

Do You Know How to Talk About Friendships with Your Child? February 3rd

The Center for Parents and Teachers in collaboration with the Concord SEPAC invite all parents and grandparents on Monday Feb 3rd at 7 PM, to a free presentation by author Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. on talking about friendship. Program held at the Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road. All of us parents at some point face dealing with our child’s social skills. The good news is that positive social skills can be learned at any age! This program is not just for younger parents but can help parents of very young children up to those in their twenties! To read a full description of the program, and to help our planning, please pre-register for this free program at the following eventbrite site: or go to

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve – February 7th

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, a fresh, hard-driving, and spirited bluegrass band on Friday, February 7th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve combines traditional bluegrass with a contemporary and relevant vibe. Recognized for their originality and talent, the group has already won three IBMA Momentum Awards. Generous donors and supporting sponsors, Middlesex Savings Bank and Cambridge Savings Bank, helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. Purchase tickets in advance online at $25 for adults; Free for students under 18 or at the door. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email

CCM Presents Brady Rymer – February 29

The Concord Conservatory of Music presents former rocker Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could on Saturday, February 29, 2020 for two shows at 11 AM and at 2 PM. The concerts are not just for children but designed as part of the sensory friendly musical movement. Lights will be kept soft and consistent. There will be no strobes. The music isn’t as loud. And there’s room for children to roam instead of being stuck in their seats. It’s pure fun and a great family musical experience. Purchase tickets in advance at $20 for all tickets or at the door at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email

CCYB/S: Register Now for Girls’ Spring Softball (For K thru 8th Graders):

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is NOW OPEN. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.

CCYB/S Softball will have five divisions. The season will kick off at the end of April. For more information or to register go to

Divisions Offered:

T-Ball Grades K-1
Rookie Grades 2-3
Minors Grades 4 (Travel)
Majors Grades 5-6 (Travel)
Seniors Grades 7-8 (Travel)

Music lessons with IMSCC

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord’s (IMSCC) Winter/Spring session starts in January and enrollment continues through February. New students of all ages and levels are welcome. We have lessons for a wide variety of band and orchestra instruments as well as piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice.

Lessons are given in the Concord and Carlisle schools, after school, and evenings. New students can begin the registration process at

Please visit for information about IMSCC, including tuition rates, instructor bios and more. For information about our semi-private lesson option and more about how to register, please visit

Spring Group Class Registration open at Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM)

CCM is offering group classes for every interest and skill level for all ages. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, learning music in a group is fun and motivating. CCM offers a range of classes to captivate your child. The perfect starting point might be Beginner Vocals or the Concord Conservatory Girls Chorus (for ages 9 – 14); they’ll thank you later for starting their musical journey.

For more advanced and inspired musicians, we’ll help them join an ensemble or rock group. For adults, there’s the ever-popular Ukulele Club and Crash Course, Banjo Level 2, Blues Guitar, and Adventures in Group Guitar as well as Choral Skills for Adults. Private lessons are offered for many instruments as well. Browse CCM offerings at, email, or call 978-369-0010. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord.