Thoreau Announcements 11/7/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Happy November everyone. A huge thank you to Julia Elliot, Abby Jenney, Keri Nash, Sandeep Pishorody and both the Social and Fundraising Committees for an incredible Social last Saturday at the Concord Market. Stay tuned for final details, but the auction was incredibly successful!

Upcoming events in November include, the PTG Meeting, Friday November 22nd in the Cafeteria, School Picture Retakes on Tuesday, November 26th and last but not least the Turkey Trot on Wednesday, November 27th.

Hope everyone enjoys that long weekend, and Happy Veterans Day to all who served.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Get Ready for the Turkey Trot

Save the date! On Wednesday November 27th, Thoreau School will host the 30th Annual Turkey Trot. This event is a beloved, non-competitive 1 mile fun run, which begins in the gym and ends with the students chasing “Tom the Turkey” through the Thoreau neighborhood. All parents, family, friends, and neighbors are encouraged to line the course and cheer on our students. Bring your cow bells and noise makers!

Earring Found at Monster Madness

Did you lose an earring at the play on Wednesday? Pick it up at Maria Schofield’s desk.

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

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.

CYT Presents Anne of Green Gables- November 15-17 and 22-24

Come see Concord Youth Theatre’s upcoming musical, Anne Of Green Gables.

Don’t miss the heartwarming musical based on Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved classic of a spunky, red haired orphan girl, Anne Shirley, whom Mark Twain called “the most delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice.”

Concord Youth Theatre will present Anne of Green Gables on November 15 & 22 at 7:30pm; November 16 & 23 at 4:00 pm; November 17 & 24 at 2:30 at Concord Youth Theatre’s new home at 53 Church Street, West Concord.

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at or by calling the CYT box office at 978-371-1482. Tickets will also be available at the door. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.

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.

Cross Country Ski Program

Discover the fun of cross country skiing this winter! The Great Brook Bill Koch Ski League invites kids K-8 to join its cross country ski program of lessons, physical exercises, games, and outdoor activities. This parent-run club meets regardless of snow cover on Saturdays 8:45-10:30 from mid-December to mid-March at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle. No skiing experience is required, but ski equipment is! Find more information and register at