Thoreau Announcements 12/12/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

As we gear up for our last week of school before the holiday break we would like to remind you of our PTG meeting tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Staff Appreciation Cookie Table and Barista

The Staff Appreciation Committee is organizing a Cookie Table and Barista on Tuesday 12/17. This event will be provided by the 2nd and 3rd grade families. The staff will be given small bags to fill with a variety of tasty treats and a traveling barista will be present to whip up their favorite coffee concoction. Please visit the signup to donate items. Please note there are two different drop-off dates.

Thanks for your help, and please reach out with or

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.

Please Send Pants

The Thoreau School nurse, Michelle Mosher, is in need of elastic-waist pants of all sizes to keep in her office. If you have any to contribute, please send them in.

Community News

Little Women Tea – December 15

Come join the Concord Recreation Department on Sunday December 15th for a Little Women Tea. Crafts, storytelling and more, along with tea, cookies and fun! The tea is from 3:30pm to 5pm at the Scout House. Advanced Reservations only: call 978-287-1064. The price is $15 for 10 years & under and $20 for 10+ years. For any further information or questions, please feel free to email Beth Williams at or

Christmas Tree Pickup – Saturday, January 4 (reserve by January 1)

Holy Family Youth Ministry, along with the Concord Boy Scouts, will collect trees after the holiday for disposal at the town composting site. The trees can only be picked up from Concord locations.
Pickup Date: Saturday, Jan 4th.
Pickup Time: Starts at 8:00am.
Cost: Donation of $20-25 per tree (Paypal, check)
Deadline for reservation Wednesday, Jan 1st by 5pm.

Please register here: Reservation Form or

Note for Apartment/Townhouse/Condo Residents: Specify the pickup location & leave your name and address on the tree. Questions? Please contact us at or call 978-254-0978.

Open Circle Parent Workshop- January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6

Open Circle is a highly acclaimed and research-based social skills program developed at Wellesley College, currently being taught to elementary students throughout the Concord schools. Come to this 5-session (attendance at all sessions is required!) workshop series to learn what your child is being taught about:

  • Being part of a cooperative and caring community
  • Solving interpersonal problems
  • Taking responsibility
  • Bullying prevention

This workshop series will both familiarize you with the skills and concepts being presented in your child’s class, and will help you reinforce and use these skills at home. The workshop is open to caregivers of students at Alcott, Thoreau, and Willard.

Please note that you MUST pre-register.

Program dates/times:

  • In the Alcott Library
  • 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Thursdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6
  • Program Facilitator: Sherree Foye, PsyD, Alcott School Counselor, (978) 318-9544 x. 2308

To pre-register, please email the following information to

  • Your name
  • Child(ren)’s name/grade/school
  • Your phone and email

Space is limited to 15 participants per session. No fee required. Participants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

From Conflict to Collaboration: A Parent Framework That Brings Out the Best in You and Your Child- January 15

A Presentation by Ben Stich from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:30 – 8:00p.m. Nashoba Brooks School 200 Strawberry Hill Road Concord, MA

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teen? Do you find yourself conflicted in reaction to challenging behavior and responding in ineffective ways? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in you and your child. Come hear an overview of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, which gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce their challenging behavior and build their skills in self regulation, communication and problem-solving. Think:Kids is a program in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Event is free and open to the public. Questions? Please contact Betty Ann Killian

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, 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.