Thoreau Announcements 12/20/2018

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

Hope everyone has had time to relax during this crazed season! Thanks to all who helped with the Staff Appreciation Event hosted by the 2nd and 3rd Grade. I hear the barista and cookies was a huge success. Enjoy the well-needed winter break and keep an eye out for events in 2019. To kick off the year, the League of Women Voters is hosting a panel on 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.

Again, have a great break and see you all in the New Year.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thank You from the Staff Appreciation Committee

Thank you to the 2nd and 3rd grade families who donated delicious baked goods to the recent staff appreciation event. The teachers swooned over the desserts as well as the traveling barista. If you need to pick up your dish or tray, it’s waiting in the staff lounge for you! We look forward to planning February’s event with the help of K and 1st grade families soon!

Thank you from Boston Children’s Hospital

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our Thoreau community, we were able to collect 175 toys for the Holiday Store at Boston Children’s Hospital!! There will be 175 kids that will have a very special Holiday this year. Special thanks to Thoreau parent, Valeria Petracchi, for coordinating this effort and delivering all the toys!

Community News

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.

Christmas Tree Pickup: Saturday, January 5 (reserve by January 2)

Holy Family Youth Ministry along with the Concord Boy Scouts 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 5th.
Pickup Time: Starts at 8:00am.
Cost: Donation of $20-25 per tree (Paypal, check or cash)
Deadline for reservation Wednesday, Jan 2nd by 5pm.
Please register here: Reservation Form
*Apartment/Townhouse/Condo Residents – Specify pickup location & leave your name and address on the tree
Questions please contact us at or phone 978-600-8705

Concord Conservatory presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert

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

Noon Year’s Eve Disco, December 30, 10am – 12:30pm, Hunt Recreation Center, Concord

Get your tickets to the hottest New Year’s family party in town! DJ Mike Pride will have your kids engaged and entertained from start to finish with music, games, a contest, prizes and line dances! And when your kids need to catch their breath, they can get groovy hairdos, rad tattoos, a funky family photo for their memory box, pizza and snacks, and more! Families will ring in the New Year together at noon complete with Noon Year’s Eve favors and a super fun countdown! Great for kids ages 1-9. Event sold out last year! Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Don’t delay. Go to to get your tickets today!


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: