Thoreau Announcements – 1/23/20

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

The next couple of weeks are pretty quiet so that we can all continue the winter hibernation, but I want to again invite everyone to our next meeting on Friday, February 14th at 9:00 am in the cafeteria where will be joined by Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter, Bryce MacKnight, Director of Food and Nutrition, and Adrienne Principe, of Concord Promise. We will also be voting on a funding request to dedicate $50,000 towards playground improvements.

4th and 5th Grade parents, please note the the Hobby Fair will not be held when originally planned. The Hobby Fair Committee is aiming to hold this event on March 30th and 31st. Look for more details in March. We have also finalized dates for several events coming up in the Spring. Spelling Bee, for 3rd-5th grade will be Saturday, March 14th; Cake Walk will be Saturday, March 21st; Math Night, Friday, April 3rd and the Thoreau Road Race will be Sunday, May 17th.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thoreau Moms’ and Dads’ Nights

Calling all Thoreau Moms and Dads that need a night out (i.e. EVERYONE!)!!

Thoreau Annual Moms’ Night – March 19th
Thoreau Dads’ Night – Take Two!! March 26th

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!

Community News

Concord Middle School Presents “Mary Poppins, Jr.” – January 28 and 31; February 1-2

Join us for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time! Showtimes are Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30 PM; Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 at 7PM; and Sunday, February 2 at 1:30 PM, in Sanborn Auditorium. For tickets, please go to

Little Hands, Big Hearts – Crafts for Emerson Hospital Patients – January 28

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital invites families with young children to “Little Hands, Big Hearts,” a free Valentine crafting party to make handmade cards that will be given to patients at Emerson Hospital on Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, January 28, stop by Emerson’s Cheney Conference room (through the Main Entrance, across from the Gift Shop) anytime between 3:00-5:00PM. Best for children ages 3-10; siblings welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking will be validated. Registration is appreciated, but not required at Join us for this festive, family-friendly community service event! If you would like to help plan this or future events hosted by the Auxiliary’s Young Families Committee, please email

We Need Your Help to Build an Inclusive Middle School- January 30

This Special Board Meeting of the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council has been convened to ensure parents can provide input at this critical stage in the planning process.

Please join us to learn about the new middle school. You will have the opportunity to give input on what special education students need and have your questions answered. SMMA, the architects and project managers, will present an overview of the project and Superintendent Laurie Hunter and Ruth Grube, Director of Student Services, will be present to hear from the SEPAC community.

When: Thursday 30th January from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Where: Conference Room 4, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

If you have any questions or would like to give us your input; please email us at

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

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

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.