Thoreau Announcements- 1/30/20

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Hope you are all surviving the rampant germs that are blazing their way through the Thoreau School. I know Nurse Mosher and the teachers are doing what they can to keep everyone healthy, but is seems as if nobody is being spared. Here’s looking forward to a healthier stretch!!

We remain in a pretty quiet period, our next event is the PTG Meeting on Friday, February 14th at 9:00 am in the Cafeteria. We really hope you can all join us. We will be joined by Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter and Bryce MacKnight, Directer of Food and Nutrition. They will provide us updates on key District matters and will be available to answer your questions and address any concerns. We will also be joined by Thoreau mom, co-Founder of the Concord Promise, and Founder of Turning Life On Adrienne Principe, to hear the work she has been doing around balancing technology in the lives of our children.

After we all return from February break, we hope you can join us at an event jointly sponsored by the PTGs from Thoreau, Willard, Alcott, CMS and CCHS, “Town Meeting 101.” This will be an important information session at which our Town Moderator Carmin Reiss will walk us through the process of Town Meeting from how Warrant Articles are generated, what Articles will be included at the 2020 Town Meeting and just how important your vote is!

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

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

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

CYT Presents Ice Capella- January 31

If you are a Pitch Perfect fan, you won’t want to miss Concord Youth Theatre’s 10th annual Ice Capella!

CYT brings Ice Capella, featuring local vocal groups, back to Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium, Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Concord Middle School Presents “Mary Poppins, Jr.” – January 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

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

Music Zoo- February 9

A Music Zoo is coming to town!

Lincoln-Sudbury Friends of Music welcomes all children ages 5 – 13 with their parents to visit the Music Zoo on Sunday, February 9th from 1 – 3 pm at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road, Sudbury. Free admission.

Touch, try, hear and learn about a variety of musical instruments with demonstrations from LS student musicians and enjoy student vocal performances. If your child is interested in music, private lessons or joining a school band, orchestra or choral group, this is a wonderful chance for them to explore and experiment with instruments. The Music Zoo is an interactive event where visitors can discover the joy and wonder of music and view the LS music spaces. Come join us for a fun and informative afternoon!

This program will be held in conjunction with the LS Music Department’s annual mattress sale fundraiser in the LS cafeteria.

For more information about both events, visit

Stress and Tech: Finding A Balance between Distraction and Connection- February 10

February 10, 7pm-9pm, Concord Free Public Library

Join us for this community conversation about the powerful pull of digital devices, and discover ways to shift our attention toward a healthy relationship with technology. Adrienne Principe, founder and Executive Director of Turning Life On will illuminate how tech experts harness neurobiology to grab our attention and what we can do about it. Be Well Be Here founder and mindful wellness consultant, Lara Wilson, will share simple mindful practices that help us shift our awareness toward healthy habits of attention. Learn more about persuasive design and digital distraction. And discover how to keep tech in check while still feeling connected to community, encourage children to understand the impact of their digital habits, create mindful wellness practices that regulate well-being and bring us together. Discover a New Kind of Tech Support. To learn more and register for this free event, click here.

Concord Promise Parent Roundtable- February 26

February 26, 7pm-9pm, Be Well Be Here, 91 Main Street

Join Us to “Talk Tech.” No experts, presentations or scary statistics. Just parents coming together to share their struggles and support each other so we can help our kids keep tech in check. We’ll provide refreshments and be on hand to answer questions. Bring a friend, stop by anytime. We promise you’ll walk away feeling supported and empowered with at least one new strategy for helping your kids manage technology. This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to Lara Wilson and Be Well Be Here for generously donating her space for our use. Be Well Be Here is at 91 Main St, Suite 302 next to Fritz and Gigi on the 3rd Floor of the Milldam Building (side entrance under portico – free parking in the back). To learn more about Concord Promise, visit our website at

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)