Thoreau Announcements- 2/13/20

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

First off, we would like to thank our amazing Staff Appreciation Committee and our Kindergarten and First Grade parents who volunteered and donated to today’s Winter Warmer Breakfast. We are lucky to have so many generous members in our Thoreau Community!

Secondly, we need board members to run next year’s PTG!!! If you are interested in being Co-President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary please reach out! If you are unsure of what the job entails please don’t hesitate to ask. Our children benefit from your involvement and we cannot continue to provide them with such wonderful programs if we do not have a board to keep things running!

Lastly, you will not want to miss our PTG meeting tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria with guests Superintendent, Dr. Laurie Hunter, Bryce MacKnight, Director of Food and Nutrition Services and Adrienne Principe, Co- Founder of Concord Promise and Founder of Turning Life On. See the agenda here. We hope to see you all there!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

The Thoreau Gift Book Program would like to thank the Overall family for their recent donation!

-Maurya Overall Donated “Drama” honoring May S Overall

Please remember that the Gift Book Program is a special way to honor a teacher, staff member, student, or family special occasion. The gifted book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the honoree/donor will be the first to check out the book.

If you would like to donate a book, please visit the Gift Book Cart in the Library near the Circulation Desk, and follow the directions listed there. (Don’t forget your checkbook.) If you are not able to make it to the library, please follow this link to the Gift Book Program. Katherine Hollywood, Library Gift Book Program Coordinator, is happy to assist you in making a gift.

What’s the Buzz? Calling all spellers for the annual Bee, Saturday March 14th.

This year’s Thoreau School Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, March 14th. Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade!): 3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30. We will send registration forms with all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders the week after February vacation. If you have any questions please contact Robert Lemaire at Thoreau or Evy Alloway at See you at the Bee!

Box Tops Classroom Contest: Game On!

It’s time to kick off our annual Box Tops classroom contest! The Box Tops for Education program is an easy way for families to help raise funds for the school and the PTG – and the best part is, it doesn’t cost you a penny. By clipping and sending in box tops found on many popular products, we earn money that helps to pay for the cool programs, services, classroom supplies and events that the PTG provides. This year, families have two ways to participate: with traditional clips and/or with electronic ones. The classroom from each grade with the most clips wins a prize! Click here for details on how to find and submit both traditional and electronic box tops and how to make sure they get credited to your child’s classroom. Good luck everyone!

Art Room Reusable Bags

Thanks to a generous grant from the Concord Education Fund, we now have, reusable, environmentally-friendly Art Bags! We will use these bags to take home art portfolios and sculptures throughout the year. The first bag was a gift to kick off the program, but as your child comes home with more of these bags, please make sure to send it right back to school, so that we can reuse the bags all year long. Kids can drop them off in the box outside the Art Room any time.

Thanks for your support
Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

Town Meeting 101- March 3

Please 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!

“Mindful March”

The Thoreau PTG Health and Wellness Committee is pleased to announce a mindfulness program coming to the 4th and 5th grade classrooms in the month of March. An instructor from Ivy Child International ( will be offering mindfulness based learning curriculum in the classroom for 4th grade on Mondays in March and 5th grade on Thursdays in March.

The students will learn tools to help them increase awareness and focus, improve self regulation, manage and reduce stress and develop healthy habits for life.

We know that stress is common amongst teens, but according to a 2018 National Survey of Mental Health, stress and anxiety is on the rise in kids as young as 6. A common source of stress is school related (interactions with peers, teachers or worries about tests/grades). In addition to prioritizing sleep, getting enough exercise, talking about worries, and having good old plain fun, learning mindfulness strategies can help to manage and reduce stress. To learn more

Stay tuned for a mindfulness calendar with tips/suggestion/resources you can use with your family at home!

Thank you, Loren Winters and Julie Asen Dumont

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

Northeast Indoor Classic – March 1 – Get Registrations In by February 23

The Northeast Indoor Classic is just three weeks away. Keep in mind the meet is now open to high school students (age 15-18) as well as age 4-14. Get ready for great competition!!

You can register your athletes in three ways:

– Go online to

– Print out registration forms at and send them to us with a check (forms signed by parents)

– Send us a spreadsheet with`(first names, last names, gender, birthdate, club name, # of extra events per child, relays). Print out registration forms and get them signed by parents. Send us a check to cover the fees.

IMPORTANT – Get registrations in by February 23 to avoid bump in registration fee.

Our address — Needham Youth Track Club, 53 Coulton Park, Needham MA 02492

More info at our website –

Hope to see you at the meet!

— John Hrones, Meet Director

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

CMS Building Project Public Forum — February 27, 7:00

Share your voice in the design process of Concord’s future middle school building!

The CMS Building Committee will host its next Public Forum on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00pm in the Peabody Forum. Representatives from the Building Committee and design team SMMA|EwingCole will share highlights of recent site visits, present an overview of the educational visioning and programming work completed to-date, describe next steps, collect further feedback on vision and direction, and answer questions.

The middle school building project is currently in the Feasibility Study phase, which will last through the end of February and lead into the Schematic Design phase as of March. The Building Committee plans to narrow down design concepts by spring and bring the project to a Special Town Meeting for funding approval this fall. This Public Forum is the best opportunity for residents to share thoughts on elements and attributes of the building design early in the process.

For questions, or to share input if you are unable to attend the Forum, please email the Middle School Building Committee at
The forum will also be recorded by Minuteman Media Network and posted on the Building Committee web page:

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

What: A Chance to Share your Input in the Design of Concord’s New Middle School Building
When: Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm
Where: Concord Middle School Peabody Building, in “The Forum”

Emerson Hospital sponsors GirlPower! Empowerment Mini-Workshop for 11 to 14 year old girls at Steinberg Wellness Center on Friday, February 28

In its 12th year, GirlPower! Be Who You Are™ empowerment workshops provide a way for girls to unplug from social media as well as to discover their unique voices through experiential learning. February’s theme is “Be Mindful” and activities are designed to discover creative ways to relax, move and express feelings, make connections with other girls and explore ways to add zest and vitality in life. Spend a winter evening exploring yoga, dance, guided imagery, journaling and circle discussion. Be who you are while building new friendships. Empower yourself with self -confidence and choices. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $49 includes program, supplies and snack
Register: or call 978-287-3777

Emerson Hospital sponsors An Empowerment Workshop for Mothers and Daughters, Ages 8 to 12 at Steinberg Wellness Center on Saturday, February 29

In its 12th year, GirlPower! Has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through creative movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. This year, mothers and daughters are invited to learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls and moms will find new ways to connect to each other and find community with other mothers and daughters. The GirlPower! experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew. This workshop was sold out last spring. Instructor: Susanne Liebich, founder and experienced facilitator with certified therapeutic movement background.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body at Emerson Hospital, 310 Baker Ave., West Concord
Cost: $120 for mother-daughter pair, includes program, supplies and snacks Register: or call 978-287-3777

Olaf on Ice Family Ice Skating Party: March 1

The whole family is invited to have fun on the ice with Olaf at this year’s Concord Children’s Center “Olaf on Ice” family ice skating party (open to the public)! The party will take place on Sunday, March 1, from 3-5 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough. Meet your favorite snowman and enjoy a bake sale and fun on the ice for all. While skate rentals are available, children are strongly encouraged to bring their own skates, as there is a limited number of child-sized skates. If you plan to rent your child’s skates, we recommend arriving early in the party. Helmets also strongly recommended, especially for inexperienced skaters (bike helmets work if you don’t have a skating helmet). Helmets are not available for rental. Event is open to the public — tickets are $10/person, $35/family and can be purchased at or at the door.

CPT Needs Your Input

The Center for Parents and Teachers provides:
• Unique parent education programs
• Teacher training opportunities
• Support for community wide information events

We want to hear from you as we work on parent education events for 2020-2021!
Please take a moment to offer input about programs for next year.
Simply click on this link to provide input.

For examples of possible topics, here is a link to the CPT website.
Some possible topics, but not limited to, are the following:

School Stress and Anxiety
Youth Mental Health Issues
Teen Risk-Taking with Drugs and other Substances
Do Climate Change Concerns Impact Children’s Mental Health — and Ways to Respond
Talking with Adolescents About Difficult Topics
Social Media and Cyber Safety

Thank you – we look forward to hearing from you.
Center for Parents and Teachers

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)