Thoreau Announcements- 5/23/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Only 15 days left of school–yikes!! Lots going on in the school, so please review the TA. Take special note of the new initiative to help with school supplies. This is a district-wide initiative to hopefully make everything streamlined and consistent. The details are outlined below. If you want to take advantage of the PTG distributing the supplies directly to your student’s desk you must order by June 30th. Also please note the change in date for Field Day–it is now May 28th.

Another important date is June 4th. This is the special election concerning the initial funding for a new Concord Middle School. Vote in your regular polling location. Lastly, our final PTG meeting for the 2018-2019 year is Friday, June 7th. At this meeting we will vote in officers for next year, propose the operating budget for next year, and celebrate all the graduating parents who have worked so tirelessly for the PTG during their time at Thoreau. Please join us!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Huge thank you to all the Road Race Committee members for their hard work and dedication preparing and putting on the 13th annual Thoreau Road Race! Sunday was a GREAT day for running, cheering, and showing off our Thoreau School spirit – especially those 1 milers who ran in the downpour with huge smiles on their faces.
Lucky #13 would not have been possible without each member of the rock-star team:
Mari Alexander, Julia Elliott, Jessica Grogins, Allison Harmon, Mitzi Johnson, Erin Lynch, Siobhan Mee, Danielle Wetzel, Jill Yates & Brian McNamara
That’s a wrap!
Therese Hetzel Conti and Caroline Myler, Road Race co-chairs
*Love running? Interested in being a part of this FUN road race team? Email Caroline (

End of Year Staff Celebration

The Staff Appreciation Committee is planning the year’s final event to celebrate the wonderful Thoreau School staff. The Michael Family of 189 Prairie Street has graciously offered its home to host the teachers’ luncheon, and we need your help with some donated goods. Please visit the sign up genius link and sign up for food items or gift cards if you’re able. Goods can be dropped off on Monday, June 10 (day before event) or Tuesday, June 11 (before 11:30 a.m.) at 189 Prairie St or at The Binders 36 Old Stow Rd or at The Chiancolas 1550 Main St.

Please reach out with questions: or

Get Your School Supplies Now! ONLINE!!

Summer is short, why waste the last few moments of it shopping for school supplies?!? Help your future self by purchasing your school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year now! Recently, you should have received a letter in your child’s folder from Kristen Herbert, Director of Teaching and Learning regarding the school supply lists and four ways to procure the supplies – including an easy one-click online option! The lists outlined in the letter were created in coordination with all the grade level teachers at each elementary school – meaning the teachers specifically agreed on each item for each grade. Please note that in some classrooms the supplies may be communal/shared resources. The district greatly appreciates your efforts to provide these supplies needed for learning as it alleviates pressure on the school budget. Four ways to procure your student’s school supplies are outlined below:

1) Online! This year the Concord PTGs of the three elementary schools have partnered with to make it easier for parents to purchase supplies online and have the supplies shipped directly to your child’s school. Simply go to then type in our zip code (01742) and choose Thoreau. Please note the deadline to order is JUNE 30, 2019. (As an added bonus, if our school sells 50 kits (including backpacks, lunchboxes and water bottles) through Sunday, May 26th, we’ll be entered to win $2,500 worth of kits for Thoreau! So click now while the link is right here!)
2) Locally! The West Concord Five and Ten will have most of the supplies for those who wish to purchase locally.
3) Raid your personal stash! The school supply list can be used as a checklist to collect your supplies from home or at your favorite stores.
4) Donation! If this is a hardship for you, please inform your school counselor by June 1st and supplies will be provided for your child. If you would like to donate supplies to a family in need, there is an option on the website or you could bring them to the open house.

Box Tops for Education – Classroom Contest Heats Up

This week’s update brings you the Box Tops classroom contest tallies through the end of January. In kindergarten, Ellis continues to pull further ahead of the pack, while in 1st grade Henry’s lead has been snatched away by a burst of clips from Walsh. 2nd grade has been turning over every month, with O’Connor currently on top. Marotta maintains a comfortable lead in 3rd grade, but what an upset in 4th! Keefe had been out front since day 1, but in a flurry of late-night scissorwork Ogilvie pulled ahead by a mere 20 clips. In 5th grade Hoyt hangs on to the lead, but Hollander is only 16 clips behind. Every clip counts!

Stay tuned for more results in next week’s announcements. This year’s contest deadline has passed, but keep on clipping for next year! From now through the end of the school year, turn in your box tops with your CHILD’S name on a slip of paper in the bag (instead of their teacher’s) and we will credit the clips to next year’s classroom when we start up the contest again in the fall. Thanks everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake

To All Volunteers Graduating Out of Thoreau for the Last Time:

You are invited to the very last PTG meeting of the year, Friday, June 7th, at 9am – Teacher’s Lounge, for a special recognition of all your volunteer work, big or small, over your years at Thoreau. We fully understand that many of you will be unable to attend due to work and other commitments during this busy time of the year. Regardless of your ability to attend, please RSVP by June 3rd to Caroline Myler: and feel free to include your volunteer activities so we can fully recognize your volunteer efforts for the PTG and Thoreau.

Popsicle Party for Incoming Kindergartners

Please join your fellow incoming kindergartners for a popsicle party. Meet new families. See old friends. Siblings welcome.

When: Friday, June 7, 1-3pm
Where: The Hurley’s home, 234 Central Street in West Concord

See you there!

Community News

Milldam Nursery School Ducky Race and Fair

Saturday, June 8th, 3:00-5:00pm at Nashawtuc Road Bridge. A family friendly event featuring a kid DJ, juggler, petting zoo, pony rides, balloon twister, games and prizes. Celebrate Milldam’s 50th anniversary! Presented by McWalter Volunteer, the ducky race starts at 4:30pm, and a $1000 cash prize, sponsored by the Butler Wheeler real estate team, will be awarded to the lucky duck. Several additional winners will receive amazing prizes generously donated by local businesses. Join us for an afternoon is great fun! Free admission and open to the public. Ducky raffle tickets $10, sold at Fritz & Gigi, Juju, Concord Outfitters and Firefly, or at the event.

Information Session: Planning for a new Concord Middle School Building- May 30

The Town of Concord has a special election on June 4th to approve a proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion. The Concord School Committee is holding an Information Session regarding proposed plans for a new middle school building. Please attend to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback. The School Committee wants to ensure that everyone has a chance to become familiar with the options for moving forward. If you did not have an opportunity to attend one of our forums before town meeting or have new questions please come to the Sanborn School on May 30th.

Thursday, May 30, 7 pm in the Sanborn Auditorium

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at

Children’s Learning and Language Study Opportunity

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in research studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health.

Study 1. This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. More information can be found at:

Study 2. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical language development. The study will involve 2 visits to the lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. A visit will last about 3 hours. A week after the second lab visit your child will be asked to complete follow up tasks on a home computer or a mobile device. We are looking for children who were late to develop language, and who still receive services for language or learning difficulties. More information can be found at:

Payment is $60 for each in-person visit to the lab. We provide free all-day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions.

Youth Football Summer

CCHS teacher and assistant Football Coach Josh Reed and staff would like to invite your child to join us this year at the Patriot Youth Football Fundamentals Clinic. The clinic runs from July 8-10 and is for boys & girls entering grades 3-8. The clinic is a non-padded, non-contact clinic focused on instruction of the basic skills and strategies of football. Kids interested in Flag Football and/or Tackle Football will gain tremendous confidence by acquiring and building skills in a positive, supportive environment. Learning, improving and having FUN are the primary goals of the Clinic! Cost is $100 and includes clinic t-shirt and is held on Memorial Field at CCHS.

Please register at Click on the green login in button on the top right of the home page and follow registration instructions.

For any questions about the clinic format/expectations, contact Coach Reed at or (207) 337-1393.

Tech, Talk, Tacos for 5th Grade Parents at Adelita, May 29 from 1pm-3pm

They’re growing up and headed to middle school! It’s an exciting time with lots of changes.

We’re putting together a casual roundtable exclusively for parents of rising 6th graders to talk strategy for the transition to middle school, specifically when it comes to managing technology. Homework is generally online. Kids are free to switch buses without a note, so communication home becomes important. Parents are no longer organizing play dates because the kids are doing it on their own. How do we help our kids manage it all? And how can we support each other through this transition?

Let’s taco ‘bout it.

*The chips and guac are on us! Food and drinks available for purchase. Tacos highly encouraged. Event is free, but please RSVP to so we can save you a seat! Hosted by Concord Promise and Turning Life On. Special thanks to Adelita.

Special Election for CMS Feasibility Study & Design Funding: June 4

The Special Election to finalize funding for the CMS Feasibility Study and Schematic Design will be held Tuesday, June 4. The vote needs to pass by a majority in order for CMS building plans to continue moving forward. Polls will be open 7am-8pm.


Don’t walk to school – RUN TO SCHOOL!
RUN TO SCHOOL 5K/FUN RUN on Sunday, June 2 at the Beede Center, Concord.
Fun Run starts at 9:00 and 5K begins at 9:30. Awards, popsicles, raffle, T-shirts and more! Run with us to celebrate kids and education – the school with the best showing will win a top prize so grab your friends and run in your school spirit wear. This race is organized by CMS 7th grader Anna Park to raise money for underprivileged education. Register at and let’s show our community support for kids helping kids.

11th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic- June 13

Lace up your running shoes! It’s time for the 11th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 13 at Emerson Field in Concord. Run the 1-mile race in your age category, try the first-timer’s mile, gather a team for the friends & family 4 x 400 relay, or just cheer on the other racers. Community races start at 4:15 and elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders start at 6:30. All funds raised benefit the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, which supports the college aspirations of CCHS students, and the CCHS Track & Field/Cross Country Program. Register at

Need A Babysitter? CCHS Student Government Sponsored Event- May 24

On Friday May 24th go out for a night of fun and two high school students will watch your child(ren) from 5pm-11pm

All Proceeds go to Cradles to Crayons
$12 per hour

Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides children with the essentials they need free of charge. Through grassroots organizations, community and corporate donations they collect the children’s items that can be packaged and processed by the giving factory. These packaged goods (like winter coats, backpacks, and toys) are then distributed to families in need. Please help this impactful organization by being a part of this event.

Google Form to sign up:

Any Questions? Email:
Kate Johnson at
Zoe Jackson at
Or Emily Aldous at

The Willard Carnival – Fun for Everyone- June 9

The much-anticipated annual Willard Carnival will take place on Sunday, June 9th, Noon – 4 p.m. at the beautiful Willard School grounds, 185 Powder Mile Road, Concord. The entire community is invited to join us for a day of fun including carnival games, face painting, delicious food, entertaining music and fantastic raffle items. Games involving both skill and chance will be on hand including the popular Fantasy Fishing, balloon animals and the cake-dance. Be sure to check out the new booth Slime Machine. Pizza and other concessions will be available. Hope to see you there! All proceeds from the Willard Carnival benefit the Willard PTG, making the day a truly rewarding celebration. The carnival would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors: McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency; H. Ivan Orup, Jr., DMD, MMSc, PC; Concord Oil; PERCH Home Renovation Consulting; AlchemyThree Web Design and Marketing Agency; MyBridge Community Referral Network; Barret Sotheby’s International Realty and Viking Moving and Storage Services. For more information, contact the Willard Carnival Committee at


Wicked Cool for Kids

Awesome science camps for kids entering grades 1-4! Minecraft Mania, Dinos vs Robots, Rocket Science, Wicked Cool Med School, and Lego Robotics 2.0. All take place at Alcott School, various weeks and times from July 8-26. Find full details at Offered through Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed.

Summer Private Lessons at Concord Conservatory of Music

Concord Conservatory of Music will offer private lesson instruction throughout the summer. Get ready to hone your skills and conquer a new piece on your instrument. Your child will truly appreciate starting lessons in the summer without the stress from schoolwork and busy schedules. Consider private lessons for the clarinet, cello, flute, guitar, mandolin, oboe, piano, saxophone, violin, and for voice instruction. New students: visit CCM’s website and submit a Student Interest Form, or call (978) 369-0010 so that we can learn more about your needs. Financial assistance is available. CCM is located at the West Concord Union Church at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

Water Safety Event at Beede- May 23

The Beede Center is committed to teaching kids and adults of all ages to learn to swim and how to be safe in, on, and around the water! We have programs for beginners, triathletes, and everyone in between!

Beede is hosting a special Water Safety Event on May 23rd at 4:00. Come for a water safety presentation, Q&A of all things water, and American Red Cross level testing.

Being around a body of water all summer and not knowing how to swim can be scary for kids and parents. We’ll give you the confidence and knowledge to become “water smart.”

All information and registration can be found on


Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 16th from 8:30am – 12pm at Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord.

Kids ages 5 to 15 are invited to ride either a 1, 4, 8 or 12 mile route to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There will be a separate 1/4 – 1/2 mile Jr. Ride for riders with training wheels and those under 5. Celebrate at the finish line with delicious food, music, games and activities.

To register, volunteer or donate, go to Help us make a difference in the fight against cancer!

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Summer music lessons with IMSCC are enrolling now! New and returning students welcome! You may submit a Lesson Inquiry online or complete a Registration Form and return it to the IMSCC office. Summer lessons take place at CCHS and the Carlisle School, Tuesdays June 25 – August 20. The schedule for the summer is flexible – sign up for as many or as few of the nine Tuesdays as you wish. More information about IMSCC’s lesson program can be found here.

Summer ensembles and music classes are also enrolling now – please visit the website for details and registration.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Levine, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.