Thoreau Announcements 5/27/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

And the winner is……Sara Hohenstein!! Congratulations to Sara on winning the grand prize of our Annual Appeal raffle. We drew the winner live during out PTG meeting last Friday. And another thank you to all of you that donated so generously to the Appeal this year.

A reminder that we are still looking for more parents to join us on the PTG next year. At this time we have openings for: Vice President, Secretary, Fundraising Chair(s), and Health and Wellness Chair(s). For Committee Chairs, we currently openings for: Used Book Fair and the Road Race. Please reach out to Danielle ( or Evy ( with any questions or if you have interest in one of these rewarding opportunities.

We hope you all have a safe and fun long weekend! A reminder that there is no school tomorrow and that Dr. Hunter is keeping the travel rules/protocols in place for the remainder of the school year.

Upcoming Events:
May 28th – Professional Development Day – no school
May 31st – Memorial Day – no school
June 11th – Final PTG meeting of the year
June 16th – Last day of school (1/2 day)

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

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Community News

Read to Luna the Dog Live! at the Concord Free Public Library Beginning in June

The Concord Free Public Library invites children to Read to Luna the Dog on the Main Library lawn the second Friday of each month beginning in June between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Luna is a certified therapy dog through Pets and People Foundation. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills and emotional and social skills for children? This event is for children ages 5+. Children are invited to register for their own individual 15 minute session with Luna. Register in advance by visiting the library’s events calendar online at

Operation Celebration from the Concord Education Fund

OPERATION CELEBRATION! To celebrate this year’s graduates and promote both community and school spirit, the Concord Education Fund will again be launching Operation Celebration! Celebrate a CCHS senior by purchasing an 18-inch gold foil balloon imprinted with “Congratulations CCHS Grad!” Balloons are $20 each and will be delivered to the graduate’s home the day before graduation accompanied by a personalized note. Deliveries are only to Concord and Carlisle addresses. Balloons ordered for students living in Boston and other towns will be distributed to the students at school.
To order balloons, go to:
For questions, please email Trish Siefer at:

Baby Time at the Concord Free Public Library

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library will offer a free weekly, outdoor program for babies every Monday at 11am. We’ll gather in the side garden near the Sudbury Street entrance for stories, songs and rhymes in this gentle half hour story time for our very youngest patrons. Register at

The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal

Looking for an end-of-the-year gift for your child’s teacher that doesn’t require baking, potting, shopping or wrapping?

The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation in the name of one or more of your child’s favorite teachers. It’s the perfect way to send a devoted teacher a special shout-out that not only shows your appreciation, but directly contributes to the excellent education our children are receiving.

Appropriate. CEF donations comply with new public education policies and laws that strictly limit gifts to teachers.

Efficient. It only takes a few minutes to make an online donation in the name of teachers or staff members whom you’d like to recognize.

Thoughtful. Every recognized teacher receives a thank you note acknowledging your family’s special gift.

Savvy. Donations to the CEF are tax deductible.

& Creative. CEF donations help fund exciting new learning initiatives, programs and curricula that are beyond the scope of the public school budget.

To date CEF has awarded more than two million dollars in grants that have enriched every area of Concord-Carlisle education at every grade level — from Active Boards, iPads and digital microscopes to stop-action movie making, science podcasts and teen mentoring.

So, in a lot less time than it takes to bake cookies or pick daisies, you can show your appreciation to any teacher who has made a positive impact on your child’s education, and show your commitment to all of the Concord-Carlisle teachers who are eager to offer students an extraordinary educational experience.

Take some time to learn more about the many grants made possible by community support of the CEF at

Saying Thanks is as easy as 1. 2. 3.
1. Go to or click here to go directly to Donate
2. Enter the amount you’d like to donate on the payment page – a specific amount to be donated in one teacher’s name or a total amount to be divvied up among multiple teachers you’d like to recognize.
3. Include the name, school and grade of teachers on the Pay Pal confirmation page.

Green Thumbs Workshop at the Concord Free Public Library (In Person! Outdoors!)

Come to The Green Thumb Workshop, an hour-long planting extravaganza outdoors and in-person at the Concord Free Public Library Main Library! The program will take place Friday, May 28th at 2:30pm. Participants will learn to plant small flowers, which will contribute beauty to the library’s outdoor programming space. Participants will also assemble and take home a seed planting kit for their at-home horticultural experience. Leave with practical knowledge, a plant of your very own, and a green thumb — literally!

Juneteenth Day Celebration at the Concord Free Public Library

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library is inviting children to celebrate Juneteenth Day! Join us for a Juneteenth read along Thursday, June 17 from 5 – 6pm with the Crossroads group – a student organization created by Concord Carlisle High School students to discuss important cultural, social, and diverse topics! Children can celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, by listening to books, readings, and participating in a discussion with the Crossroads high-school students. Register at to receive a Zoom invite.

Concord Rec Programs

Mom/Son Superhero Night!

Spend some time with your favorite little superhero! Register, and pick up your box at Hunt Recreation Center filled with crafts, games, ideas, and treats. There will be a meet and greet with a REAL SUPERHERO at pickup. You also get to zoom with a professional magician day of!

Concord Self-Defense Seminar

Self-Defense Seminar! Practical, Effective and a hands on seminar for adults taught by internationally certified 5th degree black belt instructors! You will learn techniques and strategies to keep yourself safe! Practice escapes from common attacks! Build confidence and power! Sign up now by yourself and be paired with someone for hands on portion of seminar or sign up as a two-some and save money.

Concord Recreation SUMMER CAMP!

A few more spots have opened up for Camp Three Rivers (Entering Grades K-6) – make sure you secure your registration before its completely full.

Virtual Fishing Derby!

Your day, your time- your favorite spot! Fish between May 1st and May 31st. Email a photo of your catch next to a measuring tape to enter to win. Click the link to register and for submission details.

Unity Farm Sanctuary Virtual Tour

The Concord Free Public Library will host a free virtual tour of Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn, MA to celebrate the start of our Summer Reading Program on Thursday, June 17 at 11am. Have you ever met a Scottish Highland Bull? Or a fluffy llama? Those are just two members of the herd at Unity Farm Sanctuary. Join us on Zoom for a tour through the beautiful sanctuary grounds. You will have the chance to meet both mammals and feathered friends. Everyone here is a rescued farm animal! Learn more about their stories and get to know their unique personalities!

IMSCC Summer Music Lessons

Enrollment is open for the summer session, June 21 to August 27. In-person lessons are back! Lessons will be offered remotely and on campus at CCHS and the Carlisle School, depending on instructor availability. Summer schedules are flexible: choose your lesson weeks, and choose in-person or remote instruction. For more about summer lessons click here. To request lessons click here. Questions? Email Debbie Levine

IMSCC May Student Showcase

This month we are sharing more of the exciting music happening at IMSCC! You can hear this month’s featured student performers, including Thoreau 3rd grader Micah Punzalan, on our website here.

Concord Youth Theatre summer programming.

CYT is pleased to offer Summer Stock Troupe, a 3-week workshop to sharpen your performance skilts; Center Stage Players, 1-week creative workshops to satisfy all your dramatic needs! Register Online

Through Me to You Puppetry

The Concord Free Public Library will host a free puppet show featuring Through Me to You Puppetry on the second Thursday of each month at 2 pm, May 13, June 10, July 8, and Aug 12. Join Newton and his puppet friends for some storytime fun! Newton & Friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the kids. At the end of the show, children are invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. The half-hour Zoom show is geared to ages 3-7, but all are welcome! Register online via the CFPL event calendar at

Upcoming Virtual Ed Morgan Concerts at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library invites kids and families to join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man”, on Friday, May 21, June 21, July 16 and August 20. All concerts will take place at 10 am on Zoom. Enjoy fun rhymes and tunes, and connect with your family through music. These family-friendly performances will have everyone up moving, dancing, and singing. Register by visiting our events calendar online at, and we’ll send you the Zoom link. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.