Thoreau Announcements 5/30

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Only two more weeks of school!! Two very busy weeks though. As you are all aware, Field Day was postponed until Tuesday, June 4th, which is also the day of the vote for funding for the initial phase of the new CMS building. So, next Tuesday, don’t forget your kids’ sneakers and water bottles and to plan a visit to your polling location. To support the 5th Grade Open Table project, please review the list of donation items for each grade (below) and drop off items by June 5th.

Next, Friday June 7th at 9:00 am is our last PTG Meeting–we hope you can make it. If you don’t like how things have been running and would like to stage a coup, come throw your hat in the ring for a board position–invigorate the democratic process at Thoreau.

Lastly, don’t forget, in order to take advantage of the streamlined online ordering for school supplies, place your orders by June 30th!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Help support Open Table!

Thoreau 5th Graders will be packing Kids Bags next week as part of Service Day. We need every grade to help with these efforts to pack 100 bags for kids in need in our community. Drop off food items in the front entrance by June 5th.

Please bring in any of the following items based on grade:
Kindergarten: Snack-sized apple sauces, fruit cups or puddings

1st Grade: Snack/granola bars (fruit based whole grain preferred)

2nd Grade: Single serving 100% juice

3rd Grade: Macaroni and cheese (single serve microwaveable)

4th Grade: Small bag of pretzels, crackers, or popcorn

5th Grade: Snack sized cereal & Single serving shelf-stable chocolate milk (Horizon, Organic Valley, Parmalat)

Thanks for your help in supporting our community!

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

Order Next Year’s School Supplies Online Now!

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer is unofficially here! Take advantage of these last few weeks of the school year to order next year’s school supplies now! This year we are happy to announce that the Concord PTGs of the three elementary schools have partnered with to make it easier for parents to purchase school supplies online and have the supplies shipped directly to Thoreau! Simply go to, type in our zip code (01742), and choose Thoreau. The deadline to order is JUNE 30, 2019.

For more details, supply lists, and other means to procure items please refer to the letter sent home in student backpacks from Kristen Herbert, Director of Teaching and Learning.

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

Summer Reading Kick off Party at the Concord Library

The Concord Free Public Library will kick off the Summer Reading Program with a Star Wars Celebration on June 15th at 2-3pm. This year’s summer reading theme is The Universe of Stories highlighting space exploration. The library is excited to host the Aldeaan Base costumed characters who will greet the children and take photos. The characters will be there to promote Literacy and Reading while keeping the attendees fascinated with their movie quality costumes from the greatest Movie Saga ever told. Join the Star Wars fun and dress up as your favorite character. Snack on pretzel rod light sabers and sip VaderADE. Rain Location will be inside the Children’s Room.For more information:

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 Peabody School Forum on May 30th.

Thursday, May 30, 7:15 pm in the Peabody School Forum

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at

Please join us at the SEPAC Board Meeting! June 6

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council would like to invite you to our final Board meeting of the year.

When: Thursday, 6th June from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Conference Room, Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street. Please enter through the glass doors by the basketball courts which are on the left hand side of the building.

We have a couple of open seats left on the 2019-2020 SEPAC Board. Please consider joining a community of parents who work together to ensure our students get the very best education possible. If you would like to be involved but don’t have much time to spare; we have many small tasks that can be done from home at anytime of the day.

If you have any questions, please email us at For more information about SEPAC, visit our website at

FREE Outdoor Jazz Festival in Downtown Concord- June 8

Saturday, June 8 | 1-6:30PM | Parking lot behind Middlesex Bank

The third annual free, outdoor Concord jazz fest is coming up. Bring your friends and family and enjoy it. We will have a mix of amazing jazz, food, drinks and local artisans at this year’s festival. Listen to several jazz greats like world-renowned Wayne Bergeron (featured in the movie The Incredibles II) while you enjoy local beer and food. Music will include a mix of 20 Piece Big Bands, Latin Jazz, Jump Blues and Smaller Ensembles. We will feature both professionals and students. Visit the website to get the program details and information on two bonus events: Jazz Night out and Jazz Master Class with Wayne Bergeron.

Come join the fun at the 11th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic on Thursday, June 13.

The race, hosted by Concord Carlisle Track & Field, brings together runners and non-runners alike for a fun, inspiring evening of races, food, music, and community spirit. Over the years, the event has grown to become one of the premier track meets in the Northeast. There are elite races featuring several Olympic medalists and national record-holders, 1-mile races for runners of all ages and abilities, and a family 4 x 400 fun run.

Hosted at the Emerson playground and free to the public, the event provides intimate access to amazing athletes and draws spectators all evening long.

Musical Opportunities with IMSCC this Summer and Fall

IMSCC’s Fall Music Lesson Registration opens on June 19. Lessons start in September and are given after school and evenings at CCHS, Sanborn, and the Carlisle school campus.

Summer Music Lesson registration is underway. Summer lesson schedules are flexible – choose any or all of the nine lesson dates June 25 through August 20. More detailed information at

New students may enroll online at by filling out a lesson inquiry form. Fall session inquiries will be accepted starting on June 19 at 9 AM.

Returning students will receive an email with instructions on how to re-enroll for the fall.

Information about IMSCC can be found at If you prefer not to enroll online, you can download a registration form at Summer enrollment forms are available now, Fall forms available starting June 19.

IMSCC Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops: IMSCC has lots of music classes to choose from this summer! New this year: Small Ensembles! Join with friends to play music together under the guidance of IMSCC faculty members, or let us place you in a group that fits your level of playing experience. Other opportunities this Summer: Summer Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Workshop, Guitar and Ukulele classes, Rock Band and more – for a complete listing visit and scroll through the listings.

Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

Concord Conservatory of Music Accepting Fall Registration

Music education for students of all ages and abilities. You and your children can enjoy first-rate instruction in the lively CCM community–whether you are seasoned musicians or have never played a note. Located in West Concord, CCM offers private lessons for bass, banjo, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, mandolin, oboe, piano, saxophone, trumpet, viola, and violin, as well as percussion and voice instruction. Registering for lessons at CCM guarantees membership into a supportive community led by expert faculty. They’ll develop your musicianship through workshops, master classes, and performance opportunities – all included in your private lesson tuition. Visit Submit a Student Interest Form or call (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance is available.

Milldam Nursery School Ducky Race and Fair- June 8

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.

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.

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

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.


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!