Thoreau Announcements 6/1/2017

In this week’s announcement
Thoreau News: Room Parents, Annual Appeal,  Fifth Grade Music and Arts Night,  Staff/Teacher Lunch, Open Table Snack Drive
Around Town:  Willard Carnival, Concord Rec/CIPS Playground Yard Sale, Middlesex Jazz Festival, Backpack/School Supplies Donation, CEF Thank a Teacher, Concord Youth Theater Summer Classes/Performance, Patriot Basketball Summer Camps/Leagues, Cub Scout Rocket Launch, PMC Kids’ Ride, CCM Registration, Run for Dreams, ConVerge Road Race, CCM Trombone and Trumpet Workshops, Emerson Hospital 5K For Cancer, Alcott Honoring Diana Rigby, Callen Tennis, Wicked Cool Kids’ Summer Programs, Etiquette Boot Camp

2017-2018 PTG Volunteers Needed:  Thank you to all who have already clicked on the PTG Volunteer Sign-Up Genius and volunteered! We’ve had a fantastic response so far, and still have many openings to help chair/co-chair, coordinate, and become team members for the many events and programs we plan for students, teachers, staff, and families to enjoy every year! Sign up if you can help – grab a friend!!    Everyone is welcome and every position has the full support of the PTG along the way!  Open positions include:

  • Thoreau Directory:(Immediate need) Shadow current coordinators to take over following year
  • Before and after School Program Assistants (2)
  • Communications Co-Chair (1)
  • Cake Walk (4 people)
  • 5th Grade Events Committee
  • Geography Quest (2)
  • Halloween Costume Swap (2)
  • Service Learning Committee
  • Grounds for Learning (School Garden) Committee
  • Hobby Fair (4th & 5th grade Parent)

If you have a desire to become more involved in the Thoreau Community, we will find an opportunity for you! Our goal is to create an inclusive PTG that represents all grade levels, working parents, stay at home parents, moms and dads. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Deb Antonangeli or Kathleen Dohoney if you are interested in getting involved, or
Mark your calendar:
6/2 – 9:00am PTG Meeting, Cafeteria (Everyone welcome)
6/6 – Field Day
6/6-  End of Year Staff Luncheon
6/6-  5th Grade Kimballs Outing
6/13 – 5th Grade Service Day

Support your child’s teacher, get to know your child’s new friends and other families in the grade, and be involved at Thoreau! Room parents are an integral part of the Thoreau school community, and the time commitment is manageable and flexible. Room Parent duties may include: Supporting your teacher with classroom specific needs such as organization of class celebrations, field trips, volunteer coordination, maintaining class web page (Wiki), organizing class gifts for the holidays/end of year, and sending out class or school wide information via email distribution to your class. We need two room parent volunteers per classroom, so if you are interested, please email Ali Baty at ASAP with your name and your child’s grade level. We will notify you later in the summer with more details.

The school committee has approved the CPS calendar for the 2017-18 school year. You can find it here:  Please note, CPS and CCHS will have different calendars for the 2017-18 school year.

Thoreau School Annual Appeal! 
As we near the end of the school year (!) the PTG Fundraising Team (Jen Perry & Megan Holsinger!) want to kindly ask for your support. We are just over 50% of our goal and we need your help to take it home. The money that you donate goes directly to programs that your children love and enjoy. Please be on the lookout for a letter in your child’s bag giving you more information on how to contribute! You can always go to and make your donation there. Any amount helps.

5th grade Music and Arts Night
Monday, June 5, 2017
6:30 pm doors open
concert starts at 7:10 pm
Thoreau auditorium

Teacher and Staff Luncheon-The Staff Appreciation Team is looking for 5 volunteers to help with the end of year Teacher and Staff Luncheon. This year, on Tues., Jun. 6. Thoreau Staff will walk to The Tenenbaums’ home after school, for a long standing tradition of celebrating another fabulous school year. This event will have food, treats and a raffle for the staff, which they very much look forward to. We need 5 volunteers to help with set up, hostessing and clean-up. If you can offer any bit of your time on Tuesday June 6, between the hours of 11 am and 2:30 pm, please contact Kim Capello at

Let’s Help Kids in our community with snacks for the summer!
Fifth Graders will be filling Kid’s Bags for Open Table during their Service Day. Our goal is to fill 100 Kid’s Bags and we need YOUR help!
We encourage all grades to get involved by donating the following:
Kindergarten: Snack sized apple sauces, fruit cups or puddings
1st Grade: Snack bars (granola/fruit)
2nd Grade: Single serving 100% juice
3rd Grade: Macaroni and cheese (single serve microwaveable preferred), spaghetti-Os, chicken noodle or tomato soup
4th Grade: Small bag of pretzels or crackers
5th Grade: Snack sized cereal & Single serving shelf-stable milk (Horizon, Organic Valley, Parmalat)
Food donations can be put in the boxes in the lobby until Jun. 9.  Thank you!!

Around Town:

The Willard Carnival
It’s finally here! This Sun., Jun. 4, Noon – 4 p.m. The Willard Carnival! You don’t want to miss it! Located at the Willard School grounds, 185 Powder Mill Road, Concord. The entire community is invited to join us for a day of fun including carnival games, face painting, delicious food, entertaining music, fantastic raffle items and an arts and crafts table generously donated by the Emerson Umbrella. Games involving both skill and chance will be on hand including favorites from Fantasy Fishing to the Lucky Buckets and Hole in One. Be sure to check out the three new exciting booths including the “Hydroblaster”. Pizza and other concessions will be available.
Hope to see you there!

Shop for a Cause and Support the CIPS Playground
Concord Recreation Community Yard Sale, Jun.3, 8am-1pm.
Please join us at our Community Yard Sale at Emerson this Saturday. Great selection of items in good condition. All proceeds to benefit the new ADA accessible playground to be installed at the Concord Integrated Preschool this summer.
Support the building of a playground where ALL kids can play!

Middlesex Jazz Festival at Concord: June 4Come join the fun: The Concord Visitor Center will host a free outdoor jazz festival on Jun. 4 from 1:30 to 7:00 pm in the Concord Visitor Center parking lot. The event – the Middlesex Jazz Festival at Concord – features four 20-piece Big Bands and six smaller Jazz Ensembles, including participants from the CCHS Jazz Band. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and food. The town will provide several large tents for shade. The family-friendly event will be free to the public thanks to local event sponsors. For more details:

Donate Backpacks and School Supplies: Summer is on the way, however, CC Youth & Community Services is already thinking about Back to School 2017 with 80 K-8 children signed up to receive a backpack and school supplies for the 2017-18 school year. Please consider donating a backpack/supplies before this school year ends as we distribute these items to eligible families over the summer. Donated backpacks must be new/unused. Donations of pencils, glue sticks, rulers, pencil case, pens, pencil sharpener, loose-leaf paper, folders, and notebooks welcome. Drop-box locations in Concord: Harvey Wheeler Community Center (1276 Main Street) and CC Youth and Community Services Office (105 Everett Street) or contact CC Youth Services Coordinator, Jennifer Clarke (978.318.3043) or

Take a Moment to thank a teacher
The Concord Education Fund (CEF) Teacher Appreciation Appeal lets you make a donation on behalf of an extra-special CPS or CCHS staff member who will receive a personalized note conveying your appreciation and your generosity. Make your donation by Friday June 16th to be sure teachers receive your note by the last day of school.   Show your appreciation to someone who has made a positive impact on your child’s education by clicking And thank you for supporting teachers who are committed to offering Concord-Carlisle students an extraordinary educational experience.

Concord Youth Theatre Summer Classes
Concord Youth Theatre is offering Summer Theater Classes for young people ages 4 through grade 7 at their 358 Baker Avenue facility. Complete information including workshop dates, age groupings, tuition and registration form is available on the website at, or call (978) 371-1482 for more information

PIPSQUEAK PLAYERS (Ages 4-6) – Jul. 17-21, 2017, 9am-11:30am
*Session 1 July 10 – 14: 9am-noon, students entering grades 1-3
*Session 2 July 10-14:  1-4pm, students entering grades 3-5
*Session 3 July 17-21:  1-4pm, students entering grades 2-4
*Session 4 July 24-28:  9am-noon, students entering grades 2-4
*Session 5 July 31- Aug 4: 9am-noon, students entering grades 3-5
SUMMER STOCK TROUPE (Grades 5-7, 2-WEEK SESSION) Jul. 24-Aug. 4, 2017, 1-4pm

Don’t wait to hear the dreaded “I’M BORED!” from your child this summer! Sign up for a theater class today!

Junior Company Performance – How To Eat Like A Child
Concord Youth Theatre’s Junior Company (Grades 3-5) is performing Delia Ephron’s musical How To Eat Like A Child, a hilarious musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child offering 23 lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically.  All tickets $13.  Recommended for ages 4 and over.  Performances are at 358 Baker Ave., West Concord.  Tickets may be purchased on line at  Performances: Jun. 2, 3 at 7pm; Jun. 3, 4 at 2pm.

Patriot Basketball Summer Camps: Join CCHS Head Coach David Cohen and Assistant Coach Aaron Joncas for Patriot Basketball at Concord-Carlisle High School. Now in its 10th year, Patriot Basketball is staffed by the area’s top high school coaches and gives boys of all levels an opportunity to improve, compete and have fun! Visit to register today for camp weeks on Jun. 19 – 23, Jun. 26-30 and Jul. 24 – 28. We also offer a summer league for boys and girls!

Cub Scouts – Rocket Launch THIS Tues. Jun. 6, 6pm
Calling all K-4 boys interested in getting outside and learning what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about! Please join the Thoreau Scouts at the Acton School Street Fields (320 School Street, Acton MA 01720) THIS UPCOMING Tues., Jun. 6, from 6 – 7:30 pm, for our annual model rocket launch. We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them. Then we’ll watch them soar! RSVP to so we’ll be sure to have enough rockets. Feel free to drop by, even if you don’t RSVP. Pack 133 includes boys in grades 1-5, and boys can join at any grade level. For more details and to see some of our activities, please log into the Pack 133 web site, and use login name: cub and password: pack133 This past year, as a Pack, we hiked local Concord trails by day and by flashlight; scrambled on boulders in Purgatory Chasm; camped out in the Blue Hills, in New Hampshire, and on Scout Island in Warner Pond; sailed boats in a raingutter regatta; held a food drive; marched in the Patriots’ Day and Memorial Day parades; sold a lot of popcorn; built and raced Pinewood Derby cars; and much more! The Scouts also break out separately into smaller Dens, grouped by grade level, for other age-appropriate activities. Any questions, or if you can’t make the launch but are still interested in Scouts for your son, please contact pack leaders Christian and Laura Ely,

Many kids, many bikes, one mission: cure cancer. Kids of all ages find fun, camaraderie, and inspiration in bringing us closer by the mile.
Join us for the PMC Kids Ride on Sun., Jun. 11, 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 Jimmy Fund and the goal to conquer cancer. 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

Concord Conservatory of Music:
Register for fall group classes at Concord Conservatory and save
For one day only, on Wed., Jun. 7, The Concord Conservatory of Music will offer students a 15% discount on their group class tuition. CCM is the area’s non-profit community music school. The 15% discount applies to group classes, including the Concord Youth Chorus, Hand Drumming for Kids, Beginner Vocals, Group Keyboard, Guitar Classes, Fiddling, and more. Adults interested in taking a hand drumming, piano, singing, ukulele, and even bluegrass class, should register on Jun. 7 to take advantage of this offer. Visit , call 978-369-0010 or email CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in Concord.

Run For Dreams 
When: Fri., Jun. 9 2017
Where: Alcott School, Concord MA
What: Children of all ages come join us for a night of running and activities! There will be three races for lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school students. Children will run for a designated amount of time (10-15 minutes) and receive popsicle sticks for the amount of laps they can run. Awards will be given to the top runners. While you are not running you can get your face painted, join a soccer game, or cheer for your friends! All proceeds from the event will go to Dream Big! a non-profit organization that is helping girls from low-income situations get athletic equipment and scholarships for sports.
This event was created by a group of high school girls who are passionate about helping people in their surrounding communities. We all love participating in sports and athletics and we want to share the feeling of scoring the winning goal, hitting the home run, or finishing that race with all girls! This event shares the love of sports and the love of helping others!
Please visit our website:
or contact Caroline Stevenson at with questions

ConVerge Road Race/Art Fest ConVerge Flyer
Sign-up for a fun day of running, kickball, food, and art! Jun. 24 at Alcott Elementary School. 9am-3pm. Runs for all ages & abilities – run/walk/roll, including a timed 5K & 1.3 mile (including relay) for kids + adults, a 1/4 mile and 200m kids race. Other activities include Kickball, Art Exhibit, Art Workshops, Pizza/Munchies, Awesome Raffle Prizes! (Raffle tickets to 5K & 1.3 Mile registrants). Signup here: Proceeds will benefit Verge Inclusive Athletics

Summer Trombone Choir
Summer Trombone Choir is back for the ninth year! This program is open to students ages 10 and up. Honorary trombones (tubas, euphoniums and baritones) are also welcome. Trombonist and IMSCC faculty member Alexei Doohovskoy directs the ensemble. The program culminates in a performance on Jul. 25.
Monday & Tuesday evenings June 19 through Jul. 25
Younger students meet from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, older students 7:00 to 9:00 pm
More information and registration at

Summer Trumpet Workshop
New this summer! IMSCC faculty member Dr. Ryan Noe conducts the workshop, which is open to trumpet students with at least one year experience. Students will participate in ensembles and engage in interactive learning about jazz, different types of trumpets, and warm-up ideas. Students interested in performing a solo with have an opportunity to perform in a master-class setting. The workshop culminates in a performance Jul. 20.
Mon. through Thurs. Jul. 17-20
Younger students meet 9:00 am to noon, older students 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
More information and registration at
Questions? Contact Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education at 978-318-1432 or visit
Debbie Levine, IMSCC Program Coordinator
978-341-2490 ext. 7124 FAX 978-369-7125
500 Walden St, Concord 01742

The 17th annual Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer will take place on Sat., Jun. 10, 8:30 a.m., at the Thoreau Outdoor Center in Concord.
Will you join other area schools in a challenge to support cancer patients?  School groups are forming to participate – join a team at your school or start your own!  It’s easy and fun!  All proceeds benefit cancer patients at Emerson Hospital.  Register today at: or contact Christine Kielar at with questions.

Please join the Alcott community in honoring Superintendent Diana Rigby for her many years of service to our community on Tues. Jun. 13 from 1:30-3:30 in the Alcott Cafeteria .  Please feel free to bring your children and extend the invitation to past and present students, parents and teachers.  Click on this link to RSVP to this event.  We will be collecting notes of thanks and well wishes on Diana’s future endeavors.

Callen Tennis Registration for Fall 2017 tennis programs will open up at 7:00AM on Jun. 1 and run through Jun. 14. As always, registration is on a first come, first serve basis so please be sure to register early. To register please send an email to and include the following: child’s name, age, grade, class choice, and level of tennis experience.  Upon receipt of your email, you will receive registration forms from us if there is a spot for your child and payment will be due within 48 hours.
Red Ball: Thursdays – 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes) for 8 weeks starting Sept. 14. The fee is $200.
Orange Ball: Thursdays 4:30-5:45PM (1 hour, 15 minutes)  for 8 weeks starting Sept. 14. The fee is $280.
Please note Callen Tennis does not provide transportation from Thoreau to the CCHS tennis courts after school.

Middle School: Mondays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30PM (2 days/week for 1.5 hours) for 8 weeks starting Sept. 7 (runs through 11/2- no class 9/21 or 10/9)*. Match Play dates TBD (possibly 2). The fee is $585 ($560 plus $25 registration fee). Bus transportation will be provided from CMS to CCHS. Students will need to be picked up at the CCHS courts at 4:30PM as there is no return bus service to CMS.

*Make-up class for 9/21 class is Fri., 9/22
For more information please visit or email us at

ConcordCarlisle Adult & Community Education  and Wicked Cool for Kids Summer Programs
Full day options run from 9 am – 4 pm and include:
Rocket Science ’17 is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run June 26th – 30th. LEGO Robotics WeDo 2.0 is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run Jul. 3 – 7. Minecraft Mania is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from Jul. 10 – 14. Minecraft Mastercrafters is for students entering grades 2-6 in September and will run from  Jul. 17 – 21.

Half day options run from 1 – 4 pm and include:
Dig Big! is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from Jun. 26–30. Maker Shaker Workshop is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from Jul. 3–7. Wicked Wacky Lab Week is for students entering grades K-5 in September and will run from Jul. 10–14.  Wicked Cool Vet School is for students entering grades 1-5 in September and will run from Jul. 17– 21.
Visit or call 978-318-1432 today to register – spaces are limited! Financial aid application are available upon request. (Please note: there is no program on Tues., July 4.)

Etiquette Boot Camp for Kids!
Get your child in shape for the next family dinner, social gathering or formal event with Etiquette Boot Camp!The course is designed for ages 7 to 12 and will teach them how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, when to interrupt and much more. Participants will learn how to set the table, use their napkin, pass food and use utensils the European and American way. The four-hour program is interactive, thought-provoking and fun, and will cover the following etiquette topics: basic mannerstable manners, and conversation skills. The fee is $199. Etiquette Boot Camp will take place on Sun., Jul. 9 from 9am to 1pm at Concord’s Colonial Inn. For more information and to enroll visit or call 617-608-3920