Thoreau Announcements- 6/13/19

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Happy summer everyone! Hope to see you all at the Open House on Tuesday, August 27th. Don’t forget, if you want to avoid the hassle of back-to-school supply shopping in August, and simply have the PTG deliver the supplies directly to the classroom, get your orders in by June 30th.

Thanks to Kerri Nash, Julia Elliott and Jodi Loughlin for organizing the Kindergarten Popsicle Party and to the Hurley Family for hosting. Thanks again to Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola for another successful staff appreciation event–the End of the Year Luncheon. And thank you to the Michael Family for hosting that great event.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Thank you to everyone for volunteering this year in the library. This was a big transition year in the library with being the first year with out an assistant and the first year for Mrs. Turner.

Both Mrs Turner and I appreciate everyone’s willingness to volunteer and help out this year to make it a successful year for our children.

I would like to thank the following volunteers who are graduating out of Thoreau for all the work they did in the library over their tenure at Thoreau. Please join me in thanking:
Mary Burke, Megan Caldwell, Jessica Grogins, Jean Jones, Erin Lynch, Carrie Lyons, Amy Noordzij, Anne Remington, Amy Tenebaum, and Jennifer Ubaldino,

We greatly appreciate all that you have done. Once again, Thank you for a great year!!!

Have a wonderful summer and we will see you in August!!
Thank you,
Deb Antonangeli

New Method for Clipping Box Tops Coming this Summer

For you box tops superstars who faithfully clip over the summer, you may have noticed a change this past week in the packaging of a few box tops products. Over the next couple of years the Box Tops for Education program will slowly transition from clipped box top coupons to on-line redemption, where we download an app and use it to claim box top earnings by scanning our receipts. A few products have already started to display a new logo instructing us to scan our receipt for box tops (this new logo is not clippable).

The new app is not yet available, so for now here’s how to participate: when you buy a product displaying either a traditional box top or the new logo, write your child’s name and the names of the Box Tops products purchased on the back of the receipt. Put the receipt in the box tops collection box in the school lobby and we will submit them after the new app is released.

Over the next couple of years the old clipped box tops will go away altogether and we’ll just scan receipts. During the transition period, though, they will actually let us “double dip” on products that still have a traditional box top to clip. That means you can BOTH clip the physical box top AND scan the receipt too, getting double credit for each box top!

Thanks for your support of the Box Tops program at Thoreau

Last Call! Lost and Found to be Donated at Year’s End

Did your child bring a water bottle to Field Day that didn’t come home again? Well, guess where it is? That’s right: it’s in the lost and found, along with a bunch of Under Armour brand clothes and a Bose noise-cancellation headset! Everything will be donated to charity early next week, so now’s the time to make sure there is nothing of yours in there. Most items are there because their owners haven’t realized yet that they are missing. Don’t let this happen to you! Click here to check out the “virtual lost and found” photo gallery (updated Wednesday, June 12) and claim your items before it’s too late.

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

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

We would like the following donor for their much appreciated gift.

-Jenn Movitz “The Good Egg” honoring Mrs. Marotta & Mrs. Gudmand

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.

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.

Community News

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 invites you to make a donation in the name of one of more of your child’s favorite teachers. It’s an ideal way to send a devoted teacher or staff member a special shout-out that’s fully in keeping with public education policies that limit gift giving. It’s also efficient (just click below to make an online donation in the name of the teachers or staff members who you’d like to recognize) and thoughtful (every recognized teacher receives a thank you note acknowledging your family’s special gift). Best of all, CEF donations help fund exciting new learning initiatives, programs and curricula that are beyond the scope of the public school budget.

So show your appreciation to any teacher who has made a positive impact on your child’s education by visiting:

And learn all you can about the many grants made possible by community support of the Concord Education Fund at

Callen Tennis – Fall 2019 Registration

It’s that time of year again….Callen Tennis Fall registration will open on Monday, June 10th at 7:00AM and run through June 23rd! The program will be hosted by Jen Callen Beveridge, former WTA pro and NCAA D1 Women’s coach, the CCHS boys’ varsity coach, Alex Spence and Kara Johnson, former CCHS graduate and full scholarship tennis player at Boston College.

As always, registration is on a first come, first serve basis so please be sure to register early. To register, please visit our online REGISTRATION FORM. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive notification from us that your child has a spot and payment will be due within 48 hours. Please note any registrations done online prior to June 10th cannot be accepted.

See below for details about the classes; we look forward to seeing your kids again on the courts this fall!

Red Ball: Grades K-3 Thursdays – 4:30-5:15PM (45 minutes) for 8 weeks starting September 5th. Fee is $200
Orange/Green Ball: Grades 4-5 Thursdays – 4:30-5:45PM (1.25 hours) for 8 weeks starting September 5th. Fee is $280
Middle School: Grades 6-8 Thursdays 3:15-4:30PM (1.25 hours) for 8 weeks starting September 12th. Match Dates TBD. Fee is $305

For more information please visit or email us at

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:

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.

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.

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

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!