Thoreau Announcements 6/3/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

It’s been a pleasure to see the sun this week after a very soggy Memorial Day weekend. We hope you were able to enjoy time with friends and family despite the weather! As we approach the end of the school year we want to remind everyone 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.

Once again, thank you to our amazing Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola for putting together a wonderful end of year celebration for all Thoreau staff!

Please join us for our last PTG meeting of the year next Friday June 11th at 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events:
June 11th – Final PTG meeting of the year
June 16th – Last day of school (1/2 day)

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Support the PTG Online

Make your donation to the Thoreau School PTG Annual Appeal online via PayPal or check! Support the PTG.

5th Grade Families! Help the Concord Middle School PTG “Show the Love” Next Year

The Concord Middle School has an amazing team of employees who go above and beyond for our kids all year long. The CMS PTG’s staff appreciation committee is a fun group of volunteers who make sure that every teacher and staff member knows that they are seen and valued.

To keep this important work going, the 2021-2022 committee needs a few more members and either a chairperson or two “co-chairs.” Please join us! The chairperson organizes committee meetings, offers guidance to project teams and keeps the PTG board of directors informed. If you’d like to learn more about this or other CMS PTG volunteer opportunities, please contact Deb Antonangeli at or Kristin Martines at .

Join Cub Scouts this Fall at Thoreau!

This fall, Thoreau’s Cub Scout Pack 133 will be looking for boys and girls, grades K-5 to join Cub Scouting! Keep an eye out for our free model rocket launch recruiting event in September. Scouting helps build confidence, camaraderie, and outdoor skills. Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any time or grade level. If you have any questions or would like to receive updates about our rocket launch, please contact Cubmaster Andy Smith at Please also see our Facebook page for photos of all the fun things we do!

Community News

June Journeys

June Journeys is a month-long series of community events focused on racial justice and social equity, hosted by local organizations to promote learning, unlearning, and action. June Journeys, coordinated by COAR (Communities Organizing Against Racism), features events sponsored by over 20 different organizations in Concord and Carlisle. Find all June Journeys events at or on instagram (coar_junejourneys). Hope to see you at an event soon!

June Journeys StoryWalk at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library is celebrating June Journeys with Communities Organizing Against Racism (COAR) by sharing a StoryWalk on the Main Library lawn. The StoryWalk features Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Featuring stunning mixed-media art and stirring poems, Voice of Freedom celebrates civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer’s life with a message of hope, determination, and strength. The book won the 2016 Caldecott Honor award as well as the 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor.


The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council would like to invite you to our virtual meeting on Thursday, 10th June from 9:30 – 10:30 am.

Please join us to learn more about how you can get involved with SEPAC. We are a community of parents working together to ensure understanding, respect, support, and the appropriate education of all students on an IEP. Many of our current board members have served for three or more years and will be stepping aside to make room for new volunteers. We have several open Board positions for next year and elections will take place at this meeting. We are also looking for volunteers who can become school liaisons or help with one off projects.

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

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 833 2183 8697
Passcode: 287192

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.

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

Concord Youth Theatre summer programming.

CYT is pleased to offer Summer Stock Troupe, a 3-week workshop to sharpen your performance skils; 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.