Thoreau Announcements- 6/6/2019

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Nothing marks the approaching end of the school year better than a morning filled with games, water balloons, and popsicles at Thoreau’s Annual Field Day!! It may have been cool at the bus stops on Tuesday, but by mid-morning everyone welcomed an occasional splash of water! Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up to help out on short notice. With that, the end of the school year is in sight. Just over a week to go before we must say goodbye to graduating 5th grade students and families as well as retirees Tom Hourihan and Deborah Cunha. Please take time in the last weeks to wish all these members of the Thoreau community well. They have all made their own special mark at Thoreau School and will all be missed.

Join us TOMORROW, Friday, June 7th at 9am in the Teacher’s Lounge for the last PTG Meeting of the school year!! Please come on by as we celebrate the fabulous contributions of out-going parents, announce Board Members, Committee Chairs, and openings for the 2019-2020 school year, elect executive officers, and present the 2019-2020 proposed PTG Budget. Come join us, if it’s the only one you come to this year, we would love to have you there. Younger children welcome. Snacks provided. Click here for agenda.

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

$4,268.00 for Ocean Clean-up!

Thank you for participating in the Ocean Challenge, sponsored by the Students Rebuild organization. Every sea creature that we made from recycled materials earned $2.00 for ocean conservation projects. Our “Concord Kids Care” team made an amazing 1,934 sea creatures and earned $4,268.00 for ocean clean-up programs. Many thanks to the kids who created so many wonderful creatures, to the families for their contributions of recycled materials, and to the PTG for their help in purchasing additional supplies. Special thanks to Julie Turner for storing boxes of craft supplies in the library. Congratulations to the Thoreau School Community! – Karen Pettyjohn

Box Tops for Education Classroom Contest: Final Results

The wait is over. The winners of the box tops classroom contest are: K=Ellis, 1st gr=Walsh, 2nd gr=Thomas, 3rd gr=Martin, 4th gr = Keefe, 5th gr=Hourihan. Congratulations to all! Some classes have chosen a fun prize for each student as their reward, while others have opted for a Popsicle party or have used their reward money to buy gift books for the Thoreau library or to make donations to local charities.

This year’s deadline has passed, but please keep on clipping for next year’s contest. If your child would like a handy way to show their progress during the summer, they can use one of several fun collection sheets found by clicking here. From now through the end of the school year, you can turn in your box tops with your CHILD’S name on a slip of paper in the bag (instead of their teacher’s) and we will credit the clips to next year’s classroom when we start up the contest again in the fall. Thanks to everyone for participating! – Kimber Lynn Drake

Lost and Found to be Donated at Year’s End

With the fluctuating temperatures over the last month, many kids have worn sweatshirts or sweaters to school in the morning only to ditch them on the playground in the afternoon. Guess where they end up? Yes, in the lost and found. Everything remaining unclaimed after the last day of school will be donated to charity. Don’t let your child’s favorite sweatshirt disappear forever! Click here to check out the “virtual lost and found” photo gallery and claim your items before it’s too late.

Thoreau Library Gift Book Program

Would you like to show appreciation for a fabulous Thoreau teacher past or present, a wonderful staff member, or honor your child’s birthday-make a book donation in their name through the Thoreau Library Gift Book Program.

The gifted book will be shown to the honoree’s class, and the donor will be the first to check out the book.

A big thank you to Kathleen Dohoney for her recent generous donation:

-Kathleen Dohoney “A Different Pond” honoring Judi Paradis, cousin & school librarian

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.

Room Parents Needed for 2019-20 School Year

Looking for a way to support your child’s teacher, get to know other families at Thoreau, and be involved in the school community?? We have the job for you! Being a Room Parent is a job with a very manageable and flexible time commitment and is a great for opportunity for parents working either inside or outside the home.

We need two Room Parent volunteers per classroom, so if you are interested, please email Ali Baty at with your name and your child’s grade level. The opportunity is limited, so please email ASAP if you’re interested, and we will notify you later in the summer with more details.

Thank you!

Be Part of the Music – Instrumental Music Registration

Registration is now open for all current 3rd and 4th grade students to join the band or orchestra at their school in the 4th and 5th grade. No prior experience is necessary!

Sign up online today! Learn more about BAND at and learn more about ORCHESTRA at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the band directors: Chris Noce ( and Paul Halpainy (, or the orchestra director: Anna Anderson (

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.

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

Saturday June 8th – 10AM – Concord Babysitting Co-op playdate:

The Concord Babysitting Co-op will be hosting a playdate at Rideout. Come meet our members & see how you can swap babysitting with other families (*note, we are a group of *parents* who help each other out). Light snacks & coffee will be provided.

Email with any questions!

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 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 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; Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty; Janine Olson, Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill, a Bank of America Company; Svenfish; and Viking Moving and Storage Services.

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:

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.

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!