Thoreau Announcements Dec. 1, 2016

In This Week’s Announcements:

Thoreau News: Co-presidents’ Message,  School Committee Subscriber List,  Operation Gratitude, Amazon Smiles, Lost and Found

Around Town:  Montessori Meet-ups,  Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities, Concord Conservatory Free Trial Lessons, Middle Schoolers and the Internet, Lacrosse Registration, Cooler Concord Fair, Call for Car Seat Donations

Thoreau News
Save the Date:
*the PTG meeting scheduled for 12/9 has been canceled.
Tuesday, 12/13: Staff Appreciation Event hosted by Grades 2&3

Message From the Co-presidents:
So much to be thankful for!
Thank you to Alexa Anderson, Caroline Myler and the social committee for hosting a fantastic adult social! This event is such a wonderful way to connect with Thoreau parents. We appreciate all the hard work that went into creating such an enjoyable evening.

Thank you to Megan Holsinger and Jenifer Perry who pulled together an amazing silent auction. There were so many great items and experiences available for bidding. The hard work that you put forth to create this top-notch fundraiser was greatly appreciated!

Thank you to Amelia Stubblebine and all the volunteers who helped with the Thoreau garden/Grounds for Learning. Your efforts to bring this outdoor space to our children do not go unnoticed.

Thank you to Sara Kosicki, Trish Siefer, and all the Turkey Trot volunteers who made this amazing Thoreau tradition possible! Visit our Facebook page to see photos from this wonderful event.

Join the School Committee Subscriber List! Stay up to date on School Committee Activity and receive periodic information regarding the district. Click here: or visit the district home page,

Operation Gratitude:
We wanted to extend a giant thank you to the Thoreau community for helping us collect over 330 pounds of candy for Operation Gratitude.  Thanks for your help!
Mrs. Marotta and Mrs. Ogilvie’s Classes

Amazon Smiles:
Start with a smile this holiday season. Go to to shop for all of your holiday essentials (gifts, decorations, and more) and Amazon donates to the Thoreau School PTG. Amazon Smiles is active all year round. Don’t forget to set your preference to Thoreau School PTG!

Lost and Found to be Donated Friday Dec 2 – Check it Out Online
Last chance to claim your stuff!  The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity tomorrow (Friday Dec 2).  Photos of the items still unclaimed as of mid-day yesterday can be found online in the “virtual lost and found” – click here to view the gallery.  People are often surprised to see things they recognize here, so it’s best to click and view even if you don’t think you’re missing anything.  The school opens shortly after 6am weekday mornings if you want to swing by before work to claim your items.  Everything is laid out on tables at the end of the main hallway near the cafeteria.  Good luck!  – Kimber Lynn Drake

Around Town
Concord Montessori Fall Monthly Meetups
Who: children ages 1-3 and their parents/caregivers.  Siblings welcome.
When: First Saturday of each month 9:30am – 11:00am
Dec. 3
Where: Concord Montessori, 9 Domino Dr., West Concord
Free.  Open to the public.
Join us on Saturday morning at our shaded playground (with tricycles, a play kitchen, a sandbox and more).  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Parking and a clean, child-friendly restroom are available.

Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities: When: Friday, December 2 at 7 PM. Where: First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd.  A panel of local experts will discuss steps we can all take to help moderate extreme weather events.  Alison Field-Juma, OARS, will discuss reconnecting the water cycle, Jim Laurie, Bio4Climate, will explain the process of restoring nature and living machines, and Mark Richardson, Garden in the Woods, will show us how to create sustainable yards and lawns. Our children deserve a stable future! Introducing YIMBY.  For information, contact:

Concord Conservatory Offers Free Trial Lessons December 5-10 :
Do you want to learn a new instrument, or take your playing to the next level? The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is offering an opportunity to explore its many musical options during its Free Trial Lesson Week.   Starting December 5th and running through December 10th, CCM is offering free introductory trial lessons for many instruments—voice, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, cello, violin, viola, piano, guitar, and bass. Lesson times range from the early afternoon to evening Monday through Friday, and Saturday morning and afternoon. Available times for the free trial lesson depend upon the instrument. For those interested in instruments not listed in trial week, please call CCM to schedule a time.

To schedule a free trial private lesson, please call 978-369-0010, visit our website at or email Or, to sign up online directly, go to:

The Concord Conservatory of Music is the area’s non-profit community music school, serving Concord and the surrounding communities. CCM is located at 1317 Main Street in the West Concord Church. Financial assistance is available; please inquire.

Middle Schoolers and the Internet: An Evening with Katie Greer
Thursday, December 8, 7:00pm – CMS Sanborn Auditorium
How do you make the best decisions for technology and your family?  One way is to be informed, educated and equipped with useful tools and strategies.
Topics covered will include:

  • Social networking
  • Interactive games trends and rules
  • Applications – trends, appropriateness, usefulness
  • Technology tattoos
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting
  • Viral Kindness

Learn more about Katie Greer’s nationally-recognized work at her website:
General admission seats are $5.  Order Katie Greer tickets here.
We encourage parents of 4th and 5th graders to also consider attending.  Please note:  Prior offerings on this topic (Screenagers-the Movie) have been very popular and have sold out, please secure your spot soon.
Questions?  Contact Sandy Freund, Concord Middle School PTG.

Registration starts December 1st and late registration starts after December 31 and will close January 14.
Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse (CCYL) encourages girls and boys who are beginners to skilled players to learn and enjoy to play lacrosse!  Come join the fastest growing sport in America!
Sign up now before it closes!!!

Announcing the Cooler Concord Fair
Have you always wanted to save energy, but haven’t had the time to figure it all out and get it done? Help is on the way! Concord’s Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC), in collaboration with the Town, the Schools and the Light Plant, is pleased to announce the “Cooler Concord” Fair to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at CCHS. The Fair will be a one-stop shopping opportunity for busy families to learn about simple and significant ways to save both energy and money. Attendees will be able to talk with local experts about such topics as solar power, hybrid and electric cars, programmable thermostats, weatherization, highly efficient heating systems and the latest in energy-efficient lighting. The town will be prepared with strong financial incentives to make it easy to move forward. There will be giveaways, lots of food, and engaging activities for kids of all ages. CCHS Environmental Science, Photo and Film students are creating informative exhibits; students from Alcott, Thoreau, Willard and CMS will have their own interesting displays; and the CCHS Green Team is leading the way on event promotion.

Save the Date: This will be a “not-to-miss” event for Concord families, so mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

Call for Volunteers: Thank you to the many parents, teachers and students that are already helping! We have many more opportunities for volunteers. If you have a little time to help us put together an awesome Fair we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Jill Appel at or (978)371-7270 to learn how you can plug in!

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Call for Car Seat Donations:
My name is Abbie Owen, I’m an alumni of Thoreau school now at Northeastern University studying physical therapy. I am a senior in the program and working on my senior project, or capstone, and my project is to visit Ecuador in February with a small group of students and faculty. We will be going to an orphanage for children with disabilities to provide physical therapy and set up assistive devices. The orphanage has asked that we bring a number of supplies that are difficult for them to get, one item being 1 car seat for an infant and two car seats for toddlers.

I’m reaching out to the parents of Thoreau school in hopes  that a few of you are looking to pass on car seats that are no longer needed. We need the car seats by the end of December and I am available on weekends to pick them up. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
I can be reached at 978-505-3300 or
Happy Fall,
Abbie Owen