Thoreau Heart Project – Thoreau Announcements

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message

We are pleased to welcome Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter to our PTG Meeting tomorrow morning, February 8th at 9am. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your comments, questions, and concerns. Join us! Refreshments will be served. Agenda.

We had a great time at BINGO night last Friday night! Thank you to Chairs Jenifer Perry and Megan Holsinger for running the event and especially to Officer Ron for serving as caller! Read on to learn of many other upcoming Thoreau events and activities including a special Valentine activity, our annual Spelling Bee, and Math Night!

Kathleen & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

What is in a Thoreau Heart?

For Valentine’s Day, please celebrate all of the wonderful things our Thoreau community loves by helping your child participate in an expressive school-wide project. This week, two huge hearts appeared in the hallways of our school. They will seem to be empty at first, but will soon run over with the thoughts and feelings of students, faculty and staff. Here’s how:

A flyer is being sent home in student backpacks this week with a heart for your child. Each person is encouraged to write a word or two on their heart about their favorite thing that the Thoreau community loves and celebrates. Send the hearts in any time between now and Tuesday, February 12 (not the whole flyer please) and we will place them on the huge hallway hearts for all to enjoy. If the flyer doesn’t make it to you by the end of this week, please download it here to print at home.

Thank you for being part of this community project!

Lost and Found is Going… Going…

One week left to claim your stuff! The contents of the lost and found will be donated to charity during February vacation. A mathematics fraction activity kit, a dozen matched pairs of gloves, countless single gloves, sweatshirts emblazoned with “Brooklyn,” “Celtics” and “Genuine,” Justice pants, lunch boxes, water bottles and more are waiting to go home again. The Virtual Lost and Found online photo gallery has been updated this week – click here to view the gallery. Many people don’t realize an item is missing until after everything has been donated. Don’t let this happen to you – click now! – Kimber Lynn Drake

Save the Date: Spelling Bee on Sat. March 16!

Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade spellers! The 2019 Thoreau Spelling Bee is on Sat. March 16. Stay tuned for more details.

Save The Date: Cloudy With A Chance Of Math on March 22

Join us from 6-8 in the Thoreau cafeteria.

Transportation Lost and Found

Missing items? Think they might have been lost on the bus? Check out the latest in the lost and found:

Contact dispatcher April Healey at 978-461-3981 or with any questions or if you’d like to claim anything.

Recyclables for the Oceans Challenge – Thank you!

Thank you so much for the bags and boxes of recyclable materials that you have sent in. Two classes have put your items to good use, and we earned $268.00 for the Oceans Project in January.

You have been so responsive already that we have enough materials to last until the end of the Challenge on June 8. If you have saved recyclables for the project, please still send them in to Julie Turner in the Library, but there is no need to collect more items. The two exceptions are:

  • Newspaper bags (very popular for sea jelly tentacles)
  • Toilet paper tubes (for octopi and sharks)

Thanks again for all your help – the Thoreau School community is amazing! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email me at

A message from the Director of METCO

One of my priorities as Director of METCO is to provide opportunities for Concord and Carlisle families to learn more about the METCO experience, and also to facilitate the growth of relationships between Boston, Concord and Carlisle families. Below is the METCO Family Friends Program Application to be shared with Concord and Carlisle families. In addition, please find below the Evite for the community-wide film screening of On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins on February 12.

Thank you for your support!


METCO Family Friends Program Applications:
To learn how Thoreau Families can participate, click on the link! Thoreau METCO Family Friends Program Application

Community-wide Film Screening of On The Line: Where Sacrifice Begins:

February is Black History Month. As we reflect on the impact of prominent African American leaders, and activists, it is important to also highlight the impact of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and vision for racial integration, and a more just society. The Concord and Concord-Carlisle METCO Department cordially invite you to a the film screening of On the line: Where Sacrifice Begins. On The Line is “a fresh examination of the impact of busing for school integration, the historical and social conditions that launched the METCO program, and the participants who continue to assess the benefits and hardships of crossing racial, and class lines on their way to school.” The film screening will take place on Tuesday, February 12 in the CCHS auditorium from 6:30pm – 8pm. the following days and timesThe film is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Follow to RSVP. If any questions arise, please contact Andrew K. Nyamekye, Director of METCO at

Community News

Spring 2019 Co-Ed Flag Rugby

Sundays April 29 – June 10. MetroWest Youth Rugby is accepting registrations for our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills. No experience necessary. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th. First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. At Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 AM for grades K-6. To register visit

Little Hands, Big Hearts Valentines Crafting Party- Feb. 12

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital invites families with young children to “Little Hands, Big Hearts,” a free Valentine crafting party to make handmade cards that will be given to patients at Emerson Hospital on Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, February 12, stop by Emerson’s Cheney Conference room (through the Main Entrance, across from the Gift Shop) anytime between 2:30-4:30PM. Craft supplies and Valentine trimmings will be provided. Best for children ages 3-10; siblings welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking will be validated. Registration is appreciated but not required at Join us for this festive, family-friendly community service event!

Information Sessions: Planning for a new Concord Middle School Building — February 13, 6:30-8pm and February 14, 9:30-11am

The Concord School Committee invites you to the first two Information Sessions regarding proposed plans for a new middle school building. Join us to learn about the recommendations, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Funding for a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design of a new building will be up for a vote at Town Meeting, beginning April 8. Between now and then, the School Committee will host a series of Information Sessions and Public Forums to ensure that everyone has a chance to become familiar with the options for moving forward. The full schedule will be announced soon and will include daytime, evening, and weekend options.

To get educated early, please join us:
– Wednesday, February 13, 6:30-8pm in the Sanborn Auditorium
– Thursday, February 14, 9:30-11am at the Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 4.

Questions? Email the Concord School Committee at We hope to see you there!

Minute Man Arc Extra Steps Pediatric Therapies Program

Minute Man Arc is thrilled to announce Extra Steps Pediatric Therapies, a new program that is uniquely designed for children ages three to eight. Our caring and experienced team of therapists will evaluate each child and then coordinate treatment across multiple areas to build skills, strength and confidence. Extra Steps is the first program of its kind, building off of our highly successful Early Intervention program to bring the same level of quality programming to children ages three to eight.

  • Highlights
  • Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Wide Range of Services
  • Highly-Trained Specialists
  • Ongoing Evaluations and Reviews
  • External Collaboration with pediatricians and schools

Director Sherry Kenin will manage Extra Steps at 1269 Main Street in West Concord beginning on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Click here to learn more and request an appointment or call 978-287-7878.


In its 11th year, GirlPower! has been guiding girls to find their unique voices through movement, discussion, journaling, art and nature. Girls learn about each other through activities designed to build confidence, self-advocacy and self-care. Girls find new ways to connect to each other, learn how to navigate friendships and find ways to decompress. The GirlPower! experience provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment to explore, relax and renew.

Instructor Susanne Liebich is an experienced facilitator and movement instructor who has conducted GirlPower! programs for 11 years. She is a Certified Nia® Black Belt, a Certified Stott Pilates® and Total Barre™ instructor and has worked with girls of all ages and abilities to help them achieve self-confidence, health and wellness.

DATE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019 9:00 AM-NOON (8 TO 10 YRS), 1:00-5:00 PM (11 TO 13 YRS)
REGISTER: or call 978-287-3777

Big Heart, Little Heart Valentine’s Dance- Feb. 9th

Concord Family Network is hosting a BIG HEART, LITTLE HEART VALENTINE’S DANCE on Feb 9th 10-11:30 at TriCon Church 54 Walden St.

Enjoy a morning of dance, crafts and snacks. DJ and Family Entertainer Tim Seston will keep you moving with awesome music and fun games!

All families are invited. Free for CFN members, non-members pay $5/child. Donations of non-perishable food items to the Open Table pantry would be much appreciated.

Please RSVP by visiting our website,

Wonderland on Ice Family Ice Skating Party: February 10

Grab your skates and glide into the Wonderland on Ice at this year’s Concord Children’s Center family ice skating party! The party will take place on Sunday, February 10, from 3-5 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough. Meet some of your favorite Wonderland characters and enjoy a bake sale and fun on the ice for all. While skate rentals are available, children are strongly encouraged to bring their own skates, as there is a limited number of child-sized skates. If you plan to rent your child’s skates, we recommend arriving early in the party. Helmets also strongly recommended, especially for inexperienced skaters (bike helmets work if you don’t have a skating helmet). Helmets are not available for rental. Event is open to the public — tickets are $10/person, $35/family and can be purchased at or at the door.


Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD and/or dyslexia?

Do you think your child may have both?

Would you like the opportunity to ask questions of an expert?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. Roberto Olivardia PhD who is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In his private practice, Dr. Olivardia specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and issues that face students with dyslexia. Dr Olivardia is an active member of Decoding Dyslexia-Massachusetts.

When: Thursday, February 7th from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Where: Conference Room 4, Ripley Building, Meriam Road

For planning purposes, please RSVP via Eventbrite at our website:

Enough As She Is: An empowering evening with Rachel Simmons

Thursday, February 7 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Nashoba Brooks School, 200 Strawberry Hill Road, Concord, MA

Today’s girls have never been more “successful,” but they have never been
more unhappy. Too many feel that no matter how hard they try they will never
measure up to the “Supergirl” impossible standards of success. With more
than two decades of experience and research, New York Times best-selling
author Rachel Simmons offers a clear understanding of this problem facing our
girls today and provides actionable advice and tangible strategies for parents
and educators so they can best support girls as they navigate the waves of
adolescence to live their best, most fulfilling lives.

Free and open to the public. Limited number of books available for sale and book
signing at the conclusion of the event.

Please contact Betty Ann Killian at with any questions.

Concord Conservatory presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert- Feb. 8

Concord Conservatory of Music presents Mile Twelve, A Bluegrass Concert on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm. Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band whose music appeals to all ages. Strong instrumentals and harmonies shine through whether performing original tunes or clever renditions of pop tunes. Generous donors and Middlesex Savings Bank have helped bring Mile Twelve to our community. For tickets visit ($20/adults; free for students 18 & under) or available at the door. As a non-profit school, CCM serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM, located at 1317 Main St., also offers private instruction, group classes, and performance opportunities. 978-369-0010/

Registration is open for CCYS Winter and Spring soccer programs.

Winter Skills Clinics – We will offer two consecutive six-week sessions that begin in January (Session 1: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7; Session 2: February 14, 28 and March 7,14, 21 & 28). Cost is $150 per six-week session. Space is limited to 12 players per clinic. 2nd & 3rd Grade Boys’ & Girls Skills Clinics – Thursdays 6 – 7pm at Teamworks Acton. 4th & 5th Grade Boys & Girls’ Skills Clinics – Thursdays 7 – 8pm at Teamworks Acton.

CCYS InTown Soccer – Registration: open through March 1, 2019. For players in Pre-K – 6. Season runs from April 27–June 15, 2019. Teams practice once a week and play games in Concord or Carlisle on either Saturday mornings or afternoons. Grades 5-6 divisions play games in Concord and Acton on Saturdays from April 6 – June 15, 2019. Games will be NOT held over the Memorial Day holiday.

For more information go to

Okee Dokee Brothers Concert – March 9

Concord Conservatory of Music presents The Okee Dokee Brothers, a family concert on Saturday, March 9th, 2 pm at 51 Walden in Concord.Plan to bring your kids closer to nature through an afternoon of songs performed by this creative duo. As childhood friends growing up in Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their down-home and lively Americana Folk music. Tickets are $25 for premium seating and $15 for regular admission. Purchase tickets at: