Thoreau Announcements 9/24/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Back to School Night sure had a different feel this year didn’t it?!? Even though it was very different, it was wonderful to see and hear from the specialists and our children’s classroom teachers. They have such great plans to provide excellent programming for our children this year. We are very thankful to all of them for their (extra) hard work to provide our children with an excellent educational experience in the format that has been adapted for this year!

Thank you so much to Erin Fife, our new Kindergarten Registration and New Family Support co-ordinator for organizing and hosting zooms last week for our families who are new at Thoreau and a K/Gr.1 Virtual Coffee. It was nice to be able to connect in our “new way”. While we are grateful to have platforms, such as zoom, that allow us to “get together”, things do not always go according to plan. To the parents who joined the K/1 Virtual Coffee last Friday morning, we want to express our sincere apologies for the brief zoom bombing that occurred at the start of our meeting. The PTG has been discussing precautionary measures we need to have in place to keep our virtual events safe for everyone, but clearly our precautions were not enough on Friday. We are revising our safety procedures and thank you for your patience as we navigate this online world.

If you would like your contact information to be included in the 2020/21 School Directory, please make sure that your information is accurate and up to date in Aspen. Very soon this information will be downloaded from Aspen for us to publish the directory for this year. In addition to making sure your information is accurate, also remember to check YES in the field called “Use Student/Family Info in PTG directory”!

Save the Date
October 16:  PTG  Meeting @ 9:30 am
October 16-23: Virtual Book Fair

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Get Ready for the 2020 Book Fair!!!

Just like everything else this year, the book fair is going to be different as well! The book fair will be held online this year from Oct 16 – Oct 23rd. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

Show Your Thoreau Pride!!!

Now is the perfect time to show your school spirit! Our online school store is OPEN!

T-shirts, hoodies, pj pants, hats and NOW our own Thoreau MASKS! Check it out!

FREE SHIPPING SITEWIDE ON ALL ORDERS PLACED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30th!!!

https://www.amerasport.com/THOREAU-ELEMENTARY-SCHOOL/departments/1971/

Calling all Remote Academy and Kindergarten Parents

If you’re a Remote Academy parent who would like to connect with other RA families, or a Kindergarten parent wanting to connect with other K families, email Evy (alloway42@yahoo.com) with the name(s) and grade(s) of your child/children and she will compile and share that information with other interested families in your child’s grade level.

Join Girl Scouts!

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout troops are organized by school and grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parent volunteers. This year our meetings will all be outdoors and will focus on safety as much as community service and nature. For more details, please contact Crystal Kirkirt at ckirkirt@gsema.org or to join online go to www.gsema.org/join

Thoreau Community Service Project Needs YOU!

Hi Thoreau Families! We hope everyone is enjoying these last days of summer. Just a reminder that we are currently hosting a community service project to provide school supplies to children in Boston. Information on how to participate are detailed below. Although we are still not together in person, we can join together to support others.

What is involved in this Community Service project?

We are partnering with Friends of the Children-Boston to help meet the needs of the children they serve. These youth in Boston are significantly impacted by COVID and are in need of basic educational and enrichment materials at home. These materials would help families who are both managing a summer without access to many programs and activities in which the children would typically engage and also preparing for a school year with so many uncertainties.

Who is Friends of the Children-Boston?

Friends-Boston is a non-profit whose mission is to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors — 12+ years no matter what. Children are selected for the program during their kindergarten year and remain in the program through high school graduation. Mentors work closely with youth, families and schools to help these children navigate the challenges that threaten their ability to reach their full potential.

To learn more about the model, check out this short 3 minute video:

https://friendsboston.org/how-it-works/power-of-one

Who does Friends-Boston serve?

Friends-Boston is currently serving 144 children living primarily in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. The newest program participants will enter 1st grade this fall while the 2020 graduating class is venturing out to the workforce and to various local colleges and universities. The first youth in the program to be accepted to an Ivy League School will begin her studies at Columbia! While the primary program participant is the youth, the siblings and caregivers also receive supports in various ways that have obvious ripple effects.

What is the need?

COVID-19 has had a significant and negative impact on the youth and families at Friends-Boston. As studies have indicated, people of color are more significantly impacted by COVID. In addition to health risks and lack of access to quality medical care, a large majority of these families have also experienced job loss, unstable housing and a general lack of access to needed resources including food, cleaning supplies and the technology needed to support remote learning. Friends-Boston has worked relentlessly since the beginning of the pandemic to provide necessary support to ensure the families are safe and have what they need, but as the pandemic continues, so does the need. We are looking for Thoreau families to provide educational and enrichment supplies to these families to help alleviate some of the stress these families are experiencing.

How do I participate?

Just click on the Amazon Wish List below. It will take you to a list of needed supplies, compiled by Friends-Boston. You simply complete the check-out process and the item will ship directly to the organization. So easy!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3DJQ559X2IK0Z?ref_=wl_share

Please let us know if you have any questions!
Rachael Hollander, 5th Grade Teacher
Rachel Levesque, School Social Counselor
Julie Lynch, PTG Service Learning Chair

Community News


Kicks for Cancer is Going Virtual for 2020!

For the past 13 years, local high school soccer teams have competed in the Lois Well Memorial Kicks for Cancer event at Concord-Carlisle High School to KICK CANCER. We have raised over $490K for women’s cancer research. Please play your part to join the community and support this great cause virtually in 2020! Here’s how:

Kicks Lawn Signs: Paint the town with a pink and/or teal sign @ $25 each. New this year! Supply is limited and going fast! Honor a loved one by writing their name on the back.

Kicks Merchandise: Get your kicks on with shirts, lanyards, car magnets, scarves, and headbands.

Donate to Kicks: Any amount is greatly appreciated! Proceeds go to early detection of ovarian cancer research.

Visit the Kicks Website: Check out Kicks players’ “Shirt Stories,” alumni memories, and the history of Kicks.

Thank you for participating!

Concord Children’s Center Still Accepting Applications for 20-21 School Year

Concord Children’s Center (CCC) still has openings for infants, toddlers and preschoolers for the 20-21 school year. For information on CCC and applications, please visit www.concordchildrenscenter.org. CCC is an accredited, non-profit school committed to the development and early education of young children from the age of 10 weeks through pre-Kindergarten. Working together with families, CCC helps nurture engaged, life-long learners by creating an environment that celebrates a child’s inquisitive nature, encourages exploration and play, foster confidence in each child’s individual gifts, and guides children in building strong, respectful relationships.

Safe Routes to School

With fewer children riding buses this year, we expect more to walk and bike to school. An organization of Concord parents has prepared recommended routes, bike safety information and other updates which are available on their website here. They are also coordinating Bike-to-School events from September 9th through September 18th.

Please Join Us for the 3rd Annual Mighty Moose 5K!

We are so excited to announce the 3rd Annual Mighty Moose 5k! Yes, our 5k will be different this year, but we’re determined to make it as engaging as ever. Our goals are to keep our community involvement high and raise over $200,000. We ask for your support!
What is Mighty Moose?

Over the first two years of our 5k, we’ve built the largest independent fundraiser to support ovarian cancer prevention research being conducted by Dr. Elias at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dr. Chowdury at Dana Farber and their remarkable teams. They continue to make significant progress toward a new ovarian cancer blood screening test which will be the most impactful improvement in ovarian cancer treatment in over 40 years! The test is already available for high-risk women, and, once fully approved for all women, will save the lives of thousands of women every year.
How to Participate In This Year’s Virtual Race

Due to the Covid pandemic, our 3rd Annual Mighty Moose 5k race will look different. This year’s race will be held virtually, which will enable us to include our friends and family both locally and across the globe. Basically, you can run or walk a 5k (or a 1-mile race for young kids – up to you!) whenever and wherever you choose during our designated race window dates.

In addition, we’ve made the following changes to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate.

1. Waived all registration fees for 2020. There will be no registration fee to participate in this year’s race. All you need to do is to register online to participate and fundraise. Please consider a donation during the registration process to help support our mission. To register click here.

2. Changed to a virtual format over a two week period starting in late September. The race will be held virtually over a two-week window. You can run or walk a 5k whenever you choose during our designated race window dates. Our race window will start on our original race date of Sunday, September 27 and run through Sunday, October 11. You will receive a digital bib to print and, as we get closer, you’ll receive details regarding how to submit your race time if you choose to do so.

3. Created optional individual fundraiser pages. With each registration, an individual fundraising website will be created in your name with default content about our cause. You will have the option to use this page/content to help us raise money via donations for this year’s race. Following your registration, you will receive an email with details regarding how you can customize your page, including ideas for soliciting donations and increasing your fundraising goal.

4. Introduced option for creating or joining a fundraising team. During the registration process, you will also have the option to create your own fundraising team or join an existing fundraising team. This will enable you to pull a group together to raise money as a team to support our cause. This is a great opportunity to join your neighbors, gather your family and friends, re-engage with college buddies, or contacts from your past. How about a team of work colleagues or maybe your kids want to gather teammates, school friends, or extended family?

5. Included a “donation only” option. For those who are not interested in fundraising or participating in the race but want to support this critically important mission to prevent ovarian cancer, we included an option for a direct donation through the online registration process or click here to donate.

6. Signature Nike running hats available for purchase. This year, our signature Mighty Moose 5k Nike Running hats will be available for sale at Brine’s Sporting Goods in Concord or online starting Monday, August 17 for $25. Currently, there are a limited number of White and Blue hats with additional hats to be delivered shortly, including a new charcoal color. Please visit Brine’s on Main Street in Concord or you can go Online to order hats.

Although you are not required to join a team and fundraise, we highly encourage you to join or form one and have fun with it! We’d love to see some friendly competition between teams to see who can raise the most money and have the most donors. We will also have awards for individual fundraisers!

We hope you’ll join us, invite others, help us fundraise, or consider a donation.

Let’s do this! Click here to register and learn more.

Thank you,
The Mighty Moose Team

www.mightymoose5k.org
Mighty.Moose.5k@gmail.com
Mighty Moose Foundation, Inc.

New! CCM Virtual Fall Group Classes – Music Creation and Production

New virtual group classes from the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM)—Learn how to create and produce music. We’re beckoning teens and adults who crave how to make a great song! This fall experience a Music Creation and Production class from an expert in the field. Whether it’s Classic Tracks: Dissect legendary songs and mixes or Track Builders: Music Production using GarageBand, connect with others for the excitement of making music. If songwriting is more your interest, in our Songwriting course, you’ll discover that songwriting is more than just knowing harmony, melody, and form. These classes will get you on your road of becoming a master of music production. Explore CCM offerings: ConcordConservatory.org / (978) 369-0010.

As a non-profit school, Concord Conservatory of Music serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 400 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

CCM Fall Classes

Following Massachusetts guidelines, the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) will again deliver high-quality music education at 1317 Main in West Concord. Get inspired and untap your music potential with a group class. Sign-up today for a social and collaborative learning experience. Explore kid and adult classes (some with no experience necessary!). Discover what the West Side Strings Program gives young violinists and cellists—where they get the benefits of private lessons and the group class experience. For those with experience, plan to grow as a musician by playing with an ensemble or rock group. Classes to be offered at CCM and also online.

ConcordConservatory.org/(978) 369-0010. Financial assistance available.

Music Lessons and Classes with IMSCC

IMSCC lessons will be online this fall and musicians of all ages and levels are invited to join us! We have lessons for all band and orchestra instruments, plus piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. IMSCC instructors can help you keep up your practicing while learning new music and new skills with expert one-on-one instruction. Click here for information about IMSCC, including tuition rates and instructor bios. Click here and follow the prompts to submit a lesson inquiry. Questions? Email dlevine@concordcarlisle.org.

Learn about our September music classes for students grades 8-12 and adults! Immerse yourself in opera, or broadway musicals, or learn basic music theory. Click here for a complete list of music courses, or visit https://ccace.asapconnected.com/ and select Music on the drop down menu.

New Fall Classes at The Umbrella

The Umbrella Arts Center is offering virtual art classes this fall for kids, ages 5-18, and family workshops. Beginners can take a drawing or painting class. Students can play with claymation, weaving, or music to make fun art at home. Our interdisciplinary classes combine arts with the environment and build creative skills and environmental awareness. Classes begin the week of September 14 and run through the end of October.

Learn more on The Umbrella’s website. For questions contact Caroline Provost at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org.