Thoreau Announcements- 4/30/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Whether you continued with homeschool activities or took a break last week we hope you were able to have some family time and enjoy the outdoors. We are lucky to live in an area with so many beautiful trails and outdoor space to take advantage of during this time. While other states canceled school for the year weeks ago and we knew it was coming, it was still difficult to hear the final decision. As we continue to do the best we can with our children at home we look forward to the day when they are back at Thoreau. We continue to see many acts of kindness and support in our community which will help us get through these next few months. We also want to thank our teachers and administration for their continued support and leadership.

There will be a Principal Coffee/PTG Meeting Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00 pm via Zoom. More details to follow.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Teacher Appreciation Week- May 6th to 10th

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Let the amazing Thoreau staff know how much you appreciate them…..even in isolation! Parents are encouraged to email notes of gratitude throughout the week of 5/6 to 5/10, and be sure to remember those ‘Specials’ teachers also. Hint: visit the Thoreau website’s ‘Academics’ tab for a list of teachers and email addresses to spam them with LOVE! Students can send teacher-specific drawings and notes directly to teachers as well.

The Staff Appreciation Committee will also put together a slideshow of notes/drawings or video clips to share with the entire staff toward the end of the week. Students who want to be included in this slideshow can send submissions to jordan.bindercfn@gmail.com no later than 8 p.m. Monday 5/6. These submissions should convey appreciation for entire Thoreau staff and NOT address teachers by name.

If anyone has questions, the committee can be reached at heatherchiancola@gmail.com or jordanbinder@yahoo.com

At Home Field Day- May 8th

The Elementary PE Staff (Mr. Gaudreau, Mr. Germond and Mrs. Murphy) are hoping you can notify families that the elementary schools will be having an at home field day this year!

The elementary PE teachers are excited to offer a National Field Day on Friday May 8th, organized and sponsored by the On-line Physical Education Network (OPEN). PE teachers will be posting info on their website and disseminating that info through classroom teachers so that students can see what activities are offered and practice activities on the days leading up to the big event.

Here is a link to the activities: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gsCv7Y4fuNc-6sInkIK5XSxAWzdo56UO/view

You can also see my webpage for more info: https://thoreau.concordps.org/bmurphy/national-virtual-field-day-2020/. Students can try some or all the activities, but by Friday May 8th they must choose 4 activities they wish to participate in, but can do as many as your family wishes. Activities can be done at any point throughout the day. The activities are designed to be played with common household goods. Parents may want to check out materials needed for activities here: https://openphysed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NFD-Equipment-List-English.pdf

Remember students do not have to practice all the activities, but they certainly can if they want to! If you don’t have the exact materials you can improvise or just skip that activity. No other work will be given from classroom teachers on that day! We hope this will be a fun day for your child!

Thanks, stay safe and be well

Community News


Kids need camp more than ever this summer and Concord Recreation is ready to deliver!

As of now, summer camps will run June 29-August 14 and we will work closely with the Board of Health to follow all CDC recommended guidelines as those guidelines become available. New this year, we are welcoming customers to reserve a space at camp for your child with a deposit of $75 each week! Camp balances will be due two weeks prior to the camp start date and email reminders will go out to remind you to pay your balance online. We are in this together and hope this deposit feature will help ease your mind as you consider joining us for camp this year. If camp should be cancelled or delayed or if your situation changes after you’ve registered, refunds will be processed with no cancellation fee. To register for camp worry free, visit this link: https://concordrec.myrec.com/info/activities/default.aspx?CategoryID=1547&type=activities

Questions? Email ConcordRec@concordma.gov. Think summer!

Emerson Hospital’s 5k VIRTUAL Run~Walk for Cancer Care May 11-25, 2020 | EmersonHospital.Org/5k

Run~Walk a Distance … From a [Social] Distance – Join us as we take our annual family-friendly event virtual from May 11-25! We’re meeting you where you are – in your living room, backyard or local trail. Here’s our reality: Cancer patients continue to need treatment – even during a healthcare crisis of this magnitude. What better time for us, as a community, to support local healthcare. Together, we can do this – we must do this – for our Cancer Care Center! Run, Walk or Stroll(er) and help us reach our goal! Registration is easy and family packages are available; click HERE for registration information, including how to create a neighborhood, organization, business or school group challenge and have some fun! For updates and to share “How You Run~Walk,” follow us on Facebook at @EmersonHospital5k

IMSCC Music Lessons – new mini-session in May and June

Are you missing your band or orchestra practice at school, or singing in the chorus? Don’t let your instrument gather dust while you wait for school to open again – keep up your skills with some music lessons! IMSCC is accepting new students to join us for a mini-session that starts after vacation. All ages are welcome, including adults. Our instructors are currently giving lessons online; lessons will be made available in person if schools are able to open again in May or June. Please visit http://www.concordcarlisleace.org/instrumental-music-school to learn about lesson rates, faculty and more. To begin the enrollment process please submit an inquiry at https://ccace.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons. Questions? Please email Debbie Levine.

New, CCM’s Distance Learning Program

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is offering private instruction for our current students using our Distance Learning Program. It is now accepting new students to study online. The talented CCM faculty are already successfully teaching lessons online with creative and innovative approaches that make the Distance Learning Program a dynamic experience. When the school discontinues Distance Learning, all students will resume their lessons and group classes at our building for the remaining weeks of the semester. If you would like to learn more about private instruction, complete the New Student Lesson Inquiry Form at https://concordconservatory.asapconnected.com/#PrivateLessons.

Mindfulness for Our Community

On the Mat Yoga in Concord is offering LIVE VIRTUAL 60 min yoga classes 7 days a week as well as a library of 30 min classes you can use on your own schedule. Never have we needed a way to re-connect our body and minds like this!

Also, FOR THE KIDS Tara Rachel Jones an amazing kids yoga teacher is offering a LIVE kids yoga class for ages 2-7 on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am. I did the class with my 1st grader and we both really enjoyed it. It’s about 30 min. NAMASTE!

https://www.onthematyoga.com/virtual-yoga-classes