Thoreau Announcements 3/5/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We have a lot on the horizon in the upcoming weeks. Next Friday, March 13th we will have our PTG meeting in the cafeteria–on the agenda will be a vote to provide the school with money towards new playground equipment–come join the discussion. On Saturday, March 14th, 3rd-5th Graders will have an opportunity to join in the Spelling Bee. The following Saturday, March 21st in the Cake Walk–this event will need lots of volunteers, so please consider helping with this beloved Thoreau tradition.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

What’s the Buzz? Calling all spellers for the annual Bee, Saturday March 14th.

This year’s Thoreau School Spelling Bee for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, March 14th. Third and fourth graders participate in teams of two or three (which they are responsible for forming), and fifth graders compete individually. For 3rd graders, there is no elimination – it’s a fun, no pressure introduction to the world of spelling bees. The start times (may change slightly depending on how many spellers we have for each grade!): 3rd graders at 1:30; 4th graders at 2:45; and 5th graders at 3:30. Forms were sent home this week to each child in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Please have the forms (and registration fees) returned by Friday March 6th. If you have any questions please contact Robert Lemaire at Thoreau or Evy Alloway at See you at the Bee!


CAKE WALK is Saturday, March 21st from 1:00 to 3:30. Games, prizes and CAKES!!
Be on the lookout for a flyer to be coming home soon and additional information in upcoming Thoreau Announcements

We do need lots of volunteers to make the day successful the kids. Please use the following link to sign up.

Any questions please reach out to Deb Antonangeli at or to Alyssa Erhartic at

Spring BOKS starts Tuesday, March 31!

We are gearing up for the Spring BOKS session! If you aren’t familiar with this program, BOKS is a free before-school physical fitness program at Thoreau. With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn. The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness, and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The spring BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on March 31 and running through May 28. Registration will open at 9AM on Monday, March 9, and close on Friday, March 13 at 5PM. Spots in the program are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 30 kids registered. Click here to learn more and to sign up:

Thoreau Moms’ and Dads’ Nights

Calling all Thoreau Moms and Dads that need a night out (i.e. EVERYONE!)!!

Thoreau Annual Moms’ Night – March 19th
Thoreau Dads’ Night – Take Two!! March 26th

Thoreau Elementary School Red Sox Game Opportunity

Red Sox v. Texas Rangers
Friday, May 1, 2020
Section L37U Rows 27-33

Once again Thoreau Elementary has been given the opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets in a group block! Tickets will cost $25 each and we are limited to 200 tickets. Tickets will be given out on a first come/first serve basis with mandatory adherence to the guidelines below:

  • Ticket requests must be emailed to JENIFERLPERRY@GMAIL.COM. Please note: no other modes of requesting tickets will be honored. You will receive an email response letting you know if tickets have been secured for you within 24 hours. Your email must include the following (requests not containing the required information will not receive tickets):
    • Your name
    • Student’s name
    • Number of tickets requested
  • Tickets must be picked up at 40 INGHAM LANE in Concord on either Thursday, March 5 or Friday, March 6, between 6:00PM and 7:30PM, no exceptions. At that time, a check made out to ‘Thoreau PTG’ will be required to pick up tickets. NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Any tickets not picked up by Friday, 3/6 at 7:30PM will be given to remaining families on the waitlist. Please note these pick-up times on your calendar. Thanks! We’re thinking about sunshine and looking forward to another great game!

Community News

Collecting New Pajamas for Area Children in Need- Donate until March 6

A collection box will be in the Thoreau lobby starting on February 13 through March 6th. Please consider donating a pair of children’s pajamas in any size (baby to big kid). Pajamas must be new. All donations will be distributed directly to area children in low income and homeless situations through Cradles to Crayons. Consider having your children help choose the pajamas — something we know every child loves. Our hope is for them to make a connection to helping another child in need. All donations will be picked up on Friday, March 6th. Thank you!

Concord Youth Theatre presents Pinocchio: March 6-8 & March 13-14

Tickets on sale now at Concord Youth Theatre

CMS Information Session- March 14

Concord Family Network is hosting an Info Session about the Concord Middle School Project on Saturday, March 14 from 10-11am at the Harvey Wheeler Center for parents with children in preschool, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade. Members of the CMS Building Committee will give an overview of the feasibility study, describe the next steps, and answer any questions. They will also welcome any wish-list items that parents would like to see in the new building plan. This is a chance to voice your thoughts about any elements and attributes of a new middle school that are important to you/your children (accessibility, green space, technology, theater/auditorium, playing fields, library, etc.)! Please come to this important 1-hour meeting and be a part of the process!

What: Concord Middle School Project Info Session, hosted by Concord Family Network
Where: Harvey Wheeler Center (1276 Main Street, Concord), Clock Tower Meeting Rm.
When: Saturday, March 14 from 10-11am
Questions: contact Sheri Long at


Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration will be closing on March 15th. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.

CCYB/S Softball will have five divisions. The season will kick off at the end of April. For more information or to register go to

Divisions Offered:

T-Ball Grades K-1
Rookie Grades 2-3
Minors Grades 4 (Travel)
Majors Grades 5-6 (Travel)
Seniors Grades 7-8 (Travel)

SWIM to FLIP CF- May 2nd

Saturday May 2nd 2020, 1pm-4pm
The Thoreau Club,
275 Forest Ridge Road,
Concord MA

LifeLineRacing is hosting our first-ever cystic fibrosis fund raising swim event. Fundraisers, ages 7 and up, will participate in timed swims ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Sign up as a team or an individual. Fundraisers will receive LifeLineRacing swim caps, event t-shirts and swag bags for their efforts.

Apple Airpods awarded to the highest fundraiser in swim category!

Suit up! for #65 Roses

The Center for Parents and Teachers wants to hear from you as we work on parent education events for 2020-2021!

Please take a moment to offer input about programs for next year.

Children’s Learning, Language & Development 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 (NIH).

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 scheduled on weekdays and weekends) per year for 3 years. 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 the visits, children complete a battery of cognitive and language-based assessments, 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. Results of your child’s cognitive and language-based assessments are mailed to you. Please email us at or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions.

IMSCC’s Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops

Sign up now for summer music classes with IMSCC – there’s something for every musician! Join an ensemble – choose from Summer Band/Jazz Band/Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Chamber Music. Classes include Bassoon Reed-making Workshops, Trumpet Workshop, and two new classes where students can improve performance and audition skills. Details and registration at

Summer private music lessons will start enrolling in April. Winter/Spring lesson registration is ongoing, students can start any time and tuition is prorated. For more information about IMSCC lessons please visit

Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at, 978-318-1400 ext. 7653.

CPT Needs Your Input

The Center for Parents and Teachers provides:
• Unique parent education programs
• Teacher training opportunities
• Support for community wide information events

We want to hear from you as we work on parent education events for 2020-2021!
Please take a moment to offer input about programs for next year.
Simply click on this link to provide input.

For examples of possible topics, here is a link to the CPT website.
Some possible topics, but not limited to, are the following:

School Stress and Anxiety
Youth Mental Health Issues
Teen Risk-Taking with Drugs and other Substances
Do Climate Change Concerns Impact Children’s Mental Health — and Ways to Respond
Talking with Adolescents About Difficult Topics
Social Media and Cyber Safety

Thank you – we look forward to hearing from you.
Center for Parents and Teachers