Thoreau Announcements 3/12/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We are sorry to have to add the this long list of emails you have been receiving about COVID-19, but it is unfortunately unavoidable these days. At least we are fortunate to have the calm, measured and transparent leadership of Dr. Laurie Hunter. As per the email from both Dr. Hunter and Angel Charles both the Spelling Bee and Cake Walk have been canceled. In addition, the Moms’ Night Out scheduled for next Thursday, March 19th is also cancelled.

We will have our PTG meeting this Friday morning at 9:00 am in the Cafeteria.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Breakfast- March 24

March is National Transportation Safety Awareness month, and the staff appreciation committee has planned a breakfast to honor our bus drivers and crossing guards! We rely totally on donations for this event so please check out the sign up link below and consider providing an item. Items can be dropped off the morning of the event Tuesday 3/24 in the cafeteria prior to 8:45 am OR anytime between 8am and 8pm on Monday 3/23 to the organizers’ homes (details on the sign up genius). Please note that hot items should only be delivered on 3/24 as we have no way to reheat foods. If neither of those dates is convenient, there’s even a Venmo option to contribute to gifts!

**Encourage your children to make cards/write notes of thanks to the guards/ their driver. Kids can deliver these themselves OR send them to PTG mailbox in the front office before 3/24 and we will deliver them for you!

Please email us with questions: or


Friday April 3rd for….. “MATHLANDIA” at THOREAU!

Math Night 2020 will be held in the Thoreau School Cafeteria on April 3rd from 6-8pm. This is actually a lot of fun for the whole family! You and the kids will work on FUN math problems and games (no calculator required) AND there will be delicious pizza for sale AND prizes!

If you like math or not, PLEASE consider helping this event possible for the kids! Click on the sign up link to volunteer. CCHS volunteers are welcome too!

Thank you! Loren

Afterschool Programs with Concord Recreation

Registration is open through the Concord Recreation Department for the following classes running this Spring at the Thoreau School:

Before School Sports
GR 3-5
Students will play some of their favorite games from PE Class including, “pillow polo hockey,” hospital, handball, kickball and more!

Fuzzy Felt *Class is full, waitlist has started
GR K-5
Join Mrs. Dillon in her sewing extravaganza! Learn how to sew bags, pillows, stuffed animals, and learn appliqué. Fun for any student who likes to craft.

Science Mysteries
GR 1-3
How did you do that? Solve awesome science mysteries by becoming a super science sleuth! Identify mystery powders by using chemical tests. Create “atomic” worms that glow. Decode geological clues to see how our Earth has changed.

Kids Test Kitchen *Class is full, waitlist has started
GR 1-5
Each week we’ll explore new or familiar foods in their raw, unmanipulated state. Then, working as a team, we’ll slice, dice, peel, measure, and cook until we’ve prepared the finished dish. We’ll be recreating savory favorites and introducing a dessert that pleases the senses and the body! As usual, at the end of class your aspiring chef will receive the main ingredient and the recipe so that they can show off what they’ve learned!

Box Tops for Education – Not Sure How to Participate?

Many of you are not sure how to participate in this year’s Box Tops for Education classroom contest. There are two ways to help push your child’s classroom into the winner’s circle. If you buy a product with a box top logo that says “No more clipping – Scan your receipt,” use your purchase receipt (within 14 days of purchase) to submit that box top on your mobile device with the program’s new app. Click here to download and install the app. Follow these links to watch a 2-minute video demo of the app and to see written step-by-step instructions on how to get your submission credited towards your child’s classroom.

If you see a box top logo surrounded by a dotted line and the words “official coupon,” please clip that box top to send in to school and we will credit it to your classroom. Collect the box tops in a small plastic bag, put your child’s name and their teacher’s name on a slip of paper in the bag and put them in the collection box in the lobby. Or if you only have one or two box tops, you can write the names directly on the back of the box top and turn it in with no bag. Every clip of either type earns money for the school, so thanks for participating!

Lost and Found

‘Tis the season for chilly mornings with warmer afternoons…the perfect recipe for sweatshirts and jackets getting left behind on the playground. Please check the lost and found when you come in for parent/teacher conferences. All remaining items will be donated to charity on Friday April 3rd.

It’s a great time of year to label outerwear with names, and to remind your child to think about what they were wearing that morning as they pack up their things in the afternoon before leaving school. These simple actions will help keep your stuff out of the lost and found and out of the donation bin.

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 Dads’ Night

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

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

Concord Youth Theatre presents Pinocchio: 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


The Discovery Museum in Acton is hosting an “Especially For Me” evening for families who would appreciate a quieter and less crowded environment. This provides an opportunity for SEPAC families to meet up while having fun. Your family can plan, explore, experiment, imagine and also enjoy dinner together in an accessible and inclusive environment. A music therapist will also be available to play and perform with your children.

When: Saturday, 21st March from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main St, Acton, MA 01720

This event and dinner are free but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please click here to register now and also send an email to to confirm you will be attending so we know to look for you. More information is available on our website

THE SEPAC APPRECIATION AWARDS ARE BACK! Submission deadline March 27th

The Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council is delighted to announce the launch of our 4th Annual SEPAC Appreciation Awards.

Is there a teacher, staff member or administrator who has had a positive impact on your child’s life this year?

We are inviting parents and caregivers with children on an IEP or 504 plan to acknowledge one special person in the public schools who has made a positive impact on your family or child this year. You can submit your name by filling out the award form on the SEPAC website. Awards will be presented to all school personnel whose names have been shared with us by parents and guardians.

Appreciation Award submissions will be taken until 27th March, 2020. If you have any questions, please email us at The Appreciation Award winners will be honored at the Joint School Committee Meeting on 14th April and all are welcome to attend the presentation.

West Concord Acts Out! May 2nd

The West Concord Junction Cultural District Committee invites you to participate in a Community Talent Show during our ArtWeek 2020 celebration. Participants must be amateur performers and keep their acts under 5 minutes. Attendance for a portion of the rehearsal is mandatory. Priority will be given to Concord residents. Use this link to submit your act:

SHOWTIME: Saturday, May 2, 6-8 p.m.
REHEARSAL: Sunday, April 26, 12-4 p.m.
WHERE: The Kay Deford Center for the Performing Arts
53 Church Street (Home of Concord Youth Theatre)
DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by March 15

Please note: The Center for Performing Arts has a piano and is fully accessible.

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


In this month’s SEPAC Newsletter some of our board members share their SEPAC experiences with you. We hope you will feel inspired to come and join us for the 2020-21 school year.

We also have exciting news about the introduction of ‘Best Buddies’ and ‘Unified Sports at CCHS. We hope you can join us at the board meeting this month to hear from Principal Mike Mastrullo and Assistant Principal Katie Stahl about these wonderful programs. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re happy to hear from you.

Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito
SEPAC Co-Presidents

The Concord Middle School Building Committee Report

CMS Educational Vision Unveiled at Community Forum

The Concord Middle School Building Committee (CMSBC) held a community forum to provide updates on process, schedule and the educational planning for the proposed new middle school as well as to share the project team’s analysis of the Sanborn site and to present possible options for concept design. Their goal was to inform, garner feedback and to answer any questions.

Concord Public School Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter and Concord Middle School Principal Justin Cameron presented regarding the vision for the educational program that will guide the architects as they design the new facility. The process to create the vision included public forums with students, parents and educators to inform the vision and priorities for a curriculum and what a middles school building should include in a 21st Century school. A constellation of eight crucial elements or core principles were identified that would shape decisions on specific building components that would incorporate these principals into the new school.

These principles are related and interconnected; they include:
Collaboration furniture and spaces designed for the full range of experiences and modes to prepare students to be effective adults;
Flexibility various room sizes with ability to combine or divide spaces to support all teaching modes and learning styles and planning ahead to facilitate future expansion and ease renovation;
Authenticity real and warm materials such as natural wood and fabrics, and connection to nature;
Inclusivity barrier-free design, zoning for after-hours and community use, an auditorium and cafeteria that can hold the entire school, effective and intuitive circulation for connection and good communication;
Engagement spaces for hands-on innovation, creativity and joyful learning, a green building that can be a teaching tool, one special defining space or campus element;
Balance a design that will foster the full spectrum: technology to craft, teacher-led to student-led, indoors to outdoors, independent to group;
Wellness a sustainable, high performance school with care applied to comfort, acoustics, natural light and connection to the outdoors, a school for the whole person; and,
Choice allow for teacher and student autonomy while balancing standards with latitude for individual pathways to success.

The vision process revealed a consensus to utilize a middle school model which utilizes a team approach with four content area teachers per team which promotes student to student relationships, student to teacher relationships, as well as interdisciplinary and collaborative learning through a project and problem based approach. This is opposed to a junior high model which operates like a high school where class assignments are based on schedules, grade levels are mixed at all times, and curriculum and instruction are insular and content based.

SMMA, the design team for the feasibility study and schematic design phase, presented five potential massing options for how the new middle school building would be organized and located on the site. The topography of the site features a plateau and sloped hill adjacent to a forested area. Several of the options utilized the slope and south facing forest views while all the options were focused on creating a facility that reflected the team teaching approach with flexible spaces.

Among other matters, members of the CMSBC were seeking input on open questions such as the overall size and building footprint, sustainability elements, as well as the size and type of gymnasium and auditorium. Attendees expressed interest in addressing student stress, sustainability, inclusivity, music, financial considerations, safety, and a design for the whole child.

Interested individuals can find a copy of the presentations made at the meeting on line at For questions and comments, individuals can email the Committee at or utilize the form on the aforementioned web page,

Upcoming Meetings:

Concord Middle School Building Committee: March 26, 7:30am at the Ripley Building

All meetings are open to the public and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Concord Middle School Building Committee Contact Information
Interested individuals can find all relevant materials regarding the Concord Middle School Building Committee including meeting dates, agendas and minutes as well as reports that led to the Town Meeting Warrant Article at For questions and comments, individuals can email the Committee at or utilize the form on the aforementioned web page,


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)

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