Thoreau Announcements 5/21/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Happy Spring everyone! Looks like the weather may finally be improving! We have scheduled a PTG meeting for Thursday, May 28th at 2:00 pm. Please join us via Zoom. It will be a regular format where everyone can participate rather than the webinar format. We will send out a link closer to the meeting date

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Secrets of the Box Top Superstars

Remember the year when a score in the Box Tops classroom contest chart ran off the paper? Mrs. Pierce’s 1st grade class had SO many clips that we had to extend the poster to show their super-huge bar on the bar graph! What was their secret? It was Grandma. Now that the Box Tops program is part digital/part traditional clips, it is easier than ever for family and friends in other towns and states to support your child in the classroom contest. All they need to do is capture an image of their grocery store receipt from within the Box Top mobile app, and any qualifying products they bought will be automatically credited to Thoreau School. They can even specify your child’s classroom for credit in our contest. Send them this link to a two-minute video that shows them all they need to know. And if you still have that bag of traditional clips, don’t throw them away! We are still collecting all of them for this year’s contest – even the expired ones will get credit. Stay tuned for more news on how to safely turn them in, coming soon. Thanks for participating!

Teacher Appreciation

We still found creative ways to celebrate our wonderful teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Check out the vidhug created with families’ video messages.

Order Next Year’s School Supplies Online Now! Deadline is July 1st

Believe it or not, there will be a day when classes physically happen at Thoreau school again. In anticipation of that GREAT day, the PTG has once again paired up with this year as an easy, hands-free, online option for purchasing school supplies for next year. You are already on your computer, which means you are only a couple of clicks away from crossing school supplies off your “to do” list for the fall. Simply go to, type in our zip code (01742), and choose Thoreau. All kits will be delivered directly to the school for distribution at the beginning of the school year. The deadline to order is July 1, 2020. Families in need of financial assistance, please contact Rachel Levesque.

Community News

CMS Building Committee Update

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the Concord Middle School Building Committee (CMSBC) is announcing that following completion of the preliminary Feasibility Study, the committee will temporarily pause its work before proceeding forward with Schematic Design. The Committee is still firmly committed to executing the project as soon as possible and will re-evaluate the timing monthly until it is deemed feasible to continue work.

For further details, see here: CMS Building Committee Temporarily Suspends Activity Due to Covid-19 Crisis

Concord Conservatory (CCM) Offers Introductory 4-Pack for New Students

The Concord Conservatory of Music offers all the benefits of traditional music lessons from the convenience and safety of your home. Through simple, user-friendly technology, skilled CCM instructors come to you live via online music lessons. Your customized Online Lesson-4-Pack is 4 half-hour private lessons at 25% off (valid for new students only and subject to instructor/instrument availability). Limit one/student. All you need is an internet connection, a computer with a mic and camera (standard with most computers). Complete the New Student Inquiry Form to get started:

IMSCC Summer Lessons and new Online Classes

Registration is open for summer music lessons! We will be holding lessons online and will transition to in-person lessons if it is deemed safe. Enroll in lessons for any or all of the nine weeks of our summer session, June 22 through August 21. Spring mini-session is going on now – new enrollments still welcome. Send in a lesson inquiry for either session.

New music classes are starting online now! Music Theory 101, Analyzing Music, and Viva Opera start this month. Summer classes are online, more programs are still being added – check back over the next few weeks to see all our offerings! Click here for music classes, or here and search for Music. Questions? Contact Debbie Levine.

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:

Questions? Email 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 to learn about lesson rates, faculty and more. To begin the enrollment process please submit an inquiry at 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

Mindfulness for Our Community

Kids Yoga Classes offered virtually through Also plenty of classes for older teens and adults including an early morning flow on Fridays at 6:30am for all you early birds