Thoreau Announcements 9/10/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We are excited to officially welcome everyone to the beginning of the 20/21 school year! While we are off to a completely different start than we are used to, we are excited and grateful to have started! We hope that however you have started the school year, whether it is in-person or by participating in the remote academy, that everyone has had a smooth first few days.

As with most things this year, the event calendar at Thoreau will be more “fluid” and look different than it has in the past; however, we will be sure to update you with all important events and dates as soon as we know about them (and if changes need to be made to previously announced events).

One date to mark on your calendar is Picture Day. For this year, we have moved our usual fall date to the Spring of 2021, and it is currently set for Wednesday May 5th, 2021. And not to worry, Coffeepond has assured us that pictures will be ready by the end of our school year.

We hope that you will join us for the first PTG meeting on Monday Sept 14th at 9:30 am. The zoom link for this meeting will be sent out in separate blast.

A huge thank you once again to Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola for organizing such a successful and wonderful welcome back for our teachers and staff. And thank you to all of the families that put time and effort into the beautiful signs that were made! Please be sure to check out the video (see below) that shows off your wonderful works of art!

Upcoming dates:
Sept 14th – PTG welcome (zoom link to come)
Sept 18th – K/1 virtual coffee from 9:30-10:30 am as well as 8:00-9:00pm (see zoom links below)
Upcoming: Virtual Meet the Principal Q&A for new families

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Thanks to all those who contributed welcome signs for our fabulous Thoreau teachers and staff! Check out the TikTok, and welcome back everyone!

K/1 Virtual Coffee

Friday, September 18th – Virtual Kindergarten/1st Grade Coffee

Get to know other parents of kindergarten and 1st grade students! Due to the pandemic, we’ll be meeting virtually via Zoom this year. Please note that we’re offering two different meeting times to accommodate as many schedules as we can. Feel free to come to one – or both!

Friday, Sept 18
9:30-10:30am (Morning!)
Topic: K/1 Virtual Coffee – Morning
Time: Sep 18, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 840 8449 2941
Passcode: 926291

Friday, Sept 18
8-9pm (Evening!)
Topic: K/1 Virtual Coffee – Evening
Time: Sep 18, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 828 2758 6089
Passcode: 361034

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:

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!

How to make this a meaningful experience – and not just a click of a button.

We had hoped to roll out a school supply drive last spring, in conjunction with participating classrooms that would allow for conversation with students around who would receive these supplies, why they were needed and how they would help. Then families would have the chance to take their child(ren) shopping for a hands-on experience in purchasing the requested items. Unfortunately, like so many other things, we have had to change our approach in light of the pandemic. We hope this email provides you with some language and information you can use to share with your Thoreau students to explain what we are doing, why we are doing it and the impact it will have on the youth at Friends-Boston. We believe that while we are not able to roll out this initiative as originally planned, there is still opportunity to make this meaningful and to work together as a school community to help provide for others.

Please know that we understand this entire experience over the last 5 months has been incredibly stressful and difficult for everyone. We recognize that right now is particularly stressful as we are all navigating the decisions before us for the upcoming school year at Thoreau. This service project is completely optional and no family is in any way required or expected to participate if it is not a good fit for your family at this time.

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

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
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: / (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. 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

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 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