Thoreau Announcements 9/17/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

There is definitely the feeling of fall in the air this week! We want to start out by thanking everyone who attended our first virtual PTG meeting of the year on Monday, and all of the new families that joined the welcome zoom on Tuesday.  It was so wonderful to see familiar faces and to meet many of the new families that have joined our Thoreau community!

Speaking of the Thoreau community, show your Thoreau pride!! In addition to being able to purchase spirit wear through our online store, we also have magnets that go on your car!  They cost just $5 and you can get yours from Kerri Nash. Please contact her at and she will get your magnet to you.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved and stay informed at Thoreau.

1.  Attend our monthly meetings. They are typically held the 3rd Friday each month at 9:30 am. Our next one will be October 16th and the zoom link will be sent out closer to that date.

2.  Be sure to check out our PTG website periodically for updates of events and programming as they are able to happen.(

3. Consider getting involved with us! There WILL come a time when we will be able to volunteer in the school again and hold events together. At this time we are actively seeking out volunteers to help us with Fundraising and to take over the organization of our annual Road Race that is held each spring. Please contact either one of us if you have any interest in these committees.

4. Support Thoreau while you shop!  Who isn’t using Amazon for many of our purchases these days?!?  If you go to and click start shopping, a portion of your qualifying purchases will be donated to our PTG from Amazon.  You support the PTG and it costs you nothing extra!!  Here is a picture taken this week of how much Evy contributed to the PTG this past quarter – just from making regular (admittedly, sometimes daily) purchases.

A reminder that the virtual K/1 coffee hours are happening this Friday at 9:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Mark your calendars!!  Next Wednesday, September 23 is our virtual Back to School night at 6:15 pm. Zoom link(s) to come from Mrs. Charles.

Upcoming Dates:
Friday Sept 18th: K/1 coffee from 9-10:30 am and 8-9 pm
Wednesday Sept 23rd: Virtual Back to School Night:
6:15 – Welcome
6:30-7:00 – Grades 4/5
7:00-7:30 – Grades 2/3
7:30-8:00- Grades K/1

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Show Your Thoreau Pride!!!

Now is the perfect time to show your school spirit! Our online school store is OPEN!

T-shirts, hoodies, pj pants, hats and NOW our own Thoreau MASKS! Check it out!

Calling all Remote Academy and Kindergarten Parents

If you’re a Remote Academy parent who would like to connect with other RA families, or a Kindergarten parent wanting to connect with other K families, email Evy ( with the name(s) and grade(s) of your child/children and she will compile and share that information with other interested families in your child’s grade level.

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

Join Girl Scouts!

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout troops are organized by school and grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parent volunteers. This year our meetings will all be outdoors and will focus on safety as much as community service and nature. For more details, please contact Crystal Kirkirt at or to join online go to

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!

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

Safe Routes to School

With fewer children riding buses this year, we expect more to walk and bike to school. An organization of Concord parents has prepared recommended routes, bike safety information and other updates which are available on their website here. They are also coordinating Bike-to-School events from September 9th through September 18th.

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