Thoreau Announcements 10/8/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone has been able to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful fall weather! It’s great to see our town come alive with sports, sidewalk sales and the usual hustle and bustle that makes Concord so special.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and just a reminder that Tuesday is a professional day and there is no school. School directories are now available to order on the Thoreau PTG website. Our next PTG meeting is Friday October 16th at 9:30. We hope to “see” you all there!

Save the Date
October 16: PTG Meeting @ 9:30 am
October 16-26: Virtual Book Fair

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Please go to to place your order for this year’s school directory. They should be printed out in the next couple of weeks and will be sent home in the backpack of your youngest child. Remote Academy families will have a time to come to the school and pick up their directories in a contactless manner. New this year is the option to pay via Venmo!!

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!!! Oct 16th-26th

Get ready to get excited about reading!! Our beloved annual book fair is just a week away! This year we are using Best Book Fairs ( and below is the link for instructions on how to navigate their site for when you are ready to purchase books.

Take note, it is when you are checking out that you will enter our school information

Here is the link to the Virtual Best Book Fair Instructions and Category List.

Wish List and Classroom Donations

As in years past, your child will be able to purchase a book for his/her teacher from their wish list. We will be using a site called Dream List for this and there will be more details and links for you next week. In addition to the wish list books, you will be able to donate money to your teacher on the Best Book Fairs site. The instructions are in the link above. At the end of the book fair, your teacher will use all donated money to purchase additional books for the classroom.

We want for everyone in the Thoreau community to be able to participate in the book fair, and as such, please reach out Rachel Levesque if you are need of financial assistance. There is a donation tab set up for Mrs. Levesque to help our families in need.

After the book fair ends, all books will be delivered free of charge to the school and will be sent home in your child’s backpack. Remote Academy families will have a time to come to the school and pick up their books in a contactless manner.

You’re Invited to a Special Book Fair Event: “Why Will No One Play with Me?” Book Discussion October 21st @7pm

Are you worried about your student and socialization this school year? As part of Alcott’s Virtual Book Fair, the Alcott PTG is happy to host an online discussion with author Caroline Maguire for parents of students at Alcott, Thoreau and Willard Elementary Schools.  The event is Wednesday October 21st at 7 pm. Caroline is going to present ideas on how to support your student’s socialization and play skills during the pandemic and then answer questions. Please pre-register and the event link will be emailed to you prior to the event. If you submit a question for the discussion during the registration, your name will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her new book “Why Will No One Play with me? The Play Better Plan.”

Her book is available for purchase through our vendor Best Book Fairs here:

Please pre-register here:

About Caroline Maguire

Concord parent Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., ACCG, PCC, founded and facilitates a comprehensive SEL training methodology (#ConnectionMatters) for adults, parents, clinicians and academic professionals on how to develop critical social, emotional and behavioral skills. Why Will No One Play With Me? includes scripts on how to communicate, and ensure, messaging registers with the recipient. Through her private practice, publications, lectures and workshops, her mission is to vanquish the devastating effects of feeling different and misunderstood.

Caroline earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College, and her Masters of Education and Early Childhood Development from Lesley University, where she spent four years studying the effects of executive function skills training on children with social skills deficits. Formerly, Caroline was the main children and teenager coach, social skills group co-leader, and school consultant at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, MA.

Show Your Thoreau Pride!!!

Shop our ONLINE SCHOOL STORE! New Thoreau Cares collection added.


Contact Kerri Nash @

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

Community News

Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Calling all fans of Halloween!

Do you like to carve pumpkins?
Do you like to win prizes?
Would you like to support those in need?

You can do all three when you participate in our Pumpkin Carving Contest.


Each entry is only $5. All funds raised will support the charity Dignity in Asylum.

Center for Parents and Teachers Upcoming Programs

(1) Mindful Wellness over Digital Distraction
Held virtually on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM
With so many kids now learning from home, we need a plan to help them avoid digital distraction, so they can get their work done. Unfortunately, digital distraction is slowing them down, interfering with deep thinking, and truncating their attention. Making it hard from them to be efficient and put forth their best work. This webinar will look at the science behind digital distraction, information overload, and over-reliance on digital media in everyday tasks, and how it’s impacting our brains. We will review specific strategies you can implement today to help yourself and your kids utilize mindful wellness to overcome digital distraction, keep tech in check, and thrive during distance learning.
Registration for this event is requested by 10/13. Please register here: You will receive a meeting invitation the day before the event.
Presented by Adrienne Principe, the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Life On, a non-profit, grassroots movement committed to digital wellness. She is also the co-founder of Concord Promise and a member of the Screens in Schools Working Group for the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.

(2) Pandemic Parenting: Looking Ahead to Fall and Winter
Held virtually on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM Free and open to All!
Please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a webinar to discuss ideas and strategies to help families cope with the shorter days and colder weather ahead. Dr. Kramer will share practical tools and will allow ample time to answer questions. While the content of this webinar will mostly focus on families with children in preschool and elementary school, all are welcome to attend. Parents should feel free to submit questions ahead of time by emailing Dr. Kramer through her website:
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 746955
Presented by Dr. Rachel Kramer who has, for over two decades, maintained a private practice in Pediatric Psychology in Concord. She offers a variety of services for preschoolers, children, adolescents, and their families including psychotherapy – with a focus on evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); consultation; and parent coaching, training and education.

(3) A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Rao: Securing Our Human Agency in Times of Crisis and Disruption
Held virtually on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM – In this informal conversation with nationally-known child psychologist and author Dr. Anthony Rao, we will discuss specific strategies on how parents can employ agency to help themselves, their families and their communities during these difficult times. Dr. Rao’s most recent book, The Power of Agency, is based on 7 principles to help you take action to stay grounded, balanced and healthy.
Participants can ask questions and share challenges, successes and tips in a supportive environment.
Registration for this event is requested by 10/20. Please register here: . A small donation of any size is requested to support the work of Turning Life On, the small nonprofit. presenting this program. You will receive a meeting invitation the day before the event.

(4) Parenting Adolescents During the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:30PM. Free and open to all!
Parents of adolescents always have a lot on their minds. As the pandemic continues, please join Dr. Rachel Kramer for a webinar to discuss helpful strategies and reassuring ideas for parenting adolescents during this challenging time. Parents should feel free to submit questions ahead of time by emailing Dr. Kramer through her website:
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 752030
Please read about Dr. Kramer’s background in the description of her Oct 15 presentation (#2 above).

(5) Six-part series for Parents of children ages 4 to 9 years old: “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” offered in an online, interactive setting with a small group of 10-12 parents for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings (Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15) from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. For more information and registration details please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at and type “How To Talk Series” in the subject line of your email. Please let us know the age(s) of your child(ren) in the email.

To learn more about these and other programs (and to learn how to support the work of this local nonprofit by giving a tax-deductible donation) please visit

Concord Association of Music Parents meeting October 22 and band/orchestra/chorus merchandise!

The Concord Association of Music Parents (Concord AMP) is a parent group that supports the music performance ensemble programs (band, orchestra and chorus) in the Concord elementary and middle schools, through advocacy for music education, fundraising and community engagement. We are a group for all parents and guardians of students in these programs, and we’d love to meet you! Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm, via Zoom or phone; a link is here:

Also we are selling band, orchestra and chorus t-shirts, sweatshirts and face masks! Place your orders here for t-shirts and sweatshirts (order deadline November 8): We have other merchandise available anytime including specializes face masks, pop sockets, stickers, and car magnets – order at

Concord Youth Theater Fall Programming

Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) announces expanded online and in-person fall programming for children of all ages and skill levels, with instructors with deep talent and industry experience as well as newly implemented health and safety guidelines to meet Covid-19 precautions.

Fall programming includes: Intro to Stage Makeup, Intro to Stage Management, Lighting Basics, Mystical Myths, Rock n Roll, Sensational Cinema.

For more information about Concord Youth Theatre, including complete information on classes, workshops, performance companies and auditions, as well as ticket information for all shows, please visit

Historic Tours of Concord for Families

Are you looking for extra enrichment for your children this fall? Sign up for a family- friendly, engaging historic walking tour of Concord. The Concord Museum and Concord Visitor Center are teaming up to offer children exciting and fun opportunities to learn about local history while remaining socially distant. We offer 2 tours:

Concord 101, a 45 minute walking tour focused on the history of Downtown Concord

Center of Revolution, a one hour walking tour focused on the dramatic events leading up to April 19, 1775.

For more information visit our website at:

or call 978-318-3061

IMSCC’s 40 Year Anniversary

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) is celebrating 40 Years of Music in our Community! Our festivities will be online through the end of 2020 with weekly performances by IMSCC faculty and student guest artists. Please join us! Click here to hear a new performance each week by our talented faculty and students.

Fall music lessons are still enrolling – click here to submit an inquiry form to start the enrollment process. Click here for more about registering for lessons.

Fall IN PERSON Programs @Concord Recreation

Concord Recreation is working with a variety of organizations to run in person classes (and online Zoom classes) this fall! All classes have protocols in place in response to COVID-19 and Concord Recreation works closely with the instructors to assure the classes are safe and socially distanced.

Come join in on the fun!

Lego Engineering Concepts
Grades 2-5

In Lego Engineering Concepts investigate simple machines including gears, pulleys, cams, inclined planes, and ratchets. Challenging STEAM based projects include a measuring car, a fishing rod, and a balance. Through the building process learn about force and motion, gear ratios, and friction. Turn a hammer into a dancing clown and work with your partner to create the best street sweeper!

Lego Engineering Machine Power
Grades 2-5

Machine Power looks at the uses of energy to power machines. We’ll use wind power, mechanical energy, and chemical energy to propel our drag racers, dogbots, and land yachts. Find out which leg design will help your bugbot win the race. Determine what gear combo will let your car pull the heaviest object. Test wheel sizes to see which can help get a power car up a steep hill the fastest!

Ages K-2

Paleontologist? Geologist? Archeologist? You’ll dig our most dino-centric class yet. Unearth the secrets of ancient Egypt to see how Pharaohs were buried and then make your own mini mummies. Create colossal fossils and learn about your favorite dinosaurs as we travel back in time. Dig up a cool crystal collection to take home as you excavate Earth’s buried treasures.

Ages 4-6

This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. Sports are taught in a safe, structured environment filled with encouragement and fun. Through exciting games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination and skill development at their own pace.

Kicks for Cancer is Going Virtual for 2020!

Kicks for Cancer Virtual 2020 has been launched and needs your support! Play your part and donate today! Although our lawn signs are sold out, we still need your help…. Please join the Kicks Team and make a donation. Read the compelling stories of the individuals we are honoring this year as we raise critical funds for cancer research:

Concord Children’s Center Still Accepting Applications for 20-21 School Year

Concord Children’s Center (CCC) still has openings for infants, toddlers and preschoolers for the 20-21 school year. For information on CCC and applications, please visit CCC is an accredited, non-profit school committed to the development and early education of young children from the age of 10 weeks through pre-Kindergarten. Working together with families, CCC helps nurture engaged, life-long learners by creating an environment that celebrates a child’s inquisitive nature, encourages exploration and play, foster confidence in each child’s individual gifts, and guides children in building strong, respectful relationships.

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!

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.

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.

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. (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance available.