Thoreau Announcements 10/22/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather!  Although this year certainly has a different feel there are still so many festive activities that can be done safely.  Our PTG committees are working hard at reinventing past traditions and creating new ones to keep our school spirit alive.

The Concord-Carlisle community is doing an amazing job keeping everyone engaged during such a challenging time.  Concord Recreation is hosting a drive-thru Halloween on Sunday October 25th from 1:00-4:00pm at CCHS and Thoreau PTG will be setting up a table!

 If you haven’t ordered your Thoreau school directory go to and order today!  This is a great resource to have during those cold winter months when your children ask you to set up a virtual playdate!  Also, check out the book fair and all the wonderful books online at

Just a reminder, early voting at the Town House continues until Friday, October 30th, weekdays from 8:30am-4:30pm and weekends from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

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

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our virtual book fair with Best Book Fairs ( you still have time!  The fair continues through this weekend and will conclude on Monday, October 26th. Think of holiday shopping; books make great stocking stuffers!!

Teacher wish list books can be found on Dream List, and that link was sent to you through your room parents earlier this week.  You can also donate money to your child’s teacher to enable her to purchase even more books for the classroom.

Earn a chance for a free book!!  Each book purchased earns a raffle ticket for your child/children to win a free book (value up to $15). There will be one winner in each grade.

If you select a wish list book for your child’s teacher (or one of the specialists) from Dream List, please be sure to include the title of the book and the teacher the book is being donated to in the check out field on the Best Book Fairs site.  Write a note in the same field where you indicate your child’s name, school, teacher, and grade.

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

If you have any questions or concerns about the Book Fair, please email Evy Alloway at


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!!


Holiday season is coming!! Just a reminder for all of you amazon shoppers to use and choose “Thoreau School PTG” to help support the PTG at NO COST TO YOU as you do your everyday and holiday shopping!!

Show Your Thoreau Pride!!!

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


Contact Kerri Nash @

Community News

Support our Teachers and Schools & Give Thanks!

Please join The Concord Education Fund for its new event – The 2020 Apple Challenge! Get out your sneakers, bikes or wheels and complete a 5- Mile Hike | Bike | Roll | Stroll on November 13-15th. Families can register for $100 (up to 6 family members) to participate. Please register at:

Families will receive a “swag bag” filled with goodies and an apple lawn sign. All proceeds go to support our teachers and schools through the Concord Education Fund (CEF). CEF recently funded Zoom subscriptions for our schools and will be purchasing additional bike racks and bike repair stations for each school campus. Help us plant the SEEDS of future academic and emotional success of our students by supporting the wonderful teachers, staff and administrators who are at the CORE of our kids’ education! Join the Apple Challenge today!


Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

Please join Ruth Grube, Director of Student Services, and Superintendent Laurie Hunter on Thursday, 29th October from 7:00 pm to hear how Special Education services are being provided in the hybrid and remote models.  Everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event, but if you already have specific questions for Ruth or Laurie, please submit them by Friday, 23rd October to

If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded and posted to the District website and also on

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 964 3445 1513
Passcode: 893161

Concord Rec Nov/Dec Classes

Concord Recreation is working with a variety of organizations to run in person classes (and online Zoom classes). Below is our current Nov/Dec offerings. Coming soon… our in-person YOUTH SPORTS in January! Stay tuned for details. 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.

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!

Kids Test Kitchen
Grades K-5

Kids’ Test Kitchen is on a mission to get young eaters cooking, tasting, and thinking about healthy ingredients!
Each class presents students with an opportunity to explore new or familiar foods in their raw, unmanipulated state. Then, with adult supervision and occasional assistance, we’ll work together, virtually, to slice, dice, peel, measure, and cook until we have each prepared the finished dish. The virtual experience gives students the unique opportunity to immediately share their work with family!

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.


CCM’S Free Trial Lesson Week begins on Monday, October 26th, and runs through Saturday, October 31st. Students ages 4 through adults can sign-up for an online free trial private lesson. Choose between bass, guitar, percussion, piano, saxophone, violin, and viola lessons. Beginner through the most advanced lessons available. Are you interested in instruments not listed in the trial week? No worries, call CCM at (978) 369-0010. View open trial lesson slots per instrument: (one trial lesson per person). Lessons are offered online for the trial and some lessons may continue onsite; please inquire.

IMSCC Celebrates 40 Years

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.

Concord Youth Theatre Playtime Theater presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

A Delightful, Interactive Theater Experience for Kids Ages 2-9 • Tickets $5 • October 17th @ 10:30 AM

CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-along! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end!

Playtime will perform outdoors weather permitting. Please bring your own chairs. If Playtime is held indoors, we will limit the number of attendees to the first 50 people and seating will be socially distanced. All guests will be required to wear masks both indoors and outside.

For more information please go to Concord Youth Theatre’s website.

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) 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).

(2) 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