Thoreau Announcements 10/29/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

I would like to start out by thanking Evy Alloway for organizing our virtual Book Fair.  It was a great success even without our traditional in-person event!   Another shout out goes to our Staff Appreciation Chairs, Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola, for sending gift cards from Reasons To Be Cheerful to each Thoreau staff member in lieu of the Harvest Breakfast that usually takes place in October.   They sure are coming up with amazing ways to thank our staff this year!

November is going to be a great month to get involved!  Please read below to find information about the upcoming Food Drive to benefit Open Table that begins on November 2nd.   Also, our Social Chairs have organized a fun gift basket fundraiser in place of our November auction!

Just a reminder if you haven’t registered already there is a free program tonight from 7-8:30 offered by the Center for Parents and Teachers titled “The Next Step: Solutions to the Dilemma” which covers the topic of digital wellness.  Be sure to check it out!

Happy Halloween and please be safe!

Thoreau School PTG Co-President

Thoreau News

Online Gift Basket Auction

Hello from your Social Committee Co-Chairs Kerri Nash and Julia Elliott

We’re so grateful our kids can meet every day, either in-person or remotely via Zoom, during these uncertain times. We want to celebrate our wonderful school! Normally we gather for a fun and fabulous adult social/auction in November to raise money for Thoreau. This year we are doing things differently. We are going to have an online auction in November, auctioning off a variety of themed gift baskets to raise money for Thoreau. Each grade will have two themed baskets to contribute. Our goal is to create 12 different baskets that will be auctioned off the week of November 16th. Contributions needed by Friday, November 13th and dropped off to Kerri Nash at 99 Riverside Ave.

Here is the signup!

We are excited to introduce the online auction to the Thoreau community and hope that creating the baskets will be a fun way for each grade to work together.

Thank you,
Julia Elliott and Kerri Nash

“Winter is Coming” Food Drive for Open Table

Beginning November 2nd, and continuing through November 23rd, Thoreau Elementary School will be hosting a food drive to benefit OpenTable. Bins will be placed in front of the school to collect donations and our 5th graders will be responsible for organizing and counting the items. The theme is “Winter is Coming” and, based on Open Table’s most in demand items, we are seeking donations from families and staff that fall into the comfort food category. Examples of food we are seeking are: soup, stews, mac and cheese, and hot cocoa.

Box Tops for Education

The list of fundraisers and Thoreau activities affected by COVID may be growing, but we’ve got an old standby that can’t be shut down by social distancing policies. Introducing Box Tops for Education as a throwback to pre-pandemic days!

· It’s completely FREE. No one will hit you up to donate dollars you’re not already spending at the grocery store.

· Not willing to take time to clip Box Tops? There’s an App for that! Download Box Tops For Education in the App Store or Google Play.

· Can’t remember which products earn Box Tops? Simply scan your grocery store receipt (within 14 days of purchase) in the App, and it automatically tallies your earnings.

· But a single Box Top is only worth 10 cents. My meager clips won’t make a difference. Actually, Thoreau has had awesome family participation in the past. Our earnings have reached upwards of $1500!

· The old-fashioned, clipped Box Tops are still valuable too! If you have unexpired clips, send them into school with your student. Mark the grade on the bag, and have your child turn them into his/her teacher. Alternatively, you can mail them/ drop them off to: Caroline Mahoney, 27 Commerford Rd Concord OR Jordan Binder, 36 Old Stow Rd Concord
More info at

Still have questions? Email and


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 @

Join Cub Scouts at Thoreau!

Pack 133 is looking for boys and girls in Kindergarten and 1st Grade to join Cub Scouts at Thoreau! Please join us for a Parent Info Zoom meeting on November 5th at 8pm to learn about all the details. We’ll go over what we’re doing this year, how to join, and how Scouting helps build confidence, camaraderie, and outdoor skills. Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details and the link to the Zoom meeting, please contact Andy Smith at Please also see our Facebook page for photos of all the fun things we do!

Community News

Concord AMP Winter Auction

The Concord Association of Music Parents winter auction is ON! Check it out at Dozens of homemade treats, exclusive gifts, and sought-after services. We are especially psyched that HEART ORTHODONTICS has donated a complete orthodontic treatment (value $6800) so if you’re thinking about braces, check them out and bid! And please share with your network. Thank you!

CCM Townwide Scavenger Hunt

Follow clues and find 15 instruments hidden around Concord. You’ll follow clues to find the instruments and musical terms for a chance to win eight weeks of free CCM private lessons. Get ready to test your knowledge of Concord businesses and musical instruments in their windows. The scavenger hunt runs from Monday – Friday, November 2 – 20th. Download clues and the scavenger hunt form: To enter the scavenger hunt drawing for the free eight weeks of 30-minute private lessons and other prizes, all forms must be submitted to by 5 pm on November 20th. Limit of one form per family.

Support our Teachers and Schools & Give Thanks! November 13-15

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!


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.

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

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