Thoreau Announcements 11/12/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We’d like to start off this week by giving a HUGE thank you to Carol Harris for her tireless work and dedication to get the School Directory ready, out to the printer, and into our hands!!

And wow! What a difference a week makes and what New England weather is all about! We sure hope that you’ve all been able to take advantage of the amazing spring (and summer-like!) weather that we’ve been having this week. It’s also been great weather to do the virtual Turkey Trot – remember to get your pictures in to your teacher once you’ve completed it to ensure your child is part of the Turkey Trot Wall! And a reminder that this weekend is the 5km run/walk/bike/roll/stroll Apple Challenge for the Concord Education Fund.

Our online Gift Basket Auction goes live on Monday! Thank you again to those who have contributed so far and please see the SignUpGenius link below to help us fill those remaining spots. Here is the url for the auction: 32auctions.com/thoreau. You can check out the baskets before we go live on Monday.

Another thank you to those who have contributed to our food drive to support Open Table. Contributions will continue to be accepted through until November 23rd.

Lastly, a reminder that you can help make life easier for yourself (who doesn’t need that these days?!?) while supporting the PTG and Concord Teacakes by ordering your Thanksgiving Pie by Nov 20th at noon.

Upcoming dates/events:
11/13: Last day for online Gift Basket Auction items
11/13-15: 2020 Apple Challenge
11/16: Professional Day: No School
11/16-11/20: Online Gift Basket Auction is live
11/20: Last day to order pies for the Pie-A-Thon
11/20: PTG meeting @ 9:30 – everyone welcome
11/23-11/25: Mini spirit week
11/25: Last day for the Virtual Turkey Trot
11/26-27: Thanksgiving Recess

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News


Thoreau’s First-Ever Thanksgiving Pie-A-Thon!

In lieu of the Cake Walk and more importantly to help support our local businesses and community, the PTG has partnered with Concord Teacakes for our first ever Pie-A-Thon! An array of pies (apple, blueberry, pumpkin, pecan and strawberry rhubarb) will be available to order via a sign-up link. The cost for each pie is $15.00 with the proceeds to benefit the PTG programs. The deadline to order is 12 pm. on Friday, November 20th with pick-ups taking place at Concord Teacakes on either November 24th or 25th. Also, a few of the pies will have a special Golden Ticket (just like Willy Wonka) with prizes! Order your pie today: https://form.jotform.com/203092245886056

Online Gift Basket Auction

Greetings from your Social Committee Co-Chairs Kerri Nash & Julia Elliott!
WOW, we love all the engagement!  The auction baskets are filling up nicely, but we still need your help!  Check out the Sign-Up Genius to join in on the fun!   Thank you for your participation.

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 https://www.boxtops4education.com/

Still have questions? Email jordanbinder@yahoo.com and carolinehegarty@gmail.com

SCHOOL DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE TO ORDER!!!

Please go to https://www.thoreauptg.org/school-directory/ 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!!

AMAZON SMILE

Holiday season is coming!! Just a reminder for all of you amazon shoppers to use smile.amazon.com 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.

https://www.amerasport.com/THOREAU-ELEMENTARY-SCHOOL/departments/1971/

NEED A THOREAU CAR MAGNET?

Contact Kerri Nash @ kerridurand@hotmail.com.

Community News


Concord Rec Sports

Concord Recreation is looking towards 2021 more so than ever, we will be offering Youth Sport Programs come January! Below you will find a list of programs with dates and times for our Winter Session, and we cannot wait to get back up and running. Registration will open Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8:00am.

Youth Basketball, Grades K-8
Sundays, 1/10 – 3/28

These age-appropriate basketball clinics are focused on the individual skill development as we build up towards competition during these COVID times. Each age group and ability level will develop ball handling, passing, and shooting skills through fun and enthusiastic teaching aimed at development.

Super Soccer Stars, Ages 3-7
Saturdays, 1/9 – 3/20

All Super Soccer Stars classes are based on an age-specific curriculum created by a combination of early childhood, soccer, and education specialists to guarantee that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows!

Skyhawks – Mini Hawks, Ages 4-6
Mondays, 1/11 – 2/8

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, participants explore balance, hand/eye coordination and skill development at their own pace.

Skyhawks – Multi-Sport, Ages 7-9
Mondays, 1/11—2/8

This baseball, basketball, and soccer class uses age-appropriate games and activities to explore balance, hand-eye coordination, and skill development. Skyhawks provides a wide variety of fun, safe, and positive programs that emphasize critical lessons in sports and life; such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship!

Little Aces Tennis, Ages 4-5
Days vary, see website for details

Little Aces is a beginner tennis class for 4 and 5 year olds. No prior tennis experience is required. Players develop eye hand coordination and movement skills while learning the basic strokes using age appropriate equipment. Fun and tennis etiquette are emphasized. Racquets will be provided if needed.

Concord Carlisle Youth Basketball

CCYB has a few slots remaining for boys 4th and 5th grade teams for the upcoming 2020-2021 season that starts on November 16. We are committed to providing a safe environment for the kids to play in accordance with state guidelines. For more information, see our website at http://ccybasketball.org. If you are interested in registering your son or have further questions, contact Marc Caruso at boys_director@ccybasketball.org.

Concord AMP Winter Auction

The Concord Association of Music Parents winter auction is ON! Check it out at https://go.rallyup.com/camp2020. 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: https://concordconservatory.org/CCM_Scavenger_Hunt. 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 info@ConcordConservatory.org 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: www.concordedfund.org

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!

IMSCC Celebrates 40 Years

IMSCC’s Music Festival celebrating 40 years of music lessons in our schools continues with a special online performance by recent IMSCC student alum Marisa Ih, clarinet, and student guest artist Naomi Yamaguchi, piano. Visit IMSCC’s website to hear all our faculty performances, and check back each week for new postings! We are still enrolling new students for the fall session; tuition is prorated. Click here or here to inquire.