Thoreau Announcements 12/17/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

December is flying by with less than a week until Winter break! If you need some last minute shopping ideas our promotion with Saltbox Kitchen and Concord Outfitters is running until closing time tomorrow, 12/18! We want to thank our Social Committee co-chairs, Julia Elliott and Kerri Nash, for organizing this event and to all those who have already supported these local businesses and our PTG!

Please join us for our monthly PTG meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30. Stay tuned for an evening Principal Coffee with Mrs. Charles in January and an evening PTG meeting in February!

Upcoming dates/events:
12/11-12/18: Shopping promotion with Concord Outfitters and Salt Box Kitchen
12/18: PTG meeting @ 9:30 – everyone welcome
12/23 (half day) -1/1: Winter recess

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Shop Local AND Support THOREAU!

One more day to show your support! Shop Concord Outfitters and Saltbox Kitchen through closing time tomorrow, Friday, 12/18 and 15% of your purchase goes back to THOREAU! Simply mention “Thoreau” at checkout. What a great way to support two of our beloved West Concord businesses!

THOREAU SWAG makes great Holiday Gifts!

NEW Items…Boys Ombre Hooded Sweatshirt & Girls Candy Pink Fleece Pants/Shorts!

Community News

Toy Fundraiser for Hospitalized Children

Felipe Padilla, a 4th grader, is leading a virtual Toy Fundraiser to support kids and siblings that will be spending the Holidays at Children’s Hospital. He says:

“I once had to spend Christmas in the hospital, at my brother’s bedside. I would worry about not getting presents under the tree…but do you know that Santa comes to the Hospital too? Yes, he does! Thanks to all his awesome helpers, like you!!!

“This year I am fundraising to help kids and siblings that, like me, will be spending Christmas in the hospital. Here is my fundraiser page:

“Thank you for your support!”

Please contact Valeria Petracchi, Felipe’s Mom, if you have any questions:

Annual Christmas Tree Pickup: Saturday, January 9 (reserve by January 2)

CC-Catholic Youth Ministry along with the Concord Scout Troop 132 are again organizing their annual Christmas Tree Pickup! After the holidays, we will be collecting Christmas trees for disposal at the town composting site. Please note: Trees can only be picked up from Concord locations.

Pickup Date: Saturday, Jan 9th.
Pickup Time: Starts at 8:00am.
Cost: Donation of $20-25 per tree (Paypal, check)
Deadline for reservation: Sat, Jan 2nd by 5pm.
Please register here:

More information at

Questions? Please contact us at or phone 978-254-0978

Registration Now Open for Concord Youth Theatre Winter Classes

(Grades 1-2; Instructor: Joey Talbert; Thursdays 3:45-4:45pm)
Children will be guided through the exciting process of play-making in a safe environment that encourages ensemble work. The class will use simple scripts or improvised dialogue to create and rehearse a play to be performed for family members during the last class.

(Grades 3-4; Instructor: Joey Talbert; Thursdays 5 – 6 pm)
Students will experience the excitement of putting on a play, improvising scripts, auditioning for roles, rehearsing, and creating simple costumes to accent their characters. This class will focus on performance skills with special emphasis on class collaboration. The session will conclude with an informal performance.

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

Concord Rec Has NEW Activities!

New to Concord: ESPORTS!
You can safely play your favorite games in a competitive league, or one off major event. Building Community Through Gaming: We believe the beauty of esports is the ability to make friends, build relationships, and connect with your community. Compete in Madden, Fortnite, FIFA, NBA2k21 or Super Smash Bros. (Grades 3-5, 6-12)

Intro to Drawing @ Home
This virtual class through The Umbrella Arts teaches children how to draw! Each class will include a story, structured drawing lesson, and creative option to finish the art work off.

Wicked Gross Science
Gross Science is not for the easily queasy! The gross yet fascinating things in life hide many science secrets like what’s hidden in a diaper. Classify some creepy crawlies and neutralize smelly smells. Make some model mucus, create alien slime, have fun with other grossly amusing science adventures.

Code Wiz Classes
Code Wiz aligns its curriculum with the K–12 Computer Science Framework represents a vision in which all students engage in the concepts and practices of computer science. The framework promotes a vision in which all students critically engage in computer science issues; approach problems in innovative ways; and create computational artifacts with a practical, personal, or societal intent.

IMSCC’s Winter/Spring online music lessons begin in January – registration is open now!

Learn more about IMSCC’s lesson program, including information about tuition rates and instructor bios. Click here to complete an inquiry form to sign up for lessons, or here for more information about registering. (Currently enrolled students will be pre-enrolled for the Winter/Spring session and do not need to complete an inquiry form.)

In addition to one-on-one lessons, IMSCC has a variety of new online music classes starting up in January for all ages and interests, adults included! IMSCC’s 40th Anniversary celebration continues through this month with new musical performances online each week. Please visit the website to enjoy these performances by our talented faculty!

Little Hands, Big Wishes Seasonal Greeting Card Crafting

Please join the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital in giving thanks this season! Show your appreciation by creating a card for someone special this November and December. We can express our gratitude at home and in our community. This year, we are not able to gather in the hospital to create our cards together. We’ve come up with a way to share our thanks safely. Click HERE for the flyer. Share pictures of your creations (no faces please) with us at or

CCYL Spring Registration- Sign up by Dec. 31

CCYL is excited to announce that Registration for the Girls and Boys Spring Lacrosse is now open.

Yes, we are very aware that there is a lot of uncertainty in the air, but we are moving forward assuming (crossing our fingers), we will be back on the fields in the Spring. Should new information arise, we will update accordingly.

Please take the time to read through your player’s grade program description as it contains new information specific to the 2021 season.

Thank you for your efforts to sign your player up well before the deadline of 12/31/20!

Sign up here:

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.

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.