Thoreau Announcements 1/14/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Thank you to all who joined us for our first Virtual Principal’s Coffee of the year last night. We hope that you found it informative and engaging. It sure was nice to have an opportunity to “see” each other and come together as a school community.

A reminder that our PTG meeting is being moved to next Friday, January 22nd at 9:30am. Bryce MacKnight, who is the Director of Food and Nutrition for CPS and CCHS, will be joining us to discuss the nutrition options that the district is providing this year. If you aren’t familiar with Nutrislice, which is available to both in-person and Remote Academy families, and would like to know more, this will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about it and ask Bryce any questions that you may have about the nutrition options this year. These lunches are FREE to all students this year!

With the slightly warmer temperatures and the sun shining this week, we hope that you get a chance to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! Lastly, this upcoming weekend is the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and we hope that you enjoy some time relaxing and decompressing with your families.

Upcoming Dates:
Monday January 18th: MLK Jr. Day – no school
Friday January 22nd: PTG Meeting at 9:30 – everyone welcome

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Box Tops For Education Update

Thoreau just received our most recent check from Box Tops For Education, and we earned $500! Thank you to everyone who clipped physical box tops and scanned their receipts on the app because it sure added up! In a year when it’s near impossible to fundraise traditionally, these Box Tops will be especially helpful. If you haven’t already downloaded the BTFE app, please do so and scan your receipts each time you grocery shop. There’s even a tab in the app called “credit” where you can enter your students’ grade so it will count toward the year-long contest. A few products still carry physical box tops on the packaging as well so please clip those and send them into your child’s teacher (remember to note the grade level on these too).

Now through Feb 28 there is a special promotion where each submission on the app enters Thoreau into a sweepstakes for $500!! Questions? or

Community News

Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council and COAR (Communities Organizing Against Racism, Concord-Carlisle-Boston) present “This Little Sign of Mine: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

For the past 27 years the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council has had a January celebration to honor the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2021, we plan to continue this tradition and are excited to do so during a time when we recognize that our mission and the mission that Dr. King stood for is needed now more than ever.

In the spirit of respecting the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing, we are proud to offer everyone an opportunity to join the celebration from the comfort and safety of your very own home!

We invite community members to create and display signs in honor of Dr. King in what we are calling “This Little Sign of Mine: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”.

Get creative! How does Dr. King’s legacy inspire you? What is your dream for our community?

  1. Make a poster
  2. Display in a front facing window or in a front yard sign during the weekend of January 16th -18th.
  3. Take a photo of your sign and email to by Sunday, January 17th so it can be displayed on our Facebook page on MLK Jr. Day!

This annual event is always a highlight in our calendar and we are very pleased to be able to offer this special opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of integration, freedom and justice for all.

Concord Rec Activities

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 *Registration Closes Friday, 1/15
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.

Kids Test Kitchen
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!


This month’s SEPAC Newsletter contains information about events being held in January and February, together with details of the new members of our Board. Please read the section about the SEPAC Appreciation Awards – we need your help to make them a huge success in 2021!

The SEPAC is here to support you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our email address is and the website is

Fresh Start: Starting 2021 with Healthy Habits

Join the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 pm for another virtual event in our wellness series as panelists discuss behavior and food. There will be suggestions for healthy snacks, comfort foods, and lifestyle changes. We will also explore ways to stay active and exercise at home during the winter months. Moderated by Kathryn Lorusso, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Movement Therapist, registration is required. If you have questions, contact the Auxiliary Liaison at 978-287-3084. To view the flyer and to register for this exciting event, click HERE.

CC Youth Lacrosse Grades 1 & 2

Happy New Year!

Reminder that registration remains open for 1st and 2nd grade Girls and Boys Spring Lacrosse. The once per week clinic-style practices are a fun way to develop stick skills and learn the game.

Register here:

Spring Baseball + Spring Softball

Registration for the Spring Baseball + Spring Softball seasons is open now through the end of the month. Spread the word to friends and classmates and REGISTER NOW at CCYB.ORG. Building on an incredibly successful 2020, robust programming is being offered for players in PK through High School. New for this year, T-Ball is inclusive of both baseball and softball and will be the jumping off point for both programs. Sport specific programming begins in 1st Grade.

CCACE launches Wednesday night Speaker Series!

With cold weather ahead and the pandemic keeping us inside, what better way to spend your time than learning something new?? Every Wednesday evening from January 13 through March 31, different community members will share their passions and knowledge, from historical to cultural, education to entertainment, and everything in between. Each week is a different topic; all start at 7 pm with just a $10 fee. Register weekly at, or call CCACE at 978-318-1432.

Winter/Spring Classes at IMSCC

IMSCC music lessons for new students are enrolling now – the Winter/Spring session starts this month! Online lessons are available for all band and orchestra instruments, plus voice, piano, guitar, bass guitar and ukulele. Click here to learn about IMSCC lessons and tuition rates and to read about our expert faculty. Click here to inquire about starting lessons, and here for more information about registering. Questions? Email Debbie Levine at

Children and Family Events at Concord Free Public Library

Looking for some chilly-time cheer? Follow the link to the full list of Winter events at the Concord Free Public Library Main and Fowler branches.

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

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!