Thoreau Announcements 2/25/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone had a wonderful February break! We would like to start out by giving our Staff Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs, Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola, a shout out for organizing the “Showing Thoreau Staff Some Love” event and to all those who donated chocolates and flowers. Also, thanks to our Children’s Programming Chair, Meghan Merna, our first graders had a visit this week with NY Times best-selling author and illustrator Brian Lies who has written many children’s books that bring a powerful message of believing in yourself and not giving up.

If you are looking for some indoor activities on these cold winter nights you are in luck! Our Social Committee has been working hard coming up with some fun and family-friendly virtual events! Please see below for details and sign up!

Upcoming Dates:
February 25th: Virtual Mom’s Night
March 6: Adult Virtual Trivia Night – 8-9:30 p.m.
March 26th & April 3rd: Family Bingo Nights

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents


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Thoreau News

From the Thoreau Social Committee

Thoreau’s 1st Parents’ Trivia Night is now less than two weeks away! It’s guaranteed to provide much needed fun and laughter.
And there will be fantastic PRIZES! — gift certificates to J’aim, Saltbox and more!

Sign up Now!

The Social Committee is so excited to announce that we are planning a Virtual Family Bingo event! Two dates will be offered: Friday, March 26th and Saturday, April 3rd. Stay tuned for more information and a Sign Up Genius! Prizes and lots of fun for everyone!!!

Should you need/want a Thoreau car magnet, please contact Kerri Nash @!

Attention 5th Grade Parents

We need your pictures by MARCH 24th for the end of year 5th Grade Retrospective Slideshow and the printed 5th Grade Yearbook! Please click HERE for very important and new information regarding submission. ***Questions? Email: using Retrospective in the Subject***


Please remember to scan your store receipt if you see the Box Tops “No More Clipping” logo. These can not be clipped for credit. Visit to download the app and start scanning!

Traditional clips can still be turned in through your child’s teacher.

Questions: email or

Community News

Home Alone – For students in Grades 4-6

Does your child know what to do if a stranger comes to the door or how to get help in an emergency? The Home Alone class is designed to teach children simple rules and procedures for responsible self-care. Students will be asked to print an activity packet that we will send along with the Zoom class link and we’ll work through it together as we have safe, open discussions of the topics. March 10, 2-3 pm. Fee: $15. Offered through CCACE. Information and registration:

Submit a Poem to Gaining Ground

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Help us celebrate by writing an original poem about vegetables, the weather, birds, bugs, or anything else related to farming! Gaining Ground will feature several poems in a display at the farm this coming April. Submit your poem to: no later than March 15.

IMSCC Spring Music Lessons are enrolling now – please join us!

The Winter-Spring session is underway and new students are welcome to join any time. This is a perfect time to begin one-on-one lessons; IMSCC’s experienced instructors will help students build skills and be ready when school ensembles are back in full swing! Lessons are online and available for all band & orchestra instruments, plus voice, piano, guitar, ukulele and bass guitar. Click here for more information about IMSCC; click here to request lessons. Email Debbie Levine with questions.

Spring and Summer Registration for Concord Recreation is now OPEN!

Head to to check out the full list of classes, programs, and camp details.

Camp Three Rivers (Rising Grades K-8, Weekly June 21st-August 20th)

Concord Recreation’s Summer Camp registration is open! We had a very successful summer last year implementing COVID policies and procedures. This summer, we will be swimming, crafting, dancing, playing sports, and so much more. Make sure to register before spots are filled!

Concord Esports League (Grades 3-5, 6-12 – Starts April 12th)

Our Spring league is ready for sign-ups – we have Madden, Fortnite, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros ready for your child to play. Represent Concord in the North Shore League and bring home the title!

Drawing for Kids & Exploration in Drawing and Painting

Umbrella Arts is once again offering its popular Drawing for Kids (Ages 5-8, 8-10) classes. A new class, Exploration in Drawing and Painting (Ages 10-14) has kids exploring different ways of seeing and drawing, and then transitioning those skills to paint.

DIY Science Lab (Grades 2-5)

Create your own do-it-yourself science toys. Each week we’ll explore and build fun toys and gadgets that you make – and learn the science behind them.

Kids Test Kitchen (Grades 1-5)

Kids’ Test Kitchen is on a mission to get young eaters cooking, tasting, and thinking about healthy ingredients! Let’s continue to redefine kid food; LIVE via Zoom! Each class presents students with an opportunity to explore new or familiar foods in their raw, un-manipulated state.

Code Wiz Coding Classes (Ages 7-12)

Code Wiz is offering a variety of classes this spring – including Minecraft Coding, Creating Your Own Roblox Game, and Animation! Check out the class listings to learn more about these awesome programs.

Concord Chamber Music Society’s Concert and Conversation

Calling all classical music lovers! The Concord Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce the creation and virtual release of “Concert and Conversation,” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner, CCMS Director and violinist Wendy Putnam and GBH/CRB producer Brian McCreath. “Concert and Conversation” tells the remarkable story, through music and words, of composer Yehudi Wyner’s musical journey and artists who champion his work, and offers personal perspectives on artistic creation, collaboration and the works of other composers. In this free series of digital content, you will hear music by Yehudi Wyner, Florence Price and Franz Schubert, as well as some lively discussion about the music and the process by which it was created.

“Concert and Conversation” will be presented to the public, free of charge, via YouTube Premieres at 12:00 noon each Friday during a three week period beginning February 12, 2021. Each 15-20 minute segment will be followed by an interactive YouTube Live session presented by CCMS Founder and Director Wendy Putnam, in which she will provide background information about the music and performers, and answer questions.
For more information, please visit or

Presented online by CCM Faculty Member Hyunjung Kim

Saturday, March 27, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Register in advance to receive the link to the lecture.

Imagine if we lived in a world with no artists. What would life be like?

It might be unbearable without people to cheer us up and highlight some of the treasures we have in this world. Violinists have been an essential part of the music world for centuries. However, all artists are not created the same. Some are average, others are good, and a few are legendary. Let’s discover some of the best violin players ever to grace the stage.

In this workshop, get introduced to 25 great violinists and see videos of their performances to highlight their characteristics.

Little Hands, Big Hearts

Please join the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital in spreading some love this season! Create a card for someone special this February and March. We are not able to gather in the hospital to make our cards together, but we’ve come up with a way to safely share your creations. Send pictures (no faces please) to us at or Click here for the virtual event flyer. Enjoy and thank you!

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.