Thoreau Announcements- 10/1/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Let’s all exhale as we enter into a new month!   September was quite busy adjusting to new schedules and managing remote learning.  Parents, students and staff continue to show their dedication and hard work and should be very proud!  Although there are no plans for in person events we are gearing up for some great virtual ones starting in October.  Our amazing committees will continue to come up with new and exciting ways to keep our community spirit and support alive.

In other news, school laptops have arrived and will be available soon!  We look forward to our next PTG meeting and virtual Book Fair!

Save the Date
October 16: PTG Meeting @ 9:30 am
October 16-23: Virtual Book Fair

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Get Ready for the 2020 Book Fair!! October 16th-23rd

This year our book fair will look and feel a bit different, but we are excited to be holding it!  The fair will be all online and we will be using a more local company called Best Book Fairs ( Our fair will run from Oct 16th-23rd and will have a vast selection of titles to choose from.  One of the books that will be available is the newest parenting book from Concord author and Alcott parent Caroline Maguire, “Why Will No One Play With Me?”.

Stayed tuned for more exciting details next week!!

Show Your Thoreau Pride!!!

Now is the perfect time to show your school spirit! Our online school store is OPEN!

T-shirts, hoodies, pj pants, hats and NOW our own Thoreau MASKS! Check it out!

Join Girl Scouts!

Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout troops are organized by school and grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of parent volunteers. This year our meetings will all be outdoors and will focus on safety as much as community service and nature. For more details, please contact Crystal Kirkirt at or to join online go to

Community News

Fall IN PERSON Programs @Concord Recreation

Concord Recreation is working with a variety of organizations to run in person classes (and online Zoom classes) this fall! 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.

Come join in on the fun!

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!

Lego Engineering Machine Power
Grades 2-5

Machine Power looks at the uses of energy to power machines. We’ll use wind power, mechanical energy, and chemical energy to propel our drag racers, dogbots, and land yachts. Find out which leg design will help your bugbot win the race. Determine what gear combo will let your car pull the heaviest object. Test wheel sizes to see which can help get a power car up a steep hill the fastest!

Ages K-2

Paleontologist? Geologist? Archeologist? You’ll dig our most dino-centric class yet. Unearth the secrets of ancient Egypt to see how Pharaohs were buried and then make your own mini mummies. Create colossal fossils and learn about your favorite dinosaurs as we travel back in time. Dig up a cool crystal collection to take home as you excavate Earth’s buried treasures.

Ages 4-6

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

Kicks for Cancer is Going Virtual for 2020!

Kicks for Cancer Virtual 2020 has been launched and needs your support!  Play your part and donate today!  Although our lawn signs are sold out, we still need your help….  Please join the Kicks Team and make a donation.  Read the compelling stories of the individuals we are honoring this year as we raise critical funds for cancer research:

Concord Children’s Center Still Accepting Applications for 20-21 School Year

Concord Children’s Center (CCC) still has openings for infants, toddlers and preschoolers for the 20-21 school year. For information on CCC and applications, please visit CCC is an accredited, non-profit school committed to the development and early education of young children from the age of 10 weeks through pre-Kindergarten. Working together with families, CCC helps nurture engaged, life-long learners by creating an environment that celebrates a child’s inquisitive nature, encourages exploration and play, foster confidence in each child’s individual gifts, and guides children in building strong, respectful relationships.

Safe Routes to School

With fewer children riding buses this year, we expect more to walk and bike to school. An organization of Concord parents has prepared recommended routes, bike safety information and other updates which are available on their website here. They are also coordinating Bike-to-School events from September 9th through September 18th.

Please Join Us for the 3rd Annual Mighty Moose 5K!

We are so excited to announce the 3rd Annual Mighty Moose 5k! Yes, our 5k will be different this year, but we’re determined to make it as engaging as ever. Our goals are to keep our community involvement high and raise over $200,000. We ask for your support!

Due to the Covid pandemic, our 3rd Annual Mighty Moose 5k race will look different. This year’s race will be held virtually, which will enable us to include our friends and family both locally and across the globe. Basically, you can run or walk a 5k (or a 1-mile race for young kids – up to you!) whenever and wherever you choose during our designated race window dates.

Although you are not required to join a team and fundraise, we highly encourage you to join or form one and have fun with it! We’d love to see some friendly competition between teams to see who can raise the most money and have the most donors. We will also have awards for individual fundraisers!

We hope you’ll join us, invite others, help us fundraise, or consider a donation.

Let’s do this! Click here to register and learn more.

New! CCM Virtual Fall Group Classes – Music Creation and Production

New virtual group classes from the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM)—Learn how to create and produce music. We’re beckoning teens and adults who crave how to make a great song! This fall experience a Music Creation and Production class from an expert in the field. Whether it’s Classic Tracks: Dissect legendary songs and mixes or Track Builders: Music Production using GarageBand, connect with others for the excitement of making music. If songwriting is more your interest, in our Songwriting course, you’ll discover that songwriting is more than just knowing harmony, melody, and form. These classes will get you on your road of becoming a master of music production. Explore CCM offerings: / (978) 369-0010.

As a non-profit school, Concord Conservatory of Music serves Concord and the surrounding 15 communities. CCM is an energetic community of people who are deepening their involvement in music education. Each year, CCM opens its doors to more than 400 students, offering programming for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

CCM Fall Classes

Following Massachusetts guidelines, the Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) will again deliver high-quality music education at 1317 Main in West Concord. Get inspired and untap your music potential with a group class. Sign-up today for a social and collaborative learning experience. Explore kid and adult classes (some with no experience necessary!). Discover what the West Side Strings Program gives young violinists and cellists—where they get the benefits of private lessons and the group class experience. For those with experience, plan to grow as a musician by playing with an ensemble or rock group. Classes to be offered at CCM and also online. (978) 369-0010. Financial assistance available.