Thoreau Announcements 11/25/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, our message this week is filled with gratitude.

We would like to start off by giving a HUGE thank you to our phenomenal social co-chairs, Kerri Nash and Julia Elliot, for organizing and running the virtual Class Basket Auction! And thank you to everyone who participated to build and then bid on those amazing baskets. You all helped to make this such a successful event!

Another HUGE thank you to Alyssa Erhartic for organizing our first ever Thoreau Pie-A-Thon! The response from our Thoreau community has been incredible, and we thank you for your participation. We would also like to thank James Peltier from the Concord-based branch of Engel and Volkers for sponsoring the “golden ticket” winners. Congratulations if you were one of the lucky ones!

We are also sending a HUGE thank you for the continued strong leadership from both Dr. Laurie Hunter and Angel Charles, as well as a HUGE thank you to our amazing teachers, administrators and staff at Thoreau. Those of us having children attending school in person are so grateful that we are STILL attending in person, and those of us in the Remote Academy are grateful for the organization and programming our RA teachers are providing. We are extremely thankful and grateful for the education our children are receiving.

Lastly, a HUGE thank you to all of you in our Thoreau community. Thank you for your participation in the events we have held so far, and for and contributing to our wonderful school. Thanks to all of you, the food drive to support Open Table was an extraordinary success! We actually filled up ALL of the boxes that they had sent us and we had to get more! Thank you for the outpouring of generosity during this especially challenging time.

Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different for most of us this year. Please be very mindful of all of the advice and warnings about travel and gatherings that have come from Dr. Hunter and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thoreau School Advisory Council

There are three openings on the Thoreau School Advisory Council (SAC). The Thoreau SAC is responsible for the stewardship of the school community. This council is comprised of both parents and teachers in addition to the school principal. Parents on the Council serve for two years. The main responsibilities of the SAC are to ensure the successful completion of the School Improvement Plan and to serve as an advisory board to the school principal. The SAC is another way for parents in the school community to have a voice with representatives of the school district—namely the school principal. All interested parents should submit a 200 word statement to the two PTG Co-Presidents, Danielle Wetzel and Evy Alloway ( and which will be shared with the school community. If there are more than three people interested in the position, the PTG will hold an election in accordance with the policy of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in which the entire Thoreau parent community can vote. For more information on the role of School Councils click here:

Community News

CCM’s Peter Evans Presents Anthony Philip Heinrich, America’s Log-Cabin Composer- Dec. 2nd

Concord Conservatory of Music Presents an online lecture: Join us on December 2 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm for what promises to be a fascinating lecture presented by CCM faculty member Peter Evans on Anthony Philip Heinrich, America’s Log-Cabin Composer. Heinrich was a Bohemian immigrant who, having lost his business fortune in Europe, came to the U.S. to reinvent himself as a conductor and violinist. Living in a log cabin and teaching himself composition, he wrote his Op. 1, The Dawning of Music in Kentucky. It is full of songs, etudes, dances, sonatas, and versions of Yankee Doodle. Zoom link sent to registrants beforehand. For details and to register: Visit, email, or call (978) 369-0010 to learn more about the Concord Conservatory of Music.

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.

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 If you are interested in registering your son or have further questions, contact Marc Caruso at

Concord AMP Winter Auction

The Concord Association of Music Parents winter auction is ON! Check it out at 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!

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.