Thoreau Announcements 11/5/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

So, who had “Crazy October Snowstorm” on their 2020 bingo card?!? Whether you celebrated at home or took part in a socially distant manner of trick-or-treating, we hope that everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. And if you didn’t catch sight of the brilliant Halloween full moon, you should get your next chance on October 31st, 2039.

As we enter the month of November, we look to demonstrate ways to give thanks and get involved in our community, both within and outside of our school. Our food drive to benefit Open Table has officially kicked off and please read below for more details on how to support this effort. A reminder that we are currently collecting items for our online Gift Basket Auction. Check out the SignUpGenius link given below. Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far; it’s exciting to see how the baskets are taking shape! Also, be sure to check out the 2020 Apple Challenge to support our amazing teachers and schools! Lastly, in place of our annual Cake Walk, we are partnering with Concord Teacakes to have our first ever Thoreau Thanksgiving Pie-A-Thon! Please read below for the details on how you can help support a local business as well as our school, and take care of your Thanksgiving dessert all at the same time!

The school directories have been sent off to the printer and we should be receiving them soon. Just a reminder that they are still available to order if you haven’t done so yet.

Upcoming dates/events:
11/11: Veterans Day: No School
11/13: Last day for online Gift Basket Auction items
11/13-15: 2020 Apple Challenge
11/16: Professional Day: No School
11/16-11/20: Gift Basket Auction
11/20: Last day to order pies for the Pie-A-Thon
11/20: PTG meeting @ 9:30am – everyone welcome
11/26-27: Thanksgiving Recess

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Thoreau’s First-Ever Thanksgiving Pie-A-Thon!

In lieu of the Cake Walk and more importantly to help support our local businesses and community, the PTG has partnered with Concord Teacakes for our first ever Pie-A-Thon! An array of pies (apple, blueberry, pumpkin, pecan and strawberry rhubarb) will be available to order via a sign-up link. The cost for each pie is $15.00 with the proceeds to benefit the PTG programs. The deadline to order is 12 pm. on Friday, November 20th with pick-ups taking place at Concord Teacakes on either November 24th or 25th. Also, a few of the pies will have a special Golden Ticket (just like Willy Wonka) with prizes! More details to follow!

Art Kits

Hello Parents,

We finally got our art supplies delivered for the year!

For all in-person students: Your child should be coming home with their art kit supplies the week of Nov. 2nd.  These supplies (drawing paper, colored paper, scissors, glue, and multicultural crayons) are for the remainder of the year. Please keep these specific art supplies at home near your child’s workstation so that they have easy access to them, as we may begin projects during zooms!  They will also need some supplies from their classroom kits like markers, crayons, and colored pencils to complete the projects.

If your child goes to afterschool, it would be helpful if they have a bag with their glue, scissors, crayons and some of the paper when they go to school on art days so they have the supplies they need to participate.  I will provide unusual materials or other objects as needed.

For remote students: You received your supplies at the beginning of the year, if you run out of anything, please let me know and I will be happy to set up arrangements to get you more. We will be beginning to use the art supplies (paper, construction paper, multicultural crayons and glue for projects soon, so make sure they are near your child’s workstation and accessible.

Thank you all for your support. If you need anything, let me know,
Kate Hiltz
Art Teacher

Online Gift Basket Auction

Hello from your Social Committee Co-Chairs Kerri Nash and Julia Elliott

We’re so grateful our kids can meet every day, either in-person or remotely via Zoom, during these uncertain times. We want to celebrate our wonderful school! Normally we gather for a fun and fabulous adult social/auction in November to raise money for Thoreau. This year we are doing things differently. We are going to have an online auction in November, auctioning off a variety of themed gift baskets to raise money for Thoreau. Each grade will have two themed baskets to contribute. Our goal is to create 12 different baskets that will be auctioned off the week of November 16th. Contributions needed by Friday, November 13th and dropped off to Kerri Nash at 99 Riverside Ave.

Here is the signup!

We are excited to introduce the online auction to the Thoreau community and hope that creating the baskets will be a fun way for each grade to work together.

Thank you,
Julia Elliott and Kerri Nash

“Winter is Coming” Food Drive for Open Table

Beginning November 2nd, and continuing through November 23rd, Thoreau Elementary School will be hosting a food drive to benefit OpenTable. Bins will be placed in front of the school to collect donations and our 5th graders will be responsible for organizing and counting the items. The theme is “Winter is Coming” and, based on Open Table’s most in demand items, we are seeking donations from families and staff that fall into the comfort food category. Examples of food we are seeking are: soup, stews, mac and cheese, and hot cocoa.

Box Tops for Education

The list of fundraisers and Thoreau activities affected by COVID may be growing, but we’ve got an old standby that can’t be shut down by social distancing policies. Introducing Box Tops for Education as a throwback to pre-pandemic days!

· It’s completely FREE. No one will hit you up to donate dollars you’re not already spending at the grocery store.

· Not willing to take time to clip Box Tops? There’s an App for that! Download Box Tops For Education in the App Store or Google Play.

· Can’t remember which products earn Box Tops? Simply scan your grocery store receipt (within 14 days of purchase) in the App, and it automatically tallies your earnings.

· But a single Box Top is only worth 10 cents. My meager clips won’t make a difference. Actually, Thoreau has had awesome family participation in the past. Our earnings have reached upwards of $1500!

· The old-fashioned, clipped Box Tops are still valuable too! If you have unexpired clips, send them into school with your student. Mark the grade on the bag, and have your child turn them into his/her teacher. Alternatively, you can mail them/ drop them off to: Caroline Mahoney, 27 Commerford Rd Concord OR Jordan Binder, 36 Old Stow Rd Concord
More info at

Still have questions? Email and


Please go to to place your order for this year’s school directory. They should be printed out in the next couple of weeks and will be sent home in the backpack of your youngest child. Remote Academy families will have a time to come to the school and pick up their directories in a contactless manner. New this year is the option to pay via Venmo!!


Holiday season is coming!! Just a reminder for all of you amazon shoppers to use and choose “Thoreau School PTG” to help support the PTG at NO COST TO YOU as you do your everyday and holiday shopping!!

Show Your Thoreau Pride!!!

Shop our ONLINE SCHOOL STORE! New Thoreau Cares collection added.


Contact Kerri Nash @

Join Cub Scouts at Thoreau!

Pack 133 is looking for boys and girls in Kindergarten and 1st Grade to join Cub Scouts at Thoreau! Please join us for a Parent Info Zoom meeting on November 5th at 8pm to learn about all the details. We’ll go over what we’re doing this year, how to join, and how Scouting helps build confidence, camaraderie, and outdoor skills. Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details and the link to the Zoom meeting, please contact Andy Smith at Please also see our Facebook page for photos of all the fun things we do!

Community News

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!

CCM Townwide Scavenger Hunt

Follow clues and find 15 instruments hidden around Concord. You’ll follow clues to find the instruments and musical terms for a chance to win eight weeks of free CCM private lessons. Get ready to test your knowledge of Concord businesses and musical instruments in their windows. The scavenger hunt runs from Monday – Friday, November 2 – 20th. Download clues and the scavenger hunt form: To enter the scavenger hunt drawing for the free eight weeks of 30-minute private lessons and other prizes, all forms must be submitted to by 5 pm on November 20th. Limit of one form per family.

Support our Teachers and Schools & Give Thanks! November 13-15

Please join The Concord Education Fund for its new event – The 2020 Apple Challenge! Get out your sneakers, bikes or wheels and complete a 5- Mile Hike | Bike | Roll | Stroll on November 13-15th. Families can register for $100 (up to 6 family members) to participate. Please register at:

Families will receive a “swag bag” filled with goodies and an apple lawn sign. All proceeds go to support our teachers and schools through the Concord Education Fund (CEF). CEF recently funded Zoom subscriptions for our schools and will be purchasing additional bike racks and bike repair stations for each school campus. Help us plant the SEEDS of future academic and emotional success of our students by supporting the wonderful teachers, staff and administrators who are at the CORE of our kids’ education! Join the Apple Challenge today!

Concord Rec Nov/Dec Classes

Concord Recreation is working with a variety of organizations to run in person classes (and online Zoom classes). Below is our current Nov/Dec offerings. Coming soon… our in-person YOUTH SPORTS in January! Stay tuned for details. 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.

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!

Kids Test Kitchen
Grades K-5

Kids’ Test Kitchen is on a mission to get young eaters cooking, tasting, and thinking about healthy ingredients!
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!

IMSCC Celebrates 40 Years

The Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) is celebrating 40 Years of Music in our Community! Our festivities will be online through the end of 2020 with weekly performances by IMSCC faculty and student guest artists. Please join us! Click here to hear a new performance each week by our talented faculty and students. Fall music lessons are still enrolling click here to submit an inquiry form to start the enrollment process. Click here for more about registering for lessons.

Center for Parents and Teachers Upcoming Programs

Six-part series for Parents of children ages 4 to 9 years old: “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” offered in an online, interactive setting with a small group of 10-12 parents for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings (Nov 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15) from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. For more information and registration details please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at and type “How To Talk Series” in the subject line of your email. Please let us know the age(s) of your child(ren) in the email.

To learn more about these and other programs (and to learn how to support the work of this local nonprofit by giving a tax-deductible donation) please visit