Thoreau Announcements 12/10/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Now that December is in full swing there are many ways to support those in need. Please check out the community news section below for ways to donate. The holiday season is also a great time to support our local businesses. Concord Outfitters and Salt Box Kitchen will donate 15% of sales to our PTG from 12/11-12/18 just by mentioning Thoreau at checkout! We hope you take advantage of this generous offer and spread the word!

Just a reminder, tomorrow 12/11 is a professional day and there is no school for students.

Upcoming dates/events:
12/11: Professional Day for staff – no school for students
12/11-12/18: Shopping promotion with Concord Outfitters and Salt Box Kitchen
12/18: PTG meeting @ 9:30 – everyone welcome
12/23 (half day) -1/1: Winter recess

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Shop Local AND Support THOREAU!

Shop Concord Outfitters and Saltbox Kitchen from Friday, 12/11 to Friday, 12/18 and 15% of your purchase goes back to THOREAU! Simply mention “Thoreau” at checkout. What a great way to support two of our beloved West Concord businesses!

THOREAU SWAG makes great Holiday Gifts!

NEW Items…Boys Ombre Hooded Sweatshirt & Girls Candy Pink Fleece Pants/Shorts!

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

Toy Fundraiser for Hospitalized Children

Felipe Padilla, a 4th grader, is leading a virtual Toy Fundraiser to support kids and siblings that will be spending the Holidays at Children’s Hospital. He says:

“I once had to spend Christmas in the hospital, at my brother’s bedside. I would worry about not getting presents under the tree…but do you know that Santa comes to the Hospital too? Yes, he does! Thanks to all his awesome helpers, like you!!!

“This year I am fundraising to help kids and siblings that, like me, will be spending Christmas in the hospital. Here is my fundraiser page:

“Thank you for your support!”

Please contact Valeria Petracchi, Felipe’s Mom, if you have any questions:

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

Concord Rec Has NEW Activities!

New to Concord: ESPORTS!
You can safely play your favorite games in a competitive league, or one off major event. Building Community Through Gaming: We believe the beauty of esports is the ability to make friends, build relationships, and connect with your community. Compete in Madden, Fortnite, FIFA, NBA2k21 or Super Smash Bros. (Grades 3-5, 6-12)

Intro to Drawing @ Home
This virtual class through The Umbrella Arts teaches children how to draw! Each class will include a story, structured drawing lesson, and creative option to finish the art work off.

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
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.

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!

Town of Concord Holiday Gift Card Drive- Through Dec. 13th

Donate to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Town of Concord’s annual gift drive to benefit families in need in Concord. Simply purchase a gift card in any amount from any merchant – local preferred! – and drop it in one of our secure drop boxes, located at the Concord Public Library at 129 Main Street, The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest office at 19 Main Street or at Concord Recreation Human Services Building at 55 Church St in West Concord. Donations will be accepted through December 13th. Help support your neighbors in need while shopping locally this year.

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

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.