Thoreau Announcements 4/28/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We hope everyone had a great April break! We have a few reminders but first we want to thank Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola for organizing a very successful virtual Hobby Fair. All our committee chairs have worked so hard this year to come up with creative ways to keep our beloved school events going during this challenging time. Speaking of school events, next Wednesday is picture day! Please fill out the online order form in advance and send the receipt to school with your child to help the day run more smoothly.

If you haven’t yet donated to our annual appeal you can still be entered to win a Kindle Paper White and gift certificates to local businesses if you donate by May 15th!

If you are interested in getting more involved with the PTG next year please reach out to Danielle Wetzel or Evy Alloway We will be sending out more detailed information regarding available positions via room parents and the TA in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for some exciting volunteer opportunities!

Upcoming Events:
May 5th – Picture Day

Danielle & Evy
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents


Make your donation to the Thoreau School PTG Annual Appeal online via PayPal or check! Support the PTG.

Thoreau News

Teacher Appreciation Week

The first week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Staff Appreciation Committee has organized 5 days of celebrating the entire Thoreau School staff. In addition to this year’s exciting raffle prizes and a surprise visit from the ice cream truck, we are encouraging families to maintain some of our more sentimental traditions as well. Mark your calendars: On Sunday 5/2, please stop by the school at your leisure and chalk the sidewalks and thoroughfares with notes of love and appreciation for the staff. Please note we cannot supply chalk due to Covid so bring your own! (If the weather is inclement on Sunday, feel free to chalk the walkways early on Monday morning as long as parents accompany children until the 8:50 arrival time). On Friday 5/7, please flood teachers’ inboxes with thank yous (or even have your children deliver a handmade note). Don’t forget to thank all those specials teachers, too!

There is even some space left to donate goods to the raffle prizes. Check out the sign up if you’re interested. Email or with questions

Thoreau School: Teacher Appreciation Gift Baskets (

Walk, Ride and Roll to School Day

May 4th is Thoreau’s Walk, Ride and Roll to School Day! All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to find a mode of transportation other than a car or a bus that suits them best. Feel free to make your way solo, with friends or join our rollout from the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Parking lot on Commonwealth Ave. Participating families can meet at the BFRT parking lot on Comm Ave. by 8:30a to join the police-escorted “bike train” to Thoreau as well as reverse the route after 3:25p dismissal.

Other details can be found at

Questions can be directed to Geoff McCarthy (


We just launched a number of awesome new items for Spring! — Tie Dye Tees, Full Zip Hoodies, Track Shorts, Bags, etc. AND, we are offering FREE SHIPPING now through May 1st! The perfect time to scoop up some new Thoreau swag! Shop Now!

Community News

Managing Anxiety, Stress, and the Challenges of Parenting Teenagers Through a Pandemic

Please join us for a Speaker Series event: Dr. Lisa Damour, May 5, 7:30 pm
To register in advance:
To submit questions in advance:

Emerson Hospital 2021 Run~Walk for Cancer Care: Family-Friendly Virtual Event

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital and the Auxiliary’s Young Families Committee invite you to join us on team Aux Rox for the Emerson Hospital Run~Walk for Cancer Care, a virtual event to be held May 1 – May 15, 2021 to benefit patients at Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke located in Concord, MA. Anytime over those 2 weeks, choose anywhere and any way to do your 5K—whether you run, walk, pedal, swim, hike, or stroll, always keeping in mind the importance of social distancing. Register every member of the family and receive the same number of souvenir kits OR register just one of you but still do the mileage together. You can even register your pet, or a favorite stuffed animal! Use promo code RWHIGH5 to receive a discount. Click HERE to join us!

Concord Recreation SUMMER CAMP!

A few more spots have opened up for Camp Three Rivers (Entering Grades K-8) – make sure you secure your registration before its completely full.

Virtual Fishing Derby!

Your day, your time- your favorite spot! Fish between May 1st and May 31st. Email a photo of your catch next to a measuring tape to enter to win. Click the link to register and for submission details.

Through Me to You Puppetry

The Concord Free Public Library will host a free puppet show featuring Through Me to You Puppetry on the second Thursday of each month at 2 pm, May 13, June 10, July 8, and Aug 12. Join Newton and his puppet friends for some storytime fun! Newton & Friends take turns reading stories and singing songs with the kids. At the end of the show, children are invited to “unmute” and say hi to Newton. The half-hour Zoom show is geared to ages 3-7, but all are welcome! Register online via the CFPL event calendar at

A Spring in Your Step: Virtual Wellness Event

Join the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 pm for another virtual event in our wellness series as panelists discuss eating cleanly to nourish our bodies and finding the beauty in nature to nourish our minds. A great night in, this webinar will cover ideas for creating a spring-themed dinner, planning healthful grab-and-go lunches, and discovering Forest Bathing, an age-old method of meditation in nature. For more information and to register, click HERE.

IMSCC’s April Student Showcase

This month we are sharing more of the exciting music happening at IMSCC, including performances by Thoreau students Elliot Walston and Nifemi Oladapo! You can hear this month’s featured student performances on our website here.

Interested in starting music lessons? Click here to request lessons, or click here to learn more about IMSCC. Lessons can start any time!

Look for information on our website soon about summer music lessons!

Screen-Free Week

Turning Life On is partnering with The Concord Toy Box in celebration of Screen Free Week – May 3-9. If lower school students remain screen free for the week, they can complete this form and trade it for a $5 off coupon (on a purchase of $10 or more) at the Concord Toy Box (Down the Stairs at 32 Main St). To learn more about Digital Wellness, visit Turning Life On and the Emerson Hospital Digital Wellness Page.

Concord Library’s Poetry Walk

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library has installed a Poetry Walk on the Main Library front lawn to celebrate National Poetry Month through the month of April. The Poetry Walk, originally conceptualized in partnership with local non-profit Gaining Ground, features Renga-style poems celebrating the seasons written by students in the Virtual Writing Studio, led by staff and resident poet Cary Stough. In addition, visitors can also enjoy the book, The year comes round: haiku through the seasons written by Sid Farrar. The book is beautifully illustrated by Concord’s own Caldecott Honor winner, Ilse Plume.

Upcoming Virtual Ed Morgan Concerts at the Concord Free Public Library

The Concord Free Public Library invites kids and families to join us for an interactive sing-along with Ed Morgan, “The Music Man”, on Friday, May 21, June 21, July 16 and August 20. All concerts will take place at 10 am on Zoom. Enjoy fun rhymes and tunes, and connect with your family through music. These family-friendly performances will have everyone up moving, dancing, and singing. Register by visiting our events calendar online at, and we’ll send you the Zoom link. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

Sacred Green: The 11th Century Environmental Movement of Hildegard of Bingen

CCM presents Sacred Green: The 11th Century Environmental Movement of Hildegard of Bingen—a complimentary online lecture on Friday, April 23, from 7 – 8 pm by CCM faculty member Dr. Greta Feeney. It’s an exploration of the music of 11th century Catholic scholar, theologian, composer, natural scientist, mystic and polyglot Hildegard of Bingen. Greta explains, “Hildegard is one of the first identifiable composers in Western history. Most of them were ‘anonymous’ until the 14th century, but she wrote in the 11th century and we know a lot about her life to help us understand her musical and intellectual contributions.” Examples of Hildegard’s sacred chant containing a variant of the word ‘viriditas’, or, ‘noble greenness’ from her own language ‘Lingua Ignota’, will be explored in the context of modern environmental activism. Receive the link: