Thoreau Announcements 5/6/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We would like to start out this week by thanking our amazing Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs, Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola, for executing a fabulous week of appreciation for our very hard-working and deserving teachers and staff. This year, more than ever, our expressions of gratitude for all that they do for our children are much needed and appreciated. So remember to flood their inboxes with emails of thanks for tomorrow, May 7th! Handwritten notes are also great too!

If you are interested in getting more involved in the PTG next year, please reach out to Danielle Wetzel or Evy Alloway At this time on the executive board we have known openings for: 1 Co-President, 1 Vice President, and co-chairs for our Fundraising and Communications committees. We will continue to share more opportunities over the next few weeks.

Upcoming Events:
May 12th – Picture Day
May 21st – PTG meeting @9:30am via zoom (everyone welcome)

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

2021 Teacher Appreciation Week has been great thanks to all the supportive Thoreau families. We were able to raffle off more gift cards and gift baskets than originally planned, which was a lovely bonus for our hardworking staff. Please remember to flood those inboxes with notes of thanks or send in handmade cards from your kids on Fri 5/7.


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

IMSCC Summer Music Lessons

Enrollment is open for the summer session, June 21 to August 27. In-person lessons are back! Lessons will be offered remotely and on campus at CCHS and the Carlisle School, depending on instructor availability. Summer schedules are flexible: choose your lesson weeks, and choose in-person or remote instruction. For more about summer lessons click here. To request lessons click here. Questions? Email Debbie Levine

IMSCC May Student Showcase

This month we are sharing more of the exciting music happening at IMSCC! You can hear this month’s featured student performers, including Thoreau 3rd grader Micah Punzalan, on our website here.

Concord Youth Theatre summer programming.

CYT is pleased to offer Summer Stock Troupe, a 3-week workshop to sharpen your performance skilts; Center Stage Players, 1-week creative workshops to satisfy all your dramatic needs! Register Online

Reconnection and Wellness- May 11 at 7pm

Presented by Penny Austen (ThinkGive), Amy Bell (School Psychologist, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District), and Adrienne Principe (Turning Life On)

In this session we will discuss how the pandemic might have impacted our kids, the challenges they are facing today, and provide insight to help them reengage with their families, peers, and communities. Through conversations and exercises, participants will explore social atrophy, the power of human connection, and digital wellness.

Register here:

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

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.