Thoreau Announcements 6/11/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

Hope everyone is continuing to hang in there. Thanks to Angel Charles for hosting a Zoom meeting on Tuesday where we continued to discuss planning for next Fall. Look out for guidance on reopening schools in the Fall from DESE on June 15th.

Congratulations to all the 5th graders parents. It must be a terribly bittersweet way to conclude your time at the Thoreau School. We hope you all enjoy the 5th Grade Parade next Tuesday. Thanks to Deb Antonangeli, Jen Perry, Trish Siefer and Mari Alexander for helping to pull that together.

Lastly we do have candidates for Co-President, Secretary and Treasurer for 2020-2021. We will have a very short PTG zoom meeting on Monday, June 15th at 3:00 pm to vote in the new officers . We still desperately need a Vice President and Fundraising Chairs. Please let us know or just join us on the call if you are interested.

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Turn in Those Box Tops!

Time to turn in any last clips you have for the classroom contest! The Box Tops collection box has been moved from inside the Thoreau School lobby to a spot outside the school, near the book return box/cart. If you have any physical clips, please drop them either in the collection box at Thoreau or on my porch at 452 Laws Brook Road in West Concord by Monday June 15. Please make sure to put your teacher’s name and child’s name on a slip of paper inside your bag. Contest results to be announced next week. Meanwhile, if you’ve been shopping for groceries at select online stores, you can get automatic credit for any Box Tops products purchased by submitting your electronic receipt to General Mills by email. Click here to learn how and to find a list of participating online stores. Good luck everyone! – Kimber Lynn Drake

Thoreau Cares

Congratulations Thoreau School students, teachers, and families! The recipes and art projects that you made for the Hunger Challenge have raised an amazing $5,004.00 for food programs that support hungry people in the USA and around the world. You should feel very proud of our “Concord Kids Care” team! This is our fifth year participating in a service learning project sponsored by the Students Rebuild organization. Our team has earned a total of $25,750.00 to help families in need. Many thanks to the Thoreau School PTG for funding the purchase of crafts materials, and especially to Julie Lynch, the service learning chair. Thank you, too, to Principal Charles and the Thoreau School teachers for their support, and to the students for all their effort and creativity. – Karen Pettyjohn (retired Thoreau School librarian)


Hello Parents,
I just wanted you all to know that all art that was left in the art room as of March has been distributed to your child’s classroom and placed with their other materials for pickup when the district allows. Have a great summer!
Mrs. Hiltz
Art teacher

Thoreau Spiritwear

Now is the perfect time to show your Thoreau pride! Our school store is OPEN!

It’s also a great idea for year end teacher gifts! — think tote bags, blankets, jackets! Monogramming available!

2020-2021 Kindergarten Registrations are Now Open

To register your incoming student, please visit the New Student Registration Information page on the District website to access online registration.

Order Next Year’s School Supplies Online Now! Deadline is July 1st

Believe it or not, there will be a day when classes physically happen at Thoreau school again. In anticipation of that GREAT day, the PTG has once again paired up with this year as an easy, hands-free, online option for purchasing school supplies for next year. You are already on your computer, which means you are only a couple of clicks away from crossing school supplies off your “to do” list for the fall. Simply go to, type in our zip code (01742), and choose Thoreau. All kits will be delivered directly to the school for distribution at the beginning of the school year. The deadline to order is July 1, 2020. Families in need of financial assistance, please contact Rachel Levesque.

Community News

CCACA Summer Classes

Got kids? We’ve got summer programs! CCACE is offering a wide variety of classes for elementary through high school, to keep your kids and family active all summer long. Yoga, chess, writing, book groups, language, music, college prep – whatever your passion, we’ve got a class! Check out the full list here: Register online. Need more info? Email us at

Summer Music Classes through CCACE

Summer is coming and most camps are closed – how will you keep the kids entertained?? Music classes! CCACE and IMSCC are offering a wide variety of music classes geared to fourth graders and above. Check out Intro to Composition (7/9-23); Learning Music with Games (7/13-17); Musicianship Workshop (7/13-17); Improv I: Basic Approaches (7/13-17) and Improv II: Scaffolded Approaches, Lead Sheets & Chord Changes (7/20-24); and Coding Music with Pure Data! (7/7-21). Check out full descriptions here, along with dates and fees. All classes will be online. If you have questions or need more info, email us at

CCM Summer Camps

Announcing Concord Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Online Summer Music Camps! Learn from CCM’s experienced instructors on the virtual platform combining high-quality instruction with the excitement of making music with other students who love music. Explore camps specifically for your young musicians, as well as the many options for teens. Each program will include Zoom sessions, and other resources to supplement the learning. From Group Keyboard, Songwriter Camp to Young Guitarists Ensemble, and Playing Our Musical Earth, there’s something for all. Private lessons are also available throughout the summer.

CMS Building Committee Update

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the Concord Middle School Building Committee (CMSBC) is announcing that following completion of the preliminary Feasibility Study, the committee will temporarily pause its work before proceeding forward with Schematic Design. The Committee is still firmly committed to executing the project as soon as possible and will re-evaluate the timing monthly until it is deemed feasible to continue work.

For further details, see here: CMS Building Committee Temporarily Suspends Activity Due to Covid-19 Crisis

Musical Opportunities with IMSCC this Summer and Fall

IMSCC’s Fall Music Lesson Registration opens on June 9. Lessons start in September and take place after school and evenings on school campuses. If necessary, fall lessons this year will be held online. To register for lessons click here. Fall session inquiries will be accepted starting on June 9 at 9 AM.

Summer Music Lesson registration is underway. Summer lessons are online this year; schedules are flexible – choose any or all of the nine lesson weeks June 22 – August 21. Click here to learn more.

IMSCC Summer Music Classes, Ensembles and Workshops: We have an exciting variety of online music classes to choose from this summer! Click here to take a look, or here and select music.

For more about IMSCC click here.

Questions? Contact Debbie Levine at

Concord Conservatory (CCM) Offers Introductory 4-Pack for New Students

The Concord Conservatory of Music offers all the benefits of traditional music lessons from the convenience and safety of your home. Through simple, user-friendly technology, skilled CCM instructors come to you live via online music lessons. Your customized Online Lesson-4-Pack is 4 half-hour private lessons at 25% off (valid for new students only and subject to instructor/instrument availability). Limit one/student. All you need is an internet connection, a computer with a mic and camera (standard with most computers). Complete the New Student Inquiry Form to get started:

Kids need camp more than ever this summer and Concord Recreation is ready to deliver!

As of now, summer camps will run June 29-August 14 and we will work closely with the Board of Health to follow all CDC recommended guidelines as those guidelines become available. New this year, we are welcoming customers to reserve a space at camp for your child with a deposit of $75 each week! Camp balances will be due two weeks prior to the camp start date and email reminders will go out to remind you to pay your balance online. We are in this together and hope this deposit feature will help ease your mind as you consider joining us for camp this year. If camp should be cancelled or delayed or if your situation changes after you’ve registered, refunds will be processed with no cancellation fee. To register for camp worry free, visit this link:

Questions? Email Think summer!

New, CCM’s Distance Learning Program

The Concord Conservatory of Music (CCM) is offering private instruction for our current students using our Distance Learning Program. It is now accepting new students to study online. The talented CCM faculty are already successfully teaching lessons online with creative and innovative approaches that make the Distance Learning Program a dynamic experience. When the school discontinues Distance Learning, all students will resume their lessons and group classes at our building for the remaining weeks of the semester. If you would like to learn more about private instruction, complete the New Student Lesson Inquiry Form at

Mindfulness for Our Community

Yoga for parents and kids alike available in LIVE virtual classes at On the Mat Yoga is a yoga studio located in Monument Square that has been offering virtual yoga and meditation classes as well as Ayurveda workshops since closing due to the Covid pandemic. There are lots of yoga offerings online, but amazing classes with fantastic teachers are available right here. Go local for yoga!