Thoreau Announcements 6/18/2020

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News

We made it! Thanks to all the teachers and staff at Thoreau for all your hard work during this challenging time and a big congratulations to all the parents who had to quickly become amateur homeschool teachers. It remains to be seen what will happen in the Fall, but at least we will all be better prepared.

A huge thank you to Evy Alloway and Danielle Wetzel for taking on the role of Co-Presidents, Sandeep Pisharody for agreeing to be Treasurer and Jennifer Hoffman for stepping in as Secretary. The PTG literally would not exist without you! We still need a Vice President and Fundraising team as well as other roles. Please consider helping out.

Congratulations to all the 5th graders and best of luck next year at CMS. Have a wonderful summer everyone!

Danielle & Maribeth
Thoreau School PTG Co-Presidents

Thoreau News

Box Tops for Education: classroom contest results are IN!

The wait is over! The winners of the box tops classroom contest are: K=McKenna, 1st gr=Karner, 2nd gr=O’Connor, 3rd gr=Paliotti, 4th gr=Burns, 5th gr=Hollander. Congratulations to all! Winning classrooms will be contacted to vote via email to choose the best way to celebrate their achievement.

Including the clips you just turned in this week, we will have earned almost $1,000.00 this year, which will put us over $10,000.00 in lifetime earnings since joining the program – well done, Thoreau!!

Over the summer, here are four great ways to get a big head start on next year’s contest. First, keep on clipping those traditional box tops. Second, try out the new box tops app to claim digital box tops. It’s pretty easy – check out this two minute video to learn how. To start getting credit for next year’s contest with digital box tops, just put your child’s name in the “credit” field in the app. Third, if you shop for groceries at select online stores, you can get credit for any box tops products purchased by sending your electronic receipt to General Mills. Click here to learn how. Fourth, tell your relatives (who love having ways to support your kids) about the above options. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are the secret weapons of the box tops superstars! Thanks to everyone for participating! – Kimber Lynn Drake (signing off after 8 years as Thoreau’s “box tops mom”)

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 Programs for Kids

CCACE has a slew of online programs designed to keep kids busy and happy, including some taught by Concord teachers. Check out Recreative Spanish with Karin Valencia-Bedard; Reader’s Theater A to Z with Katharine Fitzgerald; Express Yourself: Creative Lettering for Kids with Haley Grove; and Summer Social Justice Book Discussion with Seeta Durvasula and Janice Gullotti. We also have singing classes, yoga, coding, chess, writing, college prep and more. Check out the full listing at Register online or 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!