Thoreau Announcements 9/2/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News


Hello Thoreau!!  Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  After a school year like no other, we are excited to be planning safe in-person events once again!  The PTG has already been hard at work planning and bringing events to the Thoreau Community.

First, our amazing Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs, Jordan Binder and Heather Chiancola, organized a delicious Welcome Back Luncheon last Friday for our very hard-working faculty and staff. It was held in our huge outdoor tent, and it was so exciting to be able to hold the first in-person event in 18 months!!  Everyone felt appreciated and supported.

Then on Sunday our fabulous Social Co-Chairs, Kerri Nash and Julia Elliott, hosted the incoming Kindergarten Popsicle Party. This was held on our lower playground and we had a great turn out!  Also, thank you to our New Parent Coordinator, Erin Fife for attending and helping to connect our Kindergarten families.

We have many other events coming up in the next 2 months that we are excited about!  We have our annual Ice Cream Social as well as the annual K/1 parent coffee coming up in the next few weeks.  We also have two new fun fall fundraising events coming your way: Back to School Family Movie Night and a Toy Swap.  Stay tuned for more details on all of these events!

We have some new members on the executive of the PTG this year.  Erin Sahacic joins Evy as Co-President, and Natalia Sternberger is our new Vice President.  We also welcome Cristina Aspuru as our Fundraising Chair.  Jennifer Hoffman returns as our Secretary and Sandeep Pisharody as our Treasurer.

Please see below for important information from our Social Chairs as well as an important message from the Front Office.

All of our PTG meetings are open to the Thoreau Community and for the time being they will remain virtual.  Mrs. Charles will send the zoom link for each meeting by email the day before the meeting.  Our first meeting is next Friday, September 10th at 9:30am.  We are always looking for more parent involvement and ideas.  We hope to see you all there!

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, September 3rd at 10:00am via zoom:  Question and Answer session for all NEW Thoreau families.
  • Friday, September 10th at 9:30am via zoom: PTG Welcome Back Meeting! 
  • Thursday, September 16th from 9:00-10:30am: K/1 Coffee
  • Sunday, September 19thth from 2-4pm:  Annual Thoreau School Ice Cream Social! 
  • Friday September 24th – PTG meeting at 9:30 am by zoom;  Finalize budget for the year
  • Saturday, September 25th @ 7:15pm:  Outdoor Back to School Movie Night!  
  • Wednesday September 29th – Virtual Back to School Night from 5:30-7:30

Evy Alloway and Erin Sahacic PTG Co-Presidents 
Natalia Sternberger PTG Vice President 

Thoreau News


Welcome & Welcome Back from your Thoreau Social Co-Chairs:

Upcoming Events:

  • K/1 Coffee – We welcome all Kindergarten & 1st Grade parents to join us for coffee and light breakfast (outside).  We hope you can make it — Thursday, September 16th @ 9:30am. Little siblings welcome. 
  • Ice Cream Social – Another annual, beloved event!  Come one, come all to frolic with pals new & old and enjoy ice cream!!  Sunday, September 19th from 2-4pm at Thoreau!

Don’t forget!

Stay tuned for updates & more!

Kerri Nash & Julia Elliott

From the Thoreau Front Office:

Reminder for parents:

Dismissal Plans:   If dismissal plans change please alert the teacher as well as the office as early in the day as possible.   Click here for staff directory and contact information.

Please label all:
  • Coats
  • Lunchboxes
  • Waterbottles if possible
  • Towels
  • Gloves/Hats
  • Sweatshirts
         and anything else that can be left behind by accident.

Lauren Canale
Senior Administrative Assistant
Thoreau Elementary School
978-318-1300 ext. 3302

Join Thoreau’s Cub Scout Pack 133: Free Model Rocket Launch Event!

Calling all K-5 boys and girls interested in getting outside and learning what Cub Scouting at Thoreau is all about! Please join Pack 133 for our free annual rocket launch recruiting event at the Acton School Street Fields (320 School Street, Acton, MA 01720) on Tuesday, September 28th, 6–8 pm. We’ll provide the rockets and materials to decorate them, and then we’ll watch them take flight! Rain date is Thursday, September 30th, 6–8 pm. Please RSVP so we’ll reserve a rocket for you and so we can contact you in case the event is postponed due to weather: Cubmaster.Concord133@gmail.com Pack 133 includes boys and girls in grades K-5, and anyone can join at any grade level. For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ConcordPack133

Concord Recreation News


Thoreau School Programs located right in Thoreau!

  • Before School Sports: (Mon or Wed 8:00-8:50am): Thoreau Before School Sports is a 6 week program open to Thoreau School students, grades K-5. In Before School Sports, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports/games like speedball, indoor soccer, floor hockey, and other PE games.
  • Chess Club (Tues, 8:00-8:50am Gr K-5): Kids must already know how to play chess. They will play each other right from the start, and added to the virtual chess club!
  • Lego Engineering (Tues, 3:30pm-4:30pm Gr 2-5): In Lego Engineering Concepts investigate simple machines including gears, pulleys, cams, inclined planes, and ratchets.

Skyhawks: Golf, Flag Football, and Floor Hockey

  • September 13 – October 4 – Monday: Floor hockey, ages 7-9 3-4pm……ages 10-12, 4:15-5:15pm
  • September 15 – October 6 – Wednesday: Golf, 3-4pm ages 5-8
  • Flag Football, ages 7-9, 4:15pm-5:15pm

Code Wiz (Online Classes)

Ages 7-12: Learn coding through Minecraft, learn to build a game in Roblox, or participate in coding strategy games! Code Wiz 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.

Esports League

NEW to Concord – Esports leagues and events for ages 8-18! You can safely play your favorite games in a competitive league, or one off major event. Play Madden 21, Fortnite, Super Smash Bros, or Rocket League.

Outdoor Move Night

Join Concord Recreation for an outdoor, family friendly movie to be shown on the basketball courts at the Hunt Recreation Center (90 Stow Street Concord, MA).  Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks. Registration recommended.

Community News


West Concord Porchfest – September 25th 1- 5pm A free, All-ages Grassroots Community Music Festival!  More than two dozen live acts in your neighbor’s yards, within walking distance of West Concord Village. The streets surrounding West Concord Village will fill with music for the second annual West Concord Porchfest on September 25, 2021 from 1-5 pm (rain date: Sunday September 26). The event hub will be the parking lot of the Harvey Wheeler Community Center (park in the MBTA commuter lot), where food vendors will be located. Enjoy a taco, sandwich or ice cream cone and grab a map to guide you around the neighboring streets to hear live music throughout the afternoon.

Hello Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse Families!  CCYL is excited to offer boys and girls lacrosse clinics this Fall for grades 1-4 and 5-8. Fall Ball is an in-town, skill-based program that kicks off September 12th and runs through the end of October. Players of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced players, are welcome and encouraged to participate. Boys sessions are offered Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Girls sessions are offered Sunday afternoons.  Registration for Fall Ball 2021 is now live!  Visit the CCYL Registration page for additional details, and to sign up today. We look forward to seeing you and having a great Fall Season!

Music Lessons with IMSCC – fall enrollment is open!  Fall music lessons start in September – musicians of all ages and levels are invited to join us! We have lessons for all band and orchestra instruments, plus piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. IMSCC’s instructors can help students get back into practice while learning new music and new skills with expert one-on-one instruction. This fall IMSCC is offering a choice of remote or in-person lessons, after school and evenings. In-person lessons are conveniently located at CCHS and the Carlisle public school campus; IMSCC lessons will follow school district protocols for Covid safety. Click here to request lessons, or here for more information about IMSCC. Questions? email Debbie Levine

Free Trial Group Classes at Concord Conservatory of Music—Sign-up for a free class during the week of September 13 – 18th. Register as soon as possible due to maximum enrollment per group class. Sign-up your youngest for an early childhood class (Music Makers and Musical Gateway) complete with dancing and creative games or Group Keyboard for your 5 – 7-year-old. Rhythmic Solfège classes, for ages 6 – 15, helps students develop the necessary building blocks to achieve success with any instrument. There’s Group Guitar (ages 7-9) and the Girls Chorus (ages 9 – 14) to also check out. For teens and adults, try out on an American Roots, songwriting, or guitar class, or maybe the ukulele, banjo, or piano is calling you. Sign-up: https://concordconservatory.org/Free_Trial_Lesson (www.ConcordConservatory.org / info@concordconservatory.org /(978) 369-0010) Financial assistance is available.

Concord Conservatory of Music’s New American Roots Offerings—for all acoustic instrumentalists and singers! The Guitar Journey – The Vast World of Roots Music will expand your repertoire while gaining ideas and approaches to playing with others. Contemporary String Band is the best class to acquire a mastery of essential techniques common to American music. Banjo Study Group is ideal for helping dedicated banjo players master new skills, play new songs, and learn rhythm and backup techniques. Relieve stress and get your creativity going by joining Mandolin 1 or join The Fiddle Tunes Jam Toolkit class to explore instrumental music from several fiddle styles and learn jam techniques. Group classes begin the week of September 20th (register by September 16) concordconservatory.org/offerings/american-roots, 978-369-0010, info@ConcordConservatory.org.

Bring your family to Concord Conservatory’s Discovery Day Open House on Saturday, September 11th, from 1 – 3 pm. Our Instrument Petting Zoo enables you to explore instruments in a safe environment with COVID-19 protocols in place. Introduce your kids to the world of music through singing, dancing, and games! Sign-up for a free Music/Movement demo class at the Open House (1:30 pm-ages 3-7, 2:30 pm-ages 8-15) or kids ages 5-7 can try Group Keyboard at 2:00 or 3:00 pm: concordconservatory.org/Open_House  Learn about the Music Achievement Programa free, private lesson enrichment program included in fees. Enter a raffle at Discovery Day for a chance to win a free CCM Group Class for 2021 fall semester! Anyone registering for a group class at Discovery Day will receive a 15% discount. Financial assistance available.  ConcordConservatory.org / 978-369-0010.

The Concord Free Public Library will host monthly free, family-friendly concerts featuring Rockabye Beats this fall on the Main Library’s front lawn on Thursdays at 10:30am on September 9 and October 14.  Rockabye Beats’ music is reminiscent of founder Marcos Valles’ Puerto Rico. Their songs offer a range of styles from rock n’ roll to calypso to funk and even blues. Their music will have you bopping and moving along in no time!

Registration is now open for the 2021 Mighty Moose 5k!  We are thrilled to offer both an in-person and virtual event this year. The in-person event will be held at Concord Carlisle High School on Sunday, September 26, while the virtual event will run from September 11, 2021 through September 26, 2021. Our goal this year is to raise $250,000 for ovarian cancer research. We ask for your continued support! Click here to register today.

TimberNook: A Local Program for Children 18 months to 12 years  An outdoor program for children in Carlisle. We are a service of Extra Step Pediatric Therapies, open to ALL children. We focus on the need for children to have unrestricted, child-led free play while immersed in nature.

We are offering several programs this fall including:
  • Wednesday half-day programs for children aged 7-12 (To coincide with the Wednesday half-day school schedule)
  • Preschool aged drop off programs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings
  • Parent and toddler programs on Wednesday and Friday Mornings.
  • Scholarships are available
For further information visit our web page: https://www.timbernook.com/provider/timbernook-middlesex-county/