Thoreau Announcements 9/9/2021

PTG Co-Presidents’ Message and News


We hope that everyone had a wonderful extended Labor Day weekend, and that you are all getting into the groove and routine of being back in school.  Stick with us, we have a lot to share with you!

Picture Day is coming up fast!  It is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 15th.  I know this may seem so soon since our ones for the 2020-2021 school year were just done in May, but we are trying to get back on our regular schedule as much as possible this year. We need some parent volunteers to help us out!! If you are interested please reach out to Katherine Taunton-Rigby at ktauntonrigby@gmail.com

Remember to save the date for two upcoming school-wide events!  First up is one of our most popular events of the year – our Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 19th from 2-4.  And then on Saturday, September 25th we will have our first fundraiser of the year:  Back-to-School Outdoor Movie Night!  Stay tuned for more details on that, including the movie that will be featured.

Out of respect for Yom Kippur, the K/1 Coffee is being rescheduled to Thursday, September 23rd.  This will be an outdoor event held at the home of one of our fellow Thoreau families.  As this weekly newsletter is available to anyone that searches the Thoreau PTG website, the name of the family and their address will be sent in a separate email through Room Parents and Mrs. Charles.

It is the time of year to update your information and to be sure you are included in our School Directory!  When you are in Aspen doing the daily COVID Screener, make sure that:

  1. You have updated all of your information for each child 
  2. Make sure that the field called “Use Student/Family Info in PTG Directory is marked “YES”
  3. Email Evy (alloway42@yahoo.com) or Erin (blythe.erin@gmail.com) with your changes by September 15th

COVID TESTING:  If you haven’t yet consented to have your child/children participate in the weekly COVID testing program, please consider doing so.  Surveillance testing is a HUGE piece of the COVID puzzle to help keep everyone safe and the district has made tremendous strides to minimize the time that students may miss from in-person learning if there is a positive result.  The link to sign up your child/children is included here:

We are looking for 4-5 parents to join the Thoreau School Advisory Council (SAC). The Thoreau SAC is responsible for the stewardship of the school community. This council is comprised of both parents and teachers in addition to the school principal. Parents on the Council serve for two years. The main responsibilities of the SAC are to ensure the successful completion of the School Improvement Plan and to serve as an advisory board to the school principal. The SAC is another way for parents in the school community to have a voice with representatives of the school district—namely the school principal. All interested parents should contact the two PTG Co-Presidents, Evy Alloway and Erin Sahacic (alloway42@yahoo.com and blythe.erin@gmail.com).  Erin is currently on the SAC and is a great resource for those that have any questions.  If there are more than five people interested in the position, the PTG will hold an election in accordance with the policy of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in which the entire Thoreau parent community can vote. For more information on the role of School Councils click here.

Please join us tomorrow morning at 9:30am by zoom for our first PTG meeting of the year!  Please see below for the meeting agenda.

  • Principal’s Welcome
  • District Update
  • Fundraising Plans for 2021-2022
  • Budget 
  • Social Update
  • Staff Appreciation Update
  • New Business
  • Questions

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, September 10th at 9:30am via zoom: PTG Welcome Back Meeting!
  • Wednesday, September 15th: Picture Day
  • Sunday, September 19th from 2-4pm:  Annual Thoreau School Ice Cream Social!
  • Thursday, September 23rd from 9:00-10:30am: K/1 Coffee
  • 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


BOKS Fall 2021 Program

Fall BOKS starts Tuesday, September 21st!!
BOKS is BACK!!!  Build Our Kids Success, aka BOKS, is a free before-school physical fitness program that has been immensely popular in years past.  With a mission to promote the profound impact of physical activity on a child’s mind, body and community, BOKS kids are better focused and ready to learn.  The importance of BOKS is that any child can enjoy the benefits of fitness and that physical activity isn’t just reserved for athletes. The Fall BOKS season will run Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50 AM, starting on September 21st and running through October 28th. Click here to learn more and to sign up:  https://www.thoreauptg.org/boks-fitness-program/

SEPAC Meeting Sep 13, 2021 07:30 PM

Please join Concord Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) for our first meeting of the 2021-22 school year.  We’d love to hear about your ideas for priorities, events, and concerns for this year.  All are welcome.

Concord SEPAC September meeting 

  • Time: Sep 13, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 849 6374 0730
  • Passcode: U911NF

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).  Thursday, September 23rd (*NOTE, NEW DATE) @ 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!

  • Visit our Online School Store for all your Thoreau Swag needs!
  • THOREAU Car Magnets.  $5 each.  Show your Thoreau pride as you cruise around town!  Please contact Kerri Nash @ kerridurand@hotmail.com to get yours!
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 coats, lunchboxes, water bottles, 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!

  • 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!

Other programs available at Concord Rec this Fall (click on link for more information):

Community News


Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball has opened registration for the 2021-2022 travel basketball season to boys and girls in Grades 4 – 8.  Earlybird registration is open until 9/19 and tryouts will take place on October 13-15.  More details can be found at the CCYB website at http://ccybasketball.org.

The Beede Swim and Fitness Center and the Concord Free Public Library are teaming up to bring you BEEDE AND BOOKS. Join us in the Beede Center lobby and Children’s Play Pool for a collaboration of reading and swimming.  A librarian will read books from 11:30 am-11:50 am. Then children get a half hour of swimming fun from 12 pm-12:30 pm. This free program happens once a month in 2021 on the following Fridays: Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19, and Dec 17. Register at concordlibrary.org.

The Children’s Department at the Concord Free Public Library is excited to host Going Green in Your Backyard on Wednesday, September 29 from 2:00—3:00 PM on the front lawn of the Main Library. Help us celebrate Climate Preparedness Week and also learn about local wildlife and what you can do to help the environment beginning in your own backyard! This program is open to all ages! In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled. No registration required. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.

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.

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

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).  More Info: Westconcordporchfest.org

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. 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!

Concord Youth Theatre to host a Family Fun Fair featuring Games, Fun, Food, Music, and Prizes!  Join us for the fun on Saturday, September 18th, 1 PM to 4 PM (rain or shine). Admission is $25 per family and $10 for individuals. All proceeds benefit CYT programming. Get your tickets here.

The Concord Free Public Library invites children to “Read to Luna the Dog Live!” on the Main Library Lawn the third Wednesday of each month between 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The upcoming dates to read to Luna are Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, and Dec 15. When the weather gets cooler or if there is rain, Luna will meet with readers inside the Main Library. Reading to dogs boosts reading skills and emotional and social skills for children. This event is for children ages 5 and up. Register in advance for a 15 minute individual session with Luna.