April 2018

April 4, 2018 |

After a snowy start to this week, I am looking forward to the return of warmer weather and wish you all a very happy spring! Parent/Guardian Input on Placement: The deadline for parents/guardians to share any information they wish to be considered regarding placement is Monday May 4. Letters should be sent to the main office or emailed to Mrs. Charles at acharles@concordps.org and should include specific information related to your child such as areas of concern for learning or observations of the type of classroom environment you feel would best suit your child’s needs. Requests for specific teachers should

January 2018

January 12, 2018 |

Happy New Year! Absence Reporting: Please report all absences/illnesses to the school office before the start of the school day via our new attendance form posted on our school website: http://thoreau.concordps.org/report- attendance-form/. The absence phone line is no longer in service. Elementary Progress Reports: On or around February 2nd , classroom progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal. If you have multiple children attending Concord Public Schools or Concord-Carlisle High School, each child’s name will appear next to any available reports. Reports can be downloaded and

December 2017

December 12, 2017 |

Absence Reporting: Please report all absences/illnesses to the school office before the start of the school day via our new attendance form posted on our school website: http://thoreau.concordps.org/report-attendance-form/ Elementary Progress Reports: On or around February 2nd, classroom progress reports will be published through the Aspen Portal in the Published Reports section on the front page of the portal. If you have multiple children attending Concord Public Schools or Concord-Carlisle High School, each child’s name will appear next to any available reports. Reports can be downloaded and saved as pdf files if you wish. With the exception of specialized reports (Special Education or

November 2017

November 8, 2017 |

With Appreciation: Congratulations to the cast and crew of Monster Madness!  Warm thanks to Mr. Lemaire and Mrs. Swain and for all they put into preparing for our 5th grade students for such a wonderful performance.  Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time behind the scenes.  Bravo! Middle School Sponsored Coats for Kids: Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids needs the elementary schools’ help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners Annual Coats for Kids Drive. We are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults, and babies – that are in good wearable condition. We cannot accept vests, hats,

October 2017

October 3, 2017 |

Fall is finally here!  We have enjoyed a fabulous first month of school and have been very busy settling back into routines and getting to know our new students. This month, we will begin the first of many of our emergency preparedness drills.  In collaboration with our School Resource Officer, Detective Scott Camilleri, our students and staff will begin practicing the following components of our district emergency plan:  Bus Evacuations, a Whole School Evacuation, a Fire Drill and a Lockdown Drill. Our Bus Evacuation drill involves the students practicing how to exit the bus in the event of an emergency

September 2017

August 29, 2017 |

Dear Thoreau School Families, I hope you and your children enjoyed a fun-filled summer vacation and that you are as excited as we are at Thoreau to start of the 2017-18 school year!  I am looking forward to a fun-filled, productive, year and can’t wait to welcome you and your students back to school on Wednesday morning. I am thrilled to welcome you back into the Thoreau School community.  If you are new to our school you will quickly realize that you have landed in a wonderful place.  The staff is not only warm, but also incredibly dedicated.  We have

May 2017

May 3, 2017 |

I am happy to share that, at last week’s Town Meeting, the CPS budget was passed.  We are thrilled that all elementary students will begin learning Spanish as part of the new Elementary World Language Program and look forward to the hiring process being completed and welcoming a new Spanish teacher to Thoreau! With Gratitude: On behalf of the entire Thoreau Staff, I would like to thank the PTG and parent community for the fabulous Coffee/Tea Bar on Monday! We are so fortunate to have such a generous and thoughtful parent community. Thoreau Pride Day:  Friday May 19th In honor

March 2017

March 15, 2017 |

Reporting Your Child Absent:  I am pleased to announce a new digital way to report your child’s attendance information.  Families may now use a link on our school’s webpage under the “Parents” tab to report your child as tardy or absent.  You may want to bookmark the link below for easy access. http://thoreau.concordps.org MCAS Information: Students in grades 3-5 are scheduled to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between April 3rd and May 26th.  The specific dates for each grade level and test session can be found in the link below and on our school’s webpage. https://goo.gl/zPUjtE Principal

February 2017

February 15, 2017 |

Congratulations: I am thrilled to announce that, due to so many families attending the Cooler Concord Fair, Thoreau has won  $500! Warm thanks to Karen Hoyt and her students on their spectacular plastics display and persuasive letter that appeared in the Concord Journal: http://concord.wickedlocal.com/news/20170127/letter-to-editor-concord-students-to-present-cooler-concord-fair. MCAS Information: Students in grades 3-5 are scheduled to participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between April 3rd and May 26th.  The specific dates for each grade level and test session can be found in the link below and on our school’s webpage. https://goo.gl/zPUjtE Changes to Dismissal Plans: Please send in a note to

January 2017

January 13, 2017 |

Happy New Year! I hope you and your children had a relaxing winter break and that you are enjoying a smooth transition back into your school routines.   Congratulations: I would like to congratulate Mr. Lemaire, Mrs. Swain and the entire cast and crew of A Christmas Carol on their spectacular performance. Bravo! I would also like to recognize the wonderful job our 5th grade students did at our Winter Solstice assembly and thank Mrs. Keefe and Mr. Hourihan for leading their efforts.   Plug into Big Savings and Help Our School Win $1000! RSVP NOW for the Cooler Concord