November 2016

November 14, 2016 |

With Appreciation: Many thanks to Mr. Lemaire, Mrs. Swain and Ms. Howard for all they put into preparing for our 5th grade students for a spectacular production of Monster Madness!  The cast was incredible and the students in the audience seemed to have as much fun watching as their classmates performing on the stage. Bravo! Turkey Trot:  Wednesday November 23rd One of our most beloved school traditions is only a few weeks away!  We are thrilled to be hosting our 27th Annual Turkey Trot on Wednesday November 23rd from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The Turkey Trot is a non-competitive

October 2016

September 29, 2016 |

I hope your children have had a wonderful first month of school! I have enjoyed reconnecting with them and watching them settle back into the school routine. Thank you to all parents/guardians who attended our Back to School Night and special appreciation to those volunteers who came out to support the PTG-sponsored sale of Thoreau gear.   We are off to a great start and look forward to another fabulous year. Upcoming Events: September 29th Picture Day September 30th PTG Halloween Dinner, Crafts and Costume Resale, 5:30-7:30 PM October 10th Columbus Day:  NO SCHOOL October 12th Coffee with the Principal, 9:30

August 2016

August 25, 2016 |

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 the 2016-17 school year! I am looking forward to a successful and productive year and can’t wait to welcome you and your students back to school next week. 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 been hard at work preparing

May 2016

May 4, 2016 |

Warm Thanks: 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!  Having a barista in the staff lounge was such a treat and we are grateful to have such an appreciative group of parents and families. Thoreau Pride Day:  Friday May 13th In honor of our annual Thoreau Road Race on Sunday, May 15th, we are asking students and staff to show their Thoreau pride by wearing their Thoreau apparel or our school colors (navy blue and white).  We look forward to seeing everyone in his or

April 2016

May 3, 2016 |

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 wished to be considered regarding placement is Monday April 25th.   Letters should be sent to the main office or emailed to Mrs. Charles at  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 not be made and such requests

March 2016

March 14, 2016 |

Next month we will begin the process of creating classes for the 2016-17 school year. As a staff we understand how important a task this is and we approach it in a thoughtful and strategic manner. We consider the strengths and needs of every student and strive to balance a variety of factors to create what we hope is an ideal fit for your child. Some of the following factors are taken into consideration when placing students: gender balance, personalities, learning styles, social dynamics, and needs related to special education or English language acquisition. We also recognize that some students

February 2016

February 29, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe we are more than halfway through the 2015-16 school year! I would like to wish all Thoreau families a wonderful winter vacation and look forward to seeing everyone return fresh, relaxed, and ready to finish the year strong. Best, Mrs. Charles Student Teacher/Nurse: Please join me in welcoming student nurse Heather Olivieri (Northeastern) and student teacher Sarah Walker (Framingham State University) to the Thoreau community. Ms. Olivieri will be working in the health office with Nurse Jensen and Ms. Walker will be teaching in the art room with Ms. Hiltz. Upcoming Events: February 5th: Report Cards

January 2016

January 1, 2016 |

Happy New Year! After a wonderful break, we are all getting back into our school routines. The children seem enthusiastic to be back at Thoreau, well rested and eager to share how they spent their winter vacations with friends and staff. With the start of a new year, this is the perfect time to reaffirm our commitment to preparing our students to become active participants in their learning. During our last whole school assembly we spent time discussing how the beginning of a new year can be a great time to identify a goal, resolution, or achievement we would each

December 2015

December 1, 2015 |

Happy December! As 2015 draws to a close, we have much to celebrate at Thoreau. We recently welcomed 5 additions to our cohort of teachers who have achieved professional status. I would like to congratulate Mrs. Deshais, Mrs. Hollander, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Hurley and Mrs. Shaw (on childrearing leave) on this wonderful accomplishment! We are also thrilled to have Mrs. Kaufman return to Thoreau from her childrearing leave. Finally, I would like to thank the 2nd and 3rd grade parents for providing us with a delicious Staff Appreciation Breakfast last week! The cookie table was a particular highlight and we

November 2015

November 1, 2015 |

Fall is in the air at Thoreau! I would like to recognize Mr. Lemaire for coordinating 3 fantastic productions of Monster Madness! Given the spectacular performances at each show, it is clear that a tremendous amount of work and adult support went into each student’s performance. Warm thanks to Mrs. Hoyt, Mr. Hourihan, Ms. Foggo, Mrs. Swain and the many parent volunteers for all of their support! This month, our whole school assembly focused on one component of our school’s positive behavioral intervention and support system: “The Thoreau School 3 Be’s”. At Thoreau our 3 Be’s are: Be Respectful, Be