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. 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. 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: 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. 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

December 2016

December 2, 2016 |

Coats for Kids: Concord Middle School’s Coats for Kids Club needs our help in collecting coats for Anton’s Cleaners annual Coats for Kids drive.   They are accepting all winter coats – kids, adults and babies – that are in good wearable condition.  They cannot accept vests, hats, gloves or snow pants.   Please donate coats that you would give a friend to wear in our donation box in the lobby.  Coats are being collected through January 6th, 2017.  Thank you for your generosity. Your donations are greatly appreciated! Concord Integrated Preschool Open House: Wednesday December 14, 2016 4-6:30 PM Children Are Welcome! Come

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